El Film4 Summer Screen regresa al Somerset House de Londres este agosto

El festival de cine Summer Screen, en asociación con Film4, regresa al Somerset House londinense del 8 al 21 de agosto, en otra vibrante edición que promete satisfacer a cinéfilos con una ecléctica mezcla de películas.

El programa de este año arrancará con la premiere de About Time , la nueva comedia romántica de Richard Curtis protagonizada por Domhnall Gleeson, Rachal McAdams y Bill Nighy. Otras dos películas que se estrenarán durante el festival son la comedia The Way Way Back , con Steve Carell y Tonu Collette, y Prince Avalanche , con Pau Rudd y Emile Hirsch, que cerrará el festival.

Entre medias, una gran número de filmes se proyectarán durante el ciclo, como Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Crazy Stupid Love, Kes, Guys and Dolls y The Untouchablesentre muchos otros . Se celebrarán dobles y triples sesiones temáticas de cine, que incluirán comedias y thrillers de ‘instituto’ (Mean Girls, Carrie y The Loved Ones), cine fantástico (Predator y Gremlins 2) y una sesión que celebrará el cine ‘forajido’ americano con Badlands y Raising Arizona .

Cada noche, DJs pondrán discos antes y después de cada película, que serán presentadas al aire libre en enormes pantallas y el mejor sonido. A mayores, en las llamadas charlasBeside the Screen, tanto directores, como actores y profesionales de la industria del cine deleitarán al público con información y anécdotas sobre las películas del programa.

Una auténtica fiesta del cine para aquellos amantes del séptimo arte que estén planeando un viaje a Londres este verano. Reserva tu hotel Londres a través del LondonTown.com, el sitio de Internet más completo sobre la capital. A través de este portal es posible reservar en el ME London, a dos minutos andando de Somerset House, por sólo 205 libras la habitación doble, lo que supone un 43% de descuento. Otra opción es el Strand Palace Hotel London, con habitaciones desde tan solo 103 libras la noche, lo que incluye un enorme descuento del 50%. Un plan perfecto con Summer Screen yLondonTown.com.

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Buckingham Palace Summer Opening Returns in August

One of the highlights of the season in London is the annual Summer Opening tour at Buckingham Palace , which grants public access to nineteen State Rooms usually used by the Royal Family to host ceremonial events.

From August 3 rd until September 29th, ardent Royalists, casual observers and fervent Republicans alike can, for the princely sum of £19, capture a glimpse of life inside the upper echelons of monarchy. The state rooms open to the public don’t disappoint, with lavish furnishings from the French and English schools, and works by Rembrandt and Rubens, among others, on display.

Admission includes an audio tour and a Garden Highlights Tour, which takes groups of fifteen or more through the exquisitely landscaped botanical highlights of the iconic royal residence.

Marginally more modest accommodation is available via website LondonTown.com, which has announced details of discounted room rates at a number of nearby London hotels. The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, located a few minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace, is offering double rooms from £169 per night – a 51% reduction on the standard rate.

The 41 Hotel London is offering double rooms from £299, a 24% discount on the usual rate. Considered the tenth best hotel in Europe by the New Yorker, it’s as close as most people will get to living like a king during their stay in the capital. The 41 is just a few minutes’ walk from Buckingham Palace.

Just as close is the Crowne Plaza , which is offering 69% off standard rooms. The discount brings the rate down to £138 per night. All the featured London hotels are available at the reduced rates exclusively through LondonTown.com. Visit the site for further information.

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Buy tickets now to see David Tennant in Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Richard II’

There are still tickets available to see David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Richard II’ which will be staged at London ‘s Barbican Theatre, the former home of the RSC in London , from 9th December 2013. Those who want to see the production, which is expected to sell out soon, can stay in the city at one of the many hotels in London near the well-known east London arts centre.

Gregory Doran will direct Richard II, the first production of his inaugural programme as director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, reuniting with Tennant and Oliver Ford Davies, both of whom starred in his 2008 production of Hamlet. Oliver Ford Davies plays the Duke of York.

This will be Tennant’s fourth season with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the past 20 years. On playing the role of King Richard he said: “He’s not a hero at all. He’s quite a complicated character. So I’m daunted by the prospect of doing it justice but very excited to get a chance”.

Nigel Lindsay, who previously appeared alongside David Tennant in the 2003 production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at the National Theatre, will make his RSC debut as Bolingbrook . Lindsay, who was nominated for the Best Actor in a Musical at the 2012 Olivier Awards for his starring role in Shrek the Musical, can also be seen on the London stage in ‘The Same Deep Water As Me’, a new play by Nick Payne at the Donmar Warehouse from 1st August to 28th September 2013.

Michael Pennington, a leading British actor for over thirty years who has played a wide variety of roles in London ‘s West End and who has played most of the major Shakespeare parts for the RSC and for his own English Shakespeare Company, plays John of Gaunt.

Music for the show will be composed by Paul Englishby who has most recently written the score for the film adaptation of the stage musical ‘Sunshine on Leith’. Previous works include scores for ‘An Education’, ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day’ and David Hare’s ‘Page Eight’ as well as the third season of the BBC’s ‘Luther’.

While there is no availability for ‘Richard II’ in Stratford-upon-Avon, where the play opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 10th October and runs till 16th November 2013, tickets are still available for the London staging when the production transfers to the Barbican Theatre from 7th December 2013 to 25th January 2014. It will be the first time that the RSC has transferred a production to the Barbican in a decade, and the first Shakespeare production since the company’s departure from the City of London venue in 2002.

