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Vertical Booking CRS emerges as the preferred chain hotel CRS solution for B&B Hotels

ITALY, 2017-Mar-04 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — B&B Hotels Group, one of the main independent chains of economy hotels in Europe, a brand renowned for the quality of its smooth, efficient and cozy stays, has selected the Vertical Booking CRS solution for enterprise wide, integrated hotel online distribution.

With approximately 400 hotels across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and surrounding countries, B&B Hotels have strong growth plans to increase their hotel presence in targeted markets.

“B&B Hotels Group is launching a major digitalization project aimed at revamping its technology on Cloud based environments. As a first step and after a thorough analysis of the market, we have decided to partner with Vertical Booking. We are confident that Vertical Booking offers the right products and services for our ambitious project. We see Vertical Booking as a flexible partner involved in the success of B&B Hotels growth,” said Jérôme Destors, Group CTO at B&B Hotels.

“Vertical Booking is proud to be selected by such a large portfolio of hotels like the B&B Hotels Group,” said Alberto Guadalupi, CEO of Vertical Booking. “After a very rigorous RFP process, it was great to see the Vertical Booking CRS emerge as the preferred chain hotel CRS solution. We see this as further validation of our open CRS platform strategy and flexibility.”

The Vertical Booking CRS enables distribution of rates and inventory across all online and offline channels, such as: direct web booking engine, IDS (OTAs, Wholesalers, Tour Operators), Central Reservation Offices (CRO) and hotel Meta-Search and GDS. In addition to core distribution competency, the Vertical Booking CRS platform also includes business intelligence and marketing solutions such as a built-in OTA Price Comparison widget, Competitor Rate Checker, a native Hotel App for enhanced guest satisfaction, online reputation management and more.

Vertical Booking will be exhibiting from March 8-12, 2017, at ITB Berlin, Germany Travel Trade Show. Please stop by Hall 10.1 Stand 101 to learn how Vertical Booking can help you optimize distribution at your property.

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Shakespeare’s Globe set to premiere Holy Warriors

This summer at Shakespeare’s Globe looks set to be an exciting time for theatre lovers with four new plays debuting at the Bankside theatre. Alongside new works by esteemed playwrights Richard Bean, Howard Brenton and Simon Armitage, Holy Warriors is the latest offering from the writer of In Basildon, David Eldridge.

Premiering on July 19th at Shakespeare’s Globe, Holy Warriors promises a truly epic, millennia-spanning tale of the fight for Jerusalem, taking in a vast swathe of the historical tumult that has surrounded the Holy City. The story encompasses the Romans capturing of the city, the crusades conflict between Christian forces led by King Richard The Lionheart and Saladin, leader of the Muslims, right up to the Hamas suicide bombings of recent history.

Holy Warriors is the latest, highly anticipated play from David Eldridge, writer of the much-praised stage adaptation of Festen and In Basildon which ran at the Royal Court two years ago and was voted the number one theatre pick of 2012 by the Guardian’s writers and critics.

Tickets for Holy Warriors are available via the Shakespeare’s Globe website and cost £5 (standing) and between £15 and £42 for seats. You can find out more at LondonTown.com where you’ll also find a wide selection of discounted accommodation within easy reach of the famous theatre. If you’re on the lookout for a cheap London hotel deals are available on many of the city’s finest establishments.

The Novotel London City South on Southwark Bridge Road, just opposite St Pauls Cathedral is offering rooms from £83 per night, which is a 21% discount on the usual rate. The hotel is just three minutes from the Globe.

Just as convenient and even more generously discounted, the Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose gives guests exceptional access to the Globe, Tate Modern and Borough Market and with 27% off courtesy of LondonTown.com rooms are available from just £93.

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Balham Comedy Festival returns to tickle London’s funny bone

The Balham Comedy Festival returns to the Bedford pub for a third year of great comedy. The festival organisers have put together a programme featuring some of the best home grown and international talent for 8 nights and 9 days of hilarity.

