Posts Tagged ‘ Tower of London ’

Museum of the year

Apr 27th, 2015 | By
In remembrance poppies at the Tower of London

It’s that time of the year again. The time when the Art Fund announces the shortlist that go forward to be named Museum of the Year and pick up the £100,000 first prize.

Poppies survive

Nov 9th, 2014 | By
In remembrance poppies at the Tower of London

Many people have been surprised by the enormous visitor interest in the moat of poppies surrounding the Tower of London. When the tour is over, I hope there will be a permanent home at a the National Memorial Arboretum in Stafffordshire.

Poppies at the Tower

Oct 19th, 2014 | By
In remembrance poppies at the Tower of London

888,246 poppies have been placed in the moat around the tower. Is it macabre to suggest that they look like a moat of red maybe in memory of all the blood that was spilt defending the inner walls of our way of life?

Ice, ice baby

Dec 5th, 2013 | By

Kaye Holland has the low-down on the winter ice rinks in London worth getting your skates on for

Rain stopped play

Oct 15th, 2012 | By

Yesterday was the 946th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. For many years the local tourist organisation has waged a two day festival culminating in a re-enactment. But not yesterday. Health and safety concerns caused its cancellation due to unremitting rain.

Letter from London June 2012: London for everyone

Jun 7th, 2012 | By

Jane Egginton and her discerning three old let us in on some of their favourite quintessential London experiences and share some of their city secrets

Why we love London Town

Sep 21st, 2011 | By

It’s less than one year until the 2012 Olympic/Paralympic Games. And it’s set to be an event to remember – not least for the people behind the scenes: Londoners. In the first of a regular series, Londoners reveal what they love about the capital

Playing Trains in Your Hotel Room

Sep 11th, 2010 | By

Whilst the Washington Hotel in Tokyo, might appeal to some people I am not so sure that there may be marriages and families that couldn’t be thoroughly upset if they had to stay in this hotel. Why? Because the Washington has just installed a train set in one of its hotel rooms. You can bring your own engines or hire one from about £8. There is only one room at the moment and it is well booked out, but could this be the start of whole new range of features to entice us to stay in hotels?

Britain’s Attractions in 2009

Mar 9th, 2010 | By

The figures for what we visited last year have been released by ALVA, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. Between their 42 members, they are responsible for nearly 1,600 different attractions. But not every attraction is a member and not every member provides figures so there could be more popular places around.
Last year more of us visited their attractions than ever before. The figures were up by nearly 11% over 2009 which may not be that surprising given that 2009 was a year when more of us holidayed at home.
Rather obviously, those that didn’t make an entry charge filled the top 5 positions with the British Museum being the leading attraction in the country with over 5.5 million visits.