Sunday, 31 July 2016

London Afternoon Tour followed by Jack The Ripper Tour - Save £28

Afternoon London Tour
  • Guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Tower of London
  • See the magnificent Crown Jewels
  • Thames River Cruise (from 1 April 2016)
Jack the Ripper
  • Investigate London's darkest secrets with a world-renowned storyteller
  • See where Jack the Ripper found his victims
    Visit a Traditional London Pub
  • First class luxury motor coach and the services of a professional Tour Guide
  • Personal Audio Headset
Save £28 compared to booking the two tours separately.
Tower of London Night Long Shot
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St Paul's Cathedral

We take you on a guided tour of St Paul's Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its magnificent dome. The Cathedral was rebuilt after the Great Fire of London in 1666. In recent years it has seen the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer and, more recently, the thanksgiving services for both the Diamond Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Tower of London and Crown Jewels

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Over the past 1000 years it has been a Royal Palace, an armoury and a place of imprisonment and execution. The Beefeaters who guard the Tower will regale you with stories of its past. We will visit the Crown Jewels, including the magnificent solid-gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the enormous Cullinan diamonds and the extraordinary Koh-I-Noor.

Thames River Cruise (from 1 April 2016)

City Cruises operate a regular service between the Tower of London and Westminster Pier. You have the choice to take the River Cruise and end your tour at Westminster Pier, or take the cruise on another day and go with your guide back to Victoria. River Cruise Tickets are one-way from Tower Pier to Westminster Pier (or vice versa).

Jack the Ripper

Our tour begins with a coach drive direct to the dark side of London. The Theatre Drury Lane, said to be the most haunted theatre in London, your guide will tell you why! We see the Old Bailey - the site of numerous public hangings, drive along Fleet Street, home of Sweeny Todd - the demon barber of Fleet Street - and his accomplice, Mrs Lovatt, who was said to have baked pies from the flesh of his victims, selling them to unsuspecting customers.
As the shadows lengthen, we approach London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims.
We leave the coach and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing the suspects. We will see the 10 Bells Pub, built in 1752 where many of Jack the Ripper's victims were said to have drunk. To this day the case remains unsolved.
Jack The Ripper

Three £14 or Six £24 Cocktails or a Bottle of House White £9.50 or Rose Wine at Vinyl Bar St Pauls

Vinyl Bar St Pauls

Conveniently located just second's from St Paul's Cathedral in the midst of London's world-famous Square Mile. Vinyl Bar Live is one of the unique venues in the heart of the City where you can come to either have a business lunch, enjoy a few drinks after work with your colleagues, watch live sports or watch a live music performance & listen to DJ’s Monday to Sunday. They have a great selection of beers, wines, spirits, champagne and cocktails available.

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

The dinosaurs have arrived at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs have arrived at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's brand new immersive exhibit, Zoorassic Park, is now open and is home to life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Don't miss the awe-inspiring dinosaurs and the chance to learn about the fascinating creatures that lived more than 65 million years ago. The dinosaurs will be only be on display until 4 September so book your tickets today.

New for this summer, you can enjoy a special evening at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo camping under the stars opposite our dinosaur exhibit in 'Snorassic Park'. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours tour of the Zoo but hurry, there are only a few places remaining this weekend and on select dates this Summer.
 
 
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TWIN TIGER CUBS OPEN THEIR EYES

Keepers on cubwatch had a nice surprise at ZSL London Zoo when they captured the moment two new born Sumatran tiger cubs opened their eyes for the very first time. The as yet unsexed baby tigers have been outside exploring, lucky visitors might be able to catch a glimpse of the Critically Endangered cubs padding through the long grass of Tiger Territory.

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Snack Platter, Pint of German Beer and Traditional Schnapps for Two or Four at Octoberfest Pub (Up to 53% Off)

Snack Platter, Beer and Shots

Octoberfest Pub

Octoberfest Pub takes its Bavarian beer festival origins seriously, with an authentic menu sourced from Munich. The Fulham pub aims to keep things Oktoberfest with traditionally dressed staff and overflowing glasses of Paulaner beer. Meanwhile, an Oompah brass band and sports coverage provide stellar support.

