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Spring Break Family Fun 2013, What To Do Over Easter Break 2013 Free Activities at the museum for spring break 2013. April 3, 2013 1pm to Friday, April 5, 2013 4pm  An Art-tastic Day Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 1-4pm Kenosha Public Museum View the student art exhibit as you create your own masterpiece.  Stamp-a-Saurus Thursday, April 4, 2013 1-4pm Dinosaur Discovery Museum Make a dinosaur that’s yours plus tons of bone fun. Daily Life Of The Soldier Friday, April 5th 1-4pm $7 Civil War Museum Visit The Fiery Trail where volunteers share daily life of the Civil War.  Try On Period clothing and make butter.

Civil War Artist Keith Rocco Live Saturday April 13, 2013 2:30pm Civil War Museum Freedom Hall Kenosha Wi. Join us as we welcome one of the America’s most well-known historical artists, Keith Rocco, For a special program to mark the closing of his exhibit, Capturing The Past: The Civil War Art Of  Keith Rocco

Lincoln The Constitution And The Civil War April 17 -May 31 Civil War Museum John M Antaramian Gallery Exhibit Programming includes Lincoln The Circuit Lawyer and The Constitution Sat April 20, 2pm presented by Guy Fraker and Lincoln A constitution Standpoint Sunday April 18 1pm presented by George Buss

Transparent Watercolor National Juried Exhibition May 4- August 4, 2013 TWSA Juried Exhibit. Kenosha Public Museum West & South Galleries.  Transparent Watercolor Society of America presents the 37th Annual National Juried Exhibition Opening Reception Sunday, May 5, 2013 1-4pm Refreshments Serviced. Join members of the TWSA for Sunday Gallery Talks at 2pm on these three dates: May 5 – June 9th – July 21

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Civil War Museum

5400 1st Ave Kenosha, WI 53140 (262) 653-4141


Kenosha Public Museum

5500 First Avenue Kenosha, WI 53140 262-653-4140


Dinosaur Discovery Museum

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La sensación británica Emeli Sandré vuelve a Londres

Emeli Sandé ha pasado de la oscuridad a la fama en unos pocos años. Tras sus actuaciones en las Olimpiadas del año pasado y arrasar en los últimos Brit Awards, la cantante ya forma parte de una laureada generación de cantantes británicas encabezadas por Adele.

Nacida en la región de Aberdeenshire, hizo su primera aparición en las listas de éxitos en el 2009, tras colaborar con el rapero británico Chipmunk en su single “Diamond Rings”.

Desde entonces la escocesa ha compuesto numerosos temas de éxito para otros artistas, además de alcanzar reconocimiento como intérprete. Ganadora del premio de la crítica en los Brit Awards 2012, su primer álbum se convirtió en disco de platino, lo que le llevó a actuar en las ceremonias de apertura y clausura de los Juegos Olímpicos.

Sus actuaciones en los Juegos, presenciadas por más de 20 millones de personas, catapultaron a la joven Sandé a la fama y convirtieron su álbum en el más vendido del 2012.

Pero ya estamos en el 2013 y toca irse de gira: el 8 y 9 de abril, Sandé promocionará una edición especial de “Our Version Of Events” con sendos conciertos en el Hammersmith Apollo londinense como parte de su tour británico.

Aquellos en busca de hoteles en Londres a buen precio encontrarán en el portal grandes descuentos en numerosos establecimientos del centro de la capital. El Kensington West Hotel London ofrece una excepcional relación calidad-precio con habitaciones desde solamente 39 libras, lo que supone un 61% de descuento. ElSeraphine Hotel Hammersmith, de cuatro estrellas, se sitúa a cinco minutos del Apollo y dispone de habitaciones desde 71 libras.

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Nation’s favourite Emeli Sandé in London

With Brit awards, Olympic performances and radio play across the nation backing her, it has been an excellent few years for Emeli Sandé. From obscurity to fame, joining a group of celebrated British female singers like Adele, seems to have been taken in the songstress’ stride.

Aberdeenshire-born Sande has really risen to success in the past year. Having collaborated on ‘Diamond Rings’ with UK rapper Chipmunk, she first entered the UK music charts in 2009.

