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Book Review : London, The Weekends Start Here – Fifty-two Weekends of Things to See and Do by Tom Jones (Virgin Books)

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London, The Weekends Start Here: Fifty-two Weekends of Things to See and Do is the third book by Tom Jones. His two previous best-selling books, Tired of London, Tired of Life and Mad Dogs and Englishmen were inspired by his popular website entitled Tired of London, Tired of Life.

As the author points out, it is often at the weekend that the city really comes alive and to make the most of our free time, the book offers a wide range of cultural, artistic, historical and outdoor experiences.  London, The Weekends Start Here offers 52 themed weekends, organised by season, with over 250 interesting  entries for unusual and surprising attractions.

Many of the themed weekends celebrate London’s position as a global city which attracts residents and visitors from all over the world. Therefore you can explore American London, Japanese London, French London, Russian and East European London, Immigrant London, Italian London, Nordic London and discover the many contributions these groups have made and continue to make to the London story. If these particular groups are associated with London, so are individuals such as William Morris, Charles Dickens and John Betjeman who merit a section on their own.

You can discover different aspects of London History by following the guides on Wartime London, Pirates’ London, Revolutionary London, Political London and Ancient London. The book takes you away from the usual tourist spots of London by providing guides to the Countryside of Croydon, The Back Roads of Bexley and Bromley, Along the River Lea and the Highlights of Hackney.
London is famous for its cultural attractions and on your themed weekends you can discover Artistic London, Poets’ London, Musical London and Scientific London.

One of the attractions of the book is that each themed weekend offers a great deal of variety, if you explore Scientific London, suggestions include a visit to the Science Museum, Attend a lecture at the Royal Society, See the Broad Street Pump, Drink at the Devereux, Visit the Home of Time, Climb an Experimental Lighthouse and explore the Wellcome Collection.

There are over 250 interesting entries which offers a short description of the attraction with information about location and transport.  Also dotted throughout the book are a number of weekend tips including suggestions of the best places to eat and drink.

Many books about London offer a large array of attractions to visit, however the main attraction of London, The Weekends Start Here is that it applies a certain amount of logic to the enterprise. Rather than keeping you to a particular location, different themes can take you all over London following a particular interest. Alternatively if you do not wish to follow a particular theme, the book offers over 250 intriguing places to visit within the confines of the capital.

This well designed and informative book really does have something for everyone, whether you are a Londoner or a visitor. The weekend is a great time to explore London’s large number of attractions and even the most ardent lovers of London will find that the author has provided a number of unusual and relatively unknown attractions to explore.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like to find out more about the book or buy a copy, visit the Virgin Books website here

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Udderbelly Festival at the Southbank Centre – 9th April to 19th July 2015

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An upside down purple cow reappears on the Southbank with the arrival of the Udderbelly Festival which presents an extravaganza of comedy, circus and family entertainment. Underbelly joined forces with Southbank Centre in 2009 and the festival has become a firm favourite for its wide variety of entertainment.
The upside down cow becomes 400-seat temporary venue with a large outdoor bar and selection of food stalls.

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Highlights include the Big Top Circus excitement of Circus Geeks: Beta Testing and Circus Maximus, the large comedy programme includes Andrew Maxwell’s London Loves, Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel, Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs, Nina Conti: In Your Face, Stephen K Amos: Welcome to My World and the always popular Arthur Smith with Oh Hazel.

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There is a range of Kid’s shows including Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure, Bec and Tom’s Awesome Laundry, Comedy Club 4 Kids, Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children, Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show and The Showstoppers’ Fantastical Story Factory: The Improvised Musical Adventure for Kids!

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Underbelly website here

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival at the SSE Arena Wembley – 22nd to 26th April 2015

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Expect all your favourite Disney characters when  Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival. Top of the list will be character’s from the  number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, who join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven as they help the sisters along the way in a story full of action, adventure, and magic.

