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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Bankside Gallery - Admission Free | 48 Hopton Street, London


Staircase to the Library by Richard Bawden  RWS RE

Watercolours & Prints

Welcome to Bankside, the Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society, and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.
Enjoy our vibrant exhibitions celebrating the very best in contemporary watercolour and original print.
Both framed and unframed works are for sale.
Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980, Bankside Gallery is an educational charity, number 293194, situated on the Thames Path just along from Tate Modern.
The Moon Shone on my Bed Last Night by June Berry RWS Hon RE

Bank of England Museum





The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank.
This area of the site will help you to plan your visit.  Find out more about the group visits that we offer and our facilities, including those for disabled visitors. Check our opening hours and how to find us.​
 
​Opening hours
Monday to Friday:​ 10.00am - 5.00pm (last entry 4.45pm).
24 & 31 December 2014: 10.00am - 1.00pm. 
Closed at weekends and Public Bank Holidays.
Admission is free. 
 

The Museum is generally open on the day of the Lord Mayor's Show in mid-November but please check the What's on guide for details as this could be subject to change.
A collage of four images taken in the Bank of England's Museum

London Museums - Baden-Powell House






Baden-Powell House is a superb, purpose-built conference centre catering for parties of between two and 300 people. Centrally located in South Kensington, London, it offers conference facilities, a roof-top garden with magnificent views, award winning catering and excellent transport links.
Owned by The Scout Association, the largest mixed youth organisation in the UK, we specialise in creating tailor-made conference and training experiences for business, private parties and the not-for-profit sector. Not only do we offer flexibility but, as a charity, we offer affordability in the heart of London. Our customers are often surprised to find we own such a large, well equipped facility.
Conferences:
Our meeting rooms are set up prior to your conference with bottled spring water, flip charts, and any IT or AV requirements you have specified. Note pads, sticky notes, pens and tent cards will also be provided for conference delegates.
Our wide choice of meeting rooms cater for up to 300 people. For large parties, we offer exclusive use of our facilities.
Our offering includes eight conference and training rooms (for two to 25 delegates), two suites (for 50 delegates) and a 300 person capacity main hall, which is utilised for anything from dinner dances to fashion shows. 
Other facilities include:
- A rooftop garden with magnificent views across South Kensington - the ideal venue for summer parties and evening relaxation.
- Secure and affordable underground car parking.
Catering:
A full catering service is available and everything from a selection of sandwich lunches, finger buffets to hot/cold fork buffets can be delivered directly to your meeting.
If you prefer, we can arrange for your meal or buffet to be served in a separate function room before you return to business. Whatever your preference, just let us know.
Events:
We are also the ideal venue for parties, cultural evenings, book launches and other celebrations.
With a large main hall, roof-top garden and smaller function rooms, we're the perfect choice for dinner dances, barbeques and children's birthdays.

Come and see for yourself…

At both Baden-Powell House and Gilwell Park we run a number of open days throughout the year. These are free events and give our friends and guests the chance to meet the team, tour the venues, and also enjoy sampling some of our food and beverages. If you wish to attend one of the dates below, please contact us by telephone or email to be added to our guest list.


2015 dates now available!
Baden-Powell House: Friday 17 April and Friday 10 July (12 noon – 2pm)
Gilwell Park: Thursday 26 March, Thursday 25 June and Thursday 29 October (2.30 – 4.30pm)


Crossrail 'on time, on budget and coming soon'



London Mayor Boris Johnson says Crossrail tunnelling is now 60% complete.
Speaking to BBC London's Marc Ashdown (@marcashdown) he said there was only 750m (820yds) left to go and the dig was on schedule to complete "on time and on budget".
Crossrail will link east and west London via rail and includes 26 miles (41km) of underground tunnels. It is due to open in 2018.



Dickens' desk saved for public display thanks to grant


Charles Dickens' desk

The desk where Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations is finally on public display thanks to a £780,000 grant.
The Charles Dickens Museum in London has been given the grant to buy the desk and chair, which has always been in private ownership.
They had been passed down through the Dickens family after his death in 1870, but were auctioned for the Great Ormond Street Charitable Trust in 2004.
Dickens used the desk in his final home in Gad's Hill Place in Kent.
Charles Dickens' desk
Our Mutual Friend and his unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood were also penned at the desk.
The furniture would have been sold at public auction if it was not for the grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).
Made famous in two paintings begun the year he died, the Empty Chair by Luke Fildes and Dickens' Dream by RW Buss, the desk and chair are already on display at the Charles Dickens Museum at the author's former home.
Robert Moye, director of the Charles Dickens Museum, said: "We are delighted to have been able to acquire Charles Dickens' iconic writing desk and chair for permanent display in his study at 48 Doughty Street.
"They hold a unique place in our literary heritage and, as we embark on our exhibition exploring The Mystery of Edwin Drood, it is timely that the desk he used when writing his final novel has been secured for the benefit of all our visitors."

