• Tourism

    London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is a prominent West End theatre based in Covent Garden in London, and backs onto Drury Lane. Despite having been rebuilt three times there has been a theatre on the site since 1663, which technically makes it the oldest theatre in London.

    The first theatre was built in 1663 and was designed by Christopher Wren. It stood until 1672 when it was ravaged by fire and burnt down; it was known as the Theatre Royal in Bridges Street. The theatre was then succeeded by a bigger and more elaborate building, which was also designed by Christopher Wren and could seat 2,000 people. The opening of the second theatre was attended by King Charles II and was renamed the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.

    The second theatre was managed by English actor David Garrick during the mid-eighteenth century and during his time as the theatre manager he produced many plays to be performed, including many of Shakespeare’s works.

    In 1791 the theatre was demolished due to its capacity being too small and out of date and it was replaced by a larger theatre, designed by Henry Holland, which was opened in 1794. This larger theatre only stood for a further 15 years before once again being burnt down.

    The theatre that we know today as the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane was designed by Benjamin Wyatt and reopened in 1812 with a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

    Drury Lane has always been considered a theatre for showing legitimate drama, rather than the musical entertainment often put on by the other theatres, however more entertainment based productions were taken on with the shows of the Carl Rose Opera Company and the introduction of
    an annual pantomime in 1889 being major successes.

    The theatre was closed in 1939 because of the war and was used as the headquarters for the Entertainments National Service Association. The theatre did sustain some minor damage from the war and was reopened in 1946 with a production of Noel Coward’s Pacific.

    Post-war the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane saw the introduction of many Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals including Oklahoma!, South Pacific and The King and I.

    More recent long running productions at the theatre have included 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, The Producers, a musical adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and is now showing the Dickens classic Oliver!

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  • London Artisan Patisserie take on American favourite S’mores

    Renowned Kensington Patisserie is proud to launch its brand new decadent treat – the S’more. Traditionally an American campfire favourite, the Anges de Sucre range of S’mores has a signature British flair and is made with premium ingredients including the finest Belgian chocolate and organic vanilla pods.

    Each indulgent, hand-crafted S’more is lovingly made with own-recipe rye biscuits – taking inspiration from the iconic American Graham cracker – topped with homemade gourmet marshmallows and a thick, generous layer of smooth Belgian chocolate. The impeccable result of the different textures married with the tempting flavours is a delectable sweet snack to be loved by all ages.


    Artisan Patisserie


    Reshmi Bennett, Founder of Anges de Sucre says, “Anyone with a sweet tooth will adore a S’more. I’ve been a fan of the North American traditional treat since I was a child living in Canada, but the Anges de Sucre S’mores are a superior, grown-up version of the campsite treat. We make each element from scratch, where the rye biscuits are also infused with cinnamon and acacia honey and our marshmallows are utterly mouth-watering.”

    As each separate ingredient is handmade by the boutique patisserie, Anges de Sucre has invented a number of variations on the classic S’more. There are three different taste bud tantilising flavours available:

    Golden Graham – a fluffy vanilla bean pod mallow, sandwiched in between two cinnamon-sugar rye biscuits and finished off with Belgian chocolate and smooth sea-salted caramel.

    Triple Chocolate – cocoa rye biscuits with a delicious chocolate marshmallow, dark chocolate ganache and a sumptuous layer of sea-salted caramel.

    PB – A nod to the other side of the pond, the PB is the ultimate American dream with organic peanut butter and Belgian chocolate dripping from a vanilla pod marshmallow, held together by two cinnamon-sugar rye biscuits.


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    Each beautiful indulgence is available loose in-store at the Kensington sweet shop, or can be ordered online in assortments of three for UK-wide delivery, or in large quantities for events, parties and weddings. The brand new range of S’mores are the latest creation from the artisan patisserie, which has become renowned for its high-end tasty treats including its very own invention, the Muffle.

    Reshmi added, “Our S’mores offer that perfect combination of savoury and sweet which makes the ultimate delicacy. They would make the perfect Easter gift for someone who finds the traditional chocolate egg too rich.”

    To find out more about Anges de Sucre and its delectable gourmet sweets, visit the website: http://www.angesdesucre.com/

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  • The Gauntlet Games London Trent Park May 2015

    The newest and most exciting obstacle race, The Gauntlet Games , is launching in London in Trent Park on Saturday 30th May 2015.

