Easter in United Kingdom


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Introduction

Easter is a festival which gives the UK two bank holidays, thereby making it a Bank Holiday weekend (April 3, 2015 to April 6, 2015).

Whether you plan to party all weekend or celebrate Easter by stuffing your mouth with chocolates, it’s time to get on with planning. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate this springtime holiday. Go cracking!

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Easter Services

Attend an Easter service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church or Westminster Alley for orchestral music and live choral. At Trafalgar Square, you can learn about the story of Easter. Here, a live and full-size re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is carried out by a cast of 100. Get there early and find a nice spot.

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Easter Dining

Easter isn’t just about chocolate eggs and hot buns!

Dig into a traditional roast dinner through the lush green Lee Valley Regional Park during a Sunday lunch cruise. You can relax and enjoy a three-course lunch on board as you cross the park’s beautiful fields and woodlands.

You may even be able to spot the resident wildlife here, if you are lucky.

There are plenty of other options too. You can also enjoy a three course meal with a glass ofchampagne at Babylon at the Roof Gardens or enjoy an eight-plate Indian feast at Cinnamon Soho. For those who love nature, hit La Pont de la Tour to enjoy beautiful riverside views overall delightful meal for £25.

Sit back and enjoy a nice conversation over tea at The Sanderson or at The Landmark London Hotel.

Enjoy the air

On the first bank holiday of spring, there probably isn’t a better way to enjoy than by exploring the outdoors of London. Walk through daffodils in the parks of London to soak in the spring. Shades of yellows and greens will mesmerise your senses.RELEASEDÑMCCM Jerry McLain, CNRNW PAO LCPO, credit as a U.S. Navy Photo by Maebel Tinoko

Easter Egg Hunts

Embark on one of London’s Easter egg hunts this weekend for a fun-filled experience. Join the hunt through the Kensington Palace and explore the courtiers. Keep an eye out for eggs amongst the stalls of Jubilee Market in Covent Garden or go on an egg exploration at Gabriel’s Wharf.

Those who are fond of sweets must definitely not miss the cocoa-based stuff at London chocolate shops.

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This Easter, take your love for chocolates to newer heights. Spoil yourself with a Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Tasting Experience at the London Eye with an expert who takes you through the tasting adventures. The wide range of truffles and chocolates will amaze you!

The Lock Tavern Festival

Undoubtedly the most ideal way to spend your Easter weekend is to hit the nightspots in Camden. As the Lock Tavern hosts four days and nights of fun with DJs and live music along with street food, you can have a great time.

Go ahead! Take your pick from the bucketload of eggcellent events for a very happy Easter.

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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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A Rated Guide to Kensington, London


CHAPTER 4: KENSINGTON

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A district within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in Central London, Kensington is known for its beautiful buildings, impressive gardens, grand museums and royal palaces. The profound history of Kensington  never fails to impress traveler. Needless to say, a trip to London is incomplete without a visit to this culturally rich area.

Read further and know more about Kensington.

Attractions

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Royal Albert Hall: Situated in South Kensington, Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its magnificent auditorium hosts over 350 shows a year by some of the most popular artists. The events include ballet and opera, classical concerts, charity performances and others. Royal Albert Hall was opened in the year 1871 by Queen Victoria and has today become one of London’s treasured buildings. The hall is a registered charity and operates without public or government funding.

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 Attracting millions of tourists, Kensington Gardens are one of London’s most royal parks. It lies immediately to the west of Hyde Park.  It covers an area of 270 acres and comprises Albert Memorial, the Italian Gardens and Kensington Palace to name a few. Magnificent trees and attractive flowers make this place a must visit.

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Albert Memorial is situated in Kensington Gardens. It was specially made by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert. The memorial was designed in the Gothic Revival Style and was opened in the year 1872. The memorial is 54 m tall and took more than 10 years to complete. When in London, you can’t miss to visit this place.

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South Kensington: Home of museums, for all ages.

Some of these museums include:

–  Victoria and Albert Museums: Check out art and design including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, paintings and sculptures from past thousands of years.

–   Science Museum: This one caters to kids! This interactive garden is specifically designed for kids under five.

–   Natural History Museum: Confront a giant T-rex or experience an earthquake in the Power Within zone.

 Accommodation and Travel

Staying in Kensington offers one the luxury to be close to the city’s most popular attractions. The wonderful green expanse of Kensington Gardens is not far. That’s not it! The Serpentine boating lake, Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground and Hyde Park are around. Kensington is as good for adults as it is for kids. London’s legendary West End can be easily reached by tube. The lively Soho is also nearby. The excellent neighbourhood is what makes Kensington one of the most preffered places to base your stay in London.

