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From the bright lights of the West End and Theatreland to the smart streets of Kensington and Chelsea and the busy bustle of the City and Canary Wharf, London is a great, sprawling melting pot of a city, a fascinating blend of history and modernity.
And 2012 has been an exciting year for the city, with the London Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee both being a storming success.

The Winter’s Tale: a festive feast in the West End

As Kenneth Branagh’s yearlong season in the West End’s Garrick Theatre continues, we review his seasonal programme, including The Winter’s Tale starring Judi Dench.

Britain’s acting icons before they were famous

The launch of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s new Heritage Project allows unprecedented access to its digital archives and fascinating snapshots of Britain’s acting icons before they became household names.

Spinning plates: tea with a twist at the Savoy

One of London’s most iconic hotels, the Savoy launches new Temptation Wheel menu, which matches desserts, chocolates and cocktails.

Nelson, Navy and Nation

On Trafalgar Day, and throughout the year, in a fascinating permanent gallery the National Maritime Museum tells the story of the Royal Navy and its staggering effect on the British people of the 19th century.

Beautiful Brompton: support suffragette’s cemetery

This week, with the release of the film Suffragette, Brompton Cemetery in west London, the final resting place of Emmeline Pankhurst, makes an urgent request for public support for its restoration.

Miss Trunchbull admonishes a child in Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical. Credit Manuel Harlan

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical in the West End

As Roald Dahl’s classic tale continues its US tour, we review the West End show, which is a spectacle of epic proportions.

Suffragette Season at the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament celebrate the UK release of Suffragette with a special programme of events, tours and talks throughout October.

Early birthday present for Britain’s oldest theatre

The Bristol Old Vic, Britain’s oldest theatre, has received a boost of Lottery funding in the run-up to its 250th anniversary, plus we look back at some of our other historic playhouses.

HM The Queen: 10 of our favourite anecdotes

To celebrate the monarch’s milestone, we reveal these royal titbits to shed light on Queen Elizabeth II’s extraordinary character.

Chocolate afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel

Time for tea? London’s afternoon tea trail

Tempt your taste buds on a tea trail around London with the help of a new website launched by Horniman Museum and Gardens.

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