Hyatt Regency New Orleans Reopens Bywater Pool Deck & Bar

Hyatt Regency New Orleans announces the re-opening of its popular and newly renovated Bywater Pool Deck & Bar. This outdoor retreat is a favorite of guests of all ages, and provides the perfect atmosphere to relax and dine. Bywater Pool Deck & Bar features a refreshing salt-water pool, private poolside cabanas, plush outdoor seating, a newly designed bar area, complete with two indoor flat screen TVs, and a brand new menu as diverse and plentiful as the Big Easy itself. Bywater Pool Deck & Bar is an amenity of Hyatt Regency New Orleans and is accessed only by hotel customers; open daily from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. For more information and cabana reservations, visit: www.neworleans.hyatt.com or call: (504) 613-3580.

Executive Chef Eric Damidot delivers a creative menu of fresh from the grill dishes including the mouthwatering Build Your Own Burger. The Build Your Own Burger is a freshly grilled all-beef patty served with a variety of toppings, a brioche bun and homemade potato chips. The Cajun Chicken Sandwich is served with local alligator sausage, provolone cheese, and pickled vegetables; and for a refreshing snack, the Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter offers an assortment of melon, berries, pineapple, oranges, and grapes. Additional items include seasonal salads, made with locally-sourced ingredients, and handmade pizzas from the hotel’s gourmet pizzeria, Pizza Consegna. A full wine, beer and cocktail list is available and includes local specialties including Hurricanes and Fat Tuesday® daiquiris. Younger guests can enjoy a bevy of juices, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, and New Orleans style snowballs.

For more information and reservations visit: www.neworleans.hyatt.com or call (504) 561-1234.

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Opening date for Zaha Hadid’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery announced

The new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Zaha Hadid’s extension to the Serpentine Gallery in London is to open to the public on Saturday 28th September 2013 and there’s a wide selection of hotel in London for those who want to be among the first to see the new London gallery and its inaugural exhibition.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is the first permanent structure in central London by the architectural practice founded by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid. It restores The Magazine, a Palladian style villa built in 1805 in Kensington Gardens to store arms, transforming it into an exciting new 900 metre square gallery with a white undulating roof, a striking modern extension to the historic structure.

The new Serpentine Sackler Gallery, named after Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler, whose Foundation has made the project possible, will be open daily, showing a mix of contemporary art, architecture, dance, design, fashion, film, literature, music, performance and technology. Like the original Serpentine Gallery, which is a short walk from the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, the new gallery is free to visit, and will be a significant addition to London’s contemporary art scene.

Zaha Hadid, who was recently the subject of a recent BBC One ‘Imagine’ programme by Alan Yentob, was the first architect commissioned for the 2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion which in 2013 has been designed by Sou Fujimoto and remains open until 20th October 2013, the final day of the Frieze London art fair which runs from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th October 2013.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens with the first UK exhibition by the young Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who is gaining international renown for his dramatic, large-scale sculptural works. At the same time, the Serpentine Gallery will be showing a major retrospective of the work by Italian sculptor Marisa Merz, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

The Serpentine galleries will host an expanded programme of eight exhibitions which follow the seasons with different shows in each gallery four times a year. The seasonal theme carries through to the wider programme with the summer pavilion commission signalling the start of London ‘s summer and the multi-disciplinary Marathon , a fixture of Frieze week in the autumn.

For more new openings and art exhibitions in London this autumn, go to LondonTown.comwhere 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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LondonTown.com has ticket offer for ‘Brides The Show’, the wedding show organised by Condé Nast magazine

Visitors to London this October can see a stunning display of unique wedding dresses worn by Zara Phillips, Darcey Bussell, Coco Rocha and Joan Collins at ‘The Iconic Wedding Dress Exhibition’ at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, part of ‘ Brides The Show’, organised by Condé Nast Brides magazine. Visitors coming from outside London can stay at a nearby London hotel and enjoy the show which takes place from 11th to 13th October 2013 at leisure.

‘The Iconic Wedding Dress Exhibition’ features celebrity wedding gowns curated from a collection of more than 20 dresses worn by royal brides, fashion designers, singers, actresses, models and TV personalities. Highlights include the tulle and silk-crepe mermaid gown created by Zac Posen for supermodel Coco Rocha, and the traditional ivory dress by the Queen’s own couturier, Stewart Parvin, worn by Zara Phillips.

‘The Iconic Wedding Dress Exhibition’ includes personal stories and intriguing facts behind the garments while giving visitors an up-close look at some of the world’s most beautiful wedding dresses.

At ‘ Brides The Show’ leading designers, stylists, florists, cake makers, jewellers, and hair and beauty teams come together under one roof in Battersea Park , south London , to give brides to-be all the advice and information they need to plan the big day, from gift lists to booking the band.

All the latest bridalwear trends are showcased on the catwalk, there’s the chance to book bridal make-up lessons with the Bobbi Brown team and to see a huge variety of ideas on wedding menus, cakes, stationery, gift lists, venues and decorations.

For the ultimate VIP treatment, book in for the Preview Night on Friday 11th October 2013 and get a sneak peak of the show with a complimentary glass of champagne – the Preview Night ticket also allows you re-entry to the show, either on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th October 2013.

