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Sweets, Treats and Freaks! It’s Halloween in London

October 8, 2016

From the gruesome, to the spook-tacular, this year’s Halloween celebrations in London, the city of Jack the Ripper, are set to be the most haunted yet. There’s something for everyone, so get ready for some wickedly wild events.

Frightening Family Favourites 
Let your inner thrill-seeker come out from the dark this All Hallow’s Eve, and hop on board the fastest boat in London. The Thames Rockets will take you on a fifty minute hair-raising blast through the capital, with a spooky skipper guiding you down the River in the dark of the night for their Thames Thriller experience. If you prefer to stay firmly on land, then head down to the boo-tiful Hampton Court Palace, for a gruesome ghost tour of the regal residence. Experience the eerie atmosphere of the palace, as you dare to be led through its grounds in the dark. Visit the Home of Halloween, the London Dungeon for their multi-sensory Witch Hunter show. Discover 1,000 years of London’s dark history in nineteen shows, featuring some of the greatest villains and rogues, two thrilling rides and plenty of startling surprises. Try to get some sleep at the end of the day at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, which will play host to a spine-chilling sleepover, so pack the sleeping bag and discuss ghoulies and ghosties by torch, before spending the night at the iconic venue.

Eat, Drink, and be Scary: All Hallow’s Eve in Style
Who said that frightening fare doesn’t taste good? Enjoy a bewitching, Halloween-themed afternoon tea in the stylish setting of London’s Hilton on Park Lane, with a wicked selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and delicacies. Hold your nerve at a private viewing of psychological horror film, The Shining at One Aldwych’s luxurious screening room. Replace popcorn with a glass of chilled champagne and enjoy a three-course meal at Indigo restaurant. At the Booking Office Bar and Restaurant, live jazz will entertain guests, as they toast the 150th anniversary of Madame Clicquot’s death. Dressed in Victorian gothic attire, soak up the surroundings and celebrate champagne’s most emblematic woman. For a formal occasion with a difference, visit the Museum of London Docklands for a sit-down, candle lit dinner and expert talk, before embarking on a haunted ghost tour around the building to walk off your meal.

Paint the Town Dead: Adult Friendly Celebrations
After the trick-or-treating is over for another year, let the celebrations continue and treat yourself to some creepy cocktails at The Roof Gardens. A selection of spine-tingling drinks, live music and a fired-up barbeque make this set to be a glamorously ghoulish affair. Dance the night away at an exclusive boat party aboard The Golden Star. Fashion your scariest Halloween costume, soak up London’s iconic skyline and let the DJ cast a spell on you. The National Gallery will be hosting a special Halloween late, celebrating the darker side of their latest collection. While your face is painted with sinister shades to the background of macabre folk music, visit the pop-up bars around the gallery, and explore how paintings have been inspired by tales of darkness. Let Dirty Martini help you celebrate late into the witching hour as they throw their biggest Halloween party yet. Head down early to enjoy a half-price happy hour, and dance the night away to some scary hits. Lastly, Primo Bar at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge will be given a spooky makeover for its infamous Screamo Halloween party, complete with scary performances, a fancy dress contest, live music and DJ’s on the decks until late.

For more information about what’s coming up in London this Halloween, head to www.visitlondon.com/Halloween

 

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Ice Age, Pompeii Exhibits at British Museum, Propaganda at British Library Draw Crowds to Bloomsbury Area of London This Summer

May 11, 2013

Renowned for its literary associations, the Bloomsbury area of London boasts three first class cultural institutions – the British Museum, the British Library, and the Wellcome Collection – all of which are putting on a series of exhibitions, talks, tours and events which draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area this summer.

A highlight of the cultural calendar in London 2013 is the British Museum’s exhibition on Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Items which have never left Italy before are included in this British Museum exhibition which continues until Sunday 29th September 2013, bringing to life the daily routine of the Romans who were caught out by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Related events include ‘Up Late in Pompeii’, a special late-night event on Friday 10th May 2013 which will allow visitors to have a night out in the Bay of Naples complete with Roman food and forum debates.

