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This year's Hampton Court Palace Festival is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Tudor Base Court (one of the palace's main courtyards).
The festival always ends with a special show called 'Fanfare & Fireworks' where the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs a selection of classical favourites by the likes of Rossini, Vivaldi, Verdi, Brahms Elgar and Strauss, before blowing everyone's eardrums out with a spectacular fireworks display over the old Tudor Palace.
If you arrive early then you'll be able to enjoy some food and drink in the East Front Gardens (from 5.30 PM). They'll have some open-air bars and gourmet street food stalls set up. You can even bring a picnic and relax in the grounds before the show starts. If you really want to spoil yourself then try one of the VIP Dining Packages which will take place in the State Apartments.
Craig’s review of Hampton Court Palace – “If you grew up within ten miles of Hampton Court Palace then this place was your educational day out. This is how they'd teach you some British history. They'd cram fifty kids into a big bus and then make you troop around the grounds for two hours counting up the Tudor chimneys (because every single chimney is different, you see -- and if you came here ten thousand ti… continued”
Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 10 Sep to 31 Dec 2018 (selected dates only) – St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall – Every day – This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium.
BBC Symphony Orchestra — playing Tchaikovsky – 15 Nov 2018 – Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Tchaikovsky and Ethel Smyth at Barbican Hall.
Bach to Baby, at the Queen’s Gallery – 26 Nov and 17 Dec 2018 – Take your baby to the Queen's Gallery for an informal classical concert and see the Russia Royalty & the Romanovs exhibition
The Nutcracker — at the British Museum – 3, 6 and 8 Dec 2018 – Ballet Central will be putting on a very special performance of The Nutcracker inside the Great Hall at the British Museum
Handel’s Messiah at St Paul’s Cathedral – 6 Dec 2018 – Enjoy a performance of Handel's Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia at St Pauls Cathedral
Shostakovich, Richard Strauss and Alban Berg – 7 Dec 2018 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Shostakovich, Richard Strauss and Alban Berg at Barbican Hall.
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans