2012 is finally here! There is so much GREAT to see and do in Britain this year. Olympics of course, but there are more to 2012 than sport!
Here’s a few highlights that hopefully will get you in the mood for a British holiday!
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years on the throne. Lots of events throughout the year but the but the major weekend is 2-5th June.
London 2012 Festival: This is the biggest festival that UK has ever seen. 10 million opportunities to get involved – for free! 21 June – 9 September 2012.
50 years and 50 cars of James Bond: at the National Motor Museum.
Charles Dickens : 200th anniversary.
The making of Harry Potter : Warner Bros Studio Tour opens in London, Spring 2012.
National Football Museum: opens in Manchester.
And for those of you who live in Sweden (or understand Swedish), don’t miss Resfeberbloggen! They have a special feature on Britain at the moment, where you can get lots of inspiration and valuable holiday ideas around London, Manchester and other places around the country.
Watch out all shoe lovers! Here’s a date for you diary: 28 March 2012
That’s the opening date for a new exhibition at the The Design Museum in London: the work of shoe designer Christian Louboutin.
The glossy red soles are probably the most famous trademark for Louboutin’s shoes. But his designs range from razor-sharp stilettos to lace-up boots and studded sneakers.
He launched his first label in 1991 and his original aim was ‘to make shoes that are like jewels’. And it’s still is! Just look at these pics!
The exhibition will explore how Christian Louboutin has transformed the design of the shoe over the past 20 years,. His creative approach will be profiled, together with the influences behind his work. These include the Parisian music hall, travel, art, landscape architecture and film.
The area around Brick Lane, The Old Truman Brewery and Spitalfields in East London are one my (although I have many) favourite parts in the city. It’s vibrant, quirky and very different from some other areas, e.g. around London’s West End.
Here’s a few places of interest:
Absolute Vintage – vintage clothing, shoes and accessories.
Junky Styling - recycled, re-cut and transformed clothing. So cool! How about a new dress made from an old men’s suit?
Laden Showroom – young, British, independent upcoming designers.
Old Spitalfields Market – have all you can wish for…antiques, clothing, furniture, organic food and lots more.
The Textile & Fashion Museum – small museum, cutting edge design & fashion. Founded by British designer Zandra Rhodes.
If stopping for lunch in the area there’s a great place called Café 1001 on Dray Walk in the Old Truman Brewery, where they serve freshly grilled hamburgers, very simple – but so tasty!!
Or catch the train to Limehouse and enjoy a late lunch (and slamming dooors ) at Gordon Ramsay’s gastro pub, The Narrow. It’s situated right by the wtarfront of the River Thames, only a stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf.
And last tip of the day: The Quirky Shopping Guide - a really useful guide that lists all the great venues worth a visit. There is an online version and a print version, the printed one can usually be picked up at various shops in the area.
I’d like to share our inspiring celebrity films that were launched the other day! In which super model Twiggy, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Dame Judie Dench,and the British actors Dev Patel and Rupert Everett share their favourite parts of Britain.
Dame Judi Dench, filmed at Hever Castle, her favourite place to relax and recharge her batteries. Twiggy, filmed on location at Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge. Dev Patel, filmed in Leicester Square, a hub of cosmopolitan London life and Rupert Everett, filmed at the Garrick Theatre, where he has just opened in Pygmalion. Jamie Oliver speaks about his great passion for British food and multicultural Britain.
Enjoy the films and read more about the stars in your local language, by clicking on the links below:
London Dungeons is an interactive museum situated in the heart of London. With live actors, shows, scary rides and special effects the museum takes the visitor back to the darkest moments of the capital’s history deep down in the dungeons of London. The attractions are not for the faint hearted!
When I was 17 I went to London for the first time with my family and I was sooo exited. I had decided to visit so many places. I wrote them down, checked prices and addresses and started preparing my mom for the London Dungeons (she hates scary stuff). But when I arrived in London and we went to visit the dungeons, it was closed for reconstruction. So the closest I came was when the sightseeing bus stopped outside the entrance for a while. Well, you can imagine the disappointment…
So when I got an email about a summer offer on entrance tickets to London Dungeons, I thought to myself – “This time I have to go!” And maybe, after 12 years, I’ll finally get to it.
The normal prices for London Dungeons is £23.00 (Adults +16 years) and £17.00 (Children 4-15 years). But until the 31st of August you can visit London Dungeons for only £12.00. Check out the offer here.
How to get there
The London Dungeons is situated in London Bridge, just seconds from the station and tube. Take the Northern or Jubilee lines to London Bridge station and walk about 100 metres and Bob’s your uncle!
For more information about opening hours, events and attractions at London Dungeons, please visit their website.
So if you’re not scared out of your wits, maybe I’ll see you deep down in the London dungeons! Moahahaaa…
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of the most beloved tales throughout history. Several characters and locations in Alice in Wonderland was based upon people and familiar surroundings Carroll knew.
