What’s on in London for November 2016

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Just a couple of months till Christmas and London is starting to gear up to the festive season. Lots of open air ice rings will start to open all over London, and this month also sees Winter Wonderland return to Hyde Park. There are a couple of special parades taking place. All are listed below, plus music events and other one off special events. If you need tickets for the theatre or any concerts, or Harry Potter, or if you require a car to take you around London or pick you up from any London Airport or take you there, then give Harmony cars a ring they will be happy to help you. Their number is 07976 374498 or email info@harmony-airport-transfers.com

No 1. 5th November 2016 “Regent Street Motor Show” at Regent Street

Head down to Regent Street between 10.30am and 4pm as hundreds of vehicles, showcasing 125 years of motoring history, go on display in the famous shopping street. Be wowed by a huge collection of impressive cars, motorbikes and classic automobiles dating from pre 1905 to the present day and beyond. Find out about the latest low-emission technologies, and enjoy exciting music and dance performances during the show. This interactive celebration of motoring is perfect for car enthusiasts and families, as well as shoppers looking for a fun distraction.

No 2. 7th November “Paul Simon” Royal Albert Hall

Being one part of the Simon and Garfunkel due, famous in the 60’s and 70’s for classics like ” Bridge over troubled waters” , ” The Boxer”, “Sound of Silence”, “Mrs Robinson” and many more. He then went on to have many solo hits like “50 Ways to leave your lover” “Slip sliding away”. He is recognized as a top performer and composer in his own right. This is a chance to see the man and his music in a one night concert if you can get tickets don’t miss this opportunity to see him.

No.3. 11th to 13th November 2016 “Remembrance in London 2016”

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day or sometimes Poppy Day, is commemorated every year on 11 November. 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 during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am every 11 November, to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War as well as in
more recent conflicts. From 2014 to 2018, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War. The special Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square takes place on 11 November, with music, readings and the two-minute silence led by The Royal British Legion from 10am until 11.15am.

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11
November (13 November in 2016). Various concerts, church services and commemorative events take place across London on this day to remember the men and women who gave their lives in combat. Every year on Remembrance Sunday, a service and parade takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall which is attended by the Queen as well as politicians and military representatives.

No.4. 11th November till 25th January 2017 “Winter Festival” at Southbank Centre

See Southbank Centre transformed into a magical landscape this festive season, complete with a bustling market, twinkling lights and a host of seasonal events.
The annual festival offers a packed programme of free and ticketed events for all ages – from world-class theatrical performances and festive concerts, to social dances and community choirs. There is also plenty of Christmas shopping and wintry food and drinks to be enjoyed, as well as family activities to keep the children entertained.

No.5. 12th November 2016 “The Lord Mayor’s Show”

Cheer on the new mayor and the spectacular procession, as they wind their way between Bank and Aldwych. 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 between 11am and 2.30pm as around half a million people line up along the route to watch the colourful parade travel across London. After the procession, a fantastic fireworks display lights up the sky over the river Thames from 5pm. See the fireworks from the Thames on a fireworks cruise.

The iconic golden Lord Mayor’s Coach can be seen at the Museum of London during the rest of the year.

No.6. 18th November 2016 till 2nd January 2017 “Winter Wonderland” in Hyde Park

Get into the festive spirit as Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland returns to London for the 10th year. This free-to-enter family event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including Winter Wonderland ice skating, big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.

Skate around the stunning ice rink, the UK’s largest outdoor rink which circles the Victorian bandstand.Watch world and national championship-level ice skaters perform dazzling acrobatics on a frozen stage with The Imperial Ice Stars’ The Nutcracker on Ice (new for Winter Wonderland
2016). Book Now.

Go on An Arctic Adventure (new for Winter Wonderland 2016) past icebergs and ice sculptures to a lost island in the Magical Ice Kingdom.

Enjoy acrobatic wonders at Cirque Beserk, an evening showcase of astonishing skills and daredevil stunts.

