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									                              What’s New in London in 2011

Dulwich Picture Gallery 200th Anniversary
Dulwich Picture Gallery will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011 with its first ever acquisition of a piece
of contemporary sculpture, purchased and presented to the gallery by the Art Fund in honour of
Dulwich’s bicentenary. The work, called Walking the Dog I, II,III, is by leading British sculptor Peter
Randall-Page. For more information visit www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain
In 2011, the Greater London Authority is planning a season of events exploring life and culture in
contemporary Britain to tie in the 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. For more information visit

Guildhall 600
Various venues around Guildhall, 1 - 30 April 2011
Celebrate the 600th anniversary of the laying of the first stone of the Guildhall - the building which has
been the centrepiece of the City of London's administration ever since – it even survived the Blitz! This
milestone will be commemorated with a series of events throughout the year, launched with the London
Maze in April - further details to be announced. For more information contact Nick Bodger on 020 7332
3263 / nick.bodger@cityoflondon.gov.uk

The Photographers’ Gallery reopens
The Photographers’ Gallery in 2011 will celebrate its 40th anniversary. It is the UK’s primary venue for
photography, with an emphasis on the contemporary, and is widely recognised as a pioneer in exhibiting,
educating and engaging people with photography. Responding to the growing popularity of photography,
the Gallery will create a brand new international Gallery for photography in the heart of London’s West
End. The new Gallery will open in 2011 at the Ramillies Street location and will provide the central
London landscape with a new cultural oasis in the West end. For more information contact Sioban
Ketelaar on 020 7087 9334 / sioban.ketelaar@photonet.org.uk

Little Angel Theatre: Celebrating Fifty Years 1961 – 2011
2011 sees The Little Angel Theatre reach its 50th anniversary. The small building, always bursting at the
seams with its many activities, sits in a beautiful and secluded spot and is often described as Islington’s
“hidden gem.” Founded by John and Lyndie Wright, the theatre has never deviated from its aim of
providing puppetry of the highest artistic calibre and as a result a third generation of Little Angel
audiences are now bringing their grandchildren to the shows. The programme for the anniversary year
reflects the diversity of work which now distinguishes the theatre, with highlights including THE
TEMPEST, a new co-production with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Suspense London
Puppetry Festival which will return, bringing puppetry to adult audiences. For more information email
Black Heritage Centre
Opening 2011
The Black Cultural Archives will be opening the UK’s first Black Heritage Centre in 2011 to commemorate
the experiences of people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain. This new building will
allow the public to access the permanent and growing archive collection which will provide a platform to
explore the histories and cultures of Black people in the UK. For more information visit

Engineering tour of Tower Bridge
Every weekend of March 2011
Take advantage of this special tour behind the scenes at Tower Bridge. Visitors will be led by Tower
Bridge technical and experienced experts and will gain exclusive access the Bascule Chambers,
Machinery Room and Control Room. Finish the tour with an extra treat by choosing from a special menu
at riverside restaurant Le Pont de la Tour. For more information contact Cathy Tully on 01444 241341 /

White Water Centre
Lee Valley Regional Park, opening spring 2011
The Lee Valley White Water Centre opens in spring 2011 and has two separate courses - a 300m
Olympic Games competition course and a 160m training course. This is the only brand new London 2012
venue to open to the public before the Games and will be a great location to try out rafting or perfect your
skills. For more information contact Jackie Tolland on 01992 709 933 / jtolland@leevalleypark.org.uk

Brit Movie Tours
New tours for 2011
The TV and Film Location sightseeing tour company in the UK will be launching some new tours in 2011
to complement its current portfolio of bus and walking tours in London. New tours include The Beatles
London Tour, Sherlock Holmes Tour of London and Doctor Who London Tour. For more information
contact Lewis Swan on lewis.swan@hotmail.co.uk

New Galleries set to open at the National Maritime Museum
2011 will bring a raft of new developments at the National Maritime Museum. The Sammy Ofer Wing will
be a major new entrance, exhibition space and archive centre, with the first temporary exhibition, High
Arctic, opening in Summer, offering an immersive digital installation in response to a recent expedition to
the North-East Passage. Also opening in Summer, Voyagers: People and the Sea, will display key
objects that illustrate the vibrancy, diversity and significance of our relationship with the sea, and in
September, Traders: the East India Company and Asia will chart the history of the East India Company.
For more information contact David Solomon on DSalmon@nmm.ac.uk

Australia Season at The British Museum
In 2011 the British Museum will hold ‘Australia Season’ which will comprise of two Australian exhibitions
in Rooms 90 and 91, and Australia Landscape garden on the west lawn of the forecourt, as well as an
extensive public programme. For more information contact Hannah Boulton on 020 7323 8522 /

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Opening the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2011 season on 19 May, Timothy Sheader directs William
Golding’s gripping drama, Lord Of The Flies, while Lucy Bailey injects her unique visual dynamism into
John Gay’s original text of The Beggar’s Opera from 23 June. Continuing the successful series of
Shakespeare plays for younger audiences, Pericles will be re-imagined for everyone aged six and over
from 2 July and the final production of the 2011 season, playing from 28 July to 10 September, is George
and Ira Gershwin’s hit musical comedy, Crazy for You. For further information contact Chloe Pritchard-
Gordon at 020 7494 3665 / Chloe@thecornershoppr.com
New tours for 2011 from Capital Sport
From May to September 2011 Capital Sport are launching guided group cycling, walking and boating
holidays. Come as a ready-made group or join an existing one and discover some of the most stunning
areas of England. There are 5 tours to choose from, either starting or finishing in London. Source to Sea
follows the River Thames from its beginning to end and Floating down the Thames is a boating tour with
optional walking from Oxford to London. Tours include stays in comfortable classic accommodation or if
the Luxury option is taken, 4 or 5 star hotels are included. Breakfast, dinner, bikes, experienced guides,
equipment and luggage transfers are part of the package. For further information visit www.capital-

Shakespeare’s Globe announces 2011 Theatre Season: ‘The Word is God’
In 2011 Shakespeare’s Globe will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Around the
Easter weekend a simple, unstaged recital of The Bible will only be interrupted by performances of
Hamlet, which opens on Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April. The first main-house production will be All’s
Well That Ends Well, soon followed by Much Ado About Nothing. The season’s theme will be followed
through with the first Globe production of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the greatest tragedy in
English before Shakespeare. From August, The Globe Mysteries will present a fresh perspective on The
Mystery Plays, the earliest form of English drama, which retell the story of the bible. The story of King
James’ feat in uniting England’s religious factions is told in Howard Brenton’s acclaimed dramatisation of
the life of Anne Boleyn and the season will be brought to an end with The God of Soho, a wild satire on
modern living. For more information contact Francesca Maguire on 020 7902 1491 /

ZSL London Zoo, every Friday in June 2011
Thi sell-out event of 2010 is back with extra treats to get you into the summer party spirit. Visitors will get
the chance to experience wildlife in a whole new light, as the Zoo will be open late every Friday night in
June for a wild night out with London’s party animals. ZOO LATES includes the Silent Disco, Twisted
Cabaret, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. VIP tickets are also available for fast-track entry,
champagne and canapés on arrival, and free entry to the exclusive ‘Lates After Dark’ club night on site,
with live DJs and dancing. For more information please contact Rebecca Smith on 0207 449 6236 /

Gabriel Orozco
Tate Modern, 19 January – 25 April 2011
Visit the Tate Modern and marvel at the largest presentation of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962) in
the UK. As a sculptor of global significance, Orozco’s inspiration comes from the histories of western and
Latin American art practice. The exhibition will feature over 80 works, including a new installation never
previously exhibited, and will focus on his experimentation with found objects, both natural and
manmade, including La DS 1993, a classic Citroën DS car which the artist sliced into thirds, removing the
central part to exaggerate its streamlined, aerodynamic design. For more information contact Daisy
Mallabar on 020 7887 4942 / pressoffice@tate.org.uk

