Our first shipment of the Union Flag/Jack Lightbox we announced last year has arrived and I thought it would be fun to share the unboxing. They're fresh from the factory and they're beautiful. If you pre-ordered we'll be sending you yours very soon. The rest will arrive in February. We'll have plenty! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERxenLoP3SQ You can order here. … [Read more...] about Video: Union Jack Lightbox Unboxing – World’s First Union Flag Light Box!
As we do every year, we present you the Queen's annual Christmas message, one of our favorite British Christmas traditions. In this one, she shares a special tribute to Prince Philip. Happy Christmas from Anglotopia! We hope you all have a good one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3mUkKan5C4 Here's an accompanying article from our Press Association subscription: The Queen … [Read more...] about The Queen’s Christmas Message 2021 – Happy Christmas from Anglotopia
Happy Christmas from Anglotopia! Festive light displays have been spreading welcome cheer across the UK and Ireland in the run-up to Christmas this year. As uncertainty around the Omicron coronavirus variant looms large over the festive season, creative types have been working their magic designing winter wonderlands to lift the nation’s spirits. Here are some of the … [Read more...] about In Pictures: Festive lights spread welcome cheer as UK and Ireland step into Christmas – Pretty Pictures!
Festive food is a big part of Christmas celebrations, and this year the royal kitchens have revealed their recipe for the “perfect” gingerbread house. Shared on the royal family’s official Twitter page, Buckingham Palace chefs have put together a step-by-step guide on how to bake and decorate the gingerbread from scratch. In the run up to Christmas, the chefs in the Royal … [Read more...] about Royal chefs share recipe for ‘perfect’ gingerbread house
One inseparable Christmas custom in British culture is the panto. Short for “pantomime”, this genre of English musical theater since the early 19th Century and modern pantos are more often humorously exaggerated (and sometimes bawdy) takes on traditional children’s stories and fairy tales. They tend to involve a lot of slapstick, cross-dressing actors, and even celebrities. … [Read more...] about Ten Interesting Facts about Christmas Pantos
O Holy Night has topped a poll to find Britain's favorite Christmas carol, beating Silent Night to the top spot. Gustav Holst’s version of In The Bleak Midwinter came in at number three and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing was in fourth, in an annual survey by Classic FM. O Holy Night, believed to be the first-ever carol played on the radio, holds on to the top spot for the sixth … [Read more...] about O Holy Night named Britain’s favourite Christmas carol in ClassicFM poll
When it comes to Christmas, we all love a good film or special to watch on our TVs from A Charlie Brown Christmas to Love Actually. In 2021, our favorite streaming services and channels in the United Kingdom and the United States bring new Christmas media or us to binge as we open up presents or just seek a moment of peace from our families. This year the selection includes … [Read more...] about The Telly Fiver – Five New British Movies and TV Specials to Watch this Christmas
A gold-plated Duke of Edinburgh bottle opener paying tribute to Philip’s love of carriage driving is among the Royal Collection gifts on sale this Christmas. The stocking filler is shaped like a horse bit – the piece of tack which goes in the horse’s mouth. The Royal Collection website describes the £29.95 gift as a “magnificent tribute to carriage driving which was one of … [Read more...] about Royal Collection Trust Unveils Duke of Edinburgh Related Gifts
Around this time of year, stories and rumors float around on the internet about bans on Christmas, but there’s really only one time in history that the holiday was effectively canceled by a governmental authority. Some believe that Oliver Cromwell personally canceled Christmas during the Commonwealth period, but that’s not the whole of it. The banning of Christmas actually … [Read more...] about The Puritans War on Christmas During the Interregnum
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the latest Heinz publicity stunt (see the Christmas dinner in a can...). Fans of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange can enjoy the festive treat in mayonnaise form this Christmas following an unlikely partnership with Heinz. In a move set to divide fans of the stocking filler favorite, Terry’s has joined forces with Heinz to create the … [Read more...] about Terry’s and Heinz collaborate to produce ‘world first’ Chocolate Orange Mayo
Windsor Castle’s celebration of Christmas has opened to visitors, with a 20ft-high tree installed in the grand St George’s Hall and the Queen’s pantomime costumes on show. Tourists exploring the historic Berkshire royal residence will see the State Apartments transformed and decorated with shimmering Christmas trees, twinkling lights, and festive garlands. As part of a … [Read more...] about Christmas comes to Windsor Castle with festive trees and Queen’s panto costumes
A Mini Electric wrapped in 2,000 Christmas lights is to begin a five-week tour of the UK later this month to raise money for three charities. Nicholas “Nico” Martin, 32, a software engineer from Bracknell, Berkshire, has been wrapping his car in festive lights since 2017 and has been loaned a Mini Electric by the car manufacturer for this year’s tour. He is hoping to raise … [Read more...] about Mini wrapped in 2,000 Christmas lights touring UK to raise money for charity
Cadbury World has produced a chocolate model of The Nutcracker to celebrate the renowned ballet arriving in Birmingham. The 70cm tall solid chocolate figure took two days to create and weighs 7kg, the equivalent of 155 standard bars of Cadbury Dairy Milk. Cadbury World chocolatiers Dawn Jenks and Donna Oluban hand-painted The Nutcracker’s face with liquid cocoa butter and … [Read more...] about Cadbury World chocolatiers build Nutcracker model entirely out of chocolate