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Two-Course Thai Meal for Two at Ginger Kiss (Up to 58% Off)

Ginger Kiss

Nestled on Lavender Hill, Ginger Kiss serves up Thai cuisine alongside dishes blending Asian and western flavours. The menu is complemented by a wide array of drinks and signature cocktails, which can be enjoyed in a relaxed setting.

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Rio 2016 Carnival-Themed Boat Party Aboard The Golden Hinde (Up to 50% Off)

Rio 2016 Carnival Boat Party

The Golden Hinde

A full-scale reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's legendary galleon, The Golden Hinde II drops anchor at Pickford's Wharf near bustling Borough Market, welcoming buccaneers for insightful tours and swashbuckling galas. Just minutes from London Bridge station, this homage to the historic Elizabethan vessel that brought the first Englishman full circle about the globe is also kitted out with a licensed bar serving all manner of pirate grog.

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This August adventure seekers will climb aboard The Golden Hinde for a pirate cocktail party. Performers, dancers and drummers will heat up the evening air as passengers get ready to hunt down the golden treasure. Every pirate will be able to put on a proper pirate outfit, have their face painted and strike a pose in front of the camera.
Event Schedule:
  • 6pm-8pm: pirate cocktail party
  • Special pirate cocktail hour hosted by the crew of Pomba Girl Pirates aboard the Golden Hinde
  • 8pm: Ship sails for Rio
Attractions:
  • Live performances
  • Dancing
  • Drumming
  • Photo-shoot pop up
  • Carnival dress-up/face-painting

Burger Meal and Cocktail for Up to Four at Far Rockaway (Up to 54% Off)

Burger and Cocktail, Shoreditch

Far Rockaway

Serving up a host of meals inspired by the cuisine of New York, Far Rockaway feeds Londoners with their hot dogs, pizzas and burgers. Sweet tooths can sip milkshakes and enjoy waffles, and those in the mood for a party can look out for flavoured Margaritas and a wide array of bourbons. Tucked in between Old Street and Shoreditch High Street Underground stations, the place owes its name to the lively resort in Queens NY that saw its heyday in the late 50s and early 60s.

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Chelsea Flower Show plants rescued for 'floating garden'

Farmopolis "floating" gardenImage copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionThe organisers adopted 15,000 plants from the Chelsea Flower Show
Tens of thousands of plants and flowers salvaged from this year's Chelsea Flower Show have been used to create a "floating garden" in south-east London.
Farmopolis has been made using about 15,000 plants adopted from the RHS show in May which have been planted on a derelict jetty on Greenwich Peninsula.
Those behind the project said they wanted to create a "hub centred around farming" above the Thames.
The garden, which has no entrance fee, will open to the public on 30 July.
It has been developed through a partnership between event organiser Secret Productions, arts and architecture practice Wayward, and landowners Greenwich Peninsula.
Farmopolis Image copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionFarmopolis has a capacity of up to 500 people
Flowers at Chelsea Flower ShowImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThousands of plants, as seen here at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show...
Flowers in Farmopolis
Image caption... can now be found on the jetty in Greenwich Peninsula
Jo Vidler, director of Secret Productions, said part of the difficulty had been keeping flowers that had been grown specially for Chelsea alive, as many are out of season.
"The gardeners are really enjoying the challenge I think," she said.
Organisers also said they hoped to develop the area into a working urban farm.
"We have a lot of ambition around food growing, but we're starting with plants and flowers," Wayward's Heather Ring said.
People visiting FarmopolisImage copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionEvents like an edible hat making workshop will be held over summer
Plants in Image copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionGardeners and volunteers will look after the space
View of FarmopolisImage copyrightJAMES WICK
Image captionFarmopolis is based near to the O2 arena and Emirates cable car
The garden will be open between 10:00 and 22:00 BST, Monday to Friday.
At the weekend, visitors can see the flowers between 10:00 and 0:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 and 11:00 on Sunday.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Unlimited Vintage Afternoon Tea for Two or Four at My Secret Tea Room (Up to 26% Off)

Unlimited Afternoon Tea, Kensal Rise

My Secret Tea Room

Serving up vintage afternoon tea that would impress even the Queen! Scones, cake and sandwiches come with loose leaf tea or coffee at this hidden venue which prides itself in using great ingredients that are fair and local wherever possible .