One of two blockbuster exhibitions currently at the British Museum, equally as intriguing as Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum is Ice Age Art which brings together sculptures, figurines and engravings made in Europe from 40,000 to 10,000 years ago, placing ancient masterpieces alongside modern works of art. The exhibition includes fascinating stone, bone and ivory sculptures and continues until Sunday 26th May 2013.

Added to these are smaller, free exhibitions including In Search of Classical Greece, on display at the British Museum’s Print Room until Sunday 28th April 2013, and Bubbles and Bankruptcy Financial Crises in Britain Since 1700 which continues until Sunday 5th May 2013.

To the north of the British Museum, the British Library hosts a major summer exhibition ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion’ which begins on Friday 17th May and continues all summer long until Tuesday 17th September 2013. Among more than 200 exhibits on display are propaganda leaflets dropped on occupied territories during WWII, Nazi propaganda, posters, films, cartoons and everyday objects including bank notes and badges.

Related events include a talk by Alastair Campbell on Friday 17th May, a late-night party on Friday 7th June 2013 with music by DJs Alexis, Al and Felix (Hot Chip), a debate on ‘The Art and Business of Persuasion’ between advertising legend Trevor Beattie and PR guru Mark Borkowski on Monday 1st July, and an appearance by former US Presidential candidate Mike Dukakis on Tuesday 6th August.

The British Library’s ongoing ‘Murder in the Library: An A-Z of Crime Fiction’ exhibition, which ends on Sunday 12th May 2013, indulges our addiction to detective stories and includes the original manuscript of the Sherlock Holmes story ‘The Retired Colourman’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

As part of Britten 100, the London-based festival celebrating the centenary of the great composer, The British Library presents Poetry in Sound: The Music of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) a free exhibition in The Folio Society Gallery, from Friday 31st May to Sunday 15th September 2013 exploring the poetic and literary influences on Britten’s work.

Just seven minutes’ walk from the British Library, The Wellcome Collection remains open to the public throughout the GBP17.5m building project which begins this summer, due to be completed in summer 2014. Improvements include creating 30 per cent more gallery space and doubling the capacity for public events as well as adding a new restaurant.

In the meantime, the Wellcome Collection’s spring/summer exhibition of Japanese Outsider Art, Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan, continues until 30th June 2013, showing more than 300 works in a huge diversity of mediums by 46 Japanese artists.

Insects are celebrated in the Wellcome Collection’s ‘Who’s the Pest’ series of events in April and May including an Insects Au Gratin Installation (Tuesday 23rd April 2013 to Sunday 5th May 2013) and a debate on ‘Who is more of a pest?’, humans or insects?

At the Bloomsbury Theatre comedy is a strong suit and this summer is no exception. Highlights include two nights hosted by Robin Ince, best known for presenting the BBC radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, and Stand Up for Women starring Michael McIntyre and hosted by comedian James Mullinger on Monday 13th May.

In May, Olivier award-winning choreographer and director Peter Schaufuss comes to the Bloomsbury Theatre for the first time with his Hamlet inspired dance drama (15th to 24th May). And June brings the inaugural London Student Drama Festival on Wednesday 19th June, drawing on the theatrical talent at four well respected London universities (UCL, King’s, SOAS, LSE).

One of the more quirky events but still very much a part of spending summer in Bloomsbury, The Chap Olympiad is a celebration of buffoonery and sporting ineptitude. While dates and details of this year’s event are yet to be confirmed it typically takes place in the summer in Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury.

Looking beyond summer to autumn, the Bloomsbury Festival takes place from 15th to 20th October 2013 offering an innovative arts, community and cultural programme at venues across Bloomsbury.

If you’re planning to visit London this summer keep track of all the latest events with LondonTown.com where the latest information on all major London museums, theatres, art galleries and festivals is provided.

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Tickets on Sale for BBC Proms 2013, Two-Month Music Festival in London Featuring Musical Firsts

May 11, 2013

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 BBC Proms, a two-month festival in London featuring 92 concerts  and many musical firsts including Daniel Barenboim  first time conducting Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

For those who want to attend the 119th BBC Proms season this summer, opening at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday, July 12. now is the time to book a London hotel.

