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This Week: 26 December – 1 January 2017
Image Credit: Chris Chabot

This Week: 26 December – 1 January 2017

26 December 2016 Belphoebe New

If you’re still able to move after Christmas dinner, there’s no excuse not to be up on your feet and experiencing all that London has to offer this week. Dodge the hectic January sales by immersing yourself in some atmospheric music concerts, and when New Year’s Eve comes along, enjoy the fireworks and the capital’s most unique parties. Time to start the countdown!

Simply Gershwin at Barbican
Enjoy an evening celebrating one of the most performed composers of the 20th century, George Gershwin. Including songs such as Rhapsody in Blue, Lady be Good and I’ve Got a Crush On You, this evening is guaranteed to get your toes tapping or have you waltzing across the Barbican.
Simply Gershwin will be performed at The Barbican on 30 December at 2:30pm, tickets are between £16-£42, find out more here.

The Vaults – A Bahausian New Year

Feeling rebellious at the end of 2016? This fantastic event is inspired by The German Bauhaus School of Art and Design, which was closed three times for political reasons. As London’s nightlife is put increasingly under threat, this is the Vault’s way of creating a unifying space to express ourselves. There will be eccentric performances, music and design galore, with tickets starting from just £5.
Runs 8pm – 4am, tickets from £5, find out more here.

Ping Pong at Bounce Bar           
Did someone say UV Ping Pong? Start 2017 as you wish to go on, by which we mean doing something unique with an unlimited UV Ping Pong party at Bounce Shoreditch. There’ll be UV face paint, games, dancing and prizes all evening, guaranteeing that you start off your 2017 off with a bang (or a ping and a pong).
Runs from 8pm-3am, tickets are £20, find out more here.

All The Angels at Shakespeare’s Globe
If the traditional post Christmas pantomime doesn’t quite do it for you, you might enjoy this atmospheric musical play at The Globe Theatre. Based on the true story of how Handel wrote Messiah, one of the most famous and frequently performed choral works in the world, this play explores the complicated and comedic business of putting on a show. Read our interview with playwright Michael Haslam here.
All the Angels runs from 6 December 2016 to 12 February 2017 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. Find out more on their website.

Image credit: Marc Brenner

Great Gatsby Casino at The Victoria Pub
The New Year is typically about fresh starts and looking to the future, by why not go backwards in time at this glamorous speakeasy event in East London? Turning the Victoria pub into a casino, you can put your gambling to the test with Roulette, Blackjack and Texas Hold’em. Make sure to wear your most glamorous flapper dress or dandy suit and enjoy this gloriously retro evening.
Runs from 6pm-2am, tickets start at £25 including games and drink on arrival. Find out more here.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
We’ll start off with the bad news, the famed London fireworks display has now sold out. Perhaps the quintessential New Year’s Eve London experience, you can still enjoy watching the fireworks from a number of different locations. If you’re North head to Parliament Hill or Primrose Hill, whilst if you’d rather stay Central Cannon Street and Monument are your best options.

Photo credit: Natesh Ramasamy

Ceilidh Liberation Front
The Gaelic word for gathering, attending a Ceilidh is a fantastic way to enjoy Scottish and Irish culture. Head down to the Southbank Centre on New Year’s Day (if you’re not too hungover) and dance along to the fantastic Ceilidh Liberation Front band. You don’t have to be an expert, just remember to bring your dancing shoes!
Ceilidh Liberation Front is on 1 January 2017 at Southbank Centre, entrance is free. Find out more here.

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