    After the great success of its first event in Woodhall Estate, Hertfordshire last September, The Gauntlet Games is now coming to Trent Park. Designed for those who have never completed a 5km run let alone an obstacle course, the emphasis is on fun, lots of mud and the odd Gladiator to up the tempo along the way.


    Gauntlet 1


    The Games is the only obstacle race in the world which is interactive. There are no static obstacles, every one involves getting past a Gladiator in some way, whether it be by escaping a Gladiator in a giant mud bath, balancing your way along a beam before the Gladiator is able to push you off, or dodging past the Gladiators with their pugil sticks. The race will finish in an arena where spectators will cheer on the participants as they complete their final challenges.


    Gauntlet 2


    Sarah King, Director at Gladiator Events says: “We hope London is ready for the Gauntlet Games and will welcome the Gladiators with open arms! The Gladiators are there to interact with and are not intimidating so don’t worry we’ve made sure this event is all about having fun and a laugh with your mates. We wanted to create an experience where no one feels daunted and which introduces nervous runners to the fantastic world of obstacle racing.”

    Participants can expect to face obstacles such as the foam zone – where Gladiators will be sending out jets of foam over competitors, the travelator – where Gladiators will be trying to stop competitors from racing up a giant slippery slide by throwing water down it and the paintball zone , where competitors will have to dodge their way past Gladiators with paint guns hiding in the trees.

    The Gauntlet Games will differ from other obstacle races where participants tackle the route, terrain and obstacles. The Games will be set over two distances of 5K and 10K and revolve around human interaction with the Gladiators who are being sourced from the Saracens Amateur Rugby Club located in nearby Southgate.

    To book your place at the latest obstacle race, visit www.thegauntletgames.co.uk

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  • Events

    Eggciting Pancake Day Races in London

    This Pancake Day, Tuesday 17th February 2015, Londoners are heating up the frying pans for some flipping marvellous races. Find out the best places to watch the pancake races taking place outside Parliament, at the historic Leadenhall Market and at locations across London with LondonTown’s indispensable guide to Pancake Day in London.

    In the run-up to the election there’s an even bigger contest at stake, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, when MPs, Lords and political correspondents line up in Victoria Tower Gardens, pits political rivals against each other just outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, to see who can flip and run the fastest.

    The Pancake Day race at More London, in the shadow of City Hall, adds to the traditional format by introducing a treasure hunt element. Following a warm up (led by a giant chicken) teams representing local London businesses take part in the Flipping Marvellous Pancake Race as they hunt for over-sized wheat sheaves and flip their way around The Scoop at More London in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.

    At the historic 14th Leadenhall Market in the City of London the legendary Leadenhall Market Pancake Race attracts competitors from City law, banking and accountancy firms who put forward teams of four to compete in a relay race along the length of the covered market while attempting to flip a pancake supplied by the Lamb Tavern who not only supply the pancakes but also give out the prizes.

    Each aspect of The City’s annual Livery Companies Pancake Race, which takes place in the beautiful Guildhall yard, is allocated to the relevant livery – the Gunmakers start each heat with a bang, the Clockmakers are responsible for the accuracy of the timing, the Fruiterers provide lemons, the Cutlers plastic forks, the Glovers white gloves worn by each runner, and the Poulters the eggs essential in the all-important making of the pancakes.

    Taking place the Saturday before Pancake Day, on Saturday 14th February, Greenwich Market Pancake Races has medals in several categories including best market trader team, lovers race – given it is Valentine’s Day –and best fancy dress. Anyone can enter and competitors are encouraged to dress up and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

    All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, when pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, is a team of four spirited souls dressed up in wacky costumes and armed with a frying pan, pancakes are provided. It’s great fun, held for a worthy cause – to raise money for London’s Air Ambulance which is currently raising funds to buy a second helicopter.

    For more useful information on where to see the Pancake Day Races in London visit LondonTown.com which gives full listings on all the must-see events and best attractions in London.

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  • Tourism

    Sights of London!

    London-Eye-208x300London is jam packed with loads of fun things that can be done, regardless of budget constraints. If you are on vacation in the English capital, you won’t be bored for a single minute if you’re there for a fortnight or even just a day trip! Here we please everyone by having a look at what free things you can do in London as well as sharing some ideas for those who want to splash the cash:

    Free Stuff (for the penniless traveller!)

