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The London Restaurant Festival – 1st to 15th October 2013

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If you are a proud lover of food then head to the capital for The London Restaurant Festival taking place on the 1st to the 15th October 2013. It is one of the biggest food events in the country, designed to not only raise the profile of the establishments involved but celebrate London’s diverse range of restaurants. With special menus on offer and events taking place, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Celebrate the achievements of London’s finest chefs and restaurants at the London Restaurant Festival.

Menus

All of the chefs involved in The London Restaurant Festival have dedicated their time to putting together special menus for the two week event. The menus can be viewed on the event website and are organised according to the average price of the dishes, making it easier for you to find the perfect place to eat out. The LRF menus will be available throughout the festival period and it is recommended that you book tables in advance online.

Events

As well as offering special festival menus, many of the restaurants will be putting on events over the two week period. These events usually sell out pretty quickly, so if you want to secure a place it is best to book online in advance.

Eat Film

Eat Film is an event that has been created in partnership with BAFTA 195 Piccadilly. It will take place on Monday 7th October and will be hosted by the one and only Jonathan Ross. The London Restaurant Festival and BAFTA 195 Piccadilly asked Jonathan to curate a three course meal inspired by his all-time favourite movie ‘Spirited Away.’ During the evening you will not only get to watch the film, but indulge in the three course meal cooked by BAFTA 195 Piccadilly’s head chef Anton Manganaro.

Graze

Twelve restaurants across North London, The City and the West End will be taking part in Graze this year. Basically diners can pick up a specially designed London Restaurant Festival Graze passport which entitles them to a complimentary drink with every Graze dish they purchase at participating restaurants. Graze runs from the 7th to the 20th of October.

Gourmet Odyssey

Gourmet Odyssey is a cleverly designed event which takes diners on a restaurant road trip! The first course will be eaten in one top London restaurant, the main in another and the dessert in a final third restaurant. Each course is served with champagne carefully selected by Laurent-Perrier. Attendees will travel to each restaurant as a group on the Routemaster buses provided. Each gastronomic journey has its own theme, adding another special element to the event. Gourmet Odyssey will take place on the 5th, 12th and 19th of October.

Tapas Tour

The Tapas Tour is set to inject London with a little Spanish passion. Explore the city’s finest tapas restaurants using your specially designed passport to guide the way. The Tapas Tour is running on the 5th, 12th and 19th of October.

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Never tried Sushi before? The London Restaurant Festival provides the perfect opportunity to try out new cuisines.

Japanese Journey

If Tapas isn’t your thing, then why not head on a Japanese journey? This event is running on the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of October. Like with the other events you are given a unique LRF Japanese Journey passport which allows you to visit up to six restaurants in a single day to indulge in Japanese dishes and drinks.

Cicchetti Trail

Fancy trying a few Italian small snacks? Book a place at the Cicchetti Trail event where you can visit up to six Italian restaurants in a day using your LRF passport. Many of London’s finest Italian and Venetian restaurants are participating in the events which are planned for the 5th, 12th and 19th of October.

Whether you fancy indulging in old favourites or trying out new cuisines, the London Restaurant Festival is the perfect place to do it. The event has been a huge success over past years and is set to be even bigger and better this October!

 

 

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The Palace of Westminster – History and Culture in the Capital

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The Palace of Westminster is commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, as it is the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. It is located on the banks of the River Thames in central London, and is right next to Westminster Tube Station, making it very easily accessible to the public.

The Palace of Westminster and its neighbours, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret’s Church, are classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the palace itself is a grade 1 listed building. This incredible place was built during the eleventh century and remained the primary residence of the kings of England until a fire burned it down in 1512. At this point it was rebuilt and became home to parliament and remains so to this very day.

Overflowing with history and oozing British culture, the Palace of Westminster is easily one of the top ‘must-see’ attractions in England’s capital city. Whether you’re visiting from another country, or you’re a British person yourself, you simply can’t miss such an incredible place.

Big Ben

The outside of the Palace of Westminster has become one of London’s most iconic landmarks. The clock tower, known as ‘Big Ben’, is on most of the London souvenirs available to buy, and is recognised around the world. The tower’s official title is the ‘Elizabeth Tower’, and was named so to celebrate the jubilee anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II.

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The palace of Westminster is the centre of British politics.

