Grand Royale London Hyde Park: Learn the details of nature photography at the Wildlife Photography Exhibition

It’s the fag end of January and though winter is still dominating the London air, spring has started signaling its slow approach. Bright sunny days with fantastic wind are creating perfect atmosphere for exploring the historic city on feet. For people who have visited London earlier and are planning a trip yet again may try to see London in a different way this time. Instead of spending time visiting the prime spots that they have already explored, visitors may opt for something that is not permanent features of London. Many exciting events, fairs, festivals and exhibitions take place in London in different seasons and taking part in any of those, one can make his or her London trip a unique one. Event venues are scattered across London and majority of them are located at the prime spots that are easily reachable from the esteemed hotels.

Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one of the most eminent hotels in Central London’s prestigious West End is applauded for its strategic location, apart from its service excellence which has earned global recognition for the property. Located close to the iconic Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens, Park Grand London Hyde Park offers easy accesses to a number of event venues.

Visitors who fancy photography and have a deep interest in the subject would be delighted to know that the Grand Royale London Hyde Park is currently offering access to the Wildlife Photography Exhibition, which is being held at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition, which has started from October 23, 2013 brings to photography enthusiasts a golden opportunity to learn skills from collection of images snapped by experts. The Natural History Museum is among the busiest exhibition venues in Central London and right now its iconic central hall has now turned into a wonderful gallery of photographs and displays that have completely changed the atmosphere of the venue.

The first thing that attracts visitors at the central hall is the huge Diplodocus skeleton. The life size model of a blue whale would also leave visitors spell-bound. However, this season the real charm of the hall is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is one of the important annual events that the museum hosts. This is the 49 th edition of the competition and it has attracted entries from all corners of the world. A panel of expert judges is scrutinizing the submissions to choose the best one which would be displayed at the museum. Shutterbugs can enrich their knowledge by looking at stunning images that have been displayed at the hall under 18 different categories.

Visitors can therefore be sure of seeing some pretty spectacular images, with the 18 category winners and runners up, as well as those being deemed worthy of special commendation being included in the exhibition. Considered largely as the number one global display of nature photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Collection is simply a must-see thing for everyone and especially those having a fascination for wildlife photography. Located on Cromwell Road, the Natural History Museum is very close to the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can easily reach the venue by taking a Piccadilly Line-bound train from the nearest South Kensington tube station or bus. The exhibition would remain open till March 23.

To book a room at Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can either log on to its official website- http://www.grandroyalelondon.co.uk or call at +44 (0) 20 7313 7900.

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London Premier Hotels: London welcomes movie lovers at screening of Oscar nominees

Exploring the prime tourist spots and experiencing festivals and carnivals are very common approaches towards enjoying a London trip. The tourist spots will stand at their positions for ever and the festivals would happen every year according to the calendar. But to make their London trip memorable, visitors must try to be a part of something, which is unusual. The New Year is still very young and the festive mood is quite steady in London. People are enjoying their time by indulging in diverse activities and giving priority to entertainment.

For people who love to add the essence of entertainment in their holiday trips, this is a great time to be at London. It’s the time to experience the cinema craze in London. Oscar nominations for this year have just been announced and theaters across London now extend towards movie buffs wonderful opportunity to watch the movies that are likely to bag the iconic Golden trophy at the Awards Ceremony. Cinema lovers should not the miss the opportunity of watching and judging the nominated movies before their fate get decided at Los Angeles a few days later.

Right now some of the top cinema houses in London city are screening movies like Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave. Queues are getting longer and one should rush to ensure a good seat inside the hall. To make the experience of watching a movie very special, visitors may also opt for Immersive Cinema, a new concept that has turned into a trend in the last few years. A specialty of the Future Cinema and Secret Cinema, the Immersive Cinema gives audiences a scope to take part in the movie they are watching.

Screening of such movies is done at selected locations with mirroring the scenery in the movie. Very recently, screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was held at a hospital and to bring the effect of the venue on the movie, the organizers converted the venue into a mental institution and actors were seen portraying roles of patients and doctors. Many organizers even allow audiences to take part in various activities before the start of the movie and are also provided with dresses that characters of the movie are seen wearing. Same style was followed during the screening of Casablanca at the Roxy in Shadwell. To bring the movie effect, the venue was given the look of a Moroccan hang-out of 1940s and people were seen roaming here and there dressed up like American GIs and Nazi officers.

