Picture by RBG Kew
I love snow, and the way it transforms the landscape – so there’s no better way in which to enjoy it than having a walk round Kew Gardens.
The Pagoda in winter. Picture by RBG Kew
The gardens are set over 300 acres, so there’s plenty to see – and there are lots of activities on offer over the festive period.
There’s a free Winter Wonderland walk, which takes you on a trail around the staff’s favourite areas at this time of year, and is on offer from Dec 4 – Jan 3.
You can also get into the festive spirit by taking a cosy horse and carriage ride around the park. Get on at the Orangery and be taken on a trip down Broad Walk. The trips run from 10:30am-3:30pm and are available Dec 11 – Jan 3. Adults £3, children £2.
If you get cold, you can head to the hot houses – including the picturesque Palm House and Waterlily House.
The Palm House at Christmas. Picture by RBG Kew.
Kew opens at 9:30am every day apart from December 24/25, and is £13.50 for adults and £11.50 for concessions. Children go free. Tickets are available online or on the day.
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens
Not quite the same as a music event, but an event nonetheless – and if you like playing Cluedo in your spare time this could be the thing for you.
This weekend sees the British Film Institute host a weekend dedicated to the work of Agatha Christie.
You’ll have a chance to see screenings and onstage activity, and a carriage from the Orient Express will be stationed outside the Royal Festival Hall for you to have a gander.
Tickets for the screenings are available here, but be quick – there are only a few seats left for tomorrow’s activities.
Nearest Tube: Waterloo/Embankment/Charing Cross
The weather outside is frightful…so why not do something indoors yet cultural this weekend?
The Brick Lane Gallery is hosting Driven Creativity – an exhibition showing off shortlisted and winning entries from the G-Technology Driven Creativity competition
You’ll be able to see photography, film and music – and the best bit is, it’s all free!
The exhibition is running until Monday, November 22 and is open 1-6pm every day.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool St/Aldgate
Ever wondered what it would be like to own an original piece of art by a well-known, critically acclaimed artist?
Well, now’s your chance.
RCA Secret is happening this weekend, and you’ve just about got enough time to go and see which pieces you fancy.
This is original art. Thankfully it won't be in the sale.
Here’s how it works: there are 2800 postcards to buy – but they’re all signed on the back, so you can’t see who made them until once it’s been bought.
Once you’ve picked the ones you like (you’re allowed to choose up to four), make a note of them and register yourself as a collector.
Each postcard costs £45, and will go on sale on Saturday, November 20 at 8am. Get there early to ensure you get the ones you want!
Previous artists who’ve donated their work include Tracey Emin, Mary Quant, Yoko Ono and Manolo Blahnik. The fun of it is, some work is done by students and graduates of the Royal College of Art – so even though they might not be famous now, you might pick up something for the future…
You can go and look at the exhibition today until 9pm, and tomorrow – Friday, November 19 – from 11am-6pm. Admission is free.
The Royal College of Art is located on Kensington Gore. See their Facebook page for photos and tips on the sale.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington/High Street Kensington.
Filed under Arts, SW London
Christmas is all about giving, right? So why not do something good and have fun at the same time?
The Great Christmas Pudding Race is taking place on December 4 in Covent Garden Market in aid of Cancer Research UK.
If you want to get involved, you need to register a team of up to 6 people on the website – then get training! Don’t forget to start thinking about your costume – fancy dress is strongly encouraged!
Of course, it’s free to watch the madness unfold if you don’t want to take part.
It’s Diwali! It’s Bonfire Night! It’s the weekend!
Must mean it’s time for LondonLovelies’s Ten Minute Take-Away, then.
This week, we’ve got the Children’s Film Festival, Time For Tease and FREE bonfires around London. Go forth and listen.
Ten Minute Take-Away 05/11/10
Natural History Museum
The clocks have gone back and it’s getting darker (boooo). But there is one good thing about winter creeping up on us – Christmas is on the way.
Why is that good? Well because feel-good Christmas and winter things are popping up all over the place. Like the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum.
The famous ice rink opens this weekend – Friday, November 5, to be exact – and will be open for your skating pleasure until early January next year.
If you fancy the idea, but have no idea how to skate, don’t worry – lessons are available from £30 a session. Otherwise, it’s £13 adults/£8.50 concessions for an hour of skating. Good news for students, too – on Mondays and Tuesdays you can get down for a session and drink at the bar for £8 (you need your student ID and the offer is running until December 7).
You need to book tickets – see here for more information.
The ice rink opens at 10am and closes at 10pm Monday -Friday, opening at 8:45 at the weekend.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington