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Ikea assembly service

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

My flat is full of Ikea furniture. And until now I’ve assembled it all myself. I’ve either had it delivered by Ikea themselves, or used one of the taxi vans outside the store to get it back.

For my new Ikea PAX wardrobe I decided to get it assembled for me. The main reason is because of its size and weight. The wardrobe is 236cm high and 200cm wide, made up of two 100cm wide parts.

Each wardrobe half is 56kg and needs to be assembled on the floor before being raised to vertical. It has two sliding doors which are each nearly 30kg each. These need to be assembled on the floor before being lifted onto the frame.

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Because of the size and weight, this wardrobe needs two people to assemble it. As I didn’t want to risk my life by assembling it myself I started researching Ikea assembly services. There are lots of flat pack assembly companies around the London area.

eXpress Wardrobe

I decided to try eXpress Wardrobe whose slogan is “No More DIY Torture”. I sent them my Ikea list giving them the names, article numbers and prices of everything I wanted.

  • PAX Wardrobe with sliding doors, oak effect, Malm mirror glass/oak £465 (£120 * 2 + £345) / 801.215.31 * 2 (oak frame) / 801.830.05 * 1 (oak sliding door with mirror) /
  • KOMPLEMENT clothes rail £8 / 601.411.63 * 2 /
  • KOMPLEMENT shelf (2 pack) £42 / 601.215.27 * 3 /
  • KOMPLEMENT drawer £88 / 901.214.46 * 4 /

Two days later they sent me an Ikea shopping list via the Ikea website and also their quote. The Ikea parts cost £603, and then they quoted £85 for pickup and delivery, £20 extra because I’m on a higher floor (the large items won’t fit in the lift) and £97 for assembly.

I agreed to their quote and gave them three suggested days for that week. A day later they confirmed that they could make one of the days and so I paid my 35% deposit. The 35% is calculated on the cost of the Ikea items, not the pickup/delivery/install charge.

Before the delivery day I cleared the room so they would have as much space to assemble as practicle. Here is the big empty space waiting for my wardrobe.

ikea pax wardrobe assembly service 1

Delivery / assembly

They had agreed to arrive between 9:30am and 10:30am. At 9:48am they sent me a text to say they were running late and apologising for this. They said they’d be here between 11am and 12:00.

At 11:30am their van arrived and they started unloading the parts from their van. By 11:45am they’d started bringing the things through my door (it is a bit of a trek up the stairs to the flat).

ikea pax wardrobe assembly service 2

Before they started assembling I asked them to let me know when the frames were vertical so I could get them positioned in the correct place, and they later checked which positions I’d like the drawers to be placed at.

There were two of them and they very quickly had the PAX wardrobe frames in place and positioned according to where I wanted them. They then spent their time assembling the sliding doors which are clearly the more complicated part of the wardrobe.

They both worked hard to get it finished and were polite when they needed to speak to me. They must have done plenty of these PAX wardrobes before as they didn’t need to reference the manual.

By 1:20pm they had both doors on and were assembling the 4 drawers. And by 1:45 they had left leaving me with my giant new Ikea PAX wardrobe.

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Above is the outside and below is half of the inside. I didn’t know at exactly what height I wanted the clothes rail or final two shelves to be placed so I wanted to put them in later rather than having them fitted.

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Finishing off the wardrobe

To save a tiny bit of money I’d told them when requesting the quote that I’d do the wall mounting myself. I did the wall mounting and then made a few finishing touches to the wardrobe.

  • I stuck some extra buffer pads inside the sliding door so that the doors are quieter when opened.
  • I screwed in some corner braces under the bottom shelves so that they can take more weight. The 6 plastic shelf holders that Ikea supply for the shelves look a bit flimsy.
  • I oiled the sliding door, and sliding drawer mechanisms. Better to oil the drawer mechanisms before the drawers start filling up.

Paying and conclusions

I chose to pay via bank transfer rather than PayPal / Google checkout. There is a 3.5% surcharge for PayPal / Google checkout payments so it seems more sensible to pay direct.

The amounts I paid were:

  • Ikea shopping list: £603 (35% of this paid in advance as a deposit)
  • Pickup and delivery: £85
  • Higher floor surcharge: £20
  • Assembly: £97
  • Parking: £7:40

Total = £812.40

They had done a good job with assembling the wardrobe. It looked the way I wanted, was where I wanted, and had required very minimal effort on my part. I’d certainly use them again if I ever buy another piece of flat pack furniture which is too large for me to assemble myself.

The only work I was left with was squashing and putting all the cardboard boxes in the recycling (they don’t take away your packaging).

You can find out more about eXpress Wardrobe’s service on their website at They also have some great speeded-up assembly videos on their YouTube channel if you want to see them at work.

Dance classes in London at Pineapple and Danceworks

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The Mission

Review a selection of dance classes that take place in London’s Pineapple dance studios, and Danceworks dance studios. I’ve done a few dance classes in the past but I would still consider myself a beginner.

I packed my trainers, top, tracksuit bottoms and headed off into London not quite sure of what awaited me.

Note: This article on London’s Pineapple and Danceworks classes was first published on in 2007. I’ve moved it over to here as I’m not maintaining that site any more. I’ve updated the class times where necessary, but the main text (with minor edits) is from the original 2007 article.

Pineapple Dance Studios

pineapple dance studios covent gardenPineapple is the UK’s most famous dance studios. It is so named (legend has it) as it used to be a warehouse which stored pineapples. There are over 10 different studios of various sizes on four floors. They do everything from Ballet to Jazz to Egyptian to Hip Hop. If you can dance it, they do it. You can just turn up and do a class. If you turn up on a weekday evening then you have to pay £4 for day membership at the door and then you have to pay the teacher for the class. Some teachers collect payment at the beginning, others after the warm up and some at the end. Most classes cost around £6 for the hour. It is certainly not cheap but then this is London.

I arrived at Pineapple, checked that the classes I wanted were on (class updates are shown on a LCD TV outside reception) and headed downstairs to the changing rooms. I got changed and then headed up to the first floor where I awaited the start of my first class.

Links: Pineapple

Class 1. Nicky Bentley – Street Jazz
Monday – 7pm – Beginner – Pineapple

Nicky’s class is the class that you get pointed to if you are a beginner and want to learn some pop moves. Her classes are hugely popular and she has even stared in the Street Jazz DVD, one of a growing number of DVD dance classes that Pineapple have produced.

I decided to do the beginner class but there is also an intermediate class available if you are feeling more confident. The studio is very big and it needs to be. I counted over 50 people in this class! I went and took a position in the middle of the class. In a class of this size standing right at the back is not recommended as you won’t be able to see anything.

Nicky starts the class with a relaxed warm up which is Jazz influenced. There are cardio-vascular moves to get the blood flowing and stretches to get you ready to dance. Some of them can be a bit painful if you are not used to them so don’t push yourself too much on your first class.

Once the warm up was out of the way it was onto the class. Nicky teaches a routine of around 4 lots of 8 in length. This seems to be the typical routine length for beginner classes. It is enough to do a good routine but without being too long to remember. Nicky’s choice of music is straight out of this weeks top 20. Expect Beyonce, Jamelia, Blu Cantrell or whoever else is in the chart this week. After leaning the routine she splits the room into two groups so you can have a chance to dance without having people treading on your toes all the time.

Verdict: A good fun class and ideal for beginners which is really good exercise. It does get very crowded so don’t stand right at the back or you’ll never get the routine.
2010 update: Sadly Nicky died of breast cancer in 2009. Her classes and style do however live on – now taught by her assistant choreographer Mark James. Same time, same place.

Links: Street Jazz – Dance Masterclass DVD

Class 2. Jimmy Williams – Street Locking
Monday – 8pm – Beginner – Pineapple

No sooner had I finished Nicky’s class then it was straight into Jimmy’s street locking class. Luckily going from one to the other is easy as they happen to be in the same studio.

Street Locking is somewhat harder to explain for people not familiar with the style. It is a really funky dance style where you ‘lock’ one part of your body whilst another moves. It may sound odd but it makes sense when you do it. Jimmy includes both locking and popping moves in his routines.

Whereas Nicky’s class was full of beginners it is clear that Jimmy gets a slightly different crowd. It is still a beginners class but it does attract some people who have been putting in a lot of practice. Jimmy doesn’t bother with a traditional warm up. There are no stretches. He goes straight into popping and locking exercises. These are difficult to do right. When Jimmy demonstrates them they look amazing, when I look at myself in the mirror they aren’t quite so good.