Sheela Gowda
Rivington Place, 19 January – 12 March 2011
Art lovers can soon enjoy the first solo exhibition in the UK of Bangalore based artist Sheela Gowda,
including a new commission. Gowda is known for her large-scale sculptural installations which are born
from everyday materials and this exhibition is guaranteed to please the eyes. For more information
contact Clare Roebuck on 020 7749 1247 / croebuck@iniva.org

Modern British Sculpture
Royal Academy of Arts, 22 January – 7 April 2011
This will be the first exhibition for 30 years to explore British sculpture of the twentieth century. The show
will embody a unique analysis of the progress of British sculpture, exploring what we mean by the terms
British and sculpture with a chronological series of strongly themed galleries. Key British works included
in the exhibition are; Alfred Gilbert ‘Queen Victoria’, Phillip King ‘Genghis Khan’, Jacob Epstein ‘Adam’,
Barbara Hepworth ‘Single Form’ and Leon Underwood ‘Totem to the Artist’ with many more also on
display. For more information contact Johanna Bennett on 020 7300 5615 /

Susan Hiller
Tate Britain, 1 February – 15 May 2011
This major survey exhibition at Tate Britain will showcase a timely selection of US artist Susan Hiller’s
key works, including many of the ground-breaking mixed-media installations and video projections for
which she is highly regarded. It will be the largest presentation of her work to date, providing visitors with
a unique opportunity to follow her exploration of dreams, memories and supernatural phenomena across
a career spanning almost four decades. For more information contact Duncan Holden on 020 7887 4939
/ pressoffice@tate.org.uk

Sexual Nature
Natural History Museum, 11 February – 2 October 2011
Pull off nature’s fig leaf and discover its most bizarre and intimate secrets in Sexual Nature. From the
eye-watering: the barnacle’s penis measures up to 30 times its body length, to the eye-popping: large
testes can indicate highly promiscuous species, Sexual Nature will take a provocative look at the birds
and the bees. Anything goes in the animal kingdom and visitors to Sexual Nature will be asked to leave
preconceptions at the door to discover the science of sex. For more information contact Amy Caiger on

Tate Britain, 16 February - 21 August 2011
Explore the history of watercolour painting in Britain from its emergence in the Middle Ages through to the
present day. This major exhibition will show around 200 works including pieces by historic artists such as
William Blake and JMW Turner, through to contemporary artists including Patrick Heron and Tracey
Emin. The exhibition will re-evaluate the commonly held belief that the medium first prospered during a
‘golden age’ of British watercolour, from roughly 1750 - 1850. It will reveal an older tradition apparent in
manuscripts, topography and miniatures. For more information contact Selina Jones on 020 7887 4906 /

London Street Photography
Museum of London, 18 February – 4 September 2011
Get to grips with the ideas behind street photographs and the reasons why they underpin our
understanding of London as a diverse and vibrant capital. The Museum of London will showcase an
extraordinary collection of street photography. From sepia-toned scenes to Londoners digitally ‘caught on
camera’, explore how street photography has evolved in a world of advancing security measures. For
more information contact Claire Wylie on 020 7814 5503 / cwylie@museumoflondon.org.uk

Jan Gossaert's Renaissance
The National Gallery, 23 February – 30 May 2011
Visit the National Gallery and see the most important paintings from Jan Gossaert, one of the most
startling and accomplished artists of the Northern Renaissance. This is the first exhibition dedicated to
Gossaert for over 40 years, and presents the results of a complete re-examination of his work. The
exhibition features over 50 works, including many of the artist’s most important paintings, such as the
‘Virgin and Child’, 1527. It also features drawings and sculptures of the Northern Renaissance. For more
information contact the press office 020 7747 2865 / press@ng-london.org.uk

Watt’s Workshop
Science Museum, opening March 2011
See James Watt’s actual workshop newly re-displayed again at the Science Museum. This new
exhibition, situated in the Museum’s Energy Hall, will reveal Watt as successors saw him - the first hero
of the Industrial Revolution - asking why he acquired such an awesome reputation. Using innovative
multimedia interpretation and an array of Watt’s own tools and mementos, this exhibition will set the story
of Watt’s life against the newly available consumer products and artefacts that steam power and the
Industrial Revolution brought. For more information contact 020 7942 4353 /

Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World
British Museum, 3 March – 3 July 2011
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see an exceptional collection of over 200 objects which show
how ancient Afghanistan was at the heart of a cultural crossroads. The objects are on loan from the
National Museum in Kabul, which is currently under restoration. It revolves around precious objects
drawn from some of the most important sites in the country. Each tells a story of how the inhabitants
traded with or were influenced by the fashions of their ancient neighbours. For more information contact
Hannah Boulton on 020 7323 8522 / hboulton@britishmuseum.org

Nancy Spero
The Serpentine Gallery, 3 March – 1 May 2011
The Serpentine Gallery presents a major UK survey of the work of celebrated American artist, feminist
and activist Nancy Spero (1926 - 2009). A feminist pioneer and politically active throughout her life,
Spero created work that was often radical, making strong statements against war, violence, male
dominance and abuses of power. She lived much of her life in New York City, with her husband and
collaborator Leon Golub, creating some of her most powerful works against the backdrop of the Civil
Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. For more information contact Tom Coupe on 020 7298 1544 /

Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, 1908-74
National Portrait Gallery, 10 March - 19 June 2011
A new exhibition of portraits by the twentieth-century pioneering photographer Ida Kar highlights the
crucial role played by this key woman photographer at the heart of the creative avant-garde. With striking
portraits of artists such as Henry Moore, Georges Braque, Gino Severini and Bridget Riley, and writers
such as Iris Murdoch and Jean-Paul Sartre, this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the cultural life
of post-war Britain and an opportunity to see iconic works, and others not previously exhibited. For more
information contact Neil Evans on nevans@npg.org.uk

At Home in Japan – Beyond the Minimal House
The Geffrye Museum, 22 March - 29 August 2011
Ever wanted to know more about the Japanese house and its style? This exhibition explores
contemporary urban homes to find out how private lives are lived in Japan today, looking at architecture,
decoration and style, from furniture and the tatami mat, to eating, sleeping, ‘gifting’, cleaning and hygiene
and worship. Discover a range of photographs and objects to explore the various narratives about
contemporary Japanese homes as well as the practices enacted within. For more information contact
Nancy Loader on 020 7739 9893 / nloader@geffrye-museum.org.uk

Dirt: the Filthy Reality of Everyday Life
Wellcome Collection, 24 March - 31 August 2011
Wellcome Collection's major Spring exhibition takes a closer look at something which surrounds us, but
we are often reluctant to confront. Dirt: the Filthy Reality of Everyday Life travels across centuries and
continents to explore our ambivalent relationship with dirt. Bringing together around 200 artefacts
spanning visual art, documentary photography, cultural ephemera, scientific artefacts, film and literature,
the exhibition uncovers a rich history of disgust and delight in the grimy truths and dirty secrets of our
past, and points to the uncertain future of filth. For more information contact Tim Morley on 07943
862564 / t.morley@wellcome.ac.uk

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900
Victoria & Albert Museum, 2 April – 17 July 2011
The V&A will showcase the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged on the Aesthetic Movement in
Britain, conveying the importance of art and the pleasure of all things beautiful. The Cult of Beauty will
display the greatest masterpieces in painting together with sculpture, design, furniture and architecture as
well as fashion and literature of the era. The exhibition will also explore the personalities in the group
including William Morris, James McNeill Whistler, Frederic Leighton, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward
Burne-Jones and Oscar Wilde. For more information contact Zoë Franklin on 020 7942 2497 /

