London has such a hectic and jam-packed event calendar that there is bound to be something going on that you’ll enjoy in any given month, regardless of how particular or niche your tastes may be.
From theatre and music concerts to exhibitions and street celebrations, the English capital has it all and if you’re staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel, these are some of the more notable events happening soon.
Free to enter
Everybody loves something for nothing and it just so happens that these spectacular events are free to visit; just double-check the details before making the journey because some are only on at certain times of the year.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The east section of Hyde Park is transformed into a festive paradise for the last six weeks of the year with an open-air ice rink, ice-skating shows, a Christmas-themed circus, a giant wheel, and fantastic bars and eateries.
Although the actual Winter Wonderland complex is free to visit, all those attractions command an entry fee. It is open from November 18th until January 2nd, except Christmas Day.
The Lord Mayor’s Show:
A new Lord Mayor is inaugurated every year and to celebrate, a loud, colourful and vibrant procession made up of 7,000 people, 140 floats and stretching for three miles snakes through the city. The celebrations are topped off with a fireworks display around 5pm.
The event typically takes place on the second Sunday of November.
Urban Food Fest:
From November 5th, the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch becomes a trendy foodie party for six weeks with a rotating line-up of dishes from around the world including Venezuelan beef arepas, vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, and Belgian waffles.
Again, it’s free to visit between noon and midnight, but you’ll have to get your hand in your pocket to make it worth your while.
Ever wondered why female artists are so under-represented in the world’s art galleries and museums? The organisers behind this free exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery have, and its posters sum it up perfectly: ‘Less than four per cent of the artists in Modern Art sections are women but 76 per cent of the nudes are female’.
If you can stomach the demanding amount of reading involved, it runs until March 2017.
Fantastic music venues are scattered throughout central London and the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate is ideally placed to get to many of them with ease.
As gig schedules change every day, there’s little point listing who is playing over the coming weeks and months. However, chances are that if your favourite band or singer is playing anywhere in the UK soon, they will almost certainly be doing at least one date in London.
If you’re into up-and-coming acts, then check out who’s playing at these venues:
- The Borderline (17-minute journey from Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel, alight at Tottenham Court Road Tube Station on the Central line)
- Koko (29 mins, Mornington Crescent – Northern)
- XOYO (34 mins, Old Street – Northern)
- The Forum (40 mins, Dalston Kingsland – Overground)
- Roundhouse (32 mins, Chalk Farm – Northern)
- Scala (28 mins, Mornington Crescent – Northern)
- O2 Academy Brixton (34 mins, Brixton – Victoria)
- The Old Blue Last (34 mins, Liverpool Street – Central)
- The Garage (27 mins, Highbury & Islington – Victoria)
More high-profile pop acts like your Beyonces and Coldplays are more likely to appear at the following:
- Wembley Stadium & Arena (38 mins, Wembley Park Station – Metropolitan line)
- The O2 (36 mins, North Greenwich – Jubilee)
- Hyde Park (14 mins walk)
If you prefer your music to be less boisterous and ear-splitting, then you’re likely to find more relaxed acts performing here:
- The Barbican (30 mins, Barbican Stations – Metropolitan line)
- Union Chapel (27 mins, Highbury & Islington – Victoria)
- Ronnie Scott’s (20 mins, Tottenham Court Road – Central)
- Wigmore Hall (16 mins, Bond Street – Central)
London’s West End is second only to New York’s Broadway as the pinnacle of theatre. Here, you’ll find some of the world’s best-loved productions. Some are so popular that they’ve set up shop there for years, even decades in some cases.
- The Mousetrap – St Martin’s Theatre (20 mins, Tottenham Court Road – Central)
- Les Misérables – The Queen’s Theatre (22 mins, Tottenham Court Road – Central)
- The Phantom of the Opera – Her Majesty’s Theatre (21 mins, Piccadilly Circus – Elephant & Castle)
- Mamma Mia! – Novello Theatre (24 mins, Holborn – Central)
- The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre (25 mins, Holborn – Central)
- Stomp – Ambassadors Theatre (21 mins, Tottenham Court Road – Central)
- Wicked – Apollo Victoria Theatre (24 mins, Victoria – Circle)
- Thriller Live – Lyric Theatre (21 mins, Piccadilly Circus – Bakerloo)
- The Book of Mormon – Prince of Wales Theatre (20 mins, Piccadilly Circus – Bakerloo)
2017 will also see the arrival of these shows in London:
- 42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane (24 mins, Holborn – Central)
- An American in Paris – Dominion Theatre (14 mins, Tottenham Court Road – Central)
- Angels in America – Lyttelton National Theatre (29 mins, Waterloo – Bakerloo)