Things to do Bank Holiday Weekend (August 2019)

That time of year has approached again the official UK sign that British Summer has officially ended its the last bank Holiday of the year and the most exciting one at that. With bottomless brunches, carnival fun, day parties, night parties, festivals and food stalls galore – there’s one thing you won’t be spoiled for this weekend and that’s choice!

 

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NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Sunday 25 – Monday 26 , August 2019 – 6AM – 9PM 

Whether you’re fully immersed in the carnival experience and are playing mas with one of the colourful Caribbean bands or just an onlooker basking in the weekends festivities, you are guaranteed to have a good time.

With a rare 29 DEGREES – sound systems, dance,  Curry Goat that feels like home, trumpeters, masquerade, street food, steel drums, dancehall, fluffy feathers galore and more, can the festivities start already??

This year you might want to check out the popular Red Bull Soundsystem at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, where the likes of dancehall queen Spice will be performing.

Grab your whistles, grab your flag and grab your friends it’s going to be a weekend to remember.

 

 

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WIMBLEDON PARK FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

Saturday 24 – Monday 26 , August 2019  – Wimbledon Park

The foodies heaven returns to Wimbledon Park for the 6th year running this weekend, with over 45 stalls offering a wide range of food and drink including artisan bread and pastries, cheeses and charcuterie and hot food from all over world, visitors will enjoy a taste  a worldwide feast with just a bus ride!

If that’s not enough, the Festival Kitchen will have a full programme of renowned chefs and food experts giving cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings. With an even later festival end time of 7pm on Saturday and 8pm on Sunday, a live DJ and beers, ales, cider, gin and Prosecco to sample there really is something for everyone!

 

 

VICTORIAN VAUXHALL

Saturday 24 –  Sunday 26 , August 2019  – Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Travel back to the ages this weekend at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.  There’ll be fun for all the family as they’ll be putting on a free Victorian affair where you’ll get the one off chance to experience 19th century themed  fun, games and activities including tightrope walkers, strong men and stilt walkers.

 

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THE MONSTER

Saturday 24 – Monday 26 , August 2019  – Alexandra Palace

A giant inflatable obstacle course for adults. What better excuse to zoom down an 18-metre mega slide? Plus, there are some R-rated extras dotted around the course – boozy bingo, drag queen karaoke, unicorn ball pits, beer pong and street food – to keep the fun going after completing the course.

 

TOP 5: HOXTON HOT SPOTS

QUEEN OF HOXTON

Queen of Hoxton is a top Shoreditch bar and club with East London’s finest live music and DJ’s. Offering both a lounge and chill spot option in the form of a games room with a pinball table and foosball table. Looking for something. A little livelier well the Queen offers the best of both wells as the ground floor showcases a basement bar with an intricate blend of window etchings, graffiti, ivy and a landscape of benches, with a large bar serving tantalising cocktails, thirst-quenching lagers and ales on tap and a selection of wines. The venue also boasts a top rooftop bar with a garden, kitchen and BBQ for those who love alfresco drinks with stunning views of London.

http://queenofhoxton.com/

LADY DINAH’S CAT EMPORIUM

Taking inspiration from Tokyo, Lady Dinah’s was London’s very first cat café, opening its doors back in 2014. Filled with cute cats, faux-vintage furnishings and plenty of chintzy crockery – this is certainly a Hoxton hotspot! With 13 cats sharing the space, this is a cat lovers paw paradise – offering light meals, sandwiches, salads and bagels, high teas, afternoon teas and a range of mouthwatering pots of tea like chantilly cream tea, or popcorn green tea.

https://www.ladydinahs.com/   

OLD SPITAFIELDS MARKET

Is vintage fashion your thing? Old Spitalfields market is a firm favorite with lots of stalls selling jewelry, retro home furnishings, designer and non-designer clothes and more. There is also an abundance of food options and bars surrounding the market. Even if you don’t feel like buying anything, Spitalfields is just a unique and eclectic part of London to walk around and explore. Let’s not forget your bound to get an IG worthy photo here too!

https://oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/

 

