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Beatles Fab 4 London Taxi Tour: Take in top sites of interest such as Abbey Road Studios

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Beatles Fab 4 London Taxi Tour: Take in top sites of interest such as Abbey Road Studios

Take a trip back to the swinging sixties — when the Fab Four ruled the radio waves — on this 3-hour Beatles taxi tour in London. Travel through London by taxi as a guide plays hit records from the 1960s. Take in top sites of interest such as Abbey Road Studios, the Apple headquarters, and the place where John and Yoko met. Along the way, see where ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘I Wanna Hold your Hand’ were recorded. This 3-hour driving tour includes pickup and drop-off at your London hotel.

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Highlights
Family friendly
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Hotel pickup included
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Hop into your taxi at 9am at your centrally located London hotel, then spin through the city streets as your guide brings 1960s London to life.

During your 3-hour driving tour, visit key sites of interest including Abbey Road Studios and its famous pedestrian crossing, the Apple headquarters, and the house where Paul wrote ‘I Wanna Hold your Hand’.

View properties that the Beatles owned and worked in, see where John and Yoko met, and where ‘Hey Jude’ and part of the White Album were recorded. Along the way, listen to music of the era and perhaps sing along to your favourite Beatles records.

Flick through photographs of the Fab Four from their London heyday, then finish your tour in Covent Garden or back at your London hotel.

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15/06/2017 |

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London: admire its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London: admire its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world

Step into the weird and wonderful world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in London’s West End, and discover a unique collection of bizarre and unusual artifacts from around the world. Designed to challenge the mind and produce gasps of astonishment at every twist and turn, the attraction appeals to young and old alike, making a trip here a perfect family day out! Explore at leisure and discover interactive zones like the Mirror Maze, mind-boggling models like the matchstick replica of Tower Bridge, and much more!

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Highlights
All entrance fees included
Family friendly
Popular choice with kids
Head inside Ripley’s Believe It or Not! with your entrance ticket and explore this fascinating attraction independently, admiring its collection of some 700 artifacts from around the world. Audio guides and maps are available for you to purchase at your own expense, or alternatively, just amble around the six-floor exhibition at your own pace.

The man who coined the expression ‘believe it or not’ was the exhibition’s founder – Robert Ripley. An eccentric cartoon artist and intrepid explorer, he created the attraction with the aim of satisfying people’s basic curiosities through challenging and unusual exhibits – the types of things that people had to see to believe. Do just that and discover crazy artifacts like the 13-foot (4-meter) model of Tower Bridge made from matchsticks, and the Tsantsa collection – a baffling assortment of shrunken heads from the Amazon jungle!

See a life-sized knitted Ferrari car, and wander through interactive discovery zones like the Mirror Maze. Jump, crawl and twist your way through beams of light in the Laser Race and prepare to feel dizzy as you walk through the attraction’s legendary Vortex Tunnel. The largest collection of Olympic torches can be found in the Legend’s Gallery, and this includes the London torch signed by the British gold medalist cycler Laura Trot.

Take a break from the weird and wonderful by relaxing in the center’s coffee bar, or perhaps browse for intriguing souvenirs in the gift shop. If you visit during peak times (April to October) then you can also expect to see additional live performances in the foyer.

Most visitors find that two hours is sufficient to see everything in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, but if you want to stay longer, then no problem! Your ticket allows you to spend as much time as you want inside.

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12/06/2017 |

The British Museum Tour – The Ideas That Made Our World: Examine the Rosetta Stone closely

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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World: Examine the Rosetta Stone closely

Join this 2.5-hour tour where your guide will use the British Museum to help tell the story of why the world is what it is today. Discover divine antiquities like the Holy Thorn Reliquary as well as world renowned treasures such as the Lewis Chessmen. Examine the Rosetta Stone closely and learn why it is the key to unlocking Egyptian hieroglyphics. Immerse yourself within the Parthenon Sculptures and hear stories of ancient Greece.

