Saturday 30 April 2016

Mayday: Make a Donation to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)


  • £1 donation
  • £5 donation
  • £10 donation
  • £20 donation
  • £25 donation
  • £50 donation
To join in on social media, use the hashtag #MaydayEveryday

RNLI Mayday

From Tuesday 26 April to Monday 2 May, Mayday fundraising events will be taking place across the UK and Ireland to raise vital funds for the RNLI. From cake bakes and welly wanging competitions, to street collections, sponsored runs and wearing wellies to work, people will be doing all sorts of things to raise money for the lifesaving charity. Groupon is making it easier than ever to donate, by allowing those feeling charitable to give at the click of a button. 

Donations can be from as little as £1 and the money will be used where ever the need is greatest within the RNLI.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

In 2015, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer lifeboat crews saved 348 lives and rescued 7,973 people – that’s an average of 23 people rescued every day. This coming May Day bank holiday weekend, the charity is issuing its own call for help. Through its national annual fundraising event, Mayday, the RNLI is calling on people to show their support to help the charity’s lifeboat crews carry on saving lives. Every day is Mayday for the RNLI’s lifeboat crews, who are specially-trained volunteers, on-call 24/7 to save lives at sea. Whatever the weather, day or night, they are ready to drop everything and launch the lifeboats to rescue anyone in danger at sea around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. But, as a charity, the lifesaving service they provide is only possible thanks to the generous support of the public.
RNLI Mayday: Donate

Waiting list for 'naked' London restaurant hits 30,000

Almost 30,000 people have signed up to dine at a new London restaurant where they can eat without wearing clothes.
Visitors to The Bunyadi will wear only gowns which they can remove "if they wish" as they sample stripped back food cooked without any modern gadgets.
Owners Lollipop said they were "amazed" by the interest in the "fascinating social experiment" that will take diners to a "Pangea-like world".
The restaurant will open for three months in central London in June.
Upon arrival, diners will head to changing rooms where they will place all their belongings in lockers and be given the gowns to wear.
Once in the restaurant, they will be seated in sections partitioned by bamboo and lit only by candlelight, where they will be able to strip "if they wish".
Plan of the restaurant's layoutImage copyrightLollipop
Image captionGroups of diners will be separated by bamboo partitions and lit by candlelight
Founder Seb Lyall said he wanted people to "experience a night out without any impurities" including, chemicals, electricity, gas and "even no clothes".
Technology such as phones and watches will also be banned.
A spokesperson for Lollipop said the trickiest part of the restaurant was the cuisine.
All food will be basic and cooked by chefs using only a wooden stick over an open fire.
Computer image of log chairs and tableImage copyrightLollipop
Image captionThe owners say the space will be "void of the industrialised-world's modern trappings"
A tasting menu of five vegan or non-vegan dishes will be served on handmade clay dishes and eaten using edible cutlery, which will become part of one of the courses.
For safety reasons, the chefs will not be naked.
In spite of the size of the waiting list, Lollipop said The Bunyadi will make a loss while it is open.
However, if it proves popular they hope to expand the idea and possibly even create a new "naked cuisine".

Friday 29 April 2016

Fresh pasta - Cooking Class - L'atelier des Chefs St Paul's, London

Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 11h30
at L'atelier des Chefs St Paul's, London
from 11.30 to 12.30 - 1hr of cooking - eat in
Our sixty-minute cooking classes take place at various time throughout the day, Monday to Saturday. Lasting just one hour, these classes are designed to inspire…

Cours de cuisine à St Paul's, London, le Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 11h30

Afternoon London Tour and Jack the Ripper Tour - Combo Saver


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.

Full Description
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.

The London Cluster Ticket - 4 Attractions Tickets - Adult £55 Child £45


  • Four of London’s best attractions in one Big Ticket
  • Soar over the incredible sights on London on the iconic London Eye
  • Get up close with the stars at Madame Tussauds
  • Take a chaotic, wacky and hilarious journey around Far, Far Away on Shrek’s Adventure
  • Swim with the fishes at The SEALIFE London Aquarium – well maybe not swim with them


Experience the best of the capital with The London Big Ticket – four awesome London attractions in one excellent package! Visit the iconic London Eye, mingle with the stars at Madame Tussauds, see the chaotic hilarity of Shrek’s Adventure and visit the brilliant SEALIFE London Aquarium – and the best thing is that you have a maximum of one month to see all four.

The London Eye
The Coca-Cola London Eye offers breath-taking views of London from high above the River Thames. See Big Ben towering above the Houses of Parliament, follow St. James Park as it sweeps down to Buckingham Palace. Is the Queen at home? You’ll spot the flag flying if she is. A Standard Ticket Experience on the London Eye lasts for approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the London Eye to revolve completely. Relax in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules and enjoy the London skyline at your leisure.

Madame Tussauds 

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history.

Walk down the red carpet and strike a pose with Kate Winslet, before challenging your favourite sport stars like David Beckham or Lewis Hamilton. Start your royal experience with an audience with the Queen, before planting a kiss on Prince William’s cheek. For the brave, get face-to-face with scary serial killers in our live fear experience SCREAM. After a sneaky behind-the-scenes look at how our World-renowned sculptors create the figures, relax in our taxis and relive the rich history of London. Then step up to your favourite Marvel Super Heroes before getting ready to experience the spectacular and exclusive Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie, where our Marvel Super Heroes battle it out to save London from impending doom.

DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure
An enchanting adventure for the whole family; experience London’s latest attraction - the brand new Shrek adventure from DreamWorks Films. Take a wild and fun trip to the land of Far Far Away, encounter challenges, obstacles and loads of characters from the globally successful movies series, including Princess Fiona, Donkey and, of course, Shrek himself.

Begin by boarding a marvellous ‘DreamWorks Tours’ red London bus driven by none other than Donkey himself! A lively journey packed with pandemonium, calamity and bags of fun, travel to the mystical realm of Far Far Away.

A real-life fairytale, work your way through 10 themed shows as you visit key locations from the Shrek movies, including the Poison Apple pub and the Muffin Man’s House. Along the way, meet characters such as Princess Fiona, The Three Blind Mice, The Gingerbread Man, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio. Complete tasks and locate vital elements to find Shrek and the magic portal to return to London, with angry Rumpelstiltskin trying to foil your plans as you go.

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 SEA LIFE attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.

The mysterious experience, spread over three floors, starts by taking a submarine style lift to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, a stunning glass tunnel walkway offers guests an unforgettable experience by strolling underneath a Tropical Ocean. There is plenty of interaction along the way, from feeding the Stingrays and watching diving displays to touch pools and discovery zones. Other stars of the show include Green Turtles, Seahorses, Octopus, Zebra Sharks and the ever popular Clown Fish. The true highlight however, commences as guests complete their journey in the deeper darker zone of the Pacific Ocean - take a walk on the wild side and watch 10 species of Shark swim beneath your feet from a suspended glass platform.

Get up close and personal in ‘Rainforests of the World’: with over 3000 of the rainforest’s most famous and feared residents from a pair of 6 ft West

African Dwarf Crocodiles to a family of highly toxic Poison Arrow Frogs and over 30 lethal piranhas!

Additional Information

Please Note:
  • You must visit Madame Tussauds first. 
  • Children up to 15 years of age will not be permitted to enter the attractions unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Madame Tussauds London will not admit guests with suitcases among their possessions
  • Extended opening hours at Madame Tussauds will operate during Half-Term, Easter and Summer Holidays
  • DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London takes approximately 60 minutes.
  • Entrance to The London Eye
  • Entrance to SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Entrance to Madame Tussauds
  • Entrance to DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure
  • Transportation 
  • Food or beverages

Captain America Civil War - Film Synopsis - Posters - Film Trailer

One year after the events of Age of Ultron, Steve Rogers and the Avengers become embroiled in another incident on an international scale. The aftermath of which prompts numerous politicians to take action to deal with the collateral damage.
The proposition is for the Avengers to be monitored by a governing system of accountability which will oversee and direct the team, determining under what circumstances they are enlisted to help.
But the Avengers are far from united in moving forward under the new governing body. The team divide into opposing forces: Captain America/Steve Rogers heads up the team who seek to operate without the controlling hand of a regulating body, and Iron Man/Tony Stark leads the opposition, who wish to work with the government in safeguarding the world from new enemies.
The impressive cast includes: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, and Jeremy Renner, all starring in this third instalment in the Captain America series.
Once again, the film is helmed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with screenwriters of the first two Captain America films, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, also returning to pen the script.

Museum of London - What's on in May? 2016

Catch it before it closes!
Tattoo London closes on the 15 May. Don't miss this free display of newly commissioned artworks by four contemporary London based tattoo studios as they reveal their creative influences and the working practices of their unique craft.

Events in May
Roman archaeology under your feet
Sat 7 & 21  May
Museum of London
Walk around various Roman sites in the City of London and discover what was found under the buildings from over 50 years of excavations.
Tattoo London: Art Macabre Life Drawing Salon
Wed 4 May
Museum of London
Get under the skin of what it means to be a tattoo artist by drawing your own designs on to life models. Only a few more places left.
Cheapside walk
Wed 11 May
Museum of London
Discover feisty residents, royal love and priceless jewels on a guided walk of this famous London street.
City Green Spaces walk
Wed 25 May
Museum of London
From the unsung hero of Postmans Park to the ghost of Christchurch Greyfriars explore the secrets of the City's gardens.
Events for families
Where it happened
Mon 30 May
Museum of London
Discover the history beneath our feet in this new interactive guided walk reuniting archaeological finds with their place of discovery.
May Day on the Docks
Sun 1 May
Museum of London Docklands
Bring the family and join us at the museum to celebrate May Day with loads of free fun hands-on family events. 
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Swept under the carpet? Servants in London households, 1600-2000
Open now until Sun 4 Sep
This special exhibition at the Geffrye Museum will explore domestic service and the experiences of servants living and working in middle-class homes over the last 400 years. Entry is free.
Fri 27 May - Sun 4 Sep
For this major exhibition curator Cornelia Parker has invited over 60 outstanding artists to respond to the theme 'found', reflecting on the Museum’s heritage, combining new and existing work with found objects kept for their significance.
Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection
Until 15 May
This major exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a rich selection of Sandro Botticelli’s exquisite drawings for Dante’s Divine Comedy alongside a selection of outstanding Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, including the monumental Hamilton Bible.
Images copyright Kate Berry (banner image), Art Macabre (Drawing Salon) and Museum of London