Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

2018-03-18 11:08:37 admin

Celebrate the wedding of the year as Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle

Royal wedding timings

  • The royal wedding takes place in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle at 12pm.
  • At 1pm, the newlyweds are due to partake in a carriage procession through Windsor Town.
  • The couple will then join their wedding guests for a reception at St George’s Hall.

The wedding is likely to be televised, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple became engaged at Prince Harry’s Kensington Palace home in November 2017, following a whirlwind 16-month royal romance.

Sixth in line to the throne after the birth of Prince William’s third child, Prince Harry is the grandson of the Queen and the youngest son of Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Who is Meghan Markle?

Meghan Markle is an American actor best known for her role in legal drama, Suits. She is also known for her humanitarian work.

Royal wedding celebrations in London

Pubs in English and Wales will stay open later on 18 and 19 May and can keep serving until 1am on each day, allowing everyone to raise a glass to the happy couple!

Check back soon to find more information about the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, including royal wedding festivities taking place in London.

In the meantime, find out about the top things to see at Windsor Castle and discover more about royal London.

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Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

2018-03-15 10:54:33 admin

Prices and Opening Times

Opening Times

The ceremony starts at 10.45am, but be sure to arrive much earlier to secure a good viewing spot.

Visit the Household Division website for the full schedule of dates and timings. There is no Changing the Guard in very wet weather.

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Things to Do on Easter Weekend 2018 in London

2018-03-15 10:54:17 admin

Keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holidays with our roundup of the best things to do during Easter 2018 in London.

From Easter egg hunts and special Easter events for kids and grownups, to the best chocolate shops and Easter opening hours in London, plan a fun-filled Easter break in the capital. Find things to do in London on Easter SundayGood Friday events and Easter Monday activities with our London Easter ideas below.

Easter weekend 2018 events in London

  • Watch a spectacular free performance of The Passion of Jesus, featuring 100 performers, in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. 30 Mar
  • Join an Easter weekend service at one of London’s churches or cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral. 30 Mar-1 Apr
  • Get a taste of Stuttgart-style hospitality during Alexandra Palace’s Springfest, with German beer, food and oompah bands. 30 Mar
  • Look for seasonal goodies at the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Easter Fair, plus enjoy song and puppetry with family show The Ugly Duckling. 31 Mar-1 Apr

London Easter egg hunts and trails

  • Hunt down Lindt chocolate bunnies and learn some chocolate-themed history about the palace’s past at Hampton Court Palace. 26 Mar-15 Apr
  • Venture on the Superpowers Trail to learn fascinating facts about animals with special skills at ZSL London Zoo30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Follow the Peter Rabbit trail among spring daffodils and crocuses at Kew Gardens, stopping off for lots of fun activities along the way. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Scour the WWT London Wetland Centre nature reserve for gigantic ducks on Dusty’s Giant Easter Duck Hunt. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Keep an eye out for bunnies on packaging during the self-guided Bunny Hop and Seek trail at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. 30 Mar-15 Apr

Easter chocolate in London

London Easter Sunday lunch

Spring blooms and baby animals

Family attractions and activities for kids in London

  • Come face-to-face with the Amazon’s weird, wonderful and scary creatures at SEA LIFE London’s new immersive Rainforest Adventure. From 24 Mar
  • Be amazed by the colourful butterflies on show as the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies attraction returns this Easter. 29 Mar-16 Sep
  • Meet Queen Mary II and indulge in lots of fun activities to delve into her past at Kensington Palace30 Mar-6 Apr
  • Step into Harry Potter’s Forbidden Forest and meet its mystical creatures at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, plus see the real Goblet of Fire (30 Mar-23 Sep).
  • Become a pilot, doctor or TV presenter in KidZania’s child-size city.
  • Find out more about the lovable Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends with the V&A’s exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a ClassicUntil 8 Apr
  • Travel back 67 million years as you rub shoulders with fearsome beasts at Dinosaurs in the Wild on Greenwich Peninsula. Until 31 Jul
  • Get a closer look at your favourite superheroes with comics, artwork and objects in the DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes at The O2. Until 9 Sep 
  • Look out for Easter family fun at more of London’s top attractions and family-friendly museums, as many put on special activities for children during the school holidays and Easter weekend.
  • For more things to do with the kids at Easter in London, take a look at our guide to 101 family-friendly activities.

Easter weekend shows in London

More Easter holiday ideas in London

  • Get up close to wildlife, from bumble bees to frogs and hedgehogs, at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo during the Easter holidays. Various dates from 30 Mar to 12 Apr
  • Be inspired by the 19th-century engineering behind London’s Underground network with tunnelling-themed activities at the London Transport Museum. 30 Mar-15 Apr
  • Watch a baby dragon emerge from its egg and help to feed it, as puppetry and special effects combine at Shrek’s Adventure! London30 Mar-23 Apr
  • Gather at Kew Palace to find dragons among pretty Kew Gardens, marking the reopening of the Great Pagoda. From 30 Mar
  • Explore how nature transforms itself with craft activities, such as making butterfly tote bags, at The Geffrye Museum of the Home. 4-6 Apr
  • Help to create an incredible underwater scene beneath the hull of Cutty Sark with the Shimmering Sea Big Build. 4-8 Apr 
  • Find out what being a child was like during the Second World War by meeting an evacuee at IWM London. 5-6 Apr
  • Join characters from Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3 and Frozen with Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at the SSE Arena, Wembley. 4-8 Apr

A baby dragon emerges from its egg during Shrek's Adventure! London's Easter experience. Image courtesy of Shrek's Adventure! London

Easter opening hours and transport in London

Good Friday and Easter Monday are both public holidays. Most attractions are open over the Easter bank holiday, but check with individual venues in advance; particularly to find what is open on Easter Sunday in London. Shops are closed on Easter Sunday, except small shops which may open for a few hours. Public transport services, including the London Underground, may be reduced between Good Friday and Easter Monday, so plan your journey in advance on the TfL website.

