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   What's New June 2012
   Welcome to the June newsletter - keeping you up
   to date with all that's happening in London.

   For enquiries please email
   trade@londonandpartners.com or dial the travel
   trade helpline on +44 (0)20 7234 5821.




   Chariots of Fire                    London 2012 Festival                     BBC Proms




   Chariots of Fire comes to the       Join the celebrations at the             The world's greatest classical
   London stage. Until 10 Nov.         London 2012 Festival.                    music festival. 13 Jul - 8 Sep.
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   London & Partners News

   Late Summer Deals - Up to 50% off London Accommodation!
   With amazing late summer deals on hotels, apartments and hostels, there’s every reason for you to
   come and join in the fun. From spectacular Shakespeare at Regents Park Open Air Theatre to the
   excitement of the Notting Hill Carnival (Europe’s biggest street festival); from the art of Leonardo Da
   Vinci at Buckingham Palace to the world-class musicians at the BBC proms – there’s so much to take
   part in. Don’t miss the magic of London this summer. Book now at www.visitlondon.com/late-summer-
   deals

   London Wins Group Travel Award!
   London & Partners was honoured to collect the 2012 Group Travel Award for Best UK Destination for
   Groups for London at the gala evening at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel on Friday 15 June
   2012. This prestigious award was voted for by readers of Group Travel Organiser magazine based on
   their personal experience of the destination. For more info visit www.grouptravelawards.com

   Partner Offers and News

   Be a VIP This Summer with Merlin
   Madame Tussauds London, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and London Dungeon are opening their
   doors for a truly VIP experience during the Games this summer. Beat the crowds and enjoy a truly
   unique experience that includes an exclusive guided tour of the attraction before or after opening
   hours, a glass of sparkling wine/soft drink during the tour and a complementary guide book. Tours will
   be running throughout the Olympic and Paralympics period, from Friday 27 July 2012, between 8h-




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   9h30am and 6-10pm Tour duration: 1h30mins. To book call +44 (0)207 487 0290

   EDF Energy London Eye – Extended Summer Opening Hours
   The EDF Energy London Eye will be opening two hours later than usual this summer. For the first
   time in twelve years, visitors can take in the panoramic views of the city from 10am to midnight, when
   the dazzling lights of London shine, each night from Friday 27 July - Sunday 12 August. For more info
   visit www.londoneye.com/Summer2012

   Leicester Square
   Leicester Square in London’s West End has re-opened after a dramatic £15.3m transformation.
   Attracting 240,000 visitors every day who come to retrace the steps of their on-screen heroes,
   Leicester Square is Hollywood’s UK home-away-from-home and hosts an average of 50 film
   premieres every year. As well as being the film premiere connoisseur, Leicester Square is also one of
   London’s most famous entertainment hubs with top-class eateries, nightlife venues and alfresco
   dining. For info email Leicester Square

   Kayaking London
   Kayaking London offer Thames-based adventures for groups in central London, as well as courses,
   events and regular sessions for individuals. No experience is required and their coaches and
   equipment are top notch. Inspire your clients, treat, surprise your groups or indulge yourself in an
   incredible experience. See top sights such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge from the River Thames. For
   more info visit www.kayakinglondon.com or email enquiries@kayakinglondon.com

   Restaurants

   Live La Dolce Vita at Cantina del Ponte
   Are your clients or groups planning a special festa this summer? In the bustling atmosphere of Butlers
   Wharf at Tower Bridge Cantina del Ponte is living La Dolce Vita with their new travel trade package.
   The menu includes Italina classics and is priced at £40 for three courses tea or coffee, half a bottle of
   wine and service, it's perfect for dining this summer on the Thames. For more email Carlotta
   Albanese or www.cantinadelponte.co.uk

   The London Eye Barracuda
   This summer, the EDF Energy London Eye introduces the London Eye Barracuda, a beautiful vintage
   river cruiser complete with Art Deco interior styling. This is a perfect venue for lunches and drinks.
   Ideal for nibbles and refreshing summer drinks or for those wanting a three course meal, guests can
   expect to enjoy gourmet cuisine in a luxurious setting. The London Eye Barracuda is available for
   individual bookings and private hire. To book call +44,(0)871 222 4002 or email
   barracuda@londoneye.com

   Enjoy Sunday Brunch or a Roast by the River Thames
   The River Thames recently welcomed Royal VIPs for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and now
   The RS Hispaniola are offering two tempting new menus, Sunday Brunch and a Roast are now being
   served each Sunday. Come and dine by the River Thames and enjoy the new look, new menu and
   stunning views. To book call +44 (0)2078393011 or visit www.hispaniola.co.uk

