Fondant-Free Cakes

Shows like Ace of Cakes and Cake Boss have popularized the use of fondant icing (also known as sugar paste). While the cakes look amazing, I find myself picking the icing off to be able to eat the cake on its own. For cakes that taste as good as they look, visit:

Bachmanns Patisserie and Chocolate Creations (Multiple) — The award-winning cakes at Surrey-based Bachmanns 'taste gorgeous and looks stunning'. The display case is always filled with beautiful and tasty individual desserts (particularly helpful if you are indecisive or just want to try more than one). If you find something you like, they can be adapted to feed large parties of 70+ for special occasions. Other items made fresh and onsite include breads, chocolates, croissants and pastries.
www.bachmanns.co.uk

Choco Cake (Weybridge) — A Weybridge newcomer, Choco Cake makes unique cakes, chocolates and pastries.  Daily cake selections include carrot, lemon, Malteser and orange and almond.  Our favorite is passion fruit cake - available by special order only.  Other treats include chocolate bark, bars and hot chocolate spoons.
10 Baker Street, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 8AU

Hummingbird Bakery (Multiple) — This famous bakery bills itself as baking ‘authentic American cakes and desserts’. Indeed the portions are US sizes. They have huge cupcakes with black bottom and red velvet varieties being family favorites.  Red velvet is also available as a full-size cake.  The colorful six-layer rainbow cake topped with chocolate or vanilla whipped icing is a perfect addition to any celebration.
www.hummingbirdbakery.com

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London Fashion Week Festival

London Fashion Week (LFW) is one of the highest profile fashion events in the world and one of the ‘big four’ (New York, London, Milan and Paris). 

London Fashion Week is limited to members of the press, buyers or if you are a celebrity. However, tickets for London Fashion Week Festival September 21-24, which follows directly from LFW, uses the same exhibition and catwalk venue. The event features expert talks and designer shopping event, including emerging to high profile designers. You can also add 'catwalk' shows and a designer tote bag. Go to soak up the atmosphere and inspire your wardrobe with the latest trends before they appear on the high street.
www.londonfashionweekfestival.com
The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London WC2R

More fashionista fun:
  • The World of Anna Sui (Fashion & Textile Museum) — For the first time an American designer is featured as part of a retrospective exhibit.  Anna Sui was named one of the "Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade" and awarded the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).  The exhibition runs through September 30th.
  • www.ftmlondon.org+44 2074 078664
    St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
  • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (V&A Museum) — This exhibit highlights the work of Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Balenciaga is considered a master couturier of high standards and admired by fashion icons, including Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. Over 100 pieces are featured in the exhibition that runs until February 18, 2018.
  • www.ftmlondon.org+44 2074 078664
    183 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

7 Scrumptious Soho Stops

Conveniently located in London's theatre district

Clustered over a few blocks on Warder Street, there are good places to eat that do not require a lot of time.

Starter (or for a light meal)
Hummus Bros No reservations needed for this establishment just walk-in and be seated family style at their Soho location. Hummus is served with a range of toppings from chicken and falafel to beef and aubergine - all served with fresh pita bread.  Nothing fancy just excellent, healthy and filling. Enjoy!
www.hbros.co.uk+44 2077 341311
88 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TH

Princi— This location in London is the only one outside of Milan. Think Italian bakery and pizzeria of the Ottelenghi variety – glass cases full of focaccia sandwiches, pastas, and pastries. The cafeteria style service works well for a quick bite before or after the theatre*.
www.princi.com+44 2074 788888
135 Wardour Street, London W1F 0UT

Main
Inamo — Inamo is considered London's only interactive restaurant where guests control their dining experience.  The digital projections on your table surface can be changed with a swipe of a finger, including selecting a tablecloth, ordering, watching the chefs and playing retro games.  The Asian cuisine meant to be shared includes award-winning fresh sushi.
www.inamo-restaurant.com
+44 2078 517051
134 - 136 Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZP

Pho — Pho is London's first Vietnamese street food restaurant and has grown to include locations throughout the UK.  Their authentic dishes are made fresh and in-house.  Their famed Pho (rice noodle soup) dish is served 15+ ways and is accompanied by basil, chili, lime and other items so you can season to your own taste.
www.phocafe.co.uk+44 2074 343938
163-165 Wardour Street London W1F 8WN

