Category Archives: Museums & galleries

50 years of James Bond, 50 awesome cars

Everybody has their favourite James Bond. I always say mine is Roger Moore. Partly because this infuriates the ‘Sean Connery is the greatest’ majority, but partly because he’s the only one who seemed to appreciate that saving the world with … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Horatio: Britain’s hero of the high seas

Lord Horatio Nelson was born on this day 253 years ago. He’s one of the UK’s most cherished heroes, killed in action by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. He survived long enough to see his … Continue reading

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Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

The Royal Academy in London finishes the year with the exhibition, Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement. The exhibition showcases the work of Edgar Degas from 1870 onwards, when the artist focused on the world of ballet and ballerinas and … Continue reading

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Headless mummy hangs out at London university

It turns out that one of London’s mummies is the daddy of everything from gay and women’s rights to universal suffrage. When the philosopher Jeremy Bentham died in 1832, he left more than just a range of influential arguments; he … Continue reading

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Seaside surprises: the renaissance of Britain’s coastal resorts

At one stage it seemed the British seaside had gone the way of bubble perms and £1 notes. With the advent of the package holiday in the 1960s and the lure of sun-kissed European beaches, Brits who had been content … Continue reading

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Can you guess who it is yet? Britain’s ropiest waxworks

Louis Tussaud’s House of Wax in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth has become something of a local legend. Lacking the glamour, the price-tag – entry is just £5 – and the queues of tourist staple, Madame Tussauds in London, … Continue reading

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Deadly plants and treetop eats at the UK’s coolest garden

Unapologetically contemporary, occasionally weird and always inspiring, the Alnwick Garden features a poison garden (home to Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake and the odd whiffy narcotic normally banned in this country) as well as a bamboo labyrinth and a treehouse restaurant. It’s … Continue reading

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Wimbledon Art Studios – Open Studios

Down behind the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium in London, you’ll find a vibrant community of contemporty artists at Wimbledon Art Studios, Britain’s largest art studio complex. This weekend, over 130 emerging and established artists open their studios for 4 days, allowing … Continue reading

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Five of the best alternative tours

When you’ve ticked off the more familiar sights on your itinerary and taken the obligatory bus tour, why not try something a little different? Check out our top five alternative tours for inspiration. Spirit Collection Tours, Natural History Museum, London … Continue reading

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Ancient graffiti at the Tower of London

Graffiti isn’t all about ne’er do wells with spray cans defacing bus stops. The urge to leave one’s mark was as strong in our itchy-fingered ancestors as it is in the marker-wielding tykes of today. And some of the most … Continue reading

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