Visit London Blog » wind in the willows http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 What’s On This Weekend: 14-15 December http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/whats-on-this-weekend-14-15-december/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/12/whats-on-this-weekend-14-15-december/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:00:43 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36595

We are counting down the days now and the Christmas events are stacking up in the capital. Take in some traditional treats such as Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square and The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House, or head down to the O2 for a handmade Christmas.

Christmas Carols in Trafalgar Square

The capital doesn’t get much more festive than this, as the famous Norwegian Christmas tree is lit on 5 Dec and Trafalgar Square is filled with carollers every night until 22 Dec. Carol groups will be singing all the classics, from Deck the Halls and Good King Wenceslas, to Ding Dong Merrily on High and The Holly and the Ivy, and it’s all for charity. 5-22 Dec

Handmade Christmas at the O2

Get hands-on this Christmas at Handmade Christmas at the O2. This indoor Christmas fair provides the perfect opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts from hundreds of UK designers, crafters, and food and drink producers, as well as creative workshops and demos. 13-15 Dec

The Wind in the Willows

Will Tuckett and the Royal Opera House bring the beloved childhood story of The Wind in the Willows to the Duchess Theatre this week. Expect innovative stage design, choreography and songs in this adaptation of the fantastical novel, as it follows the adventures of shy Mole, debonair Ratty, wise Badger and hot-headed Toad. 11 Dec-1 Feb

The Nutcracker

See The Royal Ballet perform one of the world’s most famous ballets. The Nutcracker opened at The Royal Opera House this week, a perfect family treat for the festive season. Relive the classic story of Clara, who creeps down to the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve in search of her favourite present, only to embark on a magical adventure against the evil Rat King, all accompanied by the spellbinding music of Tchaikovsky. 4 Dec-16 Jan

The Jameel Prize

This exhibition displays the work of the 10 talented designers and artists that have been shortlisted for the third Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Jameel Prize looks to reward works that are directly inspired by the Islamic tradition and the top prize is £25,000. Artworks range from Arab typography and calligraphy to fashion inspired by Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia. 11 Dec-21 April

Louis Pearl, the Amazing Bubble Man

And now for something completely different… Louis Pearl is bringing his much loved Bubble Man show to the London Palladium. A perennial favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe, Pearl literally pushes the boundaries of bubbles in a 75-minute show that has to be seen to be believed. 12 Dec-4 Jan

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London Theatre News: Charlie, Wind in the Willows, Stephen Ward and From Here To Eternity http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-theatre-news-charlie-wind-in-the-willows-stephen-ward-and-from-here-to-eternity/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-theatre-news-charlie-wind-in-the-willows-stephen-ward-and-from-here-to-eternity/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:00:56 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34522 Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryFirstly, sad news that A Chorus Line is closing early on 31 August. But with every early curtain comes news of an extension, and fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be pleased to hear that the Sam Mendes-directed show is now booking at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 31 May 2014.

This week, I’ve got news of two hit shows returning to the London stage: firstly, the Royal Opera House’s family-friendly production of The Wind in the Willows will play at the Duchess Theatre this Christmas. This perennial favourite has received three revivals since its first appearance and played more than 100 performances in the capital. Secondly, Lolita Chakrabarti’s Olivier Award-nominated play Red Velvet will return to the Tricycle Theatre as part of its forthcoming new season, with Adrian Lester reprising his role as Ira Aldridge.

Finally three very different new London shows have been announced: a farce, a musical, and a pantomime. Take your pick from Antony Sher playing Sigmund Freud in Terry Johnson’s farce Hysteria at the Hampstead Theatre this September; the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre from early December; or the ever-brilliant Hackney Empire panto team’s production of Puss in Boots from November.

Owain Arthur. Photo by Hugo GlendinningLondon Theatre Cast News

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Bank of England Museum http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/03/bank-of-england-museum/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/03/bank-of-england-museum/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:24:07 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=20475

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind those imposing walls at the Bank of England, find out by visiting the free museum inside the bank.

The Bank of England Museum traces the history of the bank from 1694 to the present day and explores the history of money, the building and the employees.

While the collections of coins are rather impressive, some of the most facinating items tell the story of the people who worked there. An area is devoted to Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows who worked at the bank and his letters tell how he left rather abruptly. I also enjoyed seeing the smart hat and gaiters worn by a women porter who worked at the bank during the first world war.

The current special exhibition, The Pound In Your Pocket explores absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about inflation, including an interactive toy that replicated the challenge of controlling inflation and avoiding economic shock. I found it quite impossible to balance, which I guess was the point!

Bank of England Museum, open Monday to Friday (closed bank holidays), 10:00 – 17:00 (last entry at 16:45). Admission free. www.bankofengland.co.uk

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