Activities to do in Iloilo, Philippines

A heart-shaped province located in Western Visayas, Iloilo is aptly called the “Heart of the Philippines.” It may only have a total land area of 5000 square km with a population of approximately 2 Million, but this province offers countless activities for the young and old!

Food Tour

When you’re in Iloilo, it’s kinda difficult to stay faithful to your strict diet. Why? For starters, mouth-watering dishes are Iloilo’s year round attractions. Find a true blue local to show you places where you can eat authentic Ilonggo cuisines: La Paz Batchoy, native “lechon manok” (roast chicken), talaba and sinamak (oysters and native vinegar), KBL (pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit), chicken binakol, Pancit Molo, and fresh seafood dishes (The Philippines is an archipelago, so you see fresh seafood almost everywhere).

Heritage Sites Tour

There are several historical sites scattered all over Iloilo. Don’t forget to visit Calle Real, Plaza Libertad, the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds, Cathedral, Lizares Mansion, Casa Mariquit, Molo Church, and Bahay Camiña nga Bato, Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Miagao Church, San Joaquin Church, Dumangas Church, Santa Barbara Church and Convent, Ermita Chapel, and Nazaria Lagos Monument. You will surely be in awe of the history, architecture, and culture of the people. This activity is not only fun but also very educational!

Take a dip in Iloilo’s pristine waters

No travel article about the Philippines has no section about how beautiful its beaches are. Don’t forget your swimming outfit, eco-friendly sunblock, and cameras (these beaches are soooo picturesque)! Head over to Islas de Gigantes, Concepcion, Ajuy, Sicogon, San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton.

Climb, Trek, and Hike

Aside from crystal clear waters, Iloilo is also blessed with lush mountains. Get a trusted local tour guide to show you the roads less traveled: Bucari, Igbaras, Janiuay, Calinog, and Lambunao. Hike hidden trails and be surprised to see amazing waterfalls, overlooking views, and super clean surroundings! Your lungs, eyes, and heart will surely thank you!

Enjoy the city life

In most parts of the Philippines, it is still possible to enjoy the so-called “city life” without losing that laid-back ambience. Iloilo City has a number of lifestyle centers where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book, spa day (alone or with your loved ones), dine at classy restaurants, and shop at malls. Don’t forget to check out Plazuela de Iloilo, Ayala Atria Iloilo, Smallville Complex, SM City Iloilo, Robinsons Place Iloilo, and Iloilo Business Park.

Or go on a city tour

Iloilo may be a province, but Iloilo City is actually a tourist hub. Aside from its numerous restaurants and shopping districts, it also has amazing museums, hotels, and lifestyle districts.  and nightlife in the province await.

Join a festival

Because the Philippines is hugely Catholic, it’s not difficult to find yourself in the middle of a religious festival while in a province. Iloilo hosts the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festival held on the fourth Sunday of January. Enjoy the tribal music, religious rituals, street dancing, colorful costumes, amazing food, and most of all, the warmth of the locals.

Not a sleepy old town, Iloilo has plenty to offer for the adventurous and young at heart. Reach out to us to help you to plan your next trip to Philippines @askus@ladyredot.com.


 Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

 

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How Vietnamese celebrate Tet

Watermelon, Chung cake, Tet cake, lucky money.. Yes, you guess it right, I’m referring to the biggest celebration in Vietnam, Tet Nguyen Dan. Tet, as of how the Vietnamese usually call it, is the New Year, very similar to Chinese New Year in several ways the event has its own unique charms.

Tet’s atmosphere starts prior than the main dates itself. 1 month prior to Tet, people are already rushing with the preparation: making traditional dried candied fruits, cleaning and decorating the house, making the special cakes for Tet, shopping for new clothes, just like how the Western would prepare for Christmas.

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The closer to the Tet’s Eve, it gets busier everywhere. Big cities starts to empty as everyone heads to their hometown to gather with family, every businesses rush to finish prior to the events. There is a saying: “As empty as the New Year’s Eve”, which indicated the fact that nobody outside doing any business, as this is the time to head for home, for the family. Nowadays, you will still find that most of the stores, markets closed several days before Tet or latest on the last day of the year.

New Year’s Eve for many families is the gathering time, where people will have a small meal to worship the ancestors and thankful for the protection and all the good things happened last year. In the past, when fire crackers were still allowed, then you would hear a lot of crackling and amusement. Nowadays, people anticipant eagerly for the fireworks to begin.

So, what is it like during Tet?