She has since gone on to write several successful songs for other artists, but has also gained accolades as a performer. She won the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2012 BRIT Awards, released a double platinum album and performed at both the London 2012 Opening and Closing Olympic Ceremonies.

TheLondon Olympics catapulted the previously little know Sandé to fame. With over 20 million people seeing her perform at the opening ceremony, Sande’s album sales soared and she became the bestselling artist of 2012.

But now it’s 2013 and time to move forward – this April 8th and 9th she’ll be promoting the release of a special edition of ‘Our Version of Events’, with performances at the Hammersmith Apollo as part of her 2013 UK tour.

Those looking for a bargain London hotel can turn to for discounts on a broad selection of well located properties. The Kensington West Hotel London offers exceptional value with en suite doubles available from just £39, a 61% saving. Or try the 4 star Seraphine Hotel, Hammersmith – an easy 5 minute walk from the Apollo – from just £71.

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‘My Perfect Mind’ Comes to Young Vic

Acclaimed production company Told By An Idiot have returned with a new play. Currently touring the country, My Perfect Mind is set to run at the Young Vic from April 3rd until April 20th

The story tells a fictionalized account of real-life classical actor Edward Petherbridge’s casting as King Lear. Two days into rehearsals for his dream role, Petherbridge is waylaid by a stroke that renders him unable to move. The actor discovers that the role continues to exist in his ‘perfect mind’, and as the action unfolds, the audience finds out how an actor goes from utter helplessness to regaining dignity.

The two-hander is completed by Paul Hunter who, along with Petherbridge, performs multiple roles throughout. Among the strange twists and turns of the narrative is a scene in which both Hunter and Petherbridge depict Laurence Olivier’s version of Lear, as performed in the National Theatre canteen.

The play is directed by Kathryn Hunter, and has been described as ‘moving yet comical’. Set designer Michael Vale helps the audience visualize Petherbridge’s past, present and future failures and successes. It marks Told By An Idiot’s 20th year of work, and promises to wow London critics and audiences alike during the two week initial run.

Tickets for the play range from £10 to £20 and are available via The website is also offering cheap hotels in London within easy reach of the Young Vic. The deals – available for the duration of the show’s run – are open exclusively to visitors.

Among the hotels on offer, the Holiday Inn Express London Southwark (just seven minutes from the Young Vic on Southwark Road) has announced a 51% discount, bringing the cost of a stay down to just £93 per night.

Cheaper still, The Bridge Hotel London on Borough Road is offering double rooms (with ensuites) at a 6% discount, making the cost of a night’s stay just £83.

The Days London is offering double rooms at a 50% discount, or from £70 per night. The Days is less than ten minutes walk from the Young Vic. The featured hotels are available exclusively through

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Biffy Clyroto Play O2 as Part of Biggest Ever UK Tour

Fresh from the success of their first chart-topping album in the UK, Biffy Clyro have announced that they will be performing at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 3 April 2013. A selection of London hotels have announced specially reduced rates for Biffy fans to coincide with the Scottish rockers’ gig in the capital.

After the huge success of their fifth studio album, Only Revolutions , the band will return to London next month as part of their biggest arena tour to date.Biffy are out on the road to promote their latest album, Opposites, which became their first UK chart-topper last month.

Hailing from Kilmarnock, Biffy Clyrohave scaled the indie ranks to go on to phenomenal mainstream success. Headlining festivals, and picking up a Mercury Prize nomination for their platinum-selling Only Revolutions LP, they’ve carved out a reputation as one of the country hottest live acts, being names Best Live Band at both the Q and NME Awards in 2011.

To coincide with the band’s O2 date, have teamed up with a selection ofLondon hotels to offer gig-goers specially reduced rates. Just 11 minutes from the O2, theIbis London Docklands is offering a 74% discount to travellers booking, with double rooms available from £54.

Also just a stone’s throw from the O2, the strikingly modern Ibis London Excel with its views over the Royal Victoria Dock has double rooms available from just £69 – a reduction of 64% on the standard room rate.

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Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race returns to Spitalfields

On Sunday March 31st, one of London’s silliest annual spectacles will take place at Spitalfields City Farm in Shoreditch. The Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race is returning for its sixth year, and offers a daft alternative to the famous boat race of (nearly) the same name.