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Kensington offers excellent connectivity to various parts of London. Most of it is served by Gloucester Road, South Kensington and High Street Kensington tube stations.

Would you like to know the other side of Kensington? The happening one! Stay tuned as we bring to you the lively and effervescent side of Kensington.

A Rated Guide to Chelsea, London


Chapter 3: Chelsea

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Designer shops, exciting punk boutiques, world-class restaurants, historical sites and a bohemian culture – this is what defines the very affluent Chelsea. Located along the iconic river Thames in central London, Chelsea is surrounded by Knightsbridge, Earls Court, Nine Elms, Kensington, Pimlico and Belgravia. Bands like Rolling Stones and the Beatles have had an association with this place.

Read and know all about the chic, trendy and historically significant Chelsea.

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Attractions

The Saatchi Gallery

Where: Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea, King’s Road, London SW3 4SQ

What time: 10 am to 6 pm

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Showcasing contemporary works by artists all over the world, the Saatchi Gallery was re-opened in the year 2008. A 70,000 square feet establishment, it is situated in the former barracks of the Duke of York’s Headquarters. The gallery features an excellent selection of artists and offers dedicated space to young and emerging talent.

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Where: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4SR

Time: 10 am to 4 pm (Monday to Saturday), 2pm to 4 pm on Sunday. It is closed between midday and 2 pm

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was built by Sir Christopher Wren. It was planned to be a home for soldiers who could not continue duty because of old age or injury. The museum, chapel and Great Hall are open to visitors. The place comes also with attractive grounds which are open daily except during the famous Chelsea Flower Show.

You can also check out the Chelsea Physic Garden and The National Army Museum located close by.

Chelsea Farmer’s Market

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Where: 125 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NR

Time: 9.30 am to 8 pm

Located off the busy and bustling Kings Road, the Chelsea Farmers Market is a good looking square that comes with shops and restaurants. Come over during summers and you will see wooden tables laid out and exuberant people enjoying lunch under colourful umbrellas.

The market comes with everything from books and magazines to hand bags and purses. One can also check out the Chelsea Gardener for a lovely range of plants.

Rockarchive Gallery Chelsea

Where: 289 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EW

What time: 11 am to 7 pm

Rockarchive Gallery, founded by a renowned photographer Jill Furmanovsky exhibits a lovely collection of rock and roll. Furmanovsky brought together a library of famous rock photographers and their pictures of popular musicians. From The Rolling Stones and The Who to The Kinks, you will find them all here. Some of the images come with the story, making them really precious.

This isn’t all! There is a lot around Chelsea that you can explore. Watch plays by inventive writers at the Royal Court Theatre. You can also visit the Chelsea Old Church which dates back to 1157. Other attractions include St Barnabas Pimlico,  Albert Bridge

Shopping

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No place beats Sloane Street and the King’s Road when it comes to designer shops and renowned brands.  Some of the names include Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel, Prada, Jimmy Choo and MIu Miu.

Besides these brands, there are places like Biondi, Fifi Wilson, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Chloe and Graham & Green for ladies’ fashion. An extensive range of perfumes can be found in Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s, L’Occitane and Parfums de Nicolai.

Kiki McDonough, Cartier Boutique, Tiffany & Co, Theo Fennell, Lara Bohinc  and Folli Follie are the places for excellent jewellery.

Pubs and Restaurants

Chelsea is packed with cafes, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants. Gordon Ramsay, Rasoi, Tom’s kitchen, Le Cercle, Eight Over Eight, Gallery Mess, The Painted Heron and Hunan are some of the best restaurants in the area.

Famous nightlife venues include The Phoenix, Eighty Six, Phene Arms  , JuJu Chelsea King’s Head and Eight Bells and The Blenheim to name a few.

Accommodation and Travel

This affluent area in central London offers an incredible range of accommodation options. With a distinctive style and charm, Chelsea is undeniably the place to be. Check out some of the best apartments located in Chelsea, here. Not only will you find beautiful décor and elegant interiors in these apartments but also all the amenities required for a perfect holiday.

Chelsea is well connected by various modes of transportation. The closest tube stations are South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly lines) and Sloane Square. Heathrow Airport can be reached in 60 minutes by tube. You can reach Gatwick Airport in 70 minutes by tube.

A Rated Guide to Valentines in London


Special Edition : Love in London

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“Like a river flows surely to the sea

Darling so it goes

some things are meant to be

take my hand, take my whole life too

for I can’t help falling in love with you

for I can’t help falling in love with you…”

Wine and Roses. Strawberries and champagne. Cosy dinner under starlit skies. Here comes February – the month of love, magic and romance.

