Visit London Blog » kensington palace http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:26:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Top 5 Easter Egg Hunts in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/top-5-easter-egg-hunts-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/top-5-easter-egg-hunts-in-london/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:13:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38426 There’s a cracking choice of Easter egg hunts taking place in London this weekend. Here’s our pick of the best:

Easter egg hunt at Kew Gardens
When: 20 Apr 9.30am-1pm
Kids can collect tokens from around the postcard-perfect gardens before receiving a yummy Easter egg from a giant Easter bunny. The egg hunt is one of many Willy Wonka-themed activities to celebrate 50 years of Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can also make your own Willy Wonka chocolate bar and devise new recipes with the Oompa Loompas in the Inventing Room.
Cost: Children under 16 go free when accompaied by an adult. Adult tickets are £14.50.

Kew Gardens

Kensington Palace Easter Egg Hunt
When: 18-21 Apr
Children aged seven to 11 can follow a trail through the beautiful palace gardens and crack a secret code before guzzling the chocolate prize. Other activities include Easter bonnet-making, live performance and storytelling.
Cost: Children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are £16.50.

 Bunnies on the Run at the London Eye

Bunnies on the Run at the London Eye
When: From now until 21 Apr
Help Edwin the bunny find his stolen Easter eggs aboard the London Eye. Suitable for kids aged four to nine years, the eggs-travaganza includes priority boarding and an activity pack including a magnifying glass and badge.
Cost: £24.21 per person

 Alternative Easter Egg Hunt at the Design Museum

The Alternative Easter Egg Hunt at Design Museum
When: 18-21 Apr 11am-4pm
Under fives can go on a bunny hunting trail through the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition, while over fives can crack clues. Hunters will be rewarded with a Rococo chocolatey treat at the end of their egg-cellent mission.
Cost: £1

 Kensington Roof Gardens

Easter Egg Hunt at Kensington Roof Gardens
When: 20-21 Apr 10-12pm
While kids go on the hunt for chocolate eggs in the Spanish garden under the watchful eye of the Easter Bunny, parents can relax with eggs-tra special chocolate-flavoured cocktails in the bar which boasts eye-popping views of London’s skyline. Finish the morning by enjoying Babylon’s traditional roast lunch.
Cost: The lunch menu is £27 for two courses, while children eat for £6 for two courses.

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Museums at Night 2014 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/museums-at-night-2014/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/museums-at-night-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38216

Museums at Night, the annual night-time festival of arts, heritage and culture, will take place between Thursday 15 May and Saturday 17 May this year.

The packed programme sees the UK’s best museums, galleries and public spaces putting on cultural events over the three-day festival. Here’s what to look forward to in London:

Over two nights (15-16 May) the 13 museums along the length of Museum Mile, stretching from Aldwych to Kings Cross, will be opening their doors from 6 to 9pm for pre-booked walking tours run by In Midtown, giving an unprecedented insight into the connections between the various iconic museums.

Following previous years’ success Somerset House will open its doors late for Museums at Night visitors to enjoy exhibitions and displays, including interactive workshops, tours and screenings, all accompanied by live music in the Seamen’s Hall.

The Horniman Museum & Gardens is extending its new family-friendly exhibition Extremes into the night, showing how artists react to extreme environments, with hot music from Zimbabwe, extremely high acrobatics, storytelling by candlelight and film screenings depicting submarine life.

The London Transport Museum is opening late on the Friday for its new exhibition Goodbye Piccadilly – from home front to Western front. Go along to find out the role London buses and bus drivers played during the First World War and how the city prepared for war. There will also be a perfume workshop by Odette Toilette and the opportunity to craft a feathered fascinator with Lulu O’Neil of Slightly Scarlett.

The RAF Museum, Hendon is hosting London-based musical duo Public Service Broadcasting for three exclusive gigs during Museums at Night. Each gig will be hosted in a secret location at the museum, perfect for artists that weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around their electronic set.  Also on the night visitors can help knit a life-sized plane, or dance to the Silent Disco in the shadow of an RAF Lancaster Bomber.

The Royal Artillery Museum is hosting a guided Ghosts of the Royal Arsenal tour. Find out why even battle-hardened soldiers refuse to enter the Academy Building or lock-up the Firepower display alone. There’ll also be bangers and mash and hot cups of tea and coffee to fight off the chill.

The National Portrait Gallery is hosting a special dance performance on 16 May from the English National Ballet, inspired by David Jones’ seminal World War I poem In Parenthesis.

