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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.

OCTOBER EVENTS

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.

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)!

NOVEMBER EVENTS

Regent Street Motor Show: 1st November

Regent Street, London W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus  

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 this are stage shows, presentations and competitions, making it an exciting day out for car fans.

The Big Draw: 1st - 2nd November

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

Tube: South Kensington 

The Big Draw takes place nationwide throughout the month of October, and sees museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks playing host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover how drawing can connect them with their surroundings and communities.

Put together by the Campaign for Drawing, a charity which aims to eradicate the words, "I can't draw", The Big Draw is one of the world's largest drawing festivals and more than 1,000 organisations in the UK and 15 other countries participate each year. In 2013 The Big Draw collaborated with the Family Arts Festival to create the largest arts festival the UK has ever seen, and that will continue this year.

London institutions including the British Museum, National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wellcome Collection, the British Library and Discover Children's Story Centre are all hosting events, so there's lots going on!

Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair: 3rd - 9th November

Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington Olympia 

The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming something of an antique itself, as it turns 24 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, as the fair is just as 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.

Lord Mayor's Show: 8th November

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

Tube: Bank / Cannon Street / Mansion House / Monument  

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 in which the Lord Mayor travels.

The procession starts at 11h00 with an RAF flypast, and goes on until about 14h30, 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. 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 17h00, set off from a barge moored in the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges. The best vantage points to watch from tend to be around Embankment and Gabriel's Wharf.

Remembrance Sunday: 9th November

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross / Embankment  

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 11h00, 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 the Cenotaph, there are usually other events marking Remembrance Sunday including a Ceremony of Remembrance at London's Imperial War Museum, a day of activities at the National Army Museum and a weekend of events at the Royal Air Force Museum.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014: 9th - 16th November 

O2 Arena (indoor sports venue), Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich  

The ATP World Tour Finals return 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 to 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) Rafael 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 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.

London Science Festival: 12th - 19th November

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, Southwark, London SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington / Gloucester Road  

The London Science Festival prompts us to see science in the city. Through collaborations with leading scientists, artists, museums, universities and independent organisations including the Natural History Museum, the festival opens science up to inspire audiences of all ages.

Last year's events included a guided tour of the engineering marvels of London 2012 in Stratford, a tour of the London sites of some of Brunel's biggest engineering achievements, and an art / science exhibition, ‘Helix’, at the GV Art Gallery in Marylebone. Key curatorial themes for the 2014 festival are Life, and Science & London.

Essentially, the London Science Festival opens science up to audiences of all ages, creates forums for debate, and encourages participation through events, many of which are free of charge and drop-in.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize: 13th November - 8th February 2015

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

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

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 has been running at the National Portrait Gallery for almost twenty years, and 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.

London Jazz Festival: 14th - 23rd November

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

Tube: Waterloo / Embankment

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 this year.

The 10-day festival presents 2,500 artists across 60 venues, and 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!  

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland: 21st November - 4th January 2015

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

Tube: Knightsbridge  

Throughout late November and December the section of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, a giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink.

Now into its sixth consecutive year, it's already a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. New for this year is the Magical Ice Kingdom, a walk-through world of ice and snow with woodland creatures and a unicorn-pulled carriage. Doing your best Torvill and Dean impersonation is a great way to embrace the cold and the Ice Rink - which surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated by 108,000 pea-lights - is the biggest of its kind in the UK.

A turn on the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel offers great views over London's most popular Christmas attraction. Zippos Circus is always a hit and the show never fails to pull crowds into its heated big top when temperatures plummet, whilst the daredevil Zippos Cirque Berserk entertains the evening crowd. The traditional Angels Christmas Market, with its 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…!

Thanksgiving in London 2014: 27th November

Celebrate Thanksgiving in London with American food and fun!

The American holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This year it falls on 27 November.

In Britain, while it's not an official holiday, lots of American expats and tourists, as well as their friends and relatives, like to mark the occasion by coming together to eat a traditional Thanksgiving feast. 

Festive food for Thanksgiving includes turkey, pumpkin pie, chowder and anything with an American theme.

Thanksgiving menus are available on the day from lots of London hotels, pubs and restaurants.

St Andrew's Day in London: 30th November

Celebrate St Andrew's Day – Scotland's national day – in London.

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St Andrew's Day is Scotland's official national day.

On St Andrew's Day many people in London devote themselves to a celebration of all things Scottish. Expect bagpipes, tartan, golf, whisky and, of course, haggis! 

History of St Andrew and Scotland

St Andrew was the brother of St Peter, and Christ's first disciple. He spent his life spreading the word of Jesus and died as a martyr on a diagonal cross (the St Andrew's flag shows a white diagonal cross on a blue background).

His ties to Scotland stem from a traditional tale that St Andrew's bones were housed there for several hundred years up until the Reformation.

As well as Scotland, St Andrew is the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Romania.

The St Andrew's cross flag of Scotland was incorporated into the Union Jack of Great Britain today.


ONGOING EVENTS


Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014: until 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.

 

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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