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This month in the Lantern

Oscar Winner in Panto at The Old Vic

Sir Ian McKellen satisfies his secret lust for panto at The Old Vic this Christmas as he takes to the stage as 'Widow Twankey' in director Sean Mathias's new production. The Old Vic Theatre Company celebrates Christmas and honours its vaudeville past with this classic family pantomime. Sir Ian plays the dame, ‘Widow Twankey’, in Australian writer...

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The New Year's Day Parade

The ‘World’s Biggest Party’ is set to light up London on New Year’s Day with a celebration of nations, and what’s more you’ve got an invitation! The event - one of the World’s great street extravaganzas is packed with music, merriment and laughter and it’s absolutely free.

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Another Noteworthy Harvest For England’s Vineyards

There’s been a quiet revolution going on in the vineyards of England in recent years. Mention English wine to people and many will recall that there has been quite a bit written about it in recent years. English wines have been taking better-known wines on and beating them.

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Olympia - The London International Horse Show

Olympia, The London International Horse Show, (14th - 20th December) will not only be providing World Class Dressage for the first time but will also be hosting the very best Show Jumping in the world and all playing to packed houses. Entries have been received from 15 invited nations, and amongst the show jumping stars will be five of the top ten...

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Hamleys - The Famous London Toy Shop - Christmas Windows

Hamleys, the largest and most enchanting toy shop in the World, has joined forces with one of the World’s most magical toy makers, Tomy, to unveil a unique set of Christmas windows to dazzle and delight people of every age. Shrouded in secrecy that even Santa’s elves would be proud of - Tomy has spent months developing four unique Christmas scenes...

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Alfies Antique Market

Opened in 1976 on the site of the old Jordan's department store in London's Church Street, Alfies quickly became the country's largest indoor antique market. More than any other indoor market in the UK, Alfies has retained the vigorous hustle and bustle of a traditional street emporium. Although this is a dealers' venue, where eagle-eyed traders...

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Christmas on London's South Bank

London’s South Bank is the perfect place to be this Christmas, offering a fantastic range of festive attractions, special shows and unique shopping opportunities all within walking distance of each other. This December, there is definitely magic in the air at the BA London Eye with special flights available with an award-winning magician.

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Carol Concert by Candlelight in Aid of Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care’s Annual Carol Service by Candlelight will take place on Wednesday 8th December at 7.00pm in the beautiful St Paul’s Church, Wilton Place, Knightbridge, London SW1. It promises to be a magical event with a mix of traditional and modern readings delivered by celebrity supporters Cilla Black, Michael Parkinson, Gloria Hunniford...

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