If it’s your first time in London or you’re not too familiar with the city, its sheer size, business and vibrancy might be a tad overwhelming. Modern technology such as smartphones and apps are designed to make our lives easier and more straight-forward. In order to help your trip to the British capital run as smoothly as possible, why don’t you make use of the following five top London apps?
Hailo Black Cab app
Instead of waiting patiently by the side of a road for a free cab to drive past download the Hailo Black Cab app. This useful application enables you to order a black cab to your current destination and even informs you of how long you will have to wait. Available for both Android and iPhone, you’ve little excuse to be taxi-less in London again.
Inclusive London app
Whether you need to book a table for two for tonight, find a pub that’s playing live music at the weekend, locate a child-friendly hotel or find a museum in your vicinity, the Inclusive London app enables iPhone users to locate virtually anything and everything in London.
Set within Chelsea Harbour’s quiet surroundings, the Wyndham Grand London is the perfect location for a romantic get-away, and management is pleased to announce that thanks to their Valentine’s Day Special, you and your loved one have the opportunity to make this day truly unforgettable by adding a touch of five-star luxury to the romance.
With special rates for either just dining at The Wyndham Grand Chelsea Harbour or staying with us in one of our luxury suites, Valentine’s Day 2014 in London will be an eventful and romantic experience.
The Wyndham Grand London Valentine’s Day Special
Enjoy spectacular views over the glittering harbour scenery from your River or Marina View suite, while sipping wine, nibbling delicious truffles and indulging in the delights of strawberries dipped into fine chocolate.
Being one of the most culturally and artistically dynamic cities in the world barely a day goes by in London when some fascinating art event doesn’t take place. If 2014 comes with aspirations to indulge your artistic senses then why not start the year as you mean to go on by attending the following three fabulous art events in London.
The EY Exhibition – Paul Klee: Making Visible, Tate Modern
You have until 9 March 2014 to catch this long-running Paul Klee exhibition and if you are a fan of the Swiss artist, you won’t want to miss out. This is the first time the Tate Modern has presented a retrospective of the work of Paul Klee. Klee is widely considered to be one of the most influential figures in the development of abstraction and one of the forefathers of European modernity.
Bringing together an inspiring collection of Klee’s drawings, watercolours and paintings from around the world, this is the first time this extraordinary artist’s work has been presented in such a comprehensive exhibition.
For more information and to buy tickets for the Paul Klee exhibition visit the Tate Modern website.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery
Until 9 February 2014 a congregation of some of the world’s most admired photographic portrait images will be on display at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. This powerfully emotive event is held at the National Portrait Gallery, which has been committed to worshipping this form of art since 1856.
Since it became the official Masters venue in 2012, London’s “Ally Pally”, as it is affectionately known, has already been graced by some great names in snooker.
The best snooker players in the world assemble each year for the Masters Snooker Championship, locking horns as they battle it out to become snooker champion. January 2014 certainly promises to be no exception.
From Sunday 12 January to Sunday 19 January, 2014, the world’s best contemporary snooker players will congregate at the Alexandra Palace to be crowned King of the Masters. The Masters is the most prestigious event on the snooker calendar. It’s prestige derives from its attractive £600,000 prize money, its rich and lustrous history and the elite field that compete in it each year.
The Masters was established in 1975 and has been won by most of the biggest names of the sport. Previous winners include Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Mark Selby, Ronnie O’ Sullivan and John Higgins. In fact so elite is this tournament that only the world’s top sixteen seeded players are invited.
Singing to an audience unaccompanied by music has to compete as being one of the tensest, most nerve-wracking and challenging feats you could put yourself through. This is exactly what’s in store for artists participating in the fifth showing of the London A Cappella Festival.
Taking place from January 23 – 25, 2014 at Kings Place, artists from around the globe will show off their singing voices unaided by any music. This thoroughly unique festival has certainly roused attention in the arts and culture sections of the broadsheet press.
“Few pick-me-ups dispel January blues better than the London A Cappella Festival. It is three days of workshops, concerts, booze, talk, humour, boisterous audiences, and exuberant performers, all dedicated to the ever-expanding world of unaccompanied vocal music”, said Richard Morrison of the Times.
The festival will be curated by the five times Grammy award-winning vocal group ‘The Swingle Singers’, along with Ikon Arts Management. You can expect a mind-blowing mix of Russian Orthodox chanting through to funk, beat box, folk and much more, as some of the world’s top a cappella voices let rip in London.
One band topped as being a big hit at next year’s event is the all American ‘The House Jacks’. This highly talented group has been described as a rock band without the backing music but don’t let the lack of drums, bass, keyboards and guitars put you off, because this group is extraordinary, compelling and supremely exciting. The House Jacks will hit the stage on Thursday 23 January.