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Tips to enjoy the Wimbledon Tennis

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Rally together to celebrate London’s tennis event of the year: Wimbledon. It is the start of summer and this year is even more special as we celebrate Wimbledon’s 125-year Jubilee. The famous tennis-tournament at Wimbledon started 1877 with the first Gentlemen’s Single Game. We give you a few Wimbledon inspired ideas to get into the swing of summer!

Museum and Tour:

If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for the Wimbledon tournament, you can also visit the museum. See all the shiny trophies from up-close, the fashion that the players wore through the years, the changing tennis equipment and player’s memorabilia. Apart from during the actual tournament, the museum is open to the public the rest of the year and you can even get a behind-the-scenes tour of the grounds.

Hop on a Red Bus:

Who can forget the impromptu Wimbledon medley that Sir Cliff Richard gave in 1996 when the Centre Court was closed due to the rain? Surrounded by umbrellas Cliff started with Summer Holiday, his hit from the movie in which he drove around on a red double-decker. Explore London in the very same style and book your Hop On-Hop Off tickets for the red busses. All together now: We’re all going on a summerholiday!

Wicked!

Can’t get enough of everything green? Get your Wicked! Musical tickets. The story follows the young Elphaba before she became known as the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West. The musical has a twist on the classic tale of the Wizard of Oz, it seems there is more to Elphaba. Experience this touching musical about friendship, self-confidence and following dreams at the Apollo Victoria. Get your tickets for the London musical and experience the magic.

Get on the grass

Love the grass but not so keen on tennis? London has a lot of amazing parks to relax in. The Royal Parks consist out of eight parks all together: Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Green Park, St James, Regent’s park and Kensington Gardens. All of the London parks are very central and all have plenty of options when it comes to entertainment: from concerts, like the Wireless Festival in July in Hyde Park to Open Air Cinema Events in Kensington Gardens. Get in on the grass-action!

See Shrek!

Even if the tennis doesn’t have a fairytale ending, you can find one in the London theatre. Book your tickets for Shrek the Musical: everyone’s favourite green ogre is now live on the West End stage. The reluctant hero Shrek goes off on a mission to save a beautiful princess with his sidekick, a very talkative donkey. He’ll soon find out that the princess might not need saving and beauty can come in many different shapes. A very enjoyable musical that will have you swinging and singing in your seat.

Enjoy London this summer!

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The Wizard of Oz theatre break

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blog-picture7Begin the adventure of a lifetime and follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz theatre break. Re-live the ultimate voyage of Dorothy on the trail through the forest on her infamous quest to return home. This vivid production portrays the well known story of Dorothy and her small dog Toto with the modern songs and surprises from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright.

According to the Library of Congress, this timeless classic is the most watched motion film in history, no wonder the theatre version is such a success. Released in 1939, The Wizard of Oz is just as watched today as it was over 70 years ago. Significant changes were made during the adaptation from novel to film, such as the role the Wicked Witch of the West, and even the famous ruby slippers were silver in the book. However, the changes have helped to make

This American fantasy was originally written in 1900 by author L. Frank Baum, titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The children’s classic has been reprinted numerous in the 111-years that have since passed, and the story is as well know to the children of the 21st century as it was in the first years of its publication.

The Wizard of Oz theatre break is not a new concept. Back in 1902 the novel was first adapted to entertain audiences from the stage. The initial success of both the original novel and this first stage adaptation lead to Baum writing 13 more Oz books.

Today, the Wizard of Oz theatre break has progressed majorly since its original performance on Broadway. Costumes and sets are immaculate, producing a glittering, shining show, which everybody can appreciate. The Wizard of Oz theatre break has remained strong for 109-years – that surely says something about how great the production is.

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Shrek the musical theatre breaks

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blog-picture6Fans are guaranteed to be queuing up for a Shrek the Musical theatre break this spring when the production hits the West End. Shrek the Musical theatre breaks were huge news in America when the show was performed on Broadway early last year. The production ran from December 2008 until January 2010, and has since gone on to do a tour of the USA, giving everyone across the country the chance to be partthe phenomenon. The West End, which is every bit as good as Broadway, is sure to see tickets for the production sell out fast.

