Saint Patrick’s Day


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Celebrated annually on and around March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day is the death date of the well recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It was in the early seventeenth century that the day was made an official Christian feast day. The day is observed by the Anglican Communion, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.

Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish in general. From public parades and ceilithe to film festival, food festival and comic events, the day brings masses together in a festive spirit. Attracting as many as 100,000 people to the city, Saint Patrick’s Day is indeed a big affair in London.

 

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About Saint Patrick

A lot of what is known about St Patrick comes from the Declaration which he himself wrote. Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish invaders. Saint Patrick, taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland spent six years working as a shepherd. It is believed that it was during this time that he “found God”. After fleeing from there to his home, Patrick became a priest.

He is believed to have returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. As per the Declaration, he spent several years evangelizing and converted many. All these centuries, he became Ireland’s leading saint.

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St Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Marches representing 32 Irish counties make their way through London for the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Taking place on March 15, 2015 (the Sunday closest to March 17), the procession starts from Green Park which is close to Hyde Park corner via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. This 1.5 mile passes some of London’s iconic landmarks such as Piccadilly Circus and The Ritz.

In Trafalgar Square, there’s an Irish food market, a film festival, children’s theatre and a lot more along with Irish music and dance. From 12 noon to 6 in the evening, this is a great chance to experience the profound and rich Irish culture.

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Traditions and Celebrations

On this day, it is expected to wear shamrocks and green clothes. St Patrick is believed to have used the Shamrock which is a three-leaved plant to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

Parties take place in numerous London pubs and bars. The green décor will surely catch your attention. Traditional Irish drinks and special menu are served everywhere. As this is a religious holiday as well, various Irish attend mass where the day is meant for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

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Unleash the explorer in you @ The Adventure Travel Show


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Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

 

Currently in its 19th year, the Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only such event that focuses on exploring the world off the beaten track. The event offers you the chance to get face-to-face with some of the professional adventure travel organizations. You can be a part of as many as 100 motivational talks full of unique, fascinating and valuable information. The famous English adventurer and writer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is one of the speakers at the event.

The travel show also introduces you to the unseen and unheard travel gems of the world, leaving you enthralled and enchanted.

For those with a keen interest in photography, the event is an opportunity to learn and enhance skills. You can learn the tricks of travel photography from some of the renowned personalities and take your creativity to the new level. With lectures and open group discussion taking place simultaneously, you can get a broad understanding of the ways of travel photography. Seminar experts include Paul Harris, Keith Wilson and Angela Nicholson. In the similar fashion, there are writing seminars offering potential writers a chance to be acquainted with the thoughts and ideas of editors and leading experts. 

That’s not all! You can actually make your adventure dream a reality with the Adventure Planning Seminar hosted by the famous tour planners.

Need we say more? Come over at the Olympia Conference Centre for an experience of extraordinary discoveries on 17th and 18th January 2015.

Opening Times:

Sat: 9am-6pm
Sun: 9.30am-5pm

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The Lord Mayor’s Show


Introduction

The Lord Mayor’s Show has walked through as many as 799 years of London history to arrive in the current century as probably the most impressive public pageant in the world. The show is named after the Lord Mayor of the City of London, a ceremonial region in Greater London. Also known as ‘the Square Mile’, the city is London’s major financial district.

Every year, a new Lord Mayor is appointed and a parade is made of the inauguration. This definitely reflects the prominence of this office in England. The show is centred on a street parade, offering you the customary British pageantry with various modern facets. The day after swearing in, the Lord Mayor and others participate in a march from the Guildhall, via places like St Paul’s Cathedral and Mansion House, in the city of London, to the Royal Courts of Justice, where the Lord Mayor swears adherence to the crown.

History

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Dedicated to win the support of the City in his feuds, King John in 1215 permitted the Mayor of London to become one of the first elected offices. Needless to say, the Mayor was a new power. Two months later, William Hardel who was the new Mayor of London put his signature to the Magna Carta. It was a requirement of the new Charter establishing it that the newly elected Mayor travelled to the royal enclave at Westminster to present himself at the court and take an oath of loyalty and commitment to the ruler. And it began! The event is listed in the City’s Civic Calendar as ‘The Procession to the Royal Courts of Justice and Presentation of the Lord Mayor to the Chief Justices’. All these years, Lord Mayor of London has been a highly regarded position and the Mayor’s journey a spectacle. It grew so much that by the sixteenth century, this grand spectacle was known all over as the Lord Mayor’s Show. From the plays of Shakespeare to the adventures of James Bond, the show has been featured several times. In the 20th century, the Lord Mayor’s Show became the first outside event to be live. Even to this date and time, the show pulls millions of TV audience.

