The Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On Date Has Just Been Announced | Londonist

The show must go on.

Oxford Street’s famous Christmas lights will be switched on, on Monday 2 November.

This year, the 27 LED light curtains which run the length of the shopping street — and debuted last Christmas — will display a ‘heartwarming poem’, according to Oxford Street’s PR team. The poem will celebrate London itself, as well as people across the country who’ve shown ‘incredible acts of care, kindness and support ‘ this year.

Source: The Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On Date Has Just Been Announced | Londonist

#london

48 Lovely British TV Shows Set by the Sea – I Heart British TV

The UK may be small, but it has nearly 20,000 miles of coastline (though exact totals vary based on how you measure it). Given the small, dense nature of the

Source: 48 Lovely British TV Shows Set by the Sea – I Heart British TV

Great list!

#britishtv

A Victorian Toilet Has Been Transformed Into Bloomsbury’s Newest Wine Bar | Londonist

From the team behind WC Clapham.

Source: A Victorian Toilet Has Been Transformed Into Bloomsbury’s Newest Wine Bar | Londonist

#london

A new portrait of Queen Victoria’s African goddaughter unveiled to highlight overlooked black figures | Tatler

The painting of Sarah Forbes Bonetta is part of an English Heritage project

Source: A new portrait of Queen Victoria’s African goddaughter unveiled to highlight overlooked black figures | Tatler

#britishhistory

The New ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Has an Official Premiere Date – January 10th, 2021

The new remake of “All Creatures Great and Small” has an official premiere date! The series, which looks every bit as warm and heartwarming as we all probably need right now, will officially debut on PBS’s Masterpiece, beginning Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Source: The New ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Has an Official Premiere Date | Telly Visions

Folks, it’s really, really good!

#britishtv

#pbs

London Mail Rail and Postal Museum reopens for tours

The Postal Museum reopens this month

Source: London Mail Rail and Postal Museum reopens for tours

#london

Harry Potter book used to teach English valued at £30k – BBC News

The book belongs to a British expat who posted it to auctioneers wrapped in a tea towel.

Source: Harry Potter book used to teach English valued at £30k – BBC News

#harrypotter

Prettiest Bars In London: 21 Spots For Picture-Perfect Cocktail Dates

There are picture-worthy spots around every corner in London. Ahead of London Cocktail Week, we’ve rounded up the prettiest bars in the city.

Source: Prettiest Bars In London: 21 Spots For Picture-Perfect Cocktail Dates

#london

Victorian Society’s Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings list 2020 | Victorian Society

Revealed! The Top 10 Endangered Buildings! Will you help us save these buildings from being lost forever? Please share this post so that as many people as possible can hear of their plight! Top 10 list: bit.ly/30iBNuX

Source: Victorian Society’s Top 10 Most Endangered Buildings list 2020 | Victorian Society

#britishhistory

#architecture

The Crown: Netflix’s First Look At Margaret Thatcher & Princess Diana – Deadline

Netflix has published the first stills of Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in Season 4 of The Crown.

Source: The Crown: Netflix’s First Look At Margaret Thatcher & Princess Diana – Deadline

#brtishtv

#netflix

Frank Derrett’s West End | Spitalfields Life

Fancy a stroll around the West End with Frank Derrett in the seventies? This invitation is possible thanks to the foresight of Paul Loften who rescued these photographs from destruction in the last century. Recently, Paul contacted me to ask if I was interested and I suggested he donate them to the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute, which is how I am able to show them today.

Source: Frank Derrett’s West End | Spitalfields Life

These photos are incredible! What a find! Beautiful time capsule of London’s past.

#london

#history

#britishpictures

How four British ‘folkways’ influenced America – Big Think

They came from different places and with different ideas, which still resonate today

Source: How four British ‘folkways’ influenced America – Big Think

#britishistory

A UK Library you can sleep in – Gladstone’s Library – Hawarden, Wales – Atlas Obscura

At the U.K.’s only residential library you can sleep among the books.

Source: Gladstone’s Library – Hawarden, Wales – Atlas Obscura

#travel

#wales

Alan Partridge statue appears in Norwich – BBC News

The 11ft brass statue of the fictional broadcaster was created by two super fans and exclaims “Aha!”

Source: Alan Partridge statue appears in Norwich – BBC News

#britishtv

#norwich

Call the Midwife | Doctor Who’s Peter Davison cast in Christmas special – Radio Times

The actor will play circus ringmaster Mr Percival in the episode.

