Archive For The “UK Travel” Category

Currency in Crisis: German emergency money, 1914 – 1924

Currency in Crisis: German emergency money, 1914 – 1924

3 October 2019 – 29 March 2020 The first major exhibition of Notgeld in the UK During the First World War and the following inflation, many German towns issued their own emergency currency, called Notgeld (emergency money). This money, usually in low denominations, was intended to combat shortages in small change at a local level….

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Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia

Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia

Saturday 8 February – Sunday 8 March 2020   Kew’s first ever orchid festival themed on the country of Indonesia • Dazzling displays inspired by Indonesia’s wildlife and plant diversity •  The festival will showcase Kew’s vital science work in Indonesia to protect biodiversity •  Indonesian music, dance and food during half term and after-hours…

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Troy: myth and reality

Troy: myth and reality

The BP exhibition – Troy: myth and reality at the British Museum 21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020 Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery The British Museum announces its major exhibition for Autumn 2019. The BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality will be the first major Troy exhibition in the UK. It will reveal the lasting legacy…

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ABBA: Super Troupers – The Exhibition

ABBA: Super Troupers – The Exhibition

A musical journey into the phenomenon that is ABBA Discover the story of the band, their music and the era they defined  At The O2 from December 6th 2019 – – Monday 31st August 2020 Entertainment Exhibitions International (UK) Ltd (EEI), in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, are delighted to announce ABBA: Super…

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Portrait of the artist: Käthe Kollwitz

Portrait of the artist: Käthe Kollwitz

First exhibition of Kollwitz’s work in nearly 25 years comes to London following successful UK tour 12 September 2019 – 12 January 2020 Room 90. Free Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation Organised in partnership with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham   After a successful tour in which almost 90,000…

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The Lake District with Marco Polo

The Lake District with Marco Polo

Holidays in the UK are becoming more popular. The shrinking pound has perhaps encouraged people to look at what England has to offer. The Lake District is beautiful, mostly tranquil, and perfect for outdoor pursuits. Those who have already visited will return year after year. It must have something special! Marco Polo Guides has a…

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British Museum – largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

British Museum – largest exhibition of manga outside Japan

Mangaマンガ – till 26 August 2019 Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery The British Museum presents the largest exhibition of manga ever held outside of Japan. Manga are Japanese comic books or graphic novels with a twist, serialised in magazines and read by a global audience. A multi-billion-pound business that embraces anime and gaming, manga are a global…

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The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

It’s some kind of prejudice, I guess. It’s just that I didn’t expect to discover such a restaurant in a spot that seemed so difficult to find by car. One could easily miss this rather isolated inn (OK, so I come from London) which might be mistaken for a cosy cottage with its own car…

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Incredible Inspirational Gardens of Todmorden

Incredible Inspirational Gardens of Todmorden

The landscape around Halifax is a blanket of rolling hills and moorland, dotted with small towns and villages that give a nod to both its industrial and its farming heritage. There are plenty of striking views at any time of year and, significantly, there is also a spot where locals can interact with their vegetal…

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The Plough Inn – to stay

The Plough Inn – to stay

The Plough in the hamlet of Lupton was built around 1760 but the welcome to this historic pub is contemporary and artful. There is a horse outside, but this is a rather ghostly plough-horse in metal, giving a nod to its rural location and its stylish interior. The pub has recently undergone extensive renovations to…

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Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall

Witness for the Prosecution at County Hall

What better setting for a classic court-room drama than this chamber at the beautiful, iconic and historic County Hall in London! The audience have the sense that they are in a real law-court as they watch the murder case unfold in Witness for the Prosecution. The venue is small, accommodating just a couple of hundred…

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Hayman’s Distillery Tour with Sam and Old Tom – review

Hayman’s Distillery Tour with Sam and Old Tom – review

Balham isn’t the first neighbourhood in which one might think to find a distillery. But here it is on a small industrial estate, and looking thoroughly contemporary with white walls and crisp painted logo. The first impression is of, perhaps, a drinks warehouse, but this building houses heritage, history and a distilling revival. This is…

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Brick Lane – travel review

Brick Lane – travel review

Flavours of India and Beyond We Londoners are a cosmopolitan bunch. That isn’t a recent phenomenon: our country has been built, over the centuries, on a diversity of cultures and that has also added to our cuisine. The British national dish is curry. There is a curry house on every high street, with around 10,000…

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Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

Many of us have become interested in wine. Yes, drinking it and pairing it. Remember the days when we in the UK drank just a few different wines? It wasn’t that they were so good that they became popular; truth to tell, it was all we had. Red or white from ‘various countries’. They were…

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Castles and Clans with The Majestic Line – travel review

Castles and Clans with The Majestic Line – travel review

This isn’t the first trip with this charming and characterful Majestic Line. My first voyage was a couple of years ago and was an introduction to the Scottish Isles; this second trip was to remind me of why I loved the initial experience so much! The Majestic Line offers holidays and short breaks on two…

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Twickenham Stadium – World rugby and local icon – travel review

Twickenham Stadium – World rugby and local icon – travel review

Twickenham Stadium, just like Wembley Stadium, is usually known by its address rather than its function. Wembley is mostly just ‘Wembley’ and Twickenham is ‘Twickenham’ with rarely the word ‘stadium’ getting a mention. That’s likely due to its long history and the popular respect for the institution. Twickenham is the largest stadium in the world…

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Cream Tea Cruise from MBNA Thames Clippers – travel review

Cream Tea Cruise from MBNA Thames Clippers – travel review

I am a Londoner and I am ashamed to say that I rarely take advantage of visiting our iconic and internationally-appreciated historic and cultural sites, unless I just happen to be passing. The Thames is our ancient thoroughfare, but now work vessels are mostly a thing of distant memory – that watery road is these…

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Warren House, Kingston – hotel review

Warren House, Kingston – hotel review

We might be in London for a short holiday. We see the sights, monuments, museums. We shop till we drop and we are swept along by throngs of others looking for the same delights of retail therapy. But there is another vision of England. It’s that ‘green and pleasant land’ of manicured gardens, country houses…

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Swan Upping – travel review

Swan Upping – travel review

Swan Upping is an annual ceremonial event and an activity that has endured since the 12th century. The mute swans on part of the River Thames are caught, weighed, inspected, ringed, and then released. Centuries ago these birds were eaten and this exercise was game management! Swans were regular food in the Tudor age, but…

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Memphis in London – theatre review

Memphis in London – theatre review

The Shaftesbury Theatre is both beautiful and historic, and a worthy presenter of a show that is beautiful in a very different way. Memphis is a musical and a memorable and striking one. It is set in an era of segregation, overt racism, poverty, and dreams. The story line is perennial and simple but with…

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