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Summer BBQ Lunch Cruise from £24 with River Thames Tours (Up to 57% Off)


 Thames Cruise and BBQ

Summer BBQ Lunch Cruise from £24 with River Thames Tours (Up to 57% Off)

The Deal

Launching a new way of lunching, River Thames Tours is offering a barbecue cruise down the Thames past the capital’s iconic cityscape. Leaving dry land behind at Westminster Pier for approximately 2.5 hours, individuals or parties of two can enjoy marinated barbecue chicken, cumberland sausages or a variety of vegetarian options. The accompanying buffet includes hot jacket potatoes and butter, coleslaw salad and assorted mixed seasonal salad. Buffets and city skylines will be complemented by an on-board bar.

Full Menu

Barbecue:
  • Flamed meat burgers with a variety of relishes sauces and mustards
  • Butchers-style pork and herb sausages in a fried onion jus
  • Barbecued chicken thighs in mushrooms and rich tomato provencal sauce
Vegetarian options can be pre-booked
Buffet:
  • Tomato and pasta salad, coleslaw and seasonal salad
Dessert:
  • Fresh fruit, cheesecake and fresh cream
Choose from the following options for a Thames cruise with a barbecue and buffet:
  • £24 for one person
  • £48 for two peopld

The Merchant

Thames River Tours cater for aquatic voyages for groups anywhere between ten and 240 people. Expeditions range from serene Sunday lunch jazz trips, to Thames circulars and white-knuckle speedboat rides. Private boat hire can also be arranged if preferred.

£20 for £40 Towards Food and Drink from Local Independent Shops with Hubbub.co.uk (Up to 50% Off)



£20 for £40 Towards Food and Drink from Local Independent Shops with Hubbub.co.uk (Up to 50% Off)

The Deal

New customers can get £40 of credit for grocery shopping from local retailers delivered to their door. Taking to the site, customers can create an order featuring items from several independent shops, ranging from Borough Market seasonal veg boxes to beer from Kernel Brewery or choice cuts from Ginger Pig, with Hubbub then collecting everything from the various establishments and delivering them in one go to a selected address. However many shops are featured in the order, everything goes through one online checkout payment and is delivered in one convenient hourly slot. Valid delivery postcodes can be found through their website, with almost 300 areas covered and delivery costs included.

The Merchant

Originally piloted in 2008 by former human rights barrister Marisa Leaf, Hubbub is on a mission to help save independent high street retailers by providing a way to shop local online, combined with the convenience of online supermarkets. Bringing neighbourhood retailers to the Capital’s doorsteps, the site and app offers a collection of nearly 10,000 products to peruse, from family essentials to meat and wines, provided by over 60 independent shops and delivered across nearly 300 London postcodes. Prices are the same as in-store, and there’s no minimum spend. Their website also offers a host of recipe ideas to try and create using some of the produce purchased using the service.

Kew Plant Finders Fair With Entry to Kew Gardens for £15



Kew Plant Finders Fair With Entry to Kew Gardens for £15

The Deal

  • One ticket to the Kew Plant Finders Fair and entry to Kew Gardens
  • When: Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April
  • Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Richmond
  • Ticket values include all fees

The Event

Garden lovers have the chance to buy plants and gardening equipment directly from some of the UK’s top specialist nurseries and growers at the Kew Plant Finders Fair. They can also get advice from experts and artisans, who number basket-maker Peter Dibble, gate-maker Ed Brooks and stone-engraver Pip Hall among their ranks. Guests can store their purchases in the plant crèche while they browse the rest of the lush Kew Gardens, featuring a diverse array of flora spread across a 300-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Two-Course Greek Dinner With Wine For Two or Four from £24 at The Life Goddess, Carnaby Street (Up to 62% Off)


 Greek Meal and Wine, Carnaby St

Two-Course Greek Dinner With Wine For Two or Four from £24 at The Life Goddess, Carnaby Street (Up to 62% Off)

The Deal

Beginning with the likes of a a Greek salad, a feta saganaki, or stuffed vine leaves, diners can then move on to a choice of main: chicken stuffed with soft feta and homemade Greek pasta, moussaka, or wild truffle risotto. Those with a sweet tooth can opt to include dessert as well, which will be homemade and change daily. The meal will be accompanied by a glass of red or white house wine with Greek origins.
Dinner menu options: 
Starter
  • Greek or green salad
  • Feta saganaki
  • Stuffed vineleaves
  • Greek meze 
  • Mushrooms in vine
Main
  • Chicken stuffed with soft feta cheese with homemade greek pasta
  • Moussaka
  • Pork Fillet stuffed with greek smoked cheese served with potatoes and risotto saffron
  • Wild truffle risotto
Dessert
  • Homemade dessert of the day 

Rooftop Film Club - We're back! Exclusive tickets via Time Out this Tuesday 31st March


Rooftop Film Club
Copyright © 2015 Rooftop Film Club, All rights reserved. 

Natural History Museum - Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea exhibition is now open


Coral reefs exhibition header

Immerse yourself in life beneath the waves
at Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Take a virtual reef dive, enjoy breathtaking underwater photography, and see live coral and fish in our aquarium, when you visit our new exhibition. Plus encounter more than 250 strange, rare and beautiful specimens from the Museum's collection.