Take a seat on the Giant Observation Wheel for a flight 60m above London, offering stunning views of the city’s skyline.

Enjoy perusing the traditional German Christmas market which houses more than 200 charming chalets overflowing with festive goods.

Explore the Angels Christmas Market and Fairies Market, to shop for unusual and unique items, including arts and crafts, trinkets, jewellery and decorations.

Catch the popular family daytime show Zippos Christmas Circus, featuring amazing acrobats, jugglers and clowns in the Mega Dome.

Take the little ones to The Sooty Christmas Show (new for Winter Wonderland 2016) as Children ITV’s Sooty, Sweep and Soo take to the stage each day at 11am, for magic, music and giggles.
Let the kids have a go on the carousel, helter skelter and run around funhouses at the
Traditional Fairground. Older children will love the adrenaline-fuelled Winter Wonderland rides. Tokens can be purchased at dedicated token booths.

Step into Santa Land, where you’ll meet Father Christmas and his Elves for free in the Winter Wonderland Santa’s Grotto, every day until 6pm.

Head to the various restaurants, bars and food stalls for churros, mulled wine or warming hot chocolate.

Try festive German fare, such as German sausage and glühwein in the Bavarian Village, and enjoy sing-alongs and dancing to the Oom-pah bands well into the evening.

Relax with a cocktail at Bar Ice, which has tables, walls and sculptures crafted from ice – booking tickets ahead is essential.

Winter Wonderland is free to enter but some activities require a paid-for ticket, including popular attractions.

No.7. 18th November 2016 till 3rd September 2017 “STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition” at The O2.

Get a fresh perspective on the legendary Star Wars characters thanks to the 200 models, costumes and props from the saga on display. Embark on an interactive journey through the evolution of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and learn more about yourself and what “forces” shape you. Create your unique Star Wars identity by incorporating elements of your personality with the exhibition’s fictional elements. You’ll then leave with your original character – a version of you in another galaxy.

No.8. 19th November 2016 till 29th January 2017 ‘Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter” at Warners Leavesden Studios

Winter has arrived at Hogwarts. Glittering Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a replica festive feast is laid out on the long tables. Special-effect fires roar in the fireplaces, the Gryffindor common room is filled with Christmas treats and the detailed castle model is covered in a special blanket of snow. Get up close to props and models used in the Harry Potter films, and take a look around the studio’s famous movie sets decorated as they were for the festive scenes. You’ll also discover how artificial snow is created and how special-effect fires are controlled on set.

No.9. 20th November 2016 “Yusuf / Cat Stevens” at London Shaftesbury Theatre.

Yusuf Islam (commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens) is a British singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album’s title song “Matthew and Son” charted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. His albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and Islamic music. For many years he stayed out of the public eye concentrating on his new found religion, now he is back. Go see this amazingly talented singer songwriter and get the chance to hear him perform some of his famous tracks ( Morning has broken, First cut is the deepest, Moonshadow and many more) live.

No.10. 23rd November 2016 till 2nd January 2017 “Christmas at Kew”

Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

The popular after-dark Christmas event returns for a fourth year, with a new mile-long trail through the famous botanic gardens, lit up with more than 60,000 lights.

Get together with family and friends and follow the illuminated path around the gardens. Hear the choir of Christmas trees sing before going through the carpet of swaying lights and scented garden of blazing fires. Admire the giant crystals, colour-changing reed and crystal flowers art installations that glow into the night. Pass through the sparkling tunnel of dancing lights and sing along to classic Christmas tunes with the karaoke jukebox, before ending your journey with the spectacular light, music and water display in front of the iconic Palm House. Little ones can catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves preparing for Christmas in the North Pole village, and enjoy a ride on the Victorian Carousel and helter skelter. While loved-up couples can snuggle up at the mistletoe stop. There’s also plenty of delicious Christmas treats and warming winter drinks to be enjoyed in this magical atmosphere that’s guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit.

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