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Shaka Zulu – be treated like a King the South African way !!

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Shaka Zulu, London’s largest South African restaurant, opened its doors in August 2010 with a special royal blessing from the Zulu King, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini.

Set over a groundbreaking 27,000 sq ft in The Stables Market, Camden this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and daytime family entertainment.

The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning braai restaurant.

Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu’s walls and ceiling making it a beautiful space to host private events and parties.


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24/05/2017 |

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London: including a visit to the medieval village of Hawkshead

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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London: including a visit to the medieval village of Hawkshead

Discover the Lake District’s literary heritage on this guided day trip from London, with train transport included. Enjoy a scenic drive along Lake Windermere to Waterhead. Then, visit Hawkshead village, where William Wordsworth studied. If you take your tour during winter, visit Rydal Mount and Gardens — Wordsworth’s former home for a tour and cream tea — and Bowness. Or, if you visit during summer, visit Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter once lived, and enjoy cream tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel. Upgrade to travel in style with a First Class rail ticket.

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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London: including a visit to the medieval village of Hawkshead

Make your own way to London’s Euston Station, where you’ll pick up your round-trip train ticket and itinerary from a tour host. Should you wish, upgrade to travel in First Class for an even more comfortable ride. Then, board your train and relax on the journey out of the city and into the rolling hills of Cumbria.

After around 3.5 hours, arrive in Oxenholme. Meet a local guide, and then set off on your tour of the Lake District, where literary landmarks, hilltop trails, misty mountains and glittering lakes abound.

Travel north along Lake Windermere, the largest of the Lake District’s waterways. Gaze out over the still waters and drink in views of the surrounding hills and mountains as you journey toward Waterhead, where much-loved children’s author Beatrix Potter spent many of her school holidays. If your tour takes place between April and October, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the famous Lake Windermere.

Next, visit the medieval village of Hawkshead. Enjoy free time to wander the cobbled lanes, and see the Old Grammar School where Romantic poet William Wordsworth once studied. Perhaps recharge with lunch (own expense) at one of the local eateries, and then travel to Tarn Hows, a renowned beauty spot, for sweeping mountain and lake panoramas.

Summer Itinerary
If you’ve taken your tour between April and October, continue to Hill Top, where Beatrix Potter dreamed up characters such as Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck. Head inside the 17th-century farmhouse with your included ticket, and explore the rooms and garden independently. The house remains exactly as the author left it, with each room featuring details that appear in her books.

Then, continue to Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, once owned by Beatrix Potter, for a delightful cream tea before returning to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

Winter Itinerary
Alternatively, if you’ve taken your tour between November and March, continue through the beautiful Yewdale Valley, passing Yew Tree Tarn and Skelwith Bridge, and arrive at Rydal Mount and Gardens, where Wordsworth lived from 1813 until his death in 1850. Explore the house and grounds with your guide before savoring a traditional cream tea.

Make your final stop at Bowness, where you’ll enjoy free time to visit the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter visitor center (own expense). When the time comes, join back up with your guide and return to Oxenholme Station for your train back to London.

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22/05/2017 |

Transport for London

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London Underground

Central line
Chancery Lane will be closed all weekend. This is while we carry out improvement works in the ticket hall.

London Overground
On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations:
Euston and Kilburn High Road until 12:15 and after 20:30, due to Network Rail track work and work at Euston to enable High Speed Two (HS2)
Camden Road and Stratford due to bridge replacement work at Highbury Corner and Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick

DLR
There will be no service between Stratford and Poplar, due to track and Crossrail work at Pudding Mill Lane.

TfL Rail
On Saturday trains will not run between Liverpool Street and Stratford. This is while Network Rail carry out track and station improvements as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan, as well as Crossrail construction work.

Buses
Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Lewisham – Until Thursday 25 May, a contraflow is in place on Lewisham High Street, near the junction of Lee Road. This is for emergency gas works.

Twickenham – From 09:00 until 20:30 on Saturday and Sunday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed at times on both days.

Wembley – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 until 20:30 on Sunday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 from Tuesday-Friday, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event.

Roads
Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Lewisham – Until Thursday 25 May, a contraflow is in place on Lewisham High Street, near the junction of Lee Road. This is for emergency gas works.

Twickenham – From 09:00 until 20:30 on Saturday and Sunday, roads in the area will be busier than usual, including A316 Chertsey Road, all roads leading to Twickenham station, and around the stadium. This is for events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed at times on both days.