Since 1984, the Bedford in Balham has hosted Banana Cabaret, which is dedicated to discovering, developing and promoting emerging comedy acts. Many great names in comedy started their careers at the Bedford and this year, the pub will rock with laughter to celebrate the Banana Cabaret’s 30 th anniversary. The programme is a diverse mix of comedy acts. Names already confirmed for the festival include Robert Newman, Paul Daniels, Phill Jupitus, Reginald D. Hunter, Tim Vine, Stephen K Amos, Marcus Brigstocke, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Mark Steel, Richard Herring, Jeremy Hardy, Susan Calman, Kevin Day, Gary Delaney, Kerry Godliman, Tony Law, and Fred MacAulay with more performers to be announced. For those comedy fans brave enough to take to the stage themselves, the festival will feature stand-up comedy workshops sponsored by Wandsworth council. The workshops will be hosted by funny man John Moloney who has lived in Balham for 20 years. Comedy fans can also treat themselves to a meal in Balham which features some of the best budget restaurants in London. A kitsch Italian osteria, a fishmonger’s fried goods, and Georgian muesli are but some of the options in the vicinity of the Bedford.

The Balham Comedy Festival will be taking place on 11 -19 July 2014 and tickets can be purchased on the festival’s official website. For more information on the line up, the location of the festival, and the restaurants in Balham, visit LondonTown.com

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Buckingham Palace to open its doors again this summer

Buckingham Palace is once again giving visitors an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of one of the World’s grandest royal palaces. As one of the world’s last remaining working palaces opportunities to survey the glorious interiors of Buckingham Palace are few and far between, making the annual Summer Opening an especially valuable chance for the public to explore this famous building.

The Summer opening once again grants visitors access to the lavishly decorated State Rooms where they will encounter some of the royal collection’s finest treasures including painting by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin and Canaletto. Sculpture by Canova and Chantrey along with fine Sèvres porcelain are also amongst the highlights.

With the arrival of Prince George still fresh in everyone’s minds, this year’s Summer Opening features a special Royal Childhood exhibition. The show will offer a fascinating glimpse into the formative years of royal children throughout the last 250 years, featuring toys, outfits and never before seen images.

Tickets to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening can be booked at LondonTown.com where visitors will also find a wide array of discounted hotels in the vicinity of the palace, making it a great place to find a hotel in central London.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel couldn’t be closer to Buckingham Palace – situated on Buckingham Palace Road it is just four minutes’ walk from the famous gates – and offers suitably well-appointed accommodation. With a 21% discount courtesy of LondonTown.com rooms are available from £159.

Even more upscale and similarly handy for the palace is the 41 Hotel London, the tenth best hotel in Europe according to Travel and Leisure and available from £282 thanks to a 27% discount.

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Camden Fringe is Back, and Bigger Than Ever

For four weeks this summer, the Camden Fringe returns for its 9th successive year of comedy, theatre, poetry and dance. Across North London, more than 200 different productions will be performed at 24 venues between July 28th and August 24th.

As usual the primary draw is the stand up comedy – but the festival is also upholding it’s tradition of staging some of the more bizarre acts from around the world. In 2014, they include rapping OAPs and an eccentric take on the works of Shakespeare. If it’s funny ha-ha or just funny peculiar, it’s probably on in the borough of Camden this summer. Tickets range from £5-£12 depending on venue, which include Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village and the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.

Perhaps the most important venue for the Fringe is the Etcetera Theatre, where the festival began life in 2006. From humble beginnings, where performers barely outnumbered attendees, the Camden Fringe gradually picked up performers, punters and venues over the next eight years and now sits firmly in the comedy festival big leagues, attracting household names like Simon Amstell and internationally-recognized venues like the Roundhouse. Despite its success, the Camden Fringe remains devoted to new talent, and there will be no shortage of breakthrough stars of the future on show.

To help travelling comedy fans find an affordable hotel in London, the capital’s premier events and accommodation website LondonTown.com is offering discounts on a number of rooms in and around Camden. It’s the perfect solution for comedy fans on a budget.

Among the deals being offered by the site is a night’s stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel for just £47 – an 36% discount on the usual rate. Situated on Tottenham Court Road, The Radisson is five minutes walk from Camden High Street.

Just as close is the Thistle Euston London Hotel, which is offering an 84% discount on a deluxe double room, bringing the nightly rate down to £76. Visit LondonTown.com to find more discounted London hotel rooms, and for more information on the Camden Fringe, which runs between July 30th and August 26th.

