London’s Biggest Immersive Experience is coming!

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‘The Gunpowder Plot’ launching in Summer 2022.. 

A thrilling new Layered Reality™ Immersive experience is launching at the Tower of London on the 6th May 2022 and it’s set to be the biggest attraction to open in the capital since the Shard.

Through this exciting experience in which live actors, virtual reality and multi-sensory special effects collide, audiences will step back in time to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605! Visitors will play an active role in one of the biggest events in British history. The guests will be tasked with infiltrate the plotters, earn their trust and then join them.

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What to expect..

The immersive experience will take place in a purpose-designed theatre space in the Vaults opposite the Tower of London, last accessible to the public two decades ago, where much of the events surrounding the Gunpowder Plot took place before Guy Fawkes’ death.

Key to Layered Reality’s experiences is layering three multimedia elements.

Theatrical. This includes large scale sets and live actors.

The Newest Technological Advances. This includes Virtual Reality, projection mapping and multi-sensory special effects.

Physical Sensations. This includes temperature, scent, taste, physical movement, touch and sound. 

“So when you’re stepping back into 1605, all of your senses are telling you that you’re there,” said Layered Reality CEO Andrew McGuinness. Who’s grabbing tickets?

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Things to do in NYC: For First Timers 

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Visit the famous Art Galleries

Guggenheim Museum

Be sure to visit all the infamous Art Galleries in New York, from The Met and MoMa, to the Guggenheim. With over 400 art spaces in Manhattan, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To see our full list of favourite galleries and museums for art and fashion lovers, click here.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge New York

Take a stroll along the iconic Brooklyn Bridge from, taking you from Manhattan to Brooklyn. 

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Visit the Museum of Natural History

Natural history museum New York

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, and since 1868, has displayed, interpreted and shared information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Acting as a field guide to the entire planet, past present and future this is a must visit on your first trip to NYC!

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See all the important Landmarks

Be sure to visit the typical tourists spots for sight seeing, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Statue of Liberty.

Walk down Wall Street

Wall street

Take a stroll down the infamous Wall Street, home to the worlds largest Stock Exchange, one of New York’s most influential buildings. If you get there early enough, listen for the opening bell, rung at 9:30 a.m. every weekday.

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Try Joe’s Pizza

Joes pizza New York

It wouldn’t be the true New York experience without stopping at Joe’s for a slice of pizza. Some say it’s the best pizza in the world.. make your own verdict! 

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See Times Square

New York

It’s fair to say, even if you know nothing about New York, you’ll have heard of Times Square. One of the worlds largest pedestrian areas, this space is home to theatres and commercial spaces, pulling in 50 million tourists a year. Although a little hectic – a must see for first-timers.

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See a Broadway Show

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Visit one of 41 famed Theatres in the city, and enjoy the musical classics, from Wicked to Chicago. 

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Visit Summit One Vanderbilt

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This new observation deck is a must-see, with mirrored interior installations and incredible views of the city below, you’ll grab THE best insta pics here. To read all about the Summit One experience, click here.

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Grab a coffee in Central Park

Central park

This National Historic Landscape is an New York must-visit, if your staying in the city it would be crazy not to take a walk in this iconic setting (pretty romantic too). 

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Explore the Department Stores

Macy’s New York

If shopping is your thing, make sure you check out all the major department stores and shopping streets, from the largest in the world, Macy’s, to Bloomingdales.

Watch a game at Madison Square Garden

Madison square garden New York

Visit one of the worlds most famous arenas, and enjoy a Knicks Game, in true New York style (with a foam finger). 

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Valentine’s Day: The London Bucket List

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In need of some inspiration for Valentine‘s day? Here are our top picks for things to do in London over the weekend (and the 14th).

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

Ritz valentine’s

Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day, and head to the glamorous Ritz Hotel for a Rosé Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Club. Choose from a variety of 18 loose-leaf teas and indulge in a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a mouth-watering range of pastries.

Pre 7:30pm sitting (Includes a glass of Rose): £95pp

From 7:30pm sitting (Includes a glass of Rose and live music): £125pp

You will also receive a beautiful red Ritz rose to take home with you.

St Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea is served on Monday 14th February 2022.

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Enjoy a Cinematic Experience at Rivoli Ballroom

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The legendary 1950’s Rivoli Ballroom (as seen in Strictly Come Dancing) is transforming into a pop-up cinema for Valentine’s Day, showing romantic classics, new and old over four dates in the run-up to February 14. Choose from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, ‘A Star is Born’, and ‘Pretty Woman’, amongst others. Recline back into the plush seats,  and gaze at the red velvet flock decor and chandeliers, before the lights go down. Super romantic!

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Cocktails at Jin Bo Law

Jin bo law valentine’s

Enjoy evening drinks at the ‘JINBOLOVE’ Valentines Special, at the impressive ‘sky high’ bar, Jin Bo Law, on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City Hotel. Famed for their extensive cocktail menu, this rooftop bar are turning up the romance on the 14th Feb with a Valentines Package. Expect a curated cocktail menu made by master mixologists.

Before Dinner Package for two people: £110 

2 hour table reservation 5pm -7pm 

3 Bespoke Cocktails per person

After Dinner Package for two people: £150

2 hour table reservation  7PM – 12AM 

3 Bespoke Cocktails per person 

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Squid Game Dating

Squid game dating

Squid Game Dating, based on the popular Netflix series, is a brand new immersive experience. Starting with a virtual (Zoom) game of ‘Red Light/ Green Light’, the contestants will take part to earn their place at a secret London location the following evening (you’ll receive a phone call if successful). On Valentines Day, 40 singles will come together for drinks, before putting on their jumpsuits and battling it out for the £100 prize. Expect a lot of laughs (and flirty fun?).

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Dine at Sky Garden

With stunning panoramic views over the city, The Fenchurch Building’s Sky Garden is quite possibly one of the most romantic places in London. It’s the perfect place to take your loved one to celebrate Valentines, with an seven-course dinner on offer, served with a welcome glass of Champagne, and paired with a carefully selected wine menu. This will really add the ’wow’ factor to a romantic day in London.

Lunch 5 Course Tasting Menu: £95pp

Dinner 7 Course Tasting Menu: £135pp

Paired wine Menu: £45 OR Premium Paired Wine Menu: £65

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London Fashion Week: Schedule Released 

London Fashion Week is back!

London fashion week

London Fashion Show is back! Described as a ‘digital-physical hybrid’ running from Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd February, showcasing both womenswear and menswear brands. From Vivienne Westwood and GEO to PLT, check out the latest menswear, womenswear and gender neutral collections set to show at London Fashion Week, as well as the full schedule below. 

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18th – 22nd Feb 2022

Physical Fashion Show List

Vivienne Westwood Spring 22

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16Arlington, Ahluwalia, ASAI, Banshee of Savile Row, Bethany Williams, Bora Aksu, Carlota Barrera, Central Saint Martins MA Fashion, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, Conner Ives, DANIEL w. FLETCHER, David Koma, Dear Frances, DI PETSA, Dilara Findikoglu, EDELINE LEE, EDWARD CRUTCHLEY, EFTYCHIA, EIRINN HAYHOW, Elleme, Emilia Wickstead, ERDEM, FASHION EAST, FEBEN, Feng Chen Wang, HALPERN, Helen Anthony, HELEN KIRKUM, Huishan Zhang, IA London, INGRID KRAFTCHENKO, JORDANLUCA, Kaushik Velendra, KNWLS, KWK by KAY KWOK, Labrum London, London College of Fashion, UAL, LYPH, Mainline:RUS/Fr.CA/DE, Margaret Howell, Mark Fast, Matty Bovan, Molly Goddard, Nensi Dojaka, NEOUS, NICHOLAS DALEY, On|Off, Paolo Carzana, PAUL & JOE, Paul Costelloe, Per Götesson, POSTER GIRL, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, RAY CHU, Rejina Pyo, Richard Quinn, RIXO, ROBYN LYNCH, ROKER, ROKSANDA, S.S.DALEY, SAUL NASH, SCOTT HENSHALL, Simone Rocha, SOHUMAN, Stefan Cooke, Stephen Jones Millinery, Temperley London, TOGA, yuhan wang, Yuzefi.

