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London To Brighton Veteran Car Run – 6th November 2016

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The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is the longest-running motoring event in the world. The first run was in 1896, and it has taken place most years since it was revived in 1927. To qualify, the cars must have been built before 1905. It is also the world’s largest gathering of veteran cars. It takes place, currently, on the first Sunday in November and starts at sunrise from Hyde Park, London and mostly follows the old A23 road to finish at Brighton – a distance of 54 miles (87 km).It is not a race, any vehicle that finishes before 4:30 pm is awarded a medal.

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The Run commemorates the Emancipation Run of 14 November 1896 which celebrated the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act, which raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 mph to 14 mph and abolished the requirement for these vehicles to be preceded by a man on foot. The early law required the man on foot to carry a red flag but that requirement was abolished in 1878. The Locomotive Act was still widely known as the ‘Red Flag Act’ and a red flag was symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run, as it is today just before the start in Hyde Park.

This year will be the 120th anniversary of the very first and over 400 pre-1905 manufactured vehicles will take part.

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The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run offers a unique spectacle of 400 pre-1905 vehicles travelling along public roads. There are many places and ways to view the cars along the 60-mile route from Hyde Park, London to Madeira Drive, Brighton. If you are not attracted to the early morning start, you can view some of the veteran cars at the Regent Street Motor Show that takes place the day prior to the Run. One of the main highlights of the show is the EFG Concours d’Elegance which showcases 100 veteran cars that will participate in the Run the following day.

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The Veteran Car Run is free to view all the way along the route. Public are unable to gain access to the paddocks in Hyde Park, Crawley and Madeira Drive due to safety reasons, but the cars can still be admired from the sidelines. The Run takes place from around 7am (sunrise) last car leaving around 8.30am  with the event finishing in Brighton at  4.30pm.

Popular Viewing Locations

London – Hyde Park Corner

London – Westminster Bridge

Croydon, South London

Redhill, Surrey – A23 Brighton Road

Crawley, West Sussex

Staplefield, West Sussex – B2114 Cuckfield Road

Cuckfield, West Sussex – B2036 High Street/South Street

Burgess Hill, West Sussex – B2036 London Road

Brighton, East Sussex – Madeira Drive

Madeira Drive is the final stop and ceremonial finish line for the veteran cars. The cars begin to arrive at 9.54 with the slower cars arriving as late as 4.30pm.

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

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2016 – 18th November 2016 to 2nd January 2017

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, with an array of new attractions and entertainment. Returning on 18th November 2016 for 6-weeks of festive- fun, visitors will be able to experience the London’s no.1 Christmas attraction with free entry onto the site.

This year’s Highlights

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The Giant Observation Wheel will illuminate the skyline.

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UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink is located around the picturesque Victorian bandstand, on which there will be live music played throughout the day and night.

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The Magical Ice Kingdom presents An Arctic Adventure. Guests will see icebergs, a shipwreck trapped in an arctic ice flow, and will be able to explore a lost island on their search for the Palace of the Polar Bears.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland boasts a traditional German Christmas market with over 200 chalets. The Angels Christmas Market and Fairies Market offer unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.

The popular Bavarian Village includes covered seating, outdoor bars, cafes and food stalls.. At night, enjoy the festive atmosphere in the Bavarian Hall. With free live music, join the sing-a-long to Oom-pah bands.

Bar Ice. with handcrafted bars, tables, walls and sculptures made of ice.

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Zippos Circus returns with their ever-popular daytime show, Zippos Christmas Circus, a perfect treat for all the family! This year’s spectacular features aerial acts, acrobatics, jugglers and comedy clowns. The show will be housed in the Mega Dome, the biggest circus venue in the UK standing over 65ft tall; designed especially for Winter Wonderland. In the evenings there’s the circus daredevil show, Cirque Berserk.

Take a trip over to Santa Land where Father Christmas is free to visit. He will be at Santa Land every day until 6pm with his Elves and a sack of free gifts.

