Listings: November–December 2012

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—so we have a special selection of seasonal events and attractions for you to choose from this month, including a Santa’s Eye View of London, festive carols, seasonal menus, and of course, the traditional holiday pantomime.

Make Merry this Christmas at the EDF Energy London Eye
From November 2012 – 1 January 2013
Take in London’s spectacular Christmas lights from 135 metres above the city by booking the Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Private Capsule. Guests will also delight in the luxury by being served by a private host as they get into the festive spirit. And if you prefer a more glamorous celebration, why not treat yourselves to Christmas merrymaking with the London Eye’s Champagne Cocktail Capsule? Guests will be waited on by a host as they choose from a range of cocktails including peach bellini, Kir Royale or a classic Champagne cocktail, all whilst taking in the stunning panoramic views of the Capital.  

Robin Hood at the Greenwich Theatre
22 November – 6 January 2013
This all-singing, all-dancing pantomime is one for the whole family and follows in the tradition of last year’s spectacular production of Aladdin, making it one not to be missed.

The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre
28 November 2012 – 6 January 2013
The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ classic book and its subsequent film has become a much-loved festive tradition at the Peacock Theatre, and returns for a record-breaking 15th year. Featuring Howard Blake’s Walking in the Air, performed by a live orchestra. This is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family with its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic.

All Aboard the Liberty Express
Departs on 8 September 
The Liberty Christmas windows 2012 take inspiration from the Victorian age of the steam train and specifically Queen Victoria’s train carriage which was a decadent saloon designed for the most opulent of comfort. The Liberty Express departs on 8 September with the opening of the Liberty Christmas shop on the 4th floor. This year it has expanded to take over the central atrium of the 4th floor too which opens a week after the east atrium gallery. Themes for Christmas baubles reflect Victoriana with a strong Dickensian overture celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens this year.

Old Royal Naval College Carol Concert
2 December 2012
The Old Royal Naval College will launch its Christmas celebrations with a Christmas Carol Concert in the Chapel on Sunday 2 December. From 6.30pm, carol lovers can join Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice for a torch-lit procession by the Sea Cadets with carols led by the ORNC Chapel Choir. Tickets are priced from £20, which includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Carol Concert 2012 in aid of Blind Veterans UK
St Marylebone Parish Church, 4 December 2012
With readings and addresses by TV star Sarah Parish, former Defence minister, The Rt Hon Nicholas Soames MP, HRH Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN and Blind Veterans UK member Billy Baxter. Music will be provided by Seraphim Trumpets.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink
From 2 November 2012
Set within the historic Victorian grounds of the Natural History Museum, the ice rink is decorated with 76,000 fairy lights that adorn the surrounding tall trees with a backdrop of one of London’s landmark locations. The impressive 1,000 square metre ice rink is one of London’s must-see winter attractions. Guests can warm up in the cosmopolitan and cosy Café Bar, offering a menu of sumptuous food, hot and cold drinks and entertainment for all to enjoy.

Skate at Somerset House
16 November 2012 – 6 January 2013
Somerset House ice rink returns for its annual season from, with a spectacular programme of activities on ice in a beautiful setting. This season’s highlights include, Club Nights with a glittering line up of DJs, a luxury pop-up shopping mall called the Christmas Arcade, Skate School and Penguin Club for the children, and a great selection of food and drink at Tom’s Skate Lounge, devised by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens, and Fernandez & Wells café and bar, located in Somerset House’s East Wing.

Christmas at Mestizo, a Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar
1 – 23 December 2012
Head to Mestizo for a special Christmas celebration, with three authentic Mexican menus for you to enjoy. You can choose from the Christmas menus or stick with the authentic Mexican a la carte menu. The tequila bar displays over 230 tequila, and the tequila cocktail menu provides a selection of 40+ tequila & mezcal cocktails. With Mexican owners, chefs and staff, Mestizo is where Mexico meets London.

Taste of Christmas
ExCeL London, 7 – 9 December 2012
Taste of Christmas is the UK’s biggest Christmas food festival, a celebration of food, drink, restaurants and world-renowned chefs. To celebrate the world coming to London in 2012, this year’s Taste of Christmas will be launching a brand new feature called ‘Festive Flavours of the World’. This will showcase the best quality international festive cuisines and take visitors on a journey of discovery to find out how different countries and cultures celebrate Christmas. Alongside a mouth-watering international feast, the festival will showcase unique Christmas gifts, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and expert master-classes in essential skills for Christmas dining, seasonal baking and festive decorations.

Listings: October 2012

Bob Marley: Messenger
Mezzanine Gallery, 24 July – 24 October 2012
Following a successful run at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, where it was on display for over three months, the exhibit will now be available to audiences from Britain and around Europe. Visitors will witness Bob Marley as a private, spiritual man, as a powerful performer who used his lyrics to give a voice to the disenfranchised and as a legend who has inspired legions of fans in the years since his death.

Dickens and the Artists
Watts Gallery, 19 June – 28 October 2012
Dickens and the Artists will explore the significant connection between Charles Dickens and visual art. Dickens was interested in both contemporary artists and the art of the old masters which he viewed and commented on in his tours of Europe.

Bob Hope: A World of Laughter
Greenwich Heritage Centre, 13 July – 28 October 2012
The Heritage Centre will be the third institution to host the touring Bob Hope exhibition which has been produced by the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum with the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.

Tino Sehgal to create Turbine Hall commission for London 2012 Festival
Tate Modern, 17 July – 28 October 2012
Tino Sehgal has been commissioned to create a work for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. The artist’s new work is one of two projects which are part of the Cultural Olympiad, the other being the Tate Movie Project, supported by the Legacy Trust UK, BP and CBBC, the nation-wide film animation project for children which will culminate in the production of a fully animated film. The Tino Sehgal 2012 commission is part of The Unilever Series.

Summer at the National Theatre
National Theatre, June – October 2012
The National theatre is presenting two very special performances. Timon of Athens, as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, directed by Nicholas Hytner with Simon Russell Beale in the title role, will run from July to October; and The Last of the Haussmans, a new play by Stephen Beresford, directed by Howard Davies, will play at the Lyttelton Theatre from June to September.

Designed to Win
Design Museum, 25 July – 18 November 2012
This exhibition celebrates the ways in which design and sport are combined, pushing the limits of human endeavour to achieve victories of increasing significance and wonder. From the design of F1 cars to running shoes, racing bikes to carbon fibre javelins, the quest for enhanced performance and function is endless. By examining celebrated sporting moments and the sense of shared celebration and spectacle, the exhibition will look at, not just how design can influence sport, but also how sport has influenced design, art and culture.

Designers in Residence & This is Design
Design Museum, 29 August 2012 – 27 January 2013
The programme includes a series of events, offering designers the opportunity to interact and engage with the public, whilst using this platform as a test-bed for ideas, designs and innovations. Using key items from the collection, the display will also be supplemented with high-profile loans and new acquisitions.

David Nash at Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens, 9 June 2012 – 14 April 2013
David Nash, one of the UK’s most prolific sculptors, will produce and exhibit his work across the Gardens. The exhibition will open to members of the public, with sculptures, installations, drawings and films in place throughout the Gardens, glasshouses, and exhibition spaces. Nash will work at Kew on a ‘wood quarry’—the first he will have done in ten years, creating new pieces for the exhibition using trees from the Gardens that have come to the end of their natural life.