Saturday, 30 January 2016

Designed4doing- Greeting cards with a Long Shelf Life!

Designed4doing- Greeting cards with a Long Shelf Life!


Greetings!



 Bespoke activity cards for all ages: ranging from puzzles and interactive stories to word searches and recipes. These beautifully designed greeting cards capture the heart and the imagination.

Our ‘cards with a long shelf life and designed4doing ’ never end up in that bottom draw!

For your mother-in-law, mother or sister why not give them our ‘Pina Colada card’? With its fruity taste & intricate design it’s bound to get framed. And for that special young person, we think the Birthday Maze Puzzle, Prime Numbers or How to Make Lemonade will thrill them and fill them with accomplishment and pride.

Your friends, family and colleagues will find our cards delightful and some even delicious! Speaking of ‘delightful and delicious’ our Cupcake Recipe card is second to none; all recipes are tried and tested!


When was the last time you saw a child, teenager or even an adult more intrigued by the card than the present?

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Friday, 29 January 2016

The Power To Do More With A Greeting Card. Check Out Our New Line This Weeks.

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Check out our new card range. A week of new cards. The power to do more with a greeting card.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Planting flowers for those who have no idea what to do and wish someone else would do it! Help my garden needs attention!

 Gardening is a wonderful free calming, therapeutic activity and even in London, where gardens are small, one can still gain much enjoyment from gardening.  But how do you make the best choices of which plants to buy for your garden?


If you’re like me, you just buy plants because you like the look of them. I have no planned idea of how I am going to plant or take care of the plants.  Standing perplexed peering out into the garden, I randomly decide where the plants will go.  However, much more thought is required to plant out well. I have done the research and now can make a more considered decision of where and how to plant. Let me share it with you:

Prior to purchasing plants it is a good idea to examine the soil – is it well drained or waterlogged and is the area you wish to plant in sheltered or windswept? Once you have identified this, you will have the necessary information to do some prudent planting; warm spots of the garden for plants that like sun; shady areas for plants that need shade; drought resistant plants for areas that can be shaded or sunny; and for those water logged areas purchase swamp plants.

Before you plant out, caution! You will need to establish the ph level of your soil and what type of nutrients may need to be added to it. The test is to find out if the soil is alkaline or acid, as this is vital for plants to grow and survive. The majority of plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic; however there are a few plants that require the soil to be alkaline. It is possible for the you to change the ph level, but this is time consuming and it is much simpler to establish what soil type you have and purchase plants accordingly.

Once all that hard work  has been done. Sit down and have a drink – you deserve it! Now let’s start planning.  Think about how you want to plant. You could decide to plant clusters of plants together or alternatively plant out separately. Try and plant in clusters of similar plants as otherwise your garden may seem rather haphazard. When you plant in groups the garden looks uniform and well organised – you can always bring together a cluster of different colours to make a more interesting feature.

Once you have decided on the above, place your selected plants in pots around the garden. This will give you the opportunity to see how they look before planting out. Try to group the plants in odd number varieties. This looks more attractive than even numbers - believe it or not! Thus, groups of three and five are best.  The best desired combination is different textures and colours. Place the lofty tall plants around the centre or back of your garden as they will be viewed from most angles. Plant away from trees as they will eventually compete with your plants and the tree roots will absorb all the moisture and nutrients away from your plant.

Colour is important and the right scheme of colour will enhance even as mall garden in London. Think about what colour the flowers will be when they bloom and how this will combine with the rest of the flowers around them. Remember that flowers bloom at different times of the year, so even though the colours may clash they still can be planted out next to each other as they will be in full bloom during different seasons.  Also think about the foliage colour, even when a plant is not in full bloom some plants have magnificent foliage colour and this will enhance your garden.


Gardening is a wonderful activity for both adults and children. Get children involved in this activity and you will see how quickly they will be able to make good choices and plant out plants that look fabulous. Enjoy!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Need more Energy? Change the way you eat. Get energised for January. Make this year your full of life year!