Two goats go head to head in a surprisingly popular race that attracts the usual sideshows of food and market stalls, live music, beer tents and a bookie hut for the all-important wagers to be made.

In last year’s race, Cambridge ‘s Bramble the Golden Guernsey won for the fourth time. More than 1,700 fans turned out, and Oxford consoled themselves with a victory in the equally-ludicrous spin-off event, the Stoat Race. The fun starts at 2pm, with entry costing £5 for grown-ups and 50p for children.

Goat race fans looking for a cheap London hotel can find discounted accommodation at, who’ve partnered with numerous hotels in the area to offer discounts on the weekend of the event.

Among the deals on offer, The Ibis London City – just 10 minutes walk from Spitalfields Market – is offering a 50% discount on selected double rooms, starting from £77 per night. The Ibis is also well situated for the active nightlife of Old Street and Hoxton.

Starting from £91 per night for a double room, the RE London Shoreditch Hotel is located on Hackney Road. The 50% discount offered through gives guests a prime location in the heart of the city for an affordable price. The RE is less than 15 minutes walk from the Goat Race.

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TV star and Bardic tale unite at the National Theatre

It’s one of Shakespeare’s most widely taught and performed tragedies; and he is one of television’s most recognizable drama stars, having taken the lead in Hustle.

This year, Adrian Lester will meet William Shakespeare on the stage of the Olivier Theatre (the space rather aptly named after an actor who once played the role Lester is to take on – in slightly different circumstances).

The play in which they meet? Othello, the tragedy of jealousy, mind games and easily convincing misogyny, which sees ‘noble’ Moor Othello convinced that his new wife Desdemona is unfaithful – for which he kills her.

Adrian Lester will bring his own take on ‘ Othello ‘ tothe National Theatre this spring – the show runs all through April. The jealous and conniving Iago will be played by Rory Kinnear, winner of best actor in the Evening Standard’s drama awards after his 2010 portrayal of Hamlet.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of Shakespeare’s drama will take to the stage as part of the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. Theatre fans looking to celebrate this with a stay in one of a ream of London hotels can turn to

HotelMap for guidance.

The widget sources accommodation deals across the capital – stay at the Bridge Hotel in Borough (just over 15 minutes walk from the NT) for £87 on April 9th; alternatively try the Park Plaza County Hall Hotel, less than 10 minutes’ walk, for £167.

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Pappy’s: Last Show Ever Comes to Soho

Dubbed ‘one of the finest sketch troupes of the last decade’ by the Guardian, performing trio Pappy’s will bring their unique blend of skits, songs and all-round silliness to the Soho Theatre this April. The three-week run starts on April 1st and finishes on April 20th.

Punters familiar with their style will take the title of the show as the joke it is intended to be. Last summer they stormed Edinburgh ‘s Pleasance Dome during the festival, with a show that unfolds in flashback as geriatric versions of Ben Clark, Tom Parry and Matthew Crosby assemble to reminisce about their last ever gig.

The device itself is sent up mercilessly, with Crosby donning elderly-looking glasses over his real specs, and all three manipulating the crowd into raptures as if it were a real-life swansong. Multiple set-pieces explore themes of the money, fame and love that tore the trio apart.

These multiple-award winning sketch veterans are like nothing else on the circuit, and tickets are expected to be snapped up by devoted fans and curious newcomers alike. Tickets are available via, who have also announced a number of discounts on London hotels close to the Soho Theatre.

One of the London hotels on offer is the Soho Hotel, which is currently offering a 17% discount on petite double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £297. The Soho Hotel is located in Richmond Mews, a minute’s walk from the Soho Theatre.

A five minute walk along Great Russell Street is the Bloomsbury Hotel London, now offering double rooms from £165 per night, which is a 67% discount on the standard nightly rate. The W London Leicester Square is also discounted, offering a 39% discount on double and twin rooms, making the cost of a stay £316 per night.

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Ex-Noma chef opens first permanent restaurant in London

The restaurant industry shows little signs of diminishing its ferocious appetite despite the recession biting hard into the food budgets of your average Briton. For those who can wine and dine, there are plenty of ever-more inventive and extravagant dining options in the capital of the UK.

