November in London 2018

 
 
 
 
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Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

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Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
Ennio Morricone
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits
The Regent Street Motor Show
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
The Lord Mayor's Show
Remembrance Sunday
The Country Living Christmas Fair
EFG London Jazz Festival
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Andrea Bocelli
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
Gary Numan with The Skaparis Orchestra
Billy Ocean
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
London Illustration Fair
 

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There's an explosion of fireworks on the 5th, Star Wars gets the full orchestra treatment at the Royal Albert Hall and Gainsborough's Family Album opens at the National Portrait Gallery, it's all in London in November 2018.

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Andrea Bocelli

Fans of the Italian tenor can expect to hear popular songs from across his 15 albums.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November 2018

 

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli comes to The O2 Arena for the first time since 2016. One of the most successful classical artists of all time, Bocelli has sold over 65 million albums since emerging as a vocal phenomenon in the 90s. Renowned for bringing his own interpretation and approach to each piece he sings, Bocelli is at the same time a traditionalist, modernist and popularist. Lauded by the late, great Luciano Pavarotti, Bocelli continues to capture the hearts of audiences across the world. While Celine Dion's lofty opinion that "if God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli" is a bit creepy, it does underline the awe that this classical colossus inspires.

 
 
 

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

The explosive occasion returns for two nights of fireworks, bonfires, hot dogs and family fun.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November 2018

 

Perched up high above North London with panoramic views across the city, Alexandra Palace is a great place to watch the spectacular display of fireworks set off in the grounds of the iconic building. But there's plenty more to do besides. Proving to be incredibly popular in previous years, the festival is going to be a two-day affair once again in 2018, with both days offering food and drink stalls, a bonfire, ice skating and a family friendly area with funfair rides and more. There's also an adults-only German Bier Festival inside (at an extra cost) with Bavarian waitresses serving premium German biers and traditional food until 11pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm on the Friday and 6pm on Saturday with the main explosive event following at 9pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday.

 
 
 

The Regent Street Motor Show

The UK's largest free-to-view motoring extravaganza.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 3rd November 2018

 

From Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, the capital's world-famous Regent Street will be closed to through traffic so it can, once again, host the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the UK's largest free-to-view motoring extravaganza. Three hundred cars from the past, present and future go on display as 120-year old classics are parked up alongside the latest zero emission electric models. Held the day before the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the motor show includes around 100 of the cars vying for the honours. Added to all this are stage shows, street entertainment by dance troupes and a motorcycle stunt team, making it an exciting day out for car fans.

 
 
 

Klimt / Schiele

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele star in this Modernist exhibition centring on 1918.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 4th November 2018 to 3rd February 2019

 

See some of the 20th century's most important works on paper by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in The Sackler Wing of Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts. Klimt's sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele - which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years - are included in the display of around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings. This Modernist exhibition centring on 1918, a seismic year in Vienna, marks the centenary of both artists' deaths.

 
 
 

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles line up in Hyde Park and set off for the coast.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Sunday 4th November 2018

 

The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run sees over 500 pre-1905 vehicles line up in Hyde Park as they prepare to make the 60 mile drive from central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's a great day out for vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond and it's also a bit of a spectacle. The day before the run, on Saturday, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars can be seen on Regent Street as part of The Regent Street Motor Show. You can get up and close to view them and its free of charge. This annual event has taken place every November to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896, celebrating the passing into law of the 'Locomotives on the Highway Act'. This raised the speed limit from 4mph to 14mph and meant that cars no longer had to travel with a man walking in front.

 
 
 
 

Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers

The Tower of London marks the centenary of the end of WWI with a special installation.

Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 4th to 11th November 2018

 

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Tower of London is hosting Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers. A major light and sound display, the event will fill the famous moat with thousands of individual flames as a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen. The installation will unfold every evening over a period of four hours, with the moat gradually becoming illuminated by the flames. Accompanying the visual spectacle will be a specially commission sound installation created as an exploration of the shifting tide of political alliances, friendship, love and loss in war. The installation is free to watch from Tower Hill while special ticketed access for the moat will also be available.

 
 
 

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

The National Gallery puts the spotlight on the great portraitist of the Italian Renaissance.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 5th November 2018 to 10th February 2019

 

Regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters and played with symbolism to add meaning to his portraits. Alongside his paintings of clerics, merchants and humanists on display at the National Gallery are some of the objects they were painted with - carpets, sculpture, jewellery, and other personal belongings - each hinting at the social status, interests, and aspirations of his subjects. The first exhibition of Lotto's portraits in the UK, it reveals fascinating information about the sitters, recorded in the artist's own account books.

 
 
 

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

This year the Oxford Street Christmas Lights get their biggest ever overhaul.

Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 6th November to 31st December 2018

 

This year, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights are set for their biggest ever overhaul, with the aim of outshining the displays in New York and Sydney. After seeing the success of events like the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and the hugely successful Lumiere London festival, West End bosses have launched a competition for new ideas from designers and architects from all over the world in time for this year's switch-on in November, with designer Anya Hindmarch on the judging panel. The new lighting over Europe's busiest shopping street will be up in time not only for Christmas but also for opening of the Elizabeth line train services in December.

 
 
 

Home

The Design Museum asks what is the future of our living spaces?

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 7th November 2018 to 7th March 2019

 

The Design Museum concludes 2018 with an exhibition about the idea of Home. A place where people engage with design in the most important aspects of their lives, homes are rapidly developing thanks to economic and technological forces. Unaffordable prices, the spread of connected devices and the sharing economy are further developing the concept of a home and this exhibition asks what is the future of our living spaces. From furniture to robotics and sharing economy to nomadic lifestyles, it will explore how our idea of domestic life is changing through a display of seminal design pieces and commissioned installations.

 
 
 

The Country Living Christmas Fair

Over 400 exhibitors showcase everything you need for a perfect Christmas.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 7th to 11th Nov 2018

 

In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.

 
 
 
 

The Lord Mayor's Show

A spectacle and celebration that goes back 800 years and ends with a fireworks finale.

Mansion House, City of, London, EC4N 8BH

Tube: Bank Station , Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, Monument Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th November 2018

 

The annual Lord Mayor's Show begins with a river pageant and takes over the streets of London as a parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands and floats surround a gilded State Coach carrying the newly elected Lord Mayor. It's a spectacle and celebration that goes back 800 years and a wonderful day of pomp and pageantry. The street procession starts at 11am with an RAF flypast and goes on until about 2.30pm, covering the whole area between Bank and Aldwych with the mayor departing from Mansion House for the Royal Courts of Justice where he/she takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. For a grand finale there's one of London's most impressive fireworks displays at 5.15pm, set off from a barge moored in the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges. The best vantage points to watch from tend to be around Embankment and Gabriel's Wharf.

 
 
 

Remembrance Sunday

Royalty and heads of state observe two minutes' silence for those who died in the wars.

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Sunday 11th November 2018

 

Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services as well as members of state at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. Once the wreaths have been laid there follows by two minutes' silence at 11am, both here and across the country. While thousands of people line the streets leading to the Cenotaph, there are usually other events marking Remembrance Sunday including a Ceremony of Remembrance at London's Imperial War Museum, a day of activities at the National Army Museum and a weekend of events at the Royal Air Force Museum.

 
 
 

Skate At Somerset House

Get into the festive spirit with a skate in the grand 18th-century courtyard.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 14th November 2018 to 13th January 2019

 

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngsters need guidance there's the Polar Cub Club for under 8s. But if you're looking for something altogether more grown up, Skate Lates brings a specially curated programme of music to the rink on nights with takeovers from hot names in the contemporary music scene. Get your Christmas shopping done while you're there at The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason's occupying 15 rooms in the West Wing of Somerset House filled with hampers, tea caddies, stocking fillers, gifts and games. Now in its 19th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times).

 
 
 

Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

The London Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams' spin tingling score at this special screening.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th, 17th and 18th November 2018

 

Prepare to travel to another dimension this November as Star Wars: A New Hope is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK at the Royal Albert Hall. The film, the fourth episode of the George Lucas saga, has been seen by millions but you won't have seen it like this before. It'll be projected in high-definition on the big screen, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams' spin tingling score. Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said that during the nine years 'Films in Concert' has been at the concert hall, "there's one movie that's been requested more than any other, and that's Star Wars: A New Hope... There's simply no film - or score - that's more iconic."

 
 
 

EFG London Jazz Festival

Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th to 25th November 2018

 

See Bobby McFerrin at the Barbican, Lea DeLaria live in concert at The Bridge Theatre and Orphy Robinson at Queen Elizabeth Hall, all appearing in the city as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, returning in 2018 for its 26th year. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival, more than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. Further highlights include Madeleine Peyroux at Royal Festival Hall, the BBC Young Jazz Musician and, on the last night, Bill Laurance as Snarky Puppy's Grammy Award winning keyboard virtuoso presents a brand new collaboration with the mighty WDR Big Band, led by Bob Mintzer.

 
 
 
 

Gary Numan with The Skaparis Orchestra

The King of Synthpop goes classical as he's joined by The Skaparis Orchestra.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Monday 19th November 2018

 

The King of Synthpop Gary Numan drops into the Royal Albert Hall for a one-off London concert this autumn as he and his band are joined by The Skaparis Orchestra for six exclusive shows. After 30 years in the business, Numan still has a major influence on current musical trends and the British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos last year. At this orchestral concert the songs will be drawn not only from his highly successful 'Savage' album, but also key pieces from his vast back catalogue. He may no longer be the sinister, moody, bleak, morbid and glumly gothic persona of his early incarnation, but Numan will always be remembered as the man who replaced the guitar with the synthesiser - and did so wearing black.

