Visit London Blog » tower bridge exhibition http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Our Best Bits: The VL Team’s London Highlights of 2011 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/12/our-best-bits-the-vl-teams-london-highlights-of-2011/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/12/our-best-bits-the-vl-teams-london-highlights-of-2011/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:50:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=24509

Madelene Yeshin
All my theatre highlights took place at The National, from Danny Boyle’s mind-blowing production of Frankenstein, to the hilarious One Man, Two Guvnors and finally to the beautiful, romantic and funny play by Daniel Kitson -It’s Alright Now, until Later. On the food front, I had an incredible dining experience at Heston’s Dinner in Knightsbridge, and dicovered a new favourite Oxford Street eatery at Riding House Café - perfect for escaping the shopping crowds. Finally, my most bizarre experience of the year was rowing across the roof of Selfridges on an emerald lake courtesy of Bombas and Parr.

Lettice Kemp
My 2011 highlights included following the craft trail at the Thames Festival, seeing Milton Jones’ stand-up show, being utterly terrified by Daleks at the Doctor Who Experience, visiting the Tower Bridge Exhibition, watching Arthur “Rory” Darvill in Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe and attending Knit Nation for the first time. Tapping into the trend for shocking Christmas jumpers, I took a one-day knitting class at Loop and mastered Fair Isle knitting. I also took a silver clay class at the London Jewellery School and a lampshade making class at The Make Lounge, both of which I heartily recommend. Best of all was South Pacific at the Barbican: just beautiful and dreamy.

Aly Garvey
There were some gorgeous exhibitions in London this year including the Glamour of the Gods at the National Portrait Gallery which I loved. Degas and the Ballet at the Royal Academy of Arts was fantastic too. I enjoyed dinner at two of London’s most well-known restaurants, the OXO Tower and the Rib Room which have both had refurbishments this year and reopened looking better than ever with food and drinks to match.

Hannah Collingbourne
After seeing Shrek The Musical, my friend declared, “That’s the best thing that’s happened to me all week!”. I have to agree; in fact it was one of my top events for the whole year. Audience members of all ages left the theatre with a smile on their face. If you need cheering up in the dark winter months after Christmas, I’d recommend a visit to Shrek.

Lisa Williams
Walking along the Southbank with all the beach huts, beach and drinking Pimms on the roof top garden bar during the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain was fantastic. I was also lucky enough to go to The O2 to watch the ATP Tennis semi-final matches, which was truly inspiring. Next would be my preview trip of the Harry Potter tour which is opening in March – I just couldn’t believe how much detail had gone into making the sets! Finally, my trip on the Orient Express: being treated like royalty, drinking champagne and eating divine food while pottering around in a beautiful train… what a year!

Jenny Owen
From the swashbuckling Pirates exhibition, to the beautiful and delicate paintings of Degas, it’s been a great year for soaking up some culture in London. I spent hours at the Mirá½¹ exhibiton at Tate Modern, and now we have the Dickens exhibition, which I think really deserves all the hype. Other stand-out moments included visiting The Ritz (every bit as decadent as I’d imagined); touring the Tower of London by night and visiting beautiful Lancaster House during a rare public opening.

Lianne Kolirin
Matilda was unquestionably the highlight of my year in London. The kids loved it too, but you don’t need a little one in tow to appreciate this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. I also enjoyed visiting World Travel Market over the autumn. Practically every country around the world occupies a tiny corner of the enormous ExCel exhibition centre. It’s so huge; you could spend a whole week taking in the atmosphere. Earlier in the year, I saw John Bishop compere a comedy benefit in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. So many great acts, so many laughs. Best of the bunch was Seann Walsh, who is definitely a face to look out for in 2012.

Tom Butler
Skylight at Commonwealth Institute2011 has been a great year for discovering new spaces in London, from inside the former Commonwealth Institute as part of Open House London, to the Eden Project-designed Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden & Bar for the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. I’m glad this beautiful, grassy rooftop will be back in 2012. Other highlights included a Q&A with author Kazuo Ishiguro at a screening of Never Let Me Go in February (the venue, the Ritzy in Brixton, had an incredible year of events celebrating its 100th birthday), and Hackney Wicked in July. Finally, the best single moments were the decision to award the 2017 World Athletics Championships to London, and the discovery of (possibly) London’s best burritos at Picante Mexican Grillin Victoria – both are a fantastic result for the city.

Zoe Craig
There have been some great shows in London this year. Highlights for me included the brilliantly acted plays Clybourne Park, Frankenstein and The Westbridge; and classy musicals Crazy For You, Matilda and Betty Blue Eyes. Best of the lot was One Man, Two Guvnors – a wonderful script, a fantastic cast, and whole lot of fun. I also loved seeing the new Penguin Beach at London Zoo earlier in the summer.

What were your highlights of 2011? Let us know in the comments below…

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Tower Bridge Exhibition http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/07/tower-bridge-exhibition/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/07/tower-bridge-exhibition/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:54:10 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=20662

If you enjoy watching our Tower Bridge webcam, then you’ll love visiting the Tower Bridge Exhibition!

The tour starts with a lift to the top and a stroll along the walkways which provide stunning views down the Thames and tell the history of the Bridge.

In 1878 it was decided that the old bridge wasn’t big enough and a competition was launched to find the perfect design for a new bridge. Many of the submissions were unworkable and it took nearly a decade to select the final design by architect Horace Jones. The interior of the bridge is as elegantly steampunk as the exterior.

After seeing the view from the top, head down into the engine rooms where you can see the old steam engines which used to power Tower Bridge. The steam engines are works of art, elegantly designed and painted with clear labels explaining the functions.

The engine rooms have videos showing what happens inside when the bridge lifts and models you can play with to understand how the bridge works.

I paid £8 for an adult ticket and thought that was good value for money, given that it was facinating, informative, took over an hour to wander round and gave me the opportunity to explore one of the most famous structures in the world.

Open daily April-September 10-6.30pm, October-March 9:306pm. Adult £8, child £3.40 www.towerbridge.org.uk

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Win! Day 21: Family Ticket to Tower Bridge Exhibition and PizzaExpress Family Meal http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/12/win-day-21-family-ticket-to-tower-bridge-exhibition-and-pizzaexpress-family-meal/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/12/win-day-21-family-ticket-to-tower-bridge-exhibition-and-pizzaexpress-family-meal/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:00:14 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=17842

Treat yourself and your family to a lovely London day out with this smashing prize. First up, you get a family ticket to the Tower Bridge Exhibition, which introduces you to London’s most iconic bridge. Your ticket includes an audio-visual guide, a visit to the Victorian engine rooms and a stroll across the bridge’s top walkway – 140 feet above the Thames!

After that dose of culture, feed the family with a PizzaExpress meal voucher worth £100. The closest PizzaExpress restaurant is on Shad Thames, a three-minute walk from Tower Bridge.

To win this great Tower Bridge and Pizza Express prize, enter here.

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