Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Our Crazy Transport System

We have just returned from one of our regular trips to Central London to visit our daughter. This time, we decided to forget the hassle of taking the car, and booked advance train tickets with Virgin Trains. We used the service from Wigan North Western Station to Euston and back, with reserved seats, a journey time of just under two hours.

It cost me (not yet a senior), £3.80 for a single bus ticket on First Buses for the 5 mile trip from home to the main line station in Wigan. The pre-booked single fare from Wigan to Euston was £12. The tube fare across London from Euston to SW17 (Zone 1 and 3), was then just £2.60. I have been persuaded to leave the car at home by the very reasonable and efficient rail journey to London, but how can £3.80 then be justified for the bus trip to Wigan? If the powers that be would like us to stop using our cars around provincial towns, they will have to do better than that. (Transport for London fares on buses around the capital are all around £1.40 per journey using a pre-loaded Oyster card, as I was charged for the journey from Kings Road Chelsea to SW17, again very reasonable). See Transport for London.

The highlight of this trip was Sunday afternoon tea at The Wolseley, next to the Ritz on Piccadilly. Fresh warm scones are under the silver cover. Fresh cut sandwiches, (crusts removed of course), with various fillings are on the bottom plate, and we ordered Wolseley afternoon blend tea, which was served in a silver tea pot. Strawberry jam and cream was included in small silver containers. All very civilized.
 The restaurant is situated in what was designed and built as a prestigious car show room for Wolseley Cars in 1921. Unfortunately, sales didn't materialise as expected, and by 1926 the company was no more. Barclays bank took over the building in 1927. The original interior design drew on Venetian and Florentine influences, and the cars were displayed on marble floors.
The interior has now been spectacularly restored, keeping much of the original d├ęcor, and the venue attracts the movers and shakers of the world. It has been used in this way since 2003.

If you happen to be visiting London, and fancy a treat, the afternoon tea comes in at £22.50pp, but we didn't need a further meal that day. The restaurant also has a full food menu if you prefer. Read about it here: The Wolseley.

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