Wembley – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 until 20:30 on Sunday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

City of London – From Monday until November next year, vehicles will not be able to use Bank Junction between 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays. Buses and cyclists are not affected.

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 from Tuesday-Friday, and 08:00 until 17:30 on Saturday, roads in the Chelsea Embankment area will be busier than usual. This is for an event

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
* South Quay West, Foley Street, Bourne Street, Cardinal Place for building works
* Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
* Rodney Street and Clifford Street, for works
* Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction
* Southerton Road, for resurfacing
* Here East South (QEOP), for utility works


20/05/2017 |

Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip: including a visit to the Bridge of Sighs

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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip: including a visit to the Bridge of Sighs

Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the “City of Dreaming Spires”, whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn buildings have inspired generations of scholars (including Bill Clinton in the 1970s) and writers, including Lewis Carroll who wrote “Alice in Wonderland” here.
Pop in your state-of-the-art Vox headphones as your tour starts and listen to your guide talking clearly about each site. If you want to wander aside and take photos of attractions, you won’t miss any of the commentary!

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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip: including a visit to the Bridge of Sighs

Find your own inspiration in the sense of tradition and intellectual curiosity that pervades this lovely City. You will visit Christchurch College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied. On your walking tour of Oxford you will see the Bodleian library and the picture-perfect College courtyards for which Oxford is justifiably famous.

Through scenic countryside to Cambridge, bridging centuries of scholarly rivalry between these two venerable institutions! Cambridge’s stately Gothic style College buildings rise spectacularly from the greenery along the River Cam where students and visitors enjoy punting along the River.

You will visit the magnificent perpendicular chapel of King’s College, founded in 1441, which is the finest and grandest example of late medieval Gothic architecture in England, and a fitting tribute to the great minds that have studied here. During your walking tour of the city filled with beautiful buildings and historical quirks, you’ll visit the so-called “Bridge of Sighs”, named after its look-a-like in Venice and several other Colleges that make up the University, each with their own stories to tell.

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18/05/2017 |

Luxury Driving Experience in London: Roar of the Maserati: Your highly personal supercar experience of a lifetime

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Luxury Driving Experience in London: Roar of the Maserati: Your highly personal supercar experience of a lifetime begins at the café at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park

Feel like a million dollars behind the wheel of this stunning 4.7l V8 Maserati GranCabrio. Have the roof down and the wind blowing through your hair – the Maserati’s exotic engine roar is guaranteed to put a huge smile on your face. Roar past Buckingham Palace, or perhaps a cruise up to the beautiful and tranquil Regent’s Park – the perfect spot to get to grips with this incredible machine. Tour can be tailored to the perfect route for your favorite London sites.

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Luxury Driving Experience in London: Roar of the Maserati: Your highly personal supercar experience of a lifetime begins at the café at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park

If you would rather escape the hustle and bustle of city life, why not head out of town on a Bond-style country getaway. Engage “sport mode” while tackling winding country roads in the beautiful English countryside and feel absolutely fantastic. For those who don’t fancy driving, let the driver/guide take over instead while you sit back and bask in the Maserati luxury. Choose between 2 different durations, and 2 times of the day. You and up to 2 extra guests (ages 14 and up) can fit into this luxury vehicle.

Highlights

All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Choice of several departures throughout the day
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Your highly personal supercar experience of a lifetime begins at the café at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, near Marble Arch, in the heart of London at your predetermined time. There, you will meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide – the man with the keys. Your guide will help you tailor the perfect route for your ride. Following a quick safety briefing it’s off to meet Harry, the Maserati. You can choose from a 60-minute stylish cruise around your favourite London sites or head out of town on an incredibly special 2-hour country ride, where you will be able to open Harry up on the motorway and along winding country roads. Whatever your choice, you will be certain to fall in love with this incredible machine. Remember, the Maserati has two rear seats so you can bring along up to two passengers to join in and capture the whole thing on camera. At the end of your ride you will return to Hyde Park.

You must be between 21 and 65 years of age and hold a full and valid UK license to drive. If you hold a full and valid license from another country and you have experience driving in the UK, please get in touch explaining your circumstances before booking. If you would rather not drive, then the guide can drive you instead while you sit back, relax and take in the sites.