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

This intriguing store is part of the Ministry of Stories – an initiative that sees professional writers mentor young people in the art of story writing. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies offers bespoke and everyday items for the living, dead and undead. It works to encourage wild creativity and hopes to transform lives through writing. The shop itself is a direct reflection of the beyond outlandish tone of the workshops and  ghoulish treats on offer from the ‘thickest human snot’ to Werewolf biscuits and cubed ‘earwax’. This might just be the strangest shop in London, will you be brave enough to visit?

https://www.monstersupplies.org/

THE ORANGE BUFFALO

Word on the streets of Hoxton is that, Orange Buffalo serves the BEST buffalo wings in London. Located in the Truman Brewery Car Park with its four levels of sauces to rival Nando’s Peri-scale starting with the sensible Original  to the scorching Viper, The Orange Buffalo is undoubtedly one to add to your list of eateries this summer!

https://theorangebuffalo.com/

TOP 5: LDN WINTER WOW’S 2018 (Things to do/places to go)

The coldest of the season is upon us but the chilly months of November and December feature some of the hottest events of the year. Look no further than this article to spice up your winter months.

  1.  Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Dalloway terrace has earned itself a truly commendable household name in decor, with its constantly changing seasonal backdrop. It’s an Instagrammers paradise, some might say.  This month it has been transformed into a beautiful woodland, with a canopy of rusty red and green leaves, interwoven with fairy-lights and blankets  as the temperatures drop

PS: They do killer cocktails.

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2. Night Tales, Hackney

Night Tales in Hackney has undergone a winter makeover for the colder months by giving its Japanese garden terrace a festive twist. The space has erected a transparent roof, complete with a Northern Lights-inspired illumination, dotting flickering candlelight and fires and heaters to create a snug and inviting environment for all seasons.

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3. Skylight, Tobacco Dock

Once again Skylight treats us to Europes only rooftop Ice rink for the festive season.  This year the popular winter rooftop welcomes new additions of  fairylight-festooned igloos and huts with a section of winter warmer warming cocktails, mulled wine, melted cheese dishes and roasted chestnuts.

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4.  Christmas Light Switch On

Witness the moment festivity springs to life this year as London sparkles with awe inducing Christmas lights over the festive season.  From the impressive Oxford Street Christmas lights to the beautiful decorations shimmering in Covent Garden and of course the twinkling lights on Regent Street, don’t miss the chance to see the world-famous London Christmas lights as the city is gloriously lit for the  Christmas season.

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5. Winterville

Winterville returns on November 15, 2018 to Clapham Common for it’s second year as rival to well known winter festival Winter Wonderland.

For 5 weeks Winterville will have an ice rink,  an array of food stalls, Roller Disco, crazy golf, interactive theatre performances, circuses, craft fairs and more.

Backyard Cinema will also return to host its winter event displaying festive favourites in comfy bean bags and blankets  whilst offering guests the chance to venture through a Christmas maze before settling in for a night of classic yuletide films.

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Things to do in London (DECEMBER 2017 )

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

BUST Christmas Craftacular

For all you DIY Darlings and Crafty Creatures, London’s most inventive craft market comes to London this SUNDAY for some spectacular workshops

bust_craftacular_square_image_promo_51c0eChange your festive game forever as craftacular spills the tea for one day only, on how to make collaged gift tags, tinsel tapestry, Christmas card calligraphy and more. A match worthy to rival Santa? I think so.

Location: York Hall, Bethnal Green

Price:  £ Starting From £3.00

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://bust.com/craftacular/bust-craftacular-home.html

 

CHRISTMAS @ KEW GARDENS

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Fairytale meets festivity at Kew Gardens this magical season as now on a visit to Kew Gardens, you can follow the sparkling trail of over one million twinkling lights, experience a flickering fire or a dazzling show of laser beams and kaleidoscopic projections. Feeling peckish? Kew’s got you covered with a delicious mulled wine or hot chocolate selection, tasty toast and marshmallows around the fire!

Also offering festive fun for the all the family, children can also catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves at the North Pole village and enjoy a vintage fairground ride.