   P & B Restaurants’ British Afternoon Tea - £20.12
   Peyton and Byrne operates restaurants in some of London’s top museums and visitor attractions.
   Highlights include The National Gallery, Wallace Collection, Royal Academy and Institute of
   Contemporary Art, the British Library and Kew Gardens. Keeping within the London 2012 spirit P & B
   Restaurants are offering a Classic British Afternoon Tea for £20.12. It includes a glass of sparkling
   wine, finger sandwiches, pastries and cakes. This offer is valid for groups of 10+ and is from 27 July
   to 9 September 2012. For more info email Barbara Wutte or call +44 (0)20 7412 5522

   Wulumuchi Opens in London’s Chinatown
   Wulumuchi is Chinatowns’s newest restaurant opening, specialising in the unique cooking style of the
   Xinjiang Uyghur region of North-West China. Xinjiang is one of the largest regions in China and the
   area is a huge melting pot of a large range of different peoples and cultures. While Turkic Uyghur
   Muslims are the region’s largest ethnic group, the area shares a border with Russia, Mongolia,
   Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This lively and vibrant mix of
   cultures is mirrored in the regions cuisine. For more info visit www.chinatownlondon.org




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   Shopping

   John Lewis’ Patriotic Picnics
   As London’s parks prepare to showcase live screenings of London 2012, John Lewis Oxford Street is
   launching Patriotic Picnics - a bespoke hamper service offering the best of British food and delicious
   al fresco treats, expertly prepared. Customers will also be taken on a mini-tour of the John Lewis
   Foodhall from Waitrose, in the basement of the flagship Oxford Street store. The tour will include the
   Cheese Room, the Wine Bar and Charcuterie Counter and customers will be able to sample food.
   Available from 27 July to September 9, for more info email or call Tracey Thomas on +44 (0)
   7872677123

   St Martin’s Courtyard – H&M Sport Pop-Up Shop
   St Martin’s Courtyard announces the opening of brand new concept store, H&M Sport. Opening on
   Friday 6 July for ten weeks, the pop up shop will draw inspiration from a school sports hall. Reclaimed
   furniture and retro gym equipment will create a unique shopping experience. The limited edition
   collection will feature fitness focused fashion, accessories and beauty products for men, women and
   children. For more info visit www.stmartinscourtyard.co.uk

   Carnaby Men’s Style Event – Thursday 13 September 5-9pm
   Carnaby has announced the first Carnaby Men’s Style Event. Shoppers can enjoy 20% discount in
   over 100 shops and boutiques including men’s favourites Ben Sherman, Levi’s, Size? and Vans in
   addition to independents Albam, b store, Aqua and Flying Horse Jeans. Shoppers will also be treated
   to a complimentary cocktail from Monkey Shoulder, alongside mixology demos, live music,
   complimentary wet shaves, in-store barbers and DJ’s. To register for a free ticket visit
   www.carnaby.co.uk

   London Cocktail Week at Seven Dials
   Celebrate London Cocktail Week in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, which will the main hub for this
   celebration of London’s unrivalled cocktail culture. Between 8 & 14 October you will be able to shake,
   sip and party your way through the area’s mix of luxury hotels, bars, shops and exclusive members
   clubs, which will be buzzing with tastings, master classes, pop ups and cocktail parties. Visit
   www.londoncocktailweek.com to register for your £4 wristband.

   Theatre

   The Hurly Burly Show – Naughty but Nice!
   The Hurly Burly Show is an all-singing, all-dancing revue with a contemporary twist. Fusing fashion,
   music and popular culture in the first ever burlesque inspired musical spectacular staged in a West
   End Theatre. See a bevy of beautiful burlesque stars, speciality variety artists and fabulous
   costumes and music at the Duchess Theatre from 2 July until 22 September only. Leave your
   inhibitions at the door be dazzled by a night that will be Naughty... but Nice! For more info visit
   www.hurlyburlyuk.com

   Priceless experiences with MasterCard
   Get exclusive access to the very best London has to offer with your MasterCard. Across Museums,
   Theatres, Dining and more, cardholders can enjoy a range of privileged offers and access to
   exclusive events. From tickets to special meet the cast VIP experiences with West End shows, to
   Michelin starred dining and exclusive discounts at top London stores, your MasterCard is the key to
   unlocking a whole new capital. Find out more at www.pricelesslondon.co.uk

   Yes, Prime Minister has Been Voted Back into London!
   Following two smash hit West End runs and a successful nationwide campaign trail, the award-
   winning Yes, Prime Minister has been voted back into London! Taking up residence in the heart of
   Whitehall, this hilarious comedy by original BBC writers Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn thrusts the
   much-loved characters Sir Humphrey Appleby and Jim Hacker into the chaos of 21st century coalition
   politics. ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ is booking until 12 January 2013 at the Trafalgar Studios. For more info
   www.yesprimeminister.co.uk

