What’s on in London for November 2013

driverChristmas is getting close, so this month sees a lot of events relating to the festivities. London is always a popular destination for shopping and sightseeing but Christmas is always a special time and so with this in mind London is turning itself into a real Winter wonderland. Listed below are our top 10 events that we can recommend for you we see this month, so enjoy.

No 1. 1st November “Bluesfest: Van Morrison & Mick Hucknall” at The Royal Albert Hall, Join Van Morrison and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall for an All-Star Tribute to Bobby Bland, who sadly died earlier this year. Both Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall held him in the highest esteem. He may be gone, but for one night at Blues Fest the music of Bobby Bland will ring out loud. Tickets: £35 to £45

No 2.  1st to the 3rd  November “Gadget Show Live @ Christmas”  at Earls Court. See and try and buy the best tech on the market in the run up to Christmas. Based around the popular Channel 5 prime time program, the Gadget Show Live brings the TV series to life. This Christmas edition of the show will be packed full with all the glorious gadgets and gifts which are setting your Christmas lists alight. Far more than just an exhibition – there will be fantastic features to bring the tech to life! On top of that you can see the presenters of the TV show in a stunning hour long performance in the Super Theatre. They will bring you presenter challenges, audience competitions and mass gaming challenges. There’ll be fantastic prize giveaways and outstanding tech on display. Opening times: 09:00 – 18:00     Admission price:  Adult entry: £14 , Child entry: £7

No. 3.  2nd November “Regent’s Street Motor Show” held in Regent Street W1. Car enthusiasts will see Regent Street host its annual Motor show. If you haven’t been before, you’re in for a surprise. The entire street is closed to traffic, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with your favourite motors. Exhibiting cars old and new, the Regent Street Motor Show includes no less than 300 pioneering vehicles. Not only this, but the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run will finish its 63 mile route on the Mile of Style, alongside the iconic 20th century car display and the RAC Future Car Challenge. As well as getting an insight into the history of motoring, you’ll also be able to peek into its future. The RAC Future Car Challenge has become increasingly important as awareness of low energy use and low emission vehicles continues to grow. Marvelling at the new developments in an age of environmentally aware motoring, the Regent Street Motor Show aims to also highlight that new hybrid models are just as interesting as the classics.   TIMES: 11:30 – 16:15

No.4.  4th till the 11th  November “Barclays ATP World Tour Finals” at The O2, Greenwich. The final event of the men’s professional tennis season returns. Be sure to secure the best seats to see the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal up close as they battle for the final title of the season. Tickets for the world’s biggest indoor tennis tournament are on sale now. With over 263,000 fans attending last year across multiple sold-out sessions, tickets will go fast. Prices from £10

No.5.  9th November “Lord Mayor’s Show” From Mansion House via Bank, St Pauls and Fleet Street to Aldwych. The Lord Mayor’s Show is like no other procession in the world. It is 3 miles long and nearly 800 years old and its 6000 participants will spend months preparing floats for the amazement of hundreds of thousands of people who line the streets of the City to watch them go by. In 1213 a grateful King John awarded the City of London the right to choose its own Mayor, but he had a condition: every year, when a new Mayor took office, he had to make his way upriver to Westminster and pledge loyalty to the Crown. The Lord Mayor of London is one of the world’s oldest elected officials, and the Lord Mayor’s Show is the public festival that has grown up around his journey. The modern Lord Mayor no longer goes by boat, or by horse, but he must still travel out of the City to pledge his loyalty to the Crown. These days he does that at the Royal Courts in Aldwych and just as in the middle ages, he is accompanied by military displays, marching bands, acrobats, dancers, displays of pomp and charity and symbols of London’s ancient strength and resolve. It’s only 1.7 miles from Mansion House to the Royal Courts but the Lord Mayor’s procession is 3 miles long. It will take over an hour to pass you, and when the first floats reach Aldwych most of the procession is still waiting to set off. The processional route goes from Mansion House via Bank, St Pauls and Fleet Street to Aldwych, and the tail of the procession will get to the Royal Courts at about 12.15. There is a short break during the ceremony, then the whole procession sets off again at 1pm to take the new Lord Mayor back to Mansion House. The procession finally ends at about 230 when the last floats reach the city. At 5pm the new Lord Mayor starts a magnificent firework display over the Thames. The fireworks are launched between Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges and for the best view you’ll want to get down to the riverside, but you can see them from all over London.

No.6.   9th November “Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch On”. It’s an evening of Christmas tunes, celebrity talent and fireworks. A London tradition since 1948, when the Regent Street Association first decorated the street with Christmas trees, the lacing of the street with lights marks the official countdown to Christmas day. This year, it’s an all day event. With a traffic-free day of entertainment and plenty of Christmas shopping. At 3 pm the event will start with a fashion show along the street  featuring many of the famous Regent Street fashion brands. Shopping aside, this year’s Christmas lights will be themed around the brand new animated film “Mr Peabody and Sherman”. The movie follows a talking dog “Mr Peabody” and his adopted human son, “Sherman” on an adventure through world history and will be on general release February 2014.  In the evening,  Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) and Jamie Theakston, will compare  a star-studded musical show . To find out more keep an eye on the official website for announcements of the exciting performances planned for this event .