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16Arlington, 8ON8, ACCIDENTAL CUTTING, Ahluwalia, Anna Mason, APUJAN, ASAI, Banshee of Savile Row, Bethany Williams, BLOKE, BMUET(TE), Carlota Barrera, DANIEL w. FLETCHER, David Koma, DiscoveryLAB presents: ABIGAIL AJOBI, Anciela, CHRISTOPH RITTER STUDIO, DJOKIC, DREAMING ELI by Elisa, Florentina Leitner, J E CAI, JOAO MARASCHIN, Karoline Vitto, Margn, ONRUSHW23FH, Sól Hansdóttir, Strongthe and VeniceW, EDELINE LEE, EDWARD CRUTCHLEY, EIRINN HAYHOW, Elleme, Emilia Wickstead, FASHION EAST, FEBEN, Feng Chen Wang, GEO, HALPERN, Harris Wharf London, Helen Anthony, HELEN KIRKUM, INGRID KRAFTCHENKO, JENN LEE, Jens Laugesen, Johan Ku, JOHN LAWRENCE SULLIVAN, JORDANLUCA, Kaushik Velendra, KNWLS, Liam Hodges, London College of Fashion, UAL, LYPH, MARRKNULL, MAXXIJ, MITHRIDATE, On|Off, oqLiq, palmer//harding, PAUL & JOE, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, PRONOUNCE, RAY CHU, Rejina Pyo, Richard Malone, RIXO, ROBYN LYNCH, ROKER, SAUL NASH, SCOTT HENSHALL, SEOKWOON YOON, Sharon Wauchob, Simone Rocha, SOHUMAN, STAXX, Stephen Jones Millinery, Temperley London, Tiger of Sweden, TOGA, U.Mi-1, VINTI ANDREWS, XANDER ZHOU.

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Take a look at London’s three upcoming Fashion Exhibitions set to WOW this year.

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen’s Accession

Queen Elizabeth, Jubilee

This year marks the Queens Platinum Jubilee, and to honour the occasion, the Royal Collection have announced three displays across the Royal Residences to celebrate her reign and the fashion that tells the story. From priceless tiaras to the Coronation Dress, see all the pieces worn and loved by her Majesty through the years, and at history-making moments. 

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Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

A wide-ranging exhibition by the V&A, exploring how fashion designers and artists have defined masculinity across the ages. The show features 100 looks, both historic and contemporary, with items from Jean-Paul Gaultier, Tom Ford for Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana, among others. The gallery describe the exhibitions importance “at a moment of unprecedented creativity in men’s fashion and reflection on gender”. 

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Africa Fashion

London’s V&A will also be bringing the ‘Africa Fashion’ exhibit in the summer of 2022, celebrating the “irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary Africans fashions”. The large exhibition will celebrate the innovation of Africa’s vibrant fashion scene, as well as explore how music and the visual arts form a key part of Africa’s cultural renaissance.

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Summit One: NYC’s Most Exciting Installation

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Sky High sights..  

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 One of New York’s newest city viewing platforms has opened, but it’s fair to say it offers a little more than sky high sights. The Summit One Vanderbilt, is the tallest commercial building in midtown Manhattan, and with its iconic shape setting a new standard for architecture in New York.

Summit One Vanderbilt was conceived as an installation that compels you to question your perception of the built environment, the natural world, and your sensorial reality – through four different experiences.

