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InterNations London “Summer Happiness” Social @ DSTRKT Lounge.

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Hosted by the London Ambassador

OFFICIAL EVENT

Starts in 2 days
Sat 19 Aug 19:00 – 23:00

DSTRKT Lounge
9 Rupert St, London W1D 6DG
London

Ready to Join?

We are excited to invite you to the next InterNations London “Summer Happiness” Social at trendy DSTRKT lounge, London Club & Bar Awards 2016 winner. Join us for socializing with expats, global minds and like-minded people in the West End! Let’s mingle in a cosmopolitan atmosphere in a light music background. Welcome to stay for the club night!

Dress to impress (smart, business, glamorous). Government-issued ID is required for entry (no entry without ID). The club offers one welcome drink for guests arriving between 19:00 to 20:00. The welcome desk closes 21:00, please arrive until then (all late arrivals at or after 21:00 are 15 GBP guest price for everyone).

Make sure to sign up to benefit from the reduced guest list prices! You’re welcome to come with friends (15 GBP for guests if not signed up).


17/08/2017 |

Your weekend Transport information for London !!

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Events in central and east London

Until Sunday, the IAAF World Championships are taking place in Stratford and central London. Services to and from Stratford and key interchange stations will be busier than usual before and after the events.

Roads in the St James’s Park area in central London will be closed from 06:00 on Saturday until 05:00 on Monday, due to an event taking place on Sunday.

London Underground

Bakerloo line
On Sunday, there will be no service between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone, due to Network Rail track work.

Circle line
There will be no service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith while we test new signalling and replace track at Latimer Road.

Hammersmith & City line
There will be no service between Edgware Road and Hammersmith while we test new signalling and replace track at Latimer Road.

London Overground

Tonight, Thursday, there will be no service between Sydenham and West Croydon after 22:30, due to Network Rail track work.

All weekend, there will be no service between Gospel Oak and Barking. This is while Network Rail carry out major works to enable new, longer trains to run from 2018.

On Sunday there will be no service between the following stations due to Network Rail track work:
• Euston and Watford Junction
• New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon

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:

South London – Until March next year, there are various lane closures on A23 Brixton Road between Camberwell New Road and Vassall Road. This is for utility works.

Bromley – Until early September, temporary traffic signals will be in place on A21 Bromley Common at the junction of Hayes Lane. This is for utility works.

London Bridge – From midnight on Friday night until 05:00 on Monday, Tooley Street will be closed in both directions between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street. This is for Network Rail work.

Central London – From midday until 16:00 on Saturday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures on Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Pall Mall East, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall. This is for a march.

Ealing – From 09:45 until 14:00 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures in the area, including Uxbridge Road, Culmington Road, Mattock Lane and Chapel Road. This is for a procession.

Islington – From Wednesday until early November, A1 Islington High Street/Upper Street will be closed southbound between Liverpool Road and City Road. This is for Thames Water works.

Roads

Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

South London – Until March next year, there are various lane closures on A23 Brixton Road between Camberwell New Road and Vassall Road. This is for utility works.

Bromley – Until early September, temporary traffic signals will be in place on A21 Bromley Common at the junction of Hayes Lane. This is for utility works.

London Bridge – From midnight on Friday night until 05:00 on Monday, Tooley Street will be closed in both directions between Borough High Street and Bermondsey Street. This is for Network Rail work.

Central London – From midday until 16:00 on Saturday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures on Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Pall Mall East, Trafalgar Square, and Whitehall. This is for a march.

Ealing – From 09:45 until 14:00 on Sunday, there will be delays to traffic and road closures in the area, including Uxbridge Road, Culmington Road, Mattock Lane and Chapel Road. This is for a procession.

Islington – From Wednesday until early November, A1 Islington High Street/Upper Street will be closed southbound between Liverpool Road and City Road. This is for Thames Water works.

Santander Cycles

The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
South Quay West, Bourne Street, Foley Street, Sun Street and Cardinal Place for building works
Westfield Eastern Access Road, for site redevelopment
Rodney Street, for works
Montgomery Square, for site redevelopment

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe !!


11/08/2017 |

Bristol Summer Braai – The Riverside Inn

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EVENT DETAILS & LOCATION

Event Date 12-Aug-2017 12:00
Location The Riverside Inn

DATE: 29 July 2017

TIME: 12:00 till 17:00

VENUE: in the picnic area just past The Riverside Inn.

Boerewors, Braai Packs, Pap en Sous, soft drinks on sale

Bring your own drinks, salads, braiibroodjies,
games, and family and friends!