No.7.   12th November “Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On”. The 54th annual Oxford Street Christmas lights will be switched on at a spectacular ceremony hosted by the world’s top department store Selfridges. Supported by 300 Oxford Street retailers, the world famous Christmas lights have undergone a glittering transformation for the first time in five years. After a global tender process, the new £1.5 million display will provide a dazzling display with three quarter of a million LED lights lighting up the iconic street.

N0. 8.  13th to the 17th November “Ideal Home Show at Christmas” at Earls Ct. Split across six different sections and featuring over 400 exhibitors, Earls Court will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland , offering everything you need to plan and create your perfect Christmas at home. Visitors will be able to explore the Traditional Christmas market with gifts and crafts that cannot be found on the high street, or sample a variety of festive food and drink from mulled wine and mince pies, and a selection of wine and champagnes, or even indulge in a traditional Christmas dinner in the show’s feature restaurant. This year’s Christmas Craft Theatre will offer a variety of workshops and advice on how to decorate your home’s interior, from making your own decorations, table settings and Christmas cards to getting your home ready for Santa’s annual visit. Alternatively take a trip to the How to Theatre to get advice and ideas for those last minute Home Improvement DIY jobs you’ve been putting off all year. The show will also see a variety of Fashion and Beauty to help you get ready for the party season, as well as Technology & Gadgets galore to entertain the whole family. If all that wasn’t enough, visitors will also be able to enjoy more fun and festive entertainment than ever before with a special indoor ice-skating rink, and a bandstand filled with Christmas Choirs and live performances by a range of West End Musicals, which will celebrate the start of the Christmas season and provide a great festive day out for the whole family.

No.9.  23rd November till 5th January “Hyde Park Winter Wonderland” at Hyde Park. London’s spectacular Christmas destination returns to light up Hyde Park with wintertime festivities. Featuring the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink will once again be set around the picturesque Victorian bandstand. With its 108,000 pea-lights illuminating the rink, it will create a sparkling and magical setting for ice skating. A perfect way to celebrate the festive season!  Zippos Circus will also make a welcome return with a fun-packed show of world-class jugglers, clowns and aerialists, a treat for all the family. For the evening crowd there’s a new show Cirque Berserk, a sensational spectacle of daredevil feats, thrilling high-wire, and the incredible ‘Globe of Death’. You can also experience Winter Wonderland from above! The Giant Observation Wheel takes you on a ride 60 metres into the air, to see spectacular views of Hyde Park and beyond. All the thrills and excitement of over 100 rides and attractions will dazzle you throughout the site. From gentle carousels, helter skelter and fun houses for the little ones, to spooky ghost rides and pirate adventures for the bold, and waltzers, dodgems, roller coasters and adrenalin rides for thrill-seekers everywhere! Come and make a child’s dream come true in Santa Land, this year with new and exciting attractions. Santa and his elves will greet you in his grotto, and give out gifts to children who’ve been good! Enter the Magical Ice Kingdom, an awe-inspiring experience through a fantastical world of real ice and snow. Follow the magical pathways and admire the beauty of the exquisite sculptures and crystal-like characters throughout the themed rooms. Meet the woodland ice creatures as they roam through the forest, the ice bears, wolves, stags, owls, foxes and rabbits. Try a seat in the fairy tale unicorn-pulled carriage and take the slide in the magnificent ice castle. Dare to approach the dragon’s lair with the knights and archers, and meet the ice queen in her throne room! Created from over 200 tons of ice and snow over four months by 20 sculptors, this magical attraction has been specially created for Winter Wonderland and is unique to the UK. This arctic experience will take your breath away as you lose yourself in the magical land of snow and ice! With more Christmas Markets and some exciting new eateries, you can shop, drink and dine to your heart’s content. There’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland! Entrance to this event is Free.

No.10.   29th November  “Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live” at Earls Court, The latest, most daring and adrenalin-packed live show, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, which has already performed to record breaking crowds in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, is set to return to London . It will be the world’s biggest and most audacious action sports production ever staged. Action sports icon, 17-times X Games medallist and Nitro Circus creator, Travis Pastrana, will lead the massive crew of 40 athletes as they perform the biggest tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate on Nitro Circus Live’s incredible, multi-million dollar set. One of the craziest stunts in new show includes the extraordinary – hole-in-one – where the madcap collective of adrenalin junkies, launch 50 feet into the air off Nitro’s famous Gigant-A-Ramp and attempt to land with pinpoint accuracy inside an inflatable Zorb ball. Not only will the Nitro Circus Live crew be performing the biggest tricks in FMX and BMX, they will also be pushing their limits and skill on skates, scooters and a range of crazy contraptions; including, a drinks cooler, Barbie car, toy trike, shopping trolley, boogie board and many more. Show starts 7:45pm  Ticket price from £46.

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