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Skate At Somerset House
Taste Of London: Festive Edition
Christmas Lights in London
Cakes and Bubbles by Albert Adria
Winterville
Hogwarts in the Snow
EFG London Jazz Festival
Narnia at Bluebird
The Big London Flea
 

 

Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.

 
 

Skate At Somerset House

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 14th November 2018 to 13th January 2019

 

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngsters need guidance there's the Polar Cub Club for under 8s. But if you're looking for something altogether more grown up, Skate Lates brings a specially curated programme of music to the rink on nights with takeovers from hot names in the contemporary music scene. Get your Christmas shopping done while you're there at The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason's occupying 15 rooms in the West Wing of Somerset House filled with hampers, tea caddies, stocking fillers, gifts and games. Now in its 19th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times).

 
 
 

Taste Of London: Festive Edition

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 15th - 18th November 2018

 

The winter edition of Taste of London presents 19 of London's top restaurants and a host of talented chefs under one roof for a festive treat at Tobacco Dock. New for this year are seven brand new restaurants, masterclasses at the new Urban Kitchen, wine and cheese pairings with Accolade Wine School, the Diner's Club VIP lounge, cocktail making and a hot dog party taking place in front of the Taste fire pit. Restaurants making their debut this year are Nonna Tonda, serving delicious handmade pasta dishes, Rohit Ghai's highly anticipated new Indian restaurant, Kutir, which opens a couple of weeks before Taste, Jamie Oliver's home of smoke and fire, Barbecoa, and authentic Malaysian cuisine from Papparich. On Saturday night DJ BBQ serves up hot dogs and takes over the decks at The Fire Pit for a two-hour DJ set. Plus there are over 100 food and drink stalls to shop at including handmade Burley Fudge, organic Beronia Wines, award winning Cornish Cheese Co. and Pleese Cakes. The perfect way to kick off the festive season.

 
 
 

Christmas Lights in London

Science Museum IMAX, Exhibition Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 1st to 24th November 2018

 

With them going up earlier and earlier every year, London's Christmas lights and decorations extend the magical festive period. From traditional and classy to quirky and in-your-face, they illuminate much of central London and are an essential part of Christmas in London.

 
 
 

Cakes and Bubbles by Albert Adria 

Hotel Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Following a successful pop-up in 2016, Albert AdriĆ  - aka 'the world's best pastry chef' - returns to Hotel Cafe Royal in 2018 with Cakes and Bubbles, a permanent all-dessert restaurant. Having made a name for himself at the world-famous El Bulli - the only restaurant to top The World's 50 Best Restaurants list five times - AdriĆ  went on to create his own food empire and now runs some of Barcelona's hottest restaurants. As the name would suggest, Cakes and Bubbles serves a curated menu of sweet bites, cakes and signature desserts alongside sparkling wine and champagne. Classic options include a chocolate eclair with peanut praline, a frozen caramel and lemon cake, and a passionfruit and chocolate cake while a more adventurous dish is The Cheesecake, an intriguing blend of coulommiers cheese, hazelnut and white chocolate.

 
 
 

Winterville

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 15th November to 23rd December 2018

 

Melanie C kicks off the festivities at South London's answer to Winter Wonderland as Winterville returns to Clapham Common for 2018. The sporty one will be DJing her 90s Mixtape in the Spiegeltent where there's a huge musical lineup from the likes of Norman Jay, Soul II Soul's Jazzie B, The Cuban Brothers and DJ Yoda. Basically, it'll be a big old party every Friday and Saturday night, and all for FREE! Also on site are Street Feast, the ice rink, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, Plonk Golf, the fairground and pop-up pub Bar Humbug. Backyard Cinema introduce The Christmas Labrinth, a huge magical maze which leads to a two-screen cinema in an enchanted forest with a cabaret-themed bar and a hidden tequila bar. Aerial sensationalists Chivaree Circus debut their brand-new production CRASH in the Spiegeltent. And for the first time the Winterville Spiegel hosts comedy with a special showcase of Rabbit Rabbit Comedy's favourite comedians including Kerry Godliman, Fin Taylor and Tony Laws. There's everything from Mexican wrestling to Mighty Hoopla with family fun in a converted double decker bus as Bus King Theatre stages magical puppet show What Is That In My Hat?

 
 
 
 

Hogwarts in the Snow

Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, Watford, London, WD25 7LS

Tube: Watford Station

 

Dates: 17th November 2018 to 27th January 2019

 

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is being transformed for the festive season once again this year, inviting visitors to see Hogwarts in the Snow and learn all about how the Christmas scenes in the films were made, including how a mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt were used to create snow the same method that will be used to decorate the Studio Tour this November. A number of the famous scenes will be decorated with snow while the renowned Great Hall will be transformed with wreaths, garlands, roast turkeys, Christmas puddings, cakes and Christmas trees. Be sure to visit and see the Studio's most magical makeover yet.

 
 
 

Google Pixel 3 Presents The Curiosity Rooms

55 Regent Street, , London, W1B 4DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 15th November to 16th December 2018

 

Make your everyday more extraordinary this winter with the help of The Curiosity Rooms. Presented by Google Pixel 3, the hub of discovery on Regent Street will offer five weeks of workshops, talks, podcasts, food, music and more. Inspired by key features on the new Google Pixel 3, the three-floor pop-up will host an array of experiences to encourage imagination. Ticketed events include a live podcast with Fearne Cotton, a Patch x London Craft Club Makers workshop, a conversation with actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and a look at how GQ and Wired shoot their covers. Further to these, the space itself is free to explore.

 
 
 

EFG London Jazz Festival

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th to 25th November 2018

 

See Bobby McFerrin at the Barbican, Lea DeLaria live in concert at The Bridge Theatre and Orphy Robinson at Queen Elizabeth Hall, all appearing in the city as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, returning in 2018 for its 26th year. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival, more than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. Further highlights include Madeleine Peyroux at Royal Festival Hall, the BBC Young Jazz Musician and, on the last night, Bill Laurance as Snarky Puppy's Grammy Award winningkeyboard virtuoso presents a brand new collaboration with the mighty WDR Big Band, led by Bob Mintzer.

 
 
 

Narnia at Bluebird

Bluebird Chelsea, 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th November 2018 to 5th January 2019

 

This winter, Bluebird Chelsea is getting into the festive spirit with three heated wooden chalets spaced around its courtyard. The entire space will be transformed into a magical Narnia wonderland with snowy Christmas trees, pine cones and lanterns while the chalets will be a warming retreat with velvet and faux-fur cushions, throws, festive wreaths and twinkling lights. A winter warming menu of fondue, apple pie and boozy hot chocolate will be available in the chalets along with special seasonal cocktails. Inside, the White Witch may well be spotted amongst the Christmas trees and a special menu of baked vacherin with warm potato, toasted hazelnut salad and Perigold truffle and braised duck leg with pomegranate, sherry and winter greens will be served.

 
 
 

The Big London Flea

EartH, 13 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 18th November 2018

 

North London's largest indoor vintage market, The Big London Flea, comes to the newly opened EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) this November. Hunt for personal treasures, rummage for bargains, and refresh your living space with unique finds from over 50 vintage traders. Sprawling across the ground floor of the newly refurbished EartH, The Big London Flea is host to veteran vintage sellers from established London markets like Spitalfields, Bermondsey and Kempton, selling alongside locals having a vintage clear out.

 
 
 

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