The health of London restaurants seems to be largely withstanding the economic grilling that most of the nation’s businesses have been given by the recession. Gourmet trends for locally-sourced, simple foods and home-style meals with tradition and sustainability are becoming more and more fashionable.

The success of British chefs like Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton, whose Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social has continued to feed the suited and booted of London’s exclusive dining scene since its opening in 2011, is not a one-off.

The capital seems to be extremely welcoming to haute cuisine chefs who have trained extensively elsewhere but are all returning to open new ventures in the city.

And the case is no different for Tom Sellers, a 25 year old chef with experience beyond his tender years – he’s worked for aforementioned Aikens, as well as under René Redzepi at Noma, formerly the best restaurant in the world. The promotion of locally-sourced, foraged food and simple flavours from Redzepi has clearly influenced Sellers’ style.

Following the success of his Foreword pop-up, which took place as part of the Rebel Dining Society’s November series in both 2011 and 2013, chef Tom Sellers is now set to open his first restaurant on Bermondsey’sTooley Street on April 16th.

Aptly named ‘Story’ – the choice of ‘Foreword’ as the moniker for his pop-up was a deliberatelittle appetizer – it looks set to continue his reputation for crafting robust, yet delicate, meals from unusually earthy, local flavours.

Foreword offered dishes like bread and dripping for starters, beef cheek, pumpkin seed, brown butter and sorrel for main and charred pear, parsnip and buttermilk for dessert. And this is a style we can expect to see more fully realized in the permanent restaurant venture.

Story will offer a six-course (£45) or ten-course (£65) menu of dishes like scallops with cucumber and dill ash or beef cheek with stout and cauliflower yeast.

Located on SE1’s Tooley Street, between the busy City hangouts of London Bridge and Tower Bridge, it is sure to be heavily booked far in advance.

Story will open its doors on 16th April, but with only 42 covers, you’ll want to get on the booking line – which opened on March 9th – as soon as possible.

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Monocle magazine set to open Marylebone café

Fans of smart design and fancy conversation with a little spare time and disposable income in Marylebone will no doubt be delighted to stumble upon the latest venture from the Monocle team.

Those who love books and trendy Scandinavian shoes are sure to beenamoured. The Monocle café is that rare thing, a hotly anticipated new addition to the London restaurant scene which is not centred around a big-name chef, but rather part of an all-round experience.

Monacle magazine is “a publication which covers everything from current affairs to culture in an intelligent way”, as well as a website that has a host of articles and features on cutting-edge design, products, current affairs and slick happenings across the globe.

The Monocle Café is just a brief stroll fromMidori House, home of Monocle magazine. Located on Chiltern Street cafe, also a short hop away from the Monocle shop on George Street, just off W1’s exclusive Marylebone High Street, the café opens this month and will no doubt extend the magazine’s atmosphere of elegant consumerism.

It will offer ‘simple dishes and hearty drinks’ and creamy roll cakes produced by a team of Japanese pastry chefs. You can also stay in touch with the magazine and its coverage of news and current affairs, as Monocle 24 will be broadcast live from the café.

And for those uninitiated in the Monocle way of life, there is ample opportunity to familiarise yourself with the brand in the new Chiltern Street space, where visitors will have access to a comprehensive collection of Monocle back issues.

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Top chef Jason Atherton puts ‘social’ eating on London’s menu

The chef and proprietor behind one of the capital’s most prosperous new restaurants of the last three years is set to build on his success with an exciting new business in the heart of Soho.

Jason Atherton, the mind behind Pollen Street Social, one of Mayfair’s best-loved (and best-attended) new kids on the block, will be opening a new venture in spring 2013.

Continuing his theme of promoting high-quality, deftly-cooked British and European bistro fare with an emphasis on reinstating the restaurant as a place for sharing, eating and meeting, anticipation is high.

With the portentous moniker The Social Eating House, Atherton’s latest step in encouraging great conversation over startling food is one of the year’s most anticipated new restaurants in London.

There might be a thousand and one spots to eat in Soho, but this Poland Street locale is already putting itself on the map, thanks to Atherton’s sterling reputation, and his faith in his excellent team.

For new beginnings in his Sohoeaterie, Atherton is working with old friends. For The Social Eating House he goes into partnership with his long standing head chef Paul Hood who he has worked with for over six years.