Wahaca — Mexican street food selections include burritos, quesadillas, tacos and tostadas. The portions are a bit on the small side so you may need to order more than one, a starter or a drink. My favorite location is still the Southbank location one located in large, reclaimed shipping containers, including a take away* option below with picnic table style seating.
www.wahaca.co.uk+44 2077 340195
80 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TF


Dessert
The Hummingbird Bakery — Hummingbird Bakery bills itself as baking ‘authentic American cakes and desserts’. Indeed the portions are US sizes. They have huge cupcakes with black bottom, cookies and cream and red velvet varieties being family favorites.  You can even have them delivered to your door.
www.hummingbirdbakery.com+44 2078 511795
155a Wardour Street, London W1F 8WG


Snowflake Luxury Gelato — Winners of 25 Great Taste gold stars, the largest gelato bar in London has as its motto 'serving happiness'. They have 50+ flavors of Italian gelato and sorbets all made daily depending on what is available and freshest. Even gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free versions of some of their flavors are available.
www.snowflakegelato.co.uk+44 2072 471045
102 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN

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Big Ben Alternative

Where to visit while tours have been suspended

Climbing Big Ben is one of the must do activities and limited to residents. Unfortunately, tours have been suspended while the Clock and Tower are under repair until it reopens again in 2021.

So if you haven’t been, don’t have that long to wait or have visiting guests –
The Monument to the Great Fire of London is a perfect alternative. Designed by famous English architect, Sir Christopher Wren (who also designed St. Paul's Cathedral), The Monument is the world's tallest column.

Standing 202 feet high, it is located 202 feet from where the Great Fire is said to have been started. After climbing 311 steps up a spiral staircase (only 23 steps less than Big Ben), you'll enjoy panoramic views of the city and given a certificate as a memento of your ascent before you depart.

The Monument offers joint tickets with Tower Bridge where you can visit both attractions for £12/adult and £5/child (to climb The Monument itself is just £4.50/adult and £2.30/child).

As an added bonus, the joint ticket is valid for seven days so you can visit each attraction once during this time-frame – ideal for taking in two of London's most popular attractions and landmarks.

www.themonument.info+44 2076 262717
Monument Street, London EC3R 8AH

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Afternoon Tea Week Continues

Save on Four Fantastic Teas until August 31st

Visit AfternoonTea.co.uk to receive up to 30% off regular-priced teas in honor of Afternoon Tea Week.

The Berkeley (London) Prêt-à-Portea features Spring/Summer 2017 fashions that have been made into biscuits, cakes and other sweets.  These include Dolce & Gabbana's midi dress, Gucci's Breton jumper*, Miu Miu's retro bikini and Mulberry's Pembroke bag.  Tea with champagne is priced at £52 per person.
www.the-berkeley.co.uk+44 2072 356000
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL


Cinnamon Soho (London) — For a savory, Indian take on afternoon tea give High Chai at Cinnamon Club's Soho location a try. This affordable tea (£22.50 for two) includes bite-size portions of lamb slider and tandoori chicken with chutney sandwich accompanied along with delicious Masala spiced chai tea.
www.cinnamonsoho.com +44 2074 3716640
5 Kingly Street. London W1B 5PF

Hotel Café Royal (London) — Hotel Café Royal offers an award-winning glamorous and glitzy in the Oscar Wilde Bar, where Oscar Wilde himself once dined regularly. Dating back to 1865, the room has been restored to its original Louis XVI gilded splendor. Their tea was named the Best Traditional Afternoon Tea in the UK at the Afternoon Tea Awards 2017.  Afternoon Tea is available for £41.25 this month.
www.hotelcaferoyal.com/afternoon-tea+44 2074 063310
68 Regent Street , London, W1B 4DY

Warren House (Kingston-upon-Thames) — Enjoy afternoon tea in this Victorian Grade II listed home surrounded by beautiful gardens set on four acres.  If you are lucky (and the weather cooperates), afternoon tea can be taken on the outside terrace tables.  Afternoon tea is discounted to £20.25 per person in August.
www.warrenhouse.com+44 2085 471777
Warren Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7HY

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Wet and Wild Rides

Where to enjoy the last days of summer

Lee Valley Water Centre (Hertfordshire) — Lee Valley is a white water slalom centre that was used during the 2012 Olympic Games and has played host to the 2015 Canoe Slalom World Championships.

