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150 years in Wonderland

09 July 2015

150 years in Wonderland

A big anniversary is being celebrated these days in England – the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was introduced to the World in 1865.

Up in the sky

13 June 2015

Up in the sky

A few days ago the UK’s leading airliner, British Airways, organised a fantastic event. It took place in one of the BA hangars of Heathrow International Airport, where many aviation enthusiasts and business partners could come together with their families and friends to discover the latest products being introduced into service. Among the aircraft were double-decker Airbus’s A380, the most technologically advanced passenger aircraft in the Airbus family A350, its rival the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the “Queen of the Skies” – the Boeing 747. However, the real surprise was the legendary Concord – the half plane, half spacecraft that carried people at supersonic speeds and high enough altitudes that the curvature of the earth below could be seen through the window. The guests could also enjoy the pilots’ view from the flight decks, try their seats as well as ask them questions about the aircraft controls and individual nuances. In other words the event impressed and inspired all those in love with the skies.

Fine London Dining

20 January 2015

Fine London Dining

The time of jokes on London as about the worst cuisine capital has been long time over, as nearly every place now serves decent quality and variety meals. Here is one of them, The Rules, is not just the oldest restaurant in London (est. 1798), but truly unique place to dine.

Our new website

15 January 2015

Our new website

Dear friends and partners! Team Kolumbix are happy to announce that we have completed the main part of our rebranding process and now ready to introduce our new website.

It’s not easy when you’re old

03 February 2014

It’s not easy when you’re old

Dear all who live or plan their trips to London for next 2 weeks – please beware that the oldest transport system in the world will be hardly accessible from the evening, the 4th of February till Friday, the 7th of February; and from the evening, the 11th February till the morning, the 14th of February due to the official and long-waited strike. Please select the right travel routes on www.tfl.gov.uk and …have fun!

Best British Education

21 November 2013

Best British Education

Kolumbix is happy to announce that it has concluded new agency contracts with a number of top British educational institutions; so, now you've got a great choice if you or your children wish to study in the UK - whether by taking a simple course in English or by getting an education in a school or colledge. As you may know, the British educational institutions have a reputation of the highest World’s benchmark. However, due to their wide variety, the process of choosing the right school, college or university is not very straightforward. Being an official agent of Felsted University, Queen Ethelburga’s College, Aestas Summer School, Edgware Academy and many other top-class institutions, Kolumbix Ltd are now able to assist future students on enrolment, guardianship and other matters in order to make the process as easy and pleasurable as possible.

London: The City of Lonely People

09 July 2013

London: The City of Lonely People

Often mentioned as the World’s capital, London accommodates more than 8 million people of different backgrounds and professions. It is the city which is constantly on the move, everything is quick here – traffic lights, coffee, business, even inviting somebody for a drink has an expression ‘for a quick pint’.

Flying high

19 April 2013

Flying high

We are proud to announce that Kolumbix Limited has been recently granted with Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL). This licence given by the Civil Aviation Authority authorises the tour operator to sell and advertise Flight-Only, Flight-Plus and flight inclusive package holidays across the Globe and enhance the product offering for the clients and affiliates.

Look left then right and run for your life

15 April 2013

Look left then right and run for your life

Well, as we all know, it’s the other way round in Britain. If we appeal to studies we can see that there are several points of views why the UK is a jurisdiction with left-hand traffic. Some historians think that the origins of left-handed traffic come from the ancient times (not far from Swindon, England archaeologists has found the evidence that when the Romans drove their loaded vehicles from the quarry more deep dints were made on the left side of the road). The other version is that the medieval travellers chose the left side simply because of keeping the right hand free either for swords (!) in case horsemen might need to defend themselves or to salute the passing riders offering them friendship – as most people were right-handed – meant to passing each other on the left. Another opinion is that the left-hand traffic was adopted from the marine rules where a ship has to pass another ship approaching from the right side. However, the first time when left-hand drive rule became mandatory was in 18th century. That rule was introduced in 1722 by Lord Mayor, who ordered that London Bridge traffic (the place where London started from) had to be kept to the left in order to regulate intensive traffic on the narrow bridge – the first ever road rule in Britain.

Spring in London!

05 March 2013

Spring in London!

