Visit London Blog » crystal palace park Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Video of the Week: Dinosaurs of the Crystal Palace by Lost Valley of London Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:54:57 +0000

In this funny video, Lost Valley of London visits the Victorian dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park. The film is the work of Anthony Lewis, a voiceover artist, actor and tour guide, who says:

“London being so massive, so tangled and so filled with amazing remnants of 2,000 plus years of history seems to me like a mysterious jungle from a 1940s pulp-adventure serial, complete with mysterious ruins, weird creatures, mad characters and eccentric contraptions. It seemed only natural to grab a video camera and go on safari!”

You can read more about the dinosaurs in this PDF leaflet about Crystal Palace Park’s Prehistoric Monstor Trail.

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Stonehenge Bounces into Town Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:00:16 +0000

Tourists often ask if they can go on a day trip to Stonehenge from London (the answer is yes). But now this English icon has come to the capital. Well, sort of…

Sacrilege is effectively a massive bouncy castle, the creation of Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller. Unlike the real Stonehenge, visitors are encouraged to interact with the structure and wow, is it fun! Adults and children alike jump and run with expressions of pure joy (and ultimately exhaustion) on their faces. My young family and I loved the experience so much, we went back to North Greenwich the next day for more. It’s free and no ticket is required.

Part of the London 2012 Festival, Sacrilege is touring the UK and is in London between now and the end of the Olympic Games on 12 August. The remaining London stops are:

For full details see London 2012 Festival. So, will you be making a date to get in touch with your bouncy inner child? Now the school holidays are here, what’s your favourite London destination for family-friendly fun?

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite London Animal? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 10:58:55 +0000 The new lion cubs at ZSL London Zoo. Image by the Zoological Society of London.

We’ve been getting excited about our four legged friends over the last few weeks at Visit London.

As well as the new lion cubs at London Zoo, there’s been those pesky dinosaurs at The O2, and a very helpful 3D seagull installed at the London Eye. And let’s not forget the bees in Covent Garden.

So this week’s burning question is: what’s your favourite London animal?

Perhaps you’re a fan of the flamingos at Kensington Roof Gardens? Or you’re happy knowing the Ravens are still guarding the Tower after all these years, or that those dragons are still looking after the City of London.

Maybe you like the anatomically incorrect dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park; the walrus in the Horniman Museum; the Savoy Hotel’s wooden cat, Kaspar, who rounds up potentially unlucky dinner parties of 13; or those highly cultured bees who live in a hive on top of the Southbank Centre.

Some of London’s animals are very socially minded; you can keep up with one of the lions on Trafalgar Square on twitter. Other great London animals in the twitterverse are the horse on Marble Arch and, naturally, a pigeon from Trafalgar Square.

Let us know what your favourite London animal is and why…

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Dinosaurs in London Wed, 05 Aug 2009 09:31:21 +0000 Scary t Rex at the Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs are taking over London! We’ve met dinosaurs at The Proms and Walking with Dinosaurs arrives at The O2 tonight.

Are you planning to see Walking with Dinosaurs at The O2 or Wembley Arena? You’ll see full size dinos roaring and fighting on stage!

If you love dinosaurs, head to either the Natural History Museum or Crystal Palace Park before the show for more prehistoric scares.

The Natural History Museum is home to an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils. Get close to dinosaur skeletons and explore the science behind these big creatures. What does dinosaur skin look like? Did you know that there are still dinosaurs alive on earth today? What did they eat and will they eat you? Find out the answers to all your dinosaur questions at the Natural History Museum.

If you want to meet dinosaurs in the wild, visit Crystal Palace Park. These life size sculptures were built by the Victorians and you’ll find them lurking in the woods like a real life Jurassic Park. Scientific understanding about dinosaurs has moved on a bit since these dudes were created so there’s a few funny faces and poses, but they’re still scary and huge.

Entry to the Natural History Museum and Crystal Palace Park is free. It’s not too late to book tickets for Walking With Dinosaurs.

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