Pandemonium Theatre will stage the macabre Theatre of Blood, Dance of Death, Drink of Life, a reinterpretation of Hecuba and Titus Andronicus, in the underground chamber at the Brunel Museum, where six men died and Brunel nearly drowned. There will also be tango and dance workshops and cocktails at the roof top pop-up Midnight Apothecary bar.

Head over to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for an evening of intrigue and subterfuge as visitors must solve clues across the museum to crack the UCL Museum murder mystery. As well as a prize for the team who solves the case, there are prizes for the best dressed detectives, with a drinks reception in The Grant Museum.

You can also create your own political slogan under the expert guidance of Kelvyn Smith, aka Mr Smith, at the William Morris Gallery. Or lift a genuine gold bar weighing 13kg during a rare opportunity to visit the Bank of England Museum after hours.

If all of that just sounds exhausting then join in The Big Power Nap on Friday 16 May at the Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre. The Undercroft gallery – ruins of London’s Roman Amphitheatre – will be converted into a 2000 year old chill-out zone with ambient sounds and a roving masseuse on hand to provide a relaxing break from London life.

Other nap-spaces include the popular Dino Snores at the Natural History Museum, where you can bed in for a mix of music, art, science and cinema, and Kensington Palace is opening its doors late for a Museums at Night sleepover for children aged 7 to 11.

The Museums at Night event programme is always being updated, so to keep on top of all the amazing things going on visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk or follow @MuseumsatNight and #MatN2014 on Twitter. The BBC will also be covering the event in various capacities across the three days.

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Mother’s Day in London: Top 5 Afternoon Teas and Restaurant Treats For Mums http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/mothers-day-in-london-top-5-afternoon-teas-and-restaurant-treats-for-mums/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/03/mothers-day-in-london-top-5-afternoon-teas-and-restaurant-treats-for-mums/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:20 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38016 You know the story: you’ve arranged the Mother’s Day flowers and baked the Mother’s Day cake, but still want to treat your mum to something special on Mother’s Day itself.

Here are the best Mother’s day ideas for mums who’ll be in London on Sunday 30 March 2014, including Mother’s Day afternoon tea and Mother’s Day brunch.


Fortnum and Mason
As well as a mother-daughter pampering session in the beauty rooms, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a classic Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon (from £45 per person) on 30 March. This afternoon tea is set in the quintessentially British environment of the famous department store and includes sandwiches, scones, and an array of sweet treats. Plus, for all those extra special mums on Mothering Sunday, there’s a free gift to take home.

The Royal Academy of Arts
Here’s a great gift for mothers who have (a) a fondness for art, and (b) a fondness for London and will therefore return to the city throughout the year. Purchase an annual Friends of RA membership as a Mother’s Day gift (£90) – giving mum unlimited access to world class exhibits and a host of other goodies at The Royal Academy of Arts – and you’ll receive a free cream tea for two at the exclusive members-only Keepers House.


Kensington Palace

On Sunday 30 March, mothers can take a regal trip through history with the Georgian Tea Party at Kensington Palace. After taking a royal stroll through the splendid gardens, mums will be invited to partake in ladylike pursuits in the palace. A special afternoon tea will also be served in the 18th century Orangery restaurant. The Georgian Tea Party is included as part of the normal entrance ticket price but tea at The Orangery is not.


Chelsea Riverside Brasserie
The Chelsea Riverside Brasserie at the Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour hotel is a secluded hidden gem. The view out across the boats and the Thames creates a tranquil backdrop for spoiling mums. If you want to go grand with your Mother’s Day gift, treat her to an overnight stay, Champagne afternoon tea, chocolate truffles on arrival and full English breakfast (Mother’s Dearest Package from £330 per room per night). Alternatively, simply enjoy a leisurely brunch with unlimited Champagne for £55 per person on Sunday 30 March. If four or more adults dine, mums go for free.

Planet Hollywood and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London
For families visiting London with younger children, there’s an opportunity to combine two of the West End’s most exciting experiences on Mother’s Day. For £36 per adult and £34 per child, you can enjoy the bizarre world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (pictured right), home to exhibits like the mirror maze and a full size knitted Ferrari. The fun doesn’t stop there because included in the price is a two-course lunch or dinner with drink at movie memorabilia restaurant, Planet Hollywood.

More Mother’s Day ideas

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London Fashion Week: Fashion Exhibitions in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/lfw-fashion-exhibitions-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/lfw-fashion-exhibitions-in-london/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:00:25 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37656 From The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. Kylie Minogue, 2008. William Baker. The Surrealists collection, “Médée” gown Haute couture fall/winter 2006–2007 © 2008, Darenote Ltd. All rights reserved

The capital is gearing up for the start of London Fashion Week which begins on Thursday. But it’s not the only display of fashion finery in town.

