What to Do in London – Easter 2013

As the winter blues begin to seep away, the trees are beginning to blossom and it is safe to say that spring is well and truly arriving in the City of London. Here are a few ideas to help get your family’s Easter break on the right, chocolate-lined track!

An Aztec themed chocolate-y extravaganza at Kew Gardens!

This Easter, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew will be taking you through time to discover the history of chocolate. Be prepared to embrace the history of everyone’s favourite treat through workshops and countless arts and craft activities, and don’t forget to take part in their annual Easter egg hunt! With the event running through until mid-April, you have plenty of time to tuck into those chocolatey eggs! Keep up to date with event details here: http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/index.htm

Take a waddle through London this Easter

London Wetland Centre, the UK’s favourite nature reserve, in Barnes, is hosting a number of Easter activities this year, from egg painting and egg and spoon races, to egg rolling and even a ‘scrap cheep challenge’. Plus, as Spring is a wonderful time for wildlife, you can’t afford to miss out on this experience. After admission, the event is free, for more information, visit their website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/visit/london/

All aboard the Cutty Sark!

The illustrious Cutty Sark ship, which has been retired and hoisted in all its glory in Greenwich, is hosting its very own Easter egg hunt this march, from 29th March – 1st April. The swash-buckling Cutty Sark chickens have been leaving their eggs all over the ship, try to find them and you may be in for chocolatey surprise! Entry is free; please do visit their website for further details: http://www.rmg.co.uk/about/press/march-2013-cutty-sark

Egg-tastic Easter fun at the Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood has the power to unlock the inner child in you no matter what age you are, so why not take yourself and your family down to the museum and enjoy bunny stories and a mysterious Easter game for all the family to enjoy! The event runs from 29th March – 1st April and admission is free, don’t miss out on this! http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/whats-on/events-and-activities/events-and-activities-calendar/spring-holidays-egg-tastic-easter-fun

Discover Easter in an all new interactive experience!

The Discover centre in Stratford is an amazing hands-on, interactive story trail centre for children up to the age of 11. Drop into the centre on Easter weekend and let your children embrace a 365-degree story telling experience, as well as an Easter egg hunt and other Easter egg activities. If you don’t fancy getting paint all over your clothes, then why not drop your children off with the trusty staff and head off to Westfield shopping centre and enjoy one of the best shopping experiences London has to offer? Here’s the link to the event: http://www.discover.org.uk/whatson/event/easter-weekend-little-rabbit-foo-foo-by-michael-rosen-and-arthur-robbins

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What To Do in London – March 2013

There’s only one city in the world where you can go and see tigers in the afternoon, and climb upon a ‘white elephant’ a few hours later: The City of London! In the month of March, you will be able to explore the animalistic side of London, so what are you waiting for? Get your rooms and tickets booked now!

Climb the O2

The 02, formerly known as the ‘Millennium Dome’ and the ‘white elephant’, in Greenwich has opened its roof to the public, and in doing so has unlocked a whole new point of view of the city. Get strapped up and enjoy a 360-degree view of the London skyline from the top of the dome. Tickets begin at £22, so get booking! http://www.theo2.co.uk/upattheo2

Chocolate heaven

The Easter bunny has truly pulled out all the stops for this year. Take a trip down to the South Bank and indulge yourself in some of the most decadent chocolate treats the city has to offer. Whether you are looking for chocolate tasting classes, or just looking to stuff your mouth with samples, you will not return to Amhurst Hotel without a satisfied sweet tooth. Do check the website for more details: http://www.festivalchocolate.co.uk/festivals/london/

The crafty fox can satisfy your sweet tooth too!

The crafty fox market in Brixton collates the most unique cakes and craft-making items in one historic old Victorian pub. There are workshops offering knitting, card making and origami classes, as well as luxurious cake stalls to get your teeth into. A must-see for fans of the creative arts. http://craftyfoxmarket.blogspot.co.uk/

Take to the water on the Serpentine

When in Hyde Park, walk across to the lake for a chance to just relax under the (fingers crossed!) blue skies. Why not buy a drink or an ice cream at the nearby stalls and treat yourselves to a lovely picnic upon one of London’s best lakes? The boats are available from 31st March, and tickets are £10 per person per hour.

