Why London Is Perfect At Christmas

December 30th, 2011

The pretty lights, fancy decorations, anticipation of Santa visiting and excitement of Christmas Day morning all make this a truly magical time of year for children. However, even when you’re all grown up it doesn’t mean that the fun of Christmas has to go. With so much to see and do in London at this time, it’s bound to bring out the festive spirit in anyone.

Every year Hyde Park plays host to one of the most spectacular Christmas events in the UK. Perfect for all ages, Winter Wonderland is the place to find all things merry and joyful. With markets, an ice rink, shows, attractions, activities, rides and plenty of food to go around, this is a day out that will be remembered forever. Visitors can even take a trip to Santa Land where they can tour the workshop, talk to the elves, ride the Santa Express and of course meet the man himself.

If you find yourself near Covent Garden on a Saturday why not head to the Piazza for a spot of Reindeer petting? Alternatively, up until Christmas Eve London Zoo will have their very own Reindeer Lodge. Santa’s furry friends will be taking a daily walk around the zoo and visitors will even be able to pet them while they are in their enclosure.

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Santa’s Grotto and Kew Gardens is one of the top places to do this according to critics. With the chance to meet Santa, ride a carousel, get their face painted, go on mini vintage car rides and take seasonal walks, there is lots to keep the young ones happy.

Of course there is plenty of festive entertainment around London for adults too. With comedy shows, gigs, cabaret and Christmas markets aplenty, even the biggest scrooge would find it hard not to feel merry at this special time of year.

 

 

 

 

Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

December 7th, 2011
Zipp's Circus in Hyde Park

The famous Zippo's Circus

Each year Winter Wonderland attracts more than a million visitors to Hyde Park. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland can be enjoyed by everyone – it is absolutely FREE to enter Hyde Park and visit Santa Land. Experience the wonderment of the festive season with an array of magical activities, rides and attractions to explore! Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or enjoy the more tranquil experiences – there is something for all.

Soar 60 meters into the London sky in the comfort of enclosed pods and experience spectacular views. See the famous Zippos Christmas Circus, in an awe-inspiring extravaganza for the whole family or skate on the Samsung Galaxy Ice Rink. Winter Wonderland would not be complete without rides like the famous Power Tower, the Snow Jet and the Winter Wonderland Express!

The opening times including Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve are 10am until 10pm, from 19 November 2011 to 3 January 2012. (Christmas Day the event is closed).

Hyde Park London W2 2UH

Christmas Shopping with the Queen at Buckingham Palace

December 7th, 2011

A special Christmas shopping evening at the Queen’s Gallery Shop, Buckingham Palace – Thursday 8 December

Buckingham Palace

Christmas Shopping at Buckingham Palace

For one evening only! The Queen’s Gallery Shop at Buckingham Palace is offering free entry and 20% discount on a wide range of exquisitely designed exclusive gifts for the whole family this Christmas. From luxury foods, wine, and ceramics (including a specially commissioned bone china service commemorating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012), to beautifully crafted jewellery and children’s gifts – these gifts are only available from this shop and you can buy them with 20% discount for this evening only!

FREE ENTRY TO EXHIBITION!

To coincide with this special evening the Royal Collection you can see the exhibition, The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography marking the centenary of Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole.

To reserve your place by sending an email to Rozanne Shipman on [email protected]

Thursday 8 December from 5.30pm to 8pm

The Queen’s Gallery and Shop, Buckingham Palace Road, SW1A 1AA

London Christmas Lights

December 3rd, 2011

With Christmas quickly approaching, there is no doubt that everybody is starting to feel festive and in the mood to start celebrating. Towns and cities across the UK make a big effort every year to make sure that they have an impressive display of lights and decorations to bring a bit of festive cheer to the thousands of people out doing their Christmas shopping.

The London Christmas lights are amongst the most famous in the world and attract massive crowds every year during the holiday season. Whilst some have already been turned on, there are still plenty of places to go throughout November to see the special occasion taking place.

Oxford Street, St Christopher’s Place and Westfield Stratford City have already turned their lights on but they can still be enjoyed until the 5th January 2012. All of them boast a colourful array of lights which decorate the streets and shopping centres and some even have a grotto where young children can go and visit Santa.

Visitors to the brand new Westfield shopping centre can even go ice skating on one of the newest rinks to arrive in London for Christmas 2011.  Alternatively, St Christopher’s Place is known for having some of the most beautiful collection of lights and this year is no exception. Having been created by James Glancy Design, they include giant, reflective spheres which have been suspended above the streets and provide a magical experience for Christmas shoppers from all over the world.

