November in London 2013

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Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
The Framed Film Festival
World Travel Market
ATP World Tour
BBC Good Food Show
London Jazz Festival
Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert
The Snowman
Winter Tea and Coffee Festival
The Regent Street Motor Show
Harrods Christmas Grotto
Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair
Sarah Millican: Home Bird
Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition
Lord Mayor's Show
Ideal Home Show at Christmas
Enchanted Woodland
Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings
The Gadget Show Live at Christmas
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Paul Smith Los Angeles shop
Richmond Literature Festival
Britten's War Requiem
Lang Lang, Royal Albert Hall
Collider, Science Museum
Remembrance Sunday
Henry V
Turner and the Sea
Let the Right One In
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: milonga at Sadler's Wells
Georgians Revealed, British Library
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
Spirit of Christmas Fair
Emil And The Detectives, National Theatre
From Morning To Midnight, National Theatre
Candide, Menier Chocolate Factory
Twelve Angry Men, Garrick Theatre
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
Christmas Past at the Geffrye Museum
The Island, Young Vic
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Taste of Christmas
Barbican Britten: Phaedra
Freeze Festival
World Press Photo 2013
The Royal Ballet: Chroma/The Human Seasons/The Rite Of Spring
European Outdoor Film Tour
Mons: Nats Nus Dansa
Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Ibiza: Moments In Love
Helen Lederer, Why The Fuss
Eric And Little Ern
Wael Shawky: al-Qurban
Castiglione: Lost Genius
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Jake And Dinos Chapman: Come And See at Serpentine Sackler Gallery
In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play at St James Theatre
 

 

London starts getting festive in November with the opening of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland and the Harrods Christmas Grotto. Fashion's Sir Paul Smith and Isabella Blow are celebrated, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize returns and Jude Law takes the title role in Henry V, which brings the Michael Grandage Season to a close.

 
 

Winter Tea and Coffee Festival

Caffeine-lovers are given the chance to explore tea and coffee in different forms.

 

If you can’t function without your morning brew and the smell of freshly ground coffee makes you go weak at the knees, then this is the festival for you. The products will be showcased in their purest forms, as well as transformed into cocktails, hot sweet treats and delicious cakes. There will be plenty of chances to discover new beans and blends, with a packed schedule of talks, tastings and demonstrations. With tons of exhibitors showcasing everything from Chinese bubble tea to spiced tea mulled wine this is a great opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts for those special caffeine-lovers in your life.

 
 
 

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

Hundreds of exhibitors provide seasonal treats to help create the perfect Christmas.

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair 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.

2014-11-122014-11-16 Where:
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London London, N1 0QH
Category: Seasonal

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th to 16th Nov 2014

 

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.

 
 
 

Richmond Literature Festival

A variety of respected writers and novelists participate in talks and workshops.

Richmond Literature Festival Richmond Literature Festival The Richmond Literature Festival returns to the west London borough this November for its 23rd year. The festival will run again in November 2014 although details have yet to be announced. A look at the highlights from last year's programme give an idea of the heavy hitters the festival attracts: it included appearances from Max Hastings, and Charles Moore author of the authorized Margaret Thatcher biography. Novelist and journalist Daisy Waugh and the BBC's Antiques Roadshow's Marc Allum also took part in addition to events on artist Eric Ravilious, Nijinksy, cocktails, gardening, beer, poetry and spoken word. They also held workshops, author events and a literary tea party as part of their programme for children and families who got the chance to meet acclaimed author and illustrator of the Alfie series, Shirley Hughes and her daughter Clara Vullimay. Events take place across the borough at various venues including Marble Hill House, Richmond Theatre, and Strawberry Hill House.
2014-11-012014-11-30 Where:
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey London, TW9 1QJ
Category: Exhibitions

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 1st to 30th November 2014

 

The Richmond Literature Festival returns to the west London borough this November for its 22nd year. Highlights from this year's programme include appearances from Charles Moore, author of the authorized Margaret Thatcher biography who is speaking at Richmond Theatre; Sir Max Hastings; novelist and journalist Daisy Waugh and the BBC's Antiques Roadshow's Marc Allum who will be sharing his expertise at Marble Hill House. Children can meet acclaimed author and illustrator of the Alfie series, Shirley Hughes and her daughter Clara Vullimay; enjoy a workshop on Contemporary Art with Jacky and Suzy Klein; and see Damian Dibben, author of the popular series The History Keepers, speaking at Strawberry Hill House.

 
 
 

The Gadget Show Live at Christmas

The perfect opportunity to pick up brand new and must have technology.

The Gadget Show Live at Christmas The Gadget Show Live at Christmas The Gadget Show Live at Christmas will provide the perfect opportunity to discover all the latest brand new and must-have technology from the leading industry brands. The show will be held at the ExCeL and will be brimming with gadget gifts, games and toys all ready to be ticked off the Christmas wish list.

The ExCeL Exhibition Centre is located at the Royal Victoria Docks, close to Greenwich and the O2 Arena. If you were hoping to find somewhere to stay near the Gadget Show, be sure to check out our hotels page.


2013-11-012013-11-03 Where:
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London London, SW5 9TA
Category: Exhibitions

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9TA

Tube: West Brompton Station, Earls Court Station

 

Dates: 01st - 03rd November 2013

 

The Gadget Show Live at Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to discover all the latest brand new and must-have technology from the leading industry brands. The show is held at the ExCeL and will be brimming with gadget gifts, games and toys all ready to be ticked off the Christmas wish list.

 
 
 

Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge

Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge Carom Soho's atrium space is given a new makeover for winter with its new Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge. Located at the front of the modern Indian restaurant, the space is continuously used to full effect with a number of themed pop up bars. Summer saw the area decorated with living wall herbs and natural flora for the Botanical Gin Garden while this winter sanctuary sees it transformed into a world of tea lights, vintage armchairs, inviting sofas and antiqued silver wallpaper. Continuing the theme, the walls are adorned with tea crate shelves which house a whole host of trinkets and books, loose teas and botanicals, and traditional tea pots and glasses. Guests are treated to innovative cocktails inspired by the herbs and spices used in chai, such as the Basil Spice Collins, an intriguing concoction of Tanqueray gin, fresh basil, black pepper, honey, lime and soda; Tea Alexander, with cardamom, cream, Crème de Caco and Tanqueray gin; and the Ginger Chilli Tipple, a brave combination of fresh red chilli, lemon, ginger and cranberry, with orange curacao and Tanqueray gin served in a miniature teapot and cup. Furthermore, The Everybody Love Wandering Star Tonic Bar serves fresh chai tea potions and a menu designed by Executive Chef Vishnu Natarajan perfectly complements the warming tipples.
2013-11-012014-02-01 Where:
Carom at Meza, 100 Wardour Street, London London, W1F 0TN
Category: Foodie Events

Carom at Meza, 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 01st November - 01st February 2014

 

Carom Soho's atrium space is given a new makeover for winter with its new Tanqueray Tea Light Lounge. Located at the front of the modern Indian restaurant, the space is continuously used to full effect with a number of themed pop up bars. Summer saw the area decorated with living wall herbs and natural flora for the Botanical Gin Garden while this winter sanctuary sees it transformed into a world of tea lights, vintage armchairs, inviting sofas and antiqued silver wallpaper. Continuing the theme, the walls are adorned with tea crate shelves which house a whole host of trinkets and books, loose teas and botanicals, and traditional tea pots and glasses. Guests are treated to innovative cocktails inspired by the herbs and spices used in chai, such as the Basil Spice Collins, an intriguing concoction of Tanqueray gin, fresh basil, black pepper, honey, lime and soda; Tea Alexander, with cardamom, cream, Crème de Caco and Tanqueray gin; and the Ginger Chilli Tipple, a brave combination of fresh red chilli, lemon, ginger and cranberry, with orange curacao and Tanqueray gin served in a miniature teapot and cup. Furthermore, The Everybody Love Wandering Star Tonic Bar serves fresh chai tea potions and a menu designed by Executive Chef Vishnu Natarajan perfectly complements the warming tipples.

 
 
 

The Regent Street Motor Show

The street is closed to traffic for this impressive display of classic cars.

Regent Street Motor Show Regent Street Motor Show The Regent Street Motor Show gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars that span 125 years of motoring up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. The famous West End street is closed from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus for the UK's largest free-to-view motor show featuring an impressive display of cars from the past, present and future. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans. 2014-11-012014-11-01 Where:
Regent Street, London London, W1B 5SJ
Category: Exhibitions

Regent Street, , Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: Saturday 1st November 2014

 

The Regent Street Motor Show gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars that span 125 years of motoring up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. In 2013, the show celebrates 50 years of the iconic Porsche 911 and 100 years of the Aston Martin marque. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which sees Regent Street closed to regular traffic, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.

 
 
 

Harrods Christmas Grotto

Young children are given the magical experience of meeting Santa.

Harrods Christmas Grotto Harrods Christmas Grotto A long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store, the Santa's Grotto at Harrods gives young children a magical experience. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at his grotto and share their wish lists with him. All children, regardless of good behaviour, will be rewarded with a special memento from Santa and parents will have the chance to buy a photograph of their kids enjoying themselves in the grotto. A new aspect introduced last year was the pre-school experience, especially suited to children under the age of four where they meet Father Christmas in the magical setting of the library and get Harrods book, badge and Christmas chocolate to take home (available Monday to Friday, 10am to 11.30am, throughout November only). Be aware that you must be a Harrods Rewards cardholder in order to book tickets, which can be done on the Harrods website. 2014-11-012014-12-24 Where:
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London London, SW3 1RT
Category: Kids Events

Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RT

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 1st November to 24th December 2014

 

A long-standing tradition at the luxury Knightsbridge store, the Santa's Grotto at Harrods gives young children a magical experience. Little ones can meet Father Christmas at his grotto and share their wish lists with him. All children, regardless of good behaviour, will be rewarded with a special memento from Santa and parents will have the chance to buy a photograph of their kids enjoying themselves in the grotto. A highlight is the annual Christmas parade which weaves through the streets of Knightsbridge led by Father Christmas. Be aware that you must be a Harrods Rewards cardholder in order to book tickets, which can be done on the Harrods website. See the LondonTown Christmas Grottos feature a full list of the best places to meet Santa in London.

