See What’s Trending in London This Week
The crisp, autumn weather isn’t stopping Londoners from hiding under their blankets with the heating on full blast. Instead, they’re heading down to London’s latest Christmas lights and festive markets, pre-booking ice rinks with astonishing views, and catching the newest theatre productions - and you too can join the club with a simple read on. P.S. don’t miss out on the trendiest venues the capital has to offer with our free insider app to London.
What if we told you you can ice skate in front of a UNESCO World Heritage Site? That’s right, Greenwich’s infamous ice rink is making a grand return just in time for the holidays - and it’s surrounded by some of the neighbourhood’s architectural wonders. Glide and twirl to the beautiful views of Greenwich Park and glittering lights of Canary Wharf, and considering it’s located in front of the Queen's House, you’ll get a pretty sweet view of that too. Bookings are now open, so be sure to arrange a magical date for you and your loved ones this season.
FYI: Love the idea of ice skating, but prone to stage fright? No sweat. The rink offers relaxed sessions free from large crowds, so you can skate, or cling to the edge, in peace. Timeslots are available on certain dates only.
Location: Romney Rd, London SE10 9NF
Every year, we can always count on Carnaby Street to pull out all of the stops when it comes to illuminating the city with a festive light display. Previously, we have seen gigantic snowmen, beautiful fluttering butterflies, and even a homage to the iconic band Queen all combined with kaleidoscopic colours - but what can we expect this year you may ask? Get down there for the switch on from 4pm on November 8th to be the first to catch a glimpse…
From 8th November 2023
Location: Carnaby Street
The Southbank we all know and love has been transformed into a twinkling, frosty wonderland, with sweeping views of the riverside. You might find yourself relaxing in one of Jimmy's Fire & Fromage heated lodges, scoffing plates of truffle burgers and molten cheese toasties, or sipping a warm cup of mulled wine as you browse the alpine-style chalets for a thoughtful present. Then, round it all off with a sweet treat such as dutch pancakes and chocolate covered fruit. Sound like a bit of you? Entry to the market is free, which makes a festive stroll beside the Thames all the more sweeter.
2nd November - 26th December 2023
Location: The Queen's Walk, London SE1 8XX
Who doesn’t love a brand-new immersive show? Coming in hot this month is George Orwell’s genre-defying live production of 1984, directed by Richard Halo and Jem Wall from Hydrocracker Theatre, where’ll you’ll watch Orwell’s dystopian classic unfold before your very eyes. You can catch the thrilling Ministry of Truth at Hackney Town Hall, courtesy of the Pure Expression Theatre who have a rep for transforming public venues into the stage - take a seat or else, watch this space.
Location: Mare St, London , London, Mare St, London E8 1EA
From the city streets of South Korea emerges Delight: Media Art Exhibition, a visual feast in the form of 25 vibrant, multimedia installations. Throughout the immersive experience, you'll make your way through twelve eye-catching spaces, with each one containing thought-provoking reflections on urban life and culture. While you’re there, be sure to capture some dazzling snaps for your socials or simply to remember a good time.
From 13 October 2023
Location: Borough Yards, Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AD