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Movie Filming Locations For Your Next Trip To London

London is such an amazing and varied city, and as a result, it is easy to see why it becomes
a backdrop for many movies and TV shows. It has become an iconic location for filming.
So if you are planning a trip to London, then how about having a bit of an alternative trip
and heading to some of the spots that have been filming locations, rather than the standard
tourist spots? Here are a few of the places that could be worth a visit.


The museums in London are always going to be a good idea, especially because they are
pretty much all free to visit, so can be great on a budget. But they are great places for filming,
and have been featured in quite a few movies over time. Take the Natural History Museum,
for example, it was a filming location for Paddington, and the National Gallery was a
filming location for the James Bond movie Skyfall. A recent filming location was
Churchill’s War Rooms, which were Churchill’s wartime headquarters, and it was a
filming location for Darkest Hour.

Harry Potter

There were so many places in London that are great for Harry Potter fans to visit.
From the scenes in King’s Cross station where they are trying to find Platform 9¾,
there is also a platform outside the station with the trolley and some Harry Potter
signs, so that can be worth visiting if you love the books and the movies. St. Pauls
was also a filming location for the first movie, as well as Leadenhall Market which
was filmed as part of the ‘Diagon Alley’ scenes. If you are a Potter fan then you
could also look for the West End theatre London show of The Cursed Child. So
London really is a great spot for Harry Potter book and movie fans.


The leafy borough of London is a great spot for filming, as it has grand buildings, the Thames
right there, and is usually quieter than central London. The Old Royal Naval College was used
as a filming location in the movie musical Les Misérables, and it was also used as a scene
for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. You might also remember a giant Jack Black
right by the college in the movie Gulliver's Travels.

South Bank

The South Bank is a great spot to visit, with plenty going on and lots of good food and music.
But it has been used in many movies too, thanks to some of the iconic features that can all
be seen from there, such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and OXO Tower, and Millennium Bridge.
The list of films using this area as locations is pretty endless, but some of them include the
Kirsten Dunst movie Wimbledon, superhero movie Thor: The Dark World, as well as
Guardians of the Galaxy, and some scenes in Fast & Furious 6.

Have you ever been to any of these places before? It would be great to hear what you think.

How To Embrace Your Natural Springtime Beauty

Springtime is finally upon us, and that means the weather is a little brighter, the winter
coats make their way to the back of the closet and you’re finally able to wave goodbye
to the awful skin that comes with winter weather. While the summer heat isn’t yet upon
us, the spring gives you a chance to embrace the milder weather and show off your
natural beauty that little bit more. Check out these tips on how to embrace your natural
springtime beauty so that come summertime, you’re ready to rock those maxi dresses
and head to the beach.

  1. Vamp up your skincare routine

The cold winter months can wreak havoc with your skin, causing it to become dry, itchy and
flaky if you’re not careful. However, while the sun peeping its head out of the clouds a little
more often now, there’s still a chance that the not-quite-summer heat could be damaging
to your skin. Find yourself a good day and night moisturiser that will last throughout the
day so that you don’t find your skin drying out.
In regards to make up, try and stick to gentle products that won’t dry out your skin
throughout the day. A great way to start any day is by using a good primer
before applying make up. It creates a silky barrier between your skin and the
make up, protecting it from any damage.
  1. Get moving!

Now that it is a little milder, it’s time to get moving! It’s understandable that over the
winter months you may have become a little lazy due to poor weather. Exercise
is not only good for your health either, as it can help your body expel toxins through
the pores of your skin. After a while, you’ll notice that you’re feeling healthier, and
your skin is glowing. If you struggle to get up and go, you can get fitness motivated
by following health and fitness bloggers or vloggers online.
  1. Drink plenty of water

Natural beauty starts from the inside, and if you’re not putting the right things into
your body, it will show on the outside. The most important thing that the body
needs is water - so drink plenty of it! Water flushes toxins out of your body and
promotes healthy skin. If you struggle to drink water, you can now buy water bottles
with indicators to help encourage water consumption. If it’s the taste you’re not
keen on, why not infuse water with fruit instead so that you’re getting vitamins
and your water intake?
  1. Concentrate on your smile!

Finally, smiling can really change the way you look, to enhance your natural smile!
Use lip plumpers if you’ve got thin lips, choose lipstick colours that will
add depth to your smile, and have your teeth whitened once in a while to
really show off your dazzling smile. If you’re conscious about your teeth, you can
now get invisible braces to straighten your teeth while still looking fabulous.

Is It Possible To Make Planning A Wedding Enjoyable?