Find more things to do at Easter and in spring in London, and browse our guide to what’s on for more activities and events during your visit.

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St Patrick's Day in London

2018-03-15 10:53:54 admin

Join in the lively Irish celebrations with St Patrick’s Day events and activities in London.

Every 17 March, Ireland celebrates one of its patron saints, St Patrick, with a national holiday and a traditional feast. Although it is not a public holiday in England, London marks St Patrick’s Day with fun and spectacular events every year, usually on the weekend closest to 17 March.

In 2018, the festival takes place between 16 and 18 March, culminating in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in central London on 18 March.

St Patrick’s Day Parade in London

18 March

Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools in the annual London St Patrick’s Day Parade. The procession makes its way down Piccadilly from 12pm, on a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.

St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square

18 March

Watch St Patrick’s Day performances by well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests in Trafalgar Square. Then browse the craft stalls, and tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market. A family zone on Pall Mall East hosts an array of free child-friendly entertainment, workshops and activities, including stilt walkers, magicians, games and storytelling, from 12pm to 6pm.

More St Patrick’s Day celebrations and activities in London

  • Celebrate St Paddy’s Day with parties and Guinness in London’s Irish pubs and bars, many of which are decorated in green for the occasion.
  • See the works of acclaimed Irish artist Pauline Bewick at City Hall. 1-21 Mar
  • Enjoy a traditional Irish celi filled with dances, food and whisky beneath the hull of Cutty Sark. 17 Mar
  • Explore themes of identity with the #IAmIrish photography exhibition at City Hall. 14 Mar-13 Apr
  • Tuck into a slice of indulgent Guinness cake at Balthazar’s boulangerie, and enjoy Irish-inspired specialities and cocktails at the restaurant and bar. 16-18 Mar
  • Browse the stalls at North End Road Market for crafts and street food, and enjoy live Irish music and entertainment, from 9am to 6pm. 17 Mar
  • Follow an all-female Irish music trail of seven acts across Camden Market, and tuck into Irish street food specials from Camden’s favourite traders. 17 Mar
  • Stock up on top-quality Irish products as Borough Market celebrates St Patrick’s Day with Taste the Greatness of Northern Ireland. 14-17 Mar
  • Join the Vault Festival’s Irish-themed gangster party, RUCKUS: a subterranean celebration set in 1918 London, featuring live music, game tables, DJs and more. 17 Mar
  • Feast on traditional Irish dishes to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at The Montague. 17-19 Mar
  • Head to the St Patrick’s Film Festival London 2018 to catch Irish film screenings. 16-18 Mar
  • Pay a visit to potato crisp eatery HIPCHIPS to try some special Irish-inspired dips, such as Baileys and butterscotch, and stout rarebit. Until 31 Mar
  • Find more St Patrick’s Day events and activities in London.

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Centenary of the Women’s vote in London

2018-02-06 08:54:36 admin

Reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 with a line-up of empowering events, activities and exhibitions marking the Centenary of the Women’s vote in London.

With 2018 representing 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK, the capital is honouring the anniversary with special events across iconic venues in London.

Rebel Women at National Portrait Gallery

Get involved with a year-long programme of female-focussed events with Rebel Women at the National Portrait Gallery. Visit the Votes for Women exhibition (27 Jan-13 May) to see key figures in women’s suffrage and surveillance photographs from Scotland Yard. Afterwards, learn about those who fought for gender equality in Votes for Women: Pioneers (8 Jan-2 Dec). Until 1 Jan

Votes for Women at the Museum of London

View the Museum of London’s special film dedicated to lesser-known Suffrage stories and striking new display of iconic Suffragette items in the Votes for Women exhibition, which includes Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal. Other highlights in the season of events include the family-friendly Votes for Women weekend (3-4 Feb). 2 Feb-6 Jan

WOW – Women of the World at Southbank Centre

From concerts and art installations, to talks and debates, the WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates the power of females. Choose between more than 200 events at Southbank Centre, exploring historic female figures through to the challenges facing women in modern society, on the centenary of women’s suffrage. 7-11 Mar

Women and the Hall at the Royal Albert Hall

Trace the fascinating history of one of London’s most iconic venues with Women and the Hall. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s votes, the Royal Albert Hall is hosting an all-female series of performances, talks and film screenings. Plus, see photographs from the in-house archives with the Women and the Hall: Past, Present and Future exhibition (1 Mar-16 Apr). Until 26 Apr

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at The V&A

Journey into the world of one of the 20th century’s most famous female figures with Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A. Showcasing personal objects never displayed outside of Mexico, the exhibition documents the development of the iconic artist’s style through paintings, clothing and photographs. 16 Jun-4 Nov

Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament at Westminster Hall

From campaigns to victories, the Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament brings together historic objects, images and archives to tell the remarkable stories of women in politics. Plus, wander through immersive spaces which recreate women’s experience in parliament. 27 Jun-6 Oct

Sylvia at The Old Vic

Celebrate the role of Sylvia Pankhurst in the fight for votes for women with The Old Vic’s Sylvia. This remarkable musical in London brings together dance, soul, funk and hip hop to explore the life of the suffragette. 1-22 Sep. Book Now

More women’s suffrage events in London:

Check back for more London events marking the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Britain.

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