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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.

Website:londonboatshow.com

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.

Website:londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk

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.

Website:hrp.org.uk.co.uk

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.

Website:londonparade.co.uk

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

Website:rooftopfilmclub.com

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.

Website:belgraviagallery.com

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.

Website:wembleyarena.co.uk

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.

Website:royalalberthall.com

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.

Website:nhm.ac.uk

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.

Website:shakespearesglobe.com

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.

Website:theo2.co.uk

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.

Website:breakinconvention.com

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.

Website:cairdhall.co.uk

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.

Website:dundeecity.gov.uk

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.

Website:eliteleague.co.uk

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.

Website:dundee.ac.uk

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

Website:rbge.org.uk

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.

Website:lyceum.org.uk

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.

Website:filmhousecinema.com

Dundee December 2013

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What's On in Dundee in December 2013?

Event of the Month

The RSNO Christmas Concert - The Snowman (20 December 2013)

This Christmas, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is bringing a very special treat to the Caird Hall. This live production of Raymond Briggs classic Christmas tale will delight young and old alike. It’s the exciting story of a boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life, the two then embarking on an epic around the world adventure. The original, classic animation will be shown on the big screen with the famous score played live by the RSNO and RSNO Choruses. This is guaranteed to be a unique and exciting opportunity to see a classic Christmas story brought to life by Scotland’s premier symphony orchestra.

The RSNO will be conducted by Christopher Bell and the production features a special star guest, yet to be announced. You can find out more about the production by visiting the RSNO’s website. This is sure to be a unique experience guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Location: Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Website: rsno.org.uk


DCA Winter Print Exhibiton (19 November 2013 – 19 January 2014)

Dundee Contemporary Arts are holding an exhibition of work that includes screenprints, collagraphs, etchings and lithos by DCA’s resident artists. This is great opportunity to view some excellent artwork created by some very talented local artists. All the work is available for sale, making it an ideal opportunity to choose that special Christmas gift.

Location: Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, DD1 4DY

Website: dca.org.uk


The BFG (28 November - 31 December 2013)

This Christmas join Dundee Rep as they bring Roald Dhal's classic children’s story, The BFG, to the stage. The BFG tells the story of a young girl who befriends a BFG – a Big Friendly Giant – who much prefers eating foul tasting snozzcumbers and fizzy frobscottles, than little children. This production has been adapted by David Wood and is sure to be a treat for the whole family this Christmas.

Location: Dundee Rep, Dundee, DD1 1PB

Website: dundeerep.co.uk


Tayside and Fife Health Services Christmas Carol Concernt (5 December 2013)

Join the Tayside and Fire Health Services for an evening of Christmas carols guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit. Proceeds from the event will go to CLIC Sargent.

Location: Caird Hall, Dundee, DD1 3BB

Website: cairdhall.co.uk


Dick Whittington (13 - 22 December 2013)

Join Whitehall Theatre and Downfield Musical Society as they bring you their irreverent take on the Dick Whittington tale. Now in their 85th year, the Downfield Musical Society will delight you with their traditional pantomime production that promises to be fun for the whole family. The show will delight with brilliant special effects, slapstick humour and audience interaction. Suitable for kids aged nine to ninety!

Location: Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, DD1 5JA

Website: downfieldmusical.co.uk

Edinburgh December 2013

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What's On in Edinburgh in December 2013?

Event of the Month

Edinburgh's Christmas (22 November 2013 - 5 January 2014)

Edinburgh comes to life at Christmas transforming into a sparkling and enchanting winter wonderland. It’s a fantastic city to explore at this festive time of the year with an endless array of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. If you fancy a break from all that Christmas shopping, be sure to get down to the European Christmas market where you can relax with a warming cup of mulled wine, before enjoying some excellent traditional Christmas fare including biscuits, bratwurst and sweet treats. You can also get in the festive spirit by exploring Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland in Princes Street Gardens where you can take the opportunity to try ice skating, or enjoy the views Edinburgh has to offer on a relaxing ferris wheel ride. The Edinburgh’s Christmas website provides an excellent overview of all the activities, festivals and shopping opportunities that can be enjoyed in the city over the festive period.

Location: Multiple Locations around Edinburgh

Website: edinburghschristmas.com


A Christmas Carol (28 November 2013 – 4 January 2014)

This December, why not treat yourself to a magical night out at the theatre? The Lyceum’s production of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale will delight young and old alike. It’s sure to melt the heart of even the biggest Scrooge. Leave the Humbugs at home and get down to The Lyceum to enjoy this most quintessential of Christmas stories.

Location: The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AX

Website: lyceum.org.uk


A Dickens Christmas At Edinburgh Castle (21 - 24 December 2013)

If seeing A Christmas Carol wetted your appetite for all things Dickens’ then visit Edinburgh Castle this Christmas for a chance to meet Charles Dickens in person, learn more about the Victorian Christmas revival and witness the sights and sounds that inspired Dickens’ classic Christmas novel.

