Easter in London

Have an EGGcellent Easter in London!

There is a range of great events and attractions in London this weekend including hunting for Easter Eggs, watching Easter performances, marvelling at the magnificent Tall Ships whilst they float by, seeing dinosaurs and butterflies close up and so much more!

We are so EGGcited ūüôā Here is just a selection of London events and attractions not to be missed this weekend!

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30 Things to do over Easter in London, up to 72% off!

Travelzoo’s deal experts have rounded up some of the best deals in London to help you make the most of your Easter bank holiday weekend (14-17 April 2017). Offers on indulgent Michelin-starred meals, toe-tapping jazz evenings, sightseeing Thames river cruises, entry to top attractions, relaxing spa days and more, with savings of up to 72%.

Check out our London Attractions and Activities page for discounts and offers on London attractions.

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Space Hop Your Way Into The Record Books

Have you always wanted to be a World Record Holder? Now is your chance! Join thousands of others attempting to space hop their way to breaking the World Record for the most people simultaneously bouncing on space hoppers ūüôā

 

Space hop LondonOrganisers TickTheBucket and London Flashmob are planning to smash the world record which currently stands at 2,943 people simultaneously bouncing in one place on a space hopper.

Join in the fun!¬†ūüôā
The event will be held in London at King’s House Sports Ground, near Barnes Bridge, on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May 2017 at 2.30pm. Doors open at 12pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for children, which includes a space hopper.

Hop over to their website for further details and to book your tickets

space-hopper-challenge.co.uk

If you’d prefer to get involved in other ways, why not gain some interesting work experience through volunteering in one of the marketing, PR, fundraising and event day management opportunities.

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London ~ Top Destination to Visit in 2017

We always knew London was THE¬†place to visit, but don’t just take our word for it.

London top destination

The TripAdvisor Top 10 Destinations of 2017 places London second in the world on the must-visit list, and who can blame them! London is a top destination due to its abundance of culture, history, art, fashion, food and a whole host of events and attractions!

Need more of a reason?

There are plenty of places to stay ranging from hostels to 5-star hotels, traditional to modern and corporate to quirky. It’s so easy to get around on public transport with the London Underground, buses and trains, or go on an adventure and explore on foot or hire a Santander Cycle.

London top destinationBut London is expensive, isn’t it? There are always free things to do in London, many of the museums and galleries have free admission or why not visit one of the many parks in the Capital. Take yourself on a tour of the iconic attractions including Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben, the River Thames, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, Oxford Street…

There are plenty of free events taking place throughout the year and lots of offers to be had on restaurants, theatre, shopping, attractions and activities.

And, if you’re visiting from abroad, then the weak ¬£ means there has never been a better time to visit!

So what are you waiting for?
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Mother’s Day in London

Spending Mother’s Day in London? It’s the perfect place to treat your mum on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 26 March this year, but why not make a weekend of it?¬†There are a whole host of things you can do to celebrate this special day…

 

Mamma Mia!

Treat your mum to a West End Show, including:
The Girls
Mamma Mia!
Phantom of the Opera
Wicked
Dream Girls
An American in Paris

 

Sky Garden, London

Sky Garden

Kyoto Garden

Kyoto Garden

Cruise the Thames on Mother's Day

Cruise the Thames

Indulge

 



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It’s Pancake Day!

Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day ūüôā

Shrove Tuesday is celebrated by eating pancakes which are a rich, fatty food before the fasting period of Lent begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. The date varies each year but it is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Pancake Day in London!

Events taking place in London:

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pancakes London

Fancy making your own pancakes?

They are really simple to make.

See how by clicking on this link from BBC Food.

 Traditional pancake fillings include
  • Lemon & sugar
  • Banana & chocolate
  • Golden syrup
But have you tried?
  • Prosecco
  • Jaffa cakes
  • Chocolate chilli

Check out the GoodtoKnow and delicious magazine websites for new ideas.

 

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First time living away from home

For many people moving to London, this will be your first time living away from home.

