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1 LONDON Free WE END WONDERS As Billy Elliot celebrates 10 years, we look at long-running musicals PLANNER AR WARS The force is strong at Madame Tussauds CANAL FEIVAL River party at Little Venice Chelsea Flower Show Outdoor Theatre Museums at Night

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3 THE MAYOR S LETTER Welcome to London and another great month of events and cultural activities to excite and entertain. Among the highlights this May is Museums at Night. Many of our fantastic museums, across the city and both large and small, are throwing open their doors over three nights for an incredible variety of special events. It s a terrific opportunity to experience these admired institutions in a totally different way, and I hope you will be tempted to try out one or two that are a little more off the beaten track. A sure sign that the weather is getting warmer is the Open Air Theatre in Regent s Park. It is a lovely place to watch a play, perhaps bringing a picnic to enjoy beforehand. The first production this season is JM Barrie s Peter Pan. I can think of no better place to enjoy this classic than beneath the sky and the canopies of trees truly magical! Other great events to look out for are the annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra directed by Valery Gergiev live in Trafalgar Square and a weekend of events to commemorate and celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Have a fabulous time in our great city. We hope you visit us again. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London MAY

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5 May 2015 INSIDE THIS ISSUE LITTLE VENICE THINKOCK/GETTY IMAGES; MADAME TUSSAUDS MIKAEL BUCK; MUSEUMS AT NIGHT BRYAN SEWELL; COCKTAIL COCKTAIL TRADING DEVELOPMENT CO; GARDEN GETTY IMAGES/IOCKPHOTO CONTENTS 03 Mayor s Welcome Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, welcomes you to the capital 06 Top 10 London s most visited attractions 08 Billy Elliot Turns 10 A decade on, we look at the hit musical Billy Elliot 12 Glorious Gardens As the Chelsea Flower Show begins, discover the city s green spaces from Royal Parks to rooftop gardens 20 Discover A guide to beautiful Little Venice 96 Beyond London Visit the dreaming spires of Oxford 114 London in Numbers How London theatre leads the way WHAT S ON PMAPS Sightseeing 48 Museums & Galleries 60 Entertainment 78 Sport 80 Shopping 86 Eating Out 94 Nightlife 102 Essential Information Theatreland Central London River Map London Underground London Buses Transport symbols explained London Underground London Overground National Rail Docklands Light Railway London River Services Pier MAY

6 THE TOP 10 London s most popular attractions compiled according to the latest available visitor numbers from London & Partners The British Museum The famous museum houses treasures, including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. 2 The National Gallery Priceless European art belonging to the nation. See works by Botticelli, Da Vinci, Van Gogh and more. 3 Natural History Museum Explore the natural world, including a Diplodocus skeleton, prehistoric fossils and much more. 4 Tate Modern This former power station in Bankside houses a globally recognised modern-art collection. 5 Coca-Cola London Eye Experience the full glory of the capital from the London Eye. On a clear day, you can see for 40km. 6 Science Museum Interactive scientific fun for kids of all ages, boasting everything from rockets to steam engines. 7 Victoria and Albert Museum Incredible historic artefacts that span more than 3,000 years and include art, sculpture and fashion. 8 Tower of London The 900-year-old guarded fortress, home to kings and prisoners for centuries, is said to be haunted. 9 Royal Museums Greenwich Seas and stars at the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen s House and Royal Observatory. 10 Madame Tussauds See amazingly lifelike wax figures of famous people, from the Queen to Hollywood stars BRITISH MUSEUM IMAGES THINKOCK/PHOTOS.COM/GETTY IMAGES; NATURAL HIORY MUSEUM IOCKPHOTO; TATE MODERN IMAGE LONDONONVIEW; COCA-COLA LONDON EYE IMAGE IOCKPHOTO; SCIENCE MUSEUM THINKOCK; VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM THINKOCK/GETTY IMAGES; TOWER OF LONDON IMAGE HIORIC ROYAL PALACES; ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH THINKOCK/GETTY IMAGES; MADAME TUSSAUDS IMAGE COURTESY OF MADAME TUSSAUDS 6 LONDON PLANNER

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8 WE END BILLY ELLIOT Turns 10 The story of a miner s son who dreams of being a dancer has charmed audiences for a decade. Dominic Wells finds out why W hen it was first announced that Billy Elliot would debut in the West End in 2005, eyebrows were raised. Yes, it had been a modest success as a film, garnering three Oscar nominations. But a musical set in a grim northern town during the bitter miners strike of the mid-1980s? With the authentic swearing intact? That didn t seem a recipe for success. Musicals were usually light and upbeat, like Guys and Dolls, which was revived that same year with Ewan McGregor in the lead, or they took on an epic political subject, such as Miss Saigon or Les Misérables. Yet audiences and critics alike fell for Billy Elliot right from the opening night, with its simple but affecting score by Elton John, and Peter Darling s choreography (who recently has had another huge hit with Matilda the Musical), which dared to even turn a confrontation with riot police into a dance. The Telegraph s veteran critic Charles Spencer called it the best British musical I have ever seen. Celebrating 10 years this month since it first opened in the West End, MAIN PHOTO THOMAS HAZELBY AND OLLIE JOCHIM AS BILLY; BRODIE DONOUGHER AND RUTHIE HENSHALL; BRODIE DONOUGHER AS BILLY. ALL PHOTOS ALAAIR MUIR 8 LONDON PLANNER

9 Clockwise from left: the young and old Billy Elliots dance together; Ruthie Henshall as Mrs Wilkinson; Brodie Donougher as the boxer turned dancer through dance, even as his friends and family insist that hard labour, not airy-fairy ballet, is the proper profession for a young man. It is a demanding role which requires real acting skills as well as dancing and singing ability, the British hit has now been seen by more than 10 million people around the world, and has won more than 80 global theatre awards. Billy Elliot may have a gritty political backdrop, but at its heart it tells the struggle of a young boy who has lost his mother to express his feelings IT MAY HAVE A POLITICAL BACKDROP, BUT AT HEART IT TELLS THE RUGGLE OF A BOY WHO LO HIS MOTHER and the show s success rests on the slender shoulders of its young leads: there are currently five Billies who alternate on different nights. Bradley Perret, now 13, became the 35th lad to play the role on the West End stage. Asked for the secret of the show s success, Bradley doesn t have to pause for thought: It s such a good show, it has everything from singing to dancing in it! The story is inspiring, Elton John s music is really cool, and our choreographer Peter Darling has won many awards for his dance work. Though Bradley has been doing it now for a year and a half, the thrill has never worn off. I love hearing the audience cheer, he says. We have a big company of actors who all look out for each other when we are on stage. I get to wear boxing gloves and ballet shoes and during part of the show called Dream Ballet, I get to fly! MAY

10 WE END THE NEW BILLY ELLIOT As one Billy grows up, another is lined up for the role. In March, the musical welcomed its newest and youngest addition, the 40th to perform: 10-year-old Thomas Hazelby, who was a baby when the show began. He started dancing at the age of three, winning his first national award at the British Championships when he was only five. He says that winning the role was the best day of my life. Just as the fictional Billy Elliot begins as a boxer before discovering a ballet class by accident after a bout at the gym, Thomas played football for South Kirkby Knights FC as well as representing his school at cricket. A LOT MORE BOYS TAKE UP DANCE. I THINK OUR SHOW HAS HELPED WITH THIS A LOT It s a sign, perhaps, of how much society has changed since the 1980s that a young boy can now alternate between traditionally laddish pursuits and ballet. Boys dancing has become more acceptable these days, Bradley says. A lot more boys seem to take up dance. I think our show has helped with this a lot Billy Elliot is such an inspiring story. And that s the real reason Billy LONG-RUNNING SHOWS LES MISÉRABLES With classic songs such as One Day More and I Dreamed a Dream, it s not surprising that Les Mis is still so popular. This year, it marks 30 years in the West End. THE MOUSETRAP It s 63 years since Agatha Christie s classic whodunnit opened. And after more than 25,000 performances, you could be forgiven for thinking that by now everyone must know who the killer is. Nevertheless, fresh audiences, attracted by Christie s hallmark characters and watertight plot, keep on coming to see the definitive murder mystery. Elliot has endured. It makes a powerful plea for tolerance and understanding, and speaks to anyone who never quite fitted in, anyone who has ever faced a crisis between following their dream and obeying the strictures of society or the wishes of their parents. And it has paved the way for other British shows with gritty subjects, such as Made in Dagenham or War Horse. That s Billy Elliot, 10 years on quietly changing the world, one tutu at a time. Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA. billyelliotthemusical.com Below left: Les Misérables This image: The Mousetrap Below right: Phantom of the Opera PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Andrew Lloyd Webber s lovesick Phantom was an instant smash hit, striking a chord with audiences worldwide, and it s still going strong after 29 years. THOMAS HAZELBY AS BILLY ELLIOT WITH CA ALAAIR MUIR; LES MISÉRABLES MICHAEL LE POER TRENCH; THE MOUSETRAP HELEN MAYBANKS PHOTOGRAPHY; PHANTOM OF THE OPERA JOHAN PERSSON

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12 GREEN SPACES As the Chelsea Flower Show begins, Dominic Wells does some digging and finds that London, with its Royal Parks and rooftop gardens, is the greenest city in the world eople love London for its buildings, from the historic pageantry of the Tower of London to the futuristic silver sliver of The Shard. But it s really the lack of buildings that makes London unique. This is the greenest of all the world s major cities. Astonishingly, almost 40 per cent of Greater London approximately 173 sq km is made up of parks and open spaces. Much of this we owe to the ancient nobility s love of hunting: Soho, which gets its name from an old hunting cry, was long ago developed and built over, but eight Royal Parks were preserved for the public to enjoy. Many others were created in the 19th century, to counter increasing congestion in the capital, and further acts of parliament in the first half of the 20th century encircled Greater London with a Green Belt of land that is protected from building. And the British love of gardens just keeps on blooming. This month, you can enjoy the glorious RHS Chelsea Flower Show (19-23 May). It has been going for 102 years (with gaps during the two world wars), and now attracts more than 150,000 visitors and 550 exhibitors. And in a few years time, when you visit the capital again, you ll find a breathtaking new tree-lined garden bridge spanning the River Thames, courtesy of Olympic Cauldron designer Thomas Heatherwick. Until then, here s our guide to London s greenest spaces, which we guarantee will give you a spring in your step this season... rhs.org.uk MAIN IMAGE GETTY IMAGES/IOCKPHOTO; FLOWERS THINKOCK/GETTY IMAGES 12 LONDON PLANNER

13 GREEN SPACES WILD SPACES Why go to the country when the country can come to you? London is full of open spaces so wild you wouldn t know you were in a city at all. Hampstead Heath to the north can feel like an ancient forest until you push through the branches at the top of a hill and find the city skyline spread at your feet. It also has London s only officially sanctioned nude swimming and sunbathing area for men, for those who really want to get back to nature. South, there s Sydenham Hill Wood, near the eccentric Horniman Museum; west, the WWT Wetland Centre bird sanctuary in Barnes, voted the UK s favourite nature reserve. To the east, Epping Forest is a favourite spot for discovering funghi, and the 26-mile-long Lee Valley Park has a thrilling new White Water Centre. You can even swap the urban jungle for real jungle. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is famous for its conservatories full of exotic tropical plants. The biggest, the Temperate House, is closed for a 34m restoration project, but there are guided tours at 11.30am (Wed and Sat). The conservatory at the Barbican (left) is pretty wild, too. PALACE GARDENS The gardens at Buckingham Palace are opened to visitors only in August and September, but those at Hampton Court Palace (below), beloved of Henry VIII, are even more spectacular still. Lose yourself in the UK s oldest surviving hedge maze, commissioned around 1700, or stroll through the formal gardens by the River Thames. They cover 60 acres, and include the Great Vine, the world s largest, planted in Windsor Castle s gardens are not extensive, but the Great Park certainly is, with ancient oaks and a deer park at the northern end, and the Savill and Valley Gardens to the south-east. Eltham Palace in Greenwich includes the remains of a medieval royal palace, with the addition of an Art Deco mansion and gardens. Lambeth Palace has London s oldest continuously cultivated garden. Visits are restricted to the first Wed (6 May) of every month. The Garden Museum in nearby St Mary-at-Lambeth Church is open daily. Syon Park is one of the stately homes with gardens landscaped by Capability Brown, and is famed for its rare flora. Osterley House and Chiswick House and Gardens are both well worth a visit, too, for their stunning scenery. BARBICAN CONSERVATORY LEE MAWDSLEY; HAMPTON COURT PALACE HIORIC ROYAL PALACES/NEWEAM 14 LONDON PLANNER

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15 GREEN SPACES HIDDEN SPACES Central London is full of still, small oases of calm, if you know where to look. Russell Square Gardens in Bloomsbury, for instance, has a little café and is full of sunbathers in summer, but not many people know that on the roof of The Brunei Gallery, in the nearby SOAS campus, is a tranquil Kyoto-style rock garden. A larger Kyoto garden, complete with waterfall, koi carp and stone bridge, can be found in Holland Park (below). And you shouldn t miss the Chelsea Physic Garden by the River Thames, founded in 1673 to study healing plants. A new Garden of Medicinal Plants opened in April. Meanwhile, the City of London, despite all its towering monuments to money in glass and steel, has so many little green spaces that the City Gardens team has produced leaflets to seven separate walking trails. We love St Dunstan in the East, another remnant of the Blitz: ivy and foliage push through the shattered walls and arches of the bombed-out church. Pretend you re Prince William and Kate Middleton getting married in a tree-lined Westminster Abbey. ROYAL PARKS If you think the Queen owns a pretty hefty chunk of property, you re right. London s eight huge Royal Parks still actually belong to the Crown, though since 1851 the public has been granted the right to use them. Hyde Park and adjoining Kensington Gardens alone make up an area nearly as big as New York s Central Park. In the heart of the city, you can enjoy a boating lake, cycle routes, rollerskating and horse riding, as well as the Serpentine Art Gallery and the Princess Diana Memorial Playground. Regent s Park (above) is just to the north, with its famous ZSL London Zoo and a towpath walk along the canal to Camden Market; Green Park and St James s Park, with its pretty duck ponds, are just to the east. South of the river, Greenwich Park offers terrific views over London, as well as historic attractions such as the recently restored Cutty Sark tea clipper, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory. Richmond Park to the west, London s second largest, was created as a deer park by Charles I in 1634, and still has 630 of the creatures. You ll also find deer at nearby Bushy Park, as well as an avenue designed by Sir Christopher Wren. REGENT S PARK AND HOLLAND PARK IOCKPHOTO 16 LONDON PLANNER

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17 GREEN SPACES ROOF GARDENS Everyone loves a bloom with a view. The Roof Gardens in Kensington, created in the late 1930s, were until recently the largest in Europe, so big that there are three separate sections: a Moorish garden modelled after Spain s Alhambra Palace; a Tudor-style garden with wisteria and roses; and a woodland garden with 30 species of trees, a pond and four pink flamingos. Dine in the Babylon restaurant or dance in the nightclub. Another must-visit is Sky Garden (above), London s highest public garden with three restaurants in the City s Walkie-Talkie building. The Southbank Centre s much-loved Roof Garden Café/Bar brightens the concrete bunker with allotments, fruit trees, wild flowers and terrific views of the Houses of Parliament. Another arty venue well worth a visit is the Lyric Hammersmith theatre s delightful rooftop garden bar in west London. Over in trendy Shoreditch, Boundary Restaurant, Rooms & Rooftop boasts a centrepiece olive tree and a canopy of vines over the tables, while the Queen of Hoxton pub offers a huge green space with flowerbeds and occasional al fresco film screenings. CEMETERIES In the first half of the 19th century, the population of London doubled. Together with a cholera epidemic in , there wasn t space enough to bury the dead, and an ambitious programme of building followed. Now London s Magnificent Seven cemeteries Abney Park, Brompton, Nunhead, Tower Hamlets, West Norwood, and especially Highgate and Kensal Green are enchanting places of rest for the living as well as the dead, where lavish mausoleums and weeping angels rise out of the ivy. In Highgate, the tomb of Karl Marx, where the KGB would loiter during the Cold War and attempt to recruit visitors, and the winding vaults of the Egyptian Avenue and Circle of Lebanon, have historic listed-building status. Kensal Green s famous residents include great writers such as Pinter, Thackeray and Trollope; Queen singer Freddie Mercury was cremated here. Abney Park, in Stoke Newington, has a wild beauty. The first cemetery to introduce Egyptian Revival architecture, it is now a nature reserve, where burials no longer take place. SKY GARDEN COURTESY OF SKY GARDEN; HIGHGATE CEMETERY THINKOCK/GETTY IMAGES 18 LONDON PLANNER

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20 DISCOVER CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: LITTLE VENICE BOATS THINKOCK; OUTSIDE THE WATERWAY REAURANT AND FOOD FROM THE WATERWAY REAURANT COURTESY OF THE WATERWAY REAURANT; CLIFTON NURSERIES ANUSHÉ LOW PHOTOGRAPHY; THE PUPPET THEATRE BARGE COURTESY OF THE PUPPET THEATRE BARGE. ILLURATION BY KERRY HYNDMAN Little Venice BRIOL GARDENS DELAMERE TERRACE CLIFTON VILLAS WARWICK AVENUE BLOMFIELD RD WARWICK CRES LITTLE VENICE GARDENS RANDOLPH RD BLOMFIELD RD W9 As the Canalway Cavalcade festival floats into town, it s the perfect time to visit this calm oasis just minutes from Paddington Station, says Paul Critcher A brief history Even in Roman Britain, the waterways of the capital were the vital transport routes that kept the city moving, encouraging trade. Over the years, these waterways were developed and, by the 1820s, there was a sophisticated network of canals throughout England. Little Venice is a connection point of two of London s most important routes: the Paddington arm of the Grand Junction Canal and Regent s Canal. Today, Little Venice is filled with scenic canals, colourful narrowboats and daytrippers walking along the banks. For the full English experience, from real ale to Morris dancing, the annual Canalway Cavalcade (2-4 May) offers the chance to explore the area at its very best. The delightful celebration is a change of pace from central London, so watch the flotilla of boats glide down the river and try some tasty treats at the food and drink stalls along the banks of the canals. 1 Boat trip Apart from its watery location, Little Venice has little in common with its Italian namesake and is more in tune with England s Regency period. Many of the streets have mansions designed by architect John Nash. Take a boat trip along Regent s Canal on one of the London Waterbus Company s boats, which are moored on the towpath and pier at Browning s Pool, for a cruise to Camden Lock 4 market and ZSL London Zoo in Regent s Park. On the way, you will see tree-lined streets, waterside bars and many restaurants. As you pass the beautiful buildings, keep an eye out for Regency features such as white-painted stucco façades along with stout columns and wrought-iron balconies. 2 Puppet power Elaborate puppets, wonderful stories and a unique venue make a visit to The Puppet Opposite page (clockwise from top): Boats in Little Venice; outside The Waterway restaurant; dining at The Waterway; Clifton Nurseries; The Puppet Theatre Barge Theatre Barge special. Located on a converted barge opposite Blomfield Road, it stages fun shows mainly aimed at children, from Brer Rabbit to Macbeth. 3 Clifton Nurseries Clifton Nurseries has been inspiring gardeners since The picturesque glasshouses are host to flowers, plants and trees. Don t confuse this with your average garden centre, though, as Clifton Nurseries offers expert advice and is home to a large garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Pop into the Quince Tree café in the palm house for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. 4 The Waterway restaurant With its picturesque position overlooking the Grand Junction Canal, The Waterway offers classic cocktails, gastro grub and a chance to try a traditional beer. For a prime spot, sit out on the terrace and watch the world go by. MAY