Location: Edinburgh Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Website: list.co.uk


The Singing Kettle - Christmas Wishing Well (21 - 22 December 2013)

Keep the kids occupied this Christmas and take them to see this fantastic festive treat. The Singing Kettle team is back with a Christmas show that is filled with Christmassy fun for the kids.

Location: The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6AA

Website: hubtickets.com


Peter Pan (31 November 2013 - Sunday 19 January 2014)

The King’s Theatre hosts Edinburgh’s traditional pantomime. This year sees Edinburgh Panto favorites Grant Stott, Andy Gray and Allan Stewart back for a festive take on the story of the boy who never grew old. It’s sure to be an unmissable festive romp at one of Edinburgh’s most beloved theatres.

Location: The King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ

Website: edtheatres.com


The Ethical Christmas Fair (7 - 15 December 2013)

Now in its 6th year, the Ethical Christmas Fair presents an ideal ethical Christmas shopping opportunity. Browse and choose gifts from a wide range of fair trade, ethical and environmentally friendly retailers. The beautiful and ethically aware products typically available here include jewellery, crafts, homewares, food and drink and scarves and hats.

Location: Castle Street/ Princes Street, Edinburgh

Website: handupmedia.co.uk


Real Scottish Christmas Fair (30 November - 5 December 2013)

The Real Scottish Christmas Fair is an event that happens on one of Scotland’s busiest shopping streets. It's a great chance to pick up some Scottish craft, jewellery and artefacts that you don’t usually see on the high street.

Location: Princes Street, Edinburgh

Website: handupmedia.co.uk


Edinburgh's Hogmanay (30 December 2013 - 1 January 2014)

Celebrate New Year in Scotland in style and take part in Edinburgh’s world famous Hogmanay celebrations. The three day extravaganza features the opportunity to take part in a vibrant torchlit procession; join thousands of revelers for the epic Street Party, featuring music from world class musicians and DJs, and Ceilidh into the wee small hours with some of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians.

Location: : Princes Street and City Centre, Ediburgh

Website: edinburghshogmanay.org

Guest Blog: Mark Alston

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Guest Blog: Royal Yacht Britannia

 Lemon Drizzle Cake

Our guest blog this month comes from Mark Alston, the Executive Chef at the Royal Yacht Britannia. Be prepared, after reading this you will be licking your lips for some lemon drizzle cake.

The Royal Yacht is permanently berthed in the historic port of Leith, Edinburgh and is a 5- star visitor attraction and prestigious evening venue. Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years. The fascinating audio tour of five decks allows you to discover how the Royal Family and 220 crew lived. All Apex customers receive 10% discount when visiting Britannia. Please be sure to ask our receptionist for a 10% off voucher.

Visitors to Britannia can enjoy a visit to The Royal Deck Tea Room where they can enjoy delicious, and freshly prepared, home-made food, stunning views and a warm welcome. This area was previously where the Royal Family enjoyed drinks receptions, sumptuous buffets, or played deck games. In these spectacular surroundings you can now treat yourself with speciality teas, coffees, lunch and Britannia’s famous lemon drizzle cake.

Our delicious lemon drizzle cake has been a firm favourite with Britannia’s visitors ever since the Royal Deck Tea Room opened its doors in 2009. Made on board in the original Royal Galley, we’ve been asked many times for the recipe by our visitors.

Britannia's Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe - Serves 12

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 6 eggs
  • 330g soft butter
  • 330g caster sugar
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 75g ground almonds
  • 2 large lemons.

For the Icing:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 60g lemon juice

For the Syrup:

  • 110g sugar
  • 140ml water
  • the juice from half a lemon

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170˚c/gas mark 3 and prepare a 10 inch cake tin (or smaller tins/a tray)
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light in colour
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well each time
  4. Add the zest and juice of the two lemons
  5. Add the sifted flour and baking powder and mix until combined
  6. Cut out a disk of baking paper to fit the base of your cake tin
  7. Grease the cake tin well and place the disk in the bottom
  8. Fill the tin ¾ full with the cake mix and smooth out the top using a pallet knife
  9. Cook for 15 minutes at 170˚c (gas mark 3) then turn down the oven to 150˚c (gas mark 2) and cook for a further 40 minutes
  10. The cake is cooked when a skewer placed into the centre of the cake comes out clean

While the cake is baking in the oven, make the syrup, ready to brush on the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven:

  1. Put the sugar, lemon juice and water into a pan and boil for 25 minutes. Do not stir this!
  2. This will reduce down to a syrup consistency
  3. Brush this onto the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven
  4. Allow the cake to cool and remove from the tin

To make the icing:

  1. Mix the icing sugar and lemon juice together until combined
  2. Using a piping bag, drizzle the icing over the cake. You can also grate some lemon zest to add to the top of the cake.