Then it is onto the routine. The actual routing is fairly simple but it is great fun. The more talented dancers really get into the routine which pulls the atmosphere of the class up. The music is as funky as it
can get, making a very enjoyable class.

Verdict: Really good fun. Slightly different to the average dance class.
2010 update: Same time, same place.


danceworks dance studios balderton streetThe slave drivers at reviewmylife allowed me a nights rest after my first two classes but on Tuesday I was to do two more. My first one was to be at Danceworks studio near Bond Street underground underground station. It is in a side road opposite the Selfridges clock.

Danceworks is a similar place to Pineapple but on a slightly smaller scale. It has 5 studios in an attractive building – a more modern studio than Pineapple. There is definitely a different atmosphere here. People come here for fun and to get fit. They also do that at Pineapple but Pineapple has a definite core of people who really want to ‘make it’ as dancers. Danceworks is more relaxed.

Again to take a class you need to be a member. £5 for a day membership and then around £6 for the class. In most cases you pay for the membership and the class at reception. In a few cases you pay the teacher direct, just ask at reception so you know who to pay. One major difference with Pineapple is that the numbers to the classes are controlled.

Each class has a quota and once it is full you can’t get in. For some classes such as Xpress Yo’self and Dancemania it is worth getting there at least 20 minutes before the class to make sure you get in.

Links: Danceworks

Class 3. Hakeem Onibudo – Xpress Yo’self
Tuesday – 6pm – General – Danceworks

I don’t know what Hakeem has for breakfast but if we all had it then life would be more fun. He comes across as a powerhouse of energy confidently launching the class into a funky warm up. He adds in some stretching and then it is onto the routine. This is apparently a ‘level 2’ class. He does other easier classes which are level 1 and an intermediate class which he calls level 3. So if you find this class too easy you can move up, if it is too hard you can try the beginners class.

Hakeem does street style choreography. His movements can be very physical so this is a good work out. His choreography is quite unique, somewhat different to most other hip hop classes. You have to try it to understand.

Hakeem is full of enthusiasm and pushes us to do our best. I really enjoyed this one.

Verdict: Very enjoyable class with a good atmosphere thanks to Hakeem.
2010 update: He no longer does a class at this level on Tuesday. The intermediate class is on Tuesday instead and a beginners on Monday. Check with the Danceworks website for the latest class times.

Links Impact Dance

Class 4. Stuart Bishop – Rudeye ‘Fusion Funk’
Tuesday – 8pm – All – Pineapple

I now had to walk half an hour from Danceworks to Pineapple for my second class of the day. The walk allowed me to cool off after a tiring class.

Stuart’s class has a definite buzz about it. The dancers who attend are the most dressed up of the classes I’ve been to so far. The regulars are easy to spot, they look like ‘dancers’. At the back are some beginners like me.

He starts with a really fun choreographed warm up to the tune of Michael Jackson’s ‘You Rock My World’. It is the regular warm up which is quite complicated if you are doing it for the first time. The regulars at the front made it look easy. The high standard of the people there could be intimidating to a newbie but fortunately Stuart makes it clear that he is very happy to have beginners in the class. He says that we should just get as much of the routine as we can.

A number of people in the class are professional. Having them in the class is good because 1) their performance pulls up the level and energy of the class and 2) it allows us beginners to see exactly how the routine should be done.

The routine itself is amazing. It is hip hop based with plenty of locking and popping moves. It is the longest routine I’ve done so far, and I have a lot of trouble remembering it but it is still really good fun. Many people in the class pull off a flawless performance of it at the end when we are split into two groups – girls vs boys. Luckily Stuart does each routine for two weeks so we have a chance to improve next week.

I guess if you are feeling really keen you could even practice at home.

Verdict: Brilliant choreography and a good atmosphere in the class. The routines are difficult so you’ll have to persevere to get the most out of them.
2010 update: Same time, same place.

Links: Rudeye Ultimate Street – Dance Masterclass DVD | Rudeye Website

Class 5. Maria Yacoob – Jazz
Wednesday – 6pm – Beginner – Pineapple

Jazz is one of the most popular styles at Pineapple. There are many kinds on offer – street, latin, LA, modern – but Maria just calls her class ‘Jazz’.