Go ahead and plan something really special for your loved ones. Take her out and woo her like never before. Plan something unique for him that leaves him awestruck.

In case you need some inspiration, we’ve put together a few ideas of what to do and where to go for a romantic day in London.

Here you go!

The Love Bus Valentine’s Romantic Night Tour in London

Get passionate in London this Valentine’s Day with the romantic open top bus tour. Get along with your beloved and join for a wonderful journey through the city. You can see attractions like Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

You will be welcomed with a sparkling glass of champagne. Enjoy as some of the very talented musicians come with some mesmerizing love songs. Couples also get goodies such as flowers and chocolates.

A sightseeing tour with a touch of magic and romance, indeed!

The tour operates on 13, 14 and 15 February 2015

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

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The Coca-Cola London Eye Valentine’s Cruise

Take this cruise and witness London from an absolutely different perspective. Enjoy an exclusive circular sightseeing cruise on the iconic river Thames. The guides will keep giving live commentary. The attractions that are a part of this cruise include Big Ben, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

The commentary is available in Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Mandarin.

Duration: 40 minutes

Venue: The Coca-Cola London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

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City Cruises Valentine’s Day Romantic River Night Cruise

Woo your beloved by planning a perfect evening on the River Night Cruise. With spectacular sights of London, excellent food and live entertainment, there couldn’t have been a more romantic way to celebrate love. You will be welcomed with a glass of champagne. This will be followed by sumptuous meal with wine. In the meanwhile, beautiful songs will entertain you. The illuminated attractions of London along the river bank offer a striking set for a memorable evening.

Duration: 3 hours

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Romantic Package

This is a lovely experience for the love-struck. Ripley’s Believe It or Not London has crafted a wonderful Valentine’s Day package for people who prefer doing the unconventional. Enjoy a fast track entry into. On your entry, you receive a glass of juice and a box of chocolates. You can then roam around and watch more than 700 artefacts and exhibits.

Get amazed by the Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze. Truly something your partner will never forget!

The Coca-Cola London Eye Cupid’s Capsule

Go spoil your dear one and experience the spectacular skyline in a private Capsule. You are accompanied by Champagne, premium chocolates and a red rose. The Coca Cola London Eye, at 135 metres offers excellent views. In the high-tech capsule with your partner, you will experience views of places like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben.

You will also be given the entry to the London 4D experience. With brilliant theatre effects, this will be a unique experience.

Venue: The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Wine & Dine

For those of you who want to enjoy an enchanting dinner with your loved one, London offers places that are sure to impress.

Check out what we have found for you!

Babylon

Located in Kensington, Babylon at 100ft offers a scenic skyline and a live jazz band that’s just perfect with the setting. A four-course meal here will not fail to beguile your dear one.

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Enjoy an exclusive Valentine’s Day dinner at the famous Japanese restaurant Aqua Kyoto on Regent Street.

Galvin at Windows

Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton, Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant is hosting special Valentine’s meals. Need we say more?

OXO Tower

Experience the views across the river Thames while you enjoy your meal at OXO Tower Bar Brasserie and Restaurant at South Bank. With live music and fun romantic games, the place will be a perfect choice for the passionately romantic ones.

So, are you ready to go head over heels in love?

Decided on the places to visit? then bring the day to a perfect finish with stay in our romantic apartments in London

A Rated Guide to Covent Garden, London


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You can’t help being mesmerised by the exuberance and energy of Covent Garden. Adored for its culture and uninterrupted entertainment, this district on the eastern periphery of the West End is one of London’s most happening places. It is surrounded by Leicester Square and the City of London. The iconic river Thames, entertainment hub Soho and the very touristy Trafalgar Square are a few minutes away.

 Covent Garden brings to you a perfect potpourri of history, culture and entertainment. Read below to know more!

Shopping

Covent_Garden_Market_Christmas_decorationsCovent Garden is home to brands like Burberry Brit, Rugby Ralph Lauren and Opening Ceremony. It has an extensive selection of stores, from designer labels to high-street brands. You can find numerous British designers like Nicole Farhi and Ted Baker on the Floral Street.

At the heart of Covent Garden, there are numerous craft stalls and budding designer boutiques.

If you love to shop, check out Seven Dials comprising seven streets of cafes, boutiques, restaurants and independent shops. Head to Poste Mistress for just the right kind of shoes!

The Tea House here, deserves a special mention. It stocks an interesting range of teas. 

