Boris Johnson, the mayor of London just decided to equip the city with a “super highway” for bicycles. The rank will be 4 meters large and 30 km long. It will go across the entire city (from East to West) passing in front of Big Ben, Westminster and Hyde Park. Another, highway is planned to be created to go from North to South and long of 5km.
The construction should begin in March and finish in 2016, and would cost around £161 million. The director of London Bicycle association Ben Bogdanowicz said “It’s going to be a real change for London citizens”.
For more information and to see the precise location of the highway, please check this link.
The French aeronautic company Airbus has just found an agreement with the British government to open a new construction branch in London. The company hires more than 10.000 people in the UK and is working with more than 400 subcontractors, which represent approximately 100.000 direct and indirect jobs. This new contract will reinforce the presence of Airbus in the UK and increase the production of planes on British territory.
This agreement has been accepted for two reasons that are good for both parts: Airbus made it to negotiate a reduction on taxes, after the unexpected success of their plane A320, and the British government accepted to get a bigger assurance that Airbus will continue to hire workers in the UK.
According to the Sunday Times, the British government has accepted to lose hundreds millions of future royalties linked to the construction in Broughton factory in order to preserve jobs.
The cinema company Warner Bros just announced that they plan to recreate the atmosphere of the Hogwarts Express for the exposition about the Harry Potter universe that will start in March. The studios that have already a surface of 14.000 m² which will welcome Dumbledore’s office, the big Hogwarts Dinning room and also the exact replica of the train that was used in the original movie.
The 9 3/4 platform that you can already see at King’s Cross rail station (5 minutes from Saint Pancras), will be also in the exposition. This exposition is part of the Harry Potter experience launched at the same time as the theme park “The Wizarding world of Harry Potter” in Orlando, Florida that began in 2012 takes place 30 km from London and is situated near the Leavesden Studios in the Warner Bros Studios, London. If you’re interested about having a magical experience you can check their website.
Tony Pulis, the manager of West Bromwich Albion just announced yesterday that his new challenge (after the challenge of keeping WBA in Premier League) would be to join Paris from London by rowing.
The manager is not at his first sportive try, by the past he used to climb Kilimandjaro, to ride between John O'Groats and Lands End (970 km) and also he finished two marathons.
He won’t be alone on his new challenge, a lot of British sportsmen already accepted to join him and to help him.
The money that this challenge will earn will be given to the charity association: Donna Louise that helps children in the hospitals.
Fans of the series will be pleased to know that the Exhibition of Game of Thrones will return for the third year in a row to allow fans to check out more than 70 pieces of costumes, weapons and props from the series.
The exhibition will be held at the O2 Arena in London and is the first step of the GoT Exhibition worldwide tour. The next destinations will be Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris.
In London, fans will be able to visit the exhibition on Feb 9 -12 and Feb 15 – 17. The exhibition will include everything from House banners to swords, jewellery to a replica of the Iron Throne.
Can’t wait for the fifth season of GoT? Certain items from this season will be on display during the exhibition!
As we told you a few weeks ago, London is the most attractive city for workers in the world. But it’s not just that, London has also the highest proportion of employed graduates than any other major city in the world!
In fact, 53% of London’s workforces are graduate workers, which contrast with the proportion of the 26% in the UK’s Workforce 10 years ago. London is far ahead others cities like Paris with a percentage of 41% and Berlin with 37%.
Most attractive city for workers only? Of course not, London is also attracting more international students than every other city in the world. Regarding the latest figures, almost 100,000 foreign students come to London in order to study every year, compared to the 95,000 for Paris or 60,000 for New York!
Interested in studying in London? You already know where you can find your accommodation!
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has opened last weekend and will stay in the Park for five more weeks. It’s open every day from 10am to 10pm until 4th January.
There will be a huge collection of amazing rides, ice-skating and the chance to visit Santa's Grotto. Of course, you will also be able to find some seasonal food and drink. This event is made for families, so don’t hesitate to call your relatives and go there together!
The admission to go to Winter Wonderland is free, you’ll just have to pay for the attractions you wish to use. You’ll be able to buy the tickets and learn more about the Winter Wonderland Event on the official website.
NB: Advance booking is highly recommended as attraction tickets sell out, especially at weekends and evenings.
By the end of next year, travellers will be able to make the 306-mile trip to Paris through the Channel Tunnel in just two hours, thanks to a 320kph (200mph) state-of-the-art train.
In fact, the German firm Siemens has sold to Eurostar 10 new e320s trains which are able to run at speeds up to 320kph. That means that travellers between both cities of Paris and London will spend 20minutes less than before in the train. The 2 capitals are now less than 2 hours away!
This year is also the 20th anniversary of the start of Eurostar services since it began in November 1994. That’s why, Eurostar has decided to launch its new trains by the end of 2015.
Originally 2h 50min, the length of travel of London to Paris journey continues to decline and it seems to go further on that way. London-Paris in one hours? Maybe in 20 years!
You’ll find more information on the video!
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Even if you’ve already visited Tower Bridge in London, you’ll also be obliged to take a look to the London’s newest tourist attraction. In fact, the new glass floor in the upper walkways of Tower Bridge was unveiled on Monday, November 10th.
The glass walkway is 11m long and 1.8m wide and enables visitors to have a new perspective on London’s river and to view traffic passing over the bridge.
The walkway, called “the wow project’ while it was still under construction, was evolved in consultation with English Heritage. For the moment, only the west walkway opened on Monday. We will have to wait until December 1st to also see the east walkway.
This is the most significant change to the structure since the opening of its exhibition centre in 1982. Do you dare miss it?