• Charity launched to support the Marc Bolan School of Music for children of Sierra Leone

    The launch of the ‘Light of Love UK’ charity took place at Ognisko, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London with the Oscar-winning, 60s & 70s Motown sensation, Gloria Jones as host.

    The Light of Love UK, the charity established to raise funds to support the Marc Bolan School of Music, has officially been launched. Gloria Jones, the 1970s Motown sensation, Northern Soul singer famous for the original version of ‘Tainted Love’ and Marc Bolan’s partner, joined forces with Jed Dmochowski, a teacher and singer-songwriter, to set up the Light of Love charity to raise 40,000 pounds to build an inspirational new music and dance school in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

    The launch event took place in the main ballroom above Ognisko, Exhibition Road, Kensington, London, where friends and family of the late Marc Bolan, 70s glam rock legend and creator of T.Rex, joined together with talented artists from music, film, theatre, fashion and the arts. Harry Feld, Marc’s brother, brought some nostalgia to the event stating how proud Marc would have been of those who have supported the initiative so far, and how much Marc loved children.

     

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    Gloria Jones hosts charity launch

     

    The celebratory event was made even more special as Marc Bolan enthusiasts, friends and fans attended to donate auction gifts, musical instruments for the school and money to help support the fundraising initiative. Donations included a shirt worn by Marc Bolan from T.Rex fan, Colm O’Connor; a guitar for the children attending the Marc Bolan School of Music donated by T.Rex fan, Mark Sheehan; a replica guitar donated by the Deborah Bonham Band; a cheque for £5,000 raised by various fundraising events; a truly inspiring and beautiful scarf designed exclusively for the launch from fashion house, Teatum Jones, and the presentation of a piece of land in Ghana as a basis for the next school to be built in West Africa, from Adjei Amaning.

    Gloria said, “I am so overwhelmed by the love, the kindness and the support that we have received. The charity cannot continue to do its good work without such generous offerings. We welcome all donations with open arms, whether it’s your skill, your time, your advice, your resources, gifts, money, auction prizes, or just the ability to spread the word. We are well on our way to raising the funds that we need to continue to build our school in Sierra Leone, in Marc’s name. We will bring music and dance to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people, in a place that I hold so fondly in my heart, Sierra Leone, West Africa.”

    Supporting the cause is Bolans Architects, based in South London, who revealed the plans and designs for the school which will include an outdoor film school, music rooms, musical instruments, classrooms, a community cinema and a library. The school has been designed with community in mind, using a creative structure to enhance the practicalities of each room, including an open-air amphitheatre. The materials recommended are practical, functional and sensitive to the surroundings.

    All funds raised will be shared with the British Red Cross to continue to combat the Ebola crisis in the region. To make a donation, please visit: http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/the-bolan-walk-help-us-f…. For more information about the school, visit www.marcbolanschool.com.

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  • Tourism

    Visiting St Paul’s Cathedral

    No one that lives in or visits London can forget about religion. Like an ancient sentinel over the bustling metropolis stands St. Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral was first built in 604AD and this is its 4th incarnation.

    Sir Christopher Wren designed the building that stands majestically today and it was built between the years of 1675 and 1710. The former cathedral was destroyed by the Great Fire of London. Five of Britain’s monarchs oversaw construction so that the leading church of London would be as magnificent and beautiful as the palaces from which they ruled.

    People and Events of the Past at St. Paul’s Cathedral

    Some of Great Britain’s most important events have taken place in St. Paul’s Cathedral. Funerals, weddings and commemorations have been held here. The Duke of Wellington, Lord Nelson and Sir Winston Churchill had their funerals held here. Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married here and services commemorating the peace at the end of World War I & II were celebrated at the cathedral.

    The celebration for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee as well as the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen took place in the hallowed space of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Also her 80th birthday was commemorated here as well as the Queen Mother’s 80th and 100th birthdays. St. Paul’s Cathedral has changed to reflect different eras over time.

    The crypt holds fragments of stone, effigies and remnants of its medieval origins. Mendelssohn once played the 1695 organ that is still in use and the Whispering Gallery is still a delight to children. The wrought iron gates placed in 1700 and created by Jean Tijou are still separating the ambulatory from the quire and magnificent monuments and art celebrate the history of a nation.

