King George V Silver Jubilee Arch, Embankment, London

London, UK, images; memorials and statues

The arch commemorating King George's 25th anniversary features cherubs and a central panel
The arch commemorating King George’s 25th anniversary features cherubs and a central panel

King George V Silver Jubilee Arch, a memorial on Victoria Embankment (King’s Reach) unveiled in 1935, commemorates the monarch’s 25th anniversary of his accession to the throne.

Nearest Underground Station: Embankment Station

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Sir Thomas Peirson Frank Memorial Plaque, London, SW1

London, UK, images; memorial plaques 

The plaque can be found on the Thames Embankment Wall
The plaque can be found on the Thames Embankment Wall

This plaque commemorating Sir Thomas Peirson Frank reads: Sir Thomas Peirson Frank, 1881 – 1951, Chief Engineer For London County Council; 1930 – 1946; Saved London From Drowning During the Blitz; City of Westminster – Institution Of Civil Engineers”

The area below the Thames Wall where the plaque is mounted
The area below the Thames Wall where the plaque is mounted

Sir Thomas set up and supervised a fast-response team which mended breaches in the Thames wall during the Second World War, and so prevented flooding due to bomb damage.

More on the Blitz in London

“Remembering those killed by the V2 rocket at Woolworths”

 

Guards Museum, London SW1

London, UK, images; museums and galleries

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Address: The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ

Nearest Underground Station: Victoria Station

More guards

Information and times of the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace 

More museums and galleries

The Cabinet War Rooms, SW1

The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace

Something different? Change your life at the Imperial War Museum

An intriguing find at the Tower of London

 

 

Buckingham Palace tour, London, UK: Ticket prices in Pound Sterling

London, UK, images; museums, galleries, attractions; admission, tickets; viewing Buckingham Palace, State Rooms, tour

The gates of Buckingham Palace, London, UK
The gates of Buckingham Palace, London, UK

“Ticket prices in Pound Sterling: Adult £20, Over 60/Student (with valid ID) £18.80, Under 17/Disabled £11.80, Under 5 Free, Family (2 adults, 3 under 17s) £52.80, Official Souvenir Guidebook £4.95” (from a public information point outside Buckingham Palace)

Ticket prices, Buckingham Palace (from a public information point outside Buckingham Palace)
Ticket prices, Buckingham Palace (from a public information point outside Buckingham Palace)

The gun first mounted in HMS Ramilles in 1916 on display in London, UK

London, UK, images; history; museums and galleries; gardens; the naval guns  displayed in the gardens of the Imperial War Museum, London

[The 15-inch gun used in Royal Navy battleships] “was developed in 1912 for the new Queen Elizabeth class battleships and became the main armament in 22 ships. Each example weighs 100 tons (102 tonnes) and, at maximum range, could fire a 1,938lb (876kg) shell a distance of 16 1/4 miles (29kms). The guns were installed in front of the Imperial War Museum London in 1968.

The 15-inch gun mounted in HMS Ramilles on display at the Imperial War Museum, London, UK
The 15-inch gun mounted in HMS Ramilles on display at the Imperial War Museum, London, UK

[This gun] “was mounted in HMS Ramilles in 1916. It first saw action in 1920 during the Greco-Turkish War. Later, the gun was used against Italian land forces and warships in August and November 1940. It was removed from HMS Ramilles in 1941.” (from a public information point at the Imperial War Museum)

Detail of the 15-inch naval gun originally mounted in HMS Ramilles
Detail of the 15-inch naval gun originally mounted in HMS Ramilles

Seasons in London: The Gardens of the Imperial War Museum in winter

One of the 100 tons guns used on D-Day on display in London, UK

London, UK, images; museums, galleries; parks and gardens; history; British 15-inch naval guns on display in the Imperial War Museum Gardens; “In 1914, the 15-inch gun was the newest, largest and most powerful of the big guns used in Royal Navy battleships…”

The gun previously mounted on HMS Roberts on display in the Imperial War Museum Gardens, London, UK
The gun previously mounted in HMS Roberts on display in the Imperial War Museum Gardens, London, UK

This gun “was mounted in HMS Resolution between 1915 and 1938 and also saw service during the Greco-Turkish War. The gun was remounted in HMS Roberts, an important unit in the naval forces assembled for the invasion of the Normandy in June 1944. On D-Day, Roberts bombarded Houlgate Battery, on the eastern edge of the Allied landing area. During the campaign, she shelled enemy positions around Caen. On 1 November 1944, Roberts supported the assault on the Dutch island of Walcheren, engaging a German battery near Westkapelle. The gun was removed in 1945.” (Information from a public information point at the Imperial War Museum)

Map of HMS Roberts' deployment (from a public information point at the Imperial War Museum, London, UK)
Map of HMS Roberts’ deployment (from a public information point at the Imperial War Museum, London, UK)

The progress of the exciting new American Embassy building, Nine Elms, London

Connections to/from Southwark Underground Station

Events: The BBC’s “Make it Digital” tour in London, UK

London, UK, images; events

The BBC’s “Make it Digital” tour is in London this weekend; a major UK-wide programme enabling people to learn more about the digital world & coding; Venue: Outside Lewisham Shopping Centre, 196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ; 12th & 13th September 2015; free event, suitable for the whole family

The BBC's Make it Digital tour in Lewisham, London, UK
The BBC’s Make it Digital tour in Lewisham, London, UK

More South East London

McDonald’s, Old Kent Road