 
 
 

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles are expected for the 2013 run which departs from Hyde Park.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run London to Brighton Veteran Car Run London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles are expected for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which allows vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy a picturesque drive down to the south coast, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's also a bit of a spectacle. These 500 or so fine examples of pre-1905 cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex. The day before the run, on Saturday 1st November, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars parade up and down Regent Street as part of The Regent Street Motor Show. You can get up and close to view them and its absolutely 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. The tradition continues to today with cars leaving from Serpentine Road, exiting Hyde Park at Apsley Gate from 6.58am. It's a great event for anyone who's into motoring and kids love these wonderful old classic cars too.
2014-11-022014-11-02 Where:
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London London, W2 2UH
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Sunday 2nd November 2014

 

Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles are expected for the 2013 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which allows vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy a picturesque drive down to the south coast, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's also a bit of a spectacle. These 500 or so fine examples of pre-1905 cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex. The day before the run, on Saturday 2nd November, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars parade up and down Regent Street as part of The Regent Street Motor Show. You can get up and close to view them and its absolutely 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. The tradition continues to today with cars leaving from Serpentine Road, exiting Hyde Park at Apsley Gate from 6.58am. It's a great event for anyone who's into motoring and kids love these wonderful old classic cars too.

 
 
 

World Travel Market

Major business-to-business event that creates the rare opportunity for the entire industry to meet.

World Travel Market World Travel Market Describing itself as the world's leading event for the travel industry, the World Travel Market has attracted close to 30,000 visitors in the past and its ambition shows no sign of drying up. Held annually at the Excel Exhibition Centre, the four day business-to-business event provides its visitors with hints and tips on all sectors of the travel industry, including technology, strategic management and responsible tourism. It's a one of a kind opportunity for the whole industry to meet, network and do business and will give you a cutting edge over your competitors by keeping you up to date with all the industry's latest developments. The full four-day programme is open to all travel trade professionals and allows you to choose which days suit you best.


If you're planning on taking the train to the event, you can take hop on the DLR to Custom House or Prince Regent. And for those in need of somewhere to stay, we'd be happy to accommodate with our hotels near World Travel Market guide.
2013-11-042013-11-07 Where:
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London London, E16 1XL
Category: Business Events

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 04th - 07th November 2013

 

The World Travel Market has attracted close to 30,000 visitors in the past and its ambition shows no sign of fading. Held annually at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, the four day business-to-business event provides its visitors with hints and tips on all sectors of the travel industry. It's a one of a kind opportunity for the whole industry to meet, network and do business and will give you a cutting edge over your competitors by keeping you up to date with all the industry's latest developments. The full four day programme is open to all travel trade professionals and allows you to choose which days suit you best, which of the educational seminars from a list of over a hundred you feel will benefit you the most and who you want to do business with.

 
 
 

Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair

The longstanding fair returns with another broad display.

Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it turns 24 this year. Taking place at London's Olympia, the annual fair should be a permanent fixture on the calendars of all art and antique aficionados. It has also become a social popular event with high-profile visitors such as Bono, Claudia Schiffer and Jools Holland helping to boost the reputation of the event. But don't worry if you don't know your Art Deco from your Art Nouveau, as the Fair is as equally popular with new buyers looking to decorate their homes. Each year, over 20,000 visitors swarm to the fair - over 3,500 people attended last year's preview night alone - with around 125 exhibitors offering everything from Silver teapots and Lalique vases to Cartier earrings and letters from Queen Victoria.
2014-11-032014-11-09 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 9th Nov 2014

 

The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it turns 23 this year. Taking place at London's Olympia, the annual fair should be a permanent fixture on the calendars of all art and antique aficionados. It has also become a popular social event with high profile visitors such as Bono, Claudia Schiffer and Jools Holland helping to boost the reputation of the event. But don't worry if you don't know your art deco from your art nouveau, as the fair is equally popular with new buyers looking to decorate their homes. Each year, over 20,000 visitors swarm to the fair with around 125 exhibitors offering everything from silver teapots and Lalique vases to Cartier earrings and letters from Queen Victoria.

 
 
 

ATP World Tour Finals

The world's best tennis players descend upon London for eight days of matches.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014 The ATP World Tour Finals returns to The O2 Arena for eight days of tennis between the world's best eight men's singles players and men's doubles pairs. Watching tennis at The O2 is remarkably different than at Wimbledon: it's a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged in darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Expect some titanic clashes between the likes of Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and (injury permitting) Rafa Nadal. Last year, a capacity crowd of 17,800 witnessed defending champion Novak Djokovic defeat World No.1 Rafael Nadal for the title and a record 1.92 million dollars in prize money. Since moving to London in 2009, the popular eight-day tournament has been watched by a remarkable 1.28 million fans at The O2 arena.
2014-11-092014-11-16 Where:
The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0DX
Category: Sporting Events

The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 9th to 16th November 2014

 

The ATP World Tour Finals returns to the O2 Arena for eight days of tennis between the world's eight best men's singles players and men's doubles pairs. Last year, Serbian sensation Novak Djokovic edged Swiss maestro Roger Federer in two thrillingly tense sets to take his second World Tour title and deny his opponent a record seventh. Britain's Andy Murray made it as far as the semi-finals before being knocked out by Federer in straight sets. Watching tennis at the O2 is remarkably different than watching at Wimbledon: it's a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged into darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Expect some titanic clashes between the likes of Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and (injury permitting) Rafa Nadal.

 
 
 

Spirit of Christmas Fair

A chance to get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof.

Spirit of Christmas Fair Spirit of Christmas Fair Spirit of Christmas Fair Get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof at Olympia - and get it out of the way more than a month before Santa arrives. An annual fixture in the seasonal calendar, the Spirit of Christmas Fair attracts thousands of Yuletide shoppers gearing up for the festivities. You can expect the finest seasonal products here, ranging from festive decorations and home accessories to children's toys and seasonal eats. With over 600 companies presenting their wares, you'll find something for everyone on your Christmas list and plenty you won't find in the shops. Look out for traditional sweets, specialist cheeses, fine cuts of meat and artisan produce in the Food Hall. When travelling to the fair take the train to Kensington (Olympia) Tube Station, and check out our guide to some of the best festive hotel offers near the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia.
2014-11-042014-11-09 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 4th to 9th Nov 2014

 

Get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof at Olympia - and get it out of the way more than a month before Santa arrives. An annual fixture in the seasonal calendar, the Spirit of Christmas Fair attracts thousands of Yuletide shoppers gearing up for the festivities. You can expect the finest seasonal products here, ranging from festive decorations and home accessories to children's toys and seasonal eats. With over 600 companies presenting their wares, you'll find something for everyone on your Christmas list and plenty you won't find in the shops. Look out for traditional sweets, specialist cheeses, fine cuts of meat and artisan produce in the Food Hall. When travelling to the fair take the train to Kensington (Olympia) Tube Station, and check out our guide to some of the best festive hotel offers near the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia.

 
 
 

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: milonga

The award-winning choreographer of Babel turns to tango, shown for the first time in the UK.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: milonga Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: milonga There are so many milongas in Buenos Aires that the Argentines have come up with the verb 'milonguear' (meaning touring milongas). With his latest work, milonga, shown for the first time in the UK at Sadler's Wells this November, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui takes the idea of those social dance-evenings held in intimate late night bars in Buenos Aires and gives a contemporary twist to tango. Cherkaoui, who taught Keira Knightley to dance the waltz in Anna Karenina, collaborated with Antony Gormley, and won awards for his works Sutra and Babel, now turns his hand to tango with a cast of talented Argentinian dancers, live musicians, and two contemporary dancers. 2013-11-062013-11-10 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 06th - 10th November 2013

 

There are so many milongas in Buenos Aires that the Argentines have come up with the verb 'milonguear' (meaning touring milongas). With his latest work, milonga, shown for the first time in the UK at Sadler's Wells this November, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui takes the idea of those social dance-evenings held in intimate late night bars in Buenos Aires and gives a contemporary twist to tango. Cherkaoui, who taught Keira Knightley to dance the waltz in Anna Karenina, collaborated with Antony Gormley, and won awards for his works Sutra and Babel, now turns his hand to tango with a cast of talented Argentinian dancers, live musicians, and two contemporary dancers.

 
 
 

Barbican Britten: Phaedra

Singers and dancers are all on stage together in this meeting of dance and music.

Barbican Britten: Phaedra Barbican Britten: Phaedra This all-Benjamin Britten evening sees debut dance performances of the dramatic Phaedra and poetic Holderlin Fragments, performed by the Richard Alston Dance Company alongside Les Illuminations and the tender Lachrymae. The musicians of the Britten Sinfonia join the dance company on stage, for this unique collaboration. 2013-11-062013-11-09 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Dance

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 06th - 09th November 2013

 

This all-Benjamin Britten evening at the Barbican sees debut dance performances of the dramatic Phaedra and poetic Holderlin Fragments, performed by the Richard Alston Dance Company alongside Les Illuminations and the tender Lachrymae. The musicians of the Britten Sinfonia join the dance company on stage for this unique collaboration.

 
 
 

Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition

The world's largest early music fair.

Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition Jointly promoted by The Early Music Shop, the Greenwich Foundation and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance the Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition is the world's largest early music fair. This annual fixture showcases some of the biggest names on the early music scene at the Old Royal Naval College. Visitors can enjoy an exhibition of music shops, instruments and their makers as well as a programme packed with spectacular concerts, masterclasses, instrument demonstrations and free events. Trinity Laban's gifted ensembles including their Early Music Vocal Ensemble and Junior Trinity students typically take part. There's plenty going on to keep everyone entertained, from keen early music enthusiasts to newcomers.

If you're taking London Transport, the DLR station Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich is the closest to the venue. For those travelling in from outside London, our hotel deals near the Old Royal Naval College will be useful.
2014-11-132014-11-15 Where:
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London London, SE10 9LW
Category: Concerts

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9LW

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th November 2014

 

Jointly promoted by The Early Music Shop, the Greenwich Foundation and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance the Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition is the world's largest early music fair. This annual fixture showcases some of the biggest names on the early music scene at the Old Royal Naval College with an exhibition of specialist music shops as well as a programme packed with concerts, masterclasses, instrument demonstrations and free events. Trinity Laban's gifted ensembles, including their Early Music Vocal Ensemble and Junior Trinity students, typically take part.

 
 
 

English National Opera: The Magic Flute

New staging of Mozart's two-act opera by Complicite's artistic director Simon McBurney.