    St Paul’s Cathedral Today

    As long as a cathedral stood it has been a church that is busy ministering to the faithful. It is a monument that glorifies the God of the Episcopal Church and draws worshippers and tourists in the thousands each year.

    The gorgeous Dome dominates the skyline of London. The interior is filled with stone carvings, mosaics that glitter and vantage points that take one’s breath away. Explore the Crypt and Library. Hear the bells toll throughout the city. Visit the American Memorial Chapel, the Cathedral School and St. Paul’s Institute.

    Those that plan to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral can access information about services, tours, and special events by visiting their website at www.stpauls.co.uk. Ticket prices news and information about commercial facilities can all be found on the website pages. A visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral is a must for visitors to the city of London. Come and experience history in a tranquil setting, set amidst historic splendor that won’t soon be forgotten by any that have the opportunity to visit the cathedral that is such an integral part of the city.

    No matter how many times you have visited St. Paul’s Cathedral, it will continue to have the power to awe and inspire those that gaze upon its majestic façade and step back in time as they enter through her doors.

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  • St Martin’s Courtyard’s Open Air Comedy Night Announced

    One night of free live comedy in St Martin’s open air Courtyard St Martin’s Courtyard is proud to  present the first free live al-­‐fresco comedy night in the heart of Covent Garden. Located just off Long Acre, the courtyard will be transformed into an open-­‐air comedy club  showcasing the sharpest comedic talent from across the country. For one night only a stage and 150
    theatre style seats will pop-­‐up for an evening of belly aching comedy.

     

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    ‘Comedy in the Courtyard’ will take place on Thursday 30th July starting at 7:30pm with a stellar line up including one of  the fastest rising stars in the UK comedy circuit, British comedian and actor Joel Dommett. The fantastically charming radio  DJ and comedian Justin Moorhouse from Phoenix Nights and finally the incredibly funny and fearless Irish headliner, Aisling Bea, who has regular spots on Russell Howard’s Good News, McIntyre’s Roadshow, Live at the Apollo and starred in the award winning sketch show, Cardinal Burns.

    Hosting the evening will be the commanding compere Chris Gilbert, a veteran of five National Comedy Tours for the RAF in  addition to hosting events for Ricky Gervais, Michael McIntyre and Tim Vine.

     

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    Tickets are free and available online at www.StMartinsCourtyard.co.uk through an online ballot. Winners will be contacted one week prior to the event and the ticket entitles the holder and a plus one, to a seat in the courtyard. If you’re not one of  the lucky ones to win a pair of tickets, don’t panic – a small allocation will be available on a first come, first served  basis from 6:30pm on the night. Heckling is guaranteed for late arrivals!

    Tell us your best joke on Twitter and Facebook for the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets. We have 70 pairs of tickets to  give away and 5 pairs of VIP tickets.

     

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    Joel Dommett

     

    Italian wine bar Dalla Terra will be offering a selection of delicious wine & bubbles to purchase throughout the evening at t heir pop-­‐up bar with a larger selection available in house.

    For your chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the evening, follow St Martin’s Courtyard on twitter @SMCCoventGarden and  keep checking the website for more information, giveaways and opportunities to win.

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    Ticketbis’ Essential guide for Wimbledon 2015

    Fun facts and trivia relating to this year’s championship

    With Wimbledon 2015 just around the corner fans are getting ready to enjoy another fascinating fortnight of action at the oldest and most historic of the four Grand Slams.

    This year’s tournament runs from Monday 29th June until Sunday 12th July and fans can still get tickets if they have their wits about them.

    Total prize money for the players has risen by 7%. That means £1.88m each is on offer for the Singles Champions and Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitová will be fighting hard to defend their titles.

    Ahead of the tournament Ticketbis.net have compiled an essential guide for Wimbledon 2015, including some fun facts about the history and the modern day goings on at the Championships.

    Did you know only seven Championships have been recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922? Those were 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.

     

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    Read on to find out more!

    History

    The Ladies’ Singles Plate has been contested since 1886, whilst the Men’s Singles (Challenge Cup) has been disputed since 1887.

