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Do you know how to identify the five regiments of Foot Guards who make up the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace? This article and photos explain it all.
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Great events are taking place in London this August! The highlight will be the famous Proms at the Royal Albert hall and the Notting Hill Carnival
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Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is always busy so why not try this location to see the Guards before they reach the Palace?
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Marylebone Village is a delightful London neighborhood and this article includes recommendations on where to dine, shop, things to do and much more.
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London's Grosvenor House Hotel offers Grover's Tea - a delightful children's afternoon tea with ice-cream and a cuddly toy.
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Pollock's Toy Museum in central London is a quirky private museum with toy theatres and many Victorian childhood treasures.
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God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow, east London, is a warehouse of neon new and vintage signs with a cafe too.
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London is full of events this August. You cannot afford not be here... The highlight will be the Sail Royal Greenwich which is near Canary Wharf.
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Hampstead Heath Hill Garden and Pergola is a little known gem in north London that's well worth the time to find.
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Central London has its first Little Free Library - in a red telephone box!
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A History of London in 50 Lives by David Long includes stories of many lesser known characters who have formed the capital's history.
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Camden Street Art Tours offer a 2 hour walk to see the best street art on display in this London neighborhood. Here's my review.
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Laura Porter writes about London. And other stuff. When paid to do so.
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Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site, and Laura's London for Anglotopia.net. She's also a VisitBritain Super Blogger too. She fits in further freelance writing while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen's.
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A 2015 Guide To Open-Air Cinema In London - WBSA
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Check out our guide for the best places to watch open air cinema in London.

London Aquarium – Sea Dragons | @AboutLondon Laura
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I'd heard Sea Life London Aquarium has a new exhibit of sea dragons so it seemed like a good time to return. The picture I'd seen was amazin

Zippos Circus – OMG 2015 | @AboutLondon Laura
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@AboutLondon Laura. Q: Where do you find out all of these things about London? A: It's all in my head. Let me share some of that with you. M

Brown Pebble | @AboutLondon Laura
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@AboutLondon Laura. Q: Where do you find out all of these things about London? A: It's all in my head. Let me share some of that with you. M

Latest Articles by Laura Porter | @AboutLondon Laura
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I write the About.com London Travel site and write for many more publications about London, UK Travel, family travel and plenty of other stu

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris & His Legacy | @AboutLondon Laura
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William Morris (1834-96) is known for many things. He was a gifted poet, architect, painter, writer and textile designer. He wanted everyone

Little Blue Men | @AboutLondon Laura
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Last week, there was a temporary art exhibition at The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology which chose to integrate with the exhibits in g

pod Food London Review | @AboutLondon Laura
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Have you tried a pod takeaway lunch? Let me tell you what's on offer.

Things To Do On The Royal Mile in Edinburgh | VisitBritain Super Blog
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Find out what there is to see and do along The Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face - London Review | @AboutLondon Laura
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The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face is an immersive (and bonkers) theatre experience in Greenwich for summer 2014.

Steam Train on The London Underground | @AboutLondon Laura
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On Saturday 2 August 2014, I was lucky enough to not only see a steam train on the London Underground but to also take a ride from Moorgate

Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace | @AboutLondon Laura
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Each year, the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace has a special exhibition and this year it's all about Royal Childhood.

Cooking Them Healthy
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Our easy to understand 7 top tips to keeping them fit & healthy

SUDA Thai London Restaurant Review | @AboutLondon Laura
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SUDA Thai is a Covent Garden Thai cafe restaurant with plnety of choice for vegetarians and a great fast lunch menu.

Tour de France in London | @AboutLondon Laura
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On Monday 7 July 2014, Stage 3 of Le Tour Yorkshire - Grand Depart 2014 (the Tour de France) reached London. I decided to watch at Woodford

Churchill War Rooms | @AboutLondon Laura
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Are the Churchill War Rooms worth the money? Here's my honest review and plenty of photos to help.

Bridge – Museum of London Docklands | @AboutLondon Laura
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In celebration of the 120th anniversary of Tower Bridge, the Museum of London Docklands has a free summer exhibition simply called Bridge al

The Historical Experience is somewhat unusual as you are led around in a group by a costumed guide who acts the part of a member of the household when Franklin lived here. The guide interacts with audio and video in each room yet most rooms are without furniture. You can't speak to the guide as they have to play their role but at the end a member of staff comes to answer questions. Unusual but I still learned a lot.
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reviewed 9 months ago
Good to combine a visit here with Wellington Arch too. There's an audio guide which is a bit 'dry' yet quite informative, but I recommend speaking to the gallery staff as then discovered the secret windows, hidden doors and other wonders. It's a shame there's not more in the shop - it's mostly books - but I still spent over an hour exploring inside.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I really like the Chop'd salads but find this branch disappointing as they salads are not fresh. It's a small shop so I thought I'd grab something and sit outside but everything looked so 'tired' I decided to go elsewhere. It turns out there isn't a kitchen at this site so the salads are only fresh in the morning. I'll stick with the Paternoster Square branch which is always fresh.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Great location in a courtyard just off Long Acre in Covent Garden. St Martin's Courtyard is all about shopping and dining so SUDA has outdoor seating making it a great place to stop for a drink too. The lunch menu is served quickly and the smoothies are yummy. I'm a fan of the spring rolls and plan to pop back again soon just for those.
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reviewed a year ago
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It's a simple attraction, with a small exhibition about the Arch and another temporary exhibition, but it's worth visiting in the morning as the Household Cavalry (fancy soldiers on horses) pass through on their way to Changing of the Guard at Horse Guards Parade. The horses come through at 10.30am and the attraction opens at 10am.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
They've got it right with this central London sister hotel to The Hoxton Hotel, near Old Street. I stayed in a 'Cosy' room which was large enough for a short stay. We overlooked the main road but heard nothing in the room. There's a lot of styling going on here (Roberts radio, Penguin paperbacks, old radiogram, etc) but it works. The restaurant is worth visiting for too - I just wish they had more vegetarian options.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
This tea house is truly lovely. On the top floor of Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street, is this wonderful oasis offering a huge range of delicious teas; with many blends created in-house. There are beautiful cakes too including a gluten-free option. There's also gluten-free bread for sandwiches, etc too. I really like the 'Beautiful Skin' blend and, as well as tasting nice, it really does improve your skin and hair.
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reviewed a year ago