 
 Use the tips below to kick start your healthy dieting plan. This is a balanced diet so you can keep it going for as long as you like! You will have more energy to go out and do all the wonderful activities that bring you joy and fun.
  
Top Tips For A Healthy You!
  • What are you eating? If you don’t know, start to keep a track of all you eat and drink.
  • Reduce your fat intake by half, that means half the amount of butter on scones or bread, half the amount of salad cream or mayonnaise – or just say no to mayonnaise - and reduce the amount of oil, by half,  when cooking and marinating food.
  • Reduce any sugar treats to twice a week.
  • Stock up on your protein rich food such as fish, meat, chicken, legumes, peanut, eggs or yoghurt.
  • Try to go have a vegetarian meal at least once a day – either lunch or dinner this will help reduce the amount of fat you intake and increase fibre. Try to have meals based around vegetables, beans and whole grains.
  • Use skinned milk instead of full-fat milk or try semi-skinned milk.
  • Fresh fruit is great for a sweet tooth -  eat at least two servings of fresh fruit every day.
  • Drink water instead of fruit juice. Don’t like the taste of water? Add lemon, fruit or lime juice.
  • Your lunch and dinner should include at least two servings of vegetables – this will give you four servings per day!
  •  Have at least one or two servings of whole grains with every meal.
  • Don’t snack in front of the television – studies have shown you will eat more. Turn off the TV and enjoy a smaller amount of food and thus less calories!
  • Choose foods that you can eat ! Carbonated sugar drinks are loaded with empty calories and fruit juices do not provide the same amount of fibre and vitamins as the real fruit – so be careful.
  • Don’t leave your meals to chance; plan what you are going to eat for your meals and snacks, this way you don’t make hasty choices. We tend to select higher calorie snacks and meals when we do not plan ahead. 
Now you are energized – 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Stressed? Fed up? Winter blues? Give your body a treat. Try Tai Chi today.The relaxing martial art activity of Tai Chi!

                                                       The relaxing  martial art activity of Tai Chi
Perfect Chi



 
Tai Chi Ch'uan means - Supreme Ultimate Boxing, Great Extremes Boxing and Supreme Ultimate Fist!


Martial arts is a great recreational activity that will keep you fit and flexible. If you want to practise at home, for free, just watch a Youtube video  - see the link below. Alternately, you could try and find a local class in London  - see below for a link. As always there are always so many things to do in London, let's find out about Tai Chi.

Tai Chi has been practised in China for centuries as a martial art, to build body strength and a way to improve circulation and energy throughout the body. This activity of Tai Chi focuses on precise movement in order that each movement is correctly formed and felt; this explains the slow and subtle movements that are seem in the practise of Tai Chi.

The smooth non forceful movements of this activity promotes stamina, strength and a good degree of flexibility. Coordination and balance are thus heightened with the practise of Tai Chi as is the way the body and mind work together. This is a wonderful activity for those of you that suffer from  stiff joints, flexibility issues or those of you that are feeling stressed.

It is true to say that this activity was developed as a martial art, however there are minimal striking moves, offensive and defence techniques. This martial art works on  ensuring your breathing techniques are correct and you will find that all major muscles in the body are working, thus helping the Chi  - which is what the Chinese refer to as our internal  energy. This energy is thought to stop diseases and help with the healing of the body.

This activity when conducted helps the body to remain relaxed and soft; it  is as if you are being held by you’re a hair – softly - and suspended!  It allows your mind to focus on each movement and the  energy to flow around your body. This focusing of the mind and relaxation of the body, aids with the flow of Chi and ensures your entire body is benefiting from the movements

Although your body is relaxed,  you continually move and reposition. The energy continues to move through your body. Done correctly, you will feel weightless and your body will move with very little effort or energy. You will be at one with your body and the moves will come effortlessly.