People dress nicely to visit the temple and the graveyard of your late loved ones. Followed by visitation of the relatives, where the children and the elders will get the lucky money, as a wish for health and luck all year around. At each house, people invite you for a drink, can be either tea or alcohol and some sweets, wishing each other for a smooth new year.

The Tet has 3 official days, traditionally, the first day is to visit the Father’s family, second day for the Mother’s family, third day for the teachers, neighbors, and friends. However, nowadays, family size tends to be smaller, people would just combine everything in a single day for the convenience.

The most common entertainment during Tet is “gambling”, kids have their own set of games, which they can use a part of the lucky money to play. Adults also gather around to gamble, on a small scale and fun way to relax rather than serious gambling.

Some of the items are always present during Tet are:

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The Chung and Tet cake
Both are the traditional glutinous rice cake for Tet, that have the square and round shape respectively, symbolised the ground on our feet and the sky above our head. The cake is a combination of the meat, green bean, sticky rice, wrapped in the banana leaf and cooked over 48 hours and served with a typical fish sauce. The cooking part is the most interesting part as everyone get to gather around the charcoal stove, take turns to be in charge and exchange the stories. Simple connection in the old style.

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Watermelon
The fruit, with the red coloured juicy flesh covered with a smooth hard green skin, is believed to represent luck combined with hard work for a fruitful year.

Once a upon a time, the king gotten angry because the prince stated the fact that with hands and brain, everything and anything is possible. The king wanted to challenge his son, he forced him and his family to live on an island, without any food or water.

One day, the birds brought some strange seeds to the island, he planted it and watermelons began to grow successfully. Since then, he has been trading the fruit for food, clothes, and water. The business went so well that he has built his own kingdom from the island, and proven his word to his father.

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Five-fruit tray
A tray of different type of dried candied fruits to invite your guests while having the chatting. the tray normally contains the 5 different types of fruits depend on where you from in Vietnam, for eg, the south five-fruit tray will contain: custard apple, cluster fig coconut, papaya, and mango which each fruit pronounced in Vietnamese are “Cầu sung dừa đủ xài”. The whole sentence means: wishing a well-being year with enough prosperity.

The core value of the New Year has always remains in the hearts of the Vietnamese: time for the reunion, for connection and good wishes. If you wish to join in with the Vietnamese and bask in good wishes and joy, come and have a chat with us anytime at askus@ladyredot.com.


 

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Taiwan

Chinese New Year, one of the most important celebrations to Chinese all around the world. Whether you are in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore even in the States, you will probably be participating in some of the festive celebrations in your community.

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Background

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the first day of the Lunar Calendar but has no specific date on the Gregorian calendar. It falls anytime between late January and early February. In 2017, it falls on the 28th of January.

Aside from being the most important holiday in Taiwan, it also is the longest, being celebrated for 15 days. The official holiday, however, only lasts for a day or two dependable on different years.

Traditions

Prayers to the Ancestors
The festival is time for the Chinese people to honour their deities, so they go to temples and pray. They also offer sacrifices to their ancestors.

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Cleaning
Days before the New Year, the locals make sure to meticulously clean their homes to welcome good luck and get rid of evil spirits. The home cleaning should not be done on New Year’s Day, however, as doing so may deflect good luck and fortune.

Red
The colour red, which symbolises joy and fortune in the Chinese tradition, is widely used during the Chinese New Year. Locals decorate their houses with red posters with Chinese sayings written on them, put up red lanterns and wear red clothing.

Flowers and Oranges
In Taiwan, plum blossom and water narcissus are also used as decorations. Plum blossom symbolises courage and hope while water narcissus symbolises good luck. Oranges symbolise luck and fortune.

Loud Firecrackers
Setting off of loud firecrackers is also done, which is believed to ward off bad luck or ill fortune. The louder the firecracker, the more auspicious it gets.

Visits to Family and Friends
The Chinese New Year happens during the winter season and is the perfect time for the locals to enjoy their break and visit their family and friends. They enjoy good food with the company of each other and even go to tourist spots during this time.

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Red envelopes
Young children receive cash in red envelopes, called Ang Bao given to them by married adults. The adults, however, do not receive anything in return, as it’s not customary to give gifts to them unless the gift comes from their employer. It will be a denomination of even numbers like $2, $6, $8 and $10. The number 4 is deem unlucky by the Chinese.

