Haunted London

Spooky view of the Big Ben clock tower in London at sunset, with a dark tree and bats in the foregroundOn dark autumn nights, when the fog rolls in over the Thames, many visitors to London find their thoughts turning to tales of spooks and ghouls. With its long and sometimes troubled history, it’s hardly surprising that many places in London have acquired a reputation for ghostly happenings over the centuries. From the noblest palace to the humblest pub, here are a few of the most famous haunted locations in London, most of which you can still visit today – if you dare…

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Halloween events in London 2014

A spooky gothic table decorated with glowing jack o'lanterns, silver candlesticks and coloured tealightsIt’s that time of year again, when ghosts and ghouls take to the streets and costumed frights abound. London is a splendidly atmospheric city in which to celebrate Halloween, with its long and sometimes gruesome history of grim and mysterious happenings. This year the British capital offers a wealth of exciting Halloween activities suitable for all ages and interests. From ghostly voyages through history to light-hearted family fun, here is our pick of spooktacular Halloween events taking place in London this year: Continue reading

London theatre highlights: What’s on in autumn 2014

Stage door sign outside an old-fashioned London theatre doorThe air is crisp and the days are growing shorter, which makes this the perfect time of year to head indoors and enjoy some of London’s outstanding theatre. Autumn 2014 brings a number of theatrical treats for audiences, from serious drama to comedic larks and everything in between. Here is our round-up of the shows to catch this autumn in London: Continue reading

High Street Heroes: T&F Slack Shoemakers

The Vlad 320, a traditional men's brogue shoe in tan leather made by T and F Slack Shoemakers of LondonAs any fashion lover will tell you, shoes can definitely make or break an outfit – and depending on how much time you spend walking, they can make or break your feet as well. A stylish pair of shoes that fit your feet perfectly may seem like an elusive ideal – but creating such coveted footwear is all in a day’s work for our latest High Street Hero, T&F Slack Shoemakers London.

Read more about this unique boutique that stays a step ahead by combining contemporary style with traditional craftsmanship… Continue reading

Get your popcorn for the BFI London Film Festival 2014

BFI London Film Festival - Bex.Walton on Flickr CCOctober is a big month for cinema fans in London, as the annual BFI London Film Festival brings yet another fascinating programme of films to screens across the capital. From the latest in drama, comedy and horror, to thought-provoking short films and documentaries, there’s something for everyone at this year’s event, which runs from 8th to 19th October 2014.

Read on to learn more about one of London’s favourite festivals, including highlights of the 2014 programme and practical information on attending screenings. Continue reading

Scent of a city: London's best perfumers

Close-up of a bottle of Jo Malone perfume.When it comes to personal style, fragrance can make almost as big an impact as your clothing. Intimately tied to emotion and memory, scents evoke times, people and places in each of our lives, and a skilful blend is worth its weight in gold when it comes to making an impression.

Fortunately, London boasts an excellent group of home-grown perfumers to complement the city’s dynamic fashion scene. From timeless, traditional collections to edgy, modern scents, London’s top perfumers make fragrances for everyone. Here is our pick of the top perfumers in London, plus some of their predictions for autumn 2014′s top scent trends: Continue reading

London’s best classical music venues

A view of the interior of the auditorium at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with orchestra, choir and audienceLondon boasts a vibrant classical music scene, regularly hosting world-class performances by leading soloists and orchestras from both Britain and around the globe. Whether you prefer intimate chamber music, grand orchestral compositions or perhaps an evening at the opera, there’s bound to be a performance in London you’ll enjoy.

For those visiting the capital, it’s worth doing a bit of research as classical performances are staged in a number of diverse concert halls and other venues. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve listed some of the top venues for classical music in London: Continue reading

Explore London's architectural gems with Open House London

View of modern architecture along London skyline from the river.London is known for its fabulous architectural heritage, and this weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014), visitors and locals alike have an rare opportunity to glimpse inside some of the capital’s best-known structures during Open House London 2014.

From cosy Victorian pubs and grand neoclassical structures, to impressive church buildings and modern eco-friendly houses, there’s something to satisfy every architectural taste and interest. Read on to learn more about this exciting celebration of architecture and design, as well as some of the fascinating locations you can visit… Continue reading

Autumn fashion events in London

A model walks the runway in the Jasper Garvida show at London Fashion WeekSeptember in London is all about style, as designers, models and the world’s press roll into town for the annual London Fashion Week (12th to 16th September 2014), closely followed by London Fashion Weekend (18th to 21st September 2014). The good news for London fashionistas is that both events have plenty of offerings open to the general public – so if you’re craving a close-up look at the latest from the world of high fashion, this is the perfect time to plan a short break to London.

Read on to find out more about fashion events you can attend this September in London, as well as some stylish happenings in some of the capital’s top shopping districts this month. Continue reading

The Best Sunday Carveries in London

Close up view of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, gravy, peas and mashed turnipWhat better way to wind down the weekend than sitting around the table with friends and family for a traditional Sunday roast?

While this has always been a popular ritual in Britain, more recently there has been a renewed interest in traditional carvery menus as chefs all over London take the classic menu and add their own unique take on the flavours and ingredients used.

Dating as far back as 17th-century England, what started as a roast beef supper after church has evolved into a much-loved family meal featuring exciting seasonal combinations of meat and vegetables, along with time-honoured staples such as gravy and Yorkshire puddings. Today the Sunday roast has evolved even more, and you can now find everything from traditional favourites to a more eclectic offering.

If you’re looking for a hearty meal in central London, we’ve rounded up some of the best pubs and restaurants on the cutting edge of the carvery comeback: Continue reading