What’s on in London for October 2012

The summer period has ended, and London is getting back to some normality. The last few months have been very exciting with the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee, but if you are in London this month don’t despair, a great city like London always has lots to offer every month, and over the next 31 days London will not disappoint. As usual we have selected our top 10 of things worth seeing and doing. I am sure you will find something in our selection that suits you, so enjoy.

No. 1.  6th and 7th October  “The Scandinavia Show” held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Will be brimming with Finnish music, Danish food, Swedish dancing and much more. Scandinavia is home to many intriguing natural beauties, including Iceland’s geothermal landscape, Norway’s fjords and of course the Northern Lights; visitors can expect to be treated to expert tips on when and where to visit. Scandinavia is of course well known for their sleek and trendy European style, so there will also be exhibitors showcasing top-end furniture, carpets, interior design items and designer clothes and footwear.

No 2.  7th October “Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon” held in Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park.

This Marathon takes in four of central London’s best loved parks, an iconic stretch of the Thames and some of the capital’s most famous landmarks. What’s more, at 13.1 miles, it’s a manageable run for those still daunted by the colossal feat of a full marathon. Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, runners pass Buckingham Palace, St James’s Park and the Houses of Parliament before following the river to Blackfriars Bridge and back. The next leg takes them under both Admiralty and Wellington Arch, through Green Park, all around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (through avenues of beautiful autumnal trees) before passing the Royal Albert Hall and across the finish line. There’s plenty to keep spectators busy – including The Brakes Food & Fitness Festival running from 8am-4pm in Hyde Park on race day. There’s also the Pulse 3K run for 11-16 year olds and for those who don’t fancy breaking into a sweat, there’s always the Hearts and Heritage Walk.

No 3. 12th October “Cirque Du Soleil: Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour” held at the O2 centre.

Three years after his death, the music and lyrics of Michael Jackson are brought back to life in a powerful and inspirational musical. The Immortal World Tour will travel all across America and Europe, and is aimed at both lifelong fans and those experiencing the King of Pop for the first time. A thrilling blend of music, dance and visual artistry, the show aims to underscore the messages that Jackson sought to communicate – love, peace and unity. The show is written and directed by multiple Emmy Award winning Jamie King.

No. 4. 20th October till 27th January 2013 “Hollywood Costume” at the V&A.

Dorothy’s red shoes and other iconic Hollywood outfits are gathered at the

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington

Iconic outfits from the silver screen are gathered together to celebrate some of Hollywood’s best-loved characters and their costumes from over a century of film making. Dorothy’s glittering red shoes and gingham pinafore dress will be displayed alongside Audrey’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Johnny Depp’s slightly less chic Jack Sparrow ensemble. This is the first time these costumes will all be seen together and it offers a rare chance to soak up some Hollywood glamour. The exhibition will also include film clips, projections and never before seen interviews with Hollywood designers, directors and stars including Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep.

No.5.  21st October  “Disney Fantasia Live in Concert”at the Royal Albert Hal.

Disney’s musical animation Fantasia brought surrealist visions to the masses when it was released back in 1940, now fans of the original will get a chance to experience the magic live with high definition screens and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring the young and aspiring sorcerer, Mickey Mouse, and accompanied by a classic score consisting of Tchaikovsky, Gershwin Bach and Beethoven. The sequences change from one dreamlike scene to another with everything from fluorescent unicorns and flying horses, to dancing red mushrooms and ballerina hippos. Childish charm and humour are mixed with darker themes of death and evolution and the images are sure to leave an impact on even the sanest of minds.

No. 6.    22nd October  “Joan Rivers Now or Never” at the Albert Hall.

Known for her outrageous jokes and brazen humour, Joan Rivers is taking the stage with her Now or Never Tour. Joan has successfully put her hand to a number of industries, including television presenting, directing and lecturing, as well as being a best-selling author, Tony-nominated actress and playwright; the multi-talented star even won an award for her jewellery collection on QVC. However despite this, stand up is where she really comes into her own.A regular performer in Las Vegas don’t miss the chance to see her in London.

No.7. 22nd October “Jennifer Lopez Dance Again World Tour” at the O2

Dance-pop and R&B star Jennifer Lopez comes to London’s. A live show by J. Lo, is usually a flashy affair with high energy dance routines, bright lights and, with a bit of luck, some bare body stocking-and-sequins outfits. Tickets to see the Latin American singer and actress are expected to sell out, but if you want to see the show there may still be time to get tickets from the box office.

No.8. 23rd October “New Bond Movie Skyfall World Premiere”

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall will join A-list stars of the latest Bond film at a special charity event for the world premiere of Skyfall. Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall ahead of the film’s general release on 26th October 2012, Daniel Craig, back for the third time as Bond, James Bond, will be accompanied by leading actors from the film including Judi Dench who plays M, Javier Bardem – the lead baddie, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw who plays Q, and the film’s director Sam Mendes. With the production suspended in 2010, this Bond movie has been long awaited and tickets to this star studded premiere will be hard to come by. Even so, you can expect big crowds as fans gather to see a glimpse of Daniel Craig, who will (to the disappointment of many) probably be sporting a suit as opposed to those notorious Speedos.

No.9.   28th October “ New England Patriots v St Louis Rams” NFL is back at Wembley.

The NFL International Series returns to London for a sixth consecutive year with the 2012 Super Bowl runners up New England Patriots taking on the St Louis Rams. The Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants in Indianapolis in February 2012 after Tom Brady came off second in the battle of the superstar quarterbacks between him and New York’s Eli Manning. For the Rams, this will be the first game in the UK since it was announced they would play one of their eight homes games each season at Wembley (until 2014, at least). American Football at this venue is seen as a showpiece event in the UK, with fans flocking to he game in order to catch a glimpse of a sport that they rarely see on this side of the Atlantic. This event is always popular so if you want to come get your tickets from the Box office now

No.10.  31st Oct to 4th November “The Ski & Snowboard Show” held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre .

If you are planning to hit the slopes this winter, before you take off for snowier climes you’d be wise to put in some pre-ski prep work at The Ski & Snowboard Show which turns Earls Court into a giant snow dome. This snow show is almost as much fun as the real thing and makes for a great day out for friends and families. As well as the chance to buy all the latest gear and clothes, there are bargain ski trips and, centre stage, is the main slope – where expert skiers perform and compete. It’s a great spectator sport. Take the kids along – anyone under 16 goes free and there is also a creche, ice rink and husky dogs to keep your mini winter sports enthusiasts occupied. Whether it’s skiing or boarding that takes your fancy the on-hand qualified pros are there to take you through the basics There’s even practical advice on how to juggle your passion for skiing without giving up the day job. With a show on this scale, it’s like having a ski resort in the capital. Truly the best way to kick-start the winter season.

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