Source: Call the Midwife | Doctor Who’s Peter Davison cast in Christmas special – Radio Times

#britishtv

David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet Trailer – /Film

The David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet Trailer takes a look at the famed Eglish broadcaster and natural historian.

Source: David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet Trailer – /Film

#britishfilm

#britishtv

Aerial views of London: then and now – in pictures | UK news | The Guardian

Marking the 15-year anniversary of the New London Architecture galleries, the Changing Face of London revisits its 2005 exhibition to capture the transformation of the city’s famous landmarks. Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes talks us through his images

Source: Aerial views of London: then and now – in pictures | UK news | The Guardian

This is incredible!

#london

Captain Tom Moore Subject Of New Movie From ‘Finding Your Feet’ Duo – Deadline

The British Army Captain raised £39M ($50M) to fight the pandemic by walking laps of his garden in the run-up to his 100th birthday.

Source: Captain Tom Moore Subject Of New Movie From ‘Finding Your Feet’ Duo – Deadline

#britishfilm

Supernova Trailer: Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci Try to Hold onto Love – /Film

In the face of a deteriorating illness, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firthy try to hold onto their love in the Supernova trailer.

Source: Supernova Trailer: Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci Try to Hold onto Love – /Film

This looks great, and heart-wrenching.

#britishfilm

#colinfirth

Old TV set interfered with village’s DSL Internet each day for 18 months | Ars Technica

Having exhausted all other avenues, we wanted to do one final test to see if the fault was being caused by a phenomenon known as SHINE (Single High-level Impulse Noise) where electrical interference is emitted from an appliance that can then have an impact on broadband connectivity.By using a device called a Spectrum Analyzer we walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6am to see if we could find an “electrical noise” to support our theory. And at 7am, like clockwork, it happened! Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference in the village.The source of the “electrical noise” was traced to a property in the village. It turned out that at 7am every morning, the occupant would switch on their old TV which would in turn knock out broadband for the entire village.As you can imagine, when we pointed this out to the resident, they were mortified that their old second-hand TV was the cause of an entire village’s broadband problems, and they immediately agreed to switch it off and not use [it] again.

Source: Old TV set interfered with village’s DSL Internet each day for 18 months | Ars Technica

#wales

Heathrow rail link to be delayed by up to two years – BBC News

Network Rail says the coronavirus pandemic has delayed talks about the line from Reading to the airport.

Source: Heathrow rail link to be delayed by up to two years – BBC News

#heathrow

#london

Restoration plan for historic Glasgow dry dock – BBC News

One of the Govan Graving Docks could be returned to use under plans to revitalise the Clyde waterfront.

Source: Restoration plan for historic Glasgow dry dock – BBC News

#britishhistory

#scotland

James May buys ‘half’ of Royal Oak in Swallowcliffe – BBC News

The Royal Oak, in Swallowcliffe, near Salisbury, has been closed since March.

Source: James May buys ‘half’ of Royal Oak in Swallowcliffe – BBC News

#wiltshire

#topgear

#grandtour

 

Medieval Bacton priory brought to life with 3D modelling – BBC News

It has been used to recreate the funeral of a rich man buried at the priory in the 15th Century.

Source: Medieval Bacton priory brought to life with 3D modelling – BBC News

#britishhistory

Watch the trailer for Jude Law’s new 1980s-set thriller ‘The Nest’ – British Period Dramas

The Nest arrives in select cinemas in the US today. Set in England in the

Source: Watch the trailer for Jude Law’s new 1980s-set thriller ‘The Nest’ – British Period Dramas

This looks good!

#britishfilm

The Essay – Mayflower Portraits – 400 years on – BBC Sounds

Nick Bryant reflectis on what the Mayflower 400th anniversary means to Americans in 2020.

Source: The Essay – Mayflower Portraits – 400 years on – BBC Sounds

#britishhistory

Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy debuts on PS5 in 2021 | VentureBeat

Sony unveiled that Warner Bros. is working on a new Harry Potter game dubbed Hogwarts Legacy for the PlayStation 5. The game will debut in 2021.

Source: Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy debuts on PS5 in 2021 | VentureBeat

This looks really cool! I’m not a gamer, but I’m tempted by this.

#harrypotter

David Tennant Around the World in 80 Days first look – Radio Times

The Des and Doctor Who star’s next challenge? Playing fictional adventurer Phileas Fogg.

