Visit London Blog » lily allen Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 22 Dec 2014 16:40:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Space-Age Muse Rock London’s Wembley Stadium Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:05:02 +0000

Muse confirmed their tag as one of the world’s best live bands last weekend with two sell-out gigs at London’s Wembley Stadium – and I was lucky enough to be among the 90,000 crowd.

The boys from Devon rocked the foundations of the iconic stadium in two breathtaking shows on Friday and Saturday, which included a floating UFO, a spaceship set and cannons firing streamers.

For British rock bands, it can’t get much better than playing at Wembley Stadium, where the likes of Queen and U2 have played defining gigs. But while some flounder, Muse have shown once more that they are worthy of being named in the same breath as arguably two of the greatest bands the British Isles have ever produced.

The first time I saw Muse was also at Wembley in 2007, but while that performance was incredible, this went one step further showing more maturity and a better use of their repertoire – strengthened further by their chart-topping album The Resistance.

Along with their ability to produce awe-inspiring shows, one of Muse’s greatest assets is the trio’s ability to mix styles and switch effortlessly between ballads such as Soldier’s Poem and the manic Stockholm Syndrome and Hysteria.

The former led to lighters and mobile phones lighting-up the crowd like a colony of glow worms, while the latter two produced frenzied waves of arms and heads bobbing up and down in the mosh pit.

After rousing performances of Starlight, Plug in Baby and Guiding Light; Matt Bellamy and his band ended with a lengthened version of their hit Knights of Cydonia.

Muse show no signs of slowing down just yet, with rumours of another album surfacing – and Wembley Stadium surely beckons once more?

Muse were supported by a pregnant Lily Allen, who played her last gig before retiring, which also featured a duet with Professor Green. Biffy Clyro supported Muse on Saturday.

Did you see Muse at Wembley this weekend?

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Visit London Asks: Who Would Be Your Dream Guest Star on EastEnders? Mon, 20 Jul 2009 10:16:11 +0000 Barbara Windsor and Boris Johnson: All Smiles in the Queen Vic

Last week, still stunned at Robbie Maddison’s amazing jump across the two open sides of Tower Bridge, we asked you to think of other fun London stunts. Thanks to everyone who commented. 

With news just announced that Mayor Boris Johnson will make a guest appearance on everyone’s favourite London-based TV drama, EastEnders this autumn, we want to know who else you’d like to see on the famous BBC soap.

Perhaps you’d like to see top chef Heston Blumenthal ordering some egg and chips from Jane Beale in Kathy’s Cafe.

Or the Top Gear trio arguing over prices in Mitchell’s Autos. Or Lily Allen getting her nails done at Tanya Branning’s beauty salon.

Or maybe you think Albert Square could do with a little Hollywood glamour. With all their children and the constant interest in their relationship, we reckon there’d be a storyline or two writing themselves if we could only persuade Brad and Angelina to move in.

Who would you like to see given a starring role in EastEnders?

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Visit London Asks: What Song Reminds You of London? Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:00:06 +0000

Last week we wanted to know about the best places for food after midnight in London. Thanks for your tips!

And so to this week’s burning question.

Earlier this month, I arranged to meet my sister at Baker Street, and was instantly earwormed by THAT sax solo. In honour of Raphael Ravenscroft, (not Bob Holness, sorry) today we’re asking for your favourite London tunes. The London anthems. Those Cockney ditties. The capital songs that remind you of our fair city.

A few spring to mind. Waterloo Sunset, for one. Sound of the Underground is another. Or Lily’s LDN. We’re not sure you’ll get any points for London Calling by The Clash, either. We’re more interested in the more left-field suggestions. We want to know what song you connect with the capital; as well as why, who, where, when and what makes it your special London song.

Tell us what you whistle on Westminster Bridge, what you hum on your way into Hammersmith Station, what you sing as you stride down The Strand…

And apologies if we’ve earwormed you too…

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