London Travel Guide
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis took a royal culinary tour of London over the weekend.
The usually low key Hollywood couple was spotted hanging out with Princess Beatrice and her long-time boyfriend Dave Clark at some of the city's trendiest restaurants and bars on Saturday.
Let's face it, sometimes we all feel a little out of place at art galleries. Some are stuffy, the free ones are crawling with kids (literally), and others feel more like convenience stores with the gift shops pushing touristy trinkets which have nothing to do with the art hanging on the walls.
While we can all appreciate the masters, sometimes we need to be inspired by fresh, new artists injecting their techniques and talent into vector graphics, sculpture and good old brush and canvas. The best place to see this type of work is at Pick Me Up London.
Pick Me Up London is the UK's original graphic arts festival, held annually at Somerset House in London. The 11-day festival focuses on contemporary graphic art, design and illustration. It consists of two floors of paintings, colorful giclée prints, zines, lectures and demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists behind it all.
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Little Red's check-in desks at Edinburgh Airport
Little Red flies three routes: from London-Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester, all intended as feeder destinations to get locals to Heathrow for Virgin Atlantic's long-haul flights. There are 26 flights a day in totalsix each way on the Edinburgh route, three for Aberdeen and four for Manchester. All are perfectly timed to connect with the rest of VA's network.
There’s a launch sale on right now that means you only pay the taxes. Unfortunately, since this is the UK, that means you’re not getting a bargain; it ends up £98 for a return flight between London and Scotland, and £103 return from Manchester.
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Sundance London kicks off on April 25 at The O2 where film fans and music fans can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Sundance Institute has curated a selection of film and panel programming that will not only present new work by independent filmmakers, but will also explore the interplay between independent film and music.
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Yesterday we brought you coverage of the fanfare upon the Edinburgh arrival of Little Red, Virgin Atlantic’s new domestic UK service, flying from London-Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester. Today, it’s time for a photo dump...but also some thoughts on the interior and the overall LHR-EDI flight experience.
Was it as well planned as Branson’s kilt-flashing incident?
The short answer: yes, pretty much.
In a city already bursting at the seems with thousands of cafes and coffee shops, opening a new one might not seem like the best business decision. Unless you're Monocle. With a cafe already in Tokyo, the always-busy team at Monocle is about to open the doors to the newest member of their growing empire: Monocle Cafe London.
Set to officially open April 15th, we were lucky enough to see the cafe during its "soft open" phase.
The cafe sits on a sleepy road with other small businesses and is a short, six-minute walk to Marylebone High Street where you'll find Daunt Books and other distinctly London shops (and a Starbucks, of course). The cafe is hard to miss with its prominent black and white canopy providing shade over the few outdoor stools and one round communal table.
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How many of London's airports can you name? There's Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, uhhh Luton and....City! It's that last one that's often forgotten because it's the smallest of the bunch and nearest to downtown, though the most innovative (and not just because they offer free WiFi).
We just flew through London-City for the first time and came out of the experience a little more hopeful for the future of air travel. It's true they have some freedom to experiment because the airport is tiny, the passengers are mostly frequent flying professionals, and the flights are mostly limited to Europe, but that's all the more reason to detour away from the mega airports to try City's particularly civilized "boutique" airport experience.
Here's what LCY has got going on that makes it so...so fly:
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Just as Italians love their carbohydrates and Americans their right to bear arms, Great Britons adore their tea. Not that you’d have realized from the brew served on British Airways until recently; it was just as undrinkable as tea on any other airline.
Being the UK flag carrier, BA decided last year that its shoddy tea situation simply wasn’t good enough. And so, in a process that’s lasted nearly a year, they commissioned posh tea brand Twinings to make a new blend, especially for their planes. After much leaf-tinkering and several test flights (long and shorthaul), the blend is now arrived, and is being served everywhere in the plane (yes, even Economy).
You’d think there wasn’t much to it, but a couple of months back, BA invited us on its final test flight (between New York and London, natch) to sample the contenders. And it was there, as Twinings’ senior buyer Mike Wright talked us through what he was looking for in the teas, that we realized tea, especially in the air, is a really complicated thing.
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With the weather the UK’s been having over the past few weeks (flooding-snow-flooding), we’re pretty sure the whole nation is dreaming of a holiday. Pretty good timing, then, for British Airways to start a week-long flight giveaway to stressed out commuters.
All this week, you’ll find a BA stand at London Victoria Station. It’s not the normal handing-out-flyers stand, though; no, this is a flight simulator that awards free flights to the best “pilots” in the station.
It’s not a state of the art simulator, of course. This is more the kind you’d see in an arcade game. Every day this week, it’ll be loaded with a different airport approach, and your job is to land the plane. That alone is fun enough. But here’s the best bit: every 15 minutes, the person with the highest score in those 15 minutes will win a pair of flights to the airport in question. Yes – they’re giving away 60 flights a day. This is inspired.
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There are plenty of airlines out there offering up a free ride to the airport for their first—and sometimes business—class flyers, but that’s not usually the case for those stuck in the back of the airplane. For those people—like us—that usually means taking a taxi, hopping aboard the train, or just parking in the long-term lot. Well it sounds like Etihad Airways is looking to change that, as they’ve begun offering up transportation to the airport for some economy class passengers.
The carrier is now providing their chauffeur service to passengers seated in Coral Economy, as long as the passengers are doing their thing to or from London-Heathrow Airport. It may be limited to one airport as of now, but that’s a heck of a lot better than what a lot of other carriers are offering.
London is giving Los Angeles a run for its money as the filming capital of the world this year. Though it is still early, it looks like some of most anticipated film shoots of 2013 will take place across the pond.
The Muppets 2 and Transformers 4 are expected to shoot in London this year, along with the much buzzed about Guardians of The Galaxy, about superheroes from the future who travel back in time, and Marvel's Ant-Man. There's even a rumor that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could spend some time filming in the U.K. this spring.
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Platform 9 3/4 at London's King's Cross stationis best known as the fictional place where young wizards catch the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter books and films. For years, fans of the books and movies have gone to pose with only a sign, but now the station and platform has its very own Harry Potter store.
The store was created by Jonathan Sands, the founder of London Film Museum, who said in a statement, "King’s Cross Station has recently undergone the most amazing re-development and we are delighted to be a part of it thanks to Network Rail.”