London is a sports fan's dream, with a host of major sporting events taking place throughout the year.
If you are looking for a convenient and comfortable venue for your next meeting or conference in London, you should consider the Mercure London Paddington Hotel. This is a 4-star hotel that blends contemporary design with the convenience of being in central London.
Paddington Station is one of the most iconic and historic railway stations in London. It has been serving passengers and goods since 1838, and has witnessed many changes and developments over the years. In this blog post, we will explore the history of Paddington Station, from when it was built and the first underground line in London, to the latest addition of the Elizabeth line.
This tour takes you on a nostalgic ride on a classic Routemaster bus that dates back to the 1960s. You will see some of the most iconic places in London, such as St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London, and The Houses of Parliament.
The hotel also has an on-site restaurant that serves continental, American and full English breakfasts, as well as lunch and dinner options. You can also enjoy the 24 hour fitness centre and room service at any time of the day.
The Mamma Mia Party at O2 London is more than just a show, it's a celebration of life, love and music. You will enjoy a delicious four-course Mediterranean meal, a welcome drink, and a spectacular performance featuring some of ABBA's greatest hits.
The club has a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, making it the perfect place to enjoy some truly great comedy. The venue also has a great selection of drinks and snacks, so you can make a night of it.
The Little Venice Canalway Cavalcade is a colourful canal festival that sees the waterborne homes, restaurant boats and canalside bars dressed-up with magical illuminations and traditional decorations.
Chelsea Flower Show in London is organised by the RHS Royal Horticultural Society and takes place over five days in the gardens of the Royal Hospital Chelsea SW3 4SR. The main focus of Chelsea Flower Show 2023 is to award prizes to the best avant-garde show gardens that are created within a few days by leading garden designers.
The first day of The King Charles Coronation in London will end with the whole Royal Family appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave and show thanks to their adoring subjects and visitors outside.
London Games Festival 2023 promises to make London the gaming capital of the world. It is a video games event designed for players to discover new experiences as well as industry professionals who want to make new connections, keep up to date with gaming sector developments, seek finance and launch new innovations.London Games Festival
One of the most popular music acts to come out of the UK, Ed Sheeran in London O2 Arena promises to be a massive performance with Ed Sheeran showcasing his new album Subtract which will not be released until 5th May 2023!
Mercure London Paddington Hotel is the best place to stay during your Easter Weekend in London. Easter is a time to celebrate new life and opportunity so, with ZSL London Zoo just 10 minutes down the road, why not visit the monkeys and the reptiles?
Mercure London Paddington Hotel is the perfect place to stay when visiting the Stamford Bridge Chelsea Football Stadium. With excellent transport links next to Paddington Station, you can get from our hotel to the match in less than 20 minutes via the London Underground District Line to Fulham Broadway.
Jump on the Bakerloo Line at Paddington Station next to our hotel and in less than 15 minutes you will be at the Sondheim Theatre in London West End to see the Les Misérables Musical in London.
Whether you’re visiting London during the half term or here for February holidays in London, a mini staycation to dust of the January blues there is truly something for everyone is the capital City during the month of February. There are a huge variety of attractions, ...
On Saturday 11th February at The Jazz Café in Camden Town proudly present a man with many accolades that include a Yamaha signature artist and keyboard player, a producer and a long-time contributor and co-writer of the legendary band Jamiroquai Matt Johnson.
If you’re visiting London over the next couple of months but still would like to explore the beauty of the City and the surrounding areas then we have just what you’re looking for. Below we are going to tell you some of the best places to go for Winter walks in and around London, all we’ll say is don’t forget the thermals if you’re planning on the longer treks.Best Winter Walks
These intimate Ellie Goulding shows in London have been organised so that fans will get the chance to witness these songs played live for the first time since the album’s release, this will include previously released songs ‘Let It Die’ and ‘Easy Lover’, alongside her greatest hits and fan favourites.
In January 2023 the city of London invites you to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. London is well known for having the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia and there’s good reason behind that.
The RSC have been running productions of the classic Shakespeare play from as early as 1951 which have featured several famous faces depicting the role of Prospero including Ian Richardson, Alec McCowen and Patrick Stewart to name a few.
It can certainly be said that Vault Festival has been through the ringer the last 24 months; after subsequently being shut down whilst at its’ peak in March of 2020, being unable to run throughout 2021 and suffering a huge loss by having to cancel just a few weeks before its 2022 installation anyone would have believed this may be the end.
The London Short Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival. Every January for the past nineteen years the London Short Film Festival 2023 hosts a ten day event that consists of short films, in conversation with various directors, producers, actors, etc.
