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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tickets to ENO's Tristan and Isolde at the London Coliseum From £22

By night, they share a passion. By day, honour and duty stand between them. Is death their only hope of everlasting night?
An epic drama told on a grand scale, Tristan and Isolde will be an unmissable highlight of ENO’s 2015 / 2016 season. From the opening bars of the prelude with its famous Tristan chord, Wagner’s powerful opera is one of the most significant pieces in the repertoire.
ENO’s first new production of Tristan and Isolde since 1996 is directed by ‘theatre’s most exciting young director’ (Daily Telegraph) Daniel Kramer. His previous work at ENO includes Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Punch and Judy at the Young Vic, for which he won the South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. For this spectacular staging, Kramer collaborates with designer Anish Kapoor, one of the most influential sculptors of his generation.
Following 2015’s Olivier Award-winning production of The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, this thrilling score is conducted by former ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, ‘whose immaculate sense of balance and flow denotes a great Wagner conductor’ (The Stage). An exceptional cast is led by the outstanding Wagnerian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Tristan, with American dramatic soprano Heidi Melton as Isolde.

Tickets to Nutcracker on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall - No Booking Fees From £28

International ice dance sensation, The Imperial Ice Stars, return for a third triumphant season to 4,000 square feet of ice at the Royal Albert Hall, for 12 performances only of the Nutcracker on Ice. Over the last ten years the award-winning troupe has thrilled audiences across five continents with their adrenaline-rich performances, receiving nightly standing ovations and outstanding international reviews.

As midnight strikes on a magical Christmas Eve, a toy Nutcracker comes to life, sweeping young Marie to a world of enchantment where she meets the Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. Set against a backdrop of colourful projections, opulent costumes, magic tricks and special effects, the cast of World, European and National Championship skaters dance to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score performed by a live orchestra. Breathtaking high speed leaps, heart stopping throws and awe-inspiring acrobatics combine with sublime ice dance to make The Nutcracker on Ice a festive treat that will thrill and enchant all ages.
  • £38 for one ticket (Front Circle) to Nutcracker on Ice
  • £49 for one ticket (Rinkside) to Nutcracker on Ice 
  • £52 for one ticket (Stalls) to Nutcracker on Ice
  • Available on performances between Monday 28th December 2015 and Saturday 2nd January 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall
  • No booking fee on these tickets
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Christmas Past - 400 Years Of Seasonal Traditions In English Homes

Tuesday 24 November 2015 – Sunday 3 January 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January 2016). Free, no booking required. - Visit The Museum

The exterior of the Geffrye at Christmas Past photographed by Marc Schlossmann

The exterior of the Geffrye at Christmas Past - photography Marc Schlossmann
Enrich your Christmas festivities with a visit to this well-loved exhibition which gives a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes through the centuries. Authentic festive decorations transform the period rooms, bringing to life many rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards and decorating the tree. 
Christmas tree in 1870 parlour at Christmas Past

The custom of decorating a tree at Christmas became popular during the Victorian period

The custom of decorating a tree at Christmas became popular during the Victorian period

A living room in 1965 at Christmas Photograph Chris Ridley

The debris of Christmas wrapping paper is strewn across this 1965 living room

A living room in 1965 at Christmas.
This photograph illustrates how children had become the focus of Christmas celebrations.

Rooftop Film Club - Guitar Hero Live comes to Underground Film Club

Underground Film Club
Coming Soon
This Is Spinal Tap
An American Werewolf In London
Shakespeare In Love
Stylist Reclaim Your Lunchbreak
Underground Film Club

Somerset House - For a festive treat, don't miss Big Bang Data and Skate - December What's On

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason © James Bryant
Skate at Somerset House
with Fortnum & Mason
Until 10 January 2016
Join us for a host of experiences to enjoy both on and off the ice, from romantic dates to fun family days out and evening celebrations with friends. Après-skate, treat yourself to a cocktail or hot chocolate from Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge. Make an evening of it with one of our Club Nights; such as with Ibiza RocksHorizon Festival and NTS Radio. Why not avoid the hustle of the high street and complete your seasonal shopping at The Christmas Arcade?

