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Regent Street Motor Show – 4th November 2017

This year, the Regent Street Motor Show will feature examples of the newest electric and hybrid vehicles from manufacturers like BMW, Renault, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen and Hyundai will be on display on Regent Street, which will be closed to through traffic for the day. Some will even be available for short test drives in the roads leading off London’s premier shopping street.

But alongside the latest in cutting-edge technology, the Show – which last year attracted more than 400,000 visitors – will feature 100 cars from the dawn of motoring all taking part in the annual Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance. And among these veterans will be a 1901 Pope Waverley electric vehicle (EV).

The Pope Waverley is one of three EVs due to take part in the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox, which will set off from Hyde Park for the run to the coast as dawn breaks on Sunday, 5th November – the day after the Show. And it will be easy to spot as it wears the traditional green and gold livery of the legendary department store Harrods.

Harrods was one of the first companies in the UK to operate an all-electric fleet, introducing its first EV more than 110 years ago. The store went on to build a fleet of 60+ electric vehicles, including solid-tyred American Walker electric vans which delivered goods to the store’s London customers in the first half of the last century.

For the third year running the Go Ultra Low campaign will be displaying the latest and greatest electric vehicles from six leading manufacturers in the Show’s Motoring Today Zone.

The first Regent Street Motor Show was staged in 2005 and it has now become a hugely popular must-see spectacle.

It attracts vast crowds keen not only to see the hundreds of veteran and classic cars on display and to take test drives in the latest machinery but also enjoy street entertainment, too.

For more information, visit the Event website here

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The Regent Street Motor Show – 31st October 2015

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Following its success last year, The Regent Street Motor Show returns on  Saturday 31 October 2015. It is the largest free motor show in the UK which showcases 125 years of motoring history .

The Regent Street Motor Show will celebrate the earliest days of motoring with the pre-1905 veteran cars on display as part of the prestigious EFG International Concours d’Elegance, a stunning array of present day and yester-year cars is an exciting opportunity to get a glimpse of what the future of motoring might hold.

On the day of the Show, Regent Street will be closed to through traffic from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, providing a safe environment for visitors to enjoy this motoring extravaganza.

Motoring enthusiasts from around the world attend the Show each year  and it is a great free day out for all the family. There is  huge variety of exhibits ranging from the horseless carriages to the cars of tomorrow.

The Show takes place from 10:30 until 16:00 on Saturday 31 October.

If you would like further information, visit the Show’s website here

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Take That switch on the Regent Street Christmas Lights – November 16th 2014

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Regent Street switch-on  their Christmas lights on Sunday 16 November with  Chart- topping group, Take That on hand to switch on the lights whilst Jessie Ware, The Jack Pack, The Jersey Boys and hit boy-band Union J will perform live on the night.

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This year Regent Street have partnered with 20th Century Fox to celebrate the release of their new family film ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’ .  Regent Street will be closed to traffic from 12:00 – 18:00 to make way for an exciting day of fun and entertainment for the entire family.

In the lead up to the switch on, Regent Street will host several family activities to keep visitors entertained throughout the day. City Academy, one of London’s leading performing arts academies, will showcase their talents and will encourage visitors to join in their workshops held all day from 12:00 – 18:00.

Heart Radio will be hosting the festivities with presenters Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston who will be joined by fellow radio presenters as well as the Heart Angels. Heart will have lots of family activities planned including face painting and Christmas card making.

Children will also get the opportunity to meet some of their favourite film characters including Skipper and Kowalski from the hit animation ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ and Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.  20th Century Fox will also invite visitors to take selfies with the film characters positioned along Regent Street.

The entertainment will begin at 4pm with the switch on moment taking place at approximately 5pm with  a spectacular Christmas show of lights and a fireworks display.

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Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch On – November 16th 2014

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The Regent Sreet switch-on of the Christmas lights will be taking place on Sunday 16 November with a host of celebrity guests and thousands of visitors flocking to the street to enjoy the entertainment.