Have you ever visited London in spring? Take a walk from Notting Hill down to Westminster through Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green and St James Parks and enjoy the spirit of the new beginning and the air full of scents of love and tenderness. A cup of coffee in the Serpentine Lake café, or a pint of organic Honey Due, why not?! The life is beautiful, so let’s enjoy it! Request your special moments here: http://www.kolumbix.co.uk

Hallo Spaceboy

18 January 2013

Hallo Spaceboy

One of the most influential musicians and artists in the world, David Bowie, celebrates his 66th Birthday by introducing his first for the last decade single Where Are We Now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWtsV50_-p4). It was released online without warning in the early hours of the last Tuesday morning (the date of his birthday), taking Bowie’s fans by complete surprise. But it will be even more than that – a complete new album, The Next Day, is following later this year.

Mind the Gap!

14 January 2013

Mind the Gap!

The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday this week. Officially opened on January 1863, it now incorporates 270 stations with 426 escalators, employs 19,000 staff and has 402 km of track, 45 per cent of which is under the surface. Annually, the Tube (as it colloquially known) serves more than 1.1 billion customers, which makes it the third largest system in Europe in terms of passenger number, after Moscow and Paris. Instantly recognisable with its logo, the Tube has become an iconic symbol of London’s pop culture for many people around the world.

Fairytales do come true

18 December 2012

Fairytales do come true

18th of December, 6PM Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, Hertfordshire WD23 2TR Buffet, Lottery, Disco, and Santa Claus performance. Be there, it's going to be fun, but it's going to be very serious too. We are helping young Jack and Rebecca to raise the $100.000 USD needed for the operation that will make them walk on their own legs again. Everyone's contribution of £20 for adults and £10 for children will do a world of good. As a company rule, at Kolumbix we want dreams to come true, and by all means this is no exception. We are waiting for you!

Time to love...

10 December 2012

Time to love...

Time to love, to gather up at a cosy fireplace with family and roast a few marshmallows. With all the cue respect to marshmallows though, this year it's not probably going to be a serene and easygoing spending time when it comes to presents. As the rest of Europe, UK, which is still an economically strong country, is dealing with the general economical difficulties that plague our times. Perhaps this year it will be the case to focus less on presents and more on the loved ones for a change! And don't forget your snowman!

Food Consciousness

26 November 2012

Food Consciousness

Who ever said that Brits don't eat well? Absolute nonsense. Of course, it is easy to find cheap and liver-detonating food at every corner, but the general amount of healthy and organic food centres in UK is averagely much higher than other European countries. And did you know that Devonshire is *the* biggest organic farming area in Europe, shortly followed by Westfalia in Germany? And did you know that organic beer is actually delicious? The growing number of organic breweries all over the country is a clear proof of that.

It’s a class thing

19 November 2012

It’s a class thing

Traditionally tolerant to everyone and everything British people are still very conservative when it comes to social classes. Not surprisingly, it is still very common to send a letter or card in a ‘first class’ envelope, book a ‘privilege’ boarding pass, or simply... yes go for physiological reasons. So, the fans of Englishness must not worry – the ‘old school boys’ are still around.

The Britiquette

16 November 2012

The Britiquette

Everyone says that British people are cold and detached. Until they go for a drink with them. In reality, British people are very conscious about their intimate relations. Once you have a British friend, it is a friend for life. This glorious country has a reputation to keep, about manners and education in the most diverse situation. It used to be a country of explorers, colonists and traders, and even though innumerable bonds were sealed with a Gentleman's word (or sword, in the old days!) the style and the character of British people is unmistakably and lordly COOL. Tip of the day: When going on a business dinner with British people, eat a small piece of butter before the meal to contain the devastating effect of the alcohol inundation you'll be facing, and try not to talk about work too much. A business dinner with British people is a bonding and humanly very fulfilling experience. Watch out hangover haters, you're in for big trouble.

Eccentrically London

12 November 2012

Eccentrically London

Although technically a country where everyone is a loyal subject of Her Majesty, the United Kingdom is actually historically a place where people have always been allowed to express themselves and go unnoticed, regardless of their garment, hairstyle and background. The very fundament of British culture is about sobriety (certainly not alcoholic one though!) and tolerance towards the different. This probably originates from the fact that as a former colonial empire, people of the most diverse backgrounds and cultures somehow conveyed and and melted together. Nowadays, the colonial times have come to an end. Nevertheless the underground life and the funky albeit slightly rainy atmosphere of London is like honey to the bee-like tourists of all over the world. In fact, we found two tourists hailing from *very* far away in the picturesque Big Ben area.