Location: Kew Gardens, Victoria Gate, Richmond, TW9

Price:  £ £ Adult – £16 , Child: £10.00

Head to their site for prices and more information: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas-at-kew

 

WINTER WONDERLAND @ HYDE PARK

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It’s the one you’ve prepared all year for … Winter Wonderland is back once again and has taken it’s rightful residency in Hyde Park, ready to steal your coins and warm your hearts.
After more than 10 years of sprinkling it’s festive magic over London, Winter Wonderland has since grown into an extravaganza with ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. This year you can enjoy skating around the UK’s largest open-air ice rink, have a deep sea adventure in the Magical Ice Kingdom, see thrilling circus shows and so much more.
Just a stones throw away from Marble Arch Tube station, what are you waiting for?!

Location: Hyde Park

Price:  £ Free Entry (Prices vary for rides, food and activities)

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

BALLIE BALLERSON @ SHOREDITCH

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Get the gang together for a night of ball deep fun at Ballie Ballerson this December!

Take the annual Christmas Dinner or party to new heights and play, dance or flop into the neck deep balls whilst sipping some cheeky theatrical cocktails and booty shaking or hand erm hand jiving to the latest hits, you choose the moves, I choose the venue.. GO, GO, GO!

 

 

Things To Do In London (November 2017) WINTER WARMERS

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

SKYLIGHT ROOFTOP @  TOBACCO DOCK (SKATING)

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Rooftops are all the range this winter, as former carpark transforms into the magical “Skylight”, a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock. Skylight is offering festive fun for the winter season so it’s time to get your skates on from November 2nd! That figure skating dream can now come to pass at the Wapping rooftop, stay on trend at London’s first rooptop ice rink!

Skating hasn’t quite sold you? Well there’s ice hockey shooting, tantalising street food, fondue, festive tipples and more with a beautiful view of the city skyline.

 

Location: Tobacco Dock, Wapping

Price:  £ Free Entry to rooftop // Skating from £10

 

 SOCIAL FUN AND GAMES CLUB @ ROOF EAST

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If this wasn’t enough to get you skating down there before I could say Eskimo’s, guests can get now hire and enjoy 80’s inspired après-ski lodges for a sum of up to 8 people per igloo, whilst sipping hot cocktails. Step inside the nothing short of magical glassy rooftop igloos and stare in awe at the glistening skyline of London.

LocationRoof East, Level 8 Car park, Stratford, E15 1XE

Price:  £ Starting From £10.00 

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://sfgclub.com/

 THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE WINTER FESTIVAL @ SOUTHBANK CENTRE

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The Southbank Centre Winter Festival has returned with a variety of fun festive shows, performances, pop-ups and activities following a Nordic theme. Their annual Wintertime Christmas market is back with a splash of magic and the finest stalls where you can spoil yourself rotten with baubles, mince pies and stocking fillers for all the family.

This winter Southbank are also bringing you something very special, in tune with the Noordic theme – a rooftop Finnish sauna pop up is now located on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens, but only for a limited time, so hurry! If you ever needed one, now you’ve got an excuse to treat yourself at the most magical time of the year!

Location: Southbank Centre, SE1

Price:  £ Musing is free but price varies according to activity (please see site)

Head to their site for prices, bookings and updates:  https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/winter-festival

 

WINTER NIGHT GARDEN/ THE SNOW KINGDOM @ BACKYARD CINEMA 

nightgarden-logo.pngsnow-kingdom-logo.pngThe Backyard cinema has returned with a double trouble cold special! As if you wasn’t already spoilt for choice – the Backyard Cinema brings you The Winter Night Garden (Clapham Common) and The Snow Kingdom (Borough) . Score some brownie points with that special someone or impress your friends with this guaranteed treat. Prepare to explore the unknown, journey through a magical wardrobe,  through an enchanted forrest and into the not so secret cinema. No this isn’t quite Narnia but a guaranteed experience like no other!

The nights have got colder but BackYard Cinema has the recipe to make you feel all warm inside, with fairy lights, bean bags, hot drinks and winter warmer cocktails; the Backyard Cinema is the perfect place to spend a cold evening this Autumn/Winter. Screening some of the best Christmas classics such as Home Alone, Elf, Cool Runnings, Matilda, Harry Potter, Love Actually and more. There’s something for absolutely everyone.

