This is Everything That’s Trending in London This Week

Before you get overwhelmed by the wealth of activities and events on offer in London, take a deep breath and look through our guide to what’s trending in the city. Narrowing it all down to five, enticing options, you’re bound to find an exhibition, bonfire night display, foodie offering, or festive activity that is a bit of you. Without further ado, these are the best things to do in London that you’ll be dying to add to your calendar.

1. Direct From Graceland: Elvis

two Elvis stage costumes at Direct From Graceland exhibition

If you’re a music buff and haven’t heard about Direct From Graceland: Elvis yet, this is your sign to go. Grab your tickets and enter the city’s newest exhibition space, Arches London Bridge, to delve into the life and legacy of the King of Rock and Roll. Follow Elvis’ meteoric rise to stardom, discover over 400 artefacts from his career, and relive some of his most iconic performances through immersive technology. Or, if you’re a superfan who is willing to splash some cash on VIP entry, go ahead and hold Elvis’ gold international belt and microphone from his Las Vegas residency - circa 1969!

From 20 October 2023

Location: Arches London Bridge, 8 Bermondsey St, London SE1 2ER

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2. Fawkes Festival

Crowds enjoying a large fireworks display with golden sparks

The deafening boom of fireworks isn't everyone’s cup of tea, so the team behind Fawkes Festival are offering an eye-catching alternative that is no less dazzling to watch. Touching down in Ravenscourt Park and Bishops Park, Londoners will have the chance to watch what it described as a “15 minute lights-laser-sound extravaganza”. Not convinced? Then the presence of flames and state-of-the-art sky trackers may sway your opinion. Of course, no bonfire night would be complete without a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, and you’ll find this cosy treat from drinks vendors on the night.

3 - 4 November 2023

Location: Ravenscourt Park / Bishops Park

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3. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

family skating on the ice with a child on the penguin

Wrap yourself up in your cosiest clothes and get your pals together, because the Hampton Court Palace ice rink will be officially open from 17 November! Take to the ice here and you’ll be skating in front of the historic palace that Henry VIII used to roam. If some of that royal grandeur has brushed off on you, then be sure to indulge at the Ice Rink Café & Bar after your skating session to order sweet or savoury snacks as well as festive beverages. To experience this classic Christmas outing, get your bookings in now before your desired slots go.

17 November - 7 January 2023

Location: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

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4. Day of the Dead at Wahaca

Wahaca waiters asking colourful skeletons for their order

Halloween who? Each year, London’s Mexican community comes together for their biggest annual event: the Day of the Dead. To celebrate our dearly departed, they paint the town rainbow through colourful parades, joyful live music, kaleidoscopic costumes and face paint, and traditional delicacies. At Wahaca, you can get a taste of these celebrations by indulging in their special menu items - from Marmalade Mezcalitas to fiery empanadas - and enjoying the company of kaleidoscopic skeletal figures known as ‘calacas’. Brighten up your world by booking a spot at one of London’s popular Wahaca venues before 8 November.

4 October - 8 November 2023

Location: London-wide Wahaca venues

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5. Latent Spaces at Illusionaries

Woman taking a photo of an immersive, digital exhibit

After debuting with their first immersive experience combining art and tech in Canary Wharf, Illusionaries have returned with a brand-new offering, Latent Spaces. This time, they’re exploring the baffling connections between artificial intelligence and humanity’s collective unconscious. If that description intrigues (or baffles) you, then get your tickets now to explore four distinct spaces that’ll captivate your senses, delight you with 360-degree visuals, and help you uncover the potential of generative art.

From 14 October 2023

Location: Crossrail Pl, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR

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Photo credits: Illusionaries

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