English National Opera: The Magic Flute English National Opera: The Magic Flute Gergely Madaras conducts a new staging of Mozart's two-act opera about a prince who uses a magical instrument to rescue a princess. Directed by Complicite's artistic director Simon McBurney who brings a new interpretation - which uses projections and makes the orchestra a visible part of the action - to the much-loved Magic Flute on the London Coliseum stage. Starring popular young tenor Ben Johnson, recently lauded for his Alfredo in the Olivier Award-nominated La traviata, as Tamino. 2013-11-072013-12-07 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Concerts

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 07th November - 07th December 2013

 

Gergely Madaras conducts a new staging of Mozart's two-act opera about a prince who uses a magical instrument to rescue a princess. Directed by Complicite's artistic director Simon McBurney who brings a new interpretation - which uses projections and makes the orchestra a visible part of the action - to the much-loved Magic Flute on the London Coliseum stage. Starring popular young tenor and current ENO Harewood Artist Ben Johnson as Tamino.

 
 
 

Twelve Angry Men

Martin Shaw stars in Reginald Rose's classic 1950s play which Christopher Haydon directs.

Twelve Angry Men Twelve Angry Men Tom Conti, Jeff Fahey, William Gaminara and Robert Vaughn lead a star cast in "the classiest, most intelligent drama in the West End" - Sunday Telegraph. Taking over from Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed), Tom Conti stars in the Henry Fonda role, known as 'Juror 8' (the characters are known only by their juror numbers), in Reginald Rose's classic 1950s play, Twelve Angry Men, in which a 12-man jury ponder the fate of a young man accused of patricide. As the discussions continue, dilemmas arise for each man, as prejudices and preconceptions become twisted. The production opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October before arriving at the Garrick Theatre in November 2013 and, with a cast change, continues to impress audiences and critics alike. View our ticket deals for Twelve Angry Men. Christopher Haydon, artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, one of London's best known fringe theatres, makes his West End debut directing Twelve Angry Men.
2013-11-072014-06-14 Where:
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0HH
Category: Theatre

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0HH

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

 

Dates: 07th November - 14th June 2014

 

Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed) stars in Reginald Rose's classic 1950s play, Twelve Angry Men, in which a 12-man jury ponder the fate of a young man accused of patricide. As the discussions continue, dilemmas arise for each man, as prejudices and preconceptions become twisted. Jeff Fahey, Nick Moran and Robert Vaughan also star in the production which opens at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October before arriving at the Garrick Theatre this November. Christopher Haydon, artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, one of London's best known fringe theatres, makes his West End debut directing Twelve Angry Men.

 
 
 

The Island

Drama inspired by true stories from Robben Island, South Africa's notorious prison.

The Island The Island Inspired by true stories from the prison on Robben Island, South Africa's notorious prison island where Nelson Mandela was held in for 27 years, The Island has already enjoyed success in the West End and on Broadway. Now playing at The Young Vic, Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona's devised play is directed by Alex Brown, the winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin award. Jimmy Akingbola (who appears in TV programmes REV and Holby City) plays the role of Winston and Daniel Poyser (returning to the Young Vic following his performance as Milady in The Three Musketeers in 2000) takes the role of his cellmate John.
2013-11-072013-11-30 Where:
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London London, SE1 8LZ
Category: Theatre

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, South Bank, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 07th - 30th November 2013

 

Inspired by true stories from the prison on Robben Island, South Africa's notorious prison island where Nelson Mandela was held in for 27 years, The Island has already enjoyed success in the West End and on Broadway. Now playing at The Young Vic, Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona's devised play is directed by Alex Brown, the winner of the James Menzies-Kitchin award. Jimmy Akingbola (who appears in TV programmes REV and Holby City) plays the role of Winston and Daniel Poyser (returning to the Young Vic following his performance as Milady in The Three Musketeers in 2000) takes the role of his cellmate John.

 
 
 

Helen Lederer: Why The Fuss

The stand-up, writer and actress is joined by Suzanne Moore and Kimberley Walsh.

Helen Lederer: Why The Fuss Helen Lederer: Why The Fuss Stand-up, writer and actress, Helen Lederer, is joined by special guests including Jay Rayner, Justin Lee Collins and Kimberley Walsh to explore the meaning of life when her show Why the Fuss? comes to London's St James Theatre for two shows this November. A familiar face from TV shows, Helen Lederer is one of Britain's best-known comedy character actresses and here she is joined by star guests to answer pithy questions like 'what happiness?', and 'what's better, laughter or sex?'. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Suzanne Moore and Kimberley Walsh join her on 7th November; and Jay Rayner, Justin Lee Collins and Colin Blackmore are her star guests on 28th November.
2013-11-072013-11-07 Where:
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London London, SW1E 5JA
Category: Comedy

St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 5JA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 07th November 2013

 

Stand-up, writer and actress, Helen Lederer, is joined by special guests including Jay Rayner, Justin Lee Collins and Kimberley Walsh to explore the meaning of life when her show Why the Fuss? comes to London's St James Theatre for two shows this November. A familiar face from TV shows, Helen Lederer is one of Britain's best-known comedy character actresses and here she is joined by star guests to answer pithy questions like 'what happiness?', and 'what's better, laughter or sex?'. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Suzanne Moore and Kimberley Walsh join her on 7th November; and Jay Rayner, Justin Lee Collins and Colin Blackmore are her star guests on 28th November.

 
 
 

Sarah Millican: Home Bird

The deceptively charming comedian provides audiences with some outrageously filthy jokes.

Sarah Millican: Home Bird Sarah Millican: Home Bird Charming and filthy in equal doses, Sarah Millican's star is rising - but despite a second series on TV and another live DVD breaking records for a female comic, the soft-speaking Geordie still remains faithful to her stand-up roots. In her latest live show, Millican is giving up the party scene, easing off the drinking and trying to settle down (she has a cat). Her audience learns what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in in posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. And just when you thought she was going all soft - you'll be sledgehammered with some outrageous dirt. 2013-11-082013-11-09 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London London, W6 9QH
Category: Comedy

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th November 2013

 

Charming and filthy in equal doses, Sarah Millican's star is rising - but despite a second series on TV and another live DVD breaking records for a female comic, the soft-speaking Geordie still remains faithful to her stand-up roots. In her latest live show, Millican is giving up the party scene, easing off the drinking and trying to settle down (she has a cat). Her audience learns what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in at posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. And just when you thought she was going all soft - you'll be sledgehammered with some outrageous dirt.

 
 
 

Georgians Revealed

An examination into how consumerism and celebrity culture are linked to the Georgian period.

Georgians Revealed Georgians Revealed Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the House of Hanover and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy, this major British Library exhibition examines the extensive and cultural changes that have occurred in Britain's society since the reigns of George I, II, III and IV. Consumerism and celebrity culture are just two aspects of modern Britain that can be linked back to the Georgian period and, through the use of manuscripts, newspapers, books and printed items, the British Library's Georgian's Revealed exhibition enables visitors to understand the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who transformed Britain. Among the items on display is a painting of The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into one of the most exotic buildings in the country.
2013-11-082014-03-11 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London London, NW1 2DB
Category: Exhibitions

British Library, 96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 

Dates: 08th November - 11th March 2014

 

Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the House of Hanover and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy, this major British Library exhibition examines the extensive and cultural changes that have occurred in Britain's society since the reigns of George I, II, III and IV. Consumerism and celebrity culture are just two aspects of modern Britain that can be linked back to the Georgian period and, through the use of manuscripts, newspapers, books and printed items, the British Library's Georgian's Revealed exhibition enables visitors to understand the trials and triumphs of the ordinary people who transformed Britain. Among the items on display is a painting of The Royal Pavilion at Brighton, the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV) transformed by John Nash between 1815 and 1822 into one of the most exotic buildings in the country.

 
 
 

World Press Photo 2013

Free display of the best images of the year by the world's top photo journalists.

World Press Photo World Press Photo The annual World Press Photo of the Year exhibition, a free display on Level 2 of the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, contains the short-listed entries for the prestigious prize awarded to the best candidates working in the field of photojournalism. This year's winning image - by Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter - is shown together with more than 160 photographs including award-winning images from each of the nine contest categories. Now in its 56th year, the competition winners are selected from over 100,000 images submitted by more than 5,000 photographers from over 120 different countries. The subjects portrayed summarise the key moments of the last year, reminding us of the highs and lows twelve months can bring.
2013-11-082013-11-26 Where:
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Exhibitions

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 08th - 26th November 2013

 

The annual World Press Photo of the Year exhibition, a free display on Level 2 of the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, contains the short-listed entries for the prestigious prize awarded to the best candidates working in the field of photojournalism. This year's winning image - by Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter - is shown together with more than 160 photographs including award-winning images from each of the nine contest categories. Now in its 56th year, the competition winners are selected from over 100,000 images submitted by more than 5,000 photographers from over 120 different countries. The subjects portrayed summarise the key moments of the last year, reminding us of the highs and lows twelve months can bring.

 
 
 

Lord Mayor's Show

The grand pageant returns with an impressive procession of floats and entertainment.

Lord Mayor's Show Lord Mayor's Show Lord Mayor's Show The Lord Mayor's Show, an annual event which has been taking over the streets of London for nearly 800 years now, features a parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and a gilded State Coach that the Lord Mayor travels in. The 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 she takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Towards the head of the procession are two wicker giants, Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London. It's a fun family day out with a grand finale - the day finishes with one of London's most impressive fireworks displays at 5pm, 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. 2014-11-082015-11-08 Where:
Mansion House, City of London London, EC4N 8BH
Category: Seasonal

Mansion House, City of, City, London, EC4N 8BH

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

 

Dates: 8th November 2014 to 8th November 2015

 

The Lord Mayor’s Show has been a fixture of London calendars for nearly 800 years, making it one of the longest running and grandest pageants in the world. The procession stretches over three and a half miles and weaves through the city’s historic streets. Locals and visitors turn out in the millions to watch the spectacle which involves over 6,000 people, military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and the Lord Mayor travelling in a gilded State Coach. The 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 takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. The grand finale is a spectacular fireworks display that's known to be the biggest and most dangerous that London hosts.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: Chroma/The Human Seasons/The Rite Of Spring

Wayne McGregor's Chroma is paired with music by The White Stripes in this triple bill.