Sensational Butterflies
Natural History Museum, 5 April – 25 September 2011
Did you know that a butterfly tastes with its feet? Have you ever wondered how a caterpillar sniffs out its
next meal? Experience the sensory world of butterflies in Sensational Butterflies. Explore the five
different sensory zones of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch in this new exhibition, come face to face
with live butterflies in the beautiful butterfly house and learn more about the surprising life they lead. For
more information contact Amy Caiger on a.caiger@nhm.ac.uk

Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
Tate Modern, opens 14 April 2011
This new exhibition will unite over 150 paintings, works on paper and sculptures by one of the twentieth
century’s most supreme artists. The wider context of Miró’s practice, highlighting his political engagement
and the influence of his Catalan identity will be explored. This will be the first major retrospective of his
work to be held in London for almost 50 years. For more information contact Duncan Holden on 020 7887
4939 / duncan.holden@tate.org.uk

Dutch Landscapes
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 15 April – 9 October 2011
This exhibition brings together 42 remarkable landscapes from the ‘golden age’ of Dutch 17th-century
painting and includes works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, Nicolaes Berchem and Meyndert
Hobbema. For more information contact 020 7839 1377 / press@royalcollection.org.uk

Age of the Dinosaur
Natural History Museum, 22 April – 4 September 2011
Dinosaurs make a dramatic return to the Natural History Museum in the summer blockbuster exhibition,
Age of the Dinosaur which will transport visitors back more than 65 million years to the misty, swamp-like
Jurassic lagoons and Cretaceous forests. Navigating these dark and mysterious places, you might catch
glimpses of insects, mammals and lizards as well as encounter lifesize animatronic dinosaurs. For more
information contact Amy Caiger on a.caiger@nhm.ac.uk

Senseable Cities
London Transport Museum, May 2011 - March 2012
Developed by the Royal College of Arts, this new exhibition at London Transport Museum will comprise
of a series of dynamic displays which will illustrate how new ways of sensing London’s transport, energy
and information systems can allow us to understand and access the City in new ways. What difference
will this revolution of connectivity, networking, architecture, town planning and energy make to our lives
over the next ten years? For more information contact Wendy Neville on 020 7565 7266 /

Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want
Hayward Gallery, 18 May – 29 August 2011
This summer the Hayward Gallery presents the first major survey in London of the work of one of the
UK’s most renowned and celebrated artists, Tracey Emin. Occupying both floors and two outdoor
sculpture terraces, the exhibition features key works from all periods of the artist’s career including
seldom-seen early works and more recent large-scale installations as well as a new series of outdoor
sculptures created. The exhibition features key works from all periods of Emin’s career and in all media,
including painting, textiles, works on paper, photography, neon, film and sculpture. For more information
contact Sarah Ragsdale on 020 7921 0887 / sarah.ragsdale@southbankcentre.co.uk

Pirates: the Captain Kidd Story
Museum of London Docklands, 20 May – 30 October 2011
From Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, discover the truth about the real pirates who ruled our
seas over 300 years ago. Through maps, letters and illustrations, follow the true story of the infamous
Captain Kidd in this family-friendly exhibition and learn how Kidd’s legend still shapes our idea of pirates
today. For more information contact Claire Wylie on 020 7814 5503 / cwylie@museumoflondon.org.uk

Summer Exhibition 2011
Royal Academy of Arts, 7 June –15 August 2011
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary
art exhibition. Now in its 243rd year, the exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both
unknown and established artists in all media including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking,
architecture and film. For more information contact Maria Salvatierra on 020 7300 5729 /

Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe
British Museum, 23 June – 9 October 2011
This exhibition will bring together for the first time some of the finest surviving sacred treasures of the
medieval age, exploring the centrality of relic veneration in medieval religious devotion. The relics of
Christ and the saints – objects associated with them, such as body parts or possessions – were valued
from the earliest Christian times as a bridge between heaven and earth. The extremely opulent materials
that enshrined the relics were considered to have spiritual and symbolic value. Treasures of Heaven will
document the development of these astonishing objects from the 4th century AD to the turbulent years of
the Reformation and beyond. For more information contact Hannah Boulton on 020 7323 8522 /

The Glamour of the Gods
National Portrait Gallery, 7 July – 23 October 2011
This new star-studded exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery is a survey of film portraiture from the
golden age of film, featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Greta Garbo, Marlene
Dietrich, Gary Cooper and Humphrey Bogart. Each photograph illustrates the importance of the medium
in terms of marketing the great stars central to the Hollywood mystique. The collection features exquisite
vintage prints and sitters of some very famous faces. For more information contact Neil Evans on

High Arctic
National Maritime Museum, 14 July 2011 – January 2012
Enjoy an exciting expedition experience at the National Maritime Museum this year. High Arctic conveys
the scale, splendour and fragility of our unique Arctic environment through an immersive installation
which encourages us to question our relationship with the world around us. The exhibition uses no
touchscreens, no static photographs, and no panels with text. Ultraviolet torches unlock hidden elements,
constantly shifting patterns of graphics and text that react to visitors approaching. For more information
contact Sheryl Twigg on 020 8312 6790 / press@nmm.ac.uk

Wonders of the Ancient World: François Fouquet’s Model Masterpieces
Sir John Soane’s Museum, 15 July - 23 September 2011
Witness a unique collection of models depicting the great buildings and monuments of ancient Greece,
Rome and the Near East, made by the exceptional architectural model maker and artist François
Fouquet. Wonders of the Ancient World is an important part of Soane’s fascinating collection which was
amassed over his lifetime and gives a unique insight into the world of 18th and 19th century architecture
and construction. For more information contact Debbie Walker on 0207 440 4243 /

Masterpieces of Royal Fabergé
Buckingham Palace, 23 July – 3 October 2011
From 23 July 2011 the finest masterpieces of Fabergé from the Royal Collection will be displayed in a
special exhibition at Buckingham Palace. This feast for the eyes will include Imperial Easter Eggs to
miniature animal carvings. The exhibition will bring together an array of beautiful objects by the world
famous Russian goldsmith and jeweller acquired by many members of the Royal Family throughout
history, from Queen Victoria to The Prince of Wales. For more information contact Rachel Woollen on
020 7024 5607 / press@royalcollection.org.uk

Design Museum Collection
31 August 2011
The Design Museum is set to revisit its permanent collection for the first time in five years. The museum’s
diverse and exciting collection features pivotal designs from sources as diverse as Jock Kinneir and
Margaret Calvert’s UK road signage to classic chairs by Ettore Sottsass and timeless porcelain by Walter
Gropius. The exhibition will focus on design innovation, and the impact of design on the public and
society. The displays will also be supplemented with high-profile loans and new acquisitions. For more
information contact Josephine Chanter on 020 7940 8771 / josephine@designmuseum.org

Degas’ Dancers
Royal Academy of Arts, 17 September – 11 December 2011
The first exhibition of its kind, Degas Dancers will incorporate drawings, pastels, paintings, prints, and
sculpture by Degas, as well as photographs by the artist and his contemporaries, and samples of film
from the period. It will bring together selected material from public institutions and private collections,
including both celebrated and little-known works by Degas. For more information contact Maria
Salvatierra on 020 7300 5729 / Maria.Salvatierra@royalacademy.org.uk

Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman
British Museum, 6 October 2011 – 8 January 2012
British artist Grayson Perry has been invited by the British Museum to put together an exhibition featuring
objects from the Museum’s extensive collection. Perry will choose an eclectic selection of objects from
right across world cultures, from Polynesian fetishes to Buddhist votive offerings. In addition to the British
Museum objects, Perry is also making an artwork especially for the exhibition. For more information
contact Hannah Boulton on 020 7323 8522 / hboulton@britishmuseum.org

Tacita Dean to undertake next commission in The Unilever Series
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 11 October 2011 to Spring 2012
Tacita Dean is one of the most respected artists working today. Her practice encompasses artist’s books,
drawing, found objects, photography and sound installations, but she is best known for her use of 16mm
film. Dean’s films act as depictions or portraits rather than conventional narratives, capturing fleeting
natural light or subtle shifts in movement. For further information contact Duncan Holden on 020 7887
4939/8730 / pressoffice@tate.org.uk

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 21 October 2011 - 15 April 2012
This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley records
Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return
from the South Pole and Ernest Shackleton’s Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914 - 17, which ended
with the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia. For more information contact 020
7839 1377 / press@royalcollection.org.uk

Creative beginnings: European art in the Ice Age
British Museum, 27 October 2011 – February 2012
Humanity’s desire to represent the world around us in drawings, paintings and sculpture is not something
recent. In Europe art first appears at least 35,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. This exhibition will
show some of the great masterpieces of this era. Sculptures and drawings of humans and animals will be
set among images of the great paintings from caves such as Chauvet in France and Altamira in Spain.
For more information contact Hannah Boulton on 020 7323 8522 / hboulton@britishmuseum.org

Museum of London, 10 December 2011 – 3 June 2012
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens (7 February 1812). Explore his work and
his enduring resonances, and discover how he illuminated and was inspired by Victorian London. For
more information contact the press office on 020 7814 5502/5511 / press@museumoflondon.org.uk
Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show
ExCeL London, 7 – 16 January 2011
London’s biggest and best-loved boating experience returns to ExCeL London, with a host of brand new
features. Hundreds of exhibitors will display the marine industry’s finest products, services and
equipment and roughly 1000 boats ranging from kayaks and dinghies to sail boats and motor yachts will
be open to climb aboard and explore. New features for 2011 include a watersports zone, with a
watersoprts action pool, where visits can participate in ‘try it’ sessions. For more information contact the
NBS Press Office on 020 7632 2432 / boatshow@publicasity.co.uk

International Netball - England v New Zealand
The O2, 19 January 2011
England will once again return to International netball action and this time take on world number two,
New Zealand. Last year’s game against Australia provided an amazing spectacle for the sell out crowd at
The O2 and the electric atmosphere promises to once again showcase international netball at its most
skilful. England v New Zealand is part of a three game series and vital for both teams in their
preparations for the World Netball Championships in Singapore in July 2011. For more information visit

London Art Fair 2011
Business Design Centre, 19 - 23 January 2011
The London Art Fair 2011 is a special treat for art lovers, bringing together various artwork from 100
carefully selected galleries and showcasing up-to-date British and global modern art. Painting is the main
medium of the show, however it will also feature sculpture, photography, video, prints and installation art.
In-depth discussions with leading experts will also be conducted throughout the fair and visitors will be
encouraged to share their feelings about modern art and various issues in the arts world. For more
information please contact David Lasserson on 020 7396 3529 / dlasserson@brunswickgroup.com

Hockey Super Sixes – The Finals
Wembley Arena – 30 January 2011
Prepare for an exciting evening as hockey’s showpiece indoor event comes to Wembley Arena.
The Super Sixes Finals will see England’s top clubs battle it out to be crowned Super Sixes Champions.
See British Olympians play in the flesh, enjoy live entertainment and meet international hockey stars. The
finals will include four superb matches to have you on the edge of your seat. For more information visit

Kew’s Tropical Extravaganza Festival
Princess of Wales Conservatory, 5 February - 6 March 2011
Forget about the chilly winter days as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s month long Tropical
Extravaganza festival kicks off in celebration of all things bright, beautiful and tropical. The Princess of
Wales Conservatory will flourish with exotic tropical flowers and foliage displays. Visitors will also be
informed about the importance of preserving biodiversity in tropical rainforest landscapes, and the
interdependency of the plants within them and all living things. Hands-on sessions and behind-the-
scenes tours will also be offered, along with tours of the tropical nursery. For more information contact
the RBG Kew Press Office on 020 8332 5607/pr@kew.org

The Gaucho International Arena Polo
The O2, 24 February 2011
The rapidly growing sport of Polo will take another historic step into the sporting mainstream with a
unique indoor event in London’s O2 arena. Gaucho International Polo will be the ultimate celebration of
the game and its growing popularity. Three world class matches will be played, culminating in the historic
grudge match between EFG's England and Camino Real's Argentina who will slog it out for the ‘Churchill
Cup’. A festival atmosphere will be generated by the multitude of entertainment as well as corporate
hospitality, live music, fashion shows, food and drink stalls and a retail village. For more information
contact Alex Rayner on 020 7422 8264 / alex.rayner@captiveminds.com

Vodafone London Fashion Weekend
Somerset House, 24 – 27 February 2011
Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is definitely a must for anyone wanting to catch a piece of the
London Fashion Week action, with the added bonus of discount designer shopping from brands, such as
Twenty8Twelve, Angel Jackson, Olivia Rubin and Alex Monroes selling ready to wear, accessories and
jewellery, at up to 70% off! Visitors can also have their hair and make-up touched up by Elizabeth Arden
and Toni&Guy. Tickets for the event will be going on sale from Monday 13th December. For more
information contact Harry Waters on 020 7886 3075 / harry@single‐market.co.uk

The Churchill Lecture Series at the Churchill War Rooms
Runs until the end of March 2011
This series of remarkable lectures are presented by some of the world’s foremost authorities on Churchill
in an incredible, historical setting. Guests will have the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere of the
Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, and will also be able to view the 70th Anniversary Exhibition, Undercover:
Life in Churchill’s Bunker. Dr Taylor Downing will present on Churchill and the Scientists (18 January
2011), and will delve into the role played by scientists in the Second World War. 22 March will see
Professor Richard Toye exploring Churchill and the Empire: Myth and Reality. For more information
please contact Nicola Osmond-Evans on 020 7416 5316/nosmond-evans@iwm.org.uk

 NBA Season Games
The O2, March 2011
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is set to make another welcome return to London in its quest
to make basketball history, when the league holds its first-ever regular-season games in Europe. The
New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors will square off for back-to-back games at The O2 arena in
London, England, on March 4 and 5 as part of NBA Games – London 2011. For more information contact
Claudia Parker on 020 8463 2580 / claudia.parker@aegworldwide.co.uk

The Ideal Home Show Returns to London for 2011
Earl’s Court, 11 – 17 March 2011
Britain’s best loved consumer home event, the Ideal Home Show is back for its 103rd Year. Winner of
Best Consumer Show of the Year 2010 in the AEO & Event Awards, the Ideal Home Show will continue
in 2011 with its new look, and seventeen day format including eight shows in one; Ideal Show Homes,
Ideal Interior, Ideal Home Improvements, Ideal Gardens, Ideal Food, Ideal Shopping, Ideal Woman, and
Ideal Gadgets where you can try out the latest gadgets and gizmos for the home. For more information
contact Alexandra Findlay on 020 7096 5814 / alexandra@stuart-higgins.com

The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race
26 March 2011
This is definitely an event not to be missed on the London sports calendar. The Oxford and Cambridge
Boat Race on the Thames is one of the world's longest running sports events and one of the most
popular. Can Oxford win back the title in 2011? Go and join the fun on the banks of the Thames between
Mortlake and Putney and cheer on the rowers. For more information visit www.theboatrace.org

Hampton Court Palace, 1 – 3 April 2011
Be inspired by Florimania next spring at Hampton Court Palace with scented floral arrangements in
keeping with the ancient stories from the past 500 years of dazzling history. Visitors can walk in the
footsteps of Henry VIII and marvel at the displays arranged by the Surrey area of NAFAS (National
Association of Flower Arrangement Societies), volunteers will offer flower arranging demonstrations. For
more information contact www.hrp.org.uk

