LondonTown.com: Go back to the future with steampunk at Royal Observatory

One of the world’s most outrageous artist fashions is set to take over one of London’s most prestigious venues this Easter, when steampunk coms to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Longitude Pun’d opens on 10 th April with work from nine British Steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828 in a bid to solve when of the greatest problems of Georgian navigation. The Royal Observatory, atop a hill in the middle of Greenwich Park, is one of several world-class museums in Greenwich, a beautifully historic town on the river containing great sights, restaurants, bars and London hotels. To get the most up-to-date information on London hotels and room rates, see the LondonTown.com website.

Longitude Punk’d features specially created pieces by Steampunk luminaries Robert Rankin, Lady Raygun, Herr Döktor, Doctor Geof, Emilly Ladybird, Major Thaddeus Tinker, Lady Elsie, The Alchemist and Citizen Griffdawg, including items like ‘The Globe of Dislocation’, all that remains from the crash of a time-travelling airship, devised to navigate between alternate universes. Steampunk is the artistic style that celebrates Victorian notions of science-fiction, made famous by graphic novelist Alan Moore in hisLeague Of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. It’s wonderfully imaginative vision of a retro-future will bring a breathtaking touch of style to the Royal Observatory.

On display will be opulent and ornate apparel inspired by the night sky including gowns and headdresses, outlandish contraptions purporting to solve the Longitude problem and fanciful submissions and whimsical illustrations presented to the Board of Longitude. To coincide with Longitude Punk’d,   the Royal Observatory Greenwich will be hosting a dedicated events programme, including sci-fi screenings in the Peter Harrison Planetarium and an extravagant Steampunk ball. For more information on this and other events in the Greenwich area, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: London Coffee Festival Set For Brick Lane Return

Celebrating London’s growing fascination with coffee since 2011, the London Coffee Festival will be bigger and better than ever when it returns to East London on Friday 4th April for three days of coffee-fuelled fun.

With 250 artisan coffee and food stalls and over 20,000 expected visitors the festival looks set to build on its success, having quickly established itself as an unmissable event for the capital’s ever growing population of coffee connoisseurs.

This year’s event, which will take place at the Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street (just off Brick Lane), will play host to all manner of coffee-themed events including live demonstrations from world-class baristas and a mind-boggling array of cutting edge coffee preparation techniques and technological innovation in The Lab.

The Festival also endeavours to ensure your caffeine buzz is accompanied by an exciting program of live music from across the globe. Taking inspiration from three of the world’s great coffee producing cultures, music will come courtesy of Brazil (Friday), Colombia (Saturday) and Africa (Friday).

LondonTown.com has teamed up with the London Coffee Festival to offer three lucky readers a free pair of premium tickets to the festival, which includes a copy of the London Coffee Guide and entry to the festival at any time. Visit LondonTown.com to find out how to enter.

LondonTown.com is also offering special rates on a selection of great local hotels on the weekend of the event so visitors on the lookout for cheap hotels in London should have no problem finding somewhere to stay in the area.

Among the discounted hotels available through LondonTown.com is the Rez Apart Hotel London on Widegate Street – just 6 minutes from the Old Truman Brewery – which is currently offering rooms from £108, a saving of 33%.

The Ibis London City on Commercial Street is even more affordable with rooms starting at just £57 thanks to a 30% discount.

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LondonTown.com: London awaits Barnyard binge as Dabbous readies second restaurant

Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg were responsible for Dabbous, a restaurant which generated such hype that for some time it was virtually impossible to book a table there, so their next venture was always likely to attract plenty of attention. Two years after that restaurant opened to widespread critical acclaim Dabbous and Kinberg are set to open Barnyard, just around the corner on Charlotte Street.

The restaurant is set to open in March and anyone familiar with the seemingly impossible task of securing a table at Dabbous might be interested to learn that Barnyard will be walk-ins only. Check LondonTown.com for more details of the opening as well as updates and booking information for all the latest London restaurants.

The new venture will be run by general manager Charlie Bolton, a veteran of Dabbous and ex-manager of the similarly popular Burger and Lobster in Mayfair and Head Chef Joseph Woodland, formerly of Kensington institution Launceton Place.

