It's an exciting time in the British film calendar as Spectre will be released nationwide in the UK on Monday, a couple of weeks before it is premiered around the rest of the world. Extra keen James Bond fans can visit a special exhibition that's opened in the film series' honour, The Name's Bond, in London's Canary Wharf.
If you're looking to keep your children entertained this half term, a visit to the West End is another option, where the Roald Dahl favourite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory may be just the golden ticket.
Read on for this week's new releases and events...
It's the film of the year that the British public have been waiting for. Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, will be released on Monday 26 October. The Daniel Craig hit is even getting the royal seal of approval this year, as Princes William and Harry and Duchess Kate will attend the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. In the new release, Bond heads to Mexico City and Rome where he meets the beautiful widow of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation SPECTRE and ends up venturing towards the heart of the deadly group.
Nationwide from 26 October.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
It's half term and what better way to bond with your kids than with a visit to the theatre? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the West End is a lovely and colourful take on the Roald Dahl favourite, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems!
For tickets visit charlieandthechocolatefactory.com.
FOOD AND DRINK
Talented chef Ian Pengelley is the star of the show at new restaurant Beyond London, which has opened in the chic borough of Kensington. Guests can expect a Pan-Asian menu of small plates designed to play with their senses, from mixed bubbling and smoking sashimi to plum miso marinated Chilean seabass and popcorn shrimp. Happy endings include green tea chocolate fondant and a selection of Beyond ices. Alongside chef Ian is world class mixologist Andy Mil who has created a bespoke and elaborate cocktail menu, with inclusions such as The Ra!, a cocktail that envelopes the table with orange oil and hydrogen air and is ignited leaving a gold shimmering drink.
To book a table visit beyond-lounge.com, which opens on 30 October.
The Name's Bond
In celebration of the hotly anticipated release of Spectre next week, a new exhibition has opened in London, curated by Everyman Cinema and the Getty Images Gallery. The Name's Bond features film stills, promotional shots and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life on the set of the iconic James Bond film series. The free exhibition will be hosted in Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, allowing visitors to continue downstairs into the Everyman Canary Wharf cinema itself to watch the new Daniel Craig blockbuster. The exhibition will run until the end of November and is open daily.
For more information visit everymancinema.com/venues/canary-wharf/whats-on.
March, Women, March
For one night only on Thursday 29 October fans of Lucinda Hawksley, author of the highly acclaimed March, Women, March, will have the opportunity to meet the writer and listen to extracts from her book celebrating the Suffragettes. Lucinda will discuss the feminist movement in detail while Dr. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, will give an introduction. Tickets are £35 per person and include canapés, a glass of G.H. Mumm champagne, a goodie-bag with sweet treats and a complimentary copy of the book, signed on the evening to take away. The event begins at 6pm at the Conrad London St. James hotel.
To buy a ticket visit conradhotels.com/London.
A Beautiful Darkness Halloween Exhibition
The old St Martin's Fashion College in central London will throw open its doors for a special evening on Thursday 29 October – an immersive experience titled A Beautiful Darkness. Fashion lovers are invited to explore the rooms that feature illustrations by Givenchy and Prada, a performance artist from The Box, a premium perfumer showcasing a scent called The Beautiful Darkness and much more. Guests can also pre-book tasting packages for the Veuve Clicquot tasting room. A special fashion horror film created by Nick Knight for SHOWstudio will also be running.
To buy a ticket to the free event visit veuveclicquotwidowseries.co.uk.