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23 SIGHTSEEING SEA CREATURES Weedy sea dragons and yellow seahorses don t sound like the typical creatures you would expect to find in London, but at SEA LIFE London Aquarium (p. 30) there are plenty to see in the newly opened Magical Sea Dragon Kingdom. Look out for special experiences that include VIP Turtle Feeding and Snorkelling with Sharks. EMIRATES AIRLINE Longer opening hours mean that users of the Emirates Air Line cable car can now take in the wonderful views over the capital at sunset. Whether you want to capture scenes of the sprawling metropolis looking across the Greenwich Peninsula and The O2, or you are in the mood for a romantic journey across the River Thames, the new Night Flights offer among the best views in town, along with complimentary music and video entertainment in the cabins. Round trips, which take five minutes longer after 7pm, are available until 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 10pm from Sunday to Thursday. Single tickets are priced at 4.50 for adults and Oyster cards are also accepted. For info, visit emiratesairline.co.uk LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU... AT MADAME TUSSAUDS Along time ago, in a It took 20 sculptors to create galaxy far, far away, each of the incredibly detailed a film franchise was waxworks in the display. born that changed the Artists take hundreds of face of pop culture. precise measurements before Nearly four decades later, sculpting a figure in clay that Star Wars is as well loved is used to create a mould. as ever, with the seventh Molten wax is poured in film in the series, Star Wars: and left to cool, after which The Force Awakens, scheduled the painting and decorating for release later this year. process begins. Thousands Visitors to Madame of human hairs are inserted Tussauds can get their next to exactly replicate the person Star Wars fix even sooner than or character being modelled that. London s famous palace eyes take around 10 hours of waxworks opens a huge new to make, and countless layers interactive exhibition dedicated of paint are applied to match to the franchise, with 16 the skin tone. The figures are characters from Star Wars then dressed to bring the (from 16 May; p. 32) on display movies to life. in 11 realistic sets recreating With Disney and Lucasfilm scenes from the films. closely collaborating with Fans can get up close and Madame Tussauds on this personal with Yoda in his wonderful exhibition, this swamp, Princess Leia in is a rare opportunity to get Jabba the Hutt s throne room a sense of what it must have and Chewbacca the Wookiee been like on the sets of these on the flight deck of the iconic movies. Millennium Falcon. Jo Caird FINAL TOUCHES BEING MADE TO THE YODA WAXWORK MIKAEL BUCK 24 LONDON PLANNER

24 A MONUMENTAL DAY OUT Get closer to your ancestors and the mystery of Stonehenge at our new, state-of-the-art exhibition and visitor centre. Day tours also available through hotel concierges and TIC s. BOOK NOW english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge

25 INFO Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London map. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 for key. Prices listed here are for tickets bought in person reductions may be available online. Admission prices and opening hours can change MAIN ATTRACTIONS APSLEY HOUSE This elegant house at Hyde Park Corner was home to the first Duke of Wellington. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm. General admission 8.30; child Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7NT english-heritage.org.uk. Hyde Park Corner. Map D4. DENNIS SEVERS HOUSE A kind of time capsule illustrating the life of a family of Huguenot weavers. Silent Night tours Mon and Wed 6pm-9pm; tickets 15. Daytime visits on selected Mons noon-2pm, tickets 10, child 5; Sun noon-4pm, tickets 10, child Folgate Street, E1 6BX dennis severshouse.co.uk. Liverpool Street. Map A9. ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT This metre tall observation tower gives unrivalled views over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 15 May: Abseiling. The UK s highest freefall abseil. Daily 10am-6pm. Tickets 15; child 7. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2SS arcelormittalorbit.com. Stratford. Off map. BANQUETING HOUSE This 17th-century building was designed by Inigo Jones for James I, with an exquisite painted ceiling by baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens. Daily 10am-5pm. General admission 6; child free. Whitehall, SW1A 2ER hrp.org.uk. Charing Cross. Map C6. ELVIS AT THE O2 Exhibition exploring the rise of Elvis Presley. Daily 10am-7pm. Admission Building Five, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. theo2.co.uk. North Greenwich. Map inset. CHANGING THE GUARD At 11.30am on alternate days, watch the changing of the Queen s Guard on the Palace s forecourt. There is no ceremony in very wet weather. Buckingham Palace, The Mall, SW1A 1AA Victoria Green Park. Map D5. The Mounted Guard Changing Ceremony takes place Mon-Sat 11am; Sun 10am. The mounted sentries change every hour. Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, SW1A 1DH royal.gov.uk. St James s Park/ Green Park. Map C6. CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN London s oldest botanic garden, founded in 1673, where you can admire 5,000 species of plants. Tue-Fri, 11am-6pm or dusk; Sun & bank hols 11am-6pm. Admission 9; child Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS chelsea physicgarden.co.uk. Sloane Square. Map C6. CUTTY SARK This 19th-century ship is the world s last surviving tea clipper. Explore above and below decks, with interactive displays. Daily 10am-5pm. Adult 12.15; child Joint tickets with Royal Observatory available. King William Walk, SE10 9HT rmg.co.uk/cuttysark. Cutty Sark Greenwich. Map inset. New exhibit THE TREATY OF EVERYTHING This year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, the most important legal document in British history. This 13th-century treaty between King John and a group of noblemen guaranteed the right to justice and a fair trial for the first time. Magna Carta Through the Ages (from 26 May) displays three early copies of the document and explores antiquarian interest in it over the centuries, revealing how Magna Carta was seen and understood by people at the time of its publication. A six-week programme of free public lectures will run alongside the exhibition. Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE sal.org.uk A 14TH-CENTURY MINIATURE OF KING JOHN HUNTING COURTESY OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY 26 LONDON PLANNER

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27 SIGHTSEEING GOLDEN HINDE II A full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake s 16th-century vessel, in which he circumnavigated the globe. Look out for Tudor Fun Days and workshops where visitors can dress up in period costumes for games and learning. Daily 10am-5.30pm, please check for occasional closures. General admission 6; child 4.50 (please check prices for special tours). 1 Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, SE1 9DG goldenhinde.com. London Bridge. Map C8. HAMPTON COURT PALACE Once home to King Henry VIII, this magnificent Tudor palace and impressive maze is set in 60 acres of parkland May: Time Quake. Follow a Time Explorer guide to find characters from 500 years of palace history. Palace and maze daily 10am-6pm; formal gardens daily 7am-8pm. Palace, maze and gardens admission 17.50, child 8.75; maze only 4, child 2.50; gardens only 5.20, child free. Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU hrp.org.uk. Hampton Court. Off map. HMS BELFA Permanently moored on the River Thames, this ship is Europe s only surviving Second World War cruiser. The Queen s Walk, off Tooley Street, SE1 2JH iwm.org.uk. London Bridge. Map C9. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT The site of British Parliament s home since 1265, this building was constructed in the 19th century in a neo-gothic style. Enjoy a tour of areas including the Queen s Robing Room and the Lords and Commons Chambers. Opening days and times vary, so please check ahead. Audio tours 17.50; child 7/free. Guided tour 25; child 10. Parliament Square, SW1A 0AA parliament.uk/visiting. Westminster. Map D6. THE JEWEL TOWER Built around 1365 to house Edward III s treasures, this building is one of only two left from the medieval Palace of Westminster. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission 4.20; child Abingdon Street, SW1P 3JX english-heritage.org.uk. Westminster. Map D6. 28 LONDON PLANNER

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29 SIGHTSEEING KEATS HOUSE This elegant 19th-century building was home to romantic poet John Keats. See his paintings, books, letters and household items. Tue-Sun & bank hols 1pm-5pm. Admission 5.50; child free. Keats Grove, NW3 2RR cityoflondon.gov.uk. Hampstead. Off map. KENSINGTON PALACE This royal residence sits in Kensington Gardens. 16 May: The Kids Sleepover. Maskmaking, dancing and a sleepover in one of the spectacular rooms of the palace. Tickets 60. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission 15.90; child free. Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX hrp.org.uk. High Street Kensington. Map C1. ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW Botanical research centre containing plants from across the globe. Take the Xstrata Treetop Walkway for great views. From 23 May: Spices. Exploring the wonderful world of spices (p. 34). Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm; Sat-Sun & bank hols 10am-7.30pm. Admission 15; child free. Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB kew.org. Kew Gardens. Off map. KEW PALACE This royal retreat in the grounds of Kew Gardens was once home to King George III. 16 May: Curious Kew Evening Tour. A chance to explore the palace at night. Tickets 10. Daily 10am- 5.30pm. Admission free with Kew tickets. Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB hrp.org.uk. Kew Gardens. Off map. SEA LIFE LONDON AQUARIUM Large aquarium with 500 species of marine life, and a new Magical Sea Dragon Kingdom attraction (p. 24). Daily 10am-7pm. General admission 23.50; child County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB visitsealife.com/london. Westminster. Map D6. THE LONDON BRIDGE EXPERIENCE Discover the past of the 1,700-year-old London Bridge site. Tickets also include The London Tombs that are housed in a former plague pit. Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-6pm. Admission 24; child Tooley Street, SE1 2SY thelondonbridge experience.com. London Bridge. Map C8. LONDON DUCK TOURS Want more than just a sightseeing tour? Want more than just a river trip? Then why not hop aboard and enter the wonderful world of amphibious travel. Bring the sights and sounds of London to life, before splashing into the Thames. LONDONDUCKTOURS.CO.UK Not suitable for children under 3 years 30 LONDON PLANNER

30 St Paul s. An inside view The nave is the starting point for journey into St Paul s, The nave is Sir the Christopher starting point Wren s for a masterpiece. journey into St Paul s, Sir Christopher Wren s masterpiece. There is so much to see and do at St Paul s Cathedral. The Crypt, The Monuments, There Art, is The so much Whispering to see Gallery and do and at St one Paul s of the Cathedral. best views The in Crypt, London The from Monuments, the Golden Gallery. The Art, Use The Whispering a touch screen Gallery multimedia and one guide, of the join best a guided views in tour, London or take from part the in Golden an immersive Gallery. Use film a touch experience.visit screen multimedia St Paul s guide, and discover join a guided more tour, than or you take would part expect. in an immersive film experience.visit St Paul s and discover more than you would expect. Monday - Saturday Monday 8.30am - Saturday - 4pm8.30am - 4pm (except on special (except occasions) on special occasions)

31 SIGHTSEEING LONDON DUNGEON Spectacular sets, actors and special effects evoke ghoulish encounters from Britain s murky past. Not for small children. Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-5pm; Thur 11am-5pm; Sat & Sun 10am- 6pm. Admission 25.95; child County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB thedungeons.com. Waterloo. Map C6. COCA-COLA LONDON EYE This London icon is one of the world s largest observation wheels. The Champagne Experience includes a glass of bubbly (tickets 36). To 21 May: Sun-Thur 10am-9pm; Fri- Sat 10am-9.30pm. From 22 May: daily 10am- 9.30pm. Tickets 21.50; child South Bank, SE1 7PB londoneye.com. Waterloo. Map C6. ZSL LONDON ZOO The world s oldest scientific zoo, with more than 750 species represented. There s a colourful aquarium and an exotic reptile house too. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission from 24.30; child Regent s Park, NW1 4RY zsl.org. Camden Town. Map A4. MADAME TUSSAUDS Celebrated home of life-sized wax figures depicting famous people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, sport and history, from the Queen to Adele. Pose with your favourite legend and visit the terrifying Chamber of Horrors and Scream experiences. Don t miss the amazing new Star Wars exhibition, featuring 11 sets from the film and many of the most popular characters, including Luke Skywalker and Yoda (p. 24). Daily 9am-6pm. Admission 30; child Joint tickets with the London Eye, London Dungeon and London Aquarium available. Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR madametussauds.com. Baker Street. Map A4. THE MONUMENT This beautiful stone column standing in the heart of the City of London was built in 1677 to commemorate the 1666 Great Fire of London. Visitors can climb 311 steps to the observation gallery. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Admission 4; child 2. Joint tickets with the Tower Bridge Exhibition available. Monument Street, EC3R 6BD themonument.info. Monument. Map C8. new for 2015: The World Woodland Garden Humanity s survival in a nutshell Guided & Audio Tours Toby Glanville Chelsea Physic Garden 66 Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4HS Sloane Square LONDON PLANNER

32 LONDON S NO.1 SIGHTSEEING TOUR ON THE THAMES The best way to see London now costs less! With this great offer on our River Red Rover tickets, you can not only set off on a voyage of discovery along London s riverside landmarks, but you can get off and on as often as you like along the way! It s a great trip for all ages and a great way of travelling through the heart of London. HALF PRICE River Red Rover tickets Offer expires 31 August 2015 Important To purchase your Half Price River Red Rover tickets present this advert at Westminster, London Eye, Tower and Greenwich Piers or quote PLANNER when calling our ticket office. All boats have onboard commentary, serve refreshments and have full toilet facilities. Most are wheelchair accessible; please call +44 (0) for more details. Offer is available on standard River Red Rover tickets only. Family River Red Rover tickets are not eligible.

33 SIGHTSEEING OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE This baroque masterpiece, part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, is the home of British naval training, with costumed characters and tours. Mon-Fri tours noon, Sat-Sun tours noon & 2pm. Tickets 6; child free. Grounds open daily 8am-6pm; Painted Hall, Chapel and Discover Greenwich visitor centre open daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. King William Walk, SE10 9NN ornc.org. Cutty Sark Greenwich, or take a boat. Map inset. QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK Site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, this impressive park inc the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower. Park open 24 hours daily. Admission free. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, E queenelizabetholympic park.co.uk. Stratford. Off map. RIPLEY S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Explore a huge range of oddities over six floors at this curiosity-filled museum. Daily 10am-midnight. Admission 26.95; child Piccadilly Circus, W1J ODA ripleyslondon.com. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD Ascend the tallest building in Western Europe, at 310m high, in a high-speed lift to enjoy the panoramic views of London. Daily 10am-10pm. Advance booking recommended. General admission 29.95; child Joiner Street, SE1 9SP theviewfromtheshard.com. London Bridge. Map C9. SOMERSET HOUSE This Thameside neo-classical 18th-century building houses the famous Courtauld Gallery, Embankment Galleries, cafés and restaurants. Galleries daily 10am-6pm; river terrace and Seamen s Hall daily 8am-11pm; courtyard daily 7.30am-11pm. Strand, WC2R 1LA somersethouse.org.uk. Temple. Map C6. Green spaces ROYAL MEWS This part of Buckingham Palace houses the Queen s vehicles and horses, including the elaborate Diamond Jubilee State Coach. Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm). Admission 9; child The Mall, SW1W 1QH royalcollection.org.uk. Victoria Green Park. Map D6. ROYAL OBSERVATORY The home of Greenwich Mean Time and London s only planetarium. Daily 10am-5pm; planetarium shows throughout the day. Admission 7.70; child Astronomy Centre is free; planetarium shows 6.50; child Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ rmg.co.uk. Cutty Sark Greenwich. Map inset. SHAKESPEARE S GLOBE THEATRE & EXHIBITION Visit this wonderful reconstruction of Shakespeare s Elizabethan Globe Theatre. Check also for tours of the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Globe: Exhibition: Daily 9am-5.30pm. Tours 9.30am-5pm. Admission 13.50; child 8. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse tours 10; child 7. New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT shakespearesglobe.com. Blackfriars. Map C8. SPICE OF LIFE It s hard to imagine life without fragrant flavours such as pepper, cinnamon and vanilla livening up our meals, but that s exactly what the world was like in Europe, at least before the days of the spice trade. Spices (from 23 May; p. 30), this year s summer festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, tells the exotic story of the 15th-century traders and botanists who first introduced spices to the West. The festival is taking place all over the gardens, from the steamy environment of the palm houses, home to all manner of well-known spices, to the Marianne North Gallery, where you ll find fascinating artefacts from spice hunting through the ages. If all this gets your tummy rumbling, fear not, as streetfood vans and a pop-up bread kitchen will be serving flavours from around the globe. DUKE'S GARDEN COURTESY OF ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW 34 LONDON PLANNER

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35 SIGHTSEEING JAMES S PALACE One of London s oldest palaces and home to royalty for three centuries. Visitors can watch part of the Queen s Guard mount daily at 11am in Friary Court. Palace and house closed to the public. Marlborough Road, SW1A 1BS. royal.gov.uk. St James s Park. Map C5/D5. MARTIN- IN-THE-FIELDS Landmark Palladian church with live classical music and a brass-rubbing centre, plus tours. Check for opening times and listings; some recitals free. Admission free; brass rubbing from Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ smitf.org. Charing Cross. Map C6. PAUL S CATHEDRAL Sir Christopher Wren s 300-year-old cathedral is filled with stunning mosaics and craftsmanship. Climb up the dome to the Whispering Gallery, and then a further 271 steps to the Golden Gallery for views. Then head down to the crypt, with its many monuments to famous Britons. Free tours. Mon-Sat 8.30am-4.30pm. General admission 17; child St Paul s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD stpauls.co.uk. St Paul s. Map B8. THE TOWER BRIDGE EXHIBITION One of London s most famous landmarks, offering wonderful views. Check out the new glass flooring on the high walkways. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Admission 9; child Joint tickets with The Monument available. Tower Bridge Road, SE1 2UP towerbridge.org.uk. Tower Hill. Map C9. TOWER OF LONDON The world-famous landmark includes the Bloody Tower, Traitors Gate and the Jewel House. Tue-Sat 9am-5.30pm; Sun & Mon 10am-5.30pm. Admission 22.50; child 10. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB hrp.org.uk. Tower Hill. Map C9. UP AT THE O2 This exciting attraction at The O2 offers those with a head for heights the opportunity to walk right over the top of the iconic arena. There are fantastic views of the capital. Wheelchair access available. Daily from 10am, closing times vary, please check website. Tickets from 26. The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. theo2.co.uk/ upattheo2. North Greenwich. Map inset. 36 LONDON PLANNER

