Wednesday, August 27, 2008

London Value Weddings

Many have dreamed to have their wedding in London. However the worlds economic situation has put a damper on this.
Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum,  are addressing the concerns of credit-strapped wedding planners everywhere with an affordable new wedding promotion. Located in the Royal Borough of Kensington near the most popular vacation attractions in London such as Hyde Park and Harrods.
You can even do a bridal registry in Harrods.
For your wedding youcan accommodate events of up to 250 guests.or for a truly special reception, the hotel will reserve its expansive garden for an outdoor drink reception in the heart of London for as many as 300 friends and family members..

All weddings and functions booked come with the assistance of the London hotel's dedicated event staff to ensure success from planning to execution.
Dont wait - Live your dream.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Can I invite you to a Banquet?

Enjoy your privat sneak glimpse of a sumptuous State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London this summer.

State Banquet at Buckingham Palace
Would you like to be entertained by the Queen herself? Now you can find out!
Visit Buckingham Palace this summer, and for the first time ever, you can experience the spectacle of the Ballroom set up for a State Banquet.
See the Grand Service at Buckingham Palace This summer, the traditional horseshoe-shaped State Banquet table (adjusted in size to accommodate the visitors) is being set with dazzling silver-gilt from the Grand Service and adorned with magnificent flower arrangements. Please do not bring home any souveniers from the Queens table.

You will find lavish displays of tureens, dishes, ornamental cups and fine English and Continental porcelain will flank the table.

Held in honour of visiting Heads of State, the State Banquet is the occasion when The Queen entertains around 170 guests on the first evening of a State Visit. You and your family can be the 170+ guests.
During Her Majesty’s reign, 77 State Banquets have been held at Buckingham Palace, 18 at Windsor Castle and 2 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
There's more to be seen than just the Ballroom. You can see more lavishly furnished rooms with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection:
You will find paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude. Look out for sculptures by Canova and Chantrey,Sèvres porcelainas well as the finest English and French furniture from the world over. You will experience the riches of the world.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What is there to do in London?

One of the most popular places of interest included on the London Pass is ZSL London Zoo. A little known fact is that London Zoo was the world's first institution dedicated to the study and display of animals - in short, the world's first true zoo.

Today, much of London Zoo's focus is on conservation and preservation. With over 12,000 animals, you'll have to move quickly if you're to meet them all!

If you've visited the Tower of London or Tower Bridge, you may have spotted the awesome sight of HMS Belfast moored on the south bank of the Thames. HMS Belfast is the only surviving vessel of her type to have seen active service during World War II, and is a very unique thing to see in London - free, of course, on the London Pass.

Let your London Pass lead you to another of the unique visitor attractions along the Thames, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a faithful recreation of the Elizabethan playhouse where many of William Shakespeare's plays were first performed. And it's not just the theatre. Underneath, there's Shakespeare's Globe exhibition, All the World's a Stage.

A popular free thing to do in London is picnic in the park, and if you're interested in gardens or the great outdoors, take a trip along the Thames to world famous Kew Gardens. Created in 1772 and now a World Heritage Site, entrance to Kew Gardens is free with your London Pass. Experience the magnificent glasshouses displaying a wide range of plants from the rainforest to the desert.

Another not-to-miss London Pass place of interest is the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Opened in 2006, this is a world-class museum devoted to the history of the game and is one of the great things to do in London.

Historic Buildings in London

The Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace & more amazing sights!

If you are interested in historic buildings and olde world sights, London is an absolutely fantastic place to go sightseeing and the London Pass is without doubt the cheapest and easiest way to do it.

Many sights included on the London Pass are world famous 'must sees' such as the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, St Pauls Cathedral and Tower Bridge - but there are many more historic landmarks that are certain to fascinate and enthral.

And with the London Pass giving you free entry and fast track admission at so many amazing sights, you will have both the time and the budget to include them within your itinerary!

London Sights - Some Suggestions?

Start your sightseeing trip to London’s most famous sights with the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels and over 900 years of English history.
The Tower of London has been a Royal Palace, an arsenal, a fortress, the royal mint, a menagerie, a jewel house and now one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in London.
Just outside the Tower of London you can’t miss Tower Bridge, the beautiful and very recognisable bridge across the Thames. The high-level walkways of the Tower Bridge Exhibition offer breathtaking views of London.

Next make your way to St Paul’s Cathedral, where an iconic dome dominates the London skyline and visitors with a head for heights can climb the 530 steps (85 metres) from the Cathedral floor to the Golden Gallery. From here you can see many more sights of London thanks to the amazing, panoramic views.

After that make sure to visit the Big Ben, the icon of London. One of the largest clock towers in the world but also an international symbol.

If you’re up for a day trip, head to Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of the British sovereign for over 900 years.

Why not visit the Royal Albert Hall, one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world and the venue for the summer Proms? The London Pass entitles you to a free guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall.

Or then there's Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and the home of Diana, Princess of Wales, until her untimely death in 1997. The London Pass entitles you to free entry at Kensington Palace, normally £12 per adult.

You could use your London Pass to gain free entry to the Jewel Tower, built in about 1365 as part of the original Palace of Westminster and used to store the treasures of Edward III or perhaps you'd prefer to visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables in existence and home to the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages?

Venture a little further afield and there's Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's magnificent riverside residence built in 1514. Relax in the gardens or confuse yourself in the famous Hampton Court maze!

Whatever your interests, with your London Pass in hand, the historic sights of London are at your mercy!

Get the most from London Museums & Exhibitions with the London Pass

The museums in London are the envy of the world and there really is a museum for every taste. Let your London Pass take you on a journey of exploration that you will never forget!

Whilst many of the main London museums are free to enter, the London Pass will give you added value through free entry to charging exhibitions, free audio tours, free museum guidebooks or similar.

Visit the amazing Britain at War Experience and find out what it was like to live in Britain during the wartime years - the Blitz, rationing, evacuation. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a London street during the bombing. One of the most memorable museums of London!

Grateful that you've survived, why not set off with your London Pass for beautiful Greenwich and the largest maritime museum in the world, the National Maritime Museum? Make sure you visit the courtyard and the simple brass strip that marks the Greenwich Meridian. Stand astride it and you'll be in the east and the west at the same time!

The Guards are the Queen's personal bodyguard and famous around the globe. Find out all about their 350-year regimental history at the Guard's Museum, opposite St James's Park.