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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.

JULY EVENTS

Shakespeare In Love: 1st July - 1st December (Monday - Saturday)

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

Tube: Covent Garden 

Tom Bateman will play the role of Will Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen will play Viola De Lesseps when the hit 1998 film 'Shakespeare in Love' comes to the London stage in July 2014, adapted by writer Lee Hall, whose previous hit productions include The Pitman Painters and Billy Elliot. 

The stage adaptation, directed and designed by Cheek by Jowl's Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, promises to be a music and dance extravaganza which will transport audiences back to Shakespeare's London. Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, the story follows promising playwright Will Shakespeare who is plagued by debt and tormented by writer's block. In his search for a new hit he finds inspiration in his muse, the young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. The backstory to the writing of Romeo and Juliet, which includes a walk-on part for Queen Elizabeth herself, has all the ingredients for a huge hit.

Digital Revolution: 3rd July - 14th September

Tube: Barbican

Barbican Centre Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

This immersive exhibition will explore and celebrate the transformation of the arts through digital technology, bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers.

The exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen) and Universal Everything; global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.am and artist Yuri Suzuki, as well as DevArt, a major new collaboration with Google exploring creative coding. The show also features work by Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking film Inception, as well as Framestore's innovative visual effects behind Gravity. 

Artists and performers include Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Amon Tobin and Philip Glass; and game developers including Harmonix Music Systems.

AUGUST EVENTS

Kids Week: 1st - 31st August

The West End, Soho, London WC2H 7BP

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

It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up.

A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 years can see an awesome selection of dazzling West End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays the full price - and another two children can go half price. Tickets for the most popular shows go fast, so it's best not to make any promises until you've booked!

Aside from the shows themselves, there's a whole raft of free children's activities. Kids can peek backstage, participate in workshops, dabble with make-up, learn to dance, scribble a few lines in writing classes and even sing with the cast. It's a fantastic initiative and one which can only inspire kids' enthusiasm for the stage in later life.

Eid Festival: Saturday 2nd August

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS

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

Eid al-Fitr is the global Muslim celebration which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is the Arabic word meaning festivity, while al-Fitr means conclusion of the fast.

Where Christians have Christmas, Muslims have Eid - which gives you an idea of how big the celebrations are. It's certainly a major event in London - and since 2006 there has been a mass gathering in Trafalgar Square organised by the Mayor of London and Muslim groups in the capital. The event features live music as well as food stalls, exhibitions and displays about Islam.

There will also be other local events happening across London in what should prove to be a vibrant and uplifting occasion for everyone involved.

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.

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House: 7th - 20th August

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple

Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies.

While this year's programme has yet to be announced the line-up typically features comedy, romance, musicals, thrillers and cult classics with a couple of premieres thrown into the 14-day programme. Each night DJs play in the courtyard prior to the film being shown on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound.

Beside the Screen talks traditionally provide special insights into the films, with directors, actors and industry insiders giving talks which illuminate the programme.

RideLondon: Saturday 9th August

The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park

This two day festival of cycling takes place across the city, from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall and into the Surrey countryside.

First up, Saturday's 'FreeCycle' welcomes up to 70,000 cyclists to ride along an eight mile, traffic-free loop in central London. Britain's biggest bike festival culminates with Sunday's 'RideLondon 100' - a 100 mile race for amateurs that organisers have described as the London Marathon on wheels.

Other Sunday events include the 'RideLondon Grand Prix' - a series of criterium-style races through central London for professional women, junior riders and hand-cyclists - and the 'RideLondon Classic' - the biggest ever men's professional one day race in Britain.

Both the Classic and 100 races will start at the Olympic Park and cover a similar route to that used in the London 2012 Olympics - taking in eleven London boroughs, Richmond Park, Hampton Court Palace – where Cyclemania is taking place - and the Surrey countryside, before finishing on The Mall.

Ride on!

The Great British Beer Festival: 12th - 16th August

Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington Olympia

Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 700 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world.

Although the Great British Beer Festival sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer.

For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.

South West Four Weekender: 23rd & 24th August

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South

The South West Four Weekender returns for its 11th year and welcomes festival-goers to Clapham Common over the August Bank Holiday weekend for two days of dance-music mayhem.

While this year's line-up has yet to be announced (just some tantilising Cluedo clues so far!) the festival can be relied on for a stellar list of the world's number one DJs. With the likes of Calvin Harris, John Digweed, Tiesto, and Pete Tong taking part in previous years, "SW4" has proved a great success over its first ten years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on.

The music may finish around 22h00 both nights but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

Challenge Cup Final: 23rd August

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park

Believe it or not (and most Southerners will not) but rugby league is the second most popular team sport in Britain and this, the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, is one of the most prestigious matches in world rugby league.

While the game's roots are in firmly in the north of England, this knock-out cup competition, first played in 1897, is now open to a few teams from France and Russia, as well as teams from the Army, Navy and RAF, and some amateur and university sides. Wigan, who defeated Hull 16-0 at Wembley last year, are the current holders of the cup.

Notting Hill Carnival: 23rd - 25th August

Notting Hill, London W11 3AG

Tube: Notting Hill Gate / Holland Park  

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, which has evolved into Europe's biggest street party.

Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially Children's Day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes.

Adults can shake their booties at dozens of stages: our favourites are Channel 1's booming dub, and the jazz-reggae at Gaz's Rockin' Blues, but there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area, and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, Carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.

Portobello Film Festival: 28th August - 14th September

Westbourne Studios (under the Westway) 242 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London W10 5JJ

Tube: Westbourne Park / Ladbroke Grove

Created in 1996 as a reaction to the state of the British Film industry, the Portobello Film Festival celebrates its 18th edition this year.

Set up with the aim of providing a platform for exciting new film-makers, the festival gives daring and ground-breaking directors a chance to get their films seen. While the line-up for this year's festival hasn't been confirmed, 2013 featured the world premiere of Phil Strongman's Macolm McLaren Situationist biography, Anarchist, an exhibition at the Louise T Blouin Institute, and 17 days of screenings at Westbourne Studios, and the Portobello Pop Up Cinemaunder the Westway so you can expect something along those lines.

The festival hasn't always had an easy ride and has even found itself without a cinema screen at times, but screening in parks, theatres, clubs and bars have all added to the diverse nature of the event. With annual premieres of shorts, documentaries and animations, plus lots of talks and workshops with top film directors, the Portobello Film Festival is an exciting event in any film fanatic's diary.


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.

Kitchen Gardens: from 3rd May 

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

The latest addition to Hampton Court Palace's world-class gardens will be the restored Kitchen Gardens, which will be used to show how food was produced for the King's table at the palace. 

The Tiltyard was used as the royal kitchen garden throughout the 18th century and this recreation will be faithful to its time, right down to the types of gardening displays used to cultivate rare heritage fruit and veg. 

The garden will be open to the public free of charge.

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.

Colour: 18th June - 7th September

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London WC2N 5DN

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

The first exhibition of this calibre in Britain to be arranged purely by pigment, “Colour” takes us on a journey through the history of colour. Sure to be a visually striking exhibition, paintings from the National Gallery's collection are arranged according to their colours, with each room dedicated to a particular colour, including a room of silver and gold. The history of colour is tied in with the discovery and development of the raw materials used to create dye, so the exhibition charts the trade routes developed over 700 years, from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement.

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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