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Bonfire Night
Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run
Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival
Spirit of Christmas Fair
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Remembrance Sunday
Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
BBC Good Food Show
EFG London Jazz Festival
Taste of London Winter
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Christmas Past
The Snowman
Foodies Festival Christmas
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
The Ski & Snowboard Show London
Being A Man
wonder.land
Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution
Simple Minds
 

 

Bonfire Night lights up the London skyline in November and the opening of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland signals the start of the Christmas season.

 
 

The Snowman

The theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 26th November - 04th January 2015

 

This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadler's Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over and staged in the Peacock Theatre, 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.

 
 
 

Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run

500 or so pre-1905 cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Sunday 1st November 2015 - 6am-8.30am

 

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.

 
 
 

Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair

The Olympia art fair celebrates a quarter of a century this year.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 8th Nov 2015

 

The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it celebrates a quarter of a century this year. Taking place at London's Olympia, the annual fair is 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 its reputation. But don't worry if you don't know your Art Deco from your Art Nouveau, 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 from rubies to Regency furniture.

 
 
 

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival

The week-long east London festival offers feature films, workshops and wild parties.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 8th Nov 2015

 

Following an expanded programme in 2014, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival returns in November 2015. Rooted in London's queer creative scene, the week-long festival boasts a diverse programme that ranges from feature films to experimental art, workshops to wild parties. Taking place at various venues across east London including Hackney Picturehouse, Dalston Superstore and Rose Lipman Building, the festival brings together DJs, film-makers and producers presenting new projects and offers feature films, workshops, interactive walks, documentaries and discussions.

 
 
 

Spirit of Christmas Fair

All your Christmas shopping under one roof.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 8th Nov 2015

 

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.

 
 
 

Bonfire Night

Fireworks and bonfires across town celebrate Guy Fawkes' failed plot.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Thursday 5th November 2015

 

November is the month that likes to go with a bang - and an explosive one at that. The 5th of November marks Guy Fawkes' failed plot to blow up Parliament with the kind of pyrotechnics Mr Fawkes could only dream of. Every year for Bonfire Night there's a host of elaborate fireworks displays, processions, festivals and funfairs planned across the capital. There are normally huge displays in public parks across London including shows at Ravenscourt Park, Victoria Park and Battersea Park (to name a few) - we'll update our full feature nearer the time with the best places to watch the fireworks in London on Bonfire Night.

 
 
 

The Ski & Snowboard Show London

If it's on snow and ice it's at the show which moves to Battersea this year.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Earls Court, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Nov 2015

 

Planning to hit the slopes next winter? Before you take off for snowier climes you'd be wise to put in some pre-ski prep work at the Ski & Snowboard Show which moves from Earls Court to Battersea Evolution in 2015, turning it to a giant snow dome. This snow show, which has been running for 40 years, is almost as much fun as the real thing and makes for a great day out for friends and families. As well as the chance to buy all the latest gear and clothes, there are bargain ski trips, ice skating, ice sculpting and practical advice on how to juggle your passion for skiing without giving up the day job. Centre stage is the main slope - where expert skiers perform and compete. It's a great spectator sport. Take the kids along - anyone under 11 goes free and there's a free creche as well as ski lessons, penguins and a pop up cinema.

 
 
 

Remembrance Sunday

Thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph to pay their respects.

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Sunday 8th November 2015

 

Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. The Queen and other members of state place wreaths 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.

 
 
 

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

Handmade toys, stocking fillers, decorations and festive food.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 11th to 15th Nov 2015

 

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.

 
 
 

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

The first major retrospective of ground-breaking artist Alexander Calder.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 11th November 2015 to 3rd April 2016

 

Exhibiting how Alexander Calder's dynamic mobiles brought together motion, performance and theatricality, Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern is the first major retrospective of the ground-breaking artist. Bringing bright, spinning object to the gallery, it will assemble many of Calder's major sculptures from around the world, as well as incorporating his film, theatre, music and dance collaborations.

 
 
 

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Around sixty portraits reveal a glorious variety of work.