When Tai Chi is used against an opponent, it is the opponent’s energy that is used against them. This means that there is very little effort that is needed. The key is to wait until the opponent has exhausted themselves  - their mind and body are not working as one – and then attack!  Thus, very little energy or force is needed when attacking or defending as it is all very well calculated.

This activity is a very ancient style of martial arts, and it is not one that is readily available to find a course in. However, as I always say – Tai Chi YouTube is always available and why not give the activity a try where every you are in the world. Follow the simple moves in this video and try a little each morning. I am right with you. Let’s become at peace with the world. After all, this is a free activity that will only cost you time. 


Find a local  Dojo centre - Dojo is a term used to signify the  training place of martial arts. If you cannot find  a Dojo centre  - use the above Youtube video.   I am sure you will have a good experience and it will add to the numerous activities you have to select from this site.


Here is a link to Tai Chi classes in London  There are also many local parks that put on Tai Chi during the summer months. Contact your local authority and find out about the great things to do in London today.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Birthday card. Happy birthday card. Have a scrumptious birthday. Unique cards. Food birthday card.

SAY IT WITH A FOOD BIRTHDAY CARD
 
This birthday card  is a unique way to say happy birthday. It's for all ages and is blank inside for your own messages. This is a fun way to celebrate a birthday and  can be given to him or her! The outside of the card reads ' have a scrumptious birthday'. How  unique  is that?  Make this the first  food birthday card you buy!  
 
The recipe is for a standard cupcake, it does not include the decorations!
 
The recipe is tried and tested. They taste GOOD!!
 
 
 
 
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Fancy Flying 'Emirates Air Line' ? Under £20 to London! So Cheap. First Class! Great Views!

Where are Cable Cars in London?
Opened 27th June 2012

Fancy Flying 'Emirates Air Line'? No need to visit an airport, just hop on a London Air Cable Cart to experience a 360 view of London. You can fly Emirates Airline between Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula.

Cable car rides last from 5 minutes to 10 minutes, giving you a full experience of London from heavenly heights. On one side the cable cars terminates near the Excel Centre , Royal Docks termination; on the other side the cable cars terminate near to the O2 Arena, The Greenwich Peninsula. You can get a  great view of the Shard, O2 Arena , Canary Wharf,  the City and Greenwich. The cable cars depart every 10 minutes.

Each cable  car can hold up to ten passengers and two bicycles.

Opening Hours: 7am Monday to Friday  8am,  Saturday 9am Sunday

Fee: Cost of riding an air cable car

Closing times: Up to 8pm during winter months October to March,  and 9pm during summer months April to September.

Note: Opening hours will be extended when events take place locally. 

Trivia...  Double Decker Cable Cars: 

Did you know that some countries have double decker cable cars ?

France has a double decker aerial tramways (cable cars)  that carries 200 people in each cabin at a height of  380m over the Ponturin Gorge. Japan has one that carries 121 people in each cabin. Switzerland has one that carries 60 people in the lower deck and 30 people in the upper deck in the open air!

Enjoy flying Emirates Airways Cable Cars! 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Steal 30 minutes and do something that will give you extra years. Start today and make your body move!


        A few tips to help you live a healthy lifestyle – small steps!
 
 
Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. Evidence has shown that exercising for just this small period of time each day, for at least 4 days a week, can stem off many diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Turn that TV/computer and get moving!   Fresh air is good for you so, whenever you can, get out  into the fresh air and exercise.

 

 














 
Make your life healthier and longer by:
-       Stop smoking - reduce at lease if you can't stop
-       Taking regular exercise
-       Eating five fruit and vegetables each day
-       Drinking plenty of water
-    Making time - make time for a healthy Lifestyle

Get rid of STESS AND ANGER! Although these emotions seem harmless,  too much stress and anger raise your blood pressure levels which are not good for you or your heart. How to relieve stress here by doing things slowly!
 

