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EFG London Jazz Festival
Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland
Regent Street Christmas Lights
Skate At Somerset House
What's In A Name
The Country Living Christmas Fair 2019
Dorrance Dance: Myelination and other works
The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London.

 
 

Skate At Somerset House

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

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 13th November 2019 to 12th January 2020

 

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town, and 2019 will see the rink return for its 20th year. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngsters need guidance there's the Polar Cub Club for under 8s. But if you're looking for something altogether more grown up, Skate Lates brings a specially curated programme of music to the rink on nights with takeovers from hot names in the contemporary music scene - this year welcomes Nabihah Iqbal, RockersLDN and Eat Your Own Ears. Get your Christmas shopping done while you're there at The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason's occupying 15 rooms in the West Wing of Somerset House filled with hampers, tea caddies, stocking fillers, gifts and games. What's more, to celebrate the launch of major exhibition 24/7, this year will host London's first-ever 24-hour skating event.

 
 
 

Regent Street Christmas Lights

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 14th November to 31st December 2019

 

With 2019 marking the 200th anniversary of Regent Street, the ceremony marking the Christmas Lights switch-on will be a big celebration this year. Even in an average year, the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street has a great, festive atmosphere when the Christmas lights are switched on. Regent Street goes traffic-free for the official turning on of the lights and the Spirit of Christmas Theme returns, with a fleet of spectacular large-scale 'spirits' with widespread wings soaring over the street and along St James's. The display, designed by leading British lighting creatives, James Glancy Design, takes inspiration from the street's original lights display back in 1954 and features over 300,000 twinkling lights, making it the biggest display in the capital.

 
 
 

EFG London Jazz Festival

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th to 24th November 2019

 

See Corinne Bailey Rae at the Southbank Centre, Ashley Henry at the Hackney Arts Centre and Herbie Hancock at the Barbican, all appearing in the city as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, returning in 2019 for its 27th year. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival, more than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. Further highlights include the Marcin Wasilewski Trio 25th Anniversary Tour at Cadogan Hall, the Trevor Watts Quartet at the Southbank Centre and Makaya McCraven at Village Underground. It all kicks off with the Jazz Voice opening gala on Friday 15th November.

 
 
 

Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 15th November to 1st December 2019

 

The beautiful oaks trees and gardens at Syon Park are illuminated in spectacular fashion once again this winter. Adding a significant veil of mystique to the festive season, the magical event invites visitors to enjoy a unique guided walk in the 600-year-old gardens of 16th century Syon House. The trail leads you around the lake - where the shapes and textures of the ancient trees are reflected in the water - and past intriguing corners of the estate, finishing at the Great Conservatory, all of it shining under different lights - from lasers to candles. 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.

 
 
 

George IV: Art & Spectacle

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 15th November 2019 to 4th May 2020

 

George IV, who became king in 1820, was famous for his extravagant lifestyle and his Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Much of his impressive collection of art remains in the Royal Collection and his Dutch and Flemish masterpieces and magnificent portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Joshua Reynolds are brought together in George IV: Art & Spectacle. Delicate French porcelain is shown alongside intricate goldsmiths' work and elegant books and drawings in an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, which presents his life through the art he collected.

 
 
 
 

What's In A Name

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 12th to 16th Nov 2019

 

Joe Thomas, James Lance, Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond come to London this winter to star in international smash hit What's In A Name at Richmond Theatre. Adapted by British theatre director, writer and translator Jeremy Sams from award-winning French film Le Prenom, the comedy follows father-to-be Vincent and his partner Anna when they are invited to dinner by his sister Elizabeth and her husband, Peter. Their childhood friend, Carl, also joins and they all sit down for what should be a mature and sophisticated evening. But when egos, childish resentment and unspoken feelings are exposed, the dinner soon takes an unexpected turn. The staging comes as part of a UK tour before transferring to the West End.

 
 
 

The Country Living Christmas Fair 2019

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 13th to 17th Nov 2019

 

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.

 
 
 

Dorrance Dance: Myelination and other works

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th November 2019

 

Following the success of ETM: Double Down, performed at Sadler's Wells two years ago and named one of the Guardian's Top Ten Dances of 2017, award-winning New York ensemble Dorrance Dance returns from 14th to 16th November with a UK premiere - the critically acclaimed Myelination, alongside two shorter works. A triple bill of tap from choreographer, performer and Artistic Director Michelle Dorrance, the show features Three To One, performed to the music of Aphex Twin, the humorous Jungle Blues and Myelination where dancers dart rapidly like firing electrons. Come for modern tap which mixes the genre with break-dance and hip-hop.

 
 
 

The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London

Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Tube: Holborn Station , Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 7th November 2019 to 29th February 2020

 

The Rosewood hotel's stunning courtyard is transformed into a Swedish winter wonderland with a wooden lodge where fairy lights and fir trees add to the festive appeal. Created in partnership with luxury vodka brand, Absolut Elyx, The Elyx Chalet, is the place to go for gin cured salmon and apricot brandy served in a gnome-shaped glass. Holborn Dining Room's head chef, Calum Franklin, has come up with menu of winter dishes, both sweet and savoury and some with a Swedish twist, to pair with the cocktail menu. Try scotch egg with mulled wine or sirloin steak with mushroom infused whisky. Peek through porthole windows and spy luxurious velvet and fur cushions and throws and immerse yourself in snowy Sweden.

 
 
 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 9th November 2019 to 2nd February 2020

 

It broke box office records at Leeds Playhouse and now its production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe delivers a "dazzling trip to Narnia" (The Guardian) at the Bridge Theatre this festive season. Based on the novel by C. S. Lewis, the well designed adaptation is directed by Sally Cookson, who was responsible for the Olivier award-winning A Monster Calls at the Old Vic, with clever design by Rae Smith, also responsible for War Horse. Recommended as "a winter extravaganza with pantomime-style audience participation" (The Guardian), it captures the attention as a showy spectacle. Look out for striking visual scenes such as the glacial White Witch who "rises into the air, her dress extending down" (The Times) to cover the whole stage only to disappear, a second later, into a hole in the ground. Theatrical magic.

 
 
 

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