Get your skates on and enjoy the coming month in The City of London.
As we rush towards Christmas, it’s important not to let the final months of the year pass by in a blaze of preparations. There’s plenty to enjoy in The City of London, with its annual highlight, The Lord Mayor’s Show, as well as a packed schedule of events. From the performing arts to museum exhibitions, you’re guaranteed not to be bored on a trip to this corner of the capital in the coming month.
The Night Museum – Museum of London – until November 4th
A season of late night events is taking place at the Museum of London this month. Expect everything from parties and walks to encounters with mythical creatures and illuminations. Based at the museum, some of the schedule will take visitors to other locations throughout The City. These include stepping below the museum itself, Barber Surgeons’ Garden, Postman’s Park and St Botolph Without Aldersgate Church – all in the dead of night.
All of this is free, although spaces should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
Opening of The City of London Police Museum – November 7th
The City’s newest museum will open to the public in November, letting visitors in on the secrets of the force that has kept The Square Mile safe for more than 175 years. It will cover everything from Jack the Ripper and bomb damage caused during The Blitz to current efforts against terrorism, economic crime and cybercrime. Don’t miss the opportunity to come face-to-face with Catherine Eddowes, who was murdered by the Ripper in 1888. She will speak to audiences via a hologram, giving her unique side of the story.
Located in a purpose-built structure at The Guildhall, The City of London Police Museum will be free to visit.
The Lord Mayor’s Show – November 12th
Starting with a river pageant at 9am, followed by a procession at 11am and culminating in fireworks at 5.15pm, it’s safe to say that The Lord Mayor’s Show will keep you entertained all day. Now in its 801st year, the show is a fine tradition that was started in 1215, when King John first brought in the right for Londoners to elect their own mayor. The annual celebration sees the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London making his way from the Square Mile to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the crown. The golden coach is the highlight of the procession and can be seen in the Museum of London throughout the year if you don’t happen to be in town for The Lord Mayor’s Show.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is free to attend.
Broadgate Ice Rink – Exchange Square – from November 14th
A great way to celebrate winter, the biggest of London’s outdoor ice rinks will open mid-month. Offering the chance to skate against a stunning City backdrop, Broadgate Ice Rink will help get you in the festive spirit. As well as flying about on the ice, you can enjoy an array of street food vendors rinkside to help refuel and get you warm again. Enjoy with friends and family for a great afternoon or evening out.
Open 10am to 10pm daily, adult tickets cost £13.50; concessions £10.90; and families £36.50.
Shakespeare’s Cymbeline – Barbican Centre – throughout November
The Royal Shakespeare Company is in residence at The Barbican throughout November with its retelling of Cymbeline for the 21st century. The coming-of-age romance is set in a dystopian Britain that is divided and on the cusp of falling into disaster. Melly Still directs a fantastic cast that includes Gillian Bevan as Cymbeline – the first time a woman has played the title role for The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Prices range from £10 to £75, although there are also a variety of deals on offer. To bag a £10 ticket, contact the Box Office on the day of the performance.