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Mothering Sunday

Posted by Evi Karmou on 24th February, 2015

Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday falling on the fourth Sunday in Lent. However, its origins could lay in Roman Times when Lady’s Day was celebrated on the vernal equinox. Or it could hark back to sixteenth century when worshipers were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’ when they went to pray at their mother church on Laetare Sunday. Later on in history, when young people were in service to affluent families, they would be granted a day off in order for them to attend church with their own mothers and family members, often the only time that whole families could...

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Posted by Evi Karmou on 25th January, 2015

Chinese New Year, based on the lunar and solar calendars, varies each year, always falling between late January and mid-February and represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year heralds the Year of the Sheep or Goat. Children born in this year (and past years of 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003) are polite, clever, kind-hearted and wise but can also be indecisive, so probably best to let someone else book the activities of the day! Major celebrations are planned in London, the largest outside of Asia, with thousands of spectators expected to converge on Trafalgar...

Shrove Tuesday

February delights

Posted by Evi Karmou on 23rd January, 2015

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is a tradition of the Christian calendar. In times of old women folk would clear their cupboards of sweet ingredients and dairy and incorporate them into pancakes prior to Lent, a period of fasting. In modern times, people of all faiths have taken up this tradition and enjoy various forms of pancakes both sweet and savoury. In London an annual Pancake Day takes place across the city and people from all walks of life are encouraged to take part for their given charities. The Better Bankside Pancake Day Race takes place at Borough...

Fitness fun

How to make your workout fun!

Posted by Evi Karmou on 22nd January, 2015

Getting to the gym regularly can be hard work. Many of us need to make it more fun to keep the momentum going. At Aquilla health and fitness we have some top tips to keep you coming back for more. You will be surprised at how easy they are and how changing small things can make a huge difference.   First things first change the way you think. This is easier said than done but with a bit of practice it really helps. Instead of being on the treadmill thinking, ‘I hate this, this is my least favourite thing’ and...

People dancing on Burns Night

Burns Night

Posted by Evi Karmou on 10th January, 2015

Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet, is celebrated each year on his birthday, 25th January, a tradition that has been taking place since 1796. An inspiration to Abraham Lincoln, who claimed that the poet’s verse played a key role in helping him win the Civil War and abolish slavery, Robert Burns plays a part in everyone’s annual tradition, singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Throughout the country various tartan outfits will be donned and the traditional Burns Night supper will be served. Typically a haggis, or as Burns described it, the ‘great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race’,...

London Boat Show

London Boat Show

Posted by Evi Karmou on 9th January, 2015

A very happy New Year from us all at the Rembrandt Hotel. The New Year brings resolutions, and, if one of yours is to make the most of your leisure time, then a visit to the London Boat Show may give you inspiration for a new pastime. With over 450 exhibitors, the full range of sailing yachts and motor boats will be covered from all of the major boat manufacturers. And with a ticket upgrade you can also visit Excel’s partner shows; London Classic Car Show and the Telegraph Cruise Show. Whilst we can guarantee fun for all the family,...

Rugby World Cup 2015, rugby ball on the grass

Rugby World Cup 2015

Posted by Evi Karmou on 7th January, 2015

Whilst London’s shops and bars are bustling with Christmas Shoppers, two of London’s most famous Stadiums are preparing to welcome the IRB Rugby World Cup. Twickenham Stadium, known as the home of England rugby and the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world, hosting 82,000 spectators, will be opening the IRB Rugby World Cup on 18th September with England against Fiji. The first ever game played on Twickenham’s famous pitch, (once a cabbage patch), was between local side the Harlequins and Richmond. Since then the Stadium has seen many changes and now houses a rugby museum packed full of...

Christmas Decorations London

More Christmas Fun in London

Posted by Evi Karmou on 28th November, 2014

Hyde Park is transformed into London’s Winter Wonderland from 21st November till 4th January with a variety of attractions including fairground rides, Santa’s grotto, a giant Observation Wheel and not one, but two Circus’; a Christmas Circus and Cirque Berserk presented by the famous Zippos Circus. Show off your skills on the biggest outdoor ice rink in the UK and probably one of the most well decorated with more than 100,000 lights. And for more frosty delights visit the chilly forest with its mythical animals or take a visit to the ice bar where all drinks are served in ice...


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