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Featured Festivals in London

London, the city which is known as City under cloudy sky has numerous popular festivals such as Guy Fawkes Night, Boxing day, Lumiere London…

FAWKES NIGHT (GUY FAWKES NIGHT)
Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, Fireworks Night and Plot Night, is an annual festival on the evening of November 5, originating in the United Kingdom, which then spread to New Zealand, South Africa and some provinces in Canada. This memorial commemorates the failure of a group of Christians who conspired to burn the gunpowder to overthrow Parliament in London but failed on the night of November 5, 1605.
Festivals are organized throughout the UK from urban to rural. People burned fire crackers, fireworks and set up huge fireworks, next to the mannequins or men representing the Fawkes, who were plotting to overthrow the famous parliament burned. Before the 5th, all children have a donkey carrying it to ask for money for adults, they say: “Pey for the guy”.

LUMIERE LONDON
The Lumiere Light Festival, which was first held in London in 2016, drew 1.3 million visitors. This festival is organized by Artichoke company specializing in organizing exhibitions and registered charity activities.
Audiences attending the festival enjoy free light artwork in London, enjoying the motion of beams of light, walking through the streets with thousands of flowers formed thanks to light reflecting or cycling to light up the rose petals combined by hundreds of discarded plastic bottles.

BOX DAY
In England, the opening day of the box is usually held on the next day of Christmas, which falls on December 26. Like Christmas, the opening ceremony is a national holiday. It means that this is the day for everyone to be off in the whole of the UK. If the opening of the box falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the next Monday will be the day off for the whole country.
Traditionally, December 26th is the day of opening Christmas boxes to share the stuff that is packed into it with the poor. Christmas Box is a wooden or clay box that is used for Christmas gifts.
Children in schools across the UK gather their presents to put in Christmas boxes to send to poor countries.

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Nightlife in London

Are you looking for a great night out while you’re in London? Well, the truth is, you’ll be spoiled for choice. There is a sea of venues, clubs, and bars in London and to help you decide which is best suited for you, we compiled a list of the best hotspots and bars to visit which is bound to offer an unforgettable evening.

1. Trailer Happiness

Signified by a yellow fish that hangs above a nondescript door located on Portobello road, you’ll be transported back to the 1970’s when you visit the subterranean tiki lounge of Trailer Happiness which is considered one of the best cocktail bars situated in London. Decorated with hula girl memorabilia, you’ll be blown away by the inventive twists on some of the most popular rum classics. There are also fire shows during the evening where alcohol is blown to the ceiling, while the DJ provides some funky music to keep the party going until the early hours of the morning.

2. Kensington Roof Gardens

Situated above the streets of Kensington is this exclusive club where the polished and posh come to enjoy their evening. Among the blazer-clad gents and the models showing off their designer dresses, you’ll be pumped full of adrenaline as the percussionist synchs perfectly with the club bangers mixed by the DJ. You can even take a breather on the rooftop where over 500 plant species can be found.

3. Sketch

Providing a fine balance between trippy and ritzy, Sketch will undoubtedly offer a WOW factor that you haven’t seen before. You’ll witness mind-boggling tearooms that resemble Alice in Wonderland from the future along with an oversized white capsule which resembles a UFO. You can mingle over funky cocktails while electro jams play throughout the night which provides an excellent alternative to the other nightclubs in the area.

4. The Book Club

This sensational spot provides the best of both worlds when it comes to music. You can either enjoy songs from popular bands or make your way to the basement where you can dance all night while listening to house hits and hip hop jams. The bartenders provide an extra layer of entertainment as they serve mouth-watering cocktails that are presented by humorous names that are sure to make you smile.

5. Union Chapel

This heavenly venue where live music is performed is the perfect escape when you don’t feel like drinking all night or listening to house tracks and hip-hop tunes. This gothic chapel comes equipped with a magnificent Victorian organ and allows popular bands and stand-up comedians to shine while they perform. The acoustics is the biggest attraction to the Union Chapel, and all profits go towards maintaining this incredible building.

6. Happiness Forgets

This is a subterranean Hoxton bar that provides one of the best cocktail menus in London. The vibe is relaxed and energetic at the same time, while the atmosphere is just as good as the drink selection. This is the perfect place to let go after a long week of work and also a fantastic venue for a hot date or just a few drinks with friends.

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Gin Ahoy!!!!

If You Love Gin & Plans a Trip to London this one is for you, there is a “Brand-New Booze Cruise in London”! Gin is the new up & coming trend, although that could be a miss-interpretation of how popular gin is in Britain, the Britons purchased and consumed over 51 million bottles of gin last year. It is estimated that Londoners consumed half to those as they the most on-board with the new, exciting boom where you literally-get “on-board” to enjoy some amazing tipples.