Another hotel in London participating in the offer – and located just as close to the Fringe action as The Radisson – is the Wesley on Euston Street. When booking through LondonTown.com, guests can take advantage of a 35% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £54.

For more information on the 2014 Camden Fringe, and to find your own hotel in London, visit LondonTown.com.

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The Chap Olympiad Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The Chap Olympiad returns to London on the 12th July 2014, celebrating its 10th anniversary. Orchestrated by The Chap magazine, the annual event is not so much a sporting occasion, more a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude. Tickets are on sale now and always sell out prior to the event so be sure to snap yours up now. For those also looking to book a London hotel, visit LondonTown.com where a great selection for all budgets can be found.

Taking place at Bedford Square Gardens, one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, the distinguished gathering invites members of the public to take part in a number of zany showdowns such as Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances; and Tug of Hair, in which a lengthy handlebar moustache is used in place of a rope. Designed to separate the chaps from the cads, anyone can compete to win the bronze, silver and gold cravats. Guests are advised to wear elegant finery, period military wear, formal wear or dandy wear – strictly no sportswear (except cricket whites), denim or sneakers.

Further to the ‘sporting’ events, there will also be sandwiches and Pimm’s by the bucket load. Tickets are £20 for the day or £35 for the day and entry to the evening Blitz Party. For more information visit LondonTown.com.

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Laugh it up in London this summer at the Balham Comedy Festival

Now in its third year, the Balham Comedy Festival has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of London’s comedy calendar. It returns to the Bedford pub in South West London this July with another stellar line-up of side splitting stand up.

The festival will run from the 11th to the 19th of July and promises to pack plenty of laughs into that week courtesy of both established stars and up-and-coming talents. Famous names include Marcus Bridgestock who will perform his Je M’accuse – I Am Marcus show, gag expert Tim Vine, Radio 4 favourite Jeremy Hardy, Richard Herring, Phil Jupitus and Reginald D. Hunter, in fact the Balham Comedy Festival boasts one of the best comedy line-ups you’ll find anywhere. Paul Daniels and the lovely Debbie McGee are even making an appearance!

And if you’re inspired by the famous faces filling the Balham Comedy Festival’s programme there will also be comedy workshops for adults and children hosted by John Moloney, Adam Bloom, and Dave Fulton. These consist of a 45-minute masterclass followed by a 30-minute break to allow the ‘students’ to prepare their own stand-up routines and then perform them, with advice and support from professional comedians.

Comedy fans visiting Balham from further afield will find a selection of conveniently located London hotel accommodation at LondonTown.com. The Holiday Inn Express Wimbledon South is just a couple of miles from The Bedford and offers extra-affordable accommodation courtesy of a 39% discount when you book through LondonTown.com, meaning rooms start at just £52. Also nearby, the Holiday Inn Express Wandsworth is even cheaper courtesy of a 21% discount.

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London’s favourite Peruvian LIMA set to open second restaurant

One of the most exciting new London restaurants opening this summer is undoubtedly LIMA Floral. It’s older sister – simply called LIMA – first opened its doors back in August 2012, going on to become the first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to win a Michelin star.

The coveted star wasn’t the only accolade awarded to LIMA’s founder Virgilio Martinez in 2013. His flagship establishment Central Restaurante – located in the Peruvian capital from which the LIMA project takes its name – was featured in last year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

So Martinez and his partners Gabriel and Jose Luis Gonzalez, we can safely say, have form when it comes to pleasing international diners, and their brace of London restaurants have taken their place among the city’s finest venues.

For the uninitiated, Peruvian cuisine is an exciting mix of Amazonian fish dishes, scallops and chia ceviche, served with exotic native vegetables and grains like kohlrabi and quinoa. LIMA Floral is complemented by a basement ‘piqueos bar’ which, according to Martinez, is “essentially a bar serving tapas dishes…”

The small plates available in the piqueo bar include grouper with rocoto tiger’s milk ceviche and tuna and seared aubergine tiradito. These delicacies are offset by an extravagant, extensive cocktail menu which features variations on the classic Peruvian beverage Pisco Sour.

Both restaurant and piqueo bar are designed by B3, whose other London restaurants projects include Gymkhana and Bubbledogs. Their vision is an international take on Peruvian styles, all large arched windows and cosy dens, the perfect setting for a long, lazy dinner.