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37 SIGHTSEEING THE VAULT The Hard Rock Cafe s revamped rock n roll memorabilia museum, located beneath the London Rock Shop, contains impressive items, including the Jean Paul Gaultier bustier from Madonna s Blond Ambition tour. The venue used to protect the Queen s treasures under the old Coutts Bank. Daily 11am-10.30pm. Admission free. Rock Shop, The Hard Rock Cafe London, 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ hardrock.com. Hyde Park Corner. Map D4. WARNER BROS. UDIO TOUR LONDON Explore behind the scenes of the legendary Harry Potter films in The Making of Harry Potter tour. Visitors can witness some of the series most iconic sets, including the Great Hall, Hagrid s Hut, Diagon Alley and a new recreation of platform nine and threequarters. A fascinating insight into how the films are made. Open daily, times vary, please check website for details. Advance booking is essential. Admission 33; child Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LS wbstudiotour.co.uk. Watford Junction. Off map. WELLINGTON ARCH Climb up to the viewing galleries of this magnificent monument, which was built as a victory arch proclaiming Wellington s defeat of Napoleon, for panoramic views over the Royal Parks and Houses of Parliament, plus exhibitions. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission 4.30; child Apsley Way, Hyde Park Corner, W1J 7JZ english-heritage.org.uk. Hyde Park Corner. Map D4. WEMINER ABBEY Consecrated in 1065, this magnificent abbey is the crowning and burial site of most English monarchs. It also houses Poets Corner, the burial place of Charles Dickens, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hardy, C.S. Lewis and other famous writers. Make sure you visit the Lady Chapel to see its spectacular fan-vaulted roof with carved pendants. There is a free 30-minute organ recital most Suns at 5.45pm. Mon, Tue & Thur-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm; Wed 9.30am-6pm; Sat 9.30am-1.30pm. Admission 20; child 9; under 11s free; tour Dean s Yard, SW1P 3PA westminster-abbey.org. Westminster. Map D6. Take in striking architecture, extraordinary events and delicious food at St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square. The new Café in the Courtyard is open from April October. +44 (0) DAILY WORSHIP CONCERTS JAZZ CAFÉS SHOP BRASS RUBBING 38 LONDON PLANNER

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39 SIGHTSEEING FEIVALS & EVENTS CANALWAY CAVALCADE 2-4 May: Family festival with narrowboat displays, activities, performances and food and drink stalls (p. 20). Little Venice, W2 6ND waterways.org.uk. Paddington Warwick Avenue/Edgware Road. Map B2. MIND BODY SPIRIT LONDON WELLBEING FEIVAL 1-4 May: Workshops and performances on yoga, meditation, astrology, shamanism and more. Tickets from 11. Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX mindbodyspirit. co.uk. Kensington (Olympia). Off map. TOURS GUIDED BIG BUS TOURS Daily sightseeing trips aboard open-top doubledecker buses, with multilingual commentary (Blue Tour) or live guide (Red Tour). A hop-on, hop-off ticket (valid for either 24 or 48 hours) includes a river cruise and three guided walking tours. Tickets: 24 hours 32; child bigbustours.com. Victoria. Map D4. CITY CRUISES Daily guided sightseeing tours on the River Thames between Westminster, Waterloo, Tower and Greenwich piers. Lunch, tea and dinner cruises are available. Red River Rover offers all-day hop-on, hop-off sightseeing. Ticket prices, times and departure points vary; please check citycruises.com. LONDON DUCK TOURS Explore the capital by road and river from a bright yellow amphibious vehicle that dates from World War Two. See iconic sights as you tour the city s streets before taking to the River Thames with a thrilling splash-down. Tickets 24; child 16. Chicheley Street, SE1 7PY londonducktours.co.uk. Waterloo. Map D6. THE LONDON HELICOPTER TOUR Twelve and 18-minute tours depart from Battersea Heliport and follow the river with unique views of the city. From 150 per seat. The POD Building, Bridges Court, SW11 3RE thelondonhelicopter.com. Battersea Park. Off map. JACK THE RIPPER TOURS...this is an eerie, historical site... and, without a single prop, Richard Jones succeeds in conjuring more potent memories out of the area than from a neighbourhood full of palaces... The Sunday Times SEE IT ONLINE BEFORE YOU BOOK You can follow a step by step guide to our route, read the full Jack the Ripper story and watch videos on our website BEFORE you take the walk: On our walk we show you original Victorian photographs of the streets through which you are walking as they were in We are the only Jack the Ripper Walk to limit the number of participants so booking is essential. The tour costs just 9 and lasts around two hours TO BOOK YOUR PLACES PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE or TEL: LONDON PLANNER

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41 SIGHTSEEING LONDON MAGICAL TOURS Company offering a fantastic range of guided tours around London and the UK, including Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Stonehenge, Oxford and the Cotswolds. Choose from a range of scheduled group tours, private tours and exclusive VIP trips londonmagicaltours.com. THE ORIGINAL TOUR Live and multilingual open-top guided bus tours take you to the city s attractions, allowing you to hop on and off at more than 80 stops, with tickets valid for 24 hours. Tickets include walking tours and a Thames River cruise. Tickets 29; child Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL theoriginaltour.com. Charing Cross. Map C5. ROYAL ALBERT HALL TOURS Take a Grand Tour of this magnificent Victorian concert hall in South Kensington, including the Royal Retiring Room. Tickets from 12.25; child Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP royalalberthall.com. South Kensington. Map D2. ROYAL OPERA HOUSE One of the world s leading opera venues. Take a Backstage Tour for an insight into its history, where you may also see a production in rehearsal. The Velvet, Gilt and Glamour Tour focuses on the building s architecture. Please check for dates and prices. Bow Street, WC2E 9DD roh.org.uk. Covent Garden. Map B6. SEE LONDON BY NIGHT TOUR Ride around the West End and City in the evening for a different view of the capital. Regular departures from outside the Ritz Hotel. Tours last 90 minutes. Daily 7.30pm and 9.20pm. Tickets 15; child Piccadilly, W1J 9BR seelondonbynight.com. Green Park. Map C5. WEWAYS CARRIAGE HORSES Be collected from your hotel and experience London s main sights from the comfort of an elegant horse-drawn carriage. Tours last for around three hours in either a four or six-seater carriage. 450 per carriage westwayscarriagehorses.co.uk. TIME TO EXPLORE WITH HOURS OF FUN Map out your day, try on vintage fancy dress and travel back to the Golden Age of the 1930s. 42 LONDON PLANNER

42 WALK IN THE FOOTEPS of CRICKET LEGENDS London Highlights For Less Exclusive 5% discount for London Planner Readers. Book online, print your voucher, turn up Walking Tour Original London Bus Tour Tower Bridge Exhibition Enter the discount code LPVB14 at: visitbritainshop.com/world LORD S TOUR & MUSEUM Enjoy English heritage, experience the historic Ground and explore the largest cricket collection in the world. + (44) lords.org/tours MAY

43 Experience the magic inside this extraordinary entertainment venue Make the most of your visit and enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Hall s charming restaurant, Verdi Call: royalalberthall.com

44 SIGHTSEEING TOURS WALKING BIG BUS WALKING TOURS Three guided tours to choose from: Ghosts by Gaslight (4.30pm), Harry Potter Film Locations (1.30pm) and Royal London (10.20am). Walks last for 90 minutes to two hours. Walks are free with the Big Bus Tour, or 5 if bought separately. Daily from Trafalgar Square ( Charing Cross) bigbustours.com. GOLDEN TOURS A good range of tours of London and the UK, including Historic and Modern London, Panoramic Tour of London and Jack the Ripper Tour. Please check website for full details and prices goldentours.com. Our pick THE ULTIMATE FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE To book call or CHELSEAFC.COM/ADIUM-TOURS PUPPET SHOW COURTESY OF THE COVENT GARDEN MAY FAYRE AND PUPPET FEIVAL PLAYFUL PUPPETS This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival (10 May), but the tradition of performing Punch and Judy shows in Covent Garden goes back much further than that. The famous English diarist, Samuel Pepys, described seeing one in The day begins at 11am with a procession around Covent Garden, led by a brass marching band. It includes a stop to offer a special birthday toast to Mr Punch. A church service takes place at midday and the afternoon is filled with puppet shows and workshops, maypole dancing, clowning and folk music in the pretty church garden. Admission to all the events is free. St Paul s Church, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED alternativearts.co.uk World Rugby Museum & Stadium Tours VISIT the HOME of RUGBY t e w englandrugby.com /museum 10% discount for groups of 15+ MAY

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46 SIGHTSEEING GOTOMIDTOWN More than 100 themed 45-minute tours around Bloomsbury and Holborn. Tours are free and there s no need to book. Check the website for dates and further details. The 10am & 1pm walks start by the orange information kiosk outside Holborn Tube station (88-94 Kingsway, WC2B 6AA); walks starting at 2pm meet at the Gotomidtown tourist information shop at 56 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1ES gotomidtown.co.uk. Holborn. Map B5. JACK THE RIPPER TOURS Blue Badge Guide Richard Jones of London Walking Tours devised these popular walks, offering an intriguing and chilling look at the infamous Jack the Ripper. Numbers are limited in order to give participants a better experience. Booking essential. Tours depart daily from outside Exit 4 of Aldgate East at 7pm. Tickets jack-the-ripper-tour.com. LONDON WALKS London s oldest walking tour company offers more than 300 walks. Favourites include the Jack the Ripper Walk (departing daily at 7.30pm, plus Sat 3pm from Tower Hill), Harry Potter tour and Charles Dickens London. Visitors can enjoy spine-tinglingly spooky stories on the Ghost Walk every night at 7.30pm (departure points vary). Tickets 10; child free (if accompanied by an adult) walks.com. See By Night London looks amazing, beautifully lit up at night Departing daily from Green Park bus stop next to the Ritz Hotel at 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.15, & Spectacular live guided tours of London by night Adult - 18, Child - 10 Tel: (0) GHO BUS TOURS A theatrical sightseeing tour, showing you the darker side of London on a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. On-board actors and technical trickery combine to create a comedy horror tour which takes you past sites of murder, execution and London s ghosts. Tours run daily 7.30pm & 9pm from Northumberland Avenue (off Trafalgar Square). Tickets 21; child theghostbustours.com. Charing Cross. Map C6. ORIGINAL LONDON SIGHTSEEING WALKS Walks depart daily from the Original London Visitor Centre and include Changing the Guard (departing 10.30am), Rock n Roll (1pm) and Jack the Ripper (3.30pm from Tower Hill). Free with Original London Sightseeing Tour Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5BL theoriginaltour.com. Charing Cross. Map C6. MAY

47 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES NEW SPACES AT THE V&A The iconic Victoria and Albert Museum (p. 52) opens its doors to seven new gallery spaces on 2 May, displaying 17th and 18th-century European art including more than 100 examples of textiles, fashion, ceramics, glassware, furniture and prints. The refurbished space reveals elements of the 19th-century Aston Webb architecture. THE FUN OF THE FAIR The Saatchi Gallery celebrates contemporary arts and crafts at Collect Art Fair (8-11 May; p. 56), with 35 international galleries showing works by emerging and established artists. Artists can also explore different ideas in COLLECT Open (the space upstairs), with the Crafts Council Touring Exhibition. CULTURE DOWN UNDER The new exhibition at The British Museum, Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation (p. 49; below), examines ancient Australian culture, including Aboriginals, through thousands of objects dating back 55,000 years. Artefacts such as the boomerang and the spear-thrower, as well as photos and art, give an insight into the spiritual relationship with the natural world. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM London is renowned for its culture, from world-class art galleries to historic palaces. But for those who want to experience such places in a different light, literally, then join Museums at Night (13-16 May) for some unique after-dark experiences. Begin at the Horniman Museum, home to a weird and wonderful collection of ancient musical instruments, mummies and natural history specimens, collected a century ago by its founder Frederick John Horniman. Nature Late (14 May) takes an offbeat look at the natural world through contemporary artists, from taxidermy to 1920s nature movies. Museum tours, street artists, cocktails and food will keep you going. Likewise, Fulham Palace, a medieval building once home to the Bishops of London, hosts a night of merriment (15 May). Students from the Royal College of Music will transport visitors back to the Tudor, Victorian and Georgian eras through music recitals. The Charles Dickens Museum, former home of the great novelist, hosts Dickens After Dark (15 May). This evening of Victorian entertainment brings his novels back to life with readings, plus costumed cooking demonstrations in the kitchen recreating dishes cooked by his wife, Catherine. For an experience that lasts until dawn, try a family sleepover at the William Morris Gallery (16 May), the house where the artist and activist Morris was born and raised. During Expedition to Iceland, you can enjoy arts and crafts, a torch tour and puppet show, while taking an imaginary journey to Iceland s lava fields and rocks. Beatrice Yeatman-Biggs museumsatnight.org.uk MUSEUMS AT NIGHT BRYAN SEWELL; JAMES COOK WITH THE DECLARATION VINCENT NAMATJIRA 48 LONDON PLANNER

48 INFO Ticket price reductions may be available online. Many venues offer general admission, but charge entry to temporary exhibitions. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. TBC: To Be Confirmed. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 MUSEUMS BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM Explore the story of the Bank of England from its 1694 foundation to the present day, and find lots of fun activities for kids. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Admission free. Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AH bankofengland. co.uk. Bank. Map B8. DESIGN MUSEUM Dedicated to the influence of global design. From 13 May: Life on Foot: Camper at the Design Museum. The history and design techniques of the Spanish footwear brand. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission 12.40; child Shad Thames, SE1 2YD designmuseum.org. Tower Hill. Map C9. BRITISH LIBRARY The world s largest library, with exhibitions. To 1 Sep: Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy. Exhibition marking the 800th anniversary of the famous document. Please check for opening days and times. General admission free; guided tour prices vary. 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB King s Cross St Pancras/Euston. Map A5. THE BRITISH MUSEUM International cultural history, from Ancient Egyptian mummies to the Elgin Marbles. To 2 Aug: Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation. Charts the history of Indigenous Australians (p. 48). Sat-Thur 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG britishmuseum.org. Tottenham Court Road. Map B5/6. DR JOHNSON S HOUSE Eighteenth-century home where Dr Samuel Johnson compiled his first English dictionary. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. Admission 4.50; child Gough Square, EC4A 3DE drjohnsonshouse.org. Chancery Lane. Map B7. SHOES THAT SHINE New exhibit CHARLES DICKENS MUSEUM The former home of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens, where he wrote many of his best-loved classics, including Oliver Twist. Daily 10am-5pm. General admission 8; child Doughty Street, WC1N 2LX dickens museum.com. Russell Square. Map A6. RAYNE SHOES AND BAG CLINK PRISON MUSEUM This former prison, dating back to 1144, houses an exhibition about London s penal past and torture instruments. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7.30pm. Admission 7.50; child Clink Street, SE1 9DG clink.co.uk. London Bridge. Map C8. CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS Venue where Sir Winston Churchill fought World War II, with a permanent display revealing what life was like for the Prime Minister. Daily 9.30am-6pm. General admission 17.50; conc 14; under-16s free. Clive Steps, King Charles Street, SW1A 2AQ iwm.org.uk. Westminster. Map D5. A new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the history of the iconic British footwear brand, Rayne. Founded by Henry and Mary Rayne in 1885, the company started out as costumiers for those working in London s theatre scene, including high-profile ballet dancers and actors. Rayne: Shoes for Stars (from 22 May; p. 50) highlights the firm s history as royal shoemakers for Queen Elizabeth II, as well as lasting popularity with members of high society such as Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor. Now designed by Parisian shoemaker Laurence Dacade, the brand s past designers have included Mary Quant and Bruce Oldfield. MAY

49 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES THE FAN MUSEUM Unusual museum dedicated to the art of the fan, with exhibits dating back centuries. Tue-Sat 11am- 5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Admission 4; child free. 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER thefan museum.org.uk. Cutty Sark. Map inset. HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY MUSEUM Explore the work of the Queen s mounted guard, with stables. Admission 7; child 5. Museum daily 10am-5pm. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX householdcavalry museum.co.uk. Charing Cross. Map C6. FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM Hub of fashion, textiles and jewellery. From 22 May: Rayne: Shoes for Stars. The history of this iconic British brand (p. 49). Tue-Sat 11am-6pm; Thur until 8pm; Sun 11am- 5pm. Admission 8.80; child free. 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF ftmlondon.org. London Bridge. Map C8. FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM Dedicated to the work of the 19th-century British nurse and health reformer. Daily 10am-5pm. General admission 7; child Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7EW florencenightingale.co.uk. Waterloo. Map D6. IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM LONDON Huge displays of conflicts involving Britain. From 14 May: Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist. The artist s methods. To 25 Sep 2016: Visions of War Above and Below. Depicting World War II. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ iwm.org. uk. Lambeth North. Off map. New exhibit GALLERY IN THE CRYPT Exhibitions under the famous Palladian church. Mon-Tue 8am-8pm; Wed 8am-10.30pm; Thur-Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ smitf.org. Charing Cross. Map C6. GEFFRYE MUSEUM Historic 18th-century almshouses with rooms recreating English interiors. To 12 Jul: Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London. How the poor and homeless fought against the workhouse system. Tue-Sun & bank hols, 10am- 5pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA geffrye-museum.org.uk. Hoxton. Off map. HANDEL HOUSE MUSEUM Home to the Anglo-German composer George Frideric Handel for 36 years. Tue-Wed & Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun noon-6pm. Admission 6.50; child 2 (free Sat & Sun). 25 Brook Street, W1K 4HB handelhouse.org. Bond Street. Map B4. HORNIMAN MUSEUM & GARDENS Collection of the adventuring Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman, plus an aquarium. Daily 10.30am-5.30pm. General admission free; charges for aquarium and special exhibitions. 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ horniman.ac.uk. Forest Hill. Off map. WAR PAINT When we think of political art today, it s often the provocative works of street artist Banksy that spring to mind. Yet the Imperial War Museum profiles an individual who has been documenting our political history for 50 years. Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist (from 14 May) highlights the British artist s methods, and draws on works such as his Decoration series (2004) and OP paintings from his 1970s student days. The display includes Kennard s anti-nuclear campaigns from the 1980s featuring his famous photomontages. OUR FINANCIAL TIMES BY PETER KENNARD, CARBON + PRINT ON NEWSPAPER,1995 COURTESY OF IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM 50 LONDON PLANNER