Learn about fashion’s icons and see their fabulous designs at these fashion-forward exhibitions.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House

Explore the amazing life and wardrobe of Isabella Blow, the legendary fashion director who is credited with discovering and nurturing the likes of designers Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy and Hussein Chalayan, as well as models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. Try to tie in your visit to Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! with one of the special related events, be it a free tour or the documentary about ‘the empress of fashion’ Diana Vreeland. Until 2 Mar

The Cloth. Photo credit: Anita Cobin. From the V&A exhibition Club to Catwalk

Club to Catwalk at the V&A

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s closes bang in the middle of LFW (on 16 Feb), so if you haven’t been yet, don’t miss your chance! This popping exhibition explores the creative explosion of London fashion during the 80s, and the influence of club styles such as New Romantic and High Camp. See outfits worn by Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery, and discover the bold, experimental new looks being conjured by the bright young designers of the day, such as Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett and John Galliano. Until 16 Feb

Dress worn by Princess Margaret

Fashion Rules at Kensington Palace

The changing styles of British fashion are brilliantly illustrated through Fashion Rules, an exhibition of rare dresses once worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales. Spot the nipped-in waist of the buoyant 1950s, the short hemlines of the defiant 1960s, the sparkles and shoulder pads of the outrageous 1980s – the Royals knew the fashion of the day, and made sure they followed it! Entry to the exhibition is included in admission to Kensington Palace, so save enough time to explore this remarkable building – we can’t guarantee you’ll bump into Wills, Kate and George though (even if they do live there!). Until 2015

Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol at the Fashion & Textile Museum

Fabulous fashion would be nothing without fabulous textiles. In Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, the Fashion  & Textile Museum explores the history of 20th century art in textiles – featuring more than 200 rare pieces (many of which have never been seen before) by Salvador Dalí, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, among others. See how artistic movements such as Cubism and Pop Art influences textile designs, and how the public engaged with modern art through their clothing and home furnishings. Until 17 May

The Anatomy of a Suit at Museum of London

What makes a suit? Find out in the Museum of London’s free exhibition The Anatomy of a Suit. The museum’s experts have dissected a selection of retro suit jackets, picked up from London markets, to discover the engineering that lies within. Find out how clever tailoring and design can change the shape of the wearer’s body, and discover the trade secrets of the nimble-fingered tailor. Until 1 Jun

Paul Smith in his office. Courtesy of the Design Museum

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum

The Design Museum is celebrating the world and work of Paul Smith, acclaimed British fashion designer. In Hello, My Name is Paul Smith you can find out how his quintessentially British label began in Nottingham and went on to become one of the leading brands in the world – plus discover what’s next in store. Until 22 Jun

COMING SOON: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican

Ok, so it doesn’t start until April but we had to give a mention to this very exciting exhibition coming to the Barbican. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first major exhibition devoted to the acclaimed French couturier, and features more than 180 cutting-edge couture and ready-to-wear garments, including Madonna’s infamous conical bra and corsets, stage costumes designed for Kylie Minogue and pieces created for the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element. There’ll also be footage of catwalk shows, concerts, music videos, dance performances and Gaultier’s cult television show Eurotrash. Book now! 9 Apr to 17 Aug

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Best Bus Routes for Sightseeing in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/best-bus-routes-for-sightseeing-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/best-bus-routes-for-sightseeing-in-london/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:35 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=27625

London’s famous double-decker buses are an ideal way to see the city if you’re on a budget. Buy a Travelcard for the day and take a self-guided city tour on London’s best bus routes. These four cover most of the major sights in the city. Their routes are described from west to east and the return journey passes the same sights in reverse.

Number 74
Starting in Putney, this route travels past London’s museums hub in South Kensington where the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum sit side by side. It then passes luxury department store Harrods and the boundary of one of London’s largest green spaces at Hyde Park Corner. You can catch a glimpse of The Dorchester hotel just after, followed by the famous haunt of public rhetoric – Speaker’s Corner at Marble Arch. The final stop is Baker Street, home to both the Madame Tussauds wax figure museum and the Sherlock Holmes Museum, at the site of the fictional detective’s residence.

