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from the Guardian

Snow and freezing weather hits UK

A soldier of the Scots Guards peers out of his sentry box to the snow at St James's Palace in London

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Brussels. The light show in the Grand Place at Christmas is amazing and all coordinated with music. They have a pretty good Christmas market too and of course plenty of chocolate :)

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from Marie Claire

Give your home a sophisticated spin this Christmas

You can’t always count on the British weather to deliver a blanket of snow on the ground and icicles hanging from the windowsills for Christmas but @sainsburys never fails to impress us with stylish home accessories to help create a cosy vibe inside. Glittering baubles, shining stars and silver reindeer – what's not to love about the new Ice Palace collection? #sponsored http://trib.al/QWyUIdb

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from Foursquare

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace in Kensington, Greater London - Kensington Palace is one of the most intriguing of the Historic Royal Palaces. Discover stories from Queen Victoria's life in the Victoria Revealed exhibition; master courtly games in the King's State Apartments; glimpse a modern Princess in an exhibition of Diana's dresses; and uncover the secrets of a fragile dynasty in the Queen's State Apartments.

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The Savoy Hotel - the Art Deco Court Side entrance (pictured) has traffic driving on the right, permissible by an act of parliament. Monet stayed here and painted many studies of Westminster Palace from nearby bridges & the balcony of his suite. WC2, Charing Cross Tube.

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I'm reading the biography of Catherine the Great by Robert Massie right now- add the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg to my must-see list!

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