LondonTown.com has one pair of tickets for the VIP Friday Preview Night of ‘ Brides the Show’ worth £25 to give away. The website, the number one Internet site for London , is also running a discount ticket offer where LondonTown.com readers can get a special 20% discount on tickets to the show, usually priced at £18.50 for one adult day ticket. Visit LondonTown.com for details on how to enter the competition and how to apply the ticket discount offer.

For all the latest information on all events happening in London this autumn go toLondonTown.com where you can book a wide variety of hotels online or by phone. Further useful information includes restaurant bookings, tourist attractions, shops and restaurants within walking distance of the event you’re planning to visit.

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

A new season of must-see shows starts in London this September with big name stars Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, who last performed together in ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, starring in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ directed by Mark Rylance at London’s Old Vic Theatre. Theatre goers can book a hotel in London and find a restaurant near the show for an enjoyable night out in London.

Sheridan Smith and David Walliams also make a starry pairing in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Sheila Hancock is in ‘Barking in Essex’, and ‘Miranda’ love interest Tom Ellis appears in ‘The Lyons’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

There are three new high profile musicals opening in London in September 2013: ‘The Light Princess’ written by Tori Amos; ‘From Here To Eternity’, the first new musical in ten years from Tim Rice; and Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Commitments’ which makes its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 21st September 2013 under the director Jamie Lloyd.

Richard Eyre directs Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ at the Almeida Theatre, Vicky Featherstone directs ‘The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas’, her first full production since taking over as Artistic Director at the Royal Court theatre in Sloane Square , and ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ comes to London ‘s West End after a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The nine-day ‘London Design Festival’ brings more than 300 events to London including exhibitions, installations, talks, workshops and discussions with events taking place across the city. The Endless Stair outside Tate Modern and the hub at the Victoria and Albert Museum are events which stand out from a packed programme.

Top designers and key players in the fashion industry flock to London for London Fashion Week while the London Fashion Weekend, which takes place the weekend after the main event, is the most accessible part and is open to the public.

In art news, Tate Modern hosts a solo show on Mira Schendel, the Royal Academy of Arts ‘Australia’, and the Victoria & Albert Museum ‘Pearls’. Further art highlights include Jonathan Yeo’s National Portrait Gallery exhibition, the Design Museum ‘s ‘Designers in Residence’ and ‘Oliver Jeffers: Nothing to See Here’.

There’s a carnival atmosphere in London this September with festivals like the London Mela, the excellent Kings Place Festival, the Mayor’s Thames Festival and the London Open House Weekend, a weekend-long festival of architecture, taking place.

New festivals for September 2013 include the family friendly ‘Stratford Rising Festival’ and the ‘Night Contact Festival’ in Dalston which puts projected art and multi-media works.

The Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival includes new elements, Kidsfest and Poetry in the Park, both taking place on Sunday, and top authors and celebrities confirmed for the festival include Ruby Wax, Nick Ross, Baroness Gillian Shephard, Mark Billingham, Tracy Chevalier, and Maggie O’Farrell.

The Colourscape Music Festival combines art with contemporary music on Clapham Common while Bermondsey Street Festival offers visitors a village fete in the city, and the Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival welcomes the new season in button downed style.

The full programme for the 21st Raindance Film Festival will be announced on Tuesday 3rd September 2013, The Floating Cinema moves to Islington for the Angel Canal Festival on 1st September, and there are more mainstream film screenings at Kew the Movies which returns to the beautiful Kew Gardens following a successful debut last year.

On Saturday 7th September 2013 we bid farewell to the 2013 Proms at the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ and ‘Proms in the Park’ but there’s more classical music later in the month with Nicola Benedetti and Beethoven’s Ninth, both at the Royal Albert Hall. Simon Callow gets Inside Wagner’s Head as part of the extended Deloitte Ignite festival which this year celebrates the bicentenaries of Verdi and Wagner, curated by Steven Fry.

There’s a free concert every night of the month at the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse in Camden with stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Jessie J playing. And there’s more up tempo music from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, the Manic Street Preachers, and from Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks and Ed Sheeran who are just some of the big name stars appearing at Unity, a concert for Stephen Lawrence.

In sport, National Paralympic Day combines elite competition with Liberty, London ‘s disability arts festival on Saturday 7th September 2013, the same day 300 boats take on the 21-mile course of The Great River Race which starts at London ‘s Docklands. England play Moldova in a World Cup Qualifier at Wembley Stadium on Friday 6 th September 2013.

The world class ITU World Triathlon Grand Final takes place at the scene of the Brownlee brothers’ Olympic triumphs and you can try it yourself at Tri Together at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. And, combining cycling and running, the London Duathlon returns to Richmond Park on Sunday 15th September. For a less serious ‘sport’, hundreds of people put on a hairy gorilla outfit for the Great Gorilla Run on Saturday 21 st September 2013.

For these and more must-see events in London beginning in September 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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Luxury Hotel in Admiralty Arch Given Go-ahead

Admiralty Arch, the famous and historic London landmark which separates Trafalgar Square from Buckingham Palace , will be turned into a luxury hotel, flats and a private members’ club after Westminster City Council gave plans the green light. The new 100-bedroom five-star hotel will be one of the more expensive places to stay in the city when it opens in 2016 adding an exciting new venue to the choice of high end hotels in London already available in the heart of the city.