G&T Offered to Thirsty Shipmates on the London Gin Cruise


There is a new cruise in London and the gin cruise sails from Little Venice right up to Camden, and while it is all smooth sailing the shipmates get to satisfy their first with gin. It a gin-themed tour that brings new life and light to an award-winning selection of gins, including Eden-Mill, Elephant Gin and Gin Mare all part of the treats as the ship cruises down the Regent’s Canal.

Three top-notch mixologists are onboard to make up the most sensational drinks from three G&T’s of sailor’s choice and the cost of a ticket includes some of the best thirst quenchers. The beverages also include sensationally gin-inspired foods such as tapas, and during the voyage, you also attend a master class by one of the distillers. Now you don’t have to fear that you’ll leave this exciting boozy vessel empty handed as each sailor and adventurer are wave goodbye only after he/she takes ownership or a goody bag. Now if it is gin, that tickles your pickle and you happen to be in London then spent the £60 and enjoy a booze cruise unlike anything else.

London Known for Exceptional Booze Cruises

If you’ve been to London, ever, then you’ve been on a booze cruise although it might not have been a gin cruise. But due to public demand and the fact that gin is the “in” drink right now plus the wave of amazing distilleries what better time to explore gin. Apart from the fabulous cruise’s visitors can also get a taste of more gin-related things to come by taking one of the distillery tours in which London offer drinkers access to many areas.

Beefeater Distiller in Kennington

Referred to as the granddaddy of gin, Beefeater Distillers originates from the year 1829 and by 1958 distilling takes place on site. It is the most internationally known and the oldest distillery in London. Visits can take place from Monday up to Sunday, and the distillery tour takes around an hour, while there is a tour every 30 half-hour. The tours cost in the region of £12 and off-course that includes G&T as well as an enlightening sniff-tour of that what gives gin it flavours. Although there are plenty of distillery tours available every day so don’t miss out when you visit London next time, plan your days to include some gin tasting as well as gin-themed cruises.

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Five Must-See Attractions In London

Five Must-See Attractions In LondonThere’s no denying the fact that London is a capital city with lots of interesting places to check out. Of course, some attractions are more exciting or compelling than others and it can be hard to decide what to spend your time and money on when you’re on a vacation with only a limited amount of time for the things you want to do. With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick article listing some of the best attractions in London. We hope you find it helpful and informative.

  • Buckingham Palace. No visit to London is complete without taking a tour of Buckingham Palace, which has housed the Royal Family since 1837. Currently, it serves as both the residence and administrative headquarters for the Queen, making it one of the few palaces in the world that still functions as a working palace. Guided tours are available for reasonable prices, giving you a chance to get a glimpse inside one of the most popular and renowned attractions in all of London.
  • The London Eye. Also known as the Coca-Cola London Eye, this Ferris wheel is one of the most iconic landmarks and attractions in the entirety of London. It has thirty-two capsules (each of which is capable of holding up to twenty-five people), and when ridden it can offer some of the most spectacular views to be had in the entire city of London.
  • SEA LIFE London. Opened in March of 1977, this aquarium houses over five hundred different marine species from all over the world, making it one of the more comprehensive marine life aquariums not just in London but in all of Europe. Ticket prices are reasonably priced as well, making this a definite must-see for anyone visiting London (especially if you enjoy aquariums!).
  • Tower of London. Officially known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, this ancient castle fortress sits near the River Thames and is known for its storied history. Originally a royal residence until the 17th century (and also home to the Royal Menagerie until 1834), it was transformed into a prison and execution place during the Middle Ages. These days, a military garrison is still maintained within the Tower. Furthermore, yeoman warders (who live within the Tower and still dress in traditional Tudor clothing), give tours to interested visitors.
  • Westminster Abbey. Originally built on the grounds of an old monastery and later re-founded as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter in Westminster by Queen Elizabeth many centuries later in 1560, this Gothic abbey church is one of the most well-known religious locations in the whole of the United Kingdom. It has functioned as both a coronation and burial site for royal monarchs hundreds of years, and has also hosted at least sixteen royal weddings. If you’re curious to see Westminster Abbey for yourself, there are plenty of affordable guided tours available, both for families and large groups.

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Top Tourist Sites in London

There are many Top Tourist Sites in London, and to celebrate this great city, we thought it rather nice to highlight some of its more famous and valuable attractions. Whether visiting for historical purposes or simple to take in the sights, London is a city not to miss. Now, lets see what it has in store for you!