Here are some tips for surviving…

Shopping
  • If you’re on a budget – go for the supermarket branded items, generally they are cheaper. Also, look for the reduced goods in the refrigerated and bakery aisles.
  • Use a shopping basket, not a trolley, to do your food shopping. That way you know you can carry your food home afterwards (yep, speaking from experience!)
  • Remember to take your shopping bags with you (bags cost 5p each at supermarkets)
Cookingcooking for yourself
  • Living off beans on toast? – check out youtube videos to expand your cooking skills
  • Cooking for yourself can be a lot cheaper than ready meals (and healthier) and doesn’t have to be time consuming
  • To avoid food wastage, freeze any perishable food you don’t want to eat straight away
Food hygiene… try not to poison yourself, or others!
  • Keep your uncooked meat on the bottom shelf in your fridge – your cooked meat must be on a different shelf
  • Don’t wash raw meat (e.g. chicken) before cooking as this risks spreading bacteria around your kitchen
  • Wash the knife, chopping board etc you used to cut raw meat last (have a separate chopping board just for raw meat)
  • Wash your hands, dish cloths, tea towels and worktops regularly
  • For more information, click here
Living with others
  • Make sure you have the phone number of at least one of your
    housemates first time living away from homeРyou might need to contact them if you lose your keys!
  • Keep communicating with your housemates, things can get difficult if you lose communication – maybe do something social together occasionally (e.g. watch a TV series together, share a meal, go to the pub) to maintain a friendly atmosphere
  • Have a joint agreement for buying toilet rolls, washing up liquid etc – maybe have a kitty for shared items?
  • One of the most common arguments/annoyances in a house share is when people don’t wash up – don’t be one of them ūüėČ
  • Create a calm environment by respecting others – whether it’s their privacy, their belongings, noise levels etc
House things
  • Find out which days your rubbish and recycling are collected (check out your borough council website for free recycling bags)
  • If your bills aren’t included in your rent – when are they due? You may be able to save money if you pay by direct debit
  • Don’t get caught out – you now have to pay for a TV licence if you watch or record live TV programmes on any channel and download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – ¬†live, catch up or on demand. This applies to TVs, laptops, phones etc.
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On a tight budget
  • Check out www.moneysavingexpert.com¬†– you can find financial advice, discounts and offers, money saving tips, etc
  • Travel in London can be expensive – walk where you can (maybe you can walk to the next travel zone to save money when getting on the tube) or get the bus instead of the tube if it’s possible. Have you heard about the hopper fare? – if you change bus/tram within an hour you only pay for the one journey (the second is free)
  • Make your lunch – buying lunch out everyday gets expensive
  • Check out our leisure and entertainment page for discounts and offers – sign up to discount websites



Explore your local area
  • You might find a short cut to the tube station or a bus stop you exploringweren’t aware of nearby
  • Find out the route of your closest night bus
  • There could be a park nearby you didn’t know about, a corner shop closer than you think or a lesser known attraction just moments from your door
  • Have a map with you or an app on your phone so you can find your way back after exploring

Click here for your BuddyLondon Information Pack 

This pack is designed to help you start your exciting new life in London, equipped with information and links to make things easier for you and saves you hours of searching for relevant websites and documents.

It is ideal for adults without children who are considering renting accommodation.

The pack includes: accommodation, work, studying, finance, healthcare, travel in London, leisure, shopping and helpful tips.

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Winter in London

It may be chilly outside but there are plenty of things to keep you entertained this winter in London.

 

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rooster, on Sunday 29 January. Watch the parade pass through the streets of the West End and performances on the stage in Trafalgar Square.

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Sunset at the Sky Garden

Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one in London – watch the sunset from the Sky Garden¬†155 metres above the city, catch a theatre show in the West End or enjoy a romantic meal at any one of London’s international restaurants.

Visit the vast array of museums across the capital. There is pretty much a museum for anything, ranging from dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum to toys at the V&A Museum of Childhood and buses at the London Transport Museum to the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London.

Exhibitions this winter include Рthe Fourth Plinth shortlist at the National Gallery, Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London at the V&A, Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum and Robots at the Science Museum.

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Magical Lantern Festival

Brighten up the dark winter evenings by visiting one of the light festivals taking place this winter in London. These include a free light festival in Canary Wharf, with 30 light installations and interactive art throughout the wharf, and the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House.

You’re never far away from places to eat and drink. Sit back and relax somewhere with a great view, for example, the restaurant on level 6¬†at the Tate Modern¬†or one of the many pubs and eateries along the River Thames.

 

If you are looking to take yourself off to a warmer climate, a new adventure, or just to dream, there are many travel shows taking place during January and February, including the Destinations Show. Meet tour operators, listen to talks from famous travellers, get inspired.

#LoveLondon

 

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Fun ways to spend Christmas Day on your own in London

Christmas Day on your own in London doesn’t have to be boring or lonely, here are a few ideas for you to have a festive filled day…

Santander CyclesMake sure you have comfy shoes for walking as London transport is not running on Christmas day. Some taxis will be in service or make the most of the quieter roads and hire a Santander Cycle. Golden Tours offer a One Day Hop on Hop off Bus Tour on Christmas Day.

If you’re awake early, make your way to Hyde Park to watch the ‘brave’ swimmers cross the Serpentine in the Peter Pan Cup. The race starts at 9am.

 

St PaulsChurch services will take place across the city, including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the Fields, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Most tourist attractions are closed on Christmas Day in London, but believe it or not, Ripley’s Believe It or Not¬†in Piccadilly Circus is open Christmas Day!

 

 

Regent Street Christmas LightsEating out is likely to be expensive and many places that are open will require you to book ahead but Chinatown is a good place to head to as many restaurants will be open.

When it starts to get dark, check out the stunning Christmas lights around the city.

