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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

BBC Audience - Join us for special edition of Click exploring the connections between the world of space exploration and art

Click: Capturing Space
In 1968 when Stanley Kubrick was filming 2001: A Space Odyssey he asked scientists to help him imagine the future. Among the scientists' proposals was a kind of phone that allowed you to see the person you were calling on a television monitor and sliding doors that only opened once they recognised your voice. Science has always influenced the depiction of space but is it equally true that science fiction writers, filmmakers and artists have also influenced scientists in the design of space suits, space craft and even space stations? In a special edition of Click, a panel of experts explore the connections between the world of space exploration and art.

The panel includes: Professor Sanjeev Gupta who remotely controls Mars Rover from the computer at his desk; Catherine Allen on the transformative technology of virtual reality in capturing space;Robert Alexander who is helping NASA make new discoveries by turning raw data into music; ESA'sMark McCaughrean who reflects on the impact of films such as Gravity and The Martian on our understanding of the challenges of space exploration; and musician and animator, Matthew Robinsbrings his harmonium and shadow puppetry to the radio theatre to perform space songs.

Date: Tuesday 22 December
Venue: BBC Radio Theatre
Doors open: 6.30pm
Recording starts: 7pm

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A Ghost Story For Christmas - The Stalls of Barchester

As we approach the festive season, let's not just share a chill in the winter air but a little chill of a different direction. A tradition of Christmas of old stories of a ghostly nature to be told by firelight and candlelight shadows a flickering was that a shape or not a howl or not? A  glimpse of something in the farthest most point of your eye?  Let us see.

Tonight's offering -The Stalls of Barchester
The first of the BBC's Ghost Story for Christmas strand, first broadcast on BBC 1 at 11 pm on 24 December 1971. Based on the story "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral" from the 1911 collection More Ghost Stories by M.R. James

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This Trivial Pursuit bitesize edition contains 600 questions based on the seasons of The Big Bang Theory, some of which would challenge even Sheldon! Test your trivia on seasons 1-7 of the hit US comedy, featuring questions about the coolest scientists around! The handy game requires no board and can be carried around in its bite-size wedge case.
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  • This pack features 600 questions
  • An ideal companion for travelling or at home
  • Minimum Recomended Age 12+
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    Box Contains
  • 102 x Card Deck
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  • National Gallery - Discover our Angel Trail this Christmas

    Celebrate the festive season by taking a closer look at angels across the collection. Each week in December, we will release a new film on YouTube inspired by different depictions of angels in art. 

    Angel Trail ..
    Christmas at the National Gallery
    Christmas at the National Gallery
    From gift-making workshops to traditional talks and carols, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas at the Gallery.
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    FORTNUM & MASON - Only 2 Weeks to go – Order your Fresh Food today

    Order by Wednesday 16 December for fresh food, fresh hampers & international delivery.
    All in Good Taste. Our meats are sourced from producers of the highest standard, meaning provenance and succulence are assured. All you need to bring to the table is a taste for excellence this Christmas Let the feasting commence! SHOP CHRISTMAS FOOD

    Four-Course Festive Lunch for One or Two at the Hilton Croydon

    Choose Between Two Options

    Starters may include: Spiced butternut squash and lentil soup | cantaloupe melon scented with ginger served with mulled apple sorbet | prawn cocktail served with roasted red pepper sauce
    Mains may include: Baked sea bass fillet on fennel, leeks and ginger served with crushed new potatoes, and dill cream sauce | roast turkey breast, glazed gammon and trimmings, served with rosemary roasted potatoes, root vegetables, Brussels sprouts and pan gravy | layered portobello mushrooms, spinach and roasted peppers, served with rosemary roasted new potato wedges
    Desserts may include: Christmas pudding served with berry compote and vanilla mascarpone | Bailey’s torte served with crème anglaise
    • The meal will be completed with coffee or tea, served with mince pies.