The Royal Wedding
Westminster Abbey, April 29 2011
Get ready for a truly magical day in the capital as HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the
beautiful aisle of Westminster Abbey. The Royal Wedding is sure to provide Londoners and visitors with
a range of unique offers in honour of the couple’s big day, including special screenings, parties and
events across London, giving everyone a chance to celebrate. There are plenty of examples of London’s
royal heritage just waiting to be explored including Hampton Court, Tower of London, the Royal Parks
and even the wedding venue, Westminster Abbey. For more information on royal London visit

Spring Cheese & Wine Festival at Southbank Centre
18 - 20 March 2011
Following a hugely successful Autumn event, the Cheese & Wine Festival is back at Southbank Centre
for a Spring gastronomic celebration. Due to popular demand the festival will now be held bi-annually
with a second date in Autumn 2011, offering visitors the best products every season has to offer. The
Cheese and Wine Festival is now in its 3rd year and continues to celebrate the finest cheeses and wines
and demonstrate the nuances and delights of the relationship between the two. For more information visit

London Golf Club, May 2011
The ultimate golfers day out, Golf LIVE will welcome top professionals including Ryder Cup Captain Colin
Montgomerie and a team of other stars as well as leading manufacturers, worldwide Tourist Boards,
clothing companies and accessory brands to interact with an anticipated 15,000 golfers. Golf LIVE gives
amateur golfers the opportunity to interact with their idols in a unique and exciting environment. For more
information contact Kate Brewer on 01474 875 724 / kate@londongolf.co.uk

Pinta Latin American Art Fair
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, June 2011
This is a unique art event showcasing the best examples of Latin American art from 50 different galleries.
Exhibitors comprise of only the very best galleries in the US, Latin America and Europe, displaying a
huge variety of contemporary art movements on show. For more information visit

London Jewellery Week 2011
Various London Locations, 6 – 12 June 2011
After successfully re-launching in 2010, London Jewellery Week is planning an even bigger week of
events and activities in 2011. Some of the key elements will include Treasure, the contemporary jewellery
show at the heart of London Jewellery Week, the Hatton Garden Festival, the Goldsmiths’ Company ‘Day
of Knowledge’ seminar series, essence, the ethical jewellery pavilion at Treasure and the first annual
London Jewellery Week Awards. For more information contact press@londonjewelleryweek.co.uk

London International Fine Art & Antique Fair 2011
Olympia Exhibition Centre, 9 - 19 June 2011
A must for classified buyers, interior designers, curators and anyone with an interest in arts and antiques.
The show will present an extensive collection of art and antiques and over 30,000 visitors are expected to
attend. Amazing examples of arts and antiques from over 200 of the world's most prominent galleries will
be available to purchase. From Chinese ceramics to Art Deco jewellery, Old Master canvases and oak
furnishings, there will be a huge variety to choose from. For more information visit www.lifaf.com

18th Meltdown Festival
Southbank Centre, 10 – 19 June 2011
Southbank Centre announces that Ray Davies is the artistic director of the 18th Meltdown Festival in
2011, taking place in the concert halls and spaces of London’s historic, riverside arts centre. He follows in
the footsteps of past Meltdown directors David Bowie, Morrissey, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker,
Ornette Coleman and Richard Thompson. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist with The Kinks, acclaimed
solo artist, actor, director and storyteller, Ray Davies has written some of the most enduring songs in rock
and pop history. For more information contact Miles Evans on 0207 921 0676 /
Taste of London
Regent’s Park, 16 - 19 June 2011
The capital’s largest open air food and drink festival returns for its eighth year to Regent’s Park with a
variety of new and exciting restaurants and Michelin starred chefs to satisfy even the hungriest festival
goer. Gary Rhodes, Michel Roux Jr and Alfred Prasad are just a few chefs ready to dish up some
culinary delights with a number of restaurants debuting at the event including Corrigan’s, Petrus, and
Gauthier Soho. There will be a vast array of speciality food and drink producers to delight and inspire the
50,000 visitors at the event alongside live cooking demonstrations and interactive features sponsored.
For more information contact Clare Dixon on 020 7291 3000 / taste@housepr.com

City of London Festival
Various venues, 27 June – 16 July 2011
Discover the city in a new light as the City of London Festival returns to bring the Square Mile to life,
with more than 150 performances. In 2011, the Festival will celebrate a rich array of music and culture
from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, showcase the next generation of classical music
stars and welcome back the much loved Street Pianos. For more information contact Emily Caket on 020
7583 3585 / Emily.Caket@colf.org

Masterpiece London
30 June & 5 July 2011 (venue tbc)
The Masterpiece London Fair will be returning to Chelsea in 2011 with another decadent spread of fine
and decorative arts along with contemporary collectors. This global showcase of the “best of the best
from around the world” has an excess of £1 billion worth of art, antiques, cars, jewellery, watches and
wine from 150 specialist exhibitors. You could find the ultimate statement piece or indulge with an
impulse buy! For more information contact Charlotte Heath-Bullock on 020 3286 6980 /

Carnaval Del Pueblo
Brockwell Park/Herne Hill, 31 July 2011
This event is Europe's largest celebration of Latin American culture, with exciting acts on
different stages, and other activities for all the family including Brazilian stage, Reggaeton and Latin Hip
Hop stage, a funfair, children's area and free salsa dance lessons. There will also be a wide range of
Latin American, Caribbean and Western food and drinks, traditional crafts and Authentic Latin carnival
spirit all around! For more information call 02079284277 or email info@carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk

London Hosts the World Badminton Championships
August 2011
The world's best badminton players will fight for the chance to be crowned World Champions at an
incredibly high profile tournament in London. Tickets to see the World Badminton Championships are
selling fast. http://www.visitlondon.com/badminton

London Poetry Festival
August 2011
Founded in 2005 by the Founders of Poets' Letter, London Poetry Festival has become a national annual
celebration of English, European and World Poetry, and is poised to celebrate its 6th year in August.

The Mayor's Thames Festival
10th and 11th September 2011
With activities all along the River Thames between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, The Mayor's
Thames festival offers everything from a lantern procession to live music, art installations, street theatre
and pyrotechnic displays. Best of all - it's free! For more information visit www.thamesfestival.org

London Restaurant Festival
Throughout London, early October 2011
London Restaurant Festival is a citywide celebration of eating out, designed to acknowledge and
celebrate the pleasure and sustenance given to all by London's extraordinarily diverse and exciting range
of restaurants. For two weeks in October 2011, the city’s restaurateurs will work together to enable food
lovers to explore some of the capital’s finest cooking – from its Michelin stars to coveted neighbourhood
bistros. For more information contact Taste PR on 020 7242 2844 / lrf@taste-pr.com

Lord Mayor’s Show
Parade starting at Mansion House, 12 November 2011
Get ready for three miles of fun, frolics and fanfares from a massive parade in the day to the evening’s
spectacular fireworks. The City welcomes a new Lord Mayor every year, and each time the event
involves thousands of people and hundreds of vehicles, from military bands to community floats, from the
splendor of the pikemen and the Lord Mayor’s coach to the modern face of City business. For more
information contact Lesley Mair on 020 7332 3639 / lesley.mair@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Entertainment, theatre and film
The BFI’s exciting programme for 2011 entertains and educates, commemorating and investigating past
and present film stars and previously undiscovered cinema from around the world. BFI Southbank will
examine some of the most influential artists including Howard Hawks and François Truffaut. There will
also be a season devoted Audrey Hepburn (January/February) and an extended run of Breakfast at
Tiffany’s. The Long Goodbye: A Cinematic Memento Mori (January) will explore a controversial subject in
astounding and inspiring ways. BFI will invite debate and discussion during exclusive Q&As with special
guests, premieres, previews and events to entertain and inform. You may even bump into a who’s who of
film and television – from Martin Scorsese to Michael Caine. For more information contact Judy Wells on
020 7957 8919 / judy.wells@bfi.org.uk

