Events, Theatre and Attractions in London for Late 2018 and Early 2019

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London attracts over 85 million people to its events each year, and well in excess of 15 million to its world renown theatres. In fact, visits to the theatre are on the increase. London’s top shows and performances saw a substantial upswing in box office takings between 2016 and last year.

(source for reference only: http://solt.co.uk/about-london-theatre/facts-and-figures/)

So, the message is, if you’re planning a visit to London for early 2019 you will need to firm up your plans and reserve those event or theatre tickets soon! It’s worth getting your arrangements sorted well in advance too, as you can enjoy “early bird” discounts at London’s premier events. And you can get the best seats in the West End theatres of course.

If it’s one thing London does brilliantly, it’s events, shows and concerts and the choice of venues and options is vast. There truly is something for every niche interest and preference.

These are just some of the Merino Hospitality team’s top tips for London events and performances in the coming months.

Lord Mayor’s Show – 10th November 2018

London may be modern and vibrant, but it also treasures is historical pomp and ceremony. This is perfectly illustrated by this elaborate annual parade, featuring military marching bands, dancers, horses and a range of other wonderful sights and sounds.  This is an 800-year traditional and practice makes perfect!

For more: https://lordmayorsshow.london/

 

EFG London Jazz Festival – 16th November to 25th November 2018

For best events for jazz fans, they don’t come much more appealing than this! It’s ten days of spectacular live performances and meet-and-greets, from “heavyweight musical talent from right across the globe”. Check out the amazing play list then book accommodation and tickets quickly!

For more: https://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/

 

London Short Film Festival – 11th – 20th January

If your interest in the creative arts in London leans towards superb film making, this event is diverse and ground breaking. It’s a chance to get “in the know” on emerging talent and see “cross arts programming” pieces of national and international significance.

For more: https://shortfilms.org.uk

 

Burns Night – 25th January

We slipped this one in as a reminder that for one night, you get to see the best that London has to offer and soak up authentic Scottish heritage. Burns Night celebrates Scottish poet Robert Burns’ birthday. It’s an incredible experience for literary buffs or anyone who loves to party! Features of the event include poetry readings of course, but also slap-up dinners, traditional Scottish dancing and plenty of chance to sample the best Scottish whisky and haggis in London’s top venues.

For more: https://absolutely.london/burns-night-in-london/

 

London Fashion Week Festival -18th February

Whether you are in the industry, an avid follower of fashion or just someone who loves to experience glitz, glamour and creative genius, you will want to know “when is London Fashion Week?”.

Understandably, it attracts people from across the globe.  There are imitators and similar events in other European cities, but there really is nothing quite like London Fashion Week for unparalleled access to this innovative and beguiling world. The festival is a showcase of the best British and international designers and trends, and it includes catwalks shows, designer shopping and industry talks.

For more: https://londonfashionweekfestival.com


Chinese New Year Celebrations, Trafalgar Square and Chinatown – 5th February

Another opportunity to soak up the heritage of a different nation, as London puts on the largest and most spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.

This includes a spectacular parade that all ages will love to watch. There are also many colourful free performances to savour and cultural activities to participate in.  For many people, the highlight is the traditional awe-inspiring pyrotechnics display.

The date of this changes each year.
For more: https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/whats-on/chinese-new-year?ref=more-ideas

 

Ideal Home Show, Olympia – 22nd March to 7th April

The Ideal Home Show is the world’s longest running exhibition, founded back in 1908 and now a must-see for hundreds of thousands of London visitors. It has rightly won numerous awards and can take pride in its ability to showcase international innovations and ideas on everything from property renovations and improvements, the latest gadgets and gizmos, fashion, gifts and gardening!

For more: https://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/

 

A few more ideas…

This is just a small selection of what’s on in London early 2019. You may also want to research:

MOVE IT – The U.K.’s Biggest Dance Event – 8th to 10th March

St Patrick’s Day Parade, Central London – 24th March

The CRUK Boat Races, River Thames (Putney to Mortlake) – 25th March


Theatre ideas

Here’s a quick round up of the superb shows available in London in the next few months.

 

42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane – to 5th January

Broadway’s Biggest Show, on the West End’s Biggest Stage!


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Piccadilly Theatre – to 23rd February

A limited season for this smash-hit National Theatre production, which has been enjoying a much-applauded UK and international tour.


Disney’s The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre – to 10th February

Disney’s musical triumph continues to enthral audiences young and not so young! Incredible staging and creative genius make this unforgettable.


Les Miserables – Queen’s Theatre – to 2nd March

Award winning production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables. Officially the world’s longest running musical, it has reached its 30th Anniversary in London and still draws huge audiences.


The Phantom of the Opera – Her Majesty’s Theatre – to 2nd March

Still captivate audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, and worth and second performance if you’ve already seen this incredible theatrical masterpiece.

For London events and shows, book your homely Merino Hospitality serviced accommodation in Central London soon. The team is always happy to help guide and advise you on arrangements for your trip to London.

Check back with us soon for news of events and shows in Spring 2019 and beyond, so you can book early. Remember to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out at a glance about all the exciting stuff London has to offer!

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