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Starlight, a good movie — and some dazzling venues — make Luna Cinema a summer must

Luna Cinema

You haven’t experienced film-going until you’ve seen Casablanca under the stars at Westminster Abbey, Bridget Jones’ Baby at Kensington Palace, Notting Hill at the Ascot Racecourse, or Four Weddings & a Funeral (we joke not!) on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Those are just a few of the summer offerings running from June through October, announced by The Luna Cinema, which rightfully claims “classic films under the stars in the country’s most incredible settings.” They’re not all “classics,” but a fanciful mix of vintage treasures and more contemporary box office hits, such as La La Land and Fantastic Beasts... View Article


Merlin’s beard! More Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets go on sale Tuesday

Harry Potter and the cursed child

It’s been the hottest ticket in London theatre for nearly a year now, just notching a record nine Olivier Awards — and now the public has another chance to score tickets next year for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Beginning at 11 a.m. British Standard Time Tuesday 25 April, 300 tickets for every performance at the Palace Theatre between 2 May-22 July 2018 will be released online through a random queue system. Tickets cost 20 pounds or less for each of the play’s two parts and are limited to six per person. Those interested in buying may begin visiting... View Article


Tall ships offer a towering experience over Easter weekend

Tall ships festival

Tall ships offer a towering experience over Easter weekend Elegant and graceful, more than 30 tall ships will cruise the River Thames over the four-day Easter weekend, from 13-16 April, before they set sail on a 7,000-nautical mile race across the Atlantic to Canada on the final day. Opportunities abound to view, tour — and even sail aboard — the ships at the Maritime Greenwich and Royal Arsenal Woolwich Riverfronts. On the shore, there will be plenty to do and see, as well, with a full array of live entertainment, food and fireworks. Cruises include a two-hour basic sail, watching... View Article


Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter is all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend

Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend — running through April 17 —adds holiday chocolate lovers’ treats to the usual historic royal activities. A Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around Henry VIII’s home and gardens will result in receiving a chocolate treat, once all the bunnies are found. There will also be the opportunity to decorate one’s own chocolate cup to be enjoyed at home, and a session on how the Georgians drank their chocolate. Strolling the palace grounds will be Henry and a pregnant Anne Boleyn awaiting the birth of their first child. The Magic Garden interactive family play area has reopened,... View Article


Take a journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom

Jurassic kingdom

Take a journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom A short jaunt to Osterley Park from #MyChelseaFlat at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation will take visitors back to prehistoric times to become immersed in Jurassic Kingdom 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1-17 April. The interactive pop-up theme park, which is beginning its tour of the U.K., will feature more than 30 animatronic dinosaurs in jaw-dropping scale, with life-like motion and sound effects. Snarling and lurching creatures such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus and airborne pterosaurs will offer a vivid experience of the Jurassic Age far beyond what can be conveyed... View Article


Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall

Harry Potter

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall Lumos maxima! Tickets go on sale at noon today (3 April) for the highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit that will run from 20 October 2017 through 28 February 2018 at the British Library. The exhibit, done in collaboration with Bloomsbury to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will feature original material from J.K. Rowling’s personal archives. Inspired by the subject matter of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Library will... View Article


Rivalry on the river: Oxford, Cambridge lift their oars to help with cancer research

Oxford and Cambridge Boat race

Since 1829, the centuries-old rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge— England’s two most prestigious universities— is played out annually on the Thames. Now known as the Cancer Research UK Boat Races, this year’s version will take place on 2 April before an estimated quarter-million spectators — making these rowing races one of London’s largest free sporting events. Eight-oared women’s and men’s teams compete in separate events on the championship course spanning 4.2 miles (6.8km) from Putney to Mortlake beginning at 4:35 p.m. Prime viewing sites are Putney Bridge and Embankment and Bishop’s Park at the starting line; Craven Cottage, home of... View Article


Art of the Brick Lego-DC Superheroes South Bank exhibit is no child’s play

Art of the Brick - Superman

Following on from his successful 2014 exhibition, Lego artist Nathan Sawaya returns to London having crafted more than two million Lego bricks into an international sensation — The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes, running from 1st March – 3 September at the South Bank’s Doon Street Car Park. The 120 original pieces not only depict classic superheroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but comic villains, including The Joker and Harley Quinn along with a life-size Batmobile at 5.5 metres long and built from half a million bricks. Sawaya collaborated with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. to create... View Article


Let the Games Festival begin! 400 activities during 40 events at 30 London sites

Giant Monopoly Game Board for the London Games Festival in Trafalagar Square, London

Every aspect of the game industry will be explored and celebrated during the second London Games Festival from 30 March-9 April 2017, with 50,000 participants expected at the event designed to cement the city’s position as the games capital of the world. Players will have the chance to meet creators and try out new games, while a marketplace will introduce fresh concepts to investors. BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) will hold its annual Games Awards ceremony 6 April, cosplayers and groups can march in a games character parade 8 April (sign up here), and talks, workshops,... View Article


3,200 international rowers take to the Thames for historic Head of the River Race Saturday

Head of The River Race

The banks and three of the bridges spanning the Thames will be packed with spectators and picnickers 25 March for the spectacle of 400 U.K. and international rowing crews competing in the annual Head of the River Race. The eight-person crews — taking off at 10-second intervals — span 4.25 miles (6.8km) from Mortlake to Putney along the Thames Championship Course beginning at 2:15 p.m. The crew with the fastest time takes first place, with the entire event lasting about two hours. Spectators are urged to arrive at least 45 minutes before launch because of the crowds. Prime viewing is... View Article


Mum’s the word on Mothering Sunday

Mother's day

What better way to honour your mother than with a day — or weekend — enjoying the best of London. Whether treating Mum to an elegant day with brunch, tea, and spa pampering, or a less formal schedule sampling goodies in Borough Market, catching the Princess Diana fashion exhibit at Kensington Palace, and enjoying Sunday Roast at a pub, there’s plenty to mark Mothers Day on March 26. VisitLondon.com has a splendid digest of ideas to make Mum feel like a queen.


