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View of Tower Bridge in London. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Tower Bridge In London Celebrates 125 Year Anniversary

Every Blue Badge Tourist Guide in London knows the difference between London Bridge and Tower Bridge – but not all their clients do. London Bridge is on the site of the original Roman crossing of the River Thames. Rebuilt several times, the current London Bridge was opened by the Queen in 1973 when the previous one proved not strong enough to carry the heavy traffic crossing it.

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Swan Upping on the River Thames in London. Photo Credit: © Guy Fairbank.

Swan Upping: Counting the Crown’s Swans On The River Thames

Since time immemorial, the Vintners’ and Dyers’ companies, livery companies of the City of London, have shared the ownership of mute swans on the River Thames, along with the Sovereign. During July, the Queen’s Swan Marker, accompanied by the Vintners’ Swan Marker and Dyers’ Bargemaster, spend five days travelling 79 miles along the Thames.

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Four young women attending Royal Ascot at the prestigious Ascot racecourse in Berkshire. Photo Credit: © Ben Selway via Visit Britain.

Attending Royal Ascot And Exploring Windsor Castle

The highlight of the summer horse racing calendar is undoubtedly the Royal Meeting at Ascot, attended every day by Her Majesty the Queen. At the time of writing (late May) there were still some tickets available from £37. This year’s Royal Ascot will be held on 18th to 22nd June 2019.

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Brunch in London: Pancakes with Bacon at The Wolseley. Photo Credit: © David Loftus via The Wolseley.

11 Restaurants For Brunch In London

There’s no doubt that going to brunch can be the highlight of a great weekend. Like with many culinary traditions, the origins of the meal called brunch aren’t entirely clear. Some food historians suggest it may have sprung from huge feasts held in England after a hunt. (We do know that the word first appeared in print in an 1895 Hunter’s Weekly article.) Others think it may relate to the big meal Catholics would have after mass.

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Design Museum in London: Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. Photo Credit: © Edwin Lerner.

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition At The Design Museum In London

London Blue Badge Tourist Guides usually have a working knowledge of film releases and locations, particularly anything to do with those highly successful franchises Harry Potter and James Bond. However, the director Stanley Kubrick, who began life in the Bronx and ended up living in Britain, could never be pigeon-holed or defined by a franchise.

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Major John Andre. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Memorial At Westminster Abbey For Major John Andre – An Officer, A Gentleman And A Spy

Westminster Abbey has over 3,000 burials and memorials within its precincts, commemorating royalty, poets, scientists, politicians, musicians and more. Booking a Westminster Abbey Tour with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide is a great way to learn about some fascinating features in the church that may go unnoticed by most visitors.

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British Fish and chips. Photo Credit: © Matthias Meckel via Wikimedia Commons.

Fish And Chips: A British Love Affair

Think of classic British food, and you probably think of fish and chips, one of the most popular and famous national dishes. What you may not know is that the origins of the dish stretch beyond our shores. The story of the humble chip goes back to the 17th-century in either Belgium or France – there are differing opinions – and fried fish was introduced into Britain by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain.

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Kensington Palace - Springtime daffodils bloom in the east front gardens.

Top 10 Facts About Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for over 300 years and is now the London home to Prince Harry, Prince William, Catherine Middleton and the young Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Although their residence is private, a large part of Kensington Palace is open to the public to explore the lives of past royal residents, and visit the historic rooms that have shaped a nation. Below you’ll find 10 top facts about Kensington Palace.

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Tourist hanging out in Trafalgar Square with the National Gallery in the backdrop. Photo Credit: ©London & Partners.

London Is The Perfect Summer Destination

Summer is always a spectacular time of year to visit London and the rest of the United Kingdom. This year is no exception and here are five great reasons to visit over the next few months.

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Gelato at Snowflake. Photo Credit: © Diane Williams.

Where To Find The Best Ice Cream In London

Touring London is a great way to top up your step count and burn off calories. So why not reward yourself for all that hard work? Blue Badge Tourist Guides know where to go for the tastiest treats, and nothing beats ice cream on a warm day. In no particular order, here are some of the best ice cream shops in the capital, tried and tested by this Blue Badge Tourist Guide (well someone had to do it).

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Portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Leonardo da Vinci In London – 500 Years On From His Death

This year marks 500 years since the death of the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci in May 1519. Although he was born in the heart of Tuscany in Italy, Leonardo had a profound influence on art the world over. You can see evidence of this right here in London. Leonardo’s image features in mosaics decorating the National Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. We are also lucky to have several works in London by the great master. These display not only his creative genius but also his intellect and huge appetite for knowledge.

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Vincent van Gogh self portrait. Photo Credit: © Edwin Lerner.

Vincent van Gogh And Britain Exhibition At Tate Britain Museum In London

London’s Blue Badge Tourist Guides often take their groups around the city’s art galleries and are trained to be familiar with the works of major painters. One of these is Vincent van Gogh. Many of us know a few famous facts about the Dutch post-Impressionist — he only sold one painting during his life; he cut off his ear and later committed suicide. Brilliant artist, unstable person is the general view of Vincent van Gogh.

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