Attractions in London
London Helicopter Tours
Avoid the crowds, the queues and enjoy the unparalleled breathtaking panoramas of London fr om above when you fly with The London Helicopter, the UK’s only online scheduled helicopter service. During your flight you’ll see some of the city’s most historic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, as well as famous sporting venues including Wembley, The Emirates and the Olympic Stadium. The London Helicopter is a truly unique way to explore the city flying fr om the only London Heliport in Battersea and from Redhill’s Aerodrome in Surrey. For more information visit www.thelondonhelicopter.com and book an experience of a lifetime.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe
Opening 9 January 2014.
The brand new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will open its doors to the public for the first time on 9 January with an eclectic season of early modern drama, opera and exclusive one off performances and concerts. This new Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe provides an indoor playing space during the winter months and will host a wide variety of events all year round. It will be completely unique amongst London venues, with a handmade oak structure and pit seating, lit by hundreds of candles during performances. The Playhouse will seat 340 people. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hampton Court Palace, from 14 February 2014
Visitors will be in for a sweet treat as King George I’s royal hot chocolate will once again be served in the newly restored Chocolate Kitchen. This will be the first of many experiences that Historic Royal Palaces will unveil in the Baroque palace to commemorate 300 years since George I’s accession to the throne. The 18th century ‘Chocolate Kitchen’ will combine the re-creation of historic interiors with live interpretation and an innovative audio visual display which will show visitors how this royal beverage was made by Thomas Tosier-personal chocolate maker to George I and George II. Visitors will discover how royal hot chocolate was prepared but and also have the chance to sample this royal Georgian delicacy.
Imperial War Museum London’s new First World War Galleries
The new ground-breaking Galleries will open at IWM London in summer 2014, as part of a transformed museum and IWM’s programme for the First World War Centenary. The immersive and interactive galleries will draw upon the latest historical analysis of the war and will enable IWM to display more of the exceptional collections and tell the stories of those who lived, contributed, fought and died. IWM is also leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a growing network of over 500 local, national and international cultural and educational organisations spanning 24 countries. The Centenary Partnership will present a four year programme of cultural events and activities engaging millions of people across the world. For more information contact email@example.com
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: South Plaza Opening
Including the Aquatics Centre, ArcelorMittal Orbit and South Park Hub. The Park’s epicentre roars into life with the two iconic venues throwing open their doors for the first time since the 2012 Games. The park is predicted to have 9.3 million visitors a year by 2016, hosting hundreds of events each year including sport and entertainment. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Valley VeloPark
Opening 4 March 2014
Lee Valley VeloPark, the world’s premier cycling venue and home to the iconic London 2012 Velodrome and Olympic BMX track, will open on 4 March 2014, with sessions from £2 for club riders and £4 for individuals. As part of the opening programme, the velodrome will welcome back the heroes of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 14 and 15 March for the grand finale of Britain’s top annual track cycling series – Revolution – the first major event to take place there after the Games. The outstanding venue will feature everything from learn-to-ride programmes for children who have never been on a bike before, coaching, major championships bringing the world’s best riders back to the venue, all ability sessions for people with additional needs, and programmes for schools, clubs and leagues. For more information contact email@example.com
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Opening Spring 2014
A world class venue offering premier facilities in two sports, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is scheduled to open in Spring 2014. It will be located at Eton Manor, in the north of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, wh ere the London 2012 Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Competition was staged. At its heart will be a £30 million state-of-the art clubhouse that will comprise changing facilities, bar and social areas to establish Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre as a valuable sporting and community asset. This will be a unique venue that will host a range of community, club and elite events, giving all abilities and communities the chance to take part in hockey and tennis, two increasingly popular sports. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Guildhall Art Gallery, opening in June 2014
The heritage gallery will display treasures from the Corporation’s archives such as the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s Deed, and help to tell the City’s story in the development of London and the nation. For more information contact email@example.com
New galleries at the Wellcome Collection
Wellcome Collection has started work on a £17.5m redevelopment, with new galleries and spaces due to open in autumn 2014. The building will remain open throughout the works with an exciting and experimental programme of exhibitions and events held inside and out.
Science Museum, opening September 2014
A new £15.6m permanent gallery that will use sophisticated interactive displays and engaging participative experiences to reveal personal stories about how our lives have been transformed by communication innovations over the last 200 years. The gallery will occupy the largest exhibition space in the Museum, and will feature hundreds of unique objects from the Science Museum’s world class collections, many of which have never been seen before.
Westfield London, launching late 2014
KidZania, the international and award-winning interactive experience for children, and world’s fastest growing edutainment brand, is set to open its first site in the UK and Northern Europe at Westfield London. KidZania takes interactive entertainment and learning to a new level by combining role-playing with real life. At Westfield London, it will provide children and their parents with a safe, unique, and realistic educational environment that allows children between the ages of four and 14 to role-play by imitating grown-up jobs. The indoor venue is a city built to scale for children - at two-thirds of their actual size all facilities are designed for youngsters. Parents will have the option to relax in KidZania lounge facilities or leave their children in a secure environment for up to four hours while they shop.
The View from the Shard
The View from the Shard is the highest viewing point in Western Europe and nearly twice as high as any other view in London, providing visitors with a multi-sensory experience and exhilarating views for 40 miles across London. The new viewing position is at the top of The Shard, an iconic, landmark building designed by Renzo Piano. For more information contact Ana Karina Araque, Travel Trade Marketing Manager on AnaAraque@theviewfromtheshard.com
BBC Tour at Broadcasting House
New for 2014 on the BBC Tour at Broadcasting House in central London - a visit to the new One Show studio - our visitors have the chance to sit on the famous sofa and have their photo taken wh ere many favourite celebrities and personalities have sat and been interviewed by Matt & Alex. www.bbc.co.uk/tours
Ripley's Believe It or Not! London
New for 2014 at Ripley's Believe It or Not! London; the UK's first interactive graffiti wall...sitting right next to a 3,000lb piece of the Berlin Wall! Amazing! www.ripleyslondon.com
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