Experience Winter in London

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London is a breathtaking city at most given times of the year, but never is it more spectacular than when dressed up in all its wintry glory. Here we give you a run-down of the prettiest places to go and marvel at the lights and dazzling decor while having making merry with some Christmassy activities. Continue reading

Festive Cheer in London

Visiting London at Christmas time is as much about the socialising as it is shopping or sightseeing. The capital has one of the world’s liveliest and most diverse bar scenes, so what better excuse to go out and kick up your party-heels at these sparkly spots? All of them have special themed drinks and are guaranteed to get you in the spirit.

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Our favourite Christmas Markets

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While Christmas is of course about so much more than shopping and presents, that doesn’t take away from the magic of finding that perfect something for someone special. Nor is it to deny the cockle-warming pleasure of a hot glass of mulled wine and the mere scent of chestnuts roasting to the tune of festive jingles… so why not pop down to one of London’s Christmas markets and soak up some of this seasonal cheer and wintry atmosphere?  Continue reading

High Street Heroes: Ben Day, Jeweller

A pile of jewellery featuring multicoloured gemstones by London jeweller Ben DayInside an unassuming, quietly elegant shop in Notting Hill dwells a most extraordinary collection of glittering jewels. Far from your average high street jewellery shop, Ben Day Jeweller is an expression of the eponymous craftsman’s own distinct vision – a vision filled with the extravagant colour, movement and light that accompanies the rarest of gems. Find out more about this talented jeweller and what sets his kaleidoscopic collection apart from the crowd… Continue reading

Christmas in London 2014: what’s on

A Big Ben clocktower Christmas ornament hanging amidst the boughs of a Christmas treeLondon is an exciting destination all year round, but there’s no question the city takes on a special magic all its own at Christmas time. From the festive displays of lights and baubles that make every street and shop window sparkle, to the carols that ring out from squares and churches across the city, nowhere does Christmas quite like London.

If you’re planning to visit the capital this December, there’s a huge selection of seasonal activities on offer to entertain Christmas revellers of all ages – from markets and ice rinks, to world-class shopping, pantos and more. Here is our pick of the merriest Christmas events in London for 2014 to help you plan your holiday experience: Continue reading

Silver service: what to expect

Long dinner table set in formal style for a group of peopleAlthough today’s more casual approach to dining means it’s highly unlikely you’ll encounter silver service in a private home, or all but the most formal of restaurants, there are still certain occasions – such as weddings or formal banquets – when this style of food service might be used. If you’re not entirely clear on what silver service involves, read on for our guide to what to expect during a silver service-style dinner.

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The best apps for exploring London

A Samsung smartphone on a map of the United Kingdom, highlighting LondonLondon is a fascinating city full of endless surprises just waiting to be explored – but it is also big and sometimes overwhelming if you’re visiting for the first time. To help you make the most of your stay in the capital, we’ve compiled a list of the most useful London apps for visitors. From sightseeing and dining to finding your way around, you’ll like a local in no time with these handy smartphone apps. Continue reading

Where to shop for children’s fashion in London

A little girl in a stylish plaid coat and wooly mittens plays in a sunny autumn park in LondonLondon is a city with a true sense of style, and endless world-class shopping opportunities to match. The good news for fashionable tots (and their parents) is that the capital caters to sartorially savvy shoppers of all ages, with an outstanding selection of clothing shops for children of all ages, from babies to pre-teens. Continue reading

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