The Balham Christmas lights are due to be turned on by the Mayor of Wandsworth on the 26th November 2011. The event will take place between 4 and 5pm on Hildreth Street and there will be plenty of seasonal refreshments available, entertainment for children and Christmas Carols which will be performed by the Balham Ukulele Society, Chestnut Grove Steel Band and the South London Choir.

The 30th November will see the Christmas lights being turned on in Greenwhich. Between 4pm and 7pm at Greenwich Market, visitors can enjoy a lantern procession, Santa’s Grotto and the famous Christmas market which will be full of festive foods, drinks and gifts to buy for friends and family.

There is going to be a very special event taking place on Motcomb Street in Belgravia on the 1st December 2011 because it will be the very first switching on of the Christmas lights here. From 6pm until 8:30pm, visitors will be treated to a host of live acts who will be entertaining the crowds with traditional carols and live music.

Going to see the London Christmas lights is a truly special occasion and is bound to fill everyone with festive cheer during the cold winter months. Click here to find out more information about events taking place and where some of the best and most impressive displays can be seen.

Haunted Victoria Walks

October 18th, 2011

The haunted walks will take you to some of Victoria’s famous landmarks and less well-known buildings. There are plenty of fascinating, spooky tales about this historic area’s real and supernatural past. Haunted Victoria promises to unveil the magic and mystery that lies hidden behind Victoria’s sober stone and steel facades…Victoria is an area drenched in history, spiritual symbolism and tales of strange, ghostly apparitions. Learn to distinguish between the true stories, myths and paranormal tales associated with two of London’s great churches, Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. The walk will unearth some of the most haunted steps in England and unveil grim anecdotes about Victoria’s bloody past.

  • Known for its bustling shops and offices, Victoria Street straddles the site of the notorious 17th century Tothill Fields Prison, within one of the oldest districts in London, Westminster.
  • Visit some of the dark passageways dotted across the SW1 area towards the walk’s climax; an exceptionally rare opportunity to explore the secret underground rooms and vaults of the old Army & Navy building beneath House of Fraser. Today, the building lies unused and empty, apart from a few ghostly sounds in the dead of night…
  • We’ll bring you back to present reality by inviting you to join your fellow haunted walk guests and guide for a complimentary cup of steaming hot chocolate, courtesy of Victoria BID, before we send you off into the night.
  • Thursday 27 October starting at 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 28 October starting at 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 1 November starting at 6.00 – 7.30pm

The starting place for all these walks is outside the Victoria Palace Theatre. The walks have been arranged by bespoke experience company Urban Gentry, with thanks to House of Fraser for granting Victoria BID permission to enter former Army & Navy Store.

  • Please wear comfortable shoes (no heels) and warm casual clothes!
  • All participants will need to sign a disclaimer and personal liability waiver form before they depart.
  • For further info, please contact Rozanne Shipman on email [email protected]

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

October 17th, 2011

B+B Belgravia are proud to announce that they have been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2011.  Thank you to all our loyal guests for that vote of confidence and for taking the time to share your experiences by submitting such positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Check out what Trip Advisor says about B+B Edinburgh and B+B Weymouth.

B+B Belgravia and Studios@82

October 17th, 2011

The Award Winning B+B Belgravia has been looking after business travellers and leisure tourists in London since 2004. B+B offers a modern, contemporary environment at affordable rates and became so popular, that eventually the owners managed to expand by creating Studios@82 in 2010.Guests have 2 choices of accommodation; B+B Belgravia with 17 rooms offers bed & full English breakfast served in the breakfast room plus use of guest lounge and private garden. The Studios@82 which comprise 8 studios and 1 garden apartment are suitable for the more discreet stay in a self-contained studio-style accommodation with a freshly prepared and delivered continental breakfast service. The only public space is the deck in the rear garden. The B+B Belgravia and Studios@82 are Grade II listed Georgian townhouses with six floors; there are no lifts; lower floor rooms are available for guests not wishing to tackle the stairs and staff are on hand to help with luggage. Belgravia is a very elegant, very affluent and very safe residential area of London to stay in and easily accessible being just a five minute walk from Victoria Mainline Station (including the Gatwick Express), Coach Station and Underground. The surrounding area offers a multitude of specialist shops, gastro-pubs, exquisite restaurants, continental cafes and delis, art galleries, theatres and famous landmark tourist attractions. Elizabeth Street is famous for its fashion boutiques and nearby is Sloane Square for Peter Jones and Kings Road; follow Sloane Street to Knightsbridge for Harrods and Harvey Nichols which are all within one mile of Ebury Street.