Want to experience some real animals? London Zoo has some new guests waiting!

The iconic London Zoo in Regents Park will be the new home for a settlement of Sumatran tigers this March, where a £3.2 million 5-star home has been built for the jungle beasts. If you’re staying a little longer then why not overcome that fear of spiders and check out the ‘friendly spider programme’ in April? Book your tickets here: http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/londonzootickets/

The Amazing Amazon

One of London’s best, but least known museums is the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill (South East London – Zone 3). Discover the diverse landscape, unusual animals and fascinating cultures in their latest exhibition – ‘Amazon Adventure’. At the same time, be sure to take in their exceptional natural history collection, their aquarium and their gardens with impressive views over London – including the Shard, Wembley Stadium, Battersea Power Station and St Paul’s Cathedral. Tickets for the Amazon exhibition are just £6 for adults and entry to the rest of the museum and gardens is free! http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/upcoming-exhibitions/exhibition/amazon-adventure/exhibition-chapter/vicious-fishes-other-riches

Climb London’s newest skyscraper – The Shard

Admittedly this is going a little off the animal theme, but it’s still a must see if you’re visiting London. The Shard opened its doors to the public in February, so now if you want to go 1,000 feet up in the air and see London like you’ve never seen it before, then head down to Southwark and enjoy this architectural accomplishment first hand. http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/

We hope you have a wonderful time if you are visiting London this March, and if you need a friendly, low-cost place to stay that’s convenient for all the above activities, please visit us at www.amhursthotel.co.uk

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What To Do On Valentine’s Day in London 2013

Welcome Lovers and friends to the beautiful city of London! For February we are hosting a Valentines special blog, so if you are ready to get in the mood for love, then we are ready to show you what this lovely city has to offer you this month.

Beautiful Views

The Shard, one of Europe’s tallest buildings, opens its doors to the public this February. So take a ride up its high-speed lifts and view London like you’ve never viewed it before. Tickets begin at £25 and it is open for the whole month, so head to the website and book your tickets now! http://www.theviewfromtheshard.com/

If you are a little ‘old school’, then head down to the illustrious London Eye for a valentine’s special. With a glass of champagne and a selection of Canapés, give your partner something they won’t be forgetting in a hurry! Tickets start at £35, and this event runs from 14th- 16th February; more information can be found here: http://www.londoneye.com/TicketsAndPrices/Tickets/ChampagneExperience/Default.aspx

Fancy a trip down the Thames? View some of London’s iconic landmarks on the Silver Bonito, with a complimentary glass of champagne in hand, and show your loved one the city like they’ve never seen it before. Tickets begin at £22.50, and the cruise runs from 13th-16th February. Book now!


Want to enjoy something a little different? Visit the Beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens from 9th February-3rd March and take a romantic stroll through a dazzling sea of orchids, followed by a meal in the Orangery restaurant. Tickets for this amazing event begin at £14.50. http://kewgardens.seetickets.com/event/kew-gardens/royal-botanic-gardens-kew/680659

Some more lovely ideas for yourself and your other half – Courtesy of Amhurst Hotel!

Fancy taking a step back in time? On 14th February, visit the Museum of London for a Valentine’s blast from the past, and spend your time back in the roaring 20s! For just £7, learn to Charleston, and enjoy the authentic performances from times gone by – a treat for any couple!


Or, spend an evening under the stars at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on 14th February. Explore the romantic aspects of astronomy with a glass of fizz on the Prime Meridian, all for just £28.


After your trip down the Thames or walk through the Botanical Gardens, why not top off your Valentine’s Day with a beautiful concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra? You will be provided with a dazzling evening of musical romance, a perfect way to end the day. Tickets range from £11-£60.


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London for Sports Fans – January & February

From all of us at Amhurst Hotel, we hope you’ve had a great start to the New Year! If you’re feeling the winter blues when staying with us in the chilly City of London, then why not get yourself warmed up with our sports special! There are many sporting events for you to go and see in the forthcoming months, so book a room with us today and be nice and close to the action.

Football Fan?

