Heading to London? Visit the tropical hothouse at this royal garden

Many of Europe’s parks and gardens were created at the request of the kings, queens, princes and princesses who once ruled over the Old Continent. Some have exceptional qualities or stunning styles that put them on the map for visitors vacationing in Europe, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in southwest London, UK. The royal connection: Rather than being created by one individual, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew were built over time. First of all, King Henry VII built a royal palace in Richmond in the 16th century…

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Planning a vacation to London? Don’t forget to visit these 5 unusual museums

If you’re in the UK capital this summer and are looking for alternatives to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Piccadilly Circus, take the opportunity to discover some of London’s smaller and lesser-known museums. 1) Pollock’s Toy Museum: You won’t need all day, but Pollock’s Toy Museum is still worth the detour into London’s Fitzrovia. All the family will enjoy the six small rooms full of dolls, puppets, bears and toys from around the world. The grandson of Marguerite Fawdry, who first started the museum initially in an attic room…

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TAP to launch flights from London City Airport

Portuguese airline TAP has confirmed it will launch flights from London City Airport to Lisbon on 29 October. The new route will complement existing flights from Heathrow and Gatwick. TAP is the only airline to offer the route between London City, located in the financial heart of the capital, and the cosmopolitan destination of Lisbon, making short breaks and travel for both business and leisure even more convenient for those starting their journey in London. Flights will operate with Embraer 190 aircraft, with seat capacity for 106 passengers, departing London…

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London Stansted reveals plans for £130m arrivals building

London Stansted Airport has today unveiled plans for a new £130 million arrivals building to significantly improve the passenger experience. The building is the latest phase in the multi-million pound transformation programme by MAG to support future growth at the airport and attract new passengers and airlines. Stansted is currently the busiest single terminal airport in the UK with up to 5,000 departing passengers alone passing through its doors every hour at peak times. With passenger numbers expected to increase over the next decade, particularly with runway capacity constraints at…

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North Korea’s deputy ambassador defects in London: reports

North Korea’s deputy ambassador in London has defected with his family, according to media reports, and if confirmed it would be one of the most high-profile defections in recent years from the increasingly isolated country. South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Tuesday that a high-profile diplomat in the UK defected with his wife and son to a “third country”. The BBC named the defector as veteran diplomat Thae Yong Ho, a counselor at the North Korean embassy and deputy to the ambassador. Quoting an unnamed source, JoongAng Ilbo said…

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Take the kids to … Kew Gardens, London

The Hive, an ethereal 17-metre tall installation designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, which rises above a wildflower garden. The immersive audio-visual experience tells the story of the honey bee and the importance of pollination. Fun fact The intensity of the sound and the hundreds of LED lights inside the walk-in Hive pavilion rises and falls in response to the activity of the real hive, hidden away behind the scenes at Kew. Best thing about it? The top temptations for kids include the Treetop Walkway 18 metres above the ground, the…

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Take the kids to … HintHunt, London

If your idea of hell is being locked in a room, give this enthralling escape game a miss: your team has just one hour to crack the clues and get out of there Clued up … a composite image of objects in HintHunt’s 1940s detective room In a nutshell Escape games are popping up all over the UK, but HintHunt is where it all started. Your team (three to five people, kids aged 9+ with a parent) is locked in a room and has 60 minutes to solve clues and…

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London School of Economics graduates are earning more than those from any other UK university

Both male and female graduates from the London School of Economics (LSE) are earning more than any other university, including more prestigious ones like Oxford and Cambridge. LSE has emerged as being the only institution with more than ten per cent of its female graduates earning in excess of £100,000 a year, ten years on from graduation. As well as this, more than ten per cent of men who have studied at LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge were earning in excess of £100,000 after the same period, with the graduates pocketing an…

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University College London faces bullying accusations after ‘threatening student journalist with dismissal’

UCL Halls of Residence rent protest Sarah Benamar University College London has been accused of bullying after a student journalist was warned she could face dismissal for obtaining classified forecasts showing that the university expected to generate increased income from student accommodation. The free speech row comes amid an increasingly bitter “rent strike” at the university, as hundreds of students withhold money in protest at rising accommodation fees. An internal report detailing financial forecasts for the next three years was left openly accessible to university staff and students via a…

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