A melancholy pair of snub-nosed monkeys, a sleepy-eyed leopard, a bear above the clouds – the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards are magical, familiar and horrifying glimpses into the animals of our planet. Wildlife photographers around the world camp out in the back of beyond to get that perfect shot. Of the tens of thousands of entries the competition receives ever year from over 100 countries, only a few are chosen to fill the dark rooms of the Natural History Museum, where their animal subjects shine out of the darkness. Prize categories include urban photography, landscape, invertebrates, and the people’s choice – go cast your vote.
When? All winter
Where? Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington (District, Piccadilly and Circle lines)
Where to stay: The Rembrandt in the west of London is a tube ride away from Kew. Its Knightsbridge location brings a certain elegance; and the hotel, with its historic façade and afternoon tea, fits right in.
Londoners know that it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen at least one production of The Nutcracker, which is why there’s always more than a couple of rival productions on in the capital at once
Wrap up warm and head to Kew Gardens for their winter festivities. As you wander through the iconic gardens you’ll find singing trees, giant baubles, light shows and plenty of warming treats – don’t miss the Palm House’s laser spectacular. Tickets are on sale from 26 June 2018 and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
When? 22 November 2018 – Saturday 5 January 2019
Where? Kew Gardens (30 minutes from central London)
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens Station (District)
Where to Stay: The Ampersand Hotel is a five star boutique in Kensington with a lovely tea salon and just a stone’s throw from South Kensington underground station.’