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Apex City of London
No 1 Seething Lane EC3N 4AX London United Kingdom
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Description Apex City of London
The Apex City of London is part of the Apex hotel group and is a 4 star hotel located close to Tower Bridge with transport facilities close at hand. It is 9 km to the London City Airport and an underground station is within walking distance.
Some of the hotel facilities include 24 hour room service, disabled access, laundry service, DVD library and concierge. A bar and the Addendum restaurant - which has been awarded 2 AA rosettes - is open to guests. Business guests can book the meeting room for up to 80 people. If you want to burn some calories a gym is available exclusively to hotel guests.
179 guest rooms are available all with en suite bathrooms. They range from the 'City' rooms with TV, DVD/CDplayer, wi-fi, tea & coffee making facilities, safe for valuables, a fridge, iron and ironing board, right up to the Junior Suites with extras such as Bose sound system, bathrobe, slippers and a sofa.
Special offers are available for short breaks, these include theatre breaks and the West End is located only a short journey away.
The Royal Pavilion in Brighton was built in the early part of the 19th century as a Royal residence for the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV. It was largely designed by the architect John Nash and has an exterior that is built in the style of an Indian mausoleum, whist the interior is influenced by both Indian and Chinese designs.
It was primarily used as a seaside retreat for the young Prince, where it is said that he used it to entertain his secret lover, Mrs Fitzhubert away from the scornful eyes of his family in London who disapproved of the relationship because she was catholic.
Following the death of King George IV it was used on a few occasions by his successors King William IV and Queen Victoria but neither of these monarchs liked the Royal Pavilion very much. They felt it lacked privacy, which became more of a problem after Brighton was connected by rail to London in 1841. In 1850 the local council acquired the building.
Today the Royal Pavilion is a popular tourist attraction. Details of opening times and admission prices are available on the website.
Smallhythe Place is a 16th century timber frame building. It may have been the Smallhythe harbour master's office, from the days when the sea came much further inland and Smallhythe was a busy shipyard. Its fame today lies in its association with the actress Ellen Terry, the Victorian "Queen of the Theatre". She lived here from 1899 to 1928 and her collection of theatrical costumes and memorabilia is displayed. Also to be visited are the gardens including the rose garden, orchard and nuttery. The barn has been converted into a small theatre and performances are staged.
The property is now owned and run by the National Trust. Opening hours for 2008 are 15 March to 26 October, 11am to 5pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is a café and shop on site. Free parking is available close to the property.
Access is possible for the disabled.
Kent and East Sussex Railway
This rural light railway runs 10.5 miles along the Rother Valley from Tenterden to Bodiam with stops at Rolvenden, Wittersham Road and Northiam. Tenterden was by-passed during the railway building of the 19th century, but a light railway, the Rother Valley Railway, was eventually opened in 1900. A light railway was defined as cheaply constructed with a short life, with reconstruction to a higher standard hoped for from profits. It continued in this form until railway nationalisation in 1948, but losses to road traffic meant that the line closed to passengers in 1954 and to goods traffic in 1961. Enthusiasts managed to save the line from demolition and upgrade the track, and it was reopened gradually between 1974 and 2000.
It now operates as a tourist railway running trains pulled by steam engines. Themed events, including a Santa Special, are staged, and a Pullman dining car runs on certain dates. Travellers can buy a daily hop-on hop-off ticket to visit stops on the route. Free car parking is available at Tenterden and Northiam stations. A timetable is posted on the website.
Prince Regent Swimming Complex
Prince Regent Swimming Complex has recently undergone a major refurbishment program. Facilities include four different swimming pools, a health suite, crèche and meeting rooms.
The standard opening times for the swimming pool are:
Monday - from 10.30am until 9.30pm
Tuesday - from 10.30am until 6.45pm
Wednesday and Thursday - from 10.30am until 9.30pm
Friday - from 10.30am until 5.45pm
Saturday - from 9am until 4.45pm
Sunday - from 10am until 9.30 pm
Early morning swimming is available for members Monday to Friday from 7am until 9am.
Various membership packages are available but non members can use the facilities at the complex and pay on the door.
Braintree District Museum
Braintree District Museum takes the visitor on a journey through the past of the town. Starting with the earliest findings in the area which date back to the Bronze Age it displays items of daily use. A special section of the museum is dedicated to the textile industry which was a main issue for the development of the town.
The museum is located in a Victorian schoolhouse and one room has stayed completedly furnished as a period classroom.
A statue of one of the most famous sons of the town, the naturalist John Ray, can be seen in the old schoolyard in front of the main entrance to the museum.
The museum offers a gift shop, toilets and a cafe and disabled facilities.
For temporary exhibitions and events please refer to website.
Open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
Parking available (fee)
Visitors can tour Charleston Farmhouse - once home of the author Virgina Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury Group - and its gardens. Part of the house shows a display of art by members of the group such as Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The house is as it was originally decorated with pieces and fabrics designed by the artists themselves.
The gardens are also open to the public at a reduced cost.
There is limited disabled access to the house though some facilities are accessible.
The house is open to visitors for organised tours between March and October. Unaccompanied visits can be made on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays. See the website for comprehensive opening hours.