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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

836592_porto_city_10.jpgI bet many of you who read this blog would love to do most of the things we mention but never get round to it because you just don’t have the time to organise it – am i right?

I for one feel quite depressed writing about the latest summer picnic craze or wine tasting event, knowing that despite my good intentions i’m not going to get round to actually trying it! I spend so much time at my desk and anserwing phone calls and emails – even when i’ve gone home! – that the last thing on my mind is organising tickets and taxis to a night out. If only i could employ someone to organise my social calender as well as i organise my work one!

Well apparently there is such a service. Exec Events Club is designed to help busy workers in the city find time to socialise. They organise a range of exciting nights out, parties, day trips and holidays and members are all invited. You can join as a single person, couple or group and there is a choice of 6-8 events a month so you are bound to find something that suits your tastes and your busy calendar. Example events organised by the club are trips to the Ballet, Sailing Weekends, Royal Windsor races, Gastropub nights and Cultural Holidays. If you are new to London this is a fantastic way to meet similar people in a very relaxed and entertaining environment. Membership is £205 per person or £350 for a couple, to get a social life you dream of this is money well spent!

The Innocent London Fête

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Innocent London FeteIf you’re at a loose end on 4th or 5th August, take a trip to London’s Regent’s Park for the ‘Innocent Village Fête’. Indulge in a bit of dancing e.g. Morris, Maypole or Barn! Try your luck at the Welly Wanging, Tug o’War or Tombola, and enjoy some homemade cakes or cream teas. Sounds good eh!

Also, you’ll find a big farmer’s market and loads for the littlies to do. Take a picnic or buy a gourmet burger, and enjoy a thirst quenching glass of beer or cider from the real ale and cider tent, or of course there will be lots of smoothies. And at the end of the day, you might like to treat yourself to a massage in the ‘feelgood area’ to relieve you from the stresses of life.

The Fête takes place at Gloucester Green (north-east corner of Regent’s Park) on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August and is open from 11am to 7pm both days. Tickets are an inexpensive £5.00 each for adults, £2.50 for the kids and infants go free. Get yours by clicking here.

All profits from ticket sales will go to Well Child, Green Peace and Samaritans Charities.

Wimbledon 2007

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Wimbledon LogoWimbledon 2007 is due to begin on Monday 25th June at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. The tournament usually attracts an audience of about 500,000; let’s just hope the weather holds up for the players and the spectators this year! The competition ends on Sunday 8th July.

Professional Tennis players from over 60 countries will be involved in the tournament and with prize money for male and female singles of £3,727,400 it’s not surprising so many people be part of the competition!

Britain is praying for leading player Andy Murray to take the crown, no pressure Andy! Full details of Wimbledon dates, times and ticket prices can be found on the official website.

Chelsea Flower Show Starts Tomorrow

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Flower ShowEvery May Central London is brightened up by the beautiful colours and designs at the Chelsea Flower Show. The show brings together the latest in gardening trends and shows off the best garden designers.

There will be 20 gardens each with a different theme, last year we saw ideas such as ‘The Jurassic Coast Garden’ and ‘The Gorilla Jungle Garden’ and this year is expected to be just as exciting.

30 smaller gardens will also be on display under categories such as ‘City’, ‘Chic’ and ‘Courtyard’. All the creations will provide great inspiration for visitors to take home so they can test some ideas for themselves.

The Chelsea Flower Show begins tomorrow and ends on Saturday 26th May. Read more about times and prices over at Visit London.

Picnic On The Green

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Village ParkOn Thursday 24th – Friday 25th May Trafalgar Square will be transformed into a village green! The usual modern appearance of the Square will be covered with 2,000 square feet of turf for the public to enjoy a family picnic or some sunbathing if the weather heats up. If you’re lucky enough to have one of the days off you could spend the whole day relaxing on the village green in a deck chair with a good book.

A café on the Square will be selling sandwiches and other picnic items and the Trafalgar Hotel will be supplying posh food and drink items to take away. It is free to get into the area and will be open until 6pm on the 25th.

