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World Travel Market London at ExCel – 6th to 8th November 2017

World Travel Market London is one of the leading global events for the travel industry which generating more than £2.8 billion of business. Now in its 38th year, the event began at London Olympia in 1980, it moved to Earls Court in 1992 and ExCeL in 2002.

Over three days, the travel industry comes together as almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations from 182 countries and regions. A wide range of travel companies network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism Ministers.

This event explores trends, issues and innovations in the travel industry and travel experts discuss some of the current travel issues.

The travel industry is undergoing considerable change and tourist boards, companies and destinations are looking more to the digital world to make their presence felt in a highly competitive market.

There is evidence that political turmoil and security issues are beginning to influence potential visitors and these uncertainties will provide a challenge to many destinations.

Too much tourism is another strong theme of this year’s event,  how do destinations with little infrastructure deal with massive increases of visitors ? This is becoming an increasing problem for a number of destinations.

The event is not open to the general public but is one of the major travel shows for travel professionals and those who work in the travel industry.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information , visit the Event website here

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Book Review – Secret London (An Unusual Guide) by Rachel Howard and Bill Nash (Jonglez Publishing)

The Jonglez range of guides reflect the founder’s interest in the curious and the offbeat, Thomas Jonglez after finishing a Business degree decided to travel around the world, hitchhiking through South America was followed by trips to China, Tibet, India, Pakistan and many other countries.

When he arrived back in Paris he decided to write his first guidebook “Paris 300 lieux pour les curieux” , the first guidebook he published himself was Bruxelles insolite et secret (Secret Brussels)(2003), and its success led him to set up a partnership with Michelin who distributed the guides throughout most of Europe. The early success of the guides proved that the model worked and Jonglez Publishing has steadily expanded publishing guides and other books in a number of languages.

Secret London (An Unusual Guide) written by Rachel Howard and Bill Nash works on the Jonglez philosophy of Local Guides by Local people, both the authors are London ‘obsessives’ with an eye for the strange and unusual.

The guide lists a large number (over 300) of unusual and little known aspects of the city listed in nine distinct areas, many of the “secrets” are described in detail accompanied by a full-page photograph. The writing is informative but with a sense of humour which keeps within the overall ethos of the Jonglez Guides, it is interesting that many of the “secrets” are not necessary hidden in out of way places but are in full view of thousands who pass by them every day.

Falling in this category is York House Watergate, Britain’s Smallest Police Station in Trafalgar Square, London’s First Drinking Fountain in Holborn, London Wall on Tower Hill and Cab Shelters.

Some of the more unusual London museums are featured including The Foundling Museum, The British Optical Museum, The Garden Museum, The Clown’s Gallery and Museum, The Ragged House Museum and The Florence Nightingale Museum.

The guide provides plenty of opportunities for visitors to explore the darker side of London with the macabre delights of the Hunterian Museum, the Dead House, The Cornhill Devils and Relics of the Elephant Man.

On the lighter side, visitors can search for Min’s Penis, Boris Anrep’s Mosiacs, The Fortnum and Mason Clock, The Golden Boy of Pye Corner and the Puppet Barge.

Many cities have places that are only known to locals, guides like these allow these ‘secret’ locations to be more widely known and enjoyed. London is especially fortunate to have a wide range of locations that help to illustrate the history of this remarkable city.

This fascinating and attractive guide will certainly appeal to visitors who wish to go off the well-trodden paths of most London Guides, it will also appeal to Londoners who wish to explore some of the obscure nooks and crannies of the city.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or to buy a copy of the book, visit the Publishers website here

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Lloyd’s Choir Christmas Concert at St Katharine Cree Church – 14th December 2017

One of the delights of the festive season in the City of London is the series of concerts that take place in many of the historic churches dotted around the Square Mile.

One of the oldest choirs in the City not connected directly to the churches is the Lloyd’s Choir which was first formed in 1922. The choir first performed in 1922, within the Underwriting Room at the Royal Exchange and concerts were then given regularly, mainly in the Public Hall of the same building.

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After the Second World War, the choir was re-established and performed with considerable success.  In the 1980s, the choir moved to St. Katharine Cree in Leadenhall Street which is still home to the choir today.

