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A Walk along the Regent’s Canal in London

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Although the River Thames dominates the centre of London, there are other waterways that offer plenty of interest to visitors to London. The Regent’s Canal in the north of London takes walkers into London’s industrial past, past the famous Camden market, through Regent’s Park, past London Zoo and ends with a colourful collection of narrowboats at Little Venice.

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Regent’s Canal links the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal in the west, to the Limehouse Basin in the east. This section is around 13.8 kilometres (8.6 miles) long. However it is the section from King’s Cross to Paddington that is the most popular with walkers.

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Regent’s Canal was designed by famous Regency architect John Nash who named the canal after his main patron, the Prince Regent, son of King George III who later become George IV. The canal was opened in 1820 and from the the mid 19th century, the canal had become busy and profitable. It was especially important for bringing timber, building materials and coal to King’s Cross Station from the industrial north. A new retail park behind King’s Cross Station called Coal Drops Yard uses some of the old storage warehouses. The canal as a working highway declined in the late 20th century and is mainly used now for leisure cruising and the tow path is used extensively by walkers and cyclists.

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Many walks start from behind King’s Cross Station near to the Camley Street Natural Park where the towpath goes to Battlebridge Basin, home of the London Canal Museum.

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Gradually you come across to the vibrant Camden Lock, Camden markets are world famous and one of London’s major attractions. It is great place to take a break and enjoy the wonderful selection of street food.

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After the delights of Camden comes the more peaceful Cumberland Basin, with its moored boats and quick succession of low road and rail bridges.

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From the scenic, we go exotic with a number of wild animals on the other bank inside London Zoo, high above the towpath is a huge aviary designed by Lord Snowdon.

Look out for ‘Blow Up Bridge’, a boat full of gunpowder exploded here in 1874 demolished the bridge and the bridge had to be rebuilt.

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A more peaceful section take you around Regent’s Park, a number of white mansions line the canal with large gardens running down to the water.

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The relative quiet of Regent’s Park is replaced by the more busy Warwick Avenue with plenty of moored boats before finishing at the pool of Little Venice which is a picturesque open space lined with boats and surrounded by Regency houses. Boat trips run from here, there is a boat café and even a Puppet Barge theatre.

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If you are looking for something different away from the usual tourist trails, a walk along Regent’s Canal offers a great deal of variety in a walk through the north of London.

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Review : Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 13th to 17th June 2018

Regent’s Park is once again transformed for a foodie festival with the return of Taste of London. The festival is in its 16th edition and has become a popular celebration of good food and drink and offers visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the top London restaurants such as Roka, Club Gascon, Bao, Barrafina, Cinnamon Bazaar, Hutong, Corazon and many more.

The event is well-known for its relaxing festival vibe with plenty of free samples for the hungry crowds to sample as they made their way around the festival site.

The festival provides a large range of food and drink related experiences with wonderful aromatic dishes from  pop up restaurants and top chefs like Magnus Nilsson, Rohit Ghai, Neil Rankin, Andy Oliver and  Vivek Singh in attendance.

For a special treat, The Taste Residence includes bespoke 4-course tasting menus by world-leading chefs Magnus Nilsson, Niklas Ekstedt, Sean Gray and Manoella Buffara.

If you want to get more involved there are plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a wide range of activities including champagne, wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

If you are looking for something different, head towards the food markets where there are artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products with plenty of opportunities to sample before you buy. New this year is the Start-Up Collective to help you discover the food trends of the future.

Part of the popularity of the Taste of London festival is that there is something for everyone, if you are looking for something special you can treat yourself in the VIP Lounge or sip Champagne in the Laurent – Perrier Club House.

The Taste of London festival appeals to a wide range of people from the dedicated foodie who can sample dishes from top restaurants to those who enjoy the relaxing festival atmosphere with plenty of food and drink options to enjoy.

Each session at the Taste of London lasts between 4-5 hours and that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions.

Taste of London, Regent’s Park (13 – 17 June 2018)

Wednesday 13 June 17:30 – 21:30

Thursday 14 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Friday 15 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Saturday 16 June 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Sunday 17 June 12:00 – 17:00

Visiting London Guide Rating- Highly Recommended 

For more information or book tickets , visit the Taste of London website here

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Review : Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 14th to 18th June 2017

Regent’s Park is once again transformed for a foodie festival with the return of Taste of London. The festival is in its 15th edition and has become a popular celebration of good food and drink and offers visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the top London restaurants such as Duck & Waffle, Club Gascon, Roka, The Cinnamon Club, Oldroyd, Ember Yard, L’Autre Pied, Temper and many more.