Mark spring’s arrival with an ancient rite at Stonehenge

The Spring Equinox, which falls on March 20 this year, is one of only four days annually when visitors to Stonehenge are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle, in order to observe the sunrise.

With Stonehenge less than two hours away, Londoners and visitors can usher in the season of renewal with the rare experience of observing the sunrise on the Spring Equinox among the mysterious ancient pillars. Druids, Pagans, Wiccans, tourists and families gather for one of only four days each year — each celebrating the change of the seasons — when visitors are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle and not have to view one of the world’s most iconic sights from behind a fence at a distance. The event is under the strict rules and supervision of English Heritage, and... View Article


London’s St. Patrick’s celebrations aren’t just one but three days!

St Patrick's day parade

You don’t have to venture to the Emerald Isle to have a festive St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Whether you favour hoisting a pint or two at a neighbourhood pub or joining in a mass Wearin’ o’ the Green, London has a full slate of activities from March 17-19 honouring Ireland’s patron saint. You’ll find an Irish film series, family-friendly festival with food and live entertainment at Camden Market, an Irish-themed historic walking tour, music and poetry in selected Underground stations, a vast family adventure trail, and more. The highlight, of course, comes on March 19 with the annual 1.5-mile (2.4km)... View Article


Princess Diana’s famous gowns in new display at Kensington Palace

Princess Diana Travolta dress

20 years after her tragic death, a new exhibition and special commemorative temporary garden celebrating Diana, Princess of Wales’ life opens at Kensington Palace, her home for 15 years. Opening on 24th February 2017, Diana – Her Fashion Story charts her fashion transition starting with a lace covered party dress worn by a young Lady Diana Spencer for a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and the demure image of the 19 year old London kindergarten assistant wearing a pale pink Emanuel blouse in her engagement portrait, through to the glamorous fashion icon in the iconic ink blue... View Article


Anniversary games – Enjoy the run up to the Rio Olympics in London

ArcelorMittal Orbit and Pixel Wall (c) LLDC

Looking for some fun Olympic-inspired activities in London this summer? Get into the Rio 2016 mood with some great sporting events and superb amusements with the London Anniversary Games in the run up to the Rio Olympics. You can watch some of the world’s top athletes limbering up for the Rio Olympics 2016 right here in London at the Anniversary Games. This prestigious event celebrates London’s Olympian credentials, as the name might suggest, and encompasses two great sporting championships – the IAAF Diamond League and the IPC Grand Prix Final (the paralympian event). The Anniversary Games is a prelude to... View Article


Half Term Family Fun in London

Half Term Family Fun in London - Senational Butterflies (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum

  Looking for some cool stuff to do with the kids in London over half term? There’s even more for visitors staying in London’s trendy hotspots like Kensington and Chelsea than fabulous food and retail therapy – loads of children’s activities are also on offer, come rain or shine. Read our guide to Half Term Family Fun in London to find out more…. You might like to take younger kids to Battersea Parks’ Childrens Zoo – just over Chelsea Bridge. There’s a ‘Love your Zoo’ week on over half term where little ones can enjoy meerkats and other animals, listen... View Article


New Year’s Eve fireworks in London

New Year's Eve fireworks in London (c) Kois Miah

Looking to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London? Limited tickets are being released every day from now until 15 December. Make sure you grab them before they sell out as the only other way of ensuring a good view will be on BBC1. London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has rocketed in popularity over the last few years, with 500,000 spectators turning up last year, causing a considerable headache for the organisers. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, made the controversial decision to limit crowds this year to ensure safety for spectators by releasing only 100,000 tickets and charging for... View Article


The best ice skating in London

© The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Get your skates on and book now for the best ice skating in London. With plenty of pop-up venues to choose from, we present our top picks for your skating pleasure. There is a long history of ice skating in London with people skating on the frozen River Thames during the ‘Frost Fairs’ of the sixteenth century to modern pop-up rinks established across the city during the Christmas period. However, did you know that the first artificial ice rink was located just around the corner from Nell Gwynn House, off the Kings Road in 1876? With this in mind, our number... View Article


The Enchanted Woodland

Enchanted Woodland by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks.

As the winter evenings begin to draw in, magic appears in the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park… For a limited time each weekend, the stunning parkland surrounding Syon House is illuminated by a beautiful display of clever light installations, some of them interactive, to create a colourful trail for visitors to follow. The route is 1 mile in length if walking briskly and only takes 30 minutes to complete. However, most visitors prefer to take their time and enjoy the spectacle, finishing off the evening with warming mulled wine and food served in the Refectory in The Garden Centre. The... View Article


Christmas Ballet and Dance in London

The Little Match Girl by Phil Conrad

Watching a Christmas ballet in London has become a tradition for some, but it doesn’t have to be all tutus and tiaras. We have chosen a few of the best to put you in the festive spirit and add some magic to your Christmas. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station Dates: 6 December 2014 to 16 January 2015 This stunning version of Lewis Carroll’s fantastical story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns to The Royal Opera House after its highly-praised world premiere in 2011. Christopher... View Article