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Kew Gardens - The Hive designed by Wolfgang Buttress and created by BDP, Simmonds Studio and Stage One. Photo Credit: ©Mark Hadden.

UK Pavilion from Milan Expo 2015 Finds New Home at Kew Gardens

After a spectacular run as the centrepiece of the gold medal winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, UK […]

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Model: Eniko Mihalik in ‘Tamila’ lingerie set from the Agent Provocateur Soirée collection, spring/summer 2015. Photo Credit: © Sebastian Faena via Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum

The Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear exhibition launching at the Victoria & Albert Museum tells the story of underwear […]

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Sir Norman Hartnell, pale green crinoline evening gown made of silk chiffon and lace embroidered with sequins, pearls, beads and diamante. Worn by Her Majesty The Queen in 1957 during her visit to the United States of America as a guest of President Eisenhower. Photo Credit: ©Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

Fashioning A Reign: 90 years of Style from the Queen’s Wardrobe

In celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday, three special exhibitions will be staged across each of Her Majesty’s official residences […]

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Branch of West Indian cherry with Achilles Morpho butterfly, 1701-05. Photo Credit: ©Royal Collection Trust/Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies Exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace will host a new exhibition titled:  Maria Merian’s Butterflies starting on Friday, 15 April […]

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UK Parliamentary Archives. Photo Credit: ©David Mildon.

500 Years of Records at the UK Parliamentary Archives

Housed in the taller but less famous Victoria Tower of the Palace of Westminster are several million records of historical, […]

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Westminster Lord Mayor with Blue Badge Tourist Guides from Guide London. Photo Credit: ©Tina Engstrom.

Guide London Visits Westminster City Hall

On Friday 26 February 2016, Guide London which represents the members of the Association of Professional Tourist Guides visited Westminster City Hall. Chair Steven Szymanski and Branch Councillors Ruth Polling and Dolly Collins and Guidelines editor Tina Engström were delighted to be invited to Westminster City Hall to meet the Lord Mayor Christabel Flight and Councillors Jacqui Wilkinson and Nickie Aiken.

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Wenceslaus Hollar, London, the Long View, 1647

6 Events To Mark The 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death

In the theatre we have already seen A Winter’s Tale starring Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench and later this year Romeo and Juliet starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Lily James is on at the Garrick. Branagh is also involved with Film London creating new commissions for the anniversary which will include The Hungry, a UK-Indian co-production – a contemporary retelling of Titus Andronicus – as well as short films by all-female directors, animations and a BBC documentary.

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The Light of The Spirit by Patrice Warrener. Photo credit: ©Ursula Petula Barzey.

12 Illuminations from Lumiere London Festival 2016

Lumiere London is a new lights festival produced by Artichoke and supported by the Mayor of London. Bringing together some of the world’s most exciting artists working with light, Lumiere London transforms many of London’s most iconic streets and building in the West End and King’s Cross area. The festival is completely free to attend and was launched on Thursday, 14th January 2016 and will run through Sunday, 17th January 2016. Below are 12 of the illuminations viewed in the West End area for Lumiere London 2016.

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British Library - Kenneth Williams Archive

British Library Acquires Kenneth Williams’s Archive

The British Library has announced the acquisition of the personal archive of Kenneth Williams, including 43 personal diaries and approximately 2,000 letters spanning his entire life and career from the age of 18 until his death in 1988.

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Looking For England's King Richard III

Looking For England’s King Richard III

Last November, fellow London Blue Badge Tourist Guides Tim Hudson and Jo Hoad organised us one early morning for an outing to look for the body and hear the story of Richard III at Bosworth and Leicester.  Richard was the last king of England to die in battle, the last Plantagenet monarch and, after a short reign of just over two years, died calling out “Treason! Treason!” not, as Shakespeare has it, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!”

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When Soak Becomes Spill

Artist Subodh Gupta Exhibits When Soak Becomes Spill At Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum has unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill, a major new installation by leading Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta.  

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Claude Monet - Lady In The Garden

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

Using the work of Monet as a starting point, The Royal Academy of Arts landmark exhibition Painting The Modern Garden: Monet To Matisse examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.

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