Here are some excellent events around the London area that are recommended by Frank Laino who is the Executive Head Concierge at The Stafford London by Kempinski. Although of Italian parents, Frank is a born and bred Londoner. He has worked as a Concierge in London for over 20 years and has worked at The Stafford since 1998. In this time he has built up an extensive network of contacts both locally and internationally, which means that whatever the request, Frank can make it happen. Frank was recently awarded “Best Concierge in the World” by the publication, Luxury Travel Advisor and is a proud member of the Clefs D’Or.
ASIAN ART IN LONDON, 1-10 NOVEMBER
Now firmly established in the calendar as a major art event. At a number of venues across central London, you will find a series of exhibitions, auctions, sales and lectures to celebrate and display some of the finest Asian art and antiques. Full details at http://www.asianartinlondon.com
LONDON TO BRIGHTON VETERAN CAR RUN, SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER
Old cars (built before 1905) travel from London to Brighton. This traditional event celebrates the removal in 1896 of the law which forced drivers to have a man walking in front of the car holding a red flag (at the same time the speed limit was increased from 4 miles per hour to 14 miles per hour). The official website for the event is http://www.lbvcr.com (there is also information on the website of the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain: http://www.vccofgb.co.uk/lontobri). The event starts at 7:00am at the Serpentine Road in Hyde Park (near Hyde Park Corner). About 400 cars take part – the last of these departs Hyde Park at about 8:30am.
LORD MAYOR’S SHOW, SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
This ceremony has been part of London life for nearly 800 years. Dating back to 1215, when King John granted the people of the city the right to choose their own Lord Mayor. Today, the swearing in of the new Mayor is a great excuse for a huge and colourful parade, culminating in a fabulous fireworks display over the River Thames. Further information can be found at http://www.lordmayorsshow.org
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE, SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER
This is a memorial day commemorating those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. The ceremony takes place at The Cenotaph on Whitehall. Band music is played prior to the arrival of The Queen, followed by a two-minute silence at 11:00 am. There then follows a very simple but moving service. Subject to the usual security arrangements, this is a public event, and there are always large crowds.
THE PRINCE OF WALES’S BIRTHDAY GUN SALUTES – WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER
Gun salutes to mark the birthday of Prince Charles will be fired in the following locations: A 41-gun salute at 12 noon fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park, and a 62-gun salute at 1pm fired by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.
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