Day 3: Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye

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We started the day out early and took the tube to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard. We got there pretty early, good thing too because within a half hour the area was crawling with people. Luckily we got a spot on the fence so we had a good view.




After the guard finished, we took the tube to Tower Bridge. There we got some good photos, took the tour up and around to see the view from the top. After that we walked along the river all the way back up to the area around Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye. It was a hike, but we saw a lot of cool stuff along the way.  My favorite was watching the kids play with the bubbles. When we made it to the London Eye, we bought our tickets to ride and afterwards walked…

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Taming of the Shrew

I wonder if this is the show we’re seeing at Shakespeare’s Globe?

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Further images from the photoshoot of The Widow, Taming of the Shrew, by David Collis.

This work will be on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace on May 18th, and also at the Wimbledon Space, Merton Hall Road, from June 14th until June 22nd.

See The Queen’s Gallery website for more details.

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Treasures of London: The Americus Backers grand piano…

This piano is gorgeous but I’m really loving the architecture of the room… bring on the baroque! Can’t wait to see more of that style on the trip.

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The oldest surviving English grand piano, built in London in 1772 by Americus Backers, has gone on display at Apsley House in London, home of the 1st Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley.

Known to have been played by the Iron Duke’s wife Kitty (nee Pakenham), it has been suggested (although remains unconfirmed) that the piano belonged to the Iron Duke’s father, Lord Mornington, who was politician and a composer.

The piano, which has been loaned to English Heritage by Lord and Lady Douro and is expected to remain at the house for the foreseeable future, is the earliest example of a piano with loud and soft pedals and is illustrative of the impact Backers, described by some as “the father of the English grand pianoforte style”, had on the development of piano design.

While much of the detail of Backers’ life  remains obscured, he was apprenticed to a piano builder…

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A foody feast at Kew; the Queen goes to Westminster; Morecambe & Wise remembered; and, Francis Goodman on show…

Can’t wait to see the Francis Goodman exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery!!! That sounds awesome!!!!

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Bompas-&-Parr-with-pineapplesKew Gardens is all about food this summer and autumn with the launch of IncrEdibles: A Festival to Feed the Imagination this Sunday. Visitors are being encouraged to take part in a range of food-related activities including taking a fruit-shaped boat on the Palm House Pond around a floating pineapple island (the Tutti Frutti Boating Lake has been designed by “culinary creators” Bompas & Parr – pictured right), checking out a ‘global gastronomic garden’ featuring more than 90 edible plants on the Great Lawn, and listening to volunteer guides in the Palm House discussing how many of our foods have their origins in the rainforest. The festival also features a range of talks, tours and tastings and you can sample some special foods at the onsite eateries. The festival runs until 3rd November. For more, see PICTURE: Bompas & Parr

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II…

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LondonLife – Celebrating 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show…

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Queen Mary (wife of King George V) with group at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 1913. The show, which was first held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, in 1913, is celebrating its centenary this year. The 244 exhibitors at the inaugural event have grown to more than 500 today with 161,000 visitors now attending the show each year. Other pictures released to mark the centenary include (see below) gardeners carrying pots at the show in 1931; visitors looking at a display of cacti at the 1964 show; and, an aerial view of the show in the 1990s. The show runs from today until 25th May. For more on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, see—events/RHS-Chelsea-Flower-Show/2013PICTURES: RHS Lindley Library. 




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