LIMA Floral is located on the corner of Garrick Street and Floral Street, set in a historic former monastery (which was most recently home to The Forge restaurant). Both the piqeuos bar and the main restaurant open on July 20. Find out more at LondonTown.com, where you can keep track of all the latest restaurant openings and book online.

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London’s First Creole Bar & Kitchen Opens in Camden

Our capital is renowned for its eclectic international food scene, and London restaurants don’t come any more international than Bayou, a Creole bar and kitchen set to open in Camden on July 10.

Bayou is the brainchild of restaurateur Chris Singham – proprietor of another Camden hit dining venue, Simply Fish – and the menu promises a selection of dishes from the Deep South, and in particular the wetlands around the Gulf Coast from which it takes its name.

That means Cajun and Creole items like crayfish, jambalaya, smoked chicken wings and gumbo, as well as soul food like po’ boy sandwiches, ribs, grits and fried chicken. The drinks menu features American lagers and specialty cocktails, including a ‘Proud Mary’, a Mezcal/tomato juice/cucumber/dill concoction that takes its name from the John Fogerty song (and nods knowingly at Fogerty’s claims of being ‘born on the bayou’ despite hailing from distinctly un-swamplike Northern California).

The Bayou country that runs along the south coast of the United States from Louisiana to Florida has long been a melting pot of cultures, and the cuisine draws on the region’s French, Spanish, Italian and African heritage. Bayou is set to bring those flavours to the London restaurants scene, with a side order of live traditional jazz thrown in to the mix.

But Bayou is just one of many new London restaurants to open this summer. There’s Scarpetta and Caterina55, both Italian restaurants located in the City. The Wellcome Kitchen just opened next to its namesake collection of medical artefacts on Euston Road; it’s run by Benungo, and promises a constantly-changing menu of rustic dished – just think about going there before the museum if you don’t want to spoil your appetite. There’s Barrefina, Covent Garden’s newest tapas joint. A cache of internationally-flavoured London restaurants are opening throughout the summer, with Peruvian, Mexican and Cuban food being dished up in new venues. You can keep abreast of all the latest and greatest dining hot spots at LondonTown.com.

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Huge Damien Hirst sculpture on show in London church

A new, free exhibition featuring an 8ft bronze sculpture by Damien Hirst will open this summer in the incredible surroundings of a seventeenth-century church designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the heart of the City of London. Odyssey will fill St Edmund in the City with sculptures that explore big themes of life and death, running from 27th June – 18th July 2014 at the church on Lombard Street, London. The exhibition has been devised and curated by London’s bo.lee Gallery, which, since its establishment in 2009, has developed a reputation for showing contemporary art covering complex subjects. The church is one of several Wren buildings in the City, and is only a short distance from his masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. For a guide to the area’s many attractions, including London restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, cafes and cheap hotels, see LondonTown.com.

Odyssey will create a series of dramatic contrasts within the beautiful sacred surroundings of St Edmund, emphasising the light of life and darkness of death, or presenting monochrome works against beautifully detailed stained glass. Among the exhibits is Damien Hirst’s Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain (2006), an eight-foot tall bronze sculpture depicting the martyred apostle with his flayed skin and instruments of torture.

Other works include Rebecca Louise Law’s The Flower Garden Display’d, a beautiful organic sculpture of 4,600 flowers (of over 40 varieties), all entwined with 8,800 metres of copper wire, and Kathy Dalwood’s Secret Society – A Last Supper, which continues her series of seemingly luxurious sculptural banquets in historic settings. A giant sculpted bronze plant by Bath-based Patrick Haines will reach upwards and fan out across St Edmund’s vaulted ceiling. Right at the very bottom of this gleaming symbol of life is a single, sculpted goldfinch, a symbol of the suffering of Jesus Chris. Tessa Farmer will create tiny sculptured creatures from insect wings, plant roots and an assortment of organic material, while Koji Shiraya’s bright white, meditative, porcelain installation is a series of sculpted 35cm ceramic balls, each illustrating the human mind. Other featured artists include Cathy Lewis and Beth Carter. For more information about the venue and other events taking place in London this summer, see LondonTown.com.

