Lightopia is an exploration of light, movement and form, expressed by beautifully capturing the senses with unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns, installations and incredible 3D mapping light show, destined to create unforgettable memories and provide alternative family fun.
Take advantage of these fantastic London shows to get into the festive spirit. Watch in amazement the pure talent of acrobats, knife-throwing actors and music in Circus 1903 at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall or La Clique at Christmas in Leicester Square. Or join in and sing along to your best tunes with Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in December.
October 2019 calls out to one of the most awaited events in London! The 63rd BFI London Film Festival - the biggest celebration of international cinema for the past year. The programme is a combination of the most versatile films, finely selected from the Cannes and other major festivals and prestige awards contenders from the famous US Studios.
Opening the festival is Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ starring Dev Patel, Ben Wishaw and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum this Christmas, for a strictly limited four-week run. Originally written in 1892, this two-act ballet – set on Christmas Eve – has become a festive stalwart with its sparkling wintery setting, breathtaking choreography, and stunning score by Tchaikovsky.
London’s largest seasonal celebration returns to Hyde Park this November: now in its twelfth year, 2019’s Winter Wonderland promises to be bigger and better than ever before! With world-class entertainment, unbeatable Christmas markets, fairground rides and scrumptious festive treats, its little wonder this festive extravaganza attracts over three million visitors each year.
In its 11th year, The London Restaurant Festival is back with the best chefs, restaurants and experiences for everyone! A meticulous line-up of mini menus, food events, tasting evenings and more - involving hundreds of the capital's best venues. Book exclusive (and keenly priced) 'Festival Menus' at the likes of Cinnamon Club, Helix at The Gherkin and Oxo Tower Restaurant. The 'Side Orders' schedule of events includes a Trainspotters film and food pairing screenings, a cocktail masterclass with Rake’s, and the ever-popular restaurant-hopping tours are back! Allowing you to eat your way around a four-hour restaurant crawl.
Travel to hell and back this Halloween with Funicular’s Journey to the Underworld at Pedley Street Station. This immersive dining experience plunges you into a thrilling, dark fairy tale, whilst you devour top-quality dishes from MasterChef finalist Louisa Ellis; and, with performances until 10th November, there’s plenty of time to enjoy this spook-tacular show!
Head to Skylight – one of London’s trendiest rooftop bars – to enjoy some classic cocktails with a spectacular view this Christmas! This imaginative venue at Tobacco Dock has quickly become a favourite jaunt for Londoners, and, throughout November and December, experience it transformed into a festive wonderland.
Theatre-lovers may be mourning the end of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, but lucky Londoners have the chance to see the best of the summer’s shows. While the Fringe is crammed with shows of every calibre, only a very select few transfer to the capital, so you’re guaranteed exceptional quality.
Summer Streets is back! Head down to Regent Street on 18th August or 15th September for a traffic-free festival along this iconic shopping street in the heart of London. This year’s celebrations are particularly monumental because 2019 marks Regent Street’s 200th anniversary: established in 1819 as the first purpose-built shopping street in the capital, Regent Street is now synonymous with London and a world-renowned shopping and dining destination.
September is a month full of festivals and excitement in the city of London! The weather is perfect, families are still on holiday and the mood is just right.
The River Thames has always been an iconic part of London and the UK and that is why the people of London decide to cherish and celebrate it once in a year. They organize a month-long festival called Totally Thames and it's held along the 42 - mile river stretch throughout the city.
Grab your crew and enjoy a sustainable hemp picnic cruise along London’s canals this Summer.
Book a night stay at Mercure London Paddington now, just moments away from the Hemp Boatanical Experience.
On Wednesday the 28th & Thursday 29th August 2019, enjoy a Free Laser Quest at the Merchant Square!
Laser Quest is a family entertainment venue combining the classic games of hide and seek and tag with a high tech twist. The arena has specialty lighting, swirling fog and energetic music to add to the excitement for up to 10 players in total.
Something that never goes out of fashion and is probably one of the most entertaining and rejuvenating experiences is watching films! Ever since a few decades, watching films has been one of the most easiest ways to take a break and enjoy some place outside with a tub of popcorn with your family, your date, or even by yourself.
