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"Deconstructing patterns: art and science in conversation" will look at the many patterns that make up the foundation of nature. Not only those we can see but those that are not visible to the naked eye, down at both cellular and molecular level. Artists have also been commissioned to create their own interpretations, including poet Sarah Howe and sound artist Chu-Li, with Helen Pynor's photography examining the endless patterns created by a fruit fly.
Event Location Francis Crick Institute
Event Address Francis Crick Institute , 1 Midland Road , Kings Cross , London NW1 1AT
There is a sense of excitement in the air in Deptford thanks to its burgeoning food scene. There are a host of new bars and restaurants appearing in the area, with the famous railway arches become something of a foodie hub. Deptford Bites will be a weekly food and craft market running every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. It runs right across the year until Decemeber, so there are no excuses for not popping along.
Event Location Deptford Market Yard
Event Address Deptford Market Yard , Deptford , London SE8 4BX
As you travel across the world's oceans marvelling at the beautiful sea life at London Aquarium, you can also don glowing headphones and take in the sounds being played over the three separate chanels. Running from the end of June through to late December.
Event Location Sea Life London Aquarium
Event Address County Hall , Westminster Bridge Road , London SE1 7PB
Phone Number 0871 663 1678
See a new exhibition at the Tower of London telling the history of the Mint at the Tower, where it was situated for over 500 years. Included in palace admission
Event Location Tower of London
Event Address Tower Hill , London EC3N 4AB
Phone Number 0844 482 7777
- Family: FREE
- 2 x Adult: FREE
- 0 x Child: FREE
- 0 x OAP: FREE
Starts: Thursday 11th February 2016
Ends: Monday 31st December 2018
This year, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights are set for their biggest ever overhaul, with the aim of outshining the displays in New York and Sydney. After seeing the success of events like the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and the hugely successful Lumiere London festival, West End bosses have launched a competition for new ideas from designers and architects from all over the world in time for this year's switch-on in November, with designer Anya Hindmarch on the judging panel. The new lighting over Europe's busiest shopping street will be up in time not only for Christmas but also for opening of the Elizabeth line train services in December.
Event Location Oxford Street
Event Address Oxford Street , London W1C 1JN
The regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street has a great, festive atmosphere when the Christmas lights are switched on. Regent Street goes traffic-free for the official turning on of the lights and the Spirit of Christmas Theme returns, with a fleet of spectacular large-scale 'spirits' with widespread wings soaring over the street. The display, designed by leading British lighting creatives, James Glancy Design, takes inspiration from the street's original lights display back in 1954 and features over 300,000 twinkling lights, making it the biggest display in the capital.
Event Location Regents Street
Event Address Regent Street , London W1
Phone Number 020 7287 9601
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse returns to the theatre where it all started, the National Theatre, eleven years after its debut here to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. When his beloved horse Joey is shipped off to the front lines, Albert, still too young to enlist, embarks on a mission to bring him home. The staging is hugely ambitious, using life-size puppets for the horses, but it's mostly very effective and a scene where a tank looms over the terrified beasts is incredibly intense. Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris' production is a genuine classic, packed with terrifying cavalry charges, gruff humour and moments of rich emotion that are more than capable of reducing entire first-year classes (and their teachers) to tears. The National suggests this for children aged 12 and over, but we think it's suitable for kids as young as 10 (so long as you're prepared for them to be completely grief-stricken).
Event Location National Theatre
Event Address National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre , South Bank , , London SE1 9PX
It's been 100 years since the Representation of the People Act allowed women the right to vote in the UK. As part of the ongoing celebrtaions of this significant change to the law, the Museum of London will be taking a look at the work done by some of the lesser known suffragettes. Key parts of the exhibition will feature Emmeline Pankhurst's hunger strike medal and the pendent worn by Louise Mary Eates.
Event Location Museum of London
Event Address 150 London Wall , City , London EC2Y 5HN
Phone Number 020 7001 9844
Two brand new family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre. The award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present the European premiere of Circus 1903 and two Australian theatre companies perform the UK premiere of Rumpelstiltskin, mixing music and silliness and starring cabaret legend Paul Capsis. There's more festive family fun with a sing-along version of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler's Zog & Friends Show, That Night Follows Day by Forced Entertainment and Maureen Lipman's Up for It. The entire 21 acre site is transformed into a winter landscape with the Winter Market, illuminated rooftops, choirs, carols and classical music - highlights include the return of Handel's Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. Tango classes, swing dancing, ballroom lessons, a day of drag kings and queens and a Caribbean Christmas Party are among the free events and it all comes to a big finale with A Vintage New Year's Eve Party where you get fantastic views of the London fireworks.
