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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!

 

 

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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!

 

 
July 15th 2014

Go British With The Best Afternoon Tea In London

Go British With The Best Afternoon Tea In London

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A traditional afternoon tea is one of the most sought after (and delicious!) British experiences that everyone just loves to do. A lazy afternoon spent gossiping over cups of tea, delicious sandwiches, pastries and finger-licking scones with all the trimmings is just one of the ways to enjoy a fabulous day out in London.

Afternoon tea dates back to the early 19th century and the tradition is owed to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who devised afternoon tea as a way to cure those peckish pangs in the afternoon! Afternoon tea then became less popular over the years but has seen a fierce revival in the 21st century as both Brits and visitors rediscovered the delight of this afternoon pastime.

High tea has been adapted and modified across the country but we think the original is still the best! A traditional afternoon tea consists of multiple cups of tea, finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones with jam and clotted cream. You can find places to enjoy afternoon tea across the capital, but take a look at our pick of the best afternoon tea experiences in London.

 

A Royal Afternoon Tea: Buckingham Palace Tour and Afternoon Tea

Combine a special summer visit to Buckingham Palace with afternoon tea at the nearby Hilton Victoria hotel! You’ll feel like royalty working up an appetite at the Queen’s huge London home before tucking in to traditional afternoon tea at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Victoria. Buckingham Palace Tour and Afternoon Tea, £54 per person

Afternoon Tea Cruise Aboard Bateaux London

Gentle sightseeing and afternoon tea together is a winning combination! The River Thames provides an amazing perspective of London and with Bateaux London Cruises you can enjoy a delectable afternoon tea as you glide on the water. The cruise lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and includes full afternoon tea with unlimited tea and coffee. Afternoon Tea Cruise Aboard Bateaux London, £25 per person

Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea

High-end department store Fortnum and Mason is known world-wide for its range of luxurious products, especially their excellent tea! Distinctly British, Fortnum and Mason is one of the oldest and most famous stores in Piccadilly and afternoon tea here is undoubtedly pretty special. Sip on fragrant tea blends and munch on treats including scones with Fortnum’s own preserves and clotted cream in the airy Diamond Jubilee Tea Saloon. Fortnum and Mason Afternoon Tea, £40 per person

Afternoon Tea with a Glass of Prosecco at Shakespeare’s Globe

If you like your afternoon tea with some extra fizz, Swan Restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe offers an afternoon tea with the added option of a glass of bubbly Prosecco. This lovely restaurant sits on the banks of the River Thames next to outdoor theatre Shakespeare’s Globe and serves traditional afternoon tea in a gorgeous setting. If you’re celebrating or want to add that sometime extra to your afternoon tea experience in London, this one’s for you! Afternoon Tea with a Glass of Prosecco at Shakespeare’s Globe, £28.68 per person. Afternoon tea without Prosecco £21.93

 

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Try and squeeze in afternoon tea during your visit to London if time permits – you can combine afternoon tea with a range of sightseeing activities, including The View from The Shard, London’s glossy new skyscraper!

Take a look at the full range of afternoon tea experiences in London and don’t miss out on this timeless British tradition. 

 

 

 
July 10th 2014

Bludgers And Broomsticks: It’s A Sporting Summer At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Bludgers And Broomsticks: It’s A Sporting Summer At Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

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Wimbledon may be over, but you can still go sports-mad at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London! Broomsticks, hoops, bludgers and the Golden Snitch – it’s only a game of Quidditch! The fast-paced mythical sport was made famous in the Harry Potter series and on-screen we saw Harry whizz through the air on his broomstick as he tried to catch the Snitch and win the game. You don’t have to be an athlete to dive into the world of Quidditch this summer as the wizarding sport will be on show at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London! For a limited time only (Friday 18 July – Monday 1 September), visitors to the Studio Tour can learn how this exciting game was staged for the big screen.

The Bludgers and Broomsticks experience is included in the price of standard tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and fits in perfectly with the summer of sport we’ve seen so far. Make time for a visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London during the applicable period and you’ll see a special exhibition dedicated to magical sports and wizarding games.

Authentic Qudditch costumes and special effects revealed

There will be authentic costumes from Quidditch scenes on display and the rattling ball crate from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Discover how special and visual effects made Harry Potter cast members fly and chess pieces move – remember those animated and feisty pieces that came to life in a game of Wizard’s Chess?

Ride a broomstick!

During your visit to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, you will be able to pretend you’re soaring high above Hogwarts and test the green screen technology that allowed our favourite film characters to fly. Hop on the broomstick and let your imagination run wild as the experts film you with a dramatic Potter-esque background!

 Meet a team of prop-makers

Pierre Bohanna was head prop-maker for the Harry Potter film series and his team will be on hand at the Studio Tour to demonstrate the techniques used to handcraft the broomsticks seen in the films. Take a look at how they made Harry’s first broomstick and his top of the range Nimbus 2000!

Book your Warner Bros. Studio Tour tickets now with return transportation from Central London and go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film series – the tour also includes the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, Hagrid’s Motorcycle and lots of genuine props and sets used in the films!