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Punk lives again in London this summer

A new photographic exhibition in the centre of the City of London will open next month featuring some of the world’s greatest images of the punk rock movement. Curated by punk writer and theorist Jon Savage, the exhibition is called I Got You In My Camera: Punk 1976-1979 and will run from 2nd July to 27th July at the Olympus Rockarchive Image Space Gallery at 199 Bishopsgate. The gallery is located in the heart of the City, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank Of England and other symbols of the British establishment that the punk movement so disliked. For more on the many attractions in this area of London, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find information about London hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as events taking place throughout the summer in all parts of the capital.

The punk exhibition has been pulled together under the guidance of Savage, who has secured work from some of the greatest punk photographers of the London scene – featuring the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned and Buzzcocks – but also in New York, where the likes of the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television and Talking Heads performed. Photographers involved include the likes of Sheila Rock, Roberta Bayley, Richard Mann, Adrian Boot, Bob Gruen, Ray Stevenson  and  Jill Furmanovsky, many of whom will be exhibiting together for the first time, providing rich visual material of an iconic, image-led season in never-before-seen photographs. Some of the musicians that will be featured in the exhibition include Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith and Sid Vicious.

The exhibition will focus on the core years of punk, from 1976 when the scenes in both New York and London began to take off, to 1979, when Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. There will be a series of punk-themed evenings taking place throughout the exhibition. For more information, see LondonTown.com.

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Roudhouse set to bring the beach to Camden again this summer

It’s often said that London has everything but, with the exception of a few pebbly spots fringing the Thames, one thing that London definitely doesn’t have is a beach. The Roundhouse in Camden has noted this troubling absence and, with summer upon us, set about turning an unlikely corner of NW1 into the beach paradise London has been missing.

With the addition of 150 tonnes of sand the Roundhouse roof terrace is once again set to be transformed into city centre haven for sun, sea and sand lovers. The scene will be completed with deckchairs, beach huts, a rooftop garden and a swimming pool as well as all manner of beach-worthy entertainment such as live music, a ping pong table, a pop-up fish restaurant and end of pier amusements. Throw in a Tiki Bar (with 2-4-1 cocktails and rums all day Monday and during Happy Hour Tuesday to Friday) and you’ll struggle to find a better beach experience this side of Brigton!

This summer’s Camden Beach kicks off with an exclusive opening party featuring DJ sets from Eliza Doolitte, Lliana Bird and Hannah Holland, performances by Roundhouse Emerging Artists, you can pick up tickets (standard tickets are £55) at the Roundhouse website.

Camden Beach means that even beach lovers have a reason to visit London this summer and with so many discount deals at LondonTown.com there’s never been a better time find a cheap hotel in London and enjoy summer in the city.

Just five minutes from the Roundhouse the Holiday Inn Camden Lock hotel offers great access to all the entertainment, dining and shopping Camden has to offer and now boasts the added bonus of being a short walk from the beach! Book via LondonTown.com to get 42% off.

The Haverstock Hotel London is just up the road from Camden Town in Belsize Park and offers well-appointed boutique accommodation in a characterful former pub. With a 30% discount rooms start at just £78.

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LondonTown.com: Legendary London boat prepares for new adventure

The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, the world’s only remaining tea clipper and a major London landmark, will open a brand new performance space in its lower hold on Wednesday, 29 th January. The lower hold once stored precious cargo of tea and wool, but in the evenings it will be transformed into a unique 85-seat theatre. The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will launch this month with a fantastic programme featuring major stars such as Alan Davies, Griff Rhys-Jones and Ross Noble. The Cutty Sark is located in the heart of Greenwich’s World Heritage Centre, making it a great place for tourists to visit. Hotels in the area can be found at LondonTown.com, the London website which promises to find the latest and best deals on London hotel room rates in London.

The Cutty Sark reopened after a major refurbishment in April 2012, and is now preparing for the latest stage in its reinvention. First built as a tea clipper, transporting tea from Indian to Britain in 1869, this three-masted clipper is the last of its kind still in existence. Visitors can walk along the decks following in the footsteps of the merchant seaman who sailed her over a century ago, or they can explore the hold where the valuable cargo was stored and even walk beneath the ship – suspended in mid-air – to get an idea of its scale and elegance.

The Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will ensure the Cutty Sark also has a vibrant life during the evening. The tea chests in the hold will be moved aside, allowing the central section to transform into a theatre, welcoming a host of renowned performers for cabaret, comedy, music, lectures and theatrical performances.

“Our aspiration is that the development of Cutty Sark as a flexible theatre space will enable us to reach out to new audiences who can discover the ship in a whole new way” says Richard Doughty, Director of Cutty Sark, who wishes for the Cutty Sark to become a unique new venue in the heart of Greenwich and London. For more information on performances at the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, see LondonTown.com.

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The Lord Mayor’s Show fireworks return for 2013

The Lord Mayor’s Show takes place on Saturday 9th November and this year the fireworks make a spectacular return. Last year the display was cancelled due to financial constraints and safety concerns but with a number of adaptations they are back for 2013. The display is London’s grandest firework show, with river barges piled high with explosives and set adrift on the Thames. To see the show in all its glory, spectators should position themselves between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges or around Embankment and Gabriel’s Wharf – all the roads and both bridges will be closed to traffic. For those travelling from outside of the capital, a wide range of cheap London hotels can be found on LondonTown.com.

The fireworks are often considered the main attraction but they are in fact just the conclusion to the day’s procession. The Lord Mayor’s Show has been taking place on the streets of London for nearly 800 years, following the tradition that the newly elected Mayor of London would travel upriver to give his oath. More than three and a half miles long, the parade involves 6,000 people and fills the entire space between Bank and Aldwych. A crowd of around half a million is expected to gather and enjoy the show of military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and a gilded State Coach that the Lord Mayor travels in. The parade leaves Mansion House at 11am and returns by the embankment between 1pm and 2.30pm, and the fireworks commence at 5pm.

Discover all the best events taking place in London over the coming months with LondonTown.com’s Autumn 2013 in London article.

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Greenwich prepares to remember war and science

The Royal Museums of Greenwich are looking forward to a year of anniversaries in 2014, with a trio of landmark events being commemorated by exhibitions at the Royal Observatory, Queens House and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Park. The three museums are located within a short distance of numerous cheap London hotels and any visitors to London searching for the best available room rates for cheap hotels in London should visit LondonTown.com, where the information is updated on a regular basis.

Three hundred years after the Longitude Act of July 1714 the National Maritime Museum stages Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude (11th July – 4th January 2015), an exhibition exploring the quest to solve one of the most complicated problems of its time. Valuable rewards were on offer for whoever could crack the puzzle and   Ships, Clocks & Stars   presents the ingenious instruments designed to scoop the prize and transform navigation. The Royal Observatory examines longitude with Longitude Punk’d ( April 2014 – February 2015 ) which celebrates the inventors, scientists and explorers of the eighteenth century through eight British steampunk artists who will create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude.

The centenary of the First World War will be marked across the Queen’s House and the National Maritime Museum.  War Artists at Sea at the Queen’s House runs from February 2014 to February 15 and features the best of Greenwich’s collection of First and Second World War art, including portraits, battle scenes, and depictions of everyday life during conflict. At the National Maritime Museum, a new gallery called Forgotten Fighters: the First World War at Sea will open in August 2014. This will explore the naval dimensions of the conflict, by looking at the personal stories of those who participated through weaponry, photographs, medals and models. Finally, Rozanne Hawksley: War and Memoryat the Queen’s House from May 2014 – November 2014 will consider the impact of conflict on combatants, family and friends through textiles.

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ThinkHotels.com: Artful Adventures and Where To Stay In London

Set in a winsomely parochial setting; The Althenaeum is the perfect richly refined stay for your next trip to the city. A five star hotel thoughtfully designed to make the most of your trip, this is the ideal home away from home at the heart of London. Rooms uniformly feature stunning bedrooms, and are all equipped with iPod docking stations, complimentary WiFi and a decidedly elegant décor. At the beating hear of the capital – The Althenaeum is perfectly positioned to make the most of a multitude of exciting happenings throughout the city. With a range of events on your doorstop, why venture further?