True to its name, Barnyard promises a rustic theme that will be evident in both the design – reclaimed timber and tin will feature heavily in the interior and diners can expect their meal to be accompanied by a soundtrack that will take in country, blues and folk – and most importantly the food.

The menu will feature simple but carefully prepared dishes like homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli, roast beef on toast with warm horseradish buttermilk, and sweets such as apple and cloudberry crumble with clotted cream, and bananas and custard. In other words straightforward but delicious comfort food executed with the sort of innovative flair that has so far characterised Dabbous’ young career.

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LondonTown.com: Justin Timberlake Returns with O2 Arena Shows this Spring

It’s been seven years since Justin Timberlake was last in London, and this year he returns to the capital with his 20/20 Experience World Tour. The tour, which takes in Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester in the UK, will hit The O2 Arena in April, with a return gig in the summer planned for June too.

Off the back of last year’s 20/20 Experience album which, with sales of over 3.5 million to date, was the biggest selling album of 2013, Justin’s World Tour takes place at The O2 on 1 st and 2 nd April, as well as 10 th June, with tickets selling fast.

This show will be the first time Justin Timberlake has performed his own show at The O2 since his FutureSex/LoveShow tour in July 2007. Earlier this year he performed his new material during the Brit Awards, and fans can expect to see a host of new material from his 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 albums, as well as a selection of his hottest hits.

The O2 Arena is the centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome, and is the first purpose-built music venue in the capital. Up to 23,000 fans can squeeze in to gigs at the arena, with Timberlake being the latest in a long line of big name acts to call the O2 home. From Britney to the Rolling Stones, AC/DC to Fleetwood Mac, it’s London premiere music venue when it comes to the biggest bands and performers on the planet.

To coincide with Justin’s return to the O2, LondonTown.com has teamed up with a selection of London hotels, all within the O2 Arena area, to offer special discounts to fans looking for accommodation in the city.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf, just 9 minutes from the venue, and 14 minutes from City Airport, is offering a 28% discount, with double rooms available from just £66 per night. The nearby popular budget chain hotel Ibis London Docklands is giving an even bigger 38% discount to fans, who can enjoy double rooms by the Thames from just £49 per night.

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LondonTown.com: Cuban Afternoon Tea Added to the Menu at St Martins Lane Hotel

From the Ritz to Claridges, London hotels are renowned for their traditional afternoon teas – and now some of the city’s finest hotels are giving a twist to the quintessentially British treat. The latest ‘experimental’ afternoon tea to appear in the capital, St Martins Lane Hotel has launched its Cuban Afternoon Tea, which fuses culinary inspiration from Asia and Cuba.

Teaming up with Shoreditch design collective Luna & Curious, St Martins Lane’s Asia de Cuba restaurant has been designed to recreate the feel and mystique of a teahouse in Havana. Cuban cigar boxes full of fine tea selections, a menu disguised as a newspaper and mismatched crockery help set the mood, while diners can enjoy specially crafted cocktails served alongside two-stage tea – sweet and savoury.

Quails eggs and chipotle, BBQ pulled pork, banana spring rolls and Caribbean vegetable empanadas offer an adventurous alternative to traditional teatime treats like cucumber sandwiches, while a selection of teas has been chosen to complement each course perfectly.

The Asia de Cuba restaurant at St Martins Lane is part of the Morgans Hotel Group which also brought the madcap Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea at the Sanderson to London. Their afternoon tea in London is served daily from 12.30pm – 4.30pm, and is priced at £25, or £35 with a cocktail.

To coincide with the launch of the latest afternoon tea in London, LondonTown.com is offering discounts on room rates at a selection of hotels in the St Martins Lane area. At just 3 minutes stroll away, visitors can currently enjoy a 43% saving on room rates at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel. The Thistle Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London, is also giving LondonTown.com customers a 55% discount, with double bed and breakfast rooms available from £130 per night.

