Friday, March 25, 2011

Buckingham Palace - London

Demand for tickets to Buckingham Palace can be high. The box office, located across the street from the Palace, opens at 09:45. Buckingham Palace is the London residence of the Queen and Prince Philip. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to take up residence here by the architect John Nash Buckingham House was transformed into a palace.

In 1845 Queen Victoria ordered the Palace to be extended to give more space for her growing family of four children. As part of the changes, Marble Arch, which originally was the entrance to the palace, was moved to a new location on the corner of Hyde Park.

The palace is also the administrative headquarters of the monarchy. The Queen receives heads of state to visit the palace and it is here that the Queen has garden parties and bestows knighthoods and other honors.

Home Guards Infantry Division, in its distinctive red tunics and black bearskin, can be seen on guard outside the palace every day. Changing the Guard ceremony is now held every two days in winter, but every day in the summer months.

After a serious fire damaged Windsor Castle in 1993, the Queen allowed the state rooms of the Palace to be opened to the public for the first time, to help paying the bill for repairs to Windsor Castle. When not away, The Queen and Prince Philip spend most weekends at Windsor Castle where you can enjoy horseback riding.

It's worth a visit to London, place that is often called "Buck House", but can be very stressful. Do not wish to see the queen's private pool or garden apartments, and certainly not to meet with Her Majesty. The palace is only open to the public during the summer months, while the Queen was at Balmoral, Castle in Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7766 7300
Opening Times 

23 July - 03 October 9:45 - 18:30

Adult £17.50
Under 17 £10.00
Under 5 Free
Family £46 (2 adults and 3 under 17s)
Senior/Students (with valid ID) £16.00
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, London, SW1A 1AA

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

London Cinemas List

Odeon West End 40 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7LP
tel: 0870 50 50 007

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London WC2H 7BY
tel: 020 7494 3654

Screen on Baker Street96-98 Baker Street
London W1U 6TJ
tel: 020 7935 2772

The Empire Cinema
Leicester Square
Covent Garden
London WC2H 7NA
tel:020 7 7348222   

The OTHER Cinema 11 Rupert Street
London W1D 7PR
tel: 020 7437 0757

UGC Shaftesbury Avenue at The Trocadero 13 Coventry Street
London W1D 7DH
tel: 0870 907 0716

UCI Empire Leicester Square
5-6 Leicester Square
London WC2H 7NA
tel: 0870 010 2030

UGC Haymarket63-65 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4RQ
tel: 0870 907 0712

West End Vue
3 Cranbourn Street
London WC2H 7AL
tel: 0871 224 0240

Monday, March 21, 2011

London Club List

SeOne London
41-43 St Thomas St
Tel: 0871 332 5024
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
London's largest licenced club with a capacity of 3000, the five dance floors offer a mixture of dance music. A VIP area is available. Dissable access through out.

Turnmills London
63b Clarkenwell Road
Tel: 0871 075 1740
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Turnmills with its 15 year history has long been one of the key nightclubs in London. Turnmills with its variety of music and two dance floors suits most clubbing needs. Turnmills is dramatically decorated, there is disabled access throught out, and food is also available. With a capacity of 1000, there is a VIP area for those who wish to treat themselves.

Heaven London
The Arches
Villers Street
Tel: 0871 332 3352
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Embankment
Most famous gay club in the world with a capacity around 1500, offering various types of dance music, such as some classic house and garage. Heaven has four different dance floors, a VIP area, food is also available.

Kabarets Prophecy
16-18 Beak Street
London W1
Nearest Tube: Regents Street
Very Exclusive, chic and trendy, well decorated interior, with all the walls made of LED lights, the bar of Swarovski crystals.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Football Focus: New York’s 2012 Olympic Games loss is Big Apple’s gain

In the summer of 2004, I stood at the window of a friend’s swanky new 1st Avenue apartment in Manhattan. The view, facing east towards Queens, didn’t provide quite the aura of wonder and opportunity that a west-facing glance of the city always does.

We were almost exactly 12 months away from the exhaustive ballot that would choose a host city for the 2012 Olympics. Madrid, London, Moscow, Paris and New York were in contention.

If New York were to win, the view we gazed at through the ceiling-to-floor windows were scheduled change dramatically.

The boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn would become transformed by waterfront and marina developments in our immediate view, with indoor arenas and parks just a quick subway ride into the distance.

You might recall that the ballot took place in Singapore. London won and the view from my friend’s apartment, though fascinating, remains less than grandiose.

But New York’s loss has in part caused a sizeable gain and very much in the way New Yorkers might have chosen, if you’d given a ballot paper to them.

The aquatics, equestrian and archery venues that would have been spawned, have over time given way to the sports that New Yorkers really care about: Baseball, basketball and the NFL (National Football League - no, not soccer). If you like American sports, it all means that New York has become an even better place to take your vacation.

The planned Barclays Center, which was going to be the home of Olympic gymnastics and basketball went ahead and will soon house the currently New Jersey-based Nets basketball franchise in Brooklyn — the first time the borough has hosted a major league franchise since baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957.

