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Best Rooftop Bars in London

Wednesday May 28, 2014
Boundary Rooftop Bar London pubs are great but when the sun is shining you really want to be outside and a rooftop bar is the ideal option.

Some are on top of luxury hotels and there's one on top of a car park. Some are open all year round and some are just for the summer months. Find out more about the Best Rooftop Bars in London.

Bradshaw's Guide to London 1862

Monday May 26, 2014
Due to an International Exhibition in London in 1862 a handbook was produced for visitors to acquaint themselves with the city and all the joy to found here. George Bradshaw is most well-known for his detailed railway guides and he put as much detail into this London handbook which has been reproduced to buy again.

It's a snapshot of London before the tube opened in 1863 and he included many walks to discover sections of the city which really help bring the areas alive to the reader. Please read my full review Bradshaw's Illustrated Hand Book to London and its Environs 1862.

Afternoon Tea in London With Kids

Wednesday May 21, 2014
I'm a big fan of afternoon tea and really, what's not to love? Indulging in quality tea and fancy cakes is a wonderful treat and one I enjoy regularly. But I'm not the only one in my house who favors this meal as my daughter has been accompanying me for afternoon tea for many years. I'm often asked where is a good place in London for afternoon tea for the whole family so I've put together this list: Afternoon Tea in London With Kids. Image: © Laura Porter | Laura's London Travel Blog

Abbey Road Crossing Hasn't Moved

Monday May 19, 2014
There was a rumor that the the Abbey Road pedestrian crossing, seen on the famous Beatles Abbey Road album cover, was no longer in the same place and this rumor was perpetuated by a statement from Westminster Council saying the crossing had been moved several meters for a traffic management scheme about 30 years ago.

A kind reader spoke to an employee at Abbey Road Studios who explained this story was put out by old time residents to stop so many people going to take photographs. Well, it didn't work and it isn't true, although Westminster Council haven't retracted the statement. This article offers some excellent comparison photos of the album photo shoot and more recent photos of the crossings and I think you'll agree it is in the same place. Image: © Laura Porter | London Travel Blog

Mind Body Spirit Festival 2014

Wednesday May 14, 2014
The Mind Body Spirit Festival is on from 23 to 26 May 2014 which includes a bank holiday Monday. This is the 38th anniversary of the event that covers healing, meditation, yoga, and all forms of holistic living.

It's the longest running event of its kind in the world, and challenges the way the public approach their health and happiness, bringing together curious, open-minded people with cutting-edge alternative practitioners. The workshops are one of the most popular attractions of the festival because they are all hosted by the world's most inspirational and best selling authors, teachers or well-being experts. Find out more...

Where To Eat in King's Cross

Monday May 12, 2014
Ever found yourself stuck near to King's Cross station with no idea where to get something to eat other than a pre-packaged sandwich from a newsagent in the station? With the ongoing improvements in the area foodies are being catered for and there are lots of recommended places to eat near to King's Cross and St Pancras stations. Here's my list of Where To Eat in King's Cross and you can add your ideas too.

ME London

Thursday May 8, 2014
This luxury design hotel is on the site of the original home of BBC Radio and the 10th floor Radio Bar is already proven to be very popular for its great views, cocktails and Champagne.

ME London has been fully designed by Foster + Partners who used the triangular footprint to create a central pyramid reaching up from the first floor to the Radio Bar on the roof. The black corridor walls won't be to everyone's taste but the fashionistas are already making good use of this five star hotel which only opened March 2013. Find out more... Image: © Laura Porter

Clothing Factory Outlets in London

Tuesday May 6, 2014
London has no shortage of designer clothes shops but we also have secret places where you can buy the top of the range clothes at greatly reduced prices. Hackney in east London has quite a few of these fashion factory outlets but there are others in central London and across town. The London Fashion Factory Shops list will help you grab a bargain. Image: © D. Brouet | London Travel Blog

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Tuesday April 29, 2014
This year's May Fayre is on 11 May 2014 at St Paul's Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2. The day starts with a Grand Procession at 11am led by the Superior Brass Band, followed by the Special Church Service at midday, and Punch & Judy performances until 5.30pm.

It's an annual celebration of the art of puppetry with Punch and Judy Professors from all over the country commemorating the first sighting of Mr Punch in England by Samuel Pepys in 1662. Find out more... (official website) Image: © Mr Push (Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved) | London Travel Blog

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Monday April 28, 2014
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show starts on 20 May 2014. The first two days are for RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) members only but 22-24 May is for everyone. Tickets must be bought in advance as there are no tickets available on the gate. Prices vary depending on the time of day you plan to visit; for example prices are highest if you plan to arrive at the start of the day (8am) and leave at the end (8pm).

2013 was the 100th anniversary of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913. Of the firms that exhibited at the first show in 1913, two still return every year: McBean's Orchids, and Blackmore and Langdon.

For all the details you will need to plan your trip, including some really useful visiting tips, have a look at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Visitor Information. Image: © Laura Porter | London Travel Blog
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