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London January 2014

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What's on in London in January 2014

Event of the Month

 London Boat Show

The London Boat Show (4 - 12 January)

Located at the ExCel, the venue couldn’t be more suited to the exhibition. Luckily for our Apex guests the ExCel is in easy reach of our three London hotels, with just a short ride away on the DLR.

Whether is it your first time to this event or you are a regular on the nautical scene, the show has something for everyone. Come along and experience over 500 exhibitors selling everything from sail boats to engines, dinghies to power boats and charter holidays to sailing courses.

The show is set to give all boating enthusiasts an entire picture of what’s available on the marine market, whilst simultaneously providing a great day out for the whole family.

Location: ExCel, London, E16 1XL.


London Ice Sculpting Festival (11 - 13 January)

If you consider yourself quite an artist at creating a snowman in winter, maybe even making a little snowdog or doing your best to make an igloo – then this is a festival you’re sure to appreciate (and maybe even get some ideas from!). This truly spectacular event will allow you to witness artists at work, creating breathtaking ice sculptures that will impress & astound!

Jubilee Place Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB.


Twilight Tour at the Tower of London (Selected dates throughout January)

Experience a tour of The Tower of London with a difference with an atmospheric twilight tour. Hear chilling tales of the tower’s hauntings, past prisoners & secrets that are held within its walls as you are guided round the tower at its most spooky time. Tickets are selling fast so ensure to book early to avoid disappointment.

LocationThe Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB.


London's New Year's Day Parade (1 January 2014)

Celebrate the start of 2014 by witnessing this spectacular New Year’s Day parade. More than half a million people will line the streets as London becomes host to 10,000 performers, including acrobats, clowns, dancers and marching bands. The parade stretches along a 2.2 mile route passing by famous landmarks such as Big Ben, Pall Mall & Trafalgar Square.

Location: Across London.


Rooftop Film Club: Kensington Roof Gardens (Until 8 January 2014)

The Rooftop Film club brings the big screen under the stars with this truly unique experience. With a range of classic films (from Dirty Dancing to Top Gun) you can relax on comfy chairs, beneath the moonlight on Kensington Roof Gardens as you experience film like never before.

Location: Kensington Roof Gardens, London, W8 5SA


Burns Night in London (25 January)

Experience a “wee bit o’ Scotland” in London with a traditional Burns Supper, poetry reading and a toast. Burns Night celebrations mark the anniversary of the birth of the famous Scottish poet & lyricist and are held at various restaurants & bars across London. If you really want to get into the Scottish spirit some venues will also host a ceilidh after supper so you can learn (or show off) some Scottish dance moves.

Location: Various locations across London.

Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom Exhibition (6 January - 2 February 2014)

Celebrate the life of one of the world’s most treasured political and cultural leaders, Nelson Mandela, with this timely and poignant exhibition that sheds light on his long struggle for freedom. Featuring lithographs and drawings by Mandela and photographs of the great man by photographer, Jergen Schadeberg, this exhibition will leave you with a lasting impression of one the 20th century’s greatest leaders and humanitarians.

Location: Belgravia Gallery, London, W1S 4JL.


Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story (2 - 4 January)

Get down to Wembley Arena this January for a unique retelling of the classic children’s story, Peter Pan. Watch in awe as Peter takes to the skies to help Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell from the clutches of the villainous Captain Hook and his band of Pirates.

Location: Wembley Arena, London, HA9 0AA.


Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam (4 January - 26 February 2014)

Join Cirque du Soleil as they return to the Royal Albert Hall with their dazzling new show, Quidam. Quidam is a celebration of those who go unrecognised in our ever expanding world. Featuring some truly breathtaking aerial acrobatics, and combined with a beautiful stage production, Cirque Du Soliel will wow you this January.

Location: Royal Albert Hall, London, SW7 2AP.


Dino Snores - For Grown Ups (17 January)

Have you ever wanted to spend a night at the museum? Well now you can with the National History Museum’s unique Dino Snores event. For one night only you’ll be granted special access to National History Museum; enjoy a midnight 3-course dinner in the museum’s restaurant; be entertained with live music and comedy, and join in an all night monster movie marathon. You’ll even get the chance to sleep in the shadow of a giant Diplodocus in the Museum’s grand central hall.

Location: Natural History Museum, London, SW7 5BD.


Twelfth Night Celebration 2014 (5 January)

Join a diverse range of performers at the world famous globe theatre – made famous by national treasure, William Shakespeare – as they celebrate the Twelfth Night festival. This traditional Christmas festival marks the end of the festive season and features some intriguing medieval rituals.This event is free and located a short, 5 minute walk from Apex Temple Court.

Location: Shakespeare's Globe, London, SE1 9DT.


NBA Basketball - Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets (16 January 2014)

Join a diverse range of performers at the world famous globe theatre – made famous by national treasure, William Shakespeare – as they celebrate the Twelfth Night festival. This traditional Christmas festival marks the end of the festive season and features some intriguing medieval rituals.This event is free and located a short, 5 minute walk from Apex Temple Court.

Location: O2 Arena, London, SE10 0DX.


Dundee January 2014

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What's on in Dundee in January 2014

Event of the Month

Breaking Rules

Breaking Rules (26 January)

Hot on the heels of the massively popular break-dancing show, Breaking Convention comes Breaking Rules. Breaking Rules promises to bring you the best in urban street dance from around the UK. This special one-off dance spectacular will see local Dundee dance crews such as Showcase the Street and Small Petit Klien, go head-to head with crews from London and Edinburgh.

