London’s Autumn Season

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November 2016

With London offering better value than ever for visitors, there has never been a more exciting time to come to London. Unique performances, one-off events and hidden gems – London’s Autumn Season is open.

LUMINOCITY @ Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Go ice skating in the capital – this rink comes with a bright twist. Head to the LUMINOCITY @ Ice Rink Canary Wharf throughout February to show off your best skating moves. With more than 8km of LED lights laid beneath the rink, your skating session will be bathed in a magical light for a unique and unforgettable experience. The rink is fully covered by a clear roof, so whatever the weather you can enjoy skating over the multi-coloured ice.

When? Until 25 February 2017

Where? Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

Nearest tubes: Canary Wharf (Jubilee line)

Where to stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside

Be swept away on a dream-like adventure as the enchanting world of The Nutcracker is brought to life at the Royal Opera House

Magic Lantern Festival

Don’t miss the chance to see the spectacular illuminated outdoor installations of the Magic Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens. Enjoying its second year in the capital, this year’s exhibition, titled ‘Explore The Silk Road’, takes you on a journey through the night. Explore its collection of life-sized animal lanterns and scale models of monuments, which include a 15-metre-wide lantern of London's Houses of Parliament and a tribute to the terracotta warriors. Make sure you wrap up warm and sample the street food along the way, too.

When? Now until 26 February 2017

Where? Chiswick House and Gardens, W4 2RP

Nearest tube: Turnham Green (District line)

Where to stay: K&K George

  • To the tower! Twilight Tower Tours

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    Book your tickets for The Tower of London in advance. Open every day except 24-26 December (inclusive) and 1 January. Suitable for children over the age of 12.

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  • Battle of the bands: School of Rock - The Musical © Matthew Murphy

    School of Rock: The Musical

    Get ready to rock with the award winning School of Rock: the Musical, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and original tunes from the film.

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  • Icy lights at Canary Wharf’s LUMINOCITY rink

    LUMINOCITY ice rink

    Until 25 February, this covered rink brightens up the city.

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Fire! Fire!

With immersive displays, hands on exhibits, eye witness accounts and impressive historical artefacts, Fire! Fire! delights children and adults alike. This new exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the infamous Great fire, at the Museum of London until 17 April 2017. Walk through a recreated Pudding Lane, the scene where the fire began, and journey through the timeline to understand how the city recovered from the disaster to rebuild itself stronger than ever. You’ll see personal accounts from Londoners alive at the time.

When? Now until 17 April 2017

Where? Museum of London: 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

Nearest tube: Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines) or St Paul's (Central line)

Where to stay: Crowne Plaza London The City St Paul’s

Tower Twilight Tours

When night falls, dare to enter the Tower of London in the dark with Twilight Tours starting on 6 November. An exciting new adventure at this top London attraction, you’ll get the chance to relive the gruesome past of the Tower, and listen to the Yeoman Warders as they guide you through the Traitors’ Gate up to the Bloody Tower and recount terrible stories of prisoners, past residents and royal figures whose lives took a turn for the worse within the ancient walls. Suitable for over 12s.

When? Tower Twilight Tours take place on Sundays until 2 April 2017

Where? Tower of London: London EC3N 4AB

Nearest tube: Tower Hill (District or Circle lines)

Where to stay: The Tower – A Guoman Hotel or Novotel London Tower Bridge

School of Rock: The Musical

The Broadway sensation, School of Rock: The Musical, has landed in the West End at the New London Theatre! Based on the hit movie, follow the story of dropout Dewey Finn, a failed rock star forced to earn some extra cash by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. Watch as Dewey transforms his A-grade students into an awesome rock n’ roll band! But can his new group win the Battle of the Bands? This highly anticipated production features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and original tunes from the film.

When? Now until 12 February 2017

Where? New London Theatre: 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW

Nearest tube: Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Covent Garden (Piccadilly line).

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street or Strand Palace Hotel

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70

Take a trip through seven revolutions in five extraordinary years from 1966 to 1970 at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s immersive new exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70. The exhibition takes you on a musical journey through these era defining years from the ‘swinging’ city of London to the student riots in Paris and festival of peace and love at Woodstock. Expressed through the music, performance, photography, design, literature, film and fashion of the era, the exhibition explores the revolutions that transformed an era and defined the world we live in today. You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 is at the V&A until 26 February 2017.

When? Until 26 February 2017

Where? Victoria and Albert Museum: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

Nearest tube: South Kensington (Circle, District, Piccadilly lines)

Where to stay: Rembrandt

  • South Africa: The Art of a Nation © Esther Mahlangu / BMW Group Archives
  • Not to be missed: Alexander Campbell as The Nutcracker © ROH 2015 / Tristram Kenton

    The Nutcracker

    Watch an elegant performance of The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music.

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  • Beyond Caravaggio © The National Gallery

Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

Be swept away on a dream-like adventure as the enchanting world of The Nutcracker is brought to life at the Royal Opera House from 23 November to 12 January 2017. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, elegant ballet performances topped with sparkling stage effects and sets, create the magic in this production performed by The Royal Ballet.

When? 23 November to 12 January 2017

Where? Royal Opera House: Bow St, London WC2E 9DD

Nearest tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line)

Where to stay: Waldorf Hilton or One Aldwych

South Africa: The Art of a Nation

Discover the history of South Africa through 100,000 years of art in the British Museum’s new special exhibition, opening on 27 October to 26 February 2017. From examples of early rock art and ancient treasures to powerful contemporary works, the exhibition features beautiful and important objects, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history. See the history of a nation from a new perspective and celebrate the diverse art created by the many people who have helped shape South Africa’s story.

When? Until 26 February 2017

Where? British Museum: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road or Holborn

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth

Beyond Caravaggio

Darkness, light and drama – explore the revolutionary influence of Caravaggio at the National Gallery until 15 January. Bringing together hidden art treasures from around the British Isles, the exhibition focuses on the impact the artist had on his contemporaries. See how Caravaggio’s dramatic use of light and iconic storytelling techniques were mirrored by artists such as Valentin de Boulogne, Gerrit van Honthorst and Orazio Gentileschi. Make sure to see the exhibition’s stunning highlights, including Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus and The Taking of Christ.

When? Until 15 January 2017

Where? The National Gallery: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Nearest tubes: Charing Cross (Overground, Northern, and Bakerloo lines) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines)

Where to stay: Amba Hotel Charing Cross or The Savoy