Drive-in Cinema is Coming to London this Summer

Drive-in cinema will be motoring its way to London this summer!

@TheDriveIn will be showing movies at their London drive-in cinemas in South London from 2-7 July 2020 and East London from 17-20 September 2020. Tickets go on sale from 27 May. Details can be found on their website.

The Luna Drive In Cinema is yet to announce details for their drive-in cinema in London but follow this link to register for information and for first access to tickets.

The Luna Cinema is also taking bookings for Outdoor Cinema in London’s parks and open spaces throughout the summer. Check here for their Covid-19 policy.

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Coronavirus in London

Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!

Find tips and further information about coronavirus in London.

There has been a large number of cases of coronavirus in London. Click on this link to see the current number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.

No. Only shops selling essential items are permitted to be open.

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • You are permitted to go out once a day for exercise (walking, cycling or jogging)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Here are some further tips to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

  • Cough into a tissue and then throw it away
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Avoid putting your hands to your face
  • Don’t shake hands with others
  • Avoid putting your hands on handrails etc on public transport (public transport is limited to essential use only now)
  • Use a contactless credit card where possible to avoid touching keypads and handling money

Useful link:
NHS

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses such as cold and flu.

Click here for latest advice.

If you think you have coronavirus DO NOT go to the doctor, pharmacy or hospital. Self isolate and call NHS 111 if your condition gets worse. They will then tell you the next course of action.

Click here for details.

The Government is giving a daily press conference with updates and advice.

Click here for the Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan.

Click here for the government’s travel advice.

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Christmas in London

Christmas in London is a magical time of the year. It’s the perfect place to go Christmas shopping, enjoy the Christmas lights, have glass of mulled wine and skate at an outdoor ice rink.

Here’s some things to look out for ūüôā

South Kensington

Hyde Park

  • Winter Wonderland: Christmas market, food and drink stalls, ice skating, shows, ice sculptures and more.

Mayfair

Oxford Street

Carnaby Street

  • Christmas lights
  • Christmas shopping

Regent Street

Liberty London

  • Christmas shopping

Leicester Square

  • Christmas market
  • Watch a Christmas movie

Trafalgar Square

  • Christmas tree
  • Carol singers
Christmas in London

The Strand

Covent Garden

  • Christmas tree & decorations
  • Check out Covent Garden in gingerbread by the Biscuiteers

Seven Dials

  • Christmas shopping
  • Christmas lights

St Paul’s

Tower Hill

Tower Bridge

South Bank

Greenwich

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Don’t miss out! Your October London check list

Don’t miss out on things to do in London in 2019 and 2020. This is your October London check list for things you need to book now!

It’s not long until Guy Fawke’s Night when London’s sky will be lit up with fireworks displays across the city. The majority of displays are taking place on 2 November. Some displays are free and some have a ticket price. Tickets for several displays are going fast, and some have early bird offers, so don’t delay. See our events calendar for many of the displays taking place across London.

Christmas may still seem a long way away but the outdoor ice rinks will be opening again soon. Some of them get booked up quickly. Check out our events calendar for ice rinks in London.

Ice Skating @ The Natural History Museum

Pre-booking is required to see the iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Thames. The first batch of tickets have sold out. Click here to find out when the next batch are available.

October is the time to start planning for the 2020 Wimbledon Championships. You have until 21 October 2019 to register for the 2020 Ballot. Click here to enter the ballot.

Theatre shows, especially those with a short run or a famous actor can sell out. Don’t miss:

  • War Horse returns to London for a short run, from 18 October until 23 November 2019.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal comes to the West End next summer in Sunday in the Park with George.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat sold out in summer 2019. It’s back for a short run next summer.

See our London Theatre page and get those tickets now ūüôā

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Where to watch the Women’s Football World Cup Semi Final in London

Watch England play USA in the Women’s Football World Cup Semi Final in London.

Here are just some of the pubs you can watch the Women’s Football World Cup Semi Final in London on Tuesday 2 July 2019

 

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day in London

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift?

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your Valentine take a look at some of the suggestions below, including a chocolate walking tour for 2 in London, dine at the Gherkin or treat your loved one to an amazing view over London from The Shard.

Chocolate walking tour for 2 in London, Only £28.50!

Chocolate walking tour for 2 in London, Only £28.50!

The Gherkin: 3-course lunch w/cocktail, coffee & more, only £45!

The Gherkin: 3-course lunch w/cocktail, coffee & more, only £45!

 

 

The View from The Shard: flexible ticket, save 33%!

The View from The Shard: flexible ticket, save 33%!

¬£12 ‚Äď 3-day hop-on, hop-off Thames river cruise ticket

¬£12 ‚Äď 3-day hop-on, hop-off Thames river cruise ticket

West End: chateaubriand for 2 with unlimited fries, Only £45.95!

West End: chateaubriand for 2 with unlimited fries, Only £44.95!

Three Course Meal and Cocktails at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co Restaurant. Was ¬£114.50, NOW ¬£55


Use code: HUGS20 to get 20% discount on products from all categories on buyagift.co.uk
(ENDS 14th February 2019)
T&C’s apply

Sunrise Balloon Flight with Champagne for Two Sale Price £239, With Code £191.20

Sunrise Balloon Flight with Champagne for Two. Sale Price £239, With Code £191.20

2 for 1 Indulgent Spa Day for Two with Treatments and More Sale Price £99, With Code £79.20

2 for 1 Indulgent Spa Day for Two with Treatments and More. Sale Price £99, With Code £79.20

 

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20 Essential Travel Tips for London

Using London’s transport system can seem daunting but it needn’t be.
Here are our 20 essential travel tips for London.

London underground: Travel tips for London

 

Prices & Finding your way around

1. London’s transport system runs between zones¬†and you are charged depending on which zones you travel in, and the time of day.