The moment we decide to get married, many things can happen. First, the emotions and
thoughts hit us like a wave. The beauty of being engaged is amazing, but then when that
dies down, we start considering the practicalities of organizing this wedding.
We feel excited, nervous, and sometimes worried. We might think of our planning
process as something in which everything goes wrong, from top to bottom,
as if we’ve entered some form of slapstick comedy.

Of course, that’s not likely to happen, but with something so important and beautiful in
your life, it’s only human nature to consider how it might all go wrong. With these thoughts
occupying your mind, is it even possible to make the planning of a wedding enjoyable?
Or must you simply cope with the worries, impracticalities and deep fear of the
planning process? Well, thankfully we can say enjoying this is absolutely possible.
You just need to keep some of the following advice in mind:

Don’t Rush It

Give yourself enough time to plan the wedding. Of course, sometimes there are
pressing requirements you might have. For example, your husband might be
heading on a military tour next year, and you both want to marry before then. There’s
absolutely nothing wrong with this. But sometimes, if there’s little time before that
cut-off date, a postponed wedding is often better than one rushed, and one you cannot
enjoy. It’s best not to make yourself frantic trying to get everything together, and flying
by the seat of your pants to find a place or decide on a dress when you only have two
weeks to go. Instead, enjoying the process of planning, such as attending locations,
looking at many dresses and heading for a comforting coffee and chat with your friends
or family is all part of the experience.

Enjoy Your Pre-Wedding Party

A bride-to-be party or ‘hen night’ needn’t be you falling about drunk in the streets of
your nearest city to be enjoyable. You might attend an activity day somewhere or learn
a creative skill, or simply spend time abroad with your nearest and dearest.
Make it something memorable, preferably not completely centered around booze,
and you’ll sure to come back to that you wish to experience.
It can certainly help you blow off steam before heading to proceed with your marriage vows.

Find That You Truly Admire

There’s no reason to book entertainers, caterers and decorations just because those
options are ‘the right thing to do.’ If you don’t enjoy them from the offset, you’re likely
not going to be too enthusiastic about their presence. Instead, it could be best to
utilize options that give you many choices, such as the AliveNetwork.com’s library of
wedding backs you might like to choose. It all matters, and it all has an effect.

With these tips, you are sure to make your planning process more down to Earth,
more relevant for you, and more enjoyable.

Easy Ways To Stay Safe When You Are Travelling Abroad

If you are travelling abroad to a new country, then you will understand how important it is for
you to stay safe. After all, unfamiliar environments do come with their fair share of risks,
but by being aware and by planning ahead, you can be sure to look after yourself
as well as those around you.

Always Be Ready

Before you go on your adventure, you need to make copies of your passport. You also need
to try and take your medical card and all of your credit cards. If possible, give a copied version
to your friends back at home. When you do this, you can easily get your bank number if you
happen to need it and this will really help you out if you run into a problem at the hotel due
to a lost card. You can also email it to yourself as well. When you do this, you can save yourself
a lot of time and money, not to mention that you can also really help yourself to stay organised.

Don’t Draw Negative Attention

It’s so important that you don’t draw any negative attention to yourself. If you are going to
a party overseas, don’t get too intoxicated.
It also helps to take a taxi at night as well. If you getoffered an open drink,
don’t take it, and never leave yours unattended. It also helps to
seek out treatment for chlamydia if you suspect that you have contracted it.
Different countries will have different medical processes, so make sure that you are
understanding and aware of the ones that are in the country of your choosing.  

Be Aware

You should always try and be as aware as possible. Thieves have the tendency to look
out for the targets that are the easiest, so it helps to show that you are really paying attention.
Keep your head up and your eyes alert. Always acknowledge the people who are coming
and going around you as well. If you are able to do this then there is a high chance that
they will look for an easier target, or someone who is not as aware of their surroundings.

The Chaos Theory

Thieves tend to choreograph certain situations that breed a lot of confusion. They then
take their opportunity and they strike. If someone rattles a newspaper in your face or if you
know that someone is acting drunk, and they stumble into you then immediately put your hand
in your pocket and keep it on your wallet. When you have done this, use your other hand to
push the other people away. The best way for you to avoid this kind of trouble is to always
cross the street when you see it coming. When you do this, you can then begin to help yourself more.

Get Friendly with the Locals

It doesn’t matter where you are because it helps to be nice to the locals. Learn a couple of
phrases in the local language or even write down some index cards. When you do this, you
can then work with those around you and you can also find out everything you need to know.
When you chat with someone, ask them their name and also find out where they are from.
People will know that you are showing a good level of respect and they will also treat you
very well in return.