The warm weather and sunny skies drew in the crowds for the Thursday afternoon session with a relaxing festival vibe with plenty of free samples for the hungry crowds to sample as they made their way around the festival site.

Whether it is the authentic Turkish delight in the Taste of Turkey or watching top chefs at the AEG Taste Theatre. the festival provides a large range of food and drink related experiences.

The smell from the aromatic dishes in the pop up restaurants may be difficult to resist but there are plenty of other foodie entertainment dotted around the site. The AEG Taste Theatre and other presentations have World-class chefs like Tom Kerridge, Thomasina Miers, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Pizarro and Alex Atala, providing plenty of advice and an opportunity to see their expertise close up.

New this year is The Taste Residence which features some of the top chefs in the world, intimate groups of diners are treated to an exclusive fine dining experience designed, and delivered by the chefs themselves which include Alex Atala of 2 Michelin-starred D.O.M, World’s 50 Best’s Female Chef of the Year Ana Roš and Ollie Dabbous of 1 Michelin-starred Dabbous.

If you want to get more involved there are plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a range of complimentary activities including champagne, wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

If you are looking for something different, head towards the food markets where there are more than 200 artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products with plenty of opportunities to sample before you buy.

Part of the popularity of the Taste of London festival is that there is something for everyone, if you are looking for something special you can treat yourself in the VIP Lounge or sip Champagne in the Laurent – Perrier Club House. If you are a dedicated foodie there are over 170 dishes from 40 top restaurants to tempt you. However, the festival is equally appealing if you just want a relaxing session listening to music with plenty of food and drink options to enjoy.

Each session at the Taste of London lasts between 4-5 hours and that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the Taste of London website here

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Skating on Ice at the Museum of London – 16th December 2016 to 8th February 2017

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One of Londoner’s favourite winter pastimes is skating on the outside rinks dotted around the capital. The Museum of London latest display, Skating on Ice, explores the popular seasonal pastime of ice skating in London and considers its history which dates back to at least the 12th century. The first known account by William FitzStephen describes locals strapping animal bones to their feet to play on a patch of ice at Moorfields in 1173.

If the original skates were rudimentary, over time there were considerable advancements in ice skate designs and the display highlights changing fashions, and demonstrates how skating on London’s frozen lakes and ponds became an annual, if sometimes dangerous, winter tradition.

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Dandies showing off by Thomas Tegg 1818 (c) Museum of London

The most popular lake during the 19th century was the Serpentine in Hyde Park, attracting up to 10,000 skaters each day. A 1839 oil painting from the museum’s collection by J. Baber depicts a typically festive scene from these times, with stalls hiring out skates and selling food and drink.

Skating on frozen lakes and ponds often led to tragedies, one of the worst incidents happened in Regent’s Park on 15 January 1867, when around 500 revellers were enjoying an afternoon of skating on the frozen ornamental pond. The ice suddenly shattered and scores of skaters disappeared into the waters below. Sketches on display from the Illustrated London News in 1867 show the rescue operation to recover the 40 bodies of those who had drowned. 

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Illustrated London News 1867 depicting Regents Park Tragedy (c) Museum of London

From the 1920s until the Second World War, the number of indoor and man-made rinks then rose dramatically, including a temporary ice rink installed on the roof of Selfridge’s in 1924. This led to an increase in fashions related to the pastime. A navy blue gabardine skirt suit on show from the department store Fortnum & Mason demonstrates the height of sophisticated skating fashion in the late 1930s.

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Christina Greenberry’s Ice skates from the late 1930s (c) Museum of London

Other highlights of the display include a pair of flattened and polished post-medieval animal bone skates, a pair of Victorian racing skates known as Fen Runners, a pair of women’s ankle boots from the early 1900s said to be convertible for ice skating, and a pair of ice skates from the late 1930s used almost weekly by Londoner Christina Greenberry at Streatham Ice Arena.

