12 Nov It’s a BIG week Ahead…
I think we can all stop mourning summer now. London is certainly coming alive this Autumn/Winter, below are just a handful events happening this week!
Lord Mayors Parade
When it comes to London’s traditional events, this is one of the biggies, referenced in Pepys’s diaries and in works by Canaletto and Hogarth. Given that in 2015 it will celebrate its 800th year, you can be sure we’re in for something even more spectacular than usual. The procession will fill the three-and-a-half mile stretch between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until around 2.30pm as more than 7,000 performers from all over the world fill the streets with marching, music, dance, acrobatics, colourful costumes, horses and plenty more besides.
A river pageant will set off near Westminster Bridge at 8.30am, floating downriver to pass through Tower Bridge at 9.25am, and a spectacular riverside fireworks display will take place at 5.15pm.
Steve Jobs the Movie
Michael Fassbender is on blistering form as the Apple pioneer in this brutally honest biopic. Steve Jobs the man was an astonishingly successful genius. He was also a megalomaniac who never let anything so wimpy as other people’s feelings stand in his way. ‘Steve Jobs’ the film also suffers a little from split personality. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin outdoes his work on ‘The Social Network’ with an even sharper and more savage script about a tech visionary whose genius threatens to corrupt his ethics. But while director Danny Boyle tries to stay out of sight, he occasionally fails. This is a must see movie!
Underground Film Club
The outdoor cinema season is well and truly over. Why not head to the opposite end of the spectrum and watch a movie underground? Luckily, the Vaults in Waterloo aren’t some dank hole. The atmospheric tunnels have been transformed into a sumptuous picture palace with velvet seats and cockle-warming cocktails. The programme is a mix of classics (‘Casablanca’, ‘Some Like it Hot’), recent hits (‘Amy’, ‘Jurassic World’), and shameless cheese (‘Spice World’, ‘Dirty Dancing’). Tickets are £15.
Carnaby Christmas Lights
The pedestrianized shopping haven in Soho is always inventive with its Christmas decorations, and this huge event featuring discounts, live music and free in store activities is a fitting celebration for their ‘switch on’. This year’s theme is all about the party and the area’s 13 streets will be decked out with giant disco balls instead of baubles. Tickets for the party are free but must be claimed in advance – it’s well worth the effort because dozens of shops, restaurants and bars in the area will be offering a 20 percent discount on the night.