Event Location Southbank Centre
Event Address Southbank Centre , Belvedere Road , London SE1 8XX
Phone Number 020 7960 4200
For its 10th anniversary pantomime production Lyric Hammersmith stages an all-singing, all-dancing version of Dick Whittington with villainous baddies and heroic goodies plus a little bit of feline flavour. Luke Latchman takes the lead as Dick Whittington with support from comedian Margaret Cabourn-Smith as Mayor Pigeon and Keziah Joseph as Tom Cat. On Friday 7th December 2018 there's a 10 year celebratory event with special guest appearances in the show and a look back on 10 years of pantomime at the Lyric. Tickets for this event include a winter cocktail, pre-show refreshments and a festive programme.
Event Location Lyric Theatre
Event Address Lyric Hammersmith , Lyric Square , 2 King Street W6 0QA
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, Skate Lates brings a specially curated programme of music to the rink on nights with takeovers from hot names in the contemporary music scene. 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.
Event Location Somerset House
Event Address South Building , Somerset House , Strand , London WC2R 1LA
Phone Number 020 7845 4600
Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall's shiveringly beautiful production of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre. Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her world turns upside down. This emotionally wrought drama explores the complex nature of body and soul, religion and indulgence versus sacrifice.
Event Location Duke of York Theatre
Event Address Duke of York's Theatre , St Martins Lane , London WC2N 4BG
Matthew Warchus' staging of Charles Dickens' timeless classic, which has been adapted from the stage by Jack Thorne, returns to the Old Vic for the festive season. Four ghosts visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve and shepherd the curmudgeon between past, present and future. Music and cheer abound as Scrooge races against time to thaw his heart in time for yuletide merriment.
Event Location Old Vic Theatre
Event Address Old Vic Theatre , 103 The Cut , London SE1 8NB
This new fashion exhibition at the V&A goes back to 1600 looking at the inspiration fashion has sought from nature over the past 400 years. It also examines how fashions need to search for new materials has impacted negatively on the environment during the same time period.
Event Location Victoria and Albert Museum
Event Address Cromwell Road , London SW7 2RL
Phone Number 020 7942 2000
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is being transformed for the festive season once again this year, inviting visitors to see Hogwarts in the Snow and learn all about how the Christmas scenes in the films were made, including how a mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt were used to create snow the same method that will be used to decorate the Studio Tour this November. A number of the famous scenes will be decorated with snow while the renowned Great Hall will be transformed with wreaths, garlands, roast turkeys, Christmas puddings, cakes and Christmas trees. Be sure to visit and see the Studio's most magical makeover yet.
Event Location Warner Bros Studio Tour London
Event Address Warner Bros Studio Tour London , Aerodrome Way , Leavesden WD25 7LS
See some of the 20th century's most important works on paper by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in The Sackler Wing of Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts. Klimt's sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele - which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years - are included in the display of around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings. This Modernist exhibition centring on 1918, a seismic year in Vienna, marks the centenary of both artists' deaths.
Event Location Royal Academy of Arts
Event Address Burlington House , Piccadilly , London W1J 0BD
Phone Number 020 7300 8000
The National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artists Daughters chasing a Butterfly and The Artists Daughters with a Catwill go on display alongside other rarely seen paintings, including the double full-length of Mary and Margaret Gainsborough as sumptuously dressed young women, and some never before seen in the UK such as an early portrait of the artist's father John Gainsborough. Despite starting out with landscapes - his preferred art form - Gainsborough went on to become one of Britain's most successful eighteenth-century portraitists and this will provide the perfect chance to admire his work.
Event Location National Portrait Gallery
Event Address 2 St Martin''s Place , London WC2H 0HE
Phone Number 020 7306 0055
An exhibition of the uncompromising sculpture that emerged in Britain after the Second World War, featuring younger artists including Lynn Chadwick, Elizabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside older artists such as Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.
Event Location Tate Britain
Event Address Millbank , London SW1P 4RG
Phone Number 020 7887 8888
Regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters and played with symbolism to add meaning to his portraits. Alongside his paintings of clerics, merchants and humanists on display at the National Gallery are some of the objects they were painted with - carpets, sculpture, jewellery, and other personal belongings - each hinting at the social status, interests, and aspirations of his subjects. The first exhibition of Lotto's portraits in the UK, it reveals fascinating information about the sitters, recorded in the artist's own account books.
Event Location National Gallery
Event Address Trafalgar Square , Charing Cross , London WC2N 5DN
Phone Number 020 7747 2885
Kit Harington - famous for his leading role in Game of Thrones - and Johnny Flynn - star of Lovesick, Beast and US TV series Genius, and who received rave reviews for his performance in the New York transfer of Hangmen - star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End premiere of True West. Penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, the plays is a ferociously funny, modern classic. Director Matthew Dunster (who also worked on Hangmen), asks, "Is it about two brothers, or is it about how we all grapple with two sides of ourselves"? Set in the stifling Californian desert, tensions rise as brother goes against brother, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
Event Location Vaudeville Theatre
Event Address Vaudeville Theatre , 404 Strand, , London WC2R 0NH