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London's Olympic Park is Now Open and Welcoming the Public to Play

April 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those who have always dreamed of living out Olympic fantasies, as some of the goodies from the 2012 Olympics in London are now open to the public. You might not be able to score a gold medal, but you certainly can score some decent snapshots of yourself enjoying the equipment.

A bunch of stuff over at the brand new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was dedicated and opened up to the public last week, so go ahead and add this latest addition to your tourist to-do list when over in London.

Pictures in front of the Olympic rings are certainly an option—and a great idea—however, there’s even more included in a potential visit. Jump into the pool, take a dive off a platform, or just enjoy some of the other first-class facilities.

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Regardless of Whether It Opens to the Public, This London 'Secret Tube' is a Historical Treat

March 18, 2014 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

News has surfaced in the past few days that London is trying to open its old underground Post Office Railway, or Mail Rail, to tourists. The city still needs to raise quite a bit of money and pass public approval, but it hopes to knock the dust off this once vital mail-carrying route. If everything goes according to plan, the Mail Rail will be ready to roll by 2020.

That's a far way off, so there's no reason to get ahead of ourselves. Yet regardless of the eventual outcome, this contributor has enjoyed the historic glimpse into a previously unknown world. It may not look like much beyond a dirty, dusty subway system, but the circumstances surrounding its use and construction bring about an appreciation that goes well beyond the novelty of 1920s mechanical equipment.

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Last Chance to Sneak Inside London's Newest Airport Terminal Before Opening Day

March 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since it won't be any time soon that travelers will walk the halls of Berlin's new airport (ah hem national embarrassment ah hem), it's time to throw full focus on the nearly complete Terminal 2 at London-Heathrow Airport.

Formally named "The Queen's Terminal," the $2.5 billion GBP ($3.9 billion USD) structure is nearly set to open, but it needs your help.

Heathrow is looking for hundreds and thousands of volunteers willing to play passenger and put the terminal through the paces before the official opening. This is called a "proving period," and we can say from firsthand experience (as a volunteer during T5 at JFK's proving period that it's generally great fun running around a fresh-built airport.

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Niftiest New Tourism App Right Now: London's Streetmuseum

March 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Load up your mobile phone with a nifty new app before your next trip across the pond, as there’s a new way to check out the sites in and around London.

The latest app from the Museum of London allows travelers to match up modern day sights with images from the past. It’s kind of like creating your own augmented reality of what’s going on in the city.

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Three Celebrity Valentine's Day Travel Ideas to Use Next Year

February 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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How 'Jack Ryan' Traveled to Moscow and New York Without Leaving London

January 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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London's Iconic Taxis Are Set To Get a Makeover Thanks To Nissan

January 15, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over in London there’s a new look for the city’s 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 city’s usual car design, but as you can see above—it’s 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 city’s streets by the end of the year. As for a greener version—it might be 2015 before an electric option is available for spinning around Piccadilly Circus.

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London's All Set to Show Off 'Sherlock Holmes' Memorabilia Later This Year

January 9, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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This is the Coolest Airline Billboard Ever.

November 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Google Maps Goes to Gatwick Airport in Its Most Ambitious European Project Yet

November 8, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Travel Contest Alert: Love London? Enter to Win a 5-Night Transatlantic Trip

November 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 it’s really like to be a part of London’s 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.

[Photo: visitlondon.com]

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What the British Airways 787 Dreamliner Has That Other Airplanes Don't

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

An average day sees 12 British Airways planes soaring up into the skies on their way from New York to London. Only one is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787—the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousness—but 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:

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