Of course you are! You can’t leave the (un)official football capital of the world without watching the beautiful game! Our local star teams Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have a number of upcoming exciting matches. Tottenham have a gruelling top flight fixture against high flyers Manchester United on 20th January at White Hart Lane, which is a 6 minute train ride from Stamford Hill station. Tickets are being snapped up so don’t delay! More info can be found here: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/tottenhamhotspur/details/event.aspx?itemref=3175

Not a Spurs fan? Then why not head down to the Emirates and see the mighty Arsenal battle it out against Liverpool on 30th January.  It’s just a 20 minute bus ride on the N16 bus towards Holloway, ask reception for further details on the location and how to get there. Ticketing information can be found here: https://www.eticketing.co.uk/arsenal/default.aspx

Hanging around for a little longer? Then head down to the world renowned Wembley stadium for an immense showdown between England and Brazil. This match is being held in honour of the FA’s 150th Birthday, so expect some high class entertainment! The match will be played on the 6th of February, and its just 2 short train journeys away from Amhurst Hotel. If you have even more time, then head back to the Emirates to watch Arsenal clash with last year’s Champions league finalists Bayern Munich on 19th February.

Not a fan of sitting outside in the cold? Then why not take a stadium tour! Tours of the Emirates, White Hart Lane and Wembley Stadium run regularly throughout the week, and all range from £16-£19.

Fancy a different type of ball action?

The elusive Alexandra Palace is hosting the 2013 Snooker Masters tournament. The Tournament runs from 13th-20th January, and tickets are still up for grabs, so visit this site: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F0048E2F33C8EF8?artistid=33383&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=102 and book your seat now!

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Boxing Day Sales in London – Where to go and how to survive!

On Boxing Day, the best bargains of the year are offered to Londoners and tourists. From London’s West End to the large shopping centres such as Westfield in Shepard’s Bush, shops drop their price down, with discounts of up to 70 per cent. Oxford Street and Regent Street are particularly popular places to hit the sales at this time of year.

Waking up from the previous day’s festivities and heading to the shops could get you some great deals and steals. For a memorable shopping experience with impressive loot to show for it, take note of the following tips and be a Boxing Day extraordinaire.

Plan your day

Figure out where the best places are to start your shopping. Often you need to start early in the morning for the most desirable items as you will have a lot of competition! Ask yourself if it’s worth it to brave the queue for specialty shops. Hot ticket items are often offered in short quantity and go quick.

Even before the day starts, check the schedule of the tube to see if there are any hitches such as the infamous strike of 2011. Know your other travel options so you can get ahead of the other shoppers.

Get fit and comfy

It’s not usual to receive health advice for your buying bonanza, but take heed because you may need it. The volume of shoppers that come from all over the world force some shops such as Selfridges to limit the number of people that they allow into the store. Before the doors open, the entrances get filled, so be prepared to stand for long periods of time.

Your boxing day experience will involve a lot of walking and waiting. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and be extra mindful of what type of footwear you plan to wear. It is also best to where accessible layers as although it will be chilly outside, the crowded shops can get very warm.

Do your research

It is well worth looking online in advance to decide what sort of items you are looking for and if there are any specific items you will be going for. Knowing what you want and being able to find it quickly can make the experience a lot less hectic and save you fighting through the Sale rails with everyone else.

When all is said and done, you’ll definitely feel exhausted but hopefully pleased with the bargains you have achieved. Why not take this opportunity to enjoy the city lights or enjoy a meal in one of London’s countless wonderful restaurants.

We at the Amhurst Hotel are here to help you get into the centre of London early and refreshed, and offer the convenience of being able to drop your purchases off an collapse on a nice cosy bed at the end of the day without having to face the rush-hour shopping commuters and traffic. Book early to avoid disappointment.

If you enjoyed this article, please check out our blog post on Christmas in London 2012 and the rest of our blog.

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What to do on New Year’s Eve in London 2012/2013

New Year’s Eve in London has made a name for itself as the best that Europe has to offer, and you should make a point of being there when it happens. When the clock strikes midnight, you hear Big Ben tolling, and a dazzling display of fireworks start emanating from the London Eye and the surrounding buildings.

