Countdown begins for Oxford Street’s Christmas lights

The West End will shine silver and gold on Sunday 1st November, as one of the world’s largest jewellery brands PANDORA hosts the 56th annual Oxford Street Christmas lights Switch-On with the UK’s number one hit music station Capital to officially start the Christmas shopping season. For the first time...

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Blue Plaque: Sir Archibald McIndoe. CBE., FRCS

Blue Plaque: Sir Archibald McIndoe. CBE., FRCS 1900 – 1960   In 2000, English Heritage erected a Blue Plaque at Avenue Court, Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, to honour Sir Archibald McIndoe. He was a pioneering plastic surgeon from New Zealand who achieved international fame. During World War II he introduced innovative...

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La Grotto Di Trofonio

This article was generously supplied by James Douglas St. John Smith Square 15 September 2015 Bampton Classical Opera Paul Wingfield, Jeremy Gray La Grotto Di Trofonio Antonio Salieri No one embodies the dictum ‘no such thing as bad publicity’ like Salieri. Commentators agree that Salieri’s rehabilitation owes much to Shaffer’s...

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Army stages late night maneuvers through London

While London slept, and the streets were deserted of traffic, more than 1,100 troops and 230 horses from the Army’s Household Division were out in force rehearsing military manoeuvres in the dark for an important state ceremonial event.  The unearthly hour is a particular challenge to soldiers who have already...

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London celebrates arrival of two new commuter boats after 15,000 mile journey from Australia

Two new high speed catamarans that have travelled over 15,000 miles from where they were built in Tasmania, Australia, have today arrived in their new home the River Thames in central London. The £6.5 million investment in new fleet by owners, MBNA Thames Clippers, represents a significant enhancement to London’s...

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