A great activity to do at this time of year is to visit one of London’s many outdoor ice rinks. Whether it is with the family or a romantic night out with that special someone, it has always been something that appeals to everyone.
Here is a list of London’s main rinks;
Canary Wharf Ice Rink – Nov 1-Feb 28 (our favourite)
Natural History Museum Ice Rink – Oct 30-Jan 4
Hampton Court Palace – Nov 21-Jan 4
Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink – Nov 11-Jan 11
Winter Wonderland – Victoria Park, Dec 2-31
Broadgate Ice Rink at Broadgate Arena (Liverpool Street Station) – Nov 17-Feb 26
The Christmas tree arrived in Covent Garden this week for the start of the Christmas shopping period in the West End, while Cheryl Cole (sorry Fernandez-Versini) officially lit the lights in London Oxford Street on Thursday in front of over 20,000 people along with a performance from the cast of the West End’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in what is becoming more and more of an concert than a tradition and it is a shame that it was ticketed.
Ming Dynasty at the British Museum
18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015
This September the British Museum welcomes one of the most famous eras of man to its doors.
“Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made.
The exhibition will feature a range of these spectacular objects – including exquisite porcelain, gold, jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – from museums across China and the rest of the world. Many of them have only very recently been discovered and have never been seen outside China.
Art Exhibitions China – principal Chinese contributor”
Open daily 10.00–17.30, Fridays until 20.30
Last entry 70 mins before closing
As of the 6th of July London Buses will no longer accept cash payments to the driver. In stead passengers will have to either have a bus pass, a paper ticket or an Oyster card.
An Oyster card is the most practical method for visitors to London as it means you can travel as much as you like without having to worry about have enough change to get the whole family on a bus or tube.
Each member of your party will need one. You can either buy a “pay as you” go version, which involves you guessing how much you will need and adding extra if you run out or a travel card which allows unlimited travel for a day, week or month. (Any unused “pay as you go” credit can be refunded.) The maximum an oyster will be charge per day is £8.60.
Buying Your Oyster Card When Visiting London
When arriving in London you have several ways of purchasing an Oyster card.
- Any major underground station
- Gatwick Express – from the Gatwick Express ticket office or terminal desks
- Stansted Express – from the ticket office at the airport rail station
- Eurostar – on board trains to London
- Oxford Tube coach service – from ticket offices at Gloucester Green Coach Station and Thornhill Park and Ride in Oxford
- National Express coaches – from ticket offices throughout the UK, including those at major airports such as Gatwick, Stansted and Luton
You can buy your card even before you leave by visiting an overseas agent.
As if we didn’t already know it but London has been found to be the best City in the world. According the accountancy firm PwC Cities of Excellence awards. It won points on factors such as health, ease of doing business, education and as a city gateway for tourist.
James Bond has arrived to Covent Garden London
This exciting family exhibition will transform the entire London Film Museum
space in Covent Garden and will allow Bond fans and members of the public to see
the most up to date collection, including for the first time in the UK, the 1/3
scale model of Agusta Westland’s AW101 helicopter used whilst filming 2012’s
Skyfall. Bond in Motion will also feature a wide range of vehicles, miniature
models, action sequence boards, vehicle concept art and props from all of the
James Bond films.
Iconic cars that have featured in the high octane, all
action Bond vehicle chases will also be on display, including “Wet Nellie” Lotus
Esprit S1, from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977, the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from
Goldfinger, 1964 and the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye, 1995.
The exhibition will be open for the duration of 2014.
The nearest tube stations are:
- Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines)
- Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Line)
- Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)
*Please note Covent Garden station is exit only until November 2014
Luna Cinemas have released their schedule for summer 2014.
|Dulwich Park||18th - Cool Runnings|
19th - Top Gun
20th - Thelma and Louise
|20th - Wolf of Wallstreet|
|Greenwich||11th - Back to the Future|
12th - Gravity
|Kensington Palace||6th - Back to the Future|
7th - Breakfast at Tiffany's
8th - Great Gatsby
|Holland Park||14th - Romeo and Julliet|
15th - The Birds
16th - The Graduate
17th - Les Miserables
|Regent's Park||17th - Goldfinger||1st - Breakfast at Tiffany's|
|Kew Gardens||4th - Romeo and Julliet
5th - Gravity
6th - Top Gun
|Battersea||9th - American Hustle
10th - Labyrinth
11th - Django Unchained
Before you panic London hasn’t fallen into anarchy but it is being visited by blasts from the past.
The Natural History Museum – One Million Years of the Human Story
13 February – 28 September 2014
From this February the Natural History Museum will be taking a journey through 1m year of human history from early Neanderthals, to the Vikings and through to modern man through interactive exhibits, film and demonstrations.
Adults £9. Children and concession £4.50. Family £24. Free for Members, Patrons and children under 4.
British Museum -Vikings life and legend
6 March – 22 June 2014
Hot on the tails of the Natural History Museums exhibition not to be outdone the British Museum has its own journey through the history of the Vikings through their “Swords and axes, coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images”
Adult – £16.50
16 – 18 years – £13.00
Under 16 years – £0.00
Student – £13.00
From what appears from the outside to be a members only club that only the highly connected could enter or at least a special handshake, is actually the entrance to the latest buzz amongst carnivores.
Upon visiting their Seven Dials restuarant you would be excused for missing the entrance altogether, as it is the most unassuming entrance, in a non discript side street just off Covent Garden.
But once inside you are transported to a bygone era of green tiles, brass fittings and black and white floors, it immediately feels like something special.
The starters, which are actually just an inconvenience delaying the arrival of the main, consist of an array of lobster, oyster, crab and cheese dishes. We had six oysters to share and I had Tamworth Belly Ribs. All very nice but considering we had already ordered the main, our minds were already there.
Now just imagine this, there are two choices to the way your chips are prepared, either cooked in beef drippings or TRIPLE cooked chips! Now after about 5 minutes of arguing about which to get, sharing etc., we decided to get one of each per person to settle any disputes. Now couple this with a Chateaubriand and I am in heaven. The steak was the best I have tasted outside the US, as the meat was so tender you could almost cut it with a fork.
We never did decide which was the better of the two style of chips, but we have decided that another visit is in order to make our minds up! However you can not just arrive at these restuarants and expect a table so book ahead.
The good news is that there is now three of these in the captial:
Guildhall – 10/12 Basinghall St. 0207 3978120
SEVEN DIALS – 11 Langley St. 020 7856 2154
SPITALFIELDS – 157Commerical St.0207 247 7392
MISS SAIGON is making a sensational return to the West End on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical’s 25th Anniversary Year, booking for performances through to Saturday 25th October 2014. However booking for the show starts this month.
A story of love between a American GI and a young Vietnamese girl during the final chapters of the Vietnam war it has cemented in West End history as one of the most successful shows ever and seen by over 35 million people.