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: 12th November 2015 to 21st February 2016

 

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, attracts around 7,000 images from which approximately sixty portraits are chosen for display. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the 12,000 prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's always an element of surprise. Featured here are professional commissions alongside personal portraits, photographs that tell a story and build a mystery. This is a display of intelligent art, sometimes comic, often deeply moving, in which a very simple project - take a photograph that focuses on one or more human beings - has produced a glorious variety of work.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Show

Live version of popular BBC TV programmes Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th November 2015

 

Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Well known chefs and TV personalities present cooking demos, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, and a handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the restaurant experience. MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and you can sip on samples as part of the drinks tasting theatre and fine wine experience. In 2015 the BBC Good Food Show site sharing the Olympia stadium with the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show, packed with baking techniques and cake-crafting demonstrations as well as appearances from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

 
 
 

EFG London Jazz Festival

Jazz takes centre stage as 2,500 artists perform across 60 venues over 10 days.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th to 22nd November 2015

 

The annual EFG London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 23rd time in 2015, presents 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival. More than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall. The organisers habitually attract some top performers including MOBO and Grammy award winners and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the 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.

 
 
 

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2015

The world's best tennis players do battle at The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 15th to 22nd November 2015

 

A battle between the world's best eight men's singles tennis players and men's doubles pairs, the ATP World Tour Finals is a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged in darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Played over eight days at The O2 Arena, the tournament brings top players like three-time defending champion Djokovic and home hope Andy Murray who lead the pack in their quests to secure places at the tour finals. They are hotly pursued by contenders Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer. 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 and this year promises to be equally compelling.

 
 
 

Taste of London Winter

Sample food from top London restaurants at east London's Tobacco Dock.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Nov 2015

 

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 London Winter' (previously 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 come to the east London's Tobacco Dock offering tastings and food demonstrations. Taste of London Winter always boasts some of the country's finest chefs and last year Mark Hix, Raymond Blanc, Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, Michel Roux Jr, Neil Rankin, and Jason Atherton (Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern and City Social) were just some of the well known names on the list.

 
 
 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Fairground rides, a giant wheel, circus, ice rink and Christmas market transform Hyde Park.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016

 

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 eighth 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.

 
 
 

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

A look at the life of one of history's best-known Londoners.

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

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

 

Dates: 20th November 2015 to 28th March 2016

 

The National Maritime Museum explores the life of one of history's best-known Londoners, diarist Samuel Pepys, this year with major exhibition Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution. Pepys was one of the most colourful and appealing characters of the seventeenth-century and witness to the great events that shaped Stuart Britain. His diary documented a time of turmoil in which kings fought for their crowns and medieval London was destroyed by the plague, fire and war, before being resurrected as a world city. Through the voice and personality of Samuel Pepys, who was a gossip and a socialite, the exhibition will explore the period from the execution of Charles I in 1649 to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 with 200 paintings and objects from museums, galleries and private collections across Britain and beyond.

 
 
 

Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection

A look at the themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st November 2015 to 28th March 2016

 

Bejewelled Treasures: the Al-Thani Collection at the V&A explores the themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery, featuring a gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan. The exhibition will also include pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th century and will examine the influence that India had on avant-garde European jewellery made by Cartier and other leading houses. Part of the India Festival, this exhibition runs alongside The Fabric of India at the V&A.

 
 
 

Christmas Past

A fascinating reflection on our changing tastes at this festive time of year.

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

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 24th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016

 

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. Typically 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.

 
 
 

Artist and Empire

An exploration into how diverse artists around the world responded to the experience of empire.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 25th November 2015 to 10th April 2016

 

Aiming to be the "first major presentation of the art associated with the British Empire from the 16th century to the present day", Artist and Empire at Tate Britain brings together works from public and private collections across the UK. With sculptures, paintings and works on paper, the exhibition explores how diverse artists around the world responded to the experience of empire. It also considers how the empire shaped some of the themes of British art that still resonate today.

 
 
 

Simple Minds

Glasgow band Simple Minds return with their 16th album, Big Music.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Thursday 26th November 2015 - 6.30pm

 

With a string of hits including Don't You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, Jim Kerr and his long-time collaborator guitarist Charlie Burchill bring their latest line-up with an epic two-set show that will take you from the first hits all the way to the present day. Simple Minds' "live show combines their evocative, mould-breaking early New Wave period with the anthemic mid-80s era" The Scotsman wrote of a recent gig in Edinburgh, part of their 2015 tour.