Celebrations

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Bombarding Master Han Dan
This special ceremony is held in Taitung. A man is chosen to be “Master Han Dan”, the god of wealth. He wears a pair of red pants and holds a bamboo fan to shield his face. Four followers carry him on a sedan chair. The people will then throw firecrackers at him for abundance.

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Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival
Held on the same day as the Lantern Festival, the people visit Yanshui Wu Temple for worship. Fireworks will be set off on the ground level, rather towards the sky, like thousands of mini rockets launching towards you. It is considered lucky to be hit by one of the rockets. No doubt, it is absolutely dangerous and one must be well prepared to be suited up in a safety suit and helmet.

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Held in Pingxi of New Taipei City, the lantern festival concludes the 15-day New Year celebration. The Kongming Lanterns were originally used to pass military secret messages, but are now used for festivals and celebrations. The lanterns are handcrafted using oiled rice paper and bamboo frame. The small candle inside it is then lit, and the heat it creates lifts the lantern up the sky. Most people write their wishes on the lanterns to send them to the gods above, hoping their wishes will be granted. It is truly a sight to behold.

 

If you like to experience the true local festivals, drop us an enquiry at askus@ladyredot.com for a chat on how we can help to create unforgettable memories for you.


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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

 

 

Chinese New Year in China

We are approaching what is called the biggest festival among the Chinese in the world. Of course, the biggest country that will be celebrating Chinese New Year is China. Do you know that a lot of offices and factories closes for at least 7 days for this big event for the Chinese workers who hasn’t seen their family for a year to travel home for Chinese New Year. It is deem unfilial not to go home with gifts during this period hence every year, China has this human migration all over the country, flocking to go home.

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History
There are a number of versions of the history of the Chinese New Year, but the most famous revolve around the mythical beast Nian. Legend says Nian is fond of threatening and eating humans, especially young children. The people, except for one old man, decided to flee and hide from the terrifying creature. The brave man decided to stay and ward off the horrifying best by using red pieces of paper and firecrackers. The people left the old man anyway. Upon their return on the next day, they were astounded to see the town was just as they left it: nothing was destroyed. The townspeople began to conclude that the old man was actually a deity who saved them and that loud noises and the colour red fend off Nian. From that day on, the people made sure to wear red clothing and decorate with red lanterns and red spring scrolls every time the New Year comes. Nian never showed his face to the people again.

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Significance
Also known as the Spring Festival, it starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. In 2017, it falls on January 28. It is a key public holiday for the Chinese people, and it usually lasts for about 23 days. Most shops, restaurants and business are closed for several days, but supermarkets and public transportation are available (although most of the time overcrowded). Chinese New Year is celebrated not only in Mainland China but also in Singapore, Taiwan, Macau, Hongkong, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Aside from honouring the Chinese deities, the festival is time to celebrate their hard work all year long and to wish their families and friends a prosperous New Year, just like the non-Chinese New Year.

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Celebration
Aside from decorating their homes with red lanterns and red posters, wearing red clothing (the color red was a sort of an amulet, but now symbolizes happiness and fortune), Chinese people make sure to thoroughly clean their homes days before the New Year’s day to rid of bad luck and to welcome good luck. Families with members from different generations gather around tables to enjoy the “reunion dinner” or the New Year’s Eve dinner. They also gift gifts, usually money inside a red envelope mostly to children and seniors. Adults do not usually receive money unless it is from an employer.

Customarily, fish and dumplings (usually in Northern China) are served for the New Year’s Eve dinner. Foods like New Year Cake, Tang Yuan, Congee, and a lot of others are served depending on personal preference.

Aside from the celebration in their homes, cultural activities are also organised. These include imperial performances, ancestor worship and the famous dragon dance. They also pray in temples for bountiful fortune and luck. Firecrackers are set off; the louder they are, the better.

It is also believed that asking for money on New Year’s and cleaning the house within the first three days are huge taboos in a traditional Chinese setting. Doing so will not attract good luck.

If you are looking to travel to China during Chinese New Year or you would like to experience first hand on Chinese New Year culture in China, we can arrange for you! Just askus@ladyredot.com and we will ensure that you will savour the full experience of local festival celebration.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

The Colourful Sinulog Festival In Cebu

Colourful costumes and headdresses, amazing dancers, drumbeats, grand fireworks display, giant puppets… No, I’m not talking about The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro. I am talking about the Sinulog festival in Cebu. Although a lot similar to the famous festival in Brazil, Sinulog is actually a very unique event on its own. If you don’t know this festival yet, now is the best time to.

