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As if you ever needed a reason to visit London… here are my Top Ten Reasons to Visit London this Fall 2015

1. Rugby World Cup – The world’s third largest sporting event is taking place in London from Sept. 19 – Oct. 31. This exciting event brings together 20 teams from across the globe, all of which will be vying for the William Webb Ellis Cup. Matches will also take place across ten other cities in England and Cardiff. For more information, visit: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

2. Frieze Art Fair – Frieze London is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs and features works from over 150 of the most exciting galleries in the world. This year’s festival will bring together some of London’s best-loved restaurants, bars and cafés with the return of many favourites, including Caravan and Locanda Locatelli; and new partners The Arts Club, Ibérica and Petersham Nurseries, among others. More information is available on the Frieze Art Festival website: http://www.frieze.com/

3. Goya Portraits – The National Gallery will be presenting Goya: The Portraits from Oct.7 –Jan.10. The exhibit will showcase around 70 of the artist’s most striking and unforgiving works, derived from both public and private collections from around the globe. To view more on the collection, visit: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

4. NFL International Series – The NFL International Series will be returning to London for the hugely popular series of regular season games at Wembley Stadium. The Miami Dolphins will play host to the New York Jets on Sunday Oct. 4, the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 25 and the Kansas City Chiefs will be the home team against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 1. For more information visit: http://www.nfl.com/international

5. The Lord Mayor’s Show – The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known annual events in London and one of the longest-established, with a history dating back as far as the 16th century. This year will mark the 800th anniversary and will feature fun activities, special exhibitions and fireworks perfect for the entire family. The 2015 Lord Mayor’s show will officially take place on November 14, 2015, but celebrations will commence as early as September. More information can be found on the Lord Mayor’s Show website: https://lordmayorsshow.london/

6. Premiere of the new Bond movie Spectre – The new highly anticipated James Bond film Spectre will be premiering in London on Oct. 26, 2015 and will be attended by Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The film stars Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes, providing an opportune chance to stargaze.

7. Smith & Sons famous umbrella shop – Drizzle is quite common in London, so a visit to the most famous umbrella store in the world will come in handy. The company has an outstanding reputation for umbrellas and walking sticks, as well as the repair service they offer. The business was founded in 1830 and has been the leading umbrella company for 180 years. For more information, visit: http://www.james-smith.co.uk/history

8. Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 – Nicole Kidman returns to the West End playing a DNA researcher named Rosalind Franklin in Anna Ziegler’s recent play Photograph 51. It tells the story of the scientists involved in revealing the structure of DNA, taking place between 1951 and 1953. Kidman’s performance has been praised by most, and the play itself has received fairly positive reviews. The show runs from Sept. 5 – Nov. 21, 2015. Tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

9. Ai Wei Wei at The Royal Academy – Major artist and cultural phenomenon, Ai Wei Wei, will be showcasing his works at the Royal Academy in a rare single artist show. This collection by the influential Chinese artist explores several challenging themes, based on his own experience with creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as on contemporary Chinese art and society. For tickets, visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk

10. The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop – A new groundbreaking exhibition is being showcased at Tate Modern from Sept. 17 – Jan. 24, 2015. The World Goes Pop examines how artists around the world engaged with the spirit of Pop, from Latin America to Asia, and from Europe to the Middle East. It reveals a different side to the artistic and cultural phenomenon that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. Tickets are available for purchase online by visiting the Tate Modern website: http://www.tate.org.uk

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