The Royal Ballet: Chroma/The Human Seasons/The Rite Of Spring The Royal Ballet: Chroma/The Human Seasons/The Rite Of Spring A triple bill of performances at the Royal Opera House includes choreography by Wayne McGregor and culminates in Kenneth MacMillan's choreographic treatment of Stravinsky's cathartic work. Chroma, with its stark white set designed by architect John Pawson, sees Wayne McGregor's breathtaking choreography paired with music from Joby Talbot and The White Stripes. It's followed by The Human Seasons, the first work for The Royal Ballet by British choreographer David Dawson. Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the ballet which caused an outrage on its premiere in Paris a century ago, brings the evening of dance to a conclusion with MacMillan's bold choreography set to the groundbreaking score.
2013-11-092013-11-23 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 09th - 23rd November 2013

 

A triple bill of performances at the Royal Opera House includes choreography by Wayne McGregor and culminates in Kenneth MacMillan's choreographic treatment of Stravinsky's cathartic work. Chroma, with its stark white set designed by architect John Pawson, sees Wayne McGregor's breathtaking choreography paired with music from Joby Talbot and The White Stripes. It's followed by The Human Seasons, the first work for The Royal Ballet by British choreographer David Dawson. Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the ballet which caused an outrage on its premiere in Paris a century ago, brings the evening of dance to a conclusion with MacMillan's bold choreography set to the groundbreaking score.

 
 
 

Remembrance Sunday

A service to remember the thousands who suffered in the conflict of the war.

Remembrance Sunday Remembrance Sunday Remembrance Sunday Remembrance Sunday in 2014 is a very special Sunday, taking place in the year of the centenary of the First World War. Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaph to remember the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. Wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes' silence at 11am and after a short service there is a march past by thousands who served and suffered in the conflict of war. While thousands of people line the streets leading to 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.
2014-11-092014-11-09 Where:
Cenotaph, Whitehall, London London, SW1A 2BX
Category: Exhibitions

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Sunday 9th November 2014

 

Members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services to remember the dead of the UK and Commonwealth on Remembrance Sunday. Wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes silence at 11am and after a short service there is a march past by thousands who served and suffered in the conflict of war.

 
 
 

Britten's War Requiem

The celebrations of Britten's centenary continue with this double remembrance concert.

Britten's War Requiem Britten's War Requiem Semyon Bychkov conducts as the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs Benjamin Britten's moving War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall on Remembrance Sunday. Interweaving the poetry of Wilfred Owen with the words of the Requiem Mass, Britten's War Requiem is a deeply stirring and powerful work. Written for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in the Second World War, the piece remains as relevant today as ever. The concert marks a double remembrance: 22nd November is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Britten, one of Britain's greatest ever composers. His works will be celebrated all year round by the BBC while the 2013 Proms has a distinctive Britten flavour.

2013-11-102013-11-10 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 10th November 2013

 

Semyon Bychkov conducts as the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs Benjamin Britten's moving 'War Requiem' at the Royal Albert Hall on Remembrance Sunday. Interweaving the poetry of Wilfred Owen with the words of the 'Requiem Mass', Britten's 'War Requiem' is a deeply stirring and powerful work. Written for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in the Second World War, the piece remains as relevant today as ever. The concert marks a double remembrance: 22nd November is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Britten, one of Britain's greatest ever composers. His works will be celebrated all year round by the BBC while the 2013 Proms this year had a distinctive Britten flavour.

 
 
 

Collider

A look at remarkable examples of CERN engineering.

Collider Collider Visitors can immerse themselves in the greatest intellectual adventure on the planet in this Science Museum exhibition dedicated to the Large Hadron Collider. Attempting to recreate conditions not seen since the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago, CERN's giant particle collider in Geneva is one of the largest scientific and engineering endeavours of our time, a place of wonder where scientists and engineers work at the extremes of temperature, vacuum and energy. The exhibition, which will tour museums worldwide, will provide a close-up look at remarkable examples of CERN engineering, from the bottle of hydrogen gas that feeds the great machine, to its vast dipole magnets. 2013-11-132014-05-06 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London London, SW7 2DD
Category: Exhibitions

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 13th November - 06th May 2014

 

Visitors can immerse themselves in the greatest intellectual adventure on the planet in this Science Museum exhibition dedicated to the Large Hadron Collider. Attempting to recreate conditions not seen since the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago, CERN's giant particle collider in Geneva is one of the largest scientific and engineering endeavours of our time, a place of wonder where scientists and engineers work at the extremes of temperature, vacuum and energy. The exhibition, which will tour museums worldwide, will provide a close-up look at remarkable examples of CERN engineering, from the bottle of hydrogen gas that feeds the great machine, to its vast dipole magnets.

 
 
 

Ideal Home Show at Christmas

The largest home event of the winter provides plenty of ideas for an ideal Christmas.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas Ideal Home Show at Christmas The third Ideal Home Show at Christmas will take place at Earls Court this November. Held over five days, the 'Ideal Home Show at Christmas' will be the largest home event of the winter, full of ideas, inspiration and advice on everything you need to make your home ideal for Christmas. With over 500 exhibitors across six sections, the show will feature an Ideal Interiors and furnishings section, as well as Ideal Home Improvements, Food and Drink, Fashion and Beauty, Gifts and Decorations and Gadgets and Gizmos. There will also be celebrity guests offering top tips and advice, and experts in the 'How to' Theatre will be on hand with ideas and inspiration on all of your home improvement and interior needs to prepare your home for that crucial Christmas deadline. 2013-11-132013-11-17 Where:
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London London, SW5 9TA
Category: Seasonal

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9TA

Tube: West Brompton Station, Earls Court Station

 

Dates: 13th - 17th November 2013

 

The third 'Ideal Home Show at Christmas' will take place at Earls Court this November. Held over five days, the 'Ideal Home Show at Christmas' will be the largest home event of the winter, full of ideas, inspiration and advice on everything you need to make your home ideal for Christmas. With over 500 exhibitors across six sections, the show will feature an Ideal Interiors and furnishings section, as well as Ideal Home Improvements, Food and Drink, Fashion and Beauty, Gifts and Decorations and Gadgets and Gizmos. There will also be celebrity guests; previous years have seen the likes of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Suzi Perry and Olly Smith offering top tips and advice. And experts in the 'How to' Theatre will be on hand with ideas and inspiration on all of your home improvement and interior needs to prepare your home for that crucial Christmas deadline.

 
 
 

Eat Prey Laugh! The Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour

Barry Humphries takes his final bow as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.

Eat Prey Laugh! The Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour Eat Prey Laugh! The Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour Legendary entertainer Barry Humphries takes his final bow this year with his acclaimed Farewell Tour - Eat, Pray, Laugh! Staged at the London Palladium, the show features both of Humphries' alter egos, Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. There will be outrageous suggestions and the gift of empowerment for all across a number of subjects including gender, climate change and gay marriage. The laughter-filled adieu is written and stars Barry Humphries and directed by Simon Phillips. Book tickets to Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour today. 2013-11-132014-01-05 Where:
London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London London, W1F 7TF
Category: Theatre

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, Soho, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 13th November - 05th January 2014

 

Legendary entertainer Barry Humphries takes his final bow this year with his acclaimed Farewell Tour - Eat, Pray, Laugh! Staged at the London Palladium, the show features both of Humphries' alter egos, Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. There will be outrageous suggestions and the gift of empowerment for all across a number of subjects including gender, climate change and gay marriage. The laughter-filled adieu is written and stars Barry Humphries and directed by Simon Phillips. Book tickets to Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour today.

 
 
 

In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play

Natalie Casey and Jason Hughes star in Sarah Ruhl's comedy drama about sex and intimacy.

IN THE NEXT ROOM Or The Vibrator Play IN THE NEXT ROOM Or The Vibrator Play It may be a time of great innovation and change, what with the electric light bulb and all, but Dr. Givings wants to help women suffering from hysteria. With his weird electrical device, one of his first patients emerges from her session with a glow, and is keen to return. Sarah Ruhl's comedy drama about sex and intimacy at St James Theatre features TV stars Natalie Casey (from BBC's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) in the role of Catherine Givings and Jason Hughes (Warren Jones in the BBC TV series 'This Life'; and more recently DS Ben Jones in Midsomer Murders) who plays Dr Givings. Laurence Boswell, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio, directs. Contains scenes of an adult nature. See our great ticket deals.
2013-11-132014-01-04 Where:
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London London, SW1E 5JA
Category: Theatre

St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, Westminster, London, SW1E 5JA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 13th November - 04th January 2014

 

It may be a time of great innovation and change, what with the electric light bulb and all, but Dr. Givings wants to help women suffering from hysteria. With his weird electrical device, one of his first patients emerges from her session with a glow, and is keen to return. Sarah Ruhl's comedy drama about sex and intimacy at St James Theatre features TV stars Natalie Casey (from BBC's Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) in the role of Catherine Givings and Jason Hughes (Warren Jones in the BBC TV series 'This Life'; and more recently DS Ben Jones in Midsomer Murders) who plays Dr Givings. Laurence Boswell, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio, directs. Contains scenes of an adult nature.

 
 
 

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

Spencer Murphy wins Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize for his photograph of jockey Katie Walsh.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Showcasing the work of the most talented professional photographers, photography students and gifted amateurs across the world, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize regularly attracts over 5,000 entries by more than 2,000 photographers who compete for the prestigious prize, not to mention the £12,000 which goes to the winner. The exhibition, running at the National Portrait Gallery for close to twenty years, is an annual fixture and a highlight of the arts calendar in London with approximately 60 works selected from the thousands of submissions. Last year, Spencer Murphy, 35, scooped the prize for his photograph of jockey Katie Walsh. Visitors can see the winning and shortlisted portraits until February 2015.
2014-11-132015-02-08 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Exhibitions

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: 13th November 2014 to 8th February 2015

 

Spencer Murphy, 35, is the winner of this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for a photograph of jockey Katie Walsh and you can see his winning portrait, alongside three shortlisted photographers - Anoush Abrar, Dorothee Deiss, and Giles Price - and other selected entries at the National Portrait Gallery until 9th February 2014. Showcasing the work of the most talented professional photographers, photography students and gifted amateurs across the world, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize regularly attracts over 5,000 entries by more than 2,000 photographers who compete for the prestigious prize, not to mention the £12,000 which goes to the winner. The exhibition, running at the National Portrait Gallery for close to twenty years, is an annual fixture and a highlight of the arts calendar in London with approximately 60 works selected from the thousands of submissions.

 
 
 

Lang Lang

China's ambassador of piano playing performs a recital of Mozart and Chopin.