Richard II will be the first RSC production to play live this November in cinemas around the world and to be streamed, for free, direct into 1,000 UK schools.

For more information on all theatre events taking place in London this winter, go toLondonTown.com where a host of useful information is supplied, giving those planning to visit the city all the information they need in one online location. With over 18 years of experience, the website is the place to go to for informative and unbiased reviews on everything you need to know about the UK’s capital city.

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Glastonbury for the under 10s, the LolliBop Festival returns this August

School’s out for the summer and the LolliBop Festival – the big bash for little people – is back. Returning to Regent’s Park, the three-day festival (16 th -18 th August) is the UK’s largest festival for children and provides a packed to the rafters programme of fun activities for the under 10s. As well as live acts and shows, the event also boasts plenty of interactive entertainment, encouraging kids to play the day away. For families travelling to the festival from outside of the capital, a selection of London hotels for all budgets can be found on LondonTown.com.

LolliBop is split into a number of zones including the Lolli Arena, where there will be performances from the likes of C Beebies Superstar Justin Fletcher, the cool mystery-solving Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew; LolliPalladium, the festival’s very own Big Top which welcomes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid show; The Lolli Promenade, an on-site beach resort; and the Discovery Zone, which welcomes the London Science Museum to help kids partake in a number of exciting scientific experiments.

New for 2013 is the Village Green, playing host to the Mr Men and Little Miss Village Fete. Children will be able to meet all their favourite characters such as Mr Strong, Mr Bump, Mr Tickle and Little Miss Sunshine as they host a fete that includes Maypole dancing, games and activities. There will also be dedicated reading hubs to relax with a Mr Men or Little Miss book.

Be sure to keep your children entertained during the school holidays with the help of LondonTown.com’s Summer in London for Families article, which details the best child-friendly festivals, concerts and theatre shows.

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El gran festival británico de cerveza regresa al Olympia de Londres en agosto

 La mayor celebración de la cerveza en el Reino Unido regresa este verano. Del 13 al 17 de agosto, el Olympia londinense servirá la ronda anual del Great British Beer Festival, muestra dedicada a la refrescante bebida en la que no sólo se pueden descubrir y degustar una gran selección de cervezas, sino además participar en una gran variedad de eventos.

En los últimos años la cultura cervecera en el Reino Unido ha vivido una especie de renacimiento. Parte de culpa reside en la enorme popularidad del Great British Beer Festival: sin ir más lejos, se espera que hasta 55.000 personas visiten la edición de este año, animados no sólo por la selección de más de 800 cervezas, sidras y “real ales” inglesas sino también por el numero de actividades, conciertos, y (como beber con el estómago vacío no es muy buena idea) numerosas opciones gastronómicas que formarán parte del festival.

Cuando el plan es pasarse el día degustando cervezas, estaremos de acuerdo en que lo más prudente es reservar alojamiento en un hotel cercano al festival. Por suerte, el portal LondonTown.com ofrece una vez más en su sitio web grandes descuentos en Londres hoteles cercanos al Olympia.

El Hilton London Olympia Hotel no podría estar más cerca del recinto. A tan sólo dos minutos andando, este hotel ofrece junior suites desde las 217 libras, lo que supone un 41% de descuento con respecto al precio habitual. Un descuento incluso más generoso está disponible en el Simply Rooms and Suites Hotel, a cuatro minutes del Olympia. Este innovador boutique-hotel dispone de habitaciones dobles desde solamente 93 libras, un 73% más económico a través de LondonTown.com.

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London filmstake over the Barbican

Fans of London cinema should be camping out at the Barbican Centre this autumn when there will be a festival showing cult films that celebrating the secret side of the city’s urban landscape. The Barbican is one of Europe’s largest contemporary arts venues, with spaces for music, theatre, art and photography as well as cinema. It is located near to King’s Cross station, one of London’s busiest stations. Visitors trying to book hotels near King’s Cross should use LondonTown.com, a website that is dedicated to finding the best up-to-the-minute deals on hotels in London.

Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape promises to show viewers a different side of London life through a selection of unusual and rarely seen films about the city, each presented by experts who will then conduct a question-and-answer session about the film. Films featured in the series include It Always Rains On Sunday presented by writer Iain Sinclair, set in London’s post-World War II East End, Naked , presented by director Mike Leigh, A Clockwork Orange and An American Werewolf In London. There will also be a chance to see documentaries about London life, including the recent London – The Modern Babylon by Julien Temple and The London Nobody Knows, a film made in the 1960s and narrated by James Mason that explores those areas of London street life that were starting to disappear after the war. There will also be screenings of documentaries made in the late 1950s and early 1960s by the Free Cinema movement that capture a contemporary London that is now almost unrecognisable.

One evening of films will even celebrate the Barbican itself: Barbitopia will examine the story of how the Barbican was built on top of bomb craters following the Blitz through an enthralling programme of rare archive documentaries, including Barbican Regained (1963),Look at Life: Top People   (1960), Barbican (1969) and South of Watford (1988). Tickets for the season of films are available now. For more information about this and other events at the Barbican, see LondonTown.com, the best website for information about the tourism in London.

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RideLondon Classic Set to Cement Capital’s Cycle-Friendly Status

On August 4th, around 150 of the world’s top cyclists will compete in the biggest ever professional one-day race in Britain. Sponsored by Prudential, RideLondon Classic is expected to become a highlight of the UCI’s official race calendar, and has attracted the participation of all the major cycling teams.