Skating on Ice is a free display at the Museum of London from 16 December 2016 – 8 February 2017.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Museum of London website here

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Review : London Zoo

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London Zoo was officially open in 1828 as the world’s first scientific zoo, it was not opened to the public until 1847. Located near to Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo were designed by Decimus Burton and included a number of features including the Clock Tower, the Giraffe House and the East Tunnel that links the north and south parts of the zoo together. Later other architectural features were built including the mountain landscape of the Mappin Terraces in 1914, the Round House in 1933, The Penguin Pool in 1934 and the Snowdon Aviary in 1964.

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In recent years, the Zoological Society of London which runs the Zoo have decided to concentrate more on conservation and breeding programmes and to have fewer animals and begin to build environments that was more suitable for the animals that live in them.

Highlights of the zoo include :

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Land of the Lions is the latest new enclosure for London Zoo’s Asiatic lions, which opened in Spring 2016. The enclosure is designed to resemble the Gir Forest National Park in India.

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Tiger Territory recreates an Indonesian habitat for its Sumatran tigers which are under threat in the wild, the successful European breeding programme has led to the birth of tiger cubs at the zoo in the last couple of years.

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Gorilla Kingdom features a colony of western lowland gorillas in a purpose-built environment.

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Penguin Beach recreates a South American beach landscape with a colony of Humboldt penguins (and one special rockhopper).The new exhibit features a large pool with underwater viewing areas.

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Butterfly Paradise allows visitors to walk inside a giant caterpillar and be immersed into a world of butterflies and moths from around the globe. A large variety of species flutter around you, seeking out plants on which to feed and rest.

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Into Africa offers the opportunity to look at some of Africa’s animals including Giraffes, zebras, okapi, warthogs and African hunting dogs.

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In with the Lemurs is a walk-through exhibit where visitors can get closer than ever before to ring-tail lemurs.

Animal Adventure is the children’s zoo, B.U.G.S! is designed to explain about biodiversity, in the Reptile House you can find London Zoo’s collection of reptiles and amphibians, including snakes, lizards, frogs and crocodiles. ZSL London Zoo has had an Aquarium since 1853, and is home to different types of fish, the Aquarium is involved in many different conservation projects and breeding programmes.

The Zoo arranges a series of daily events, feeds and demonstrations and has a number of food and drink options. There are number of child activities throughout the day and plenty of shopping for those cuddly toys and other animal related merchandise.

London Zoo has changed considerable over the last 25 years as the public’s awareness of animal welfare has changed, gradually the zoo has become an important contributor of conservation and breeding programmes and pioneered education programmes to keep customers informed of global initiatives to save endangered species. Larger animals are generally kept at ZSL Whipsnade and new enclosures are being built to provide a better quality of environment for the animals. As the number of large animals has diminished in the zoo, the number of immersive attractions has grown providing a more interactive experience.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the London Zoo website here

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Review : Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 15th to 19th June 2016

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Regent’s Park is once again transformed for a foodie festival with the return of Taste of London. The festival is a celebration of good food and drink and offers visitors the opportunity to sample dishes from some of the top London restaurants such as Duck & Waffle, Club Gascon, Roka, The Cinnamon Club, Sea Containers, Kurobuta, Mirror Room, Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, L’Autre Pied, Roux at Parliament Square and many more.

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The grey skies did not kept the crowds away and the popular Saturday session got into full swing with lots of free samples for hungry crowds who made their way around the festival site. Whether it was the authentic Turkish delight in the Taste of Turkey or a virtual reality experience with Nicole Kidman with Etihad Airway, the festival provides a large range of food and drink related experiences.

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The aromatic dishes are difficult to resist but there are plenty of other foodie entertainment dotted around the site. The AEG Taste Theatre, the Wine & Spirits Theatre, Whole Foods Market Kitchen and the DS Automobiles Avant Garde Theatre have World-class chefs like Nathan Outlaw, Monica Galetti, Greg Marchand, Cláudio Cardoso, Bruno Loubet, Eric Chavot, José Pizarro, Lee Westcott providing plenty of advice and an opportunity to see their expertise close up.

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Some of the top names in the drink world share some of their secrets including Ryan Chetiyawardana aka Mr Lyan and Sake Tasting with Natsuki Kikuya.

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If you want to get more involved there are plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a range of complimentary activities including champagne and food pairings and wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

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If you are looking for something different, head towards the food markets where there are more than 200 artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products with plenty of opportunities to sample before you buy.