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to do new and different activities? Well we’ve got a very interesting one for you right here. Ever been to a rave? How about a silent disco at The Crypt? Odds are that if you’ve done one then you’ve probably done both. However what we are guessing is that you’ve never been to a silent disco rave in a crypt
The Hackney Christmas Market has decided to do something a little extra special this year, hosted in Bohemia Place the Market will be championing more than ten local breweries who will have some of their most delicious beers to offer all who attend Hackney Christmas Beer Festival 2022 on 2nd, 9th or 16th December.
The wizarding world has received a spectacular festive makeover to make you feel that Winter has finally arrived at Hogwarts School. In the Great Hall you’ll be able to see Christmas Trees lining the walls and a mouth-watering imitation of the festive feast, expect flaming Christmas Puddings and much more along the classic long tables and snowy hues of silver that transform the stage for the annual Yule Ball.
The London New Year’s Day Parade debuted in 1987 and has since come on leaps and bounds, the event now boasts at least two thousand performers and entices over ten thousand people to the city centre every year. People hailing from all over the globe including UK nationals and visitors from the United States and Europe are commonly in attendance.
Debuting in 1985, the London Dollshouse Festival scoured the globe in search of the best craftspeople who have a passion and talent for creating exact replicas of everyday life in a miniature format. With artists gathered from all over the world flocking to the City of London to attend the show it has become a destination where people are able to show off their prized work and gather with their community, these crafts people’s speciality lies in every aspect imaginable in terms of miniature figures from grand, fully decorated mansions to all the most minute details and everything in between.
The first part of the rejuvenation project that took place was aimed at celebrating the rich history of the Paddington area, the talented JP De Souza really left his mark when he freehand spray painted the walls with murals that ranged from Paddington’s most well-known furry mascot to beautiful imagery of the Italian Gardens and much more in between.
As Winter approaches and ‘spooky season’ ends, festive lights appear in the streets of London as do festive markets and an array of activities and events to celebrate this period of joy. In the blog below we’ve listed what we consider to be some of the best activities that you can take part in either by yourself or with friends and family.
Autumn and Winter are filled with both festive and seasonal celebrations over the course of a few short months. One of the most popular celebrations in the United Kingdom is Guy Fawkes Night, aka Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night. November 5th has now become an evening of celebration and awe-inspiring displays of light that can be seen and heard all around the city of London and beyond.
It’s officially Spooky Season and the team over at Merchant Square definitely got the assignment right for Halloween display. This year Merchant Square becomes Merchant Scare as they plan to erect a Fountain Maze which will be adorned with over five hundred hand carved, candle lit pumpkins to ensure the eerie sensation to get your heart pumping.
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is set to return this year on Thursday 3rd November until Sunday 8th January 2023. Get ready to immerse yourself in the festive spirit as Southbank Centre is transformed into a magical place for all. You can expect family orientated activities, joyous shows, brilliant art, pop-up bars and twinkling markets, there really is a gift that everyone can enjoy this winter season.
Whether you’re visiting with young ones in strollers or teenagers, you’ll be able to fill your October half term holidays with a large variety of activities and unique experiences. You will be spoilt for choice with the range of things to do in London this October half term and there are more than enough antics to fill your entire week up.
The Queen’s body will now be flown to RAF Northolt in London where it will then be taken to Buckingham Palace by King Charles III, Camilla, the King’s consort and other members of the Royal Family. On Wednesday 14th September Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be moved to Westminster Hall where she will lie in state for four days, The Queen's coffin will leave Buckingham Palace at 14:22.
Hiring bikes in London has become one of the easiest things possible, with a choice of TfL's Santander or Lime bikes, as long as you have the app on your phone to locate your nearest two wheeled companion you can be on your way in moments. Santander bikes can be found near Clifton Gardens or at any docking station in the local area.
Although there only one more month of summer, people are still making last minute travel plans and the popularity of these types of trips is increasing. Are you in the process of planning an eleventh-hour trip? If so Google Maps, Google Flights and Google Hotels are three apps you’ll want to consult as these will help simplify your adventure.
Whether you enjoy them or aren’t to fussed, Coldplay are by far one of the biggest bands in the world. They solidified this by being the first band ever to release a song in space and have cemented it further by going on the aptly named after their nineth album ‘Music of the Spheres’.
For the last seven years, 51st Festival in London has been bridging a niche gap in the live music market, but collectively bringing together influential members of the dance music scene and the newer generation of underground artists who still champion the artform today.
Accor has claimed that the marketing efforts put in place by the brand to avoid booking being taken by third party agents, such as online travel agents, has been successful in the first half of the year. Direct bookings through hotel channels have been on par with a mix of percentages from 2019.
PiP supports adults with learning disabilities or autism to achieve their potential and move towards independence through a fantastic programme of weekly classes, workshops, and trips. Fruitful Tuesdays in Paddington is an opportunity for PiP’s members to gain invaluable life, communication and vocational skills and play an active role in the local community.
The Paddington Central app has been designed for people who live, work or are visiting Paddington Central. On the app you will be able to find discounts and offers from local shops, bars, and restaurants.
Finally, after three years Community, London’s epic one day indie-rock festival makes a bold return to Finsbury Park on Saturday 16 July. The event is expected to welcome 45,000 music lovers to a huge sunshine filled celebration right in the heart of the city.
This year is a highly significant year for the Pride movement and the LGBTQ+ community as it is the celebration to commemorate 50 years since the first Pride march took place in the United Kingdom.
It’s #PrideMonth and although we agree that dedicating a whole month in favour of our LGBTQ+ family is a step in the right direction we believe that it is crucial to support the movement year-round.
If you are looking for hotels open in London and hotels near Paddington station, you cannot get much better than Mercure London Paddington Hotel. Situated right outside the exit of Paddington Station, you literally only need to walk 100 metres from your train to the door of Mercure London Paddington Hotel.
Our hotels near Paddington Station boast excellent transport links all across London as Paddington Station is served by five London Underground tube lines going in all directions.
Join the crowds heading to IWA’s Canalway Cavalcade in Paddington this May – London’s biggest, brightest and best waterways festival!
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Storey Club in Paddington Central is the place to be: with a canalside location, beautifully landscaped roof terrace and near to floating restaurants and bars, this excellently connected spot is an urban oasis in the heart of London.
Paddington is easily accessible, transfer directly from your train onto the Tube at Paddington using the Hammersmith and City Line, Circle Line, District Line and Bakerloo Line.
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Lightopia is an exploration of light, movement and form, expressed by beautifully capturing the senses with unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns, installations and incredible 3D mapping light show, destined to create unforgettable memories and provide alternative family fun.
Take advantage of these fantastic London shows to get into the festive spirit. Watch in amazement the pure talent of acrobats, knife-throwing actors and music in Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall or La Clique at Christmas in Leicester Square. Or join in and sing along to your best tunes with Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in December.
October 2019 calls out to one of the most awaited events in London! The 63rd BFI London Film Festival - the biggest celebration of international cinema for the past year. The programme is a combination of the most versatile films, finely selected from the Cannes and other major festivals and prestige awards contenders from the famous US Studios.
Opening the festival is Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ starring Dev Patel, Ben Wishaw and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum this Christmas, for a strictly limited four-week run. Originally written in 1892, this two-act ballet – set on Christmas Eve – has become a festive stalwart with its sparkling wintery setting, breathtaking choreography, and stunning score by Tchaikovsky.
London’s largest seasonal celebration returns to Hyde Park this November: now in its twelfth year, 2019’s Winter Wonderland promises to be bigger and better than ever before! With world-class entertainment, unbeatable Christmas markets, fairground rides and scrumptious festive treats, its little wonder this festive extravaganza attracts over three million visitors each year.
In its 11th year, The London Restaurant Festival is back with the best chefs, restaurants and experiences for everyone! A meticulous line-up of mini menus, food events, tasting evenings and more - involving hundreds of the capital's best venues. Book exclusive (and keenly priced) 'Festival Menus' at the likes of Cinnamon Club, Helix at The Gherkin and Oxo Tower Restaurant. The 'Side Orders' schedule of events includes a Trainspotters film and food pairing screenings, a cocktail masterclass with Rake’s, and the ever-popular restaurant-hopping tours are back! Allowing you to eat your way around a four-hour restaurant crawl.
Travel to hell and back this Halloween with Funicular’s Journey to the Underworld at Pedley Street Station. This immersive dining experience plunges you into a thrilling, dark fairy tale, whilst you devour top-quality dishes from MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis; and, with performances until 10th November, there’s plenty of time to enjoy this spook-tacular show!
Head to Skylight – one of London’s trendiest rooftop bars – to enjoy some classic cocktails with a spectacular view this Christmas! This imaginative venue at Tobacco Dock has quickly become a favourite jaunt for Londoners, and, throughout November and December, experience it transformed into a festive wonderland.
Regent Street’s Motor Show returns on 2nd November – the largest free motor show in the UK. Showcasing 125 years of motoring history, get up close to veteran, vintage, modern and even futuristic cars!