And, in keeping with its name, the building will be home to several different dining and socialising options. The 58-59 Poland Street complex comprises of a ground-floor restaurant offering mid-priced bistro fare, a basement area with a chef’s table and a 15-seat bar, and a top-floor cocktail bar.

The cocktail bar is headed by another friendly face from the Pollen Street Social team: executive barman Gareth Evans, who has been managing the bar at Pollen Street Social since May 2011, takes the helm here in Soho in 2013.

Bookings are already being taken for the establishment, and with a move from luxury Mayfair into more accessible Soho, expect it to be filled to the rafters for the first six months – get in there while you can, and most definitely try for a cocktail.

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‘Family Holidays & Family Holidays Abroad’ Video by Tots to Travel Nears the 10,000 Views Milestone on YouTube in Under 3 Months

Tots to Travel released their Family Holidays video on YouTube on the 5th of January 2013, and in just over 2 months it is already nearly reached 10,000 views.

Tots to Travel is a travel company specialising in family holidays. The team take every care possible to visit and fully vet each and every holiday home on their books to ensure that they are suitable and safe for children under the age of five.

Tots to Travel was launched in 2006 after mother of three, Wendy Shand’s two year old son fell into an unenclosed swimming pool during a holiday abroad in 2005. “We were so frustrated by the lack of advice and information surrounding family friendly and safe accommodation and what facilities each location had or didn’t have. We knew that we weren’t the only parents finding this an issue, so we set up Tots to Travel to answer parents’ most pressing questions.” says Wendy.

As their YouTube video explains, Tots to Travel check every single holiday property for safety, quality and local facilities and support within the area. “Our aim is to take out the stress and worry that comes with booking family holidays. Tots to Travel find solutions to the common frustrations that mums and dads face when it comes to planning, booking and going on holiday with young children.” explains Wendy.

To find these solutions, Tots to Travel have a dedicated team of mums who are specifically trained using a system developed with the Child Accident Prevention Trust to visit and approve holiday homes and ensure they are all safe and child friendly.

“We want our families to have all of the information they need to be sure that their family will have a safe and highly enjoyable holiday. Our website has a wealth of information on our holiday properties, such as where the nearest supermarket is and how far away the beach is.” says Wendy. “Also, all of our holiday homes come with a Tots to Travel kit guarantee.” This means that all of the essential things that small children need will be waiting for them at their accommodation. “This includes items such as pool barriers, a high chair, baby and child cutlery, black out blinds, night light, everything that a parent would usually be struggling to fit into their suitcase.”

Tots to Travel have a variety of family holidays and accommodation’s to fit every family’s ideal holiday. “We have over 400 properties on our books, including cottages, villas with pools, chateaux’s…” says Wendy. Their Family Travel Experts take into account all of the clients requirements and needs and will work to match them up with their dream family holiday destination and accommodation.

“We know that our families aren’t after a package holiday sold to them by a sales rep. They want something bespoke that suits their family’s requirements and aren’t given that‘one size fits all’ tour operator approach. We have rural locations, beach side properties, somewhere to holiday with other families. We really listen to what our families want.”

For more information and to see Tots to Travel’s YouTube video, click here: and visit their website at

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Biffy Clyro actuarán en el O2 Arena de Londres

Tras el sonado éxito de su último trabajo, número uno en las listas británicas, el trío escocés Biffy Clyro ha confirmado una actuación en el O2 Arena de Londres el 3 de abril del 2013 como parte de su gira mundial. Una serie de hoteles en Londres han anunciado descuentos en sus tarifas para los fans del grupo en su visita a la capital.

Su quinto álbum, “Only Revolutions”, les indicó el camino del éxito y “Opposites”, su último trabajo, les ha colocado en los primeros puestos de las listas de ventas británicas. Para celebrarlo, el grupo ha confirmado un gran tour mundial con parada en el ya célebre recinto londinense.

Llegados de Kilmarnock (Escocia), Biffy Clyro alcanzaron éxito mundial tras años de peregrinación en el circuito “indie”. Recientemente fueron nominados a un premio Mercury por su disco de platino “Only Revolutions”, además de obtener los premios al Mejor Grupo en Directo de las revistas Q y NME en 2011.

