London Loop

One of the best things about London is just how walkable the city is. This loop begins and ends at Waterloo Station with food stops, free views and countless photo ops along the way. It takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes or 15,000 steps (if you are counting).

1 — London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, SE1 7PB
2 — Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
3 — Southbank Skate Space, 337-338 Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT
4 — Wahaca, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
(Mexican street food)

5 — National Theatre, Upper Ground, SE1 9PX
6 — Gabriel's Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9 (Food and shopping)


7 — Sweet Spot, 62 Upper Ground, SE1 9EY (Fresh hot dinky donuts)
8/9 — OXO Tower Restaurant, Barge House Street, SE1 9PH (9 - View from OXO Tower)
10/11 — Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG (11 - View from Tate Modern)
12 — Millennium Bridge, One Paul's Walk, EC4V 3QH

13 — Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT
14/15 — Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL (15 - Furness Food Hut paella)
16 — The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG
17 — London Bridge, SE1 9BG
18 — The Monument, Fish St Hill, EC3R 8AH

19/20 — Sky Garden, 1, Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF (20 - View from Sky Garden)
21 — One New Change, New Change, EC4M 9AF (Rooftop view of St. Paul's Cathedral)
22/23 — St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, EC4M 8AD (23 - Front entrance of St. Paul's Cathedral)
24 — Twinings, 216 Strand, Temple, WC2R 1AP (First tea room in London)

25 — Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL
26 — Covent Garden, London, 54 Neal Street, WC2H 9PA
27/28 — The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
29 — Westminster Bridge, SE1 7GL
30 — The Graffiti Tunnel, Leake Street, SE1 7NN

Meet you under the clock!

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Best shows and seats from £10

London’s theatre scene is one of the best in the world. With a bit of patience and luck, here are the best ways to get budget-friendly West End tickets:

Frozen & Lion King
Disney Magical Monday for £25 tickets for up to 2 tickets
• Tickets go on sale at Noon for that week’s performance
• Join the virtual queue and be ready to book up to 2 assigned seats
www.disneytickets.co.uk

HamiltonDaily lottery for £10 tickets for up to 2 tickets
• The lottery opens 12:01 am every Friday and closes at 1 pm the next Thursday for the following week’s performances
• Notifications are sent between Noon and 4 pm on Thursday and winners have 2 hours to claim and pay for tickets
wwww.hamiltonmusical.com


TodayTixLimited number of £25 Rush Tickets for every performance are released at 10 am daily, such as Back to the Future, Book of Morman, Come from Away, Life of Pi, Mamma Mia!, Six and Tina
• Download TodayTix app, create an account and log-in and follow prompts to unlock Rush tickets
• Tickets released at 10 am on a first-come-first serve basis
www.todaytix.com
Screenshot by Author of TodayTix

If you have a specific date and time in mind and are a party of 2+, lastminute.com allows seat selection for up to 9 tickets at a time and listed price includes all fees.

Tip: Keep an eye out for Olivier award nominations in early March – it is a good time to catch shows before the awards are announced in early April and the prices go up.

Good luck!

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Egg-straordinary Easter Hunts

Here’s your chance to participate in an Easter egg hunt at a castle or palace near you that also happen to be popular filiming locations:

Eltham Palace : Easter Adventure Quest
(April 2 - 24) —
Locate Easter eggs using clues and solving challenges at this art deco mansion on the site of Henry VIII’s childhood home in exchange for a chocolate treat and certificate.

Hampton Court Palace : The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt
(April 2 - 18) —
Find the Lindt gold bunny statues along the trail in exchange for a 10 g chocolate reward at one of Henry VIII’s favorite residencies.
Filming location for Bridgerton
www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace +44 3333 206000
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Hever Castle & Gardens : Easter Family Fun
(April 2 - 18) —
Free Easter egg hunt with chocolate reward (locate the golden carrot for a chance to win an Easter hamper) and craft workshop on the grounds of Ann Boleyn’s childhood home.
Filming location for The Princess Bride
BONUS : Pre-book to save 10% on admission
www.hevercastle.co.uk +44 1732 865224
Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

Hoppy Hunting!
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Fashionable Gifts for Mum

Mothering Sunday March 27th

Fashion & Textile Museum The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is celebrating their 150th anniversary with a special exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum April 1-September 4. RSN was originally founded in 1872 to both preserve hand embroidery as an art form and support women working. 150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk will highlight the evolution of RSN and feature works from their 5,000 piece collection, including commissions for the British royal family and pieces designed by top designers and students.
Adults £12.65, concessions: £11.55, students £10.45 and under 12 free
www.ftmlondon.org+44 2074 078664
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Prêt-à-Portea Launched in 2005, Prêt-à-Portea (meaning ready-to-wear fashion) is a stylish afternoon tea of delectables inspired by designers of the season. The Autumn/Winter 2021 collection includes a Balenciaga mandarin cheesecake with a chocolate hat, a Gucci mascarpone mousse with chocolate truffle riding hat and a McCartney cassis mousse with blackcurrant jelly. 
Seatings available March 26-27 and April 14-18 from £79 per person

www.the-berkeley.co.uk+44 2072 356000
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL


Bendicks
— Established in 1930 by combining the names of Oscar Benson and Colonel 'Bertie' Dickson, these 'quintessentially British' Bittermint dark mint chocolates are still made based on the original recipe. In 1962, the chocolatier was awarded a Royal Warrant 'By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen' and Bendicks product remain popular today.
www.bendicks.co.uk

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Gogh before its gone

Photo by Author of Van Gogh : The Immersive Experience

Van Gogh : The Immersive Experience closes May 2022

In recent years, immersive experiences have been gaining popularity and momentum. While the pandemic limited in-person gatherings, the additional at-home screentime seems to have fueled an appetite for unique experiences that engage the senses.