The 125-140 mile race is the blue-ribbon event of the RideLondon cycling festival taking place during the first weekend of August. Charting a similar course to the London 2012 Olympic Road Race, the Classic starts from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 12.30pm, winding up at the Mall in the heart of the capital. Along the way, the race will take in nine London Boroughs and large swathes of Surrey.

A provisional startlist released on July 19th named 16 teams, including MTN-Qhubeka, Champion Systems and NetApp-Endura. British interest comes in the form of Kristian House, Ian Bibby and current series leader Evan Oliphant. Also racing is Sacha Modolo, who finished second behind Brit Mark Cavendish at the 2011 London-Surrey Cycle Classic Olympic, which took place on similar roads. Tour de France riders including Matt Goss are expected to take part.

RideLondon is part of the Olympic legacy. Alongside the Classic, other events include the Freecycle recreational ride, a women’s Grand Prix Criterium and a mass-participation race that will see 20,000 cyclists compete on 100-mile route.

LondonTown.com has revealed details of cheap London hotels close to the start of the race, all available at discounted rates exclusively from the site. Among the hotels on offer is the RE London Shoreditch Hotel. Located on Hackney Road, a couple of miles from the Olympic Park, the RE is offering twin rooms for £74 per night – a 73% discount from the standard rate.

Even closer, the Holiday Inn Express Stratford is offering a 62% discount on twin rooms, bringing the cost of a stay down to £91. The Holiday Inn is around ten minutes’ walk from the Olympic Park. To take advantage of the deals, and to see more cheap London hotels, visit LondonTown.com, where you can also find further information on the 2013 RideLondon Classic.

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El Palacio de Buckingham reabre sus puertas en agosto

Una de las atracciones turísticas más importantes del verano londinense es la apertura del Buckingham Palace al gran público. Cada año, tanto residentes en Londres como turistas tienen la oportunidad de acceder a las diecinueve State Rooms, los salones en los que la realeza británica celebra diferentes ceremonias.

Desde el 3 de agosto hasta el 29 de septiembre tanto seguidores de la realeza, como turistas casuales o fervientes republicanos podrán acceder al palacio por la módica suma de 19 libras y descubrir el lugar donde la monarquía desarrolla su día a día. Los salones reales, con su opulento mobiliario de estilo francés e inglés, y obras de Rembrandt y Rubens presidiendo las paredes, prometen no decepcionar a nadie.

La entrada incluyo un audio tour y un Garden Highlights Tour, que llevará a grupos de quince o más personas de paseo por el exquisito jardín botánico de la icónica residencia real.

Alojamiento un tanto más modesto está disponible a través del portal LondonTown.com, que ha anunciado descuentos en una serie de Londres hoteles con motivo de este evento. The Rubens at the Palace Hotel, a tan sólo unos minutos andando de Buckingham Palace, ofrece habitaciones de matrimonio por 169 libras la noche, lo que supone un 51% de descuento con respecto a la tarifa estándar.

The 41 Hotel London ofrece habitaciones de matrimonio desde 299 libras, lo que incluye un 24% de descuento. Este hotel está considerado como el décimo mejor de Europa por elNew Yorker, y es lo más parecido a vivir como auténticos reyes en la capital británica. El 41 está a sólo unos minutos andando del Buckingham Palace.

A la misma distancia se encuentra el Crowne Plaza, que ofrece acomodo con un 69% de descuento, reduciendo la tarifa a 138 libras la noche. Todos estos descuentos en hoteles en Londres están disponibles exclusivamente a través del portal LondonTown.com. Visite la página para más información.

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Footsbarn llevará su reinvención de la Tempestad de Shakespeare al Globe de Londres

Tras un tour de más de un año por Europa y la India, la compañia teatral Footsbarn ha confirmado que interpretará su sorprendente versión hindú de la Tempestad de Shakespeare en el célebre Globe Theatre de Londres.

El Indian Tempest es sin duda unas de las producciones más excéntricas e intrigantes de la temporada teatral londinense. La obra reúne a intérpretes de toda Europa y la India, creando una vibrante reinvención del clásico de Shakespeare.

Esta arriesgada producción ha encandilado a público de todo el planeta desde su primera representación en Guimarães , Portugal, a la que se unieron intérpretes hindúes de Kerala. Se trata de una versión multicultural de la obra del clásico inglés, en la que se mezclan música y poesía hindú, sombras chinescas, marionetas, teatro circense y, por supuesto, el mágico mundo shakesperiano.

El Indian Tempest tendrá lugar entre el 29 de julio y el 3 de agosto. Turistas y entusiastas del teatro están de enhorabuena, ya que es posible reservar determinadas entradas para Indian Tempest, Venus & Adonis, King Lear y As You Like It con un 50% de descuento.

Éstas y otras ofertas están disponibles a través de LondonTown.com, el portal en Internet más completo sobre Londres. A través de esta página es posible, además, reservar alojamiento en algunos de los mejores hoteles Londres próximos al Globe Theatre.

Entre los hoteles ofertados se encuentra el Novotel London City South, situado a tan sólo tres minutos del teatro, y con grandes accesos al Tate Modern y St. Paul’s Cathedral. Este cuatro estrellas ofrece hasta un 31% de descuento en habitaciones de matrimonio.

A una distancia similar se encuentra el Holiday Inn Express London Southwark, con un 48% de descuento en habitaciones de matrimonio y tarifas desde las 100 libras la noche.

