Culture in the sun: The best outdoor events in London this summer

Jazz saxophonist playing on a bridge in London over the Thames with a view of Big Ben in the backgroundLondon is an exciting place in the summer, with endless festivals and performances providing the perfect excuse to enjoy an outing with family and friends. The longer days and warmer weather allow many of these events to be staged outdoors, and what better way to while away a sun-drenched afternoon than by lounging on the grass, listening to music or being entertained with theatre or dance?

To help you make the most of the fine weather and London’s cultural happenings, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor events in the capital this summer. Pack a picnic, bring your sunscreen or a jumper, and prepare to enjoy the best of London’s outdoor arts scene in 2014. Continue reading

Unsung Heroes of London: Your Favourite Hidden Gems

View of Tower Bridge in LondonAmongst social-media savvy travellers, the travel “selfie” is now an established part of any city experience. Skim through any holidaymaker’s Instagram feed and you’re almost certain to find multiple self-portraits painstakingly snapped in front of the most famous local monuments.

Earlier in the year it was announced that Tower Bridge was the sixth most-Instagrammed landmark in London, on a list headed up by Big Ben, The London Eye and Harrods. The good news for intrepid travellers in search of the perfect Tower Bridge selfie is that The Tower Hotel offers an extraordinary view of this legendary monument – in fact, the hotel was chosen by Trip Advisor to feature on its recent list of 10 hotels around the world with stunning views.

London has also become known as one of the top selfie destinations in the world, with locals and visitors alike hopping aboard the mobile phone pic bandwagon. Yet aside from grabbing those prize photos in Hyde Park, Oxford Street or Covent Garden (other London locations that made the list), locals in particular are taking selfies in a number of their favourite – yet relatively unknown – places in London… Continue reading

Celebrate Father’s Day 2014 in London

A speedboat takes sightseers for a ride along the Thames with the London skyline in the backgroundDads are often the forgotten hero in our lives – a constant figure who can be relied on to step up with advice, affection and support throughout the year. Father’s Day is a brilliant opportunity to show your dad how important he is and thank him for everything he’s given over the years.

Fortunately there are many ways to make your dad feel special, and a day out in London is one of the best. No matter what your father’s tastes and interests, there’s an activity that’s sure to bring a smile to his face. Here are some of our favourite Father’s Day activities in London – from adrenaline-fueled adventures to laid-back pampering, there’s a treat for every dad. Continue reading

Theatre hacks: how to find the best deals on London theatre tickets

Posters for London theatre showsLondon is renowned for the quality and variety of its theatre, so it’s not surprising that most visitors to the city are keen to squeeze in a show or two during their stay. However, show tickets can be expensive and if you plan to see some of the big-name musicals, then your theatre budget can quickly add up.

Fortunately, there are many ways to secure top London theatre tickets at a fraction of the original price – it’s all about knowing where and when to look. So if you’re trying to stick to a budget or simply love a good bargain, these tips could help you see several shows for the price of one; there’s also handy advice for finding good seats at the last minute for shows that are mostly sold out.

Read on for our top tips for finding great deals on tickets for shows in London: Continue reading

Planning a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show

Visitors view flower displays at the Chelsea Flower Show in LondonFor gardening fans in Britain, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is one of the highlights of the year. The flower and plant-packed extravaganza is among the most prestigious gardening shows in the world, and each year attracts upwards of 150,000 visitors over the course of its five-day run.

Even if you’re not particularly keen on gardening yourself, you can hardly fail to be amazed at the elaborate gardens created especially for the show by some of the world’s top designers and up-and-coming new talent. Read on to learn more about the history of this venerable show, as well as some useful tips for those planning to attend the event… Continue reading

Treat your mum in London this Mother’s Day

A mother and her child walking hand in hand down a street in LondonWhether your mum lives in London, or you’re treating her to a weekend away as a Mother’s Day gift, the capital offers plenty of options for treating this most important woman in your life. Indeed, there are so many great ways to spend quality time with your mother that you may decide not to confine it to Mother’s Day, but in fact to make it a regular practice throughout the year! Continue reading

A guide to antiques shopping in London

Antique objects in an antique shop, with a mantel clock as a centerpiece in the picture.With its long history and diverse community, London is a brilliant destination for antiquers. Whether you’re a connoisseur in search of priceless treasures or a beginner just looking for a unique souvenir, you’re sure to find something to your taste in the antiques shops and markets of London.

To help get you started on your antiquing tour of London, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best destinations for antiques shopping in the capital, plus some tips for the beginner antiques collector. Prepare to begin your very own London treasure hunt… Continue reading

Interview with Sarah from London Boutique moloh

Nightime view of Somerset House in London

Somerset House, London – Photo: brianac37 on Flickr

Just as London Fashion week drew to a close, London Fashion Weekend began. From February 20-23 Somerset House throws open its doors to the public for four days of trend talks, designer previews and a bevy of fashion and beauty shopping opportunities.

Part of the joy of LFW is finding that one-off designer buy or spotting the next big trend for AW14. Followers of fashion in London for the event staying at The Grosvenor Hotel are just a 5 minute car or taxi ride from Somerset House and just around the corner from British fashion boutique moloh.

We asked Sarah from moloh in Pimlico for some insider advice on fashion fads and fancies for 2014. Continue reading

What to do during London Fashion Weekend 2014

Guoman Hotels London Fashion Weekend

Every year in the illustrious grounds of Somerset House the young and the beautiful gather for London Fashion Week. Events are usually reserved for industry professionals and celebrities. Luckily though the event throws its doors open to the public from February 20-23 for a fantastic four-day designer shopping and fashion extravaganza. Continue reading

London Winter Theatre Highlights 2014

Sign for a theatre stage doorNo trip to London is complete without a visit to one of its many excellent theatres, especially during the cold, dark nights of winter, when there are few things better than to sit back in a cosy auditorium and wait to be transported to another world. London’s theatre scene is legendary, and the calibre of shows hitting the stages in winter 2014 is no exception. From light-hearted musicals to thought-provoking drama, there’s something for every taste.

Read on to see our picks of the top London theatre shows playing this February and March… Continue reading