    Art galleries:

    Most of the art galleries in London are completely free to enter. Probably the most famous of all the London museums, the Tate Modern offers a large selection of contemporary art – which for the most part of 2012 includes Damien Hirst’s famous “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” (better known as the Shark in formaldehyde). To get a real taste of the UK art scene get down to the TATE Britain this has a selection of the best art from the UK. If you need more gallery fun get down to the National Portrait Gallery or the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

    Visit a museum:

    Much like the city’s art galleries, most of London’s museums are also free to enter.

    Whether you’re interested in science, history, royalty, art or military, there’s definitely a museum in London that will suit your tastes. Probably the most famous museum in London, the Natural History museum is renowned for its dinosaur exhibit is definitely worth a visit. Other museums that are worth a visit are the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of London, which tells of London’s history from as far back as the Roman times.

    Taking a stroll along the South Bank:

    A walk along the Thames’ southern bank is a great way to see almost every one of the major landmarks of London and it won’t cost you a thing!

    Things to do in London that cost ££

    A night out at the theatre:

    London is famous for its West End shows and attracts stars from all over the globe. If you are in London and are lucky enough to have the spare disposable cash to get a couple of tickets to one of the many musicals, plays or stand-up comedy gigs that will be on then it’s an absolute must.

    Get a taste of London:

    Another thing that can be found in London is top quality restaurants. You can get just about any dish from all over the globe if you head to the right place, but what better than a trip to one of London’s famous pie ‘n’ mash shops.

    Ride the London Eye:

    Instead of walking the south bank, another way to see London’s major landmarks is from the air! A ride on a landmark in itself is a great way to see London from up high – tickets aren’t that bad either, especially if you’re booking for the whole family!


    Article: www.ticket.com

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    The Original Tour Talks Mandarin To Win More ‘double Decker Mad’ Chinese Visitors This Summer

    Top Sightseeing Operator Celebrates Completion Of High Tech New Bus Fleet By Winning Two Awards From The Public And The Travel Industry


    Open top bus tour specialist The Original Tour is aiming to win the hearts of thousands of ‘double decker mad’ Chinese visitors to London this Summer by adding Mandarin to its selection of international language commentaries.

    Said managing director Colin Atkins: “We know from years gone by that Chinese visitors just love London double deckers. There are a few original London buses operating tours in Beijing and it’s the one thing they make a beeline for as soon as they arrive. They can now listen to our historical commentaries all about the London they are driving past as we have added Mandarin to our list of languages. We know this will be hugely popular and we are anticipating a big rise in Chinese passengers this Summer.”Original-Tour-London-Sightseeing-St-Pauls


    To make sure all The Original Tour’s customers get the very best service this Summer, the company is now in the process of completing an upgrade of its sightseeing bus fleet with 32 high-tech buses, with the last six vehicles hitting the road this Spring.

    The Original Tour has started 2014 in strong form having just won a brand new Guidie award as the ‘Customers Choice’ from GetYourGuide, the world’s largest web-based platform for booking tours, attractions and activities. To win the award The Original Tour supplier had to have ‘glowing reviews and customer feedback to the GetYourGuide customer service team throughout 2013. It has also been rewarded by its travel trade partners by winning the ‘Sightseeing Provider of the Year’ award from the industry body UKinbound for the second year running.

    Added Colin Atkins: “After one of the wettest starts to the year on record we are delighted to see predictions of a hot summer, which we are confident, will make a great one for The Original Tour and London tourism”.

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    What to see at Trafalgar Square, London

    One of the places every wants to visit is Trafalgar Square but do you know anything about that tall column and what else is there?

    Nelson’s Column

    This is the most obvious attraction at Trafalgar Square but Nelson’s Column wasn’t here when the square was first built. Trafalgar Square is a John Nash design which he planned in the 1820s and was built throughout the 1830s. The square was created as a focus point for public political demonstrations as it was deemed better to have a place for these than not. Look in the southeast corner for the world’s smallest police box where police could discreetly keep an eye on protesters!

    Nelson’s Column was started in 1840 and completed in 1843 to commemorate one of Britain’s best loved naval heroes: Admiral Horatio Nelson. This one-armed and one-eyed admiral died in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 aboard HMS Victory, where he defeated Napoleon and the French and Spanish fleets.

    When the column was refurbished in 2006 it was laser measured to get a more accurate height and it was discovered it was actually only 169 feet and not 185 feet high. It is still enormous and the statue is actually more than triple life-size.