Fires ready from 1pm


09/08/2017 |

One of our top picks in London – Hotel Lily

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Opposite Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, this hotel features rooms with private bathrooms at good rates. West Brompton tube (subway) station is only 92 m away, and Earls Court tube station is a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel Lily is less than a kilometer from Olympia Exhibition Centre.

All of the rooms with private bathrooms at Hotel Lily have TVs, telephones and tea/coffee facilities.

Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC is just under half a kilometer away.

Hammersmith and Fulham is a great choice for travelers interested in entertainment, parks and monuments.

Public parking is available on site (reservation is not possible) and costs GBP 20 per day.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Parking
– Family Rooms
– Non-Smoking Rooms
– On-site Parking
– 24-Hour Front Desk

To view more facilities at this venue, please click on the link below…..

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04/08/2017 |

Make sure that Stonehenge is on your list of places to go with the kids in Wiltshire.

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Located near Salisbury in the Wiltshire countryside, it is an iconic symbol of Britain and the South West. Any visit to the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site should include this world-famous Stone Circle.

Dating back 4,500 years, the true meaning of this awe-inspiring creation remains a mystery. Many theories have been put forward – who could have built it, when and for what purpose? Was it a temple for sun worship, a healing centre, a burial site or perhaps a huge calendar?

How did our ancestors carry the mighty stones from so far away and then, using only the most primitive of tools, build this amazing structure?

It appears that Stonehenge is not an isolated monument, but one part of an extraordinary landscape of early Neolithic, late Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments, giving insight into ceremonial and mortuary practices at that time.

Two types of stone were used and brought from great distances – probably South Wales and near Marlborough, each stone weighing 2-5 tons. This makes the last remaining lintelled Stone Circle in the world a masterpiece of engineering.

For some it is a wonder of the world, for others a deeply spiritual place.

The visitor centre houses permanent and temporary exhibitions and goes some way to explaining the different theories, one being that it was a temple aligned with the sun’s movements. Atmospheric audio-visual experiences help to bring the past alive.

Children will be fascinated by the Neolithic Houses, imagining life at that time. There may also be demonstrations of ancient domestic skills. Families with older children in particular may enjoy exploring the ancient landscape surrounding Stonehenge so pack your walking boots and allow plenty of time for your visit.

Audio tours help visitors make the most of their visit. A free tour is available for download in advance or tours can be hired on arrival. There is an audio tour especially for families. Just see the website to find out more.

A free shuttle bus operates between the Visitor Centre and the Stones themselves. Advanced booking is recommended.

Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.


02/08/2017 |

Matilda Theater Show in London – at Cambridge Theatre

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Matilda Theater Show in London - at Cambridge Theatre

Watch Roald Dahl’s child genius Matilda brought to life on stage with a ticket to the Matilda musical at Cambridge Theatre in London! The popular family theater show features all the much-loved characters from the namesake book, from sweet Miss Honey to chubby Bruce and the treacherous Miss Trunchbull. Laugh along to stories about Matilda’s intellectual powers and enjoy a medley of songs by British musician and comedian Tim Minchin.

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Highlights
Choice of seating available
See a show on London’s West End
Follow the fictional story of Roald Dahl’s Matilda Wormwood, the extraordinary child brought to life in the author’s 1988 children’s novel. Brought up by cruel parents and faced with the formidable Miss Trunchbull at school, Matilda rebels and uses her telekinetic abilities to help her friend Miss Honey and change her own destiny.

Watch the antics of the beloved characters played out on stage against a medley of songs by Tim Minchin, themed around key scenes from the book. Listen to Miss Honey singing about Matilda in the first act, and enjoy The Smell of Rebellion when the children turn against Miss Trunchbull to help their favorite teacher.

You have the choice of two seating options for the performance inside the New London Theatre. Standard priced seats offer a good view of the stage and are usually located in the rear stalls (stage level) or dress (upper) circle. Alternatively, opt for top priced seating to enjoy a full view of the stage and close-up views of the stars on stage. The performance lasts two hours and forty minutes and includes an interval break.

Make the most of this memorable evening and enjoy a 2-course pre-show dinner at Jamie’s Italian. The restaurant is situated close to the theater and serves a variety of dishes made with good quality ingredients.

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31/07/2017 |

Bloomfield Court – Islington

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Bloomfield Court is located in London, 1.1 km from Emirates Stadium and 2.3 km from Islington.

The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.

There is a shared kitchen at the property.

Camden Market is 2.7 km from Bloomfield Court, and King’s Cross Theatre is 2.9 km from the property. London City Airport is 12.9 km away.

No parking available.