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51 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES JEWISH MUSEUM Documenting Jewish history and culture in the UK from 1066 to today. Sun-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-2pm; Fri 10am-2pm. General admission 7.50; child Raymond Burton House, Albert Street, NW1 7NB jewishmuseum.org.uk. Camden Town. Off map. LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM Exploring the history of the city s transport network, with vintage vehicles and more. Admission 15; child free. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB ltmuseum.co.uk. Covent Garden. Map C6. MUSEUM OF LONDON The world s largest urban history museum. Daily 10am-6pm. General admission free. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN museumoflondon.org.uk. St Paul s. Map B8. MUSEUM OF LONDON DOCKLANDS The history of the River Thames. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. West India Quay, E14 4AL museumoflondon.org.uk. Canary Wharf. Map inset. NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Fascinating exploration of Britain s maritime history. Mon-Sun 10am-5pm; Thur 10am-8pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Park Road, SE10 9NF rmg.co.uk. Cutty Sark. Off map. NATURAL HIORY MUSEUM Exhibits about nature s wonders. To 30 Aug: Wildlife Photographer of the Year. More than 100 photos of global wildlife. Daily 10am-5.50pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD nhm.ac.uk. South Kensington. Map D2. THE QUEEN S HOUSE This 17th-century former royal house now displays a fine art collection. Daily 10am-5pm; closed bank hols. Admission free. Queen s House, Romney Road, SE10 9NF rmg.co.uk/queens-house. Cutty Sark. Map inset. Discover What Is Luxury? at the Victoria and Albert Museum SCIENCE MUSEUM Enjoy changing exhibitions and an IMAX 3D cinema. The new permanent gallery, Information Age, displays rare exhibits. Daily 10am-6pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD sciencemuseum.org.uk. South Kensington. Map D2. SHERLOCK HOLMES MUSEUM Dedicated to the famous fictional detective and kept exactly as described in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s thrilling stories. Daily 9.30am-6pm. Admission 10; child b Baker Street, NW1 6XE sherlock-holmes.co.uk. Baker Street. Map A3. SIR JOHN SOANE S MUSEUM The 19th-century architect s home shows off his collection of antiques and art. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Closed bank hols. Admission free. 13 Lincoln s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP soane.org. Holborn. Map B6. THE 02 ARENA Multi-purpose venue. To 31 Aug: Elvis at The 02: The Exhibition of His Life. More than 300 artefacts have been transported from his famous Graceland residence in Memphis, USA. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX elvisattheo2.com. TWININGS MUSEUM Home of the tea makers, founded in Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 10.30am- 4.30pm. Admission free. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP twinings.co.uk. Temple. Map C6. THE VAULT The Hard Rock Cafe s own rock n roll memorabilia museum. Daily 11.30am- 9pm. Admission free. 150 Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ hardrock.com. Hyde Park Cnr. Map D4. VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM Fashion, textiles and art. To 27 Sep: What is Luxury? The meaning of luxury today. To 19 Jul: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Huge exhibition. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL vam.ac.uk. South Kensington. Map D2/3. CROWN CIRCA 1750 FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION COURTESY OF THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM 52 LONDON PLANNER

52 FEEL LIKE A WIMBLEDON CHAMPION Every summer brings another exciting Championship at Wimbledon, so why not visit the award-winning Museum. With complimentary audio guides in 10 languages, learn about the history of the sport, listen to John McEnroe s ghost and see the new Championship trophies display, complete with 360 views. You may also take the behind the scenes tour of the grounds and explore the home of tennis, including Centre Court, for a truly inspirational experience. Open Daily: 10:00am until 5:00pm. Nearest Underground: Southfields Telephone: The Museum Building, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE WIMBLEDON.COM/MUSEUM New exhibition Tennis posters from the 19th century to the present day SUPPORTED BY

53 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD National collection of childhood objects. Daily 10am-5.45pm. Admission free. Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA museumof childhood.org.uk. Bethnal Green. Off map. WALLACE COLLECTION The former Wallace family home displays its splendid collection of Rococo art. Daily 10am-5pm. Admission free. Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN wallacecollection.org. Bond Street. Map B4. WELLCOME COLLECTION Medicine, life and art are explored in this fascinating collection. To 20 Sep: The Institute of Sexology: Undress Your Mind. Featuring erotica, film and photography. Suitable for ages 14+. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free. 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE wellcomecollection.org. Euston. Map A5. MAIN GALLERIES BARBICAN ART GALLERY Large gallery in this popular multi-arts venue. To 25 May: Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector. Collections of post-war artists, including Damien Hirst. Admission 14.50; child free. Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 10am-11pm; bank hols noon-11pm. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS barbican.org.uk. Barbican. Map A8/B8. COURTAULD GALLERY Significant European Impressionist collection. To 25 May: Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album. Rarely seen drawings. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission 8.50; child free. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN courtauld.ac.uk. Temple. Map C6. DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY Old Masters in England s first public art gallery, founded in Tue-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm; closed bank hols. General admission 6; child free; charges for special exhibitions. Gallery Road, SE21 7AD dulwich picturegallery.org.uk. Herne Hill. Off map. EORICK COLLECTION Bijou gallery specialising in modern Italian art. Wed-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun noon-5pm. Admission 5; child free. 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN estorickcollection.com. Highbury & Islington. Off map. GUILDHALL ART GALLERY & ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE Artworks from 1670 to the present day, plus the 1297 Magna Carta. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun noon-4pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Guildhall Yard, EC2V 5AE cityoflondon.gov.uk. Bank. Map B8. HAYWARD GALLERY Temporary exhibitions of contemporary arts. Mon noon-6pm; Tue-Wed & Sat-Sun 10am- 6pm; Thur & Fri 10am-8pm. Admission 10.90; child free. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX southbankcentre.co.uk. Waterloo. Map C6. DARING DUMAS Our pick It takes someone bold to turn morgue photographs into works of art, but it s this provocative approach that South Africaborn Marlene Dumas is known for; her controversial abstract figurative pieces deal with themes of death, gender and race. At Tate Modern, the exhibition Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden (to 10 May; p. 56) comprises more than 100 paintings, drawings and collages, including a giant quadriptych of oil paintings of a newborn baby. The artist starts with photographic portraits, then manipulates with paint and other methods. She often depicts famous faces, such as Princess Diana and Amy Winehouse, as well as controversial subjects like Osama bin Laden. EVIL IS BANAL, 1984, COLLECTION VAN ABBEMUSEUM, EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS MARLENE DUMAS 54 LONDON PLANNER

54 Experience The Household Cavalry Story in London s Royal Heartland Open daily from 10am The Household Cavalry Museum Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX Tel: WATERLOO 2OO See money come to life Free admission Discover much more than money when you visit the Bank s Museum! 10:00am 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends and public holidays. Entrance in Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH Share your T: +44 (0) Dr Johnson s House Built c.1700, this atmospheric historic house was home and workplace to Samuel Johnson ( ) who wrote his influential English Dictionary here. 18th - century library with regular exhibits, historic interior, audio guide, foreign interpretation available (10 languages), gift shop and Georgian costumes. Late-Night Opening Thursday 14 May, pm A special chance to visit the historic interior of Dr Johnson s Georgian townhouse, after hours. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and wile away a spring evening in our atmospheric Withdrawing Room, as Johnson himself would have done. No need to book, do drop in! Usual admission fee applies 17 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE MAY

55 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES ICA Galleries, a great book shop, a bar and cinemas. From 26 May: Shout Out! UK Pirate Radio in the 1980s. Archival exhibition. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; Thur 11am-9pm. General admission free. 1 The Mall, SW1Y 5AH ica.org.uk. Charing Cross. Map C5. NATIONAL GALLERY Vast collection of Western European painting. To 31 May: Inventing Impressionism. Works collected by art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel. Sat-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 10am- 9pm. Admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN nationalgallery.org.uk. Charing Cross. Map C5. NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY British history told through the portraiture. To 25 May: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends. Seventy portraits spanning John Singer Sargent s travels in Europe. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Sat-Wed 10am-6pm; Thur & Fri 10am-9pm. St Martin s Place, WC2H 0HE npg.org.uk. Leicester Square. Map C6. PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY Displays of international and British photography. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun 11.30am-6pm. Admission free Ramillies Street, W1F 7LW photonet.org.uk. Oxford Circus. Map B5. QUEEN S GALLERY Treasures from the Royal Collection. To 11 Oct: Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. The history of gardens from the 16th century onwards. Daily 10am-5.30pm. Admission 9.50; child Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA royalcollection.org.uk. Victoria. Map D5. ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS Works in all media. Fri 10am-10pm; Sat-Thur 10am-6pm. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD royalacademy.org.uk. Green Park/Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. SAATCHI GALLERY Contemporary art gallery in a renovated Georgian building (p. 48). Admission free. Daily 10am-6pm. Duke of York s HQ, King s Road, SW3 4RY saatchigallery.com. Sloane Square. Off map. SERPENTINE GALLERY A respected arts space displaying modern and contemporary work. Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. Admission free. Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA serpentinegallery.org. South Kensington. Map C2. SOMERSET HOUSE The neoclassical home of displays, exhibitions and galleries. Daily 10am-6pm. Admission free. Strand, WC2R 1LA somerset house.org.uk. Temple. Map C6. TATE BRITAIN Traditional and contemporary British art. To 25 May: Sculpture Victorious. A showcase of sculpture from the Victorian era. To 7 Jun: Salt and Silver: Early Photography The first exhibition in Britain about one of the earliest forms of photography: salt prints. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Millbank, SW1P 4RG tate.org.uk. Pimlico. Off map. TATE MODERN World-class collection of contemporary art. To 10 May: Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden. Explores the themes of sexuality, love and death (p. 54). To 9 Aug: The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay. Paintings from the abstract artist. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions. Sun-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm. Bankside, SE1 9TG tate.org.uk. Southwark. Map C7/8. WHITECHAPEL GALLERY Cutting-edge art in East End exhibition space. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun 11am-6pm; Thur 11am- 9pm. General admission free; charges for special exhibitions Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX whitechapelgallery.org. Aldgate East. Map B9. The playwright SIMON EPHENS adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time One of my favourite museums is Sir John Soane s Museum. It is the former home of the 18th-century architect who was a remarkable collector the house is a temple to his amazing collections from around the world. SIMON EPHENS SIMON KANE 56 LONDON PLANNER

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59 ENTERTAINMENT MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL Boasting nine Olivier Award nominations, the Shaftesbury Theatre s exhilarating Memphis: the Musical (p. 66), starring a spellbinding Beverley Knight, has proved to be an undeniable hit with West End audiences. Experience Tennessee of the 1950s brought to electrifying life, fuelled by emotion, soul and rock n roll. DR WHO SPECTACULAR For British sci-fi at its best, take the TARDIS to Wembley Arena for The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular (23-29 May). Set to big-screen sequences and a captivating live musical score, fans can revisit some of the Doctor s exciting escapades. The SSE Arena, Arena Square, Engineers Way, HA9 0AA BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM Thirteen years since the muchloved movie wowed audiences and critics, Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical (from 15 May; p. 62; below) has been adapted for the stage and slots into the Phoenix Theatre like a sweetly struck penalty. With a unique cultural fusion and joyous original score, catch this brand-new uplifting musical comedy, which is sure to captivate audiences. OPEN SEASON Peter Pan is more There is also a production often associated with of The Seagull, Anton Kensington Gardens, Chekhov s play about the lives not Regent s Park, and loves of an upper-class thanks to the famous Russian family at the end of statue erected there in the 19th century (from 19 Jun). But, this summer, the boy The classic movie musical who wouldn t grow up will Seven Brides for Seven be appearing in the leafy Brothers follows (from 16 Jul), park, thanks to a brand-new and the season concludes with production of Peter Pan at Lord of the Flies (from 3 Sep). Regent s Park Open Air Regent s Park will also host Theatre (from 15 May). stand-up comedy from Simon JM Barrie s much-loved stage Amstell (28 Jun), the worldfamous Comedy Store Players play follows three kids on their journey with Peter to his home (26 Jul) and Jimmy Carr in magical Neverland. (2 Aug). There will be film It s hard to imagine a more screenings, too, so make sure atmospheric setting for the you catch Some Like It Hot production: there s nothing (16 Aug) and Jaws (23 Aug). quite like watching a play at Jo Caird the Open Air Theatre as night Open Air Theatre, Inner Circle draws in and the light of the Regent s Park, NW1 4NU. day fades to darkness. openairtheatre.com REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE DAVID JENSEN; BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM ULI WEBER 60 LONDON PLANNER visitbritain.com

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61 INFO Key: refers to numbers on our Theatreland map. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. TBC: To Be Confirmed. Please check for venue s complete listings. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 for key MUSICALS & PERFORMANCE BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Musical about the award-winning singersongwriter. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WCDB 4DF beautifulinlondon.co.uk. Covent Garden. Key 3. BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM THE MUSICAL From 15 May: Musical about a girl torn between football and her family (p. 60). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP benditlikebeckhamthe musical.co.uk. Tottenham Court Road. Key 34. CIRCOLOMBIA To 3 May: Breathtaking show for all the family from the Colombian circus troupe. Tue-Sat 8pm; Sun 2.30pm. Tickets Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH roundhouse.org.uk. Chalk Farm. Off map. THE COMMITMENTS Musical, based on the hit film, about an Irish music fan who creates a credible soul band from a bunch of amateurs. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 3pm; Sun 2.30pm & 7pm. Tickets Palace Theatre, 109 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY thecommitmentslondon.com. Leicester Square. Key 33. BEYOND BOLLYWOOD From 8 May: Musical about a woman who fulfils her mother s dying wish by travelling to India. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets London Palladium, Argyll Street W1F 7TF reallyuseful theatres.co.uk. Oxford Circus. Key 23. Hot ticket BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL A northern boy s father tries to quash his son s dream of becoming a ballet dancer (p. 8). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA billyelliotthemusical.com. Victoria. Key 49. THE BOOK OF MORMON This satire follows the exploits of two hapless missionaries. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, W1D 6AS bookofmormonlondon.com. Leicester Square. Key 38. BUGSY MALONE A young cast star in this fun tale of guns and molls. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL lyric.co.uk. Hammersmith. Off map. CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY New musical about the extraordinary confectioner. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF charlieandthechocolatefactory.com. Covent Garden. Key 45. A AR ON AGE Not satisfied with a film career encompassing runaway blockbusters (The Hangover), critical successes (Silver Linings Playbook) and family favourites (Guardians of the Galaxy), Bradley Cooper has turned his attention to the world of theatre. The actor took Broadway by storm in the title role of Bernard Pomerance s The Elephant Man last winter, and brings the play to the Theatre Royal Haymarket this month (from 19 May; p 68). It is based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, a 19th-century man who developed severe physical deformities. Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson star as the doctor who takes Merrick into his care and the actress who becomes his firm friend. THE ELEPHANT MAN JOAN MARCUS 62 LONDON PLANNER

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63 ENTERTAINMENT GYPSY The story of Gypsy Rose Lee, starring Imelda Staunton (p. 66). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0ET gypsythemusical.com. Charing Cross. Key 41. JERSEY BOYS The hit story of US pop sensations Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their meteoric rise to fame from the early 1960s. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Tue & Sat 3pm; Sun 5pm. Tickets Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY jerseyboys london.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 35. LET IT BE The story of The Beatles rise to fame, as told through their songs. Mon, Wed-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 3pm & 7.30pm, Sun 3.30pm & 7pm. Tickets Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH letitbelive.com. Leicester Square. Key 16. DISNEY S THE LION KING Wonderful adaptation of the popular Disney film with ingenious costumes and inventive puppetry. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tickets Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ thelionking.co.uk. Covent Garden. Key 24. LORD OF THE DANCE: DANGEROUS GAMES The hit dance show returns to London with new staging. Mon-Tue 7.30pm; Wed-Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm; Thur-Fri 7.30pm. Tickets Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, W1P OAG lordofthe dance.com. Tottenham Court Road. Key 11. MAMMA MIA! A tribute to the popular music of Swedish pop group ABBA, with a feel-good story set on a Greek island. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets Novello Theatre, Aldwych, WC2B 4LD mamma-mia.com. Covent Garden. Key 30. IT S SHOW TIME! Our pick GOLEM To 22 May: Animation and live performance combine in this story of machines dictatorship over mankind. Mon-Sat 8pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY. youngvic.org. Charing Cross. Key 47. HIGH SOCIETY Cole Porter s feel-good musical about the dramatic run-up to a lavish wedding is staged in the round. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB oldvictheatre.com. Waterloo. Key 32. JU JIM DALE From 26 May: The Tony Award-winning actor, singer, comedian and dancer brings an evening of songs and stories from off-broadway to the West End. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Vaudeville Theatre. 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH nimaxtheatres.com. Embankment. Key 48. You know that summer is on its way when the London Wonderground on the South Bank opens for another season of circus, cabaret, sideshow performances and fun (from 7 May). This is the fourth year the glamorous 1920s Spiegeltent has come to London s cultural riverside and the shows will be quirkier, sexier and funnier than ever. Don t miss Scotch & Soda, a brand-new circus extravaganza from the people who brought us Limbo in 2014 (from 14 May). For something a bit more sexy and sophisticated, try Nocturne by Black Cat Cabaret, a new show starring soprano Lili La Scala (from 15 May). South Bank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT londonwonderground.co.uk LONDON WONDERGROUND COURTESY OF LONDON WONDERGROUND 64 LONDON PLANNER