The white water rafting session includes basic paddling skills, safety and how to conquer the same rapids used by Olympic canoeists. To say the least, I am far from a confident swimmer, but did manage to pass the activity assessment. This was just the beginning of the workout. Unlike traditional white river rafting where you pass one rapid after another, they have the ability to send you back through the grade 4 rapids you just completed (often times more than once).

Given the risk of tumbling in and the need to move quickly and work as a team, I came to appreciate that rafters needed to be at least 14 years of age to raft on the Olympic course. Other water sports include canoeing, a 
floating obstacle course, hydrospeeding, kayaking, paddle boarding and tubing.
www.gowhitewater.co.uk+44 3000 030616
Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN9 1AB

Liquid Leisure (Berkshire) — Liquid Leisure boasts Europe’s largest aqua parks and one of the most comprehensive cable parks in the world.

Our first time out, we made the mistake of going when the cable was running at regular speed. Being new to wakeboarding, I ended up spending the entire session just trying to make it around the first corner. On a return visit with the cable set at slow speed, we were much more successful - making it around the park multiple times.

Unlike snowboarding or skiing where you have to get off and go back up the lift, once you master getting off the dock and negotiating corners you can continue to go around the park on your own as long as you can stay on and within your allotted time.

Other activities include banana boat rides, paddle boarding, 
water skiing and zorbing.  If you get a bit cold or need a break, you can head to the hot tub or the heated glass room to warm up. They also offer on-site camping with lake views, shower facilities and even BBQ complete with a bar.
www.liquidleisure.com+44 1753 542500
Horton Road, Berkshire SL3 9HY

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Entertaining Food

Seven places where food and entertainment go hand in hand

Chin Chin Labs  (Multiple)— As Europe's first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop, Chin Chin Labs makes each scoop from scratch. In addition to their version of chocolate and vanilla, the menu changes weekly with creative flavors like Basil Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Marshmallow, Gin Fizz Sorbet and Pink Guava and Pepper Crack to name a few. If you are not adventurous to try these, the Brown-wich (Pondicherry vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two cookies) is an easy go-to favorite.
www.chinchinlabs.com

Fat Duck (Bray) — For true foodies or those that want to experience food as performance art, this Heston Blumenthal three Michelin star restaurant has been previously recognized as Best Restaurant in the UK and World. Each course is beautifully presented and made memorable as evidenced by the many diners taking photos. It is too bad that their lunch is now priced the same as dinner and on the expensive side.
www.thefatduck.co.uk+44 1628 580333
High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ

I Falafel (London) — While wandering Petticoat Lane Market, we were given a free, hot full-size falafel sample. This is apparently how they get you to join the queue. However, the line goes quickly with prep time of less than 20 seconds per wrap. So fast, I only managed to record the last seconds of my delicious order.
+44 7479 865005
3-40 New Goulston Street, London E1 7TP

Inamo  (Multiple) — Inamo is considered London's only interactive restaurant where guests control their dining experience.  The digital projections on your table surface can be changed with a swipe of a finger, including selecting a tablecloth, ordering, watching the chefs and playing retro games.  The Asian cuisine meant to be shared includes award-winning fresh sushi.
www.inamo-restaurant.com

Jin Go Gae  (New Malden) — This local, family-run restaurant serves up authentic Korean BBQ grilled at your table. Order the two-portion marinated meats which include beef, chicken, duck, pork or squid. Your meal comes with traditional Korean small starters known as 'banchan', including kim-chi (spicy preserved cabbage), seasoned beansprouts and pickled raddish. No reservations are taken for lunch so prepare to queue.
www.jingogae.co.uk+44 2089 492506
272 Burlington Road, New Malden KT3 4NL

Milk Train (London) — Who can resist soft serve ice cream served on a cloud of candy floss*? After selecting from vanilla and green tea flavors hojicha and matcha, you can add extra toppings and sauces for a truly unique concoction. There is always a queue, but everyone ends up leaving a with a smile.
44 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HA


Yo Sushi (Multiple) — Yo Sushi is an affordable and efficient sushi place. They have a wide selection of items and kids will enjoy watching the chefs make the sushi and selecting items from the conveyor belt as it goes around. Hot items such as dumplings can be ordered too.
www.yosushi.com