Location:

Winter Night Garden –  Backyard Cinema, Winterville, Clapham Common

Snow Kingdom – Backard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano 

Price:  ££ Starting From £17.00

Head to their site for prices and screenings: https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/

SORRY YOU MISSED IT ….

BONFIRE NIGHT

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Remember remember the 5th of November. Marshmallows, Bonfires and all the things you admire.

As the autumn evenings get chillier, The first week of  November comes in with a quite literal bang. Over the weekend of the 4th, many parks across London are offering an evening of a show stopping array of fireworks, blankets, mulled wine and more. Wrap up warm, grab the hand of a close one and head to one of the  many bonfire displays.

Locations:  

  • 4th November: Lambeth Fireworks @ Brockwell Park
  • 4/5th November: Crystal Palace Fireworks @ Crystal Palace Park
  • 5th November: Fireworks Night @ Victoria Park
  • 3/4 November: Alexander Palace Fireworks

Price:  £ Prices vary according to location

 

THINGS TO DO IN LONDON (SEPTEMBER 2017)⠀

This Section will be updated as and when I source new events/activities so don’t miss out and be sure to check in daily for updates.

THE TEA TERRACE 

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Has anyone ever told you that you’re living in a fairytale? Well now you actually can. Situated in two London locations (and Guilford too) the magical ‘Tea Terrace’ is the perfect place to bring your childhood dreams to life. For a small fee, The Tea Terrace allows you to live like an actual Princess (or Prince) for a few hours, whilst renting your very own Cinderella carriage and enjoying delicious afternoon tea, lunch, breakfast or sweet treats.

The Tea Terrace is also furnished with custom made plush high-back throne chairs, so if a carriage is not quite to your fancy, won’t a royal seat do?  If that wasn’t enough – they often have faux crowns available to wear during your visit. Instagram eat your heart out.

Location:  

  • The Tea Terrace – London, 5th Floor, House of Fraser, 318 Oxford St London, W1C 1HF  
  •  The Tea Terrace – London Victoria, 2nd Floor, House of Fraser, 101 Victoria Street

Price:  £££ Carriage rental £12.50 pp (upon booking) and £21 minimum spend pp for Adults or £10.95 for children under 12 years

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://www.theteaterrace.com/

 

SOCIAL FUN AND GAMES CLUB

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What is more perfect than a playground circuit of fun? Nothing that is what.

Social Fun and Games Club have cleverly curated a one-stop fun spot.  Located at roof top East, SFG offer – Birdies Rooftop Crazy Golf, De La Bowl (Hip-Hop inspired lanes), Rooftop Rollers Roller Disco and Sluggers Batting Cages.  Whether you want to swing a bat and let off some steam or show of your oh-so-amazing moves at Roller Disco, SFG is perfect for both a group hang or cute date location. Available all year around, this is definitely the place to be.

Location: Roof East, Level 8 Car park, Stratford, E15 1XE

Price:  £ Starting From £8.00 per activity

Head to their site for prices and more information: http://sfgclub.com/

 

ZIP WORLD LONDON (ENDING SOON)

london-logo-dark.pngIf you’re an adrenaline junkie or thrill-seeker like myself, then my gosh is this for you.  Zip World London have brought the fastest city centre zip line in the world  to London’s Southbank. This amazing experience will give you striking views of the London Eye, Big Ben and more. The double zip wire begins 35 meters above the ground, and  makes its  225 metre journey across the London skyline over Archbishop’s Park.

Ending 1st of October –  you still have time to experience London like never before.

LocationLambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7JY

Price:  ££ Starting From £18.50 for student tickets and  £22.50 for Adult tickets (Non students)

Head to their site for prices, bookings and updates: www.zipworld.co.uk

 

BACKYARD CINEMA MIAMI BEACH

miami-logo.png Summers over? Not in Miami beach it isn’t!  BackYard Cinema has bought South beach home to South London. With sand, flipflops, cocktails and beanbags; Backyard Cinema is the perfect place to spend a cold evening this Autumn. Screening some of the best cinema classics such as Dirty Dancing, Grease, Romeo and Juliet to Logan and Gladiator . There’s something for everyone.

Location: Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano SE1 6DR 

Price:  ££ Starting From £16.50

Head to their site for prices and screenings: https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/miami-beach/