Five fun facts about coral reefs

1. corals are tiny animals that together build huge structures
2. more than one million different species can be found living on one coral reef
3. the oldest corals lived 500 million years ago, long before dinosaurs and mammals
4. there are over 800 species of coral
5. around 500 million people worldwide rely on coral reefs for food, jobs and coastal protection

Find out more about these incredible ecosystems at our major new exhibition open until 13 September.

Book now
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Win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef
Win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef
Enter online for a chance to win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, courtesy of Audley Travel and Tourism and Events Queensland.
Discover more about coral reefs
Revealing the secrets
Dive into our series of expert-led events looking deeper into the underwater world.
View our stunning retail range
Our retail range
With beautiful marine-inspired jewellery, homeware, books and much more, take a look at our exhibition retail range.
From conservation to exhibition
From conservation to exhibition
Watch a short film about how we prepared one of our star specimens, the washing machine-sizedTurbinaria coral.
Exhibition-inspired water bottles
Our retail range
Coral reef exhibition-inspired bobble water bottles are out now exclusively in Oliver Bonas stores. And in partnership with bobble, Oliver Bonas and On The Go Tours, get the chance to win a trip to Egypt.
Meet the exhibition's star specimens
Exhibition's star specimens
From our two-metre-long giant grouper to some of the oldest coral in the world, meet the exhibition's star specimens.
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Museum of London plans to quit Barbican for Smithfield


Museum of London

The Museum of London plans to move from the Barbican to Smithfield Market by 2021 as it has run out of space.
The three proposed sites, which are currently derelict, include Smithfields General Market, the market's basement and the red-brick Red House, built in the 1800s.
In total, the new museum would cover 27,000 sq ft instead of the current 17,000 sq ft.
The plan, which is in its early stages, aims to double annual visitor numbers.

Hidden artefacts

Andrew Marcus, a spokesman for the museum, said they had more artefacts than they could display, meaning many were not given justice, such as the first piece of stone the word London was written on from 160 AD.
He said it is "tucked away in a corner".
The situation also meant many items were in storage - such as the remains of 20,000 people at the London Wall site and the world's largest archaeological archive at Hackney, he said.
Human skeletons on display at the Museum of London
The museum explores the history of London dating back to 4,500 BC.
Its collections include Roman archaeological discoveries, a medieval gallery, bricks burned in the Great Fire and an original, art deco lift shaft from Selfridges.
Museum of London director Sharon Ament said there would be "many issues to be resolved" before a new one opens.

'Desperately' needs space

She said she would now look into how and if it can relocate with the Greater London Authority and City of London Corporation.
She added: "We have the aim of creating an unrivalled experience and contributing to the regeneration of a vibrant and historic part of London. "
London Mayor Boris Johnson said the museum told the "incredible story of this great city".
He added: "The London 2012 cauldron, the head of Serapis found in the Temple of Mithras, the Cheapside Hoard and the original lift from Selfridges are just some of the objects held by this cultural gem, but it desperately needs more space."

Friday, 27 March 2015

BBC Audience - So On & So Forth bring their very British style of witty sketch comedy to the BBC!


BBC Shows, Tours and Live Events
Shows, Tours & Events

So On & So Forth

One of the rising stars of the sketch comedy circuit So On & So Forthbring their very British style of witty sketch comedy to BBC Radio 4 in a brand new series.

The three man troupe of John Sheerman, Nick Gadd and Martin Allanson are ably assisted in the series by top character comedy actress Alison Thea-Skott. Collectively they will explore the impracticality of building a house out of ginger bread, the art of British diplomacy when dealing with the Vikings, and prove that no matter where you are and what you are up to there is simply nothing worse than losing your house keys.

Come along and support brilliant new sketch comedy talent on the BBC!

"Wit is their strength, and what a strength it is" The Skinny

"A wonderfully constructed, written, and performed sketch show"ThreeWeeks

Dates: Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April
Venue: RADA Studios, London
Doors open: 7.15pm

To apply for tickets, visit bbc.co.uk/tickets.

We look forward to seeing you!

Kind regards


BBC Studio Audiences

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Two-Course Greek Dinner With Wine For Two or Four from £24 at The Life Goddess, Carnaby Street (Up to 62% Off)




The Deal

Beginning with the likes of a a Greek salad, a feta saganaki, or stuffed vine leaves, diners can then move on to a choice of main: chicken stuffed with soft feta and homemade Greek pasta, moussaka, or wild truffle risotto. Those with a sweet tooth can opt to include dessert as well, which will be homemade and change daily. The meal will be accompanied by a glass of red or white house wine with Greek origins.
Dinner menu options: 
Starter
  • Greek or green salad
  • Feta saganaki
  • Stuffed vineleaves
  • Greek meze 
  • Mushrooms in vine
Main
  • Chicken stuffed with soft feta cheese with homemade greek pasta
  • Moussaka
  • Pork Fillet stuffed with greek smoked cheese served with potatoes and risotto saffron
  • Wild truffle risotto
Dessert
  • Homemade dessert of the day