With Halloween and fireworks night fast approaching, the next few weeks are set to be some of the most exciting in London! But how do we fill our time while we wait? Fear not, there's something for everyone to enjoy this weekend, from soaking up some British history to renting designer clothes and even getting a free tattoo. Keep scrolling to see some fabulous events happening this weekend...
Discover the winter lights at the Pergola Olympia rooftop
London’s Botanical Bolthole has been transformed into an illuminated winter hideaway. Expect the whole roof adorned with twinkling fairy lights - with more day beds to relax on and new seasonal menus - including winter cocktails. Entirely undercover, Pergola Olympia boasts beautiful views of the London skyline through its floor to ceiling windows - an indoor-outdoor experience minus the cold!
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, Kensington, W14 8UX
To book a table visit pergolalondon.com/pergola-olympia
Visit London's newest K-Beauty store
This one is for beauty lovers! Global Best-selling Korean beauty brand, NATURE REPUBLIC, have opened their doors in London. The product collection includes moisturising gels and creams, cleansing water, SPF, hair treatments, facial mists, makeup, face masks and eye creams. What's not to love?
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: 64 Charing Cross Rd, Covent Garden, London WC2H 0BB
Visit the website here brand.naturerepublic.com/global/en/index
Visit Talita von Furstenberg's chic pop-up shop
Fashion lovers rejoice! Legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg's granddaughter is launching her second TVF collection for DVF with a stunning pop-up at the DVF Bruton Street store. Expect plenty of pretty dresses in neutral shades and gorgeous autumnal knits in pretty pastel colours from baby pink to classic white.
WHEN: Until 27 October 2019
WHERE: DVF, 25 Bruton Street, W1
See more at the DVF website here uk.dvf.com
Get inked for free at New Cross
Credit: Instagram/South City Market
If you've been considering getting a tattoo for a while but haven't had the time to organise it, or you're just feeling spontaneous, then you're in luck this weekend! To celebrate its first birthday, tattoo parlour South City Market is offering to ink you for free. It's first come first served, so get there early, choose a design from selected flash sheets and walk away with a totally free tattoo. Bargain!
WHEN: Sunday 27 October 2019 from 10am
WHERE: South City Market, Rear of 389 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6LA
Only one tattoo per person. For more information, visit southcitymarket.com/
See St Paul's Cathedral light up
Explore the history of St Paul's Cathedral through Where Light Falls, a fabulous free lights show taking place over four nights. Alongside new poetry, archive photography will be projected onto the exterior of the iconic London landmark, paying tribute to those who risked their lives to protect it from destruction during the Second World War.
WHEN: 24-27 October
WHERE: St Paul's Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD
The event is free. Find out more at cityoflondon.gov.uk.
Grab some grub in cosy Mama London
Calling all East Londoners! Mama Shelter London is based in Bethnal Green, and it's chilled out atmosphere, comfy sofas and friendly staff make it the perfect place to have a catch up with friends and enjoy a hearty dish or two! The idea of the new restaurant is that it feels like a home from home, and it does just that, making it the perfect trip out as the evenings get chillier! You can opt for classic dishes or some delicious sharing options, and we would definitely recommend the fantastic tuna crudo starter and rib eye steak with chimchurri sauce, mmm!
When: The restaurant is open all day every day, closing at 1am on Fridays and Saturdays
Where: 437 Hackney Road London E2 8PP
Find out more and book here mamashelter.com/en/london/restaurants
Enjoy the spiciest brunch in London
Located in the heart of the City, Mrs Fogg's Dockside Drinkery & Distillery is inspired by Fogg's Indian wife, Aouda, and the Victorian steamship that they travelled from India to London on. Be sure to try their delicious bottomless brunch menu, which features green chilli cheese toasties and a Punjabi chole bean curry as well as a light and refreshing cardamom yoghurt.
