If you missed out on signing up for the Great Christmas Pudding Race, it’s not too late to join in the fun.
The race starts at 11:15am on December 4, where teams (dressed in appropriately Christmassy attire) will battle it out to get their Christmas puddings past the finish line in tact.
It’s kicking off at Covent Garden Market and is in aid for Cancer Research UK, so not only is it worth a watch for the silly costumes, but it’s for a good cause too.
Nearest Tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Charing Cross
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
I know it’s been a little quiet on here recently, so I apologise for that.
Still, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best for 2010.
LondonLovelies will be back soon with more things to fill your free time with!
Until then, ho ho hope you have a great holiday.
If you want to do your Christmas shopping in style, consider heading to the Oxford Street area this Saturday.
Oxford Street and Regent Street are becoming traffic-free for the day, in an attempt to get VIPs – that’s Very Important Pedestrians – to hit the shops.
There’ll be promotions, entertainment and even a chill out zone – which you’ll probably need after encountering the hoardes of crowds. Ladies, head to River Island to get free makeovers from Bourjois and Toni & Guy.
Nearest Tube: Oxford Street.
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
I wandered round Central London quite a lot this weekend, and it’s definitely starting to feel more Christmassey.
As November is upon us, all the shop windows have turned from gothic Halloween scenes to sparkly Christmas ensembles.
If this isn’t too early for you, head down to Oxford Street tomorrow, Tuesday November 3, to see the Christmas Lights being turned on.
Stars of new film A Christmas Carol, including Hollywood star Jim Carrey, will be appearing before heading over to Leicester Square for the world premiere of the movie.
Heart FM will present perfomances from The Saturdays and Taio Cruz, before Carrey switches the lights on.
At Regent Street, Toby Anstis will be hosting The Noisettes, Daniel Merriweather and ‘Oliver!’ star Jodie Prenger.
Actor Colin Firth will switch the lights on.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
If you find yourself in the south of the city, head to St. Paul’s Cathedral where Spandau Ballet perform, along with Faryl Smith and the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir.
Actor Bob Hoskins and the cast of musical Hairspray will also be at the event.
All events run from 5pm – 6:30pm – get there early for a good spot!