A brief background
Sinulog is actually from the Cebuano term “sulog” which refers to the movement of the water. The term describes the forward-backward movement of the dancers. The event is both religious and cultural and was originally organised to honour the Holy Child Jesus through a dance ritual.

The majority of the Filipinos are devout Catholics, however, you do not have to be one to partake in the celebration. In fact, millions of people—not just believers— flock to the island of Cebu to witness and join the citywide party.

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The Grandest Party of the Year
Every third Sunday of January (15 January 2017), the city of Cebu bursts with millions of people from all over the world.

The first major event, however, happens on Saturday, as millions of devotees join a solemn procession from and to the 451-year old Basilica Menore del Santo Niño.

On Sunday, the city wakes up to early mass and alluring drumbeats. More than 30 contingents from different provinces in the Philippines don their colourful costumes and dance to the Sinulog beat on the streets. Colourful floats and giant puppets also join the 6.1-kilometer street dance right at the heart of the city.

To watch the grand parade, tourists can hit the bricks and follow the street dance route. However, if they want to witness the rituals, they can purchase tickets to the grandstand. Most spectators prefer to be on the streets, as it’s more festive and they can even join the street dancers.

Aside from the street dance, local products and delicacies will also be on display. You can dine in booths along the streets and even party with people right on the streets! To cap the street dancing, people can watch the spectacular fireworks.

The celebration continues after that, as at night, partygoers in celebratory spirits overflow and continue the fun on the streets. Although the event is a religious and cultural one, booze and street parties have been allowed (plans to prohibit drinking and smoking are being discussed by the local government, though).

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Preparing for the event
If you plan to be part of the event, book your airline tickets and hotel rooms months ahead. The rates for both will not only dramatically increase as the dates get closer to the event, but it is very possible for hotels and airlines to run out of rooms and seats quickly.

The Philippines is a tropical country. Although the month of January belongs to its “rainy season”, it’s actually still warm and sunny most of the time. Pack light clothing, comfortable shoes, sunblock and hats and leave your designer clothing and jewellery at home. It’s a very simple and laid-back place, so you do not need to deck up in your finest.

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Do not forget to bring your camera and safety bag. You’ll be roaming around the city the whole day and you do not want to miss the colourful sights. Stuff your bag with your own water bottles, extra shirts and sanitizers as it can get really crowded it’s impossible for you to go back to your hotel.

Lastly, do not forget to have fun. Let lose and shout Pit Senyor!

Come and join Mish and our writers in the whirlwind of adventures as we bring you closer to the local’s heartlands. We cater to help likeminded adventurers to plan their local experience for a lifetime memories.


mish
Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Celebrate 2017 in Singapore!

Singapore, a modern city island, is now a popular site for travellers during New Years. With its artsy restaurants, famous clubs and sandy beaches it should be a goal for all on their traveller’s bucket list.

Here are some of the best of Singapore during this festive.

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Wishing Spheres
This Annual tradition is one of Singapore’s New Year Eve’s highlights. Recently reaching national recognition, people from all around the world come to write their wishes and aspiring goals to float in the marina bay. In recent years, numbers as high as 25,000 light up spheres have been used. Once written on, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown crew anchor the spheres in detailed shapes. This task is no small one, with the total preparation taking up to 10,000 hours.

It’s a privilege to serve the community this way- to be a part of the team that brings so many people together to celebrate and usher in the New Year.

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1919 Water Boathouse
For those looking to get a front row seat of the spectacular wishing spheres and NYE fireworks, the 1919 Water Boathouse is the place. A relaxed restaurant with savoury seafood and hand-selected wines, the building is held in a historic colonial heritage site, known in the past as one of Singapore’s busiest ports. Along with the great food is a rooftop panoramic view of the light show light show.

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Sentosa
A smaller island located south of the city. This little chunk of land holds a big reputation. Each year over 12 million tourist visit and has it own Universal Studios. It also has a 2km beach, 14 hotels and 2 golf courses. During New Years, Sentosa comes alive with music, competitions, and lavish food. Head over to the beach for a 12-hour neon themed party. Or for a louder party come earlier in December for club Zouk’s crazed beach party. One of the biggest in Asia with tens of thousands of people.