London famous department stores

11 November 2012

London famous department stores

No other European city can match London’s department stores for their surprising diversity of goods . The greatest concentration of stores is on Oxford Street, the capital’s main shopping street. Oxford street had been just a highway to the West, linking the City with Oxford from Roman days until the late 17th century. At this time there were a few shops at the Tottenham Court Road end, there was no sign of the development that was to follow, turning the “West End“ into the axis of commerce and the Oxford Street into the main avenue of a new Central London.

ROYAL EMPIRE & RUSSIAN PARROT

09 November 2012

ROYAL EMPIRE & RUSSIAN PARROT

Try our new exclusive vodka recipes!

WTM, or What Travel Means

05 November 2012

WTM, or What Travel Means

Did you spot someone absolutely brilliant and passionate about travels and adventures? If the answer is ‘Yes’ it was probably us! So, why not we meet at the WTM this week and make the most of our plans real?! Register here: http://www.wtmlondon.com/page.cfm/link=223

Follow that Pumpkin!

31 October 2012

Follow that Pumpkin!

It's pretty incredible how after all the ping-ponging we've given Halloween between our little islands and America, it is still such a big event. Starting off as THE holiday to celebrate the new harvest, and going through very complicated supernatural wicca calculations, Halloween was the day to gather and pray, and maybe have a word with the dead, as it was said to be the day with the thinnest barrier between this world and the next one. After a century long sugar coating in North America, the Day Of The Dead still generates adrenaline in the youngest and the not-so-young in a kaleidoscopic cross dressing night where nothing is as it seems. Not suitable for diabetics.

The Darkest Side of London

24 October 2012

The Darkest Side of London

Discover the story of the capital in ‘Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men’, an extraordinary exhibition at the Museum of London until April 2013.

Royal Observatory in Greenwich

22 October 2012

Royal Observatory in Greenwich

Overlooking Greenwich with one of the greatest view is the Royal Observatory, the First Observatory of England. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1675. The first Royal Astronomer was John Flamsteed. He was succeeded in 1720 by Edmond Halley, who charted the course of his famous comet here but died before seeing his calculations proved correct.

Two is too many, three is not enough

19 October 2012

Two is too many, three is not enough

Friday’s cocktail recipes from Kolumbix. DRUNK CHERRY 50 ml of pure grain vodka 50 мл 8-10 fresh cherries 7 ml of Elderflower Cordial 25 ml of Fresh Grapefruit juice Garnish: 5 cherries Mixed it, shake it and enjoy! ROYAL BLACKBERRY 50 ml of pure grain vodka 7 Red Currants 3 table spoons of Champagne Garnish: 3 Blackberry Mixed it, shake it and enjoy!

ST PAUL’S

15 October 2012

ST PAUL’S

St Paul’s Cathedral is the only Renaissance cathedral in England. It took 35 years to build, and in 1970, when Sir Christopher Wren was 78, his son placed the final stone of the building. However, this is the forth cathedral which stands on top of Ludgate Hill. The first cathedral, made of wood, was founded in 604 and dedicated to St Paul by England’s first Christian King, Ethelbert of Kent. This was rebuilt in stone and burned down by Vikings in 962. The third Saxon cathedral was replaced by the Normans, over a 200-year period. The Great Fire of 1666 reduced the cathedral to ashes.

Black Sheep Of The Brewing Family

05 October 2012

Black Sheep Of The Brewing Family

The village of Masham is a place for pilgrimage for connoisseurs of real ale – it’s the frothing fountainhead of Theakston’s beers, which have been brewed here since 1827. The company’s most famous brew, Old Peculier, takes its name from the Piculier of Masham, a parish court established in medieval times to deal with religious offences, including drunkenness, brawling and “taking a skull from the churchyard and placing it under a person’s head to charm them to sleep”. The court seal is used as the emblem of Theakston Ales.

The prince, the palace & the partying

04 October 2012

The prince, the palace & the partying

It’s widely known that England’s George III was a little nuts. But you’d be forgiven for thinking that “Mad King George’s” eldest son Prince George (1962-1830) was the eccentric in the family upon visiting his princely pavilion in Brighton. The young prince began drinking with abandon and enjoying the pleasures of women while still a teenager. And to daddy’s displeasure, he soon started hanging out with dissolute uncle the Duke of Cumberland, who was enjoying himself royally be the sea in Brighton.