Monday, 30 June 2014

St Paul's Cathedral Tickets - Skip the Line

Highlights
The Golden Gallery
The Dome
The Stone Gallery
The Whispering Gallery
Exhibition - Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s


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St Paul's Cathedral
The Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604 AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral - the fourth to occupy this site - was designed by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London's leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces.

Dominating the London skyline, the magnificent domed cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, was completed in 1710. Visitors can now enjoy a new inclusive multimedia guide which weaves together contemporary photography, archive film footage (including the wedding of HRH Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer) and the voices of those who work in St Paul’s today, with interviews and commentary from the Dean of St Paul’s, the Conservator and Director of Music amongst others.

New Exhibition - Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s
Visitors can also enjoy the new exhibition ‘Oculus: an eye into St Paul’s’. The first project of its kind in a cathedral, Oculus uses 270˚ films to bring 1400 years of history to life. Located in the atmospheric former Treasury in the crypt. Oculus takes visitors to Saxon London amidst the construction of the first St Paul’s in 604 AD, through the buildings on the site that have fallen to fire and disrepair, before showing them the Great Fire of 1666 and the devastation of London during the Blitz when St Paul’s became a lasting symbol of strength, survival and hope.

The Golden Gallery
The Golden Gallery is the smallest of the galleries, which runs around the highest point of the outer dome, 280ft (85.4 metres) and 530 steps from ground-level. While the dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress. He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708, and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.

The Dome
St Paul's is built in the shape of a cross, with the dome crowning the intersection of the arms. It is one of the largest Cathedral domes in the world, 111.3 metres high. It weighs approximately 65,000 tonnes and is supported by eight pillars. Between the arches of the inner dome are mosaics of prophets and saints, which were installed between 1864 and 1888. The murals in the dome were created between 1715 and 1719 by court painter Sir James Thornhill and feature scenes from the life of St Paul.

The Stone Gallery
The Stone Gallery is one of the two galleries above the Whispering Gallery that encircle the outside of the dome. The Stone Gallery stands at 173 ft (53.4 metres) from ground-level. It is reached by 378 steps. While the Dome and galleries were being built, Wren was hauled up and down in a basket at least once a week to inspect the work in progress. He was 76 by the time this work was completed in 1708, and he watched as his son placed the last stone in position.

The Whispering Gallery
The Whispering Gallery runs around the interior of the Dome and is 259 steps up from ground-level. It gets its name from a charming quirk in its construction, which makes a whisper against its walls audible on the opposite side.

Additional Information
Those travelling in a group can benefit from the Group Tour System where the tour leader can communicate clearly to the group via a microphone and transmitter to each of the group member’s receivers.
Filming and photography is not allowed inside the Cathedral.
Children under six (6) years of age are admitted free of charge and do not require a ticket. (Children must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the galleries)
Family tickets are available online allowing entry for two adults and two children of 6-16 years of age. If you require a family ticket, you need only select one (1) ticket here.
All advance tickets are available with a self-print option only. You will need access to a printer to print your admission tickets.
Venue Information:
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Nearest Train Station: Blackfriars, Cannon Street or London Bridge
Nearest Underground: Blackfriars
Public Bus Routes: 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

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Emirates Air Line and Thames Clipper - Tickets

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Emirates Air Line Return Journey
One Day River Roamer ticket with Thames Clipper
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One Day River Roamer Ticket
Take full advantage of the beauty of London from the Thames with the River Roamer Ticket. This full day ticket allows you to Hop-on and Hop-off the river and explore the many historic and modern sites on or near its banks. Roam around the stops at the Tower Pier, London Eye, Greenwich and much more.
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The Emirates Air Line
Take the Thames Clipper to North Greenwich Pier and ‘take off’ on the Emirates Air Line with a return ticket experience. ‘Fly’ over the River Thames on London’s latest attraction. Launched in 2012 the Emirates Air Line provides stunning views across the Olympic Park, the O2 and London’s skyline to the West.

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One Day River Roamer ticket with Thames Clipper
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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Tower of London - Skip The Line Tickets



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The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world’s most famous fortresses yet despite its grim reputation as a place of torture and death, there are so many more stories to be told.
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The Crown Jewels
The world famous collection of fabulous finery and regalia – the Crown Jewels housed in a Jewel House, fit for the 21st century, explores the importance of the Crown Jewels to the British monarchy, the role of the Tower in protecting these treasures and the long and fascinating tradition of coronations in England. The priceless collection holds some of the most legendary and extraordinary diamonds in the world. The Crown Jewels at the Tower of London are a unique working collection of royal regalia and are still regularly used by the Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State opening of Parliament.

