Laura’s London: Exploring the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

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LEGOLAND Windsor Resort opened in 1996 and is a children's theme park for 2 to 12 year olds. It's only a few miles from Windsor Castle and is just 8 miles from London Heathrow Airport. As it's aimed at younger children it's not all about looping … [Read more...]

Exclusive Preview of the new Mary Rose Museum – Ship Brought back from the Ocean

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The Mary Rose is the world's only surviving sixteenth century warship. This £35 million project reunites the hull of the Mary Rose with many of the 19,000 Tudor artefacts recovered from the seabed providing an unrivalled perspective of life on board … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: The View From The Shard – Preview & Exclusive Photos

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Tickets went on sale last summer for The View From The Shard and it opens on 1 February 2013. As you would expect, I've had a preview already. What is The View from The Shard? This is the new premium visitor attraction at the pinnacle of The Shard, … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Charles Dickens Museum Reopening – Here’s an Exclusive Preview

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Jacob Marley's ghost in A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens's presence stays with us 142 years after his death. (Dickens is even referenced in Fifty Shades of Grey!) 2012 has been the bicentenary year of his birth and while the Charles Dickens Museum … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Interview With Jason Hawkes – UK’s Best Aerial Photographer

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Jason Hawkes is the most successful aerial photographer in the UK and one of the world's most respected photographers. He has specialised in aerial photography for over 20 years and has produced more than 40 books. Fortunately for me, a chance … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Family Holiday on the Isles of Scilly – A Little Known Corner of Britain

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For my summer holiday this year I wanted to find somewhere unusual, exotic and yet not too far away. The Isles of Scilly fitted the bill perfectly as did the Hell Bay Hotel which has been described as New England meets the Caribbean, meets Cornwall … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Laura Leaves London and Explores Robin Hood Country & Nottinghamshire

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When you think of Nottinghamshire, in the heart of the England, it's very likely you will think of its legendary son Robin Hood. I went to the annual Robin Hood Festival to try archery and to see a skirmish between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Laura Visits Enid Blyton Country and Corfe Castle in Dorset

The 'Famous Five' and Corfe Castle. Yes, an excellent photo opportunity.

The children's author Enid Blyton was born in south London and holidayed in Dorset three times a year for about twenty years. These happy trips inspired the 'Famous Five' series about siblings Julian, Dick and Ann, plus George (a tomboy who refused … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Pendle Witch Trials 400th Anniversary in Lancashire

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2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the famous Pendle Witch Trials in Lancashire. On 20 August 1612, ten people were executed on the moors above Lancaster, having been found guilty of witchcraft at Lancaster Castle. The story has many similarities … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Exploring Windsor Castle – The Queen’s Favorite Home – London Day Trip

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Windsor Castle is The Queen's favourite weekend retreat and a perfect day trip from London as it's under an hour away by train. Highlights of a visit include The State Apartments, Changing of the Guard, Queen Mary's Dolls House – which even has … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Laura Takes a London Helicopter Tour – Great Aerial Photos of London

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We've all tried bus tours of London but, while I enjoy those too, I fancied seeing London from above. I love the view as you fly back to London and see the River Thames and start to pick out the landmarks but I have no plans to leave London in the … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Preview Day – Exclusive Pictures

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This is the 23rd year of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. It's the largest garden and flower show in the world and covers 34 acres of the Hampton Court Palace grounds. It takes just three weeks to build a show garden and all come apart in just … [Read more...]

Laura’s London: Buckingham Palace Re-opens for the Summer with new Stunning Queen’s Diamonds Exhibition

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The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace have been open to the public every summer since 1993. What started as a way to pay for the fire damage at Windsor Castle has, thankfully, continued past the cost of those repairs and when the Queen retreats to … [Read more...]

The Majestic Cutty Sark Re-opens After Renovation – Review and Details Inside

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Editor's Note: The Cutty Sark has recently re-opened in London after a massive renovation and our London correspondent Laura Porter had the chance to see behind the scenes before it opened to the public. Thanks Laura! What's so special about the … [Read more...]

Harry Potter: World of Harry Potter Opens Today and We’ve Got an Exclusive First Look Review – Harry Potter Studio Tour Review

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Anglotopia London correspondent Laura Porter from the About London blog was kind enough to write up a detailed review of the new Harry Potter Studio Tour Experience. What Is It? This is the actual film studio where the Harry Potter films were made … [Read more...]

Kensington Palace Opens after Major Renovation – Here’s a Preview of What’s on Display

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Editor's Note: Laura Porter from About London got a press preview of the newly renovated Kensington Palace and was kind enough to write up an article for us all about it. The Queen lives at Buckingham Palace so why do we have another palace in … [Read more...]