Category: Miscellaneous

The Shard in London at night [Source: VisitBritain]

Spectacular 360 degree views from the Shard

A new virtual 360 degree view from the Shard in London has been unveiled where you can scroll round as dusk falls on London, plus one which was created from the very top of the building on the crane – not a view any of us will ever see personally.   A few of the [...]

Quirky new portraits of the Queen installed at Gatwick

Quirky new portraits of the Queen installed at Gatwick

Queen Elizabeth has plenty of portraits hanging around the world, but at Gatwick they have created what could best be described as “pop-art royalty” with portraits created entirely from photos of her subjects, aka. us-lot. Known as “The People’s Monarch”, the portraits were created from around 5500 photos submitted by BBC South East Today viewers, [...]

Blue Flag for clean beaches [Source: Wikipedia]

Blue Flag beaches are even cleaner this year

The highly recognised Blue Flag system for beach quality is being toughened up in 2013 which means less beaches passed, but those which did offer the very best in clean sandcastle building. Concept: The Blue Flag scheme is designed to provide an easy guide to the cleanest beaches around Britain offering visitors the reassurance of [...]

Mildenhall Treasure - The Great Dish [Source: Wikipedia]

5 must see exhibitions in London for 2013

London is always packed with exhibitions of every description, so here we’ve picked of what we consider the recommended exhibitions in the capital to see this year.   1) The Mildenhall treasure at the British Museum explores the rather elegant way the more affluent Romans used to dine with a true silver service experience. The [...]

Green Sea Turtle in natural habitat [Source: Wikipedia]

Meet Ali – Heavyweight turtle of Weymouth

Visitors to the Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park on the south coast of England might look a little puzzled as to why one of the turtles is carrying a backpack underwater. The green turtle nicknamed boxer Muhammad Ali isn’t however going on holiday, but using the weighted backpack to allow him to swim naturally. 15 [...]

Windsor Castle Long Walk by David-Iliff [Source: Wikipedia]

Revealed – top 10 richest small towns in Britain!

Research has revealed the top 10 richest small towns in Britain where the very wealthy and often quite famous call home, but amongst the Windsor’s and Weybridge’s there are a few surprises. The full top 10 list can be found at the end of this article.   South East: The richest region of the country [...]

Bay Rum - As found in Boyd's shop in Accrington [Source: Wikipedia]

Lancashire shop turns into a time capsule

An old abandoned shop in Burnley Road, Accrington, which was last open in the 1970s has turned out to be a treasure-trove completely untouched for over 30 years. The shop was originally opened in 1890 when the attached houses were also built by one Samuel Stocks, and was run by a number of families over [...]

Downing Street sign for auction

Westminster council to sell off historic street signs

If you want to take home a slightly unusual London souvenir you couldn’t do better than heading to West Sussex at the end of May where Westminster Council are auctioning historic street signs. Tipped off by Ian Visits it turns out that many of the olde-worlde signs that have pointed visitors around the centre of [...]

London Theatre Facts Infographic [Source: VisitBritain Media]

Fun facts about London Theatreland – A quick quiz

For all you information gatherers and pub-quiz fanatics, may we present a little quiz to test your knowledge specifically about London Theatreland, with the answers in the infographic at the end. There are 7 questions based on the infographic, although you could just jump straight down and find the facts.   Approximately how many people [...]

London in 1927 [Source: BFI]

Newly discovered 1927 colour film shows a more genteel London

You’ve probably heard grandparents talking about how life was slower in the “old days”, but rare colour film from 1927 may actually back this up as it shows horses & carts, a half empty London Bridge and red opened topped buses meandering around the streets. The footage was part of a travelogue showing Hyde Park, [...]

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