    The Hilton Croydon

    The Hilton Croydon is a four-star hotel located just outside London, visually equidistant between Gatwick and the capital. It offers a modern design, rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a Costa cafe and the Larder Restaurant and Bar

    Three Courses Meal with Champagne and Coffee from £59 at Melody Restaurant, St. Paul's Hotel (Up to 39% Off)

    The Deal

    A lavish three-course dining experience awaits guests to Melody Restaurant, located within St. Paul’s Hotel. A glass of Champagne accompanies meals and a coffee such as a double espresso rounds off the meal.


    Starters Baby squid with chicken veloute and garlic oil | Sautéed chicken liver with pomegranate sauce on toast | Buffalo mozzarella with tomato confit and crispy bread | Bulgur, soft boiled egg, avocado and asparagus salad
    Mains: Pan fried red mullet, ricotta, courgette ribbons and basil oil | Fritto misso (fried seafood with aioli and baby artichokes | Lemon and thyme roasted chicken breast, broccoli and hummus | Potato gnocchi with aubergine cream, tomatoes and feta cheese
    Desserts: Watermelon jelly and granita | Buttermilk panna cotta with english strawberry and vanilla ice cream | Selection of sorbets and ice creams

    Choose Between Two Options

    • £59 for Three-course meal with Champagne and coffee for two (39% off)
    • £118 for Three-course meal with Champagne and coffee for four (39% off)
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    Please note that no promo codes are valid in conjunction with this deal.

    The Melody Restaurant

    The Melody Restaurant is located within the boutique St. Paul's hotel in Kensington. The kitchen team creates an expert fusion of modern European cuisine with hints of their combined cultural heritage. They use the finest seasonal ingredients from sustainable sources to showcase the daily menus, from fresh, aromatic Mediterranean dishes to homely, rustic Alpine feasts.
     Three Courses, Champagne & Coffee

    London Photo Gallery 1st Dec 2015

    Today's London Photo Gallery - Photos from around London and supplied to our Facebook account. You can see London embracing the festive season!

    Great Christmas decorations at Westfield - Stratford City!
    Photo by @Lisan_Ly :

    The Christmas tree at St Pancras International.
    Photo by @Vera_Mills_45 :

    The Strand's first ever Christmas lights! Like?
    Photo by The Northbank BID

    View from the Southbank.
    Photo by @Vera_Mills_45 :

    Sparkling Christmas decorations at Westfield (White City).
    Photo by Hiwet Endrias

    Venn street Clapham lights

    Clapham lights

    Do we like Piccadilly Circus in the rain???
    Photo by Becca

    Ice Rink at Somerset House!
    Photo by Kirsty Williams

    Stunning view from the London Eye!
    Photo by Austin Crawford

    Trafalgar Square in the rain.
    Photo by @LaurenZeien 

    The iconic Tower Bridge!
    Photo by Jennifer Emerson @JenniferEmers0n :

    Christmas decorations at Saatchi Gallery on King's Road.
    Photo by @david_hucker :

    Monday, 30 November 2015

    Museum of London - Roman revelations and seasonal celebrations for December

    Christmas past, Christmas presents

    December at the museums is a feast of seasonal activity from festive themed tours to creative shopping ideas.

    Santa will be greeting little guests in our grottos in the Victorian Walk at the Museum of London and in Sailortown at theMuseum of London Docklands, and our annual free performance of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol returns to both museums on 19, 20, 28 and 29 December.

    What's new this month
    Tour the Thames: London's Frost Fairs
    Take a boat trip along the Thames with curators Alex Werner, Head of History Collections, and Hazel Forsyth, Senior Curator of Medieval & Post-Medieval History, this Saturday to consider London's frost fairs from the river.

    Let's Celebrate free family festival
    Kick off the celebrations on 5 and 6 Dec at the Museum of London Docklands.Discover and share in the historic and modern ways Londoners mark special occasions with stories, crafts and performances.

    Christmas Fayre at the Museum of London Docklands 
    Get all your shopping sorted in one evening with 60 stalls of design-led, handmade products by Crafty Fox Market, accompanied by live music, festive barbeque, and warming winter cocktails on 8 December from 4-10pm.

