There's an electric atmosphere in
London as the nights draw in and the Christmas lights come on,
which makes it a brilliant time to take advantage of what London
has to offer.
Our tips for the season range from must-see theatre to boundary-breaking art, with magical musical evenings in between.
The concierge team at The
Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests
look beyond the obvious tourist clichés.
Here are four of their top recommendations for this month:
Described as 'arguably the greatest British playwright after Shakespeare', Pinter's menacing, cryptic plays retain their power to shock and move. This all-star series at the Harold Pinter Theatre showcases all of his one-act plays, with top-flight directors tackling works that last just a few minutes to three-quarters of an hour - a perfect taster for Pinter novices and aficionados alike. To 23 February.
Famous for her spot paintings, scarlet wigs and struggles with mental health, the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is the subject of a major exhibition of new works at the Victoria Miro galleries. 'The Moving Moment When I Went to the Universe' features paintings, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a specially created Infinity Mirror Room. Entry is by free timed ticket only. To 21 December.
There are few more beautiful music venues in London than the grand 18th-century church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, overlooking Trafalgar Square. Each winter its opulent interiors are magically lit by candlelight for a popular series of ticketed classical concerts, featuring many leading recitalists and ensembles and specialising in the music of Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Mozart and Beethoven.To 1 January.
Just a short walk from The Beaumont, the Wallace Collection is a palatial former residence filled with masterpieces of fine and decorative art. The Wallace celebrates 200 years with a special free exhibition about its founder, the fabulously wealthy collector and philanthropist Sir Richard Wallace, who endowed Paris with drinking fountains as well as London with a dazzling art collection. To 6 January.