If you want to explore where Carroll got his inspiration, Oxford is the place to visit. At the Museum of Oxford you can see Carroll’s watch which is worn by the White Rabbit. While in the museum, make sure you don’t miss the “Drink Me” bottle that causes Alice to shrink and expand, which in reality was a Victorian medicine bottle.
Are you a big fan of Alice in Wonderland? Visit the Alice’s Shop. Here you can find a variety of Alice-related products such as fabrics, clocks, jewelry and much more. This also is where the real Alice, Alice Liddell, used to buy her sweets.
Follow the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland and take the Alice in Waterland Walking Tour. During this 90 minute guided walk you’ll get to:
- see Alice Liddell’s former home of Christ Church Meadow
- learn more about the author, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Liddell’s real-life relationship
- see where Carroll got his inspiration for several of the episodes in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.
Experience a Mad Hatters tea party with Oxford River Cruises and pretend you’re drinking a “Drink Me” bottle and munching a “Eat Me” cake. This boat trip follow the same route of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, 150 years ago from when the tale was created.
Tim Burton’s magical and inventive version of Alice in Wonderland premiered in theaters earlier this year starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. The video below is the first Alice in Wonderland movie and was recorded in 1903.
Here’s the last part of Charlotte’s trip to Jane Austen’s world (read part I here):
“After a huge breakfast the next morning, we set out walking. Our first stop was the Jane Austen’s House Museum in the nearby village of Chawton. We spent the morning learning more about Jane Austen, who lived in the house during the last eight years of her life.
We then headed out for a long walk in her footsteps. Before leaving Sweden, we had printed a copy of a very useful “literary walk” found on the website of East Hampshire District Council (PDF).
With the map in hand, we guided ourselves through the beautiful countryside, past pretty cottages and the church where Jane Austen’s mother and sister are buried. It was thrilling to know that these were the paths she used to walk and the houses she used to visit. We climbed gates and hedges with the intro to the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice ringing in our heads. This might seem strange, and it was, but it turned out my sister was constantly humming it.
Just as we were getting tired of taking pictures of sheep’s and horses, we approached the village of Upper Farringdon. Having removed our muddy boots, we had a nice lunch at the Rose and Crown.
After a visit to the museum bookstore (where some of us spent a lot of money), we enjoyed a cream tea at Cassandra’s Cup, a tea house across the road from the museum.
We caught an early evening train and returned to London in time for dinner. It would be possible to visit the Alton/Chawton area in one day but then you would miss out on the comfortable beds and the lovely breakfast.”
Swedish pop wonder ABBA became world famous in the 1970s with hits like Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Fernando. After that, the band reaped success after success, and is still the second best-selling popular music group in the history of recorded music, with only the Beatles before them.
Now, almost 40 years later, the group back with a bang in the new exhibition ABBA World . The exhibition opened a couple of weeks ago in London, Earls Court. Since their first glory of fame with Waterloo in Liverpool 1974, London is the first city to show this multimedia experience. Find 25 rooms filled with videos, pictures, accessories, clothes and off course music, music, music! 3D holographic illusions gives you the chance to perform together with the famous group, and there are lots of other exciting things to see and do. The exhibition is held at Earls Court, Warwick road and closes the 28. March 2010.
We have been getting a lot of question on how and where you can buy the tickets to the exhibition, so we decided to make it easier for you and blog about it. See links to the booking sites below:
When you book, be sure to choose London as city and leave the rest open.
Thank you for the music!
A couple of weeks ago, Forbes.com made a list over the Worlds Shopping Cities and we are glad to present the lists number 1 city: London. Here’s the motivation to why Forbes thinks London is the best shopping capital in the world:
”In England, the High Street–or the main road in a neighborhood –is ground zero for shopping. In London, there are more High Streets than one can count, so it’s no surprise it hosts more than half of the world’s top retailers, including the young and trendy Topshop as well as high-end department stores like Liberty of London and Harvey Nichols. Looking for something more niche? Try Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market–a super-boutique featuring hard-to-find designers like Anne Valerie Hash–or Labour of Love, which stocks little-known labels such as Louis Amstrup.”
Also, we got very good listings when the Swedish site Triviago.se listed the 10 Top Museums in Europe. According to their listing we got three out of ten; Madame Tussauds (1st place), The British Museum (3rd place) and The London Dungeon (5th place). Why don’t you try them out yourselves? And if you don’t find any of these museums appealing, why not visit our destination guides, and find out what other museums or activities Britain has in store for you:
Reiseruter – Norwegian
Itineraries – Finland
Rejseguides – Danish
Resplaner – Swedish
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One of the best things about London, I think, is that it’s the kind of city you can visit over and over again and there will always be something new to explore.
VisitLondon has put together a great list of one off experiences and events you can only do in London.
Stand where time begins, on the Greenwich Meridian Line. Shop til you drop at Westfield, London’s new shopping experience, Europe’s biggest indoor shopping centre. Or how about a visit to Downe House outside the city (image above), home to Charles Darwin and where he wrote “On the Origin of Species”.
Click here to view the full list of experiences and recommendations.