Travel back in time and experience the art and life of one of the world’s greatest artists. VanGogh : The Immersive Experience displays Van Gogh’s most famous works complete with explanations along with 3-D digital animations of reoccurring subjects that morph from one version to another, including a bust featuring self-portraits and multitude of Van Goghs' stilllifes emerge from a vase. Of course no immersive experience would be complete without the ubiquitous selfie opportunity in none other than a replica of Van Gogh’s famed Bedroom in Arles.
Photo by Author of Van Gogh : The Immersive Experience

The highlight is a room with 60 projectors that covers 15,000 square feet (over 3 basketball courts) and 360° views (on the floor and walls) of 200 of Van Gogh’s most famous pieces. The show lasts 35 minutes and runs as a continuous loop.

Video by Author of Van Gogh : The Immersive Experience

The experience is produced by Exhibition Hub, an international entertainment producer and Fever, a leading entertainment platform who have collaborated with venues around the world. Since 2017, Van Gogh : The Immersive Experience has had successful runs in Asia, Europe and the US and is currently showing in 12 major US cities, 11 European ones and 3 cities in Asia.

With 5 million+ visitors and awarded 2021 Best Immersive Experience by USA today and ranked as one of the 'best immersive experiences in the world' by CNN — what are you waiting for?

For more Van Gogh . . .
Watch the award-winning film, Loving Vincent – The first fully painted (125 artists painted 65,000 frames on over 1,000 canvases) animated film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh using his own artwork

The lines of art and entertainment further blurred — in a good way!

Last minute Valentine's gifts

. . . that aren't flowers

Biscuiteers Biscuiteers, hand-iced biscuits specialist, is offering a 16-piece lemon biscuit Love is Sweet Luxe Biscuit Tin for £40 or you can try your hand decorating their 14-piece heart shaped chocolate biscuit DIY Date Night Kit for £38. Both come in their famous keepsake box.
www.biscuiteers.com


Krispy Creme — Once again, Krispy Creme has partnered with Swizzels to provide a number of limited edition doughnuts. The Love Hearts® Dozen (6 Love Hearts, 3 Whole Lotta Love ring and 3 Original Glazed doughnuts) £15.95 or pickup a Love Creations Kit (2 heart shaped with sherbet kreme filling and 3 Original Glazed doughnut) that comes with icing and toppings so you can decorate your own £14.95.
www.krispykreme.co.uk

Paxton and Whitfield Britain’s famed cheesemonger, Paxton and Whitfield, has limited edition heart shaped cheese, including Coeur De Neufchâtel (oldest cheese of Normandie and similar in taste and texture to to Camembert) for £8.25 and Baron Bigod (one of their best-selling artisan cheeses) for£11.50.

BONUS : Add a heart-shaped box of three Charbonnel et Walker Marc de Champagne truffles for £6.50

www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

Last but not least, deals that are simply hard to beat . . .

Aldi — The discount supermarket, Aldi, is featuring a heart shaped meal of garlic pizza breads, lobster pasta and pancakes for £5.17 or with a bottle of prosecco for £9.16.
www.aldi.co.uk

Asda — Asda’s heart shipped pizzas are available at their in-store pizza counters. Priced at £3.20 each or the Sky Movie Pizza Counter deal (2 medium pizzas, a drink and a Sky Movie or VUE voucher) is £6.
www.asda.com

What's more to love?!

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Celebrate Chinese New Year

Beginning January 31st

For the second consecutive year, London's Chinese New Year celebrations have been scaled back. As the largest one outside of China and considered a kickoff to the tourist season, it is a sign that the pandemic is still holding on. Despite this, there are still creative ways to ring in the Year of the Tiger:

London's Chinatown (January 31st 5 pm - 10 pm) — Small lion dance and night market in Newport Place, Soho with screens showing pre-recorded performances.

BAO (Until February 13) — Order one of their lucky classic or daikon buns to automatically receive a red envelope with a prize inside. Prizes range from £5 vouchers to spend at a digital supermarket, crates of beer and even a chance for a bao a day for 2022. There are also featuring a limited edition tiger-striped bun filled with chocolate.
www.baolondon.com

Hakkasan (Until February 15) — The only Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in London, Hakkasan, will feature a special Chinese New Year meal complete with Tiger-themed decor. £118 / person www.hakkasan.com

Light Festival (Until February 27th) — Six installations will be on display at Battersea Power Station, including Digital Origami Tigers by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture). The larger than life tigers are based on traditional lantern-making techniques combined with today's technology.
www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

While Chinese New Year officially ends February 15th, you can enjoy the the restaurants and shops in London's Chinatown year-round — Happy New Year 新年快乐 (Xīn Nián Kuài Lè)!

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New Year Theatre Sale

Tickets starting at £10/seat until February 28

This year's Official London Theatre promotion extends until the end of February.  Not only are London shows some of the best entertainment, they are also some of the most affordable if you know where to look for tickets.  Some of the top shows on sale, include:

. . . London Theatre 'Top 10 London Musicals' (8 of the 10 on sale)
  • Back to the Future
  • Come From Away
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • The Drifters Girl
  • Frozen
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked
. . . Visit London '10 best musicals and West End Shows' (9 of the 10 on sale)
  • Back to the Future
  • Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Mary Poppins
  • Matilda The Musical
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked
www.officiallondontheatre.com

For tickets to The Book of Morman and Moulin Rouge! The Musical that are not available  through Official London Theatre, try www.lastminute.com  prices start at £41 and £29 respectively for these shows.  And good site to search for tickets year-round!