Since then, a series of professional conductors have greatly enhanced the reputation of the choir. The choir regularly perform concerts in various locations around the city and has featured on television several times.

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One of the highlights of the choir’s year is the Christmas Concert to be held in the beautiful St Katharine Cree Church in Leadenhall Street  on Thursday 14th December 2017 at  6:30pm.

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The programme will be a mixture of new and traditional favourites with Jacques Cohen conducting the choir with Meridian Brass and Hilary Norris on the Organ

Tickets £15 including refreshments on the door

For more information about the Lloyd’s Choir, visit their website here

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Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost at Keats House – 6th December 2017 to 14th October 2018

Two of Britain’s greatest poets are the subject of an exhibition at Keats House, the exhibition is entitled Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost and explores Romantic poet John Keats’s own words and thoughts about Milton’s poetry and reveals some of the impact it had on his own work.

The exhibition runs from 6th December 2017 to 14th October 2018 at Keats House in Hampstead, the Georgian villa in which Keats lived and wrote some of his greatest and most celebrated work.

At the heart of the exhibition is Keats’s own copy of Paradise Lost, one of his most important surviving books which provide a rich source of information on Keats’s thoughts, as it is packed with his handwritten notes and emotional reactions. In the 19th century, this ‘marginalia’ was considered an important form of literary expression and a route to understanding literary works and sharing views about them.

The leather-bound copy of Paradise Lost owned by Keats was published in 1807 in two volumes by booksellers W. and J. Deas. Keats would read the poem with his friend and neighbour Charles Wentworth Dilke. When he left London for Rome, Keats gave both volumes to Mrs Dilke and they remained with her family before being part of its eventual bequest to Keats House.

John Keats untimely death at the age of 25 in Rome left a limited legacy of poetry, but Keats is now considered one of Britain’s finest poets.

Keats House, originally known as Wentworth Place, was built in 1815-16 for the Dilke family and Charles Brown. Keats lodged with Brown from December 1818. The following year, the Dilkes moved away and Fanny Brawne and her family moved into their side of the house, inspiring Keats’s greatest happiness and greatest work.

After Keats left, Wentworth Place was converted into a single dwelling and extended. It was saved from demolition in 1920 and in 1925 became a museum dedicated to Keats. Now it is a museum and poetry centre, bringing to life the memory and legacy of Keats through displays and exhibitions, gardens and a varied events programme.

Visitor Information

Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost at Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR.

Exhibition dates: 6 December 2017 – 14 October 2018.

Keats House opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm.

Admission: Adults £6.50; Seniors £5.50; Concessions £4.50; Children 17 and under free of charge.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Keats House website here

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A Ghost of an Idea: unwrapping A Christmas Carol at the Charles Dickens Museum – 29th November 2017 to 25th February 2018

Enjoy a Dickensian Christmas by visiting the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street over the festive period. To celebrate one of Dickens most loved stories, the museum will be holding a special exhibition entitled A Ghost of an Idea: unwrapping A Christmas Carol which will draw on the Museum’s unrivalled collections of original Dickens material to examine the issues and circumstances – social, political and personal – that inspired Dickens to write A Christmas Carol. The exhibition explores the inspiration behind the story through artefacts such as the earliest hand-tinted etchings by John Leech for the first edition of A Christmas Carol in 1843, first editions of the story, playbills and presentation copies given by Dickens to his friends.

The exhibition will also look at its success, legacy and continued enormous popularity of A Christmas Carol, and especially a new film The Man Who Invented Christmas, which opens in the UK on 1st December and stars Dan Stevens as Charles Dickens.

The Museum will devote a whole section of the exhibition to original costumes from the film, as well as examples of its set and costume designs, props and other production material. Among the highlights will be the costumes worn by Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge, Donald Sumpter as Jacob Marley, Jonathan Pryce as John Dickens, Ger Ryan as Elizabeth Dickens and Simon Callow as John Leech.

Over the festive period, there will be a series of special Christmas events, including candlelit visits, tours of the house and performances of A Christmas Carol and each of Dickens’s Christmas Books.

The Charles Dickens museum will be fully dressed with traditional decorations for the festive season.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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