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Part of the popularity of the Taste of London festival is that there is something for everyone, if you are looking for something special you can treat yourself in the VIP Lounge or sip Champagne in the Laurent – Perrier Club House. If you are a dedicated foodie there are over 170 dishes from 40 top restaurants to tempt you. However, the festival is equally appealing if you just want a relaxing session listening to music with plenty of food and drink options to enjoy.

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Each session at the Taste of London lasts between 4-5 hours and that gives you plenty of time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions.

Remaining Sessions 

Saturday June 18th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Sunday June 19th 12:00 – 17:00

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more information or book tickets, visit the Taste of London website here

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A Short Guide to London Zoo

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London Zoo was officially open in 1828 as the world’s first scientific zoo, when it was opened it was only intended for scientific study and was only open to fellows of the Zoological Society of London. It was not opened to the public until 1847.

Located near to Regent’s Park, the grounds of London Zoo were designed by Decimus Burton and included a number of features including the Clock Tower, the Giraffe House and the East Tunnel that links the north and south parts of the zoo together. Later other architectural features were built including the mountain landscape of the Mappin Terraces in 1914, the Round House in 1933, The Penguin Pool in 1934 and the Snowdon Aviary in 1964.

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As well as the scientific interest the first 150 years of the Zoo was more about education and entertainment, many animals had never been seen live in the United Kingdom. A hippopotamus caused great interest when it arrived in 1850 as did Jumbo, the largest Elephant in captivity at the time. Guy the gorilla arrived at the Zoo in 1947 and was a great favourite up till his death in 1978. More recently, Chi Chi the giant panda’s arrival in 1958 made her into a star attraction.

The large number of animals kept at the Zoo especially the large animals in small spaces began to be a source of concern as the general public’s attitude to Zoos began to change. In the 1980s and 90s, dwindling number of visitors led to financial problems and the threat of closure. The decision was made by the Zoological Society of London which runs the Zoo to concentrate more on conservation and breeding programmes and to have fewer animals and begin to build environments that was more suitable for the animals that lived in them.

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Land of the Lions is the latest new enclosure for London Zoo’s Asiatic lions, which opened in Spring 2016. The enclosure is designed to resemble the Gir Forest National Park in India. Other enclosures include Tiger Territory , Gorilla Kingdom, Into Africa, Rainforest Life and The Outback located on the Mappin Terraces.

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Other highlights of the Zoo include the Aquarium, Animal Adventure for children, the Reptile House , B.U.G.S, Penguin Beach , In with the Lemurs, Meet the Monkeys and Butterfly Paradise.

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The Zoo runs a series of events throughout the year including opportunities to stay in London Zoo overnight.

Ticket Prices

Adults – £24.25

Children (3-15 years) – £17.60

Children under 3 years – Free

For more information and tickets, visit the London Zoo website here

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A Short Guide to Primrose Hill

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Primrose Hill is a hill of 213 feet (65 m) which is located on the northern side of Regent’s Park, Primrose Hill is also the surrounding neighbourhood. The top of the hill is one of the most popular vantage points in London giving clear views of central London.

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This part of London was part of a large forest and there is evidence that trees populated the hill’s slopes until the fourteenth century. The summit had been cleared long before that and there are suggestions part of the hill was used as a burial mound, this part of Primrose Hill became known as ‘Barrow Hill’ which survived until the 19th century when it was levelled to accommodate a large water reservoir.

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Like many London parks, Primrose Hill was once part of a great chase which was appropriated by Henry VIII and was then owned by Eton College until 1841 when it became Crown property and secured as a public open space. Primrose Hill with its proximity to central London has been a popular landmark for centuries attracting a large number of writers, poets and artists.

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On the summit is a stone with a William Blake inscription, which reads: I have conversed with the spiritual sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill. Watching the sunrise or the sunset from the top of the hill is a popular attraction for a large number of people. The hill has been popular for less savoury pastimes, Duels and prize-fights have taken place and in the 17th century, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey was found mysteriously murdered on the hill.

From the 19th century, residential development around Primrose Hill has created one of the more fashionable districts in London between the centre and the suburbs. Fortunately this development all around the hill did not to fulfilment of the prophecy of Mother Shipton, England’s most famous prophetess of the 16th century who said that when London shall surround Primrose Hill the streets of the metropolis will run with blood.

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The hill and the area has been a popular place to live for a large number of writers and have featured in a large number of books. It has also been popular with musicians, the Beatles, Madness and Loudon Wainwright III are just a few to be inspired.

