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London New Year’s Day Parade & Festival www.lnydp.com December 29 to January 2 More than 20 marching bands from High Schools and Universities in the USA join the fun alongside giant helium balloons, cheerleaders, vintage vehicles, an internationally renowned illusionist


and thousands of other performers. Turn up and watch for free or book grandstand or concert seats online. The parade on January 1st starts at noon in Piccadilly and runs to Parliament Square via Lower Regent St, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. Concerts take place in a number of London’s most iconic performance spaces.


New Year’s Eve December 31 It’s the biggest celebration in Britain, Christmas being a more family aff air. Two American-fl avored parties we’ve heard of are The London New Years Eve Ball at Battersea Evolution, with a ‘New York, New York’ theme (www.smartgroupltd.co.uk/ christmas-parties) and ‘New Year’s Eve - Vegas Style!’ at Smith & Wollensky (www.smithandwollensky.co.uk).


American Tour Guide in London amber@AmericanLDN.com www.AmericanTourGuideInLondon.com All year 2016 Looking to have fun and learn about London? Need to entertain visiting relatives? Explore London with a tour guide who brings history to life! Amber is a Texan with a dynamic presentation style. She has lived here for 15 years and is an offi cial badged guide for the City of London, Westminster and Camden. Aff ordable rates and tailored itineraries to fi t everyone’s travel needs.


10 The American Churchill’s Scientists


Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD


January 23 to March 1


The Science Museum marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death by exploring his fascination with science, and how this interest heralded the scien- tifi c developments which helped Britain to win the Second World War.


Americans at the Royal Opera House Bow St, London WC2E 9DD www.roh.org.uk to July 31 There are many opportunities to see Americans at the ROH including new superstar tenor Michael Fabiano -


interviewed in this issue (Eugene Onegin, Dec 19 to Jan 7), Kate Lindsey from Richmond, VA (in L’Etoile, Feb 1 to 24), Heather Engebretson and Joyce DiDonato (our cover star in July 2011) in Werther, Massenet’s tragic opera, Jun 19 to Jul 13.


Haxey Hood Haxey, High Street, DN9 2HH www.visitlincolnshire.com January 6 One of the oldest and roughest sporting traditions with over 700 years of history, Haxey Hood sees teams competing to get a ‘hood’ into one of four pubs in the villages of Haxley and Westwoodside. The winning pub pours beer on the hood and hangs it with pride until the following year.


Perth Masters Curling Dewars Centre, Perth, Scotland PH2 0TH www.perthmasters.com January 7 to 10 The Curling Champions Tour stops in Perth, with a draw of international curlers including American curler Craig Brown and Canadian curlers Brad Heidt and Kevin Koe.


Chariot Racing & Saturnalia www.green-events.co.uk January 9 Mountain bikes towing specially commissioned Roman-style chariots, it’s not your regular sport! In conjunction with the Saturnalia Real Ale Ramble, a celebration of the annual Roman festival of unrestrained merriment when slaves were released and reversed roles with their masters.


A Year in the Life of Handel: 1723 Handel House Museum, 25 Brook St, London W1K 4HB www.handelhendrix.org January 13 to August 31 The Museum looks back at the year in which Handel moved into his Brook Street House, illustrating Handel’s place within Georgian London’s social scene.


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