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English Heritage - 150th Anniversary of Blue Plaques. Photo Credit: ©English Heritage.

English Heritage Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Blue Plaques

In 1866 the Blue Plaque scheme was founded by the Society of Arts and so this year they celebrate their 150th anniversary. Now managed by English Heritage, London’s blue plaques are handmade in Cornwall by the Ashworth family. The first blue plaque was awarded to the poet Lord Byron in 1867, but his house in Holles Street, was demolished in 1889 – today it is the site of John Lewis department store.

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ZSL London Zoo - Lion Rubi. Photo Credit: ©ZSL London Zoo.

Her Majesty The Queen Open Land of the Lion at ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo’s most majestic residents were given a Royal welcome on 17 March when the brand new Asiatic lion […]

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Royal Academy of Music Museum

Visiting the Royal Academy of Music Museum

Last month, Joanna Tapp, the Royal Academy of Music Museum curator, gave a group of Guide London Blue Badge Tourist […]

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine 1874. Photo Credit: ©Tate Britain.

Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age Exhibition at Tate Britain

This spring, Tate Britain will uncover the dynamic dialogue between British painters and photographers; from the birth of the modern […]

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Palm leaf manuscript from the Lines of Thought exhibition, Cambridge University Library.

Cambridge University Library Celebrates 600th Anniversary

Cambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary with an exhibition featuring its most valuable treasures, including Halley’s handwritten notebook […]

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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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