Lang Lang Lang Lang Following his sold-out Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in 2012, Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a recital of Mozart and Chopin, performed in-the-round. While the extrovert showman is not the traditionalists' cup of tea, the technically phenomenal Lang Lang (whose name means "brilliance of the sky") has nevertheless become the world's wealthiest, busiest, and most sought-after concert pianist before turning 30. Described by The Times as "brilliant but superficial" and by the New Yorker as the "world's ambassador of the keyboard", Lang Lang is said to have influenced over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano. These Friday night and Sunday afternoon performances include three Mozart sonatas and four Chopin ballades. 2013-11-152013-11-17 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th November 2013

 

Following his sold-out Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in 2012, Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang returns to the Royal Albert Hall for a recital of Mozart and Chopin, performed in-the-round. While the extrovert showman is not the traditionalists' cup of tea, the technically phenomenal Lang Lang (whose name means "brilliance of the sky") has nevertheless become the world's wealthiest, busiest, and most sought-after concert pianist before turning 30. Described by The Times as "brilliant but superficial" and by the New Yorker as the "world's ambassador of the keyboard", Lang Lang is said to have influenced over 40 million Chinese children to take up the piano. These Friday and Sunday performances include three Mozart sonatas and four Chopin ballades.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Show

The BBC's best foodie shows are brought to life.

BBC Good Food Show BBC Good Food Show Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including the Great British Bake Off, Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Plus, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the Restaurant Experience, MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and our Drinks Tasting Theatre & Fine Wine Experience. A new feature for 2013 was the Supertheatre where well known chefs Michel Roux Jr, James Martin and John Torode and Gregg Wallace all gave live demos, included in the cost of an advance general admission ticket. 2014-11-142014-11-16 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th November 2014

 

Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including the 'Great British Bake Off', 'Saturday Kitchen' and 'MasterChef: The Professionals', the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Plus, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, a handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the Restaurant Experience, the MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and a Drinks Tasting Theatre and Fine Wine Experience.

 
 
 

London Jazz Festival

World class jazz is brought to numerous London locations.

EFG London Jazz Festival EFG London Jazz Festival Defying those who believe jazz is dead, thousands of performers and fans flock to the annual London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 22nd time in 2014. The 10-day festival which presents 2,500 artists across 60 venues consistently delivers a flamboyant programme reflecting the diverse roots of our great city. More than 250 shows take place in a variety of venues, including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge and Artsdepot. The organisers habitually attract some top rare performers and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the British jazz scene - from stars of the American jazz tradition to key players of the European scene and free musical thinkers. Given the obsessive nature of ardent jazz fans together with the small venues (which include restaurants and bars), tickets often sell out fast, you have been warned.
2014-11-142014-11-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 14th to 23rd November 2014

 

Defying those who believe jazz is dead, thousands of performers and fans flock to the annual London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 21st time in 2013. The 10-day festival consistently delivers a flamboyant programme reflecting the diverse roots of our great city. Highlights of the 2013 programme include the opening night gala at the Barbican Centre, Stan Sulzmann's Neon Orchestra, and Madeleine Peyroux. There's something for all ages, from a jazz for toddlers session to the Next Generation Takes Over at the Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom. More than 250 shows take place in a variety of venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge and Artsdepot. The organisers habitually attract some top rare performers and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the British jazz scene - from stars of the American jazz tradition to key players of the European scene and free musical thinkers.

 
 
 

Paul Smith

The remarkable talent of one of Britain's favourite fashion designers is honoured.

Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith The London Design Museum celebrates four decades of design by one of Britain's best known talents, Sir Paul Smith, a man knighted in the 2001 Birthday Honours List for services to the fashion industry. Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith will include classics from his 40 years of collections and reveal something of the personality of the designer known for "Englishness combined with an unexpected twist" (GQ Magazine). But, says the Telegraph, rather than a straightforward run-through of his greatest fashion hits, the show will "explore a year in the different stages of design, production and marketing" behind the designer's catwalk collections. Not only that, the individual design of his shops - now in sixty-six countries across the world - will also be highlighted, all of which goes to show how far Sir Paul Smith has come since setting up his first shop in Nottingham in 1970.
2013-11-152014-06-22 Where:
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London London, SE1 2YD
Category: Exhibitions

Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, Bankside, London, SE1 2YD

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 15th November - 22nd June 2014

 

The London Design Museum celebrates four decades of design by one of Britain's best known talents, Sir Paul Smith, a man knighted in the 2001 Birthday Honours List for services to the fashion industry. The show will include classics from his 40 years of collections and reveal something of the personality of the designer known for "Englishness combined with an unexpected twist" (GQ Magazine). But, says the Telegraph, rather than a straightforward run through of his greatest fashion hits, the show will "explore a year in the different stages of design, production and marketing" behind the designer's catwalk collections. Not only that, the individual design of his shops - now in sixty six countries across the world - will also be highlighted, all of which goes to show how far Sir Paul Smith has come since setting up his first shop in Nottingham in 1970.

 
 
 

The Framed Film Festival

The Barbican's refreshed replacement of the London Children's Film Festival.

The Framed Film Festival The Framed Film Festival Launched for the first time last year, the Framed Film Festival is the Barbican's refreshed replacement of the London Children's Film Festival. Targeting a wider age group, the festival now appeals to anyone aged 4-18 and will give them the chance to view, make and dissect films from all angles. It's the cinema equivalent of going to the Science Museum with opportunities galore for kids to explore, touch and see for themselves. The screenings, events and workshops are bound to bring alive the art of filmmaking in all its guises. From getting to grips with what happens behind the scenes to stealing the limelight, there are workshops to suit all tastes.
2013-11-162013-11-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Film Events

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 16th - 24th November 2013

 

Launched for the first time last year, the Framed Film Festival is the Barbican's refreshed replacement of the London Children's Film Festival. Targeting a wider age group, the festival now appeals to anyone aged 4-18 and will give them the chance to view, make and dissect films from all angles. It's the cinema equivalent of going to the Science Museum with opportunities galore for kids to explore, touch and see for themselves. The screenings, events and workshops are bound to bring alive the art of filmmaking in all its guises. From getting to grips with what happens behind the scenes to stealing the limelight, there are workshops to suit all tastes.

 
 
 

Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert

The London Philharmonic Orchestra perform scores from this surreal musical animation.

Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert Fans of Disney's surrealist musical animation Fantasia can once again experience the magic live with high definition screens and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Starring the young, aspiring sorcerer, Mickey Mouse, accompanied by a classic score featuring Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker Suite), Beethoven ('Pastoral' Symphony), Ponchielli (Dance of the Hours) and Dukas (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), and boasting some brand new content, the sequences of Fantasia: Live in Concert flit from one dreamlike scene to another with everything from fluorescent unicorns and flying horses, to dancing red mushrooms and ballerina hippos. Childish charm and humour blend with darker themes of death and evolution, eliciting an impact from even the sanest of minds. Over 70 years after its release, this timeless cinematic adventure is still entertaining audiences of all ages.

2013-11-162013-11-16 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Film Events

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th November 2013

 

Fans of Disney's surrealist musical animation 'Fantasia' can once again experience the magic live with high definition screens and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Starring the young, aspiring sorcerer, Mickey Mouse, accompanied by a classic score featuring Tchaikovsky ('The Nutcracker Suite'), Beethoven ('Pastoral' Symphony), Ponchielli ('Dance of the Hours') and Dukas ('The Sorcerer's Apprentice'), and boasting some brand new content, the sequences of 'Fantasia: Live in Concert' flit from one dreamlike scene to another with everything from fluorescent unicorns and flying horses, to dancing red mushrooms and ballerina hippos. Childish charm and humour blend with darker themes of death and evolution, eliciting an impact from even the sanest of minds.

 
 
 

Mons: Nats Nus Dansa

Catalan dance company Nats Nus Dansa present Mons, a new dance co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells.

Mons: Nats Nus Dansa Mons: Nats Nus Dansa This brand new production, co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells to bring dance to younger audiences, is inspired by the work of the Taiwanese author and illustrator Jimmy Liao. Catalan dance company Nats Nus Dansa present Mons, using video projections, imaginative set design and dance to create a kaleidoscopic, fantasy world. Age Guidance: 6+
2013-11-162013-11-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells: Lilian Baylis Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Theatre

Sadler's Wells: Lilian Baylis Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 16th - 17th November 2013

 

This brand new production, co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells to bring dance to younger audiences, is inspired by the work of the Taiwanese author and illustrator Jimmy Liao. Catalan dance company Nats Nus Dansa present Mons, using video projections, imaginative set design and dance to create a kaleidoscopic, fantasy world. Age Guidance: 6 and over.

 
 
 

Stuttgart Ballet: The Taming Of The Shrew Made In Germany

The company John Cranko put on the map in the sixties returns to London.

Stuttgart Ballet: The Taming Of The Shrew Made In Germany Stuttgart Ballet: The Taming Of The Shrew Made In Germany Stuttgart Ballet returns to London this summer with two programmes, showcasing the diversity of its repertory and the versatility of its dancers. Made in Germany is a mixed repertory evening that includes seven UK premieres, which have been created for the Stuttgart ballet. Additionally and true to the company's heritage, they will also present a classic by its founder John Cranko: The Taming of the Shrew, based on Shakespeare's comedy. Book tickets for The Taming of the Shew and Made in Germany at Sadler's Wells through LondonTown.com. 2013-11-182013-11-23 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 18th - 23rd November 2013

 

Stuttgart Ballet returns to London this autumn with two programmes, showcasing the diversity of its repertory and the versatility of its dancers. Made in Germany is a mixed repertory evening that includes seven UK premieres, which have been created for the Stuttgart ballet. Additionally and true to the company's heritage, they will also present a classic by its founder John Cranko: The Taming of the Shrew, based on Shakespeare's comedy. Book tickets for The Taming of the Shew and Made in Germany at Sadler's Wells through LondonTown.com.

 
 
 

From Morning To Midnight

New version of Georg Kaiser's German Expressionist masterpiece, by Dennis Kelly.

From Morning To Midnight From Morning To Midnight Dennis Kelly, the writer behind Matilda The Musical and TV shows Pulling and Utopia, recently made his Royal Court debut with The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas and now comes to the National with From Morning to Midnight. Played out on the National Theatre's Lyttelton stage last November, Kelly's version of Georg Kaiser's 20th century tragedy tells the tale of a bank clerk who falls under the spell of an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, finds some stolen money, shoves it in his pocket, and pursues the lady to her hotel. She refuses his mad advances, but the steady bank clerk is now determined to continue on his new-found, adventurous journey, seeking an experience worth buying into, a reason for living. Get great ticket deals here.
2013-11-192014-01-15 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatre

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 19th November - 15th January 2014

 

Dennis Kelly's version of Georg Kaiser's 20th century tragedy, From Morning to Midnight opens at National Theatre's Lyttelton stage this November. After falling under the spells of an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, a bank clerk finds some stolen money, shoves it in his pocket, and pursues the lady to her hotel. She refuses his mad advances, but the steady bank clerk is now determined to continue on his new-found, adventurous journey, seeking an experience worth buying into, a reason for living.

 
 
 

Eric And Little Ern

"This paean to Morecambe and Wise gets it spot on" (The Telegraph).

Eric and Little Ern Eric and Little Ern Following success at Edinburgh Fringe, Eric and Little Ern, a tribute show to the great comic duo Morecambe and Wise, comes to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre in November. Created and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, the show is a lovely tribute to the great double act, with classic scripts recreating their finest moments, as well as featuring original material. "Impersonating one of television's best-loved double acts is a brave thing to do", says Dominic Cavendish in The Telegraph, thankfully, "this paean to Morecambe and Wise gets it spot on". Find great ticket deals on LondonTown.com.
2013-11-192014-03-02 Where:
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London London, WC2R 0NH
Category: Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 19th November - 02nd March 2014

 

Following success at Edinburgh Fringe, Eric and Little Ern, a tribute show to the great comic duo Morecambe and Wise, comes to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre in November. Created and performed by Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens, the show is a lovely tribute to the great double act, with classic scripts recreating their finest moments, as well as featuring original material. "Impersonating one of television's best-loved double acts is a brave thing to do", says Dominic Cavendish in The Telegraph, thankfully, "this paean to Morecambe and Wise gets it spot on".

 
 
 

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

A celebration of the unique style of the famous fashionista, at Somerset House.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! More than a hundred pieces from the private collection of the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow, are displayed at Somerset House in the Embankment Galleries. Among the extraordinary garments in Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! are pieces by the designers she discovered including Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald. Born into the British aristocracy, Isabella's thirty year career began in the early 80s as Anna Wintour's assistant at US Vogue. Back in London six years later, she worked at Tatler, British Vogue and as Fashion Director of the Sunday Times Style. Also known for discovering models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant, one section of the exhibition features one of Isabella's most famous and successful shoots, 'Anglo Saxon Attitudes', created with Steven Meisel for British Vogue in 1993. The shoot featured Stella Tennant, Honor Fraser, Plum Sykes, Bella Freud and Lady Louise Campbell, and was the first time any of them had been in a magazine.
2013-11-202014-03-02 Where:
Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 20th November - 02nd March 2014

 

More than a hundred pieces from the private collection of the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow, are displayed at Somerset House in the Embankment Galleries. Among the extraordinary garments in Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! are pieces by the designers she discovered including Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald. Born into the British aristocracy, Isabella's thirty year career began in the early 80s as Anna Wintour's assistant at US Vogue. Back in London six years later, she worked at Tatler, British Vogue and as Fashion Director of the Sunday Times Style. Also known for discovering models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant, one section of the exhibition features one of Isabella's most famous and successful shoots, 'Anglo Saxon Attitudes', created with Steven Meisel for British Vogue in 1993. The shoot featured Stella Tennant, Honor Fraser, Plum Sykes, Bella Freud and Lady Louise Campbell, and was the first time any of them had been in a magazine.

 
 
 

Taste of Christmas

Give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients.

Taste of Christmas Taste of Christmas More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven". At 'Taste of Christmas' the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants, tastings and food demonstrations add to the festive cheer. Taste of Christmas always boasts some of the country's finest chefs and 2013 was no different, with Valentine Warner, Monica Galetti, Mark Hix, Michel Roux Jr and many more taking to the stage. Watch this space for updates on the 2014 line-up.
2014-11-202014-11-23 Where:
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London London, E1W 2SF
Category: Seasonal

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Nov 2014

 

More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven." At 'Taste of Christmas' the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants, tastings and food demonstrations add to the festive cheer.

 
 
 

Enchanted Woodland

The oak trees and gardens are floodlit with a beautiful rainbow effect.

Enchanted Woodland Enchanted Woodland Enchanted Woodland This magical event adds a significant veil of mystique to the festive season. The beautiful oak trees and gardens at Syon Park are illuminated in spectacular fashion as a guide walks visitors through the Enchanted Woodland. The trail leads you around the 18th century lake - where the shapes and textures of the ancient winter trees are reflected in the water - and past intriguing corners of the estate, all of it floodlit to maximum rainbow effect. The shadows and magic of a frosty winter's night make this an ideal opportunity for photographing the forest in a unique way. Warm clothing and stout footwear are advised and hot refreshments are available on the night. 2014-11-212014-12-16 Where:
Syon Park, London Road, Brentford London, TW8 8JF
Category: Seasonal

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 21st November to 16th December 2014

 

This magical event adds a significant veil of mystique to the festive season. The beautiful oak trees and gardens at Syon Park are illuminated in spectacular fashion as a guide walks visitors through the 'Enchanted Woodland'. The trail leads you around the 18th century lake - where the shapes and textures of the ancient winter trees are reflected in the water - and past intriguing corners of the estate, all of it floodlit to maximum rainbow effect. The shadows and magic of a frosty winter's night make this an ideal opportunity for photographing the forest in a unique way. Warm clothing and stout footwear are advised and hot refreshments are available on the night.

 
 
 

Turner and the Sea

Oil paintings and watercolours represent JMW Turner's lifelong pre-occupation with the sea.

Turner and the Sea Turner and the Sea In November 2013 the National Maritime Museum will stage the first large-scale exhibition to examine JMW Turner's lifelong pre-occupation with the sea. The Turner and the Sea display in the museum's exhibition space in the Sammy Ofer wing features about sixty oil paintings, approximately half by Turner and the same number of watercolours. Described by the director of the museum as, "the most ambitious reappraisal of the subject in modern times", the exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works brought together from collections across the world, including iconic works spanning the artist's whole career.
2013-11-222014-04-21 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 22nd November - 21st April 2014

 

In November 2013 the National Maritime Museum will stage the first large scale exhibition to examine JMW Turner's lifelong pre-occupation with the sea. The 'Turner and the Sea' display in the museum's exhibition space in the Sammy Ofer wing features about sixty oil paintings, approximately half by Turner, and the same number of watercolours. Described by the director of the museum as, "the most ambitious reappraisal of the subject in modern times", the exhibition is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see works brought together from collections across the world, including iconic works spanning the artist's whole career.

 
 
 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The park is transformed into a magical world of rides, stalls and an ice rink.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 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 seventh 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. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet and its heated big top entertains and warms the crowd. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don't go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it's such fun you'll want to get into the spirit and spend. (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.
2014-11-212015-01-04 Where:
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London London, W2 2UH
Category: Seasonal

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 21st November 2014 to 4th January 2015

 

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 seventh 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. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet and its heated big top entertains and warms the crowd. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don't go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it's such fun you'll want to get into the spirit and spend. (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.

 
 
 

Candide

The Menier revives Leonard Bernstein's 1956 Broadway classic, Candide.

Candide Candide The Menier Chocolate Factory's Christmas musical this year is a revival of Leonard Bernstein's 1956 Broadway classic Candide, a witty musical adaptation of the 18th century novella by Voltaire. Candide tells the story of a young man determined to follow his instructor's creed of mindless optimism and sets out on a journey to prove that 'life is happiness indeed'. Fra Fee (who played Courfeyrac in the film version of "Les Miserables") stars alongside Scarlett Strallen, whose theatre credits include Cassie in A Chorus Line, Singin' in the Rain and Mary Poppins, and James Dreyfus - who is best known for his appearances in TV series The Thin Blue Line. The production is directed by Matthew White whose credits include Top Hat in the West End, with choreography by Adam Cooper. The Chocolate Factory has a tradition of sell-out Christmas musicals, many of which have gone on to transfer to the West End or Broadway, so book early.
2013-11-222014-03-01 Where:
Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London London, SE1 1RU
Category: Theatre

Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1RU

Tube: Borough Station

 

Dates: 22nd November - 01st March 2014

 

The Menier Chocolate Factory's Christmas musical this year is a revival of Leonard Bernstein's 1956 Broadway classic Candide, a witty musical adaptation of the 18th century novella by Voltaire. Candide tells the story of a young man determined to follow his instructor's creed of mindless optimism and sets out on a journey to prove that 'life is happiness indeed'. Fra Fee (who played Courfeyrac in the film version of "Les Miserables") stars alongside Scarlett Strallen, whose theatre credits include Cassie in A Chorus Line, Singin' in the Rain and Mary Poppins, and James Dreyfus - who is best known for his appearances in TV series The Thin Blue Line. The production is directed by Matthew White whose credits include Top Hat in the West End, with choreography by Adam Cooper. The Chocolate Factory has a tradition of sell-out Christmas musicals, many of which have gone on to transfer to the West End or Broadway, so book early.

 
 
 

Castiglione: Lost Genius

Castiglione: Lost Genius Castiglione: Lost Genius Italian Baroque artist Gionvanni Benedetto Castiglione was arguably one of the most innovative draughtsmen of the 17th century. Unfortunately, his artistic brilliance was overshadowed during his lifetime by the turbulence that characterised his life. It is alleged that he attempted to throw his sister off a roof, and was cast out of Rome, most likely for committing murder. This is the first major exhibition in the UK of his work and, by showing 90 drawings and prints from the Royal Collection, it seeks to cement his reputation as one of the great artists of the Baroque period. 2013-11-012014-03-16 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Exhibitions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 01st November - 16th March 2014

 

Italian Baroque artist Gionvanni Benedetto Castiglione was arguably one of the most innovative draughtsmen of the 17th century. Unfortunately, his artistic brilliance was overshadowed during his lifetime by the turbulence that characterised his life. It is alleged that he attempted to throw his sister off a roof, and was cast out of Rome, most likely for committing murder. This is the first major exhibition in the UK of his work and, by showing 90 drawings and prints from the Royal Collection, it seeks to cement his reputation as one of the great artists of the Baroque period.

 
 
 

Henry V

Jude Law stars in the concluding play of the Michael Grandage season.

