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    The Ivy: An Icon

    Sitting under a bar centrepiece which is gold and glitters, with champagne and fresh flavoured cocktails, I felt like an elegant lady about town surrounded by glamour. And that is just it, the Art Deco decor at The Ivy In The Lanes reels guests back to the time of palm trees, fans and cut crystal chandeliers. It is a picture F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby characters would not look out of place in.  Despite the dance of the waiters busy at work, there is something unrushed about the dining experience here. The airy, lit dining area with beautiful botanical designs, muted windows and luscious greenery give the impression of a vintage…

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    London – Lego: Art of the Brick

    Lego is one of those favourite childhood toys that we all remember playing with as a youngster. Couple that nostalgia with DC’s biggest superheroes and you’ve got yourself a show. In this last edition of my novelty themed visits, I found myself at the latest Lego exhibition, Art of the Brick – DC Superheroes on London’s South Bank. Now the comic-book covered tent may not look as big as its permanent surrounding residents, but don’t let that sway you from taking a look inside. Inside the darkened entrance space, you are invited to have a photo taken next to a seated lego figure of DC’s Joker, a feature that I…

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    Fee v.s Free – London City Sights

    It’s fair to say that London has a sight or two you want to see. The various locations around the City offer the perfect opportunity to experience the bustling streets from a greater height. There are so many locations offering a sightseeing platform, but which one is the best? Depending on whether you are looking for a full-bodied experience or that beautiful riverside skyline of London, you will find many suitable viewpoints. Spanning a few trips to England Capital City, this article looks at the different areas offering a view in order to discover which is better, the views we pay for or the views we can see without paying a penny. St Paul’s Cathedral – Over…

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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…