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…
London off the beaten path
1. Don’t miss the Lord Mayor Show this Saturday, an 804 years old tradition! The parade (featuring over 6000 people, with dozens of marching bands, military detachments, carriages, dance troupes, inflatables, giant contraptions and ceremonial displays) will start from Bank at 11 am but there also will be fairground rides, giant games, street food stalls, craft workshops and a full size entertainment stage.
2. Glow Festival will add magic to Eastbury Manor House this Friday and Saturday. Think lanterns, laser projections and art installations…
3. Who said museums are boring? The Tate Modern will have a Hip Hop Karaoke party this Saturday.
4. Liberty’s Christmas tree seems straight out of fairy tale…
5. We tried Handmade Mystery’s escape game and loved it. Go on, it’s quite a fantastic adventure!
Culture and Art in London
1. The Geffrye Museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but you can visit its restored almshouses on a special guided tour this Saturday.
2. Did you know the National Theatre sources, constructs, repairs, alters, organises, dresses and maintains costumes for over 20 new theatre productions every year and does so on site? .Learn more about the amazing skills required in their (free) exhibition.
3. Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics at House of illustration is the first major exhibition of graphic design from Cuba’s ‘golden age’. It brings together 100 posters and 70 magazines distributed across the globe by OSPAAAL: Fidel Castro’s Organisation of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America, an organisation founded to promote cooperation between socialist countries and liberation movements.
4. There is so much artwork around Canary Wharf… Join a free guided tour this Saturday to learn more!
5. Loved the Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A? Don’t miss the selection of pictures taken by the artist on show at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.
London foodie ideas
1. Silo, the world’s first Zero Waste restaurant, has just opened in London.
2. The Ivy Café in Richmond has, in honour of Remembrance Day, teamed up with local charity, the Poppy Factory, and created a striking entrance featuring over 1,000 poppies. They will also be serving a special Poppy afternoon tea until 12th November…
4. Yellow Brick Road, emerald green cocktails: the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is all about Oz this winter!
5. Balthazar’s pear and caramel charlotte is so cute you almost don’t want to eat it. Almost.
London for families
1. Calling all Hello Kitty lovers! Japan Centre Ichiba (Westfield) is celebrating the feline with a special pop-up this November. There will be special bentos, super cute decorations and Hello Kitty herself will stop by for selfies this Saturday.
2. Join Buenos Aires-based artist Jorge Crowe for an electric music performance on a mixing desk made from toys and gadgets at the Museum of Childhood this weekend.
3. Children can explore expressive action drawing techniques inspired by Rembrandt’s etchings at the Dulwich picture house this Sunday and decorate their own paper lantern
4. Meet Mozart’s cat in an interactive introduction to music-making at the Southbank Centre this Sunday.
5. Wembley Park celebrates the best of Diwali and Bonfire Night this Sunday with a carnival parade, live performances and stunning fireworks displays.
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