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Festive fun

The best cultural events taking place in SW1 this Christmas
Big Fish

Big Fish the Musical

Until 31 December 2017

Hamilton may be hogging the headlines this winter but The Other Palace theatre has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Frasier Crane himself, Kelsey Grammer, who makes his London stage debut in a brand new musical adaptation of Big Fish. Based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and Tim Burton’s 2003 movie of the same name, Big Fish is a whimsical father-son bonding story that recounts the tall tales of travelling salesman Edward Bloom.

The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA;

Photo by Tristram Kenton 

Charles II: Art & Power

Opens 8 December 2017-13 May 2018

The Queen’s Gallery is hosting a fascinating new exhibition dedicated to the artistic patronage of King Charles II. Following over a decade of strict Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. Charles II: Art & Power brings together more than 200 works of art from the King’s personal collection, including Old Master paintings, drawings from Leonardo da Vinci, tapestries and treasures from his coronation.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA;

Photo: Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017 

The Nutcracker

ROH live: The Nutcracker

5 & 10 December 2017

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker. The timeless tale of inquisitive young Clara and her adventures through magical lands, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, is the highlight of The Royal Ballet’s festive season, and will be screened at the Curzon Victoria this December.

Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria St, SW1E 6QW; see for details 

Photo by Tristram Kenton 

A London Christmas Classic at The Goring
9 December 2017 – 14 January 2018

This Christmas, make it a five-star experience at The Goring hotel. The iconic Victoria bolthole is currently offering the London Christmas Classic package, which includes a luxury overnight stay in a Delightful King Room (plus complimentary Full English breakfast) and two tickets to Dick Whittington at the London Palladium. This must-see show stars Julian Clary, Elaine Paige and Nigel Havers – among others – in an uproarious family classic.  

Rates start from £678 for two people;


Strauss New Year’s Eve Gala

31 December 2017

Make it a more subdued affair this New Year’s (or at least treat yourself to a bit of culture before the inevitable chaos) with an afternoon of beautiful music in an equally beautiful setting. The Orchestra of St John’s will be performing waltzes and polkas by the great Johann Strauss II with tenor Christopher Turner. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

St John's Smith Square, SW1P 3HA; From £10, concert starts at 2pm: