- 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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So, it’s carnival time already, what better way to say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn than dancing your blues away with the Notting Hill Carnival?
Running on Sunday and Monday here are a few tips:
Sunday’s carnival starts at 9am and is Children’s Day. Monday is Adult’s Day and starts at the same time. Both days finish around 9pm.
The parade normally starts on Great Western Road and heads Chepstow Road, Westbourne Avenue and Ladbroke Grove.
Organisers advise that you head to watch on the southern part of the route, as northern parts get very congested. (See here for a map)
Ladbroke Grove Tube is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Westbourne Park and Royal Oak are exit-only from 11am-6pm.
Notting Hill Gate is exit-only from noon-7pm on Sunday and noon-6.30pm on Monday.
Arrange a meeting point with your mates in case you get separated.
There’ll be lots of people knocking into you – beware of pickpockets.
But most of all – ENJOY!
Nearest Tube: Westbourne Park, Royal Oak and Notting Hill Gate.
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.
Further to my post on the Portobello Road Winter Festival last week, they have announced even more free stuff to add to the list down there!
There is now a FREE burlesque class happening at Mensah Vintage Clothing on Wednesday, December 9. I did a burlesque dance class at my sister’s hen night, which proved to be much fun, so I would definitely recommend having a go!
The class starts at 8pm and you need to book a place. You can email GUESTLIST@DAREEVENTS.CO.UK to put your name down.
If you need further incentive, there will be free mulled wine and food too!
Go on and shake your tail feather…
Still looking for Christmas gifts? Looking for something interesting to do midweek?
Try the Portobello Road Winter Festival. Offering free film screenings, dance workshops, free tastings, food markets and a Santa’s Grotto, the market – along Portobello Road and Golborne Road offers a host of entertainment.
In addition, Martin Miller’s Gin are offering free cocktails throughout the festival between 6-7pm – woohoo!
The market takes place from 4-9pm every Wednesday until December 16. Check out the website for more details and download the flyer to take advantage of various discounts and offers.
This week’s films are The Wizard of Oz and Paris Is Burning.
Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill Gate or Westbourne Park
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
November crept up on us quietly – with all this warm weather we’ve been having Ithought we were still back in early September – but with the start of the new month has come the real autumnal weather.
If, like me, you’re feeling the chill, check out Time Out‘s fine guide to the best fireworks around London – there are sure to be some large bonfires to keep you warm too.
Festivities start on November 5 through to November 14 with the Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks.
There is nothing better than some mulled cider, toffee apples and sparklers while keeping toasty by the fire – and everyone likes a FREE fireworks show!
Something VERY exciting is happening!
Pinewood Studios is opening it’s doors to public movie screenings this weekend.
In true Halloween style, the event kicks off with The Omen (4pm) and The Shining (8pm). Other films to follow include Slumdog Millionaire, V For Vendetta and Harry Potter – check the link above for exact dates and timings.
A standard ticket is £35 for 1 car, or you could push the boat out and go for the VIP ticket at £55, which includes premium parking and service. Split that between 4 of you and it works out fairly reasonably!
For tickets click here
See you there – toot toot!
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