Browsing Month April, 2012

St. Jame’s Park, London

By at April 29, 2012 | 12:11 am | 0 Comment

St. James’s Park is a 58 acre park in the City of Westminster, central London – the oldest of the Royal Parks of London and surrounded by three palaces -Westminster, now known as the Houses of Parliament, St James’s Palace and the Buckingham Palace. The park lies at the southernmost tip of the St. James’s area, which was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St. James the Less.

The park has a small lake, St. James’s Park Lake, with two islands, West Island, and Duck Island, which is named for the lake’s collection of waterfowl. This includes a resident colony of pelicans, one of the primary features of the park. A bridge across the lake affords a view of Buckingham Palace framed by trees and fountains, and a view of the main building of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, similarly framed.

Some of the park’s activities inlude – band concerts (lunchtime and early evening end of May to end of August), feeding of the Pelicans every day at 2:30pm, guided tours of Duck Island.

Facilities in the St. Jame’s Park include a children’s playground and deck chairs (April-September). There are There are four refreshment kiosks and disabled toilets available.

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Greenwich Park, London

By at April 28, 2012 | 11:39 pm | 0 Comment

Greenwich Park is an outstanding place to visit. It is a former hunting park in Greenwich and one of the largest single green spaces in south east London. This park is also one of the Royal Parks of London, covering 183 acres and is part of the Greenwich World Heritage Site. It commands fine views over the River Thames, Isle of Dogs and the City of London.

Greenwich has always been strongly associated with royalty. Since the land was inherited by Henry V’s brother, generations of monarchs have taken this magnificient park to their hearts. There is a large grassland enclosure, covering almost 13 acres which serves as a sanctuary for deer, foxes and birds.

Aside from the places to stop for a bite to eat at The Pavilion Tea House, Greenwich Park is home to The Old Royal Observatory, the Observatory Planetarium (by appointment), a bandstand (Sunday concerts during summer), a children’s playground and entertainment such as puppet shows and workshops (during summer school holidays, excluding Sundays). There are six tennis courts and putting green; rugby and cricket pitch; children’s boating pool can be of use. Toilets for disabled people are also available.

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Richmond Park, London

By at April 28, 2012 | 10:42 pm | 0 Comment

Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks in London (2,360 acres) and Britain’s second largest urban walled park after Sutton Park, Birmingham. It is also known as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. The park is famous for its red and fallow deer, which number over six hundred.

By visiting this park you will enjoy the most beautiful landscape of hills and woodlands set amongst ancient trees, with plants, animals and butterflies, offers a peaceful respite to visitors. The royal connections to Richmond’s park probably go back further than any of the others, beginning with Edward (1272-1307), when the area was known as the Manor of Sheen. The name was changed to Richmond during Henry VII’s reign.

The park has a wide range of facilities on offer, including a playground at Petersham Gate and educational facilities for those with special needs at Holly Lodge. Toilets, including some for people with disabilities, are available. With the selection of food and refreshments from Pembroke Lodge and Roehampton Cafe, you can easily plan a full day of activities in Richmond Park.

This content has been supplied by Richmond Park. Photo by David Iliff and Ola Belkina


Hyde Park, London

By at April 28, 2012 | 10:07 pm | 0 Comment

Hyde Park is one of the largest Royal Parks of London and famous for its Speakers’ Corner. The park covers over 350 acres and is divided in two by the Serpentine. Hyde Park is contiguous with Kensington Gardens; although often still assumed to be part of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens has been technically separate since 1728, when Queen Caroline made a division between the two.

Henry VIII claimed a Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536; he and his court were often to be seen on thundering steeds in the hunt for deer.

To date, Hyde Park is one of the largest of four parks which form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park, past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace and then on through Saint James’s Park to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.

The park was the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851, for which the Crystal Palace was designed by Joseph Paxton. The park has become a traditional location for mass demonstrations. The Crystal Palace was disassembled and eventually moved to South London, the area is still known as Crystal Palace.

Hyde Park has a wide range of facilities. There are restaurants and cafes offering tea, coffee, ice creams and sandwiches as well as three course meals. There is a children’s playground and the Lookout, an education centre where children learn about nature and wildlife. The Park also has toilets, including facilities for disabled people.

This park is also now offering a fleet of rowing and pedal boats which operate on the famous Serpentine and the UK’s first Solarshuttle, a magnificent vessel. The Solarshuttle carries up to 40 passengers and the pedal and row boats hold up to 6 persons each.

The Boating Lake is open from Easter until October 31. Times are from 10.00am until sundown which is around 4.00pm in the winter and 8.00pm in the summer.

You can also enjoy skating, cycling, tennis games and even horse riding here.

Entry to Hyde Park is free.

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Chelsea FC Stadium Tours

By at April 23, 2012 | 12:27 am | 0 Comment

Chelsea Football Club is an English football club based in Fulham, London. Founded in 1905, they play in the Premier League and have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. Chelsea have been English champions four times, FA Cup winners six times and League Cup winners four times. They have also achieved European success, winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup twice. Chelsea’s home is the 41,837 capacity Stamford Bridge stadium, where they have played since their establishment.

You are now having an opportunity to attend a fully guided tour which takes you behind – the- scenes of Chelsea’s football team with access to arears usually reserved  for VIP or players.

This legend tour lasts approximately one hour and includes an entry to their fantastic museum, players dressing room, television room and pitch side. Prices around £75 per person.

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Regent’s Park London

By at April 22, 2012 | 11:29 pm | 0 Comment

Regent’s Park is one of the most beautiful and  largest grass area parks of Royal Parks in London. It is in the north-western part of central London, partly in the City of Westminster and partly in the London Borough of Camden and contains Regent’s College and the London Zoo.

