If you are looking for something to do in London during your autumn theatre break here are a few events taking place in London over the next couple of months to look out for.
Chocolates and Cocktails
Chocolate Week celebrates the world of fine chocolate from 8 -14 October with events taking place across London. The country’s top chocolatiers, chocolate companies and chocolate shops all take part holding talks, tastings and demonstrations, creating chocolate themed meals, exclusive desserts and delicious cocktails. The week culminates with Chocolate Unwrapped, an indulgent chocolate show in the heart of London with exhibitors from around the world.
During the same week, the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden is holding its London Cocktail Week, the biggest drinks festival in the UK, with tastings, master classes, pop up shops and cocktail parties. So if you fancy a week of Chocolate and Cocktails, 8 -14 October is THE week to be in London.
The Regent Street Christmas Lights
09 November 2012 will see the switch on of the Regent Street Christmas Lights. Did you know that Regent Street was was the first shopping thoroughfare in Europe to have Christmas Lights? Anyway, after the event, you will be able to walk the glorious “Mile of Style” under a shimmering canopy whilst you shop at flagship stores including Anthropologie, Armani Exchange, Apple, Ferrari, Liberty, Michael Kors and Omega before you hit one of the outstanding restaurants and bars along Regent Street – my favourite? aqua’s roof top
Keeping It Retail
The Carnaby Street 20% Shopping Party takes place on Thursday 22 November
The Shopping Party runs from 5pm to 9pm and to enjoy 20% discount register at www.carnaby.co.uk for their FREE. In addition to the 20%, there are lots of complimentary drinks and giveaways and various free events with some cool live music thrown in. Look out for a limited number of exclusive goodie bags, each worth £70 that will be given out to shoppers in the area.
Then, a week later, it’s back to Seven Dials when Covent Garden will be holding their 20% off Christmas Shopping event.
Visit Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard from 5 to 9pm and over 100 stores including independent boutiques, heritage brands, quality British labels, beauty and grooming salons, cafes, restaurants and bars will be offering 20% off their collections, services and menus.
London Attractions, Exhibitions & Tours
Of course London is not all about drink food and shopping. There is plenty to stimulate the mind here too.
The new Kensington Palace Explainer Morning Tours are hour-long guided tours with one of the Historic Royal Palace’s expert Palace Explainers before the palace opens at 10am. Tours are available upon request and can accommodate up to 30 people per tour. They are fairly pricy at £30 pp but offer a super insight into the palace and that does includes admission so you can hang around the rest of the day too!
If, like me you can sit for hours in front of pictures of far-away galaxies wondering about all those stars and all that space then this moment of calm is offered to you by The Royal Observatory’s hugely popular Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. It runs from 20 September 2012 until 17 February 2013
If you like your stars a little closer to home then the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is the one to look out for.
From October 2012 – 27 January 2013 over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making are on show offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by your favourite characters: including Dorothy Gale, Scarlett O’Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly, Indiana Jones and Darth Vader.
Lastly an exhibition of works created by a group of art students who, thinking they can do better than the established artist around them, give themselves a name and set out to paint and sculpt with “scientific precision and imaginative grandeur” rather than in the lax and scamped manner of the time!
So basically think of John Everett Millais’ Ophelia – the watery bint floating down stream on her back holding her coronet of weeds – or even William Morris’s wall-paper although he was rather more arts and crafts – am I starting to bore you now?
Well if the Pre-Raphaelites is your thing then you’ll be overjoyed to hear that we have entry and hotel packages available for Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde which runs from now until 13 January 2013 at the Tate Britain.