The Odeon is opening a select number of cinemas on Christmas day, these include Covent Garden, Greenwich, Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square and Wimbledon.

 

City Cruises River ThamesIf you don’t want to spend Christmas day on your own in London, why not go on a tour? Some walking tours still run on Christmas day or take a cruise along the river with City Cruises.

Golden Tours offer Christmas Day bus tours in London (some include a Christmas lunch) or you could go on a day tour out of the City to destinations such as Salisbury, Bath, Stonehenge or Oxford.

 

Christmas on your own in LondonCheck out meetup.com for any meet ups taking place on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Or book your Christmas Day at the International Student House¬†for¬†a traditional Christmas dinner, Christmas movie marathon and a walk in Regent’s Park (deadline for bookings 2pm Friday 16 December).

 

Maybe you have thought about helping others at Christmas?
If you would like to volunteer on or around Christmas day, try these websites:

Whatever you do, we Wish You a Very Merry Christmas!!

Happy Christmas 2016

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Festive London

With the Christmas lights already shining brightly across London’s Oxford Street and many of the Christmas festivities having already started, there’s plenty to get you into the early festive London¬†spirit.

 

Festive London South Bank Christmas MarketGet your Christmas presents and decorations under one roof at the Christmas Ideal Home Show. 23 – 27 November, Olympia.¬†Book online¬†(it’s only ¬£5 to go after 5pm on Thursday 24 November) or visit¬†one of the many Christmas Markets for some festive shopping and mulled wine.

Southbank Centre Winter Market ~ Open 11 November to 8 January
Christmas in Leicester Square ~ Open 11 November to 8 January
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ~ Open 18 November to 2 January
Tate Modern Christmas Market ~ Open 19 November to 23 December

 

 

Festive London Ice Skating Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Wrap up warm and get your skates on at one of the many outdoor ice skating rinks across the city.

 

London balletYou’re spoilt for choice for entertainment this Christmas with a tantalising selection of Christmas shows and concerts for your enjoyment.

A tradition spanning back centuries is the Christmas pantomime. The modern form of this theatre production is usually based on a children’s fairy tale with jokes and innuendos for children and adults, many starring TV personalities. Click here for a list of London pantomimes.

What could be more Christmassy than an evening at the ballet? The Nutcracker is being performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House from 23 November to 12 January and the English National Ballet at the London Coliseum from 14 December to 7 January.

 

christmas trafalgar squareThere are many Christmas concerts and carol singers across London during the festive season.

The sound of carols can often be heard in Trafalgar Square by carol singers from various charities throughout December. Others to look out for include:

 

Cutty Sark Christmas Concert ~ 10 December
Westminster Abbey ~ 15 December
St Paul’s Cathedral ~ throughout December
Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall ~ throughout December

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London Transport ~ What’s New?

Great news!! Travelling in London is becoming easier and cheaper.

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London transport is seeing significant improvements. This summer saw the start of the long awaited night tube.

Running initially on the Central and Victoria lines the night tube runs throughout Friday and Saturday night – at off peak prices!

Providing a regular service throughout the night, trains run on average every 10 minutes across the whole Victoria line. The Central line runs approximately every 10 minutes between White City and Leytonstone and every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway to White City and Leytonstone to Loughton/Hainault.

Click here for the London Night Tube map

On 7 October this 24 hour service will be extended to the Jubilee line with trains running on average every 10 minutes across the entire line.

The Northern and Piccadilly lines will follow this autumn (date to be confirmed) – perfect for those early arrivals into Heathrow airport! You will be able to get the tube straight from the airport into central London.

On the Northern line, trains will run on average every 8 minutes between Morden and Camden Town and approximately every 15 minutes from Camden Town to High Barnet/Edgware.

The Piccadilly line will see trains running approximately every 10 minutes between Cockfosters and Heathrow Terminal 5 (there will not be a service on the Terminal 4 loop, or between Acton Town and Uxbridge).

Night service tube fares are charged at off-peak prices. Your one-day travelcard is valid during the night until 04:29, this also applies to daily capping on your Oyster card and contactless payment cards.

London transport busAnother welcome addition to London’s transport is the arrival of the ‘Hopper’ fare for buses and trams starting Monday 12 September 2016.

Each journey would have cost you £1.50 but if you change to a second bus/tram within an hour of touching in, you only pay for one journey, so you will be paying £1.50 instead of £3! There are a few conditions, you must touch in using the same pay as you go Oyster or contactless card for both journeys and you cannot use any other transport between changes. Click here for further details.

Check out the tfl.gov.uk website for bus routes – not only is it a cheaper option (there is a ¬£4.50 daily cap on buses when you pay as you go with an oyster or contactless card) but it’s also a great way to see the city!

Don’t forget to order a BuddyLondon Arrival Pack – making arriving in London as easy as possible. The pack includes a pre-paid Oyster card to use on London transport – there’s no need to queue, just get straight on the tube.

 

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