The White Tower
A castle built to strike fear and submission into the unruly citizens of London and deter foreign invaders - today you cannot miss the iconic White Tower, a symbol of London and Britain, overlooking the River Thames. From July 2013, inside you will find the world’s oldest visitor attraction, The Line of Kings. A line of wooden horses, their garish colours and wild expressions somewhat incongruous in amongst the majestic suits of armour, this is the surviving remnant of one of the oldest - and oddest - collections at the Tower. From murky beginnings as the Horse Armoury it is part propaganda, part fantasy, and the longest running visitor attraction in the world.

Royal Beasts
The Royal Beasts return to the Tower, London's original zoo! See sculptures of the lions, baboons, an elephant and even a polar bear; discover how they came to be at the Tower and what became of them in a fascinating exhibit in the Brick Tower. Hear the amazing tales of how the animals were fed, watered and housed as well as various unfortunate incidents when the public got a little too close!

Coins and Kings; The Royal Mint at the Tower
Coins and kings; the Royal Mint at the Tower, originally located for over 500 years an exhibit devoted to telling the history of the Mint at the Tower will open in May 2013. Explore six key 'moments' including Isaac Newton's efforts to rid London of counterfeiters when he was Warden of the Mint, learn of Edward I's harsh punishmentsfor people who tampered with his coins, Elizabeth I's restoration of the coinage following her father Henry VIII’s disastrous meddling, and Charles II's rejection of Commonwealth money.

Beefeater Tours
Share the secrets of one thousand years of royal gossip and intrigue with a Beefeater, or to give them their proper title ‘Yeoman Warder'. This body of men and one woman has guarded the fortress for centuries. Take one of their tours and you'll be amazed and possibly appalled by tales that have been passed down for generations. Pain and passion, treachery and torture, all delivered with their inimitable style!
This is just a taster, there is much more in the Medieval Palace, Bloody Tower, on Tower Green see the Ravens and walk along the ancient walls………

Additional Information
The last Yeoman Warder tour starts at 2.30pm (winter), 3.30pm (summer).
Venue Information:
City of London, Greater London EC3N 4AB
Nearest Underground: Tower Hill
Nearest Train Station: Fenchurch Street or London Bridge
Bus Routes: 15, 42, 78, 100, RV1

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Monday, 23 June 2014

Wolfe’s Bar & Grill – Covent Garden, London | Book a table online

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  • Pre Theater Two courses and a glass of wine for £22.75 per person.

Within a grand building in Theatreland, Wolfe’s Bar and Grill – Covent Garden is just 3 minutes’ walk from Holborn Tube Station. As well as chic, continental-style pavement dining, there is a relaxed and intimate ambience inside.

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London Restaurants - The Cinnamon Club Westminster

The Cinnamon Club
Westminster

3 courses & an aperitif
£35 per person

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The Cinnamon Club

Showered with awards, landmark London restaurant The Cinnamon Club crafts sublime Indian haute cuisine. Sip on your arrival aperitif while soaking up this impressive Grade II-listed setting, and choose 3 courses of The Cinnamon Club’s acclaimed cuisine. Crafted with innovative culinary flair, enjoy dishes like Romney Marsh lamb saddle, or lemon tart with bergamot sorbet and zingy iced lemon mousse.

The eclectic Cinnamon Club dining room features lofty ceilings and a clean-cut bar area, while expansive bookshelves evoke a cosy, bohemian vibe. St James’s Park Tube Station is 5 minutes’ walk away.

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“An excellent meal, the set menu was fantastic value, friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.”
Anne-Marie Hall
from London
18/03/2014


Sample Menu 

Includes a aperitif on arrival

Starters

Carpaccio of cured salmon 
Devon crab and burnt chilli salad, tamarind jelly


Herdwick lamb galauti on
honey-glazed toasted rye bread 
green coriander chutney


Main Courses

Pan seared sea bass fillet
green spiced breadcrumbs, curried chickpea and chorizo 

Smoked saddle of
Romney Marsh lamb
Chettinadu curry sauce, keema palak 

Punjabi-style free range chicken breast
bay leaf and pepper sauce,
tomato quinoa 


Desserts

Lemon tart
bergamot sorbet, iced lemon mousse 

Spiced carrot cake
carrot and ginger sorbet, pistachio foam 

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Terms & Conditions

Available lunch (12:00-14:45) & dinner Mon-Sat (dinner from 18:00-18:30 then from 21:00 onwards) until the 23rd September 2014, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu and subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service

Sunday, 22 June 2014

London Restaurants - The Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge

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The Wellesley Hotel Knightsbridge

3 courses & a glass of Prosecco
£30 per person

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The Oval Restaurant at Wellesley Hotel

A stunning Art Deco dining room within the 5-star Wellesley Hotel, The Oval Restaurant pays homage to Italian fine dining. A glass of Prosecco will complement your 3 luxurious courses, with recipes including homemade burrata ravioli with black truffle, or duck salad with aged balsamic and raspberry.

