Lessons in the "London" Category

London – Notting Hill Carnival

Today, let’s talk about the world famous Notting Hill Carnival in London. Traditionally it is held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The annual event attracts more than one million visitors and has over 40,000 volunteers.

The huge street carnival has been running since 1964. It allows London’s Afro-Caribbean community to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. The carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity.

The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in Europe. Visitors can see the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe’s biggest street carnival. They can also see the many vibrant costumes the dancers will wear.

Category: London / Notting Hill Carnival / Tourism

Crystal Palace to be rebuilt

Crystal Palace in London is to be rebuilt. Plans and images have been unveiled that show how Crystal Palace will look when it is rebuilt as a modern day cultural attraction.

The original Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire in 1936. The massive iron and glass structure was originally erected in Hyde Park, London, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. More than 14,000 exhibitors from around the world gathered to see the latest technology.

Category: Crystal Palace / History / Great buildings

Hidden London!

Today let’s talk about hidden London. By that I mean parts of London that are hidden away; yet are literally right in front of our eyes when walking around the capital city...

Cabmen’s shelters in London are, to the untrained eye, green sheds. Introduced in 1875, they were used as a refuse for horse drawn cab drivers to eat, drink and take shelter from the weather. Today, just 13 remain. Whilst taxi drivers still use them today, so can you!

Category: London / Secret Places to Visit / Tourism

I love London!

I love London! - That’s what the T-shirt says in the souvenir shop in Oxford Street. It’s what the tourists like to buy when they visit London.

People from all around the world love to visit London. It’s a great city. Many like to go on a red double decker bus or ride in a black London taxi. Others use the London Underground.

Category: Tourism / London / Places to Visit

New sleeper coach service from London to Scotland

Planning a visit to Scotland this summer? If you are and you’re a budget traveller you might want to consider taking a new sleeper coach service that is going to be introduced this summer by coach company Megabus.

You’ll be able to travel from London to Edinburgh or Glasgow (or in the opposite direction) in under eight hours. The new budget coach service will offer passengers cut price tickets that will include a bunk bed and a sleeper kit.

Category: Tourism / United Kingdom / Places to Visit

The top places to visit in the UK

Today, let’s talk about the top places to visit in the UK. London probably tops the list. The capital city offers visitors Buckingham Palace, Oxford Street and the London Eye. London is huge! It offers tourists fabulous pubs, theatres and sports venues.

Outside of London, where to go and what to see? Probably the second most visited city is Edinburgh in Scotland. It is popular around New Year’s Eve and during the summer when it hosts the Edinburgh Festival.

Category: Tourism / United Kingdom / Places to Visit

‘Mind the gap’ returns to London Underground

‘Mind the gap’ – one of the most iconic phrases once heard on several London Underground tube stations is set to return to one tube station. Passengers standing at the platform at Embankment Underground station on the Northern line will once again be able to hear one of the most famous phrases in London. What’s more, it will be the original voice of Peter Lodge, the man who recorded the classic phrase back in the 60s.

Category: London / London Underground / Places to Visit

Viva Forever! Spice Girls reunite for new musical

Recently the Spice Girls reunited at the opening night of a new musical in London called Viva Forever! London’s Piccadilly theatre in the West End hosted the event that featured the music of the Spice Girls.

Ahead of the performance Geri Haliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm walked down the red carpet as a foursome. The fifth member of the girl band Victoria Beckham arrived late with her husband David Beckham and three sons due to traffic. They were joined by many celebrities including Graham Norton, Joan Collins and Cilla Black.

Category: London’s West End / Musicals / Spice Girls

Tragic suicide after Kate hoax call

Today, let’s talk about the recent hoax telephone call from two Australian DJs to a London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was staying. The prank has caused a storm of controversy around the world.

The DJs in question are Mel Greig and Michael Christian. In a call to London’s King Edward VII hospital on Tuesday 4th December they posed as the Queen and Prince Charles. They asked about how the Duchess was following her bout of morning sickness as a result of her recent pregnancy.

Category: Media / Pranks / Tragedy

Looking back at the Paralympics – London 2012

Did you watch the Paralympics that were held in London recently? I did - but oddly many of my students surprisingly did not.

Like many other Brits I watched the opening ceremony, which like the Olympic Games opening ceremony I thought was breathtaking to watch. Entitled ‘Enlightenment’ - it featured the actor Sir Ian McKellan and Professor Stephen Hawking, the British physicist and author. Both played their parts in the theatrical and musical extravaganza that was inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. Thousands of umbrellas were used that typified the British weather.

Category: Sport / Paralympics / London 2012