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If your Valentine's Day was a total disappointment, here are three perfect celebrity dates you can live through vicariously.
· X Factor UK judge Nicole Scherzinger spent Friday afternoon on a romantic tour of Rome with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. The couple had an idyllic day feeding each other Gelato, riding around on scooters from Bici & Baci, and touring the Colosseum.
In Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a young marine is offered an undercover job at a Wall Street firm where he uncovers a Russian plot to destroy the US economy. Jack is then dispatched to Moscow to confront the man behind the plan but, in reality, he spends most of the movie in the UK.
Even though both New York and Moscow play a large role in the movie, the crew spent only a few days filming in each city, with the rest of scenes were filmed in London for both logistical and financial reasons.
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Over in London thereís a new look for the cityís iconic taxicabs, as Nissan has revealed its design and plan for a vehicle that they hope can compete for a decent share of the market. The new look takes cues from the cityís usual car design, but as you can see aboveóitís certainly not the same thing.
Nissan is hungry to score success in London, as they already have gobbled up contracts to supply similar vehicles in spots like New York, Barcelona, and Tokyo. Its new look for London is based off the NV200 van, and it hopes that the petrol-powered taxi can take to the cityís streets by the end of the year. As for a greener versionóit might be 2015 before an electric option is available for spinning around Piccadilly Circus.
The Museum of London has announced they will debut a new Sherlock Holmes exhibition later this year. It will be the first major showing of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia in London since the 1951 Festival of Britain.
The exhibit will not only trace the literary origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's infamous detective, but also his relationship with the city itself.
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For a limited time, pedestrians hoofing it through London's Piccadilly Circus can stay up-to-the-minute informed about exactly what flight is going their way. You see, British Airways has installed what seems to be the perfect billboard, with a concept of interaction with the highways in the sky.
The video billboard feature a little boy looking and pointing up to the sky. And since this is not your run-of-the-mill "buy a ticket on BA to a warm destination" advertisement, that boy will shift to point directly up at a real airplane crossing the sky thanks to the sorcery of GPS. Displayed on the billboard will even be the flight number and destination of the plane.
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It's been only a couple of years since Google Maps made the leap into airports, mapping the inside of - depending on what kind of a day we're having - either our favorite or absolutely least favorite places in the world. Since then the Mountain View kids have not only expanded their airport offerings, but have even gone inside actual airplanes 'waiting' on the tarmac. What's left to do?
Do more and go bigger, obviously. TechCrunch reports that Gatwick Airport has become the newest location to receive Google's 360 degree panoramic Street View treatment. The UK airport - the second busiest in the country - is now apparently open to virtual touring. It only required stitching together 2,000 overlapping photos, matching the results to the airport's actual layout, and uploading everything. Piece of cake.
London is a city of stories. From the Yeoman of the Ward at The Tower of London to the longest-standing tour guide at Wembley Stadium, Londoners all have a tale to tell and now visitlondon.com has collected some of those stories into a series of short films.
The project, aptly named The London Story, asks those working in the heart of London what absorbs, captures, and movies them about their city. The films explore what itís really like to be a part of Londonís culture and to be able to share that feeling with the rest of the world.
Viewers can also vote for their favorite films and be entered to a win a five-night trip to London in order to live out their own London Story.
To watch all of the London Stories, vote for your favorites, and enter the competition, visit visitlondon.com.
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Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousnessbut since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.
So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:
Airport Photo Shoot: Pippa Middleton Lands in Heathrow on Steel Bird After Killing Lots of Real Ones
Pippa Middleton looked quite happy as she arrived at London's Heathrow Airport yesterday after a weekend of hunting with friends.
Kate's younger sister is no stranger to the sporting life and has been known to hunt boar and deer but, based on the Instagram photos, this might have been her most successful trip yet. In one photo, Pippa is seen posing in a group along with 50 partridges, hen pheasants, and cock pheasants.
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Londonís Heathrow Terminal 5 may have been purpose-built as the home of British Airways, but as these things tend to go, there isnít nearly enough space to operate all flights out of its main A building and B/C satellites. Depending on your destination, you may find yourself therefore flying in and out of Terminal 3, or even the waiting-to-be-torn-down throwback that is Terminal 1.
Short-haul Terminal 3 destinations include the majority of Eastern European flights (think Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest), which all involve (without exception) a rather uncomfortable bus journey out to the airplane. T3 itself (crowded, noisy) doesnít have much else to make the experience of going through this particular part of Heathrow more pleasant, setting aside for a minute Virgin Atlanticís private security channel.
The sole reason weíre not completely hating every time we fly out of T3 is down to one redeeming feature BA has up its sleeve: its Galleries First lounge, specifically the corner First Class Dining Room therein.
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Last week, we were one of only 50 people onboard the brand new British Airways A380 as it made its delivery flight from the Airbus factory in Toulouse to London Heathrow. We have both extensive shots of its shiny exterior and each of the four cabin classes. As a bonus, once we landed at Heathrow we parked up next to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, delivered just the week before. Read on for the inside look at part two of BAís new plane era.
Compared to the delivery of the Airbus A380, British Airways brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived with very little fanfare in late June, winging its way from Boeing's HQ near Seattle nonstop to London. Nevertheless, there are enough reasons to be interested in what British Airways has in store for travelers, especially given the initial routes to Toronto (YYZ) and Newark (EWR). North American travelers who enjoy hopping the pond should listen up; this could be your next transatlantic ride.
This weekend Justin Timberlake, JAY-Z, Snoop Dogg, John Legend,Frank Ocean, Rita Ora, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, will.i.am, Jakwob, and dozens of other acts will hit the stage for the Yahoo! Wireless Festival at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The three day fest kicks off this Friday, July 12, and is the last stop of Yahoo! On the Road, which has already brought live music around the world, from San Francisco to Berlin.