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Se anuncian descuentos en hoteles de Londres con motivo del Camden Fringe

Este verano, el festival de humor Camden Fringe Festival regresa a la capital británica, y lo hace con su habitual mezcla de comedia, teatro, poesía y danza. Durante cuatro semanas, más de 180 diferentes producciones tendrán lugar en 17 escenarios de la ciudad. Con motivo de este festival, LondonTown.com ha anunciado descuentos en Londres hoteles, con la intención de ofrecer a turistas y fans de la comedia en general alojamiento a precios competitivos durante el festival.

Este evento está enfocado principalmente a la comedia en vivo, pero a mayores ofrece muchos otros espectáculos para no parar de reír: desde el teatro del absurdo con jubilados raperos, pasando por un particular nuevo enfoque a la obra de Shakespeare. El Fridge ha triplicado el número de eventos y salas este año, lo que le está convirtiendo en un duro competidor del célebre Edinburgh Festival. Las entradas, además, mantienen un precio muy asequible: entre las 5 y las 12 libras.

El Camden Fringe, que se celebra en el célebre barrio de Camden, nació en el Etcetera Theatre, creciendo en fama con el paso de los años desde su inauguración en el 2006. Hoy en día atrae a los mejores cómicos del mundo, si bien mantiene su apuesta por talentos emergentes.

Uno de los eventos más interesantes de este año permitirá a los espectadores disfrutar en primera mano del particular trato al cliente de Fawlty Towers, el hotel de la célebre serie de televisión británica protagonizada por el Monty Python John Cleese. El show, que lleva diez años en funcionamiento, está producido por Laughlines.

El Camden Fringe tendrá lugar entre el 29 de Julio y el 25 de agosto. Más información está disponible en Camden Fringe.com.

El portal de Internet más completo sobre la ciudad, LondonTown.com, ofrece descuentos en un número de hoteles de Londres en la zona de Camden. Estos descuentos son exclusivos a dicha página web.

Entre los hoteles en Londres ofertados, se encuentra el Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel. Reservando a través de LondonTown.com es posible reservar en este cuatro estrellas por 163 libras la noche, lo que supone un 57% de descuento. El Radisson se encuentra en la cercana Tottenham Court Road.

El Thistle Euston Hotel London ofrece hasta un 70% de descuento en habitaciones de matrimonio, con tarifas desde las 83 libras. Visite LondonTown.com para más descuentos en hoteles de Londres y toda la información sobre el Camden Fringe 2013 y otros eventos.

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El Bolshoi Ballet se prepara para su 50º aniversario en el Covent Garden de Londres

Los aficionados al ballet podrán disfrutar este verano de la mejor danza clásica de la mano de Bolshoi Ballet. La mundialmente conocida compañía de ballet regresa a la Royal Opera House de Londres en una estancia que durará tres semanas y que marcara el 50 aniversario de su primera visita al Covent Garden londinense. El promotor Victor Hochhauser ha trabajado durante años llevando los mejores músicos, compositores y bailarines al Reino Unido.

Esta compañía rusa, en ocasiones más conocida por su dramas fuera del escenario (su ex-director Sergio Fillin sufrió graves quemaduras tras un ataque con ácido a principios de año, y uno de sus violinistas falleció tras una aparatosa caída durante una actuación) regresa a Londres con una serie de cinco obras: El Lago de los Cisnes, La Bayadere, La Bella Durmiente, Joyas y Llamas de París. El público podrá disfrutar de la actuación de Natalia Osipova y Ivan Vasiliev, interpretando un ballet creado por otro antiguo miembro de Bolshoi, Alexei Ratmansky.

El ciclo comenzará con El Lago de los Cisnes, con coreografía de Yuri Grigorovich, lo que promete ser el inicio de una serie de memorables actuaciones, entre las que se encontrará también una nueva producción de las Joyas de Balanchine.

Situado en el corazón del Covent Garden, la Royal Opera House de Londres mantiene toda la grandeza que le ha caracterizado desde 1858. Por su escenario han pasado algunas de las más importantes figuras de la música clásica. El edificio pasó por su última reconstrucción en 1990, si bien el auditorio principal se trata del original.

Cuando se trata de reservar Hoteles en Londres, LondonTown.com ofrece las mejores opciones en la zona de Covent Garden. El Kingsway Hall Hotel London se sitúa a solamente unos minutes de la Royal Opera House y dispone de habitaciones de matrimonio con un 58% de descuento, con precios desdelos 134 libras. Como alternativa, y a distancia similar, el Waldorf Hilton Hotel London ofrece habitaciones dobles desde 155 libras, lo que supone un 51% de descuento. La mejor manera de disfrutar de Bolshoi Ballet, de la mano de LondonTown.com.

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‘Architecture of War’ Launches Re-opened Imperial War Museum

A large-scale exhibition looking at art’s response to warfare will be the first collection open to the public at the rejuvenated Imperial War Museum, which has been closed for six months. The event – and the museum itself – opens on July 29th, and will remain there until May of next year. Entry to the Lambeth museum is free of charge.

The selection takes in British works from the past hundred years. The First World War is featured heavily in anticipation of next year’s centenary of the conflict’s commencement. As well as depictions of the battlefield itself, the collection looks at the machinery of warfare – including munitions factories and political theatre – and the effect of war on the general public.

Exhibits include Henry Carr’s 1944 painting ‘Liberation’ and Paul Hogarth’s 1981 drawing of the Berlin Wall. Watercolours include David Baxter’s compelling ‘The Dining Room’, which depicts the Red Cross headquarters in Boulogne in 1918. ‘Architecture of War’ also looks at the machinations of The Cold War, and the devastating aftermath of the recent Afghanistan conflicts.