Laugh a big belly laugh
A big healthy laugh is all that is sometimes needed to relieve stress. Be happy, don’t let other people make you feel miserable. Walk away from situations that make you feel miserable and find happy situations. Laughing and being happy will bring down your blood pressure levels and lower your cholesterol – cholesterol is a stress producing hormone and so we don’t want any of that! Be gone nasty cholesterol!
How to control your stress and anger

Get natural vitamins!
Get out into the sunlight and gets lots of vitamin D. This powerful vitamin fights many diseases such as depression, heart disease and forms of cancer. Get up early and get your full dose of vitamin D. Try to avoid strong sunlight after mid-day as the rays can be harmful.


Vegetables
Get your daily dose of vegetables and fruit. Try to eat fresh fruit, not canned ... but if you can only get canned on a certain day – go for it! Find out how to incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet here for a healthy lifestyle.

Salt
Salt can also raise your blood pressure levels so limit your salt to what is naturally in food and try not to add too much salt to your diet or consume foods rich in added salt. Get rid of that extra salt and benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Read about the negative impact of table salt here.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Sleep your way to a healthy body and mind. Sleep makes you exercise more and brings extra energy to your body and mind. Have a good sleep tonight!


Sleep and be fit

 

There are so many great things to see and do all over the world ,in whatever country you are in. We were not designed to slumber from bed, to breakfast, onto public transport, to office chair, to a restaurant and then back to our couch and then to bed! We were designed to be off our bottoms and moving! This continuous cycle makes us overeat and gain weight which all them makes us lead a sedentary lifestyle.

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Unfortunately, most of us have a life that keeps us jailed to a chair or other sedentary obligations. Exercise is something that is added to our daily schedule instead of just happening as a matter of nature.

Health problems, according to diet experts, in adults and children do not only occur due to overeating, but due to the lack of activity in our daily lives. This is why it is so important for us to move around and be active. For you to  stay fit and healthy and ready to enjoy all the things to do with your family and friends, it is vital that you maintain an active life.

In in order to lose and maintain weight it is important to change your lifestyle and not just schedule the sporadic exercise occasionally. You need to be persistent and consistent. If you exercise and do not change your diet then you will find that you maintain your weight and sometimes even gain weight, as exercise can make you hungry!

Exercise needs to be part of your daily life and not just an add on now and then when the mood takes you.  You should not think of it as exercise but the necessary actions that are needed to stay healthy and part of an overall healthy lifestyle. You need to sustain it so it should fit into what you do in your life and how you live. The four things listed below will give you a start on your way to keeping  active and fit, help you to enjoy life to the full and participate in all the various wonderful things to in London:

1. Quality sleep is vital to remain fit and healthy
If you are tired or fatigued you are less likely to want to get up and move around in the day. Take control  of your sleep and this will give you energy in the day to do all the wonderful activities that lack of sleep make you miss out on. If you are sitting around because you are tired you will tend to eat more as a way of passing the time, thus quality sleep is important.

2. Walk the walk
Walking is a wonderful thing to do. London has some wonderful attraction to visit. Walking is one of the healthiest and stress free activities that really does promote a healthy body and mind. Start with just 10 minutes over a five day period and then build it up to 30 minutes a day. Walk bristly and happily! Walk with a friend and have a chat, but keep up the pace. Why don’t you try walking in your garden?

3. Walk the treadmill
The weather can limit the amount of walking you can do. If you have space, invest in a treadmill. Watch TV and walk ! One of the things I like about indoor gym equipment is that I can watch a bit of TV but still get the health benefits of a workout.

4.  Don’t put off what you can do today
Don’t put off exercise because of some of other issues. Make the activity something that will fit in with your lifestyle. That way you are more inclined to stick with it. Don’t come up with excuses as to why you cannot do it. Instead, make sure you put everything in place to ensure that you will be able to fulfil your healthy option and exercise pan.