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15/05/2017 |

Weekend travel information just for you – have a safe journey

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Here is our weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 13-14 May. One London Underground line is affected by planned works, and most of the network will be open with services running as normal. Please check if any of the following affect you.

London Underground
Northern line

Trains will not run between Tooting Broadway and Morden after approximately 02:00 on Sunday. This is to allow us to carry out points improvement work at Morden.

London Overground

Tonight, Thursday, there will be no service between the following stations, due to Network Rail track work:
• Sydenham and West Croydon after 22:30
• Hackney Downs and Enfield Town/Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters) after 22:45

On Sunday, there will be no service between Camden Road and Stratford due to bridge replacement work at Highbury Corner and Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick.

London Trams

Trams will not run between Addiscombe and Birkbeck/Elmers End, due to work taking place on Blackhorse Lane bridge.

Buses

Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Westminster – Until Sunday, there is no left turn from Parliament Square into Parliament Street. Various other restrictions are in place around Parliament Square and its approaches until August. This is due to utility works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/parliament-square-works

East London – From 08:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday, temporary traffic lights are in operation on Burdett Road at the junction of St Paul’s Way. This is for telecoms works.

Dartford Tunnel – From 21:00 on Saturday until 08:00 on Sunday, the tunnel will be closed northbound. This is for upgrade works.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Sunday, Kingsway will be closed southbound at the junction of Remnant Street. This is for tree removal.

Bayswater – From 08:00 on Monday until 23 May, Bayswater Road will be closed between Lancaster Terrace and Clarendon Place. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/eastwest

Roads

Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Westminster – Until Sunday, there is no left turn from Parliament Square into Parliament Street. Various other restrictions are in place around Parliament Square and its approaches until August. This is due to utility works. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/parliament-square-works

East London – From 08:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday, temporary traffic lights are in operation on Burdett Road at the junction of St Paul’s Way. This is for telecoms works.

Dartford Tunnel – From 21:00 on Saturday until 08:00 on Sunday, the tunnel will be closed northbound. This is for upgrade works.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Sunday, Kingsway will be closed southbound at the junction of Remnant Street. This is for tree removal.

Bayswater – From 08:00 on Monday until 23 May, Bayswater Road will be closed between Lancaster Terrace and Clarendon Place. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/eastwest

Santander Cycles

The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
• South Quay West, Foley Street, Bourne Street, Cardinal Place for building works
• Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
• Rodney Street and Clifford Street, for works
• Wellington Street, for site extension
• Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction
• Frampton Street and Southerton Road, for resurfacing
• Eccleston Place, Here East South (QEOP), Wardour Street, Sloane Avenue and Drayton Gardens, for utility works


13/05/2017 |

Styled Photoshoot at Tower Bridge in London: with a team of professional photographers

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Styled Photoshoot at Tower Bridge in London: with a team of professional photographers

Experience a styled portrait session at Tower Bridge – perfect for couples, friends and families alike. Have award-winning photographers capture your adventures in London. You’ll receive gorgeous photos taken in the worlds most visited places!

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Styled Photoshoot at Tower Bridge in London: with a team of professional photographers

Highlights

Ideal choice for families
Multiple times offered throughout the day
Treat a loved one on a special occasion
Led by a professional photographer
Instant Confirmation
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
A team of professional photographers will plan your Tower Bridge session with you. You’ll get an insider perspective on the location and amazing photos of you as we explore and enjoy the highlights around Tower Bridge. Teams of 1 or 2 photographers will guide you through the city and use the subway and walking where appropriate.

Visit many iconic landmarks around the bridge and take in the sights of the city as you are guided around and have fun getting gorgeous photographs of you and your loved ones. This customizable experience is perfect for couples, groups, friends, singles and families looking for professional styled photos in London.

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12/05/2017 |

Ruskin Hotel – enjoy traditional British cuisine from the in-house restaurant.

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Set in East Ham London, Ruskin Hotel has a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi access in all areas and free parking. It also has a bar, a restaurant and a TV lounge for guests to enjoy.

Each bedroom at the Ruskin Hotel has an en-suite shower room, tea/coffee making facilities, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. The rooms enjoy free high-speed Wi-Fi. Complimentary toiletries are also included.

Guests can enjoy traditional British cuisine from the in-house restaurant. On arrival, all guests are welcomed with a complimentary drink to enjoy with any main meal.