   Rock of Ages – Rolls into a 2nd Year in London
   Rock of Ages, the smash hit musical that has taken the UK by storm and has inspired the forthcoming
   Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones is now preparing to rock up for the
   start of its 2nd year at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. The show has run for almost 300




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   performances to standing ovations every night since the star-studded gala opening in August last
   year. Rock of Ages is currently booking until 17 February 2013 at the Shaftesbury Theatre. For more
   info visit www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk

   The Book of Mormon – New in London 2013
   The London production of The Book of Mormon will begin preview performances in the West End at
   the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013 with tickets released for general sale on 13
   September 2012. The Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone
   and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, has nine 2011 Tony Awards. Vogue says, “It's the funniest
   musical of all time.” Further production details will be announced in September. For more info visit
   www.bookofmormonlondon.com

   Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
   With over 130,000 visitors each season, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is now an essential part of
   summer in London and is running until 8 September 2012. Celebrating this unique year, the theatre is
   presenting a repertory season of two major productions, including Ragtime, a contemporary musical
   based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow; and Shakespeare’s most magical of plays, A Midsummer
   Night’s Dream. For more info visit www.openairtheatre.com

   Attractions, Exhibitions & Tours

   SEA LIFE London Aquarium Declares Jaws Amnesty
   As part of the SEA LIFE London Aquarium’s campaign to challenge public perceptions about Sharks,
   the leading attraction is declaring a “Jaws Amnesty” on August Bank Holiday weekend (25 – 27
   August. Any one turning in a copy of the 1975 movie will be offered free entry to the attraction’s
   Behind the Scenes Tours. “We want people to throw away their misconceptions along with a film that
   has helped shaped those views!” declared Toby Forer the General Manager of the attraction. For
   more info visit www.visitsealife.com/London

   Madame Tussauds London
   The next Olympian to be honoured with a place at Madame Tussauds London is Jamaican running
   sensation, Usain Bolt. The figure will join our interactive sportzone in July with champion diver Daley
   and his team GB mate heptathelete Jessica Ennis, as well as a host of sporting legends past and
   present – from Jesse Owens and Mohammed Ali to Ronaldo and Beckham. Bolt will be defending his
   record breaking Olympic titles this summer so it’s perfect timing and a great opportunity for our guests
   to get up close to one of the most talked about sports personalities of the moment. For more info visit
   www.madametussauds.com/London

   The British Library – Writing Britain
   The British Library is proud to present Writing Britain, a showcase (some never before seen) English
   literature treasures. Part of the official London 2012 Festival, Writing Britain explores how writers
   have helped shape the nation’s understanding of our landscape and surroundings. Featuring a
   collection of 150 great literary works spanning more than 1,000 years, highlights include Kenneth
   Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’, Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground’ and original
   manuscripts from Shakespeare. From 11 May - 25 September 2012 for more info visit
   www.bl.uk/writingbritain

   O Tours de Londres! – French Walking Tour
   O Tours de Londres! is a walking tour company based in the heart of London. Specifically for the
   French speakers who would like to find out about the story of the City from year 0 up until the present,
   it's definitely the tour for you. For only £15 for a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes, follow your tour
   guide back into time, and walk on the same streets as Henri VIII, William the conqueror or William
   Shakespeare once did. For more info visit www.visitlondon.com/-o-tours-de-londres

   BP Portrait Award 2012 at The National Portrait Gallery
   The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world, promoting the very
   best in contemporary portrait painting. With a first prize of £25,000, the exhibition has proved to be
   the launch pad for the careers of a number of successful portrait artists. Free admission, June 21 - 23
   September 2012, for more info visit www.npg.org.uk

   Accommodation




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   Apex Hotels introduces £10 Direct Booking Reward Voucher
   Book direct with Apex Hotels and receive a £10 voucher at check-in which can be spent on lunch, dinner
   and drinks at the bar. To qualify for the £10 direct booking reward voucher book online at
   www.apexhotels.co.uk or through Apex Reservations on +44 (0)131 441 0440. Enjoy a range of
   benefits by booking direct with Apex and take advantage from a ‘Best Rate Guarantee’ in which Apex
   Hotels will match a cheaper rate, if found elsewhere.

