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Last chance to ice skate at Canary Wharf

Tired of the cold yet? No? Well head on down to the last weekend of ice skating at Canary Wharf.

The ice rink is closing on Sunday, February 20 – so get your skates on (quite literally) before it’s over for another year.

Learn to skate amongst the towers above on the 720-metre-square rink, or watch from the bar or viewing gallery.

The rink is open 9:45am-11pm on Saturday, and 9:45am-7:30pm on Sunday.  Last entry to the rink is an hour before closing.

Tickets are £12 or £9 conecssions, and that includes the hire of the skates.

The ice rink is located at Canada Square Park.

Nearest Tube: Canada Square DLR

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Thames Festival

Another week, another festival.  This week, it’s the turn of The Mayor’s Thames Festival – a weekend long jolly along the river between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.

There are tons of activities and events to keep you occupied, and areas along the river are split up into four zones so you know where you need to be for each one.

Highlights look like:

Feast On The Bridge

Does what it says on the tin….it kicks off on Southwark Bridge (which is in Zone 3, fyi) at noon on Saturday and continues long into the night, ending around 10pm.  As well as all the food, you can feast yourself on the live music, dancing and baking – and that’s just for starters.

Photography Masterclasses

On both Saturday and Sunday, there’s a free drop-in photography masterclass in Zone 1, based on a first come, first served basis.  Once you’ve got all your tips, get snapping and you could win a new camera by entering the festival’s photo competition.

Walk and Explore

On Saturday, you can join a charity walk which explores the streets of London.  There are three walking challenges to choose from, and there’s an optional donation to take part in the event – click here for more information.  The walk officially starts at 10:30am (although it sounds like you can turn up at any time) from outside the front of the Tate Modern.

Festival Market

Covering all zones and running on both days, the Festival Market will be showcasing independent shops and designers, selling things from arts & crafts to food. With over 300 traders, you’re sure to find something you like!

Thames River Parade

Saturday sees a parade along the Thames of all who use it.  From barges to tugs to cruiseliners – you got it.  It sets off at 2:30pm from the Queen Elizabeth II Pier outside the O2 – click here for the full itinerary.

Beach Activities

Hang on to summer by hitting the beach on the foreshore at Gabriel’s Wharf (in Zone 2) on Sunday.  Activities include sandcastle making and wellie throwing. Suitable for all ages, all equipment for the activities will be provided.

Carnival and Fireworks

Concluding the Festival, a 2000-strong parade of dancers and musicians start partying at 7:15pm from Victoria Embankment.  The procession finishes around 9:15pm behind the National Theatre in time for fireworks, which will be going off from two barges stationed on the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.  The display starts at 9:45pm.

The Festival is happening this Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12.

Nearest Tube: London Bridge/Waterloo/Embankment/Southwark/Tower Hill/Borough

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More London Free Film Festival

The days are getting shorter, the evenings getting darker…but there’s light at the end of the Southbank, because during September you can get yourself down to some free film screenings at The Scoop, courtesy of More London.

Starting next week – Wednesday, September 15, to be exact – the More London Free Film Festival will run until October 1 showing an array of films in The Scoop, a riverside open air amphitheatre.

Week 1 films are Up In The Air, The Kite Runner and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Week 2 films are The Hurt Locker, North by Northwest and Pretty Woman.

Week 3 films are Invictus, Up and Dirty Dancing.

The films run Wednesday – Friday each week and start at 7:30pm. Click here for a synopsis of the films.

You don’t need to book seats, but make sure to turn up early as it’s a strict first-come first-served policy.  In the event of rain the films are likely to be cancelled.  There’ll also be food and drink on offer from the bar.

The Scoop is located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames.

Nearest Tubes: London Bridge, Tower Hill

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Open House, Open City

Normally closed to the public, the Arsenal in NYC’s Central Park was one of the buildings I visited as part of Open City in New York

Ever been having a stroll around London (do people ‘stroll’ in London?) and seen a house you’ve thought ‘that looks lovely.  Wonder what it’s like inside…’?

Well, now’s your chance to have a nosy around some of London’s best loved buildings, as well as somearchitecturally interesting homes.

Open House London is happening on September 18 & 19, enabling you to have a look around all these places for FREE.  There are over 700 buildings, architectural walks, cycle tours and more to keep you busy over the weekend.

I went to Open House in New York City once, and it was a really great way to get to know the city and find out some interesting nuggets of info on the buildings.

You have to book for some of the viewings/talks – so order your guide here to get the full listing of events and buildings.  (The guide costs £6.50)

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Real Food Market

Bored of Borough? Why not head to the Real Food Market this weekend and sample some snacks on the Southbank?

Fresh veg on offer at a food market

There are over 40 Real Food producers at the market, selling everything from hog roasts to chocolate – and everything is regional, seasonal and wholesome (yes, even the chocolate).

As well as the food stalls, there’ll be live cookery demos, talks and interactive events to get involved with.

It’s all happening on the Southbank, running this weekend 10am-6pm and the weekend of October 1-3, 12pm-6pm.

Bon appetite!

Nearest Tube: Waterloo

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Feeling Gloomy? Put On Your Red Shoes and…DANCE!

I’ve just found out about a brilliant concept that I feel the need to share with you all.

Feeling Gloomy is a club night with a twist.  With nights in New York (wish I’d known about it whilst I was there…) and soon to be Berlin,  Feeling Gloomy play songs for the melancholy from the o2 Academy in Islington.

Well, not quite – the songs are fairly upbeat, but the lyrics aren’t necessarily so.  Think along the lines of Scissor Sisters ‘Comfortably Numb’, or choose from a wide and varied list including Kylie, The Smiths, Blur, David Bowie –  even Frank Sinatra.

Speaking of ol’ Ziggy, on Saturday, August 7, you can get involved in a free Bowie-themed walk which is kicking off in Brixton and will take in all of Dave’s old haunts (I’m pretty sure I can call him Dave).

The trail will take you up to the West End before giving you the option of heading on to the aforementioned Feeling Gloomy night, which for one night only – you’ve guessed it – is Bowie themed.

If all that excitement wasn’t enough, costumes are encouraged, and your tour will be accompanied by ‘Bowie’ himself (*cough*) belting out some tunes along the way, inbetween getting you some facts on the old fella, of course.

The tour is free, but is first-come, first-served.  If you wish to head over to Feeling Gloomy, that will set you back £6 before midnight, or £8 after. NUS £5.

The walk starts at starts at 6.30pm at Trinity Arms, 45 Trinity Gardens, London, SW9 8DR.  Food and drink will be available en route.

o2 Academy Islington is located at 16 Parkfield St, Islington, N1

Nearest Tube: Brixton (for the walk), Angel (for the club)

For more information, head over to the Facebook event page.

BIG thanks goes to Mike Toller for flagging this one up.

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Ping-a-ling

This weekend why not get outdoors and try out something different?

Ping London are setting up a load of ping-pong (or table tennis, if you’d prefer) tables around the city, ready for you to have a go! Bats and balls are provided so there’s no excuse.

Tables are all over the place, including Heathrow, The British Library and Soho Square. There will be classes available too.

The tables will be out and about until August 22 – plenty of time to turn you into a ping-pong champion!

Time Out have a helpfully created map of all the table locations.  Click here for more info.

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