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    London – The Best Chocolate Shops in Town

    Some things in life make the day that bit brighter. Travel is one of those things that fires up that happy light inside of me and so is chocolate. If you’re looking for that special gift or a yummy treat to get you through the sightseeing day, chocolate is that luxurious snack which calms those sweet food cravings we all have every now and again. So for you all, my lovely readers I have taken the hard work out of your chocolate search for you. I have trawled the streets in Britain’s fair capital, searching for the very best in Chocolate shops and tried and tested their bestselling wares (I’m not…

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    London – Robots

    The world of robots has always been a fascinating place. Shown to us through a myriad ofcomic book creations, sci-fi cybermen and movie cyborgs, the robotic progression collected as many sceptical critics as it did captivated fans. We find ourselves wanting to know more about these intricate machines and wondering what would happen if the day came real Artificial Intelligence was born. The projection of the human/robot collaborative future is somewhat blurred and the invention of the modern robot may seem somewhat recent. The last 50 years has seen a colossal amount of development in Robotics and it incredible to think of how far we have come in that short…

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    London – Star Wars Identities

    First released in May 1977, the original film Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope), grossed £775 million at the Box office and began the global Jedi craze with devoted fans around the globe. Ever since, the Star Wars empire has continued to enthrall people through the generations and has won its deserving place as one of the most iconic movie series of all time. It is no secret that I am a bit of a sci-fi geek and when I heard about the launch of this exhibition at London’s O2 arena, I couldn’t wait to go and take a look.  Presented as an interactive experience with a mix of…

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    The Magic Lantern Festival

    An illuminated themed wonderland awaits you at The Magic Lantern Festival. Held in Chiswick House Gardens and only in its second year, this bright festival has grown extremely popular in its short history. As you wander through the soft dusk light to the park gardens, there will be no mistaking the flickers of multi-coloured light  through the trees before an oriental lantern gate appears at the entrance before a pathway lined with lantern displaying the symbols of the Chinese zodiac. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Explore the Silk Road’, taking visitors on a journey of the trade route from Europe to China, through the various cultures and cities along the…

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    Harry Potter – WB Studio Tour

    As we pulled up to the parking lot of the Warner Bros. Studios and stared at the fog curling around the Studio buildings, we couldn’t help but notice that there was a Voldemort-like feel to the air. Not that it would have deterred us from going in at all and the excited chatter as we waited in the queue assured us that we weren’t the only ones keen to get a look inside. The Warner Bros. Studios in Watford have been home to the Harry Potter Studio Tour since 2012 and welcome in over 6000 visitors a day. This popular attraction is for children and adults alike with a spellbinding mix of sets…