 
 
 

Macbeth

A radical reworking of Shakespeare's supernatural tragedy at the Young Vic.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 26th November 2015 to 16th January 2016

 

Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin follow up their acclaimed staging of Medea at the National Theatre with this radical reworking of Shakespeare's supernatural tragedy at the Young Vic, exploring the themes of power, treachery, paranoia, betrayal and suicide through Guerin's expressive and unsettling choreography. Famously, when the prophecy of three witches proclaims that Macbeth is destined to become the King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth embark upon a murderous journey of power, treachery, paranoia, betrayal and suicide.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Christmas

Join top chefs Angela Hartnett, Ben Tish and Sophie Grigson for a Christmas feast.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th November 2015

 

Taking place in Syon Park in spring and at both Alexandra Palace and Clapham Common in the summer, the Foodies Festival comes to the Old Truman Brewery for its Christmas special in November. Join top chefs including Angela Hartnett, Ben Tish and Sophie Grigson for a perfectly timed Christmas feast. As well as food demos from top chefs like Giancarlo Caldesi, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Adam Handling and Scott Hallsworth, owner of Kurobuta on King's Road, there's produce to buy in the artisan market, a whisky arena and apres ski cocktails. Take a seat at the communal Christmas feasting table, see a life-size gingerbread house, sample pungent produce from the cheese village, visit the producers grotto, and sip on craft beer at a pop-up brewery. It's not just about food, you can also sing carols, wear your best Christmas jumper for a photo booth picture, and learn how to do ceilidh dancing to live music. Bring the kids - they can go to the Elf Cookery School and learn how to bake snowballs, make friends with live reindeer and get involved in a snow ball fight. Fun!

 
 
 

Being A Man

Join the conversation on how men's roles are evolving in the 21st century.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th November 2015

 

Jude Kelly, the Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, presents the second BAM - Being A Man festival, providing a platform for conversations on how men's roles are evolving in the 21st century. It's an opportunity for men to come together to share stories, discuss the pleasures and challenges of being men, and look at what kind of world they want for themselves and others. Once again a large number of men contribute ideas for the festival - singer Billy Bragg, novelist Nick Hornby and artist Grayson Perry all played a part in last year's festival. Expect a packed programme of Q&A sessions, a 'think-in' brainstorming event, talks, keynotes and presentations.

 
 
 

wonder.land

Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini's hotly anticipated musical take on Alice in Wonderland.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 27th November 2015 to 30th January 2016

 

A brand new musical inspired by Alice in Wonderland, wonder.land is Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini's hotly anticipated musical take on Lewis Carroll's much admired book. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, Aly, aged 12, escapes to wonder.land. Aly becomes brave and beautiful Alice online but some of the people she meets - the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen - seem strangely familiar. With design by Rae Smith, projections by 59 Productions and lighting by Paule Constable - the design team behind War Horse - the creation of the virtual world into which Aly escapes promises to be an exciting piece of theatre.

 
 
 

Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair

Christmas market and festive treats in one of London's most idyllic gardens.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015

 

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.

 
 
 

Julia Margaret Cameron

A major exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the pioneering photographer.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 28th November 2015 to 14th February 2016

 

The V&A marks the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron with a display of more than 100 of her photographs from its collection. One of photography's 19th-century pioneers, Cameron was dedicated to the medium and daring in her experiments with image making. Best known for her powerful portraits, the exhibition will also examine her relationship between the museum's founding director Sir Henry Cole, who in 1865 presented her first museum exhibition and the only one during her lifetime.

 
 
 

Regent Street Christmas Lights

One of the most breathtaking Christmas light displays in the capital.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 15th November to 24th December 2015

 

The Regent Street lights are some of the most breathtaking in the capital with a spectacular Christmas show and fireworks display marking the moment they're switched on. The turning on of the Regent Street Christmas Lights on 16th November is carried out by boy band Take That while Jessie Ware, The Jack Pack, There Jersey boys and Union J will perform live on the night. This year Regent Street have also partnered with 20th Century Fox to celebrate the release of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and will provide an exciting day of family fun and entertainment. The show will begin at 4pm with the switch on taking place at approximately 5pm. Banning traffic for the occasion, the street has a great, festive atmosphere and the lights are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

28th August 2015

 

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