Alongside the new exhibition is the IWM’s usual array of weaponry, tanks, submarines, and the moving Trench Experience, which aims to give visitors a small insight into life on the frontlines.

To coincide with the exhibition, LondonTown.com has revealed a number of discounts onhotels in London, all within walking distance of the IWM. Among the offers, the Days Hotel London Waterloo is knocking 47% off double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £74. The Days is located on Kennington Road, just 3 minutes’ walk from the IWM.

The Bridge Hotel London on Borough Road, less than ten minutes from the IWM, is offering double rooms with ensuite at a 58% discount – or £54 per night.

The Park Plaza on Westminster Bridge Road is offering double rooms for £126 per night – 56% less than the standard rate. All featured hotels in London are only available at the reduced rates when booking via LondonTown.com. Visit the website for more discounted hotels in London, and for more information on ‘Architecture of War’ at the Imperial War Museum.

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Expected rise in road safaris to Maasai Mara after the repair of an 85kms stretch from Narok to Sekenani gate

Africa is a continent worth to be discovered, it’s full of adventure, business, cultures and a lot to see, learn and experience. Tours to Africa have been made easy due to the connection ability with the major airlines into most African countries. The major economies being Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda and upcoming Rwanda.

The best airline hubs are Nairobi, Johannesburg, Cairo and Casablanca.

Kenya safaris are the most sought after in the world for a long period of time. If you haven’t taken and Kenya Wildlife Safari then you have been left out in a lot of good things to do and see. Nairobi travel sites and activities have been made easy by tour operators where you can book online before you arrive and this makes it easier on E-commerce to book a Kenya Safari Tour.

Real travellers, telling the real story! for more testimonials please read some reviews on cruzeiro-safaris.com trip advisor page.

The Maasai Mara road has been a subject of debate for a long time wondering why it cannot be repaired. This road turned happiness from nightmare as a result of an active Narok county council government which has done due diligence to one of the most lucrative sectors of tourism. This road is now okay and smoother, though still being an all weather road..well something good has happened. This becomes easy for the travelers who would want to visit the Lake Nakuru National park connecting from Maasai Mara and those who would just want to a 3 days Maasai Mara Safari by road.

The safaris in Kenya range from 1 to 17 days with the most popular being safari ndovu ‘elephant’ 6 days for people who have a short time and want to see more. One may arrive on early morning flights and leave on late evening flights thus not incurring any Nairobi hotel accommodation costs.

Business travellers time is very valuable and a selection of flying packages to the Maasai Mara National Reserve are offered or the Nairobi city tours for travellers staying in Nairobi and Mombasa City Tours for travellers staying in Mombasa and Malindi. Groups travel or single travellers can always join for January, February, March, July, August, September, October, November and December for the 6 day safari to the Aberdares, Lake Nakuru National park and Maasai Mara National Park. April, May and June are considered low season why? Because it’s the rainy season and animals will have migrated to the south of the Maasai mara that is into Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. During this time Kenya receives a lot of educational (students and youth) and missionary groups because the prices for the lodges and camp in Maasai Mara are very low. However, its important to note that there are other major national parks and reserves in Kenya that one can visit such as Amboseli, Tsavo West and East, Samburu, Sibiloi, Marsabit, Kakamega, Lake Nakuru , Hells Gate, Aberdares, Mount Elgon and many others. All these parks have their distinct values and none is like the other. For example Aberdares National park has a good forest cover and has also a study site where research on forests is done. At their center in Kiandongoro the Kenya Forest Service and Research Institute (KEFRI) runs projects on study of various trees, there is also a nursery center and other tree plantation. Driving further in the forest after the electric fence mounted by the Rhino ark a lodge is coming up know as Ndongoro Eco- lodge and will service to accommodation the scientist plus other travellers. This area is assessable through Nyeri and is rich for tea and coffee growers. Finally, one can exit on either gates to Naivasha spend a night and proceed to the Maasai Mara or Spend the night at Sangare Farm house and then drive through the park exit at Naivasha and proceed to Maasai Mara. Please note this can be a long journey and it’s recommended to carry packed lunch, assuming you have water already.

A new adventure has just been introduced into the market and that is Gorilla tracking accessing from Rwanda. Unlike in the past where most of the safaris have been from Uganda, it’s now possible to squeeze a 2-3days safari package to Rwanda and track the gorilla from there. In addition Kenya Airways and Rwanda Air have flexible flights to Kigali, Rwanda. Packages vary throughout the year and it’s recommended to book and pay early because very few permits are issued per day. First come, first served. It is also important note that Rwanda is one of the fast growing economies in greater East Africa and most Rwanda citizens speak fluent French.

Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) market cannot be ignored in Kenya. MICE in Kenya is growing rapidly with new hotels coming up and more innovative themes being realised in the world. Kenya has the capacity to hold meeting of upto 7000 people – but while that number is expected to rise Logistics give most headache to organisers. These include: includes; airfares, airport reception and transfers to hotels,hotel accommodation, pre and post meeting safaris and excursions, Public address, Partitions etc.

While on Safari there are activities that one can do for example visiting a Masai or Samburu village. These 2 are known to be cousins despite one living on the north and one in the south.

Kenya is also a golfers paradise with most golf course owners making millions out of it. Most are members club and charge hefty fees to join – well it’s a rich mans game as we know it. It would be good to note that one can combine their golfing skills with safari. An interesting program read across is the Diamond Golf Safari “presenting the green carpet holiday” costing between USD5800 and USD6200 per person depending on the season.

Being your first time in Kenya it is important to respect the culture of the people of Kenya and the Park rules and wildlife code stipulated below:

Park Rules

Wildlife Code

•  Respect the privacy of the wildlife, this is their habitat.

