THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN DECEMBER 2018

Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling? Of course you can. It’s December in London and it is the most magical month to visit the city. London’s shopping streets sparkle with Christmas lights in December, and shops are full of gift hunters finishing off their Christmas shopping. A focal point of the holiday season in London is Trafalgar Square, which resounds with carol singing around the capital’s biggest Christmas tree, and lights up with a giant Menorah for Chanukah.

Here at The Washington Mayfair we want to guide you to the best activities, events and fun stuff happening in London throughout December 2018.

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Winter Wonderland – until 6th January 2019

Only a 15 minutes’ walk from The Washington Hotel, is the extravagant Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. New attractions for 2018 include the Magical Ice Kingdom’s Secret Forest, the immersive cinematic adventure with The Snowman™ Experience, presented by Backyard Cinema and the Ice Sculpting workshops where you can create your own ice sculpture. Visit the official website and book your favourite attractions.

Winter Christmas Market at Southbank Centre – until 6th January 2019

Celebrate the winter season at Southbank Centre with festive shows, a Christmas market, seasonal food and drink, and family activities under the glittering lights. The majority of the Southbank Centre’s outdoor attractions are usually open from 10am-10pm daily. The Southbank Centre is normally entirely closed on Christmas Day, with outdoor attractions staying closed on New Year’s Eve. Visit the official website for more information.

Leicester Square Christmas Market – until 6th January 2019

See one of London’s most famous squares transformed for the festive during Christmas in Leicester Square. Browse more than 25 stalls for handcrafted gifts, festive decorations and more at the traditional Christmas market, plus treat yourself to some warming winter fare. Families with young children can also enjoy exploring Santa’s grotto and meet the man himself in the square’s enchanting festive atmosphere. Visit the official website for further information.

Christmas by the River at London Bridge City – 3rd January 2019

With stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline, Christmas by the River is the perfect setting for the market which boasts 68 stalls selling gifts, food and drink. Christmas by the River will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a true Christmas market. Visit the official website for further information.

TOP CHRISTMAS SHOWS AND PANTOMIMES IN LONDON

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House – from 3rd December to 15th January 2019

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet begins in the 19th-century German home of the Stahlbaums, where they are hosting a lively Christmas party. The period setting is captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs, which include authentic Christmas tree decorations that are magically brought to life. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Snow White at the London Palladium – from 8th December to 13th January 2019

Produced by the team behind Olivier award-winning Dick Whittington, this classic tale of good and evil is retold with the help of a stellar cast, including Dawn French, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and Nigel Havers. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Mariah Carey’s all I want for Christmas is you Tour at the O2 – 11th December 2018

Join record-breaking performer Mariah Carey for a musical celebration of Christmas. The superstar singer entertains audiences with a collection of festive favourites, including All I Want for Christmas is You. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Circus 1903 at the Royal Festival Hall – from 19th December to 5th January 2019

Fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas, Circus 1903 visits Southbank Centre for its European premiere. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before. The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all corners of the globe. Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the golden age of circus. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular at SSE Arena Wembley – from 27th to 30th December 2018

After a worldwide tour seen by over 7 million people in 206 cities, the stunning theatrical event Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is back!Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 20 life-size dinosaurs, including the terror of the ancient terrain, Tyrannosaurus rex. Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes. It’s a dazzling £10,000,000 arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality set to captivate young and old alike. Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth. Watch them walk. Hear the roar. Be there as they fight for survival and supremacy. From the ripple of their skin to the glint in their eye, you will know the dinosaurs really have returned. Book your tickets here: website.