Henry V Henry V Concluding his season of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre, for which 100,000 tickets were on sale for as little as £10, Michael Grandage has collaborated once more with Jude Law on a Shakespearean piece. Having worked with him on 'Hamlet' in 2009 and on award winning production 'Anna Christie', which was part of Grandage's final season as Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Grandage has now cast Law for the lead role in 'Henry V'. The history play by Shakespeare explores the bloody horrors of war and the turmoil caused in such a crisis. Will the King of England succeed in commanding his men and leading his country to victory in France? Do not miss Jude Law in this iconic role, book Henry V tickets at the Noel Coward Theatre.
2013-11-232014-02-15 Where:
Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4AU
Category: Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4AU

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

 

Dates: 23rd November - 15th February 2014

 

Concluding his season of five plays at the Noel Coward Theatre, for which 100,000 tickets were on sale for as little as £10, Michael Grandage has collaborated once more with Jude Law on a Shakespearean piece. Having worked with him on 'Hamlet' in 2009 and on award-winning production 'Anna Christie', which was part of Grandage's final season as Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse, Grandage has now cast Law for the lead role in 'Henry V'. The history play by Shakespeare explores the bloody horrors of war and the turmoil caused in such a crisis. Will the King of England succeed in commanding his men and leading his country to victory in France?

 
 
 

European Outdoor Film Tour

Films portraying the world's elite extreme sports athletes.

European Outdoor Film Tour European Outdoor Film Tour The European Outdoor Film Tour comes to the Royal Geographical Society, showing a hand-picked selection of seven adventure sports films. The film tour is shown to audiences in nine countries across Europe every year from October till December and in London you can see it at the Royal Geographical Society. The line-up features films portraying the world's elite extreme sports athletes whether it's mountain-biking, whitewater rafting, skiing and snowboarding or free climbing. If you're not up for flinging yourself off a mountain, this is as close as you'll want to get.
2013-11-232013-11-23 Where:
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AR
Category: Film Events

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AR

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 23rd November 2013

 

The European Outdoor Film Tour comes to the Royal Geographical Society, showing a hand-picked selection of seven adventure sports films. The film tour is shown to audiences in nine countries across Europe every year from October till December and in London you can see it at the Royal Geographical Society. The line-up features films portraying the world's elite extreme sports athletes whether it's mountain-biking, whitewater rafting, skiing and snowboarding or free climbing. If you're not up for flinging yourself off a mountain, this is as close as you'll want to get.

 
 
 

Emil And The Detectives (Over 7s)

The National continues its tradition in family theatre led by War Horse and His Dark Materials.

Emil And The Detectives (Over 7s) Emil And The Detectives (Over 7s) The National Theatre's Olivier stage presents a new family production suitable for everyone aged 7 and over in November, Emil and the Detective, which continues the National's recent tradition in family theatre led by War Horse and His Dark Materials. An adventurous version of Erich Kastner's book, the play follows a young boy as he journeys alone through 1920s Berlin. A place full of surprises and danger, Emil soon discovers that he's not alone and despite having his wallet stolen begins to learn the kindness of strangers. London Essentials our great deals on tickets.
2013-11-252014-02-20 Where:
National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XZ
Category: Theatre

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 25th November - 20th February 2014

 

The National Theatre's Olivier stage presents a new family production suitable for everyone aged 7 and over in November, Emil and the Detective, which continues the National's recent tradition in family theatre led by War Horse and His Dark Materials. An adventurous version of Erich Kastner's book, the play follows a young boy as he journeys alone through 1920s Berlin. A place full of surprises and danger, Emil soon discovers that he's not alone and despite having his wallet stolen begins to learn the kindness of strangers.

 
 
 

Christmas Past

See how tastes have changed over the years at this festive time.

Christmas Past Christmas Past Each year the Geffrye Museum celebrates Christmas with a look at the way Christmas traditions have evolved over years at its annual Christmas Past exhibition, staged at the Shoreditch museum for over 20 years. It's a timely opportunity to see the museum's period rooms decorated to reflect our changing tastes at this festive time of year. There's a programme of events and family activities which tie in with the chosen theme where you can create your own Christmas decorations, sip on mulled wine while witnessing the traditional burning of the holly and the ivy, and enjoy the carols by candlelight.
2013-11-262014-01-05 Where:
Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London London, E2 8EA
Category: Exhibitions

Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London, E2 8EA

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 26th November - 05th January 2014

 

Each year the Geffrye Museum celebrates Christmas with a look at the way Christmas traditions have evolved over years at its annual Christmas Past exhibition, staged at the Shoreditch museum for over 20 years. It's a timely opportunity to see the museum's period rooms decorated to reflect our changing tastes at this festive time of year. There's a programme of events and family activities which tie in with the chosen theme where you can create your own Christmas decorations, sip on mulled wine while witnessing the traditional burning of the holly and the ivy, and enjoy the carols by candlelight.

 
 
 

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Bloomberg has teamed up with the ICA for the fourth year running to provide a critical platform for emerging artists from British Art Schools.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Bloomberg New Contemporaries This year, 46 emerging artists will join Bloomberg's illustrious roster of New Contemporaries, which includes Jake & Dinos Chapman, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst and David Hockney as previous exhibitors. Bloomberg has teamed up with the ICA for the fourth year running to provide a critical platform for emerging artists from British Art Schools. The artists works were selected from over 1,500 submissions, and this year the selection process differed from previous years in two respects. For the first time, there was absolutely no pre-selection and the majority of the works included in the exhibition were selected as a result of actual time spent with the artwork rather than solely from a virtual images.
2013-11-272014-01-26 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, London London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 26th January 2014

 

This year, 46 emerging artists will join Bloombergs illustrious roster of New Contemporaries, which includes Jake & Dinos Chapman, Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst and David Hockney as previous exhibitors. Bloomberg has teamed up with the ICA for the fourth year running to provide a critical platform for emerging artists from British Art Schools. The artists works were selected from over 1,500 submissions, and this year the selection process differed from previous years in two respects. For the first time, there was absolutely no pre-selection and the majority of the works included in the exhibition were selected as a result of actual time spent with the artwork rather than solely from a virtual image. A wide range of art mediums have been used; however, the ICA says that installation art takes and some works tap into popular and domestic culture through the use of Youtube content and household objects.

 
 
 

The Snowman

The enchanting festive show returns for another year.

The Snowman The Snowman The Snowman This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow. View our ticket deals for The Snowman.
2013-11-272014-01-05 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Theatre

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 05th January 2014

 

This staging of Raymond Briggs's 'The Snowman' by Sadler’s Wells, ideal for children under 10, has become a much loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas – except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of ‘Walking in the Air’ fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.

 
 
 

Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings

An endearing East End alternative to crowded high street stores.

Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings The independent shops along Columbia Road, the fragrant home of east Londons famous flower market, open late on Wednesday evenings in the lead up to Christmas offering an endearing East End alternative from the bright lights and hefty crowds of the West End. The shops, which were originally created as a Victorian shopping arcade 150-odd years ago, are usually only open on Sundays but extend their opening hours during the Christmas period. If vintage fashion, off-beat artwork, original homewares, quirky trinkets and delicious deli goods are your cup of tea (mulled wine, even) then this is
the place to be on Wednesday evenings in December.

2013-11-272013-12-18 Where:
Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, London London, E2 7RG
Category: Shopping

Columbia Road Flower Market, Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 7RG

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 18th December 2013

 

The independent shops along Columbia Road, the fragrant home of east London’s famous flower market, open late on Wednesday evenings in the lead up to Christmas offering an endearing East End alternative to the bright lights and hefty crowds of the West End. The shops, which were originally created as a Victorian shopping arcade 150-odd years ago, are usually only open on Sundays but extend their opening hours during the Christmas period. If vintage fashion, off-beat artwork, original homewares, quirky trinkets and delicious deli goods are your cup of tea (mulled wine, even) then this is the place to be on Wednesday evenings in December.

 
 
 

Mark Morris Dance Group: Two Mixed Bills (The Muir Festival Dance)

Seven new works presented by the American contemporary dance company.

Mark Morris Dance Group: Two Mixed Bills (The Muir Festival Dance) Mark Morris Dance Group: Two Mixed Bills (The Muir Festival Dance) The master of American contemporary dance, Mark Morris presents seven works never before seen in the UK at Sadler's Wells. Split into two programmes, the first offering includes The Muir, an evolution of the graceful yet powerful Cease Your Funning, while Socrates features Erik Satie’s eponymous score – a three part drama which continues Mark Morris’ commitment to live music in performance. The programme is completed by the new ensemble work Crosswalk. Programme B meanwhile features Festival Dance, the recently unveiled Jenn and Spencers, the piano-accompanied sextet, Excursions, and A Wooden Tree, set to recordings by the Scottish poet Ivor Cutler. Book tickets to the Mark Morris Mixed Group at Sadler's Wells through LondonTown.com. 2013-11-272013-12-01 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 01st December 2013

 

The master of American contemporary dance, Mark Morris presents seven works never before seen in the UK at Sadler's Wells. Split into two programmes, the first offering includes The Muir, an evolution of the graceful yet powerful Cease Your Funning, while Socrates features Erik Satie's eponymous score - a three part drama which continues Mark Morris' commitment to live music in performance. The programme is completed by the new ensemble work Crosswalk. Programme B meanwhile features Festival Dance, the recently unveiled Jenn and Spencers, the piano-accompanied sextet, Excursions, and A Wooden Tree, set to recordings by the Scottish poet Ivor Cutler. Book tickets to the Mark Morris Mixed Group at Sadler's Wells through LondonTown.com.

 
 
 

Freeze Festival

Five-day festival mixing ski and snowboard competition with live music and apres ski.

Freeze Festival Freeze Festival Freeze Festival The UK's biggest winter sports and music event comes to Clapham Common for the first time this year mixing ski and snowboard competition with live music and apres ski. Now in its sixth year, the five-day Freeze Festival brings in 500 tonnes of real snow, with a 32-metre high and 100-metre long kicker built for the LG Big Air, a FIS-sanctioned World Cup event, attracting a UK record winter sports crowd of 30,000 on World Cup day. Clapham Common is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with après-ski activities galore, including live music stages, Alpine-themed bars and street food vendors. The music line-up is yet to be announced but it's usually pretty strong, with Groove Armada and Mike Skinner's The Streets playing in previous years. Ski enthusiasts can check out and buy the latest equipment at the retail village as well as enjoying the high flying skiing action.
2013-11-272013-12-01 Where:
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London London, SW4 9DE
Category: Sporting Events

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 01st December 2013

 

The UK's biggest winter sports and music event comes to Clapham Common for the first time this year mixing ski and snowboard competition with live music and apres ski. Now in its sixth year, the five-day Freeze Festival brings in 500 tonnes of real snow, with a 32-metre high and 100-metre long kicker built for the LG Big Air, a FIS-sanctioned World Cup event, attracting a UK record winter sports crowd of 30,000 on World Cup day. Clapham Common is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with après-ski activities galore, including live music stages, Alpine-themed bars and street food vendors. The music line-up is yet to be announced but it's usually pretty strong, with Groove Armada and Mike Skinner's The Streets playing in previous years. Ski enthusiasts can check out and buy the latest equipment at the retail village as well as enjoying the high flying skiing action.

