Visit to London, 13 Feb 2012

This is the plan for Mon 13th:
Meet Lowdham 7:30 and drive to Milton Keynes. We will need the Sutcliffe 9-seater van and probably one car. Aim to catch the 9:47 Milton Keynes to Euston train which gets in at 10:23.
There is a special offer allowing unlimited travel (excl morning rush-hour up to 9:30am) on London Midland for £15 return. See
6 stops down the Northern (Charing Cross branch) to Waterloo.
Optional walk (or No 77 or 507 bus) about 1 mile to view the old London Fire Brigade HQ on Albert Embankment – just beside the pier by Lambeth Bridge where the fire boats were moored. See
Then 3/4 mile walk to Imperial War Museum, SE1 6HZ between Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle.
[Alternatively, if wet, direct walk Waterloo to IWM, about 3/4 mile.]
IWM from 11:30ish to 1:30, then 3/4 mile walk to London Fire Brigade Museum at SE1 0EG
Tour booked for 2pm.
Walk 1/2 mile to The George Inn, owned by the National Trust. They also serve good food.
Then either catch the tube from London Bridge (100 Yds) back to Euston, or cross the river, and walk up to St Pauls, to view the Firefighter’s Memorial there (about a mile, or 17 or 521 bus)
From there, take circle line from Barbican to Euston Square (3 stops on circle line) aiming to take the 7:20pm train back to MK, and getting back to Lowdham around 9:30pm.
Some very nice photos of the old LFB HQ can be found here: (Click on ‘search this category’ and enter ‘HQ’)

Here are some photos of the Lambeth HQ in its prime:

Here are some photos of the London Fire Brigade workshops in Lambeth.

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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