What’s on in London for November 2012

SightseeingSo many great things going on in London this month it was really hard to select the top ten out of so many events. For example there are 4 big international Rugby games taking place, with England playing both Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. We chose just one of these matches in our top ten. There is also lots of music and theatre, as well as various exhibitions. We only have room for 10 big events so listed below are our pick of the month. If you don’t find anything there to take your fancy then see the London evening papers for more Whats on.

No.1.  1st till the 3rd November “Ice Age Live”, Being performed at Wembley Arena.

A Mammoth Adventure musical which is coming to London in a jaw-dropping new show in which all your favourite movie characters will be magically brought to life.

With a story inspired by the first three movies, packed with acrobatic dancing, eye-popping effects and toe-tapping tunes, the loveable characters Scrat, Diego, Sid, Ellie, Peaches, Buck, Eddie and Crash will embark on a journey of discovery.

The animal characters will be brought to life by the team behind Cirque du Soleil. Manny the Mammoth alone will measure 3.5m in height, whilst the evil Shadow will have a gigantic wingspan of 4m.Tickets available from Wembley Arena Box office.

No 2.  3rd November    “Battersea Park Fireworks Display” Celebrating Guy Fawkes night.

This spectacular fireworks display regularly attracts around 40,000 people, and includes a huge bonfire in the grounds of Battersea Park. The fireworks are usually set to music, and food and drink will be on sale.

Gates  will open 6 PM, Bonfire 7.30 PM, Fireworks 8 PM

No.3.   3rd November   “Regent Street Motor Show” 10 AM to 4 PM

One of London’s busiest shopping streets, Regent Street, will be hosting a free-to-view motor show on the 3rd November. On show will be more than 300 cars spanning 125 years of motoring history, from early 19th-century museum pieces all the way up to 21st-century cars of the future. Regent Street will be closed to regular traffic for the duration, and the space will be taken up with displays, exhibitor stands and an entertainment stage.

No.4.  5th till the 12th November “Barclays ATP World Tour Finals”, at The O2

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is played at the end of each tennis year, and features the top eight players in the men’s world rankings. No women take part. The format for the competition is a mix of group stages and knockout tennis. The first six days are split between two groups of four, with the top two players from each group contesting the semi-finals The ultimate winner is awarded 1,500 rankings points. The last two competitions have been won by Roger Federer. Can he make it three in a row? Day session starts at 12.15 PM, Night session starts at 6.15 PM, Last day starts at 3.30 PM

No.5.    6th November 2012 to 27th April 2013 “The Bodyguard — The Musical” Adelphi Theatre, The Strand

“The Bodyguard” movie starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston has been in everyone’s minds recently, due to the sad death of Whitney Houston. But now you can enjoy it for all the right reasons — when “The Bodyguard” hits the West End! The new romantic musical tells the story of Frank Farmer, an ex-Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, who is hired to protect pop singer Rachel Marron from a mystery stalker. Both of them are used to being in charge… but neither expects to fall in love.

7.30 PM (Mon-Sat), and 3 PM matinees (Wed, Sat) Tickets available from the box office

No. 6.   10th November “The Lord Mayor’s Show” starting at 11 AM to 2.30 PM (parade) and 5 PM (fireworks).

The annual Lord Mayor’s Show is a mainstay of the London calendar — nearly 800 years old and still going strong. It’s the day when the new Lord Mayor of London is sworn into office (not to be confused with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson — which is a totally different office). The parade features everything from military marching bands and acrobats, to decorated floats and the Gold State Coach. The parade sets off at 10 AM from Mansion House (where the Lord Mayor lives) and ends at the Royal Courts of Justice where he takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. He will then parade all the way back to Mansion House again at 2 PM. One of the day’s most popular attractions are the river barges that float down the Thames, piled high with crackers and bangers and set adrift upon the river. The day will end with a spectacular fireworks display at 5 PM, which will be set off from a barge moored in the middle of the Thames. The barge will be situated between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge (roughly in line with Gabriel’s Wharf). The best views can be had from Victoria Embankment, as the two bridges will likely be crammed full with onlookers.

No.7. 11th November  “Remembrance Day Parade”, at the Cenotaph, Whitehall.

On Remembrance Sunday the Queen, and members of the Royal Family, together with the leading politicians and members of the military, will gather to honour those who have died in the service of the country. Whitehall will be open from 8 AM for spectators to gather, and the two-minute silence will take place at 11 AM. After a suitably sombre service there will be a march-past by thousands of current and ex-members of the armed services. Video screens will be erected near the green outside the main Ministry of Defence building, outside the Scotland Office, and another on the roadway. The Cenotaph is the nation’s memorial to those who gave their life in World War I and II, and plays a central role in the Remembrance Day Parade.

No.8. 17th November  “Rugby International: England v Australia” at Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham  Kick off at 2.30 PM .

The QBE Internationals will see England take on the best teams in the Southern Hemisphere. First up was Fiji, and now they are taking on the might of Australia. The coming weeks will see them play South Africa and New Zealand.

No.9.  23rd November till 6th January 2013  “Winter Wonderland” Hyde Park,

A corner of Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland this Christmas, with a traditional German-style Christmas market with wooden chalets, Bavarian bars and cafes. More than 100 rides will be on offer… soar 60-metres into the sky on a giant observation wheel, enjoy the clowns and acrobats in Zippo’s Christmas Circus, and meet Father Christmas and his elves in the Christmas grotto. If that’s all too much for you then take a leisurely stroll through the Magical Ice Kingdom, with 200 tons of real ice and snow! You can follow the pathways past the exquisite sculptures and crystal-like characters… meet the woodland ice creatures as you roam through the stalagmite forest… see the unicorn-pulled carriage… and meet the ice queen in the castle’s throne room. Held every day  (except Christmas Day) — 10 AM to 10 PM .

No.10.  25th and 29th November “The Rolling Stones in Concert” at the  O2 Arena,

The most eagerly anticipated concert of the year is finally here, when the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band play The O2. The Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood — will be playing two nights in November, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. It’s been five long years since the Stones last performed properly on stage, and they will treat their fans to a celebration of songs from their entire career. Expect to hear classics like “Satisfaction”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Jumping Jack Flash” and “It’s Only Rock and Roll”, plus a few surprises.


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