Along with Carnaby Street, London’s Kings Road is probably the most famous shopping street in the United Kingdom. This upmarket district is all but guaranteed to have something for you, even if you don’t happen to be flush with sterling, you could give wardrobe a complete makeover.
You would leave the Kings Road area after a substantial shop and really look forward to trying it all on in front of a mirror before you head out into the bright lights of London to show it all off!
Starting at Sloane Square, the curved façade of Peter Jones Department Store marks the beginning of Kings Road. The further away from Sloane Square that you walk, smaller, independent clothes and shoe shops begin to appear, perfect for those seeking quirky and individual clothing.
Fat Face, Muse, Jig-saw, Pinko, Harvest, East and Jo Malone are just a handful of the shops, which can be found in this extraordinary shoppers’ paradise. Of course adjoining streets, such as Sloane Avenue, Sydney Street and Symons Street, also fall under the Kings Road shopping area.
Amidst the many newer and independent stores in the Kings Road area, many of the old and well-established nationwide favourites can also be found here, including M&S, Holland and Barrett, Bang and Olufsen and Café Nero, to name just a few.
London’s 1960s rock n roll revival – Carlos Santana to play Wembley Arena! It has been three long years since Carlos Santana and his band last played in the UK, so news that the great South American guitarist is playing at Wembley Arena on 19 July this year will undoubtedly leave Santana fans will be jumping for joy.
Playing just the three gigs in Britain – London, Manchester and Birmingham – should ensure a complete sell out as fans travel from far and wide to see the legendary band. News that Carlos Santana is to play Wembley Arena will certainly please Santana fans.
The band has sold 90 million albums worldwide and has performed to more than a 100 million people. Not only have Carlos and his band won ten Grammy awards but they are constantly voted into the top twenty of the world’s greatest guitarists list.
Carlos Santana’s most recent album ‘Shape Shifter’ features no lyrics, although it is the album from the nineties which surprisingly became Carlos Santana’s ‘masterpiece.’ With a back catalogue containing many legendary tracks, such as ‘Oye Como Va,’ ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Samba Pa Ti,’ it was hard to imagine that songs this popular and epic could ever be topped.
Thirty years after Santana had wowed the world at the Woodstock festival, he brought out the album ‘Supernatural.’ In fact the last number one song of the twentieth century was the single ‘Smooth,’ off the Supernatural album.
London Zoo is one of the capital’s most popular tourist sites and being home to 755 species of animals; it is hardly surprising that people come from all around the world to enjoy an educational and memorable day out at one of Britain’s best loved zoos.
Having been founded in 1828, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Whilst it was originally a place to house animals so that they could be scientifically studied, in 1847 the zoo was opened up to the public and quickly evolved to be one of the world’s leading zoos.
This fascinating tourist attraction attracts approximately 1.6 million visitors a year, the huge crowds lured by the fact by several of the enclaves are home to species that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.
A new and important compound was recently added to London Zoo, known as ‘Tiger Territory’.
In March 2013 the new tiger compound was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. The new £3.6 million enclave is to be home to the zoo’s two critically-endangered Sumatran tigers.
Over the last decade this wild carnivore has seen a 95% drop in its numbers and many are concerned that the tiger will meet with the same fate as the Quagga, creatures which were sadly made extinct in South Africa through excessive and irresponsible hunting.
Melati and Jae-Jae are the names of the two resident tigers and, by all accounts, they seem to be settling in nicely to Tiger Territory.’
The 185-year-old site had to undergo a massive redevelopment programme in order to accommodate Tiger Territory, which is five times larger than the previous tiger compound. The tigers love water and have a new heated pool at their disposal.
On entering the new compound visitors will experience a distinct Indonesian theme and could come face to face with the tigers, via floor to ceiling windows. Tall trees and Sumatran foliage abound in this well thought out tiger compound.
The fate of the endangered Sumatran Tiger is undoubtedly in the hands of man. The breeding programmes of various zoos around the world, including London’s, could well be the Sumatran tigers only hope of being pulled back from the brink of extinction.
Let’s not beat around the bush, with so much to see, do, be involved in, shop, eat and drink, London is great city to be a student. Being so vibrant, fast-moving and exciting, it is hardly surprising that this monster of a city attracts thousands of students to its universities every year.
Although in recent times much has been made of how much foreign students need to earn in order to be allowed stay on and work in the UK, after attending university in London. The earnings threshold has been recently lowered and this takes a lot of pressure away from the foreign students who want to start work in the United Kingdom immediately after gaining their qualification at a London University.
Common sense seems to have prevailed and this new earning threshold should be good for companies wanting to hire newly qualified students at an affordable salary and is correspondingly as beneficial for the London university students who want their working life to begin in the UK.
The earning related threshold varies from job to job. In teaching for example, previously it was a necessary requirement to earn at least £30,000 for a foreign student to start teaching in higher education in the UK. A student now only needs to earn a much more realistic £23,800 in this profession to qualify to stay in the United Kingdom.
London in the late spring/early summer is simply teeming with exclusive and prestigious sporting events and none so more than Polo in the Park. Taking place at the thoroughly elite Hurlingham Club between the 7th and 9th of June, this traditional English event has been providing a fantastic family day out for more than a century.
Polo in the Park 2013 will have bars providing direct views of the action on the field, with numerous fresh food outlets serving up delicious cuisine and with a Luxury Shopping Village, there is much more to Polo in the Park than simply sitting down to watch world-class polo players skilfully control a ball through the thundering hooves of the world’s finest polo horses, in what is one of London’s most dazzling sporting events.
Similar to Wimbledon, the champagne flows at Polo in the Park and none so more than on the Saturday, which is Ladies day – The ‘Social Event of the Summer.’
This exclusive event is spent sipping the finest champagne in the new and utterly stylish Pommery Garden. Or if champagne doesn’t tickle your fancy, treating yourself to some thoroughly unique cocktails from the Mahiki Bar may be more up your street
Sunday June 9 is Finals Day, in which visitors should gear themselves up for an action-packed day. For younger guests there is a multitude of fun games to participate in so mum and dad can relax and enjoy the action of the finals unfold on the field.
If you are looking to continue the theme of luxury, exquisiteness and family-friendliness throughout the whole of your Polo in the Park 2013 experience, then staying at the exclusive Wyndham Grand Hotel will certainly be in-keeping with the whole event.