East Ham Tube Station is an 8-minute walk from the hotel, with all major London attractions only 30 minutes’ away. Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre is only 10 minutes’ drive away, as well as the ExCeL Centre.

Newham is a great choice for travelers interested in sightseeing, entertainment and tourist attractions.

This property is also rated for the best value in London! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Free Parking
– Family Rooms
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– Restaurant
– Facilities for Disabled Guests

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10/05/2017 |

Changing of the Guard Walking Tour: Buckingham Palace

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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour: Buckingham Palace

The Changing of The Guard is one of the most famous ceremonies in the world and a must-see London attraction, but what is the best way to experience it? There is more to it than can possibly be seen if you just join the melee pushing up against the gates of Buckingham Palace trying to catch a glimpse.

Over 2 hours we will offer you some of the best timed views of the different sites of the ceremony, and unlike any other London tour we will also explain to you why it is happening and trace the fascinating origins of the tempestuous history of guarding The Monarchy, allowing you to thoroughly appreciate what it is that you are witnessing.

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Changing of the Guard Walking Tour: Buckingham Palace

Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Family friendly
Step back in time on a history tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Meet your guide outside of St. James’s underground station and head over to Westminster Abbey and The Houses of Parliament to learn about the history and importance of our Monarchy, as well as finding out just why the Changing of The Guard Ceremony takes place.

After this it’s a short walk to Horseguards parade to witness the oldest section of the ceremony, the Changing of the Horseguards. Then we will make our way to see the start of the Footguards’ ceremony outside of Saint James’s Palace. Your guide will place you at the best vantage point to see the inspection, old guard, new guard, and bands play. They will explain the meaning behind all of the maneuvers and significance of the carefully orchestrated movement.

Then follow along with the guards and band as they head to Buckingham Palace, avoiding the melee of people pushing up against the gates of the Palace trying to catch a glimpse. Your guide will keep you out of the crowds while discussing the fascinating history behind guarding the famous monarchy.

Finish the tour at the Green Park underground station (Jubilee Line, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line), however if you would like to remain in the area and explore, your guide will be happy to give you directions to other attractions.

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06/05/2017 |

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: in London’s West End

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: in London's West End

Prepare yourself for two hours of unexpected, fully immersive and highly improvised comedy at Faulty Towers The Dining Experience in London’s West End. Set in a specially devised Torquay Suite Theatre at the 4-star Amba Hotel Charing Cross, this unique show pays homage to the popular British sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers.’ Check in to the theater, be shown to your seat by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, then try not to laugh yourself silly as they serve a 1970s-inspired 3-course lunch or dinner. Expect shocking service, hilarious improvisations and sidesplitting theatrical scenes throughout this interactive and rip-roaringly fun dining experience that has won international acclaim. Please note that as of May 1, the venue will be changed to the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Covent Garden.

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: in London's West End

Highlights
Dinner included
Make your own way to the Torquay Suite Theatre at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross to begin your unique show and dining experience. Set in the grand 4-star splendor of this Victorian city hotel, this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience is an affectionate homage to the hit 1970s British sitcom Fawlty Towers, written by John Cleese and Connie Booth.

After ‘checking in,’ perhaps head to Basil’s bar to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (own expense) as you wait for the fun to start. Chuckle in amusement as you watch the hotel proprietor, Basil Faulty, rush around greeting guests, and hear Sybil’s shrill cries of “BAS-IL!” bouncing off of the walls while Manuel tries to serve the nuts.

Take your seat as Basil frantically ushers everyone to their places at one of the shared tables, and prepare to laugh yourself silly during what is likely to be one of the most comical lunch or dinner experiences you have ever had.

With only a third of the show scripted, no two dining experiences are ever the same. And with Basil, Sybil and Manuel acting as the waiting staff, expect everything but ‘good’ service. In true Fawlty Towers form, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong — hilariously so.

During the 2-hour experience, dine on a 1970s-inspired 3-course meal consisting of dishes such as spiced carrot and fennel soup, and chicken with tarragon mash and vegetables. Before and during the meal, watch as Basil, Sybil and Manuel wander between tables, mingling with diners and loosely recreating some classic, not to mention hysterical, scenes from the TV show.

With a full stomach and a smile spread across your face, your experience concludes when you ‘check out’ of the Torquay Suite Theatre.

Please note: as of May 1, the venue will be changed to the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Covent Garden.

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06/05/2017 |
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