What's On in London November 2014
Dates: 5th November 2014
Fireworks displays light up London to remember
November is the month that likes to go with a bang - and an explosive one at that. The 5th November marks Guy Fawkes' failed plot to blow up Parliament with the kind of pyrotechnics Mr Fawkes could only dream of. This year Bonfire Night events are being held on 5th November itself at Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park and, making its debut this year, at East Village in Victory Park within the former Olympic Athletes' Village. Further large scale fireworks displays are on Saturday 1st November in Alexandra Palace Park, on Blackheath and in Morden, and in Richmond on Sunday 2nd November. The fireworks continue the following weekend on Friday 7th November at Bishops Park, and on Saturday 8th November at Battersea Park to the south and Ravenscourt Park in west London which both coincide with the Lord Mayor's Show fireworks finale.
Regent Street Motor Show
Dates: Saturday 1st November 2014
The Regent Street Motor Show gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars that span 125 years of motoring up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. The famous West End Street is closed from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus for the UK's largest free-to-view motor show featuring an impressive display of cars from the past, present and future. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this is stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.
Dates: Saturday 1st November 2014
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB
The crossover quartet performs well known tracks from the West End and Broadway.
Record breaking crossover group Il Divo conclude their A Musical Affair tour in 2014 with one night at the O2arena. Renowned for blending cosmopolitan pop with classical crossover, the quartet will perform a selection of song from West End and Broadway musicals, taken from their 2013 album A Musical Affair. Audiences can expect classics such as Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific), Bring Him Home (Les Miserables) and Tonight (West End Story). The band have put their own unique twist on each piece and invited familiar Broadway and pop stars to appear on some of the tracks.
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Dates: Sunday 2nd November 2014
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
500 or so fine pre-1905 cars drive from Hyde Park in central London to Brighton.
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 itís 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.
Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair
Dates: 3rd to 9th Nov 2014
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Each year, over 20,000 visitors swarm to the fair at Olympia.
The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair is becoming somewhat of an antique itself, as it turns 24 this year. Taking place at London's Olympia, the annual fair should be 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, as the Fair is equally popular with new buyers looking to decorate their homes. Each year, over 20,000 visitors swarm to the fair - over 3,500 people attended last year's preview night alone - with around 125 exhibitors offering everything from Silver teapots and Lalique vases to Cartier earrings and letters from Queen Victoria.
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Dates: Thursday 6th November 2014
Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN
An up and coming band will perform live in front of thousands.
The crowd-pulling Oxford Street Christmas Lights switch-on takes place on 6th November, lighting up London's most famous shopping street with 1,778 baubles and 750,000 LED energy-efficient bulbs. Celebrity presenters and star performers take to the stage at John Lewis Oxford Street as the Christmas lights are switched on with music supplied by a chosen act from the Talent Starts Here campaign which supports up-and-coming talent. Let's see if they can top last year's billing when Capital FM presenters Lisa Snowdon and Dave Berry hosted the event and Jessie J, Conor Maynard and X-Factor winner James Arthur performed live outside the iconic Selfridges store.
Lord Mayor's Show
Dates: Saturday 8th November 2014
Mansion House, City of, City, London, EC4N 8BH
A parade of over 6,000 people is followed by a fireworks finale over the Thames.
The Lord Mayor's Show, an annual event which has been taking over the streets of London for nearly 800 years now, 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. 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. Towards the head of the procession are two wicker giants, Gog and Magog, the traditional guardians of the City of London. 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.
Dates: 8th November 2014 to 3rd January 2015
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
Aled Jones makes his West End debut in White Christmas 60 years after the Bing Crosby film first aired.
Aled Jones, who made his name as the voice of The Snowman, makes his West End debut in White Christmas, the musical written by Irving Berlin, based on the film which featured Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Aled stars alongside Tom Chambers playing ex-army friends, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who put on a show to save their former General's Vermont ski lodge from ruin. The pair lead a 30-strong cast who are backed by a 17-piece orchestra belting out some well-known songs including 'Let Yourself Go', 'Sisters', and the title song, 'White Christmas'. A show that's perfectly timed for its winter slot.
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals 2014
Dates: 9th to 16th November 2014
The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
The world's best eight players compete for close to 2 million dollars in prize money.
The ATP World Tour Finals returns to The O2 Arena for eight days of tennis between the world's best eight men's singles players and men's doubles pairs. Watching tennis at The O2 is remarkably different than at Wimbledon: it's a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged in darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Expect some titanic clashes between the likes of Murray, Federer, Novak Djokovic and (injury permitting) Rafa Nadal. 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. Since moving to London in 2009, the popular eight-day tournament has been watched by a remarkable 1.28 million fans at The O2 arena.
Dates: Sunday 9th November 2014
Silence at the Cenotaph to remember the war dead.
Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX
Remembrance Sunday in 2014 is a very special Sunday, taking place in the year of the centenary of the First World War. Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaph to remember the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. Wreaths are laid 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.
Remembrance Sunday: Britten's War Requiem
Dates: Sunday 9th November 2014
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
A day of talks, workshops and a concert performance.
Conductor Marin Alsop and the young musicians of the Royal Academy of Music perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall as part of a day of talks and workshops that mark the 100th anniversary of World War One. A 15 pound ticket will give you access to the talks which start in the morning from 10am and continue after the 3pm concert. Combining the poems of war poet Wilfred Owen with Latin liturgical texts, Britten's powerful work expresses the futility of war whilst honouring those killed in battle.
Britten's War Requiem
Dates: Sunday 9th November 2014
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
The Royal Choral Society performs Benjamin Britten's moving War Requiem.
Richard Cooke conducts as the Royal Choral Society performs Benjamin Britten's moving War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall on Remembrance Sunday. Interweaving the poetry of Wilfred Owen with the words of the Requiem Mass, Britten's War Requiem is a deeply stirring and powerful work. Written for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in the Second World War, the piece remains as relevant today as ever. The concert, held in the year of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir and soloists Ekaterina Scherbachenko, Stephan Rugamer, and Bryn Terfel.
Skate At Somerset House
Dates: 11th November 2014 to 11th January 2015
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Magical setting to glide on ice.
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 Penguin 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, Toddla T, Ibiza Rocks 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 15th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times). See the LondonTown Ice Skating feature for a full list of all the winter ice rinks in London.
Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
Dates: 12th to 16th Nov 2014
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH
Stylish Christmas shopping under one roof at the Business Design Centre.
In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.
London Science Festival
Dates: 12th to 19th November 2014
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, Southwark, London, SW7 5BD
Themes for the 2014 festival which sees science in the city are 'Life', and 'Science and London'.The London Science Festival prompts us to see science in the city. Through collaborations with leading scientists, artists, museums, universities and independent organisations including the Natural History Museum, the festival opens science up to inspire audiences of all ages. Key curatorial themes for the 2014 festival are Life, and Science & London, and the full programme will be released in August. In the meantime, last year's programme will give an idea of the type of things you can expect: events included a guided tour of the engineering marvels of London 2012 in Stratford, a tour of the London sites of some of Brunel's biggest engineering achievements, and an art / science exhibition, Helix, at the GV Art Gallery in Marylebone. Essentially, the London Science Festival opens science up to audiences of all ages, creates forums for debate, and encourages participation through events, many of which are free of charge and drop-in.
Allen Jones RA
Dates: 13th November 2014 to 25th January 2015
Royal Academy of Arts at 6 Burlington Gardens, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ES
The Royal Academy of Arts highlights the Pop artist's talents as a draughtsman.
