What’s On This Weekend: 9-10 November 2013

From The Lord Mayor’s Show to the Regent Street Christmas Lights Switch On, there are loads of exciting events taking place in London this weekend!

The Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks

Not only does the City of London have a new Lord Mayor (who will preside over the City for one year), but for only the second time in its long history, the Lord Mayor is a woman. Fiona Woolf will celebrate her election with the traditional Lord Mayor’s parade from Guildhall to the Royal Courts of Justice, where she will swear an oath of loyalty to The Queen before setting off on the return journey. The parade, which features colourful floats from a wide variety of City institutions, commences at 11am and starts its return journey at 1pm. For full details on the route and timings, visit the website. Early risers can also watch the Lord Mayor’s flotilla, which sets off in the QRB Gloriana from Westminster at 8.30am. The day’s events will culminate in a spectacular firework dsplay at 5pm – see our guide for tips on where to stand. 9 Nov

Fortnum and Mason St Pancras opens

For the first time in 307 years, a new Fortnum and Mason shop will be opening in London. Situated in St Pancras International station, the mini version of Piccadilly‘s most famous shop will feature a selection of their best-loved treats as well as a chance to relax in the tea salon. From 8 Nov

The Nordic Ja Ja Ja festival

Head to the Camden Roundhouse for a lively festival of Nordic culture. The first ever Ja Ja Ja Festival features the region’s music, film, art, and of course cuisine. There will even be a Nordic Fika! Day tickets are £25, or you can get a weekend pass for £40. 8-9 Nov

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

It’s almost 100 years since the start of the First World War, and with Rememberance Sunday this weekend it’s a perfect time to see Stanley Spencer’s poignant depictions of war at Somerset House. The large-scale paintings are scenes from the artist’s own wartime experiences and evoke the sometimes surprising ordinariness of wartime life and the domestic tasks in which Spencer found solace. This is a rare chance to see the paintings outside of their usual home at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel. Admission is free. Until 26 Jan

Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library

Whether you believe they were decorous or riotous, you can’t deny that the Georgians left a significant mark on London and British culture. This new exhibition explores Georgian life through their everyday objects, and charts the rise of fashion, celebrity and conspicuous consumption, as well as the rise of the arts and information. You can see unique items from the Library’s archive, including rare books and maps, as well as loaned objects and artwork. Tickets are £9 for adults. Until 11 Mar

The Regent Street Christmas Lights

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, and you can get into the early festive spirit at the official switching on of the Regent Street Christmas lights. As well as the lights, which are themed around new animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman, you can see performances by Leona Lewis, Passenger and Eliza Doolittle. The event is free. 9 Nov

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