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LondonTown.com: Artists’ scrapbooks explored at the ICA

A new exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in the centre of London will look at the ways in which artist use their scrapbooks as a way to store ideas and ephemera that may later grow into or inspire fully realised works of art. Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks opens on 1 st April and features contributions from artists including William Burroughs, Brigid Berlin and Gerhard Richter. It takes place at the Reading Room of the ICA, located on The Mall opposite St James’s Park and surrounded by many of London’s best sights, bars and restaurants. For information on other London events in the area, see LondonTown.com, London’s most reliable website for tourists visiting London.

The scrapbook has long been used as a storehouse for memories — to preserve a lock of hair, a sentimental piece of correspondence, a magazine clipping, or a beloved snapshot. Artists began to engage with the scrapbook in the postwar period, using the page as a canvas, albeit on a smaller scale and this display explores how contemporary artists have used the scrapbook to forge an intimate artistic identity. The artist’s scrapbook often trades in nascent ideas, both visual and textual, which may or may not grow into a more finished work. Artists involved include William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin, who used oversize books to intertwine visual ideas and threads of stories: news clippings and shards of advertisements woven among watercolour paintings and excerpts from manuscripts. Other artists, such as Al Hansen, carried small notebooks for organisational jottings, quick sketches, and humorous musings, making collages on the fly and tucking away daily detritus for safekeeping.

But the scrapbook can also be a finished work. Isa Genzken’s I Love New York, Crazy Cityis one such example, made during a year she spent in New York in the mid-1990s, the book is a madcap conglomeration of colour snapshots, faxes, and letters affixed to the pages with electrical tape. The French artist Jean-Michel Wicker makes byzantine scrapbooks, often removing pages and taping in replacement patchworks of found images, Internet printouts, and hand-lettered phrases. The exhibition promises to be a fascinating and helter-skelter study of artistic process and execution at one of the earliest stages of creativity. For more on this and other exhibition and events at the ICA, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: Backstreet’s Back! O2 Set For Boy Band Return

It’s the concert that their long-deprived fans have been waiting for, over twenty years after their formation Backstreet Boys – one of the original and most successful boy bands – return to the London stage.

The tour, titled ‘A World Like This’, marks the first time in ten years all five of the original Backstreet Boys have performed together and looks looks certain to be a thrillingly nostalgic celebration of all the old hits and proof that there’s life in the ageing heartthrobs yet.

Backstreet Boys were last in the UK for the smash hit NKOTBSB 2011 tour with New Kids On The Block. Back then they appeared minus founder member Kevin Richardson however so his return for A World Like This gives UK fans a chance to see the original line-up together for the first time in a decade.

Support comes in the shape of All Saints, doubling the 90’s fun with another much anticipated reunion. One of the biggest 90s girl groups, the return of All Saints is exciting news in itself and their promise to perform classic hits like Never Ever and Pure Shores adds even more throwback thrills to what looks set to be a truly memorable night.

Backstreet Boys fans can pick up tickets for between £39.50 and £44.50 and will be happy to learn that LondonTown.com are making a number of conveniently located hotels in London available at specially discounted rates. Great news for anyone visiting from further afield or looking to make a very special night of it.

Stand out deals include 23% off four star accommodation at the Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf, less than 10 minutes from the O2 Area. Savings are also available on the similarly convenient Ibis London Docklands where rooms are currently available for as little as £49.

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LondonTown.com: Strike a Pose as Vogue Festival Returns to London this Month

This month the Vogue Festival returns to London in its third year as one of the capital’s biggest celebrations of all things on trend. This year the festival moves from April to 29 th and 30 th March, taking place over two full days at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Partnering with Harrods to bring together world-class designers, inspirational performances, workshops and makeovers, visitors can also expect a whole host of star guests too.

The full event line-up for the 2014 Festival hasn’t yet been announced, but this year’s fashion extravaganza is set to be even bigger and better in scope as it carves a name for itself as one of the must-attend fashion events in the city. Last year saw Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Michael Kors, Paul Smith, Mario Testino and Vivienne Westwood all gather on the Southbank to celebrate, so celeb-spotters will be in their element.

The Vogue Festival venue, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, is the second largest concert hall at Southbank Centre. It holds a proud tradition of staging some of the most diverse music and arts performances in the country, right next to the Thames.