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Iconic London Shops

While Harrod's may be considered a 'must see' shopping destination, there are two other iconic flagship shops in London:

Fortnum & Mason Founded in 1707, Fortnum & Mason located in Piccadilly is considered to be London's oldest department store. Fortnum's signature, luxury picnic hampers, which made their debut in Victorian times at Royal Ascot and Henley Regatta, are still popular today. The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon opened by HM The Queen is the perfect place to have a traditional afternoon tea and enjoy Fortnum's famous loose-leaf tea. Even if you are not a shopper, the colorful, creative window displays located throughout the store and stairwells are worth stopping in for.
www.fortnumandmason.com +44 2077 348040
181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER

Liberty London  It is hard to miss the Tudor revival building resembling a large home located on Regent Street. Indeed off the three large atriums, there are smaller 'rooms' (some even with fireplaces) that makes it feels as though you are wandering through someone's home. Since 1875, Liberty has been best-known for its in-house collection of print fabrics. Today, Liberty continues to collaborate with designers and has expanded its eclectic offerings beyond fashion to include cosmetics, home decor and jewellery*.
www.libertylondon.com +44 2077 341234
Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH, UK

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Creative Cuppas

With our summer coming to a somewhat abrupt halt, my thoughts naturally turn towards tea. While you can't go wrong visiting East India Company or Twinings, creative cuppas can be found at the following:

Blends for Friends (Multiple) — Everyone loves a cuppa, but how much do you actually know about what you're drinking? Their Master Tea Blender has tasted over a million cups of tea... and counting — not bad considering that the average person will drink 50,000 cups in their lifetime.  After learning about the history, origin, manufacture and different styles, we tasted a combination of 24 teas, learned the art of slurping and spitting (all in the best possible taste) and took a custom blend home.
www.blendsforfriends.com

T2 (Multiple) — It is hard to walk by this storefront without going in. T2 features rows of beautiful displays of teas along with colorful teapots, cups and countless tea accessories. The staff is friendly, helpful and go of their way for you to feel welcome. With over 200 teas to choose from (and try), T2 is a fun place to visit over and over again.
www.t2tea.com


Yumchaa (Multiple) — As many coffee shops there are, there are not nearly as many tea shops.  Initially, a single market stall, Yumchaa now also boasts locations throughout the London area.  The quaint and cosy tea shops features a wide range of proper loose leaf teas you can smell before you taste - popular flavors that make good gifts include Notting Hill (black tea with apricot and strawberry) and Regent's Park (tropical fruit, strawberries and rose petals).
www.yumchaa.com

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Top pre-theatre picks

It can be tricky to find good food served in good time, here are some of my favorite London restaurants that manage to do both:

Christopher's Grill  Conveniently located across from the Lyceum Theatre, this stylish art deco restaurant offers a reasonably priced pre- and post-theatre menu served before 6:15 pm or after 10 pm. They serve modern American cuisine and are well-known for their martini bar.
www.christophersgrill.com+44 2072 404222
18 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD

M.A.S.H. (Modern American Steak Restaurant) Located within walking distance of Piccadilly Circus, the decor reminded me of US steakhouse with its dark red leather, mahogany and walls of wine. There is a pre-theatre two or three course dinner and they are good at getting people in and out efficiently.  Our steak selections included Uruguay and Danish cuts, with four different sauces to choose from.  
www.mashsteak.co.uk+44 2077 342608
77 Brewer Street, LondonW1F 9ZN

Sagar — We enjoyed indli (steamed dumplings with chutney) and masala dosa (large rice and lentil pancake filled with vegetables) at this small South Indian vegetarian restaurant. With reasonable prices and fast service, their location across the street from the Apollo Theatre is an affordable, pre-theatre alternative. www.sagarveg.co.uk+44 2087 418563
157 King Street Hammersmith, London, W69JT

Spring Located in Somerset House, the stylish main dining room is light and airy and exudes spring. In addition to their ala carte lunch and dinner menu and reasonably priced set lunch menu, they offer a pre-theatre Scratch Menu. This three-course meal is £20/person and cleverly made using ingredients that are overlooked.
www.springrestaurant.co.uk+44 2030 110115
Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place London WC2R 1LA

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Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

A unique and magical place

It is hard to put into words just how beautiful the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Ockley is. The drive there alone is stunning and once there you are surrounded by 200+ pieces of art thoughtfully placed in every direction you look.

