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Last chance to see Jeeves and Wooster in London’s West End

Whatever genre you’re into, you’re sure to find a production that tickles your fancy in London’s West End, with the heart of the capital being famous around the world for its amazing theatrical offerings.   Fans of comedy, for instance, … Continue reading

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Experience classical Indian music on the South Bank

London’s South Bank has for many years had a reputation as a global hub of culture, with all genres of art represented here, from music to theatre and everything in between. Performers and artists from around the world regularly appear … Continue reading

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Get under the skin of the capital at Open House London

Aside from all of the fantastic interactive attractions that London has to offer, one thing that makes the city so special is its appearance, boasting one of the most impressive and iconic skylines in the world. However, while being surrounded by such an amazing mix of historic and cutting edge buildings may be a real thrill for some visitors, the truth is that most people know very little about the architecture of London.

If you'd like to really get under the skin of the city and learn all about London's design and architecture then Open House London could well be the event for you. Since its inception back in 1992, it has become one of the most intriguing and popular weekends on the capital's cultural calendar, and is full of fascinating highlights that are as interesting to locals as they are to tourists.

Essentially, Open House is all about opening up the doors to the city's private buildings, giving the public a chance to catch a glimpse of the insides of some of the structures that feature so prominently on the famous London skyline. This is complimented by a series of guided walks, talks and other activities to help provide further insight into the history and architecture of the buildings and the city as a whole.

Taking place on September 20th and 21st, this year's edition of Open House will once again see a huge number of fantastic buildings take part in the initiative. Most of these are totally free to enter and no reservations are required, although access to the most popular venues will be available only to the winners of a ballot.

Among these is 10 Downing Street, the home of the prime minister. So, if you fancy taking a walk around the private residence of the one of the most high-profile heads of state in the world, be sure to enter the ballot now.

Of course, after seeing some of London's most elegant buildings, you'll want to make sure you have somewhere equally stylish to stay, which is why the Montcalm London Marble Arch is the perfect hotel to check into.

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Learn all about how The Simpsons and Futurama are made at the Science Museum

The Simpsons and Futurama are two of the most popular animated television shows ever created, and the fact that they are written and produced by the same team is no coincidence. Indeed, the makers of these two cultural phenomena have … Continue reading

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Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch to appear at London Film Festival

You don't have to travel all the way to Hollywood to experience the glitz and glamour of the movie world, as there are loads of fantastic cinematic opportunities to be enjoyed right here in London. Indeed, Leicester Square regularly plays host to the European premiere of blockbuster hits, giving fans the chance to see their favourite stars on the red carpet.

However, there is one event that trumps them all, and that is the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival (LFF).

Held each October, the festival is considered to be one of the best events of its kind in the world, attracting a host of stars and featuring a superb array of movie screenings, talks, presentations and much more.

This year's LFF will kick off on October 8th, and, as has become tradition, will last for 12 days, finishing on the 19th of the month.

Anyone who has been eagerly awaiting the release of the festival's programme will be thrilled to hear that organisers have recently announced that the closing night will feature a screening of the upcoming World War II movie Fury, starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Ayer – both of whom will be in attendance in London on the night.

Telling the story of an army sergeant who takes his tank crew on a mission behind enemy lines, the film has been described by LFF director Clare Stewart as "a resounding cinematic success".

Of course, this is just one of the many amazing movies that are set to be screened at the festival, and fans of English actor Benedict Cumberbatch will no doubt be interested to hear that the star is lined up to appear on the opening night, when his new movie The Imitation Game – which tells the story of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing – will receive its premiere.

Screenings and other events will be held at the BFI centre on the South Bank, as well is in Leicester Square, both of which are easy to access from all central London hotels.

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Discover the role played by London Zoo in WWI

As most people are aware, 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war, and in honour of the occasion, a number of London’s top attractions and landmarks are holding special events that provide an insight into … Continue reading

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See the Gunners chase glory at Emirates Stadium

All football fans will be aware of the fact that one of the biggest teams in Europe had somehow managed to go nine whole years without winning a single trophy, before bringing that long drought to an end in May … Continue reading

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See Damon Albarn play live in London

One of Britain's best loved and most innovative musicians is set to perform live in the capital for the first time in several years this autumn, with a string of shows that are sure to be among the most memorable … Continue reading

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Superman to fly into West End next year

The world's favourite superhero has had a lot of makeovers since first appearing as a comic book character way back in the 1930s. Indeed, several Hollywood superstars have played the so-called Man of Steel on the big screen, with the likes of Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill among those to have donned the famous red cape.

Now, though, it's time for Superman to make his long-awaited return to the London stage, with a musical comedy of his very own set to hit the West End early next year.

Entitled It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman!, the show first appeared in Broadway in 1966, and went on to receive nominations for three Tony Awards, with the play's title also becoming an iconic catchphrase among superhero fans.

After a long hiatus, the show was revived when All Star Productions brought it to London earlier this year, with a short run at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow receiving excellent reviews.

If you didn't get the chance to see it, however, then fear not, because plans have recently been announced for the show to return to the capital for a limited time in early 2015.

This time, it will be playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, with the official opening on February 13th and the final performance eight days later.

Clearly, with such a limited number of showings, tickets are likely to be hard to come by, which is why it's worth booking yours early to avoid disappointment. While you're at it, you may want to arrange a stay in a top London hotel, as many of those close to the West End can often get booked up if you leave things too late.

If you're a fan of superhero comics or movies, this is one show that you are certain to love, so be sure not to miss it when it flies into London.

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A few top tips for getting the most out of Notting Hill Carnival

London's biggest street party is set to take place in Notting Hill over the August Bank Holiday weekend, so if you're planning on joining the more than one million people who are expected to be in attendance then you can … Continue reading

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Discover the wonders of the Orient at the British Museum

The British Museum is arguably the greatest exhibition centre not just in London, but the entire world, with a host of amazing exhibitions held at the famous venue each year. Indeed, some of the rarest and most amazing artefacts recovered … Continue reading

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The Invictus Games are coming to London

The UK has hosted some of the most high-profile sporting events in the world over the past few years with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 having been hailed as a resounding success, and more recently the … Continue reading

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