Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Thinking all London tours are much the same, is a common mistake, as is the belief that some of the cheaper tours are better value.

The reality is that there is a huge difference between what is and what is not included and this is worth looking closely at when booking.

An Open Top bus is a great way to Tour London

The more expensive all inclusive tours generally offer the best value and are far cheaper than trying to go alone and paying separately at each location.

Here are some individual entrances cost:

Tower of London £20.90

Westminster Abbey £18.00

St Pauls Cathedral £15.00

Buckingham Palace (Inc Garden and Mews) £33.25

London Eye £25.00

That’s a total of £122.25 before other attractions are included, a tour guide and transport.

If you look around it is possible to find a tour that includes all the above for half that price.

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GREAT Britain: The government unveils tourism campaign with a series of postcards

The Government unveiled a series of postcards which will be handed out at business events emphasizing Britain’s exceptional record in the arts, innovation and education, as well as promoting the nation’s heritage and natural beauty. £510,000 has been spent developing the GREAT Britain brand, which will be used at business receptions abroad and in advertising by Visit Britain
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Link:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/8779185/GREAT-Britain-The-government-unveils-tourism-campaign-with-a-series-of-postcards.html

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London underground’s 150th birthday celebrated in Google doodle

Google doodle in which the search engine’s six letter name is spelt out in the shape of a London underground map has been created to celebrate the 150th birthday of the tube.

A Google doodle in which the search engine's six letter name is spelt out in the shape of a London underground map has been created to celebrate the 150th birthday of the tube.

A Google doodle in which the search engine’s six letter name is spelt out in the shape of a London underground map has been created to celebrate the 150th birthday of the tube.

The first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway and although the seven original stations between Bishop’s Road and Farringdon Street are all still in use, only Edgware Road and Baker Street retain their Victorian-era names.

Another 263 stations have been added over the years since 1863, whilesome 1.171bn passenger journeys were made across the entire network last year.

The cost of the original flat-rate fare of the Central London Railway, now the Central line, was 2d – earning it the nickname “the tuppenny tube”.

London Underground, in partnership with London Transport Museum ,is celebrating the tube’s birthday with a range of events and activities throughout this year.

Other fixtures for the year include a programme by Art on the Underground that will include a major commission by an acclaimed British artist, bringing artworks into every station.

Link source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/09/london-underground-google-doodle

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Tax Free Shopping for international travellers leaving the UK

In the UK, Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on many goods and services. Tax Free Shopping allows travellers leaving the European Union (EU) to get a VAT refund on goods they buy here and take home. It cannot be used for services. (including sightseeing tours)

In most cases, the shop or refund company will charge you a fee for using Tax Free Shopping. They will take the money out of your VAT refund.Tax free shopping in London

VAT refunds for visitors to the UK

In the United Kingdom, Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged on many goods and services. If you are visiting from another country you may be entitled to a refund of the VAT on goods you buy from shops that offer Tax Free Shopping (also known as the Retail Export Scheme).

Tax Free Shopping allows travellers leaving the European Union (EU) to get a VAT refund on goods they buy here and take home. It cannot be used for services.

This guide explains when you are entitled to a VAT refund and what you have to do to get one. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm

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What’s New in Britain for 2013

What’s New in Britain for 2013

From special anniversaries to cutting edge exhibitions, enticing attractions to mouth-watering musicals, the hottest hotel openings and brand new events for your travel calendar, VisitBritain presents its guide to What’s New in 2013 across London, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.This is GREAT Britain

Download What’s New in Britain for 2013 now.

So – what’s new in Britain?

2013 is a year of GREAT anniversaries. The 200th birthday of the publication of Pride and Prejudice will celebrate Regency Bath and Austen’s Hampshire as much as the timeless tale of wit and romance between Darcy and Elizabeth; while the 60th anniversary of the Royal Yacht Britannia coincides with the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. It’s the perfect time to visit the Britannia – the only place you can sneak a peek into Her Majesty’s bedroom.

2013 is a year of GREAT events. The Year of Natural Scotland will celebrate all that’s exciting about the great outdoors making it the best time to explore the country’s rugged landscapes and beautiful scenery. Meanwhile the first UK City of Culture will be Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland, tipped as one of the top 10 places to visit in 2013 by Lonely Planet. Join in a year-long programme of world-class music, art, dance and sports events, and discover a vibrant new visitor destination.

2013 is a year of GREAT culture. On stage Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw (aka M and Q in Skyfall) star in new play Peter and Alice; Helen Mirren reprises her role as The Queen in The Audience; and the award-winning play War Horse tours the UK, starting in Devon, where the original book is set. The Welsh National Opera takes on Madame Butterfly, Berg’s Lulu and Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen while fans of musicals will be happy with Hairspray at the Wales Millennium Centre and Wicked, which tours the UK in Autumn.

For art lovers there’s Lichtenstein at Tate Modern in February, The Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber at Hampton Court Palace, Vikings! at the National Museum of Scotland, a retrospective on David Bowie at London’s V&A and lots more fantastic exhibitions throughout the year.

2013 is a GREAT year to bring the kids to Britain. With a new Children’s Literature Festival in Cardiff, the launch of the £3.6million Tiger Territory at London Zoo and the tastiest musical of the year, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – directed by the man behind Skyfall, Sam Mendes – there’s plenty to keep children entertained in 2013.

2013 is a year of GREAT attractions. From 1 February The View from Shard will be a new must-do for visitors to the capital, while iconic and ancient attraction Stonehenge will benefit from a dramatically improved visitor experience, opening in Autumn.

Plus, read about exciting hotel and accommodation news: the opening of the much-anticipated Shangri-La at The Shard, restored castles in Wales Ruthin and Glandyfi and a new Malmaison in Dundee opening next year ahead of the arrival of a new V&A in Dundee, due to open in 2015.

Click here to download the complete What’s New in Britain for 2013.

In addition to fantastic new openings, don’t forget Britain’s GREAT annual events. Download VisitBritain’s guide to 2013’s annual events calendar here.

Visiting the U.K in 2013 ?- Plan ahead and save money !
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