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Highlights
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Fully narrated tour
Meet your guide in the afternoon at the steps of the museum. The path you trace will take you from our origins in the wild to the first stirrings of human civilization and the wonders of the Enlightenment. See the Rosetta Stone, a double-headed Aztec serpent, the Lewis chessmen, a mechanical solar system, the Parthenon sculptures, a statue of Ramesses II and the Holy Thorn Reliquary. These are just some of the artifacts you will use to travel through time. Through them explore how the agricultural revolution transformed our world, why people have gods, kings, money and writing, the role of germs, war and empire, and how humans have learned to question everything.

At the end of the tour you will have seen many of the museum’s highlights and will understand a little better why the world around you is the way it is. The tour will take a short break in the middle, during which you can buy drinks and refreshments and get to know your tour guide and fellow adventurers.

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09/06/2017 |

Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise: on modern or traditional vessels

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Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise: on modern or traditional vessels

Enjoy a sightseeing cruise to the Thames Barrier. Starting at Westminster Pier you will cruise down to Greenwich on a sightseeing cruise before moving onto the Thames Barrier. Opened in 1984 by the Queen, the Thames Barrier is London’s principal defense against flooding.

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Highlights
Choice of several departures throughout the day
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Fully narrated tour
Board at your leisure at Westminster Pier for your cruise and enjoy the comfort of being on modern or traditional vessels. Enjoy the panoramic views of London’s sights from the open deck of the vessel whilst enjoying a live audio commentary of London’s fascinating history.

The full Westminster to Greenwich and Thames Barrier single cruise takes 1.5 hours whilst a return cruise on this route takes 3 hours. See what Greenwich has to offer in the way of attractions with Greenwich Market, Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and Royal Observatory Greenwich all within walking distance of the pier (on expense).

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08/06/2017 |

Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle Guided Tour by Minibus from London: Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience

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Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle Guided Tour by Minibus from London: Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience

Take a walking tour of Oxford and drive through the Cotswolds. Explore Shakespeare’s birthplace and enjoy some time to explore Stratford-Upon-Avon. Have an extended visit of Warwick Castle and savor a traditional lunch (own expense).

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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Small group ensures personal service
Family friendly
Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During your guided walking tour you will see the stunning Bodleian Library and furtively discover unspoilt narrow alleyways, ancient squares and towering spires.

Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England’s most beautiful regions- The Cotswolds.

A unique market town, Stratford–upon–Avon is the famous home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world’s greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half–timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood.

Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience! Deep in the heart of Warwick Castle, the Great Hall is a hive of activity! Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size! Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations.

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01/06/2017 |

Sunday Lunch Cruise from Windsor: aboard the Melody

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Sunday Lunch Cruise from Windsor: aboard the Melody

Join a Sunday lunch cruise aboard the Melody and enjoy your afternoon while Windsor’s famous sights unfold around you, sites such as Windsor Castle, Windsor Racecourse, Eton College, and the neighboring royal boroughs. Enjoy a ‘Sunday roast’ with a three-course choice menu freshly prepared and cooked onboard. This cruise is popular with couples, groups, families and friends alike, with a children’s menu available on request. Accompanying this 1.5-hour cruise will be well-known, easy listening classic jazz music to complement this relaxing lunch on the River Thames.

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Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Lunch included
Romantic experience, perfect for couples
Board the Melody vessel at noon from Thames Side, Windsor, and prepare for your 12:30pm departure. The cruise will take you past the Houses of Parliament, the Coca-Cola London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London amongst other famous landmarks, and passes under several stunning London bridges before returning to the departure point by 2pm.

The lunch menu is prepared by award-winning chefs and cooked onboard the vessel using the freshest ingredients. Menus change regularly with the season and use the best of British ingredients and get inspiration from around the world. The cruise does accommodate for dietary requirements if notified in advance.

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29/05/2017 |

Private Tour: Brixton In One Day Walking Tour: beginning at Victorian-era market

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Private Tour: Brixton In One Day Walking Tour: beginning at Victorian-era market

Explore Brixton in one day and see a side to the area many visitors miss on this private 4-hour London walking tour. Follow a private guide through the streets of Brixton and find out what makes this vibrant corner of London special. Visit the Victorian-era covered market — home to chic boutiques, stylish thrift stores and friendly cafes — and admire some of the diverse street art for which Brixton is famous. Stroll through the backstreets away from the tourist trail and gain insight into the area’s unique heritage.

