WILD FOOD WEEK
BROWNS HOTEL, MAYFAIR
Till 4th October 2015
Autumn’s the time to pick, forage, eat and celebrate all the wondrous wild food and great fresh produce Britain has to offer – and this year, no one will celebrate in quite as grand a style as Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair.
Throughout the week the exclusive restaurant HIX will Go Wild with an exotic six-course wild food tasting menu, that includes Yorkshire Dales wild rabbit, yellow chanterelle and cobnut salad, and an Elderberry buttermilk pudding.
In the revered English Tea Room, an innovative Wild Afternoon Tea will be served – the highlight of which is Wild Dumfriesshire duck on toast with billberries and wood sorrel.
Not to be outdone, The Spa at Brown’s will be going wild too. Those looking to relax, and get back to nature while they’re doing it, can enjoy the ‘Hedge’toes pedicure’ or the ‘Skin Food Facial’, and guests of the hotel will enjoy discovering different wild flowers in their rooms at turndown.
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
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THE BIG DRAW FESTIVAL
Drawing the world
GRANARY SQUARE, KINGS CROSS
Sunday 11th October 2015
11am - 4pm
The Big Draw Festival is an international drawing festival that takes places every year from 1-31 October. Launched in 2000, The Big Draw has encouraged over a million people back to the drawing board and has notched up two world records. The 2014 Big Draw involved 26 countries, with 414,000 people attending over 1800 events by 1000+ organisers.
Drawing the World is a free event and highlight of The Big Draw Festival, will take over Granary Square at King’s Cross. Visitors of all ages are invited to join in with a day of creative activities.
Drawing the World is a partnership event between The Big Draw, University of the Arts London (UAL), and House of Illustration, joining together to promote the vital role of creativity in education, society and everyday life.
Visitors can choose from a programme of workshops created to become an artist, architect, fashion illustrator, print-maker, or urban sketcher for the day. Activities on offer include:
Watch 30 UAL postgraduate students produce an epic drawing of the world in a performance directed by a drone and mobile phones
Trace the universe’s first 14 billion years on a Mythical Drawing Trail with Global Generation, and discover their unique Skip Garden
Discover 3-D drawing; try experimental map-making
Ready Steady Colour a take-away pizza with ketchup ‘paint’ and salt ‘n pepper glitter
Sketch the changing urban scene from viewing platforms, map its history on a giant timeline and design emoji for King’s Cross
Complete a walk-and-draw map while discovering even more of King’s Cross
Drawing the World is one of hundreds of activities taking place as part of the annual Big Draw Festival, encouraging people of all ages to connect with museums, galleries, parks, artists, designers and illustrators across the world through drawing. Find out more.
Big Draw President Sue Grayson Ford said: “Drawing the World will be an epic celebration of creativity."
The Big Draw is a charity, established in 2000, that changes lives across the world through helping people to express themselves through the universal language of drawing. Its patrons include: Sir Quentin Blake, Lord Foster, David Hockney OM CH RA, Andrew Marr, Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, Gerald Scarfe OBE, Posy Simmonds MBE, Bob and Roberta Smith RA.
A fun free event for the whole family. Come and discover the artist within.
Horse drawn Tour of
London Xmas Light
Stanfords Travel Bookshop, Covent Garden
Tuesdays & Thursdays in December 2015
Times: 4.30pm; 5.30pm; 6.30pm. 7.30pm
Tour London aboard an authentic horse-drawn omnibus. Get in the Christmas spirit as you clip-clop past the hot-spots and take photos of all the sights as you explore London at a camera-friendly pace. Festive fun for all the family - no Scrooges allowed!
This magical evening tour will showcase the best of the city’s Christmas lights. Travelling in an authentic Victorian omnibus driven by three horses, see historic London come alive with the spirit of Christmas, as you drive past some of the most breath taking Christmas displays the city has to offer.
With indoor as well as rooftop seating, the Victorian omnibus is the perfect way to enjoy the vibrancy of the world’s greatest city, at the most wonderful time of the year. With the steady sound of horse-hooves in your ears, look around and enjoy the wonder of illuminated London at a leisurely pace; a fantastically festive treat for all the family.
The omnibus is driven by Tim Wood, who has been raising and training horses for over 25 years. Manned by coachmen in period dress, and pulled by Tim’s beautiful and much-loved horses, travel along streets packed with history which the guide will bring to vivid life.
