When it comes to top cities in the world where the rich and famous flock, London has to make it into the top five. From Rihanna giving us all something to gossip about when she hit London town for a night on the tiles, to Robbie Williams taking to the capital’s streets to film a video in the East End, you don’t have to wait too long before a celebrity makes an appearance in London.
So what is it about London that makes it a celebrity magnet?
According to the American actress Uma Thurman, London is the best place to work in the world.
“When it comes to wardrobe, make-up – really anything in the creative arts – the greatest crews are in London,” Ms Thurman said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar. And it’s not just the Pulp Fiction legend that is keen to share their love of our capital.
Sarah Harding adores for going for runs around London. The Girls Aloud star is regularly seen dressed in sports gear running through the capital’s parks. It might be one of the busiest and more glamorous cities in the world but with its many parks, London is a fabulous place to run to your heart’s content in a green open space.
It’s true, when you take a trip to London you’d be wise to pack your umbrella. London, like the UK in general, is well-known for its less than perfect weather. Although having said that if you are travelling from the north, Manchester for example, your visit to London is filled with optimistic expectations of better weather. London might be a tad notorious for rain and chilly weather but we have to admit it all adds to the character of England and its reputation for uniqueness.
London has got a long-established and justifiable label for, unlike many of its European capital counterparts, not baking under the sun. It has to be said that this can be welcoming and refreshing during the summer months when the likes of Madrid, Athens and Seville are almost too hot to enjoy.
London – a global epicentre for fashion
The British capital might not be synonymous with great weather but it is synonymous with a thriving fashion scene, which is one of the best in the world. From Swinging London in the sixties to Cool Bitpop of the nineties, London has always been the centre of thriving fashion scenes. You don’t have to walk down a London street for long until you see a visual icon that captures London’s lively fashion spirit.
So what have one of the capital’s less desirable traits and one of its most celebratory assets got in common? Well we would have said absolutely nothing expect perhaps that the rain might compel people to enter a store to get dry and spend some time shopping.
The American singer and TV personality Nicole Scherzinger believes London’s bad weather and enviable fashion status have more in common than meets the eye. Nicole states that the British capital is a top place for fashion because of the bad weather.
When we think of iconic symbols of London the red double decker bus, the Houses of Parliament and the unmistakable ‘underground’ sign immediately spring to mind. London black cabs are another formidable representation of our capital city with the cockney ‘cabbie’ being frequently embodied into airings orientated around London.
For the sixth year in a row, London’s famous black cabs have been voted the best in the world.
The survey was compiled by the popular hotel booking site, Hotel.com, and included the views of 2,683 travellers. According to the annual Global Taxi Survey, the English capital secured 22% of the votes, with New York in second place, trailing miserably with such 10% of the votes. Tokyo’s taxis were considered the third best in the world, achieving 9% of the votes.
London maintained its position as being home to the best taxi services in the world for the sixth consecutive year. A total of 30 countries were included in the survey, which considered several different categories. Out of the various categories, London topped five of them included a cabbie’s knowledge of the area, cleanliness of the taxi, the quality of the driving, friendliness of the driver and the safety of the drivers.
London’s Chinese New Year jubilations – Yet another example of London’s affiance to celebrate multiculturalism
Part of what makes London so special and unique is its multiculturalism and devotion to celebrating cultures from around the world. With more than 300 languages spoken and over 50 non-indigenous communities with a population of more than 10,000 residing in the capital, London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.
Chinese people constitute for the fourth largest Asian group in London. The Chinese New Year celebrations in London is a popular event which means a lot to a huge proportion of London’s population. But what makes the Chinese New Year in London so special is that everyone is welcome and invited to join in. People of all ethnicities, ages and tastes, attend the celebrations and join in the fun.
The biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia take place every year in London. The Chinese New Year is based on lunar and solar calenders so the actual date varies but it always falls between the end of January and mid-February.
In 2014, this mesmerising event is scheduled for January 31st but the celebrations will take place on Sunday 2nd February. On a rotational basis through twelve yearly cycles each Chinese New Year is designated to an animal. 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
Spa days are beginning to be one of the great social trends of the 21st century, as can be seen by the many blogs, tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts of our fellow Londoners taking a break from their hectic city life to indulge in a bit of pampering. This may be a current obsession, but the root of a spa day will forever come from the bath houses of ancient Rome and Greece.
Back then, only the very wealthy would be able to own their own private bath house, so men from all social classes would meet at a public bath house to exercise in the adjacent gymnasium, enjoy a sauna session and bathe in the heated pools. Of course, personal hygiene was the main reason for the long afternoons men spent pampering themselves, but it was also largely a social activity, for men and women to separately bond with others in their community. The Romans found spas so essential that they built many in England, most famously in Bath, but also for the benefit of their soldiers at Hadrian’s Wall on the border of Scotland.
Fast forward to the present and it seems that women are beginning to enjoy the benefits of a spa day, more so than men. The theme of bonding with friends and family at the spa remains a key aspect of a Spa day and at Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa we love to see groups of ladies coming to celebrate a birthday, a pregnancy or simply for a relaxing catch up.
What makes the day so special for our spa day ladies? It could be our friendly service, beautifully heated pool and wet spa areas or luxurious amenities. But sharing the experience with a loved one is what will undoubtedly continue to increase the popularity of spa days for years to come.
Until next week…