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65 ENTERTAINMENT MATILDA THE MUSICAL Fantastic show based on Roald Dahl s kids book about a girl with magic powers. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets Cambridge Theatre, Seven Dials, WC2H 9HU matildathemusical.com. Covent Garden. Key 8. MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL British soul sensation Beverley Knight stars in this musical set in 1950s Tennessee (p. 60). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Shaftesbury Theatre, 10 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP memphisthe musical.com. Tottenham Court Road. Key 42. LES MISÉRABLES Adapted from Victor Hugo s novel and set in post- Revolutionary France. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Queen s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA lesmis.com/uk. Piccadilly Circus. Key 39. OMP Dramatic fusion of dance and rhythm. Mon & Fri 8pm; Thur & Sat 3pm & 8pm; Sun 3pm & 6pm. Tickets Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND stomplondon.com. Leicester Square. Key 2. SUNNY AFTERNOON New musical about the rise to stardom of The Kinks, with music and lyrics by Ray Davies. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN atgtickets.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 18. THRILLER LIVE Non-stop songs and dance celebrate Michael Jackson s career. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & 8pm; Sun 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets Lyric Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES thrillerlive.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 25. MISS SAIGON The blockbuster musical returns to the West End where it began 25 years ago. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, W1D 4HS miss-saigon.com. Leicester Square. Key 37. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Gothic drama in which a mysterious masked man haunts the Paris Opera House. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Her Majesty s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL thephantomoftheopera.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 19. THE RAILWAY CHILDREN The classic story retold in a specially built theatre at King s Cross. Tue-Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2pm & 5.30pm; Thur & Sat matinees 2.30pm. Additional matinee performances May. Tickets King s Cross Theatre, Corner of King s Boulevard and Goods Way, N1C 4UR railwaychildrenlondon.com. King s Cross/St Pancras. Map A6. Catch Imelda Staunton in the hit musical Gypsy (p. 64) WICKED THE MUSICAL This multi-award-winning show about friendship and rivalry tells the back story of the witches of Oz. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG wickedthemusical.co.uk. Victoria. Key 5. WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN This adaptation of the film of the same name revolves around the messy love lives of several women. Tamsin Greig (Extras) plays Pepa, a singer and actress struggling to deal with being dumped. Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE atgtickets.com. Charing Cross/Embankment. Key 36 PLAYS THE 39 EPS Comic adaptation of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film in which a man is pursued by secret agents during World War I. Mon-Sat 8pm; Wed 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tickets Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, SW1Y 4XA love39steps.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 10. GYPSY JOHAN PERSSON 66 LONDON PLANNER

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67 ENTERTAINMENT AS YOU LIKE IT From 15 May: Shakespeare s romantic comedy. Tickets 5 (standing)- 43. Shakespeare s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT shakespearesglobe.com. Blackfriars. Map C8. THE AUDIENCE Drama about the monarch s meetings with her Prime Ministers. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES nimaxtheatres.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 4. THE BEAUX RATAGEM From 19 May: Restoration comedy of love and money. Tickets National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk. Waterloo. Key 27. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Award-winning adaptation of the novel by Mark Haddon. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR curious onstage.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 17. HAY FEVER Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) stars in Noël Coward s comedy of manners. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tickets Duke of York s Theatre, 104 St Martin s Lane, WC2N 4BG Leicester Square. Key 14 LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Caryl Churchill s seminal play is set in England in the aftermath of a brutal and bloody civil war. Tickets National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk. Waterloo. Key 27. Live music THE ELEPHANT MAN From 19 May: Story of a man with severe physical deformities, starring Bradley Cooper (p. 62). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT elephant manlondon.com. Piccadilly Circus. Key 19. EVERYMAN Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) plays the title role in Carol Ann Duffy s adaptation of the great spiritual myth. Tickets National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk. Waterloo. Key 27. FAULTY TOWERS: THE DINING EXPERIENCE Dining and comedy combine in this unique theatrical experience. Tickets The Torquay Suite Theatre, Charing Cross Hotel, Strand, WC2N 5HX faulty towers-uk.com. Charing Cross. Map C6. THE HARD PROBLEM To 17 May: Tom Stoppard play about consciousness set in a brain science institute. Tickets National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk. Waterloo. Key 27. HALL OF ROCK It s difficult to imagine what the first patrons of the Royal Albert Hall would have made of this extraordinary Victorian building ringing with the modern sounds of rock n roll. The hall still hosts classical, orchestral and choral concerts, but it s also known as one of the most atmospheric rock and pop venues in the capital, too. This month, the hall will be hosting musical acts as varied as Nick Cave (3 May), in a rare European solo concert, Al Stewart (16-22 May), The Beach Boys (30-31 May), Mark Knopfler (25-25 May) and Eric Clapton, who returns to London with a show celebrating his 70th birthday (14-23 May). Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP royalalberthall.com ERIC CLAPTON COURTESY OF ROYAL ALBERT HALL 68 LONDON PLANNER

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69 ENTERTAINMENT MAN AND SUPERMAN To 17 May: Bernard Shaw s play about how we live. Tickets National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk. Waterloo. Key 27. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Olivier Award-winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at the Globe. Tickets 5 (standing)- 43. Shakespeare s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT shakespearesglobe.com. Blackfriars. Map C8. THE MOUSETRAP A murderer strikes at a party in Agatha Christie s whodunnit. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Tue 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tickets St Martin s Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9NZ the-mousetrap.co.uk. Leicester Square. Key 40. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Slapstick comedy about a drama society staging a murder mystery. Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm; Thur & Sun 3pm & 7pm. Tickets The Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA theplaythat goeswrong.com. Covent Garden. Key 13. RULES FOR LIVING New play about strategies for coping with family life starring Stephen Mangan. Tickets National Theatre, SE1 9PX nationaltheatre.org.uk. Waterloo. Key 27. THE WOMAN IN BLACK A spooky story about a haunted house. Tue- Sat 8pm; Tue & Thur 3pm; Sat 4pm. Tickets Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH thewomanin black.com. Covent Garden. Key 15. DANCE PEACOCK THEATRE 5-23 May: Titanium. An all-male cast of flamenco dancers, hip-hop dancers and b-boys present a show uniting dance styles born on the streets. Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT sadlerswells.com. Holborn. Key 55. Our pick MCQUEEN From 12 May: New play about legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street. SW1E 5JA stjamestheatre.co.uk. Victoria. Key 5. THE THREE LIONS To 2 May: New comedy set the night before England s bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA stjamestheatre.co.uk. Victoria. Key 5. WAR HORSE Michael Morpurgo s gripping tale of friendship and loss set in World War I. Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Tue 7pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PW warhorselondon.com. Covent Garden. Key 28. HIP-HOP HYPED Fans of hip-hop dance will be excited this month as Breakin Convention returns to the Islington dance venue, Sadler s Wells (1-4 May; p. 73), for its 12th triumphant year. The UK s pre-eminent festival of locking, popping, hip-hop and b-boying sees artists and crews from around the world perform an extremely varied programme. At the helm is the founding artistic director Jonzi D, one of the pioneers of British hip-hop theatre and a respected spoken word artist, too. He sees his role as to inspire, inform and educate audiences about the joys of hip-hop culture, through mesmerising performances, dance workshops, graffiti displays and after parties. BREAKIN' CONVENTION BELINDA LAWLEY 70 LONDON PLANNER

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71 THE BE WE END MUSICAL FOR YEARS BBC RADIO 2 THE ORY OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS ALSO PLAYING SUNDAYS Piccadilly Theatre JerseyBoysLondon.com TERMS: Offer only valid online or at Golden Tours locations. Present the voucher or code at the time of purchase. Offer valid until May 31st 2015 for a maximum of 6 people per transaction. 72 LONDON PLANNER

72 ENTERTAINMENT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE The Royal Ballet Company s home base. To 5 May: La Fille Mal Gardée. Frederick Ashton s final full-length ballet is a joyful creation inspired by his love for the English countryside May: Woolf Works. New ballet based on the life and works of Virginia Woolf. Bow Street, WC2E 9DD roh.org.uk. Covent Garden. Key 57. SADLER'S WELLS 1-4 May: Breakin Convention. Groundbreaking festival of hip-hop dance theatre and culture (p. 70) May: Dark Arteries. The world s first brass band dance work. Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN sadlerswells.com. Angel. Key 60. OPERA LONDON COLISEUM Home to the English National Opera. From 9 May: The Pirates of Penzance. A new production of Gilbert and Sullivan s comic opera. From 20 May: Carmen. Justina Gringyte leads the cast in this production of Bizet s opera set in the final days of Franco s Spain. 33 St Martin s Lane, WC2N 4ES eno.org. Charing Cross. Key 54. ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Home to the Royal Opera company. From 23 May: La Bohème. Puccini s heartbreaking romantic tragedy. Bow Street, WC2E 9DD roh.org.uk. Covent Garden. Key 57. CLASSICAL HANDEL HOUSE MUSEUM 7 May: Hidden Architecture. Violin quartet Contrapunctus IV performs Bach and Telemann. 14 May: The Thief, the Priest, and the Lover. The music of Ruggieri and Vivaldi. 21 May: London Sonatas. Celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Bach-Abel concert series, featuring violin and harpsichord. 25 Brook Street, W1K 4H handelhouse.org. Bond Street. Map B4. HALF PRICE THEATRE TICKETS EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MAY ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE DAY AND IN PERSON AT THE TKTS BOOTH IN LEICEER SQUARE. YOUR ONE OP TICKET SHOP THEATRE CONCERTS LONDON ATTRACTIONS BUS & RIVER TOURS HOTEL RESERVATIONS REAURANT RESERVATIONS JAMES S PICCADILLY This 1676 church has many evening and lunchtime concerts. Details on the website. 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL sjp.org.uk. Piccadilly Circus. Key 58. MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS CHURCH Extensive programme of lunchtime and evening concerts and recitals in this neoclassical church. Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ smitf.org. Charing Cross. Key 59. BOOK ONLINE, OVER THE PHONE OR IN PERSON Brit Box Office, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, London W1J 7NT MAY

73 ENTERTAINMENT SOUTHBANK CENTRE 2 May: Fauré Requiem. 13 May: Yevgeny Sudbin, piano (Scriabin/Haydn/Beethoven). 28 May: City of Light: Paris Messiaen s Turangalîla-symphonie. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX southbankcentre.co.uk. Waterloo. Key 61. MUSIC THE O2 ARENA 3-7 May: Olly Murs. 13 May: Boyz II Men May: S Club May: Fleetwood Mac. Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX theo2. co.uk. North Greenwich. Map inset. RONNIE SCOTT S JAZZ CLUB Soul, funk, blues and jazz musicians from around the world. 47 Frith Street, W1D 4HT ronniescotts.co.uk. Tottenham Court Road. Key 56. See Wicked the Musical (p. 66) FEIVALS & SEASONS ALCHEMY FEIVAL May: The best of dance, music, theatre, design, fashion, comedy and literature from the UK and South Asia. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX southbankcentre.co.uk. Waterloo. Key 61. KIDS & FAMILIES IN THE NIGHT GARDEN... LIVE From 28 May: Hit stage adaptation of the children s television series, presented in an inflatable tent. Wed-Mon 10am, 12noon, 2pm & 4pm. Tickets The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. nightgarden live.com. North Greenwich. Map inset. OPERATION MAGIC CARPET To 24 May: Characters from the Arabian Nights come to life in this action-packed adventure. Suitable for children aged Times vary. Tickets Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB polkatheatre.com. Wimbledon. Off map. 74 LONDON PLANNER

74 THE ORIGINAL. LIVE ON AGE. SUSAN HILL S ADAPTED BY EPHEN MALLATRATT FORTUNE THEATRE thewomaninblack.com Covent Garden MAY

75 LA THEATRELAND MAP NEWMAN OXFORD WARDOUR BERWICK REET 23 BREWER RATHBONE PL REET PICCADILLY CIRCUS Piccadilly Circus 10 REGENT JERMYN REET Tottenham Court Road SOHO PALL MALL Leicester Square JAMES S PARK To Victoria THE MALL WALK PETTY FRANCE DEAN DEAN RUPERT PETER SOHO SQ BANKSIDE E 43 S TATE MODERN NEW WALK SUMNER D A B C GT GUILDFORD G LOBE SHAFTESBURY AVE HAYMARKET GERRARD THE NATIONAL GALLERY SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL St James s Park MENIER 26 GALLERY SOUTHWARK BRIDGE FRITH GREEK OLD COMPTON COVENTRY RD 44 OXENDON tkts (Half price 16 ticket booth) 54 NELSON S COLUMN COCKSPUR PALL MALL HORSE T NEW OXFORD CHARING CROSS RD LEICEER SQ CARLTON HOUSE TER TOTHILL PARK THRALE EA G ORANGE RIVER THAMES CLINK SOUTHWARK 34 SHAFTESBURY AVE TRAFALGAR GUARDS 10/14. AL BOROUGH HIGH PA RD HIGH SQ GILES 2 40 GREAT GEORGE BROAD SANCTUARY MONMOUTH MARTIN S Covent Garden WC2 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE 57 Charing Cross 9 CHARING Charing CROSS Cross WHITEHALL SQUARE HIGH EARLHAM GARRICK DOWNING ENDELL NEAL REET BEDFORDBURY HOLBORN SHORT S GDNS DRURY LANE LONG ACRE FL ORAL REET BEDFORD COVENT GARDEN NORTHUMBERLAND GREAT SCOTLAN D YARD REET AVENUE WHITEHALL PLACE MAIDEN LA VICTORIA 28 WEMINER 31 HOUSES OF ABBEY 60 PARLIAMENT BOW To Islington PARKER GT RAND Embankment EMBANKMENT PIER HUNGERFORD BRIDGE WATERLOO MILLENNIUM PIER THE LONDON EYE WEMINER BRIDGE BRIDGE HAMES QUEEN WILD KINGSWAY DRURY LANE RUSSELL 24 SAVOY LANCAER PLACE PL EMBANKMENT 55 ALDWYCH SAVOY PIER FEIVAL PIER RAND SOMERSET HOUSE/ COURTAULD GALLERY WATERLOO BR LINCOLN S INN FIELDS 61 SOUTHBANK CENTRE (HAYWARD GALLERY, QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL, PURCELL ROOM AND ROYAL FEIVAL HALL) BELVEDERE ROAD ISLINGTON VICTORIA Westminster WEMINER PIER 49 Victoria BIG BEN RICHMOND AVE BARNSBURY ROAD Angel PENTONVILLE ROAD LIVERPOOL RD UPPER RE ET ROW COLEBROOKE ESSEX RD WHARF RD CITY ROAD London s major theatre and music venues can be located on the map above using the grid reference in the key below. Key references in the listings also refer to this map. Venues with a Map reference can be found on the Central London Map. visitlondon.com has a secure online booking service for all major current and forthcoming theatre productions. To book tickets go to visitlondon.com Key to Theatres 1 Adelphi... B2 2 Ambassadors... A2 3 Aldwych... A3 4 Apollo Theatre... B1 5 Apollo Victoria... F 6 Arts... B2 7 Barbican Centre... G 8 Cambridge... A2 9 Charing Cross Theatre..B2 10 Criterion... B1 11 Dominion... A1 12 Donmar Warehouse... A2 GROS GARDENS EBURY VENOR WILTON RD VICTORIA BUCKINGHAM PALACE RD BRESSENDEN PL PORTUGAL ADDINGTON BRIDGE VAUXHALL RD Temple TEMPLE PIER NATIONAL THEATRE (COTTESLOE, LYTTELTON, & OLIVIER) 27 WATERLOO RD CARLISLE PL CAREY ARUNDEL VICTORIA 5 TEMPLE PL TENISON YORK RD E F G 13 Duchess...A/B3 14 Duke of York s... B2 15 Fortune...A2/3 16 Garrick... B2 17 Gielgud... A1 18 Harold Pinter... B1 19 Her Majesty s... B1 20 King s Head Theatre.. E 21 Leicester Square Theatre... B1 22 Little Angel Theatre... E 23 London Palladium... A1 WAY CHANCERY LANE UPPER Waterloo MIDDLE TEMPLE VICTORIA To Barbican LA FETTER FLEET RIVER THAMES CORNWALL RD BREAMS BLDGS GROUND WATERLOO RD LA OXO TOWER REET REET 50WATERLOO EA ANDR EW EMBANKMENT UPPER AMFORD REET CORNWALL RD WOOTTON WATERLOO 32 BARBICAN BARBICAN BARBICAN EXHIBITION 53 EXHIBITION HALL A HALL B Barbican ALDERSGATE 24 Lyceum... B3 25 Lyric... B1 26 Menier Chocolate Factory... D 27 National Theatre... C3 28 New London... A2 29 Noël Coward... B2 30 Novello... A3 31 Old Red Lion... E 32 Old Vic... C4 33 Palace... A1 34 Phoenix... A1 35 Piccadilly... B1 36 Playhouse... C2 37 Prince Edward... A1 38 Prince of Wales... B1 39 Queen s... B1 BEECH WHITEFRIARS SHOE LA TUDOR To Bankside GROUND ROUPELL 52 THE CUT BARBICAN 7 CENTRE BARBICAN ART GALLERY Moorgate BARBICAN WOOD CHISWELL MILTON SILK REET MOORGATE FORE MOOR LA 40 St. Martin s... A2 41 Savoy... B2 42 Shaftesbury... A2 43 Shakespeare s Globe... D 44 Vaudeville... B3 45 Theatre Royal Drury Lane... A3 46 Theatre Royal Haymarket... B1 47 Trafalgar Studios... C2 48 Vaudeville... B2 49 Victoria Palace... F 50 Waterloo East Theatre... C4 51 Wyndham s... B2 52 Young Vic... C4 Key to Dance, Music and Multi-arts Venues 53 Barbican Hall... G 54 London Coliseum... B2 55 Peacock... A3 56 Ronnie Scott s... A1 57 Royal Opera House... A2 Scale 0 Miles ¼ 0 Kms ¼ ½ 58 St. James s Piccadilly church... B1 59 St. Martin-in-the-Fields church... B2 60 Sadler s Wells... E 61 Southbank Centre... C3 N 76 LONDON PLANNER

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77 SPORT BATTING FOR VICTORY It s a sure sign that the English summer has arrived when the cricket season sparks into life. At Lord s (p. 79), the international fixtures begin with the first Test match of the season (21-25 May), with England starting its two-match series against New Zealand. With England s disastrous showing in the World Cup, played earlier this year Down Under, all eyes are on the home nation to get into top gear to salvage some sporting pride. RUN, CYCLE, SWIM If Britain s Olympic medalwinning Brownlee brothers inspired you to triathlon glory, then get ready for the Vitality World Triathlon (30-31 May, below). It s one of only two London 2012 Olympic events now open to the general public to enter, with different distances depending on ability. Even if you re not donning your wetsuit or cycling shorts, head to Hyde Park to cheer on the participants as they dive into the Serpentine s chilly waters to swim a lap, then brave a cycle of up to 36.5km, ending with a run of up to 10km. If you want to try it next year, visit worldtrilondon.com. FA CUP GLORY The iconic Wembley Stadium hosts the final of the world s oldest and most famous domestic cup football competition (30 May), guaranteed to fill its 90,000 capacity. To mistyeyed fans, the FA Cup, first played in 1871, represents everything that is special about the English game. Over the decades, sporting stories and legends have been created around this magical knockout competition. So what s the appeal? The FA Cup is open to every club in the Football Association, and has grown immensely: in 1871, just 15 teams took part, while this season s tournament has seen a total of 736 teams. It captures the imagination of all fans it s a British trait to support the underdog, so fans were thrilled recently to see League 1 Bradford City beat Premier League leaders Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge, at the same time that Middlesbrough beat reigning league champions Manchester City. Giant killing indeed. But the FA Cup final isn t the only chance for fans to walk down the famous Wembley Way. It s a month that also sees three play-off finals where vital league promotion spots are decided. The Championship play-off final (25 May), to win a lucrative spot in the Premier League, is said to be the biggest payday in global sport, worth 134m to the winner. That isn t too bad for 90 minutes work. Even if you re not heading to a match, you can go one better and climb up the trophy winner s steps, visit the Royal Box and actually get your hands on the FA Cup courtesy of a special stadium tour (p. 79). What more could a fan wish for? Emma Levine 2014 FA CUP FINAL GETTY IMAGES; DIVERS COURTESY OF LONDON TRIATHLON 78 LONDON PLANNER

