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Best value European cultural trips

Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall
Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS

The survey looked at cultural costs in 12 major European cities. This was based on visits by two people to a museum, an art gallery, a heritage site, the ballet, the opera and a classical concert.

While London, the most expensive, comes in at £256, the best value trips were:

  • Warsaw - £70
  • Budapest - £80
  • Prague - £93
  • Dublin - £102

Tickets for two to the Royal Ballet in London cost £91 and opera £117.50.

In contrast, a visit by a couple to the National Ballet in Budapest cost just £15, while the Polish National Opera in Warsaw was only £20.

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Capital is cultural centre on any budget

Visitors enjoying learning about mammoths at the Natural History Museum
Visitors enjoying learning about mammoths at the Natural History Museum Credit: Cyril Villemain/ABACAPRESS.COM

Despite the research, London & Partners - the official promotional company for London - says tourists on any budget can enjoy some of the world's best art and history here in the capital.

London is one the most popular tourist destination in the world, with people coming from around the globe to experience its exceptional cultural mix of history and heritage, museums and art galleries, and theatre and dance.

Not only do we have world-class attractions such as the Royal Opera House, the English National Ballet, and many superb theatres, but many of our museums and galleries are completely free.

This means that people on any budget can experience some of the world’s best collections of art and history – at leading institutions such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, or National History Museum – at no cost at all.

London’s cultural offering is extremely competitive with that of cities such as Paris and New York, as shown by the record number of tourists that we continue to see coming here to enjoy what the city has to offer.

– Gordon Innes, London & Partners

Over £250 for a cultural trip to the capital

The cost of culture is high in London despite some museums and art galleries being admission-free
The cost of culture is high in London despite some museums and art galleries being admission-free Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The cost of culture is high in London despite some museums and art galleries being admission-free.

The survey, from the Post Office ad Travel Money, looked at cultural costs in 12 major European cities. This was based on visits by two people to a museum, an art gallery, a heritage site, the ballet, the opera and a classical concert.

London, at £256, was the most expensive, with tickets for two to the Royal Ballet standing at £91 and opera setting a couple back £117.50.

Police to use 'face recognisers' to spot Carnival troublemakers

A total of 6,145 police officers on Sunday and just over 7,000 on Monday will be on duty during the Notting Hill Carnival. The Metropolitan Police will be using 'police super recognisers' - officers with the ability to remember hundreds of offenders' faces.

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
Police watch crowds pass along Notting Hill Gate after the second day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

"I want to say to those who want to come to cause trouble, do not come, you will be dealt with swiftly and robustly. The Met will do everything in its power to make it as hard as possible for you."

– Superintendent Robyn Williams

Police have this advice for visitors:

Notting Hill Carnival
Police say they want everyone to have a happy and safe carnival experience Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire
  • Keep an eye on your belongings, particularly your mobile phone
  • Don't bring too much cash
  • Don't wear expensive jewellery
  • Plan your journey - www.met.police.ukhas a map of the route
  • Go with the crowd and move along the route
  • Make a plan to meet with your friends if you get separated
  • Police officers may ask you to walk a longer route for safety reasons
  • Follow the Met Police on Twitter @MetPoliceEvents
  • If you know anyone who is planning a crime, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Mitch Winehouse: 'Amy will oversee Camden forever'

Mitch Winehouse has said he's delighted that a statue of his daughter Amy will be placed at the centre of Stables Market in Camden, saying "Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever"

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The Winehouse family has part-funded the statue of Amy, which will overlook the Stables Market Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."

– Mitch Winehouse

Amy Winehouse statue to be unveiled on her birthday

A statue celebrating the life of singer Amy Winehouse is to be given a permanent place in Camden. The specially-commissioned artwork, designed and sculpted by Scott Eaton and cast in bronze, will be unveiled on the late singer's birthday, September 14th.

Flowers laid outside Amy Winehouse's home in Camden
Flowers laid outside Amy Winehouse's home in Camden after her death in 2011 Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

The statue will be placed at the centre of the regenerated Stables Market. It's been funded by the Winehouse family and Camdenmarket.com

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse's statue will overlook her spiritual home of Camden Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Stripped down to his jeans, David Beckham gets drenched

David Beckham got a drenching today, the latest celebrity to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was nominated by American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.

Stripped down to his jeans three men soak him using one of the biggest buckets yet. Beckham went on to nominate Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Celebrities across the board have endured the viral ice bucket challenge, read more about it here.

Police helicopter-eye view of the V Festival in Essex

If you went to the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend, you may have spotted the police helicopter hovering overhead. Here's what they saw.

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