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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

BBC Audience - BBC Radio 4 presents a live recording of Four Thought

Four Thought
A live recording of four talks by speakers with thought provoking ideas linked to personal experience.

Speakers are cultural historian Shane McCorristine on the lost value of dreams, playwright Bola Agbaje on images of black women, architect Barbara Weiss on saving our skylines from skyscrapers and writer Ian McDowell on life as a cold caller. Hosted by BBC presenter Mark Coles.

Audience members can ask questions which may be included in the download version of the programme.

Date: Tuesday 4 August
Venue: 7th Floor, New Broadcasting House, London
Doors open: 6pm
Recording starts: 6.30pm

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£9.50 for a three hour London panorama open-top bus tour Golden Tours

With so much to see and do in London, the only way to do it all is by bus! With a three hour open top bus tour you'll be able to see as much of London as possible all from the relaxing view point of four wheels. Get the camera ready as you'll past some of the most famous sights and landmarks in the city.
Featuring a guided commentary you'll be entertained and educated! Discover the Tower of London’s brutal history, Buckingham Palace’s royal past, the architecture of Marble Arch and affluent Park Lane during this three hour tour of the capital. Get in the thick of it at bustling Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square – without having to navigate the crowds!
The three hour tour will finish where you started, but you can get off at any stop before your finish stop.
Get your ticket today for just £9.50!
3 Hour Panoramic Open Top Bus Tour
Live English or Multilingual Audio Guide
See a Number of Attractions Including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly
Please Note:
This is NOT a hop on hop off product.
There will be multiple stops.

Golden Tours

£10 for a jug of Pimms on the terrace at The Colonnade Hotel The Colonnade Hotel - £10

Celebrate summer in the most quintessential of British ways, by enjoying a jug of Pimms al' fresco at The Colonnade Hotel. An ideal way to while away an afternoon after a spot of shopping, or a relaxing place for a post work drink. No summer would be complete without enjoying this delicious tipple and the best part is, it will only cost you just £10. Traditional and wallet friendly - what's not to love!
The beautiful Colonnade Hotel, in Little Venice has stunning decor and a location that's only a hop skip and a jump away from the famous Abbey Road. Here you'll find yourself a little sanctuary where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets. Set in a peaceful area of London, The Colonnade is a charming hotel with historical significance as the birthplace of Alan Turing. Guests can enjoy al' fresco dining on the terrace and excellent afternoon tea.
Pop by today and enjoy a taste of British summer. Bottoms up!

The Colonnade Hotel

The Rembrandt - for a traditional afternoon tea and spa day for One - £85

Drum roll's time to enjoy yourself and we're about to show you how to do it. Forget the glass of wine or a soak in the tub. This offer is about to blow your other relaxation rituals out of the water! Leave your troubles behind and get ready to unwind. We've found you the most relaxing of places to while away an afternoon.
Hot foot it to one of the most glamorous areas in London for an afternoon of pure pampering when you pick up today's offer. The Aquilla Health and Fitness Club situated beside The Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge is the epitome of understated chic. The spa provides you with the highest standard of treatments, while giving you exceptional customer service, letting you leave feeling totally and utterly relaxed. Ideally located just minutes from Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Oxford Street just a hop, skip and a jump away, it's only fair to combine this fabulous afternoon with a bit of retail therapy! Expect to find a gym, swimming pool, single-sex sauna and steam rooms, Jacuzzi and yoga and Pilates classes, to make you feel like a fitness goddess.
For just £85 you will enjoy
Two 25 minute treatments choosing from:
Back Massage
Mini Facial
File and Polish
Scalp Massage
Foot and Leg Treatment
Afternoon Tea
Full use of the facilities
Robe and Slippers
Now, this is how you enjoy yourself. Ltd