78 INFO To Map: dial refers the UK, to the remove grid coordinates the first 0 and on add our 44. Central Map: London refers to Map. the grid coordinates on our Central Transport London symbols: Map. see Transport Contents symbols: p. 5 for key. see For Contents more sports p. 5 for events key. For and more information, sports events and see visitlondon.com/events information, see visitlondon.com.events WATCH CRICKET 2-5 May: Middlesex vs Durham May: England vs New Zealand. 28 May: Middlesex vs Kent. Lord s, St John s Wood Road, NW8 8QN lords.org. St John s Wood. Map A2. CHELSEA FC ADIUM TOURS & MUSEUM Fully guided tours of The Bridge, plus the museum and Legends Tours on selected dates. Daily, check for times and closures. Tour and museum 20; child 13. Museum only 11; child 9. See left for address May: Surrey vs Leicestershire. 15 May: Surrey vs Glamorgan. Kia Oval, Kennington, SE11 5SS kiaoval.com. Oval. Off map. DARTS 21 May: Betway Premier League Darts. The O2 arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. theo2.co.uk. North Greenwich. Map inset. DIVING 1-3 May: FINA/NVC Diving World Series Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3EL FINA/NVC Diving World Series Stratford. Off map. LORD S CRICKET GROUND The historic home of world cricket (p. 78). Daily, check for tour times and match-day closures. Tour 18; child 12. Museum only: Adult 7.50; child (5-15) 5. See left for address. TWICKENHAM WORLD RUGBY MUSEUM & ADIUM TOUR The world s largest venue dedicated to rugby, with refurbished museum. Museum & tours Tue-Sat; check for times. Tour and museum admission 16; child 10. Twickenham Stadium, Whitton Road, TW2 7BA rfu.com/museum. Twickenham. Off map. FOOTBALL Premier League fixtures: 9 May: Arsenal vs Swansea. 24 May: Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion. Emirates Stadium, 75 Drayton Park, N5 1BU arsenal.com. Holloway Road/Arsenal Finsbury Park. Off map. 3 May: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace. 10 May: Chelsea vs Liverpool. Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, SW6 1HS chelseafc.com. Fulham Broadway. Off map. FA Cup & play-off fixtures: 23 May: League 2 play-off final. 24 May: League 1 play-off final. 25 May: Championship play-off final. 30 May: FA Cup final (p. 78). Olympic Way, HA9 0WS wembley stadium.com. Wembley Park. Off map. THE WEMBLEY ADIUM TOUR Experience the UK s largest and most famous stadium with a guided 75-min tour. Tours daily 10am-4pm. Adult 16; child (5-15) 9. Olympic Way, HA9 0WS wembley stadium.com/tours. Wembley Park. Off map. WIMBLEDON LAWN TENNIS MUSEUM Trophies, memorabilia and tour of Centre Court. Daily 10am-5pm. Museum 12; child 7; museum and tour 22; child 13. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Church Road, SW19 5AE wimbledon. com/museum. Southfields. Off map. ACTIVITIES LEE VALLEY VELOPARK The venue of track cycling for the 2012 Olympics is open to the public. See Diving for address. HORSERACING 8-9 May: May Meeting. Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX ascot.co.uk. London Waterloo to Ascot. Off map. TOURS & MUSEUMS ARSENAL ADIUM TOURS & MUSEUM Self-guided audio tours, plus Legends Tour. Daily, check for times and closures. Legends Tour on selected dates. Audio tour and museum 18; child Legends Tour 37.50; child 18. See above for address. LEE VALLEY WHITE WATER CENTRE Canoeing, white water rafting and kayaking. Station Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN9 1AB visitleevalley.org.uk. Waltham Cross. Off map. LONDON AQUATICS CENTRE Venue of the aquatic events during the 2012 Olympics, now open to the public for swimming, diving, family fun and events. Swimming from 4. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (see Diving for address). Stratford. Off map. MAY

79 SHOPPING CARNABY REET Not many streets graduate to iconic status, yet Carnaby Street has been part of fashion history ever since the Swinging Sixties. For a shopping experience with a difference, head to the street between 5pm and 9pm on 28 May for Carnaby Shopping Party. The evening includes pop-up bars, DJs, talks from fashion experts on the latest season s trends and brands, from Benefit to The Kooples, and discounts of up to 20 per cent. Register free at carnaby.co.uk. Carnaby Street, W1F BE FOOT FORWARD With its finger ever Look out, too, for some on the pulse of the interesting collaborations latest fashion frenzy, as fashion heavyweights luxury department join forces with sportswear store Harvey brands. Puma has teamed Nichols has unveiled The up with McQ to create a pair Sneaker Concept. Spanning of glow-in-the-dark trainers 875 square feet on the shop s with a classic Alexander third floor, the new section McQueen print. And Reebok is devoted solely to sporty has been injected with new life footwear with a fashion focus thanks to French label Sandro, as seen on both catwalks and which revamped its InstaPump A-listers in recent weeks. Fury trainer, giving it a fresh Featuring more than 120 edge since its 90s conception. styles from over 15 brands, Even laces are getting a including Isabel Marant, makeover. British brand Cleo B Mary Katrantzou, Acne and is just one example of a label Adidas, the space is designed eager to corner this market, to meet the growing demand releasing an entire range of for high-fashion trainers, with colourful pieces to attach to prices ranging from 60 to trainers old or new. So if you 550. There s even a waiting thought trainers were just list for some creations, for sports, think again. with many Sam Rogg selling out Knightsbridge, within SW1X 7RJ days of the harvey launch. nichols.com CLOCKWISE FROM MAIN PHOTO: THE SNEAKER CONCEPT HARVEY NICHOLS; EUGENE RICONNEAUS' INEZ CANVAS PRINTED BROGUES HARVEY NICHOLS; CARNABY SHOPPING PARTY JAB 80 LONDON PLANNER

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81 INFO Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. TBC: To Be Confirmed. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 for key. Normal opening hours are approximately 10am-6pm, although some stores open until late every Thur MARKETS BOROUGH MARKET A popular destination for foodies, with produce, snacks and wine on sale. Mon-Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 8am-5pm. 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL boroughmarket.org.uk. London Bridge. Map C8. BRICK LANE Shops and weekend stalls selling books, clothing and more. Some shops daily; market Sun 9am-5pm. Brick Lane, E1 6PU visitbricklane.org. Aldgate East. Off map. CAMDEN MARKET Huge area of stalls selling clothes, jewellery and antiques. Daily 10am-6pm. Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF camdenlockmarket.com. Camden Town. Off map. LONDON SILVER VAULTS The world s largest retailer of fine antique silver. Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat 9am-1pm. Chancery Lane, WC2A 1QS thesilvervaults.com. Chancery Lane. Map B7. JOHN LEWIS British institution selling everything from hats to homewares across its splendid seven floors. 300 Oxford Street, W1A 1EX johnlewis.com. Oxford Circus. Map B4. LIBERTY Behind a mock-tudor exterior lies fashion, beauty and fabrics. Great Marlborough Street, W1B 5AH (and Westfield Stratford City) liberty.co.uk. Oxford Circus. Map B5. SELFRIDGES Landmark London store which is fantastic for fashion, beauty and food, plus the Shoe Galleries. 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB selfridges.com. Bond Street. Map B4. OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET Indoor market with fashion and gifts. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm. Brushfield Street, E1 6AA oldspitalfieldsmarket.com. Liverpool Street. Map B9. PICCADILLY MARKET Stalls selling food (Mon), antiques (Tue) and arts and crafts (Wed-Sat). Mon 11am-5pm; Tue-Sat 10am-6pm. St James s Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL piccadilly-market.co.uk. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET Popular antiques stalls every Sat get there early. Shops open Mon-Sat. Portobello Road, W11 1AN. portobellomarket.org. Notting Hill Gate. Off map. MAJOR ORES FORTNUM & MASON Established in 1707, famed for its food hall and china. 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER fortnum andmason.com. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. HARRODS One of the world s most famous stores. Includes top fashion labels, accessories and a lavish food hall Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL harrods.com. Knightsbridge. Map D3. Our pick SHOP LIKE ROYALTY London is packed with souvenir stores, but one that is definitely worth a visit is the Buckingham Palace Shop, which offers the perfect regal mementos. The Royal Collection Trust s official products include jewellery, toy corgis and traditional jams. Look out for the Coronation Mug (below), made from bone china and 22-carat burnished gold, which allows you to enjoy one of the most British of pastimes drinking a cup of tea in a cup fit for royalty. 7 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PP royalcollection shop.co.uk PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF ROYAL COLLECTION SHOP 82 LONDON PLANNER

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83 SHOPPING MALLS PANCRAS INTERNATIONAL High-street shops with long opening hours. St Pancras International Station, Euston Road, N1C 4QP stpancras.com/shop. King s Cross St Pancras. Map A6. WEFIELD LONDON More than 300 luxury and high-street stores and 65 restaurants at this chic west London mall. Ariel Way, W12 7GF uk.westfield. com/london. Shepherd s Bush. Off map. WEFIELD RATFORD CITY London s largest shopping centre boasts 270 shops, plus 70 restaurants, cafés and bars. 2 Stratford Place, Montfichet Road, E20 1EJ uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity. Stratford. Off map. FASHION BICEER VILLAGE Fantastic out-of-town centre, with more than 130 designer outlet boutiques, restaurants and cafés, with discounts of up to 60 per cent on last season s collections. Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-8pm. Bicester Village, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD bicestervillage.com. Bicester North, then shuttle bus. Bus: Shopping Express daily coach service from central London hotels. Off map. CATH KIDON Brightly coloured items for the home, as well as cute clothing. French Railways House, Piccadilly, W1J 9ER (and branches) cathkidston.com. Green Park. Map C5. IT S ONLY ROCK N ROLL Shop selling rock memorabilia, T-shirts, autographs, photographs and more. 230 Baker Street, NW1 5RT itsonlyrocknroll london.co.uk. Baker Street. Map A3. HAMLEYS One of the world s biggest toy shops, with seven floors selling everything a child could ever dream of, from traditional board games to high-tech gadgets. Regular in-store events Regent Street, W1B 5BT hamleys.com. Oxford Circus. Map B5. JOEL & SON FABRICS Top-quality fabrics, plus scarves, ties and other covetable accessories Church Street, NW8 8EU joelandsonfabrics.com. Edgware Road. Map A3. LINKS OF LONDON This shop offers elegant collections of jewellery, watches and gifts. 9 King s Road, SW3 4RP (and branches) linksoflondon.com. Sloane Square. Off map. PRIMARK Affordable fashions for men, women and kids, plus homeware Oxford Street, W1D 1AU (and branches) primark.com. Marble Arch. Map B4. TOPSHOP Flagship store with wellpriced catwalk-inspired pieces. Oxford Street, W1W 8LG (and branches) topshop.com. Oxford Circus. Map B5. SPECIALI ORES BUILD-A-BEAR Build your own delightful bear from the huge collection, then choose clothing for him or her. Unit 9, North Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 7QA builda bear.co.uk. Covent Garden. Map C6. For cute, quirky gifts, head to the Cath Kidston store in Piccadilly LONDON GLASSBLOWING UDIO Watch glass objects being created by skilled artisans while you browse great pieces for sale Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD londonglassblowing.co.uk. London Bridge. Map D8. LONDON BEATLES ORE London s only Beatles shop stocks new and original memorabilia relating to the Fab Four. 231/233 Baker Street, NW1 6XE beatlesstorelondon.co.uk. Baker Street. Map A3. TWININGS More than 100 varieties of teas and infusions at one of London s oldest shops, open since Also a small tea museum. 216 Strand, WC2R 1AP twinings.co.uk. Temple. Map C6. PHOTO COURTESY OF CATH KIDON 84 LONDON PLANNER

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85 EATING OUT A HEALTHY FOOD MARKET Set in the romantic courtyard of the beautiful Rosewood London hotel, the recently launched Slow Food & Living Market takes place every Sunday between 10.30am and 3pm. SLOW (which stands for sustainable, local, organic and wholesome) describes the type of produce meat, cheese, fish, juices and alcohol, to name a few that the merchants sell. Vendors have been selected for their quality and include traders such as O Shea s Butchers, a family business that has been running for eight generations. 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN BUILD YOUR OWN BURGER Bobo Social is well known for its high-quality burgers and small plates, and now you can get in on the cooking action with its Experimental Burger Society. Every Monday from 6.45pm-9pm, guests can enjoy a meat tasting and wine-pairing starter; it s then followed by a burger-making masterclass, with a wide choice of unusual meats including zebra and ostrich, as well as classic beef. Tickets cost Charlotte Street, W1T 4PZ Were the famous chefs immortalised in John Reardon s Chefs Last Supper at the National Portrait Gallery able to jump out of the picture frame, they would surely head straight for the gallery s refurbished Portrait Restaurant for some serious fine dining. But the food is not the only thing that is breathtaking: the view out of the third-floor window takes in Nelson s Column, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben. When you ve stopped gazing at the sights, gaze at the menu: a simple, less-is-more selection of modern European dishes made with seasonal produce. The set menu is great value at for two courses. The starter of burrata, braised FOOD WITH A VIEW artichoke and olives was a hit, with the creaminess of the cheese offset by the salty olives. In fact, we could have just eaten the bread that came with it and left happy. Mains were just as moreish: roast cod with grilled, pickled and puréed cauliflower was livened up even more by the caper butter beside it, while the perfectly cooked Romney Marsh lamb was served next to a delicious fennel and potato gratin. The service was as good as the food: friendly, helpful but not overbearing. The gallery s paintings may be masterpieces, but its food is pretty memorable too. Anna Frame Portrait Restaurant, St Martin s Place. WC2H 0HE npg.org.uk PORTRAIT REAURANT DISH LIA VITTONE; BURGER COURTESY OF BOBO SOCIAL; OPPOSITE PAGE COURTESY OF BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO 86 LONDON PLANNER visitbritain.com

86 INFO Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 for key. Approximate prices shown are for a three-course meal without wine. : up to 20 per person. : per person. : 40 or more per person AMERICAN HAM HOLY BURGER Cult Italian gourmet burger restaurant. Daily lunch and dinner.. John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX hamholy burger.com. Oxford Circus. Map B5. HARD ROCK CAFE US classics at London s original burger joint. Daily lunch and dinner Old Park Lane, W1K 1QZ hardrock.com. Hyde Park Corner. Map C4. PLANET HOLLYWOOD Great burgers, pizzas and cocktails. Check out the fantastic film memorabilia. Daily lunch & dinner Haymarket, SW1Y 4QX planethollywoodlondon.com. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. RAINFORE CAFE A rainforest jungle with animatronic animals. Daily lunch & dinner.. 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EU therainforestcafe.co.uk. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. BRITISH AQUA SHARD Dine at London landmark The Shard, for contemporary British cuisine and fantastic views. Lunch Mon-Fri; daily breakfast & dinner.. 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY. aqua shard.co.uk. London Bridge. Map C8. CAFÉ IN THE CRYPT Great quality food served in this church s basement. Mon-Sat from 8am; Sun 11am.. St Martin-in-the-Fields, corner of Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ smitf.org. Charing Cross. Map C6. CHENEON S This intimate restaurant specialises in fine British cuisine. Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.. The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL milestonehotel.com. High Street Kensington. Off map. GARFUNKEL S A range of popular British dishes, plus hot dogs, pizzas, pasta and wraps. Many West End and central locations. Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner.. 19 Irving Street, WC2H 7AU. garfunkels.co.uk. Leicester Square. Map C5. PARK TERRACE This luxurious hotel venue uses locally sourced ingredients. Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner Kensington High Street, W8 4PT parkterracerestaurant.co.uk. High Street Kensington. Off map. RABBIT Three brothers run this restaurant, famed for top-quality ingredients, some of which is foraged. Mon D; Tue-Sat L&D Kings Road, SW3 4UP rabbit-restaurant.com. Sloane Square. Off map. RUN FORRE, RUN! REVIEW Inspired by the much-loved 1994 film Forrest Gump, the Deep South-styled restaurant Bubba Gump Shrimp Co celebrates the humble shrimp with more than 20 varieties on the menu. With a fun, bright décor, the menu has appetisers such as Cajun shrimp in spicy Cajun butter. Desserts are tempting, too; try the Hook, line and sinker, which is a delicious trio of sumptuous bread pudding, homemade biscuit with strawberries, and chocolatechip cookie sundae. While you dine, you can enjoy looking at the memorabilia, and even the tables have Run Forrest Run and Stop Forrest Stop licence plates, so you can let the staff know when you need attention. Unit 75 Trocadero, 13 Coventry Street, W1D 7AB bubbagumpshrimp.co.uk. MAY

87 LONDON PLANNER REAURANT COURTESY OF BONE DADDIES FRENCH GALVIN BIROT DE LUXE French-style bistrot from the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers.. 66 Baker Street, W1U 7DJ galvinrestaurants.com. Baker Street. Map B4. INDIAN AMAYA Michelin-starred food cooked in the open kitchen.. 19 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JT amaya.biz. Knightsbridge. Map D4. CAROM Pan-Indian cuisine at this funky Soho-based restaurant. 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN caromsoho.com. Tottenham Court Road. Map B5. OODLES OF NOODLES REVIEW The ramen noodle craze hit London a few years ago with the arrival of Bone Daddies in Soho, and it has been going strong ever since. Now the third Bone Daddies branch has opened in Whole Foods, High Street Kensington, to the delight of Japanese broth noodle fans all over the city. In this branch, chef Ross Shonhan has created a menu featuring ramen dishes (such as the signature Curry Ramen) and the soft, pork and prawn-filled steamed buns of Flesh & Buns, plus gyoza dumplings. And if you just want a snack, choose from a menu of small dishes such as soft shell crab with chilli ginger sauce. Whole Foods Market, Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, W8 5SE bonedaddies.com a wild place to shop and eat Located in Piccadilly Circus, Rainforest Cafe is a unique and vibrant restaurant and bar bringing together the sights and sounds of the jungle. 15% Discount off your final food bill * PeRfeCt for kids & big kids great for groups & birthday CeLebRatioNs PICCADILLY CIRCUS book online: tel: *Offer valid seven days a week. Maximum party size of 6. Please present to your safari guide when seated. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. MAY