Cultural Attractions

Covent Garden is an ideal place for people who love art and Royal_Opera_House_and_ballerinatheatre. Places such as Britain’s National Portrait Gallery, New London Theatre and English National Opera are located nearby. There are numerous shows you can catch in theatres in Covent Garden. Some of the popular shows include Stomp at the Ambassadors Theatre, War Horse at The New London Theatre, The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyseum Theatre.

Wine & Dine

Dirty_Martini,_Covent_Garden,_WC2_(4500660896)From Indian meals at Dishoom and Masala to Mexican delights at Wahaca, Covent Garden is just the ideal place for food lovers. The late night drinks at Dirty Martini and The Powerhouse can’t be missed.

One can enjoy a quick pre-theatre bite at Fire and Stone or go to Spaghetti House for an Italian treat. For a fine dining experience, try London’s oldest Rules or the Michelin-starred L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon. For the typical London vibe, hit The Lamb and Flag. This is one of the oldest and most popular pubs in London.

 

Travel to Covent Garden

Centrally located, Covent Garden is very well connected to the Covent_Garden_stn_buildingrest of the city. Covent Garden Station is one of the most ideally located transport options. It sits on the Piccadilly Line of the tube. Leicester Square, Holborn and Charing Cross are other nearby tube stations and can be reached in less than 10 minutes. You can also take a bus to Trafalgar Square and then walk through the streets of this historic district. You can buy a Visitor Oyster Card and travel to places.

Accommodation

Thanks to its excellent location and buzzing life, Covent Garden has no dearth of accommodation options. Ratedapartments.com offers an excellent range of serviced apartments in Covent Garden, to suit all preferences and requirements. Some of our luxurious properties in Covent Garden, click to see:

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7 BEST PLACES IN LONDON FOR HISTORY LOVERS


The treasure trove of the world’s illustrious antiquities, London is a stopping point for the history enthusiasts. The city’s past stretches back centuries and almost every landmark in the city has its own story and style. Some of the must “must sees” of the world are housed in London. It also boasts World Heritage sites such as the Tower of London, the Palace of Westminster, Royal Botanical Gardens and Westminster Abbey.

Here’s a list that helps you explore the historical splendor of London.

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Tower of London

Dating back all the way back to the reign of William the Conqueror, the Tower of London was built by some of the greatest kings of England. The tower was expanded during the thirteenth century into the complex we see today. The historic castle is located on the north bank of the River Thames. It was used as a prison from 1100 until 1952. The most famous attraction is its well-known assortment of Crown Jewels.

Opening times from March to October: 9 AM to 5.30 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 10.00 AM to 05.30 PM (Sunday to Monday)

From November to February: 9.00 AM to 04.30 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 10.00 AM to 04.30 PM (Sunday to Monday)

  1. Westminster Abbey

Situated to the west of the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey is a huge Gothic church and is one of the most prominent buildings. It has been the customary place of coronation and also a burial site for both English and British monarchs.

Opening Times: 09.30 AM to 03.30 PM (Thursday to Tuesday), 09.30 AM to 06.00 PM (Wednesday).

Open on Sundays for workshop

  1. National Gallery

An art museum in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery was founded in 1824. With an outstanding collection of more than 2000 paintings dating from 13th century to 1900, it is a must-see for history enthusiasts. Entry to the collection is free of charge. National Gallery in London is the fourth most visited museum of art in the entire world. The other three include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musee du Louvre and the British Museum.

  1. Roman Wall

The defensive wall built by the Romans surrounding the city of Londinium, the Roman wall is left to only small fragments. You can see them near the Tower of London and Barbican.

  1. Greenwich

Home to some of the many important buildings, Greenwich is one of London’s four World Heritage sites. The group of buildings and landscape setting powerfully symbolize English art and architecture from 17th to 19th century. The Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site includes Royal Park, the historic town centre and other institutional buildings.

  1. Banqueting House

The surviving component of Whitehall Palace, Banqueting House was built in the 17th century by Inigo Jones. The execution of Charles 1 after the English Civil War took place here. Introducing the neo-classical style, Banqueting House is significant in the history of English architecture.

Opening Times: 10.00 AM to 05.00 PM (Monday to Sunday)

  1. Temple Church

Located between River Thames and Fleet Street, Temple Church is a church that dates back to 1185. It was built by the Knights Templar, the popular band of military monks as their headquarter. It is famous for being around church. Damaged during the Second World War, the temple church has been restored to a great extent and is a very famous with history lovers.

Last but not the least; one never gets tired of London. It offers you plentiful reasons to visit and re-visit.

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