Somerset House - August: Don't miss film-inspired events and exhibitions

What’s On at Somerset House – August 2015. Image © James Bryant
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
6 - 19 August 2015
Tickets are still available for you to watch classic, cult and contemporary films under the stars, including the Summer Screen Spotlight film The Second Mother on 12 August. This UK premiere, and winner of awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face on a summer evening. A Brazilian film by director Anna Muylaert with strong family bonds at its heart – it will cause both laughter and tears.
Summer Screen Spotlight: The Second Mother
The Jam: About the Young Idea © Mary Turner / Getty for Somerset House
The Jam: About the Young Idea
Extended until 27 September 2015
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
This must-see exhibition brings together the archives of all three band members – Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton – for the very first time. The collection includes hand written lyrics, original stage outfits, personal photographs and footage, unreleased music videos, letters and postcards, and the band’s instruments, providing a unique and personal insight into the band’s trailblazing life and the retrospect legacy The Jam left on music, style, politics and culture.
Behind the Screen
8 - 19 August 2015
Take a trip inside Somerset House for the diverse and entertaining programme of talks, workshops and family activities that accompanies this year’sFilm4 Summer ScreenAudrey Hepburn is presented as the girl who launched the gamine style, director Andrew Haigh discusses his film inspirations, and film tours offer the opportunity to explore areas of Somerset House which have provided the location for many cinematic scenes.
Behind the Screen: Audrey - The Girl That Launched The Gamine Style
Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
30 July – 23 August 2015
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Free admission
Your chance to buy limited-edition prints inspired by the Film4 Summer Screen films. Back for a third year, Somerset House has commissioned screen-printing aficionado’s Print Club London to curate a series of contemporary screen-printed film posters, from a selection of hand-picked artists and styles including Rose Blake, street artist RYCA, Ben Rider and Lucille Clerc. Open during the day and into the evening during the film screenings.

FINAL WEEKS: Beneath the Surface
Until 24 August 2015
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
What’s most impressive about this collection is the sheer range of work on display; there’s never a dull moment.” Aesthetica Magazine
An exhibition of some 200 works that reflects the international scope and historical depth of the V&A’s preeminent collection of photographs.

Learning & Events
Stay stimulated over the summer break with our Young Creatives Design Challengesfor 13-16 year olds ranging from pinhole photography to body architecture. Unleash your wild side in our free family workshop Dances with Werewolves and matinee screening of Where the Wild Things Are. Alternatively embrace your DIY side and join the London Centre for Book Arts on our zine workshop.

Unfinished…Works from The Courtauld Gallery
Until 20 September 2015
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
This year’s Summer Showcase brings together diverse works from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described—rightly or wrongly—as unfinished. They allow us to explore what it means for an artist to consider a work as finished, and what happens when critics disagree.

Out of Chaos; Ben Uri: 100 Years in London
Until 13 December 2015
Inigo Rooms, East Wing
Free admission
In association with the Cultural Institute at King’s College London, Out of Chaos forges conversations between identity, migration and art, showcasing masterworks from the usually hidden Ben Uri Collection. Artists include Auerbach, Bomberg, Chagall, Epstein, Gertler, Grosz, Kossoff, Liebermann, Rubin, Soutine and Wolmark.

From our friends at the National Portrait Gallery
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon
Until 18 October 2015
Audrey Hepburn was one of the world’s most glamorous, recognisable and photographed stars. From her early career as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her Hollywood heyday and philanthropic work in her later years, Hepburn’s life as a twentieth-century icon is beautifully illustrated in this must-see exhibition.

From our friends at dreamthinkspeak
From 24 August 2015
Shoreditch Town Hall
An intimate promenade dreamscape, created by the company who created IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE END at Somerset House in 2013, threading its way through the maze-like basements of Shoreditch Town Hall. Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, LIFT and LeftCoast.

Whitechapel Gallery - Summer events at the Whitechapel Gallery

This summer, choose from a host of events at the Whitechapel Gallery: from a special night of performance, music and debate at the The London Open Live, to a radical audiovisual event from Writer in Residence, artist Heather Phillipson, and much more besides.
See you at the Gallery soon.