The 10 full minutes of fireworks in 2011 reflected themes to support the 2012 Olympics, and the result was one of the best fireworks displays ever witnessed (250,000 people lined the banks of the Thames alone that night). You can rest assured that London will not let you down and will pull out all the stops in an attempt to match or even top the previous year’s exhibition. The streets are filled with revellers, and as part of the crowd, every sense is stimulated. While appreciating the visual spectacle, you listen to carefully-choreographed tunes of the moment.

The result is a synchronised melody of light and sound, creating a majestic spectacle of shapes and patterns illuminating the sky for all to witness.

The expanse of the River Thames and the surrounding areas offer you a great selection of viewing spots that will suit your preferences and circumstances. Make it a point to determine the best views in advance. Check the London Mayor’s website for announcements on tickets and closed areas. Maps should be available as well.

All around the city, parties and celebrations culminate in pubs, bars and cafes, but they usually have pre-booking arrangements, so remember to reserve a table just in case. In addition, tickets are pricier for said dates as expected.

If you’re looking for a more unusual venue, the Ministry of Sound in London was built in an unused bus depot and offers three dance floors with corresponding bars available. Fabric Bar in Clerkenwell boasts of a revolutionary “bodysonic” dance floor that vibrates accordingly to the low frequencies of the music, whilst Herbal in Shoreditch or Jewel Piccadilly in Central London could be your best bets for spotting celebrities.

If you prefer a river dinner along the River Thames, ask about the luxury cruise offered by the London Eye Barracuda, with bars inspired by the 1930’s exuding a nostalgic ambience. Bateaux London departs from Embankment Pier and offers fresh food and live entertainment.

The active types can visit the National History Museum Ice Rink for a night of skating and coffee. Somerset House is another option for ice skating, in addition to exhibits on visual arts and creative ventures in music and fashion.

During  New Year’s Eve, London offers free transport on the tube and trams from 23:45 to 4:30, so you don’t have to worry about the missing the last train home. There’s a place for anybody regardless of the size of your party, family or group or colleagues. Be one with the crowd in ushering in the New Year in the most exciting way possible.

Arrange for a budget room at www.amhursthotel.co.uk and start planning the incoming New Year in London.

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What’s On In London – December 2012

And so we come to the end of another amazing year, but if you’re in and around the city of London during December, why not let it end your year with a bang! Here are a few enticing ideas for your visit to London during this jam packed month.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

You can’t leave London without visiting the most spectacular Christmas event around! Open throughout December, and with events including a vibrant Christmas market, countless rides for adults and children alike, and a magical ice kingdom, there’s something for everyone at Hyde Park this December.

It is open from 10am to 10pm and while entry is free, prices for the attractions do differ. Book now here

Theatre & musicals

With a trace of Christmas in the air, you’ll no doubt be enchanted by the magical ballet production of ‘Nutcracker’. The magical tale of a young girl and her nutcracker toy, and their battle against the evil mouse king will leave your whole family entranced. With tickets starting at £10, you can’t afford to miss this unforgettable Christmas treat!

Looking for something different? There are numerous shows on during December, including ‘Cabaret’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, the amazing ‘The Lion King’, and the nostalgic ‘Matilda’. Still not sure? Take a look at the London Theatre guide, there’s sure to be something in there for everyone.

A little bit of last minute Christmas shopping!

Westfield Stratford city is Europe’s biggest shopping centre, and with a wide range of stores and restaurants, an indoor ice skating rink, Santa’s grotto (open until Christmas day, tickets are £3) stables for feeding Santa’s reindeer (on the 7th, 14th, and 22nd, 11pm-6pm only); not to mention a spectacular view of the Olympic Park, and multiple transport links, it is definitely worth visiting; especially if you’ve left that spare jumper at home! Visit uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity for more details.

Movie Premieres

Gandalf is back! The legendary Peter Jackson has revived the Lord of the Rings series with a release of the prequel title, ‘The Hobbit’. For avid fans of the series, the 12th of December is a date which you can mark on your calendars. The film will screen nationwide so why not visit the Vue cinema, located fairly close to Amhurst Hotel, and watch Frodo and the crew back in action! Other premieres to watch out for include ‘Life of Pi’ on 3rd December and ‘Les Misérables’ on 5th December.

A voyage across the Thames

Ever wanted to swoop along the Thames, whilst getting an alternative glimpse of everything the London riverbank has to offer? Then why not book a ride on the London RIB voyage! After taking a steady stroll up until Tower Bridge, be prepared to hit 30 knots all the way to Greenwich on a remarkable journey through London!