Source: David Tennant Around the World in 80 Days first look – Radio Times

#britishtv

Persuasion Movie Cast Adds Sarah Snook – /Film

Sarah Snook will play Anne Elliot in a new adaptation of Persuasion.

Source: Persuasion Movie Cast Adds Sarah Snook – /Film

#britishfilm

The Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist is announced – Radio Times

See which authors made the cut for the prestigious award shortlist.

Source: The Booker Prize 2020 Shortlist is announced – Radio Times

#britishbooks

You Can Now Buy Butterbeer At King’s Cross Station | Londonist

Platform 9 ¾ is flogging the fictional brew.

Source: You Can Now Buy Butterbeer At King’s Cross Station | Londonist

#london

#harrypotter

Hulu Buys Michael Sheen & David Tennant Lockdown Comedy ‘Staged’ – Deadline

Series lands U.S. streaming after successful UK run.

Source: Hulu Buys Michael Sheen & David Tennant Lockdown Comedy ‘Staged’ – Deadline

#britishtv

A Massive Game Of Thrones Studio Tour Will Open In Northern Ireland – Secret London

Whether you’re a fire-breathing dragon queen, or simply drink and know things, you’re going to love the Game of Thrones studio tour, opening soon.

Source: A Massive Game Of Thrones Studio Tour Will Open In Northern Ireland – Secret London

#britishtv

#gameofthrones

#northernireland

The Lost Palace of Whitehall – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

The Palace of Whitehall was the primary residence of English monarchs from AD 1530 until 1698, located in Westminster, London. – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

Source: The Lost Palace of Whitehall – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

#britishhistory

#london

London At Night: 50 Photos Of London Looking Spectacular After Dark

London at night is a different place, where you can be blinded by the lights or hidden in the shadows. See the city in a whole new light with these photos!

Source: London At Night: 50 Photos Of London Looking Spectacular After Dark

#london

Willie Walsh Retires As Chief Executive Of International Airlines Group

Willie Walsh will step down as Chief Executive of International Airlines Group on Tuesday 8 September.

Source: Willie Walsh Retires As Chief Executive Of International Airlines Group

Interesting read on the impact of one man on British Airways over the last two decades.

#britishtravel

#britishairways

New James Bond NO TIME TO DIE Trailer – YouTube

New James Bond trailer has been released. Check it out below:

Sigh.

I really want to see this.

But it’s unlikely to be safe enough to go to the movie theater by November.

So, I look forward to seeing this On Demand…

#britishmovies

#jamesbond

70+ Delightful British Travel Shows on Amazon Prime Video – I Heart British TV

Whether you’re a long-time travel show fan or just someone looking for a travel substitute while the world remains in lockdown, Amazon’s Prime Video service has tons of videos to help with your unfulfilled travel urges. Of course, this being a British TV site, we’re focused on those with a British connection – either a British presenter or something filmed in the British Isles (for the purposes of this post, we’re including Ireland).

Source: 70+ Delightful British Travel Shows on Amazon Prime Video – I Heart British TV

This is a fantastic list!

#britishtv

20+ Cozy British Mystery Shows for British TV Fans Who Like Their Mysteries Mild – I Heart British TV

While most recent mystery shows seem to be of the dark and gritty variety, there are plenty of British TV fans who prefer a good cozy mystery. In case you’ve

Source: 20+ Cozy British Mystery Shows for British TV Fans Who Like Their Mysteries Mild – I Heart British TV

#britishtv

Long Way Up — Official Trailer | Apple TV+ – YouTube

The craziest ideas lead to the best places. Starring and executive produced by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, “Long Way Up” reunites the best friends after more than a decade since their last motorbike adventure around the world. Covering 13,000 miles over 100 days through 16 border crossings and 13 countries, starting from the city of Ushuaia at the tip of South America, Ewan and Charley journey through the glorious and underexposed landscapes of South and Central America in their most challenging expedition to date, using cutting-edge technology on the backs of their prototype electric Harley-Davidsons in order to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. The new series will follow Ewan and Charley as they journey through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and up through Colombia, Central America and Mexico. Also joining them are their longtime collaborators, directors David Alexanian and Russ Malkin, following them in their electric Rivians. The first three episodes of “Long Way Up” will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, September 18, and new episodes will roll out weekly: https://apple.co/_LongWayUp

#britishtv

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley Set Takes You Back to School – /Film

The LEGO Group today announce LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley set, the longest Harry Potter set to date, which will be released September 1.