    Current champions

    Novak Djokovic (Gentlemen’s Singles)

    Petra Kvitová (Ladies’ Singles)

    Players

    More than 750 players will participate (757 in 2014 including qualifying)

    Prize Money for 2015

    Singles Champions: £1.88m

    Total: £26.75m

    Attendance

    Total attendance for 2014 Championships: 491,084.

    Up to 39,000 spectators per day.

    Matches

    660 during fortnight

    Longest Match 

    2010, Court 18, played over three days

    John Isner (USA) beat Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68

    11 hours 5 mins duration

    Final set lasted 8hrs 11mins.

    Most Aces in one championship

    Men: 212 – Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 2001

    Ladies: 57 – Alexandra Stevenson (USA) 1999, Serena Williams (USA) 2008

    Fastest Ever Serve at Wimbledon

    Men: 148mph – Taylor Dent – 2010

    Women: 129mph – Venus Williams – 2008

    English Summer Weather

    Only seven Championships have been recorded as being without rain interruptions since 1922: 1931, 1976, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010.

    Courts

    19 Championships grass courts (Centre Court, Court Number 1, plus 17 more). There is no court number 13!

    Grass

    Championships playing height 8mm.

    Hawk

    Rufus, a Harris Hawk, visits the Club most weeks in the year to provide a deterrent to local pigeons.

    Balls

    54,250 used during The Championships period

    No thank you

    Fans have been told by Wimbledon’s organisers they can leave their selfie sticks at home, whilst of course the players must avoid wearing bright coloured clothes and keep to mainly white shirts and shorts or skirts.

    Getting tickets

    Queue

    The 2015 Queue starts at 8am on Sunday 28 June. Only a few tickets are available each day for the show courts.

    Ground tickets

    Buy tickets on the day for standing room and unreserved seating across courts 3-19. But you cannot get into Centre Court or Courts 1 or 2.

    Go online

    Get resold Debenture day tickets through sites like Ticketbis.net

    Ballot

    Go in for the Ballot run by All England Lawn Tennis Club. Write to AELTC (P.O. BOX 98, London SW19 5AE) for ballot form, but this has to be sent by December of previous year. Your chances of getting tickets are around 1 in 10.

    Royal box

    Wimbledon’s Royal Box has 74 seats and getting an invite into this elite area is tricky but President Clinton has managed it and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has found a way in for life!

    Become a Member

    Join the All England Lawn Tennis Club. There are 375 members, 100 temporary Members elected each year. If you have been good enough to win Wimbledon you can be invited!

    Become a Debenture Holder

    Sign a cheque for about £50,000 for Centre Court Debentures, or £20,000 for Court number 1 and send it to Wimbledon! Debentures only happen every five years.

    Tournaments

    There are 12 tournaments held annually as part of the Championships:

    Gentlemen’s Singles

    Ladies’ Singles

    Gentlemen’s Doubles

    Ladies’ Doubles

    Mixed Doubles

    Boys’ Singles

    Girls’ Singles

    Boys’ Doubles

    Girls’ Doubles

    Wheelchair Gentlemen’s Doubles

    Wheelchair Ladies’ Doubles

    Gentlemen’s Senior Invitation Doubles

    Refreshments

    At the largest single annual sporting catering operation in Europe, these quantities are supplied by Championships’ caterers over the fortnight of play.

    350,000 cups of tea and coffee

    230,000 glasses of Pimm’s

    100,000 pints of draught beer and lager

    142,000 portions of English strawberries

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  • Seven Dials’ upcoming Spotlight open air free music, arts and culture festival in London

    Seven Dials, London’s go to fashion, lifestyle and restaurant destination announces the date for Spotlight, a free one-­‐day festival of arts, music and culture. On Saturday 15th August, 12 noon until 7pm the area will be transformed in to a traffic free alfresco hot spot celebrating arts and entertainment.

    The open-­‐air stage will be positioned next to the Seven Dials monument, showcasing an impressive line-­‐up of theatre, dance, comedy and
    music performances. Visitors can enjoy the pop-­‐up lawn around the Dial complete with deck chairs and garden games.

