Big John Recommends

Big John is a much-loved member of The Goring team. As a member of the Golden Keys and having held previous positions at The Berkeley and The Lanesborough, John knows London better than anyone. Along with his excellent Concierge team, they have their fingers on the pulse to recommend the best sights, the latest openings and family fun. 

Big John Recommends:

Intrigue: James Ensar by Luc Tuymans at the Royal Academy of Arts: Running until 29th January, the theatrical, the satirical and the macabre come together in arresting fashion in the art of James Ensor.

Maino's Adorations: Heaven on Earth at the National Gallery: Running from 28th September to 29th January. These remarkable paintings are in the UK for the first time, on loan from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. 

Portrait of the Artist at The Queen's Gallery: Running until 17th April. Discover a world of self portraits including Rembrandt, Rubens and Hockney and images of artists by friends, relatives and pupils such as Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi.

Picasso Portraits at The National Portrait Gallery: Running until 5th February. This wonderful exhibition of over eighty works focuses on Picasso's portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes.

The Royal Albert Hall Historical Tour: Running until 6th July. Discover the secret history of London's most iconic concert venue; from ghost hunters and gangsters to suffragettes, this is a fascinating look into the Royal Albert Hall's history. 

Cirque du Soleil - Amaluna: In response to overwhelming demand, Cirque du Soleil is back in the Royal Albert Hall in 2017 with the romantic Amaluna. The mesmerising show is running from 12th January to 26th February 2017.

Disney’s Aladdin: See this fabulous new musical that recently arrived in the West End. Featuring great songs from the film, this is a firm favourite with all the family. 

Hogwarts in the Snow: Running until 29th January. For all the Harry Potter fans, this is an fantastic opportunity to see the world of Harry Potter transformed into a winter wonderland. 

The Play That Goes Wrong: If you’re after a comedy then this is the one to see. Hilariously funny from start to finish, The Play That Goes Wrong is laugh out loud. A must see. 

Dream Girls: This wonderful musical has arrived at The Savoy Theatre. Thirty-five years after the Broadway production, The West End is now playing host to this Tony Award®-winning musical.

School of Rock: Based on the hit movie, this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is now playing in London's West End, and it's one for the whole family to enjoy. 

Half A Sixpence: This new stage version of Half a Sixpence has had rave reviews and is now playing at the Noël Coward Theatre in London's West End. This musical is not to be missed.

The Red Shoes: Matthew Bourne's magical adaptation of the beloved fairy tale is set to a new score and is delighting audiences at Sadler's Wells. The tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world is truly captivating.

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