88 eating out gaylord restaurant Try the award-winning curry and Mughal dishes that are fit for a maharajah Mortimer Street, W1W 7SJ gaylordlondon.com. Oxford Circus. Map B5. Haandi Specialises in North Indian dishes.. 7 Cheval Place, SW7 1EW haandirestaurants.co.uk. Knightsbridge. Map D3. Sarastro Restaurant The Show After The Show Located in the heart of theatreland can be found one of London s most spectacular restaurants. Sarastro is not only a treat for the palate but for the eyes and ears as well. Dine in the flamboyant operatic surroundings and feast upon the fine array of Mediterranean dishes. Every Sunday matinee and Sunday and Monday evenings there are live opera performances from up and coming stars not only from the Royal and National Opera but from all over the world as well. On Wednesday evenings experience the Raphaela Trio with their excellent acoustic mix of jazz and Brazilian music, on Thursdays enjoy live swing and Motown with West End star Colin Roy and on Friday nights dine with amazing Latin rhythms performed by Grace Rodson. A pre and post theatre menu is also available at for two courses. Private function room for all occasions available for up to 300 guests. 126 Drury Lane, London, WC2 Tel: Fax: E: imli street This Soho favourite has enjoyed a refurbishment. Regional Indian cuisine including chaat (street food) Wardour Street, W1F 8WR imlistreet.com. Oxford Circus. Map B5. la porte des indes Step inside this Georgian townhouse for a unique taste of colonial India.. 32 Bryanston Street, W1H 7EG laporte desindes.com. Marble Arch. Map B3. masala grill This new restaurant from the Real Indian Food group has taken the place of what was formerly Chutney Mary. It offers a relaxed, comfortable space in which to dine on grills, seafood and street food as well as curries. 535 Kings Road, SW10 0SZ Fulham Broadway. Off map. masala zone Great-value Indian street food. The Soho branch (9 Marshall Street, W1F 7ER ) is near West End shops and Masala Express is at Selfridges (see Shopping).. 48 Floral Street, WC2E 9DA (and branches) masalazone.com. Covent Garden. Map B6. memories of india This smart restaurant is well located for South Kensington s museums. It has two sister venues: Khan s of Kensington (3 Harrington Road, SW7 3ES ) and Little India (32 Gloucester Road, SW7 4RB ).. 18 Gloucester Road, SW7 4RB memoriesof india.com. Gloucester Road. Off map. mint leaf Innovative Indian cuisine in a chic setting. Its menu is inspired by head chef Rajinder Pandey s travels across South Asia.. Suffolk Place, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HX mintleafgroup.com. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. 90 LONDON PLANNER

89 EATING OUT REAURANT AT PAUL S In the cathedral s vaults, dine on top British produce. Lunch & afternoon tea only.. St Paul s Cathedral, St Paul s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD restaurantatstpauls.co.uk. St Paul s. Map B8. PANCRAS GRAND This ornate dining room in the Eurostar terminal offers brasserie-style dishes, cooked to perfection. Mon-Sat from 7am; Sun from 8am.. Upper Concourse, St Pancras International, N1C 4QL searcys.co.uk. King s Cross St Pancras. Map A6. SOPHIE S EAKHOUSE & BAR Excellent British dishes in Theatreland, including burgers, steaks and a terrine board Wellington Street, WC2E 7DB (and branches) sophiessteakhouse. co.uk. Covent Garden. Map C6. CHINESE HAKKASAN Ground-breaking Chinese restaurant offering immaculate service, famously spectacular décor and a fascinating mix of traditional and fusion dishes, such as Peking duck with caviar. 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD (and branch) hakkasan.com. Tottenham Court Road. Map B5. MIN JIANG Superb cuisine and great views across Hyde Park at this five-star Chinese restaurant.. Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT minjiang.co.uk. High Street Kensington. Off map. YUM BUN This fantastic venture began life as a stall in Broadway Market and now has a permanent residence in Hackney. 31 Featherstone Street, EC1Y 2BJ yumbun.co.uk. Old Street. Map A8. FISH & SEAFOOD MR FISH Fish and chips is a favourite British dish. Here, the fish is deliciously fresh and great value.. 9 Porchester Road, W2 5DP mrfish.uk.com. Bayswater. Map B/C2. SERVING GREAT BRITISH CLASSICS In the heart of London SINCE 1979 Find your nearest Garfunkel s 20% OFF YOUR FOOD BILL Name: Postcode: Please tick here if you don t want us to write to you with details of future offers. 20% off the food bill when ordering a minimum of 2 main courses from the Main menu only. Valid on tables of 2 or more people. Offer valid 7 days a week until One voucher per table/bill transaction. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or set menu, including the breakfast, lunch and evening menu. Not valid on drinks. Only valid at participating Garfunkel s. Not valid at airports or at the O2 on event days. Subject to availability, no substitute available. No cash alternative. 88 LONDON PLANNER

90 VEERASWAMY In London s oldest Indian restaurant, the décor evokes a 1920s maharajah s palace and offers a wide range of tandoori dishes.. 99 Regent Street, W1B 4RS veeraswamy.com. Piccadilly Circus. Map C5. INTERNATIONAL SARARO Baroque-style décor sets the scene for Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. Live opera is performed during Sun lunch and Sun and Mon evenings Drury Lane, WC2B 5SU sarastro-restaurant.com. Covent Garden. Map B6. ITALIAN ROSSOPOMODORO This recently opened authentic Neapolitan pizza restaurant in John Lewis department store offers pizzas and pasta made with only the highest quality ingredients, served up by pizza chefs from Naples. John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1A 1EX rossopomodoro. co.uk. Oxford Circus. Map B5. 10% Discount on the à la carte menu* Serving London with the finest most authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine since 1981 Lunch from 10 p.h Dinner from 18 p.h Piccadilly, 37 Panton Street SW1Y Marylebone Lane, 77 Marylebone Lane W1U Hampstead,102 Heath Street NW *Present this advert to redeem discount. MEXICAN CHIQUITO This fun venue is in a really convenient central location. Its menu is filled with a selection of popular Mexican classics. Great-value kids menu for under Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE chiquito.co.uk. Leicester Square. Map C5. MIDDLE EAERN & TURKISH BABAJI PIDE The latest outpost from Alan Yau has an interesting menu that champions the pide, a sort of Turkish pizza, as well as other Turkish dishes.. 53 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LB babaji.com.tr. Leicester Square. Map C6. MODERN EUROPEAN HELIOT The Hippodrome Casino s restaurant serves a range of British classics. Daily 5pm-midnight. -. The Hippodrome Casino, Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH hippodrome casino.com. Leicester Square. Map C5. R.S. HISPANIOLA Mediterranean cuisine aboard a restaurant ship (see Sightseeing).. Victoria Embankment, WC2N 5DJ hispaniola.co.uk. Embankment. Map C6. 9 Porchester Road, W2 5DP MAY

91 EATING OUT Specialising in North Indian Frontier cuisine, Haandi s masalas are freshly-prepared daily and everything is created in-house. A contemporary, relaxing bar area leads to a bright, airy dining salon where a special set lunch menu complements the à la carte choices available at lunch and dinner. Haandi is the first truly authentic Indian restaurant in the area aimed at a clientele that knows its raita s from its roti s. This is Indian food for Grown-ups! Haandi has two entrances: 136 Brompton Road, SW3 1HY & 7 Cheval Place, SW7 1EW ADVERTORIAL TING At level 35 of The Shard, this restaurant offers 360-degree views across the city. Enjoy European dishes with an Asian influence. Daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner.. Shangri-La, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU shangri-la.com. London Bridge. Map C8. SOUTHEA ASIAN BALI BALI Specialises in Balinese cuisine, with satays and an Indonesian set menu. Closed Sun lunch Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8HL balibalirestaurant.com. Covent Garden. Map B6. BLUE ELEPHANT Great Thai cuisine in a riverside setting.. The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, Townmead Road, SW6 2UB blue elephant.com. Imperial Wharf. Off map. MANGO TREE Elegant fine dining restaurant near Buckingham Palace, offering Thai cuisine. -. Daily L & D. 46 Grosvenor Pace, SW1X 7EQ mangotree.org.uk. Victoria. Map D4. ROSA S THAI CAFÉ The latest addition to the successful chain. The menu offers a wide range of Thai cuisine, from healthy salads to curries. 6 Theberton Street, N1 0QX rosasthaicafe.com. Angel. Off map. EL PIRATA A very popular venue, El Pirata is a classic Spanish tapas bar and restaurant that serves affordable, authentic Spanish cuisine with a relaxed, friendly ambience. No wonder, then, that it has received excellent reviews in leading food guides, including Harden s. According to one leading critic, it offers fi ne food, excellent choice, comfortable surroundings and marvellous service and a bill that doesn t give me indigestion! 5-6 Down Street, Mayfair, W1 7AQ / elpirata.co.uk. Green Park. Map C5. THAI POT This popular spot has stylish décor and truly fantastic food. Closed Sun.. 1 Bedfordbury, WC2N 4BP thaipot.biz. Covent Garden. Map C6. SPANISH EL PIRATA Pick from dozens of top-quality Spanish tapas at this great, buzzing venue. Closed Sun Down Street, W1J 7AQ elpirata.co.uk. Green Park. Map C4. VEGETARIAN & VEGAN WOODLANDS Authentic Indian cuisine that caters for gluten-free, vegan and Jain diets.. 77 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PS (and branches) woodlandsrestaurant.co.uk. Bond Street. Map B4. 92 LONDON PLANNER

92 AUTHENTIC THAI CUISINE at the award winning THAI POT since Awarded: Authentic Thai Food Ministry of Commerce, Thailand 4 stars Master Chef UK Thai Select Award Department of Export Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand 1 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BP behind ENO, Coliseum, Ë Charing Cross Station (Covent Garden exit) 4 stars restaurant at 2 stars price! food and service others talk about HOLLYWOOD INSPIRED DINING IN THE HEART OF LONDON SHOW ADVERT TO YOUR SERVER BEFORE ORDERING APPETISERS EAKS RIBS FAJITAS BURGERS PAAS PIZZAS ASIAN FISH SALADS DESSERTS COCKTAILS 20% OFF FOOD/SOFT DRINKS/MERCHANDISE Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Valid Sun to Fri until 30/12/15. Exc Dec 25 & 31. Subject to availability. Code: LPLAN. TO BOOK PLEASE CALL HAYMARKET LONDON SW1Y 4QX planethollywoodlondon.com MAY

93 NIGHTLIFE COCKTAILS WITH A CONSCIENCE RUIC WINE BAR Located next door to its sister restaurant Medcalf, the rustic Medcalf Traiteur takes its name from 17th-century France s casual food and wine venues. By day, it s a lunchtime venue for barbecued food and salads, transforming at night into a candlelit wine bar with a farmhouse vibe, serving small grazing plates alongside a good choice of wines. 40 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE PERUVIAN NIGHTS Peruvian restaurant Lima Floral opened in Covent Garden last year, following hot on the heels of the Michelin-starred Lima. Staying close to its roots, Lima Floral has now launched a Pisco Bar, specialising in the national drink, pisco (grape brandy), plus more Peruvian-inspired cocktails. To accompany, choose traditional piqueos delicious small snacks that are made for sharing. 14 Garrick Street, WC2E 9BJ What do a Wellington boot, a Chinese takeaway box and a ration tin have in common? They are all vessels for drinks at the new Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar & Table, tucked away in the basement of a brasserie. This experimental cocktail bar in Soho is the latest venture from award-winning bartenders Olly Brading, Andy Milz and Elliot Ball, and there s far more on its agenda than just high-quality drinks. From its co-operative company structure, with a quarter of each venue s profits going to staff, to its focus on bar operations and consumer training, the Cocktail Trading Company is seeking to change the way people view the bar industry and its workers. The changing menu of cocktails will blow you away. Try, for example, Welcome to Kentucky (below) Jim Beam whiskey, ginger, plum, yuzu juice and green tea delivered in a Chinese takeaway box with chopstick straws and topped with crispy noodles. The Sauvignon Private Ryan is a cool mix of Calvados, sherry, passion fruit syrup, cardamom and white wine, served in a ration tin. With exquisite attention to detail and a relaxed vibe, it s an exciting new watering hole from these cocktail pioneers. Shelley Varley 22 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7HU thecocktailtradingco.co.uk PHOTOS COURTESY OF COCKTAIL TRADING COMPANY 94 LONDON PLANNER

94 INFO To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Most bars are open 11am-11pm, most nightclubs are open 10pm-3am. The UK s legal drinking age is 18 years old. ID may be required. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London map. Transport symbols: see Contents p. 5 for key TRADITIONAL PUBS THE BLACKFRIAR Art Nouveau décor is well preserved in this Grade II-listed bar. 174 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4EG nicholsonspubs.co.uk. Blackfriars. Map C7. CASINOS CASINO AT THE EMPIRE An Asian restaurant, deluxe bars, poker room and table and electronic games. Open 24 hours. 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2 7NA thecasinolsq.com. Leicester Square. Map C5. MAGPIE & UMP Opposite the Old Bailey, this pub dates back to the 1500s, and was a viewing spot for public hangings. 18 Old Bailey, EC4M 7EP magpieandstump.com. St Paul s. Map B8. HIPPODROME CASINO This 24-hour venue has gaming over three floors, and the Heliot restaurant. Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH hippodrome casino.com. Leicester Square. Map C5/6. YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE Expect snug 17th-century rooms and narrow passageways. 145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU Blackfriars. Map B7. BARS & CLUBS BROOKLYN BOWL Three bars, a bowling alley, a concert venue and the Blue Ribbon Restaurant. The 02, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX london.brooklyn bowl.com. North Greenwich. Map inset. REVIEW HELIOT COURTESY OF HIPPODROME CASINO BUDDHA-BAR This very trendy club and restaurant attracts a fashion-conscious crowd. 145 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA buddhabarlondon.com. Knightsbridge. Map D3. GORDON S WINE BAR Huge selection of wines in this brick-walled basement, established in Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE gordonswinebar.com. Charing Cross. Map C6. MINIRY OF SOUND This major nightclub attracts some of the world s best DJs in techno, trance and house. 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP. sound.com Elephant & Castle. Off map. VIA Hotel rooftop bar. The Trafalgar Hotel, 2 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS thetrafalgar.com. Charing Cross. Map C6. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT THE BLUES KITCHEN Live bands or DJs each night, plus a Sunday Blues Jam. Bourbon and ryes, and southern BBQ food. 111 Camden High Street, NW1 7JN theblueskitchen.com. Camden Town. Off map. A GOOD NIGHTLIFE BET The Hippodrome Casino (above) is home to many things: a cabaret bar, casino and, of course, a restaurant, positioned high up by the beautiful Victorian ceiling. Heliot Steak House overlooks the swathes of gamers in an amphitheatre where once polar bears and elephants were the main appeal to the thrill-seekers of Victorian high society. These days, before (or after) trying their luck on the roulette wheel, visitors can enjoy an excellent choice of surf n turf, including USDA steaks of prime cuts with a good selection of accompanying sauces. Later, if time permits, book a seat at the regular Soho Burlesque Club shows, compered by the seductive Miss Polly Rae, in the sumptuous surroundings of the 180-seat award-winning Hippodrome theatre. MAY

95 BEYOND LONDON The Dreaming Spires of OXFORD Why not escape from the hustle and bustle of city life with a visit to one of Britain s best-loved areas? With its world-renowned university, imposing architecture and wide open spaces, the city of Oxford is well worth a visit, says Paul Critcher 1 UNIVERSITY The University of Oxford is the UK s oldest seat of learning, and has had a huge influence on the development of the city: the university s colleges, halls and libraries remain Oxford s biggest draw for visitors. The university is made up of 38 colleges, many of which date back hundreds of years and are open to the public. Christ Church is one of the larger colleges and offers students a wide range of subject choices from biochemistry to theology and religion. Visitors, however, may be more interested in the stunning cathedral which was started by Henry VIII s adviser Cardinal Wolsey in 1522 on the site of an existing priory. The cloisters and quadrangles that form Christ Church might seem familiar, as some of them were used as locations in the Harry Potter films. The Great Hall, also built for Wolsey, is another feature of Christ Church found in the Potter films, although in this case it was used as inspiration to create Hogwart s Hall to record some of the wonderful feast scenes. Magdalen College (pronounced maudlin ) is another of Oxford s most famous colleges, and is best known for its high-achieving alumni including writer Oscar Wilde, comedian Dudley Moore, poet laureate Sir John Betjeman and several serving British politicians. Founded in 1448, it is often described as Oxford s most beautiful college, and is noted for its exquisite cloisters and impressive bell tower. ox.ac.uk How to get there London Paddington to Oxford (1 hr approx) Oxford RADCLIFFE CAMERA AND BRASENOSE COLLEGE, OXFORD GETTY IMAGES/IOCKPHOTO 96 LONDON PLANNER

96 INFO Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. Transport symbols: please see Contents p. 5 for key. For more events and information, please see visitlondon.com/events ROWLANDSON CARTOON ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD; ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD; PUNTING ULRIKE WERNER 2 MUSEUMS Oxford is awash with museums and libraries, from the UK s second largest library, the Bodleian, to the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments. Britain s first public museum, the Ashmolean, opened in 1683 when it displayed items donated by English politician and avid collector of curiosities Elias Ashmole. Since then, it has grown into one of the most important museums of art and archaeology in Britain. The Ashmolean s scope is vast, covering civilisations from around the world and from the Neolithic period to the present day. Highlights include Egyptian relics and the world s largest collection of Raphael drawings. Current exhibitions include Great British Drawings (to 31 Aug), featuring works by some of Britain s finest artists. Another excellent museum is the Pitt Rivers, which is named after the Victorian archaeologist General Pitt-Rivers, which has collections of anthropology and archaeology. Permanent displays include masks from Africa, Melanesia and North America; sculpture from all over the world; boats, from full-sized sailing craft to model canoes; and costumes from North America including Inuit fur parkas. Scarred/Sacred Water (to 3 May) is an exhibition of photography by Canadian artist Tanya Harnett, which explores the effect of environmental degradation on indigenous Canadian communities. ashmolean.org; prm.ox.ac.uk 3 PUNTING Punting began in 1860 in Cambridge. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat designed for use in shallow water and the tradition of punting is a wonderfully romantic way to spend a day, evoking memories of the classic BBC TV series Brideshead Revisited and balmy sunny days. There are several punt stations in Oxford but the family-run Cherwell Boathouse is the largest, with more than 80 handmade punts available for hire along the River Cherwell. There are also several operators along the section of the River Thames that runs through Oxford. Lifejackets are supplied, and staff will tell you where you can go and explain how to punt. Remember, the first rule of punting is not to let go of the pole! Piloted punts are available, but you must book in advance. The Boathouse also has a good-quality restaurant and the Teahut Bar serves light food and drinks on the river terrace all day. However, for the true punting experience, consider bringing a picnic, complete with Champagne, of course! cherwellboathouse.co.uk Facing page, top: Radcliffe Camera and Brasenose College This page, top: Rowlandson cartoon at the Ashmolean Museum; centre: Ashmolean Museum; left: Punting MAY

