With the royal wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a new heir to the throne, Britain’s Royal Family have been making headlines around the world over the last few years, and following in the footsteps of the Royals is a popular choice for visitors to the capital. Along with watching the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, touring Hampton Court Palace and marveling over the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, visiting Windsor Castle from London is one of the capital’s top Royal attractions and makes an easy day trip.
March 23, 2014
As the most-read playwright in history, few literary figures are as revered as William Shakespeare and every year thousands of fans visit Stratford-Upon-Avon to follow in the footsteps of the iconic wordsmith. Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon, has been celebrating the writer’s birthday on April 23rd for nearly 200 years, with a weekend of parades, live music and themed events devoted to the town’s most famous resident, and with 2014 marking Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Anniversary, this year’s festivities are set to be some of the biggest yet.
March 11, 2014
Teeming with historic architecture, monumental landmarks and world-class museums, few cities are as iconic as London and the cultural Mecca has plenty of surprises up its sleeve. Whether you’re looking to check off the top sights, hit the shops or discover the British capital through the eyes of the locals, here are 50 unforgettable experiences to have in London.
February 17, 2014
With schools of stripy clownfish swimming overhead and menacing sharks creeping beneath your feet, walking through the glass-walled tunnels of the London Sealife Aquarium is like diving into the depths of the ocean – albeit without getting wet. Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of marine life, the London Aquarium preserves some of the world’s most unique and colorful specimens, with some 400 species from spotted zebra sharks and green turtles to tiny seahorses and rainbow-colored coral reefs.
February 4, 2014
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.