Open Stage, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Theatre Royal Stratford East will be asking the people of East London and beyond to speak up and
decide what they want to appear on Stratford East's stage from January to July 2012. Open Stage is a
big, bold, ambitious project that seeks to challenge the traditional process of programming shows for the
stage whilst capturing the imagination of the public. For more information contact Charlotte Handel on
020 8279 1169 / openstage@stratfordeast.com,

Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem
Royal Albert Hall, January – February 2011
Written and directed by Robert Lepage, Cirque Du Soleil’s new show traces the fascinating journey of the
human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding
myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.
Touring throughout 2010, the show will move on to London for Cirque’s annual rendez-vous with the
prestigious Royal Albert Hall. For more information visit www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/cirque-du-

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Royal Festival Hall, 16 January 2011
The Southbank Centre will team up with the Hungarian Cultural Centre to produce a concert by the
Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) and its Founder/Music Director Iván Fischer. Returning to the Royal
Festival Hall for the first time since its 25th Anniversary concert in 2008, the Hungarian orchestra will be
joined by British pianist Stephen Hough for Franz (Ferenc) Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a highlight of
worldwide celebrations of the Hungarian composer’s bicentenary. For more information contact Dennis
Chang on 020 7921 0824 / dennis.chang@southbankcentre.co.uk

Swan Lake
Royal Opera House, 22 January – 8 April
This production of one the most famous ballets in the world is sure to warm your heart. Anthony Dowl
has created a Russian Imperial World, which was at the time the ballet was created. The classic love
story accompanied by the instantly recognisable music of Tchaikovsky has been pulling at the
heartstrings of audiences for more than 130 years. For more information contact Rosie Neave on 020
7212 9165 / rosie.neave@roh.org.uk

Lyttelton Theatre, opens 1 February 2011
Greenland is a new play about uncertainty, confusion and the future of everything, by Moira Buffini, Matt
Charman, Penelope Skinner and Jack Thorne. Seeking to understand a subject of great complexity, the
National Theatre has asked four of the most distinct and exciting playwrights in British theatre to
collaborate on a new piece of documentary theatre. The team has spent six months interviewing key
individuals from the worlds of science, politics, business and philosophy in an effort to understand our
changing relationship with the planet. For more information contact Becky Sayer on 020 7452 3233 /

The London Concerts 2011
Various venues, February 2011
The Barbican Centre and Southbank Centre have joined forces to bring Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner
Philharmoniker to London for a series of four concerts in 2011. The London Concerts series opens at the
Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 20 February, then continues with two concerts at the Barbican Centre
on 21 and 22 February and concludes on 23 February at the Royal Festival Hall. For more information
contact Annikaisa Vainio on 020 7382 7090 / avainio@barbican.org.uk

Peacock Theatre, 8 February - 13 March 2011
Following its recent two week world premiere run at the UK's leading dance house, Shoes, the song and
dance revue show written by Richard Thomas and directed by Stephen Mear moves to Sadler’s Wells’
West End theatre, the Peacock Theatre for a five week run from 8 February to 13 March 2011. Described
as "a high spirited night out" (Zoe Anderson, The Independent) Shoes is Sadler's Wells' most ambitious
production to date. Featuring 12 dancers, 4 singers, a live band and over 250 pairs of shoes, the show
tells life through street-level perspective with wit, irreverence and affection. For further information
contact Abigail Desch on 0207 863 8119 / abigail.desch@sadlerswells.com

Olivier Theatre, previews from 5 February 2011
Danny Boyle directs Frankenstein, a new play by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller will alternate the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the
Creature. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out
into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless
Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a
terrifying deal. For more information contact Mary Parker on 020 7452 3234 /

The Holy Rosenbergs
Cottesloe Theatre, opens 16 March 2011
Laurie Sansom directs a new play by Ryan Craig, The Holy Rosenbergs. As big-hearted patriarch David
clings to a deal that could save both his ailing catering firm and his cherished standing in the Edgware
Jewish community, his children are at loggerheads. While eldest son Danny fights for the Israelis in
Gaza, his sister investigates war crimes in that same conflict. But when tragedy strikes, each family
member is forced to confront head-on the clash between individual identity and the demands and
expectations of community. For more information contact Becky Sayer on 020 7452 3233 /

Cause Celebre
The Old Vic, previews from 17 March 2011
Cause Célèbre is based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury (Anne-Marie Duff) who was put on public
trial in 1935 with her 18-year-old lover for violently killing her husband. This major new production of
Rattigan’s final play is the third production in The Old Vic’s seventh season. Condemned by the public,
more for her seduction of a younger man than for any involvement she may have had in her husband’s
death, Alma’s fate is left in the hands of the socially and sexually repressed jury forewoman, Edith
Davenport. For more information contact Anna Dawson on 020 7243 6176 / anna@joallanpr.com

Rocket to the Moon
Lyttelton Theatre, opens 30 March 2011
Angus Jackson directs Rocket to the Moon by Clifford Odets. Stunning, stockingless, ruthless in her
youth, Cleo Singer arrives in Ben Stark’s dental practice and turns his married, humdrum world upside
down. She promises passion, escape, if only he knew how. But Stark is not alone in his frustrated
dreams and in those stifling, shared offices there’s rivalry over a woman discovering life, a woman who’s
hungry for expression and for love. For more information contact Mary Parker on 020 7452 323 /

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz
London Palladium, opens March 2011
Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the
family musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation
of the all time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted
audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. The production
will also see Michael Crawford playing the Wizard. For more information visit

The Most Incredible Thing, featuring music from Pet Shop boys
Sadler’s Wells, 17 - 26 March 2011
World famous electronic pop duo, Pet Shop Boys have collaborated with No.1 dance venue Sadler’s
Wells to produce a full-length dance work, based on a Hans Christian Andersen story. Pet Shop Boys
have composed an original score for the production, which is choreographed by Javier De Frutos,
featuring Ivan Putrov. The Most Incredible Thing, which celebrates the power of art in the face of human
destruction, makes its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells in Spring 2011. For further information on the
production please contact Sadler’s Wells Press Manager Abigail Desch on 020 7863 8119 /

Shrek the Musical
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 6 May 2011 – 19 February 2012
The much loved story from the Oscar-winning film has finally arrived on stage as a new musical comedy!
Join Shrek, the unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on an adventure to rescue the
beautiful Princess Fiona, from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing dragon. Featuring all new songs,
Shrek the Musical brings the well loved characters to life in a hilarious and spectacular new production.
The cast includes Amanda Holden as Princess Fiona, Nigel Lindsay as Shrek, Richard Blackwood as
Donky and Nigel Harman as Lord Farquaard. For more information visit www.shrekthemusical.co.uk

Handel Festival
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, April 2011
This historic venue has been at the heart of London’s music-making for over 250 years and has played
host to performances by some of the most distinguished musicians of all time, including Handel. This
special connection is celebrated throughout April 2011 with the Handel Festival. Listen to Handel’s
choral masterpiece Messiah on 2 April and go out with a bang on 30 April with his Royal Fireworks
Music. For more information contact Julie Emig on 020 7766 1115 / julie.emig@smitf.org

Spitalfields Music's Summer Festival
Various venues, 10 – 15 June 2011
Head over to London’s East End for an eclectic music programme hosted at some fantastic venues
including Christ Church Spitalfields and the bandstand at Arnold Circus. Highlights include performances
from the English Concert, Mica Levi and Talvin Singh. For more information contact Alexandra Marshall
on 020 7377 0287 / alexandra.marshall@spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

