Since it became the official Masters venue in 2012, London’s “Ally Pally”, as it is affectionately known, has already been graced by some great names in snooker.
The best snooker players in the world assemble each year for the Masters Snooker Championship, locking horns as they battle it out to become snooker champion. January 2014 certainly promises to be no exception.
From Sunday 12 January to Sunday 19 January, 2014, the world’s best contemporary snooker players will congregate at the Alexandra Palace to be crowned King of the Masters. The Masters is the most prestigious event on the snooker calendar. It’s prestige derives from its attractive £600,000 prize money, its rich and lustrous history and the elite field that compete in it each year.
The Masters was established in 1975 and has been won by most of the biggest names of the sport. Previous winners include Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Mark Selby, Ronnie O’ Sullivan and John Higgins. In fact so elite is this tournament that only the world’s top sixteen seeded players are invited.
For the last 60 years, the London Boat Show has been displaying new boats and associated kit of the highest order. Held at the state-of-the-art ExCel Exhibition Centre is opposite the O2 Arena, this waterside venue is the perfect place to feast your eyes on a British Naval Frigate or Destroyer. It has to be said that the ExCel is the only exhibition centre in London which can host a regatta!
Running until January 14, 2014, the London Boat Show is the first of next year’s busy and impressive calendar of nautical shows in Europe. There’s plenty to see and do at this interactive event, including the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Active Marina Experience.
The RYA Active Marina Experience provides free, instructional shore-based courses led by the RYA giving visitors the chance to hone up boating skills or get to grips with new ideas with expert instructors. Asides learning all the best tricks of the trade, one of the greatest components of the London Boat Show is that you have so many boats to gaze longingly at. The boats over 50 ft fall into the sort of price range that would buy you a decent family house. There are however many reasonably priced boats on display at this exclusive event.
Singing to an audience unaccompanied by music has to compete as being one of the tensest, most nerve-wracking and challenging feats you could put yourself through. This is exactly what’s in store for artists participating in the fifth showing of the London A Cappella Festival.
Taking place from January 23 – 25, 2014 at Kings Place, artists from around the globe will show off their singing voices unaided by any music. This thoroughly unique festival has certainly roused attention in the arts and culture sections of the broadsheet press.
“Few pick-me-ups dispel January blues better than the London A Cappella Festival. It is three days of workshops, concerts, booze, talk, humour, boisterous audiences, and exuberant performers, all dedicated to the ever-expanding world of unaccompanied vocal music”, said Richard Morrison of the Times.
The festival will be curated by the five times Grammy award-winning vocal group ‘The Swingle Singers’, along with Ikon Arts Management. You can expect a mind-blowing mix of Russian Orthodox chanting through to funk, beat box, folk and much more, as some of the world’s top a cappella voices let rip in London.
One band topped as being a big hit at next year’s event is the all American ‘The House Jacks’. This highly talented group has been described as a rock band without the backing music but don’t let the lack of drums, bass, keyboards and guitars put you off, because this group is extraordinary, compelling and supremely exciting. The House Jacks will hit the stage on Thursday 23 January.
They say that New York is the city that never sleeps but that phrase could certainly be applied to London as well, particularly at Christmas. The festive season is naturally an exceptionally busy time for the restaurateurs of the capital, which has an overwhelming choice of top quality festive fodder for the consumer.
If you are wanting to eat out on Christmas Day in London you’ll have plenty of choice, as many restaurants open their doors to the public on the most important holiday of the Christian calendar.
In order to really celebrate Christmas dinner in style why not head to the Wyndham Grand Hotel in the exclusive Chelsea Harbour? Whether you are seeking somewhere plush to leisurely wine and dine with colleagues or are looking for somewhere fun, lively and festive, not to mention delicious, to experience a special and memorable Christmas dinner with the family on Christmas Day in London, Wyndham Grand has several festive dining packages to cater for different occasions and circumstances.
Christmas Day Table d’Hote Menu
If you are yearning for top-notch luxury than as far as Christmas dinners go, they don’t come much grander than the Christmas Day Table d’Hote Menu. Tantalising your taste buds will be a glass of exquisite champagne.
Every now and then a pop group come along who stick out a little more than the rest. There is something about Haim that stands out from other chart toppers and that has turned rock and pop revellers’ attention their way.
The Los Angeles three sister act certainly excelled at this year’s Glastonbury where they pulled in one of the biggest ever ‘early in the day’ crowds at the Pyramid Stage. Primal Scream no less, invited the Haim sisters to sing with them on their iconic ‘Get Yer Rocks Off’ track. If you did not know who Haim were before Glastonbury 2013 you sure did after the festival was over!
If you didn’t fancy tackling the mud and the toilets you can catch the ‘Fleetwood Mac-inspired’ sisters in December at the HMV Forum. On December 9, 2013 Haim will bring their much admired LA roughness and raw power to the Forum for a gig that is selling out like hotcakes.
The HMV Forum, commonly known as the Forum or sometimes Kentish Town Forum is located in Kentish Town. This North London borough has long been synonymous with developing and nurturing musicians and being a hive of live music activity.