The pieces vary from abstract to realistic works and materials range from ceramics, glass and wire to bronze, stone and wood. The self-guided tour booklet includes details of each piece, photograph, the artist's name, name of the piece, material used and the price.

The 10-acre Garden created by an award-winning landscape designer is in fact an outdoor gallery that happens to be open to the public May to October. As a result, you can easily visit more than once as new pieces are added once others are sold.

It really is "a truly unique and magical place"!
www.hannahpescharsculpture.com+44 1306 627269
Black and White Cottage, 
Standon Lane, Ockley RH5 5QR



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Mayfield Lavender in Bloom

A bit of Provence in Surrey

We first came across Mayfield Lavender on one of our regular shops to Costco in Croydon. Since then, we have made regular return visits.

The family-run 25 acre farm opened to the public in 2006 and features three varieties of organic lavender. It is hard to imagine miles of lavender less than 15 miles from central London!

There is an on-site farm shop that sells all things lavender from fresh bunches, oils and soaps to lavender-flavored honey, ice cream, shortbread and most recently cider.

The fields are open daily June 1 – September 15 from 9 am – 6 pm and there is a nominal entrance fee of £1 per adult and there is no charge for children under 16.
www.mayfieldlavender.com+44 7503 877707
1 Carshalton Road, Banstead SM7 3JA


A 7-minute drive away is Mayfield Nursery & Gift Shop set on 12 acres of land. Along with lavender, the orchard has over 450 fruit trees of apples, pears and plums.

In addition to their full-range of lavender products, they sell their own cider, juice and preserves and offer pick your own fruits in the fall along with a Christmas shop in the winter – making it worth a visit year-round!

139 Reigate Road, Ewell, Driftbridge, Epsom KT17 3 DW


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Wimbledon

How to end up on Centre Court

A perfect example of when queuing* works! It still floors me that you can walk in the day of the tournament without a ticket, end up on Centre Court, and see the best players in the world.

Wimbledon (July 3 - 16) remains one of my favorite quintessential English experiences. It is the only sporting event I know of where affordable premium tickets can be purchased the day of play.  Ground passes are £8-£25 per person before 5 pm (less after 5 pm). Kids under five are free but not allowed on show courts. Re-sale Centre Court tickets are £10 each and Court 1 and Court 2 tickets are £5 each with all proceeds benefiting charity. 

If you go with kids, bring lots of snacks and something to do while waiting. The good news is that you can watch the games below while queuing.  With patience and a bit of luck you can turn up without a ticket and end up on Centre Court. We have been fortunate enough to see tennis greats, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and the Williams' sisters play and even spotted Pippa Middleton in the Royal Box.

Even if you are not able to get courtside tickets, it is still fun to soak up the atmosphere of Wimbledon tailgating in the queue and seeing the game streamed live on the big screens on Henman Hill.
www.wimbledon.com ✆ +44 2089 441066
Church Road, Wimbledon SW19 5AE

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Best Gelato in London

Favorite places for this frozen treat

With England's proximity to Italy, it is no surprise that London boasts a large number of artisan gelaterias. Here are some of my favorites:

Gelateria 3Bis While wandering by Borough Market after it had closed, a bright green sign with the words Gelateria 3BIS caught my eye. It turns out this location is the only one other than two locations in Italy. Popular flavors include Italy-inspired mascarpone and fig, panna cotta and summertime favorite eton mess. They are doing something right - a second location is set to open in Nottinghill.
www.gelateria3bis.co.uk+44 2073 781977
Borough Market, 4 Park Street, London SE1 9AB

Gelupo  This gelateria and delicatessen has received rave reviews in many publications and was named the top thing to do in London. Not only are there over 20 creative flavors made fresh daily (ricotta, chocolate and black pepper and vanilla and saffron), their gelato has less fat than regular gelato. What?! Apparently, by churning the gelato slowly, as it freezes, the end product is lower fat, denser and heavier. Never mind the science, have an extra spoonful without the guilt!
www.gelupo.com