 
 
 

The Duck House

Ben Miller stars in this hilarious political satire centred on the MPs' expenses scandal.

The Duck House The Duck House Ben Miller (Death in Paradise, The Armstrong and Miller Show, and the original cast of The Ladykillers in the West End) stars as Labour backbencher Robert Houston in this political comedy written by Mock The Week's Dan Patterson and Private Eye's Colin Swash. Exploring the murky world of the MPs' expenses scandal, The Duck House is a hilarious politicial satire which invites audiences to wade into the cesspit of moral rot at the heart of Parliament - a place where it's OK to claim a duck house on expenses. Miller leads a starry cast which includes Olivier award-winning National Theatre actress Nancy Carroll and former X Factor contestant Diana Vickers.
2013-11-272014-03-29 Where:
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London London, WC2R 0NH
Category: Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 27th November - 29th March 2014

 

Ben Miller (Death in Paradise, The Armstrong and Miller Show, and the original cast of The Ladykillers in the West End) stars as Labour backbencher Robert Houston in this political comedy written by Mock The Week's Dan Patterson and Private Eye's Colin Swash. Exploring the murky world of the MPs' expenses scandal, The Duck House is a hilarious politicial satire which invites audiences to wade into the cesspit of moral rot at the heart of Parliament - a place where it's OK to claim a duck house on expenses. Miller leads a starry cast which includes Olivier award-winning National Theatre actress Nancy Carroll and former X Factor contestant Diana Vickers.

 
 
 

Ibiza: Moments In Love

The 1980s club culture under the spotlight with previously unexhibited images and ephemera

Ibiza: Moments In Love Ibiza: Moments In Love The ICA has teamed up with IDEA Books to present an exhibition that recognises the cultural and social significance of Ibiza and its club scene in the early 1980s.
Ibiza: Moments In Love creates a picture of the island, as home to three of the worlds most important nightclubs - Ku, Amnesia and Pacha - through a collection of club posters, books and original photographs.
The exhibition highlights the work of two unheralded visual artists. Yves Uro was the freehand illustrator and graphic artist who created hundreds of posters for Ku. Armin Heinemann was the owner of Paulas Ibiza, a maverick fashion boutique based on the island. Uro and Heinemann's work was created solely for local purposes and has rarely been exhibited before. The exhibition also features a set of previously unpublished pictures by the British photographer Derek Ridgers taken at Ku in 1984.

2013-11-272014-01-26 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, London London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 27th November - 26th January 2014

 

The ICA has teamed up with IDEA Books to present an exhibition that recognises the cultural and social significance of Ibiza and its club scene in the early 1980s. Ibiza: Moments In Love creates a picture of the island, as home to three of the worlds most important nightclubs - Ku, Amnesia and Pacha - through a collection of club posters, books and original photographs. The exhibition highlights the work of two great and almost completely unheralded visual artists. Yves Uro was the freehand illustrator and graphic artist of hundreds of posters for Ku. Armin Heinemann was the owner of Paulas Ibiza, a maverick fashion boutique based on the island. Uro and Heinemanns work was world class but created solely for local purposes and has rarely been exhibited before. The exhibition also features a set of previously unpublished pictures by the British photographer Derek Ridgers taken at Ku in 1984.

 
 
 

Let the Right One In

An acclaimed adaptation of the cult vampire film by writer Jack Thorne.

Let the Right One In Let the Right One In The stage version of cult film Let the Right One In transfers from the Royal Court to the Apollo this spring, this first play staged at the theatre following its ceiling collapse during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which moves to the Gielgud theatre from 24th June. In an acclaimed adaptation by writer Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England '86 and '88), Let the Right One In takes the Swedish vampire novel and screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist and turns the drama into a stage show. The relationship between Oskar and new friend Eli - who has a mysterious allure and whose appearance coincides with a killing spree - plays a central part in this "tender piece that's also laced with savagery" (Evening Standard). The drama, directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once) with music by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, opened to rave reviews when it had its world premiere at Dundee Rep in June 2013. "A polished and poetic piece of work" wrote Mark Fisher in The Guardian, and "a taut physical hymn to isolation and otherness" said The Independent while The Scotsman noted approvingly it, "makes for a chill and moving piece of theatre, full of pain, terror and unexpected moments of comedy".
2014-03-262014-09-27 Where:
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, W1D 7EZ
Category: Theatre

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Belgravia, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 26th March to 27th September 2014

 

Already a cult film, Let the Right One In comes to the Royal Court stage in an acclaimed adaptation by writer Jack Thorne (Skins, This is England '86 and '88). Based on the Swedish novel and screenplay of the film by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the atmospheric vampire drama centres on Oskar and his new friendship with Eli who has a mysterious allure and whose appearance coincides with a killing spree. The drama, directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once) with music by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, opened to rave reviews when it had its world premiere at Dundee Rep in June this year. "A polished and poetic piece of work" wrote Mark Fisher in The Guardian, and "a taut physical hymn to isolation and otherness" said The Independent while The Scotsman noted approvingly it, "makes for a chill and moving piece of theatre, full of pain, terror and unexpected moments of comedy". Part of Vicky Featherstone's first season at the venerated London theatre, Let the Right One In aims to encourage teenagers to come to the theatre on their own, rather than as part of a school group, with tickets as low as £10. The Royal Court staging in December precedes a West End run.

 
 
 

Jake And Dinos Chapman: Come And See

A unique insight into the complexity of the Chapman brothers' practice and their prolific careers.

Jake And Dinos Chapman: Come And See Jake And Dinos Chapman: Come And See The exhibition in the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery includes painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, film, music and literature, and aims to demonstrate the artistic range of the collaborative sibling duo. Jake and Dinos Chapman, who part of the 1990's Young British Artists (YBAs), create iconoclastic sculptures, installations and two-dimensional works that address themes such as morality, religion, history of art and consumer culture. Their work is deliberately provocative, approaching controversial subjects with irreverence and dark humour. 2013-11-292014-02-09 Where:
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London London, W2 3XA
Category: Exhibitions

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 29th November - 09th February 2014

 

Come and See aims to demonstrate the range of the artists output - from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature - providing a unique insight into the complexity otheir practice and their prolific careers. It will be the first exhibition in a London public gallery to encompass the breadth of their work since Chapmanworld at the ICA in 1996. Jake and Dinos Chapman create iconoclastic sculptures, installations and twodimensional works that address a wide range of themes including morality, religion, history of art and consumer culture. Their work is provocative and deliberately confrontational, approaching controversial subjects with irreverence and dark humour.

 
 
 

Wael Shawky: al-Qurban

Films, installations and performances by one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the Middle East in recent years.

Wael Shawky: al-Qurban Wael Shawky: al-Qurban Marking his first major exhibition in London, Wael Shawky premieres his new film, Al Araba Al Madfuna II, which uses children shown with adult voices and dress to reenact Egyptian parables in a way that leaves the stories open to interpretation. Like the Chapman brothers, whose Come and See exhibition runs concurrently at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the award-winning Egyptian artist uses models and marionettes to retell myths, stories and historical events.
2013-11-292014-02-09 Where:
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London London, W2 3XA
Category: Exhibitions

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 29th November - 09th February 2014

 

Acclaimed as one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the Middle East in recent years, Wael Shawky was the recipient of the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award in 2011 and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2012. His films, installations and performances explore history, culture and the effect of globalisation on contemporary societies using multi-layered historical reconstructions to navigate the territory between truth and myth. Shawky's new film Al Araba Al Madfuna II (2013), which will premiere at the Serpentine exhibition, re-tells Egyptian novelist Mohamed Mustagabs parables, Horsemen Adore Perfume and The Offering. By using children to enact the stories with adult voices and dress, Shawky leaves an open-ended interpretation to the work. In addition to Shawky's new film, the Serpentine exhibition will include the two films that comprise his Cabaret Crusades series: The Horror Show File (2010) and The Path to Cairo (2012). In these films Shawky uses marionettes to enact key events that occurred during the crusades, the most divisive period in the history of conflict between the East and West. Exploring the notion that there is no singular historical truth, Shawky re-tells the crusades from the Middle Eastern perspective, using Classical Arabic, the language spoken in news bulletins and in the Quran, to frame his narrative with a voice of authority.

 
 
 

Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair

Christmas market in London's oldest botanic garden.

Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair London's oldest Botanic Garden opens its doors once again for the annual Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair on the last weekend of November. Held in large heated marquees in the grounds, the stalls hold an extensive range of gifts, including garden paraphernalia, unusual jewellery, cashmere clothing, pottery, ceramics, woollen goods, handmade chocolates, children's clothes and exclusive leather goods. The Garden's Tangerine Dream Cafe will serve hot breakfasts and lunches (including a trademark game stew) as well as festive treats such as mince pies and mulled wine. You can also put in orders for special Christmas cakes and pies, to be delivered to your homes in time for Christmas. As well as the marvellous market, the Christmas Fair offers the public the chance to enjoy what is arguably London's most interesting private garden. Hidden behind towering brick walls and protected from the city's sounds and harsh breezes, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a truly breathtaking spot where the most idyllic collection of plants flourish in a unique, carefully created microclimate. A visit here before Christmas is a present in itself.
2014-11-292014-11-30 Where:
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, London London, SW3 4HS
Category: Seasonal

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014

 

London's oldest Botanic Garden opens its doors once again for the annual Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair on the first weekend of December. Held in large heated marquees in the grounds, the stalls promise to boast an extensive range of new and innovative gifts, including garden paraphernalia, unusual jewellery, cashmere clothing, pottery, ceramics, woollen goods, handmade chocolates, children's clothes and exclusive leather goods. The Garden's Tangerine Dream Cafe will serve hot breakfasts and lunches (including a trademark game stew) as well as festive treats such as mince pies and mulled wine. You can also put in orders for special Christmas cakes and pies, to be delivered to your homes in time for Christmas. As well as the marvellous market, the Christmas Fair offers the public the chance to enjoy what is arguably London's most interesting private garden. Hidden behind towering brick walls and protected from the city's sounds and harsh breezes, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a truly breathtaking spot where the most idyllic collection of plants flourish in a unique, carefully created microclimate. A visit here before Christmas is a present in itself.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

1st August 2014

 

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