8 Bakerloo Line Stations With Interesting Attractions and Activities for Visitors to Explore

The Bakerloo Line, coloured brown on the London Underground maps, was opened in March 1906. The line starts from Harrow & Wealdstone station in north-west London to Elephant & Castle station in south London. The Bakerloo line covers a distance of 23km (14.5 miles) and serves 25 tube stations.

Listed below are 8 of the 25 tube stations that most tourists use when they visit London.

Wembley Central station is located across the road from Wembley Stadium and is close to Wembley Arena.

Wembley Stadium is the home ground of the English National Football (Soccer) team. It is also the venue where the Carling Cup Final and The FA Cup Final are held. It has a seating capacity of 90,000 and is a popular venue for other sports events and major concerts.

Wembley Arena is an indoor arena and is an internationally renowned concert venue. The arena can seat 12,500 fans and has seen stars like Abba, Bon Jovi, Cliff Richard, The Eagles and Westlife perform there.

Wembley Market is one of the biggest Sunday markets in the UK and is situated outside Wembley Stadium.

Warwick Avenue station is the stop for Little Venice and the Grand Union & Regent’s Canal.

Here you can enjoy the tranquil canal area, stroll along pretty streets or take a relaxing boat trip to the London Zoo.

Paddington station is one of the main railway stations in London. This is the station where visitors take the Heathrow Express to Heathrow Airport. There are several 4 and 5 star hotels within easy walking distance to Paddington station. There is also a good selection of restaurants serving exotic cuisines.

Baker Street station is the stop for Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Sherlock Holmes Museum. You also get off here for Regent’s Park and the London Central Mosque. Baker Street station is one of the busiest tube stations in the London Underground system.

Oxford Circus station is where you get off to do your shopping. This is the intersection where Oxford Street and Regent Street meet. This is the busiest shopping district in London with several large department stores like John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser are situated.

Bond Street, renowned for its expensive designer clothes, and Selfridges Department Store are a short distance away, west of Oxford Circus station. Carnaby Street and the famous Hamley Toy Store are also a short distance away from here.

Piccadilly Circus station is the stop for the Statue of Eros, West End Theatreland and the London Chinatown. There are many theatres along Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.

London Chinatown, with lots of good Chinese restaurants and supermarkets, is situated south of Shaftesbury Avenue between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. The restaurants are always busy especially before and after theatre shows.

Piccadilly Circus is the venue for London nightlife with lots of pubs, clubs and restaurants for the locals as well as tourists.

Stop at Charing Cross station if you are visiting Trafalgar Square & Nelson’s Column.

Other tourist attractions around Trafalgar Square include the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and St Martin-in-the Fields Church. There are also many theatres, hotels, restaurants and pubs near Charing Cross station.

Tourist attractions near Waterloo station include the London Eye, London Aquarium, The Royal Festival Hall and the Jubilee Pedestrian Bridge.

Within easy walking distance from Waterloo station are other popular London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Downing Street.

You can also take a relaxing Thames River cruise from the London Eye Millennium Pier.

Apart from Wembley Central (zone 4) and Warwick Avenue (zone 2), all the other Bakerloo line stations listed above are in zone 1. So if you are not planning to visit Warwick Avenue or Wembley Central, you only need to buy a 1-day Travelcard for zone 1. That will give you unlimited travel for a day in zone 1 by bus as well as by tube.

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IPL 2013 at a Glance

In 2013, the Indian Premier League is stepping into its 6th edition with a significant change in its sponsorship. It is no longer the DLF IPL. The popularly known DLF IPL is now going to be called Pepsi IPL as PepsiCo has replaced IPL as the title sponsor of this glamorous and celebrity hyped cricket tournament. The 6th session of this cricket tournament is a just a month away and will begin on April 3, 2013 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with an extravagant opening ceremony followed by the 1st match of this tournament to be held between 2012 IPL champion Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils.

The 5-year Rs. 250 Crore contract with DLF ended last year and the company did not apply for the renewal of this contract. Meanwhile, PepsiCo grabbed this opportunity and made a 5-year contract with the BCCI for Rs. 396.8 crores for the next five years which will continue till 2017. Apart from this major change in sponsorship, many other amendments have happened in this tournament. After the termination of the Kochi Tuskers from the IPL in 2012, Deccan Chargers is the second team which has been terminated from this tournament this year. Last year, nine teams participated in the tournament. So, after the termination of the Deccan Chargers, the organizing body of this tournament, BCCI, invited Hyderabad based bidders to form another team to replace the Deccan Chargers. Sun TV Network won the bid and has a new team called Sunrisers Hyderabad which was purchased at a cost of Rs. 85.05 crores per annum.

Also, there have been huge additions and subtractions in the player list as well. On February 3, 2013, the 2013 Pepsi Indian Premier League Player Auction was held where thirty seven cricketers were bought by all the nine teams for a total sum of US $11.89 million among which the highest amount was paid for Glenn Maxwell, the Aussie all-rounder. Mumbai Indians bought him for an eye-popping amount of US $1 million along with Ricky Ponting. Pune Warriors India bought Michael Clarke once more after last year. The most significant reshuffling was noticed in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team which bought the maximum number of players in the auction – a total of seven: four overseas and three Indians. Sunrisers Hyderabad bought six players in the auction; five overseas players and one Indian. Among the 37 cricketers who were bought in the auction, only fourteen players are new while the rest have been reshuffled. The only uncapped cricketer who was sold in this auction was Nathan Coulter-Nile. Mumbai Indians bought him.

With a lot of changes in the entire IPL 2013 season, this tournament is ready to rock the entire cricket world once more. All the nine teams: Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are ready to add more colors to this much hyped cricket tournament.

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