Trips run every Friday and Sunday throughout December, starting at 11am, with tickets at a manageable £32.50. Book now at www.timeout.com.

Mingling with the stars …Sort of!

Ever wondered what happens with movie props once filming is over? Well wonder no more! The Hollywood costume exhibition at the V&A hosts some of Hollywood’s most iconic props and costumes, including Johnny Depp’s costume from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, and many other artifacts from ‘Titanic’, the ‘Star Wars’ series, and many more! It is open throughout December, and tickets start from £15.40, with family tickets also available. Advanced booking is advised as tickets are being sold extremely fast, so book your tickets now at www.lovetheatre.com.

To make the most of what London has to offer in December and to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the plentiful attractions, why not stay at the Amhurst Hotel – conveniently located for accessing central London and with rooms from just £35.

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Christmas 2012 in London

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better place to spend it than in London. The capital city of England attracts tourists and locals to converge on the streets and holiday attractions to celebrate the Christmas season with loved ones and friendly strangers.

Lights and Sounds

The iconic streets of London reveal subtle clues of its rich history. The sight is always a spectacle to behold on its own, but starting November, participating streets transform into displays of lighting arrays that illuminate the buildings and sidewalks.

Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street in particular join in on the fun every year. The world-famous piazza at Covent Garden features a re-enactment of the nativity through digital paintings that change throughout the day.

Other participating streets such as Marylebone High Street and Carnaby Street plan their own light shows, commissioning local artists and digital experts. “Switch-on ceremonies” are often hosted by celebrities who participate in switching on the lights and often include street concerts or other live performances.

Wander and Watch

The Christmas Tree on Trafalgar Square is a fixture in London during the holidays. The people of Norway deliver a 20-meter Norway spruce tree to London annually as a gesture of gratitude for their assistance in World War 2. The tree is adorned with sparkling lights and Norwegian designs. The community gathers around and sing carols all through the night.

Stroll and Shop

Christmas is not complete without a visit to your favourite shop to update your wardrobe or to buy gifts for your loved ones. Starting mid-November, you can head along Queen’s Walk between the London Eye and Southbank Centre for a day of Christmas Market shopping (more info: www.christmasmarkets.com/UK.html). Enjoy the bargains while having a sip of German mulled wine as the kids take their turns riding the carousel. The amazing selection of collectibles, ornaments and gift ideas are displayed on wooden chalets as familiar Christmas tunes fill the air with the holiday spirit.

Meet and Move

Before Christmas, your kids would want to have a talk with Santa to tell him they’ve been good. You may choose between the grotto at Kew Gardens, Hamleys, Harrods or Selfridges for a chance to visit Father Christmas. You might also want to check the schedules for pantomime shows around the city (www.bigpantoguide.co.uk/london.php).

During the holidays, Hyde Park in London transforms into Winter Wonderland (more info: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com), with activities and attractions catering to everyone of any age. You might try ice skating (check out: www.londonforchristmas.com/pages/whatson/skating.html), experience the rides or marvel at the creations in the Magical Ice Kingdom.

Tickets for the ice skating and shows within the Winter Wonderland could go early, so you better book yours as early as possible. For family accommodation near these holiday sites that doesn’t eat up your Christmas budget, visit www.amhursthotel.co.uk.

If you enjoyed this article, please check out our blog posts on Boxing Day in London and New Year’s Eve in London!

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What’s On In London – November 2012

Make the most of London’s November events with a stay at the Amhurst Hotel from just £35 per night!

November is a month rife with events and activities across the vibrant city of London. Mark your calendar with the following dates and schedules that encompass the whole spectrum of interests, including sports, music and arts.

November is of course the month of Bonfire Night and you’ll find impressive firework displays across London. For a list of events, visit the Time Out website which lists displays by area: http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/3047/bonfire-night-fireworks-displays-in-london-2012

Ice Skating
The holidays won’t be complete without an afternoon of active fun on the skating rink. The Natural History Museum opens its grounds to skaters from November 2nd, with sessions starting at 10:00 in the morning. Tickets start at £9 and can be booked online (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/ice-rink/tickets/index.html), by phone at +44 (0)844 847 1576, or at the site itself.