In a series of firsts, this will be Barenboim’s first time conducting Wagner and it’s the first time the complete Wagner Ring Cycle will have been played at the Proms in one summer, with four concerts performed in the week beginning Monday 22nd July. Barenboim’s concerts are not the only Proms events marking the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth, and there are also significant anniversaries for bicentenarian Giuseppe Verdi, and the centenary of Benjamin Britten.

The 2013 festival will be the first in Proms history to have the last night conducted by a woman. Marin Alsop, a New Yorker who has spent time in the UK including a stint as chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, violinist Nigel Kennedy and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the rousing Last Night of the Proms on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

It was also be the first Proms to include an ‘Urban Classic Prom’, to be broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, which will combine music by the German modernist Hans Werner Henze and the Soviet futurist Alexander Mosolov with performances by singers Faser, Laura Mvula and Maverick Sabre. The first BBC Radio 6 Music Prom, on Monday 12th August, will also appeal to a younger audience with Cerys Matthews, Laura Marling and The Stranglers all performing live at the Royal Albert Hall.

The 2013 season brings the first ever free main evening Prom with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and youth choirs from the UK and Ireland performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, also known as the ‘Choral’ Symphony, on Sunday, August 11, 2013.

Many well-loved Proms favourites return to the festival in 2013 including the Doctor Who Proms which makes a third visit to the Proms in the year that the BBC television celebrates 50 years on our screens. Nigel Kennedy returns and not only plays on the Last Night of the Proms for the first time but also plays at the Proms in the Park on the same night as well as playing in a Late Night performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on Thursday August 8.

Leading concert pianist Stephen Hough performs on the First Night of the Proms, on Friday, July 12, when the festival opens with a 450-strong choir, and the premiere of Julian Anderson’s Harmony performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 but with tickets starting from GBP5, and with such a huge variety of music to choose from, the best way to enjoy the events is by going in person to experience the unique atmosphere of the Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets are now on sale and the season opens on Friday July, 12 2013.

To find out the best events in London this summer go to LondonTown.com where a host of useful information is given including the latest listings for opera, classical music, dance and ballet. With over 18 years of experience, the website is the place to go to for informative and unbiased reviews on everything you need to know about the UK’s capital city.

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Five-Star Braemore Luxury Apartments Joins Connoisseurs Scotland

October 10, 2011

Those seeking an elegant alternative to hotel accommodations will find this and much more with Connoisseurs Scotland’s newest addition, Braemore Apartments. The collection of self-catering properties (chefs are available) in Edinburgh’s historic New Town provides guests a luxurious experience with the freedom and comfort of home. The stylish apartments – each a unique blend of Georgian architecture and contemporary design – offer the privacy of an exclusive-use property with the luxury and service of a five-star hotel, where professional staff can create a tailor-made stay for each guest.

Although carefully restored to preserve their traditional grandeur, the apartments are outfitted with a multitude of modern amenities: power showers, Sky television, wireless internet access, DVD players, iPod docking stations, fully equipped kitchens and fully integrated music system controllable from every room. The prime location of the properties provides guests with easy access to all Edinburgh has to offer, from historical attractions and world-class theatres to stylish boutiques, fine dining – including seven Michelin-starred restaurants – and a vibrant nightlife.

A dedicated staff and knowledgeable concierge ensures no detail is overlooked, whether it is a bottle of champagne upon arrival and a chef to cook meals or the arrangement of airport transfers, beauty treatments and tickets for the theatre, concerts and other events. Golf aficionados can head off to test their skills on some of Scotland’s championship courses – from Turnberry in the west to Domoch in the north and St. Andrews in the east. Braemore’s golf specialist, whose possesses extensive knowledge of the golfing landscape, can make the arrangements as well as suggest several nearby distilleries, an important aspect of the post-golf routine. More information, including pricing and availability, can be found at www.braemoreshortlets.co.uk.

