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:
"Take A View" - Landscape Photographer of the Year: until 31st January
Waterloo Station - Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SW
After many successful years at the National Theatre, this exhibition has now been moved to one of London’s busiest stations – London Waterloo.
Showcasing the very best of beautiful rural and urban scenery, the winning entries from the competition are a must-see visual feast, and are on display on the station’s recently-built Mezzanine level until the end of the month.
The photographs can also be enjoyed on the amazing Motion@Waterloo, a 40m wide LCD screen which is the largest single indoor screen in the UK and spans the station from platforms 7 to 11.
Hours: the exhibition can be viewed during the station’s opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 4h30 – 1h05 / Sat: 4h30 – 1h45 / Sun: 5h30 – 1h05
Further details can be found at www.southbanklondon.com/landscape-photographer-of-the-year
The London Wedding Show: 31st January – 1st February (10h00 – 17h00)
ExCel London – Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL
DLR: Custom House / Prince Regent
The London ExCel Wedding Show will showcase everything your heart could ever desire when thinking of a truly romantic wedding; from bridalwear to floristry, and every little detail in-between. The event will bring together the latest products and services, and experienced wedding planners and specialists will be on hand to discuss your ideas and help you create your perfect day.
Official website http://www.theukweddingshows.co.uk/london-wedding-show
Cancer Research UK London Winter Run: 1st February
Are you looking for new challenge? Do you feel like supporting one of the UK’s biggest cancer research charities? If so, sign up to take part in the traditional London Winter Run!
15,000 people are expected to fill the streets of London on 1st February, making their way past some of the capital’s most iconic buildings as they brave the elements to raise vital funds to help fundraise for Cancer Research UK.
From Westminster, runners will head out on a loop past The London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, the Tower of London and many more of the capital;s landmarks as they complete the 10km route.
More information can be found at winterrunseries.co.uk
Chinese New Year 2015: 22nd February
Various venues: West End / Chinatown / Trafalgar Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
Tube: Leicester Square / Piccadilly Circus
Over 1000 performers and volunteers are expected to take part in the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia.
Festivities in London will begin at 10h00 22nd February, with a New Year's Parade winding through the West End, before reaching its final destination in Chinatown. The official opening ceremony will take place in Trafalgar Square, followed by an array of stage performances with performing troupes from China, including acrobatics, traditional dances and a gravity-defying lion dance on high poles.
Key performers will include the “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” and The Red Poppy Ladies Percussion Group, as well as four exciting new music/dance performances by local British Chinese artists, to be presented by the China Arts Space.
Alongside the festivities in Trafalgar Square there will be a second stage on Shaftesbury Avenue, and in Chinatown itself traditional craft stalls and food stands serving up the widest and most delicious range of Chinese regional cuisine in Europe.
Further details can be found at www.lccauk.com
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize: until 8th February
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.
Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection: until 1st March
Science Museum – Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Tube: South Kensington
Find out how photography has shaped our perception of the world.
This new exhibition brings together over 200 extraordinary highlights from the collection of the world’s oldest surviving photographic society, by some of the greatest names in photography. In collaboration with the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany, and with the support of The Royal Photographic Society, the Science Museum has made a selection of key treasures from this extraordinary collection.
A must see for photography and history lovers!
Wedding Dresses 1775 - 2014: until 15th March
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.
The Art of the Brick: until 12th April
Old Truman Brewery, Loading Bay, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR
Tube: Aldgate East / Old Street / Liverpool Street
Nathan Sawaya’s unique work varies from conceptual pieces to iconic classical artwork and he is the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world.
The Art of the Brick is his first UK exhibition, and features large-scale sculptures created using millions of LEGO building blocks, which will no doubt change your view of what these little brick can achieve. Having already wowed audiences all over the world, this travelling exhibition is one of the most extraordinary and innovative in recent memory.
If you would like to find out more – click www.artofthebrick.co.uk
The Real Food Market
Weekly (every Friday – Sunday), 11h00 – 20h00
Southbank Centre - Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tube: Waterloo / Embankment
Home to some of the rising stars of London’s street food scene, The Real Food Market is one of London’s best addresses for fresh, high quality, great value food and drink, sourced directly from over 40 who rear, grow and make your food; supporting small producers and independent traders.
The idea of the ‘Real Food Market’ is to support sustainability and ethical correctly produced goods. So, whatever you will purchase will not just be absolutely fresh and good for you but also for our planet.
For more information, visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Harry Potter London Tour (Muggle Tour)
Daily throughout the year
Starts: near London Bridge
Ends: Leicester Square
Be a true Harry Potter fan and let the tour guide take your into the world of magic and witchcraft. You will get the unique chance to explore the film locations and places that inspired J.K. Rowling, and learn a little about the weird and wonderful goings-on during the filming of the beloved Harry Potter movies!
Let magic become reality..!
Full details can be found at www.muggletours.co.uk
The Jermyn Street Experience with Dr Cindy Lawford
16h00 every Friday (tour lasts ~ two hours and costs £15 / person)
Meet in front of Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST
This sense-expanding, anecdote-filled tour of London’s Jermyn Street offers special access to the traditional shops selling exquisite perfumes, cheeses, cigars and art works that make it so famous. You’ll hear how the finest gentlemen’s hats are made and how the best bespoke shirts tailored, as well as learning about the history of the street’s buildings and their celebrated residents.
Booking is recommended and full details can be found at www.cindylawford.co.uk/jermyn-street-experience
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/
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: email@example.com