La Gelatiera (Multiple)  A small, artisan gelateria conveniently located in Covent Garden has the most interesting array of gelato and sorbet flavors. Many are Good Taste award winners. With so many to choose from it is nice they offer two to three generous scoops in a cup. Being a chocolate fan, I couldn't resist Dark Chocolate Sorbet, Dark Chocolate with chili peppers and Dark Chocolate with cherries. You might also try the three star winners, Salted Caramel & Honey and Rosemary with orange zest.
www.lagelatiera.co.uk 

Snowflake (Multiple) — Winners of 25 Great Taste gold stars, the largest gelato bar in London has as its motto 'serving happiness'. They have 50+ flavors of Italian gelato and sorbets all made daily depending on what is available and freshest. Even gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free versions of some of their flavors are available.
www.snowflakegelato.co.uk


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Trooping of the Colour

Queen's Birthday Parade

Trooping of the Colour is known as the Queen's Birthday Parade. Typically held the second Tuesday of June, it will take place Saturday, June 17th this year due to Prince Philip's birthday on June 10th.

This is when Her Majesty inspects soldiers from the Household Division. While the actual event takes place in Horse Guards by invitation only, the general public can catch a glimpse of the Royal family on The Mall or the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Leading up to the event, there are full dress rehearsals (The Major General's and Colonel's Review) on two Saturdays before the official Parade. For the first time, Prince William participated in The Colonel's Review as part of his role as Colonel of the Irish Guards.

During the official parade, the Queen will wave to crowds on The Mall on her way to Horse Guards Parade across from St James Park from her carriage. Her Majesty will also return via the same route to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace along with other members of the royal family. For the best view of the Queen en route, plan on being on the left shoulder side Queen Victoria statue.

The elaborate parade of 1,400 soldiers and 400 musicians is carefully timed as follows:

10:00 am - Individual guards regiments start marching to Horseguards Parade
10:45 am - Queen leaves Buckingham Palace escorted by Household Calvary
11:00 am - Royal Procession arrives at Horseguards Parade and Queen takes royal salute
12:15 pm - Ceremony ends and all march back to Buckingham Palace together
1:00 pm - Fly pass by RAFT Red Arrow jets and 41 gun salute by the Royal Horse Artillery

Tickets for the Major General's Review, Colonel's Review and Trooping of the Colour are available by lottery. If you are unsuccessful with securing tickets ahead of time, arrive early to get the best position.

www.householddivision.org.uk/trooping-the-colour

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Tasty Treats

Worth giving, savoring and exporting

As I brace myself for yet another round of 'til laters, I know these special treats will bring a smile to those near and far.

The Biscuiteers (Multiple) — The first time I heard about these biscuits* was when we were sent some from a friend who had moved from the UK. These iced biscuits taste as good as they look and are literally works of art (not surprisingly many Biscuiteers icers are artists as well). Fashionable corporate clients include Dior, Burberry and Gucci. They ship worldwide and can be found at Fortnum & Masons, Harrods and Selfridges. Their Nottinghill location (resembling one of their keepsake boxes) boasts a cozy corner for 10-12 for afternoon tea or to try their hand at icing.
www.biscuiteers.com

Monty Bo Jangles Truffle Bar (Reigate) — There are simply no words to describe these award-winning French cocoa dusted truffles. A limited selection is available from local grocery stores, speciality shops and on-line. The full array can be found at their first and only retail shop and truffle bar in Reigate. In addition to truffle sampler selection (choice of six), they serve up decadent made-to-order truffle hot chocolate, crumpets drizzled with truffles and thin crepe-like pancakes made with melted truffles and topped with whip cream - well worth a trip!
www.montybojangles.com+44 2086 685261
57 High Street, Reigate, RH2 9AE

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Kids Week - Kids Go Free

To London theatre shows in August

Each year during the month of August, kids 16 and under go free with a full price paid adult ticket (and two additional children can go half price). In addition to shows, there are free pre-show activities and workshops — both backstage and even on stage. The shows include both West End hits and lesser known productions. With over 30 shows to choose from from - there is is something for everyone in the family.

While quite a few popular shows closing this past year, classics like Lion King and Matilda are still playing. Other shows that are part of this year's line up include:

  • Aladdin
  • An American in Paris
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Misérables
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Stomp
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • Thriller Live
With the bonus of no booking, postage or transactions fees - tickets sellout fast. Booking opens June 13 - Good luck!
www.kidsweek.co.uk

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