Connoisseurs Scotland’s 25 members encompass four of the world’s finest golf resorts, including Gleneagles, Turnberry and Old Course; Inverlochy Castle, voted the best hotel in Europe several times over; seven outstanding city center properties including Prestonfield, Edinburgh’s only 5 Red Star hotel; a 19th-century castle health spa; a collection of intimate country house hotels; the Royal Scotsman luxury train; an exclusive use property; and three properties set in scenic coastal locations. Five properties boast Michelin-starred restaurants. Information on Connoisseurs Scotland, its member resorts and special offers can be found at www.luxuryscotland.co.uk.

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Connoisseurs Scotland’s Turnberry Resort Offers Special Winter Holiday Stays

October 10, 2011

Whether you are seeking a vibrant, fun-filled celebration or a private getaway for Christmas and New Year’s, Connoisseurs Scotland’s Turnberry Resort makes for the perfect family destination. The 5 Red Star resort, normally closed during the holiday season, is opening its doors to offer guests an 8-night “Festive Experience” featuring a full program of activities for young and old, lasting from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, and accommodation in one of the hotel’s 150 stylish guest rooms. Those preferring a more private affair can choose a 7-night self-catered holiday in one of the eight fully-equipped Lands of Turnberry Apartments. Guests choosing either package can relax with ESPA spa treatments, enjoy adventurous outdoor activities such as off-roading and clay pigeon shooting, dine in the renowned 1906 restaurant or simply take in the stunning views of Ailsa Craig and the snow-capped mountains of Arran afforded by Turnberry’s location overlooking the Ayrshire Coast.

The eight-night “Festive Celebration” kicks off with a night of Christmas Eve activities: carols and mulled wine around the grand piano, a three-course dinner in 1906 and an optional midnight service with mince pies and hot chocolate upon your return. Guests awake to personalized stockings and a hearty Scottish breakfast on Christmas morning, followed later in the day by a champagne reception, Christmas lunch, showing of the Queen’s Speech and an evening buffet and quiet drinks. Boxing Day features a drinks reception followed by a gala dinner with at-table entertainment, a live band and dancing. The centrepiece of the holiday is Hogmanay, where a champagne reception precedes a black-tie celebration featuring a lavish five-course meal – prepared by Head Chef Justin Galea and his award-winning team – dancing, live ceilidh music and traditional Scottish activities. Children enjoy a Young Explorers’ Club with face painting, games and arts & crafts; Hogmanay Party with music, dancing, food, drinks and games; and a sleepover service until 3am on New Year’s Eve. Pricing is £2,615* ($4,089) per classic room, double occupancy, for an eight-night stay between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1 and includes a full program of meals and entertainment.

For a more intimate holiday, Lands of Turnberry offers a range of two to six bedroom self-catering apartments that offer the privacy of home with the benefit of having luxury resort amenities within walking distance. Each of the eight apartments have spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, large living room with fireplace, TV with Freeview and DVD, WiFi and washing machines. Visitors enjoy VIP access to Turnberry’s collection of championship golf courses and unlimited use of the spa facilities: swimming pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounges. Aside from the amenities offered by the hotel year round, guests staying in the private apartments during the holiday season will also have the option of participating in any of the hotel’s celebrations – such as the gala events on Boxing Day or the black-tie dinner on Hogmanay – on an a la carte basis. Pricing for a seven-night stay starts at £995 ($1,556) for a two bedroom apartment, based on up to six occupants, and includes full Scottish breakfast daily. Additional bedrooms can be added to the apartment for a rate of £385 ($602) per bedroom for the seven-night stay.

Connoisseurs Scotland’s 23 members include three of the world’s finest golf resorts, Gleneagles, Turnberry and Old Course; Inverlochy Castle, recently voted the best hotel in Europe; several outstanding city centre properties including Prestonfield, one of only two 5 Red Star Hotels in Edinburgh, and the recently refurbished Sheraton Grand; a 19th-century castle health spa; a collection of intimate country house hotels; the ultimate luxury train; the finest hotel afloat and an exclusive use property. Five of the members boast Michelin-starred restaurants.