Coincidiendo con su visita al O2, el portal ha anunciado descuentos exclusivos en una serie de hoteles en Londres para los fans del grupo. A tan sólo 11 minutos del O2 se encuentra el Ibis London Docklands, que ofrece hasta un 74% de descuento reservando a través de, con habitaciones dobles desde 54 libras.

A un tiro de piedra del O2 Arena, el Ibis London Excel cuenta con unas modernas instalaciones y unas hermosas vistas al Royal Albert Dock. Con descuentos de hasta un 64%, este hotel dispone de habitaciones dobles desde 69 libras.

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Hoteles en Londres con descuento para la regata

Al final de este mes, las dos universidades más famosas del Reino Unido competirán de nuevo en uno de los encuentros deportivos de más arraigo y admiración del país, la regata anual. Se esperan más de 250.000 espectadores a lo largo de la ruta, además de 120 millones de todo el mundo que verán la regata televisada.

Patrocinada por la firma de inversión BNY Mellon, la regata de este año tendrá lugar a las 4.30 pm del sábado 31 de marzo. Con inicio en Putney Bridge, entre Fulham y Putney, las dos tripulaciones seguirá la misma trayectoría de 7 kms que siempre ha seguido pasado por algunos de los más bellos paisajes del Támesis.

Los organizadores y fans esperan que no se repita el fiasco del año pasado cuando un hombre interrumpió a los remeros de Oxford tirándose a nadar delante de su camino. Más tarde se le arrestó por alteración del orden público y la regata volvió a comenzar, con victoria final para Cambridge. El resultado hizo que los celestes ascendieran todavía más con un total de 81 victorias, en oposición a las 76 victorias de Oxford.

Varios de los mejores pubs y restaurantes de Londres se encuentran en esta parte del río, y se montarán grandes pantallas para las multitudes que no puedan encontrar una mesa libre. Este año también vuelven los puestos de comida, las atracciones familiares y una carpa de cerveza junto al stand sur del Craven Cottage del Fulham FC.

Para marcar esta ocasión, se ha asociado con varios hoteles en Londres, todos cerca del río. Entre las ofertas está el Jurys Inn Chelsea Hotel London, a tan solo un paseo de 25 minutos desde el inicio de la regata. Al reservar con, los fans de la regata pueden disfrutar de un descuento del 71% en las habitaciones dobles, un descuento que hace que la noche tan solo cueste 74 libras.

El Holiday Inn Express Wandsworth se encuentra en Smuggler’s Way. A menos de 5 minutos caminando del margen del río, este hotel ofrece habitaciones dobles accesibles con un 50% de descuento, desde 66 libra la noche.

Para más detalles sobre estos alojamientos, o para ver otros hoteles con despuesto en Londres y obtener más información sobre las Regatas BNY Mellon 2013,

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When in Rome: get a taste of ancient life – in London

Those who fell in love with Mary Beard and her funny, honest portrayals of Roman life through her BBC series Meet the Romans, will be delighted by the upcoming exhibition at the British Museum.

Entitled Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, the exhibition will focus on the day to day doings of two of the Roman Empire’s most famed cities, both nestled under the awnings of the gaping volcano Mount Vesuvius.

These two very different cities were both covered – and destroyed – by the fateful eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. But thanks to this exhibition, we can get a glimpse into live under the lava.

Displaying over 250 objects, many of which have never before been seen outside Italy before, the museum conveys what everyday Roman life was like nearly 1700 years ago. Objects from Herculaneum, a small seaside town, include wooden furniture carbonized by the high temperatures of the ash and a baby’s crib that still rocks on its curved runners.

From Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region, we have a beautiful wall painting of the baker, Terentius Neo and his wife, who appear as equal partners, in business and in life. Other fascinating objects include sculpted marble reliefs, carved ivory panels and casts showing the Pompeii victims forever suspended in their last moments.

History fans looking for hotels near Kings Cross can turn to HotelMap, a useful online widget that sources great accommodation deals – on 5th April, for instance, Crowne Plaza London The City has doubles for £97 – a discount of over 70%. Or the Holiday Inn London Kings Cross also has a discount of over 50%, with doubles from £120 – and a short walk to the museum.