97 BEYOND LONDON 4 PUBS AND REAURANTS There s a great selection of restaurants and bars in Oxford, including many traditional, and in some cases, historic pubs, which are not to be missed. The Eagle and Child, which dates back to 1650, is particularly well known. The pub sits in the heart of the city and takes its name from the crest of the Earls of Derby. It was a regular haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and other writers, who called themselves The Inklings. Enjoy a pint and some olde world charm and picture the ideas for Middle Earth and Narnia being born here. Now a Nicholson s freehouse, it offers a varied menu of pub grub and awardwinning ales including several local to Oxfordshire. Further south, between Oxford Town Hall and Oriel College, is The Bear Inn, the oldest pub in Oxford, dating back to A location in the popular Inspector Morse books and TV series, the pub also has a curious collection of thousands of snippets of club ties, which were cut in exchange for beer and are now displayed on the walls. Today, The Bear is a Fuller s pub and remains a popular boozer, renowned for its Sunday roasts. nicholsonspubs.co.uk/theeagleandchildoxford; bearoxford.co.uk J. R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis used to visit the Eagle and Child pub Top right: Oxford Castle Above left: The Eagle and Child pub 5 CALE Oxford Castle was built in 1071 by William the Conqueror, five years after his victory at the Battle of Hastings, and helped to establish the Normans control of the area. Much of the original building was destroyed during the English Civil War, and by the 18th century, the remaining buildings had become Oxford s local prison. Today, St George s Tower and the castle mound still remain, along with the old county prison. The visitor attraction Oxford Castle Unlocked brings the area to life through costumed characters who take on the roles of some of the castle and prison s most notorious residents. They include the public executioner Jack Ketch the man on whom the Punch & Judy hangman character was modelled and Anne Green, who survived the hangman s noose and narrowly escaped being anatomised afterwards by an Oxford medical student in You can also venture deep underground into the 900-yearold crypt if you dare! oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk OXFORD CALE CONTINUUM; THE EAGLE AND CHILD JIGSAW 98 LONDON PLANNER

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99 BEYOND LONDON Glimpse skylarks and green woodpeckers in Oxford s parks 6 COUNTRYSIDE The centre of Oxford has plenty of open spaces to enjoy, and, if you venture further out, you can discover the beautiful countryside. The University Parks lie to the west of the River Cherwell and comprise some 70 acres of parkland, featuring rare fauna and some notable buildings. There are several cycle tracks and paved walkways with a number of walking routes that take in bridges, ponds and the banks of the River Cherwell. You definitely won t miss the seven giant sequoias that were planted in the late 1800s they are huge! Cricket has been played in the parks since the 19th century and the Cricket Pavilion, designed by Sir Thomas Jackson and completed in 1881, makes for the quintessential English scene as players step out in their cricket whites with bats in hand. It is the only first-class cricket ground in the UK where spectators can watch free of charge. Port Meadow on the east bank of the River Thames is a unique area in Oxford because it has never been ploughed or farmed and, other than the odd grazing cow, it remains largely untouched. For this reason, it contains many fascinating archaeological remains. Some 440 acres in area, it s an important site for migratory birds and you can also expect to see resident birds such as skylarks and green woodpeckers. This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is particularly important because it floods in winter, attracting rare flora and fauna including several species of wading birds and strawberry clover and creeping marsh wort. parks.ox.ac.uk Clockwise, from top left: University Parks bridge; Cherwell Boathouse; Christ Church Memorial Gardens; Christ Church Meadows; Magdalen College Deer Park BRIDGE THINKOCK; BOATHOUSE VISIT OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE; MEMORIAL GARDENS VISIT OXFORD AND OXFORDSHIRE; MEADOWS EXPERIENCE OXFORDSHIRE; DEER PARK EXPERIENCE OXFORDSHIRE 100 LONDON PLANNER

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101 ESSENTIAL INFORMATION TICKET INFORMATION OYER CARDS & TRAVELCARDS An Oyster card is a pre-paid travel smart card. It s the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail train services in London. You can buy a Visitor Oyster card before you leave home for a 3 activation fee and pre-load it with credit at visitbritainshop.com. The system is divided into nine zones. Zone 1 is the central London area. Visitors can buy Oyster cards and Travelcards from Travel Information Centres and any TfL outlets. See tfl.gov.uk. An Oyster card also gives you a 25% discount on London s cable car, the Emirates Air Line, and a 10% discount on single journeys on most MBNA Thames Clippers river buses. For more information and offers, visit visitorshop. tfl.gov.uk. Useful things to know from booking a place to stay, to getting around the city GETTING AROUND For 24-hour travel info, visit the Transport for London (TfL) website tfl.gov.uk/ visitinglondon or call LONDON UNDERGROUND (THE TUBE) tfl.gov.uk. See London Underground Map. Services run Mon-Sat 5am-12.30am and Sun 7.30am-11.30pm on most routes. Fares vary; a single Zone 1 adult fare costs 4.80 ( 2.30 with an Oyster card). LONDON BUSES London buses run from 5am-12.30am. Night buses (midnight-4.30am) operate on main routes (several services are 24 hour). You can t pay for a London bus fare with cash, so use a Visitor Oyster card, Oyster card, Travelcard or UKissued contactless payment card. Visit tfl.gov.uk/buses. Single fare is 1.50 with an Oyster card. LONDON OVERGROUND tfl.gov.uk. See London Underground Map. Trains run Mon-Sat 5am-midnight, and Sun 7am-11.30pm on most routes. DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY Trains run approximately every three-and-a-half to 10 mins. Mon-Sat 5.30am am; Sun 7am-11pm. LONDON BUS IMAGE GETTY IMAGES/IOCKPHOTO; LONDON UNDERGROUND SIGN IMAGE LONDON ON VIEW/VISITBRITAIN/PAWEL LIBERA 102 LONDON PLANNER

102 INFO To dial the UK, remove the first 0 and add 44. Map: refers to the grid coordinates on our Central London Map. Transport symbols: see p. 5 for key. Prices quoted are for single journeys. Fares and journey times can change, so do check before you travel at tfl.gov.uk TAXIS You can hail a black cab (taxi) in the street. Fares increase after 8pm. You cannot hail private-hire or minicabs, which you must book. We strongly advise against you using any vehicle that approaches you in the street, except for licensed black cabs. For more information, visit tfl.gov.uk/pco. TRAINS Paddington serves the West Country, Wales and the South Midlands. Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street serve East Anglia and Essex. Euston King s Cross St Pancras Marylebone and St Pancras International (connects to King s Cross St Pancras) serve north and central Britain, and southeast England. Charing Cross London Bridge Waterloo and Victoria serve southern England. For times and tickets, visit nationalrail.co.uk or call Eurostar uses St Pancras International. Go to eurostar.com for more information, times and ticket prices. Call (or if you re outside the UK, call ). AIRPORTS GATWICK AIRPORT gatwickairport.com. First Capital Connect: Direct trains to/ from London Bridge and St Pancras International (connects to King s Cross St Pancras). Up to four trains per hour. Gatwick Express: Direct trains to/from Victoria every 15 mins. Journey times approx. 30 mins. Southern Railway: Direct trains to/from Victoria every 15 mins. Journey times approx. 30 mins. National Express: Direct coaches to/from Victoria Coach Station, up to two coaches per hour. Journey times approx. 1 hr, 20 mins. HEATHROW AIRPORT heathrowairport.com. London Underground: Direct trains to/from central London every five mins 5am-11.45pm via Piccadilly line. Journey time 60 mins. Heathrow Connect: Two trains per hour to/ from Paddington. Journey time 25 mins. Heathrow Express: Four direct trains per hour to/from Paddington. Journey time 15 mins. National Express: Three coaches per hour to/from Victoria Coach Station. Journey time 45 mins. CAR HIRE Make sure your driving licence is valid for the UK and see Congestion Charge in this section. Hertz hertz.co.uk. Kendall Cars Ltd kendall cars.com. Enterprise Rent-A-Car enterprise.co.uk. CONGEION CHARGE There is a congestion charge to drive into central London, Mon-Fri 7am-6pm. Payable in advance or on the day of travel ( 11.50), or the day after ( 14). UK: International: cclondon.com. SANTANDER CYCLE HIRE (Formerly Barclays). There are more than 8,000 bicycles available to hire from 15,000 docking points throughout central London. For details, go to tfl.gov.uk/cycling or call MAYOR OF LONDON CITY AIRPORT londoncityairport.com. London City Airport: Trains to/from Canary Wharf (change at Poplar) Canning Town Bank and many other stations. ANED AIRPORT stanstedairport.com. Stansted Express: Trains to/from Liverpool Street. National Express: Coaches run to/from Victoria Coach Station. LUTON AIRPORT london-luton.co.uk. First Capital Connect: There are up to six trains per hour to/from St Pancras International (connects to King s Cross St Pancras). A fast shuttlebus runs to/from the airport. Green Line Express: Coaches run to and from Victoria Coach Station. Enjoy London with a Visitor Oyster Card. The easiest way to travel around. For more information or to pre-purchase, go to visitorshop.t. ov.u Transport for London MAY

103 ESSENTIAL INFORMATION SIGHTSEEING PASSES The London Pass (londonpass.com) offers free entry, discounts and fast-track queuing at top attractions. VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, offers discount cards (visitbritain.com). VISITOR INFORMATION Go to visitlondon.com, or download the free London Official City Guide at visitlondon. com/app. Tourist Information Centres Holborn Information Kiosk. Outside Holborn Tube station, Kingsway, WC2B 6BG. Holborn. TRAVEL INFORMATION (including bus, tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround visitlondon.com/travel, following train stations: Victoria Piccadilly Circus and Heathrow Terminals 1-3. LONDON PLANNER Find out where to get your next copy of London Planner, by contacting Sam Johnson on Morris Visitor Publications, 2nd Floor, Samuel House, 6 St. Alban s Street, London SW1Y 4SQ. Tel: LondonPlannerMag. Group Editor: Kohinoor Sahota Sub Editor: Anna Frame Contributors: Jo Caird, Paul Critcher, Emma Levine, Sam Rogg, Dominic Wells, Beatrice Yeatman-Biggs Group Art Director: Tim Benton Art Editor: Shelley Varley Designer: Grant Pearce Production Manager: Melanie Needham Senior Production Assistant: Jennifer Bourne Production Assistants: Richard Darani, David Weeks Sales Director (Tourism): Robert Way Sales Director (Consumer): Gemma Ryder Sales Development Managers: Neil Abraham, Amanda Benchour-MacLeod, Charlotte Johnson-Last Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator: Zohaib Naeem Distribution & Hotel Services Manager: Sam Johnson Distribution & Hotel Services Assistant: Hina Walia Operations Manager: Bridget Mastino Operations Assistants: Stefano Pitzalis, Vinetta Swan Commercial Partnerships Director: Donna Price Publisher, Head of Creative Solutions: Andrew Turner Publishing Director: Mark Elliott Managing Director: Chris Manning London & Partners: londonandpartners.com For VisitBritain: Iris Buckley visitbritain.com London Planner Volume 28, Issue 50. Printed in Great Britain. Over 100,000 monthly copies distributed worldwide by VisitBritain. Est Morris Visitor Publications. No part may be reproduced without written permission from Morris Visitor Publications. NOTE: The information contained in this publication has been published in good faith on the basis of information submitted to Morris Visitor Publications. MVP and VisitBritain cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this publication and accept no responsibility for any error or misrepresentation. All liability for loss, disappointment, negligence or other damages caused by reliance on the information contained in this publication, or in the event of bankruptcy, or liquidation or cessation of trade of any company, individual or firm is hereby excluded. Printed by William Gibbons & Sons Ltd, ISO accredited. ISSN LP/358/May15/1092. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH The papers used for this magazine are produced from recycled fi bre and certifi ed sustainable sources by mills with recognised environmental accreditation. Please recycle this magazine, or return it to your hotel. COACHES London s main coach services use Victoria Coach Station, SW1W 9TP tfl.gov.uk/ coaches Victoria. Map D4. RIVER SERVICES tfl.gov.uk/river. MBNA Thames Clippers: thamesclippers.com. Catamarans leave major piers every 20 mins. Services between Waterloo Pier and The O2 (North Greenwich Pier) and on to Royal Arsenal Woolwich Pier, stopping at main piers. The adult single fare is 6.80 ( 6.12 with an Oyster card; 4.50 with a Travelcard). A River Roamer day pass allows unlimited hop-on, hop-off travel on the river from per adult. ON FOOT It s often quicker to get around London by walking. Look out for blue and yellow Legible London street maps. tfl.gov.uk/legiblelondon. EMIRATES AIR LINE A cable car runs across the River Thames between The O2 and the ExCel London exhibition centre. emiratesairline.co.uk. ACCESSIBLE LONDON Find information on London for deaf and disabled travellers from DisabledGo at visitlondon.com/access. For the rest of the UK, visit openbritain.net. ACCOMMODATION Choose from luxury hotels, B&Bs (bed and breakfast), guesthouses, self-catering apartments and hostels, such as YHA London (yha.org.uk). BOOKING Booking accommodation before you travel is highly recommended. visitlondon.com offers online booking for hotels, B&Bs and hostels, plus great deals. Book through expedia.co.uk, which is the official hotel booking partner. RATINGS Star ratings are the official quality mark awarded by VisitEngland and the AA. The awards range from one star, up to a top score of five stars. 104 LONDON PLANNER

104 One of London s best bed & breakfast hotels MITRE HOUSE HOTEL An independent hotel designed for individuals Sussex Gardens Hyde Park, London W2 1TU Only one block from Heathrow Express Tel: (020) Fax: (020) CARS LTD E 1969 Family business, offering top service for over 40 years. Let us meet you at London airports or collect direct from us. Hassle-free personal service. Large new fleet. Very low inclusive rates. Small cars Minivans Multiseaters Mercedes 9 seater Tourneo and 14 seater minibus 11 Lombard Road, London SW19 5TZ (near South Wimbledon underground station) Tel: +44 (0) Burr Road, Wandsworth SW18 4SQ Tel: +44 (0) Kingston Hill, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT2 7PS Tel: +44 (0) MAY

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107 Cadogan Chelsea Harbour Imperial Wharf Westminster Westminster Millbank St George Wharf Vauxhall RB2 Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Putney RB6 Kew St Helena s Richmond Richmond Landing Stage Kingston Turks Kingston Town End Hampton Court Hampton Court Embankment Embankment Charing Cross London Eye Waterloo RB1 RB6 Blackfriars Blackfriars (Mondays to Fridays only) Festival Waterloo RB1 RB2 RB4 RB5 RB6 Tower Tower Hill Tower Gateway Fenchurch Street St. Katharine s Tower Hill Tower Gateway Fenchurch Street LONDON RIVER MAP Bankside RB2 London Bridge City London Bridge RB4 Hilton Docklands Nelson Dock RB4 Canary Wharf Greenland Masthouse Terrace Greenwich Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich RB5 North Greenwich North Greenwich and Emirates Air Line Some boats cruise through the Thames Barrier Summer service (April-October) only Woolwich Ferry North Terminal Woolwich Ferry South Terminal RB1 RB5 Woolwich Arsenal River Bus A fast and frequent service An alternative to the Tube or bus Use your Oyster pay as you go or Travelcard to obtain a fares discount River Tours A more leisurely cruise Sightseeing commentary on most boats Ideal for spotting some of London s hidden waterside gems Use your Travelcard to obtain a fares discount Embankment to North Greenwich Daily Woolwich Arsenal Daily, peak times and evenings, see timetable and RB5 Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers St George Wharf to Bankside Daily except early mornings and evenings Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers Canary Wharf to Hilton Docklands Daily Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers Westminster / St. Katharine s circular cruise Operated by Circular Cruise Westminster Westminster to Greenwich Some boats cruise through the Thames Barrier (summer service only) Operated by Thames River Services Westminster to Greenwich Operated by City Cruises London Underground London Overground National Rail Docklands Light Railway Emirates Air Line North Greenwich to Woolwich Arsenal Saturdays and Sundays only Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers Putney to Blackfriars Monday to Friday peak hours and evenings only (some boats also run to or from London Bridge City and Canary Wharf) Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers Summer services only Westminster to Hampton Court Operated by Thames River Boats St Helena s Richmond to Hampton Court Operated by Turk Launches Step-free access from street level to the pier Woolwich Ferry Daily (except evenings) Operated by Briggs Marine Summer service (April-October) only MAY

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112 LONDON IN NUMBERS best Why London theatre is the in the world... SEATS The largest theatre space is the London Coliseum L O N D O N H A S 241 PROFESSIONAL THEATRE SPACES London s smallest theatre is the Lord Stanley Pub which seats an audience of 30 WE END THEATRE ATTENDANCES outstrip Broadway attendances by 20 % Total revenue theatre produced in London 2014: 623,616, million visited London theatres in 2012/13, compared with 13 million who watched football s Premier league. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London s only candlelit theatre, gets through 100 candles per show The longest-running West End show is THE MOUSETRAP which opened in THE LONGE-RUNNING WE END MUSICAL 2015 TOTAL NUMBER OF ATTENDEES AT THEATRE SHOWS IN 2014: 14,744, % Les Misérables NEARLY A QUARTER OF HOLIDAY VISITORS TO LONDON WILL GO TO THE THEATRE 30 % OF WE END AUDIENCES COME FROM OVERSEES Sources: Society of London Theatre, The Telegraph GRAPHIC ICONS THINKOCK 114 LONDON PLANNER

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