Source: LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley Set Takes You Back to School – /Film

Blimey! I’ll just be adding this to my Christmas list…

#harrypotter

The Duchess of Cambridge’s photography project: intimate portraits from lockdown Britain | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times

Throughout recent history, photographs have recorded people’s lives and experiences — telling not just an individual’s story, but also documenting significant moments for families, communities

Source: The Duchess of Cambridge’s photography project: intimate portraits from lockdown Britain | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Sunday Times

#britain

Start the Week – Nature notes, from farming to fungi – BBC Sounds

Andrew Marr with James Rebanks, Melissa Harrison and Merlin Sheldrake

The first episode of the new season. Andrew Marr and guests stop to consider the natural world and the changing seasons. When James Rebanks first learnt to work the land, at his grandfather’s side, the family’s Lake District farm was a key part of the ancient landscape and was teeming with wildlife. By the time he inherited the farm, that landscape had profoundly changed. In English Pastoral, his follow-up to best-seller The Shepherd’s Life, Rebanks assesses the revolutionary post-war farming methods – and the unintended destruction they caused. He looks at what can be done to restore rich soil and flourishing fields. Since the start of the pandemic, novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison has been documenting the wonder of the natural world, bringing the sights and sounds of her Suffolk countryside to homes all around the country. In her podcast The Stubborn Light of Things she plays close attention to what’s happening on her doorstep, from the arrival and departure of the swifts, to the bloom of the hawthorn, to the hunt in the undergrowth for glow-worms. A collection of Harrison’s monthly nature notes from The Times are due to be published this November. A much underrated and unnoticed part of the natural world are fungi, according to the biologist Merlin Sheldrake. In Entangled Life he celebrates the ingenuity, extravagance and strangeness of fungal networks. Neither plant nor animal, fungi are found throughout the earth, in the air and in our bodies. They can live on a speck of dust or spread over miles of underground mazes. While fungi gives us bread and life-saving medicines, they have also transformed our understanding of the way plants communicate with each other via the ‘Wood Wide Web’.

Source: Start the Week – Nature notes, from farming to fungi – BBC Sounds

#britishlandscape

#jamesrebanks

 

‘His Dark Materials’ Teaser: First Look At Season 2 Of HBO/BBC Adaptation – Deadline

We’re getting the first look at the upcoming second season of His Dark Materials.

Source: ‘His Dark Materials’ Teaser: First Look At Season 2 Of HBO/BBC Adaptation – Deadline

#britishtv

Fun in the Sun: 20 Amazing Archive Images of Post-war Britain | Heritage Calling

Breaking New Ground is a pioneering 21-month project to digitise 10,000 images from the John Laing Photographic Collection, covering the post-war period of this world-renowned construction company. The complete collection numbers nearly a quarter of a million photographs.

Source: Fun in the Sun: 20 Amazing Archive Images of Post-war Britain | Heritage Calling

#britishhistory

The 30 best country houses on sale in the UK now | Bricks & Mortar | The Times

The inimitable observer of the country house PG Wodehouse wrote: “The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded

Source: The 30 best country houses on sale in the UK now | Bricks & Mortar | The Times

Who wants to pool some money for a few lottery tickets?

#britishproperty

The best TV drama series to watch in Autumn 2020, from The Crown to Des

Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana appear in the fourth series of The Crown, while Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star as husband and wife in The Undoing

Source: The best TV drama series to watch in Autumn 2020, from The Crown to Des

#britishtv

11 Weird Ways Britain’s Iconic Telephone Boxes Have Been Repurposed – Fodors Travel Guide

Though phone booths are seemingly obsolete, the red telephone boxes of the U.K. are finding remarkable new uses.

Source: 11 Weird Ways Britain’s Iconic Telephone Boxes Have Been Repurposed – Fodors Travel Guide

#britishicons

A New Geographically Accurate Tube Map | Londonist

2020 edition.

Source: A New Geographically Accurate Tube Map | Londonist

#london

Ammonite Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet Begin a Forbidden Love Affair – /Film

Following in similar footsteps as Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the first Ammonite trailer finds Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in a forbidden romance.

Source: Ammonite Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet Begin a Forbidden Love Affair – /Film

This looks great! Set in Dorset. Going to be beautiful to watch!

#britishmovies

#dorset