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Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day as it is often referred to in the UK, is the day preceding Ash Wednesday. Traditionally it embraces the practice of celebration, as it is the last night of over indulgence and excessive eating of richer fatty food before the ritual of fasting and engaging in religious obligations, over the period of Lent; a 40 day abstinence.
It was once known as a “half holiday” in Britain and kicked off at 11:00 am with the ringing of a church bell and from the 12th – 19th century “mob football” games were organised. Nowadays up and down the country, pancake races are held – the most famous one being in Olney, Buckinghamshire which can be traced back to 1445.
Whilst in London teams from The House of Commons and The House of Lords compete in the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race contending for the title of Parliamentary Race Champions.
In 1994 the largest recorded pancake was made by the Co-Operative Union, Ltd.in Rochdale, Manchester, England. Measuring 15.01 m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) thick, the pancake weighed 3 tonnes (6,614 lb), and took more than just a frying pan to flip over! No doubt you will be flipping your own pancakes in the kitchen, using past down recipes from generations gone by or maybe dining out, leaving someone else to do the tidying and washing up. Wherever you indulge, bear in mind that come tomorrow, a period of abstinence is upon us.
What will you be giving up?.
As of 7th March The Cornerhouse, Manchester is home to something a little more exotic. Arriving in town is the 20th edition of ¡Viva Festival!; the city’s annual Spanish and Latin cinema festival.
For the 20th anniversary the event does not disappoint, with highlights including returning veteran director Roger Gual and his Catalan comedy of errors “menú degustació”. Supporting this is a documentary on the history of women in Spanish film, a post-apocalyptic disaster movie and much more.
Working in partnership with The National Lottery Good Causes and local universities Instituto Cervantes, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan this festival is not only entertaining but is beneficial for the local community too.
With the festival running until the 23rd there is no chance to miss this worldly event, especially with Dreamhouse’s Manchester City and City West Apartments just a short trip away for that mid-day siesta.
Be prepared with our handy Spanish guide below:
- Hola (ohh-la) : Hello
- ¿Cuál es tu película favorita? (ku-wal es too pel-ee-q-la fav-or-eeta) : What is your favourite film?
- ¿Dondé están los apartamentos de Dreamhouse? (don-dey es-tan los aah-part-aah-men-tos de dreem-house) : Where are Dreamhouse Apartments?
Located on the north east coast lays Aberdeen, Scotland’s third most populous city. Bustling with rich heritage and a vibrant city culture The Granite City has loads to offer both business and leisure travellers. Even David Cameron held his latest meeting here. Check our list below for our top picks in getting to know this animated city.
Where to go:
- Aberdeen Art Gallery – Instantly recognizable from its pink granite exterior the Aberdeen Art Gallery is the perfect illustration of late 19th century architecture. Boasting art work from Francis Bacon, Bonnard, Degas, Damien Hirst, Monet and Alison Watt it remains one of Aberdeen’s most popular attractions.
- Aberdeen Castle Trail – For adventurers and erudite historians Scotland’s only dedicated castle trail of Aberdeenshire is a chance to uncover the traditional beauty of rural Scotland. With highlights including a trip to Dunnottar, majestically overlooking the North Sea and once home to William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.
- Hazlehead Park – A public park of over 180 hectares, Hazlehead flaunts more than a little greenery and some swings. Home to 2 18 hole golf courses, mountain biking trails, heritage sites and rescued sculptures from around the city and Scotland’s oldest maze there is something to do for everyone. A must-see is The Rose Garden; home to the Piper Alpha memorial, remembering the 167 men who lost their lives to the oil and gas explosion of 1988.
Where to eat:
- Café 52 – Café 52 is one of Aberdeen’s top rated eateries amongst locals and travellers alike. Serving local cuisine all day long it is a perfect choice for those after excellent produce and casual atmosphere.
- The Prince of Wales – Opening in 1850, The Prince of Wales is one of Scotland’s oldest standing pubs. Famous for its real Scottish and English ales it’s almost tempting to skip dinner. Luckily this hidden tavern also serves classic pub food at affordable prices.
Where to stay:
- For a home away from home there is no other choice than Dreamhouse’s own Aberdeen apartments available for booking here. Early March also celebrates the arrival of our newly aquired Craigieburn Apartments.
Just a stone throw away from our London apartments is The Barbican, Europe’s largest multi-arts centre.
This week welcomes two new shows to the performing arts stage; The National Theatre’s War Horse and Betty Nansen Teatret Mozart Undone.
War Horse takes you on a touching journey from green, idyllic Devon to the muddy trenches of the First World War. Based on the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo War Horse has been remodelled into an award winning, international stage show by Nick Stafford. It now brings a one off performance of life, drama and music to Cinema 1 of The Barbican Cinema on the 27th February.
Mozart Undone is, as the name would suggest, a live cabaret show mixing in memorable Mozart riffs with everything from Caribbean beats to famous pop and rock anthems. Presented in a fury of elaborately dressed performers by Danish director Nikolaj Cederholm this performance is sure to capture the spectators imagination. Mozart Undone is running from the 25th February to 1st March at The Barbican Theatre.
Take the perfect opportunity to experience Dreamhouse Luxury Serviced Apartments.
Be in with a chance to win a weekend away at Dreamhouse Apartments in February! Spoil yourself with the choice between the locations of London, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Simply come along to the Business Travel Show on 4th and 5th February from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and visit the Dreamhouse Apartments stand B1314 and you could be the lucky winner!
LOCATION: Earl’s Court 2 Warwick Road SW5 9TA London
The Christmas season is in full swing with just 2 weeks to go until the special day. We can already smell the taste bud- tingling turkey roasting in the oven and the mulled wine simmering in the saucepan. Presents are being wrapped and mince pies being drenched in cream, but post- Christmas winter excitement is also important…
Dreamhouse Apartments are offering 15% off your stay when you book for 4 nights or more in London Vauxhall or any of the Edinburgh properties – spoiling you with the choice of the West End, City Centre or Holyrood.
Conveniently located next to Vauxhall tube station and just minutes away from Westminster and Embankment, this exquisite property provides a choice of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in a development fully furnished to high expectations, where better to spend a winter break and see the sites of London?
Wicked, described as ’one of the most popular West End musicals ever’ (Evening Standard) is being performed throughout the year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre , located not far from Westminster. Why not make the most out of it and view the show followed by staying in Dreamhouse Vauxhall. Stay for 4 nights or more and receive 15% off your stay!
Not only are the Dreamhouse Edinburgh properties one of the most popular, but also in the perfect locations to enjoy a winter break and explore Edinburgh.
James Arthur is performing at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh – the perfect opportunity to see this talented X factor winner live in concert.
Disney’s The Lion King is also being performed at Edinburgh Playhouse until the 18th January if you are a musical fan; a must- see this winter and only a 7 minute drive from Dreamhouse Edinburgh West End.
Edinburgh’s Hogmany Street Party - join 80,000 others welcoming the new year beneath the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and dance your way into 2014 with incredible live music and entertainment with world famous Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks.
The count down to Christmas is well on its way, with just 15 days left until the special day. Some may sit around the fire, opening their presents and enjoying the festive food while others may embrace the cold and walk their way to the nearest country pub.
Dreamhouse Apartments have more in store for you, though. As you may be aware, Dreamhouse have been giving away a free prize for every day of the month from 1st – 12th December. There are 3 more prizes to be won for our ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ competition and three remaining lucky individuals could be the proud winners!
A Farmison & Co. Christmas pudding could be the delicious addition to your family’s Christmas dinner or two nights of luxury could be yours with a weekend for two in Dreamhouse Manchester. Last but not least, a Kindle Fire HD 8GB could be yours!
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That’s not all. Keep your eyes peeled as not only are Dreamhouse giving away luxury prizes to brighten up your Christmas, but also furnishing guests with special offers that would make anyone regret missing out!
The Christmas season is finally upon us, and where better to spend it than in London? Christmas markets and shopping are two things that are sure to get you in the festive spirit and there are so many choices of places to go. Here are a few options to take your pick from ….
