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    Dear Guests, We are delighted to inform you that for the fifth consecutive year Beaufort House has been awarded to Golden Award from Visit Britain in September 2015 and also we received the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor. On that occasion, we would like to thank all our trustful guests, who helped us through their numerous and kind comments about Beaufort House and its team, to achieve to such rewards.

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What's On in London - November 2015

Bonhams London To Brighton Veteran Car Run
500 or so pre-1905 cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: Sunday 1st November 2015 - 6am-8.30am

Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles are expected for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which allows vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy a picturesque drive down to the south coast, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's also a bit of a spectacle. These 500 or so fine examples of pre-1905 cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex. The day before the run, on Saturday 1st November, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars parade up and down Regent Street as part of The Regent Street Motor Show. You can get up and close to view them and its absolutely free of charge. This annual event has taken place every November to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896, celebrating the passing into law of the 'Locomotives on the Highway Act'. This raised the speed limit from 4mph to 14mph and meant that cars no longer had to travel with a man walking in front. The tradition continues to today with cars leaving from Serpentine Road, exiting Hyde Park at Apsley Gate from 6.58am. It's a great event for anyone who's into motoring and kids love these wonderful old classic cars too.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights
445 gold baubles and silver lights inspired by falling snowflakes decorate the busy West End street.
Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone
Tube: Bond Street Station
Dates: 1st November to 31st December 2015

445 gold baubles and silver lights inspired by falling snowflakes decorateOxford Street which is closed to cars for the first time during the turning on ceremony on 1st November 2015. The celebrity flicking the switch for the Christmas Lights in 2015 isn't yet known but last year X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (better known as Cheryl Cole) had the honour so expect someone of that calibre. The turning on ceremony includes performances and live music on the stage outside the Marble Arch flagship store of jewellery retailer Pandora. Capital FM will be there to broadcast the tunes and screens will live stream a concert from yet-to-be-revealed pop stars.

Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair

Fair offering everything from silver teapots and Lalique vases to Cartier earrings.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station
Dates: 2nd to 8th Nov 2015

The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it celebrates a quarter of a century this year. Taking place at London's Olympia, the annual fair is a permanent fixture on the calendars of all art and antique aficionados. It has also become a popular social event with high-profile visitors such as Bono, Claudia Schiffer and Jools Holland helping to boost its reputation. But don't worry if you don't know your Art Deco from your Art Nouveau, the Fair is equally popular with new buyers looking to decorate their homes. Each year, over 20,000 visitors swarm to the fair with around 125 exhibitors offering everything from silver teapots and Lalique vases to Cartier earrings and from rubies to Regency furniture.

Spirit of Christmas Fair
All your Christmas shopping under one roof.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station
Dates: 2nd to 8th Nov 2015

Get all your Christmas shopping done under one roof at Olympia - and get it out of the way more than a month before Santa arrives. An annual fixture in the seasonal calendar, the Spirit of Christmas Fair attracts thousands of Yuletide shoppers gearing up for the festivities. You can expect the finest seasonal products here, ranging from festive decorations and home accessories to children's toys and seasonal eats. With over 600 companies presenting their wares, you'll find something for everyone on your Christmas list and plenty you won't find in the shops. Look out for traditional sweets, specialist cheeses, fine cuts of meat and artisan produce in the Food Hall. When travelling to the fair take the train to Kensington (Olympia) Tube Station, and check out our guide to some of the best festive hotel offers near the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia.

The Ski & Snowboard Show London
If it's on snow and ice it's at the show which moves to Battersea this year.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Earls Court, London, SW11 4NJ
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Nov 2015

Snow-coated trees, a pop-up alpine restaurant run by Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett and a real 50 foot snow dome where pro level skiers perform stunt demos. That's what you get at the Ski & Snowboard Show which moves from Earls Court to Battersea Evolution in 2015. This snow show, which has been running for 40 years, is almost as much fun as the real thing and makes for a great day out for friends and families. Pre book a 3-course meal with a view of The Slope, accompanied by live acoustic music, or head to the Altitude Comedy Tent for sets from Marcus Brigstocke and Andrew Maxwell. As with all good skiing holidays, the best bit is the apres ski. From 6pm on Thursday and Friday live music plays at the apres bars, and on Saturday and Sunday Oom Pah Pah, family favourites and acoustic acts will soundtrack the show.

