Wednesday, 26 August 2015

5 Things To Do In London


We do love a trip into London town at least once a year and I'm lucky enough to live in Essex so not too far on the train. We usually go to Westfield Stratford for our Christmas shopping every year but we also like a day trip into London too for a show or to visit an attraction. If you are planning a trip into the city here are five ideas for things to do.

1. The ENO - The English National Opera is in Charing Cross and over the next few months they are offering some lovely Opera shows in London. I quite fancy going to see Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, running from 21st Nov - 6th Feb, tickets available from £12. There are now at least 500 tickets at every performance at £20 or under. 'Set in an ever-so English 1930s seaside hotel, Miller’s Marx Brothers-inspired song-and-dance Mikado is a popular hit with audiences of all ages. The combination of Gilbert’s virtuosic wit, Sullivan’s memorable melodies and Miller’s hilarious antics is irresistible.'

Other opera's this year are Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Barber of seville, La Boheme plus more.


2. The Tower of London - This is such a good day out for adults and the kids. It feels like you have literally stepped back into time as you enter the gates You can easily waste a whole day here. Ticket prices are Adult £24.50, Kids £11.00 or a family ticket (2 adults & 3 kids) £60.70. From here you can also visit Tower bridge and have a walk across the bridge over to the other side of the River Thames and Potters Field Park. Here you will find City Hall where you can visit The Mayor of London's Chambers.


3. The Royal Parks - London has some gorgeous parks and they are huge. Kensington Gardens is fantastic for the kids because here you will find the Diana Memorial Playground which is totally amazing (and free). Other parks include St James Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park and many more. They are lovely for walking, picnics and sometimes even have entertainment provided.


4. The London Bridge Experience & Tombs - Fancy something a little more thrilling? Something to really creep you out? Well, The London Bridge Experience is the attraction for you. The London Bridge Experience is not only really creepy (great for the teenagers, probably too scary for little ones) but interesting too, as you learn all about the history of London Bridge and what life was like in London during the history of the bridge. Tickets priced at Adults £22.00 and Kids £18.00.



5. River Thames Cruise - Cruises along the River Thames depart every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round and they give you the freedom to explore the many sights of the River Thames from four piers close to popular attractions: Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Ticket prices for adults are £16.20 Under 16s travel half price and under 5s go free. Combination tickets are also available for cruises and nearby attractions.





Where is your favorite place to visit in London?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Campaign To End Loneliness




I'm delighted to be working with Sunrise Senior Living on a campaign to raise awareness about loneliness in old age by hosting a meal and a game of cards with someone who could do with a bit of company. 

Research from the group Campaign to End Loneliness has shown how detrimental loneliness can be to a person’s health, especially for older people. One in five people aged 60 and over who experience loneliness say they have no one to turn to and It makes me feel so sad that someone, somewhere could be sitting all alone, desperate for company. All it takes is a phone call, a visit and a quick cuppa or you could even host a meal and a game of cards. It doesn't have to cost much money, but it could make all the difference to someone who lives alone and craves some social interaction.

I was shocked to discover that loneliness and isolation are as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. That is so awful.  The Campaign to End Loneliness is calling on local authorities to take the lead on reducing and preventing loneliness in their local areas and the Campaign states that the support needed should include transport and technology – with 41 per cent of those who feel lonely say that transport is a barrier to seeing people, and 51% of older people polled believe the internet can help prevent loneliness.

In the UK, research estimates that: 
  • Around 1 million people aged over 65 report feeling lonely often or always. 
  • 12 per cent of older people feel trapped in their own home. 
  • Six per cent of older people leave their house once a week or less. 
  • 17 per cent of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbors less than once a week and 11 per cent are in contact less than once a month. 
  • Half of all older people (about 5 million) say the television is their main company.
I hosted a lunch for an elderly friend of mine who doesn't get out that much and it was so much fun. We had a light salad, a game of cards, then good old traditional 'Bread and Butter Pudding' for our afters. It was something I hadn't had for years and I forgot how yummy it is, and so easy to make.




Do you know someone who could do with a bit of company? Or maybe you would like to know how to get more involved with the campaign by creating change in your own area? Pop over to the campaign website here for all the info you need.




*For information about how you can get involved and free recipe cards visit www.campaigntoendloneliness.org. A collaborative post with Sunrise who are working hard to to end loneliness.

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