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Hotels in London Offering Discounts for Boat Race

At the end of this month, Britain’s two most famous universities will once again compete in one of the country’s oldest, most beloved sporting fixtures, the annual boat race. Some 250,000 spectators are expected to line the route, with 120 million more watching on television screens around the world.

Sponsored by investment firm BNY Mellon, this year’s race takes place at 4.30pm on Sunday 31st March. Launching at Putney Bridge , between Fulham and Putney, the two crews will chart the same 4.25 mile course the race has always followed, through some of the loveliest stretches of the River Thames.

Organizers and fans alike are hoping there will be no repeat of last year’s fiasco, during which a man disrupted the oarsmen of the Oxford crew by swimming across their path. The man was later jailed for public nuisance, and the race restarted, finally resulting in a win for Cambridge. The result pushed the Light Blues further into their overall lead of 81 wins, compared to Oxford’s 76 wins.

A number of London’s finest pubs and restaurants line this stretch of the river, and big screens will be erected for the gathered crowds who couldn’t find a table. This year also sees the return of food stalls, family attractions and a beer tent next to the south stand of Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage.

To mark the occasion, have partnered with a number of hotels in London, all on or near to the river. Among the deals on offer is the Jurys Inn Chelsea Hotel London, which is around a 25 minute walk from the start of the race. When booking via, travelling race fans can take advantage of a 71% discount on double rooms, a reduction that brings the cost of a night’s stay down to £74.

The Holiday Inn Express Wandsworth is situated in Smuggler’s Way. Less than 5 minutes walk from the riverbank, the hotel is offering accessible double rooms at a 50% discount, with rates starting from £66 pounds per night.

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Easter Monday Bach Marathon at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is to host a Bach Marathon this Easter Monday, April 1st. Led by esteemed conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, an array of distinguished guests will perform highlights from the composer’s vast canon.

Gardiner will conduct his own Monteverdi Choir, as well as the English Baroque Soloists, violinist Viktoria Mullova, cellist Alban Gerhardt, pianist Joanna MacGregor and organist John Butt. Guest speakers include musicologist Robert Levin, philosopher Raymond Tallis and authors Anna Starkey and Paul Elie. One of Bach’s most recognizable choral works, the Easter cantata Christ lag in Totes Banden will be opened up to audience participation.

Sir John Eliot, whose 70th birthday falls three weeks after the concert, has long been associated with the figurehead of baroque music. According to The Times, “No one conducts Bach like John Eliot Gardiner”.

The Bach Marathon starts at 10.30am, continuing into the evening. Tickets are priced between £20 and £100.

To coincide with the event, a number of hotels in London have announced special discounted rates for the Easter weekend. The reductions are only available when booking through

Among the discounted hotels in London, the Baglioni Hotel London in Hyde Park Gate – a five minute walk from the Royal Albert Hall – is offering deluxe double rooms from £309 per night, a 45% discount on the usual rate.

The Fifty Four Boutique Hotel on Queen’s Gate is offering double rooms from £105 per night – 65% less than usual. The Fifty Four is less than ten minutes walk from The Albert Hall.

The Grange Strathmore is also partnering with to offer 65% off double rooms, bringing the cost of a stay on Easter Monday down to just £69. All hotels in London featured here are only available at the discounted rate when booking via Visit their site to find out more about the Bach Marathon on April 1st, and to view more discounted hotels in London.

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An Audience with Mr. Nice at the Bloomsbury Theatre

This March 26th, Howard Marks – aka Mr. Nice – will bring his hugely popular one-man show back to the stage. For one night only,An Audience With Mr. Nice will be packing in Marks’ legion of fans to the Bloomsbury Theatre, in aid of homeless charity Crisis.

Britain’s most prominent advocate for the legalization of marijuana is now 67, and his life story makes for a fascinating listen. Born in Kenfig Hill, a small coal mining village in South Wales, Marks finagled his way through a physics degree at Oxford and taught philosophy before embarking on a dazzling criminal career that included a stint working for the Secret Service as an informer.