Fashionable London art gallery, Erskine, Hall and Coe are set to host one of the cutting edge exhibitions of the year; presenting a stunning solo exhibition of seventeen works and illustrations by internationally recognised British artist Jennifer Lee. Running from the 9 th October through to the 1st November – this fabulous show is certainly not one to miss.

Artist Jennifer Lee’s first London exhibition in five years (since her last in 2008) Lee has instead been travelling the globe, her work exhibited at renowned international galleries in America and Australia, and was in 2009 invited to exhibit by Issey Miyake at his foundation based in Tokyo! Her work has been homed in some exceptionally well recognised space, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum. And so Erskine, Hall and Coe are incredibly lucky to feature such internationally recognised work. Open Mondays – Saturdays, 10.00 – 18.00, with no admission fee. A catalogue accompanying the show will include an essay by art critic Emma Crichton-Miller.

Should you be interested in sojourning to another fantastic exhibition featuring some stunning contemporary art, the E&R Cyzer and AlonZakaim Fine Art are hosting an exhibition entitled Heaven & Earth by artist David Breuer-Weil, an unusual exhibition divided into two spaces; one to represent heaven, the other to represent earth. Showing anything from sprawling canvases featuring people and objects rotating around representations of celestial motifs, to carefully crafted bronze sculptures, this all-encompassing exhibition is worth dedicating time and consideration to.

With so many artful hotels in London, located as conveniently as The Althenaeum, what are you waiting for to prompt you to book your next stay?

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November sees London light up with Christmas lights and decorations

They may seem to go up earlier every year but that doesn’t take away from the magic of London’s Christmas lights and decorations. Illuminating much of central London, they come in all forms – traditional, classy, quirky and extravagant. If you want to enjoy London at its brightest best, book one of the many cheap London hotels available on LondonTown.com.

One of the most magical areas in London during the festive period, Covent Garden is the first location to put up its decorations this year. From Wednesday 6th November, it will be transformed with a shimmering 60ft tree, a 15ft topiary reindeer and thousands of twinkling pea lights and baubles. The family favourite reindeer petting also returns, offering the chance to meet Santa’s helpers every Saturday from 9th November to 21st December. Further festivities include a brand-new LEGO creation (following on from last year’s LEGO advent calendar) and the world premiere of pantomime Once Upon A Christmas by acclaimed theatre company Look Left Look Right.

Shortly after, on Saturday 9th November, Regent Street gets in on the action with the lighting of its impressive display, which this year is themed around the new 20th century Fox DreamWorks animated film ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’. One of the most breathtaking displays in London, the street’s lights are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash’s architectural elegance. Plus, this year the street boasts a whole day of traffic-free entertainment, with Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston hosting a star-studded programme.

Two of London’s most famous shopping streets, Oxford Street and Carnaby Street, also switch their lights on that week. Lighting up on 12 th November, Oxford Street boasts a new £1.5million display that’s inspired by falling snowflakes and the atmospheric Christmas lights of Japan, Madrid and Berlin. Like Regent Street, there will also be a whole host of top artists taking to the stage for live performances and entertainment. Renowned for its unique festive decorations, Carnaby Street takes a ‘Year of the Robin’ theme this year, lighting up the area with hundreds of oversized 3D robins on 14th November. Coinciding with the switch-on, the street will also host a special Christmas Party, with many shops, restaurants and bars offering 20% discount.

To find out about all the best central London Christmas light displays, as well as festive markets, ice skating and pantos, visit LondonTown.com’s Christmas in London article.

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New restaurant openings from Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton & Angela Hartnett in London in autumn 2013

Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton and Angela Hartnett, three of the UK’s most high profile and talented chefs, have all opened new London restaurants this autumn, adding to the wide choice of first rate London restaurants in the capital.

Gordon Ramsay’s recently opened Union Street Café, near Borough in Southwark (launched 16th September 2013), offers diners classical North Italian cooking in an industrial warehouse setting. The Mediterranean restaurant is Ramsay’s first opening in London since Bread Street Kitchen in 2011 and his tenth restaurant in Britain.

Jason Atherton, the man behind the Michelin starred Pollen Street Social and the Social Eating House, is responsible for the restaurant within the London EDITION, a stylish Marriot hotel in Fitzrovia, near Oxford Circus, designed by legendary hotelier Ian Shrager. Atherton’s Berners Tavern, which opened on 12th September 2013, is named after the hotel which was built on this Soho site in 1908 and serves modern British food using the best of British ingredients, changing with the seasons.

The Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch, a brand new opening from Angela Hartnett which officially launched on 8th October 2013, sees the chef teaming up with the founders of Canteen, Dom Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone, to set up a modern European restaurant and bar housed within a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in the heart of Shoreditch.

Hartnett has partnered with her boyfriend, chef Neil Borthwick, and brought the head chef from her Michelin-starred Murano restaurant in Mayfair , Diego Cardoso, to help with the new restaurant, serving a menu inspired by Italian, French and Spanish cooking.

For more on the latest London restaurant openings visit LondonTown.com where there are many useful resources available on a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes to suit all budgets as well as all event listings and information on all the major attractions that London is famous for.

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The ICA finds its groove with exhibitions that explore modern subcultures

The ICA has extended the run of its highly successful off-site project A Journey through London subculture: 1980s to Now , which the institute says inhabits an artistic space outside that of commercial galleries and museums. The project, which will remain open until 3 November 2013, occupies the vast first floor of The Old Selfridges Hotel and has already been visited by more than 13,000 people.

Focusing on the ‘subcultural actors of tomorrow’, the futuristic tour transports visitors to a floor of the luxurious Selfridges hotel in 2040. Here, visitors explore a re-staging of an ICA exhibition from 2013 and are taken on a surreal tour that explores the last 30 years of London subculture.

It deploys over 50 vitrines, alongside video works, installations and billboard-sized images to bring together a wide range of multi-disciplinary practices including art, fashion, graphics, craft and design, highlighting the idea that distinct and differing art forms can exist in the same space at the same time.

Ultimately, it seeks to make connections between London’s creative past and the present, asking, for example, whether early YBA are an extension of the 80s DIY culture; or whether there’s a connection from Gilbert & George through the artist David Robilliard to Trojan and Leigh Bowery and from there to Alexander McQueen.

“Taking examples from art, fashion, design, architecture and dance, as well as nightclubs, restaurants and bars, we ultimately aim to illustrate a lineage of artistic endeavour that more often than not falls outside the preserve of commercial galleries and museums,” says Gegor Muir, the institute’s executive director,” The ICA’s concern being to develop the space between the two.”

Next month, the ICA is launching another exhibition that again to inhabit this niche. Teaming up with IDEA Books, it is presenting an exhibition that focuses on the cultural and social significance of Ibiza and its club scene in the early 1980s.

Ibiza: Moments In Love creates a picture of the island, through a collection of club posters, books and original photographs – items that aren’t often found in art galleries.

The exhibition highlights the work of Yves Uro, a freehand illustrator and graphic artist of hundreds of posters for the legendary nightclub Ku; and Armin Heinemann, owner of Paulas Ibiza, a maverick fashion boutique based on the island. Uro and Heinemanns work was world class but created solely for local purposes and has rarely been exhibited before.

For more information on the featured events and all other London Events please visit LondonTown.com

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Travel Tech on the Rise

Consumers are consulting travel blogs, social media and other technologies more than ever to help book holidays and accommodation, find information on destinations and get feedback from other holiday makers.

In recognition of the growth and success of the travel technology sector, World Travel Market (WTM) has introduced The Travel Tech Show, which will run alongside the main event at ExCel London from 4th to 7th November.

Technology has been the fastest-growing area for WTM over the past five years, growing by 70 per cent from 2010 to 2012, and with a 65 per cent increase in attendance by technology buyers.

Travel technology will continue to play a vital role in WTM’s strategy and to encourage innovation in tech, it has introduced WTM Fresh, which will offer one start-up company the chance to win £5,000, as well as mentoring. It will focus on companies that have launched in the last 12 months and use technology – such as web, mobile, social, app or a combination of these to help consumers with trip planning and travel inspiration before and during trips. Six entrants will be asked to deliver ‘elevator pitches’ on their technology at the show in front of the judging panel.

The comprehensive programme of talks on technology, social media, mobile technology and blogging is a must for anyone looking to develop their online strategies. Don’t miss out.

Hotels near World Travel Market can be found on LondonTown.com, the number one internet site for London.

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