Monthly Archives: May 2012

Spring ‘is the best time to visit London’

With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee less than two weeks away, now is the time for those planning to stay in the capital to finalise their London hotel deals and think about their itinerary. June 2nd will mark 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II was coronated and there is a range … Read the rest

Buttons to adorn Jubilee boat

In a tribute to the traditional East End's pearly kings and queens, the Queen's Jubilee barge will be decorated with buttons. The Spirit of Chartwell will transport the Queen and other members of the royal family in the special Thames Diamond Jubilee pageant. Artist and sculptor Ann Carrington explained that … Read the rest

Olympic BMX track more competitive

BMX riders have been training at the Olympic track following its remodelling. The decision was made to revamp the track after a test event in August in order to make it more competitive and incorporate more challenging jumps. Currently top in the world rankings, Australian rider Caroline Buchanan praised the … Read the rest

Bees set to descend on Chelsea

Bees could be drawn to a special garden at the forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show. Designed by academics at Leeds University and former Chelsea gold medal-winning designer Martin Walker, the entry is hoping to showcase how people can encourage more bees into their back gardens and is based on research conducted … Read the rest

Jubilee keeps glove maker busy

The Queen's glove maker is set to have a busy time as the Diamond Jubilee approaches. Genevieve Lawson has been making specially tailored gloves for the monarch since 1947, when the designer of the Queen's wedding dress ordered a pair of simple white cotton gloves to match her going-away outfit. … Read the rest

Olympic Village gets athletes’ backing

Athletes have praised the facilities of the Olympic and Paralympic Village ahead of the Games this summer. The London 2012 Athletes' Committee was created by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to ensure that the needs of the competitors are met and that the facilities excel their expectations. Members of … Read the rest

Updated Queen on display in London

A new waxwork of the Queen has been unveiled in London ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It is the 23rd waxwork of the Queen for Madame Tussauds London and has been designed to reflect the official Jubilee portrait photograph of the monarch. The model will feature 53,000 Swarovski crystals … Read the rest

Climate change focus of Chelsea Flower Show

Later this month, the Chelsea Flower Show will present a number of gardens aimed at combating climate change and encouraging natural habitats. One of the main focuses of the event will be urban gardens that will showcase how climate change can be tackled within cities, reports Blue and Green Tomorrow. … Read the rest

London store celebrates British history

Leading department store Selfridges has opened a new exhibition to celebrate British history during the early 50s as part of its Diamond Jubilee plans. The world-famous shopping paradise is holding a number of events to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne and the in-store event the Big British … Read the rest