To be a part of this very special kind of screening, interested people need to sign up to the mailing list of the organizers. Audiences need to make sure that details of the movie shown to them are kept secret until they arrive at the venue. As the procedure goes, audiences are given instructions about time and place to turn up and they are also told what to wear and bring.

Since Central London and its prestigious West End are ornamented with lots of cinema halls, getting a scope of enjoying Immersive Cinema should not be difficult. Yet staying at the Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington would be a smart decision since the hotel is very close to the Paddington Underground Railway Terminus from where trains to all major cinema venues in London are frequently available.

Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington, a London Premier Hotel is located at 27 Devonshire Terrace, Paddington and to book a room there one can either call at +44 (0) 20 7745 1212 or log on to http://www.londonpremierhotels.com, the official website of the London Premier Hotels.

 

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LondonTown.com: Country legend Rosanne Cash announces UK date

Country legend Rosanne Cash has announced she will be playing the Barbican Centre on 30th April in celebration of her new album, The River & The Thread, which was released on 10 th February 2014 on Decca/Blue Note and has already been hailed as the best of her career. The Barbican Centre is located in the heart of London, close to both the West End and the City, and is surrounded by great hotels, restaurants and bar. Anybody hoping to find a cheap hotel in London close to the Barbican or in any other London location should visit LondonTown.com, London’s most reliable website for the latest information on room rates and hotel bookings.

Cash, the eldest daughter of American superstar Johnny Cash, wrote and recorded The River & The Thread with her husband and producer John Leventhal. Many of the songs concern life and history in the American south, and feature varied musical styles, from blues and gospel to folk, country and rock. It has been hailed as the best album of her long career and features guest appearances from great American singer-songwriters such as Alison Moorer, Rodney Crowell, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Joe White. It is her 15th album.

Cash was born in Memphis and raised in California. She has had 21 Top 40 country singles, including 11 No 1s. She has received 12 GRAMMY nominations, winning in 1985 and has also published four books. Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times,Rolling Stone and   New York magazine, among others. Her concert at the Barbican on 30 th April is likely to be a must-see event for fans of country rock and tickets will be priced from between £10 and £35 for An Evening With Rosanne Cash. For more information on concerts at the Barbican and other London venues, visit LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com: BFI announce dates for 58th London Film Festival

The London Film Festival – one of the largest and most important film festivals in the world – has announced its 58 th festival will run from 8th to 19th October 2014 at venues across the city. The festival, which is organised by the British Film Institute, has grown from strength to strength in recent years and is massive draw for film fans as well those who work in the industry. Anybody planning to attend the 2014 festival should visit LondonTown.com to ensure they have the pick of cheap London hotels, as the website contains the latest room rates for thousands of hotels in the capital.

Clare Stewart, the BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, has helped build on the striking success of its recent festivals. The 2013 Festival was a highlight of the international calendar and the London Film Festival now rivals Cannes, Berlin and Venice as the most important festivals in Europe. In 2013, there were 22 world premieres, 13 International and 29 European premieres. Many of the LFF’s gala presentations later emerged as the year’s most celebrated films, including four of the five BAFTA nominations for Best Film –12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips both of which had European Premieres at LFF, whilstGravity and Philomena had UK premieres in high profile positions. There are also 16 films with Oscar nominations from the LFF 2013 programme. The 2013 festival, which opened with the European Premiere of Captain Phillips and closed with the World premiere of  Saving Mr Banks attracted audiences of 151,000 across 20 screens across the UK’s capital, showing 235 fiction and documentary features from 74 countries, with more than 600 filmmakers attending to present their work. The Opening and Closing night films were also beamed into 50 cinemas across the UK, reaching a further 11,200 people.

The festival benefits from both the deep cultural heritage of the BFI and the strength of the UK market (the world’s fourth largest box office territory) as well as the desirability of the capital as a premiere location with its iconic Leicester Square cinemas and the cultural hub of the BFI Southbank. Tickets for the festival will go on sale later this year.

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