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The Primrose Hill district is surrounded by St Johns Wood, Swiss Cottage, Belsize park, Chalk Farm, Camden and Regent’s Park is south of the hill. The nearest underground stations to Primrose Hill are Chalk Farm and Swiss Cottage.

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Taste of London at Regent’s Park – 15th to 19th June 2016

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Regent’s Park is transformed into a foodie delight with the return of Taste of London, billed as the world’s greatest restaurant festival, the event offers five days of eating, drinking and entertainment.

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Some of the highlights at Taste of London include :

London’s best restaurants

Sample signature small-plate dishes from over 40 of London’s greatest and most exciting restaurants, including Duck & Waffle, Club Gascon, Roka, The Cinnamon Club, Sea Containers, Kurobuta, Mirror Room, Koffmann’s at The Berkeley, L’Autre Pied, Roux at Parliament Square and many more.

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Leading chefs

World-class chefs like Nathan Outlaw, Monica Galetti, Greg Marchand, Cláudio Cardoso, Bruno Loubet, Eric Chavot, José Pizarro, Lee Westcott will cook in live demonstrations and in their restaurants at the festival.

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Things to do

There is plenty of opportunities to take part in interactive masterclasses and demonstrations and try a range of complimentary activities including champagne and food pairings and wine, whiskey and craft beer tastings.

Gourmet shopping

In the food markets, there are more than 200 artisan producers and manufacturers offering exclusive and unique products.

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Sessions

Taste of London has an afternoon and an evening session, each lasting between 4-5 hours (depending on the day) giving you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions. Tickets are sold for each session and are only valid for the time and date indicated on the ticket.

Wednesday June 15th 17:30 – 21:30

Thursday June 16th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Friday June 17th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Saturday June 18th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 21:30

Sunday June 19th 12:00 – 17:00

For more information or book tickets, visit the Taste of London website here

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Book Review : London in an Hour by Kate Hodges (Ebury Publishing )

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In 2014, we reviewed Little London which was co-written by Kate Hodges which we believed is a wonderful book , full of insightful information to enable adults and children to get the most out of the numerous attractions of London. This book, London in an Hour by Kate Hodges, in many ways follows the format of Little London by offering 120 bite-size ideas for things to do and places to visit in London in under an hour.

The author states ” Londoners are busy people…. It’s time to reclaim a few minutes for yourself, and use them to remind yourself that London is a city packed with exciting mini-adventures.” In pursuit of these mini-adventures, the book offers ten sections, each section brings numerous suggestions that provide a multitude of options  to allow people to make full use of their time.

The first section is An Hour for Culture which provides plenty of diverting suggestions for things to do within the cultural world of the capital. London museums and galleries caters for busy people with a number of small exhibitions that can easily be seen within a lunch hour. Other suggestions include lunchtime concerts and talks on a wide range of subjects.

The next section, An Hour to Eat and Drink provides ideas for a mini cuisine adventure for a breakfast, lunch or an hour after work. London is at the forefront of the latest drinks and foodie trends and suggestions include Gin at the City of London Distillery, a walk along craft beer mile, tea at Twinings on the Strand and top ten for happy hours and take-away fish and chips.

In a crowded London, finding peace and quiet is at a premium and the section entitled An Hour of Inner Peace helps readers to find those quiet corners around the city. Parks and gardens dominate this section with Postman’s Park, Regents Park, SOAS Japanese Roof Garden and Lincoln’s Inn Fields receiving honourable mentions. A list of bookshops and some religious establishments provide some other refuges of peace.

For those who like a more active approach, An Hour to Buy a Gift offers shopping options, An Hour to see the Sights for the curious wanderer, An Hour to get Creative for the those who want to use their artistic skills and if you want to leave your stuffy office, there is a section entitled An Hour Outdoors.

In a city with many temptations, the book offers An Hour for Yourself, An Hour in the Morning and An Hour for Something Special.

London in an Hour is one of those useful books to put into your bag and use to explore some of the many attractions of London. The author uses her considerable insider knowledge of the capital to provide the reader with useful and insightful information.

London in an Hour is an interesting book, well designed and full of attractive photographs that acknowledges that in an increasingly hectic modern urban life, the ability to use your time effectively enables people to make the most out of their time in London.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended 

If you want further information or to buy a copy, visit the Penguin  website here

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