This Month's Events
The London Open Live
30 July, 6:30pm-10pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs.

An eclectic evening of debate, music and performance from artists in The London Open 2015. Featuring ice sculpture, hypnotism and MUSARC's rendition of a haunting 17th century choral work. Includes a pop up bar, film screenings and a London Open playlist.
the nylon tricot hi-cut one-piece

6 august, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs.

Join Writer in Residence Heather Phillipson for an immersive, audiovisual event exploring the human heart as an overworked, emotional muscle. Featuring video, music, sculptural props and sounds of the heart's own tropes of rhythm, the event proposes a musical and biological hybrid.
Curators of the London Open 2015
13 August | Free, booking required
Join curators Daniel F Herrmann and Poppy Bowers for a free tour of the London Open 2015. See the most exciting new art from the capital, get an insight to the selection process and the themes in the show.
Whitechapel Walks

2 August, 3pm | Free

Join a free walking tour of Whitechapel, exploring the buildings, social history and stories of people defining the area. The walk ends with a tour of the gallery and an introduction to the exhibitions currently on show.
Barbara Dawson: Big ideas

13 August, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50 concs.

Inspired by artist James Richard’s V-A-C collection display, featuring Francis Bacon's Study for a Portrait (1953), Barbara Dawson, the Director of The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, discusses the re-creation of the renowned artist’s studio.
Artists Focus: London Open 2015
3 September | Free, booking required

Join artists from the London Open 2015 for a relay of short tours.  Each one provides a unique, personal insight into the work of the artists and their own responses to the show. 

Sirloin Steak with Bottomless Fries and a Bellini Cocktail for Two or Four People Amba Hotel, Charing Cross - From £29 Save 58%

Enjoy a succulent steak meal in a vibrant, contemporary setting at Amba Hotel Charing Cross. Located in the buzzing centre of London, escape the tumult of the streets and indulge yourself in a glistening sirloin steak, complete with a bottomless supply of fries, salad, and a refreshing strawberry bellini. Settle into this popular eating space overlooking the strand and enjoy a first class meal with a friend or group.
  • £29 (regular price £68.80) for a sirloin steak meal with bottomless fries and a cocktail for two people, Sunday to Thursday
  • £34 (regular price £68.80) for a sirloin steak meal with bottomless fries and a cocktail for two people, Friday and Saturday
  • £58 (regular price £137.60) for a sirloin steak meal with bottomless fries and a cocktail for four people, Sunday to Thursday
  • £68 (regular price £137.60) for a sirloin steak meal with bottomless fries and a cocktail for four people, Friday to Saturday
  • Your meal will include an 8oz sirloin steak, bottomless fries, salad, and a delicious strawberry bellini
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  • Dine 12pm to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 10pm
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Jersey Boys Tickets – Amazon Exclusive Offer - Save up to 44%* - Book by 28th July - Today From £23.95

Jersey Boys, the worldwide smash-hit musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history. 
1962, New Jersey, New York, when music meant rock n roll, violence meant the mob and the only way out was up. Meet four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks who, with nothing to lose and everything to gain, went on to become rock ‘n’ roll legends selling 100 million records worldwide. With spectacular performances of all their hits, Jersey Boys is the electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; the Mob, the heartaches, the triumph and the music. Discover the incredible sound of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons whose hits defined the musical identity of a nation. Featuring the hits ‘Sherry’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘December 1963 (Oh What A Night)’, ‘Beggin’’, ‘Let’s Hang On’, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, and many more.

