As the nights draw in and the temperature drops the London cultural season comes to life, offering an eclectic mix which will keep everyone happy. With rates starting at around £120 per double room including continental buffet breakfast and VAT there is no excuse not to head to the Capital this autumn and winter.
We have teamed up with London and Partners to bring you our top pick from the #LondonIsOpen cultural season…
No Man’s Land at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 17th December 2016: See multi award-winning actors Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart take to the stage together in No Man’s Land at the Wyndham’s Theatre. The play follows two ageing writers whose lively conversation one summer evening soon turns into a revealing power game. One of Harold Pinter’s gripping classics, the sinister plot line will have you guessing right until the end.
William Kentridge: Thick Time until 15th January 2017: Discover the South African artist’s fascinating works with William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitechapel Gallery, his first major solo exhibition in the UK. Highlights of the show include some of Kentridge’s spectacular installations, most of which have never been exhibited in the UK before. Don’t miss The Refusal of Time, a multi-sensory installation combining performance, sound and moving images.
Abstract Expressionism at Royal Academy of Arts until 2nd January 2017: Rediscover one of the greatest art movements of the 20th century with Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy of Arts. The first major retrospective on Abstract Expressionism in almost 60 years in the UK, this exhibition aims to re-evaluate the art movement, and give it new life and scope. From the colour-field painting of Mark Rothko, to Jackson Pollock’s gestural brushstrokes, the display showcases the reinvention of non-figurative painting by a varied group of artists.
Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery until 1st January 2020: Spark your curiosity in the Science Museum’s new permanent gallery Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. The interactive science gallery unravels and exposes the wonders of our everyday world through immersive exhibits, artworks and live shows. Explore the seven themed zones, take part in live experiments led by the gallery’s brilliant team of Explainers, and be inspired by incredible mathematical and scientific phenomena throughout your visit.
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection at Tate Modern from 10th November 2016 to 7th May 2017: Showcasing a selection of rare vintage prints from the 1920s to the 1950s, all collected by Sir Elton John through his lifetime, the exhibition features more than 150 photographs from 60 artists. Come up close to the work of remarkable photographers such as Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, Edward Steichen, Margaret Bourke-White and Alexandr Rodchenko. Working in a pivotal moment for photography, these artists opened up innovative ways to look at the medium, using it as an instrument to transform the perception of the modern world.
The Lord Mayor’s Show, 12th November 2016: The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor. Every year since, the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown. Join in the fun between 11am and 2.30pm as around half a million people line up along the route to watch the colourful parade travel across London. After the procession, a fantastic fireworks display lights up the sky over the river Thames from 5pm. The iconic golden Lord Mayor’s Coach can be seen at the Museum of London during the rest of the year.
Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre, from 19th November 2016 to 11th March 2017: Discover the revolutionary sound of 1960s America as the Tony Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, bursts onto the stage at the Savoy Theatre.
Design Museum Opening, from 24th November 2016 to 1st January 2020: Delve into the fascinating world of contemporary design as the Design Museum reopens in an impressive new building in Kensington. Boasting a cutting-edge interior designed by John Pawson and a lighting system created in collaboration with Concord, the remodelled Grade II listed building becomes home to the Designers in Residence Studio, Bakala Auditorium, Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning and Sackler Library and Archive. The museum also continues to offer refreshments in the restaurant and cafe, as well as an exciting variety of stylish items and gifts at the Design Museum Shop located on the nearby high street.
Photo credit thanks to: London and Partner and #LondonIsOpen: Perou / William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery / Wonderlab The Statoil Gallery © Science Museum / muf architecture art / Man Ray, Glass Tears (Les Larmes), Collection Elton John © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016 / Greg Williams