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Afternoon tea includes: finger sandwiches | scones with clotted cream and jam | cake | refills of tea and coffee

London: 1 to 3 Nights for Two with Breakfast and Glass of Wine at Best Western Burns Hotel Kensington

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The Hotel

Set in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Best Western Burns Hotel Kensington beckons with proximity to the High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush and Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park.
  • Rooms fitted with hairdryer, writing desk, trouser press, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries
  • On-site bar serving light bites
  • Check-in from 2pm; check-out by 11am
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi; pets not all allowed

Highlights

Centrally located hotel offering elegant accommodation close to London’s major attractions

What You Get

Included in all options: Stay for two in a double room with breakfast and glass of wine on arrival between 1 Aug-31 Oct 2016

London: Stay For 2 With Welcome Drink, Cake, Champagne and Canapes; With Option For Afternoon Tea at 4* Cranley Hotel

4* London Boutique Hotel Stay

Highlights

4-star boutique hotel nestled in South Kensington, within easy reach of museums and Hyde Park

What You Get

Included in all options: Stay for two in a superior double room with continental breakfast, welcome drink, homemade cake in the afternoon and a glass of Champagne plus canapes served every night between 7pm - 8pm in the lobby, valid Jun-Sep 2016
Included in dedicated options:Bottle of house wine, traditional afternoon tea, fruit platter on arrival
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Amenities

  • Just two miles away from Victoria and Paddington stations
  • Restaurant and bar with lobby and terrace
  • Check-in from 2pm; check-out by midday
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Pets not allowed

The Hotel

Sitting pretty on a tranquil South Kensington street, the four star Cranley Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel boasting antique furnishings, embroidered bedheads and traditional English charm. Its suitable central London locations makes this hotel a perfect base for exploring the English capital’s attractions, including a plethora of museums, shops and restaurants.
The bedrooms are individually decorated in distinctive regency colour schemes and are fitted with handmade beds, flat screen TVs, and en suite bathrooms featuring toiletries, slippers and robes.
Leisure moments can be spent sipping a traditional afternoon tea in the lounge or on the summer terrace, while for a night out, the area abounds in restaurants, bars and cafes.

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£40 Toward Chinese Food with an Optional Bottle of House Wine at New China (Up to 54% Off)

£40 to spend at New China

New China

Located in close proximity to Leicester Square tube station, New China invites for a pan-Asian dining experience. Guests can lounge within Chinese interior surroundings and indulge in a selection of Cantonese dishes, featuring dumplings, diced meat and various types of rice. The venue provides a private dining room with karaoke facilities and can take reservations for bespoke parties.

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Selection of set meals may include: chicken and sweet corn soup, stir-fried mixed vegetables, sweet and sour pork, diced chicken with cashew nuts, egg-fried rice | crab meat and sweet corn soup, stir-fried mixed vegetables, sweet and sour chicken, beef in black bean sauce, king prawn with cashew nuts, egg-fried rice
Selection of a la carte items may include: shrimp cakes | spinach dumplings | steamed omasum | Peking dumplings
Selection of wines may include: le chene blanc | le chene rouge
See the full menu.

Choice of Sharing Platter with a Bottle of Prosecco For Two at The Attic in Canary Wharf (Up to 61% Off)

The Attic

The Attic is a cocktail and champagne bar located on the 48th floor of the Pan Peninsula. It boasts a 360-degree panoramic view of Canary Wharf and the Thames. Indian Tigers eye stones, along with a black granite bar complement the elegant and refined interior. The experienced staff serve an array of beverages which can be coupled with sharing platters of snacks. The Attic also hosts themed nights and parties, and is available for private hire.

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