There’s also a Traditional Fairground with beautiful Victorian-style carousel, helter skelter and fun rides that kids and parents alike will love.

New this year is The Sooty Christmas Show with Sweep, Soo and Sooty’s partner Richard Cadell

Winter Winterland is free to enter but you must book tickets for the Ice Skating, Magical Ice Kingdom, Bar Ice, Giant Observation Wheel, The Sooty Show and Circus.

Dates:  18th November 2016 – Monday 2nd January 2017 (closed on Christmas Day)

Times: 10am – 10pm daily (Except Friday 18th November – opens at 5pm)

Entry:  Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is free to enter, there is no admission fee

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Winter Wonderland  website here

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Radio 2’s Festival in a Day in Hyde Park – 11th September 2016

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The ever popular Radio 2’s Festival in a Day returns to Hyde Park in London with a star studded line up which includes

Elton John

The legendary singer and musician will be headlining Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, with what promises to be a stellar hit packed set, also featuring tracks from his well received 32nd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night.

Madness

One of the most successful bands of the early 80s, Madness were Top Ten regulars and hit No.1 in 1982 with ‘House of Fun’. Still going strong, forty years after they formed, 2016 will see the release of a new album ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’

Status Quo

Status Quo have been rockin’ for six decades, notching up 65 hit singles, selling over 100m records worldwide and spending more than 400 weeks in the British singles chart. It’s no wonder Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt from the band were awarded OBEs in 2010 for their services to music.

Gregory Porter

Two years on from his Festival in a Day debut, the Grammy-winning Jazz star returns to wow the Radio 2 faithful. Gregory Porter had planned a career in American football, but following a shoulder injury he found solace singing in local jazz clubs.

LeAnn Rimes

Festival in a Day has established a tradition of bringing you some of the finest country acts, with Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Ward Thomas and The Shires all having wowed the Hyde Park crowd in previous years.

This year we’re delighted to welcome the one and only LeAnn Rimes, celebrating two decades at the top of her game, with over 44 million album sales and huge hit singles including How Do I Live and Can’t Fight The Moonlight.

Jamie Lawson

An experienced live performer, Jamie Lawson’s rise to fame took longer than most, having released his first album over 12 years ago. He shared a bill with Ed Sheeran when they were both regulars on London’s acoustic circuit.

Andreya Triana

British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana has made two albums of her own, sung on top 10 single ‘Everything You Never Had (We Had It All)’ and been nominated for a MOBO award. In 2009 she performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, returning to play again at the festival in 2015.

Travis

Scottish rock band, Travis formed in Glasgow in 1990 and rose to fame after the release of their acclaimed debut album Good Feeling in 1997. The Man Who followed in 1999 and brought hit singles ‘Why Does it Always Rain on Me’, ‘Driftwood’ and ‘Writing to Reach You’. Some 25 years after they began, 2016 has seen the release of their eighth studio album ‘Everything At Once’.

Tickets

All regular tickets for Festival in a Day 2016 have now SOLD OUT.

If you would like further information, visit the Event website here

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Hotel Review : The Montcalm Marble Arch London

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The Montcalm Marble Arch London  is the flagship hotel of The Montcalm Luxury Hotels, a group of hotels which are renowned for their luxury, five-star service and style.

Situated in a prime location near to the shopping of Oxford Street and the relative calm of Hyde Park. The Montcalm London Marble Arch occupies an attractive, Grade II listed crescent building which dates back to 1759 and is named after a French Brigadier General, the Marquis of Montcalm.

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Visitors entering the historic Georgian crescent and the hotel are transported back to an era of refinement and style. Today, the hotel has 153 beautifully appointed rooms including 14 luxurious suites all equipped with the latest in room technology, comfort and convenience. From complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband, to flat screen TV’s, Villeroy & Boch vanity units, Gessi rain showers and Nespresso machines.

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Entering into the lavish foyer, guests are welcomed by attentive staff at the reception who explain the many benefits of the five-star hotel. The Montcalm London Marble Arch’s contemporary designed bedrooms have a number of special state of the art features including complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi, LCD TV with international and satellite channels, an iPad, pillow menu and in room aroma.