To coincide with the return of the Vogue Festival, LondonTown.com has teamed up with a selection of hotels in the Southbank area to bring visitors specially reduced room rates for the entire Festival run. It’s just one of the many London events that the accommodation site has secured discounted rates for this spring.

Just four minutes from the Vogue Festival, the luxury London Marriott Hotel County Hall is offering LondonTown.com customers a 31% discount on double rooms, which are now available from £165 per night. While the nearby 4-star Park Plaza County Hall hotel has doubles starting at £99 per night, after a 38% LondonTown.com discount.

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Travel Wisconsin, Kid Friendly Tourist Attraction, Action Territory Family Fun Center – A Must on Your Family Vacation, near Chicago

Planning a visit to Milwaukee, Chicago-land? Action Territory is a must stop for family fun. Open year round, America’s favorite family fun park entertains thousands of visitors every year. Located just 45 minutes From Chicagos O’Hare and Milwaukee. Print this article and redeem for ten free arcade / batting cage tokens when you get there. The facility is considered home for the area’s best birthday parties and has been voted twice the areas best family fun attraction location.

Attractions Everyone Will Love
Indoor attractions are open year-round. Laser tag, bumper cars, video game arcade, with token system and a huge, redemption center, kid-friendly concession restaurant and bar, The Heist Laser Maze Conquest, and Ballocity – a huge two-story city of balls for the little guy. Plus, seasonal attractions, go karts, paintball, batting cages, miniature golf course, water park attractions, water wars and bumper boats. Plan to visit Action Territory on your next vacation – it has something for everyone.

The Action Territory Amusement Park is centrally located between Chicago and Milwaukee, Just outside of Gurnee, IL always FREE parking, Free WiFi Hot Spot and Free Admission. The huge indoor outdoor acreage has tons of fun for the whole family. The huge 15,000 Sqr Foot complex has over 150 video and redemption games ready and waiting to challenge your gaming skills, with ticket rewards that can be redeemed at the Action Territory Prize Center.

Enjoy Arcade game “Action” with rows and rows of colorful lights, and ringing bells, and people laughing, over 150 video and redemption games are ready and waiting to challenge your gaming skills, with ticket rewards that can be redeemed at the Action Territory Prize Center. Play timeless redemption games of chance and skill plus the most requested new releases.

Try your luck at the New Laser Tag Arena and light show, Experience extreme fun in the mysterious, smoke-filled black-light arena, all new in 2014. Or The Heist Laser Conquest, A ‘Mission Impossible” game of skill navigating between lasers to capture the diamond. Or BollOcity for the little ones. A two story city of foam balls, ready to drop, shoot and explode. Bumper Cars – perfect for the wana-be driver. Adults love them too – slam, bump and crash!

Patrons also have access to 12 acre park featuring NASCAR go-kart racing, 18 hole, three – level waterfall mini golf course new in 2014, water attractions like Water Wars and the squirting action of bumper boats, team line of batting cages, . And Action Paintball Adventure field open for Saturday and Sunday special hours.

Adult Action
Action Territory isn’t just for kids. Adults love the Action Territory too. Americas favorite amusement park offers The Action Eatery featuring todays most favorite beers, wines and famous for its frozen drink specials perfect to cool any adult on a hot day. Bring your laptop and plan a lunch off site or check your email while you’re on vacation and the kids play, with free WIFI, free parking and free admission you can’t go wrong.

Vacation Pizza Special
Pizza and 80 Arcade / batting cage tokens $19.99 or chose their famous breadsticks and a pitcher of soda $19.99. Add a pitcher of beer for a small added charge. Hot dog and burger specials too!

Action Territory Discount Coupon
Print this article and redeem for ten free arcade / batting cage tokens. 1 Per customer per day. No purchase Necessary. Free admission. Free Parking. Free WiFi. All New Laser tag arena for a party, group or just to play.

Wisconsin is a paradise for family vacationers, and Lake Geneva offer tons of options for family fun as well as resorts for romantic getaways. Golfing, boating, skiing, shopping, and sightseeing are just some of the activities you’ll find during a trip to Wisconsin. Whatever it is you like to do; Action Territory is a Must stop for your next visit to the Milwaukee, and, Lake Geneva.

Plan a party, bring your family or stop in alone, America’s Action Territory is a short car ride from Chicago and Milwaukee – perfect for a fun day with your friends and family or fieldtrip with your classmates. Feel free to logon for more information and join the facebook for more managers specials. Info AT ActionTerritory DOT com 12345 75th Street Kenosha, WI 53140 ~ P: 262 857-7000 be sure to watch Action Territory video here
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Cruzeiro-Safaris.com Announces the birth pains of Serengeti, Tanzania in April, May and June

During the months of April, May and June tourist mass up to travel to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Then at the end of June – October the best place to be is the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

During these months is when most the gnus and wildebeest give birth in the Serengeti plains. Cruzeiro-safaris has in the past months seen an increase and interest of the wildlife getting ready for the season and they recommend all people to get down to Tanzania and into the Serengeti via Ngorongoro and Manyara.

Cruzeiro-safaris.com has packages several safaris to start and end in Arusha, Tanzania. For example:

Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti / Lake Manyara (1/2 Day Crater Tour)
Day 1 Arusha / Ngorongoro
Day 2 Ngorongoro / Serengeti
Day 3 Serengeti / Manyara
Day 4 Manyara / Arusha

Typically Cost for 2 people in April and May each pays is USD1504 and cost for 6 people each pays USD980 here one would stay at the serena lodges, however for budget travelers then the cost will be April and May each pays is USD1400 and cost for 6 people each pays USD890

Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti / Lake Manyara

Day 1 Arusha / Ngorongoro
Day 2 Ngorongoro
Day 3 Ngorongoro / Serengeti
Day 4 Serengeti
Day 5 Serengeti / Manyara
Day 6 Manyara / Arusha

Typically Cost for 2 people in April and May each pays is USD2056and cost for 6 people each pays USD1448 here one would stay at the Serena lodges, however for budget travelers then the cost will be April and May each pays is USD1931 and cost for 6 people each pays USD1323.
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Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti / Lake Manyara / Tarangire

Day 1 Arusha / Tarangire

Day 2 Tarangire / Ngorongoro
Day 3 Ngorongoro
Day 4 Ngorongoro / Serengeti
Day 5 Serengeti
Day 6 Serengeti / Manyara
Day 7 Manyara / Arusha

Typically Cost for 2 people in April and May each pays is USD2349 and cost for 6 people each pays USD1669 here one would stay at the Serena lodges , however for budget travelers then the cost will be April and May each pays is USD2234 and cost for 6 people each pays USD1544.
Therefore one can choose any options depending on their schedule and budget.
Cruzeiro Safaris offers other packages into Kenya and especially to Turkana in the Northern desert area of Kenya.

For more details and assistance please contact the undersigned.

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Flipping great fun planned for London this Easter

The capital’s largest Pancake Day race is set to return this Shrove Tuesday as Bankside once again hosts its annual Pancake Flipping Charity Relay Race on behalf of Paintings in Hospitals. Last year almost 20 businesses turn out to complete against each other and Bankside’s finest will once again show their pancake-tossing skills in Borough Market’s Jubilee Market on 4 th Match between midday and 2pm in a bid to be crowned the best pancake tosser in London. Visitors to London hoping to watch the race should look for details on LondonTown.com, London’s most reliable website for tourists, where they will also find information about cheap London hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes.

The Bankside event will celebrate all things pancakes, with many of Borough Market’s world-famous food traders offering a variety of the traditional treats – from classic lemon and sugar to modern-day savoury twists. In addition, local buskers Ste and Lew will be joining the festivities, providing entertainment to onlookers, shoppers and participants. Money raised during the event will be donated to local charity ‘Paintings in Hospitals’, which lends original works of art to hospitals, hospices and other healthcare facilities throughout the UK.

Those attending the race should also take the opportunity to explore the fascinating area around Bankside, where they will find everything from Tudor ships to modern art. Attractions in the area include the Golden Hinde, a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous world-traversing ship, and the Tate Modern, one of the most popular art galleries in the world, as well as lesser-known treats such as the stunning Southwark Cathedral near London Bridge and Viniopolis, where visitors can explore the history of wine – and have the occasional sample to accompany their Borough Market pancake.

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