WHAT’S ON LONDON: Remember, Remember, The 5th of November

With the autumn evenings growing crisp and cool, there’s no better way to welcome in November than with an abundance of beautiful fireworks, sparkling fun and a good old bonfire or two.

The capital is the perfect place to spend the romantic evening with your lover, or a booze-induced evening with your closest pals – so wrap up warm and head over to one of London’s firework displays for the bonfire season!

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival – Saturday 1st November 2014

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Alexandra Palace will be home once again to one of London’s most popular and appreciated firework displays, providing plenty of fun for the whole family! Alongside the impressive large-scale bonfire show, tickets include entry to the family zone with rides and entertainment for the little’uns, as well as an adult funfair and plenty of street food and craft beer to enjoy! There’s also an indoor ice rink, what more could you want? For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Alexandra Palace website, but be quick. Tickets are selling out fast!

Lambeth Fireworks Display, Brockwell Park – Wednesday 5th November 2014

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Set to return for its annual firework party, Brockwell Park is sure to host the perfect evening’s entertainment for all. Festival favourites ‘Lords of Lightning’ will perform an exhilarating show, while other attractions include a human Catherine wheel and a giant mechanical menagerie from Emergency Exit Arts! This is sure to be one of the capital’s most creative and artistic bonfire evenings, so come down and enjoy the 20-minute firework display, produced by Titanium (who have also organised London NYE and the Olympic Opening Ceremony). Tickets are £6, but be sure to get down early to avoid disappointment!

Battersea Park Fireworks Display, Battersea Park – Saturday 8th November 2014

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Enjoy a night of music and colour magic with the annual Battersea Park fireworks display. Hosted by Wandsworth Council, you can expect a perfect family night for all ages! Enjoy choreographed fireworks to magical music, tasty food stalls and plenty of family fun. For more information or to book your tickets please visit the Battersea Park website.

Here at Swinton Hotel, we’re dedicated to enhancing every magical moment you spend in the capital. As a cheap Kings Cross B and B, we provide quality accommodation at affordable prices, and are situated near all transport links and tourist attractions. For more information or to book a room during the wonderful bonfire week – don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team on 020 7837 1451 today!

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A Guide to The Best London Markets

London is famous for its many vibrant and bustling markets, where you can uncover some hidden gems,  and discover another side to the city. So, here we give a quick guide to some of London’s best and most iconic markets, that are a real treat for visitors to the city.

Borough Market

One of London’s oldest and most iconic markets is the unrivalled Borough Market, which is undoubtedly one of the best food destinations in the city. Offering a vast array of delectable delights, Borough Market is home to a fantastic range of some of the best British and international produce available. As such, Borough Market is a haven for food lovers – so if food is your thing, make sure you pay it a visit. A handy tip is to try arriving as early as possible, especially at weekends (the market opens around 8 am) so you can beat the hungry crowds.

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Brick Lane Market has grown significantly in recent years and is a place that has a real buzz about it. The market offers an eclectic mix of different stalls where you can find almost anything. Indeed, the stalls here offer all sorts of weird and wonderful products, as well as some great vintage pieces. Brick Lane Market is also a great place for a bargain and is handily located near a number of great food stops, such as Brick Lane’s infamous curry houses.

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Covent Garden Market is a great place to find some amazing hidden gems and is, in many respects, a London institution, offering an array of crafts, gifts and much, much more.

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Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road has been home to a thriving market since the 1800′s and these days the market here is more popular than ever. Home to numerous stalls offering a wide variety of items from fruit and veg, to antiques and vintage fashion, Portobello is a real experience and a must-see for visitors to the city.

market4 These are just a few of London’s many amazing and iconic markets. If you’re looking for cheap Kings Cross hotels in London then here at the Swinton Hotel we’re the perfect choice. Conveniently located in the heart of the city of London, the Swinton Hotel is the ideal place to stay during any trip to the city, and the perfect base from which to explore all the city has to offer, including its amazing markets. For further information, or to speak to a member of our reservations team, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 20 7837 1451 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help.

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Things To Do In London This October

London is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do for everyone, and this October in London is set to be no exception with a number of exciting events to watch out for. Here’s our quick guide to some of the many amazing things happening in London this October

Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous literary character Sherlock Holmes in arguably one of the most famous Londoners ever, with the character having captivated generations with his unique brand of wit and detective work. This October will see an exciting new Sherlock Holmes exhibit take up residence at the Museum of London. The exhibit will reportedly transport visitors to the real Victorian London and is set to be a must see for fans of the detective.

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Wonderful Wildlife

Another must see exhibit this October, at the Natural History Museum in London, is the wildlife photographer of the year exhibition which will run from the 24th of this month. The highly acclaimed competition exhibition is a great chance to see some truly extraordinary images of some of the most spectacular species on the planet.