Eat London – The City of Food

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Eat London
Shortbread roads, Victoria sponge buildings, sugar cube sculptures and bagel towers. Has Britain gone completely insane?

If you’re out and about in London tomorrow try and head down to Trafalgar Square where the ‘Eat London’ event will be taking place. Chefs from all over London have come together and are building the city of London out of food. Buckingham Palace, The Imperial War Museum, The Lloyds Tower and many more buildings from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge will be included. All buildings, roads and vehicles will be made entirely of food – surely a sight worth capturing!

Eat London is taking place tomorrow (28th April) from 12.30pm to 4.00pm. Definitely a must if you are in London already. Further event details can be found at Lift.

Justin Timberlake Waxwork

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Experts at Madame Tussauds have spent the last four months creating a waxwork model of US singer Justin Timberlake, and he’s proven to be a hit with the ladies already!

Apparently a Saville Row tailor was bought in to create a bespoke white suit for the star, and Justin is reported to have been involved in the waxwork, helping to achieve the right look.

Justin Begins his UK tour tomorrow, but if you want to get up close and personal with him this weekend perhaps a visit to Madame Tussauds is in order! It’s probably as close to the real thing any of us will ever get … unfortunately.

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Easter Egg Hunts In The City!

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Want to keep your choc-hungry kiddies happy this Easter? Why not take them on one of the many Easter egg trails taking place in the city this Easter weekend. Personally I think the hunt taking place at Battersea Park Zoo sounds the most fun – even if you’re an adult, I don’t think anyone ever really grows out of Easter egg hunts do they?!

The eggs are hidden among the zoo’s huge range of animals – will the monkeys be hiding them? Or perhaps they’ll be hidden with the ponies or piggies? The whole family can enjoy a day out in the fresh air whether you win the hunt or not! The Easter egg hunt costs an extra £1.50 on top of the admission and takes place between 5th April and 18th April – call 020 7924 5826 to book now!

Other Egg hunts taking place in London are located at Osterley Park, Kenwood House, Ham House, Kew Gardens, Kew Bridge Steam Museum and The Rubens at the Palace. Click here for more information.

OXO Tower

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

oxotowerThe oxo tower is one of London’s most architecturally interesting buildings but is rarely mentioned in London tour guides. It was built in the early 20th century as a power station but in 1920 the building was purchased by leibling Meat factory, makers of OXO and underwent major structural changes. As part of these changes the architect proposed to display the word OXO in electric lights on the tower but was refused permission as this sort of advertising was not allowed at the time. The clever architect got round this set back by designing the windows in the tower to spell out the words so as light shone out from within the building the Word OXO could be seen.

Today the tower still lights up the grey south bank but is now home to shops and two restaurants which are definitely worth a visit if you are looking for somewhere a bit different to eat in London. The top floor restaurant bar and brasserie, owned by Harvey Nichols, offers excellent food and is glass fronted so many tables have an amazing view of the Thames and the City, meals cost about £50 excluding wine.

On the second floor is the Tamesa restaurant offering a cheaper alternative with meals for about 25 pounds…although i think its worth paying the extra just for the amazing environment that the top floor provides. Take a look at the OXO page on the Harvey Nichols website for more information on the menu, prices or how to make a booking.

Fancy Looking Down Over London?

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

When visiting London for the first time, The London Eye is a must… It’s the worlds highest observation ride and a fantastic experience. When at the top of this 135 meter wheel you can really see the whole of London and get a great panoramic view of this beautiful city. You can see views such as the world famous Big Ben, The O2 Dome, the Houses of Parliament and even as far as the new Wembley Stadium around 15 miles away. It can all be seen…

There are 32 capsules that hold up to 25 people each and all are fully air conditioned for those hot summer days when visiting the Eye. My recommendation would be to visit in the late afternoon when the sun is setting over London, it is truly wonderful and a perfect way to end your visit to London.

Prices for the London Eye are £14.50 for adults and £7.25 for children between 5 and 15 years old. Children under 5 can go free.

The experience will last around 30 minutes but allow 20 to 30 minutes queuing time (up to an hour in peak season).

Click Here to book now!