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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world. It is located about an hour from central London and visitors can see the sumptuous State apartments, the spectacular display of heraldry in St George’s Chapel and even take a peek at the Royal residential apartments.Read more
The new banknotes released on Tuesday 13 September represent a break from the Bank of England’s current paper notes, they […]Read more
A custom that harks back to the Middle Ages caused a stir outside Westminster Abbey on the morning of 3 […]Read more
According to the Times Higher Education 2016 university rankings, 15 of the top 78 British universities are in London including […]Read more
Discover the story of United Kingdom Jewish history, identity and culture from 1066 to the present day at the Jewish […]Read more
The first exhibition to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection, Portrait of the Artist not only […]Read more
London has won two prestigious accolades at the annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. The capital came out […]Read more
When fellow Blue Badge Tourist Guide Brian Harlock told me he was signing up to sail around the world I […]Read more
Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long awaited Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts reveals […]Read more
A new Picasso exhibition will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and […]Read more
A new exhibition at Tate Modern will feature the works of Wifredo Lam (1902-1982). Born in Cuba of mixed heritage, […]Read more