The Portland stone structure, completed in 1912, was designed by Sir Aston Webb as part of a masterplan to turn the Mall into a stately boulevard with the arch serving as a grand barrier between the crowded Trafalgar Square and the more distinguished area around Buckingham Palace . It has been part of many celebrations, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession and the marathon event during the Olympics last year.

Now it is to be converted into a luxury hotel by Spanish developer Rafael Serrano’s company Prime Investors Capital (PIC) which has been given permission to convert the space in a move that will raise £60 million for the Treasury. Serrano is the man behind the glitzy Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge which has rooms at £850 a night making it the UK ‘s most expensive hotel.

London-based Blair Associates Architecture, the firm which worked on the restoration of the Connaught hotel, will transform the Grade I listed landmark into a five star 100-bedroom hotel with a basement ballroom, 25-metre pool, a spa, three restaurants and a brasserie on the first bridging floor over the Sovereign Arch.

For those who can’t afford the estimated £400 it will cost to stay at one of the hotel’s rooms, the bars and restaurants, which will be open to the public, will be the easiest way to access the building which has been closed to the public until now.

The plans, which also include a private 16,856sq ft apartment that is estimated to sell for over £120 million, will see the Grade I listed building renovated in keeping with architect Sir Aston Webb’s original drawings from around 1910 with many lost designs restored, returning the building to its former glory.

Construction will begin early next year and the hotel is expected to open its doors to the public in 2016. It will join other new London hotels planned for 2016 including The International Quarter, Stratford City, an 18-storey hotel complex with up to 500 bedrooms overlooking the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village. And Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey double-cantilevered tower being developed in Stratford by the Manhattan Loft Corporation which will have residential flats, three sky gardens and a design hotel.

For all the latest information on new hotels opening in London go to LondonTown.comwhere you can book a wide variety of hotels online or by phone, whether you’re in London visiting friends, with family or for work. There’s a wealth of useful information on the website including theatre reviews, restaurant booking information and it’s all presented in an easy to read way so you can see which attractions, shops and restaurants are nearby to the sights you’re planning to visit.

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch set to open in September 2013

Hip US hotel group Ace hotels, a chain co-founded by Alex Calderwood and which began in Seattle, expanded to Portland, then opened in Palm Springs, and Manhattan, New York, comes to Shoreditch in September 2013, expanding from their US sites to add their first London outpost.

When it opens in September 2013, the 265-bedroom Ace Hotel London Shoreditch will become one of the hippest hotels in London joining a list which already includes stylish neighbouring London hotels such as Shoreditch House, Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green, and The Boundary, Sir Terence Conran’s stunning hotel which devotes each room to a different designer.

The mission of the Ace hotels group is to bring a “locally-inspired approach to design and development”, giving “new life to challenged properties in emerging locations”.

In London that means 100 Shoreditch High Street , formerly a 10-year-old Crowne Plaza , will become a trendy hotel with facade and interiors updated by Universal Design Studio, the architecture and interior design practice founded Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, designers of the Olympic torch.

The street level public spaces will entice passers-by in with a 150-seat restaurant managed by Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque and Shrimpy’s, a café serving Square Mile coffee, a gallery space, a juice bar, and a flower shop run by local florist Hattie Fox.

The September 2013 opening of Ace Hotel in Shoreditch is an exciting prospect for travellers who appreciate art, design and style. “The people who throng the Ace are fashionable, but not overly so; no one appears eager to turn heads with a striking outfit or outrageous hairstyle”, says The New York Times of the Ace Hotel New York which is located in an overlooked neighbourhood of Manhattan .

The Ace Hotel London Shoreditch is the first in a series of six boutique hotels opening in Shoreditch in the next two years adding approximately one thousand rooms to the area’s hotel supply. Other high profile openings include the first European Nobu hotel, a second London outpost for Dutch boutique chain CitizenM, a 185-bed hotel within the Shoreditch Village scheme designed by EllisMiller Architects which could be completed by mid-2015, and a new property by local group Montcalm.

The Montcalm Signature Tower London City will be one of two new Montcalm Luxury Hotels to open this year. The new build 200-room hotel just off silicon roundabout will include a roof top bar overlooking London and is joined by The Montcalm Business District London City which also opens in late 2013.

For all the latest information on new hotels opening in London go to LondonTown.comwhere you can book a wide variety of hotels online or by phone, whether you’re in London visiting friends, with family or for work. There’s a wealth of useful information on the website including theatre reviews, restaurant booking information and it’s all presented in an easy to read way so you can see which attractions, shops and restaurants are nearby to the sights you’re planning to visit.

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Wembley recibe a Moldavia en la crucial clasificatoria del Mundial

El viernes 6 de septiembre, Inglaterra se enfrentará a Moldavia en Wembley, en un partido clasificatorio del Mundial cuyo pronóstico es una sencilla victoria para el equipo de casa, si se puede uno guiar de la victoria 5-0 del año pasado contra los segundones futbolísticos en el Estadio Zimbru. El partido comenzará alrededor de las 7:45 pm, y los fans que viajen al evento ya conocen varios hoteles en Londres con descuento cerca del estadio anunciados en colaboración con la web de información y reservas LondonTown.com.

El equipo de Roy Hodgson se enfrentará a su principal rival del Grupo H, Ucrania, cuatro días después en Kiev. El potencial empate quizás haga que los Tres Leones jueguen con cautela contra los moldavos, aunque solo una convincente victoria podrá contentar a sus seguidores.

