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Plan a cracking Easter weekend in London

Are you waiting for the long weekend of this year? Who says no, Easter holidays are round the corner. Good Friday is a bank holiday, so for many people, it marked the beginning of their Easter weekend. Monday, April 2 is also a bank holiday, but not every work will give employees these two Easter dates off. We have a handy guide for your Long Easter Weekend Plan. Let’s explore!!!

Hunt down London’s best Easter eggs

Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts with National Trust

Chocolate connoisseurs Cadbury’s are yet again bringing their egg hunts to over 250 National Trust locations across the country. In London, you can track them down at Fenton House (Hampstead), Ham House (Richmond), Morden Hall Park (Morden), Osterley Park (Isleworth), Rainham Hall (Havering), Red House (Bexleyheath) and Sutton House (Hackney).

Where: Various locations.

When: March 30 – April 2, (from £2 admission).

East Village, Stratford

Dig out your ruby slippers for this one, as East Village in Stratford will be hosting a Wizard of Oz-themed hunt.

Where: Victory Parade, East Village, E20 1GF.

When: March 31(free).

Lindt Gold Bunny hunt at Hampton Court

So it’s not technically an egg hunt, but a quest to find a Lindt Gold Bunny is a more than worthy charge.

Where: East Molesey, KT8 9AU.

When: March 26 – April 15, included in admission.

Battersea Park Zoo

Your little bunnies won’t be the only cute critters on this Easter trail. Battersea Park Zoo is hiding its Easter eggs all across its resident animal’s enclosures over the bank holiday weekend.

Where: Battersea Park Zoo.

When: March 30 – April 2, from £1.50 plus admission.


Things to do with kids over Easter

Keep them entertained during the Easter school holidays – and away from the chocolate for a bit – with our guide to the best Easter events for children

A big day out with Peter Rabbit

Join Peter Rabbit and his gang of furry friends to celebrate Easter at Kew’s beautiful botanical gardens.

Where: Kew Gardens.

When: Friday March 30 2018 – Sunday April 15 2018.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic

There are few creative relationships that have the capacity to dazzle countless generations of readers like that between a children’s writer and illustrator.

Where: V&A, Brompton.

When: Until Sunday April 8 2018.

Defend the Tower

On your visit to the Tower of London this spring, join the lively battles that took place way back in the fortress’s past, during 200 years of medieval conflict.

Where: Tower of London, Tower Hill.

When: Until Friday April 27 2018.

Superhero Takeover at ZSL London Zoo

For Easter 2018 ZSL London Zoo invites families to take a self-guided Superpowers Trails to discover the amazing natural talents of its residents – from the super-strong leafcutter ant to the axolotl, which can regrow its limbs.

Where: London zoo, Regents’s Park.

When: Friday March 30 2018 – Sunday April 15 2018.

Colour: The Rainbow Revealed

The Horniman Museum’s interactive exhibition features family-friendly displays, a mood room with sensory lighting to match, and a colour café, where you can discover why our taste buds only react to certain colours.

Where: Horniman Museum, Forest Hill.

When: Until Sunday October 28 2018.

Jungle skills at the National Army Museum

For generations, soldiers have had to take their combat skills into tough and diverse environments, like the jungle!

Where: National Army Museum, Chelsea.

When: Friday March 30 2018 – Sunday April 15 2018.

Investigate for Families at Natural History Museum

Got your eye on at least one of the kids having ‘Dr’ in front of their name or a long list of letters after it, when they grow up?

Where: Natural History Museum, Brompton.

When: Until Sunday April 15 2018.


Go for a fancy Easter Sunday lunch

Easter Sunday is often as much a celebration of food as it is a religious occasion these days. When we think of this time, we think of those sticky buns fresh from the baker on Good Friday, the smell of rosemary and lamb slowly sizzling away together in the oven, of those first daffodils adorning the dining room table as family and friends gather together again. We have List the top 5

Blacklock in Soho

24 Great Windmill St, London, W1D 7LG.

Hawksmoor in Spitalfields

157A Commercial St, London, E1 6BJ.

Kupp in Paddington

Unit 53, 5 Merchant Square, London, W2 1AS.

Latium in Fitzrovia

21 Berners St, London, W1T 3LP.

Dishoom in Covent Garden

12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9FB.

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Best New Year’s Eve Parties and Events across the UK

Before the Christmas festive mood fades out, the countdown for the New Year begins. Fortunately, this New Year eve is on Sunday and it is followed by a bank holiday on Monday so you won’t have to drag yourself out of the bed to work the next day. It’s the perfect excuse for keeping the festivities going well past midnight! We’ve created the ultimate guide to the best New Year’s Eve parties, events and fireworks displays across the nation.

 

London

London is one of the most populous cities in the world, Especially for New Years Eve celebrations. As Big Ben strikes 12 midnight, watch fireworks from the famous London Eye, take a cruise down the Thames, or celebrate while dancing the night away. Check out some of the attractions the city has to offer below!

• The New Years Eve House Party 2017 | Till 4.00 am | Holborn, Central London

• Mabel’s Covent Garden | Till 2:00 am | Covent Garden, London Head to Winter Wonderland for free and get the chance to explore the Christmas markets, fairground rides and a kid-friendly Santa Land.

Head to Primrose Hill and wrap up warm to see unrivalled views over London without paying a penny.
Alternatively, Tower Bridge, Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge are good places to stand if you get there very early.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital is one of the best places in the world to celebrate the New Year. Thousands of people take to the city’s streets, parks and pubs to celebrate Hogmanay every December 31st – and if you’re thinking of joining them, you’ll receive a warm welcome. It is a lively place to be to bring in the New Year, boasting a number of big events including…

• Hogmanay in Edinburgh, which is known as one of the biggest parties in the UK.

