Monday December 9, 2013
It's behind you! Oh no it's not!
I truly love the Christmas pantomime season and my favorite place to see a panto is Hackney Empire. This year is Susie McKenna's 15th pantomime there and she's brought us a new production of Puss in Boots
. Find out more...
Thursday December 5, 2013
For the first time ever, tours at the Houses of Parliament are going to be available over the Christmas holidays. The confirmed dates are:
- Saturday 21 December
- Friday 27 December
- Saturday 28 December
- Thursday 2 January
- Friday 3 January
- Saturday 4 January
The 'Blue Badge' guided tours take visitors on a 75-minute journey combining one thousand years of history, modern day politics, and stunning art and architecture - including the 900 year old Westminster Hall which is home to Parliament's Christmas tree.
English language tours run at 15 minute intervals throughout the day between 9.15am and to 4.30pm. Tours in Spanish, Italian, French, German and Russian tours are offered at various times on all opening days.
Tickets cost £16.50 for adults with concessions for seniors, students and the armed forces at £14. One child is admitted free with each paying adult, otherwise tickets are £7 per additional child aged 5 to 15. Special rates for groups of 10 or more range between £9 and £13 per person depending on the tour start time. See the official website
for booking details and more information.
Image: © Laura Porter
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Take a step back in time this festive season with a visit to the enchanting Charles Dickens Museum
which is continuing it's tradition to be the only museum that opens on Christmas Day. The museum has exclusive Christmas openings on 24th, 25th and 26 December which are days most of London is closed.
Housed in the only surviving London home of Charles Dickens, the museum is now more historically accurate and has rooms dressed as Dickens would have known them. It's an incredibly atmospheric building, especially at this time of year. Find out more about A Very Dickensian Christmas
on the official website.
Image: © Laura Porter
Tuesday December 3, 2013
I went ice skating at Canary Wharf last weekend and it was fun! I like it there as there's an ice skating route through the trees so you're not just going around a square rink.
In the morning I saw lots of families and the polar bear skating aids were popular although it's a shame there's an additional charge for them (although that does seem to be common at most rinks this year).
There's music and a really fun atmosphere here. I may not have let go of the side very often but I still enjoyed my one hour session on the ice and it was nice to try skating again this season.
The staff are really friendly and I hear the hot dogs at the Jukebox bar by Boisdale (next to the ice rink) are perfect on a chilly day. Find out more about Canary Wharf Ice Rink