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5 West End Shows That Everybody’s Talking About

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No visit to London would be complete without watching some world-class musical theatre. Along with Broadway, the West End is home to some of the greatest venues on the globe. Here are five highly decorated shows that will continue running throughout the upcoming season.

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre

Ten years ago nobody would have predicted that the makers of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, would create a musical that would win nine Tony Awards. This controversial stage show is about two Mormon missionaries who are trying to share the Book of Mormon to Ugandan locals amidst a brutal war. After receiving rave reviews from critics on Broadway, the Book of Mormon is now receiving critical acclaim in London’s West End. Ticket prices start at £36 per person.

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Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre

Les Miserables is one of the most successful theatre productions in the world. It has been translated in over 22 languages, performed in more than 44 countries, and seen by over 70 million people. Set among the backdrop of 19th-century France, the story of Jean Valjean is a classic tale of love, passion and redemption. Songs featured include “I dreamed a dream”, “One Day More” and “Bring Him Home.” Tickets prices start at £29 per person.

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

Everyone knows and loves the Disney classic. The Lion King is an uplifting story about the young cub Simba, and his journey to the throne. The musical features music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice; 25 species of animal, portrayed by actors and puppets; and some of the best costume design and special effects in the history of theatre. Ticket prices start at £35 per person.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the newest mainstream productions to hit the West End. Based on the Roald Dahl classic, this dark tale about a young boy called Charlie Bucket and the eccentric Willy Wonka, will dazzle all of your senses. The production is brought to life with music and lyrics from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Ticket prices start at just £17 per person.

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

Wicked is a story about the early life of the witches from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is one of the most popular West End musicals ever made, and has entranced theatregoers since it premièred in 2006. It has now won over 90 international awards and has broken numerous box office records. Ticket prices start at £23 per person.

If you’d rather watch a smaller production, there are also plenty of fringe theatres in the West End to explore, each offering something completely different. Whether you’d like a rough, off the wall drama or a whimsical, magical fairytale, there’s always something for everyone.

Are you more about the atmosphere than the shows themselves? To see the West End and the beautiful theatres in all their glory, consider taking a trip on The London Helicopter.

Romantic Valentine’s Day Hotspots in Central London

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Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you haven’t already started making plans, best get to work. February 14th is one of the busiest days of the year with restaurants, cinemas and theatres packed to the rafters. Don’t wait any longer! If you’re struggling for ideas, consider the following options.

The London Helicopter

If you really want to get in your partner’s good books and give them a Valentine’s Day that they will never forget, book a trip on The London Helicopter. There’s nothing more romantic than flying over the city and then enjoying a nice post-flight glass of bubbly.

The London Helicopter are offering an exclusive discount for couples on Valentine’s Day 2018! Find details of the offer here: The London Helicopter – Valentine’s Day 2018 Offer

The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich will once again host an evening of romantic star gazing this Valentine’s Day. Here, you are your partner can look through an 18 tonne Victorian telescope while enjoying a nice glass of champagne. Tickets are just £30 and there are two available timeslots throughout the evening.

The London Eye

Imagine the look on your partner’s eye when you’re both gracefully rotating high above the River Thames. The Coca Cola London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel at a whopping 135 metres. As a modern symbol of England’s capital, taking a ride on Valentine’s Day seems fitting for the occasion. To make the experience extra special, consider renting out your own private capsule, complete with champagne and truffles.

The Shard

The Shard was the winner of the Mills & Boon’s Romantic View award 2015. Here you and your partner can watch London light up throughout the night on the 244 metre high viewing platform. This Valentine’s Day doors will stay open until midnight, with the last entry at 10.30pm. To make this experience extra special by proposing, there is even a marriage concierge service that will ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

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City Cruises

If you’re looking for something to do during the day, consider taking your date on the Valentine’s Afternoon Tea City Cruise. Here you can sample traditional sandwiches, pastries and scones, while sipping tea and watching the city drift by. Just for the occasion, City Cruises has also hired a live jazz band that will play a romantic set list along the way.

Kew Gardens

The Princess of Wales Conservatory in Kew Gardens will host a special Valentine’s Day event where you and your partner can enjoy the vibrant tropical flowers after sundown. Between 6pm and 9pm the glasshouse is illuminated with a mystical display of colours and art installations. After walking the romantic trail, you also have the option to partake in a Latin American dance class.

The Love Bus

On the Love Bus Valentine’s Day tour, you can view London’s most famous landmarks – including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye – from an open-topped bus, while a live singer performs on board. All tickets come with a cosy blanket, two miniature bottles of Bucks Fizz and a box of chocolates.

 

5 Restaurants That’ll Leave Your Sweet Tooth Satisfied This Pancake Day

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Pancake Day became a staple part of British tradition in the 16th century. It was originally a way to use up milk, butter and eggs before lent. Nowadays almost all of the British population celebrates this glutinous festival. This year Pancake Day will fall on Tuesday 9th February. If you’re in London during this time, you simply must visit one of these 5 restaurants. Not only do all of them have a stellar reputation, they will also be providing special one-off treats that will never again be available on the menu.

The Breakfast Club

This mini chain has restaurants in Soho, Islington, Hoxton and Spitalfields, and is dedicated to the most important meal of the day – although they stay open until 10pm. On their regular menu The Breakfast Club provides both savoury and sweet pancakes. This year they will be running a very special charity promotion: eat a stack of 12 pancakes in 12 minutes or less and get them for free. If you lose, you must pay the full price; however, all of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Christopher’s

Although you’ll find pancakes on the Christopher’s menu throughout the whole year, if you go there on pancake day, they will have a three base selection: buckwheat, buttermilk and blueberry buttermilk. When you’ve selected your base, you can order from a selection of toppings, allowing the chefs to create your pancakes exactly how you like them.

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Balans Soho Society

Balans Soho Society, located on Old Compton Street, is one of the most popular eateries in Soho. This year they will be adding two distinctive pancakes to their international menu: banana, rum and Crepe Suzette. Both will be priced at seven pounds and feature some very classy plate decorations.

Kensington Creperie

While not usually on their menu of crepes and waffles, the Kensington Creperie will be serving a special one-off treat this Pancake Day: a pancake made from caramelised apples and rum, topped with red berries. When washed down with one of their signature French ciders, it’s simply heaven on the taste buds.

Shutterbug

Shutterbug is a trendy Shoreditch cocktail bar that will be serving both American and British style pancakes. Adding even more flavour to the mix is the addition of a savoury option, which is topped with mushroom and truffle oil. The American style pancakes come with bacon and maple syrup, while the traditional sweet British pancake is served with a generous helping of salted caramel.

If you’re lactose intolerant, on a diet or can’t enjoy eating these sugary delights for any other reason, don’t worry, you can still take part in the festivities by entering one of London’s many pancake races! With dubious origins and absolutely nothing to do with the Christian faith, it’s a wonder how pancake tossing became an annual pastime.

For a more unique way to celebrate Pancake Day, take a ride on The London Helicopter. While you won’t get to indulge in gluttony, you will get to indulge in the many beautiful sights London has to offer.

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