The Tower of London has started selling tickets for its ice rink which opens in November 17th. Tickets are available online at https://tolir.pwrtickets.com/tickets2012.aspx, with 10 percent discount awarded for groups of 20 or more. Meanwhile, Somerset House offers nights of skating accentuated by local DJs from November 16th. You may call 0844 847 1520 to book your tickets.

‘Viva Forever’ and Musicals
After the Spice Girls performance at the London Olympics, fans clamoured for more performances. Viva Forever, a musical show based on the songs of the Spice Girls, should satisfy your musical craving for the timeless quintet until they announce a reunion show. The shows start in November 27 at the Piccadilly Theatre and runs for a month. Tickets range from £20.00 – £85.00. Children five years old and below will not admitted.

Or if the Spice Girls aren’t your cup of tea, there are always countless wonderful and long-running musicals taking place including ‘Matilda’ and ‘Mama Mia’, alongside the newer additions to the scene including ‘Loserville’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition hosted by the Natural History Museum is ongoing until March. The fantastic exhibition of entries is open to visitors for £10 and a discounted rate of £5 for children. Gates are open from 10:00am up to 5:50pm every day. You may call +44(0)20 7942 5725 for inquiries.

Christmas Lights
Be one of the crowd in welcoming the Christmas holidays. Take time to visit one of the sites where Christmas Lights Switch-On events are held. Below are some of the locations to look into: Regent Street – November 13, Marylebone High Street – November 14, St. James, Jermyn Street – November 21 and Trafalgar Square – December 6.

Christmas Markets
Numerous Christmas markets springs up around London during the festive season, so be sure to pay a visit to the rows of quaint gift and craft stalls interspersed with stands selling bratwurst, hot mulled wine and other Christmassy treats to keep you nice and warm. In particular, South Bank market is very popular (located next to the London eye), as is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland which showcases a variety of attractions for holiday makers with rides, food stalls, exhibits, markets and shows. You can buy your tickets here (http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/tickets) for the grand opening on November 23.

To make the most of what London has to offer in November and to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the plentiful attractions, why not stay at the Amhurst Hotel – conveniently located for accessing central London and with rooms from just £35.

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Film Lovers’ Guide to London

The film industry in London is very much alive, with continued support being given by the government, inspiring students and enthusiasts to help the capital become a favourite for premieres and festivals.

Leicester Square is located in the fashionable West End of London and is home to several cinemas that continually witness film premieres attended by popular actors and actresses. If you’re lucky, you have a big chance of running into a celebrity during the evening of the premiere.

Some popular films that have graced the screens of Leicester Square are Harry Potter (all eight of them), Lord of the Rings (all three of them) and James Bond (well, all of them). During the night of the premiere, the red carpet is rolled out, and fans gather around the plaza for a glimpse of their favourite celebrity. The lucky ones get an autograph or a photo opportunity as the stars make their way into the cinema.

The four main cinemas that surround Leicester Square are Empire Cinema, Odeon Leicester Square, Odeon West End and Vue. Tourists and locals flock to these cinemas whenever a premiere for a big-budget movie is announced.

Check out ‘Mark Meets‘ for news on upcoming film premieres.

Further promoting the London film industry, the British Film Institute organises the annual London Film Festival, showcasing the best new films among entries from all over the world. Hollywood big shots such as Tim Burton and Ben Affleck lend their talents and workmanship to make up the 12-day celebration of film industry promotion and production.

It is a common sight to find participants in the French Cannes Film Festival being entered in the London Film Festival as well, adding credence to the competition’s status as a reliable source of new talent and directors to keep an eye on. Past participants include eccentric filmmaker Danny Boyle and versatile actor Ralph Fiennes. Occasionally, celebrities are also invited to stand as judges for the event.

Whether you’re staying in London or just visiting, be sure to include a night or two to catch a film at the cinemas in Leicester Square. Read about incoming premieres and find out how you can get tickets. If you feel that your film interest has reached a new height, then take a trip to the London Film Museum for a journey into cinema’s beginnings, struggles and documented success stories. The London film scene is as exciting as it has ever been, so make sure you don’t miss out when you’re in London.

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