Don’t Be Flashy

Do not walk around with a really expensive camera, or even any flashy jewellery
around your neck. Instead, wear a cheap watch and carry a decoy wallet as well.
This is especially the case if you are going to a really rough area. When you do this,
if someone asks you for your wallet then you can hand it over and you can also avoid
losing out on all of your money. This is a fantastic strategy if you are going somewhere
that has a really high crime rating, so do keep that in mind.

So, there are many things that you can do to try and help yourself when you go
abroad and by staying safe and taking the above tips into account, you can be sure to
help yourself more than you realise. If you need some more tips then it helps to research
your destination before you travel. This way you can find out what risks you need to
be aware of and to also find out if you need to take any extra precautions when
you embark on your trip.
Happy Travelling!!!

Living The High Life

Sure everyone has a lot to say about how to buy a house, where to buy a house and how to upgrade a house, but to ignore the benefit of apartment living is really to miss a trick.

Whether you’re thinking of renting an apartment, considering a move to downsize or hoping to get on the first rung of the property ladder, the time you spend now researching your ideal apartment is potentially the most important bit of research you’ll do in your life. Get it right and you’ll make sure that your deposit is money well spent. Get it wrong and you’ll wind up in the wrong building, in the wrong location at the wrong price.

It’s true that the criteria you’ll be looking at for an apartment will be very different to that of a house and it’s important to make the differentiation.  In this guide we take a look at the art of buying or renting an apartment and how to get your home sweet home.

Whether you’re hitting up a loft apartment in downtown Manhattan or checking out the rivercove residences on the hip and popular East Coast in Singapore, the basic principles remain the same. We take a look at what to watch out for and what to avoid:

Location x 3

You’re likely to be facing a choice that thousands of renters and buyers before you have faced over many years and that’s the question of budget over location. Sure you could get a great size apartment, for a great price but if it’s miles away from where you live, work or hangout then is having your dream home worth the hassle of a longer than necessary commute?

Well, the answer is that no, it probably isn’t. As a rule of thumb, though certainly not set in stone, you should generally prioritise where you want to live over the type of property you live in. In reality there is often a grey area with most buyers or renters able to find at least one property they can live with in an area they love.

So what should your dream location look like? It might be that you love the nightlife and general ambience of your preferred area. The reason might be altogether more practical with a shorter commute to work or closer proximity to friends, family or partner. Whatever the reason, it should be practical as much as idealized otherwise the cracks will begin to show pretty quickly.


If you’re looking to rent then this is going to be of a key concern for you. Aside from your monthly bills for rent and utilities, you’re going to need to find out if your apartment carries with it extra maintenance charges and how much your bills are going to mount up to. Check out if there are parking charges or other hidden items.

When it comes to buying an apartment the process can feel a lot more complex than buying a house. The reasons are generally tied up again with maintenance and who is responsible for what inside and outside the building. It is essential that are fully aware of what you are responsible for, in terms of repair work, before you sign on the dotted line. Finally, you’ll need to check if there any scheduled major works taking place because even if you’re in your apartment for a matter of days, you could be expected to take on part of the cost of a big repair or investment job.

This really is the key area for apartment buying, once you have that clear in your mind it’s just a case of looking out for the more general issues that can come along with any apartment.

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The details

Everything has the ability to look better on paper than it does in reality and the same is definitely true of property. A suntrap balcony can easily turn into a small outside space hemmed in by industrial buildings or worse being overlooked by far-too-close neighbouring properties, affording you nothing in the way of privacy.

Think about the position of your living space. Will you catch the sun? When, and does that matter to you? If you’re looking at properties sandwiched between a top and bottom floor you’ll need to consider noise; noise you make and noise you’ll hear above you. Noisy neighbours or a complaining lower floor resident might offset the benefit you might receive in retaining more warmth being in the middle.

The rest of our checklist would apply to house or apartment but are still important. Check that windows are sound and free from cracking paint. Make sure they open and close properly and the keys are available and will come with the property.

Take a look at power points and make sure there are no dangling wires anywhere and that they are also free from cracks. You’ll also need to have an inspection of the plumbing and electricity, two major system that, if not functioning correctly, can make a serious dent in your budget.

If the apartment isn’t quite to your taste, do you have the necessary skills to redecorate? Could you live with it in the short term, decorating one room at a time, or would you need to have it completely repainted before you move in? These questions might seem straightforward but when faced with a well-staged apartment viewing, it can be hard to see the obvious flaws.

Your ideal apartment is out there somewhere but like every major decision in life, you mustn’t rush into it. You may think you know the area well but take a walk around to make sure you know where the nearest convenience store is, the transport links and the atm.

Make sure you look out for any hidden charges, for planned works and for all the little details that might ultimately cost you money in the long run. As boring as it sounds make a decision with your head and not your heart for your perfect home.