London December 2013

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What's On in London in December 2013?

Event of the Month

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (23 November - 5 January 2014)

London's wintertime festivities return, as Hyde Park is transformed into a festive, shimmery Winter Wonderland. Skate on the UK's largest outdoor Ice Rink, featuring over 100,000 lights set to illuminate the rink and create the perfect magical setting. The Giant Observation Wheel will let you experience Winter Wonderland from 60 metres in the air, providing stunning views of Hyde Park and beyond. Help make a child's dream come alive and let Santa and his elves greet you in his grotto or choose to shop, drink and dine in the Christmas Markets. Enjoy the thrills of gentle carousels, roller coasters or spooky ghost rides - with over 100 rides and attractions, there is something for everyone. Experience the Magical Ice Kingdom and be amazed by the beauty of the delicate sculptures and crystal-like characters. Fashioned from over 200 tons of ice and snow over, this mysterious attraction will let you lose yourself in the magical land of snow and ice! There’s something for everyone at Winter Wonderland and is one festive activity not to be missed.

Location: Hyde Park, London, SW1 7LY

Website: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com 


The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (10 December - 16 January 2014)

You know Christmas has arrived when the production of E.T.A. Hoffman's 'The Nutcracker' returns to the Royal Opera House, located just a 10 min walk from Apex Temple Court Hotel. It's difficult to picture a production more extravagant than Peter Wright's restaging of Lev Ivanov's choreography to Tchaikovsky's iconic play. Every ballet step of the way, this is one performance not to be missed this Christmas.

Location: Royal Opera House, London, EC2E 9DD

Website: roh.org.uk


Spitalfields Winter Festival (6 - 17 December 2013)

Located just a short walk from Apex London Wall Hotel, Spitalfield's end of year musical festival returns from several locations. The Winter Festival discovers east London's hidden gems, bringing together global and local artists. Old Spitalsfields Market will host an off the cuff musical performance, whilst the dramatic 18th century Hawskmoor - designed Christ Church opens its door to host classical concerts.

Location: Christ Church Spitalfields, London, E1 6LY

Website: spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk


Midnight Mass at St Paul's Cathedral (24 December 2013)

Sir Christopher Wren's stunning St Paul's Cathedral is located just a short walk from the Apex Temple Court and Apex London Wall Hotel and is a magical place to be on the night before Christmas. The cathedral's legendary dome will echo the elevated sounds of the St Paul's Cathedral Choi, whilst candles create a majestic atmosphere that is not to be missed.

Location: St Paul's Cathedral, London, EC4M 8AD

Website: stpauls.co.uk


New Year's Eve Fireworks (31 December 2013)

Celebrate an amazing year and watch the annual Mayor’s fireworks display, launched from the London Eye and rafts on the Thames. The world renowned fireworks are visible throughout central London and captivate audience members for a whole hour! Bring in 2014 with a bang and watch the celebrated display take place on the doorstep of our Apex Temple Court Hotel.

Location: London Eye, London, SE1 7PB

Website: london.gov.uk


Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum (7 December 2013)

This is your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum when the sun goes down. Dino Snore is great family event which includes exhilarating activities, a torch-lit tour and a hearty breakfast in the morning. Get ready to nestle down under the shadow of Diplodocus in the central hall.

Location: Natural History Museum, London

Website: nhm.ac.uk


Disney on Ice - Dare to Dream (26-30 December and 3-5 January)

The new Disney on Ice performance 'Dare to Dream' comes to the O2 this December giving you the chance to see all your favourite Disney characters come to life. Make sure to catch the spectacular finale as all the Disney Princesses come together (for the first time on ice!). Dare to dream is full of amazing skating and special effects - creating a lifetime of memories.

Location: O2 Arena, London, SE10 0DX

Website: theo2.co.uk


Christmas Spectacular (27 - 29 December 2013)

For the first time this year, the Royal Albert Hall and Raymond Gubbay come together to launch the Christmas Spectacular keeping you entertained with classic after classic. Get ready for a Christmas movie medley including songs from Mary Poppins, the Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. Keep your Christmas spirits elevated and enjoy the astounding combination of much-loved music, dazzling dance, breathtaking lasers and an incredible indoor finale!

Location: : Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

Website: royalalberthall.com


Handmade Christmas (13 - 15 December 2013)

Hobbies and craft has been revived over the past few years in the UK and what better way to celebrate than the handmade Christmas show at the O2. Spread over one weekend, Britain's best and dazzling crafters, designers and hobbyists merchants will congregate to showcase their talents. Say good bye to the power of the high street and get ready to find your perfect, seasonal gift.

Location: The O2, London, E210 0DX

Website: handmadechristmas.co.uk