For iInformation on Connoisseurs Scotland, its member resorts, partners and special offers visit www.luxuryscotland.co.uk.

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Save $500 per couple on select Trafalgar 2011 air-inclusive vacations to Britain

June 13, 2011

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It’s not too late to book your summer vacation to Britain, Ireland and Scotland. Explore England’s pomp and pageantry, Ireland’s impressive scenery and Scotland’s proud culture on a Trafalgar guided vacation, and discover more than you would have ever imagined possible. Book by June 20, 2011, and save $500 per couple ($250 per person) on 2011 UK air-inclusive itineraries 10 days or more.

Here are just three of Trafalgar’s vacations to choose from:

Royal Britain – 10 Days. New At Leisure Vacation! At Leisure Vacations combine the very best of expertly planned, guided vacations with the freedom and flexibility of independent travel.  With a more leisurely pace, there is time to linger in each destination. Embrace England’s pomp and pageantry in London’s Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Visit majestic Windsor Castle and grand Hampton Court to see its spectacular Tudor kitchens, before experiencing the charms of Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, with its Royal Pavilion. Priced from $2199 land only, based on double occupancy.

Best of Ireland – 11 days.  Discover Ireland’s fascinating medieval heritage through Norman Castles, ancient cathedrals and quaint villages like Bunratty.  Admire how handsome cities like Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway blend seamlessly with Ireland’s striking landscapes in areas such as Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher. Priced from $2050 land only, based on double occupancy.

Scottish Highlands, Islands, and Cities – 14 days.  From Jedburgh and St. Andrews to the Orkney Islands and Kyle of Lochalsh, explore Scotland’s picturesque castles, grand cities, quaint villages and dramatic landscapes.  Sample Scottish whiskey, watch traditional “piping in the haggis” and see cosmopolitan Edinburgh on this incredible Scottish tour.  Priced from $2899 land only, based on double occupancy.

About Trafalgar

Trafalgar was established in 1947 and provides exceptional worldwide guided vacations to Europe, Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America and China. Trafalgar’s vacations include First Class hotel accommodations, luxury transportation by motor coach, rail or cruise ship, outstanding cuisine, daily included sightseeing and optional excursions, both with expert Local Guides, and the personal concierge services of Trafalgar’s Tour Directors, who share their insider’s view and reveal hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks.

For more information and reservations, see your travel agent or call (866) 544-4434 or visit http://www.trafalgartours.com. Brochures can be ordered online at http://www.trafalgartours.com.

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BRITRAIL PASSES ARE 20% OFF FOR LOW SEASON TRAVEL

October 15, 2010

BritRail’s Low Season Passes offer 20% off retail prices and unlimited travel on the national rail network throughout Great Britain – England, Scotland and Wales – for travel during low season, when savvy travelers can also take advantage of low rates on lodgings and no crowds at major sites.

Low Season fares start at approximately $43 USD per day (based on a Low Season 3 Day BritRail England Consecutive Pass in standard class at 2010 prices) and are valid for travel between November 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.  Take advantage of this great discount by purchasing a BritRail Flexi or Consecutive Pass or BritRail England Flexi or Consecutive Pass anytime before February 15, 2011.

Passengers appreciate the flexibility that only a BritRail Pass can provide, by hopping on and off the trains and enjoying a number of unforgettable scenic routes that roll by outside the window. What is more, BritRail is the most economical and convenient way for independent travelers to explore Britain, thanks to its fast and frequent service and environmentally friendly advantages. (To browse the full range of rail passes and tickets offered by ACP Rail visit http://www.ACPRail.com.)

Traveling during the low season has other benefits, as well, from big savings on flights and hotel accommodations, to fewer crowds at top tourist attractions.  Loads of cultural and historic highlights of Great Britain are along the route: be sure to visit Stonehenge, Edinburgh Castle, the Roman Baths, Leeds Castle, St. Paul’s Cathedral and countless other museums, castles, gardens, and more.

The Great British Heritage Pass is the perfect BritRail Pass companion, offering entry to these sights, plus nearly 600 other UK heritage properties – just another way to realize great savings during the low season!

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