Si Inglaterra se deshace de Moldavia y Ucrania, solo tendrá que derrotar a los líderes de grupo, Montenegro, el 11 de octubre para asegurarse un lugar en las finales de Brasil del próximo año. Tres victorias consecutivas suavizarían la presión en el partido clasificatorio contra Polonia anunciado recientemente contra Polonia que se jugará el 15 de octubre en Wembley.

Los jugadores de Hodgson están actualmente en el segundo puesto, dos puntos detrás de Montenegro y uno por detrás de Ucrania, y cuatro partidos por decidir. Como preparativos de las próximas clasificatorias, Inglaterra se enfrentará a Escocia en un amistoso internacional en Wembley con más de 80.000 espectadores.

El recientemente reinaugurado Estadio de Wembley es el segundo más grande de Europa, se encuentra en el norte de Londres y se puede acceder a él fácilmente por transporte público desde el centro de Londres. Para coincidir con el partido contra Moldavia, LondonTown.com ha anunciado varios descuentos en hoteles de Londres cercanos al estadio.

Ubicado a tan solo diez minutos a pie del Estadio de Wembley en South Way, el Ibis London Wembley es un hotel limpio, amplio, tranquilo y asequible. Con el 61% de descuento ofrecido con LondonTown.com, los fans del fútbol pueden alojarse cerca del evento desde tan solo 43 libras la noche.

Igual de cerca está el Holiday Inn London-Wembley, que ofrece habitaciones dobles con dos camas desde 74 libras la noche –un descuento del 81% de la tarifa estándar. Ambos hoteles están disponibles con estos fantásticos descuentos solo al reservarlos con LondonTown.com. Visite nuestra web para más información sobre las clasificatorias del Mundial, otros eventos de la capital, y para informarse sobre otros hoteles con descuento en Londres.

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Londres se prepara para el Great London Swim, informa LondonTown.com

Si le apetece el desafío de nadar en el Támesis, esta es su oportunidad. El sábado 31 de agosto, los nadadores de todos los niveles y resistencia harán la prueba del Great London Swim: ¡nadar una milla lo más rápido posible!

En todo el Reino Unido se han organizado pruebas preparatorias de natación. En Londres, el Royal Victoria Dock –sede del Triatlón de Londres– será el centro de actividad. Aunque lo más probable es que los nadadores se concentren simplemente en el estilo que mejor les venga. Si le apetece algo diferente a los lagos y piscinas descubiertas de Londres, esta es una original de disfrutar de la natación al aire libre. Los espectadores podrán seguir las proezas de los nadadores en su recorrido y los participantes se podrán sentir seguros sabiendo que expertos kayakers y barcos de seguridad les seguirán durante todo el recorrido.

La entrada a este exclusivo evento es 39 libras e incluye un paquete del evento, medalla y camiseta. Muchos participantes nadarán para asociaciones benéficas, y otros solo por sentir la emoción de nadar en el trecho de agua más famoso de todo Londres.

Habiéndose beneficiado del plan de regeneración de los Docklands, el Royal Victoria Dock ofrece fabulosas vistas panorámicas del río con modernas estructuras y el ExCeL London Exhibition Centre reflejándose sobre el agua. También dominan la distancia las grandes torres de Canary Wharf y el O2 Arena, por lo cual es el lugar ideal para este evento de natación.

En lo referente a Londres hoteles cerca del evento, LondonTown.com ofrece una amplia gama de opciones. Por ejemplo, el Aloft London ExCeL. Se trata de una nueva y divertida alternativa a tan solo diez minutos del evento, y ofrece habitaciones dobles con dos camas desde tan solo 141 libras, con un fabuloso descuento del 47%. Una opción más lujosa es el Crowne Plaza London Docklands, a unos veinte minutos, que ofrece dobles deluxe desde 250 libras, incluido un descuento del 42%.

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Wembley Welcomes Moldova For Vital World Cup Qualifier

On Friday 6th September, England are set to face Moldova at Wembley, in a World Cup qualifying match widely expected to end in a comfortable win for the home nation, if last year’s 5-0 victory over the footballing minnows at the Zimbru Stadium is anything to go by. The game will kick off at around 7.45pm, and travelling fans have learned of a number of discounted London hotels close to the stadium, announced in partnership with information and booking website LondonTown.com.

Roy Hodgson’s side go on to face their main Group H rivals Ukraine four days later in Kiev. The impending tough tie might prompt the Three Lions to play a little more cautiously against the Moldovans, but anything less than a convincing win will be considered a disappointment for fans.

If England can see off Moldova and Ukraine, they need only despatch group leaders Montenegro on October 11th to be assured of a place at the finals in Brazil next year. Three successive wins would take the pressure off during the recently announced final qualifying match against Poland, which will be played at Wembley on October 15th.

Hodgson’s players are currently sitting in second place, two points behind Montenegro and one ahead of Ukraine, with four matches remaining. In preparation for the upcoming qualifiers, England will meet Scotland in an international friendly, taking place in front of an 80,000-strong crowd at Wembley.

The recently re-opened Wembley Stadium is the second largest in Europe, and sits in North London, easily accessible via public transport from the city centre. To coincide with the Moldova match, LondonTown.com have announced a number of discounts on London hotels close to the stadium.

