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We Finally Have a Date for The National Portrait Gallery’s Grand Reopening

Mark your calendars, folks. The National Portrait Gallery is reopening on 22nd June 2023 after a mega refurbishment. For the first time in almost three years, The National Portrait Gallery, which sits just off Trafalgar Square, will open up its doors to art lovers and culture seekers alike, showing off its brand-new multi-million pound makeover. …

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Time to Discover: The Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square

The Fourth Plinth sits on a corner of Trafalgar Square, not so hidden and in plain sight – but how much do you know about it? Time to delve deeper…  Only a foolish person would ever claim that Trafalgar Square is one of the city’s hidden gems.  Although millions of people pass through the square …

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Best Leicester Square Restaurants: Avoid the Tourist Traps, Here’s Where to Eat Instead

Looking for the best restaurants in Leicester Square? We’ve got you covered with this guide to the best places to eat. The tourist hub (or trap, depending on your viewpoint) that is Leicester Square isn’t short of places to eat. But it has to be said that for every good Leicester Square restaurant, there are …

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London’s St Patrick’s Day Festival is Back for 2022: Here’s How to Celebrate

Looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in London?  Whether you’re an Irish expat, a tourist, or just a Londoner looking for an excuse to sink pints of Guinness, you don’t want to miss the St Paddy’s Festival and parade in Trafalgar Square. The annual celebration has been a huge deal for Londoners over the years …

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The Hidden Secrets of Nelson’s Column

Discover the history and tales behind Nelson’s Column – Trafalgar Square’s iconic monument.  Admiral Nelson’s Column, AKA ‘Nelson Column’ sits proudly at the centre of Trafalgar Square.  Though the square itself is renowned for its pigeons, protests, a huge (and now quite controversial) Christmas tree that Norway donates every year and a very rowdy crowd …

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St James Bar: Why You Need to Visit The Cocktail Bar Setting London’s Drinking Scene Alight

The St James Bar is one of central London’s finest cocktail bars. Fact.  Let’s get this out of the way. With a few select exceptions, hotel bars can be a bit of a snooze – the place where businessmen tapping on laptops and bog-standard cocktails meet… and often the place where atmosphere comes to die.  …

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A Festival Dedicated to Inspiring Stories is Coming to London and You Won’t Want to Miss It

Prepare to be inspired: The Evening Standard has partnered up with Netflix to bring the Stories Festival to Picturehouse Central over the weekend between the 24th and 26th of September 2021.  Expect three jam-packed days of live readings, workshops, and talks from incredible creatives, directors, and writers – as well as a few very famous …

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The Hidden Secrets of The Trafalgar Square Lions

Look at any photo of Trafalgar Square and you’ll notice that the imposing Nelson’s Column is surrounded by four rather casual-looking lions. But do you know why these lions were chosen? Fear not, as we’re about to lift the lid on the hidden secrets of the Trafalgar Square Lions. The popular tourist hotspot Trafalgar Square …

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Things to do in Chinatown, London – An Insider’s Guide

Chinatown stands out – a vibrant and distinct part of London’s West End it’s beloved by locals and tourists alike. Planning a visit? Here’s what you need to know. Chinatown stands in the centre of London’s West End, a distinct melange of paper lanterns, shops, restaurants and cafes, bounded by four gates that mark your …

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