The gates open to Winter Wonderland on Friday 22nd November at 5 pm. Why not enter the gates to magic where this year guarantees ice skating, delicious festive food stalls, beer taverns, rides and many more exciting attractions. Take the opportunity to wear your favourite winter coat and visit the Magical Ice Kingdom, or view the beautiful Christmas lights taking a ride in the Giant Observation Wheel.
Winter Wonderland is a perfect outing for kids or those with their inner child. Whether you enjoy the rides, visit the German Markets, meet Santa at Santa Land or chill with a glass of mulled wine, you won’t leave without feeling inspired!
Attraction Ticket Prices: http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/tickets
Location: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Kensington Palace is the perfect place to visit if you want to celebrate Christmas in a beautifully historic place, transformed into a stunning enchanted atmosphere. Kensington was the venue for a month of extravagant parties in 1699 by King William III who is the inspiration for the celebratory series of events. Not only will visitors have access to the palace, gardens and exhibitions including Fashion Rules and Victoria Revealed, but will also have the chance to enjoy seasonal games, festive music and a special menu of seasonal festive treats at the Palace Café.
There is so much to enjoy and explore!
Ticket Prices Adult: £15.00 Group Rate (minimum 15 visitors) : £13.50
Child (under 16): Free http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/kensingtonpalacetickets
Location: Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PX
The Natural History Museum opened its 1,000- square- metre Ice Rink on 31st October. Don’t waste any more time and go ice- skating at this incredible ice rink. Experience both the magical lights and atmosphere in the heart of the city.
It doesn’t end there! Not only are there 76,000 fairy lights flourishing the rink, but also many stalls to purchase gifts and Christmas food to add a little warmth to your day. Indulge and mingle over mulled wine and live music or glide your way to pro skating on the ice! (The rink caters for both beginner and advanced skaters….. don’t be intimated!)
Adult Ticket: £11.50 to 13.50
Child Ticket: £8.00 to £9.00
Family Ticket: £31.00 to £38.00
Location: National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
You haven’t truly experienced London if you haven’t been to the theatre. The charming show “The Snowman” is currently being performed at the Peacock Theatre in London.
When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure, meeting penguins, reindeer and Father Christmas. Watch captivated as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.This spectacle has been delighting audiences- both young and old alike for more than 15 years – a must see of London’s Christmas Calendar!
Howard Blake’s stunning ‘Walking in the Air’ will, of course, be performed by a live band with choreography by Robert North.
Location: Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
Nobody quite celebrates Halloween like the U.S, however, London is giving this year a pretty good go. There is a huge range of places to visit this evening across the capital. Here is an overview of some of the coolest places to go trick or treating…
Within walking distance of Camden Tube stop, in the popular Hoxton square, Dead Dolls Club are hosting a night of sinister cocktails, DJ’s banging out Halloween themed floor fillers, and free tequila for the best dressed, scary looking, costume dwelling, party animal in the venue.
Entry fee: £10.00
Location: 35 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN
Usually best known as the place to go for a good old game of “bat n ball” (table tennis), Ping is going to be transformed into a creepy sight of pig heads, scary props and some seriously eccentric fancy dress costumes. There is Deano’s room of fancy dress, guaranteed to change you into a spook worthy cretin of darkness. Expect intense table tennis sessions whilst local DJ’s set the tempo for the duration of the evening.
Entry fee: Free
Location: 180-184 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9QG // Thursday 31st October
If you’re going to attend the No Scrubs Hip Hop Halloween Masquerade Ball you should probably make sure you’re not having a secret affair as there will be Polaroid party photos for souvenirs. With the clue very much in the title this is a 90’s night that will blend hip hop, R&B and dance party classics. The sky is the limit in terms of dress sense, but we recommend digging out the hockey mask and fingerless leather gloves, put on a brave face and get your worm on!!
Entry Fee: Free
Location: 91 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB // 31st October
Though decisions will have to be made, it shouldn’t prove to difficult with this small selection of London fright wonders!! See you on the dance floor!!
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