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Notting Hill: Portobello Road Market. Photo Credit: © James Hamill.

Top 10 Things To Do In Notting Hill

The neighbourhood of Notting Hill in London today is a vibrant, exuberant and colourful reflection of its heady, diverse, rich and multi-cultural past. An eclectic mix of people, places and attitudes give this affluent and fashionable area a unique vibe, combining both the bohemian and the traditional. International financial traders rub shoulders with artists, musicians and writers in the many coffee shops, bars, and restaurants or behind handsome stucco-fronted pillar-porched houses, pretty mews dwellings and of course, regular flats.

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Irish Guards Irish Wolfhound Mascot. Photo Credit: © Elf via Wikimedia Commons.

Ahead of the Pack: 6 of London’s Top Dogs

Chinese New Year has arrived and as London celebrates the Year of the Dog with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, my thoughts turned to this city’s longstanding love affair with man’s best friend, the dog. There’s a lot of puppy love in the Great British capital – a phenomenal 200,000 dogs and counting call London home.  That’s almost twice the size of the population of Reykjavik! 

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Charles Dickens Statue Portsmouth. Photo Credit: © Edwin Lerner.

Top 10 Interesting Facts About Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 at Portsmouth and was one of the first world superstars both in his own lifetime and ever since. He was recognised not only in Great Britain as a great writer but abroad, particularly France and the United States where he travelled extensively. He emerged as a writer in a stratospheric way in 1836, with Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.

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Churchill War Rooms - Churchill in Transatlantic Telephone Room.

Churchill War Rooms: The Nerve Centre of Resistance

The recent release of the Winston Churchill movie, Darkest Hour has brought one of London’s most popular tourist attractions into even sharper focus. The movie, in which Gary Oldman brilliantly captures the look, mannerisms and voice of Britain’s great wartime leader, is largely set in the Churchill War Rooms.

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London St James's Park - Horse Guard Parade: Changing of the Guard. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

Top 10 Facts About The Changing Of The Guard Ceremony

Elite soldiers from 5 infantry and 2 cavalry regiments have been guarding the Monarch since 1660. These 7 regiments are called the Household Division. The Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and St James Palace is a time honoured symbol of the British monarchy and a great example of British pomp and ceremony.

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London Theatreland: Palace Theatre_Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

10 Things That May Surprise You About London’s West End – Theatreland

London is a “world class” city on many levels, and attracts visitors for a wide variety of reasons, and none more so than for its theatrical reputation, credentials and concentration of West End theatres, known as “Theatreland.” Today there are well over sixty theatres both large and small located in a fairly tight geographical area.

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London Royal Parks: Couple walking at the edge of The Serpentine in London's Hyde Park. Photo Credit: ©Visit London Images.

5 Romantic Things To Do in London

You don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to plan a romantic day or  vacation in London. You also don’t need to limit yourself to traditional romantic gestures such as cards, flowers, chocolates and candlelight dinners while in London. You can create a more memorial experience by exploring and experiencing the best that London has to offer with your significant other.  With this in mind, below are 5 suggestions of romantic things to do in London.

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Prince Harry of Wales & Megan Markle_Engagement Photo. Photo Credit: © Alexi Lubomirski via The Royal Family.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle – A Thoroughly Modern Royal Marriage?

For some it came as a surprise that Prince Harry of Wales should choose Meghan Markle, an American ‘commoner’, as his bride, for others who know Prince Harry well, then maybe less so.

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British Library in London: Exterior View. Photo Credit: © Steve Fallon.

The British Library in London: The World’s Collective Memory

London is the link that unites all of us who were rocked in the soft cradle of the English language or first slept on its comfortable cushions at a later age. Our shared language is the tie that binds everyone reading this, and the capital is our tongue’s birthplace. At its heart is the British Library, which automatically receives a copy of everything published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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New American Embassy in London between Vauxhall at Battersea. Photo Credit: © Ursula Petula Barzey.

The New American Embassy in London is Now Open

Blue Badge Tourist Guides, when they conduct a tour of London, often take the time to show their groups buildings and places which remind them of their own countries. This is a way of connecting with the group and makes them feel at home -even though they may be thousands of miles from where they actually live.

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Portrait of King Henry VIII by Hans Holbein the Younger circa 1540. Photo Credit: © Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

King Henry VIII And His Six Wives: What Happened To Them And Why?

Despite his long reign, King Henry VIII is remembered mainly for two things: for marrying six wives and for setting in motion a chain of events that would lead to England’s break with the Catholic Church and the start of the English Reformation.

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The Cotswolds: View of the Cotswold Wildlife Park in May 2010 with Rhino's in foreground. Photo Credit: © Andrew Lawson via Visit England / Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Top 10 Facts About The Cotswolds, An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the West of England

The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the west of England and is a popular place for tourists to visit. It is full of charming English towns and quaint villages built using honey coloured stone. Driving through the traditional rolling English countryside is a treat in itself and is more enjoyable when accompanied by a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

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