Remember your health and fitness is a wonderful gift to your family; the fitter you are the more active you will be as a family member and the more things you can do.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Free Museums and Galleries in London. Grab a packed lunch. Put on your coat and go exercise those legs. Bus and train fare is all that is needed!

FREE Events In East London - Every First Thursday

Free Museums and Galleries in London 

Galleries and Museums


Free Museums in London.

 London has some of the most magnificent free museums. There is something for all age groups and  adults will find many  attractions and performances to keep them occupied. 

The fantastic thing is .... most of these museums are free, apart from special performances and attractions. Free is good! 

You will find free museums throughout London. No matter which part of London you live in, I can assure you that you will find a free museum near  you.

The  Science Museum, Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert Museum are all clustered together in Kensington, These museums are all free of charge to enter, but payment is required for certain attractions and performances. Have a look at the list I have compiled for you below.  Not all of these museums are free but the majority are. 



The Natural History Museum in London is a museum exhibiting a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.


Science Museum - Free Entry The Science Museum London museum and library of science. Exhibitions cover all areas of science and technology. Includes online exhibits and a learning area.


Bank of England Museum - Free Entry The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank.


Royal Airforce Museum NW9 - Free Entry Lovely day out. Lots of aircraft to see. Children also catered for.

Imperial War Museum -Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a British national museum organisation with branches at five locations in England


The Anaesthesia Museum  W1B - This is a small but just perfect museum for those interested in anaesthesia. I would recommend it for teenagers and adults who have an interest. You have to book in advance. Not recommend for young children .

The Royal Academy of Music Museum NW1 - This is a small museum for those with a keen interest in music.

The William Morris Gallery  Museum E17 - Free Entry -This is a beautiful house on fantastic ground. There is something for everyone. Museum is dedicated to the memory of William Morris - craftsman, designer and socialist.

The British Dental Museum W1G - History of dental surgery.  Ring before you set off. Restricted opening times.

Museum of London Docklands E14 - The history of the Roman settlement to the Docklands regeneration.  Caters well for children. Plenty to see and do.

V&A Museum of  Childhood - Free Entry- Good day out. Children and adults well catered for.

The Geffrye Museum of Homes E2 - Free Entry- Museum of homes. Will not take all day to get around.

The British Postal Museum WC1X - The Essex branch hold larger exhibits - such as post boxes and vans.


Kenwood House  NW3 Museum  -  Great day out. Picnics, walks, cafes. The house has paintings and some pieces of furniture.

The Ragged School Museum  - The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canal side buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London. At the heart of the Ragged School Museum is our unique classroom, where each year some 16,000 children come to experience a glimpse of Victorian life.

Goldsmith Hall Museum -  An 1835 (William IV) Renaissance building rebuilt by Philip Hardwick, containing portraits. 

Flowers East  Contemporary Art Gallery situated in London's East End. Features painting, sculpture and limited edition prints by 49 represented and associated artists.


Guildhall Art Gallery/ Museum  and AmphitheatreDiscover the art collection of the City of London Corporation and visit Guildhall Yard, a tranquil and historic square in the middle of the City.


Hang-Up -Pictures - ONLINE!! Hang-Up is Europe's leading urban and contemporary online art gallery. Specialists in limited edition prints the London art gallery also presents a fresh and ...

Museum of London - FREE - Museum of London documents the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. The museum is located on London Wall, close to the Barbican Centre ...


National Gallery Museum  - FREE -The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. Enjoy free entrance 361 days a year.

National Maritime Museum GreenwichNational Maritime Museum. Discover the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea.


National Portrait Gallery - FREE- National Opened in 1896. Features portraits of the most famous people in British history.nal Portrait Gallery

Old National Museum - The 17th-century Queen's House represents a turning point in English architecture. ... View of Deptford Power Station from Greenwich by Lowry.


Queen's House Greenwich  Museum - The 17th-century Queen's House represents a turning point in English architecture. ... View of Deptford Power Station from Greenwich by Lowry.


Tate Modern Museum  - London art gallery housing the UK's collection of modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day and hosting special exhibitions and events.