Buckingham Palace

At Buckingham Palace, you can visit where the Queen of England lives and check out the beautiful gardens and State Rooms in the palace. There is a special exhibition in 2018 that celebrates the Prince of Wales 70th birthday. Buckingham Palace is open to the Public from July 21st until September 30th.

The London Eye


The Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the best places to check out the skyline of London. It has some great views from the 32 carriages each of which carries up to 25 people, and each one weighs 10 tons! You can see most of the famous London landmarks while enjoying the ride with fantastic aerial views of the city and the ride lasts 30 minutes.

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

The Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour of London is one of the most popular tours in London. You can purchase a ticket that is good for 24 hours, and you can hop on and hop off the bus whenever you like and then get back on when you feel like it to check out more of the city. The sightseeing bus cruises by some of the most famous parts of London such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London.

Madame Tussauds- London

One of the best and biggest of the Madame Tussauds museums you will be hobnobbing with many of the most popular celebrities, but of course, they are wax. From Shakespeare to Sylvester Stallone there are impressive was replicas from the biggest figures in the world of entertainment, politics, and sport. You can pose and get pictures next to the wax replicas, and if you don’t spot the Queen at Buckingham Palace, you can snap a picture with her at Madame Tussauds.

Tower of London


The Tower of London is one of the most famous buildings in the world, and you can check it out following the tour led by a member of the Yeoman Warders. You can check out the old palace, arsenal, and house of jewels and one of the most fascinating parts of the tour is the prison and execution chamber, and there is even a zoo at the Tower of London as well.

The Shard

The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, and you can see 40 miles into the distance from the top. The Shard’s observation deck is 244 meters up, so you will have no problem seeing some of the top sites in London such as Wembley Stadium, the London Eye or St Paul’s Cathedral. The Shard is definitely the place to visit to get the best views of London.

Kensington Palace

If you want to visit past royalty of England and see how they lived, then you need to head to Kensington Palace. This interesting tour allows you into the royal life where you can see such things as a an exhibition of Princess Diana’s dresses and the Victoria Revealed exhibition to name just a couple.

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Top 5 Tips for Buying an Apartment in London

When it comes to relocating to London, often we are asked to provide tips on how to buy a London apartment. This can come from those looking for their first property, those having difficulty navigating through the many real estate listing companies, while others are simply interested in London apartments from an investor perspective.

So with that in mind, we thought it ideal to provide a list of our top five tips when it comes to buying an apartment in London. We hope this insight will help improve your search for the perfect apartment in what we think is the perfect city.

1.)  Location is everything, so too is your budget

While all in search of a London apartment have a budget set aside that they are most comfortable with, it is important to realize that location is a key factor in finding the best apartment possible. This is especially true when it comes to investing, as all properties purchased are a major investment, so location should be considered.

The most popular and desirable areas include Knightsbridge, Kensington, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill and Chelsea. A few other areas to consider that are up and coming include South of Thames and King’s Cross, and for investors, that is the most ideal as it allows you to buy while prices are low and sell as the demand for the area increases.

2.)  Chose a location close to Public Transport

This is a critical step in the process of selection and should be high on your list. The city of London is vast and covers a large area that is covered well by public transportation. Make sure before putting in an offer that you walk around the neighborhood and locate all the points of access for public transport. This will include the subway, buses and availability of quick taxi access.

This is a basic requirement in London, especially when working in the city as traffic congestion can impact travel times. If you are an investor, it is even more critical as renters often do not have other modes of transportation and reply heavily on public transportation.

A great way to gauge the ease of access is to talk to those already residing in the area you are considering, talk to real estate agents and shopkeepers as well, as each will have a wealth of information relating to public transportation.

3.)   Freehold or Leasehold – which is better?

Our preference when it comes purchasing an apartment is freehold. It means you own the property completely and do not have to worry about having to sign a new lease down the road. Also, leasehold properties are not as attractive to other buyers should you wish to sell in the future. This makes life a lot easier when that time comes- hands down.

4.)  Factor in building and annual charges

When purchasing an apartment, the odds are good that you will have additional costs relating to the upkeep of the building. This, at times, can amount to a substantial extra monthly cost, so make sure to fully understand all costs relating to the apartment you are considering.

5.)  Use a Search Agent!

Some buyers think that buying privately will take thousands off the purchase price; then there are others who understand the value of a search agent and the protection it affords should there be a problem when closing on the property. There are many stories of those who purchased privately only to find out afterwards the home did not meet the standards they thought they were buying. Agents are trained and certified and therefore are responsible to you as the buyer; protection is always the best way to go.

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