150th anniversary of the Tube

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It is 150 years since the first Underground line – Metropolitan – was inaugurated in 1863.

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the tube, London Transport Museum and Art on the Underground have launched  a number of exciting events, including a ride on the steam train Locomotive No.1 pulling the ‘Jubilee’ carriage, Tube art exhibitions and talks on the history of the Underground.

I was so lucky to win a couple of tickets for the opening night of the Poster Art 150 exhibition, a showcase of 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced, selected from the Museum’s archive of over 3,300.

Strongly recommended! Take a look at some of my photos of my adventure with A.

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Not so sure I culd work for TFL..

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Poser ;)

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A having fun… driving the tube!

 

From 15 February to 27 October 2013.  Entry to the exhibition is included in the admission to the Transport Museum.

That same weekend, A – another A ;) – and I met to sample the Tube themed afternoon Tea at the Palm Court LoungePark Lane Hotel. Our visit didn’t start very smoothly, as A was late to the Underground tea, having been stuck in the Underground for 35 minutes! ;)

When we finally managed to sit down at our table, we started relaxing. Tea is served in a beautifully grand Art Deco setting, with a harpist playing in the middle of the room, decorated in pale green and gold leaf and Japanese-style bird patterns on the walls.

Our welcome drink was a stiff Metropolitan 1863 cocktail, a potent blend of Beefeater 24 gin and blackcurrant tea, named after the first tube journey ever on the Metropolitan line, followed by Rose Tea.

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Five different sandwiches and savouries were then served, ‘Gloucester Road’ tart; saffron ‘Circle and District Line’ roulade with coronation chicken and spinach and mini ‘Royal Oak’-smoked salmon bagels.

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The next stop was a selection of hearth shaped scones served with ‘Limehouse’ Curd, ‘Victoria Plum’ Jam and clotted cream.

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Followed by these pretty mini cakes, Orange Victoria sponge, a ‘Paddington’ honey, lemon and pistachio cake; white chocolate Oreo Swiss ‘Roll’ Cottage, and a walnut Bank cake.

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My verdict, ambiance is fabulous, service a little disorganized, the afternoon tea menu: average sandwiches, good stones, really pretty and yummy cakes.

Disclaimer: I won the afternoon tea on Facebook, therefore I didn’t pay. Price per person was £41.

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We then headed for a walk in Hyde Park to watch the sunset. A lovely Sunday.

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