What’s On at Somerset House – December 2015. Image © James Bryant

Big Bang Data
From 3 December 2015
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. This major new exhibition explores how data is radically reshaping our world and is revolutionising everything we do. Artists and contributors include: Timo Arnall, Ryoji Ikeda, Julie Freeman, David McCandless, Nicholas Felton, Eva and Franco Mattes, James Bridle, Lisa Jevbratt and more...Watch the trailer and join in the conversation with#bigbangdata. Join the Big Bang Data exhibition curators, Olga Subirós and José Luis de Vicente, in conversation artist Usman Haque, at the Curator's talk.
Big Bang Data © Somerset House
TINTIN: Hergé's Masterpiece
Until 31 January 2016
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
★★★★ “An exhibition that will make anyone smile” Telegraph.
Since he first appeared in Hergé's weekly cartoon strip in Le Petit Vingtième in Brussels in 1929, Tintin has become one of the most iconic comic-strip heroes with more than 200 million copies of the famous 24 ‘albums’ sold worldwide. Hergé's timeless character continues to attract new generations of fans to his stories for their unique mixture of artistry, history and adventure.
Tintin © Hergé-Moulinsart 2015
Vertical: Le Patin Libre © Alicia Clarke
Vertical: Le Patin Libre
Presented by Somerset House and Dance Umbrella
12-16 January 2016
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court
★★★★ “The dancers sweep in a flourish of danger, speed and frozen air. They divide and reform in choreography of exhilarating inventiveness” Guardian.
Watch the award-winning quintet from Quebec, Le Patin Libre, carve up the ice on our iconic rink, with their unique blend of technical skating skill and cutting edge style. Performance length: 35 minutes.
Last few weeks to visit One and All; a voyage through sight, sea and sound by three leading artists, and in collaboration with the National Trust and Sound UK. Free admission, until 13 December.

Learning & Events
We end the year with a bang as we find out the stories behind the stats in our Big Bang Data curators’ talk and weekly spotlight tours. Our monthly family workshop takes on the theme of Tintin alongside weekly gallery tours of Hergé's Masterpiece andWild Life Drawing workshops return with some feathered friends.

Garage Sale
10-13 December 2015
New Wing
A new pop-up event where designers are able to sell stock from past seasons, prototypes, work in progress and samples. Get your hands on items that are not available in any shop and are perfect Christmas presents for budget conscious design lovers. Prices from £1-100.

Through a Lens: Saul Leiter and Carol
Until 10 January 2016
Great Arch Hall, South Wing
Free admission
New York in the 1950s is often thought of as a black and white city. Unlike many photographers of the period, Saul Leiter (1923-2013) saw in vivid colour. This display demonstrates the influence of Leiter’s photography through its pairing with the cinematography from CAROL, a film in cinemas from this Friday, 27 November.

Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon's Gliding Paintings
Until 17 January 2016
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
This exhibition explores a remarkable series of paintings by Peter Lanyon, one of Britain’s most important and original Post-War artists. During the 1950s, he produced radical, near-abstract paintings of the tough coastal landscape of his native West Cornwall inspired by his experience of gliding.

Coming soon: Museum of Innocence
From 27 January 2016
Courtyard Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
A unique re-imagination of Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk’s award-winning The Museum of Innocence travels to London for the first time — the physical manifestation of his novel of the same name. An array of everyday items which have taken on special emotional significance as mementos and keep-sakes of protagonists’ ill-fated romance.

From our friends at the Barbican
The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Until 14 Feb 2016
The World of Charles and Ray Eames provides an insight into the lives of the Eameses, the Eames Office and the breadth of their pioneering work, bringing their ideas and playful spirit to life.

British Museum - Family events – giant chess and screening of Brave

Enjoy special events for families on Sat 28 Nov, inspired by our current exhibition Celts: art and identity (until 31 Jan). Look out for the wild boars roaming through the exhibition and uncover the hidden stories behind the objects! Under 16s also go free to the exhibition.
Sat 28 Nov, 11.00–13.30
Take part in a giant game of chess, complete with living chess pieces, before sitting down to your own game of chess against the opponent of your choice.
Free, just drop in
Sat 28 Nov, 14.00–15.30
Catch a special screening of the Disney Pixar classic Brave. The film tells the story of Princess Merida who must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Cert: PG.
Free, just drop in

Quality Street Celebrates the Holidays

With the Most Epic Littering You've Ever SeenAnd you thought snowflakes were special
Around the holidays, one item you'll find in a British home is a Quality Street tin, packed with chocolates whose flavors vary by wrapper color. The appearance of the tin—developed in the 1930s, when only the wealthy could afford fancy varietal boxes of chocolates (how they'd turn in their graves now!)—with the first chill wind has become as much a tradition as the tall, three-variety popcorn tin that always appears in your house when the tree goes up.

