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The Complete Guide to Nightlife in London

April 15, 2014

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Partying in London. Photo courtesy of masochismtango via Flickr.

A true 24-hour city, London comes alive after dark and as one of the world’s busiest, most cosmopolitan capitals and the epicenter of Europe’s music and theater scene, it’s no surprise that the city’s nightlife spans all tastes. But with so many bars, clubs and live music venues to be found in every corner of the city, it can be hard to know where to start. So to help you plan your night, stay safe and sample the best that the British capital has to offer, here’s our complete guide to nightlife in London.

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Visiting Windsor Castle from London

April 1, 2014

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Windsor Castle, a popular day trip from London

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.

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Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Anniversary

March 23, 2014

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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Anniversary in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo courtesy of Mark.Bold via Flickr.

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.

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London Sealife Aquarium

February 17, 2014

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London Sealife Aquarium. Photo courtesy of lo_ise via Flickr.

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.

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Where to Find London’s Best Fish and Chips

February 11, 2014

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Looking for London's best fish and chips? Photo courtesy of Calgary Reviews via Flickr.

With over 255 million portions of Fish ‘n’ Chips consumed in Britain each year, the long-standing staple of English cuisine shows no signs of waning in popularity. Although you’ll no longer be able to pick up a take-out wrapped in newspaper (Health & Safety regulations no longer allow it!), there are still plenty of places where you can enjoy traditional battered fish and thick-cut chips, served up with classic sides like mushy peas, coleslaw or tartare sauce. Hungry? Here’s where to find London’s best fish and chips.

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Valentine’s Day in London

February 4, 2014

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Valentine's Day in London @ the London Eye. Photo courtesy of viditu via Flickr.

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.

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London’s West End Theatres

January 28, 2014

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Explore London's West End Theatres. Photo courtesy of Mr Andy Bird via Flickr.

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!)

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Finding Free Wi-Fi in London

January 21, 2014

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There's lots of places to find free Wi-Fi in London

From underground Wi-Fi on the London tube to posting real-time instagrams from the top of the London Eye, there’s no end of options for getting online in London and it’s not only hotels and airports that offer free Wi-Fi. Whether you’re checking out apps on your smartphone, updating your travel blog or just catching up with friends and family back home, here are some tips for getting online in the British capital.

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Christmas with Harry Potter and Warner Bros. Studios

November 22, 2013

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Spend Christmas with Harry Potter and Warner Bros. Studios. Photo courtesy of Karen Roe via Flickr.

This Christmas, special ‘Hogwarts at Christmas’ tours run from November 15th – January 6th with the studio sets undergoing a festive makeover in the run up to the big day. The Great Hall will be laid out with yuletide delicacies like turkeys, hams, plum puddings and snow cakes, flanked by glittering Christmas trees and decorated with sprigs of mistletoe and wreaths. You’ll even get the chance to experience a white Christmas, as the spectacular model of Hogwarts Castle will be blanketed in artificial snow throughout the holiday season.

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Celebrating American Thanksgiving in London

November 5, 2013

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Celebrating American Thanksgiving in London. Photo courtesy of ruocaled via Flickr.

For Americans, Thanksgiving (this year falling on Thursday November 28th) is one of the biggest celebrations of the year and you don’t have to miss out on traditions just because you’re away from friends and family. Many London hotels, bars and restaurants will be pulling out the stars and stripes, and serving Thanksgiving specialties like roast turkey, chowder and pumpkin pie in honor of their US guests, so to help you plan for the big event, here are some of the best places for celebrating American Thanksgiving in London.

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