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London Calling! 5 Bucket List Must-sees

London Calling! 5 Bucket List Must-sees0

There’s more to London than the Kate and Will, Topshop and Guinness.

In this special feature, The Carousel, together with Visit London, the official city guide for London, bring you some of the iconic city’s most famous sites and the personal stories behind them in celebration of their latest campaign.

Watch Londoners working in some of the city’s most fascinating locations share what the capital means to them in a series of beautiful short films. From exploring the historic Tower of London to shopping the bespoke collections at Penhaligan’s or getting lost in the magic of a West End theatrical production (there’s good reason The Lion King is a roaring success).

The unique films explore what it’s really like to be a part of London’s vibrant culture. You can also enter the Visitlondon.com competition to win an incredible five-night trip to London and experience your own London story at Visit London competition, just by selecting your three favourite London stories.

The Prize includes
1. A round trip stay
2. A five night stay at a Radisson Blu Edwardian London hotel
3. Your three favourite London story prizes

Plus
Two Visitor Oyster cards for travel on the London public transport and free entry for two to over 60 top London attractions with The London Pass.

Be inspired, get your passport ready and start learning those One Direction tunes… London’s calling! Here’s a sneak peak at some of The Carousel’s fave films…

Madame Tussauds, with Rebecca Holmes
Imagine having the chance to make the stars of the stage and screen look perfect, and come face to face with the Royal Family, every day. Watch and share Rebecca’s story as the colouring artist at Madame Tussauds London shares some of her behind the scenes secrets of her role and techniques used to create life-like replicas of famous faces. Select Rebecca’s story at Visit London and your prize will include two tickets to Madame Tussauds London and wax souvenirs.

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Tower of London, with Barney Chandler
Could you cope with the responsibility of the Queen’s health and England’s safety on your shoulders? Barney does. He is one of the Yeomans Warders of The Tower of London, known as “Beefeaters” who lives and works at the Royal Palace. Watch and share his legendary London story. Select Barney’s story at Visit London and your prize will include two Four Palace passes, which allow you entry to the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and gardens, Kensington Palace and Banqueting House.

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Sculpture in the City, with Stella Ioannou
London may be steeped in history and olde world charm, but it’s also at the cutting edge of art scene. Sculpture in the City is a contemporary sculpture park that has been created around the newest towers in the oldest part of London. Join aficionado Stella Ioannou for an exploration from pop art proclamations to cast iron pedestrians – there is art on every corner waiting to be discovered. Check out Visit London and select Stella’s story to win an exclusive guided tour for two of the City’s public artwork with Stella herself.

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The Lion King, with Shaun Escoffery
Ever wondered what goes on backstage at a major West End Theatre production or visited London to see a musical? Join Shaun Escoffery for an enchanting journey behind the scenes and watch him transform into the role of King Mufasa, the lead role in the West End theatre production, The Lion King. Select Shaun’s story at Visit London and your prize will include two tickets to The Lion King including a backstage tour at the Lyceum Theatre London.

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Penhaligan’s, with Richard Clayforth
Is there anything more evocative than a scent? Penhaligan’s perfumers have been using their London surroundings as inspiration for over 140 years, since the company’s original barber shop opened on Jermyn Street in one of the capital’s most historic and fashionable districts. Meet Richard Clayforth and go on a magical exploration and see the decadent ingredients behind one of London’s best kept secrets. Select Richard’s video in your top three London destinations at Visit London and your prize will include a 200 pound shopping spree for the West End.

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Check out Visit London for more fabulous films about this iconic destination.

Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

In 2003 Franki immersed herself in all things teen as Deputy Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of teen Bible DOLLY magazine. Following this, Franki was made Editor of COSMOPOLITAN Hair & Beauty, COSMOPOLITAN Pregnancy and COSMOPOLITAN Bride magazine, where she held the helm (and tiara) for more than 10 years. Franki was also the launch editor of COSMOPOLITAN Health magazine, and is an accomplished Homes Editor and Travel Editor, covering honeymoon destinations, family travel, luxe abodes and health retreats. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.

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