• Torchlight parade starts at £3 or £13 for a ticket and torch.

• The street party that includes live music, DJs and street entertainment, from £26.



Birmingham

It’s time to start thinking about how you’ll be celebrating the dawn of the New Year. There’s a host of paid for options, including gala balls and parties, available across the West Midlands to help celebrate the start of 2017, but few are as yet advertising that they will include fireworks. But there are a couple of FREE options in Birmingham city centre on New Year’s Eve.

• On New Year’s Eve, the ice rink and big wheel in Centenary Square having a special late opening until 1am.



Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the most famous clubbing cities in the world and well renowned for its New Year’s Eve festivities. Enjoy the fun with a wide variety of bars and phenomenal restaurants around Mathew Street and Albert Dock. Some popular Liverpool events are business and professional, health and wellness and charity and causes.

• The Club House Liverpool One | Till 2:00 am | Liverpool, United Kingdom

• Bridgeman Place Commerce House | From 31 Dec 20:00| Bolton, United Kingdom



Nottingham

See 2018 in with a bang at the spectacular fireworks display at Nottingham Castle – and it’s free! The party atmosphere will start from 8pm, with a program of live music and entertainment from the bandstand, including performances by Nottingham’s Disco Prophets, a seven-piece band guaranteed to have the crowd dancing all night long.

• Spanky Van Dyke’s | Goldsmith Street, Nottingham

• The Wollaton Pub and Kitchen | Lambourne Drive, Wollaton

• MOJO |Thurland Street, Nottingham



Bristol

While many people in Bristol will be kicking off 2018 with a party or a raucous night out, for many the allure of a celebration packed with fireworks is just irresistible. Although Bristol doesn’t quite have a display to rival the magnificent scenes enjoyed by Londoners every year, there are still some impressive shows taking place around the city which will ensure your New Year starts with a bang.

• The Oxford | Totterdown

• The Crown Inn | Keynsham

• The Farm St Werberghs | Hopetoun Road

• The Avon Gorge Hotel | Sion Hill



Manchester

Manchester’s Christmas season will come to a spectacular end with an incredible fireworks display in Albert Square. The annual event has previously been held in Piccadilly Gardens but recently moved to Albert Square. It will take place again in the city’s large public square while redevelopment work is completed in the gardens.

New Year’s Eve celebrations will start at 11pm with the fireworks released from the roof of the town hall on the stroke of midnight. Road closures will be in place from 9pm around Albert Square (Princess Road, John Dalton Street and Cross Street closed from 10pm), and all roads will reopen at 1am.

And Finally…

Never settle after watching the New Year fireworks, spend a leisurely New Year’s Day at one of London’s lovely attractions, take a refreshing walk around the city or recuperate over a long brunch or roast lunch, whilst the masses are at home nursing a hangover.

What is “BlackFriday” and “CyberMonday”?

        Black Friday is a bit like a retail version of the Hunger Games, it turns retail shopkeeper’s balance sheets from red (loss) to black (profit). It’s an informal name for the day following Thanksgiving in the United States of America which falls every fourth Thursday of November. This year, the event falls on Friday, November 24 (TODAY).

In U.K the term “Black Friday” is the day when emergency services activate contingency plans to cope with the increase in workload due to many people going out drinking on the last Friday before Christmas. But Nowadays it all about shopping.. shopping.. and just shopping.

Black Friday is a shopping day for a combination of reasons. As the first day after the last major holiday before Christmas, it marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Additionally, many employers in the US give their employees the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In order to take advantage of this, virtually all retailers in the country, big and small, offer various sales including limited amounts of door-busting items to entice customers new and old.

Cyber Monday… Probably the only time of the year people look forward to Monday mornings! Just like the now infamous Black Friday Events across the globe, “Cyber Monday” to has become an international marketing term used by online retailers across the world. It’s quickly becoming one of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year. This year, the event falls on Monday, November 27.

Online retailers have stated in the past that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a trend that is driving serious online discounts and promotions on Cyber Monday this year. UK online retailers are now referring to “Cyber Monday” as the busiest internet shopping day of the year that commonly falls on the same day as the US Cyber Monday.

 

Top 10 “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” 2017 Stores:

  1. Walmart
  2. Amazon
  3. Sam’s club
  4. Target
  5. Kohl’s
  6. Best Buy
  7. Toys R Us
  8. HP
  9. American Eagle (AEO)
  10. Macy’s

 How to get the best discounts?

  • Prepare tonight
  • Stack your vouchers
  • Shop early in the day
  • Watch out for doorbusters
  • Start early.
  • Do your research.
  • Compare prices.
  • Create a budget—and stick to it.
  • Avoid pricey accessories.
  • Check all store policies in advance.
  • Don’t just focus on Friday.

 NOT to Buy on Black Friday!

The days surrounding Thanksgiving offer up a seemingly endless smorgasbord of deals. But not every Black Friday offer is truly worthy of your cash. To help you sort the doorbusters from the filler deals, here is a list of things you should skip this Black Friday.

  • iPhones
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Tools
  • Jewelry: Wait until January to make your jewellery purchase, and get a head start on Valentine’s Day.
  • 1080p TVs
  • Black Friday Models
  • Final Sale Items
  • Gift Cards
  • Winter Clothing
  • Holiday Decorations

Tips to Do a Safe Online Shopping

  1. Check the seller’s customer satisfaction ratings.
  2. Check the Better Business Bureau site to see if there are a large number of complaints about the seller.
  3. Whenever possible, use a credit card for payment.
  4. Never enter your credit card information on a page that is not encrypted.
  5. Go directly to the seller’s site rather than clicking a “coupon” link that was sent to you from an unknown source.