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Zouk
Zouk is the French world for party and if anything that is what these people know. Originally established in 1991 it is decorated with awards. Such as Singapore’s Tourism Board’s Best Nightspot Experience which it has won 6 times. It is also ranked 6th best on DJ Mag top100 clubs in a global 2016 poll. Zouk has 3 different themed rooms: its club, with a large dance floor and state of the art sounds and lights; the Velvet Underground, a more relaxed lounge with house and soul music; and lastly, Phuture, an abstract futuristic bar with hip-hop and R&B. It is one of the oldest and most popular clubs and to some Singaporeans, it is seen as a right of passage for the younger crowd.

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Singapore Flyer
Escape the New Year’s Eve craze and head to the Singapore Flyer. This 165 meter Ferris wheel is the largest in Asia. It was the largest in the world until the High Roller in Las Vegas was made with a height of 167.7 meters. The observatory is located in the heart of downtown Marina Bay which allows for a grand viewing of the countdown fireworks and if you’re lucky of a glimpse of Malaysia and Indonesia on the horizon. The Flyer also serves food and champagne.


This photo of CE LA VI Club Lounge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

CÉ LA VI
Another French named club, CÉ LA VI translates to “This Is life”. This dancing heaven demands a more luxurious crowd. It is located 57 levels above the ground at 200 meters. With this view, attendees are at eye level to the stunning display of New Year’s fireworks. Along with the view, CÉ LA VI is known for its award-winning modern Asian Cuisine with culinary artist awaiting your every wish. Under their website, they brag of their “Globe-spanning culinary adventures in a spectacular setting. Cocktails that concoct magical spells – transforming surprising ingredients into unexpected treasures”.

Let us, the locals show you how to have an awesome time in Singapore to open your 2017 with a bang! Talk to us now at askus@ladyredot.com.


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How To Celebrate New Year 2017 In Style In London

London is famous for several attractions. Aside from being historically rich, it also offers a lot of fun and remarkable activities, especially on New Year’s. If you haven’t experienced London’s amazing New Year’s celebration yet, we have listed some posh ideas for you to jumpstart 2017:

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Watch the NYE Fireworks Display
Celebrated along the area of the River Thames, people from different parts of the world gather to witness the mesmerising display of pyrotechnics. You can try to watch the show from somewhere else, but you get the best view if you buy tickets and gain access to the Southbank area. Only limited seats are offered so make sure to get your tickets in advance to avoid the hassle.

Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise
If you are unable to secure a ticket to the fireworks display, don’t fret. You can have a dazzling night with lavish food, drinks, music and a view of the fireworks display while on a cruise on River Thames.

Indulge yourself in world-class meals
London has more than 60 Michelin-starred restaurants. Book a table at one of these restaurants and enjoy award-winning food prepared by celebrity chefs.

Dance your way to 2017
Celebrate in style by dancing with jitterbugs like you! The entire city will be buzzing with life and several clubs will open its doors to anybody who enjoys music and dancing. Look up clubs like Electric Brixton, Heaven, Studio 338, Cargo, and a whole lot more!

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Champagne Bars
You can simply relax in style and enjoy a glass of bubbly at one of London’s many champagne bars. Whether you want a quiet ambience or an alfresco mood, the city has so many bars to choose from!

See the lights under the ice
If you’re travelling with teens and/or kids, then partying at clubs may not be suitable. Luckily, the city of London has just about everything to offer so you can still welcome 2017 in style! You can spend your afternoon at Canary Wharf Ice Rink and marvel at the vibrant colours beneath the ice while you skate! If you want to go on a trip down the memory lane, try skating at Somerset House, Hampton Court or at the National Museum Ice Rink and enjoy skating with marvellous historical structures as your backdrop.

New Year’s Day Parade
Take your whole family to the streets of Central London and witness as 8,000 performers–dancers, marching bands, acrobats—congregate for a spectacular celebration. Your whole family will surely love the huge balloons, confetti, and festive music!

After-dark bus tour
On the first night of January 2017, enjoy a tour aboard on an open-top bus and be amazed at the panoramic view of London adorned with colourful Christmas lights. Sit back and relax for an hour and forty-five minutes and get to know London’s famous spots in a truly magical way.

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View from the top
Another unique way to get a glimpse of London is to head for heights. Whether you’re in for a romantic night at a restaurant perched on a hill or for a fun night with friends on a rooftop bar, the city’s got you covered!

January Sale
Unleash the inner shopaholic in you and take advantage of the super low prices from different department stores in London. Get great deals on apparels and gadgets for the whole family!

Whatever you choose to do, be sure to do your homework and do a little research first. Book tickets in advance to avoid trouble or contact us to help you arrange your tickets in advance. Have a chat with us at askus@ladyredot.com.


mish
Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.