    Eat drink and be merry
    Get up close to artefacts on a themed tour of the archaeological archive on 5 and 19 December exploring dining and drinking in centuries past.
    >  Book now

    Following a ground-breaking study, come and meet four Roman Londoners and discover their hidden stories.

    The Museum of London worked with international scientists to reveal the secrets in the skeletons of the people who lived in the city nearly 2,000 years ago. Explore where they grew up, what they looked like and who they might have been.


    As a pre-Christmas gift for our subscribers, we're sharing Fresh Blood, a short story by Tony Parsons, the bestselling author of The Murder Bag. Max Wolfe visits the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum for help with a murder case, but what dangers will he uncover?
    Billingsgate Roman House & Baths tours
    Don't miss your chance to get into Billingsgate Roman House & Baths. The lasttalk and tour of this amazing, rarely open, Roman site takes place on the 12 December.
    >  Book now

    London: 1 Night For Two With Breakfast; With Option For Dinner and Wine at Choice of Britannia Hotels


    Choice of Brittania Hotels in the Canary Wharf District or within walking distance of a shopping area

    What You Get

    Included in all options: 1 night for two in a standard double room with breakfast arriving between 2 Jan-24 Mar 2016
    Services included in dedicated options: Dinner and bottle of wine
    Option 1: at Britannia Hampstead Hotel
    • £59
    • £69 with dinner and bottle of wine
    Option 2: at Britannia International Hotel
    • £79
    • £89 with dinner and bottle of wine


    The Hotels

    The cosmopolitan environs of Canary Wharf make a suitable home for the four star Britannia International Hotel where visitors can take it easy between trips to London’s hip restaurants, elegant theatres, fascinating museums and galleries. In Hampstead village, just a 5-minute walk from the popular Primrose Hill, the Britannia Hamsptead Hotel offers guests the opportunity to visit some famous hotspots such as the Camden Lock Market where multicultural food stalls and antique shops are well worth exploring.
    With tranquil locations, in some of London’s famous districts, both hotels boast modern interiors and en suite rooms kitted out with hot drink-making facilities and TVs. At the Britannia International, relaxing moments may be spent at the leisure club which boasts a sauna, a pool, a beauty salon and a fully equipped gym.
    A hearty breakfast is served at The Britannia International Hotel London in Jenny’s restaurant, while meal options may be savoured at the Spice Indian Restaurant and Italian fare at The Pizzeria. Britannia Hampstead Hotel boasts a conservatory restaurant that provides daily breakfast consisting of hot and cold dishes, and also a carvery menu.

    Signature Cocktails (from £5.95) Plus Pairing Platter (from £15.95) at Reserve Bar Stock Exchange

    The Deal

    • A choice of drinks: 
      • Cocktails : Passion fruit martini | Watermelon martini | Caipiroska | Golden state | Twisted Mojito 
      • Whisky/Bourbon: Old fashioned | Manhattan | Black Tuesday
      • Rum: Mojito | Strawberry daiquiri
      • Brandy: Gresham
      • Fizz: Champagne cocktail | Strawberry bellini | Facial
    • Pairing platter ranges from strawberries to chorizo and cheese.
    • Complimentary glass of prosecco each on arrival

    Choose from 3 Options

    • £5.95 for Two signature cocktails plus complimentary glass of prosecco each
    • £15.95 for Four cocktails and a pairing platter plus complimentary glass of prosecco each
    • £31.90 for Eight cocktails and a pairing platter plus complimentary glass of prosecco each
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    The Merchant

    Reserve Bar Stock Exchange is situated in the Heart of the Square Mile in London’s Financial District. This venue allows customers to experience a real time stock market for drinks where prices rise and fall depending on demand. Responsible for such famous London night spots as Supper Club and Notting Hill Arts Club, Reserve Bar Stock Exchange provides a trending club venue where City of London workers and dwellers can let their hair down. Putting the focus solely on the customer, they have created a fun and attractive environment that sees music, food and dance spread over three floors at their Gresham Street address.