   Save up to 20% this summer with Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
   Enjoy summer in the city at a choice of six centrally-located Park Plaza hotels across London. Why not
   choose the ever stylish Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London; a stone’s throw from Selfridges and the
   world-famous Oxford Street, or the contemporary Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London; uniquely
   situated opposite the Houses of Parliament and iconic Big Ben. Get ahead of the crowds and visit
   www.parkplaza.com/summersaver

   40% LESS at Hilton Worldwide Hotels in London!
   Save up to 40% when you book by July 23, 2012, and stay by September 30, 2012, at participating
   hotels across London in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio (offer excludes 27 July - 12 August in London).
   Rooms are available to suit every budget and occasion.To book visit www.HHonors.com/Getaway

   The Langham, London – up to 15% off, breakfast & Wifi
   Stay more and pay less at The Langham, London with the exclusive "Linger Longer for Less" offer.
   Depending on the number of nights stayed, guests can save up to 15% and enjoy complimentary
   continental breakfast and in-room WiFi. Located in the heart of the West End, The Langham opened as
   Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’ in 1865 and now ranks amongst London’s finest hotels. To book please
   visit www.langhamhotels.co.uk

   Calling all Art Lovers: Stay at St. James’s Hotel
   The Royal Academy of Arts is just a few minutes stroll from St. James’s Hotel and Club, a 5* 60
   bedroom luxurious townhouse hotel near Mayfair. To mark a year of incredible art at the Royal
   Academy, St. James’s Hotel and Club have created a special Royal Academy offer from £310.00 per
   room per night including breakfast and enjoy two complimentary tickets to the Royal Academy of Arts in
   2012. This package is available until the end of 2012, it is subject to availability and excludes VAT. To
   book please call 0207 316 1600 or email reservations@stjameshotelandclub.com and quote London
   and Partners.

   InterContinental London Park Lane – Detox Programme
   InterContinental London Park Lane has partnered with acclaimed naturopath, health expert, and author
   of Eat Yourself Young, Elizabeth Peyton Jones, to create a tailored detox programme for each guest.
   The in-depth Insider Wellness Experience, available upon request from September 2012, will give the
   tools and support needed to begin a healthier lifestyle including a pre-stay fridge analysis, a two-week
   detox programme, a copy of Eat Yourself Young, and a follow-up motivational call after the stay. For
   more info email Ana Costa

   Sanderson and St Martins Lane – Future Shorts Festival
   Sanderson and St Martins Lane are pleased to announce an exclusive collaboration with Future Cinema
   to screen the Future Shorts Festival Summer Programme. From 18 June – 31 August, the hotels will be
   the only venue where guests will be able to watch the carefully selected short films from around the
   world on demand. The line-up includes Grant Orchard’s Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning “A
   Morning Stroll”; recent Clermont “Guest” from South Korea and SXSW favourite and award winner
   “Notes on Biology” from the US. The dates are 18 June - 31 August and the website is
   www.futureshorts.com/festival

   London 2012
   London 2012
   On 27 July 2012 the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will begin in East London. All
   information related to the Games can be found on our travel trade
   website www.londonandpartners.com/traveltrade. For travel advice please visit www.tfl.gov.uk

   Travelling to the Games
   Around 10% of spectators will use bus and coach services to get to the London 2012 Games. A network
   of 300 coaches will provide express coach services to the Olympic Park. Around 500 buses and
   coaches will be used for shuttle services between venues and park-and-ride sites. A further 90 vehicles
   will connect park-and-ride sites on the edge of the M25 with the Olympic Park and Ebbsfleet, from




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   where spectators will be able to take the high-speed Javelin® train service to the Park. Most London
   2012 bus and coach services will be wheelchair accessible and a good option for disabled people and
   those who are less mobile. Bus and coach services will be an attractive option for groups wanting to
   travel together, families and those for whom there are fewer alternative transport options. For further
   info visit www.london2012.com/visiting

   New Afternoon Olympic Walk
   A new afternoon Olympic Walk was launched in the beginning of January, building on the success of the
   acclaimed Daily Olympic Walk run by London's Blue Badge Tourist Guides. This walk takes a new route,
   finishing at Stratford station operating on Tuesdays and Fridays from Bromley-by-Bow tube station at
   13.30. For more information visit www.toursof2012sites.com

   Stratford 2012 Games Walk
   The London Borough of Newham has launched a new audio walk in map and audio format - which will
   be downloadable free of charge and will give visitors information on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic
   Games. The walk will include key sites for spectacular views over the Olympic Park. For more
   information or to download a guide visit www.newham.com/walks

   General Information

   Transport Information
   A list of planned station closures and track closures for the next six months is available in PDF
   format. For this and further information on travel in London visit www.tfl.gov.uk

   Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
   www.changing-the-guard.com provides information on Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
   and publishes and distributes guide books including 'Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

   Coach Parking
   For details of coach parking facilities and other useful information for coach drivers in London, visit
   www.tfl.gov.uk/coaches




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