•  Beware of the animals, they are wild and can be unpredictable.

•  Don’t crowd the animals or make sudden noises or movements.

•  Don’t feed the animals, it upsets their diet and leads to human dependence.

•  Keep quiet, noise disturbs the wildlife and may antagonize your fellow visitors.

•  Stay in your vehicle at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas.

•  Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/25 mph).

•  Never drive off-road, this severely damages the habitat.

•  When viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass.

•  Leave no litter and never leave fires unattended or discard burning objects.

•  Respect the cultural heritage of Kenya, never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of Kenya and always dress with decorum.

•  Stay over or leave before dusk, visitors must vacate the Park between 6.00 p.m. – 6.00 a.m. unless they are camping overnight. Night game driving is not allowed in the parks however some reserves and conservancies do allow upon having acquired special licenses.

Also being a first timer in Kenya this information is valuable to you:

INFORMATION FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS TO KENYA

Comprehensive list on what to bring on safari to Kenya and the dos and don’ts.

•  VISA make sure your VISA is up to date – check on www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/visa-requirements or department of Immigration on the latest updateshttp://www.immigration.go.ke/; If for any reason you require a letter from us to confirm that you have booked a safari with us – we shall be happy to send you.

•  The following vaccination is mandatory – yellow fever should be indicated for not less than 10days before arrival in any entry port in Kenya.

•  Please consult with your physician about vaccines required for tropical areas.

•  Money for personal spending and tipping approximately Kshs.2000 a day

•  A pair of long trousers and jersey for the cool mornings and evenings in addition to plenty of light clothes for hot days (do not forget a hat), swim suit, comfortable walking shoes and slippers sunglasses, suntan lotion. Morning and evenings can be quite chilly depending on which part of the country you are in.

•  Camera, batteries, memory cards, binoculars, maps, guide-books, toiletries.

•  All personal travel insurance; If you have not taken individual cover from your country we recommend you do so because of your luggage on the plane. If you are not able to we can provide ground insurance cover for you as an individual traveler which costs US$ 15 (500km radius) or 30US$ (1000km radius).

•  Please pack your carry on luggage in the plane with at least a change of clothing for 2 days, just in case your luggage gets lost – you are less stressed as you await your luggage. We do assist where we can if your luggage gets lost and hold it or deliver it you go. Please keep your luggage claim tags safely at all times.

•  Most lodges and hotels accept credit card (VISA or MASTERCARD and AMEX) however you want to carry some cash in USD or Euros or Kshs to buy some local items that could possibly be found in that area only.

And much more information which is sent to a guest who purchases any safari through cruzeiro-safaris.com

The final thought is that adventure is important and please don’t for cheap cheap, it may be expensive in the long run.

 

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The Camden Fringe offers audiences 180 productions to choose from in August 2013

London’s alternative to the Edinburgh festival, The Camden Fringe, is back for an 8th year this summer from 29th July to 25th August 2013 and for those who want to visit the capital to see some strange and hilarious shows, now is a good time to book tickets and reserve a London hotel to make sure you don’t miss out. With over 180 different productions performed at 17 venues across the north London borough of Camden, it’s a must-see festival for fans of fringe.

Highlights of the 2013 programme include ‘…and this is my friend Mr Laurel’ written by award winning playwright Gail Louw with actor Jeffrey Holland is who best known for his many sitcom appearances as Spike in “Hi-de-Hi” and who also played James in “You Rang, M’Lord?”. The one-man show presented by The Finishing Touch Co. takes place at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th August 2013.

‘Conference’, a sketch show set in a conference for women, is another highlight, presented by Leisa Rea & Cicely Giddings, with help from Frog Stone, Jen Brister and Margaret Cabourn-Smith. Running on 7th and 8th August at 9pm at the Etcetera Theatre where The Camden Fringe first took place in August 2006, in one of London ‘s best known pub theatres situated above The Oxford Arms on Camden High Street.

For some Hollywood glamour book in to see ‘An Evening With Patti Du Pont’ on 15th and 16th at 6pm at the Etcetera Theatre. Anna Emerson, best known for her work with sketch outfit The Boom Jennies, stars in this character comedy piece based on the life of legendary performer Patti Du Pont who draws on her 65 years in show business to keep the audience entertained.

Simon Feilder, who is well known for his double-act ‘Life of Si’ which he performed at Edinburgh with fellow comedian Sy Thomas, is going solo with ‘All The Things I’m Not’ on 24th and 25th August at 6pm at the Etcetera Theatre. You won’t see him at the Edinburgh Fringe this year so this Camden Fringe appearance is a chance to see his work-in-progress hour-long show.

All 17 Camden Fringe venues are spread out throughout the borough with participating venues as far apart as Highgate and Covent Garden with a cluster centred around the High Street in Camden. For additional information on all the Camden Fringe shows, venues, reviews and offers visit the Camden Fringe Facebook page and Twitter feed @camdenfringe.

For information on all comedy, cabaret and fringe performances in London this summer, visit the website LondonTown.com where full listings on these and other comedy shows are given. For visitors coming from outside London the website gives a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and requirements.

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Martha Wainwright plays Union Chapel in Islington

Canadian folk-rock singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright brings her expressive voice and arsenal of powerful songs to the Union Chapel at 7pm on Thursday 15th August 2013 and fans of her music can book a hotel in London close to the well-known Islington music venue and enjoy a night out in London.