     

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    In between the performances, shop the selection of independent boutiques and flagship stores to discover a series of indoor and outdoor promotions
    and activities. Refuel at one of the many top restaurants, bars and cafes, including Tredwell’s, Kopapa, Earlham Street Clubhouse and Homeslice
    to name a few.

    Earlham Street will be transformed into a foodie’s paradise, lined with some of your favourite street vendors and Seven Dials bars and restaurants,
    offering a selection of vibrant street food.

    Don’t forget to SAVE THE DATE and put it in your diary for the perfect day out with family and friends.

    Head to SevenDials.co.uk for more up to date information.

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  • TheatreBreaks.com’s six West End musicals bringing back swinging sixties

    TheatreBreaks.com is rolling back the years and conjuring up the spirit of 1960’s London, with a series of ticket and hotel packages for six West End musicals that, between them, feature over 200 songs from the Swinging Sixties.

    The 60’s is probably one of the best loved musical eras and, with many bands and iconic tunes currently celebrating their 50thanniversary, it is no surprise that there are plenty of opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of Swinging London!

     

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    Currently there are five shows in London with 60’s roots: Jersey Boys , Let It Be , Sunny Afternoon , Beautiful and The Commitments (although The Commitments is set later, most of the music is still unashamedly 60’s).

    Theatre Breaks has also just announced that short breaks are also now on sale for the Broadway smash hit musical Motown – the musical which opens in February 2016. It tells the fascinating story of how Berry Gordy created the sound of Motown and, not only influenced the music industry, but also crossed political and racial divides, to bring people together in music.

     

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    The 60’s and its music helped form the world we now live in, so I am so excited that visitors can now come to London and get such a taste of that decade: its music, what it celebrated and what it stood for!” says Simon Harding of TheatreBreaks.com

    Personally, I was only born in the 60’s so I didn’t know much about it at the time, but the fabulous music from these shows has always been part of my life.   “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Nowhere to Run” on the Tamla Motown label and the Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride” were in the charts in the UK the week I was born and, coincidentally, it was the same week that The Kinks’ Davies brothers had their famous falling out in Cardiff which ended in the drummer knocking out Dave!

     

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    Theatre and hotel packages start at less than £100 per person including top price ticket and accommodation based on two people sharing a twin or double room and Theatre Breaks offers discounts on optional rail travel too, so it doesn’t cost the earth to get to London either!

    Further information on Theatre Breaks’ Swinging Sixties Packages is at http://www.theatrebreaks.com/blog/london-musicals-with-songs-from-the-60s

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  • New Minicabster App Gets You A Cab In An Instant

    The release of the brand new Minicabster app today means that Londoners are never more than two taps away from the city’s most reliable and affordable minicabs. Packed with a range of exciting new features, the dynamic new app is set to revolutionise urban transport, and cement Minicabster as the go-to provider of minicab comparison and booking.

    Built purely with the user in mind, passengers now have the ability to save their favourite addresses as tiles on the start screen so wherever they are, comparing fares is simply one tap away. Minicabster is perfect for the regular travellers as the instant quote comparison puts passengers ‘in the driving seat’, with the ability to choose what type of vehicle they’d like, what price, and even browse the operator ratings before booking.

     

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    The app’s product and development was lead by Irshad Khan, Business Lead/Head of Technology at Minicabster who previously has worked for successful startups such as Just Eat, Blink Box and Adobe Shockwave. The new app was designed based on customer feedback, which overwhelmingly found that usability was one of the key criteria for the app – and the new design delivers. Ordering a cab to your location takes just two taps, and users can store their card details within the app, so there’s no need to get caught short without any cash.

    Another key benefit of the app is up-front pricing – Minicabster believe in transparency, so their passengers will never be faced with an unexpected bill when they arrive at their destination. The app allows users to get a confirmation of the cost of their journey before booking, so they can find the cheapest option and know that the cab provider will honour the quote. Getting caught in traffic can be a financial nightmare when you’re in a black cab or metered cab – but Minicabster provides concrete quotes, so passengers won’t pay a penny more on arriving at their destination.

