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London is one of the world's most vibrant cities, and entertainment can come in all shapes and sizes - from the latest A-List actor walking the boards in Shaftesbury Avenue to the newest shot-pouring specialist in Soho or a wonderful new exhibition at one of the many much loved museums.

Our Local Ambassadors are trained to be able to help with any requests you may have. We pride ourselves on service, and will do our utmost to locate and book tickets or make reservations on your behalf at no extra cost.

Our boutique Soho hotel in central London is near to Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street, putting you right on the doorstep of a plethora of entertainment!

Take a look at what's going on around us and please let us know if we can offer any assistance:

Justin Timberlake : 1st and 2nd April 
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
The star's first solo show at the arena since 2007.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Mayor's Thames Festival: 1st - 30th September

Blackfriars Bridge, Victoria Embankment, City, London EC4V 3QR

Tube: Blackfriars

For the first time, the Mayor's Thames Festival will take place across an entire month from 1st - 30th September. Last year's event extended the weekend-long festival to ten days and this year the dates are lengthened even further.

Another first: the festival will take place across a 42-mile stretch of the river between Hampton Court Bridge in the west and the Dartford Crossing in the east. One event, the River Relay, will go even further, covering the whole 215 mile course of the Thames from its source to the sea.

The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond.

iTunes Festival: 1st - 30th September

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH  

Tube: Chalk Farm

The iTunes Festival takes place every night in September at London's iconic Roundhouse in Camden, giving those lucky enough to get tickets 30 free concerts by well-known pop and rock stars.

While the details of this year's festival have yet to be announced, last year brought Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jessie J, Justin Timberlake, and Elton John to the Roundhouse stage. To get free tickets for these intimate gigs you must enter a competition by going to the festival's official website, Facebook page or download the app for up-to-date additions to the line-up. Alternatively, all performances can be watched live or on-demand on Apple devices and via iTunes.

The annual event has, in the past, featured some stellar acts, including Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Adele, Jack White, Oasis, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Dizzee Rascal to name but a few.

The Great River Race: 27th September

Ham, Borough of Hounslow, London TW10 7RS

Tube: Richmond

Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race covers 21 miles from Millwall Slipway in London's Docklands to Ham in Surrey.

Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 300 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies.

Festivities along the river at Richmond will begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.

OCTOBER EVENTS

London Cocktail Week: 6th - 12th October 

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden / Leicester Square / Tottenham Court Road

If you've ever seen the 1988 film “Cocktail” and wished you had the ability to mix and pour drinks with the style and rhythm that Tom Cruise does, then you're in for a treat at London Cocktail Week.

Taking place at more than 100 bars across London, Cocktail Week offers cocktail lovers tasting sessions, tours, pop-up events, parties and masterclasses in the art of pouring the perfect concoction. Simply purchase a wristband from the official website to be treated to a number of deals and bespoke drinks.

Last year saw 17,451 wristbands collected, eight pop ups temporarily set up shop in Seven Dials, 176 bespoke events and activities, and 163 bars on the cocktail tours. Let's see if they can top that this year!

The BFI London Film Festival: 8th - 19th October

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo / Embankment

Every October the BFI Southbank and selected cinemas across London host the BFI London Film Festival, attracting Hollywood players and Indie film-makers from around the globe.

Under director Clare Stewart, the former Sydney Film Festival who took up the reigns in 2012, the 58th festival will include gala screenings, premieres and A-list stars on the red carpet - Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Steve McQueen all put in an appearance last year. As well as screening over 200 films and welcoming more than 600 filmmakers over 12 days, there's a significant amount of programme time given over to small independent films, foreign language cinema, documentary work, animation and BFI National Archive classics.

An excellent film programme is enhanced by a number of correlating events, such as informal post-screening Q&As, guest appearances, workshops and masterclasses.

London Restaurant Festival: 8th - 27th October

If you love food, don't miss the London Restaurant Festival; three weeks of fabulous foodie events and special menus at London restaurants.

Now in its sixth year, the London Restaurant Festival is a city-wide celebration of London restaurants and chefs. There's something for every taste and budget, from great-value festival restaurant-hopping menus to amazing one-off chef-led events.

Highlights include: 

  • Festival menus: some of the best restaurants in London create special fixed-priced taster menus as a way for food lovers to sample their dishes. 
  • Tours and trails: a range of tours gathered by culinary theme. 
  • Tasty activities: Look out for other food-focused activities running throughout the festival
Rembrandt - The Final Years: 15th October - 18th January 2015

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross / Leicester Square / Embankment / Piccadilly Circus / Covent Garden

Approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints from Rembrandt's final creative period are featured in Rembrandt: The Final Years, a blockbuster exhibition at London's National Gallery staged in Autumn 2014.

Organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, it's the first ever in-depth, focused exploration of Rembrandt's late works. Works from the final years of his life, from the 1650s until his death in 1669, show how Rembrandt showed no signs of complacency. In fact, his later works are among his best and it’s this period that defines our image of Rembrandt the man and the artist.

Frieze Art Fair: 16th - 19th October 

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park

As the country's leading contemporary art fair, the Frieze Art Fair draws the world's most influential art buyers to Regent's Park each October.

Specially commissioned art works are exhibited alongside curated exhibitions as well as the pieces for sale presented by over 150 of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world. Among the paintings and installations in Regent's Park there's an amazing jumble of the comical, the beautiful and the shocking. You can expect site-specific projects, short films, a prestigious programme of talks and an artist-led education schedule all presented in a captivatingly chaotic atmosphere. It's packed into a vast temporary structure in the park with work by around 1,000 contemporary artists crammed in. 

