Mudchute City Farm

Filled with skyscrapers and busy streets, London is known as one of the most modern cities in the world. Allowing people to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a moment lies the Mudchute City Farm in London’s East End. Bringing green living to the city, the farm has become a favourite spots for Londoners to get away for a few hours.

Spread over 32 acres in the Isle of Dogs, Mudchute Farm is one of the largest Inner City farms in Europe. Open fields and rolling plains welcome visitors to the property that hosts hundreds of animals. With the bigger animals like donkeys, goats and sheep grazing in the fields and enclosures, the smaller animals like chickens and birds are kept in buildings open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to approach the animals to learn about them. Pet’s Corner holds the cute and cuddly creatures that visitors of all ages will love to pet.

Special encounters can be arranged with advanced booking and the equestrian centre offers lessons for all levels of riders. Rare British breeds and llamas and alpacas from South America can be seen here ranging free, and come around feeding time to help the staff feed the animals. Volunteers are always appreciated for farm to youth work. The organization also allows events to be held on the premises, especially children’s parties that will be more memorable with adorable animals to entertain them.

Promoting biodiversity in the city, the farm’s surroundings give homes to a significant number of wildlife. Birds, butterflies, moths and other woodland creatures can be seen aplenty and the wildflowers that grow in the meadows attract many animals in the season. A newly opened kitchen lets the people enjoy freshly cooked organic food from the farm in a quiet country setting.

Though it would seem a hundred miles from the city, Mudchute farm sports great views of London. Surprises like this can be easily found during your stay at a luxury hotel London and its sophisticated charm is captured at the Halkin London. The complimentary mix of the modern and traditional is sure to make your stay at this London boutique hotel memorable.

Christmas in London a magical experience

The Halkin London is one of the best Luxury Hotel London which offers contemporary accommodation facilities and award-winning cuisine. This London Boutique Hotel is the best place to relax if you’re in London. During December when the year is ending and Christmas is coming the climate gets colder and the excitement warms up in the hearts of the people.

Roads decorated with shimmering lights and Christmas decorations hanging in each and every corner make the city magical. Snow covers every possible inch on the ground and the tops of the buildings spreading like a white sheet which adds more charm to the festive season. You will find good bargains in the stores this season with amazing offers. Christmas Markets in the UK can be found in all sorts of locations selling Christmas related goods and foodstuff. Visit London in during Christmas and experience the amazing feeling.

St. James’s Park- The oldest Royal Park in London

May be it’s the glance of the Royalty that constantly falls on this luscious green garden that keeps it in splendid perfection throughout the year. Sprawling over 23 hectares in the City of Westminster central of London at the southern end of the St.James area, the garden has just as interesting and famous neighbours in its vicinity. With Buckingham palace at its west and the busy mall and St James place to its north, the Bricade walk lies to the South as the House Guards cover the East. While the Buckingham Palace constantly looks in the direction of the garden, perhaps because its greenery offers such a soothing treatment for the eye, the garden returns the favour with its bridge perched upon the lake, getting a spectacular view of the palace, framed closely by its foliage and fountains.

Regardless of its majestic neighbours and its history as a place of national events and in spite of the crowds frequenting the mall, day in and day out, the garden has maintained a simplistic charm of nature throughout the years, as if it were not afraid of being young and naïve in a world of mature men and women. It seems not only man, but even flora and fauna have found shelter among its leafy branches, thick shrubs and especially the placid waters of its lake that is now and then ruffled by the breeze roaming through the park, often than not. The pelicans have made a permanent stay there and with all the feeding they get everyday, are unlikely to leave such attractive grounds to which they add their own colourful props. There are water birds, bats and woodpeckers especially for the children to gaze on, at least for those who are not busy playing in the playground in the park. For the city weary traveller, the garden is a sanctuary, with decked chairs in summer to recline on and dwell on nothing in particular while being softly caressed by the wind and being wooed to tranquillity by the garden whose attractions can sooth and soften any hard emotion. For some, the garden is ideal for people watching, while the more keen eyes of film makers have discovered in its mossy depths and wide open spaces lined by lakes and islands, the perfect back drop for the drama they’ve woven.

As much as outdoor enchantment, the city has a wealth of indoor charms in many a luxury hotel London. Located in the city’s Belgravia district, The Halkin London is a treat for the eye and mind, with unique interior designs falling only second to its modern conveniences and unforgettable Thai cuisine. In spite of its awe inspiring charms, this London boutique hotel, exudes a simplicity and a congenial warmth within all its services and servicemen that most traveller regard it as a home away from home.

The Thames Barrier- A fascinating modern attraction

The Thames Barrier is one such modern attraction, and is especially interesting as it is a piece of architecture that will protect the city of London from flooding. The construction of this barrier was completed in 1982. It took eight years to build and cost over a 1000 million GBP. It is known to be the largest flood barrier, which is movable, in the world. It is 520 metres wide and is located on the River Thames at Woolwich.

The need for such a barrier arose from the results of the 1953 floods. In 1953 due to heavy rainfall more than 160,000 acres of farmland got flooded and 300 people drowned. This prompted the authorities to take action to solve any further threats from flood water.

This particular design as a barrier was selected out of 41 proposals, as this unique design provided answers to all the problems: it had minimal interference with the natural river flow, headroom for ships were not restricted, and most importantly it is artistically very pleasing.

It comprises four gates; each as tall as a five storey structure and 61 metres wide. Each has its own ‘hydraulic power packs’, which are electrically powered and provides individual operation to each of the gates. When the gates are fully open they set against the river bed providing an unobstructed river. The gates can also be raised above the waters when they require maintenance work.

This piece of great engineering and architecture has come in handy over 60 times since its construction, when they had been raised to prevent the city from flooding. If you are visiting the location take either the river or the road. River boat from Greenwich or Westminster is ideal for a closer view. But if you are interested in a more in-depth experience try going by road to visit the visitor centre.

London also features various other attractions. As for lodging options, there is a range available: from a luxury hotel, London B&B, to budget hotel, you can take your pick. A London boutique hotel with luxury amenities is ideal for a romantic getaway. If you are looking for a great location and luxury accommodation options you may want to try The Halkin London.