The Dreamworks film of Shrek was extremely popular, twisting and turning the traditions of original fairytale on its head, seeing a kind-hearted ogre over-come the evil handsome prince and save the beautiful Princess Fiona, who ends up transforming into an ogre herself. The tale is complete with dragons, towers, curses, talking gingerbread men, and humpty dumpty, but everything seems mixed up.

The theatre production of this animated film is sure to be just as fun and light-hearted as the movie. Suitable for the whole family, a Shrek the Musical theatre break has something for everyone, combining the wonderful show with a memorable stay in a fabulous hotel. Enjoy free time during the day to see all the brilliant London attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the Thames River, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace.

A Shrek the Musical theatre break can be tailored to meet specific requirements too, meaning all trips and short holidays can meet everyone’s expectations. Pick from a list of central hotels, all close to the tube so getting around London to both sightsee and get to the theatre will be easy.

Be sure not to miss out on a Shrek the Musical theatre break. It will give you the chance to experience London for what it truly is, and provide a fun, enjoyable trip for the whole family.

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London Theatre Breaks Are Amazing.

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blog-pictureTheatre is the ultimate thing to do in London. Watching the West End stage light up with fabulous frocks, magical music and stupendous stories really is something that cannot be missed. London theatre breaks are brilliant for everybody, old and young, and there is always some new show being experimented with, meaning that London theatre breaks will never grow old, dire or monotonous.

London theatre breaks combine a wonderful show with central London accommodation, so a stress free trip is ensured. Simply state which hotel you would like in the booking process, and London theatre breaks will sort out the rest. You can even decide your seat numbers for the theatre. It really couldn’t be more straightforward.

One of the most popular shows is The Lion King. This classic was well-liked on film, and even more so in the theatre. The costumes are show stopping, the music is well-known and the theatre set is magical, almost making you believe you are watching from the Serengeti Plains. A Lion King Theatre break is a great show to take children along to, although parents are asked to ensure younger children aren’t disruptive, so everyone can enjoy the show. The Lion King Theatre break isn’t just for children; the enchantment of the set and the acts mean all ages can be awed by it.

Other popular shows include Mamma Mia, Wicked, Grease, and Dirty Dancing.

London theatre breaks only offer the best seats and give you a choice of choosing where you want to sit. Don’t strain your eyes trying to see the marvels of this show when you can get a choice of great seats with London theatre breaks. The hotel choices are all in zone 1, situated only a short walk from tube stations ensuring that convenient access to theatres is had.

London theatre breaks are brilliant value for what they offer, and ensure a trip to remember.

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Lion King Theatre Break

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blog-picture5 No trip to London is complete without a visit to the theatre. The West End, like New York’s Broadway, is renowned for its brilliant, spell-binding shows and inspiring performances. Each month, there is something new being experimented with, from improvised comedy, to creative dance shows. Despite this new wave of adventure, some of the classical theatre performances are still going strong, for example The Lion King.

A Lion King theatre break is more popular than ever. See the elaborate costume designs used to perform this well known classic, and discover just why it is so popular. A Lion King theatre break can be tailored to specific needs. Need somewhere to stay after the show? A Lion King theatre break is exactly what a break should be. Combine the show with a central hotel so the hassle and worry of finding good accommodation is taken away, making the focus of the trip solely about enjoying and experiencing as much of what London has to offer as possible.

The Lion King’s success has made it one of the longest running shows of all time. The Lion King theatre break show is performed in London’s Lyceum Theatre which is situated in London’s Theatreland, approximately a ten minute walk from Covent Garden underground station, making it easily accessible. The show has been running continually since October 1999, often showing matinee’s as well as evening performances.

Theatre breaks in London draw in people from near and far. Some of the packages which combine a hotel stay and a theatre show together make it understandable why it is so popular; there are some amazing deals. Spend the day sightseeing around the spectacular capital of England, before relaxing in front of a great theatre show in the evening. The Lion King theatre break really is the perfect getaway.