Allen Jones' reputation was established while he was still a student at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s, as part of a generation of young talented Pop artists. But the Royal Academy of Arts highlights his talents as a draughtsman in this career survey exhibition which presents a selection of his work from the late 1960s up to the present day. Through prints, paintings and figurative sculpture we get an insight into the enduring role drawing played within the artist's creative process. It's "high time that a proper survey of his career was attempted in the UK", so says The Spectator of this "hero of the Sixties" who has been "unfairly neglected in his own country".
BBC Good Food Show
Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th November 2014
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Top chefs and well known foodies from popular cookery programmes come to Olympia.
Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including the Great British Bake Off, Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Plus, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the Restaurant Experience, MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and our Drinks Tasting Theatre & Fine Wine Experience. A new feature for 2013 was the Supertheatre where well known chefs Michel Roux Jr, James Martin and John Torode and Gregg Wallace all gave live demos, included in the cost of an advance general admission ticket.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Dates: 14th to 23rd November 2014
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
London's famous 10-day festival presents 2,500 artists across 60 venues.
Defying those who believe jazz is dead; thousands of performers and fans flock to the annual EFG London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 22nd time in 2014. The 10-day festival which presents 2,500 artists across 60 venues, features Dr John and Brendan Reilly, best-known as the voice of Basement Jaxx, on the opening weekend, and comes to a grand finale with three jazz greats, Charles Lloyd, Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, playing at the Barbican. More than 250 shows take place in a variety of venues, including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, Arts depot, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall which Frazey Ford fills with her alt-folk sounds on Thursday 20th November. MOBO award winner Zara McFarlane performs at the Rich Mix Centre, Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble perform a sold out concert at Temple Church, and four-time Grammy winner, electric bassist Stanley Clarke, plays at Ronnie Scott's. The organisers habitually attract some top rare performers and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the British 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.
Regent Street Christmas Lights
Dates: Sunday 16th November 2014
Regent Street, , Soho, London, W1B 5SJ
Fairy lights add sparkle to the sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.
The Regent Street lights are some of the most breath-taking in the capital with a spectacular Christmas show and fireworks display marking the moment they're switched on. The turning on of the Regent Street Christmas Lights on 16th November is carried out by a well-known celebrity - Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston did the honours last year - though this year's guest is yet to be revealed we do know that the show will begin at 4pm with the switch on taking place at approximately 4.45pm. Banning traffic for the occasion, the street has a great, festive atmosphere and the lights are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.
Taste of London Winter
Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Nov 2014
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Tower Hamlets, London, E1W 2SF
A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants, tastings and food demonstrations.
More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven". At 'Taste of London Winter' (which has changed its name from Taste of Christmas) the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants, tastings and food demonstrations add to the festive cheer. Taste of Christmas always boasts some of the country's finest chefs and 2014 is no different, with Mark Hix, Raymond Blanc, Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, Michel Roux Jr, Neil Rankin, and Jason Atherton (Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern and City Social) just some of the well-known names on the list.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Dates: 21st November 2014 to 4th January 2015
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Wooden chalets, fairground rides, ice skating, the circus, what more could you want?
Throughout late November and December the section 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. It's the sixth consecutive year that the Winter Wonderland has come to Hyde Park and it's already a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. New for this year is the Magical Ice Kingdom, a walk-through world of ice and snow with woodland creatures and a unicorn-pulled carriage. Doing your best Torvill and Dean impersonation is a great way to embrace the cold and the Ice Rink - which surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated by 108,000 pea-lights - is the biggest of its kind in the UK. A turn on the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel offers great views over London's most popular Christmas attraction. Zippos Circus is always a hit and the show never fails to ull crowds into its heated big top when temperatures plummet while the daredevil Zippos Cirque Berserk entertains the evening crowd. The traditional Angels Christmas Market, with its 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.
The Nutcracker And The Mouse King
Dates: 21st November 2014 to 4th January 2015
Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ
A magical world where the Nutcracker fights the evil Mouse King.
