To end 2020 we have another real life appointment that has become virtual due to the pandemic. The New Year’s Eve fireworks were canceled last August but we must somehow mark the arrival of 2021. Especially since we are all fed up with 2020.
The London Eye from 4 pm tomorrow will show us on its social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) a light show. To avoid crowds this show was recorded earlier, so tomorrow the famous London panoramic wheel will be quiet and dark. But you can pretend that everything is normal and that you are at the Embankment in London to celebrate the arrival of the new year for three minutes. Or something like that.
The three-minute show will remind us of the major events of the year, from blue lights to remember Clap for Our Carers, a succession of white lights to honor Captain Sir Tom Moore and his NHS fundraising efforts, many colors to represent Global Pride, a green and blue design to meditate on climate change. When the lights go out, it’s all about Black Lives Matter and the need to continue the discussion on equality.
For the first time you can visit Buckingham Palace’s gardens
For the first time, the famous Queen’s Gardens at Buckingham Palace will be opened. Normally only the Royal Family and those invited to the Queen’s parties can see them. The reason for this decision is that this summer there will be no traditional opening of part of the building because of the pandemic and to compensate they open the gardens.
Visitors will be able to wander the garden paths and experience the calm of this garden in the heart of London. You will see Horse Chestnut Avenue, the plane trees planted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the famous lake with its bee island of Buckingham Palace. You can also have a picnic on one of the lawns. The gardens will be open from 9 July to 19 September but there are also weekend tours in April and May. You can book your tickets here.
This must be the smallest flat in London ever
We have seen in recent years so flats that are practically little bigger in a shoe box rented or sold for high prices. We have always wondered how one can live in such a place because in many of these apartments there is not even room to store stuff or invite a friend.
We have now found the overall winner among London’s microscopic flats. This is an apartment in a tree in Brockwell Park with practically a sleeping place, a tiny wardrobe and a nightstand. Only a Barbie could be comfortable there. There is also the real estate agency sign that says it has been sold.
Clearly this is a joke or a way to point out how small London flats can be and are still sold and rented. In any case if you want to go and see it, you will find it in the south part of Brockwell Park in Brixton.
London Zoo’s three young alpacas need a name
We are all invited to choose a name for the three new alpacas at London Zoo. The first alpaca is 11 months old, it’s white and you can choose between Alpacaccino, Cusco and Snowball. The second alpaca is brown born 8 months ago and you can choose between Lima, Pumpkin Spice and Cookie. While the third, again brown, was born 9 months ago and could be called Cuenca, Humbug or Toffee Nut. Winning names will be announced when the zoo reopens.
If you also want to contribute and vote for the names you prefer, you can do it here. The London Zoo should open shortly but will miss the the Easter period, which is usually one of its busiest times.
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