Frieze Masters, a showcase of Old Masters and art up to the 20th century, is expected to return this year following its successful inaugural show last year. 

PAD London Art Fair: 16th - 19th October 

Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AX

Tube: Green Park

Returning to Berkeley Square in Mayfair for its eighth year, the PAD London Art Fair, or Pavilion of Art & Design London if you prefer, brings together exceptional works of modern art, design, decorative arts, photography, jewellery and tribal art from 1860 to today.

With 50 distinguished international exhibitors from Barcelona, Brussels, Cologne, Geneva, London, Milan, New York, Paris and Zurich, select galleries from around the world exhibit at this exclusive art fair each year. PAD London, which takes place at the same time as the Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs, helps to attract the world's most influential art buyers to London each October.

Lady Gaga - The Artpop Ball Tour: 23rd October

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich

The Lady Gaga circus rolls back into town this October playing at The O2 on Thursday 23rd October, returning to the UK capital after her hugely successful sell-out gig at Twickenham Stadium two years ago where she played to a 55,000-strong crowd.

This time the multi-million album selling star is bringing her artRave: The Artpop Ball tour to London, which is supporting her number album Artpop. Expect classic singles such as Poker Face and Paparazzi to be given an airing, a fair few costume changes and an elaborate set. If her last London outing is anything to go by there'll be "frequent moments of chutzpah and high-wire ingenuity" (The Guardian), and, quite possibly one bit where "she emerges from between the legs of an inflatable pregnant version of herself". Totally Gaga.

Diwali Festival: 26th October

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross / Leicester Square / Embankment / Piccadilly Circus  

Known as the festival of lights, Diwali has religious significance for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, and is celebrated by many of the capital's South Asian communities.

Diwali on the Square gives Londoners a chance to come together and celebrate at a free concert with backing from the Mayor's office. This annually occurring event in Trafalgar Square has become a major fixture in London's calendar, with colourful decorations, Indian music and theatrical displays all adding to the sense of occasion. Contemporary and traditional dances including the energetic Garba and Dandia are traditionally performed to celebrate Diwali and people of all faiths are welcome at this celebration of the victory of light over darkness. 

Halloween 2014 - events and attractions in London: 31st October

Gloomy dungeons, a haunted tower, bloodthirsty history; is there anywhere or any time more frightening than Halloween in London?

There are loads of horrifying Halloween events, spooky venues and restaurants, Halloween parties, scary attractions and opportunities to don your most chilling fancy dress costumes during Halloween in London on and around 31st October. 

If you're the kind of person who likes to take your chances all year round, The London Dungeon's Sweeney Todd and the Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks will be frightening visitors for Halloween in London, and well beyond (the grave)!


ONGOING EVENTS

Miss Saigon: 3rd May - 25th October 

Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4HS

Miss Saigon makes a welcome return to London's West End in 2014, taking to the stage at the Prince Edward Theatre. 

The musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil enjoyed a record-breaking run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago, and has since played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world.  Having waited for the perfect London theatre to become available, Sir Cameron Mackintosh now presents his reworked show and brings the love story to life once again. 

Set during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, the musical tells the story of a young Vietnamese orphan girl who is sold for the night to an American GI, resulting in both their lives changing forever. The production will tell a grittier and more realistic version of the story and will also feature a new song titled Maybe, which will be sung for the first time in English during the London shows.

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014: 3rd May - 15th March 2015

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution of the wedding dress over the past two hundred years. 

When did white become the norm? And how have notable fashion designers from Norman Hartnell and Charles James to the outré John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood and classic Vera Wang put their own mark on this iconic form? 

Augmenting the V&A's own pieces will be some new acquisitions and loans such as Dita Von Teese's purple dress (worn when she married Marilyn Manson) and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening: 2nd August - 28th September

Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria  

Every summer inquisitive visitors get the chance to look round Buckingham Palace and admire the interiors of the principal royal residence.

Visitors on the Summer Opening tour are permitted access to the nineteen State Rooms which are still used by the Royal Family to receive and entertain guests on state and ceremonial occasions. Decorated in lavish fashion, they include paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Canaletto, Sevres porcelain and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world. There are also some exquisite royal gifts, including Faberge Eggs, on display.

Book tickets to see Buckingham Palace State Rooms this summer. This is a fascinating opportunity to admire the taste - often wonderful, sometimes comically bad - of Britain's monarchy.


Soho Theatre

Bang in the creative heart of London, Soho Theatre is a major new writing theatre and a writers’ development organisation of national significance.  With a programme spanning theatre, comedy, cabaret and writers’ events and home to a lively bar, Soho Theatre is one of the most vibrant venues on London’s cultural scene.

For a full list of their shows visit www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/

More

When it comes to theatre and comedy we have always found the pages of Time Out offer a broad and helpful insight. Take a look through and see if there is anything that takes your fancy.

Football has always been a huge draw for people visiting London and as the capital now has six teams (Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, QPR, Chelsea, West Ham & Fulham) in the premier league there is always a high profile match at weekends. Tickets can be tricky to get hold of for some games but it is always worth asking the question at reception.

Museums and galleries  are always a great way to spend an afternoon. Whether it’s wondering what the latest feature piece in the Tate Modern actually means or enjoying old (and we mean prehistoric!) classics like the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, there will always be something to see.

If your request is something simpler – perhaps a recommendation for a good local bar or restaurant – then please do not hesitate to talk to our team. We work closely with many of the local businesses and will have a number of exclusive offers with some of our favourite local places that we can offer our guests soon!

 

If we can be of any assistance, no matter what the request, please just let us know: soho.info@thenadler.com

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