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Events and things to do in and near Soho

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 London Design Festival: 13th - 21st September

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

Tube: South Kensington

The London Design Festival is an ambitious project. Hundreds of events, locations, shops, universities and design agencies are involved in the nine days of talks, exhibitions, competitions and activities. It's a true celebration of the capital's all-encompassing design industry, taking in sectors as diverse as fashion, architecture, retail, typography, photography, textiles, interior decoration and manufacturing.

There's a huge amount to see, but don't be put off by the volume: inclusion here is based on the quality of the design. Events come in all shapes and sizes from product launches in tiny boutiques to massive trade shows including 100% Design at Earls Court, the UK's largest contemporary design trade event.

The scope is far-reaching and you'll be hard pressed to cover all of it, but it's fun trying! 

London Open House Weekend: 20th - 21st September

Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, City, London EC2R 8AH

Tube: Bank / Cannon Street / Mansion House / Moorgate / Monument

For one weekend a year many of London's architectural landmarks open their doors to offer us a glimpse behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public.

The hugely popular London Open House Weekend opens more than 800 of the city's sites and buildings - including London landmarks like 'The Gherkin', Lloyd's of London, Battersea Power Station, The View from the Shard and the Bank of England - in this fantastic, free yearly event, now in its 22nd year.

There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from including some of the most beautiful buildings - old and new - in the city. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true! For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. An inspired idea and a real treat whether you're a lover of architecture or just plain nosy.

Entry to some of the houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website www.londonopenhouse.org. You're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.

Great Gorilla Run: 20th September

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Road, Bankside, London SE1 2UP

Tube: London Bridge

There's some serious monkey business going on in London this September! Back for its 12th year, the Great Gorilla Run will be bounding through the streets of the capital.

Aiming to raise money to save the world's remaining gorillas, hundreds of people will be pulling on their gorilla costumes and running, jogging or walking the 7km City and Bankside route. Expect to see many humorously adapted costumes, including cheerleading gorillas prancing across Tower Bridge and ballerina gorillas perfecting their poise by the Tate Modern.

Runners hoping to participate need to pay a registration fee which can be done through The Gorilla Organisation website (a gorilla costume is included!) and should head to the London Underwriting Centre off Mincing Lane in the City of London, where the run starts and finishes. 

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.

Vodafone London Fashion Weekend: 18th - 21st September

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple / Embankment

London Fashion Weekend follows London Fashion Week, which is one of the "big four" fashion trade shows in the world. London Fashion Weekend is a fashionista extravaganza, letting everyone in on the fabulous world of fashion.

Somerset House is transformed into an exclusive fashion experience, brimming with designer catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty, and educational panels.

Fashion lovers can get their seasonal wardrobe fix from designer brands including Issa London, French Sole and Linda Farrow.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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