Tap your toes and sing along to the show's trailer here 

From the critics:

“This production is in a class of its own” - Sunday Telegraph
“Oh what a night of magical memories” - Daily Express

*To view the ticket pricing details click here

Hampton Court Palace Open Air Cinema Tickets to Romeo + Juliet, The Theory of Everything, Top Gun, or Ghostbusters From £17

King Henry VIII’s old palace is the setting for stories of ghosts, geniuses, family feuds and fighter jets, as the open-air cinema comes to this grand and historic site. Get comfy in front of the giant screen on the East Front Lawns and watch the modern take of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo + Juliet, the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, the iconic 80s classic Top Gun, or the ghoulishly good Ghostbusters.
The Luna Cinema takes open air cinema to the country’s most prestigious and beautiful settings, from royal palaces and castles to London parks, botanic gardens and piers. From black and white classics to musical sing-alongs, '80s favourites to the latest box office hits, the winning formula of a classic film on a giant screen in an incredible setting always promises an unforgettable night under the stars.
  • £17 for one open-air cinema ticket to Romeo + Juliet, Top Gun, The Theory of Everything, or Ghostbusters
  • Romeo + Juliet is showing on Friday 21st August at 8.15pm and is a 12A certificate 
  • Top Gun is showing on Saturday 22nd August at 8.15pm and is a 12 certificate 
  • The Theory of Everything is showing on Friday 18th September at 7.30pm and is a 12 certificate
  • Ghostbusters is showing on Saturday 19th September at 7.30pm and is a 12A certificate 
  • Romeo + Juliet stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, Top Gun stars Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver
  • All films are shown in the open air at Hampton Court Palace
  • Your ticket allows you access to the gardens ahead of sunset so you can admire one of Britain's most impressive Historic Royal Palaces
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Totally Thames - Announcing Totally Thames 2015: a concert INSIDE Tower Bridge, wild swimming & much more


We proudly announce...
Iain Chambers inside Tower Bridge bascule chambers; Credit: Steve Stills

Totally Thames 2015

We are thrilled to announce our September programme! From captivating performances and classic water races to eye-opening walks, this season promises an exciting array of events to fascinate all and everyone.


A Totally Thames highlight, Iain Chambers’ Bascule Chambers composition will premier inside the cavernous substructures of Tower Bridge on Sat 26 & Sun 27 Sep. A new concert for brass and electronics, using the London Sound Survey's recordings of the iconic bridge being lifted, the performance will resonate through the architecture of the bridge and turn this global landmark into a musical instrument.
Tickets will be on sale soon. Follow us on Twitter for the sale alert.
Credit: Charlotte Astrid
Gather on the banks of the Thames for a fantastic evening of poetry and discussion on Thurs 3 Sep, featuring the poet Jo Bell and author of Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands, Andrew Fusek Peters. The event will follow the Great Familiarisation Swim, a rare chance to swim in the river on a dusky September evening.
Click here for more info.
Europe's most colourful river race, this veritable Thames 'marathon' on Sat 12 Sep includes more than 300 boat entries from all over the world––including jolly boats, Chinese dragon boats, Viking longshops, and many more!
Find out the best spots to watch from on our page. 
Credit: Charlie Hopkinson
On Thurs 7 Sep, London's oldest botanic garden opens its gates for a gorgeous night of tours, activities and refreshments. The event celebrates the river's role in the long history of Chelsea Physic Garden
Visit our event page to book tickets and find out more. 
Credit: Thames Discovery
A festival favourite, our archaeological walks are now on sale here––an exciting opportunity to scour the foreshore for London's historic debris, and discover lost relics alongside expert guides. Investigate the remains of Tudor jetties and an Iron Age fish trap!
Watermans Art Centre will be hosting Rain Interactive, a large-scale canopy of rain drops by celebrated Spanish anonymous group Luzinterruptus. The installation of water and light invites you to help create alongside the artists. 
The event will be part of Watermans River Weekender, a fabulous weekend of river-themed arts for the whole family.
Credit: Mike Kemp
The debut event for the Empathy Museum, occurring every September weekend, A Mile in My Shoes presents itself as an interactive shoe shop––giving you the opportunity to step into another person's shoes and immerse yourself into the narrative of their life. 
Learn more here
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