A fairy tale dining room filled with sparkly mirrors, a beautiful chandelier and swathes of pastel pink leather, this exclusive boutique hideaway houses just 28 diners. Blending the decadence of the 1920s with the warmth of traditional Italian dining, The Wellesley is found just 2 minutes’ walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station.

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“A lovely evening. Great food and setting. The service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive, polite and he made us feel very welcome.”
Karen Harding
from London
30/05/2014


Sample Menu 

A glass of Prosecco on arrival

Starters

Scottish smoked salmon tartare with avocado & lime dressing

Duck salad with aged balsamic dressing & raspberry sauce

Main Courses

Sea bass in squid ink breadcrumb crust with crushed potatoes

Homemade burrata ravioli with Norcia black truffle sauce

Beef tagliata with wild mushrooms, rocket & Parmesan shavings

Desserts

White chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream & caramel sauce

Yoghurt bavarois with fresh strawberries

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Terms & Conditions

Available lunch & dinner Mon - Sun until the 15th August 2014, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu and subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service. Please note credit card details may be required by the restaurant.

London Restaurants - Criterion, Piccadilly Circus

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Criterion, Piccadilly Circus

3 courses & champagne cocktail
£25 per person

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Criterion

A constant on London’s fine dining scene since opening in 1874, Criterion offers exquisite European cuisine in an opulent, dramatic setting. Indulge in a typically luxurious 3-course menu alongside your chilled champagne cocktail, with dishes including pork belly with potatoes and homemade slaw, or white chocolate mousse with poached rhubarb.

Widely regarded as one of London’s most spectacular dining rooms, this magical Grade II-listed building features stunning Neo-Byzantine design, with gilded ceilings, glittering mirrored panels and red velvet swirled throughout. Criterion Restaurant sits just next to Piccadilly Circus Tube Station.

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“Absolutely fabulous decor. It definitely has a wowing effect. The ceiling is simply divine with gold mosaic…”
Pasqualino Scialo
from London
14/06/2014


Sample Menu

A champagne cocktail on arrival

Starters

Homemade salmon gravadlax, lemon mousse, rye bread, capers, pickled shallots

Ham hock & black pudding terrine, apple jam, pickled vegetables, croutons, mixed cress

Chicken liver parfait, red onion marmalade, ‘Melba’ toast, port reduction, mixed cress

Main Courses

Homemade linguine, courgette, mint, chilli, black olives, rocket salad (V)

Pan fried Loch Duart salmon, fennel purée, sautéed vegetables, chive beurre blanc

‘Saddleback’ pork belly, coleslaw, sautéed potato, mustard sauce

Desserts

Dark chocolate tart, basil granita, passion fruit sorbet

Lemon posset, orange segments, lemon verbena granita, orange foam

White chocolate mousse, poached rhubarb, pistachio granola, dark chocolate


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Terms & Conditions

Available lunch & dinner Mon - Sat until 30th August 2014, subject to availability. Dishes from a set menu and subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Tate

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JJourney with Mondrian through Paris, London and New York
 
 
 
 
 
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Piet Mondrian is renowned as one of the most important contributors to the development of abstraction at the beginning of the 20th century, and his stunning and influential works are recognised by everyone from art lovers to students of architecture and graphic design. Taking visitors through Paris, London and eventually New York, the exhibition tracks Mondrian’s personal and aesthetic journey.
 
 
 
A major highlight of this new Tate Liverpool exhibition is the immersive life-size reconstruction of his Paris studio. Book online.
 
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Meet Tate Britain with Geoffrey Munn
 
Meet Tate Britain with Geoffrey Munn
 
Tate Britain: Talks & Lectures
Monday 14 July, 18.30
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Antiques Roadshow expert Geoffrey Munn leads a tour of Tate Britain’s BP Walk Through British Art, looking at jewellery and floral decoration from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
 
 
 
 
Kenneth Clark: Women artists and the Second World War
 
Tate Britain: Talks & Lectures
Sunday 29 June, 14.00
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Join art historian Dr Alicia Foster as we explore the role of women artists, their contribution to the war effort, and the gendered power struggles that occurred and still occur.
 
Kenneth Clark: Women artists and the Second World War
 
 
 
Malevich coming soon to Tate Modern
 
Malevich
 
Tate Modern, The Eyal Ofer Galleries
Opens 16 July
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Kazimir Malevich was a deeply radical and influential figure in modern art. This groundbreaking exhibition, the first major Malevich retrospective for almost 25 years, will offer an expansive view of his career in its entirety.
 
Architecture after Revolution
 
Architecture after Revolution
 
Tate Modern: Talks & Lectures
Saturday 28 June, 14.00 
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A panel discussion reflecting on urgent architectural and political thought experiment: to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but from that of a continued struggle for decolonisation.