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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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The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson Exhibition at The Holburne Museum

Interested in comic art?  Then consider organising a Bath tour with one of our Blue Badge Tourist Guides and be sure to check out the High Spirits: The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson exhibition at Holburne Museum of Art. 

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Dutch Artists In The Age of Vermeer Exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery

Launching on 13th November 2015 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace is a new exhibition titled: Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer.

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Crystal Spectre from Henry V to City of London

Crystal Sceptre Given To The City of London by King Henry V On Display At Guildhall

  From 24 October 2015 until 3 December 2015, the Crystal Sceptre given by Henry V to the City of London in grateful thanks for their help in loaning him money for the Battle of Agincourt will be on show at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

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Lord Mayor 2014 - Alderman Alan Yarrow

The 800th Lord Mayor’s Show in London – 14 November 2015

The 800th Lord Mayor’s Show in London will be held on Saturday 14 November 2015 and starts at 09.00 with a river pageant. The Lord Mayor will be travelling to the City in a flotilla of traditional Thames barges and small boats, including the famous QRB Gloriana. Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25 and the new Lord Mayor alights at HMS President ten minutes later.

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Victoria & Albert Museum - Bejewelled Exhibition

The Bejewelled Treasures Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum will launch The Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection exhibition on 21 November 2015.  Spectacular objects, drawn from a single private collection, will explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery. 

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Royal Academy - Jean-Etienne Liotard - Woman on Sofa

Jean-Etienne Liotard Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is showcasing an exhibition on the work of Jean-Etienne Liotard who was an artist in great demand across Enlightenment Europe and beyond.

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South Bank - Festival Pier & Queen Elizabeth Hall

All Change On The South Bank – Brutalism Revisited

The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery on the South Bank are now closed, preparing for a two-year refurbishment, and will re-open in 2017, which is exactly 50 years since they first opened in 1967-8. They are immune from listing status, unlike the Festival Hall, which is Grade 1 and the National Theatre is Grade 2 listed.

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