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Private Tour: Brixton In One Day Walking Tour: beginning at Victorian-era market

Highlights
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get inside tips from a local
Family friendly
Meet your private guide in central Brixton in the afternoon, then head through into the Victorian-era market to begin your tour. Here, browse vintage stores, independent boutiques, and characterful cafes, and soak up the atmosphere in this colorful corner of London.

Explore Brixton’s quirky backstreets with your private guide and get a feel for the community’s unique character. As you explore, admire stylish street art — widely considered among the best in London — and discover some of the pioneering galleries and businesses for which Brixton is becoming famous.

Afterward, perhaps stop for a drink in one of Brixton’s stylish bars, cocktail clubs, microbreweries, or speakeasies (own expense) to conclude your tour in style.

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26/05/2017 |

Your Transport updates for the Weekend – Travel safe !!

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London Underground

Central line
Chancery Lane will be closed all weekend and on Bank Holiday Monday. This is while we carry out improvement works in the station concourses.

District line
All weekend, and on Bank Holiday Monday, there will be no service between Parsons Green and Wimbledon. This is while we replace a set of points.

London Overground
On Saturday trains will not run between Willesden Junction and Shepherd’s Bush due to Network Rail infrastructure work.

On Sunday there will be no service between Highbury & Islington and Stratford due to Network Rail station work at Hackney Wick.

On Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, trains will not run between the following stations:
• Willesden Junction and Clapham Junction due to Earls Court development work and Network Rail infrastructure work
• Edmonton Green and Cheshunt due to Network Rail infrastructure work
• Romford and Upminster due to Crossrail construction work and Network Rail infrastructure work

On Monday 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.

DLR
All weekend, and on Bank Holiday Monday, there will be no service between Stratford and Bow Church, due to Crossrail work at Pudding Mill Lane.

TfL Rail
On Saturday there will be no service from Liverpool Street to Stratford. The closure will be extended to the entire line on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. 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:

Chelsea – From 08:00 until 20:00 today, Thursday and tomorrow, 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.

Croydon – From 22:00 tonight, Thursday, until 05:00 tomorrow, Friday, Purley Way will be closed southbound between Denning Avenue and Foxley Way, with no access to Waddon Way. On Friday/Saturday, Monday/Tuesday and Tuesday/Wednesday, the road will be closed northbound between the same times, with no access to Imperial Way. This is for resurfacing works.

Twickenham – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday and 12:30 until 19:30 on 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 sporting events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the events.

Wembley – From 14:30 until 22:00 on Saturday, and midday until 19:00 on Sunday and Monday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Monday, extensive road closures will be in place in Westminster and the City of London. This is for a sporting event.

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

City of London – Until November next year, vehicles are not permitted 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 today, Thursday and tomorrow, 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.

Croydon – From 22:00 tonight, Thursday, until 05:00 tomorrow, Friday, Purley Way will be closed southbound between Denning Avenue and Foxley Way, with no access to Waddon Way. On Friday/Saturday, Monday/Tuesday and Tuesday/Wednesday, the road will be closed northbound between the same times, with no access to Imperial Way. This is for resurfacing works.

Twickenham – From midday until 19:00 on Saturday and 12:30 until 19:30 on 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 sporting events. London Road, Whitton Road and Rugby Road will be closed before and after the events.

Wembley – From 14:30 until 22:00 on Saturday, and midday until 19:00 on Sunday and Monday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to sporting events.

Central London – From 08:00 until 14:00 on Monday, extensive road closures will be in place in Westminster and the City of London. This is for a sporting event.

Santander Cycles
The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
Rochester Row and Vincent Square, for resurfacing works
South Quay West, Foley Street, Clifford Street, Cardinal Place and Bourne Street, for building works
Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
Rodney Street, for works
Emperor’s Gate, for footway reconstruction


26/05/2017 |

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.


24/05/2017 |
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