She adopts a traditional jazz approach to her class. The warm up takes over half the class and includes a variety of different jazz positions and stretches. The warm up is quite gentle but you have to put effort in and ensure that you do the positions correctly to make the most of it. Maria comes access as very personable. She makes an effort to remember peoples name’s – she seemed to know pretty much everyone in the class by first name. She extends this thoughtful approach to making sure that people are doing the warm up exercises correctly. Whereas some teachers will just leave you to make mistakes she will help you to do them correctly.

Once the warm up is done we move onto the routine. Her choice of tunes is very pop. On the day I went there it was Britney. The routine incorporated jazz kicks, poses and a pirouette.

Verdict: If you are looking for a traditional jazz class then this one is for you. Maria makes sure you understand the theory of the positions as well as giving you a fun routine.
2010 update: This class is now on Thursday at 7pm, but check the Pineapple website for any updates.

Class 6. Mark Battershall – LA Jazz
Thursday – 6pm – General – Pineapple

Time for another jazz class. This time my teacher is the fabulous Mark Battershall. He calls his jazz ‘LA’. I don’t really know why but it sure is good. Be warned that his warm up is tough! Sit ups to make your abs burn, jazz moves and stretches. I was ready to collapse after completing it.

Mark is a very cheery teacher and carries his enthusiasm from the warm up to the routine. Plenty of shaking, and touching are the order of the day. If you are very shy this may not be the class for you. If you are willing to give it a go then this class will make you feel really good.

The music is mostly chart based pop. Once the routine is learnt Mark makes half the class sit at the front of the studio and watch the other half give their performance. Then it is time to swap.

Verdict: Fun.
2010 update: Mark no longer does beginners classes, but does do more advanced level ones. Check Pineapple’s website for details.

Class 7. Lil J – Street Hip Hop
Thursday – 7pm – Beginner – Pineapple

Lil J is so called as she is ‘Lil’. This she may be but she has plenty of energy in her small frame. The first thing I notice about this class is that the attendees are somewhat younger than many of the other classes. The average age must be around 18. I felt a little old but I stepped in and took my place.

After a very quick warm up, it can’t have been more than two minutes, we got straight into the routine.

The style is Hip Hop and incorporates plenty of ‘tick tock’ moves. These are so called as they involve many short fast movements like a clock ticking. It is difficult to do right but looks good when done by the regulars.

Unlike most other classes Lil J doesn’t stick to one song for the whole class. She plays a large selection of Hip Hop through the class. Some of the earlier tunes are slow but she brings faster tunes in as we get better.

Verdict: Young crowd and lots of tick tocking!
2010 update: Same time, same place.

Links: Lil J Website

Class 8. Xavi Monreal – Hip-Hop/Street Jazz
Saturday – 2:15pm – Beginner – Danceworks

Off to Danceworks on Saturday. My teacher today is Xavi. He starts with a funky warm up before moving onto the routine. His class is hip hop based but with definite hints of jazz. As opposed to other hip hop classes whose moves can be somewhat jerky his movements are very smooth. The routine flows from one section to the next which feels very good to do.

As well as showing us the routine he explains that we have to really give it our all each time we practice. He says that if we just keep ‘marking’ the routine we won’t get the most out of. All sensible stuff if you want to dance well.

He comes across as a really friendly guy – I think he is Spanish in origin. He has a lot of enthusiasm and pushes us hard until the end when we split into two groups.

Verdict: Be prepared to dance hard and you’ll enjoy this one.
2010 update: Xavi no longer teaches at Danceworks, but has classes at Pineapple. Check their website for the latest class times.

Week 2

After my week of classes I was somewhat shattered, but there were a few more that I wanted to try out. I hadn’t been able to do these in my first week as they clashed with the previous classes.

Class 9. Dennis Wonder – Dancemania
Thursday – 6pm – Beginner – Danceworks

Dennis runs a very popular beginners class at Danceworks. Out of all the classes I’ve been to this turns out to be the easiest. The moves are pretty simple and certain sequences appear from one week to the next. After warming up and stretching he starts teaching us the routine. His technique is very much to show us and we follow. There is very minimal explanation but then the moves are simple so it is not needed. I hardly hear Dennis utter a single word throughout the class.

At regular intervals he rotates the people from the back to the front. Everyone should therefore have a chance of being near the front (if you’re brave enough that is). The music is a mixture of pop and hip-hop designed to please the crowd.

Verdict: A good class for beginners.
2011 update: He now teaches at the Marshall Street leisure centre, W1

Links: Facebook Group

Class 10. Kate Prince – Zoonation
Saturday – 3pm – Beginner – Pineapple

Like many dance teachers Kate runs a dance troupe. In her case they are called Zoonation. In this class she teaches her ‘Zoonation’ style. The crowd are definitely of an intermediate level. There are few beginners here so Ifeel somewhat out of place.

After a quick warm-up she gets into the routine. The routine is funky and smooth, the moves make sense with the song’s lyrics. It does however prove too difficult for me. Many people in the class manage to execute the routine brilliantly so I’m obviously out of my depth. This is a good one to watch if you want to see how good dancers do their moves. If you are brave enough take part!

Verdict: Good choreography. But hard!
2010 update: Zoonation don’t appear to do classes at Pineapple anymore, but they do classes elsewhere. Look at their website for details.

Links: Funk Fusion – Dance Masterclass DVD | Zoonation Website


There are a lot of very good dance classes out there in London. They are very varied so don’t give up if you don’t like the first one you try. Keep trying lots of different classes until you find a style that you enjoy. Theses dance classes are really good exercise and much more fun than going down the gym. I can also recommend them if you suffer from knee pain, or wrist pain. Exercise as long as you are careful can help to reduce aches and pains that you may have.

Dance class times

Please note that although the class times were correct at the time of publication you should confirm the class days and times with the dance studio website as they do change from time to time.

Best Vegetarian restaurants in London

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Here is a list of my favourite places in London to get Vegetarian food. The first group are actual vegetarian restaurants. The second group are restaurants that just happen to have good vegetarian options. They are presented in no particular order.

Vegetarian restaurants


Tibits is a vegetarian buffet restaurant that started in Switzerland and has now come over to London. They have both hot and cold food. The food is of very high quality. They have pastas, lasagnes, vegetables and salads.

When you go in you get a plate and fill it up with whatever you want. At the till they weigh the plate and you simply pay for the mass of food that you have bought. You get a bread roll with your food as well.

Price: About £10 for a plate depending on the weight of the food
Address: 12-14 Heddon Street, off Regent Street, London, W1B 4DA


Sagar Restaurant

Sagar is a restaurant serving vegetarian Indian food. There is one in Hammersmith and this one in central London. You can get food such as dosa and thalis. There is a range of deserts and drinks such as lassi.

The interior is clean and the food is tasty.

Price: Less than £10
Address: 17a Percy Street, London W1T 1DU

Red Veg – Sadly closed now :(

A lot of vegetarian restaurants can have a bit of a ‘hippy’ atmosphere with pan pipe music and many plants inside. It is nice to have something different in the form of Red Veg. It is a fast food outlet which serves burgers, hot dogs, wraps and chips. It is very tiny – there are a few seats but not enough to guarantee you a seat. This is more a place to buy fast food to take out.

Update: Since I originally wrote this Red Veg has closed. But check out their website for the location of their Brighton location.
Price: Less than £10
Address: 95 Dean Street, London, W1D 3TB

red veg


Maoz is a falafel restaurant. They’ll make your falafel to order and they have a wide range of salad to eat. They have side orders such as chips. You can either eat in or take out.

A good option if you want some quick vegetarian food.

Price: Less than £10
Address: 43 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HG

maoz vegetarian


Mildreds is a great vegetarian restaurant in Soho. You can get pasta, tofu, burgers and a tofu stir fry. On the day I went I had a mushroom and ale pie! They have a selection of deserts including a tofu cheese cake.

Mildreds also run a cake shop on the same road at number 53 called Mrs Marengo’s.

Price: £10-£15
Address: 45 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AN

mildreds inside

Woodlands Restaurant

Woodlands is a smart looking vegetarian restaurant near to Leicester Square. They have the usual vegetarian options of dosa, thali, and rice dishes.

Price: £10
Address: 37 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4EA

woodlands restaurant

Sakonis Vegetarian Restaurant

The restaurants above are all in the West end of London. Sakonis is a lot further out in Harrow, but if you want very cheap authentic vegetarian Indian food then it is worth a visit. At lunch times they do a great buffet with dosas, chill paneer, bhel poori, and a variety of curries. You can eat as much as you like. Plain and strawberry ice cream is included in the price.

