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London Theatreland: William Shakespeare Globe Theatre. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre In London Comes Of Age

Besides the usual well-known places such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, London’s Blue Badge Tourist Guides are sometimes asked to include in their tour a visit to sites such as William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

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Author P.G. Wodehouse in 1930. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

P. G. Wodehouse To Be Honoured At Westminster Abbey, Britain’s National Church

Despite creating two of our best-known and much-loved Englishmen, Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse Wodehouse did […]

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8 London Christmas Markets

Looking to get into the festive spirit while also shopping for some unique Christmas gifts? Then consider visiting one of London’s Christmas markets. From large German Christmas markets such as Winter Wonderland and the South Bank to smaller Christmas fairs, these 8 markets are perfect for your Christmas shopping needs.

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Somerset House - Ice Skating

Skating in London – 5 Open Air Ice Rinks To Enjoy Over The Christmas And New Year

Christmas festivities in Central London usually start with the putting up of Christmas lights in the major shopping areas. But nowadays, the laying out of ice rinks in popular tourist attractions makes the visitor experience much more fun. Here are 5 places where you can enjoy skating in London with amazing scenic views.

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Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Cascais, Portugal - 1940. Photo Credit: © Wikimedia Commons.

The World’s Most Famous Radio Broadcast Delivered by King Edward VIII

On the evening of 11 December 1936 King Edward VIII, having reigned for only 327 days, informed the world that he had abdicated in favour of his younger brother, who became King George VI. In his famous broadcast from Windsor Castle he said to the world: “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.”

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The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890, showing the harlequinade characters. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Pantomime – A Traditional British Christmas Treat For All The Family

Would you like to go to a theatre where you were allowed to shout back at the actors on the stage? The opportunity to do so comes between November running all the way through Christmas until the start of the New Year when Pantomimes take place in many village halls and theatres across the United Kingdom.

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Santa at the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

8 Ways to Enjoy London At Christmas

London is a great destination to visit all year round, but there is something magical about the city at Christmas time. The Great British weather doesn’t have too many fans but the crisp nature of a clear Winter’s Day is a thrilling sight (as long as you are properly wrapped up) and there is no shortage of great Christmas London attractions.

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Carnaby Christmas Carnival 2017. Photo Credit: © Reed Exhibitions Limited via Carnaby.

5 Reasons To Visit London During The Christmas Holidays

Christmas is a magical time of year to be visiting London. There are spectacular decorations everywhere and people are generally in a festive mood. Here are some of our favourite seasonal experiences which are all great reasons to visit London during the Christmas holidays.

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British Military: Guards Division War Memorial opposite Horse Guards Parade in London. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

History of Armistice Day – 100 Years Since The Great War Ended

Blue Badge Tourist Guides taking groups around London and throughout Britain at this time of year will often be asked by visitors about the red poppies which British people are wearing. These commemorate those who were killed in the First and Second World Wars and in other conflicts, the United Kingdom has been involved during the last century. The poppy appeal raises around £50 million every, the money going to service charities.

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Imperial War Museum London - Weeping Windows Poppies Tour. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

10 Things You Might Not Know About The Red Poppy Flower

Each year,  millions of red poppy flowers are distributed across the United Kingdom leading up to Remembrance Sunday. Held on the second Sunday each November, Remembrance Sunday commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. With that in mind, below are ten things you might not know about the red poppy flower.

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King Henry I of England. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

King Henry I of England, The Forgotten Monarch

There have been eight kings of England called Henry and maybe the least well known was the first to hold that name. King Henry I of England was the fourth son of William the Conqueror and, as such, would not have been expected to come to the throne. Nevertheless, when his brother, the little-loved William Rufus died in a suspiciously convenient hunting accident in the New Forest, Henry was ready to quickly claim the crown and dashed up to London for a quick coronation at Westminster Abbey.

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London Royal Parks: View of St James’s Park. Photo Credit: ©Ursula Petula Barzey.

Top 10 Things To See In London’s Royal Parks

London is blessed with numerous green parks and gardens, most importantly the eight main Royal Parks, from the central London Parks of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park to those further out such as Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Greenwich Park. These are often called “London’s Lungs” and are a green haven for Londoners and visitors alike.

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