Rapper Jay Zee and the even (in fact, considerably) wealthier Russian Mikhail Prokhorov are ensuring a sterling future for the Nets. Having lost out in the trade for four-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, the shrewd move of signing Deron Williams looks certain to revitalise what, less than a year ago, was the worst team in the sport.

Anthony, ironically from Brooklyn, chose the Manhattan-based New York Knicks over the Nets, when he left the Denver Nuggets. Added to a team that was already looking like a solid bet for the playoffs, they now threatens to ruffle the feathers of all but the best in the East, with even stronger prospects next season.

Ongoing renovations to the historic 20,000-seat Madison Square Garden will also help take Knicks fans from years of mediocrity to the exciting nights they remember from the early ‘70s and early ‘90s.

Baseball has seen a similar renaissance in New York. In December
I toured the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, two seasons after it’s unveiling from the original venue just across the road.

It has all the magnificence of the old Yankee Stadium, except everything’s better. More spectators are immediately adjacent to the field, concession stands are plentiful, various and in clear view of the action and its subtle change in orientation seems to favour more home runs — although nobody quite seems to understand why.

In Queens, also in April 2009, the New York Mets moved to a new ballpark Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows, a stone’s throw from their previous stadium.

I haven’t been yet but non-partisan New Yorkers tell me that the 41,800 capacity venue is even more luxurious than the 50,000-seat Yankee home across the East River.

A zippy drive or transit ride underneath the Hudson River will take you from Manhattan to East Rutherford, New Jersey where the dated but impressive Giants Stadium has made way for the 82,566 capacity New Meadowlands Stadium — a 50:50 venture between NFL franchises the New York Jets and the New York Giants.

Despite the fact that it’s likely to be buried under several feet of snow, it’s regarded highly enough to host the 2014 Superbowl, the first time ever that the event will be hosted in the New York metropolitan area.

With New York Rangers ice hockey at Madison Square Garden, the New York Red Bulls playing soccer in Harrison, New Jersey and New York Cosmos soccer set to re-invent itself, if you’re looking for a vacation with a spectator-sport feel, try munching on the Big Apple.
by Steve Dawson, ESPN

The Jakarta Post

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

London Olympic 2012 Tickets Went for Sale

Tickets for the London Olympics in 2012 went on sale in the morning, 500 days before the event.

tickets are available on the website in 2012. You can apply for tickets for six weeks: no benefit from being there in the first place, as all applications will be treated equally.

Yes, you have 42 days to think about what you see and how much you want to pay.

Prices range from £ 20 to £ 2,012 for the most popular events, with discounts for seniors and youth. There will be vote for the oversubscribed events.

You can read this helpful post by London blogger Diamond Geezer: 10 Tips ticket. This gives an enormous amount of accurate information on ticket application process.

More than two million tickets sold for the Paralympic Games on September 9.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich itself is home to the largest maritime museum in the world. It is spanning the traditions, smells and sounds of the sea that bathes its feet and includes some of the finest classical buildings in Britain.

An ever-changing range of exhibitions and initiatives bring brightness and hope for the life of the Museum. On The Court of Neptune there are twelve galleries. The Library panel could have been brought to a school in Oxford and Cambridge, with its magnificent collection of maritime books dating back to 1420, and research centers.

The interior of the sailor is served by the High Court Café, with light refreshments. For something more important race Café offers a good selection of hot and cold. One shop offers an excellent nautacilia more than you can shake a stick at.

Admission is FREE
Opening TimesWinter 10:00 - 17:00
Summer 10:00 - 18:00
Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Tel: +44 (0)20 8858 4422

Thursday, March 3, 2011

British Museum - London

Visually, the most impressive of all museums in London, the great neo-classical building from the outside, which consists of a series of huge columns and magnificent is in London.

The British Museum was founded in 1753 to promote mutual understanding through the arts, natural history and science in a public museum. Located in 94 galleries within two and a half miles, the collection is of course huge with more than 4 million exhibits.

Thanks to the British custom of traveling in the past century, and come back with priceless treasures from around the world, it's surprisingly eclectic collection and armed.

You can spend a few days to see an incredible variety of ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian one - including the famous Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in Athens. There is also a fascinating treasure from China, Japan, India and Mesopotamia, and the Anglo-Saxon and Roman Britain.

What would happen if countries start to demand the return of what never should have had, we can only guess! In the meantime take advantage of the present.

Many other rarities here, including the collection of prints and drawings so vast only a fraction can never be put right.

The British Museum admission is free, but there may be charges for some special exhibitions.

Wheelchair access to the main entrance on Great Russell Street and the north entrance on Montague Place. Wheelchairs are available at both entrances, free of charge. Limited parking for people with disabilities is available in the museum courtyard. This can be done on the phone the Information Desk on 8299 323 0207. Please detail your car is ready. Guide and companion dogs are welcome.

Opening TimesSat - Wed: 10:00 - 17:30
Thur - Fri: 10:00 - 20:30
Great Russell Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8000

Nearest Underground (Tube) Station: Tottenham Court Road