‘Air’ by Kenzo Digital

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Transcendence
Afinity
Afinity

Kenzo Digital, specialising in mind-bending and emotion evoking physical spaces, created the ‘Air’ experience. The first space, ‘Transcendence’ is an art installation with floor to ceiling mirrors, creating a fully immersive effect, and warped reality (often used as THE instagram shot). The ‘Afinity’ installation, is similar, with the addition of large chrome balloons, floating throughout – because why not! Both rooms begin to reflect the sun as it sets over the city, producing dramatic rays of colour. 

Levitating & Ascent

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Levitate
Ascent lift

Levitating offers two overhung viewing platforms for guests to step onto.. with nothing but a glass floor below their feet. ‘Levitate’ above New York City, if you dare! For the most daring of guests, ‘Ascent’ provides the real thrill-factor, and a one-of-a-kind perspective of the city from One Vanderbilt’s highest elevation. Summit’s ‘Ascent’ is the highest rack-and-pinion lift system in the world, and at 90 square feet each, the largest lit floor elevators in the world. The two lifts are positioned on the outside of the building, taking you up to the highest point to admire the breathtaking view of the city.  

Apres

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The latest concept from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events combines global flavours for a culinary experience exclusive to Summit. Stunning views of New York are ready to greet you from the open air terrace and indoor lounge, perched in the skies above Manhattan.

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Dubai Bucket-List Musts

Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed. We have rounded up the top sights and experiences to tick off your Bucket List when you’re in town.

Yacht Day

If you’re looking to splash the cash on a family day out, a romantic date for two or enjoy a party with friends – a Yacht Day is always an incredible bucket-list experience, and one you’ll certainly never forget. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun, or dance through the night, Dubai offers the perfect backdrop for a day at sea. 

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Jet Ski Experience

If water sports is your thing, be sure to book a Jet Ski experience during your time in Dubai. An amazing activity to enjoy with friends as you take in all the sights of the Dubai skyline, Marina and all the famous landmarks, including the Burj Al Arab. Add it to the bucket-list!

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Desert Safari Experience 

Visiting the Desert has to be on your bucket-list if your planning to holiday in Dubai. Experience a crazy 4×4 dune ride with professional drivers, as they drift in and out of sand dunes. If you you’d like a turn in the drivers seat, choice from a dune buggy or quad bike and wizz through the desert as the sun goes down – a true Middle East experience. 

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Skydive over the Palm Jumeirah 

If your looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush, this is probably right up your street. Free fall over the incredible Palm Jumeirah, one of the best skydiving locations in the world. At Skydive Dubai another instructor will jump with you to capture your experience on camera, to make sure you have a memory to last a lifetime. Be sure to book at least a month in advance to avoid disappointment! 

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Swim with Sharks 

Ready to face your deepest fears? Head to Dubai Aquarium, home to 33,000 aquatic animals, and dive amongst sand tiger, zebra and nurse sharks. If you don’t have your Open Water Certificate, you can still get up close and personal with the oceans greatest predators- but behind the safety of a diving cage. If your bucket-list is looking a little tame, up the anti and opt to dive during a feeding frenzy! 

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Go Skiing (In the Mall)

Ski Dubai can be found inside the Mall of Emirates, one of the largest indoor Ski facilities in the world. In a place where it never snows, immerse yourself in this Winter Wonderland, and hit the slopes whether your a beginner or consider yourself a pro – you’ll be sure to have a fun filled afternoon. 

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Visit the Worlds Tallest Building 

A bucket-list must. Experience the highest Observation Deck in the world, on level 148 of the Burj Khalifa with the At The Top Sky Package. If you have a fear of heights, maybe sit this one out! 

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Try the Worlds Longest Urban Zipline

Ready to experience the worlds longest Urban Zipline? Head to XLine in Dubai Marina and buckle up for a thrilling ride through the skyscrapers of the Marina, starting at 170m above the ground. Make sure you scream and smile for the camera attached to your helmet – we don’t doubt it will make for a hilarious watch. 

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