Price: Less than £10
Address: 5-8 Dominion Parade, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TR

Standard restaurants with good Vegetarian options

Pizza Express

Pizza Express is a big chain and is a safe bet if you want a tasy pizza or pasta. There is a good selection of meat free dishes here. The funghi, margarita and giardiniera pizzas are of course vegi, but if you want something different you can ask them to put whatever vegetable toppings you like onto your pizza. Just don’t let them put parmesan cheese on your pizza as this is made with animal rennet.

Price: £10-£15
Address: 7-9 Charlotte Street Marylebone, London, W1T 1RG

Thai Cottage

Thai Cottage is a small Thai restaurant in Soho with a family feel. They have many tasty and sometimes quite spicy Thai dishes. I particuarly like their stir fried tofu. A vegetarian green curry is also available.

Price: £10
Address: 34 D’arblay St, London, W1F 8EX

thai cottage


Nandos is a chain and their restaurants are all over London. They are known as being a chicken restaurant but don’t let this put you off. They have a number of very tasty vegetarian options (which can be as spicy or not depending on which marinade you order).

When you arrive you are allocated a table number, you then order from the till and sit down. Your food will be brought to you. Good vegi options include the veggie, bean or portobello bugers and the pittas which are especially tasty with the spicy marinade. On the side you can order peri peri chips, salad, rice and corn on the cob.

Price: £10 each
Address: 57-59 Goodge Street, London, W1T 1TH

Thai Square

There are many Thai Square restaurants around London but the best one is in Trafalgar Square.

If you are looking for a ‘posh’ looking restaurant with good vegetarian options you may find it difficult. There are countless expensive restaurants in London but most of the pricier ones have really bad vegetarian options. Often they have a token option such as spaghetti pomodoro – hardly very imaginative. The Thai Square in Trafalgar Square fills a niche here. The decor inside is nice enough to take a vegetarian on a special occasion, and there are many good vegetarian options.

Price: £20 each
Address: 21-24 Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BL


This is a map of all the central London restaurants (only Sakonis which is in Harrow is excluded!). Fully vegetarian restaurants are shown in green and other restaurants with good vegetarian options are shown in yellow.

View Best Vegetarian restaurants in London in a larger map

Other tips

If you are going to a Thai or Chineese restaurant watch out for restaurants putting fish or oyster sauce on your food. Ask for no oyster sauce but you can tell them that soy sauce is fine.

Realistically if you go to a restaurant that also serves meat there is a good chance that there may be a small amount of contamination from shared food utensils or shared grills. The situation here in London is much better than in other European cities. If the idea of any potential mixing of utensils is too much for you then you are better off sticking with pure vegetarian restaurants.

HMS Belfast visit in London

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

As it was a bank holiday weekend I decided to visit the HMS Belfast. It was a Royal Navy warship, which is now permanently moored in the Thames as a museum. You’ll find it near London Bridge tube station.

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It served in World War II and for around 20 years afterwards. You can explore the ship seven days a week. On the day I visited it was £10.30 for an adult ticket.

Inside you’ll find lots of scenes of life inside the ship, including the gramophone room and the kitchens. You’ll also find a few exhibitions and plenty of information for you to read about the various areas of the ship.

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You’ll need to be comfortable with climbing up and down these kinds of ladders if you want to get around the ship. If you have a rucksack you’ll need to be careful when going through these openings.

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You get given a map of the ship and you are supposed to follow the red arrows to get around the route. Unfortunately there are so many red arrows, often pointing in opposite directions that it is very easy to get lost. If they put some numbers on the arrows it would be much easier to follow the route.

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The ship had its own surgery where injured sailors could be treated.

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The average sailor had to sleep in hammocks wherever there was space for them to be hung. Often they would have to sleep in rooms full of very noisy equipment. In the photo on the right is one of the rooms that houses the shells that can be fired 14 miles by the ship’s guns.

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I spent around one and a half-hours on the boat. If you were to read all the information, watch all the videos and listen to all the information on the audio guide you could double this. If you’ve never been to the HMS Belfast and you are in London it is definitely worth a visit.