A few days ago I attended a Band concert at Guildhall.
The band was made up of members from both The Band of The Royal Yeomanry and the HAC Honourable Artillery Company,
who played a wonderful selection of tunes, as well as one of my absolute favourite tunes ‘An English Country Garden’ a song I have loved since I was about 6 years old when my mother brought the 7-single home and played it for my sister and I (yes, I’m that old 😉 ).
After a most enjoyable evening assisted by a wonderfully mild and balmy summer evening, the concert ended with the National Anthem ‘God Save the Queen’, I recall as a younger me, before SA became a Republic, having to stand at the cinema prior to the start of the film and sing the anthem….now I live here and get to see the Queen.
The Band of The Royal Yeomanry was formed in 1961, but can trace their history back to 1548 with the raising of the Inns of Court Regiment. Following amalgamation with The City of London Yeomanry and further reorganisation of the Territorial Army in 1967, the band became the Royal Yeomanry. They have maintained their distinctive ceremonial uniform. They were recently granted ‘State Band’ status which enables them to undertake State Ceremonial Public Duties at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Windsor Palace.
In recent years the band has performed as far afield as North America, Africa, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. More recently the band represented the Army Reserve and provided musical support to WW2 commemorative events in Normandy in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and international heads of State.
I’ve uploaded a video of the finale of the evening; the National Anthem ‘God Save The Queen’ for your enjoyment
I’ll add a fuller video shortly with snippets from the evening. Further scenes from the evening
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A couple of months ago I read about the new food market held in Guildhall Yard, so obviously I had to visit and find out more for myself, so on Thursday last week I headed into London for my usual walkabout and also to visit the market.
Guildhall Yard and surrounding area is one of my favourite places in the City of London so a visit is always a pleasure. The market is made up of 20 stalls offering a wide range of products from delicious food to beautiful and quirky arts and crafts.
I meander around the stalls till the aroma of freshly cooked dumplings assailed my olifactory senses….LOL The Korean stall had a wonderful selection of traditional foods on offer, but I resisted temptation and ordered 6 freshly deep-fried vegetarian dumplings….oh my word they were delicious. I can so recommend them for a delicious snack.
After that I had a look around at the craft stalls and ignored the cake stalls……they all looked way to yummy. In all a great venue for something different. I believe that there will be anther 3 markets in 2015 and who knows, perhaps they’ll become a regular feature!
The next market is Thursday 10th September so be sure to look out for it. I have uploaded the information to the 3 Days in London App so be sure to download our FREE app and keep up to date with this and other events in London. If you do happen to attend the next market be sure to leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it. remember to download your FREE #3DIL App today
A few days ago I reached a milestone birthday….the level of which I won’t go into details but suffice it to say it deserved a special celebration….my daughter came through with an amazing gift; a flight over London in The London Helicopter. Just awesome!!!
Flying with the London helicopter had been #1 on my wish list for ever such a long time and I never imagined that this was the birthday surprise. I had planned on being in London for Changing the Guard on the Queen’s birthday on 21 April, so figured I would book myself into a hostel in London for the night before my birthday as well…at which stage I still had no idea I was going on the helicopter….instead my daughter booked us a room in a hotel….which ironically turned out to be right next to the helipad……and as we arrived a helicopter was taking off, causing much excitement for me, and panic for her!! Especially when I immediately uploaded an image to facebook!! LOL
Had I guessed the surprise? Would I guess the surprise?…but no, it just didn’t enter my head that that was what she had planned. So, before someone on facebook spilled the beans, and before she spilled the beans…as soon as we had checked in she took me downstairs, stood me in front of the sign for The London Helicopter and gave me my voucher. I was thrilled to bits when I opened the envelope and realised that OMG!!!! we were going in the helicopter the very next day! In truth I was crying, laughing and jumping up and down all at the same time!!!
The 23rd, my birthday, dawned grey and cold, but by 11am the sun broke through and by the time of our flight at 1pm the sky was clear. I was chewing at the bit waiting for the time of take-off, we had breakfast and then headed over…way too early, but I was too excited to wait. We checked in, watched the safety video, slung on our safety harnesses, and cameras in hand we watched the helicopter land. Then without further ado we were ushered through the door onto the helipad, waved over and running beneath the rotors spinning above our heads, suddenly we were on board and ready for take-off. Of course I had to cause a bit of consternation…I dropped my camera under the seat and couldn’t retrieve it, so the pilot had to get the landing dude to come over and fish it out for me LOL….can’t take me anywhere!!
The flight was amazing. I adore London and to see the familiar landmarks, those many many places that I love so much, and to fly along above the River Thames was truly awesome.
We flew from Battersea to Greenwich, flying high over the city, spotting landmarks and familiar places, seeing the layout of the city, the green spaces, the many top attractions, and then back again. I was lucky enough to have a window seat so got to see all the landmarks going downstream and all the landmarks going upstream. Great views all round.
London from the air is just amazing. The whole flight was great and although it was the length of time it was meant to be, it was over in a flash…it seems like 5 minutes rather than the 20 minute flight we were booked on….it was over way too quickly for me. I actually said to the chap at reception “couldn’t the pilot fly any slower?”…his reply…”If he did, you would fall out the sky!” Uhhmm right! well then
The young man at reception was lovely, the ground flight attendants were friendly and the pilot was informative. Not at any stage at all during take-off, the flight, or landing did I feel unsafe or afraid. Fortunately for me I have no fear of heights and the higher the better in my opinion….I’m also a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the flight.
Although we flew quite high, and personally I would have preferred to fly at a lower level, my favourite view was of The Shard, simply because it looked so amazing; quite surreal and almost an optical illusion….
I managed to record most of the flight…except when I was fiddling with my camera….I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did
Click here to find out more about The London Helicopter and go for a ride…..I for one can highly recommend it…..I am most certainly planning a 2nd trip and probably a 3rd…..It’s not cheap by any means, but as value for money….it was to me, worth it’s weight in gold. I am so planning to go again and again……as often as possible 😉
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London Eye : The largest observation wheel in the world; the “Millennium Wheel”, or the London Eye was initially erected as a temporary structure. It soon became a fixture, and now draws four million visitors a year. Daily rides are on offer and on a clear day you can just about see Windsor Castle on the horizon. On any other day and assuming it is not pouring with rain you have a fabulous 360degree view of London.
The view at night is just spectacular and you can pre-book sunset rides too. Lucky for us the London Eye hosts the New Year celebrations with a spectaular, multi-coloured display of fire-works. The best in the world Also to be seen next to the London Eye is the Aquarium.
As you cross Westminster bridge, be sure to stop and take in the views of the river on each side and especially of the Houses of Parliament that back onto the river.
Extended till 19 April 2015
See why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the Northwest Passage.
Lines in the Ice examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage. Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world.
The exhibition displays early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of the explorers, writings from the search for Franklin, early Arctic photography and much more. It also unearths the history of the North Pole’s most famous resident – Santa.
Uncovering the beauty, drama and importance of the Arctic, from the distant past up to the present day.
For further information please visit their website http://www.bl.uk/events/lines-in-the-ice-seeking-the-northwest-passage/
Entrance Hall, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stpancras/
Nearest tube station: Kings Cross
National rail station: Kings Cross & St Pancras
Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk