Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TOP 5 Things to Do This Week

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TOP 5 Things to Do This Week

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Byline: DAMIAN KELLEHER

* THE LORD MAYOR'S SHOW It's said the first Lord Mayor's procession took place in 1215, and in the 80-odd years since, this event has grown in to one of the capital's greatest spectacles. There are floats, fancy dress, acrobatics and even a flypast on the route, not to mention a great carnival atmosphere. It begins at Mansion House at 10.55am and heads to the Royal Courts Of Justice for 12.35pm.

Then the return journey kicks off at 1pm from Victoria Embankment, and returns to Mansion House. The whole thing is rounded off by a spectacular firework display at 5pm above the City which is well worth the effort alone.

Various venues (020-7332 1456). Sat 8 Nov, 10.55am. Details of route and programme at www.lordmayorshow.org. Free. All ages * SOHO WRITERS' FESTIVAL FAMILY DAY There's a family feast of performances, workshops and activities in Soho this weekend, as part of the annual writers' festival. Renowned children's theatre the Polka will be previewing their Christmas shows The Selfish Giant and Stuart Little, Tall Stories will stage Something Else (which went down a storm in Edinburgh), there are fun and informal storytelling workshops aimed at motivating kids, and much more. The finale is a performance of Dr Bunhead's Exploding Kitchen at 2pm.

Soho Theatre & Writers' Centre, 21 Dean Street, W1 (020-7478 0100). Sat 8 Nov, 10am-3pm, [pounds sterling]8 (excluding Dr Bunhead's Exploding Kitchen), family [pounds sterling]25; Dr Bunhead's Exploding Kitchen, [pounds sterling]8 ([pounds sterling]6 for family ticket holders), adv booking recommended. Visit www.sohotheatre.com. 5-11 * BROADGATE ICE The ice rink at the Broadgate Centre in the City reopens this weekend, and it's a wonderful chance to enjoy a stylish openair skate in the heart of the Square Mile.

There's a good selection of sandwich bars and restaurants in the area too. …

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