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The Scary London Dungeons

London Dungeons is an interactive museum situated in the heart of London. With live actors, shows, scary rides and special effects the museum takes the visitor back to the darkest moments of the capital’s history deep down in the dungeons of London. The attractions are not for the faint hearted!

When I was 17 I went to London for the first time with my family and I was sooo exited. I had decided to visit so many places. I wrote them down, checked prices and addresses and started preparing my mom for the London Dungeons (she hates scary stuff). But when I arrived in London and we went to visit the dungeons, it was closed for reconstruction. So the closest I came was when the sightseeing bus stopped outside the entrance for a while. Well, you can imagine the disappointment…

So when I got an email about a summer offer on entrance tickets to London Dungeons, I thought to myself – “This time I have to go!” And maybe, after 12 years, I’ll finally get to it.

The normal prices for London Dungeons is £23.00 (Adults +16 years) and £17.00 (Children 4-15 years).  But until the 31st of August you can visit London Dungeons for only £12.00. Check out the offer here.

How to get there
The London Dungeons is situated in London Bridge, just seconds from the station and tube. Take the Northern or Jubilee lines to London Bridge station and walk about 100 metres and Bob’s your uncle!

For more information about opening hours, events and attractions at London Dungeons, please visit their website.

So if you’re not scared out of your wits, maybe I’ll see you deep down in the London dungeons! Moahahaaa…

– Towe

Find your way to London Dungeon with our Britain map:

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Plunge into the rabbit hole – Discover the world of Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of the most beloved tales throughout history. Several characters and locations in Alice in Wonderland was based upon people and familiar surroundings Carroll knew.

If you want to explore where Carroll got his inspiration, Oxford is the place to visit. At the Museum of Oxford you can see Carroll’s watch which is worn by the White Rabbit. While in the museum, make sure you don’t miss the “Drink Me” bottle that causes Alice to shrink and expand, which in reality was a Victorian medicine bottle.

Are you a big fan of Alice in Wonderland? Visit the Alice’s Shop. Here you can find a variety of Alice-related products such as fabrics, clocks, jewelry and much more. This also is where the real Alice, Alice Liddell, used to buy her sweets.

Follow the footsteps of Alice in Wonderland and take the Alice in Waterland Walking Tour. During this 90 minute guided walk you’ll get to:
– see Alice Liddell’s former home of Christ Church Meadow
– learn more about the author, Lewis Carroll, and Alice Liddell’s real-life relationship
– see where Carroll got his inspiration for several of the episodes in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.

Experience a Mad Hatters tea party with Oxford River Cruises and pretend you’re drinking a “Drink Me” bottle and munching a “Eat Me” cake. This boat trip follow  the same route of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, 150 years ago from when the tale was created.

Tim Burton’s magical and inventive version of Alice in Wonderland premiered in theaters earlier this year starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. The video below is the first Alice in Wonderland movie and was recorded in 1903.

/Siska

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Lost in Austen Country, part II

Jane Austen's House, Chawton, Hampshire

Here’s the last part of Charlotte’s trip to Jane Austen’s world (read part I here):

After a huge breakfast the next morning, we set out walking. Our first stop was the Jane Austen’s House Museum in the nearby village of Chawton. We spent the morning learning more about Jane Austen, who lived in the house during the last eight years of her life.

We then headed out for a long walk in her footsteps. Before leaving Sweden, we had printed a copy of a very useful “literary walk” found on the website of East Hampshire District Council (PDF).

With the map in hand, we guided ourselves through the beautiful countryside, past pretty cottages and the church where Jane Austen’s mother and sister are buried. It was thrilling to know that these were the paths she used to walk and the houses she used to visit. We climbed gates and hedges with the intro to the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice ringing in our heads. This might seem strange, and it was, but it turned out my sister was constantly humming it.

Cecilia finally met lovely Mr Darcy

Just as we were getting tired of taking pictures of sheep’s and horses, we approached the village of Upper Farringdon. Having removed our muddy boots, we had a nice lunch at the Rose and Crown.