Today is probably the biggest day in Anglotopia history as we unveil something we have been working on for quite some time. Our first product that we’ve manufactured ourselves. The Union Jack Lightbox. I’ve had this idea for quite some time. Back when we first started selling the London Underground Tube Lights, which were crazy popular - in fact, they kept Anglotopia going … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: New Product – Introducing the Union Jack Lightbox – Created and Manufactured by Anglotopia
A Christmas tree made of nearly 400,000 plastic bricks has gone on display at Legoland. The construction at the Windsor attraction is made up of 364,481 Lego and Duplo blocks and stands at nearly 33ft tall. Paula Laughton, the resort’s chief model maker, said: “We’re really excited for what is set to be one of Legoland Windsor’s biggest Christmas celebrations yet, … [Read more...] about Christmas tree made of 364,481 bricks goes on display at Legoland Windsor
A classic steam railway which includes a bridge that features in the Harry Potter movies is being lit up with thousands of lights in a festive display. The Watercress Line, which runs from Alton to Alresford in Hampshire, is hosting the Steam Illuminations rides, which feature steam trains lit up with an LED light show and passengers joining in with LED wristbands. The … [Read more...] about Watercress Line steam railway lights up for festive spectacular in Hampshire
The holidays are approaching! And what better way to celebrate those in your life than by giving them a little taste of Britain. You love adding a little British flavor to your life in America, so why not add a little of that to the gifts you give your loved ones? British-inspired gifts will delight just about anyone with good taste in home decor and fashion. Who wouldn’t want … [Read more...] about Sponsored Post: Gifting for the Holidays British Style #sponsored #ad
A young alien experiencing her first Christmas – complete with mince pies and novelty jumper – is the star of this year’s John Lewis festive campaign. The highly anticipated ad is a return to form for the retailer as it attempts to tap into customer enthusiasm for a traditional Christmas season after last year’s muted celebrations amid pre-vaccination … [Read more...] about It’s Here! John Lewis 2021 Christmas ad stars young alien experiencing first Christmas
I think I'll pass on this! Heinz has launched a Christmas Dinner soup complete with turkey, Brussels sprouts, and pigs in blankets in a move sure to bring joy to consumers fretting over empty shelves this festive season. The brand’s first cans of Christmas Dinner Big Soup contain “big chunks” of turkey, pigs in blankets, Brussels sprouts, stuffing balls, and potatoes, with a … [Read more...] about If you want to taste sadness – Heinz launches Christmas dinner in a can
We’re going to press on Issue 18 of the Anglotopia print magazine next week, so I wanted to let everyone know about it. Now is the time to place your order for a copy, as we do not get many extras printed anymore. Issue 18 features a great line-up of original writing about Britain including a big huge feature on Dundee Scotland, the latest in a series of articles about Queen’s … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Magazine Issue 18 Cover and Article Reveal – Please Pre-order Now!
Costumes made for a teenage Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret when they took to the stage in an Old Mother Red Riding Boots pantomime are to go on display for the first time. A young Elizabeth, now the Queen, wore a long-sleeved pink satin and lace dress to play Lady Christina Sherwood for the production during the Second World War when she was 18. She also … [Read more...] about Costumes worn by Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in pantomimes to go on show for the first time at Windsor Castle for Christmas
Our 2022 Calendars have arrived hot off the presses from the printer and they're beautiful. We'll be shipping them out this week to everyone who pre-ordered. There are only about 50 extras - so we want to urge everyone to order as soon as possible! CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW About the 2022 Anglotpia Calendar The Anglotopia Calendar is back for 2022! It’s different this time … [Read more...] about Anglotopia 2022 Calendar Update – They’re here, they’re beautiful and they’re going fast!
British style has travelled well beyond its island borders and can be found just about everywhere in America, especially in autumn. What do you think of when you think of British style? You probably see tartan prints and tweed fabrics, carefully tailored blazers and classic trench coats. Pieces of British influence have seeped deep into American style and can be found in just … [Read more...] about Sponsored Post: British Style Invades the States – Bronte Moon – #sponsored #ad
We've brought back our face masks and Tube Lightboxes in very limited quantities! Due to popular request, we've decided to bring back two of our most popular products ever - the London Underground Tube Lightbox and our British Face Masks. We have limited stock on both so once they're gone, they're gone for a while - so I would order for Christmas NOW! Face Masks are going to … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Store Alert: London Tube Lightboxes return along with British Face Masks
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the things we’ve all had to get used to is shortages on goods. Some are random, some are expected. Some are very annoying. One that will affect Anglotopia directly is the looming paper shortage. Yes, there’s going to be a paper shortage. You can read all about it here. But basically, there's a shortage on paper (the kind books are printed … [Read more...] about Anglotopia Alert: Please order your Anglotopia books for Christmas soon – there’s a paper shortage coming