Located just a ten minute walk from Wembley Stadium on South Way, the Ibis London Wembley is clean, spacious, quiet and affordable. With the 61% discount offered via LondonTown.com, football fans can stay close to the action for as little as £43 per night.

Just as close is the Holiday Inn London-Wembley, which is offering twin rooms from £74 per night – an 81% reduction on the standard rate. Both London hotels featured here are available at the discounted rate only when booking through LondonTown.com. Visit the site for more information on England ‘s World Cup qualifiers, other upcoming events in the capital, and to see more discounted London hotels.

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Marlowe’s Edward II Comes to National Theatre

Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II is to run at the National Theatre this autumn. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins, the production offers audiences a modern take on the play, which explores the corrupting influence of power.

Originally performed in 1592, the story follows the ineffectual, effete King has he recalls his ‘favourite’ courtier Gaveston from exile, lavishing him with unearned titles, land and riches, and alienating the powerful barons and bishops – not to mention his Queen – in the process. The sexual obsession between the pair, combined with Edward’s impetuous style of rule, ultimately leads to the King’s downfall.

The play has been revived many times since its debut, and is considered an erotic, violent masterpiece. John Effernan takes the title role – his first lead part at the National – and Vanessa Kirby stars as the cuckolded Queen Isabella. Gaveston is played by Kyle Soller, winner of the 2011 ‘Outstanding Newcomer’ award from the Evening Standard.

The production, which runs from August 28th until October 26th, is to be staged at the Olivier Theatre, the largest of the National’s three auditoriums. A special Travelex offer means £12 tickets are available for 500 seats at each performance. Standard ticket prices go up to £48.

LondonTown.com is offering a number of discounts on cheap London hotels close to the National Theatre for the duration of the run. The luxury Savoy is among the deals, with double rooms available from £276 per night – a 39% discount on the standard rate.

A few minutes’ walk from the National, the London Marriott Hotel County Hall is offering double and twin rooms with river views from £296 per night, which is a 20% reduction on the standard rate.

Visit LondonTown.com for information on cheap London hotels and special discounts available for the rest of the year.

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The Notting Hill Carnival tops the billing this August Bank Holiday

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival once again tops the billing in London this August Bank Holiday. Originally a local affair for west London’s homesick Caribbean community, the vivacious event has now evolved into Europe’s biggest street party. Setting Notting Hill ablaze with Caribbean spirit, visitors can expect extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, and giant sound-systems and steels bands. Plus, jerk chicken, rice and peas and many other Caribbean culinary delights. Visitors travelling to the carnival from further afield can find a great selection of London hotels on LondonTown.com.

As well as the carnival, London offers a plethora of other great ways to celebrate the annual swansong of summer, including the HayDaze Festival at Proud Camden. Free to attend during the day and just £10 for evening shows, the three-day festival offers a pop-up market fair, a host of circus performers and traditional entertainment with a modern twist. The day time programme includes a vinyl record stall, vintage clothes boutique, silent film club, hot tubs and charity tombola. While the evenings will sees headline performances from drum-off remix act London Guns (featuring Gary Powell of the Libertines and Babyshambles) and a marathon DJ set from MTV’s Laura Whitmore.

Further live music can be enjoyed at Live by the Lake at Kenwood House across the weekend. Having been a highlight on the London events calendar since 1951, the festival took a one-yearbreak last year. Now, the English Heritage open air concerts return with the likes of Keane, Laura Mvula and Suede on the line-up. Additionally, there’s a live open-air screening of Singin’ in the Rain featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and an evening of Gershwin starring Michael Ball.

The Book Club in Shoreditch celebrates the long weekend with Bookstock-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon. The daytime street party (which also has an additional after party) provides music, food, drink and plenty of fun for all. Taking a nautical theme for 2013, it celebrates the great British seaside with a Punch & Judy Show, donkey rides, a Sailor’s Rum Bar and plenty of fish & chips. More feasting opportunities can be found at South Bank’s Real Street Food Festival, which returns for four days of tempting world foods. Additionally, this weekend also sees The Alma in Islington serve a variety of ciders and perries sourced from independent cider farms at the four-day CiderFest.

The Empire Cinema in Leicester Square once again becomes the home of horror this week with this year’s Film4 FrightFest. Audiences can expect to be scared witless with a devilishly delightful line-up of premieres, previews and special screenings. Films featuring this year are The Dead 2: India , the latest offering from the Ford Brothers and the first international zombie film to be shot in India; The Desert from ChristophBehl; Kit Ryan’s startling Dementamania; and retro Spanish chiller For Elisa.

This weekend is one of the last chances to enjoy the More London free month of theatre at the Scoop amphitheatre. Offering free theatre performances of two fully staged productions, theatre-goers have the choice of the family friendly daytime production ofPrince of Thebes , a magical tale of Thebes and his quest to lift an evil spell, or the evening production for older audiences, Oedipus and Antigone which chronicles the downfall of the Theban Royal Family.

Testing London’s brainpower, the annual Mind Sports Olympiad is back for its 17th year this weekend. With games of scrabble, cribbage, chess, diving chess, monopoly and many others to get through, the aim will be to see off all others players and become the winner of a cash prize.

Saturday sees the Hush House Super Market opens its doors for the first time this. A showcase of independent creatives, the day welcomes record labels, jewellery designers, printmakers, tailors, poets, clothing designers, publicists, florists and many more to sell their wares.