Victoria and Albert MuseumThe Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design.ria and albert museum

The Wallace Collection Museum  - Considered one of the best collections of fine arts including paintings, porcelain, furnishings and armoury. Located in London, England.


Welcome Collection Museum   - medicine - The welcome collection, Free London venue that is a unique mix of galleries, events, and meeting, reading and eating places where you can consider what it means to be human.

Serpentine Gallery Museum The Serpentine Galleries are among London's most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art. Free admission.


Whitechapel Art GalleryFounded in 1901 and situated in East London, presenting an international programme of contemporary and 20th century art. Details of its access to the arts and ...




The Cuming Museum -   The Cuming museum's display galleries are currently closed following a fire at 151 Walworth Road, or former Walworth Town Hall, on Monday 25 March 2013.

Grant Museum of Zoology - The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal 


Hograth's House Museum Hogarth's House in Chiswick, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) from 1749 until ... Hogarth's House contains an extensive collection of prints and engravings by the artist William Hogarth. The house was his country home and has been restored to tell the history of his life and the building.


Horniman Museum and Gardens - Features three main collections, world cultures, natural history and music. Includes details of displays, opening times, facilities and directions. Located in London ...



Little Holland HouseThe home of Frank Dickinson (1874-1961), artist, designer and craftsman. The house is Grade II Listed and the interior features paintings, handmade furniture, ...


London Sewing Machine MuseumVintage sewing machine exhibits in a large store selling sewing, haberdashery and crafts supplies

The Leighton House Museum  - The Leighton House Museum is a museum in the Holland Park district of Kensington and Chelsea in London. The former home of the painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, it has been open to the public since 1929

Museum of the Order of Saint JohnThis recently redeveloped museum houses rich collections of paintings, furniture, silver, metalwork and armour, ceramics, sculpture, prints, drawings, textiles, ...


The Sataachi's Gallery -   The inaugural START art fair provides an opportunity to discover new talent by showcasing emerging art from around the world, with 45 galleries from cities that ... 

Sir John Sloane's Museum - Sir John Soane's Museum was formerly the home of the neo-classical architect John Soane. It holds many drawings and models of Soane's projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities 

The Museum of Croydon - Free Entry- The virtual home of the Museum of Croydon - explore our galleries, collections and activities online.


Winchester Place Museum Winchester Palace was a twelfth-century palace, London residence of the Bishops of Winchester. It is located south of the River Thames in Southwark, near the medieval priory which today has become Southwark Cathedral.

19 Princelet Street  Museum - The Museum of Immigration and Diversity is a British museum at 19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets


RSA House - hidden attraction -  The Stephens Collection - hidden attraction - Dr. Henry Stephens was the inventor (in 1832) of the famous "Blue-Black Writing Fluid", later developed into ink. The family firm manufacturing the ink and ...


Dennis Sever's House Museum  - Dennis Severs' House in Folgate Street is a "still-life drama" created by the previous owner as an "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers


Valance House Museum - Valence House Museum, voted by the Guardian as one of the 50 best free things to do in London. The only surviving manor house in Dagenham, it dates ...

Free thing to do in london with your coat on or off. Take a pack lunch and stock up on tissues and off you go!

Free Places to Visit in London - Animal attractions, Unusual, Outdoor and Gardens

Inexpensive, Free days out and Free activities - sometimes we just need a freebie! 


A family could quite easily spend over £100 for a day out in London. This , sadly, puts many off going out, as the thought of coming home £100 poorer can be very off putting. The fantastic news is that you do not have to spend a fortune in order to to go out. There are many free places to visit in London.  London offers a plethora of totally  free days out and there is something for everyone. There are free museums, activities, events, attractions and entertainment you just need to know where to go.

This page will give you a list of free activities for a great day or half day out. This is not just a list of conventional places, but also gives you ideas of how to put your own activity together and enjoy London at the same time. 



