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TOP 5 EVENTS TO BOOKMARK FOR 2016

31.12.15

A new year is upon us and with it comes the prospect of fresh beginnings. What better way to kick start 2016 than with a Bucket List of things to do over the next few months? We’ve collated a range of highly-anticipated events taking place across the capital and beyond – from must-see exhibits to weekend getaways – to inspire and excite you for 2016. Get booking now to have something to look forward to during the social lull that typically comes post-Christmas.

THE FASHION FIX

VOGUE 100, A CENTURY OF STYLE

Fashion lovers, bookmark the 11th February in your diary – it’s when the National Portrait Gallery is set to launch its much-anticipated exhibition; Vogue 100, A Century Of Style. A showcase of over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archives make up the collection, some of which are international and dated back to 1916 when the publication was launched.

It’s the first time an exhibit such as this has been created and includes famous images from the likes of Tim Walker and Mario Testino as well as various lesser known prints. Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of the gallery has reportedly said; "British Vogue has played a pivotal role in the development of photographic portraiture over the past century, commissioning leading photographers and designers to produce some of the most memorable and influential images in the history of fashion".

The exhibition will take place at The National Portrait Gallery from the 11th Feb to the 22nd May 2016. Stay one step ahead of the game and book your tickets in advance here.

THE THEATRE TRIP

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

Launched on the 2nd August 2012, The National Theatre’s adaption of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time has since earned itself a top spot on London’s theatre scene. Now entering its final 6 month stint at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, it’s time for those who haven’t yet seen the performance to get booking. The plot is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens for the stage. It tells the story of a behaviourally challenged teenage mathematician and how his condition causes the demise and breakdown of his family. Designed to make you think, this memorable performance is definitely worth booking now to avoid disappointment.

THE CULTURE HIT

THE ROLLING STONES EXHIBITON

In celebration of The Rolling Stones, the impression that they have made on the music industry and the way that they have helped to shape popular culture, the Saatchi Gallery will soon be hosting an exhibition dedicated to their fifty year history. EXHIBITIONISM is set to span across two floors of the gallery and host over 500 original artefacts.

Diehard fan or mildly interested, this exhibit promises to offer something for everyone with its innovative technologies providing a modern niche to the historical theme. Expect to see everything from original stage designs and iconic costumes to album cover artwork and personal diaries.

The exhibition runs from April to September 2016.

THE EVENING ACTIVITY

LUMIERE LONDON

This winter, Lumiere London is making it easy to escape the January blues with its beautifully artistic show scheduled to light up the city for four evenings from the 14th to the 17th. Spanning the West End and Kings Cross, these impressive displays have been designed by some of the world’s most innovative artists, each of whom has put their own creative spin on the theme. Free to attend and best viewed after dark, it’s the perfect antidote to long post-Christmas evenings.

Head to the St. James’ area of the West End to see the likes of French artist, Cédric Le Borgne's sculptured Voyageurs. Crafted using chicken wire and positioned on rooftops and in mid-air, they’ll encourage you to look up. Other, more thought provoking installations include the Mick Stephenson’s collaboration with Central St Martin’s students. Famed for turning rubbish into art, his water-filled bottles are inspired by the idea that this, in addition to a drop of bleach and positioned in a hole in the roof, can create as much light as a 55-watt bulb.

THE GETAWAY

THE PIG HOTEL

Booking a mini break or an overnight getaway is a sure fire way to brush off the January blues and with special prices throughout the year, THE PIG Hotels top our recommendation list for this particular remedy. From £139 you can enjoy a night in Southampton’s THE PIG – Hole In The Wall as well as breakfast, supper and half a bottle of champagne.

Alternatively, take advantage of the Brockenhurst branch’s limited-time offer. Throughout January and February, they are offering £139 for a night’s stay in their flagship branch, breakfast the next day and a bottle of branded wine to take home. Immerse yourself in the hotel's New Forest surroundings, where the brand’s ‘home-grown’ theme continues. You can even enjoy some of their produce in the grounds thanks to the al fresco wood fire oven.