Henry IV (Part I)
Gregory Doran's production features "a major performance from Antony Sher as Falstaff" - The Guardian.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station
Dates: 7th November 2015 to 24th January 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry VI, Shakespeare's enduring historical drama, comes to the Barbican this November once again as part of the King and Country event. Gregory Doran's production features "a major performance from Antony Sher as Falstaff", writes Michael Billington in The Guardian, reviewing the play when it was shown at the RSC's Stratford home. In Henry IV Part I the king prepares for war when his crown becomes under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic.

Europe's biggest free blues festival runs concurrently with the ticketed evening shows.
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2015

Europe's biggest free blues festival comes to The O2 this autumn as performers including Georgie Fame, Marcus Bonfanti, Bernie Marsden, Chris Farlowe and Dr Feelgood give free daytime performances at theBluesFest which runs concurrently with the ticketed evening shows. More than thirty free daytime gigs by some of the most exciting names from the worlds of blues, soul and R&B will take place at Brooklyn Bowland in specially constructed stages in the foyers and concourses of The O2. Jeremy Sassoon's Ray Charles Project, Big Boy Bloater, Laurence Jones, and The Boom Band are just some of the bands lined up to play at one of London's biggest's free music festivals. In the evening you can pay to see shows from the likes of Van Morrison and Tom Jones, Dave Matthews Band, Matt Schofield, Jo Harman and Tedeschi Trucks Band which adds up to a must-see festival for fans of blues and roots.

Remembrance Sunday
Thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph to pay their respects.
Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX
Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station
Dates: Sunday 8th November 2015

Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaphfor Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. The Queen and other members of state place wreaths at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes' silence at 11am and after a short service there is a march past by thousands who served and suffered in the conflict of war. While thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph, there are usually other events marking Remembrance Sunday including a Ceremony of Remembrance at London's Imperial War Museum, a day of activities at the National Army Museum and a weekend of events at the Royal Air Force Museum.

BBC Good Food Show
Live version of popular BBC TV programmes Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station
Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th November 2015

Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives atOlympia for three days this November. Well known chefs and TV personalities present cooking demos, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, and a handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the restaurant experience. MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and you can sip on samples as part of the drinks tasting theatre and fine wine experience. In 2015 the BBC Good Food Show site sharing the Olympia stadium with the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show, packed with baking techniques and cake-crafting demonstrations as well as appearances from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

EFG London Jazz Festival
Jazz takes centre stage as 2,500 artists perform across 60 venues over 10 days.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station
Dates: 13th to 22nd November 2015

The annual EFG London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 23rd time in 2015, presents 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival. More than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall,Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall. The organisers habitually attract some top performers including MOBO and Grammy award winners and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the jazz scene - from stars of the American jazz tradition to key players of the European scene and free musical thinkers. Given the obsessive nature of ardent jazz fans together with the small venues (which include restaurants and bars), tickets often sell out fast, you have been warned.

Royal Opera House: Morgen und Abend
German actor Klaus Maria Brandauer stars in the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas's new opera.
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station
Dates: 13th to 28th November 2015

Graham Vick, artistic director of Birmingham Opera Company, directs the world premiere of Morgen und Abend, Georg Friedrich Haas's new opera - the first commission for the Austrian composer from The Royal Opera. Starring great German actor Klaus Maria Brandauer (who received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for his role of Bror Blixen in Out of Africa) the story - by award-winning Norwegian author, poet and playwright Jon Fosse, an adaptation of his acclaimed 2000 novel of the same name - follows the cycle of life following the life of a fisherman from birth to death which is told with "near incantatory simplicity".

Lord Mayor's Show
A parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands and a gilded State Coach plus a fantastic fireworks finale.
Mansion House, City of, London, EC4N 8BH
Tube: Bank Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, Monument Station
Dates: Saturday 14th November 2015 - 11am-2.30pm

In 2015 the Lord Mayor's Show marks its 800th birthday and we've been told to "look out for something really special" to mark the occasion on Saturday 14th November. The annual event which takes over the streets of London features a parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and a gilded State Coach that the Lord Mayor travels in. Towards the head of the procession are two wicker giants, Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London. The procession starts at 11am with an RAF flypast and goes on until about 2.30pm, covering the whole area between Bank and Aldwych with the mayor departing from Mansion House for the Royal Courts of Justice where she takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. It's a fun family day out with a grand finale - the day finishes with one of London's most impressive fireworks displays at 5pm, set off from a barge moored in the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges. The best vantage points to watch from tend to be around Embankment and Gabriel's Wharf.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2015
The world's best tennis players do battle at The O2.
The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: 15th to 22nd November 2015