Today, you can witness the City’s businesses, charities, Her Majesty’s forces and Londoners from all spheres of life come together on this day to be a part of a celebration of the City’s authority and affluence.

The 2014 Show

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The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show is scheduled on Saturday, November 8. The day is packed with family activities, exhibitions and other special events.

River Pageant: 08:30

The traditional Lord Mayor’s journey was taken by barge on the iconic river Thames. The modern Lord Mayor celebrates that tradition by travelling in a splendid flotilla of boats and barges. The beautiful Tower Bridge opens in salute at 09.25.

Lord Mayor’s Procession: 11:00

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With over 7000 participants, 150 horses, hundreds of carts, carriages and coaches along with vintage cars, helicopters, penny farthings and fire engines, this definitely is a procession unlike any other. It sets off from Mansion House at 11am, takes a halt at the Royal Courts when the Lord Mayor gives his oath, and then returns up the Victoria Embankment at 1pm.

Guided Walks: 15:00

In between the procession and fireworks, one can find guide lecturers offering walking tours all around the streets of the City of London. These walks are easy and free.

Lord Mayor’s Fireworks: 17:15

The first day in office is completed by the new Lord Mayor with a glorious fireworks display over the River Thames. The launchpad floats in the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars. As the roads are closed, one can take a walk or enjoy the end of this magnificent show.

The City of London

The City of London is a ceremonial county within London and is based on the original Roman town of Londinium. The boundaries of the city have stayed constant since the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by Tower Hill, Liverpool Street. It is one of the two districts to hold the status of a city, the other being the City of Westminster. It houses some of London’s best attractions like Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. For a wide range of accommodation options in the City of London, check out RatedApartments.com and experience the most authentic spirit of the city.

How to Make the Most of Your August Bank Holiday


London is at its best in the month of August. One of the warmest and most awaited months of the year, August comes with some of the biggest and brightest events. Needless to say, the August bank Holiday weekend (August 22 to August 25, 2014) is nothing but a thing of beauty. It is undeniably an opportune time to experience the true flavours of the city. After reading the below, you’ll know why!

Notting Hill carnival (Aug 23-25)

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Europe’s biggest Caribbean flavoured street festival, this one brings life and happiness to the streets of West London. Amazing music stands, magnificent food stalls and gorgeous parades are some of the characteristics of the Notting Hill Carnival. From late night parties to family events, the carnival has something for everyone. The beats of reggae and funk along with the smell of food will leave you enthralled.

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Notting Hill Carnival

Frightfest (Aug 21-25)

Look no further if you want to be a part of a festival that will see nails bitten to the quick and snacks scattered over, all in fear and fright! The Frightfest in Leicester Square will feature sixty-four films, eleven world premieres and twenty shorts. With thrills like ‘A nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’, here’s a chance to experience an adrenaline rush!

South West Four (Aug 23-24)

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With more than 80 DJs and electronic acts taking over eight brilliant stages, it is nothing less than magnificence that you witness. Some of the acts include Fedde Le Grand, Above & Beyond and garage duo Oxide & Neutrino.

Carnival del Kerb (Aug 22-29)

The Paperworks

Tickle your taste buds at this food festival which brings to you street food experts kicking off with the best of spicy food and zesty music. The event features fiery and hot snacks from all across the globe.

Buckingham Palace

Take a tour of one of the most iconic and regal buildings in the world. Buckingham Palace welcomes people into its 19 wonderful state rooms. Available in many languages, this recorded tour offers you a chance to get a taste of royalty.

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Strictly Summer Ballroom

This one at the South bank Centre promises to be a laid-back and leisurely Monday after two days of fun and action. Listen to some amazing live music and enjoy doing rumba and tango in the Royal Festival Hall. And yes, it simply doesn’t matter how good or bad are your moves. The rhythm here will certainly bring out the best in you.

BBC Good Food Festival (Aug 23-25)

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With chefs like Gregg Wallace, Lisa Faulkner and John Torode, BBC brings to you bunch of some star chefs offering cooking demos while you relish the summer dishes. That isn’t all! Kids can also be part of the cooking classes offered here.

So, take your pick and make the most of the August Bank Holiday, the big bash to have a fabulous long weekend.