 
 
 

Gainsborough's Family Album

Showing all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 3rd February 2019

 

The National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artists Daughters chasing a Butterfly and The Artists Daughters with a Cat go on display alongside other rarely seen paintings, including the double full-length of Mary and Margaret Gainsborough as sumptuously dressed young women, and some never before seen in the UK such as an early portrait of the artist's father John Gainsborough. Despite starting out with landscapes - his preferred art form - Gainsborough went on to become one of Britain's most successful eighteenth-century portraitists and this will provide the perfect chance to admire his work.

 
 
 

Christmas at Kew

Kew Gardens is lit up once again for the annual festival celebration.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 5th January 2019

 

A chorus of singing trees, giant light-up piano keys connected to a real-life piano and laser beams over water await visitors to the mile-long illuminated trail that forms the centrepiece of Christmas at Kew. After dusk, Kew Gardens is lit up by giant light sculptures, a fire garden, hundreds of shining petals, gigantic flower pots and light projections on the Palm House. Each year they add different light installations so even if you've been before - and it has become an annual tradition for many Londoners - there's something new to see. You can also stop off to see Santa and his elves performing panto along the route, enjoy carousel and helter skelter rides as well as mulled wine, mince pies and traditional festive fare. If you want to sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner you can do so at Kew's Botanical restaurant.

 
 
 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

One of London's best festive attractions returns for another year.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2018 to 6th January 2019

 

Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its eleventh year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom where you can go on a Deep Sea Adventure. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet - and traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and Bavarian-style bars and cafes. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.

 
 
 

Ennio Morricone

The maestro conducts his film music live in the UK for the very last time, days after his 90th birthday.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 26th November 2018

 

The film composer Ennio Morricone, well known for his soundtracks for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and Django Unchained, among many others, conducts his film music live in the UK for the very last time, days after his 90th birthday. Maestro Ennio Morricone will be at The O2 on Monday 26th November 2018, performing works from his sixty year career. The concert will be performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra - who played on the Oscar winning score for The Hateful Eight - and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Morricone has played at the Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall as well as more recent shows at The O2 and Blenheim Palace and bows out with one last big concert before he retires at the end of the year.

 
 
 
 

Billy Ocean

The multi-award-winning vocalist seamlessly blends rhythm 'n' blues and pop.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 27th November 2018

 

The multi-award-winning Trinidad and Tobago-born vocalist and guitarist, known for the songs Caribbean Queen, When The Going Gets Tough and Red Light, seamlessly blends rhythm 'n' blues and pop. Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording star Britain has ever produced and has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date. 2016 saw the 'best of' album, Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean, released in the UK and he is currently working on his next album to be released in 2018. Here at the Royal Albert Hall he'll perform the best of his greatest hits with songs like Love Really Hurts Without You and Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car to choose from.

 
 
 

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Winner of seven Olivier awards, the hit stage show is back in the West End.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, Soho, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 29th November 2018 to 23rd February 2019

 

The hugely popular stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel by Simon Stephens returns to the West End in November 2018. It started with a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2012 and since then has been seen by more than three million people worldwide. Now The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of seven of the eight awards for which it was nominated at the 2013 Oliviers, returns. Remaining true to the book, this adaptation is a murder mystery story told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum condition. Clever set design by Bunny Christie and Finn Ross recreates the London Underground and projects the mind maps of Christopher, originally played by rising star Luke Treadaway. NOTE: Not suitable for under 13s.

 
 
 

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong is joined by Jules Buckley and the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December 2018

 

Now firmly part of the live music calendar, Pete Tong along with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra are back with a brand new Ibiza Classics show for November 2018. From the dance floors of Ibiza to London's O2, BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong is joined by the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra to present a line-up of live artists to perform a homage to the dance tracks which put the Balearic isle on the map. He's brought the Ibiza Prom to the Royal Albert Hall ago and now returns for a third year to The O2. Expect reinterpretations of classic dancefloor fillers in this brand new show. "Finally, a chance to cut some moves, to 'stack some shelves'" said The Guardian ahead of Tong's Proms performance.

 
 
 

London Illustration Fair

A showcase of work by illustrators, designers, print makers, publishers and crafty businesses.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 30th November, 1st December and 2nd December 2018

 

The London Illustration Fair returns at the end of November and can usually be found taking over the Bargehouse, a four-storey warehouse by the Oxo Tower on the South Bank. The fair showcases the work of illustrators, designers, print makers, publishers and crafty businesses for a three-day illustration extravaganza. Exhibiting alongside the artist-led stands are handpicked creative partners and a packed programme of workshops, artist-led talks and workshops, live DJs and a fully stocked winter-warming bar. Last year's workshops included the history of record sleeve illustration, graphic novels, paper cameras and a multitude of printmaking techniques which visitors got to try out.

 
 
 
 
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