In London this weekend: Oct 07-08-09

 

 

No plans yet? Here are some more cool things to do this weekend in London. If you have tips we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below… Taking a Eurostar soon? 23 ideas to have fun around St Pancras this way.

 

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♥ That’s London, baby ♥

1. Will you resist trying the interactive acoustic, light up (free) see-saws which have appeared on Leicester Square?

2. The Victorians loved spiritualism and attended Gothic Magic Lantern Show to shiver a little more. Professor Mervyn Heard will recreate this lost art with his 19th Century Magic Lantern in Brompton Cemetery Chapel this Saturday.

3. The famous Hastings battle took place 950 years ago. English Heritage is recreating the journey – on 25th September, a band of 1066 warriors left York by horse and foot, planning to arrive at their destination on October 14. This weekend, they will hold camp in Hyde Park and you will get a chance to have a look at the armoury, taste food from the kitchen and learn about smithing and willow weaving.

4. House of Vans launches the 7th edition of Festifeel – think  Stereophonics, Rae Morris, Lewis Watson, Gavin James, DJ Goldielocks, Sophie Ellis Bextor… As well as comedy, poetry, massages, skateboarding lessons, glitter and manicure stations.

5. Love tattoos and taking risks? Try Lazarides this weekend. Scott Campbell will be tattooing randomly selected participants (picked on the day) who will place their arm through a hole in a wall. If you are one of the lucky winners, you will have no idea what is being created until Scott has finished… Talk about trust!

 

♥ Art and culture ♥

1. If you are not so familiar with the Barbican, try their Open Fest day this Saturday – art installations, live music, architecture tours, pop-up theatre… And it’s all free!

2. Let Picasso wow you (once more) – the National Portrait Gallery reveals over eighty works focusing on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lover.

3. Not to be missed: 19 giant sculptures (Conrad Shawcross, Jean Dubuffet…) in Regent’s Park! If you can’t make it this weekend, no worry, they will be there till January.

4. At 201 Bishopgate, art finds inspiration in scaffoldings.

5. Kew Gardens showcases exceptional British artisans, crafters, ceramists, designers this week-end. Between shopping and art.

 

♥ Yum ♥

1. Try nectars at the Greek wine festival and stay for the evening – there will be meze, lamp, treats and traditional music.

2. How about a twist on your usual korma? Join this Indian Food Tour of North West London which includes quite a few treats… We particularly loved the Sweet Shop!

3. The London Cocktail Week is on – 8 exceptional drinks you simply have to try this way.

4. Willy Wonkas to be will love the The KitKat Chocolatory at Westfield Stratford! You can personalise your chocolate bar with 3 toppings of your choice or just go for one of the Limited Editions ones (dandelion & burdock, anyone?).

5. My favourite gelato place in London is – without any hesitation – Gelupo. They have now teamed up with Michelin star chef to bring us new flavours: green cardamom and rose water; yuzu and green shiso; Cuban tobacco and dark rum

 

♥ 5 ideas to make your little ones smile ♥

1. The Little Venice Music Festival gives children a chance to discover all the instruments of the orchestra this Saturday and to create their own musical adventure.

2. Remember all the board games we used to play? The Museum of Childhood is featuring a hundred in their new exhibition. A great way to keep the kids away from a TV screen!

3. Little ones (+6 yo) can learn printmaking this Saturday by making simple blocks of card and polystyrene inspired by nature. No experience nor skill necessary.

4. On Sunday, listen to Nordic fairytales at the Royal Festival Hall.

5. Immersive theatre is for kids too. Welcome to Neverland, inspired by Peter Pan’s story. The play takes place in a magical white tent where seascapes and sky are created by 360-degree video projections.

 

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