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This kind of attention to detail is carried on throughout the hotel with The Champagne Bar which is a popular and stylish small hotel bar where guests can enjoy a cocktail, glass of wine, spirits, cognacs, single malts and blended whiskies.

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Dining options include The Crescent Restaurant & Lounge which is a spacious room with high ceilings and an impressive marble floor. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast every morning and later in the day is transformed in a location for a quintessential English afternoon tea.

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Guests to the hotel also has easy access to Sixtyone which is an award-winning neighbourhood restaurant which serves modern British cuisine with French touches inspired by Chef Patron, Arnaud Stevens. The simple modern interior with light oak tables, attractive bronze lighting and high quality food offers a wonderful classic restaurant experience whether it be for business or pleasure.

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If the stress and strain of sightseeing gets a little bit too much, guests can make use of the Spa at The Montcalm which offers facial, body treatments and massages by experienced therapists. There is also a fitness centre, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, exercise pool, monsoon shower and heated loungers.

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Grand Ballroom at The Montcalm is one of London’s most glamorous events spaces, yet behind the glamour lies state of the art technology. It is one of the few venues in London to have a high-speed Internet of one gigabit per second, making it ideal for webcasting. Guests to the Grand Ballroom can enter from the street entrance or through the hotels own private connection.

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The Montcalm London Marble Arch is one of the new breed of luxury hotels that are renowned for their five-star service, lavish modern design , often in an attractive, historic building. This particular hotel strives to ‘exceed guests’ expectations by providing memorable experiences’ , a quick look at the main customer review sites would indicate that the vast majority of guests would agree that the hotel does regularly exceed expectations and provide memorable experiences.

The Montcalm London Marble Arch manages to combine respect for tradition with the latest state of the art technology which allows the modern guest to enjoy the best of both worlds. The hotel is ideally located for a number of London attractions and the nearest underground station is only a five minutes walk away. Considering its location and closeness to a number of busy visitor areas, the hotel is remarkably quiet , tucked away in an attractive Georgian crescent.

Whether you are on business or visiting London for leisure, the  refined, high-class Montcalm London Marble Arch offers a number of services that cater for the modern traveller who expects and enjoys a luxurious lifestyle.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or bookings, visit the Montcalm website here

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A Short Guide to Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of London’s largest parks and covers over 350 acres, the park has been the location of a large number of events over the past 500 years and is closely associated with the British monarchy.

It was King Henry VIII who seized Hyde Park from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 and turned the park into a large hunting park where he organised royal hunts to entertain ambassadors and dignitaries. This hunting tradition was continued with Queen Elizabeth I and the park changed little until 1625 when Charles l became king. He opened the park to the general public in 1637 and it became a fashionable place to visit. When Charles I was executed , parliamentary troops built forts in the park to defend the city of Westminster from royalist attacks.

After the restoration of the monarchy, King Charles II turned Hyde park into a royal park when he restocked the park with deer, however there were greater changes when William and Mary became king and queen in 1689. They bought Nottingham House and renamed it Kensington Palace and made it their main home in London.

It was William III who created a processional route through Hyde Park lit by 300 oil lamps and became the first road in England to be lit at night. The road was called route de roi or King’s Road but the name became corrupted to Rotten Row.

Other striking features in Hyde Park were developed in the 18th century by Queen Caroline. In 1728, she took 300 acres from Hyde Park to form Kensington Gardens, she then had made a large lake called the Serpentine by damming the Westbourne Stream. Over the next 100 years, the park was largely unchanged until King George IV in the 1820s decided to create a monumental entrance at Hyde Park Corner. It comprised the Triumphal Screen which you see today and the Wellington Arch, which was later moved to the middle of roundabout at Hyde Park Corner.

One of the remarkable structures in the 19th century was the Crystal Palace which was built-in 1851 alongside Rotten Row to house the Great Exhibition.

The park become a traditional location for mass demonstrations which have included the Chartists and the suffragettes, it is a tradition that continues up to the present day. Political debate is still keenly undertaken at Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner which has acquired an international reputation for its tolerance of free speech developed from 19th century protest movements.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries Hyde Park has been the venue for Rock and Pop concerts including the Rolling Stones and Queen. It is the location of British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts since 2013 and the park is also the venue for the Proms in the Park concerts. Since 2007, Hyde Park has hosted “Winter Wonderland”, London’s premiere winter attraction featuring fun fair rides , markets, an ice rink, and bars, restaurants, and cafes.The park also presents a number of sporting events over the year including ITU World Triathlon and Cycling.

The park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. There are plenty of food and drink options with cafes and refreshment points that offer coffee, ice cream, snacks & freshly made sandwiches. They are available in various locations around Hyde Park including: Serpentine Road, the playground and Hyde Park Corner.

Walking around the park is a large number of sculptures and statues including the Memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004.

For more information, visit the Royal Parks website here

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The Who at The SSE Arena Wembley – February 13th 2016

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The band have released a career-spanning set The Who Hits 50 and are undertaking a huge world tour, which has garnered rave reviews. This will be the band’s first UK show since Roger Daltrey’s illness forced the band to postpone their US tour.

It will be The Who’s first UK gig since their triumphant sold out show in Hyde Park and headlining the Glastonbury Festival to huge critical acclaim.

For more information and tickets, visit the Ticketmaster website here

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2015 – 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is one of London’s most popular winter events, since the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park event started in 2007, it has attracted around 17 million visitors. It will be returning to the park on  20th November for six weeks of winter festivities with even more entertainment and new attractions than before.

One of the reasons the event is so popular is there is free admission to the site and you only pay for the rides or attractions that you want to use. However, because of its popularity it does pay to book tickets for some of the bigger attractions especially Ice Skating, The Magical Ice Kingdom, the Giant Observation Wheel and Zippos Circus.

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The Magical Ice Kingdom houses fantastical snow and ice sculptures. This year children and adults are invited to walk through the fairy forest to discover a frozen lake and the ice queen, explore the ice palace, sit on the thrones and slide down the castle slide. The many snow and ice sculptures which include magical princesses, frozen animals and ogres the Magical Ice Kingdom is the biggest ice and snow sculpture experience of its kind in the UK. Next to the Magical Ice Kingdom, sits Bar Ice, a small ice bar where you can enjoy a chilled cocktail.

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The Ski Zillertal Ice Rink will once again be located around the picturesque Victorian Bandstand, on which there will be live music played throughout the day and night as skaters take to the ice for a spin. Stretching over 1,600m2 it is the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink. For those who want to gaze at the action from above, the Giant Observation Wheel will illuminate the skyline.

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The always popular Zippos Circus returns with two shows – their daytime show for all the family, Zippos Christmas Circus – The Perfect Gift and an evening show for the more adult, Cirque Berserk. Housed in the Mega Dome  which is the biggest circus venue in the UK standing over 65ft tall designed especially for Winter Wonderland.

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Other favourite attractions making a return include Santa Land, a treat for young visitors where Father Christmas will be every day with his Elves and a sack of free gifts. A traditional German Christmas market with over 200 chalets, The Angels Christmas Market offers unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.

The ever-popular Bavarian Village will be ready to serve traditional food and drink whilst hosting live music throughout the day and evening.  In addition there are a large number of  restaurants and bars available throughout the site. There is also a large number of rides both traditional and modern rides for adults and children of all ages.

Winter Wonderland really tends to covers all the bases and offers something for everyone, whether you like the more traditional approach or the more exciting rides and attractions. It is without doubt London’s premiere winter attraction and attracts considerable crowds at weekends and in the period just before Christmas.

If you would like further information, visit the Winter Wonderland website here

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2015

Friday 20th November 2015 to Sunday, 3rd January 2016 (closed on Christmas Day)

10am to 10pm every day (on 20th November 2015 only – opens at 5pm)

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