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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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Selfridges Christmas Window 2015 - Aries

Selfridges 12 Zodiac Inspired Christmas Windows

Major department stores in London give their shop windows a makeover in December to celebrate the festive Christmas season and become retail theatre.  The unveilings are highly anticipated and people often queue for hours waiting for the moment that stores like Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason unveil their Christmas masterpieces.

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London Christmas Tree 2015 - Covent Garden

8 Christmas Trees Across London

Christmas trees, Christmas lights and festive decorations are seen all across London during December.   It makes the city extremely inviting in the late afternoon and evening for shopping and exploring.  Featured below are 8 Christmas trees across London during this festive season.

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South Bank Centre Winter Market

Guide to Enjoying Christmas & New Year In London

London offers a variety of ways to keep you entertained over the festive season. Here are some of the best tips from Guide London to help you make the most of the capital over the next few weeks.

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Lumber London - Light Festival

2016 London Calendar With 63 Major Sporting & Cultural Events

London welcomed nearly 18million international visitors in the last 12 months, and this number is expected to increase.  Many visitors come to see the artwork and cultural artifacts at major museums like the British Museum, National Gallery and Natural History Museum.  Others are interested in exploring major attractions like the Tower of London, Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace.  However, an increasing number are visiting London for international sporting and culture events.

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Somerset House - Ice Skating

12 Places To Go Ice Skating In London During Festive Season

With the festivities leading up to Christmas in full swing, there are now plenty of opportunities to try ice skating in London. These are some of the popular venues where you can hire skates and have some fun!

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Christmas at Kew Gardens

New Winter Trail for Christmas at Kew Gardens

Did you know that Kew Gardens was home to one of the very first decorated Christmas trees in England? It was Queen Charlotte in the 1790s who dressed branches in one of the largest rooms at Kew Palace, and when the tree was lit and all aglitter, the whole court gathered round.

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Houses of Parliament. Photo Credit: © London & Partners.

Palace of Westminster Visitor Services Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

The Palace of Westminster is synonymous with politics in the United Kingdom and has seen some of the most momentous events in the history of the country. From the ill-fated 1605 Gunpowder Plot to speaker William Lenthall’s defiance of King Charles I in 1642 and from suffragette Emily Davidson hiding in a ventilation shaft in the building to the inspirational “We shall fight on the beaches” Winston Churchill speech delivered to the House of Commons on 4 June 1940.

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