Stay informed on all the best events happening in London every weekend with LondonTown.com’s Something for the Weekend mailer, a weekly compilation of the top ten events.

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Venues across London serve Alternative Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is one tradition that London has perfected and there are countless venues serving finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and buttery scones. But, for those who fancy something a little bit different, there are also a number of unique takes on this very English tradition. From mini burgers and milkshakes to dumplings served with tea, there’s something for all tastes.

Replacing cucumber sandwiches and jam-filled scones with burgers and doughnuts, BRGR.CO Soho has given a long-standing British tradition a radical American makeover. Served in the humble central London restaurant, the location is as far removed from the traditional afternoon tea setting as you can get. The menu continues the theme with diners treated to three sliders served with mini fries, warm doughnuts filled with salted caramel, a raspberry cheesecake and a chocolate brownie. Traditional British tea is available as refreshment but a more tempting option many be the vanilla milkshake or glass of prosecco.

Also serving up burgers instead of pastries is the Sanctum Soho Hotel. Offering a masculine version of a typically girly affair, the menu includes seared steak with peppers and mushrooms, a lamb and potato hotpot, mini beef burgers, a roast beef and horseradish Yorkshire pudding, anda chocolate fudge cake served with Jack Daniels ice cream. The banquet is then concluded with and a silver tankard of JD and a complimentary cigar to be enjoyed of the rooftop terrace.

Two notable venues for an oriental take on the British custom are the TeanamuChaya Teahouse and the Grand Imperial restaurant. Located within a converted Notting Hill house, the TeanamuChaya Teahouse provides an intimate and ceremonial experience. Guests are guided through an impressive selection of teas and served with a number of tempting delicacies, including vegetarian dumplings with chill oil, yuzu ginger preserve and cheddar sandwiches, mango seed cake and peanut sesame cookies. Additional touches such as a self-boiling kettle and the tranquil décor ensure it is a true all-round experience. Additionally, the Grand Imperial restaurant is another option for an oriental take on a typically sugar laden custom. Served in the Feng-shui designed restaurant, Hong Kong Cantonese delicacies such as prawn dumplings, duck rolls, crispy soft shell crab and an oven baked egg tart are presented on a three-tier cake stand, just like a traditional afternoon tea offering. However, the highlight is the unlimited refills of Chinese tea, with a number of floral and fermented options.

During the summer, there’s also the option of taking tea in one of London’s most famous buildings, the Houses of Parliament. As part of the summer behind the scenes tours, visitors can now choose to enjoy the optional add-on of afternoon tea. Taken in the historic Pugin Room in the House of Commons, diners will have wonderful views over the River Thames. Despite the unique venue, the menu stays true to tradition with options including Scottish salmon with cream cheese, lemon curd and chive on a mini bagel, and egg mayonnaise and watercress sandwiches; plus, sultana scones with jam and clotted cream and Valronha chocolate delice.

For the full list of Alternative Afternoon Tea in London and price details, visit LondonTown.com.

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The 2.8 Hours Later pandemic reaches London

Four years after the original 2.8 Hours Later outbreak, the world’s most terrifying street game returns to London. The aim is simple: outrun the zombies and reach the Asylum, a survivor’s camp which consists of plenty of beer and dancing. But, will players be able to hold their nerve? In a world of government corruption, quarantine, borders and murder, it’s easy to crack under the pressure. After all that physical exertion, players can rest their weary heads on a pillow at one of many London hotels bookable through LondonTown.com.

Starting from a secret London border, players are issued with a map and an address of the first location to reach. Once/if successful, they must then continue to use cryptic clues to hunt down check points until finally reaching the safe haven – think of it as a cross between 28 Weeks Later and ClueQuest, London’s newest live escape game.Upon reaching the Asylum, players are scanned to detect infection. If contaminated, they will be whisked away and transformed into one of the living dead; don’t fret though, even zombies are invited to party the night away. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy a rewarding drink (or many) and partake in some deadly dance offs.

The game spans across six UK cities and will be in London for ten nights later in the year, running from the 17th October to 2nd November. The game is priced in three tiers, all offering the exact same experience but with prices increasing with time.

Find out about all the best events taking place in London throughout the rest of 2013 by visiting LondonTown.com, where all the top events, happenings and openings are listed.

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Tickets for Two Door Cinema Club’s biggest headline show to date go on sale

Two Door Cinema Club have confirmed that they will be playing at London’s O2 arena on 13 th December 2013, with tickets going on sale at 9am on Wednesday 21st August. Playing to the 20,000 capacity venue, it will be the biggest headline show to date for the Northern Irish band and will be in support of their upcoming EP Changing of the Seasons . The announcement was made on the same day that the band’s latest single, eponymous to the EP, received its worldwide first play on BBC Radio 1. For those travelling from outside of London, lots of cheap London hotels near to the O2 arena can be found on LondonTown.com.

Produced by electronic maestro Madeon, the band’s new single will be their first release since signing to record label Parlophone and is expected to lean more towards the dance genre than their previous offerings. Due for release on 30 th September 2013, theChanging of the Seasons EP will feature three new songs. Having previously announced that they weren’t planning on releasing a new album until 2015, this is an exciting release for the band’s ever-growing fan base.