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Theatre and Hotel deals in London

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blog-picture3When one thinks of London, the thought of theatre and all its connotations pop into mind. Visiting the theatre has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in London for a long time, and with the wide variety, exceptional performances and well-written plots, it is clear why. Along with New York’s Broadway, London theatre has the reputation of being the best in the English speaking world, and usually they do not disappoint.

Theatre and hotel deals in London go hand in hand. One cannot experience the thrills and delights of a theatre show without the need of staying in a hotel nearby. And with all the hustle and bustle of the tube, a central hotel close to Theatreland would be more than convenient as your time can be spent enjoying the English capital rather than pushing your way through it.

Theatre and hotel breaks in London can be enjoyed by everyone. There is such a variety in performances that there is sure to be something in which everybody will fall in love with, even those who believe theatre is not for them. Come and let your mind be swayed, and discover the spectacular shows, acts and costumes.

The great thing about the various theatre and hotel deals in London is that your visit needn’t be restricted to just the show. Why not spend the day sightseeing around some of England’s biggest attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, before relaxing in the evening in one of the theatres around Leicester Square. Or if you are enjoying a family excursion, aim to see one of the matinee shows of the Wizard of Oz theatre breaks. The combinations of shows and hotels are extensive, definitely something for everyone.

Ensure you get the best theatre and hotel deals in London to allow you a trip you will never forget.

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Experiencing the Medieval Banquet in London

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Freshly arrived to the U.K., one of the first opportunities of a night out in London for me was to go to the Medieval Banquet.

I went there with 5 colleagues, and we had the surprise of spending a very nice evening. Indeed, none of us already experimented such a thing to do in London

As we were arriving to this medieval show, two knights and the Queen herself welcomed us and lead us to our table. And that’s only the beginning… continue reading

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Bondi beach in London? G’day UK!

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Celebrating Australian culture in London thanks to a week long of events – that’s G’Day UK 2009.

The stream of events, sponsored by Australian tourist boards and other governmental institutions, is aimed at promoting travel to Australia but also at encouraging potential migrants to settle down under.

New South Wales‘ government has converted a bank on river Thames into a replica of famous Bondi beach, thank to tons of real sand dumped on the South Bank. The sunny weather in the UK’s capital makes such an inspiring initiative very welcome, especially thanks to gorgeous lifeguards and beach beauties – presumably real imported Aussies.

Attractive airfares are being promoted on Qantas.com and other travel agencies. Flightcentre has setup twenty life size kangaroos across London. The first to report sights of the jumping marsupials can win free holidays to … Kangaroo Island.

 

For full program – see G’Day UK official site.

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Yes, I Know How to Walk.

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in London (well, hopefully there’s been more than one) it’s how to walk…Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “she seriously doesn’t know how to walk?!”

Stop worrying.

I’m not talking about one foot in front of the other, step by step, here to there walking. No, I’m talking about some serious perambulation (aka touristy walking around as much of a city as you can get your hands on). Hey, we’re tourists, and we don’t want to sit in the back of a taxicab, we want to explore!

Ready to take a ramble? - borkur.net

Ready to take a ramble? - borkur.net

In Davis we bike or bus, and usually it’s just to get from destination to destination. If we really want to walk, we take a hike, and if we really need to get somewhere, we take a car. But here in London, we literally walk everywhere. We walk to the store, we walk to class, we walk to work, we walk to think, we walk to explore, and we get lost and we walk. The first few weeks we here, most of our conversations ended with, “ugh, my feet are tiiiiiiired”, (and this was especially true when we couldn’t seem to figure out the night bus schedule). continue reading

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Scariest Places in London: Warwick Castle

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As I plan my trip to Warwick Castle I realize I will never get  British pronunciation correct. I’m quickly told that I’m not going to Warwick, I’m going to “Wor’ick”. With only three days of sightseeing left I want to pick a great spot for my last hurrah. Warwick Castle Dungeons will be opening just before I leave for home and I want to try and squeeze it in if I can get my hands on some Warwick Castle Tickets. My friends and I are all able to agree on this trip because there’s just so much to do there!

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