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:

Tower of London Ice RinkPerhaps the most dramatic of London’s rinks, a skate around the Tower’s glistening ice is sure to make this Christmas one to remember.

Skate at Somerset House: Celebrating its 20th year, Skate at Somerset returns to bring a beautiful winter wonderland to the iconic courtyard at Somerset House.

Natural Museum Ice Rink: Set beside the towering 19th century architecture of the Waterhouse Building, the rink is a truly stunning Christmas highlight.  

Nutcracker at the London ColiseumShimmering sets and flawless steps make this adaptation of Clara’s adventures with her Nutcracker the most magical Christmas treat. 

Discover the real Victoria: Discover a different perspective on the life and legacy of one of our most famous monarchs, Queen Victoria, at Kensington Palace. 

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee GalleriesVisit Westminster Abbey and explore The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Hidden for over 700 years, The Galleries display our greatest treasures and tell the story of our thousand-year history. 

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

Tim Walker: Wonderful ThingsSee work by the innovative Tim Walker at the V&A. One of the most experimental living photographers, this exhibition showcases the best of his otherworldly and disorientating work.

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. 

The Sleeping BeautyPetipa’s iconic tale of a princess and fairy godmother returns to the Royal Opera House in this enchanting production.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical: This is a gripping musical revealing the untold story of Tina Turner and featuring the classic hits of the global queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Death of a SalesmanExperience Arthur Miller’s critically acclaimed story about identity, alteration and self hood in a new light in this captivating production.

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

Ian McKellen on StageWith characteristic energy and charm, Ian McKellen discloses the secrets of his incredible career before engaging with audiences in an exciting range of Shakespearean performances.

Come From Away: This exciting new musical shares the incredible real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of 9/11, and the small Newfoundland community who invited them into their lives.



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