The London Photograph Fair returns to Marylebone on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October. Originally started in 1982, it has become London’s go-to marketplace for vintage photographs, photobooks and albums, showcasing classic photographs from 1840 to 2000.
Theatre-lovers may be mourning the end of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, but lucky Londoners have the chance to see the best of the summer’s shows. While the Fringe is crammed with shows of every calibre, only a very select few transfer to the capital, so you’re guaranteed exceptional quality.
Summer Streets is back! Head down to Regent Street on 18th August or 15th September for a traffic-free festival along this iconic shopping street in the heart of London. This year’s celebrations are particularly monumental because 2019 marks Regent Street’s 200th anniversary: established in 1819 as the first purpose-built shopping street in the capital, Regent Street is now synonymous with London and a world-renowned shopping and dining destination.
September is a month full of festivals and excitement in the city of London! The weather is perfect, families are still on holiday and the mood is just right.
The River Thames has always been an iconic part of London and the UK and that is why the people of London decide to cherish and celebrate it once in a year. They organize a month-long festival called Totally Thames and it's held along the 42 - mile river stretch throughout the city.
Grab your crew and enjoy a sustainable hemp picnic cruise along London’s canals this Summer.
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On Wednesday the 28th & Thursday 29th August 2019, enjoy a Free Laser Quest at the Merchant Square!
Laser Quest is a family entertainment venue combining the classic games of hide and seek and tag with a high tech twist. The arena has specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music to add to the excitement for up to 10 players in total.
Something that never goes out of fashion and is probably one of the most entertaining and rejuvenating experiences is watching films! Ever since a few decades, watching films has been one of the most easiest ways to take a break and enjoy some place outside with a tub of popcorn with your family, your date, or even by yourself.
Summertime is gig time! People from all over the city look for new things to do and see. Chilling at the park, going to summer markets, digging into new cafes and restaurants is what we all wait for through the year.
Thankfully, The London Busking Company has decided to pour us in with free gigs as part of the Summer of Fun Programme of events! The gorgeous Lucy May Walker will be performing at the Floating Pocket Park at the beautiful outdoor venue where deckchairs and blankets will be provided for you to have a comfortable experience.
On Thursday, the 22nd of August, catch the gorgeous Natalie Shay performing live at the Floating Pocket Park!
The London Busking Company has brought together a number of talented musicians/performers for you to enjoy and experience for free this summer. The venue is well spaced out and comfortable, the ambiance is well lit and pretty with all the evening colours and deckchairs and blankets will be provided for a wholesome experience!
If you’re looking for a peaceful oasis in London’s chaotic city centre, head to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. Originally created in 2011 in partnership with the Eden Project, this beautiful, award-winning rooftop garden is now a permanent, much-loved feature of the Southbank Centre: sitting right on the Thames, it offers stunning views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks.
The London Craft Beer Festival is back for its seventh year, and 2019 promises to be the best yet. Moving to the larger, trendy location of Tobacco Dock, this year’s festival boasts the biggest line up of breweries to date, making it summer’s unmissable beer event!
ANNUAL CHARITY REGATTA RETURNS FOR TWELFTH YEAR
July 2019: The annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Race will return to the Regent’s Canal for its twelfth year. The first starting pistol will sound at 17:00 on Thursday 25th July at St. Mary’s Bridge where traditional Chinese Dragon Boats will race for 100 metres until the finish line at Paddington Basin.
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Taking the family to West End theatre can be a pricey excursion – but not during Kids’ Week! Kids’ Week – which is actually kids’ month, running from 1st to 31st August – gives under-16s free tickets to many of London’s top shows, when watching with an adult paying full price.
Buckingham Palace is one of the few remaining working royal palaces in the world: home of the Queen, it is internationally renowned as the focus of national and royal celebrations, and of course as a backdrop for the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Book your tickets now for Paddington Covers 2019, grab your friends and family and get ready to party in the sunshine.
The 2019 line up
Friday 28 June Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Madonna and The Rolling Stones
Friday 26 July Dolly Parton, Elvis, Adele and ABBA
Friday 30 August Bryan Adams, Take That, Ed Sheeren and Queen
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For the last 10 years, Paddington Basin Canal has been home to the summer Dragon Boat Race. Once again this year, on Thursday 25th July, fearless crews will take to the water to compete to be awarded Fastest Team, Runner-Up Team, and the highly coveted Best Dressed Team – all in aid of local charity COSMIC, Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care, which overlooks Paddington Basin.
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend in London, running from 25-27 May 2019, there is plenty to do, from Chelsea Flower Show to the Martini Waterfront pop up in Paddington.
