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:

Royal Academy of Arts 250th Summer Exhibition: The Royal Academy of Arts is celebrating 250 years since opening in 1768. The 250th Summer Exhibition is a joyous celebration of art and has been described as the ‘biggest, brightest and most colourful’ exhibition to date.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: The award-winning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was established in 1932 and is one of the largest theatres in London and a firm fixture of summer in the capital. This year the productions include ‘The Turn of the Screw’, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. 

Michael Jackson: On The Wall: The landmark exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery depicts the works of over forty artists who were inspired by Michael Jackson in music, dance and fashion. The exhibition takes place during the summer of 2018 when Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 60th birthday. 

BBC Proms: The BBC Proms takes place over eight weeks of the summer with music performed by some of the world’s best orchestras, composers and artists. The Royal Albert Hall plays host to this historic festival with the famous Last Night of The Proms taking place on 8th September.  

Diana: Her Fashion Story: Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, in this major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.

Designer, Maker, User: Visit the new Design Museum on High Street Kensington and see the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles.

The Mousetrap: See the longest running show of any kind in the world. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is a classic and is now celebrating its 64th year of a record-breaking run. 

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. 

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. 

42nd StreetThis is the all singing and all dancing American dream fable of Broadway. Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of.

Witness for the Prosecution: See Agatha Christie's critically acclaimed gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.  


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