After a visit to the museum bookstore (where some of us spent a lot of money), we enjoyed a cream tea at Cassandra’s Cup, a tea house across the road from the museum.

We caught an early evening train and returned to London in time for dinner. It would be possible to visit the Alton/Chawton area in one day but then you would miss out on the comfortable beds and the lovely breakfast.

Charlotte

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ABBA World in London.

Swedish pop wonder ABBA became world famous in the 1970s with hits like Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Fernando. After that, the band reaped success after success, and is still the second best-selling popular music group in the history of recorded music, with only the Beatles before them.

Now, almost 40 years later, the group back with a bang in the new exhibition ABBA World . The exhibition opened a couple of weeks ago in London, Earls Court. Since their first glory of fame with Waterloo in Liverpool 1974, London is the first city to show this multimedia experience.  Find 25 rooms filled with videos, pictures, accessories, clothes and off course music, music, music! 3D holographic illusions gives you the chance to perform together with the famous group, and there are lots of other exciting things to see and do. The exhibition is held at Earls Court, Warwick road and closes the 28. March 2010.

We have been getting a lot of question on how and where you can buy the tickets to the exhibition, so we decided to make it easier for you and blog about it. See links to the booking sites below:

Sweden
Norway
Denmark
Finland

When you book, be sure to choose London as city and leave the rest open.

Thank you for the music!

Cathrine

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London: Best museums and shopping

VB-00005201-001A couple of weeks ago, Forbes.com made a list over the Worlds Shopping Cities and we are glad to present the lists number 1 city: London. Here’s the motivation to why Forbes thinks London is the best shopping capital in the world:

”In England, the High Street–or the main road in a neighborhood –is ground zero for shopping. In London, there are more High Streets than one can count, so it’s no surprise it hosts more than half of the world’s top retailers, including the young and trendy Topshop as well as high-end department stores like Liberty of London and Harvey Nichols. Looking for something more niche? Try Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market–a super-boutique featuring hard-to-find designers like Anne Valerie Hash–or Labour of Love, which stocks little-known labels such as Louis Amstrup.”

Also, we got very good listings when the Swedish site Triviago.se listed the 10 Top Museums in Europe. According to their listing we got three out of ten; Madame Tussauds (1st place), The British Museum (3rd place) and The London Dungeon (5th place). Why don’t you try them out yourselves? And if you don’t find any of these museums appealing, why not visit our destination guides, and find out what other museums or activities Britain has in store for you:

London Dungeon
VisitBritain Norge, Reiseruter
Itineraries, VisitBritain Finland
Rejseguides, VisitBritain Danmark
Resplaner, VisitBritain Sverige

– Towe –

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Only in London

One of the best things about London, I think, is that it’s the kind of city you can visit over and over again and there will always be something new to explore.

VisitLondon has put together a great list of one off experiences and events you can only do in London.

down-house

Stand where time begins, on the Greenwich Meridian Line. Shop til you drop at Westfield, London’s new shopping experience, Europe’s biggest indoor shopping centre. Or how about a visit to Downe House outside the city (image above), home to Charles Darwin and where he wrote “On the Origin of Species”. 

Click here to view the full list of experiences and recommendations.

-Helene-

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Obama steps into the Oval Office at Madame Tussauds

Barack Obama Launch at Madame Tussauds

Next time I visit London I will get close and personal with the world’s most powerful man – President Obama.

Madame Tussauds has recreated the legendary Oval Office, the heart of the White House. You can stand behind the iconic Resolute desk used by Presidents since 1880 and pace the “American Eagle” monikered carpet. President Obama is in a typical informal and relaxed pose, smiling with arms casually folded, dressed in a tailored suit.

Fast track tickets can be bought in our web shop: www.visitbritain.se/shop (for Sweden); www.visitbritain.no/shop (for Norway) and www.visitbritain.dk/shop (for Denmark).

-Helene-

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