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Located less than half a mile away from the Mercure Paddington is buzzing, bustling Merchant Square. From 10th May to 14th September, it will once again host its free Summer of Fun: with an incredibly eclectic programme, there’s something for every taste!
After a perfect summer’s day, simply stroll the five minutes back to the Mercure Paddington for an excellent night’s sleep!
From 6th to 22nd April, the Southbank Centre is being transformed into a hub of free family fun. From top quality family shows to multi-sensory experiences for children, come along and see what everyone is talking about!
As the clocks spring forward into British summer time and the weather starts improving, take advantage of the longer summer days by heading to the Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin, on the Grand Union Canal.
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Heathrow Express is the quickest way between Central London and Heathrow Airport. With frequent departures and a fifteen minute journey time to Terminals 2 & 3 and a few minutes more to Terminal 4 or 5, the non-stop service achieved 96% overall satisfaction in the latest National Rail Passenger Survey.
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Paddington Grand Central station
Trains to London Paddington depart for and arrive from, West and South West England and South Wales.
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Things to do in West London: From fine dining to Paddington Bear's favourite spot
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Merchant square in Paddington is at the heart of London. In the space you will find brand new restaurants, great shops and office space nestled in the Victoria style London Buildings.
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If you’re visiting London or just passing by, why not hire a GoBoat for you and your friends and explore the beautiful canals around the city.
Take the kids and come visit the extraordinary Natural History Museum which boasts many insightful exhibitions and specimens from all different ages.
If you’re interested in the sciences, why not visit the Science Museum this summer and check out all the collections and activities they have on offer.
The Royal Albert is one of the World’s most famous stages and is located right next to Hyde Park. During the year, the Royal Albert Hall hosts around 390 events ranging from opera to dance to tennis so there is something there for everyone to enjoy.
Located in the centre of Kensington, the High-Street Kensington offers numerous trendy clothing stores as well as many restaurants specialising in all different cuisines.
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At Mercure Paddington, we offer luxurious meeting rooms located conveniently next to Paddington Station, in the heart of London. Our meeting room sizes vary and can facilitate smaller, more intimate gatherings as well as large functions for up to 40 people.
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Walk on water at Paddington Basin with the team from Merchant Square.
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The Mastaba, project for London is going live on the Serpentine Lake from 18th June.
Paddington is located between two Royal Parks, Notting Hill and the West End.
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Mercure London Paddington Hotel is on the doorstep of Paddington Station, the London terminus for the Heathrow Express train to London Heathrow Airport,
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Enjoy the first stages of Spring in March. It's a good month to visit the Kensington Palace gardens Kew Gardens or any of London’s other top gardens, as seas of crocuses and daffodils bloom across the capital.
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Go ice skating on one of London's temporary outdoor ice rinks, many of which are still open at the start of the month, while Canary Wharf's ice rink stays open until February.
Things to do on New Year's Day in London, explore the wonderful Museums.
You’ll have the chance to fashion your own beeswax candles on 30th of November, from 18.00 till 19.00. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a relaxing evening while creating potential gifts for your loved ones.
This Halloween event is taking place from the 24th of October till the 1st of November, and is perfect for all ages. The entire week will be filled with numerous animal activities and entertaining talks.
This will be an amazing experience for the whole family.
This Halloween (31st October) Kensington Palace will be hosting the Eerie Evening Tour. You’ll have the opportunity to hear spooky stories hidden within the walls, and about the mysterious events that occurred within the walls.
Back in 1993, Rachel Whiteread’s concrete cast of the interior of an East End terrace house made her the first woman to win the Turner Prize. Now, 24 years since ‘House’, Tate Britain is hosting a long overdue mid-career retrospective of her work. Expect big, immersive statements about sculpture and space from this important and groundbreaking artist. It’s a must-see.
The London Design Festival spans dozens of locations, includes hundreds of exhibits and has one clear mission: to prove that our city is the capital of design. It's the perfect chance to explore craft and design at its very best.
October in London means the arrival of autumn, but don't hibernate indoors – there's way too much going on for that.
The V&A has been voted the best UK museum.
The V&A has been chosen as London and the UK’s very best museum by the public. The central London cultural behemoth also came fifth in Europe, and in the worlds top 10, according to TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards.
September Sessions 9th – 15th September
If you’ve been looking to discover some new music for a while now, here’s your chance. For an entire week in Sheldon Square, September sessions will be going on.
If you’ve been looking for a new, fun activity for the little ones, look no further! Playmake is specially designed to keep kids happy and entertained, with multiple exercises to keep them entertained.
Finding something for the kids to do is always a challenge. But on the 16th – 17th of September, there will be a race among kids to build the biggest, best and most impressive Lego structure.
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