The 166 hectare (410 acre) park is mainly open parkland which enjoys a wide range of facilities and amenities including gardens, a lake with a heronry, waterfowl and a boating area, sports pitches, and children’s playgrounds. The northern side of the park is the home of London Zoo and the headquarters of the Zoological Society of London. There are several public gardens with flowers and specimen plants, including Queen Mary’s Gardens in the Inner Circle, in which the Open Air Theatre is located; the formal Italian Gardens and adjacent informal English Gardens in the south-east corner of the park; and the gardens of St John’s Lodge. Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, stands in private grounds in the western section of the park. Nearby is the domed London Central Mosque, better known as Regent’s Park mosque, a highly visible landmark.

Many sports are played in the park including Tennis, Netball, Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Rounders, Football, Hockey, Australian Rules Football, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and Running. In addition, there are three playgrounds for children each with an attendant, and there is boating on the main lake. These sports take place in an area called the Northern Parkland, and are centred around the Hub.

The park is also very popular for cyclists who cycle around the outer circle. The local cycling club is the Regent’s Park Rouleurs. The park was scheduled to play a significant role in the 2012 Summer Olympics, hosting the baseball and softball, but those sports have been dropped from the Olympic program with effect from 2012.

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Madame Tussauds London

By at April 22, 2012 | 10:30 pm | 0 Comment

Madame Tussauds London is a major tourist attraction located in Central London. It is famous for recreating famous people, or celebrities, in wax. Madame Tussauds combines glitz and glamour with incredible history.

There are 14 amazing zones to attend, including their new Marvel Super Heroes 4D Movie experience. As a visitor you will be able to see over 300 wax figures and enjoy the Spirit of London sit-down ride.
Other Zones within the attraction:
- A-List Party
- Warhol’s Women
- Premiere Night (Movie Room)
- Sports Zone
- A Royal Appointment
- Culture (a mixture of cultural icons fill this area, including William Shakespeare, Pablo Picasso and Charles Darwin).
- Music Megastars
- World Leaders
- Chamber of Horrors and Scream
- Behind the Scenes and History of Madame Tussauds

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ZSL London Zoo

By at April 22, 2012 | 9:31 pm | 0 Comment

London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo and probably the world’s most famous. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. These days it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 16,802 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom.


To date, The London Zoo has almost completed a renovation project aimed at replacing cages with enclosures which recreate animals’ natural environments, giving a better lifestyle to the animals, and a more realistic experience to visitors. Some attractions listed as per below:

- African Bird Safari
- Animal Adventure
- Aquarium
- Blackburn Pavilion
- B.U.G.S
- Butterfly Paradise
- Clore Rainforest
- Giants of the Galapagos
- Gorilla Kingdom
- Happy Families -A section where the meerkats, oriental small-clawed otters and ring-tailed lemurs are kept.
- Into Africa
- Komodo Dragons
- Mappin Terraces
- Meet The Monkeys
- Outback – includes wallabies and emus.
- Penguin Beach, opened in 2011 and houses over 60 Blackfooted, Humboldt, and Rockhopper penguins. With a pool measuring 1,200 square feet (110 m2), it is the largest penguin pool in England.
- Reptile House
- Round House
- Snowdon Aviary
- Zoo World
- Others. There are many other animals that are not part of a specific exhibit, these include; gibbons, vultures, tigers, lions, servals, parrots, spider monkeys, meerkats, otters, lemurs, aye-ayes and Malayan tapirs.

ZSL receives no state funding and relies on ‘Fellows’, ‘Friends’, ‘Members’, entrance fees and sponsorship to generate income.

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Alexandra Park, London

By at April 17, 2012 | 10:21 pm | 0 Comment

Alexandra Park is an 80 hectare, Green Flag Award and Green Heritage winning landscaped park in the Borough of Haringey in north London. Alexandra Park is split between hilly terrain and flat ground.

The vast, tree-lined sloping hill has wide views over London. On a clear day, the Crystal Palace Transmitter on the far south-east side of London is visible.

Farmer’s markets, the ice rink and collector’s fares routinely attract thousands of visitors to this North London landmark.

An Act of Parliament in 1900 created the Alexandra Palace and Park Trust. The Act required the Trustees to maintain the Palace and Park and make them available for the free use and recreation of the public forever. The park has a secondary school named after it called Alexandra Park School.

Until September 1970, Alexandra Park hosted horse racing, including many evening meetings that were televised by the BBC. The racecourse in the park grounds was nicknamed “the Frying Pan” owing to its shape, and boasted an ornate Victorian grandstand and cast-iron railings. Its most prestigious race was the London Cup.

Alexandra Park Cricket and Football Club is situated within the old racecourse providing sporting facilities for the local community.

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Harvey Nichols – Luxury fashion & beauty

By at April 13, 2012 | 6:50 pm | 0 Comment

Harvey Nichols is the world’s leading international luxury fashion destination, a one-stop-shop for the most exclusive brands in fashion, beauty and food.

Its original store is in London. Founded in 1831 as a linen shop, it sells many international brands of clothing for women and men, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food. Harvey Nichols attracts more younger shoppers than its rival Harrods.

Shop beauty and fragrance from the leading brands in make-up, perfumery, skincare, lifestyle and haircare such as Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Molecule 01, By Kilian and Elemis. We are renowned for sourcing the best in food and wine from around the world, and this year have an inspired collection of luxury Christmas Hampers, festive foods, wines, spirits and champagnes to make your party pop!

With our flagship store in Knightsbridge, London, six other stores across the UK and Ireland in Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds and five other branches across the world, we offer the best in luxury fashion, fragrance, food and wine.

In addition to its fashion retailing business, Harvey Nichols redeveloped the top floor of its London flagship store to create a restaurant, bar, café, wine shop, and food market.

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