Martha Wainwright broke onto the scene with her eponymous debut album in 2005 while her kookily titled second album, I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, proved Wainwright’s stock was on the rise, with The Observer claiming the record represented “a sure-footed, emotionally engaging step up the ladder”.

Her latest album, Come Home to Mama finds the New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter singing songs both inspired by and written for her mother and son.

Part of a musical dynasty, Martha’s parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle are folk legends while brother Rufus is also a well-known performer and composer with his own loyal following.

Martha Wainwright is supported by Luke Sital-Singh, a singer-songwriter from New Malden in south-west London who will be opening the show at the unique Union Chapel, a Grade I listed building and a magnificent example of Victorian gothic architecture, widely regarded as one of the best places in London to experience live music.

The concert is a highlight of the live music events in London this August and for anyone planning to visit London this summer, a comprehensive list of events can be found on LondonTown.com where readers will also find a wide range of London hotels to suit all budgets, restaurants, bars and cafes reviews as well as information on the city’s sights and attractions.

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The must-see theatre, art exhibitions, dance, opera and sporting events in London in August 2013

RideLondon, the biggest road cycling event the capital has seen since the Olympics, rolls into town this month on Saturday 3th and Sunday 4th August 2013, and is one of the highlights of spending August in London , recapturing the excitement of the Olympics. Visitors arriving in London to take part in the event and to see 150 of the world’s top cyclists race still have time to book a hotel in London where the city’s parks, concert halls, theatres, museums, galleries and sporting venues are staging a series of high profile events this August.

As well as RideLondon, which includes four cycling events in one, there’s the FA Community Shield on Sunday 11th August 2013, a England v Scotland friendly on Wednesday 14th August 2013 in celebration of the FA’s 150th anniversary at Wembley Stadium where the RFL Challenge Cup Final takes place on Saturday 24th August while in cricket England play Australia in the fifth Ashes Test from 21st to 25th August 2013.

Bring the children to London in August and they can get free theatre tickets with the excellent Kids Week throughout the month. Other family entertainment includes the LolliBop Festival (16th, 17th and 18th August 2013) which relocates to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this year, and an extravagant £10 million staging of Peter Pan (21st to 26th August) at Wembley Arena.

The last weekend of Augusta Bank Holiday weekend, is when the Notting Hill Carnival Europe’s largest street party, takes over west London on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August 2013 with music, flamboyant costumes and a colourful parade. On the same weekend the South West Four Weekender celebrates its 10th anniversary with headline performances by Armin van Buuren, Example and Groove Armada. In north London, at Kenwood House bands including Suede, Keane, and Laura Mvula are just some of the acts playing Live by the Lake (23rd August to 1st September 2013) on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

London’s mini Edinburgh, the Camden Fringe continues throughout the month coming to a close on Sunday 25th August while the Real Street Food Festival encourages grazing along London’s South Bank during the Bank Holiday weekend.

On the London stage, there’s new drama from ‘Constellations’ playwright Nick Payne whose ‘The Same Deep Water as Me’ opens at the Donmar Warehouse on 1st August, ‘A Doll’s House’ (8th August to 26th October 2013) transfers to the West End to the Duke of York’s Theatre after widely praised run at the Young Vic, and ‘Blue Stockings’ is one of three new plays receiving their world premieres at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer. Meanwhile, John Heffernan leads an excellent cast in a contemporary take on ‘Edward II’ at the National Theatre, from 28th August to 26th October 2013.

In dance, Broadway classic ‘West Side Story’ returns to Sadler’s Wells (7th August to 22nd September 2013) after a sell-out season in 2008 while The Bolshoi Ballet continues its season at the Royal Opera House until 17th August.

Film4 hosts not one but two film festivals in London this month: the open air Summer Screen at Somerset House (8th to 21st August 2013) – one of the most popular London outdoor film screenings of the summer – and FrightFest (22nd to 26th August 2013), a four-day festival dedicated to horror films on the Bank Holiday weekend. It’s shortly followed by the Portobello Film Festival (28th August to 15th September 2013) which takes the theme of ‘Rock and Roll Cinema and Art’ for its 18th birthday.

Martha Wainwright plays the Union Chapel on Thursday 15th August 2013 and London’s largest free jazz festival, the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, returns to Canada Square Park for the weekend of 16th to 18th August 2013, while Cadogan Hall hosts From West End to Broadway! on the first three Thursdays of the month including appearances from Ruthie Henshall and Maria Friedman.

A highlight of the classical music calendar, the BBC Proms continues with the first of two appearances from Nigel Kennedy on Thursday 8th August, the first Free Prom (Sunday 11th August), and the 6 Music Prom (Monday 12th August), another new feature for the century-old music festival now in its 119th year.

For these and more must-see events in London beginning in August 2013, go toLondonTown.com where a host of useful information is supplied, giving those planning to visit the city all the information they need in one online location. With over 18 years of experience, the website is the place to go to for informative and unbiased reviews on everything you need to know about the UK ‘s capital city.

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The Pizza Pilgrims announce the opening date of their first permanent residency

Pizza Pilgrims James and Thom Elliot have made a name for themselves for serving excellent Napoli-style pizzas from the back of a Piaggio van. Now, the pizza loving boys open their first proper restaurant. Opening on 1 st August 2013, the London restaurant will be located on Dean Street in Soho, just around the corner from Berwick Street Market where you can often find them and their van.

The pilgrimage began when the brothers travelled to Italy, joined up with a TV crew, bought a van and toured the country with the aim of discovering the art of pizza making. Returning to the UK, they refused to part with their beloved van and instead converted it into a portable pizza oven. Now, they provide tantalising Napoli inspired street food at London’s Berwick Street Market and popular food festivals. The varying simple menu consists of only two or three pizzas, with the classic margarita always available and further toppingsranging fromnduja sausage, Portobello mushroom and truffle oil.

