Two Popular West End Shows Return

Blood Brothers & Curious Incident

Blood Brothers is a musical that tells the story of twin brothers separated by birth  one raised by a wealthy family and another a poor family.  They are reunited when pursuing the same woman only to be tragically separated again.

Blood Brothers premiered in London's West End in 1983 and won the Olivier Award that year for Best New Musical. Following a UK tour in 1984 and a revival in 1988, the show than ran for 24 consecutive years before closing in November 2012. With more than 10,000 performances, it is the fifth longest running musical in West End history.

As part of its 30th anniversary, Blood Brothers is touring the UK with a limited run in Surrey October 29-November 3 at the New Wimbledon Theatre
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General tickets £17.90 - £52.90 (plus £3.65 transaction fee)
Theatre Card members £15 - £49
www.atgtickets.com+44 8448 717627
New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a play based on Mark Haddon's mystery noel by the same name.  It is about Christopher, a 15-year old boy who is mathematically gifted but has behavioral differences.

The play debuted in 2012 and has won 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards including Best Play. Following a successful UK and international tour, the National Theatre production returns to London for a three month run November 29-February 23 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.
Tickets £18 - £92.50
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk+44 2074 523000
Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
 


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Time Out for London Eye

London Eye rides with a twist

Time Out's Eye Openers are back! The summer barre and yoga classes in a London Eye capsule return for the fall — but now they have added drinking, music and storytime.

At 135 meters (443 feet) high, the London Eye is the worlds largest cantilevered observation wheel and on a clear day you can see up to 25 miles from the top. When it was erected in 2000, it was meant to be temporary installation. Now it is hard to envision the London skyline without it. The award-winning structure is the UK's most popular attraction with over 3.75 million visitors annually.

While each capsule can hold up to 25 people, these unique experiences offer a much more intimate size group (our barre class in June was a total of six people).

Fitness
Yoga (September 27, October 2-4) by The Refinery — £25
Barre (September 29, October 6) by The Refinery — £25

Kids
Baby Sensory under 3's (September 27, October 3, 4, 17 and 18) — £12.50
Baby Music under 3's (October 2) — £12.50
Storytime for under 3's (September 27, 29 October 2-4) — £12.50
Paddington Storytime for 4 - 7 year olds (September 27, 29 October 2-4) by London Dreamtime — £12.50 (includes Paddington Bear book to take home)

Drink
East London Liquor Company (September 29) — £25
Old Kent Road Brewery (September 29) — £25

There is also the added benefit of going through a dedicated entrance and skipping most of the queue (regular Fast Track tickets are £33). Book now for a fun, affordable way to ride the London Eye!
www.timeout.com
Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7PB


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Open House London

World’s largest architecture festival

There is still time to plan where to visit during Open House London September 22nd and 23rd. This year’s 26th annual event provides free admission to 800 buildings and includes talks, tours and walks, covering 30 boroughs.

Some of the iconic buildings that usually charge, include:
  • The Banqueting House
  • Benjamin Franklin House
  • Dennis Severs House
  • Design Museum
  • Ham House & Garden
  • Leighton House Museum
  • Mansion House
  • Middle Temple Hall
  • Museum of London
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • The View from the Shard
For those that are willing to brave the elements, the two-day event also includes special talks and walks, including:
  • Cycle Tour of Olympic Park
  • Walking Tour of David Bowie’s Beckenham
Best of all it is all free - so grab a family member or friend, download the app and be one of the 250,000 that participate!
www.openhouselondon.org.uk

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Zip Line Across London

Birds eye view of London

Last year's summer pop-up at Archbishop’s Park is back. Here’s your chance to catch Zip Now (formerly Zip World London), the world's longest and fastest city zip line before it closes September 9th.

You will begin by climbing up 115 feet (more than 9 double decker buses!) where you will enjoy unparalleled birds eye view of London’s skyline. Attractions include Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye and The Shard.

You will then travel 225 metres (738 feet) at speeds 50 kph (31 mph). This year, there are three ziplines located side by side so family and friends can ride together. Also, new this year is the Mega Drop. For £10 more, instead of walking down a flight of stairs, you can take a 15 metre (49 feet) freefall down.

