What’s on in London for November 2015

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Christmas is getting closer and London is starting to get in to Festive mode. This month sees the start of the Xmas special activities opening. You will notice, (if you come towards the end of the month), outdoor ice rings popping up all over London. There is usually a large one at the Natural History museum and of course there will be one at the Hyde Park Winter Wonder Land event. If you are in London this will also be a great time to visit the shops and stock up on some great gifts.

No.1. 1st November “Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs – NFL International Series 2015” at Wembley Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £37.50 to £105.00 per ticket. Child Ticket: £17.50 to £22.50 per ticket

No.2. 2nd till 8th November “Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair” at Olympia. Discover and buy high-quality art, antiques, furniture, jewellery and collector’s items at this annual winter fair. Browse an extensive range of more than 30,000 traditional and modern pieces of art and antiques on sale at the show, as it returns to Olympia for its 25th year.       The show, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors – from collectors, to interior designers and individuals looking to add to their home – brings together 120 dealers to show off high-quality furniture, jewellery, silver, sculptures, paintings, glass, textiles and more. The fair is run in association with the UK’s top trade associations, BADA and LAPADA, and each piece is checked by experts prior to going on display to ensure its quality and authenticity. This year’s highlights include jewellery by Paul Flato, a Tiffany & Co. clutch and furniture by Gillows of Lancaster. The event programme offers talks by The V&A on historic wallpapers, art deco travel, and artists’ houses; demonstrations by the BBC Antiques Roadshow’s Alastair Dickenson on identifying the authenticity of a piece of silver; and tours of the fair by art consultant Vanessa Curry. Running alongside Asian Art in London this year, the fair will also exhibit and put on sale the works of the Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng for the first time in the UK. Ticket Prices: Single Admission Ticket: £15.00 to £20.00 per ticket

No.3. 6th till 8th November “BluesFest 2015” at The O2 Arena. Tom Jones and Van Morrison lead an exciting blues roll call of acts at London’s O2 Arena. Don’t miss the blues event of the year as the star-studded Prudential BluesFest gets underway. A lively celebration of all things blues related, the extravaganza features a broad range of acts, including many old favourites and some highly talented newcomers. Taking to the stage across the weekend are the Grammy-winning blues-rockers Tedeschi Trucks Band, along with British star Jo Harman and the ever popular Dave Matthews Band. The unquestionable highlight of the festival sees two truly iconic music figures join forces for a one night only double bill: Tom Jones and Van Morrison. Billed as Bring it On Home – an evening with Tom Jones and Van Morrison, the concert boasts two full sets from the legends and their bands, with a very good chance of them teaming up for what should be an unforgettable duet. Despite the two of them being friends since the 1960s and having collaborated on many music projects, this is the first time that they’ve performed together publicly, making this a truly special night for music. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: From £45.00 per ticket

No.4.   8th till 11th November “Remembrance in London”. Every year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. 11 November is known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day or Poppy Day. From 2014 until 2018, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War years. During the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am on 11 November. Don’t miss the special Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square led by The Royal British Legion, from 10am until 11.45am. Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Remembrance Sunday sees special events and services relating to remembrance. This year Remembrance Sunday is on 8 November in 2015. On Remembrance Sunday, there’ll be a Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. The Cenotaph ceremony is organised annually by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with The Royal British Legion coordinating the March Past. There’ll also be various concerts, church services and events in London on and around this date to mark Remembrance Day

No.5. 13th November till 22nd November “EFG London Jazz Festival 2015”. Enjoy musical improvisation in all its forms at the 23rd EFG London Jazz Festival. Held across various locations around London. This annual celebration of the wide-ranging music genre features top-quality artists from around the globe. The capital’s biggest pan-city music festival delivers a mix of world-class artists and emerging stars, continuing to take jazz to a massive audience through varying styles: you might find a big band at one venue and a crossover jazz vocalist just down the road! There are also film screenings and special talks that take an in-depth look at different jazz styles and performers. See Press for Details

No.6.   14th November “The Lord Mayor’s Show”. Celebrate the 800th Lord’s Mayor’s Show featuring a parade with everything from vibrant samba dancing to military marching bands, as it winds its way through the heart of London. The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor. Every year since, the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown. These days, the parade is more of a celebration than a show of loyalty. Join in the fun as around half a million people turn out to watch as the colourful procession travels across London. This year’s event will have added significance as it marks the 800th anniversary of the charter, so expect plenty of special events and activities.   After the procession, a fantastic fireworks display lights up the sky over the river Thames.

No.7. 15th till 22nd November “Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2015” at The O2. Don’t miss tennis superstars such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, as they battle it out at The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The year-end climax to the men’s professional tennis season will feature only the world’s best qualified singles players and doubles teams, with $1.92m prize money up for grabs. Players will compete in a minimum of three matches using a round-robin format, before the knockout semi-finals. Novak Djokovic will bid to become the first player in history to capture four successive Barclays ATP World Tour Finals singles titles after sealing his qualification for this year’s prestigious season-ending tournament.   Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £42.00 to £371.81 per ticket.

No.8. 19th till 22nd November “Taste of London Winter” at Tobacco Dock. Escape the cold of winter and enjoy some warming food and drink from top London restaurant chefs and suppliers as Taste of London Winter returns to Tobacco Dock. This festive edition of the popular restaurant festival Taste of London, is a foodie wonderland offering a huge range of tasty morsels to get the taste buds excited. Set within the atmospheric Victorian splendour of the dock, the festival offers food lovers the chance to sample the signature dishes and wintry specials of the capital’s finest restaurants including Hix, Tom’s Kitchen, Club Gascon and Tredwell’s. Packed with food stalls, demonstrations, talks, tastings and live music, visitors can indulge in everything from chocolate, wine and cheese sampling to cooking masterclasses with renowned chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Monica Galetti and Marcus Wareing.    Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: From £12.00 per ticket

No.9.   20th till 3rd January 2016 “Winter Wonderland” in Hyde Park. Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. This Christmas themed event provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. Skate around the stunning ice rink which circles the Victorian bandstand, enter the Magical Ice Kingdom with its ‘ice forest’ of frozen sculptures and gleaming ice castle, and enjoy the acrobatic wonders of shows at Zippos Circus and Cirque Beserk. If you’re a thrill-seeker, there are plenty of rides to try. Younger children can enjoy gentle activities such as carousels, helter skelters and funhouses. Older children and adults, meanwhile, will love the adrenaline-fuelled rollercoasters. Tokens for these rides can be purchased at dedicated token booths. For something more sedate, take a seat on the observation wheel for a flight 60m above London, offering stunning views of the city’s skyline. Winter Wonderland’s also has its famous Christmas Market where you can purchase arts and crafts trinkets, jewellery and decorations that make perfect presents for friends and family. Explore the Angels and Yuletide section, where charming wooden chalets are overflowing with festive goods. If you are hungry there is plenty to eat, head to the various restaurants, bars and food stalls. Try some churros, sip mulled wine or keep warm with a frothy hot chocolate. There’s also the chance to try some festive German fare, such as German sausage and glühwein in the Bavarian Village.

No.10.   26th November “Simple Minds” at The O2. With a string of hits including Don’t You (Forget About Me) and Alive & Kicking, Jim Kerr and his long-time collaborator Charlie Burchill bring their latest line-up with an epic two-set show that will take you from the first hits all the way to the present day. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £47.00 to £108.25 per ticket

 

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