Treading a fine line between the underworld and the establishment, Marks has been affiliated with the Mafia, IRA, MI6 and the CIA. His primary line of work was as a drug smuggler, a career that eventually saw him jailed for seven years in the US. Marks has used up to 43 different aliases, but it was the purchase of a passport from convicted killer Donald Nice that gave him the moniker that stuck. His 1995 autobiography of the same name became a bestseller, and was made into a film starring Rhys Ifans. Marks went on to write three more books, sealing his status as an anti-hero for Generation X.

Marks has spent much of the past fifteen years touring his life-story around university towns, and has won critical plaudits for An Audience With Mr. Nice. Tickets for the Bloomsbury event cost £15, and are available via The capital’s premier events and booking site has also announced discounts on local accommodation, with numerous cheap London hotels participating in the deal for the night of the show.

One of the hotels on offer is the Hilton London Euston Hotel, which is currently offering a 71% discount on deluxe double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £113. The Hilton is located in Woburn Place, a short walk from the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Also on Woburn Place is the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, which is offering double rooms from £119 per night, which is a 28% discount on the standard nightly rate.

Both hotels featured are available at the discount exclusively when booking through For more cheap London hotels, and to purchase tickets for An Audience With Mr. Nice, visit the website.

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David Bowie ‘Is’ at the V & A

This March 23rd, the V & A launches an all-encompassing look back at the life and career of David Bowie. The exhibition, David Bowie Is, will feature costumes, lyric sheets, instruments, photographs, video and memorabilia. The exhibition will run from March 23rd until July 28th.

More than sixty outfits spanning Bowie’s fifty year career will be exhibited. Highlights include the outlandish costumes designed for the Ziggy-era tours, clean zoot suits and canes from the Thin White Duke period, and the Union Jack coat Bowie co-designed with Alexander McQueen for the cover of 1997’s Earthling album.

By taking the visitor through each period of the constantly-evolving sideshow that is Bowie’s career, the exhibition follows his journey from a Brixton babyboomer (born David Robert Jones) onto early attempts at r & b success with the King Bees, through the hippy era (when Bowie discovered a fondness for mime) and onto massive commercial success with his innovative seventies albums and stage shows.

The exhibition also takes a look at Bowie’s immersion into celluloid. An early exponent of the music video, and a perfectly decent actor (notching up starring roles in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Labyrinth), Bowie is shown in all his screen glory across the exhibition.

Tickets for David Bowie Is range from £10.60 for kids and students up to £17.30 for adults. Bookings can be made via The site has also announced deals on hotels close to the V & A. The offers are available exclusively through

Several well located London hotels are taking part in the deal, including The Ampersand Hotel on Harrington Road which is giving guests a 40% on double rooms, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £135. Newly refurbished, the Ampersand is only 4 minutes’ walk from the V & A.

Closer still is the Rembrandt Hotel London. When booking via, you can take advantage of a 75% discount on double rooms, making the cost of a stay only £99. Both London hotels featured here are available at the discount exclusively through – visit the site for more information.

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Rowing Season Kicks Off With Head of the River Race

This year’s Head of the River Race will take place on Saturday March 23rd. The first major rowing event on the 2013 calendar, the competition is effectively a warm-up for the annual Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race. The race follows the exact same course as its more famous counterpart, but in reverse, starting in Mortlake and ending up at Putney Bridge.

A total of 420 crews will traverse the 4.25 mile course through some of London’s most beautiful spots, taking in the most iconic stretches of the Thames along the way. Proceedings are expected to get underway around 11am. As usual, the pubs and restaurants that line the route will be full to the rafters, so travelling boat race fans are well-advised to book a table early if they want to witness the action.

While it may not have the cachet of the Oxbridge contest, the Head of the River Race still regularly attracts visitors from all over the world. This year, a number of hotels in London have teamed up with booking website to offer significant discounts. Each of the participating hotels is dotted along the route.

Among the hotels in London taking part in the offer, the Jurys Inn Chelsea Hotel London, just off the King’s Road, is offering a 71% discount on their standard rate for double rooms. The discount brings the cost of a stay down to just £74.

The Holiday Inn Express Wandsworth is situated in Smuggler’s Way, less than 5 minutes walk from the riverside. When booking through, accessible double rooms are now available with a 50% discount, making the cost of a night’s stay just £66.

For more details on the hotels in London featured here, and to find more discounted rooms coming up this year,

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