A battle between the world's best eight men's singles tennis players and men's doubles pairs, the ATP World Tour Finals is a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged in darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Played over eight days at The O2 Arena, the tournament brings top players like three-time defending champion Djokovic and home hope Andy Murray who lead the pack in their quests to secure places at the tour finals. They are hotly pursued by contenders Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer. Last year, a capacity crowd of 17,800 witnessed defending champion Novak Djokovic defeat World No.1 Rafael Nadal for the title and a record 1.92 million dollars in prize money and this year promises to be equally compelling.

Skate At Somerset House
A spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 18th November 2015 to 10th January 2016
The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngsters need guidance there's the Polar Cub Club for under 8s. But if you're looking for something altogether more grown up, the Club Nights offer the atmosphere of open-air clubbing, on and off the ice, to a soundtrack curated by prominent DJs. This season's line-up includes Ministry of Sound, License 2 Trill and Austrian festival Snowbombing. Get your Christmas shopping done while you're there at The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason's occupying 15 rooms in the West Wing of Somerset House filled with hampers, tea caddies, stocking fillers, gifts and games. Now in its 16th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times).

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Fairground rides, a giant wheel, circus, ice rink and Christmas market transform Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016

Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its eighth year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet and its heated big top entertains and warms the crowd. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don't go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it's such fun you'll want to get into the spirit and spend. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.

Winter at The View from The Shard
Food sculptors Bompas and Parr are behind the ice crystals, frost and snow drifts 800 feet up.
The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, London, SE1 9SG
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 23rd November 2015 to 31st January 2016

Experts in immersive flavour-based experiences Bompas & Parr are behind the ice crystals, frost and snow drifts at The View from The Shard , created to add a layer of intrigue to the sky-high attraction this winter. Way up 800 feet above the city on the open-air skydeck, this sensory journey transforms the top of The Shard into an enchanting, sensory winter experience and, staying with the snow-food theme, there are e dible experiences to buy too.

The Snowman
The theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas.
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT
Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station
Dates: 25th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016
This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, staged in the Peacock Theatre, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.

Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
Christmas market and festive treats in one of London's most idyllic gardens.
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
Tube: Sloane Square Station
Dates: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015
London's oldest Botanic Garden opens its doors once again for the annual Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair on the last weekend of November. Held in large heated marquees in the grounds, the stalls hold an extensive range of gifts, including garden paraphernalia, unusual jewellery, cashmere clothing, pottery, ceramics, woollen goods, handmade chocolates, children's clothes and exclusive leather goods. The Garden's Tangerine Dream Cafe will serve hot breakfasts and lunches (including a trademark game stew) as well as festive treats such as mince pies and mulled wine. You can also put in orders for special Christmas cakes and pies, to be delivered to your homes in time for Christmas. As well as the marvellous market, the Christmas Fair offers the public the chance to enjoy what is arguably London's most interesting private garden. Hidden behind towering brick walls and protected from the city's sounds and harsh breezes, the Chelsea Physic Garden is a truly breathtaking spot where the most idyllic collection of plants flourish in a unique, carefully created microclimate. A visit here before Christmas is a present in itself.

A Christmas Carol
Jim Broadbent plays Scrooge in a new version of the Dickens classic.
Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station
Dates: 30th November 2015 to 30th January 2016
He played Prince Albert in Blackadder's Christmas Carol but now Academy Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent plays Scrooge in a new (less silly) version of A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre this winter. Adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens' original story, the well-known tale of stingy Scrooge and poverty stricken Tiny Tim comes to life thanks to critically-acclaimed designer Tom Pye (The Testament of Mary, The Death of Klinghoffer, The Low Road) with Toby Sedgwick (War Horse, The 39 Steps) as director of movement. Jim Broadbent reunites with Patrick Barlow (who also wrote the long-running hit The 39 Steps) - the two performed for many years in Barlow's cult comedy troupe The National Theatre of Brent. The lead actor has also previously worked with director Phelim McDermott, the Olivier Award-winning artistic director of Improbable theatre company, who directed Theatre of Blood at the National in 2005 in which Broadbent last appeared on stage a decade ago.

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