"The proper start of Christmas is when the Quality Street tub appears. It's as magical as the first snowflake," says J. Walter Thompson London creative director David Masterman.
So what did they do to ensure the brand got its rightful recognition this holiday season? "We made Quality Street a wonderful place where it snows wrappers." 

In the ad below, the fabled "Quality Street" is made into a real, charming neighborhood where families stroll tranquilly homeward—that is, until the wrappers begin to fall. 

It's hard for us to picture what the normal reaction to a snowfall of 45,000 cellophane wrappers would be, probably because if you drop even one by accident, some enraged human comes after you like an attack dog. 
But Quality Street is a different kind of place. Here, people literally stop in their tracks and dance around the snow trying to catch them—empty wrappers!—as though they're something worth taking home (though, like the family that the ad does follow home, they probably have an actual tin full of them already, with actual chocolates inside). 
To prep for this holiday experience, Nestlé changed its factory production line for several hours to produce 45,000 empty cellophane wrappers for the set without wasting chocolate. A trio of runners crumpled and flattened them again so they would catch the light in a specifically magical way. Some 300,000 more were added in postproduction.
It all must have made for a very merry Christmas indeed for the street cleaners. But this is a fictional world, so we don't have to worry about them; the colored cellophane probably just evaporates into the surrounding snow, like cotton candy.
Check out the behind-the-scenes below, where director Joanna Bailey exclaims, "There's wrappers falling from the sky! It's a bit mad—it's fun!" 

In the event that you yearn for moments like these, an interactive projection and installation will transform London's Covent Garden into a "Quality Street-inspired Christmas wonderland" on Dec. 3. Select movie theaters will also sprinkle real wrappers onto audiences while the ad airs, and a Facebook campaign will push this further still. 
This one-minute ad will be cut down to a shorter TV commercial. It will be followed by another that lets viewers dive deep into Quality Street, providing insights on what people's lives there are like.
"Opening Quality Street signals that Christmas is here," says the brand's marketing manager, Rob Brown. "We want to make sure mums and families can create many memorable moments that they will cherish for a long time to come." 
Brown might have a different definition than we do of moments worth cherishing. But to test the theory, keep your wrappers around until Christmas day, bring them to the painstakingly decorated home of your host, then fling them majestically upward. Let us know how that goes.

London Zoo Meet Santa, Meet the Animals and make magical memories ZSL

Festive fun for all the family
There's plenty to do this festive season at both our zoos. Boys and girls can visit Santa’s Christmas grotto in the heart of the Zoo. Meet Santa will run every weekend from Saturday 5 December, and then every day from Friday 18 to Thursday 24 December. Or for an extra special day out you can now book VIP Meet Santa, where children will have the chance to meet our reindeer and help feed them their breakfast.

Our gift guide includes something for animal lovers of all ages and open ended gift vouchers make the perfect Christmas gifts. ZSL‘s VIP Meet the Animals encounters make magical memories or go one further and arrange a ZSL Keeper for a Day experience for a once-in-a lifetime, behind the scenes adventure at either Zoo.

Christmas at ZSL

Ripley’s Christmas Trail, 14 November – 6 January, including Christmas Day!

New to the attraction this winter is an unbelievable interactive, multi-sensory Christmas trail, sure to keep everyone entertained during the festive season.
Test your festive knowledge in our multi-sensory interactive Christmas trail throughout the attraction. Use your senses to see, feel, hear and smell all things festive and discover facts ranging from the curious to the unbelievable. The ‘Ripley’s Christmas Trail’ offers festive fun suitable for all ages. All guests will be issued with a trail map and a pencil at the beginning of their visit and can gradually answer the questions at the appropriate trail points situated throughout the attraction. At the end of the visit, guests can hand in their completed trail map to the gift shop and receive a festive treat.
What’s more, the Ripley’s Christmas Trail is included for FREE with all entry tickets.

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Afternoon Tea With Optional Champagne for Up to Four at London Marriott Hotel Park Lane (Up to 51% Off)

Choose from Six Options

  • £20 for afternoon tea for one (49% off)
  • £39 for afternoon tea for two (50% off)
  • £77 for afternoon tea for four (51% off)
  • £22 for champagne afternoon tea for one (51% off)
  • £44 for champagne afternoon tea for two (51% off)
  • £88 for champagne afternoon tea for four (51% off)
  • Includes treats, Jing Teas, and an optional glass of Champagne
Please note that no promo codes are valid in conjunction with this deal.

London Marriott Hotel Park Lane

Lanes of London is housed within the 5* London Marriott Hotel Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park. This modern British eatery and bar is located on Park Lane in Mayfair. The restaurant offers seasonal menus with locally sourced products and a range of wines, craft beers and cocktails. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late night drinks.
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Whitechapel Gallery - Christmas Shopping Event

Christmas Shopping Fair
Christmas is just around the corner and we’re kicking off the season with a festive evening of mulled wine and late night shopping.

Take a look at our current exhibition Emily Jacir: Europa and make a start on your Christmas shopping. Choose from our beautiful range of books, gifts and cards plus unique Christmas present ideas – from gift membership to limited edition art works. Don’t miss exclusive discounts of up to 30% on limited editions available on this night only.
The Whitechapel Gallery Café-Bar will also be offering seasonal drinks, snacks and mince pies.

Gift ideas
Emily Jacir Limited Edition 
No. 1614 British Council Palestine (from "ex libris") (2015) | £395

To accompany the artist’s first solo survey in the UK, Emily Jacir has created a new limited edition taking as it’s source a single image from her landmark artwork ex libris (2010-2012).

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Moving Image 
Edited by Omar Kholeif | £15.95

This anthology, edited by curator Omar Kholeif, examines the rising phenomenon of moving image practice in recent art and theory.

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Also on
Open Screenings
26 Nov, 5-6.30pm | Free

Meet emerging and established artist film-makers as they present their short film work and discuss it with peers and Adjunct Film Curator Gareth Evans.
To take part in future contact.
Jan Svankmajer: Alice
26 Nov,7pm |  £9.50/£7.50
On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s visionary classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the remarkable animator’s surreal and unsettling feature adaptation celebrates the book’s enduring influence and openness to imaginative interpretation. 

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Afternoon Tea for Two, Four or Six at The White Horse Hotel

Choose from Three Options

  • £19.95 for afternoon tea for two people
  • £37.95 for afternoon tea for four people
  • £55.95 for afternoon tea for six people
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Upon an afternoon visit to the White Horse Hotel, patrons can tuck into a varied spread of post-meridiem treats. Finger sandwiches feature assorted fillings, while sweet flavours arrive in the form of fruit and plain scones with cream and strawberry jam and miniature cakes. Visitors can stay refreshed with a pot of Twinings tea or freshly brewed coffee.

The White Horse Hotel

The White Horse Hotel showcases over 400 years of history within its rustic inn setting. The hotel is situated amid the greenery of Hertingfordbury village, a mile from Hertford and conveniently located for Hatfield House, the Olympic Water Park, St Albans and other regional attractions. The hotel’s 44 rooms all feature en suite facilities, Freeview television and complimentary Wi-Fi. The inn also offers family accommodation and two accessible rooms which benefit from direct car park access. The bar sports period beams and opens fires while meals are served at a conservatory dining area. The outdoor terrace and gardens offer views of the surrounding countryside. The dining facilities are available for private hire and the hotel is equipped to host weddings, meetings and other special occasions for up to 100 guests. Regular events include quiz nights and a weekly curry club.

Ice Skating at Wembley Park: Child (from £3.50), Adult (from £4.50) or Family (£27) Ticket (Up to 36% Off)

The Deal

  • Off-peak and peak entry to Ice Skating at Wembley Park 
  • When: Mondays to Sundays until 11 December
  • Sessions start at every hour on the hour, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their session 
  • Each session lasts 45 minutes
  • Includes skate hire
Ticketing options
  • £3.50 for an off-peak ticket for an under 12 (up to 36% off)
  • £6.50 for a peak ticket for an under 12 (up to 24% off)
  • £4.50 for an off-peak ticket for a child aged 13 to 15 years old (up to 36% off)
  • £7.50 for a peak ticket for a child aged 13 to 15 years old (up to 29% off)
  • £4.50 for an off-peak ticket for an adult over 15 years old (up to 36% off)
  • £9 for a peak ticket for an adult over 15 years old (up to 25% off)
  • £27 for a peak ticket for a family of four (up to 27% off)
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Ice Skating at Wembley Park

Ice Skating at Wembley Park returns on Friday 20 November with an outdoor ice rink located next to the Wembley Stadium and London Designer Outlet. 45-minute off-peak and peak sessions are available for visitors, with penguin skate aids available for hire to help younger and less experienced skaters between five and 12 years old. A host of festive rides await after the icy fun, as well as an array of food and drinks.