The Infernal Comedy
The Barbican Centre, 17 June 2011
What do Beethoven, Haydn, Weber, Vivaldi and Mozart have to do with the Austrian serial killer Jack
Unterweger? All will be revealed in a new stage-play, in which the celebrated actor John Malkovich takes
the audience on a journey through the life and mind of the notorious womaniser, writer and murderer. For
more information visit www.barbican.org.uk

Romeo and Juliet
The O2 Arena, June 2011
The Royal Ballet is thrilled to announce that it will dance a unique production of Romeo and Juliet at The
O2 Arena. It will be the first time the world-renowned ballet company has danced in a UK arena and, in
order to fully celebrate the occasion, there will be up to 2000 specially-priced £10 tickets at every
performance. An all star cast of Royal Ballet dancers including Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Alina
Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Edward Watson and Mara Galeazzi will dance the roles of the famous star-
crossed lovers for four shows. The main floor will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, meaning that
some lucky audience members will have front row seats for only £10. For more information contact Kitty
Greenleaf on 020 7212 9241 / kitty.greenleaf@roh.org.uk

Hampton Court Palace Festival
8 - 18 June 2011
The Hampton Court Palace Festival returns with a magnificent line-up of legendary music artists from the
Rock, Pop, Jazz and Classical world. This unique Festival has been running for 18 years in Base Court at
Hampton Court Palace with world-class artists, spectacular fireworks and exquisite culinary experiences.
For more information contact the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office on 020 3166 6166 /

Take That Progress Live 2011 Tour
Wembley Stadium, 1 - 7 & 9 July 2011
Pop’s hottest group play eight dates at the iconic stadium during their European tour that starts next
summer. Progress Live 2011 is Take That’s biggest tour yet. For more information contact Nick Meakin
on nick.meakin@thefa.com

Angela Gheorghiu and Plácido Domingo live in the UK
The O2 Arena, 29 July 2011
Two of the opera world’s most celebrated names will appear in concert together for the first time in the
UK next summer, as Angela Gheorghiu and Plácido Domingo join forces for a spectacular celebration of
song. World-renowned for their individual talents, the combination of Gheorghiu and Domingo’s voices
onstage will be an event not to be missed. For further information, contact Joe Baxter at AirMTM on 0207
386 1605 / joe@airmtm.com

Batman Live
The O2 Arena, 24 August – 4 September 2011
Batman Live is a visually stunning production, complete with a brand new original storyline. The live show
will feature Batman, his trusty counterpart Robin, tireless butler Alfred and a host of other favourite
Batman characters, including Villains such as The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman and The Penguin. For
more information contact Louise Kearns on 020 7257 8184 / louisekearns@akauk.com

Lee Evans at The O2
29 September – 2 October 2011
Comedian Lee Evans returns to The O2 as part of his ambitious UK and Ireland tour, ‘Roadrunner’. Lee’s
new stand up show will run for 4 nights in London with over 50 nights in total for his record-breaking tour.
For more information contact Claudia Parker on 020 8463 2580 / claudia.parker@aegworldwide.co.uk

Shopping & Restaurants
Park House
Opens 2011
This dramatic, glass-roofed structure will combine 96,000 square feet of retail (on the lower ground,
ground and first floors) with 170,000 square feet of office space and 39 superb apartments, with views
across Oxford Street and Mayfair. The building will be located at Oxford Street, adjacent to Selfridges &
Co. For more information contact the New West End Company on 020 7462 0680 /

Silvena Rowe to join The May Fair
Due to open early 2011
Executive chef at Baltic, Silvena Rowe is well known for her slots on TV's Saturday Kitchen. She is set to
join The May Fair hotel, serving up a menu of eastern-Mediterranean cuisine. For more information
contact Mason Williams PR on 0845 0941 007.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Mandarin Oriental London Hotel, opens January 2011
Heston Blumenthal will be bringing his quirky yet brilliant approach to culinary alchemy to the Mandarin
Oriental London in the form of his new restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The menu will focus on
the revival and innovation of traditional British recipes, and will include simple contemporary dishes
inspired by our historic gastronomic past, such as Scallops with Cucumber Ketchup and Peas, Bergamot
cured Mackerel Salad and Slow Cooked Short Rib of Beef. For more information visit

Opera Tavern
Opens January 2011
Salt Yard are set to open their third restaurant in January 2011. Opera Tavern is a beautiful two storey
bar and restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden. The restaurant will be serving Spanish and Italian
inspired tapas throughout, artisanal charcuterie and cheese and a special menu of bar dishes such as
whole Dorset Crab with Saffron Alioli, Italian Style Scotch Eggs, and the best of the season’s Native
Oysters with Chorizo oil. The restaurant is set to be the perfect place for a pre or post theatre light meal
or somewhere to while the hours away. For more information visit www.saltyard.co.uk

Pollen Street Social
Opens January 2011
Pollen Street Social, set to open in January 2011, will be the first independent restaurant from Jason
Atherton, who left Maze restaurant this May to fulfill his long held ambition. Pollen Street Social, as the
name suggests, is located on Pollen Street, close to Hanover Square, London. The restaurant will
represent a new, more informal restaurant style for Jason, where his much acclaimed cuisine will be
served in a stylish and unstuffy environment. The menu will offer dishes that Jason describes as “having
one foot in the past and the other in the future”, where classical techniques underpin his creativity and
influences picked up during his time working in some of the most innovative kitchens of the world. For
more information contact Laura Brunt on 020 8600 3600

La Rosetta
Due to open February 2011
Roman chef Massimo Riccioli has made a name for himself with his celebrated seafood restaurant in
Rome. Riccioli will introduce London to his fresh market style with a fish and seafood specialty restaurant
to open in the massive five-star Corinthia Palace which will be styled by David Collins. For further
information visit www.corinthialondon.com

Restaurant and Sky Bar at Heron Tower
Opens March 2011
Heron Tower is the tallest building in the City of London, providing unrivalled views and enhancing the
skyline. The tower is due to open in March and will boast a spectacular Restaurant and Sky Bar on the
top three floors of the tower. More details will be announced once an operator has been appointed. For
more information contact Emma Kane on 020 7566 6700 / herontower@redleafpr.com

New shops in Covent Garden
Spring/summer 2011
2011 will see several high-end fashion retailers setting up home in Covent Garden, including Rugby by
Ralph Lauren and Burberry, both on King Street. For more information contact Paul McEntee on 020
3047 4078 / Paul_McEntee@jcpr.com

Da Polpo
6 Maiden Lane, opens 2 June 2011
With 70 covers and two levels, this new Italian restaurant will feature a meatball section and a pizzetta,
and some brand new and exciting dishes. The wine list will offer a selection of Italian grapes and the
recent addition of own-label Polpo house wines from Friuli and the Polpo House 'octopus label' Prosecco.
For more information contact www.dapolpo.co.uk

Westfield Stratford City
Opens September 2011
As Europe's largest urban shopping centre at 1.9 million sq ft, Westfield Stratford City is set to transform
London's retail landscape. It will be home to around 300 shops, bars and restaurants and will be
anchored by a John Lewis department store, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and an all-digital, state-of-the-
art Vue cinema. The three-level curved mall and beautifully designed 24-hour lifestyle street will link the
Stratford international and regional stations and form the prestigious gateway to the Olympic Games in
2012. For more information visit http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity


Mint Hotel, Tower of London hotel
Opens Early 2011
This new and exciting hotel will be positioned just a few minutes’ walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch
Street station, providing guests with easy access to London’s historic centre as well as the business
heart. Mint Hotel, formally known as City Inn has been designed by leading architects, offering guests
quality accommodation that engages with its historic surroundings whilst blending in with the City of
London skyline. For more information contact Sam Hooper on 0870 626 9000 /