Urban dance’s popularity is growing and these events are always great fun for the whole family. Music is provided by live hip-hop DJ’s and the event will be presided over by the irrepressible MC Grandmaster Aljo. It’s sure to be a rowdy and raucous night featuring the best locking, popping and street dance around, so don’t miss this opportunity to see what the hype is all about.

Location: Dundee Rep, Dundee, DD1 1PB.


The Steamie (16 – 18 January)

For one night only, prepare to be dazzled by an incredible evening of music and dance. Enjoy this feast for the eyes and ears as conductor, Rainer Hersch, guides you through an evening featuring an assortment of Strauss classics such as The Blue Danube Waltz and the Radetzky March. This lavish performance features soprano, Kirsty Swift and an array of period dressed dancers and musicians.

Location: The Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB.


The Steamie (16 – 18 January)

Located a short walk away from the Apex City Quay Hotel, the Little Theatre is home to the Dundee Dramatic Society, who pride themselves on providing the people of Dundee with home grown theatrical productions featuring the best local talent. Join Dundee Dramatic Society as they deliver their take on The Steamie, a raucous tale of life, laughter and laundry in the Glasgow washhouses of the 1950’s.

Location: The Little Theatre, Dundee, DD1 2NU.


Ice Hockey: Dundee vs. Cardiff (24 January)

If you enjoy spectator sports and fancy trying something different, get down to Dundee Ice Arena and watch as The Dundee Tigers take on The Cardiff Devils. Ice Hockey is a fast paced and exhilarating winter sport and its profile continues to rise in Scotland. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to experience what this exciting sport has to offer.

Location: Dundee Ice Arena, Dundee, DD2 3SQ.


Naiza Khan – Disrupting The Alignment (17 January – 15 February 2014)

Join award winning Pakistani artist, Naiza Khan as she presents an exhibition of her work at The University of Dundee’s Cooper Gallery. Khan’s first major Scottish solo-exhibition features a diverse range of innovative film, watercolour and photographic work that deals with the cost of expanding urbanisation on our landscape.

Location: The Cooper Gallery, Dundee, DD1 4HT.


Edinburgh January 2014

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What’s On in Edinburgh in January 2014?

Event of the Month

Mammoths of the Ice Age

Mammoths of the Ice Age (24 January - 20 April 2014)

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity - courtesy of the National Museum of Scotland and The Field Museum, Chicago - to venture back in time to a land dominated by giants. The Mammoths of the Ice Age exhibition is an exciting, interactive and family friendly event that sheds light on the lives of these giant woolly beasts that once stalked the earth, The Woolly Mammoth.

By examining original fossils, life-size replica models and engaging and informative interactive exhibition pieces, you’ll learn a tonne about these fascinating animals. You might even walk away with some mammoth facts as the exhibition runs alongside a series of public events, talks and lectures.

Location: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF.

Website: nms.ac.uk

Rodin’s The Kiss (1 January – 2 February 2014)

This January is your last chance to see a magnificent example of marble sculpture work by renowned artist, Auguste Rodin. Rodin’s the Kiss has been on a year-long loan from the Tate Britain Gallery in London. Rodin’s masterpiece was originally unveiled to massive critical acclaim in 1889, and depicts the two doomed lovers from Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Don’t miss the chance to see this beautiful sculpture in the flesh, before it’s too late.

Location: Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.

Website: nationalgalleries.org

AYE RIGHT? HOW NO’? The Comedy Countdown to the Referendum (8 January)

2014 is the year Scotland goes to the polls to decide its future, join some of Scotland’s finest comedians, poets and authors as they take a satirical look at the hot topics of the independence debate. Featuring a mix of stand-up, comedy, poetry, political comment, music and spoken word, this show will surely deliver a funny and thought provoking take on the big question of 2014.

Location: The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh, EH1 3EB.

Website: thestand.co.uk

The Bupa Great Run – Holyrood Park (11 January)

For the sportier types and those keen to burn of the post Christmas calories, there’s no better way to stay motivated than signing up for an organised run. This 5 kilometre run dash,around the breathtaking Holyrood Park, will blow away the cobwebs and get your blood pumping. All finishers receive a medal and a finisher’s bag stuffed with goodies.

Location: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Website: www.greatrun.org

Hansel and Gretel (8-11 January)

Get down to the Edinburgh Festival Theatre this January for Scottish Ballet’s World Premiere of Hansel and Gretel. This exciting new production updates the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, beguiling and bewitching you as you are lead on a surreal journey into the woods with the magnificent Scottish Ballet. With music by Engelbert Humperdinck and choreography by Christopher Hampson this production is sure to delight and dazzle you in the New Year.

Location: Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT.

Website: edtheatres.com

Winter Guided Walks in Glasshouses (15 January - 7 February 2014)

Walk off the Christmas excess on a winter guided walk around the Glasshouses located in Edinburgh’s Botanic gardens. You’ll be guided by one of the Botanic Garden’s expert guides, through a tropical haven that features over 3,000 different exotic plant species.

Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh


Long Day’s Journey into Night (17 January – 8 February 2014)

Join the Lyceum as they deliver a production of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey into Night. This production has been directed by Lyceum regular, Tony Cownie and details one fateful day in the life of the Tyrone family. This production is guaranteed to hit hard with an intense depiction of a family as they struggle with addiction, truth and love.

Location: The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX.


Jack Nicholson Season (Selected dates throughout January)

The Filmhouse continue to showcase the talents of one of the most iconic actors, producers, screenwriters and directors that Hollywood has ever produced. Don’t miss the opportunity to see his career defining performance in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest on the big screen, as well as more recent efforts, The Border and The Pledge.

Location: The Filmhouse, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ.