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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Great Escapes: London, Lapland and, erm, The Prodigy are calling...

Published 31/08/2014 | 02:30

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The Museum of London

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DEPARTURES

And over two million visitors are expected to answer. That's according to London & Partners, the city's promotional company, which is predicting a wave of visits on foot of several blockbuster exhibitions and events.

Highlights include Turner at Tate Britain, Made in Dagenham starring Gemma Arterton, and Under the Microscope, the first major exhibition devoted to Sherlock Holmes in over 60 years.

The Holmes exhibition, running at the Museum of London from October 17th, offers fans the chance to examine the fictional detective, his relationship with London and his literary beginnings over 125 years ago.

ROOM WITH A VIEW

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Ibiza's Hard Rock Hotel opened this May, bringing 490 rooms, a Rock Spa, iconic music memorabilia and more to Playa d'en Bossa (rooms from €242).

It's bringing the curtain down with style on its first summer season with The Prodigy lined up to headline a closing party on Friday, September 19th. The one-off set will see the group's barnstorming rave, techno, industrial and jungle beats rock a beachside setting with showers of fireworks.

The Prodigy join an already enviable list of performers at the five-star resort, including Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue and Snoop Dogg. Concert tickets cost €50pp. hrhibiza.com

DEALS & STEALS

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SPLASH: The summer holidays may technically still be with us, but Falcon has already launched its Lapland packages. Day trips from Dublin this December 6th and 13th start from €649pp (adults) and €529pp (children). www.falconholidays.ie

BARGAIN: Emirates begins its double daily flights from Dublin to Dubai this Monday (September 1st), with a special offer fare of €504 available if you book before then. Travel is up to May 31st, 2015. www.emirates.ie

STAYCATION: The Spa at Killarney’s Aghadoe Heights Hotel marks its 10th year in business this September with 10% off all treatments for the month. www.aghadoeheights.com

SMART TRAVEL:

You can now hold British Airways flights for a fiver, thanks to a  new initiative allowing customers a 72-hour period before paying in full (the long-haul price is £10).  Seats can be held up to 21 days before departure. www.ba.com

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