The London restaurant will follow the same premise as the market stall, with a simple pizza-focussed menu but will also welcome an Italian drinks list. Initially the restaurant will be open Monday to Saturday, 12pm-11pm and closed on Sundays.

 

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The Open East Festival reopens the north section of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Barbican Centre’s most ambitious off-site event this summer, Open East Festival reopens the north section of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the 27 th July 2013, the first anniversary of the Opening of the London 2012 Games. The area will be London’s newest urban park and will provide state-of-the-art venues and attractions alongside homes, schools, businesses and plenty of green open spaces and artwork. For those travelling to the festival from outside of the capital, a wide range of cheap London hotels can be found on LondonTown.com.

A year on from the global sporting event that transformed east London, the weekend-long festival – which sees the Park work in partnership with the Barbican and Create London in part of the Beyond Barbican programme of events – aims to commemorate the creative legacy of the Games, celebrate its landscape and bring it to life for everyone to enjoy. There will be live international music, the Real Food Festival and a Mini-Travelling Art Circus, which is presented by The House of Fairy Tales and features theatre, magic and games. As well as the travelling circus, young visitors will also be entertained by the Discover Children’s Story Centre, who run regular story trails and garden trails in east London, and Charlie dark’s hip-hop, poetry puppet adventure.

The Art Car Boot Fair, known for selling artwork from top artists at reasonable prices, will be there to showcase signed work by local artists; Caught By The River combines literature, angling, music and beers; the Eco Design Fair puts on an arts and fashion market, blending the best vintage and contemporary designs that London has to offer; and Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller presents his life-sized inflatable replica of Stonehenge. The festival will be brought to an impressive close with an installation by food artists Bompas and Parr, renowned for their weird and wonderful confectionary creations.

Find out about all the best events happening in London over the course of the next few months with LondonTown.com’sSummer 2013 in London article.

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London Zoo completes £9m makeover for the summer

A new restaurant will open next week at ZSL London Zoo, completing a £9million makeover that has seen the zoo maintain its position as one of London’s premier tourist attractions. Opening on 19 July 2013, The Terrace Restaurant is set to be the cherry on the cake for visitors to London Zoo. Costing £4.4m, the new restaurant will seat up to 700 hungry visitors, and provide a setting to rival the capital’s top eateries – including a decadently large terrace overlooking the Zoo. London Zoo has been located in Regent’s Park for more than a hundred years, a short walk from many of London’s best value hotels. For the very latest updates on accommodation in London, see LondonTown.com, which is the best website for anybody planning to book a hotel in London.

The Zoo has already had a busy 2013. It began by opening the £3.6m Tiger Territory exhibit, which allows visitors to come nose-to-nose with critically endangered Sumatran tigers, Jae Jae and Melati. The exhibit recreates a lush Indonesian jungle and is designed to meet the big cats’ every need – from heated rock formations and sky-high feeding poles to their very own swimming pool. The flagship exhibit is the largest investment by the Zoo since Gorilla Kingdom opened in 2007, and has been built to provide the perfect home for the tigers – keepers have high hopes that it won’t be long until the pitter-patter of tiny tiger paws can be heard in the Zoo.

Also in 2013 came new enclosures for the endangered Malayan tapir and Bactrian camels featuring moats, giant paddocks and stunning views across Regent’s Park. A new Seahorses exhibit opened in the Zoo’s aquarium, providing the ideal environment to breed this iconic, yet threatened, species. The exhibit also allows visitors to see the action first-hand and watch as the minuscule babies emerge.With incredible animals to see, of more than 800 different species, and more than 20 animal demonstrations and talks to catch, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at ZSL London Zoo this summer. For more on this and other events taking place at London Zoo this year, see LondonTown.com, which contains the best listings for tourist attractions in the city.

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V&A British art exhibition sure to draw the visitors

The Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington has announced a small exhibition that will run from October through to April 2014 celebrating British Drawings: 1600 To The Present Day. The V&A is best known for its blockbuster exhibitions – such as the current record-breaking David Bowie Is…, but the museum also holds regular fascinating small exhibitions to showcase some of the many treats from its vast collection of international art, sculpture and textile. The museum is located in central London close to all major stations, including Waterloo. Visitors to London looking for hotels near Waterloo should visit LondonTown.com, London’s best website for tracking down the best London hotels.

British Drawings: 1600 To The Present Day will celebrate the way British artists have used drawing in a wide range of ways over the centuries, including as ways to think on paper, to build up storehouses of ideas, as well as to make finished exhibition pieces. Drawings may not be as dramatic as paintings, but they tell us a great deal about the methodology and thought-process of an artists and are also often very beautiful in their own right, boasting a monochrome clarity that draws the eye. This exhibition will look at some of the best works in the V&A’s considerable collection, including works by Anthony Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, William Blake, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Stanley Spencer, Lucien Freud and David Hockney and the display will also trace the central role played by drawing in portraiture and landscape, and in movements from Romanticism to Minimalism. Innovative contemporary works will demonstrate drawing’s continuing importance for artists.

The exhibition also provides an opportunity to explore South Kensington, which is well served by numerous bars and restaurants and several other world-class tourist attractions such as Brompton Oratory, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. For further information on events and exhibitions taking place at all of these venues, visit LondonTown.com, London’s most helpful website for the latest details on tourist attractions in London.

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