Chuan Spa
The Langham, opens January 2011
Get ready for a Far Eastern pampering as Europe’s first ‘Grand Hotel’, The Langham at Regent Street,
London will launch Europe’s first Chuan Spa in January 2011. This Chaun Spa will be London’s first hotel
spa to incorporate ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into its signature treatments,
atmosphere and décor. This urban haven will also offer a fully equipped fitness centre with state-of-the-
art equipment, free weights and a 16 metre swimming pool open to hotel residents and spa guests. For
further information contact Nick Barrington Wells on 020 7973 7515 /

W London, Leicester Square
Opening February 2011
Created by renowned London architects at Jestico + Whiles, the sleek new W London-Leicester Square
hotel promises to be the latest architectural icon for the city. The hotel will feature 192 stylish guest
rooms, a W The Store retail outlet, as well as a destination restaurant and a signature bar experience. W
London – Leicester Square has been designed for true ‘Londoners,’ offering a stylish urban sanctuary for
global jetsetters and local London insiders. Guests can enjoy exclusive amenities, and the highly
acclaimed W bed, featuring a feather-top mattress, 350 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-
down comforter. For more information contact Anna Whitaker on 0207 290 7108 /

London Syon Park
Open February 2011
London Syon Park, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel will be a 5* deluxe hotel offering guests a most incredible and
unique experience. The hotel is based in the 200-acre estate of Syon Park, the grounds of the London
home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Taking its cue from the Syon Pleasure Ground
created in the 18th century by famed landscape designer Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, this new jewel in
the Waldorf Astoria crown overlooks a captivating landscape and offers the best of all pleasurable worlds
- tranquil escape, a tradition of grand hospitality and state-of-the-art amenities that define both the
Waldorf Astoria experience and the rich legacy of Syon Park. For more information contact Rosie
Nicholls on 0207 940 2900 / rosie@nevillemccarthy.com

The St. John Hotel
Open Spring 2011
This west end hotel is set to be one of London's finest destination hotels with its stylish yet minimal
rooms. The St. John Hotel in Leicester Street promises no "hotel confusion" - lights switch on and off, the
taps go from hot to cold, and the restaurant will deliver exquisite, uncompromising cuisine in a great
location. There will also be a unique bar for elevenses, tea, aperitifs and digestifs which will be available
for private parties. For more information email press@stjohnrestaurant.com

Premier Inn Stratford
Opening Spring 2011
Premier Inn will soon be revealing a new 267-bedroom budget hotel at Stratford, located adjacent to the
Olympic Stadium. This hotel will be the closest hotel to the new Stratford International station which
opened in December 2009. Stratford Premier Inn will be one of the best connected hotels in the country –
only minutes from central London on the new high-speed rail service and just over two hours to Paris on
the Eurostar. For more information visit www.premierinn.com/en/news/news_category/new-premier-inn-

Hilton London Paddington hotel
Refurbishment complete March 2011
This major refurbishment will give the hotel an enhanced luxurious look that’s perfectly in keeping with
the hotel’s heritage and spectacular art deco style. Two new rooms will be unveiled; one for Hilton Guest
Rooms and another for Deluxe and Executive rooms. This will bring the hotel’s accommodation up-to-
date in terms of comfort and luxury, expected by today’s discerning travellers. For more information
contact 0207 856 8471 / press.office@hilton.com

Corinthia Hotel London
Opening April 2011
The new Corinthia Hotel London, which is located near Trafalgar Square, will be entirely refurbished from
what once was the magnificent Metropole Hotel, with 300 exceptionally designed and spacious rooms.
The Corinthia will also offer a number of suites boasting some amazing views, including the River
Thames and The London Eye. The elegant central courtyard foyer, restaurants, luxury spa, destination
bar, meeting facilities and delicately refurbished grand ballroom will guarantee guests a lavish retreat. For
more information contact Francesca Tarrant on 020 7630 1411 /

Refurbishment at St. Ermin’s Hotel
April 2011
Discover fresh, new surprises in a familiar setting at The St. Ermin's Hotel. Formerly known as the NH
Jolly St. Ermin's, the all-new St. Ermin's Hotel features stylish, contemporary accommodation and warm
service in the heart of Westminster. The hotel is set to unveil a brand new look with 230 rooms to open in
April and a further 70 refurbished rooms by September 2011. Located a five-minute stroll to Parliament
Square, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Queen Elizabeth II Conference
Centre, the hotel is an ideal destination for first-class business and leisure travel. For further information
contact Pippa Fordham Moss on pippa@wixhill.co.uk

The Zetter Townhouse
Clerkenwell, open early May 2011
The new 13 bedroom Georgian Townhouse is located across the cobbles of St Johns Square, behind
The Zetter Hotel. With interiors by Russell Sage the Georgian townhouse includes 2 spectacular suites, a
games room, private dining rooms and will be available to hire exclusively. For more information contact
Natalie Raw on 0207 324 4422 / press@thezetter.com

Marriott St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel
Opening May 2011
This Grade 1 listed building was originally designed by architect Sir George Gilbert Scott to house the
Midland Grand Hotel. It is a Victorian masterpiece, lovingly restored in every detail, from the Gothic
revival façade to the grand stairwell, gold leaf ceilings and other eccentric touches. To stay at the St
Pancras London Renaissance Hotel is to experience all the romance of the golden age of rail travel,
brought thrillingly into the 21st century. For more information contact June Farell on

45 Park Lane
Opening Summer 2011
Luxury hotel brand, Dorchester Collection is set to open 45 Park Lane, a sumptuous, contemporary new
hotel boasting 45 rooms, plus a large penthouse, in the heart of London’s Mayfair. The hotel will be the
eighth hotel in the Collection and will be just yards away from its sister hotel, The Dorchester. The
exterior will be equally stylish and eco-friendly with ‘fins’ made from aluminium to utilize solar power
within the hotel’s heating and cooling processes. For more information contact Rosanna Crawley on 020
7319 7062 / rcrawley@thedorchester.com

Eccleston Square Hotel
Opening June 2011
Eccleston Square Hotel, due to open in the former Elizabeth Hotel in 2011 is a 40-room high spec high
tech hotel, £6.5m renovation project, with a fantastic Pimlico location. The hotel will offer high tech
interiors with 3D TVs, iPod docking, super fast WiFi and free VOIP calls, as well as high spec bathrooms
which include a mirror with 'hidden' TV and rainfall shower with 'touch of a button' opaque glass. Guests
will be able to use a control pad for their room with electronic wake up and turn down settings, a Mind
Spa TV channel, aromatherapy products and garden tennis courts. For more information contact Lucy
Shrouder on 020 7637 3220 / lucy.shrouder@massey.co.uk

The Montcalm London City Hotel
Opening June 2011
The Montcalm London City Hotel is set to open its doors to delegates, business travelers and
weekenders in the confines of the reputed event space that is The Brewery, Chiswell Street. A tactful
transformation of the former structure will combine the Grade II listed architecture with an upscale hotel,
offering world class service levels with a design-led ethos. The new hotel, which will be owned and
managed by Montcalm Hotels, will have 235 bedrooms and will offer boutique design while preserving
traditional values. All bedrooms will be king size with suites designed especially for business travelers.
For more information contact Lysbeth Fox on 0207 408 5097 / lysbeth@allurecommunications.com

Aloft London Excel
Due to open late 2011
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, and its new destination brand, Aloft Hotels, are due to open Aloft
London ExCeL by 2012. The hotel will boast 252 rooms located at ExCeL London and will deliver an
urban-influenced, open and vibrant design experience at an affordable price. For more information
contact Anna Hann on 0207 290 7108 / Anna.hann@starwoodhotels.com

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