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Famous and Historical London Casinos

By on July 12, 2013

 

The city of London offers many casinos for tourists to visit while in the city. Not surprisingly, some of these casinos have historical roots given the age of the city. However, one can also find newer casino venues that have become rather famous given what they can offer. Knowing what casinos are available prior to your departure can help you best manage your time while visiting London.

Warwick Street, Mayfair

The Palm Beach Casino is located in central London in the Mayfair neighbourhood which is home to other casinos. Like most casinos in London, membership must be obtained if you plan on making a bet over £1,500. Otherwise, visitors can easily enter the casino without being charged. The specific dress code of any casino in London is key as it varies considerably. Despite the setting and décor of the Palm Beach Casino, visitors can be admitted with casual dress so long as it is neat looking. While the Palm Beach is not a large casino, one will notice that the gaming tables are spread out which makes it much easier to navigate through the establishment.

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Casino games found here include popular favourites that many play at online casinos including roulette, poker, blackjack and slots. Rooms can be found surrounding the main casino floor which are for those who wish to have more of a private game. The roulette tables found in the Palm Beach Casino number ten. They also have some tables with rather low minimum bets which will appeal to casual gamblers. Blackjack is found at three tables in the casino. Within the high roller area expect to find extremely high buy-in amounts for this game. The variation of poker that is most people here is Texas Hold ‘Em. However, casual poker players be warned, often there many only be one table open and it could have a rather high table minimum.

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Berkeley square at the Mayfair neighborhood

 

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A Day Well-Spent in Iconic London

By on June 6, 2013

London is an iconic city that continuously draws in travellers from all over the world. But, if for some reasons you find yourself with only a day to spend in this wondrous city, make the most of out it and plan your itinerary strategically.  Keep in mind that there’s more to London than just the Buckingham Place and the Westminster Abbey, though they are undoubtedly two of the most impressive landmarks ever! So here’s how you can make the most of your day and sample some of the best alternatives to touristy spots of this remarkable city.

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Tower Bridge

Take a Morning Walk

Start walking along the city’s South Bank to get an impressive aerial views of London stretching from across the river. Here you can admire two notable landmarks that are in close proximity – the historic Tower Bridge and the symbol of modernity – the Shard. Continue your walk down to Shakespeare’s Globe and if you’re interested, you can check out a play. This theater is quite legendary and you shouldn’t pass up the experience of sitting in one of its velvet covered seats. Looking for someplace to grab a bite? Check out the Borough Market and its endless restaurant and food stall options. It’s the perfect place to be for foodies and travelers to rest for lunch.

Stroll in the afternoon

Bask in the cool London temperature and take a stroll to some of the City’s galleries and museums. Alternatively, you can ditch the National Gallery to check more fascinating facts and artifacts at the British or Imperial War Museum. You can spend hours on end inside these history-rich buildings. Afterwards, you can relax and simply enjoy London’s open air freshness at the Regent’s Park. The place offers beautifully landscaped gardens to give you an impression of royalty.  If you’re still up to it, you can also check out London Zoo and be impressed with its 750 animal species. This zoo is consider as one of the best in the world and will offer you fun and excitement the rest of the afternoon.

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National portrait gallery, and renovations…

A Night Cap

The most picturesque views while walking in London can be seen during sunset. Head to Camden and stroll down to ride the tube to the Regent’s Canal. Cap the night with lively entertainment or shopping from a selection of pub, theaters and market stalls in the area. The World’s End or the Hawley Arms are just some of the most recommended watering holes in this region.

Want some other alternative places to check out in London? There’s the SoHo for fashionistas and the East End – London’s equal to NYC’s Broadway!

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the iconic double-decker bus

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Leeds, a Treasure Trove of Experiences and Discoveries

By on December 21, 2012
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The Headrow, Leeds at night

Leeds, one of West Yorkshire’s metropolitan boroughs, boasts itself of being a multicultural city imbued with history with so many things to offer and engross keen travellers. It is the gateway to the Yorkshire region with the Leeds Bradford International airport being the largest airstrip servicing flights within the UK and Europe.  It is quite easy to book a flight to Aberdeen, Bristol and even Malaga if you fancy to go artistic. But before you book a flight at Eastern Airways to any of the other wonderful cities, take a walk around Leeds first (even the Headrow is enough) and explore a treasure trove of experiences and discoveries.

Parks 

Roundhay Park – One of the best parks Leeds has to offer. Aside from skateboarding areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, football and cricket pitches, a canoe club,  and a grass cycling track, one can get close to nature by birdwatching and gating at the many wild animals as roe, deer, moles, squirrels and more.

Golden Acre Park –have yourself amazed by the gardens and mature woodland around a beautiful lake. There’s also the Breary Marsh Nature Reserve, which are both perfect for teaching kids about wildlife and conservation. Let them mingle swans, and also deer, fox, rabbits and squirrels, geese, heron and various duck species.

Horsforth Hall Park,  a large community park featuring a Japanese Garden and an integrated play project where all children (able bodied and disabled) can play together.

Middleton Park, with ancient woodlands dating as far back as the 1600, adorned with old oak trees, streams, ponds, and a variety of flora and fauna, this park is a must see. There are also tennis courts, a bowling green, a public golf course for both adults and kids to enjoy.

 Architecture (and Shopping)

Leeds has the most number of  Listed Buildings than in any English city outside London. Some of these buildings are famous shopping centres designed by famous architects. These shopping centres comprise Leeds’ shopping area which is approximately 1,000 retail stores, with a combined floorspace of 2,264,100 square feet (210,340 m2). Some of the most notable Listed Buildings would be:

Victoria Quarter

The Victoria Quarter, an upmarket shopping area christened as the premium shopping centre North of England which holds Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Vivienne Westwood, French Connection, Space NK, Hobbs, Diesel, Firetrap, All Saints and Jigsaw stores, as well as being home to the first Harvey Nichols store outside London. The building was designed by architect Frank Matcham.

Leeds Corn Exchange, a historical building designed by Cuthbert Brodrick who also did the plans for the Leeds Town Hall. The Corn Exchange was used as a trading center for – as the name suggests, corn. Today, it is a shopping centre housing independent retailers of a selection of innovative shops, boutiques and places to eat. The Corn Exchange also hosts vintage fairs, craft fairs and other collectors’ fairs once in a while.

Temple Newsam, a house built in the Tudor-Jacobean style situated in a 1500 Acres of Park with a farm, children’s playground and cafe and wonderful garden to walk around. The house has a fantastic collection of furniture and other artefacts – an unassuming yet astonishing irony.

Harewood House,  a country house designed by the architects John Carr and Robert Adam for wealthy trader Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood.

Leeds Town Hall, architect Cuthbert Brodrick’s most famous building, stands today as a representation of the importance of Leeds as a centre of trade and commerce and the wealth of its citizens.

The Arts

A visit to Leeds will not be complete without exploring its artistic offerings. Art enthusiasts can feast on both modern and historical works of arts from the different museums and exhibits in this area. There are venues that showcase works of aspiring artists or art students and first class art exhibitions along with galleries that permanently feature historical artifacts and artworks. The Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds City Museum alone already have plenty of inspiring art works in different mediums and interesting artifacts that visitors can enjoy. Those who want to explore some more can visit these other hotspots for arts and culture.

Abbey House Museum. This house is a family friendly museum that holds a lot of educational and visually appealing pieces from the Victorian Period. Kids will definitely learn and enjoy the lively and interactive displays as well as the authentic recreation of Victorian Streets that visitors can walk through.

Armley Mills Industrial Museum. This old woolen mill used to be considered as one of the largest of its kind in the 17th century. It was converted into a museum in 1969 and has since then showcased a rich collection of artifacts on the industrial revolution.

University of Leeds and University of Leeds Museum. This University is considered as an excellent school in the area that is also known as a venue for music acts. It is also noteworthy that JRR Tolkien worked here as a reader, then Professor, in the early 1900s. The university museum also has one of the largest collections for design, science, and natural history.

This part of West Yorkshire makes a good destination for those who love to explore arts and culture. The numerous attractions of Leeds can fill the senses with rich experiences, inspire the soul with their local masterpieces, and enrich the mind with historical and modern artifacts.

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Leeds City Museum

 

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