This year Regent Street have partnered with 20th Century Fox to celebrate the release of their new family film ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,’ which promises even more adventure than before. Once again Regent Street will be closed to traffic from 12:00 – 18:00 to make way for an exciting day of fun and entertainment for the entire family.
In the lead up to the switch on, Regent Street will host several family activities to keep visitors entertained throughout the day. City Academy, one of London’s leading performing arts academies, will showcase their talents and will encourage visitors to join in their workshops held all day from 12:00 – 18:00.

Children will get the opportunity to meet some of their favourite film characters including Skipper and Kowalski from the hit animation ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ and Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’. Our sponsors for the festivities, 20th Century Fox will also invite visitors to take selfies with the film characters positioned along Regent Street.

The entertainment will begin at 4pm with the switch on moment taking place at approximately 5pm.

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Regent Street Motor Show – November 1st 2014

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The Regent Street Motor Show is one of  the unique motor shows taking place  in one of the Capital’s most famous streets. From Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, the capital’s world-famous shopping street will be closed to through traffic allowing the displaying over 300 cars spanning 125 years of motoring from the earliest 19th Century veterans to the cutting edge models of the future.

There will also be motorbikes  and a wide range of other events  to entertain the large crowds expected.

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Always popular are the  100 veteran cars on display, all ready for the annual Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which starts from nearby Hyde Park on Sunday. The veterans cars, all built before 1905, will be taking part in the prestigious EFG International Concours d’Elegance .

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First held in 2005, the Regent Street Motor Show attracts a large number of manufacturers keen to display their newest products to an audience made up of enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.

Show times: Opens at 10:30 and closes at 16:00

Entry: Free to view

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If you want an early start on Sunday morning you can see the Vintage Cars in action when The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run starts in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 2 November 2014. The cars congregate from 6.00am with the first car departing at sunrise (6.56am) and the last car leaving from between 8.00am – 8.30am.

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.

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The London Year of the Bus Cavalcade 2014

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There is a old and recurring joke in London that you can wait a long time for a bus and then three will come all at once.

Well at the London Year of the Bus Cavalcade there are nearly 50 buses, which cover the time period from 1829 to the present.

The warm summer sunshine bought out big crowds who especially were fascinated by the early models.

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The earliest was a Horse Bus which dominated London in the years between 1829 to 1914, at one time there  were 4,000 horse – drawn buses in London.

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It was after the First World War that the first motorbuses were introduced and they quickly became a familiar sight on London streets.

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The buses in the Second World War played an important part in the  war effort, the AEC STL type was known as the standard war time bus.

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The late 50s saw the introduction of the Routemaster which became the most famous London bus and were provided the basis for all the models that followed up to the present day.

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As well as buses there were a number of other interesting exhibits, one of the most popular was the life size bus stop made out of LEGO.

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Great London Shops – Hamleys

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Location – 188-196 Regent Street, London, W1B 5BT

Hamleys is one of the oldest and largest toy shop in the world, it was founded by William Hamley as “Noah’s Ark” in High Holborn, London, in 1760, with a branch opening in Regent Street in 1881.
For a long time a family business, the shop almost disappeared for ever in the 1930s but was bought by Walter Lines, the Chairman of the Tri-Ang company who restored its reputation as one of London’s main retail attractions. It is estimated it attracts around five million visitors a year.
The Regent Street flagship store has a 7 floors with an estimated 50,000 toys.

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The shop is also known for its inventive window displays and the staff who wander around the shop playing and demonstrating some of the products.

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London had a large number of toy shops in the 19th and early 20th century, as well as toys sold in the street, however the advance of online shopping as severely cut the number of toyshops with Hamleys one of the very few old style Toyshops to survive.

The ground floor is traditionally for soft toys and decked out with a bewildering array of stuffed animals, from regular teddy bears to enormous life-sized giraffes and elephants.

Opening Times
Monday    10:00- 20:00
Tuesday   10:00 -20:00
Wednesday 10:00- 20:00
Thursday  10:00- 21:00
Friday    10:00- 21:00
Saturday  09:30- 21:00
Sunday    12:00- 18:00

 If you want to find out more about Hamleys  , visit their website here