     

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    Sadie Gee, Business Lead at Minicabster says, “The new app is in perfect alignment with our company ethos – we wanted an app that was fast, convenient and reliable, with plenty of features that put our passengers first. The typical Minicabster user tends to make the same journeys regularly, so we incorporated the ‘address tiles’ into the new app, meaning wherever passengers are, they can find the price to get home with literally one tap. With Minicabster, people can compare the most reliable local providers, pre-book journeys in advance or request an immediate minicab, save their favourite journeys and get confirmed quotes. We’ve deliberately made the app as simple as possible, so getting the best deal for any journey is as easy as possible, and everyone can spend more time focusing on the more exciting things – like where they’re off to!”

     

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    The new features unveiled by Minicabster are the result of in-depth research into the demands and needs of minicab users all over the country. Up-front pricing, the ability to pre-book journeys and the option to save journeys to the app were all sought-after features for regular minicab users, and Minicabster prides itself on its ability to listen to what passengers want from the service. The brand new app addresses these basic passenger needs and provides simple solutions to each of their demands.

    Gee adds, “All of the new features in the app were created with the passenger in mind – we constantly strive to ensure we offer the most reliable, punctual, and competitively priced service for our customers, from booking to arrival.”

    With the launch of the new app, Minicabster has set itself firmly on the road to success, putting passengers’ needs first and listening to the feedback of existing users to ensure their service meets every demand. The truly twenty-first century travel app is now a one-stop-shop for all journeys – whether they’re for business or pleasure.

    For more information about Minicabster, visit the website or download the app: http://www.minicabster.co.uk

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  • Eleanor Dillon-Reams leading London hit show Henry V

    Eleanor Dillon-Reams is Queen of Shakespeare’s Kings – Henry V – in the hit show, Henry V – Lion of England, in London for the first time to commemorate the 600th anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt.

    The role has been made famous in the past by Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh, but now Eleanor Dillon-Reams plays Henry V – and twelve other characters! Henry V – Lion of England was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and has toured the UK, Ireland and the USA, but it comes to London for the first time – to a pub!

    Writer and Maverick’s Artistic Director, Nick Hennegan said, “To celebrate 21 years of the Maverick Theatre Company we thought we’d bring back the show that started it all to commemorate the Battle of Agincourt. On tour it’s been a big production, with lighting, music and special effects, but we first did it in a pub back in 1992 and we wanted to get back to that. We’ve also had four previous actors playing Henry V – all men. And our SM is female too. So it’s great that we’re now an all-woman show – apart from me, of course!”

    Director Katie Merritt said, “Eleanor was just the best talent for the show. I’ve always believed in gender-blind casting and although it creates extra elements for direction, we’ve been able to add a new scene with one of the female characters and it gives an extra dimension to the piece I think.”

    Eleanor Dillon-Reams said, “I’ve been very aware from day one that I’d be not only taking on a huge lead role but one that is famous for being played by many of the great MALE actors. Being a 20 something woman means I’m not necessarily as strong or physically big as any of the previous Henrys’ that have taken on this solo version of Henry V. It’s been a real exploration, but ultimately, the piece will inevitably be different because you have a woman playing the role and that’s not a hindrance, it’s really bloody exciting!”

    ‘Henry V – Lion of England’ by Nick Hennegan. Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf Pub, 25 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1JB. Weekends till 20th June, 2015. Tickets £6-£24, but use the limited time special offer code when booking – HENRY01 and get HALF PRICE TICKETS!

    For further information see Henry V – Lion of England. Maverick can be found at www.mavericktheatre.co.uk or http://stageone.uk.com/

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  • Tourism

    24 hours in London

    Some ideas on spending 24 hours in London

    So you find yourself in London for just 24 hours  –  how are you going to make sure that you get the most out of your time in one of the world’s most exciting cities? Here are some ideas on seeing as much as possible during your time in London.

    Begin the day early with a stroll around Hyde Park, wander past the Serpentine and pay a visit to the Princess Diana Memorial. Stroll down past Hyde Park Corner and through Green Park on to Buckingham Palace.

    After taking the obligatory tourist snap with the iconic guards at the Palace continue your walking tour of the cities green spaces with a stroll through St James’s Park and down to Trafalgar Square. Take in Nelson’s Column and battle the other tourists to climb up onto the imposing marble lions that guard the column.