2. Check out Citymapper or Transport for London to plan your route.

3. Use an oyster card or contactless credit card it’s much cheaper than paying for individual journeys.

4. Have you heard of the hopper fare? You can use the bus/tram as many times as you like within the hour and only pay for one journey (£1.50).

 

Oyster card & Contactless credit card

5. Register your oyster card/contactless credit card and you can monitor spend on journeys and claim a refund if charged incorrectly.

6.¬†Oyster cards and contactless credit cards are capped daily so you don’t pay more than a set amount each day (amount varies depending on the zones you travel in).¬†Contactless credit cards are also capped weekly (Monday to Sunday) so you don’t pay more than a set amount each week.

7.¬†Always use the same contactless card/oyster card when¬†making your journey that day. If you don’t you won’t be capped and if you use one to enter and one to leave then you pay a premium on each card as it won’t recognise a journey from start to finish.

8. Keep your cards separate when going through the ticket barrier, to prevent card clash and potentially paying twice.

9. You can use your oyster card on the River Bus and Emirates Air Line.

10.¬†If you see a pink card reader, tap your card on this when changing lines – it can save you money, for example, if you’re not travelling through zone 1.

11. When you no longer need your oyster card Рreturn it and you get your deposit back (£5) and up to £10 credit.

 

Buses

12. Buses do not accept cash. Either use an oyster card, contactless credit card or travel card.

13. When using the bus only tap on the card reader to get on, not off.

14. On the bus, the next stop is displayed on the information screens and also announced. When your stop is shown press the bell once and the bus will stop for you.

 

Access

15. London is still accessible throughout the night. Check out night and 24 hour buses, night tube and overground night service.

16. You can hire a Santander Cycle from one of the docking stations around the city and return it to any docking station when you have completed your journey.

17.  Bus routes are served by low-floor vehicles, with a dedicated space for one wheelchair user and an access ramp. Buses can also be lowered to reduce the step-up from the pavement.

18. Around a quarter of tube stations, half of overground stations, most piers, all tram stops, the Emirates Air Line and all DLR stations have step-free access.

19. Public toilets are available at some tube and rail stations.

20. WiFi is now available at over 260 Tube and 79 London Overground stations across the network.

Check out our London transport page for more information.

oyster card and tube map

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London for the Thrillseeker

There are plenty of opportunities in London for the thrillseeker.

Here are a few ideas ūüôā

Love Heights?

Ziplining London

Ziplining

Zipline on the¬†world’s longest and fastest urban zip wire. Don’t miss this Special Offer!

Spot London’s iconic landmarks from above on a breathtaking Helicopter flight¬†soaring above the city.


Climbing the O2

Climbing the O2

Climb the iconic O2 Arena.

Experience an exhilarating 160ft bungee jump solo or take the lovers leap!

Take to the trees with GoApe in Battersea.


Ice climbing London

Ice climbing

Go climbing at one of London’s climbing centres or try ice climbing (see Vertical Chill)

Dine suspended 100ft in the air above the city of London. Check out Events In The Sky for their next event.

Flip Out at a trampoline park in London.


The slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Enjoy the view from¬†the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the UK’s tallest sculpture, then get your adrenaline fix by either descending via the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide¬†The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit¬†or experience the UK’s highest freefall abseil with the¬†ArcelorMittal Orbit Abseil.


Make a splash!

London for the thrillseeker

Thames Powerboating

Zip along the River Thames in a powerboat.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a whale? Experience huge leaps, dives, side rolls and some serious g-force on the Predator Adventures Seabreacher Experience.

How’s your balance? Have a go at Stand Up Paddle Boarding.


Flyboarding London

Flyboarding

Put on some water jet boots and propel yourself up above the water when you try Flyboarding.

Kayak along¬†Regent’s Canal.

Check out the Lee Valley White Water Centre, where you can go white water rafting, kayaking, tubing and hydrospeeding

 

 



Up for a challenge?

Thames Path Challenge: 8-9 September 2018. 3 riverside events – Thames Path Challenge, Thames Bridges Trek, Henley 10K.

London Bridges Challenge: 30 September 2018. 10 mile walk along 12 iconic London bridges. In aid of Diabetes UK.

 The Gherkin Challenge: Sunday 28 October 2018. Climb 38 floors to the top of the Gherkin in aid of the NSPCC

London Marathon: 28 April 2019

 

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How to keep cool during the heatwave in London

It’s gorgeous weather out there, but how do you keep cool during this heatwave in London?

Heatwave in London

London is currently basking in the midst of a heatwave and temperatures are expected to remain in the high 20’s all week. It is the perfect city to enjoy those long summer days.

Here are some top tips for keeping cool:

  • Take a dip in one of London’s¬†lidos or outdoor pools
  • Cool down in one of the many public fountains across London, including those next to The Scoop by London Bridge, in Granary Square at King’s Cross and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in Kensington Gardens
  • Drink plenty of water. Did you know there are new drinking water fountains in Borough Market and¬†Kingly Court off Carnaby Street?
  • Don’t ditch the umbrella just yet, they make a perfect sun shade
  • Avoid going on the tube if possible (or at least try to avoid the evening rush hour) – it’s perfect weather for ambling around London or take to the river and catch a river boat
  • Stop off at one of the many ice cream sellers – what better excuse?
  • Cool down in an air-conditioned shop or shopping centre
  • Relax in a nice beer garden, rooftop bar or pub by the river
  • Enjoy all London has to offer away from the hottest part of the day – did you know there are evening outdoor cinema screenings all summer?
  • Find a nice shady spot in one of London’s many beautiful parks across the city

So dig out those summer clothes, slap on the sunscreen and enjoy London in this beautiful weather ūüôā

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