FREE Gardens and Parks
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Part
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a fantastic day out for all ages.There is lots to explore at the park, as well as many planned activities. This is also a great cycle route.

Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park  is situated on a hilltop with impressive views across the River Thames to the
Hyde Park 

Hyde park
Hyde Park covers 350 acres and is home to a number of famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers' Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

Kensington Park
Fancy a  game of football, a go on the swings or a cup of coffee with friends, Kennington Park’s the place to be.

FREE -Saint James Park
The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting for  pageants including the annual Trooping the Colours.

FREE- Bushy Park
Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer.

FREE- Regents Park and Primrose Hill
From the wonderful rose gardens, to the variety of birds and trees, to watching plays at the open air theatre and admiring the famous view of the city from Primrose Hill there is plenty to do and see here.

FREE - Richmond Park
The park is a National Nature Reserve, London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. 



FREE- Crystal Palace Park
Crystal Palace Park


As well as the home of some life sized dinosaurs, Crystal Palace park is also home to the national sports centre, a children's farm, a playground, a maze, an outdoor concert stage and plenty of green space to run about in.

FREE- Morden Hall Park
This is an  English countryside in London. Surrounded by meadows, trees and the soft sounds of birdsong and running water, the park is a tranquil haven.


FREE Outdoor Attractions

FREE- Lee Valley Park
 Lee Valley Regional Park is fantastic for outdoor lovers with great walking routes, white water rafting, horse riding, fishing, bird watching, golf, climbing, athletics, nature reserves, camp sites and wonderful miles of wide open spaces to explore. Fancy a bit of cycling? Lee Valley had wonderful cycle paths.

FREE- Changing the Guards
Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard. 

FREE- Horse Guard Parade
Horse Guards Parade in London is a parade ground near Whitehall used for royal parades and ceremonies. Every morning the ceremony of Changing of the Guard takes place at Horse Guards Parade (11:00 Monday - Saturday, 10:00 Sunday). 
The Statue Of Eros

FREE- The Statue of Eros - The famous statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus is one of the symbols of London. It is also known as the Shaftesbury Monument

FREE- Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. The DianaPrincess of Wales Memorial Fountain is a memorial in London dedicated toDianaPrincess of Wales, who died in a car crash in 1997.


Free Places to Visit in London -  Animal Attractions
FREE- Deen City Farm and riding school
Riding School (Deen City Farm) The riding school offers around twelve ponies and horses and a range of riding activities.

FREE- Mudchute Park and Farm is a large urban park and farm just south of Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets .

FREE- Vauxhall City Farm
Vauxhall City Farm is a little piece of the countryside in central London. Come for a fun day out and experience all the sights, sounds and smells of rural life.



Free places to Visit in London that are Unusual 

FREE - Abbey Road
The Abbey Road zebra crossing is famous worldwide as the spot captured on The Beatles Abbey Road album cover. In April 1969, the group came to Abbey Road recording studios to make their final album. The studio and famous zebra crossing are regarded as British music industry icons to this day.



FREE- The London Wall
The London Wall 


London Wall was the defensive wall first built by the Romans around Londinium, their strategically important port town on the River Thames. Set immediately north of the Tower of London, right in the heart of Tower Hill, stands one of the most substantial and impressive surviving sections of the London Wall.

FREE- Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is home to Nelson's Column, iconic stone lions, the famous Fourth Plinth .It's a must-see destination for visitors to London. You'll often find cultural events, performances, shows and other special activities going on in the square by the fountains. At Christmas you'll find the biggest Christmas tree in London, an annual gift from the city of Oslo.
FREE- Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge - E14
A timber-framed hunting grandstand built in 1543 for Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge stands in a beautiful part of Epping Forest. Explore the Tudor kitchen, see the stairs which legend says Queen Elizabeth rode her horse up. Dressing up clothes, a quiz trail and brass rubbings are available for children. The View visitors centre is next-door.  

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