    At the column base there are four bronze panels depicting four great victories for Admiral Nelson. The four cast bronze lions were a later addition and were installed in 1868. Sir Edwin Henry Landseer was the sculptor and it is reported he visited lions at the Tower of London before all of the animals moved to London Zoo, the world’s first scientific zoo.

    Go to the Trafalgar Hotel on the south of the square and head up to their rooftop Vista bar for a view in line with Nelson at the top of his column. Don’t blush, but the angle of his hand looks like he is…um…pleased to see you!

    National Gallery

    The entire north side of Trafalgar Square has the magnificent National Gallery which started to bring great art to the masses so has a free admission policy that has continued since it opened in 1824. Its central London location was to encourage the city’s poor to enjoy the arts and to allow them to see some of the best art in the world and prove it should not be reserved for the rich. It’s a beautiful neoclassical building and houses one of the finest collections of Western European paintings in the world from around 1250 onwards.

    Within the square there are four corner plinths and while three have permanent statues, the Fourth Plinth was supposed to receive an equestrian statue designed by Sir Charles Barry but funds ran out and it remained empty for 150 years. In 1998 the first temporary display arrived when the RSA commissioned three contemporary sculptures by Mark Wallinger, Bill Woodrow and Rachel Whiteread. The temporary commissions have now become popular and the Mayor of London’s office organises future displays with public votes.

    St. Martin-in-the-Fields

    On the northeast of Trafalgar Square you can see this church which is the official parish church for Buckingham Palace. Head underneath for the great Crypt Café and the London Brass Rubbing Centre.

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  • Sensation Jazz Cruise on the Thames Tickets Now On Sale


    Londoners are getting ready to groove with the announcement that tickets for the Sensation Jazz Cruises – The Ultimate Floating Jazz Party on May 31st 2015 are now on sale. Held on-board the fabulous Dixie Queen, the all-inclusive three hour luxury river boat cruise is the ultimate floating jazz extravaganza. Attendees are invited to wrap their ears around some seriously smooth live jazz fusions from some of the world’s greatest smooth, contemporary & soulful jazz musicians.

    The Jeff Lorber Fusion is headlining the event, a jazz soul funk band led by the legendary Jeff Lorber himself. The Grammy nominated keyboardist, composer and producer is renowned as “one of the founding fathers of fusion, a pioneer of smooth jazz” and Jeff Lorber has discovered some of today’s most electrifying young artists.  Together the power trio blends elements of jazz, funk and R&B to create a distinctive sound sampled by the likes of world famous rap artist ‘Lil Kim.


    Sam Rucker

    Fronting the support acts is the ultra-suave Sam Rucker, a rising star hip hop producer turned contemporary jazz saxophonist hailing from the USA. Jazz, soul and hip hop underpin his sound and propelled his latest record ‘Before I let Go’ to number two in the USA’s Smooth Jazz Most Added Billboard Charts. The appearance will be Rucker’s first performance on UK shores and is sure to go off with a bang.



    Bringing a dash of classic pizazz to the event are local jazz sensations, the London Jazz Trio. With an upbeat inventory of jazz classics, smooth jazz and funky grooves, the high energy group knows just what it takes to get an audience dancing. There will also be music from sought after DJ Dave Marley aka “Morpher” playing non-stop soulful grooves from Jazz Soul Funk Radio.

    The promoters of the jazz cruise said, “We’ve lined up some sensational world class acts this year and we’re incredibly excited to show them off to our ticketholders. So take a break from city life, let down your hair and sink your soul into a seriously good time on the Dixie Queen!”

    Jeff Lorber

    For jazz lovers with a taste for extravagance event organisers are offering a range of excellent add-ons. For an additional charge attendees can upgrade their tickets to include a delicious two course meal with dessert, bar snacks, drinks and access to a fun photo booth to capture the memories.

    With entertainment confirmed and final preparations well underway, Sensation Jazz Cruises organisers are inviting people to dance, dine and unwind for a day of smooth & soulful jazz they’ll never forget. The Dixie Queen is London’s largest purpose built party boat. With its intimate party atmosphere, luxe décor and spectacular city views the luxurious replica Mississippi paddle steamer is the perfect venue for the upbeat yet elegant event.

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    Early bird tickets are on sale now for the price of just £55 per person.

    5% of all ticket sales are donated to Kent MS Therapy Centre , a self-supporting charity aimed at improving quality of life for people with Multiple Sclerosis .

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