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Highclere Castle. Photo Credit: © Edwin Lerner.

10 Facts About Highclere Castle Featured In Downton Abbey TV Show

Blue Badge Tourist Guides need to know about television series and films because these do so much to encourage visitors to come to London and the United Kingdom. The most popular series on mainstream television in recent years has been Downton Abbey which was filmed at the home of the Earl of Carnarvon in Hampshire, Highclere Castle.

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Notting Hill Carnival. Photo Credit: © Flickr/Kathmandu.

Notting Hill Carnival 2019

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, the Notting Hill Carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights, and social solidarity.

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Beatles Abbey Road Album Cover. Photo Credit: © Iain Macmillan via Wikimedia Commons.

50 Years After The Famous Beatles Abbey Road Crossing Photograph

It was around 11:30 in the morning of the 8th August 1969 when Iain MacMillan took a photograph of John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing the most famous pedestrian crossing in London – and probably the world. This was in Abbey Road just outside the studio where the Beatles made their records. It remains one of the most iconic album covers of all time and is imitated by around half a million people every year.

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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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