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London Film Festival

The London film festival is undoubtedly one of the best events of the year for film enthusiasts. Beginning on the 8th of October the festival will be screening a wide variety of films at cinemas across the capital, from major Hollywood blockbusters to less well known gems.

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Chocolate fans will be delighted to hear that the world’s largest chocolate show will be retuning for another outing at London’s Olympia Park from the 17th till the 19th of October. The exhibit will play host to a number of leading chocolate brands from the UK and beyond and will be serving up an array of delicious treats for visitors. The event will also include a number of talks and demonstrations from professional chefs and acclaimed chocolatiers.

chocolate These are just a handful of the many amazing events happening in London this October. If you are looking for cheap London hotels then here at the Swinton Hotel we are the perfect choice. Conveniently located in the heart of the city of London, the Swinton Hotel is the ideal place to stay during any trip to the city and the perfect base from which to explore all the city has to offer. For further information or to speak to a member of our reservations team please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 20 7837 1451 and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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Must-See Art Exhibitions in London

London is definitely an art capital of the world; there’s always some form of exhibition going on in the big city. So if you’re a budding art student, professional artist or simply just an art lover seeking inspiration, a trip to London is certainly in order. There is an array of fantastic art shows on throughout the year, so let’s take a look at a few must-see shows that you really shouldn’t miss!

Late Turner: Painting Set Free – Tate Britain

 Sep 30– Jan 25

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Turner is probably one of the most famous landscape painters to have ever lived. His paintings are full of emotion and colour – his paintings are distinctively his. Brimming with action and yet a glorious ambience, his paintings seem to change as you look deep into them, so they are truly a sight to be seen. So take a trip to the Tate Britain this autumn or winter – you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Trisha Donnelly – Serpentine Gallery

Sep 30 – Nov 9

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Trisha Donnelly is an artist from New York, so seeing her solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery (shown above) is definitely the option for you if you are looking for something a little more modern. She will fill the gallery with a beautiful and thought-provoking site-specific work. Her work is inspired by the passing of time, light and nature – you can be certain that you will experience something spectacular here.

Constable – The Making of a Master – V&A

Sep 20 – Jan 11

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This exhibition is an experience not to be missed; it is an exhibition that features Constable’s influences and his favourite painting techniques. One of Britain’s most loved artists, this exhibition allows you to take a look into his famous masterpieces and develop an understanding of how they were created. It really is an amazing place to seek inspiration.

Freize Art Fair – Regent’s Park
Oct 16 – Oct 19

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The Freize Art Fair is a huge event in the art world and this year it marks its 12th anniversary. With over 150 galleries involved you can certainly get your art fix here. It really is an experience that can’t be missed. Artists and art lovers alike from all over the world travel to London just for this special art fair!

London is a fabulous place to visit when it comes to the arts and these are only 4 of the many many art exhibitions that are on throughout autumn and winter. So if you’re looking for inspiration or something a little bit creative head to London for a getaway and have the most enjoyable time! If you are looking for cheap London hotels, don’t worry, here at the Swinton Hotel we offer outstanding, comfortable rooms so that you can experience London and have space to relax afterwards!

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London: Home Of The Theatre

The city of London truly is the home of the theatre. London is home to some of the most iconic theatres in the world, such as the famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and London’s West End plays host to a thriving theatre community. Whether you’re a theatre enthusiast or just fancy doing something a little different, a trip to one of London’s fantastic theatres is a must for all visitors to the city. Here’s our guide to some of the best upcoming shows London has to offer that are sure to captivate you.

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Hamlet is arguably one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and is no stranger to London’s theatres, having been adapted and performed many times. It was recently announced that a new production is set to grace the stage of the Barbican in London next summer, with actor Benedict Cumberbatch having landed the title role. The announcement was greeted by much excitement and the show is one of the most highly anticipated ventures of 2015. Indeed the huge demand for tickets has seen the production become the most in-demand theatre show of all time.

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Another modern classic, War horse, adapted from the novel of the same name by author Michael Morpurgo, will also soon be retuning for a run of shows at the New London Theatre. This hugely moving play has received much critical acclaim, winning numerous awards and delighting audiences across the world.

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For musical fans another exceedingly popular show currently running in London’s West End is the musical Wicked. To date the show has been a resounding success having been well received by audiences, and is now entering its sixth year.

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If you’re looking for cheap London hotels then you need look no further than the Swinton hotel. Conveniently located in the heart of the city of London, the Swinton hotel is the ideal place to stay during any trip to the city, and the perfect base from which to explore all the city has to offer, such as its amazing theatre scene. For further information or to speak to a member of our reservations team please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 20 7837 1451, and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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