Thames Barrier

April 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | 1 Comment
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With their distinctive outline the Thames Barrier is one of the most iconic buildings on the river (or in it).
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So if you’re out that way (south east London, with an emphasis on the east) you should consider visiting the information centre (£3.50).
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It’s a small venue so if there are a lot of people then the conflicting audio from the different videos can be a little off putting.
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That aside, it’s not bad, you learn about the river and the flood defences for London.
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If the centre is shut walk on a little to a cafe in the learning centre where you can get admission.
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So do you make the trip out for the centre? No, but if you’re wandering along the river on a nice day then stop by and check it out.

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Royal Artillery Museum

April 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | 1 Comment
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Boom! Pow! Kablam! That’s what you’d expect from Firepower! the Royal Artillery Museum in London.
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You may not hear a lot in the way of explosions but you will see an array of guns and things that would cause some destruction if they were working. For obvious reasons they’re inactive. Shucks.
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As you walk through the museum you’ll get an overview of how these firearms developed from guns and canons to tanks and missiles.

Included in the price is a large introduction to the themes. with projected videos on screens around the seating area. Downside to this is that the chairs face one direction which only gives a good view of one or two (of four screens). I’m assuming this is to try and immerse you.
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Overall it was pretty interesting and I think if you have a passion for the topic you’d love it. Even I felt testerone-y with all those weapons!

Entry is £5.30 and the museum is located out at Woolwich. It’s a little far from central London which can be a bit of a hassle to get to but there are some transport options, which might make it a little more bearable.

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