The concert in December marks another pinnacle in the band’s career and their rise from touring pubs in Ireland to an playing internationally renowned stage. Speaking of the concert, guitarist Sam Halliday said: “It feels like a huge achievement, it is the thing we have been working very hard towards for a long time but at the same time we feel confident and ready that we are experienced enough and have got enough fans and enough songs and enough records behind us to headline The O2. It will be the biggest moment of our career so far!”.

Find out what’s happening in London throughout 2013 by visiting LondonTown.com, where all the best new openings, events and happenings are listed.

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DJ Seth Troxler opens a summer pop up in Hackney

Hackney Wick is given a welcome addition this summer in the form of pop up bar and restaurant, Smokey Tails. Created by six collaborators, all of whom have worthy credentials in curating fun, every aspect of the venue has been well thought out and nurtured. The team is made up of renowned DJ Seth Troxler and his VisionQuest partner Ryan Crosson, Jo Vidler from Secret Productions – the team responsible for the Secret Garden Party and Wilderness – and Ben Found from Futureline Productions, known for the production and design of Paradise Ibiza and Circo Loco events.

Decked out with sofas, cushioned benches, stone flooring and picnic bench tables, the venue offers guests a relaxed, beach-esque atmosphere. Cocktails include a Cuban Mule, Cockney Fizz and the bar’s signature offering Soul Happiness, a potent concoction of tequila and watermelon served frozen. Smoked for hours before eventually being cooked on a BBQ in an open kitchen, the meat options include buffalo wings, short BBQ ribs and a pulled pork and cabbage bun, while side orders range from couscous to a tomato salad. Seth Troxler’s BBQ sauce, which has been passed down through family generations, is also available to try.

With the owners heavily involved in the music industry, the venue also boasts a fine soundtrack every evening. Running throughout the summer, Smokey Tails is open Thursday through to Sunday.

Stay informed on all the best summer pop ups and events with LondonTown.com’sSummer in London article.

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Meatopia comes to London this September

The Tobacco Docks in east London will host the capital’s biggest festival of BBQ and smoking this September. Originally conceived in New York by food writer Josh Ozersky (TIME, Esquire, WSJ and New York magazine), the event has been running successfully for ten years and now transfers to London for a celebration of BBQing and music. A number of renowned chefs and iconic restaurants will be in attendance, providing tasting samples of their top dishes. Meat lovers travelling from outside of the capital can find a number of Hotels in London on LondonTown.com.

With chefs such as St John’s Fergus Henderson, Gizzi Erskine and Pitt Cue’s Tom Adams creating bespoke recipes for the event, it will be a unique chance to feast on such a smorgasbord of BBQ and smoked meat. Diners will be treated to charcoal grilled deckle steak with anchovy butter from the Hawksmoor, grilled Korean chicken wings from Gizzi Erskine, BBQ pigs head from Duck and Waffle, the Rum BMC burger from Almost Famous and venison steak frites from the Wild Game Company.

To wash it all down there will be craft beer, aged spirits and a selection of wines. While side orders come in the form of live music, DJ sets, cabaret performances, art installations and a few random acts of weirdness. The music line-up features Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, Tom Findlay of Groove Armada and the Dulwich Ukulele Orchestra. Further highlights include talks and question panels from Tom Ozersky, the chefs and additional meat experts including burger maestro Daniel Young.

Find out about all the best events happening in London this summer with LondonTown.com’sSummer 2013 in London articles.

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El Portobello Film Festival regresa con el mejor cine independiente

El Portobello Film Festival es uno de los eventos más señalados del calendario de cine británico. Tras dieciocho años dando a conocer nuevos cineastas, el festival regresa en el 2013 para explorar el tema de ‘Rock and Roll Cinema and Art’.

La edición de este año albergará el estreno mundial del ‘biopic’ situacionista de Phil Strongman “Anarchist”, dedicada a la vida de Malcom McLaren, además de una exhibición en el Louise T. Blouin Institute y 17 días de proyecciones en los Westbourne Studios y el Portobello Pop Up Cinema en el Westway. Como viene siendo habitual, el festival cuenta con una extensa serie de eventos y curiosidades cinéfilas que promete hacer las delicias de los aficionados al cine ‘indie’.

Como novedad, la edición de este año presentará un cine en Acklam Road, en la unión de Westway con Portobello Road. Este Pop Up Cinema proyectará películas sin parar desde las 6 de la tarde cada día excepto los lunes.

Desde la gran apertura el jueves 29 de agosto hasta el 15 de septiembre, el programa del Pop Up Cinema contará con un gran número de películas independientes, además de un tributo a Hitchock que tendrá lugar el 31 de agosto y dos noches dedicadas al cine de humor, las del 7 y 8 de septiembre. Con entrada gratuita cada noche, bar y cafetería y puestos de comida, el Pop Up Cinema constituye una visita obligada para cinéfilos de estos y otros lares durante septiembre.

Con tanto que explorar en el Portobello Film Festival, lo ideal es alojarse lo más cerca posible de la acción. Con esto en mente, LondonTown.com, en colaboración con una serie de hoteles Londres, ofrece en su portal una serie de descuentos en alojamiento durante el festival.

Entre los hoteles cercanos al festival se encuentran el Pembridge Palace Hotel, de tres estrellas y a tan solo 14 minutos de Portobello Road, con tarifas reducidas hasta un 41% en habitaciones dobles, y el Shaftsbury Premier London Notting Hill, con un 86% de descuento reservando a través de LondonTown.com.

