Experience the real Winter Wonderland in London

The capital city is once again getting itself ready for another festive season by preparing for its own version of a Winter Wonderland.

Featuring many attractions like the Ice Age 4 Ice Rink, the observation wheel, rides and the Christmas Circus, Winter Wonderland is a family must see this Christmas. New this year is the Ice Kingdom, a unique feature that allows you to experience real ice and snow in a way you have never seen before. From ice castles to themed rooms and amazing visuals, Lapland has never seemed closer to home.

In the evening Zippo Cirque Berserk produce their own unique, gothic twist on classic fairy tales like the Brothers Grimm. The show also features the death defying motorcycle stunt Globe of Death for those who like to get the adrenaline pumping. You can add a touch of luxury to the show by purchasing tickets for a VIP box which comes with a bottle of champagne as well as chocolates.

No other city offers such a wide range of Christmas fun for all the family. As well as daytime and night time activities you have the option to really sit back and let your hair down with a range of charming one off bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Providing a mix of festive treats such as warm cider, mulled wine, farmhouse foods and a selection of DJs and live music it provides a Christmas experience like no other.

When your day is done why not come back to one of our suites where you can relax before venturing down to our award winning restaurant THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham or to Dukes Bar to enjoy one of our world famous Martinis, making it an extra special Christmas trip for you and your family.

London Jazz Festival 2012

Nothing says sophistication quite like listening to some smooth jazz over a Martini. November offers the opportunity for you to indulge in both when the London Jazz Festival begins on Friday 9th November. At venues all across London, some of the biggest names in jazz will be strutting their stuff for nine days giving you the perfect chance to take in some of the richest culture in London.

Whether it’s at the Koko Club, Hackney Empire, BBC Maida Vale studios or the 606 Club, there’s no excuse not to head out in to London and take in some quality music. The venues are sometimes as iconic as the music itself. Maida Vale studios have seen many of the biggest artists in music record and perform there including The Beatles, The Clash and The White Stripes.

If you’ve never heard of any of the jazz performers don’t worry. Each one brings their own unique style to their performance. Whether they’re covering some classic hits or writing their own, each performance is different and provides a much more intimate feel than the average gig.

At least one name that you will probably recognise will be performing, as Macy Gray will be here alongside the David Murray Big Band at the Barbican on the final day of the festival. As well as some of Macy’s hits they will also be performing a number of covers which you can listen to below.

Macy Gray – Love Lockdown/Buck

With the Royal Academy of Arts and St. James Piccadilly just a short distance from DUKES London, you have no excuse not to go out and take in some of the finest jazz on offer anywhere in the world this November, before heading back to Dukes Bar to sample one of our classic Martinis.

Celebrate Bonfire Night with a Bang at Battersea Firework Display

November 5th is drawing closer, and if you’re wondering where the best firework displays are this year, look no further. Once again, London takes centre stage if you really want to celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang!

There’s a huge variety of firework displays for you to see in London this year, but our recommendation lies with the display at Battersea Park, which is only a 15 minute journey from DUKES London.

The display at Battersea Park is taking place on Saturday 3rd November and is said to be one of the most popular annual events in London. This year, the fireworks have been designed by Pains Fireworks, who have in the past created displays for some of the best known events and institutions, such as the Disney Concert Orchestra in Dubai and just as impressively, the recent Olympic Torch Relay.

This is guaranteed to be a night to remember for visitors of all ages! Watch the sky light up in a dazzling show featuring some of the most impressive fireworks, starting at 8pm. Make sure you stay warm throughout the night with the likes of hot roasted chestnuts and warm mulled wine, which will all be on sale at the event.

The ritual of celebrating Bonfire Night dates back 407 years. Back in 1605, Guido ‘Guy’ Fawkes failed in his plot to destroy parliament and all within it by gunpowder. Now a British tradition, every 5th November (or a date close by), the skies of the UK come to life with flashes of lights and loud crackles and bangs.

Entry is through advanced tickets only, which are currently £8.00 up until the day of the event, from when they will be priced at £10.00. Tickets are available online or alternatively you can buy them at a number of different local venues.

After what will be a memorable night, why not head back to DUKES and top off the night with one of the famous Martini’s at the DUKES bar before resting your head in one of the DUKES suites.