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July 29th 2014

How To Make The Most Of Your Day Out In London

How To Make The Most Of Your Day Out In London

 

 

With so much to do in London, it can difficult knowing what to visit if you only have a short amount of time in the city. If you’re a newcomer to our fabulous city, check out this easy-to-do itinerary which includes some of the capital’s best sights and experiences. The only drawback is you’ll want more time, but it’s a great place to start!

Morning

London EyeSay good morning to London and begin your day with a view to die for! Hop on the EDF Energy London Eye first thing in the morning and start your day in London on a high. The London Eye is located on South Bank, right next to the River Thames and is easily reached by Tube or hop-on hop-off bus.

During your 30 minute flight on the London Eye you’ll see a number of famous London sights, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, which is a mere half a mile walk from the huge wheel. After your London Eye flight, take a stroll to the Houses of Parliament to get that all important Big Ben selfie! It’s also worth noting that the South Bank is home to two other top London attractions: SEA LIFE London Aquarium and The London Dungeon.

Westminster Abbey

From the Houses of Parliament it’s just a five minute walk to Westminster Abbey (right), the grand location for William and Kate’s royal wedding. The Abbey is simply gorgeous and the Gothic architecture makes it one of the most photographed churches in London.

Take a bus or walk just under a mile to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen’s lavish London residence – Changing the Guard begins at 11.30am daily in summer (in autumn and winter, the ceremony takes place on alternate days).

Head to nearby Cardinal Place Shopping Centre for a restaurant near Buckingham Palace – you’ll find a great variety of eateries here suitable for a quick snack or leisurely lunch.

 

Afternoon

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-trafalgar-square-london-image18094417Catch a bus or take the tube from Victoria Station to Trafalgar Square (left). If you’re taking the tube, the Circle or District line will take you to Embankment, which is a seven minute walk from Trafalgar Square.

This bustling area of the city has long been considered the heart of London and often stages events throughout the year. Take in the beautiful architecture and Nelson’s Column monument.

 

Walk just a few paces through the doors of the domed building with towering columns and you’ll be in the National Gallery. This free to visit museum houses some of the greatest pieces of art in the world and you can while away a couple of hours browsing the inspiring collections.

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From Trafalgar Square, take a short walk to Piccadilly Circus and experience the dynamic atmosphere of this major road junction. It gets very busy so you probably won’t want to stay here long, just enough time enjoy the buzz.

For a weird and wonderful escape, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum is housed over five floors overlooking Piccadilly Circus or if you want to do a spot of shopping, head to Fortnum & Mason, a British department store dating back to 1707. Fortnum & Mason is known for its top-notch food and drink and especially high quality teas.

An afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason is a real treat. A British tradition still much-loved today, afternoon tea is a relaxing and delicious way to spend an hour or two. Fortnum & Mason serves its own Classic Blend tea accompanied by sandwiches, scones and pastries in the store’s airy Diamond Jubilee Tea Saloon.

Evening

Muster up the energy in the evening to explore London’s vibrant West End and take in one of the fantastic theatre shows on offer. The famous theatre district of London has a huge range of plays and musicals and it’s easy to pick up Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot or The Bodyguard tickets.

The West End of London is a fabulous place to finish off your day in the city, with Leicester Square, Soho and Chinatown (left) coming alive at night. There’s plenty to keep you occupied until the early hours if you have the stamina!

 

This is just one way you could spend the day out in London and this itinerary takes in a handful of the city’s top attractions and landmarks. It should give you an idea on what London experiences can be achieved in a single day – so don’t be afraid to tailor your schedule to suit you.

 
July 24th 2014

Samba Your Way Through London This Weekend At The Great British Carnival

Samba Your Way Through London This Weekend At The Great British Carnival

Paraiso School of Samba

What: Great British Carnival

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Click for park map)

When: 27 July 12.00 PM – 9.30PM

Brazil is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now. With a World Cup under their belt and the Olympics to look forward to in 2016, Brazilians have been showing the rest of us how to put on a show! You’d have to endure an 11 hour flight from London to visit Brazil, but luckily for us the Great British Carnival will be bringing the best of Brazil to the UK capital!

Shademakers HorsesHead down to Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford from 12pm this Saturday for feel-good fun carnival-style! The Great British Carnival marks the midway point between the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics – what better way to celebrate than with infectious tunes, lively dancing and loads of people coming together to have a good time?

We can hardly believe that it has been two years since London hosted the Olympic Games, but it’s almost time for Brazil to step into the spotlight!

 

Shake it at the Great British Carnival

Bridgwater Squibbers 0211The free Carnival will feature a vibrant mix of international carnival artistes, home grown performers and local carnivals from Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. As evening approaches, you’ll be mesmerised by the performance of The Carnival of the Animals – a show involving costumed performers, 300 dancers, giant carnivalesque creatures and amazing light shows.

Throughout the day, young and old can join in with music and choreography workshops, listen to live musicians, rappers and poets and enjoy the lively atmosphere. All activities are free to take part in!

 

Explore Stratford in East London

Looking for other things to do near Stratford, London? How about ascending Britain’s largest piece of public art – the ArcelorMittal Orbit? Or spend a few pennies at the massive Westfield Stratford City shopping centre. You’ll find hundred of stores here along with a diverse range of restaurants plus a cinema and bowling alley – perfect for rainy days in London!

 

 
July 21st 2014

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London Discount Now On For One Week Only!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London Discount Now On For One Week Only!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the place where being different is cool, and then it’s put on display so everyone can see just how cool it really is. For a limited time only, you can pick up tickets for this eye-popping London attraction with a fantastic 44% off – exclusively on the Golden Tour’s website! You have until the 28th July to buy Ripley’s Believe It or Not! tickets at this special price, but you can use your tickets any time up to 31st October. What a bargain! In honour of this unbelievable deal, here are five Ripley’s Believe It or Not! highlights that make a visit to the Piccadilly Circus venue well worth your time.

Must-See At Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 

Legends Gallery1. The Olympic Torches

The Legends Gallery boasts the world’s largest collection of Olympic Torches from games throughout the years. You’ll see a London 2012 torch of course, a symbol of the exciting games hosted in this very city, signed by track cyclist Laura Trott. You can even pretend to be an Olympic medallist on the raised podium – although there might be a few arguments over who comes first, second and third!

 

hall of mirrors2. The Hall of Mirrors

Getting lost is inevitable in the confusing Hall of Mirrors – expect to see people walking tentatively through the winding mirrored maze slowly with their hands stretched out! There is a certain sense of accomplishment when you find the exit, but it’s not as easy as it looks!

 

 

ripley13. The Shrunken Heads

Yes, you can see genuine Shrunken Heads at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London. The Jivaro tribe of the Andes like to shrink human heads as war trophies, and you can see some examples of these heads and learn about the practice during your visit to the Ripley’s museum. This display is a great combination of fascinating and creepy!

 

 

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4. The Art Displays

You’ll see some famous faces on the walls of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! gallery. However, these images are not created using mundane pencil or paint. A portrait of Barack Obama made using solely the words of his inauguration speech and a separate picture of his wife Michelle from bottle tops are two eye-catching pieces of art on display at the museum.

 

 

laser race5. The Laser Race

Ripley’s ‘Impossible Laserace’ pits contestants against a room of sensitive lasers, Mission Impossible style! Beat the clock and dodge the green beams of light as you try to reach the checkpoints and achieve points. See if you can top the daily honours board – you’ll see your name displayed in the entrance!

 

 

Other things to see and do at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London include the Hall of Mirrors, creepy Dungeon, World’s Tallest Man and Cosmic Mysteries! There is an on-site café to sit in and take a break from the museum and you’ll also find a gift shop to spend a few pennies in on the way out. Take advantage of this special offer and you’ll have more money to spend on the irresistible treats in the shop, but remember you must purchase tickets by 28 July!

 
July 18th 2014

3 Places In London To Feel Like A Sporting Superstar

3 Places In London To Feel Like A Sporting Superstar

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We’ve had an incredible summer of sport so far with the World Cup and Wimbledon providing nail-biting entertainment over the past few weeks. We had a few surprises (Andy Murray getting knocked out of Wimbledon; Italy, England and Spain failing to make it to the quarter finals of the World Cup) and were on the edge of our seat for many of the matches! Even Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is getting into the spirit of the games.

Looking for things to do in London this summer? You can keep the sporting excitement going while in the UK as many of our top stadiums and pitches offer special tours and behind the scenes experiences to check out exactly where the action takes place. After an exciting summer of sport already (with more still to come!) take a look at where it all began with a visit to these three celebrated sporting venues. All these venues are located in or around London and are so easy to get to!

 

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See where Djokovic, Murray and Federer have all clinched the coveted Wimbledon title during a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Djokovic won Wimbledon 2014 and secured his place in tennis history and you can go behind the scenes at iconic centre court to see where he served his way into the history books. You’ll be able to walk through the men’s dressing room and see the championship trophies during your visit.

 

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Top players from all over the world have stepped out on the pitch at Wembley Stadium – and now you can too! Premier League superstars from teams including Manchester United and Chelsea have all played on the pitch surrounded by 90,000 fans. Wembley Stadium as it stands today was opened in 2007 and is the second biggest football stadium in Europe! No matter which football team you support, a Wembley Stadium Tour will impress even the most cynical of supporters.

 

Lords__Crickete_ground_2170_73893. Lord’s Cricket Ground 

The 2nd Test of the cricket kicked off yesterday, with England playing India at historic Lord’s Cricket Ground near Regent’s Park. The Lord’s Cricket Ground Tour lets you walk through the legendary Long Room, see the Ashes Urn and nose around the dressing rooms. (Due to the ongoing test match, you can take a Lord’s Cricket Ground Tour from the 22 July).

 

 

Got another English football team in mind? If you want to visit other top stadiums and don’t mind travelling out of London, you can also take a tour of the Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea FC stadium. Make sure you check the dates you’ll be visiting before making any plans as the tours are subject to match days and training and you won’t be allowed to join in!