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London Hotels Offer Discounts for Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival has been injecting noise and colour into London’s West End since 1966, when it was established by the Caribbean community. It is now Europe ‘s biggest street party, featuring floats, costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, and in excess of a million revellers of all ages. To coincide with the August Bank Holiday event, booking website LondonTown.com has announced discounted rates on a number of London hotels in the area.

The Carnival Bands start at around 9am on Sunday 25th August and at the same time on Monday 26th. The Sunday is officially designated Children’s Day, and Monday is for Adults. Dozens of Djs will entertain the crowds across Static Sound Systems 40 rigs. The usual mix of latin jazz, reggae, garage, hip hop and samba will dominate the decks. Highlights include Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues stage, which emits sounds heavy on the jazz-reggae.

Visitors are advised to use public transport as most of the local roads are closed to vehicles. Some underground stations may be temporarily closed if they become overcrowded, so revellers should check their planned route before departing.

Probably the egalitarian highlight of the London summer, the Notting Hill Carnival is free of charge for everyone, but partiers coming from outside the capital might be able to make use of LondonTown.com, which has recently announced discounts on a number of London hotels close to the action.

Among the London hotels participating in the offer, the Abbey Court Notting Hill has cut 27% off the standard room rate for double and twin rooms. The discount brings the cost of a night’s stay down to £128. The Abbey Court is located on Pembridge Gardens, less than ten minutes’ walk from the heart of the Carnival.

On the same street, 10 Pembridge Gardens by Mondo is a collection of studio apartments available for nightly rental. During the Carnival, they are offering studio rooms at a 20% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £110.

Both deals are available exclusively when booking via LondonTown.com. Contact the website for more discounted London hotels, and for more information on this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

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Prepárese para el fin de semana South West Four Weekender de Clapham, informa LondonTown.com

Los fans del South West Four Weekender podrán disfrutar del décimo aniversario que se celebrará este año el sábado 24 y domingo 24 de agosto.

Este año continúa el elenco de estrellas típico de este festival con el número uno DJ Armin van Buuren que pinchará la noche del sábado. Conocido por su incomparable pasión por las actuaciones rebosantes de música y láser, el público alucinará con un show inolvidable. El domingo tampoco no le defraudará con Groove Armada y el artista número uno Example en cabecera. Con los mejores diez éxitos y colaboraciones con artistas como Calvin Harris, Laidback Luke (quien también actúa en el festival) y Chase & Status, Example está ahora en lo mejor de su carrera.

Otros platos fuertes son DJ Carl Cox, Loco Dice y Nicky Romero. Se celebrará el sábado y el domingo, “SW4” ha demostrado ser un éxito en sus primeros nuevos años, y Clapham Common se llena de juerguistas conscientes que no tienen que meterse en una tienda de campaña ni trabajar al día siguiente –así que la marcha está asegurada. La música podrá terminar a las 10 pm ambas noches pero las after-parties siguen en todo Clapham High Street para aquellos adeptos a parranda toda la noche.

Si quiere disfrutar del fin de semana en la capital, entonces LondonTown.com será su primera referencia para el alojamiento. Los Londres hoteles de LondonTown.com comienzan a 99 libras (incluido un descuento del 70%) por una habitación en el Hotel Verta by Rhombus, situado a media hora de Clapham Common cerca de Battersea que se está poniendo de moda. Si se quiere algo más de lujo, entonces el Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa ofrece habitaciones dobles deluxe con dos camas desde 149 libras, incluido un descuento del 67%.

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Paw Pageant Returns to Spitalfields

After a hugely successful inaugural event last year, the Paw Pageant is back. London ‘s coolest, smartest and most ridiculous mutts will compete to win a slew of prizes from eight different categories. The event will take place on Monday 26 th August in order to raise money for the Battersea Dog and Cats Home. To coincide with the event, LondonTown.com has revealed details of discounts on hotels in London close to the venue at Spitalfields Market.

Each round will feature a series of canine competitors, accompanied by a human consort, and modelling the latest in pooch-wear from esteemed designers including NW3, Oliver Bonas, Jigsaw and Mischa Barton. Battersea will be on hand to provide Free Microchipping and Dog Tagging to all pet owners, and Love My Dog has agreed to donate a £500 cache of prizes for the raffle. All proceeds go to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The categories include:

•  Dressed up to the (Ca)nines

•  Jimmy Chews (the naughtiest dog)

•  Six of the best

•  Mini-mutt (smallest dog in show)

•  Maxi-mutt (largest dog in show)

•  Paw-fection (best in show)

The event kicks off at 1pm and ends at around 3.30pm. Entry is £5 for pre-registration and £8 on the day.

The capital’s premier events and booking website, LondonTown.com, are partnering with a number of hotels in London close to the Paw Pageant to bring guests special discounted rates on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

One of the establishments participating in the discount is the 196 Bishopsgate serviced apartments – less than five minutes’ walk from Old Spitalfields Market. When booking via LondonTown.com, guests can take advantage of a 17% discount on studio apartments, bringing the starting price down to £159.

The South Place Hotel is offering deluxe double rooms at a 63% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £131. The South Place is located around five minutes’ walk from Spitalfields. Both featured deals are available exclusively through LondonTown.com.

To view more discounted hotels in London , and for more information on the 2013 Paw Pageant at Spitalfields Market, visit LondonTown.com.

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