    Maybe refresh with a coffee and a snack and then head down Whitehall, past the impressive government buildings to see Downing Street which Prime Minister, David Cameron, calls home. Only a few more metres down the road you will come across the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey – some of the capitals most famous and beautiful buildings.

    Just across the river is the London Eye. Yes, it is basically a giant ferris wheel but at 443 foot, each 30-minute ‘flight’ provides you with wonderful, uninterrupted views of the city.

    Every visit to London should involve a stroll along the South Bank on the River Thames. It’s a great opportunity for some people watching and there are lots of street performers wowing crowds, book stalls to peruse and places to grab a bite to eat or a drink. Eventually you will stumble upon the imposing disused power station that has been converted into the Tate Modern, one of London’s most popular museums with locals and tourists alike.

    When you can drag yourself away from the modern art, continue your walk along the South Bank taking in St Paul’s Cathedral on the other side of the river and on to Borough Market. This farmers market is a foodie heaven and after all your walking, you will deserve to treat yourself. Sample the cheese, bread, pestos and pastries on offer and wash it down with some traditional English cider.

    By now, you will no doubt be weary from all the walking so it’s time to hop on a tube to Liverpool Street. From here you can wander through the stalls and trendy shops of Spitalfields Market on to Brick Lane where if you can fit it in, you can enjoy one of the best Indian curries in London. No doubt you will be exhausted but if you can manage it, the area around Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street provides lots of great options for late night watering holes.

    Your 24 hours in London will be tiring but it will also leave you wanting more. Be sure to visit again soon.

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    London’s Parks

    A Look at London’s Green Spaces

    Two-third of London is covered with green space and water. In this way, it becomes one of the greenest places in the world.

    Battersea Park is an important open area in central London. The ownership is by London Borough of Wandsworth and there is free public access. The habitats include amenity grassland, secondary woodland, scattered trees and a lake. The lake is a habitat of large numbers of waterfowl.

    St. James’s park Green park and Buckingham palace gardens is owned by the Royal Parks and the Queen. The habitat consists of amenity grassland, veteran trees, scattered trees, hedge and ponds. A surprisingly large diversity of birds and other wildlife are found in this park.

    Tooting common has the London Borough of Wandsworth as the owner. It consists of grassland, secondary woodland, scrub, scattered trees, pond and amenity grassland. There is free public access to most of the site.

    Royal parks are an executive agency related to the Department for culture, media and sport. This agency runs some of the most famous parks in London. These parks are detailed below.

    Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal parks. It is spread over an area of 445 hectares. It is located to the north of Hampton court palace. There are almost 320 free roaming deer at this place.

    The Green Park has an area of 19 hectares. This has mature trees and grassland. On its periphery are the Queen’s walk, Piccadilly and the Constitution Hill. Greenwich Park is the oldest enclosed Royal Park. Its area is 74 hectares. A tiny herd of fallow and red deer have made this park their home. As this park is situated on top of a hill, there is an excellent view across the river Thames to St. Paul’s Cathedral. This park is the host of the Prime Meridian Line and the old Royal Observatory.

    The Hyde Park is spread over an area of 142 hectares. This park has more than 4000 trees, horse rides, a meadow and a lake. This is London’s finest historic landscapes. When one is inside this park, he easily forgets he is in the midst of London.

    Kensington Garden is spread over an area of 111 hectares. This park is a good place for Kensington Palace, the Serpentine gallery, Peter Pan statue, the Albert Memorial and the peaceful Italian gardens. This park has formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds.

    The Regent’s park has an impressive rose garden. This garden has more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties. This is the largest outdoor sports area in London. Out of the 166 hectares, almost 100 hectares are meant for sports fans of diverse types.

    The Richmond park is the largest Royal park in London. It is spread over an area of nearly 1,000 hectares. The grasslands amidst ancient trees, gardens, ponds, woodlands and hills make this a very peaceful place. There are about 650 free roaming deer. This park is called as a Special Area of Conservation, a site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve.

    In the heart of London is the St. James’s park. Its area is 23 hectares. There is a lake that has pelicans, geese and ducks. This park houses the Mall where many ceremonial parades and events of national celebration are held.

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