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.
With his Elvis hairdo, crisp-white T-shirt and black leather jacket he was the coolest dude on television back in the seventies. He was the handsome devil who got all the girls and had guys like Cunningham running round in circles for him. Who are we talking about? ‘The Fonz’ of course!
A world apart from his legendary character in the 1970’s American sitcom ‘Happy Days’, actor Henry Winkler is to play a dastardly Captain Hook in the “Peter Pan” pantomime at the Richmond Theatre this Christmas.
This favourite children’s pantomime will run at this stunning Victorian theatre from December 6, 2013 until January 12, 2014.
London is home to a myriad of magical pantomimes all year round but especially during the festive season. Here’s a few more of the best pantomimes in London for Christmas 2013.
A little further south in Croydon, Eastender’s star Steve “Phil Mitchell” McFadden will be giving Henry Winkler a run for his money playing Captain Hook in a Croydon-adaptation of Peter Pan.
Other pantomimes put on this Christmas in London include Puss in Boots, which can is being performed in two extremely different formats at Hackney Empire and Greenwich Theatre.
The London Underground has commissioned some fantastic poster designs over the years and right now you can view the vast archive of posters from Victorian Times to the present day. Taking place at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, the ‘Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs’ marks the London underground’s 150th anniversary – making it the world’s oldest subway transport system.
The exhibition will show a poster for each of the 150 years of the Underground’s existence. Visitors can buy prints of the original artwork in various sizes.
The first graphic underground posters were commissioned in 1908. Along the years there have been some startling submissions such as Man Ray’s surrealist poster in 1938. The American modernist’s submission featured the underground logo at the top of the picture and what appears to be planet Saturn at the bottom of the page alongside the title, “Keeps London Going”.
The posters of the motor shows at Olympia are particularly striking and because most of the cars depicted are now defunct and can only be seen in old films and collections, these posters really give off an old and retro vibe.
From 1951 – 1953 Hackney artist William Roberts designed posters for London Transport. One of Robert’s most innovative designs was ‘London Fairs’ which he submitted in 1951.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Royal Norwegian classical concert – Commence the festivities in classical style
Every December there is an unfaltering traditional in the British capital for Norway to deliver a huge Christmas tree to Londoners. The Norwegian tree is erected and decorated in a blaze of colour and creativity in Trafalgar Square. The tree is a gift to London from the people of Oslo to mark remembrance and gratitude for the assistance given by Britain to Norway in the Second World War.
This significant festive occasion sees carol singers flock to Trafalgar Square as the tree’s conspicuous presence becomes yet another Christmas landmark in London.
To celebrate the installation of the great Norwegian tree a concert is held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. The Royal Norwegian annual Christmas concert features highly regarded Norwegian classical musicians to deliver an extraordinary programme of classical music of the highest quality.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church is an extremely interesting music venue. Many types of concerts take place in this London landmark, including jazz and chamber music. The church also acts as a place of worship with morning prayers and services. The church was opened in 1724 and is in the style of Greek revival, resembling the Acropolis in Athens. St. Martin-in-the-Fields is dedicated to St. Martin, a bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a well-known resting point for pilgrims on route to Santiago de Compostela.