Virgin Media to sponsor 2012 Eurogamer Expo

Virgin Media has been announced as the main sponsor of the Eurogamer Expo 2012, as part of a wide-ranging new deal with the video games website.

The cable operator will have headline sponsorship of the video games show at London’s Earl’s Court from September 27 to 30. The event is expected to attract 50,000 gamers over the four days.

Virgin Media will power the Eurogamer Expo 2012 with its superfast cable broadband, showcasing the technology through “an exciting new brand experience for gamers”.

As part of Virgin Media’s ‘Tickles’ customer reward programme, Virgin Media customers will be offered discounts on tickets, plus VIP early-access to the show and the chance to play some exclusive new games before anyone else.


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Stay walking distance from Madonna’s Hyde Park gig

Madonna will be making ber British live comeback with a gig at Hyde Park on the 17th July 2012.

The concert will be the only English date on a seven-month world tour across Europe, North and South America and Australia. The Madonna 2012 tour is her first for four years, and the only other UK date will be at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on July 21. It is expected up to 80,000 tickets will be available for the Hyde Park show, costing £125 and £70.

Why not cut the costs with a budget stay at the Coronation Hotel in Earl’s Court?  It’s just a leisurely stroll across Brompton Road to the venue, or a handful of stops on the Piccadilly Line.

Things To Do in London On Valentine’s Day

In the capital for Valentine’s Day?  Here at the Coronation Hotel we’re used to catering for guests who visit London for festive occasions and holidays.  Here are our tips for a unique Valentine’s Day experience:

Send your sweetheart a Valentine’s Operagram.  Give your love something unexpected while donating money to a worthy cause.

Direct your own Valentine’s Day movie at the Arcola Theatre on 14 February, at 8pm. Tickets £12.

For something a bit more adult head to Rich Mix’s Valentine’s special on 14 February entitled Morricone In Love with film and live music from 7pm. Tickets £14 in advance.

A cynical romantic? Mathematics of the heart asks what happens when love doesn’t add up.  Tickets £14.

A special night of stand-up comedy is on at Theatre Royal Haymarket My Funny Valentine stars Stephen K Amos and friends. Tickets from £10.

Sweet hearts? Book a dessert date at La Gelateria. Special menu £8.

Singles, Click Tonight invites you to “F*** Valentine – Just Party” at Kanaloa for £15. No hearts, no flowers and wearing red is taboo.

Feeling Gloomy host their Love Hurts: Anti-Valentine’s special, in association with Down With Dating, on Saturday 11 February, to bring you sad music, speed hating, the Blind Hate game and opportunities to moan about everything at Islington Academy. Tickets £4.50 in advance.

The Chromatic Underground Map

Design enthusiasts may enjoy this chromatic diagram that represents “the intersections between the colours of the lines when their opacity is set at 50%”. It’s best viewed at a larger size to appreciate the intricacy of what’s going on.

The diagram is the work of Francisco Dans, who previously designed the twisted Tube map we saw last year. As Francisco himself notes, it “doesn’t really correspond to reality”, but it’s an original way of looking at the network and would make an attractive wall print. Handily, it’s available to buy on Francisco’s website.

Click on the image before for a larger picture

Fulham Palace Garden

Fulham Palace is a garden, museum, and historical site.  The museum’s permanent collection houses a series of paintings, archaeology and artefacts, with a 1:50 scale model of the building. The collection is displayed in two rooms which have been restored to their original state of Georgian splendour. Some displays are interactive, providing children with opportunities to engage more directly with the objects.

The Palace also boasts the longest moat in England. Although the Palace has its own chapel, the gardens adjoin the churchyard of the neighbouring parish church, All Saints Church, Fulham, where several former bishops are buried. The allotments planted during the war still survive; many are still in use, allowing local people to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers.

Admission to the palace and gardens is free.

Distance from the Coronation Hotel to the Fulham Garden Centre

Win tickets to A Place in the Sun Live

If you’ve been dreaming of owning your own property overseas, then right now the dream might be more attainable than you think with some incredible bargains on offer in various locations around the world.

A Place In The Sun Live features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing thousands of properties for sale in over 40 countries around the world including the most popular destinations of Spain, France, Florida, Italy and Portugal.

There are sessions on how to budget for your overseas home, how to make money from renting our your property and top tips on how and where to buy – to make sure you get exactly what you want.

The show takes place at Earls Court London on 30th March – 1st April 2012. Tickets usually cost £15 for two when booked in advance or £12 each on the door.

Enter here to win free tickets to the expo

Cheap Things to do in London this Weekend

Visiting the capital but strapped for cash after Christmas?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do in London on the cheap – and many are just a stone’s throw from the Coronation Hotel in Paddington.

  • Start with a relaxing Comedy Back Rub upstairs at the Camden Head with a night of sketch and character comedy – tickets are just £1.
  • Visit the Canary Wharf Ice Sculpting Festival for free.  Artists will be displaying their creations across Montgomery Square, Canada Square Park and Jubilee Place Shopping Mall.
  • The Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival give an open concert at National Portrait Gallery showcasing the English Choral Tradition from 6.30pm
  • On Sunday, learn how to make mead at Walworth Garden Farm from 10.30am-4.30pm

And don’t forget, most of London’s museums, galleries, and attractions are completely free to visit!

British Museum acquires complete set of Picasso’s Vollard Suite

A complete set of Picasso’s Vollard Suite has been acquired by the British Museum and will go on display during the summer of 2012. The suite comprises 100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930 and 1937 and is the most important cycle of etchings produced by arguably the 20th century’s most important artist. This will be the only complete Vollard Suite held by a public museum in the UK and only a handful of museums in the world are fortunate to hold a set. It is believed that this will be the first time a complete Vollard Suite has been shown in Britain in the past 50 years.

The British Museum can be reached from the Coronation Hotel via the Piccadilly Line.  For more information visit

Travel over Christmas and New Year

Visitors to London around the Festive period can get caught up in the temporary timetable and fare changes that take over Transport for London, so we thought it would be a good idea to post the information here for anyone coming to say at the Coronation Hotel.

To plan your quickest way around London over Christmas and New Year, use Journey Planner.

On New Year’s Eve you can travel between 11.45pm and 4.30am on the bus, tube, tram, and DLR for free.  The same will apply to any London overground services running after 11.45pm.

There will be a reduced service on all modes of transport on Bank Holidays during the festive period.  Bear this in mind when buying weekly or season tickets.

Always use a licensed minicab or a taxi (black cab) to ensure your journey is legal and safe. Text CAB to 60835* to get three local cab numbers.

There will be an extra charge of £4 for black cab journeys between 20:00 on 24 December and 06:00 on 27 December, and between 20:00 on 31 December and 06:00 on 2 January.

Cycle Hire
Not all docks will be in use during this period.  Vew the docking station status page for more information

Download a full TFL festive travel leaflet here.

The Great British Fry-Up

The Coronation Hotel offers an excellent continental buffet at breakfast.  Nonetheless, it is worth sampling a Full English breakfast at some point during your stay.  The great thing about this is that most English restaurants, cafes, and pubs, will serve fry-ups all day, so you can have it for lunch or dinner after filling up at the hotel in the morning!

So what’s in a Full English?  The dish varies slightly from place to place, but typical ingredients will include:

  • sausage
  • bacon
  • eggs (usually fried, but this can be changed on request)
  • baked beans
  • mushrooms
  • black pudding (otherwise known as a blood sausage)
  • toast and butter.

Some extra-indulgent offerings may include fried bread, chips, or hash browns.  Increasingly, vegetarian options are also available, so any herbivores out there will also be able to partake!