Number 9
The number 9 is one of only two routes operating the old-style Routemaster buses on part of its route. Leaving from Hammersmith, it passes Kensington Palace (you’ll have to get off to see it) followed by the beautiful Royal Albert Hall and the monument to Queen Victoria’s husband which sits opposite it. Like the number 74, the 9 passes the museums in Kensington, Harrods and Hyde Park corner. It takes a different route afterwards to visit St James’s Palace, Trafalgar Square, The Savoy hotel and arts and cultural centre Somerset House.

Number RV1
The RV1 is a favourite route for us here at VL Towers! Despite being a single decker, it still passes through some of the best parts of London, giving you a great cultural tour of the city. Soak up some shops and street theatre at Covent Garden before taking the RV1. Hopping on it will take you to the South Bank where you’ll see the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. The London Bridge stop is metres from the London Dungeon and City Hall is the next sight on the route, which crosses Tower Bridge to finish up at the Tower of London.

Number 24
The 24 sets off from Camden Town which offers alternative fashion and food. The bus then heads to the more mainstream Leicester Square in the centre, calling in at Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade. The political heart of London is next as the bus passes Parliament Square where you’ll find Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, as well as the nearby Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married in 2011. The final site is the city’s policing headquarters at the iconic New Scotland Yard building.

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Tower of London Twilight Tour http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/tower-of-london-twilight-tour/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/11/tower-of-london-twilight-tour/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:33:59 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35944 Dare you take a spooky twilight tour of the Tower of London this winter? Historic Royal Palaces are giving visitors a unique opportunity to gain after-hours access to the ancient fortress as well as hear the gruesome stories which make it world famous.

The tours are led by the iconic and entertaining Beefeaters who not only share tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution and torture but also get a kick out of making you jump.

Although largely spent outdoors, the tour also includes a brief look in the Bloody Tower, where two young princes disappeared from their beds while under the care of their Uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Two centuries later, workmen at the Tower dug up a wooden box containing two small human skeletons.

Another highlight of the tour is the chance to hear ghost stories at Tower Green, a historical burial ground and the site where three English Queens (Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Jane Grey) were beheaded. If you feel tired, you can rest your legs in the Chapel where their headless bodies lie. Rumour has it that there might be some more right beneath your feet…

Finally, you’ll head to the bottom of the Wakefield Tower where hundreds of prisoners were held at one time and where you can see three terrifying instruments used to torture traitors. Not one for the faint-hearted!

The tour is interspersed with tales of apparitions appearing in photographs, mirages passing through bodies and unknown guests being seen on tours…

Evening tours run in November, January, February and March. Tickets are £25. Book a twilight tour here.

Learn more about the legendary Tower of London in Tudor Times by watching Tower Beefeater Barney Chandler sharing his London Story. Watch this video  for a chance to win a dream trip to London for two. Find out more here.

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Royal Baby Names: a History by Historic Royal Palaces http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/royal-baby-names-a-history-by-historic-royal-palaces/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/royal-baby-names-a-history-by-historic-royal-palaces/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:12:37 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34773

As we wait to find out the name of William and Kate’s baby son, Historic Royal Palaces curators discuss the history of royal baby names. The video was filmed at Kensington Palace (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home) and Hampton Court Palace.

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It’s a Boy! Welcome to London, Prince of Cambridge http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/its-a-boy-welcome-to-london-prince-of-cambridge/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/its-a-boy-welcome-to-london-prince-of-cambridge/#comments Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:00:34 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34592 Buckingham Palace has announced the birth of William and Kate’s son at 4.24pm (BST) yesterday.

The royal arrival was announced with a doctor’s certificate placed on an easel at the central gates of Buckingham Palace. The notice announced the delivery of the baby, adding: “Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”

Last night, Tower Bridge was lit up with spectacular blue lights in celebration of the little boy’s birth. (You can watch Tower Bridge anytime with our popular webcam.) Other London institutions now sporting a blue hue include the top floor of City Hall, the Trafalgar Square fountains, the BT Tower and the London Eye.

The bells at Westminster Abbey (the church where William and Kate were married) will ring for three hours and 15 minutes today, to mark the royal arrival.

The birth will also be marked with gunfire: 62 shots from the Tower of London, and 41 from Green Park at 2pm today. The Green Park salute will be more spectacular, with horse-drawn guns; but if you want a good view, you’re advised to get down there early. The best place to watch the Tower of London salute will be from Tower Bridge or opposite on the other side of the river at More London, near The Scoop. The Tower of London offers a longer salute, adding 21 to mark the loyalty of the City of London to the newborn.

The child’s official title is His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge.

Prince William said the couple “could not be happier”. Kensington Palace said the baby would be named in due course.

