What’s On This Weekend: 30 November-1 December 2013

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There are some great one-off events to get you in the festive spirit this weekend, including the Christmas Dollshouse Festival on Friday and a free Belgravia Christmas Market on Saturday.

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park

The already picturesque gardens of the Duke of Northumberland’s London home have been transformed into a glittering enchanted woodland (above) this winter. Taking in the Arboretum of Syon, the path around the 18th century lake is lit up to magical effect, giving the surrounding landscape a mythical feel. Culminating at the Great Conservatory, which dates back to 1820, this is a unique way to explore the striking house and gardens of Syon Park. Ends 2 Dec

Belgravia Christmas Market

The exclusive London district of Belgravia is hosting a one off Christmas market on Saturday. Elizabeth Street will be lit up with festive lights and lined with traditional Christmas stalls selling arts and crafts, jewellery and homeware. Santa and his reindeer will also be in attendance and there will be carol singers and a traditional brass band. Be sure to head down to Pimlico Road for family-friendly entertainment including jugglers, trumpeters and stalls selling festive treats, including roast chestnuts and toffee apples. 1 Dec

Christmas Dollshouse Festival at Kensington Town Hall

Another, entirely different, one-off event this weekend is taking place at Kensington Town Hall. Peruse the finest craftsmanship of dolls and dollshouses and keep your eyes peeled for celebrity fans such as Jonathan Ross and Helena Bonham-Carter. Kids can also try their hand at painting miniature Christmas trees from 1pm. 30 Nov

Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration

The latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery shows Hollywood icon Vivien Leigh in more than 50 portraits, including rare vintage photographs, magazine covers, vintage film stills and press books. Leigh was best known for her Oscar winning turns in Gone with the Wind and opposite Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as her glamorous marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier. 30 Nov-10 Jul

Parsifal at the Royal Opera House

For a dose of high culture this weekend, be sure to see Wagner’s final great work, as Parsifal is being given an inventive new staging at the Royal Opera House. The opera was 25 years in the making and is based upon the classic story of the Holy Grail and deals with themes of prophesy and redemption. 30 Nov-18 Dec

Emil and the Detectives at the National Theatre

The latest family friendly production from the National Theatre follows the success of War Horse and His Dark Materials with the story of young Emil’s adventures in 1920s Berlin. When his money is stolen on the train by a mysterious stranger, Emil thinks he’s lost everything, until he embarks on a journey to catch the thief. 25 Nov-19 Dec

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  1. Larry & Ver HoneyMoon says:

    London was the City of Our Honey Moon in Sep1-8, 1976. We were Married in Barn Holland and then We went to Den Haag to Catch the Queen Wilhelmina Cruise Ship to London Port. We embarked from the Cruise ship then by Black Cabbie, to what was then the Columbia House, for Service men and women.
    The Columbia House was cold and Haunted and we still made it Work, The Streets were cold and the tourism was great. We selected to touring in the Odd hours of the day. We even saw Prince of Whales and Diana in their morning walk to one of the Church Towers they visit, or walk to in the morning.
    The Beef Eater March and Parades were great too, but that was secondary because we tried to take in all the sites.
    The restaurants were always active with Lovely People. and even the Hogs Edge Railroad like in Harry Potter was even there back then. As the portray you have to look for it to ” Find it”. All in all it was a good Experience because it laid my foundation to our Marriage of 37 years to date. In addition; My wife’s Sisters from the Hospitals we were able to reminisce the associations of the past of the Visa Jobs and other Wonderful Opportunities of the London Life Styles.
    My Christmas days in London prior to Marriage were cold and Lonely but got active when accepted to some of the Clubs. The Era of dance and Cabaret were alive and well at that time.
    In those days the Service folks had all the base Activities to go to via the Bus system in Great Britain and in North, and South Wales. The One week was not enough.
    From Scotland to London to the Portsmouth, to the Isle of White, Brighton Beach, and all other outlets England did Swing in our lives.
    Even Hit a Hole in One at the Newbury Golf Course. Met Mount Baton at one of the Pubs there. Also. Time flew like it was a movie in a time machine.
    In Short had a good time in Great Britain and England, and even Ireland on the way back! Got stopped in Cork and was able to embark for a few hours till the Airlines fuel was replaced do to a strike on fuel back those days.