Facilities available:
– Free WiFi
– Non-Smoking Rooms

To view more facilities at this venue, please click on the link below…..

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29/07/2017 |

Walking tour Princess Diana the Legacy of the Royals – learn history and the life of Princess Diana

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Walking tour Princess Diana the Legacy of the Royals - learn history and the life of Princess Diana

This is a walking tour, where you will learn history and the life of Princess Diana.

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As we walk up Exhibition Road to the Albert Memorial we hear about the huge legacy of another royal consort Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who died in 1861. Then we walk into beautiful Kensington Gardens to see the Princess Diana Memorial fountain and then the beautiful landscaping done in the early 18th century for Queen Caroline, wife of King George II.

Now we walk over to Kensington Palace to view its various wings and to identify the sections where three of the Queens’ cousins live and where Princess Diana lived with Prince Charles, later on her own, and also where the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret lived until her death in 2002. We’ll see the gates and the avenue where thousands of bouquets of flowers were left in Princess Diana’s memory after her untimely death in 1997.

Then we’ll head to Kensington to the Church of St. Mary, where Princess Di regularly attended services. At the heart of royal London we see St. James’s Palace built in 1530 for King Henry VIII, where Princes Charles lived after he separated from Princess Di. In 1997 Princess Di’s coffin was lying in state in the Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace before her funeral at Westminster Abbey. This is why Prince William later decided to have his first child, Prince George, baptized in the very same chapel. Today Princess Di’s nieces, the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice live in St. James.

Next door we see Clarence House, where Princess Di spent time with the late Queen Mother before she was married to Prince Charles and where he now lives with his second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. We now follow the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial walk to Buckingham Palace where we conclude our tour.

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28/07/2017 |

Wicked the Musical Theater Show at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London

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Wicked the Musical Theater Show at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London

Get your tickets to Wicked the Musical Theater Show at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. It tells the untold story of the legendary witches from Frank L Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy famously triumphed in Oz, only one side if the story was told.

Now, Wicked brings to life the captivating and surprising story of how misunderstood, green girl named Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Highlights
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Choice of seating available
All entrance fees included
Based on Gregory Maguire’s best selling novel, Wicked transports audiences to a fantasy land of wizardry and witchcraft, with Grammy award winning music, Tony award winning sets and costumes, and stunning special effects. Experience this magical adventure and discover the whole story about the land of Oz.

You have the choice of two seating options for the performance. Standard priced seats offer a good view of the stage and are usually located in the rear stalls or dress circle. Alternatively, opt for top priced seating and enjoy a full view of the stage and get closer to the stars!

Why not make the most of a memorable evening and enjoy a 2-course dinner at Sicily Restaurant in Belgravia?
Sicily is located only a few minutes away from Victoria, and offers Italian cuisine and an excellent selection of wines. A

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28/07/2017 |

National Gallery of London Guided Tour for children and families with kids friendly guide – We have designed a tour that the kids will love

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National Gallery of London Guided Tour for children and families with kids friendly guide - We have designed a tour that the kids will love

Visit one of the world’s richest painting galleries with your family on a memorable tour led by a specialist guide. She will tailor the tour on your kids engaging them with fun and informative activities, games, photo contexts, visual aids and parents will learn a lot too.

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You will visit the highlights of the National Gallery including masterpieces by Botticelli, Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh and many more. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hour and you can customize it on your wishes and need.

Some children are averse to being indoors, staying quiet and being told “don’t touch that”. So, whilst you would love to go to the National Gallery when visiting London you are not sure the kids will enjoy it. Well….think again! We have designed a tour that the kids will love.

On this great tour you will have the services of a specialist guide who is a real “wow” with the kids. They will take all of the family on a treasure hunt through one of the most beautiful and impressive art museums in the world. It will be fun and engaging for the children so that you can also enjoy your visit to the gallery, immersing yourself in the artwork and culture of this must-see venue.

We will ensure you see the highlights that one of the greatest collections of Western European paintings has to offer. Some of Europe’s most important works of art by some of the greatest masters are housed in the National Gallery; Botticelli, Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh and more.

The collection at the National Gallery spans seven centuries and in total features over 2,300 works of art dating from the late medieval period through the Italian Renaissance to the French Impressionists.

So, take a trip to Trafalgar Square and marvel at the magnificent building that houses the National Gallery. Then meet your guide and go on a fun and stimulating treasure hunt through the museum.

So much art in one place can be a daunting experience if you “go it alone”. We will ensure that the young minds will be focussed and totally engaged and that all of the family get to enjoy the delights of London’s National Gallery.

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27/07/2017 |
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