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Experience Disney’s The Little Mermaid with a show-stopping performance by Sebastian as he breaks out of his shell to make waves with Ariel “Under The Sea!” Get caught up with  Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn from Disney’s Tangled. And get swept away by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take centre stage in a spectacular show for Belle. All your usual Disney excitement  and fun for all the family.

For further information or to book tickets, visit the Ticketmaster website here

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McBusted at the O2 Arena – 4th and 5th April 2015

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When McBusted was formed from the bands McFly and Busted, few would have suspected the enormous success of the supergroup. After appearing as special guests during McFly’s tenth-anniversary concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, it was announced in 2013 that former Busted members Bourne and Willis would join McFly to form the six-piece supergroup  and go on an arena tour in April and May 2014. The original eleven-concert McBusted Tour quickly sold out and was eventually extended to 34 shows, including headlining Hyde Park on 6 July 2014. On 16 June 2014, McBusted made their overseas debut, supporting One Direction on their Where We Are Tour in Denmark.

McBusted will be playing  The O2 on 4th and 5th April 2015.

Tickets available from the Ticketmaster website here

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Lang Lang Recital at the Royal Albert Hall – 20th and 22nd April 2015

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Following the phenomenal success of his two sold-out concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, Lang Lang will return for two more in-the-round performances.

Lang Lang has entertained audiences all around the world and in 2008, over four billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. His influence has inspired over forty million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon known as “the Lang Lang effect”.

Programme

J. S. Bach Italian Concerto BMV 971 in F Major 11’
I. Untitled, in F Major
II. Andante, in D minor
III. Presto, in F Major

Tchaikovsky Seasons 40’
January: By the fireside
February: Carnival
March: Lark’s Song
April: Snowdrop
May: White night
June: Barcarolle
July: Reaper’s song
August: Harvest
September: The Hunt
October: Autumn song
November: Troïka
December: Ballroom waltz

Chopin 4 Scherzos 37’
No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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A Gala For St. George at the Royal Albert Hall – 26th April 2015

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To celebrate England’s national day, the redoubtable  Brian Blessed presents a selection of favourite English songs, poems and readings.

Programme

ELGAR Nimrod
DELIUS On hearing the first cuckoo in Spring
HANDEL Zadok the Priest, Hallelujah Chorus
ADAMS The Holy City
WALTON Crown Imperial
HANDEL See the conquering Hero comes
HOLST Jupiter from The Planets
Reading from St Crispin’s Day Speech (Henry V)

A host of English favourites including
BARWICK GREEN (theme from THE ARCHERS)
WE’LL MEET AGAIN
THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER
THERE’LL ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND
JERUSALEM
DAMBUSTERS MARCH
THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES
RULE BRITANNIA!
LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY

Anthony Inglis conductor
Laura Wright soprano
Royal Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at the Royal Albert Hall – 5th April 2015

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After 16 years thrilling audiences around the world, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club® is set to bid ‘Adios’ with a farewell world tour, which includes a return for the group to the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

The group, which has been touring the globe in different forms, guises and combinations since 1997, grew out of the release of the Grammy Award-winning best-selling album Buena Vista Social Club™, and its line-up continues to include a number of the original artists featured on the landmark recording and film.

Under the musical direction of band leader and trombonist Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, the line-up for the Adios Tour will feature several of those who played on the original album and film, including the incomparable veteran diva Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal and laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres. They will also be accompanied by some of those who have joined the journey along the way, including dynamic veteran tres player Papi Oviedo; Havana’s young star pianist Rolando Luna; a superb rhythm section comprising double bassist Pedro Pablo and percussionists Andres Coayo, Filiberto Sánchez and Alberto ‘La Noche’; a three-man trumpet section led by high note specialist Luis Allemany and celebrated singers Carlos Calunga and Idania Valdéz.

The Adios Tour represents the distillation of more than a thousand shows over 16 years involving more than forty musicians. During that time the group has evolved into a customised, dynamic, multi-generational big band in which veterans and younger performers have combined to celebrate Cuban musical tradition with flair and élan.

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Albert Hall website here

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