For ideas on how to celebrate the royal arrival in London and details of the capital’s royal attractions, take a look at our royal baby page.

And for the little prince or princess in your life, you can purchase some beautiful royal baby merchandise at the visitlondon.com webstore.

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Where To See Royal Clothing in London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/where-to-see-royal-clothing-in-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/03/where-to-see-royal-clothing-in-london/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 10:30:12 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=32044

If there’s one thing we love about the royals, it’s their clothes. From The Queen’s unending range of hats, to the Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity wear, we’re fascinated by what the other half wear. With the news that Princess Diana’s most famous dresses are to be auctioned for thousands of pounds this month, we’re looking at some of the places in London where you can see attire worn by the royal family - from recently worn clothes to much older garments.

Kensington Palace

One of the best places to view generations of female royal fashions is at Kensington Palace, where a wealth of garments are on display. You can, for example, see a magnificent collection of royal wedding dresses, or marvel at the clothes included in the Victoria Revealed exhibition (including the dress pictured above). Adult tickets are £15.

Buckingham Palace

This summer, Buckingham Palace is the perfect place to begin your exploration of royal fashions through the ages. From 27 July to 29 September, the palace’s State Rooms will host a celebratory display to mark 60 years since The Queen’s coronation. This will feature a range of dresses, robes and uniforms worn by those involved on the day, as well as the chance to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the historic occasion. Keep an eye out for the charming outfits of Prince Charles and Princess Anne, which provide a pleasing contrast to the adult costumes on display. Adult tickets are £19.

Hampton Court Palace

It may not be strictly an item of royal attire, but the replica of King Henry VIII’s crown at Hampton Court Palace is undoubtedly worth a look. Made by the crown jeweller, this stunning piece is on display in the Royal Pew and is crafted to the specifications set out in the King’s servants’ inventories. The original was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell after the English Civil War. Adult tickets to Hampton Court Palace are £16.

Museum of London

As you walk through the many galleries of the Museum of London, you’ll notice various displays of clothing that provide extra context to the eras under scrutiny. Some of these garments belonged to the royal family of the time and within the museum’s collection are royal clothes ranging from the  mid-17th century to the mid-20th. The most intricate items in their collection, however, may sadly never be on display.  Entry is free.

The Tower of London

The most compelling exhibit at the Tower of London is undoubtedly the Crown Jewels. An important symbol of the British monarchy, they are regularly worn by The Queen in state ceremonies and include some of the world’s most beautiful diamonds. Alongside these spectacular adornments you can also view royal armour in the White Tower and King George V’s military uniform in the Fusilier Museum. Entry costs £21.45 for adults.

Kew Palace

Visitors to Kew Palace can see George III’s (1738-1820) waistcoat on display. Made from pale blue damask, the waistcoat was designed for the monarch towards the end of his life and was especially crafted with his comfort in mind. You can check out the long sleeves and fine workmanship on this garment from 2 April when the Palace re-opens. Adult tickets are £6.

More royal attractions in London

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London’s Best Christmas Trees http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/londons-best-christmas-trees/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/londons-best-christmas-trees/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:00:28 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30520 Christmas is one of the most exciting times of year in London; this year, the city’s Christmas decorations are looking fantastic. Here’s a round-up of some of the best Christmas trees in town, ranging from the traditional to the quirky.

Gary Card’s Electric Christmas tree is part of the final instalment of the Vauxhall Ampera season at the Kings Cross Filling Station The tree at the Tower of London is a more traditional affair Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living have an innovative Christmas tree – Ice-circles, a sculpture created by designer Mark Humphrey. The 3m tall "tree" is fashioned from a series of perspex circles; inside, a green light gives a sense of traditional foliage Covent Garden boasts not one but two trees: this traditional version, and a quirkier one in the East Piazza (see video below) The Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2012 was created by Kally Ellis, founder of renowned British floral designers McQueens The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is an annual gift from the people of Oslo since 1947 as a token of gratitude for British support of Norway during the Second World War

Here’s a great video of the Kensington Palace tree. From 1 December 2012, Kensington Palace is transformed into a palace-size advent calendar, with a daily programme of exciting events, music and activities, all inspired by the young Princess Victoria’s Christmas diaries.

Did you spot the elf?

In Covent Garden, there’s a unique 26ft (7.9m) tall Barrel Tree in the East Piazza. Interested in how it got there? Here’s a video explaning all:

Have you spotted any more amazing Christmas Trees in London? Make sure you add any photos you take to our flickrpool.

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