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre – until 6th January 2019

The Snowman, tells the story of a boy and his magical snowman’s wintery wonderland adventure. As a friendship is kindled, the two embark on a starry-skied journey to the North Pole, where they meet dancing penguins, Ice Princess, Father Christmas and escape the clutches of Jack Frost. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – 31st December 2018

Hear Big Ben’s famous “bongs” ring out at midnight on New Year’s Eve in London, followed by the UK’s largest annual fireworks display over the Coca-Cola London Eye, presented by the Mayor of London. If you want to join in the celebrations on the night, you must have a ticket to attend. Visit the official website for further information or to book your tickets.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK – until 6th January 2019

Skate in a magical winter haven in the heart of the city at the Natural History Museum’s open-air ice rink. The spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and features a glittering 30ft (9m) Christmas tree. Book your skate session online to guarantee your place or buy your tickets from the box office when you arrive. Remember, you may have to wait for your turn on the ice if you haven’t booked your session in advance, especially during peak times. Visit the museum’s Café Bar for winter warmers, and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony. Non-skaters are welcome. Visit the official website for more information.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN JANUARY 2018

January is the perfect time to forget about the stress of Christmas and plan your trip to London. With so much going on in London this January here are some helpful tips on the must see events and experiences.

NEW YEAR’S DAY PARADE – 1st January 2018

London will be hosting a magnificent parade on New Year’s Day at 12 noon. The Parade will be made up of huge floats and balloons perfect for families to enjoy and be part of this London tradition that started in 1987. Catch the festivities along the parade route, which runs from Green Park Tube station at 12pm, to Parliament Square at around 3.30pm,via Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.
The Washington Mayfair is the ideal choice of hotel as it would allow you to be away from the crowds on and around the days of the parade but just 30mins from the attraction.

LUMIERE LONDON – 18th – 21st January 2018

Bigger, brighter and bolder, the Lumiere light festival returns for a spectacular second edition. More than 40 UK and international artists reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition. Free to visit and taking place north and south of the river Thames, the UK’s largest light festival extends its reach across the capital. Everyone is invited! Visit the event’s website to download a map showing you the locations and dates of the exhibits.

BURNS NIGHT IN LONDON – 25th January 2018

On the 25th of January it is Burns Night. While Burns Night is commonly celebrated in Scotland it has become more of an annual celebration outside of Scotland. This lively night celebrates the famous Scottish Poet (Robert Burns) who died in 1796. The night is filled drinking, dancing and energetic music that is sure to uplift anyone and instill joy and laughter. Many pubs in London are offering deals, music and a great atmosphere to fully experience the night and this great Scottish tradition. Make the most of your trip to London with the Winter Warmer offer from The Washington Mayfair hotel. To find out more about this limited time offer click here.

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ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE – until 29th April 2017

For the first time, objects from ABBA the Museum and private archives will be brought together in the UK, charting the success of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, from their individual careers to that Eurovision Song Contest win and their subsequent international stardom. ABBA: Super Troupers is a guided exhibition which goes beyond the surface of the group to transport you on a journey through previously unseen archive material including ABBA’s original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music and instruments. It will also feature album artwork, photography and film by notable collaborators such as film director Lasse Hallström. Visit the official website for further information.

CHANGING THE GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. The ceremony is free to watch and currently takes place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, weather permitting.

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THE BEST EVENTS IN LONDON IN SEPTEMBER 2017

Summer is not over! September is still warm enough to enjoy some outdoor events in London. In this month the city welcome an exciting line-up of architecture, fashion and music festivals.

Here at The Washington Mayfair we will be bringing you the top things to do in London during September, allowing you to make the most of your visit.

BBC PROMS – until 9th September 2017

The BBC Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall. From classical favourites to contemporary world premieres and family concerts, the BBC Proms offer a stage for leading musicians, singers, orchestras and soloists from across the world with a broad programme of music. The famous Last Night performances including BBC Proms in the Park. The 123rd edition of the classical music event presents more than 90 concerts including 30 premieres. Visit the official website for more information.

OPEN HOUSE LONDON – 16th and 17th September 2017

Open House London is the event that give you the extraordinary opportunity to explore for free more than 800 churches, museums, public buildings, private houses, schools and offices that are not usually open to the public. Join also tours, guided walks and activities. Admission is free to all Open House events, but many venues and tours require advance booking or entry into a public ballot. For more information visit the official website.

THE LUNA CINEMA – until 21st September 2017

Enjoy an outdoor screening of your favourite movies in some of London’s most iconic locations this summer. The beauty of this touring outdoor cinema is walking into a palace, Royal Park or other equally magical location with a picnic just as everyone else is leaving. Luna’s most popular venues include Kew Gardens, Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. This year, for the first time, they will be also be screening in the gardens outside Westminster Abbey. Visit the official website for more information.