The tower is home to the largest four faced chiming clock in the world, and is the third tallest freestanding clock tower. It’s therefore no wonder it is such a prominent part of the London skyline. Standing for over 150 years, Big Ben has seen London grow and develop throughout the ages.

Admittance Inside

If you want to get inside the Palace of Westminster then there are a few ways you could go about it. UK residents can obtain a ticket from their MP for a seat in the gallery for the House of Commons, or from a peer for the House of Lords. As a UK resident you can also apply for tickets from your local MP for a guided tour of the Palace that lasts approximately 75 minutes. This includes a visit to ‘Big Ben’, which is forbidden to all children and overseas visitors.

As a tourist, you may queue up to obtain a place in the viewing gallery of either house, but places are limited and highly sought after. Both houses also reserve the right to meet in private whenever they want.

Traditions

Over the years the Palace of Westminster has accumulated many weird and wonderful rules and traditions. Some of these include: strictly no eating, drinking or smoking is to be done within the Palace. The only exception to this rule is The Chancellor of the Exchequer who may have an alcoholic drink while delivering the budget statement!

 

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The palace of Westminster is also known as the Houses of Parliament.

Hats should never be worn, and you are not allowed to put your hands in your pockets. No animals may enter the Palace, with the exception of guide and police dogs, and applauding or the reading of newspapers is also disallowed.

As it was once the home of Royalty, the status of the palace as a ‘royal’ palace is something of a debate. This also means that those who consider it still to be a Royal palace argue that nobody can be arrested there or within its grounds.

Conclusion

The Palace of Westminster is definitely a thriving hub of history and culture within England’s capital city. If you have the chance to visit then snap up the opportunity; even if you only get to see the outside, Big Ben and the majestic architecture is definitely worth seeing. 

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The London Eye – Panoramic Views across London

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Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The entire structure is 394 feet wide and 443 feet tall, making it the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe.

The popular tourist attraction is also known as ‘The Millennium Wheel’, although its official title is ‘The EDF Energy London Eye’. It is one of London’s most instantly recognisable silhouettes, and many people enjoy the fantastic views this once in a lifetime experience offers.

If you’re visiting the capital city then going on the London Eye is a must-do activity. With its panoramic views you can see other London iconic spots including Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.

Unique Experience

The London Eye is definitely a great experience that is completely unique. Even if you go on it more than once, with the changing weather, it will be a different encounter every time.

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The London eye is one of the most iconic sights of London.

The London Eye is the only attraction offering a constantly moving 360 degree perspective of central London. The gigantic Ferris wheel literally never stops moving, and gives you the chance to see the city from the rooftops as well as from down by the riverside.

Visitors from across the world enjoy the amazing panoramic views across London every year. There is nowhere else in the capital that offers you such a unique and exciting experience as this.

Iconic Attraction in the Heart of London

Many postcards and tourist souvenirs boast pictures and photographs of the London Eye. It has truly become one of London’s most iconic attractions, and is recognised globally as a symbol of the capital city.

As it is situated right in the heart of London, on the edge of the River Thames, it is in the perfect location for viewing the whole city. You can look out every side of the London Eye’s carriage, meaning that whether you want to look north, east, south or west, you can see everything.

On a completely clear day, you can see as far as Windsor Castle, which is 25 miles away from the London Eye itself, so you might even see the Queen! Each rotation takes approximately 30 minutes, giving you ample time to sit back and enjoy the wonderful views of England’s capital city.

Great to Share with Everyone

One of the greatest things about the London Eye is that you can enjoy it with a huge variety of people. Whether you want to see the sights of London with friends, family or your partner, it’s a perfect activity to take part in.

Some people have even proposed on the London Eye, after all, what’s more romantic then a privately hired out carriage and the sight of the lights of London by night? Hiring out carriages for private functions such as proposals, or even a hen party activity is a great idea.

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The London Eye is near plenty of public transport spots in London

The London Eye itself can carry up to 800 people at one time, so you share the experience with people you know, as well as others that you don’t. You are normally placed in carriages with people you don’t know, so you can even make friends and bond over the beautiful panoramic sights.

Conclusion

The London Eye is definitely one of London’s most iconic attractions that you must go on when you’re in England’s capital city. The panoramic views are incredible and are truly a once in a lifetime sight. 

 

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