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Grand Designs London Live

Grand Designs at London ExCel

Posted by Evi Karmou on 21st April, 2015

London’s ExCel centre brings together over 500 exhibitors this May, as Grand Designs Live 2015, Channel 4’s popular TV series, is brought to London. Your favourite design guru Kevin McCloud will be presenting everything; from interiors, bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens as well as bringing inspiration to every visitor. The Grand Interiors room sets make a welcome return providing fresh and stimulating interior décor ideas, whilst any questions you have about a project you’re undertaking can be answered by ‘Ask An Expert’, another firm favourite of visitors past. Sustainability and Eco-innovations are at the fore of this exhibition and the Green...


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Easter Eggs and Flowers

London Easter Fun

Posted by Evi Karmou on 24th March, 2015

Easter is the best excuse to overindulge in chocolate, but, let’s not forget, it also brings the first of our bank holiday weekends and a great opportunity to spend time with our family and friends. With many of London’s top attractions holding Easter events, it is difficult to decide which to choose from, so why not explore London first.  There are many options available. An open top London bus, with 70 different stops, takes you past the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe and the various vibrant shopping regions such as Oxford Street and Piccadilly.  When an attraction appeals to you...


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Mother and Daughter

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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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’,...


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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,...


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