Summertime is gig time! People from all over the city look for new things to do and see. Chilling at the park, going to summer markets, digging into new cafes and restaurants is what we all wait for through the year.
Thankfully, The London Busking Company has decided to pour us in with free gigs as part of the Summer of Fun Programme of events! The gorgeous Lucy May Walker will be performing at the Floating Pocket Park at the beautiful outdoor venue where deckchairs and blankets will be provided for you to have a comfortable experience.
On Thursday, the 22nd of August, catch the gorgeous Natalie Shay performing live at the Floating Pocket Park!
The London Busking Company has brought together a number of talented musicians/performers for you to enjoy and experience for free this summer. The venue is well spaced out and comfortable, the ambiance is well lit and pretty with all the evening colours and deckchairs and blankets will be provided for a wholesome experience!
If you’re looking for a peaceful oasis in London’s chaotic city centre, head to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. Originally created in 2011 in partnership with the Eden Project, this beautiful, award-winning rooftop garden is now a permanent, much-loved feature of the Southbank Centre: sitting right on the Thames, it offers stunning views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks.
The London Craft Beer Festival is back for its seventh year, and 2019 promises to be the best yet. Moving to the larger, trendy location of Tobacco Dock, this year’s festival boasts the biggest line up of breweries to date, making it summer’s unmissable beer event!
ANNUAL CHARITY REGATTA RETURNS FOR TWELFTH YEAR
July 2019: The annual COSMIC Dragon Boat Race will return to the Regent’s Canal for its twelfth year. The first starting pistol will sound at 17:00 on Thursday 25th July at St. Mary’s Bridge where traditional Chinese Dragon Boats will race for 100 metres until the finish line at Paddington Basin.
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Book your tickets now for Paddington Covers 2019, grab your friends and family and get ready to party in the sunshine.
The 2019 line up
Friday 28 June Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Madonna and The Rolling Stones
Friday 26 July Dolly Parton, Elvis, Adele and ABBA
Friday 30 August Bryan Adams, Take That, Ed Sheeren and Queen
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For the last 10 years, Paddington Basin Canal has been home to the summer Dragon Boat Race. Once again this year, on Thursday 25th July, fearless crews will take to the water to compete to be awarded Fastest Team, Runner-Up Team, and the highly coveted Best Dressed Team – all in aid of local charity COSMIC, Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care, which overlooks Paddington Basin.
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend in London, running from 25-27 May 2019, there is plenty to do, from Chelsea Flower Show to the Martini Waterfront pop up in Paddington.
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Located less than half a mile away from the Mercure Paddington is buzzing, bustling Merchant Square. From 10th May to 14th September, it will once again host its free Summer of Fun: with an incredibly eclectic programme, there’s something for every taste!
After a perfect summer’s day, simply stroll the five minutes back to the Mercure Paddington for an excellent night’s sleep!
As the clocks spring forward into British summer time and the weather starts improving, take advantage of the longer summer days by heading to the Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin, on the Grand Union Canal.
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Heathrow Express is the quickest way between Central London and Heathrow Airport. With frequent departures and a fifteen minute journey time to Terminals 2 & 3 and a few minutes more to Terminal 4 or 5, the non-stop service achieved 96% overall satisfaction in the latest National Rail Passenger Survey.
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Things to do in West London: From fine dining to Paddington Bear's favourite spot
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Merchant square in Paddington is at the heart of London. In the space you will find brand new restaurants, great shops and office space nestled in the Victoria style London Buildings.
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Located in the centre of Kensington, the High-Street Kensington offers numerous trendy clothing stores as well as many restaurants specialising in all different cuisines.
Start your adventure and book to stay at the Mercure Paddington Hotel, conveniently located in central London.
At Mercure Paddington, we offer luxurious meeting rooms located conveniently next to Paddington Station, in the heart of London. Our meeting room sizes vary and can facilitate smaller, more intimate gatherings as well as large functions for up to 40 people.
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The Mastaba, project for London is going live on the Serpentine Lake from 18th June.
Back in 1993, Rachel Whiteread’s concrete cast of the interior of an East End terrace house made her the first woman to win the Turner Prize. Now, 24 years since ‘House’, Tate Britain is hosting a long overdue mid-career retrospective of her work. Expect big, immersive statements about sculpture and space from this important and groundbreaking artist. It’s a must-see.