Conveniently located within 10 minute walk from London Waterloo, this is a thrilling start or end to a day in London. Book on-line for discounts, including special prices 2:30 – 5:30 pm weekdays. No experience or previous training required – just a sense of adventure!
www.zip-now.co+44 3300 583477
Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, London SE1 7LE


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Pilot's Hub & Hanger

Brasserie and coffee house adjacent to historic 1930s hanger

With the temperatures cooling down, it is a perfect time to visit The Pilot's Hub. The brasserie and coffee house is located adjacent to the historic 1930s Redhill Aerodrome. Beginning in 1937, Redhill featured an Elementary Flying Training School that continued until the beginning of World War II. Through the course of the War, it served as a Royal Air Force Station for deployments of fighter squadrons and used by support units.

Today, Redhill offers a range of commercial aviation services, including aircraft maintenance, flight training, along with helicopter and charter services. Seating is first-come first served, with exception to holidays (we made the mistake of making a trip there on Father's Day without a booking*).  Only a runway separates guests seated on the deck from the planes.  Alternatively, bar height seating inside is a perfect for viewing planes taking off and landing. The food is homemade, including made-to-order burgers, sandwiches and cakes, with bread and pastries from Chalk Hills Bakery.

Be sure to take a walk to the loos*. The route passes through the hanger filled with plans, including a historic G-ABWP Spartan Arrow, the last one in existence from 1932. The Pilot's Hub is worth the drive for a leisurely bite!
www.pilotshub.co.uk+44 2086 529027
Hangar 9, Redhill Aerodrome, Redhill, Surrey RH1 5JY


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Summer Exhibition

World's longest display of contemporary art

There is still time to catch the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) Summer Exhibition which closes this Sunday, August 19th. Founded in 1768, the Summer Exhibition is the world's longest running annual display of contemporary art. The committee for the 250th anniversary display is chaired by Grayson Perry, English contemporary artist known for his ceramics and tapestries. 

Hung by RA artists, each room is as unique as the pieces within them.  The works range from monumental pieces by well-known artists such as Joana Vasconcelos' Royal Valkyrie to small-scale pieces by first-time exhibitors like Nicholas Allan's On.

Even the medium used to create the art invites visitors to take a closer look – from El Enatsui's Change of Fortune made of bottle tops sewn together with wire to Lee Cutter's Prison Culture made of etched bars of prison issue soap.

  
With over 1,300 pieces of art selected from 20,000 entries, some rooms are literally filled floor to ceiling with pieces of art. The casual, collage-like display draws an audience that is as diverse and interesting as the artwork itself.

Gallery III with its bright yellow walls even features a gin bar where traditional drinks like London Cup (similar to Pimm's) and snacks are available for purchase. With this addition, it is no surprise that there is truly something for everyone!
www.royalacademy.org.uk+44 2073 00800
Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BD


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War Horse Returns

UK Tour until April 2019

Winner of 5 Tony awards, War Horse, is famous for its larger than life puppeteering. Based on Michael Morpugo’s 1982 children’s novel by the same name, it is about an army horse named Joey and efforts by his original owner, Albert, to bring him home after World War I.

The book was adapted to the stage by National Theatre in 2007 and had a successful 8 year run on West End. Since then, War Horse has been performed in 11 countries to over 7 million people. The play has become an integral part of British history with Joey making appearances at the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee celebration.

As part of its 10th anniversary year, War Horse is touring the UK. In Surrey, the play runs August 1-18 at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking. General tickets £22.40 - £59.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee), Theatre Card members £19.50 - £55.50
www.atgtickets.com+44 8448 717627
Ambassadors,Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ


War Horse returns to National Theatre on November 8th to mark 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and runs through January 5, 2019. All matinee performances £15 – £52, Friday and Saturday evenings £18 – £67 and Half-price tickets for under 18s

National Theatre will also host a number of special events and talks, including:
"Writer Michael Morpurgo on War Horse" Tuesday, November 20th at 5.45 pm
"Inside the Horse: Exploring the War Horse Puppets" Thursday, November 22nd at 5:45 pm
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk+44 2074 523000
Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX


Don't miss your chance to see War Horse again or for the first time!

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