Whether you go all mushy thinking about it or write it off as commercial nonsense, you won’t be able to avoid Valentine’s Day in London and the capital is sure to be a romantic place to be on February 14th. Valentine’s balls and parties will be held all over the city on the big day, and don’t worry if you’re single – they’ll be plenty of anti-Valentines day events and singles’ nights where you can lament your lack of a date in style too. Not sure how to spend the most romantic day of the year? Here are a few ideas.
January 28, 2014
Equal only to New York’s Broadway, London’s West End theatre district is renowned worldwide and with a constant stream of hit musical and theatrical shows, numerous glitzy venues and a cast of award-winning actors from around the globe, it’s no surprise that tickets sell out so quickly. For many visitors to London, attending an evening theatre performance is a highlight of their visit and even if you haven’t managed to pre-book tickets, you can still pick up last-minute deals online or from the cut-price ticket booths Leicester Square (just don’t expect to snag front-row seats!)
December 4, 2013
London’s spectacular Christmas lights cast a spell over the city’s landmarks throughout the holiday season, setting the scene for a festive shopping frenzy right up until the tail end of Christmas Eve. Get in the mood long before the big day with Christmas Eve Lights Tour in London Led by Santa!, a perfect way to see the famous lights along Oxford Street and Bond Street, or take a River Thames Christmas Cruise and view the glittering lights along the embankment.
November 18, 2013
Since releasing her first best-selling album in 1985, Whitney Houston quickly cemented her position among the great icons of music history, clocking up seven consecutive number 1s on the Billboard chart, an acting career that included the cult hit The Bodyguard, and of course, the phenomenal success of ‘I Will Always Love You’, the best-selling female artist single of all time. In special tribute to the star, whose untimely death in 2012 devastated fans around the world, Madame Tussauds London unveiled a new wax figure of Houston on October 19th, welcomed to the museum by a 30-strong gospel choir.
September 10, 2013
Each Friday night the streets of London come alive with the whirring of hundreds of tiny wheels, as a huge crowd of rollerbladers, quad skaters and skateboarders shoot through the city center, accompanied by blaring music. This is London’s Friday night skate (FNS), one of the most thrilling ways to get the inside scoop on the city’s hotspots.
August 28, 2013
Spearheading the 21st century British pop invasion, One Direction have been soaring to the top of the UK and American charts since finishing 3rd on the British X Factor in 2010. But forget the multiple Brit and MTV awards, 19 million singles sold worldwide and the hotly anticipated 2013 ‘This is Us’ film release – surely the most exciting moment in One Direction history was when their waxwork clones were unveiled at London’s famous Madame Tussauds in early 2013.
July 16, 2013
Ever wondered where the Queen of England takes her afternoon tea, or where Will and Kate will be introducing their newborn to its Royal relatives? Well, now’s the time to find out, as the magnificent Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public for eight weeks only.
Few Royal buildings are as famous as London’s majestic Buckingham Palace and while watching the daily changing of the guard is a must-see attraction for many tourists, the real highlight of the year is the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, when mere mortals get the chance to walk in the footsteps of Royalty.
July 9, 2013
From famous London Rom-Coms like Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Notting Hill, to gritty gangster flicks like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, London has hosted an illustrious cast of characters over the years. Whether you’re a film buff looking for the inside scoop on your favorite classic movies or simply inspired by the big screen to check out somewhere new, taking a Movie or TV tour of London is a fun way to discover the city’s highlights. Here are a few famous film locations not to miss.
May 21, 2013
With Eurostar trains taking a mere 2 hours and 20 minutes from Paris to London, there’s no reason why you can’t be dining atop the Eiffel Tower one night and enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Ritz the next. In fact, it’s so easy to hop between the 2 capitals, that it’s even possible to take a day tour to London from Paris.
May 14, 2013
The world’s oldest underground train system, dating back to 1890, riding on the London Tube or the London Underground is an unmissable experience for visitors to the English capital. With 275 tube stations, you can get just about anywhere in London on the trains, but navigating the vast train network may seem like an insurmountable feat to newcomers. Here are a few tips to make sure your journey goes smoothly.