Ice-skating at Somerset House

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason

Just a quick post to highlight that tickets for Ice Skating at Somerset House this Christmas have gone on sale today (Sept 14 2017)

Find out more here.

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Giveaway Competition: Win a pair of tickets for The Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia London

Spirt of Christmas Fair 2017 Olympia London


Christmas Fair 2017 LondonWe have 3 pairs of tickets, each worth £31 to giveaway for this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair which is held at London Olympia between October 30th and November 5th, 2017.


There’s something for everyone at this ultimate home of Christmas shopping: gifts, home, fashion, baby & child, decorations, health & beauty to jewellery and men’s. Discerning shoppers will be spoilt for choice with never-seen-before items across seven straight days.
Visitors will also be treated to exclusive tips and tricks from the best in the business with the free interactive workshops on offer. From creating floral arrangements with one of London’s top florists, to tasting some of the world’s most decadent Champagnes with a Master of Wine, there’s something for everyone.


Food Festival London 2017
Foodies will rejoice in the gourmet heaven that is the Great Taste Food Market. A showcase like no other of the finest culinary delights from handmade Cornish cheeses, organic oils and preserves and the finest oak-smoked Scottish salmon, to luxury Christmas puddings, truffles and caviar. Not to mention the irresistible array of fine wines, teas, spirits and Champagne on offer.


To win all you need to do is subscribe to my free weekly Christmas Planning Newsletter and follow us on Facebook – we will pick 3 winners at random from our combined list of Facebook followers and Newsletter subscribers – so if you do both you stand twice the chance of winning!




For more information about the Spirit of Christmas Fair visit


Competition Rules:
  1. By entering you grant us the right to publish your name in print and online, making minor corrections and edits as required.
  2. The names of the winners will be published in a follow-up blog and in our newsletter in mid-October.
  3. The closing date for entries is midnight on October 1st, 2017 – only people subscribed to our email newsletter or who follow us on Facebook as of October 1st will be eligible.
  4. The editor’s decision is final and we will not enter into further correspondence.
  5. No alternative prizes or cash alternatives are available.
  6. The winner will be notified by e-mail or Facebook week commencing October 2nd. – you will have 7 days to make contact with us and claim the prize. Prizes not claimed by October 9th will be placed into a second draw and offered to runners up.
  7. Sorry but we can only deliver the prize to locations within the UK via Royal Mail.
  8. The name and address of the winners will be passed to the event sponsors who will make arrangements for getting the tickets to you before the event.
  9. This competition is being run in good-faith and on a best endeavours basis, we cannot be held responsible for failure to receive prize claims or failure for tickets to be delivered by the sponsor.

Update: October 5th 2017, Winners Announced 

The three pairs of tickets have been won by

S. Gahan – London
K. Townsend – Essex
N. Robinson – Hertfordshire

We hope they enjoy this year’s Spirit of Christmas Fair. If you haven’t been lucky this time you can still get tickets for the event from the event website in the details above.

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Remembering the 2012 London Olympics

The Opening ceremony was on 27 July 2012. I thought of this the other day when I came across this shop windows display from John Lewis on Oxford Street in December 2011.

John Lewis Union Jack Wenlock 2012 Olympic mascot

John Lewis Christmas 2011 window display featuring a Union Jack Wenlock Olympic mascot. You can have the 25mm one for £14.99 or he 45cm one for £34.99

They were great games but who remembers Wenlock now?  Did you get any London 2012 keepsakes for Christmas that year?

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London on Christmas Morning

While the rest of us were at home enjoying Christmas morning photographer Ian Mansfield decided to cycle around the empty streets of London and took some amazing pictures of a deserted London.  You can see his pictures of London on Christmas Day here.  One of my favourites is the shoot of the Millenium  Bridge  which is usually packed with people completely deserted.
Wobbly Bridge

And this shot of St Pauls.

St Paul's Cathedral

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