LONDON FASHION WEEK FESTIVAL – from 21st to 24th September 2017

Experience a day out as a fashion insider with the London Fashion Week Festival at The Store, 180 The Strand. Taking place just after London Fashion Week (15 to 19 September), one of the “big four” fashion trade shows in the world, and in the same venue, this public festival formerly known as London Fashion Weekend lets everyone in on the fabulous world of fashion. Spot the latest fashion trends for the AW17 season with catwalk shows featuring pieces from renowned designers and up-and-coming talents. Shop more than 150 designer brands at special show discounts. Hear fashion editors, stylists and other industry experts share their stories and advice on making it into the world of fashion. Plus, enjoy a spot of pampering with beauty treatments, hairstyling and more activities. Visit the official website and book your tickets.

AMY WINEHOUSE – until 24th September 2017

See a different side to the music icon with an exhibition dedicated to the singer’s family and personal life in her hometown of Camden. Take a look through Amy’s record collection, distinctive fashion pieces, photographs and more, and see the influence her family roots and hometown had on her musical career. As well as Amy’s personal items, find a specially commissioned installation by close family friend, street artist Pegasus. Originally staged at the museum in 2013 and returning following an international tour, Amy Winehouse: Family Portrait was co-curated with Winehouse’s brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva. Visit the official website and book your tickets.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR: SUMMER OPENING – until 1st October 2017

Every summer London’s most famous house opens for tours with an accompanying exhibition. Visit the official London residence of the Queen, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public. During a visit to Buckingham Palace, visitors can see the nineteen magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. This year’s exhibition, Royal Gifts, will tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a wide-ranging display of official gifts presented to Her Majesty during the past 65 years. With gifts representing every continent, including those from world leaders such as former US President Ronald Reagan, former South African President Nelson Mandela and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition will present a spectacular display of craftsmanship from across the globe. Visit the official website for more information.

What To Do This January In London

January is the perfect time to forget about the stress of Christmas and plan your trip to London. With so much going on in London this January here are some helpful tips on the must see events and experiences.

New Year’s Parade

London will be hosting a magnificent parade on New Year’s Day at 12 noon. The Parade will be made up of huge floats and balloons perfect for families to enjoy and be part of this London tradition that started in 1987.

The London New Year’s Parade will travel between The Ritz London and Big Ben. The Washington Mayfair is the ideal choice of hotel as it would allow you to be away from the crowds on and around the days of the parade but just 30mins from the attraction.

Elvis is back?

This Winter “The King” has arrived at the O2 arena, London. From now until the 10th January take the opportunity to visit the King and experience his life. Look back on the chronicle of his life and how he became the ‘King’ of rock ‘n’ roll.

The exhibition will also showcase over 300 artefacts direct from the Presley family’s treasured Graceland Archives, some of which have never been exhibited outside of Graceland in Memphis. This will be the largest exhibition of Elvis Presley ever displayed in Europe so be sure you don’t miss out on this amazing experience and book tickets soon.

Lumiere London

From the 14th to the 17th January, two areas of London will be illuminated with magnificent lights and illuminated buildings. Lumiere London 2016 is spread across the West End and King’s Cross and offers a unique opportunity to experience London in a unique and beautiful light.

This is a completely free event and shouldn’t be missed. Visit the event’s website to download a map showing you the locations and dates of the exhibits.

A Night to Remember

On the 25th of January it is Burns Night. While Burns Night is commonly celebrated in Scotland it has become more of an annual celebration outside of Scotland. This lively night celebrates the famous Scottish Poet (Robert Burns) who died in 1796. The night is filled drinking, dancing and energetic music that is sure to uplift anyone and instill joy and laughter.

Many pubs in London are offering deals, music and a great atmosphere to fully experience the night and this great Scottish tradition.

Make the most of your trip to London with the Winter Warmer offer from The Washington Mayfair hotel. To find out more about this limited time offer click here.

There is nothing quite like a delicious afternoon to round out your London experience. Don’t miss out on our fantastic Mayfair afternoon tea offer. Upgrade for free to the champagne afternoon tea. Find out how here.