Today is Shrove Tuesday, which in the UK only means one thing: PANCAKES!
Across Britain, people will be celebrating the last day before Lent by enganging in pancake races, decorating crepes, and scoffing lots of battery goodness. Pancakes are eaten as they are made out of the main foods available, sugar, fat, flour and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent.
I’ve always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden’s animations.
Springing straight from the Coronation Hotel in Paddington this weekend? Here is our selection of the best ways to spend the next few days in the city
A number of festivals hit London this weekend, including the Imagine Children’s Festival on Southbank, and the cultural cabaret of the Vault festival in the Old Vic Tunnels, plus weekend Late parties (tickets from £5). Free film screenings are available at the Festival of the Moving Image throughout the UCL Campus on Saturday and Sunday (free). Elsewhere, the Kinetica Art Fair explores robotic art at Ambika P3 and Camden’s Significant Other festival explores love through seven minute plays on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm (tickets £7). If dancing is your thing, the Flamenco Festival is at Sadler’s Wells until 19/2 (tickets from £12).
In addition, the British museum is open until 8.30pm tonight, and will host a screening of Malcolm X for a mere £3.
Fancy a bit of urban nature? Lee Valley Farms in East London have an open day on Saturday. Visit horses and more for £6.50.
Coffee fans can take a caffeinated walking tour of London, including some shots of Turkish coffee to keep you going from 2.30pm (£8).
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has confirmed that approximately 20% of hotel room nights it had reserved in London will be returned to the hotels.
More than 120,000 room nights at more than 200 hotels will now be available to visitors to London this summer from 5 star to budget hotels.
So don’t wait any longer – book a room at the Castleton Hotel in Paddington now!