Nearest Train Station: Charing Cross. Nearest Underground: Leicester Square
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ST MORITZ SKI BAR
Till February 2016
The Goring, a five star luxury family-owned hotel, with over a hundred years of passion for hospitality and commitment to service, recently famous for being the chosen destination for the Duchess of Cambridge to spend her last night with her family before her marriage to Prince William.
This winter season sees the outside terrace converted into the St. Moritz Ski Bar. A little piece of Switzerland in the heart of Belgravia. Expect to find the finest alpine glamour with nothing being left to chance.
Stylish cocktails, Swiss canapés, wooden sledges as tables, twinkling lanterns, vintage skis and cashmere rugs to keep everyone snug and warm. An old skool gramophone playing the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald complete the scene. Even the waiters are dressed in vintage ski jumpers.
The St. Moritz Ski Bar is open from 6pm each evening and reservations are not required.
THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE
Royal Albert Hall, London
29th December 2015 - 2nd January 2016
Matinee and Evening shows
International ice dance sensation, The Imperial Ice Stars, return for a third season at the iconic Royal Albert Hall with their dazzling production of The Nutcracker on Ice for Christmas 2015, as part of their 10th anniversary world tour.
Set to Tchaikovsky’s most famous score, the 26-strong cast of World, European and National Championship-level skaters will astound and mesmerise audiences with their adrenaline-rich, dramatic performance, in the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage. The Royal Albert Hall is the only venue in the world where a live 24-piece orchestra will be playing alongside the Imperial Ice Stars’ performance.
Artistic Director, Tony Mercer – the world’s leading creator of contemporary theatre-on-ice – has once again teamed up with four-time figure skating World Champion and dual Olympic gold medallist Evgeny Platov to create choreography that further raises the bar, with ever more breathtaking high-speed leaps and throws and awe-inspiring acrobatics, coupled with the most graceful and sublime ice dancing. Tony Mercer said: “The art form of ice dance lends itself beautifully to this well-loved tale. Not only does the story entail some wonderful romantic ‘adagios’ with lifts and jumps, but the exotic ‘divertissements’ from Spain, China, Arabia, Russia and Egypt allow us to introduce some gymnastics, flying, acrobatics, fire and illusions. Around the world we have found our fast-paced, colourful performances to be an exciting introduction to the classics for the young, and a treat for everyone from newcomers to purists.”
Set in early-1900s St Petersburg, The Nutcracker on Ice follows the classic Russian tale of Marie, the little girl whose love brings to life her cherished Nutcracker doll - a magical Christmas gift from her mysterious godfather, Drosselmeyer. As midnight strikes on Christmas Eve, the toy comes to life, sweeping young Marie to a winter wonderland of enchantment where she meets the Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The production has been specially redesigned for this magnificent London venue to incorporate state-of-the-art projection, as well as spectacular flying sequences over the arena floor. To create a 4000 square feet frozen stage, 12 miles of pipe-work chilled to minus 15 degrees are laid out on stage, six tonnes of crushed ice spread over the surface, and 14,000 litres of water sprayed over a period of 34 hours; while the auditorium is kept at a comfortable temperature.
"Creating an ice rink inside the Hall is a technical challenge to say the least, but this transformation of the world’s most famous stage is going to look spectacular,” said Lucy Noble, Director of Events at the Royal Albert Hall. The Imperial Ice Stars last performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012 with Swan Lake on Ice, and prior to that in 2010 with Cinderella on Ice, both of which earned them critical and popular acclaim. In 2013, the Imperial Ice Stars were the first ice skating company to perform at the London Palladium for 36 years.
Over the last decade The Imperial Ice Stars have performed to almost four million people across five continents, from Toronto to Tokyo, Cyprus to Cape Town, and Singapore to Sydney. The award-winning troupe has built a worldwide following and established an unrivalled reputation for their sophisticated portrayals of classic works, and for executing the most complex and daring manoeuvres on the ice. Showcasing world-class skating with sumptuous projected scenery, lavish costumes, ingenious tricks, spectacular flying sequences and agile acrobatics, The Nutcracker on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall is a thrilling theatrical experience that will enchant all ages. There are only 12 performances so make sure to book now.