One of three festive shows for families at the Unicorn theatre this Christmas, Annie Siddons creates a new adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's original masterpiece, The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, for children aged 8 and above. Set on Christmas Eve, seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree who, on the stroke of midnight, comes alive. Using music and song to create a magical world where the Nutcracker fights the evil seven-headed Mouse King, and where there's a secret land made entirely of candy, Annie Siddons' new play highlights the fear, courage, compassion and wonder of this classic Christmas story. The Unicorn stages three Christmas shows this year: The Nutcracker and The Mouse King (for children aged 8 and above), The Fourth Wise Man(ages 4 and above), and Scrunch for the smallest theatre goers, aged 6 to 18 months.
The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote
Dates: 25th November 2014 to 22nd January 2015
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote receives its first revival a year after it premiered at the Royal Opera House.
A "fantastical folly of a show" (Evening Standard), Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote, his first major production for the Royal Ballet, receives its first revival a year after it premiered here at the Royal Opera House despite some mixed reviews - "There have been far better versions of this classic ballet than Carlos Acosta's new one," wrote Louise Levene in The Telegraph. Acosta both choreographs and takes the lead role of Basilio with Marianela Nunez who plays Kitri with "bewitching warmth and down-to-earth humanity" (Evening Standard). That newspaper found the whole production to be, "an enjoyable and exuberant three hours" where "even the lame comedy gets a laugh". Set designer Tim Hatley (Spamalot, Shrek, Ghosts) has only partial success in bringing Barcelona to the stage; "too many windmills for comfort" for the Financial Times reviewer, while Debra Craine in The Times found the sliding houses "just annoying" but was more impressed with the set and the costumes, describing the tavern in Act III as "gorgeous".
Dates: 26th November 2014 to 4th January 2015
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
A much-loved festive tradition in London, for children aged 4 and over.
This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadler's Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over and 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 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.
The Wind In The Willows
Dates: 26th November 2014 to 17th January 2015
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Alan Titchmarsh makes his West End debut in Will Tuckett's Royal Opera House production.
Gardener, broadcaster and novelist Alan Titchmarsh makes his West End debut as the narrator in Will Tuckett's production of The Wind in the Willows, the role performed last year by Blackadder star Tony Robinson. The Royal Opera House production, named Best Entertainment and Family Show at the 2014 Olivier Awards, returns to London's West End for an eight-week run at the Vaudeville Theatre, bringing Kenneth Grahame's classic story to life through dance, song, music and puppetry. The tale of four friends - Ratty, Mole and Badger and the reckless Mr Toad - is "an energetic, enjoyable and atmospheric production" said The Telegraph, "just make sure you take your three best friends along for the ride". Will Tuckett directs and choreographs and the narration is written by the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. Suitable for over 5s.
Churchill's Birthday: Late
Dates: Thursday 27th November 2014 - 7pm-10pm
Churchill War Rooms, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AQ
Celebrate Churchill's birthday in the bunker where he took shelter during the Blitz.
Churchill War Rooms will be opening its doors late for a night of silent disco dancing and champagne to celebrate Churchill's birthday, 140 years after he was born. A rare chance to explore this historic site after dark, the evening's entertainment includes a photo booth, complete with dress-up props inspired by the man himself, a pop-up bar, and vintage gifts and souvenirs. All guests will receive a complimentary gin cocktail or soft drink, a slice of birthday cake and a goodie bag to take away. Happy birthday Mr Churchill!
Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair
Dates: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2014
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
2014Stalls selling gifts, festive treats and seasonal food within London's oldest botanic garden.
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 are lined with 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.
Henry IV (Part I)
Dates: 29th November 2014 to 24th January 2015
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Sir Antony Sher stars as Sir John Falstaff in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry VI, Shakespeare's enduring historical drama, comes to the Barbican this November. 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. The production plays in parallel with Henry IV Part II (which begins on 2nd December 2014) when the King, his health deteriorating, is trying to decide whether his son, Hal, is a worthy heir.