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: 37 Broadgate, London EC2M 2QS
Book a table here, mr-foggs.com/mrs-foggs-dockside-drinkery-distillery/?booking=open
Enjoy an afternoon tea in the sky
Fly 32 floors up and you'll find Oblix at the Shard, a stylish and sophisticated restaurant that overlooks both East and West London. While you could come here for cocktails or a Sunday roast, you'll want to try the new afternoon tea which just launched in mid-October and is running until the end of next month. Partnering with patisserie Maître Choux, the restaurant has created a more autumnal afternoon tea, whose showstopper is the very delectable sticky toffee éclair. Naturally, the choux pastry, which is filled with vanilla cream and glazed with gold leaf, is on point. But there's a whole choice of mini desserts to feast on, including a dark chocolate and passion fruit tart, and a mandarin and sherry cheesecake. The plain and fruit scones are served with locally-sourced preserve and honeycomb from trendy East London, while the sandwiches are some of the fresh and tastiest you'll find in the city. We could have eaten the ham and Spenwood cheese ones for days. You also have a range of teas you can try – you're not limited to one – and can opt for a glass of Brut Rose if you're feeling extra fancy. With impeccable service, a sophisticated setting and unparalleled views of the city, you really can't go wrong at Oblix.
WHEN: 24th October until 30th November
WHERE: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Tea is priced from £42 per person and can be booked on oblixrestaurant.com
Sip a Downton Abbey cocktail at Aqua Shard
The nights are starting to draw in and it's beginning to feel a lot like Downton Abbey season - so whether you're binging on boxsets or watching the Crawley's latest antics on the big screen, there's no better time to sample these exquisite cocktails made in honour of everyone's favourite English period drama. Also served high up in the sky at The Shard's Aqua restaurant on floor 31, not only will your tastebuds be treated to these sumptous pre-dinner aperitifs, but the views are spectacular too. Our favourite was the The Lady - a delicate violet creation (appropriately so!) that sounds sweeter than it is, and was so good we had to order seconds. The Head Housekeeper (a nod to Mrs Hughes) comes in a teacup on a glass stem and is served from a matching teapot. With views out to St Paul's and Tower Bridge could you really feel any more British? Little fingers out, naturally!
WHEN: Available now
WHERE: Aqua Shard, level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
To book, visit aquashard.co.uk to make a reservation at the bar
Have the wildest Halloween ever
Halloween has come to ZSL London Zoo and there's plenty for kids and adults to get excited about! embark on a Grim Keepers tour and explore the more gruesome side of the animal kingdom. You'll find out how one small bite from a Komodo dragon can take down a water buffalo, or why big cat keepers get bloody making scent trails for the lions. If a less graphic visit is what you're after, take the little ones to the Pumpkin Patch where you can capture the perfect Halloween family photo, or head to the Spooky Arts and Crafts section to carve pumpkins, get your face painted and make bat masks.
WHEN: 11am to 4pm, until Snday 27 October
WHERE: London Zoo, Regent's Park
The Grim Keepers activities can be booked online with a 10 per cent discount at zsl.org.
Get immersed in interactive digital game Electronic Theatre
Would you consider yourself to be a gamer? If the answer to that is no, then these new immersive group adventures may be just the thing for you. Founder of Tough Mudder Will Dean has launched Electronic Theatre which offers interactive digital rooms where you can work with up to five teammates to take on adventures lasting 30 or 60 minutes. With touch screens, motion tracking, surround sound and no headsets, it's a sociable way to get involved in video games.
WHEN: Saturday 26 October 2019. Experiences are available most days, but check availability online.
WHERE: Arch 3, 83 Scoresby Street, Southwark, SE1 0XN
Tickets start from £20 and can be booked at electronictheatre.com/
Rent designer clothes at HURR Collective's pop-up
Fancy a stunning dress or designer accessories for a date night, but don't want to commit to buying it? HURR is opening a peer-to-peer fashion rental pop-up boutique so you can try them out for between 2 and 7 days. We've all seen a total stranger walking down the street in a fabulous outfit and wished we could raid their wardrobe, but now we can! Head down to Belgravia to pick up sell-out styles from designers such as RIXO London, Ganni, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana.
WHEN: 25 October - 29 November 2019
WHERE: 37-39 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
Become a member at hurrcollective.com/
See the Manolo Blahník exhibition at the Wallace Collection
If you love shoes and fine art then you need to see An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection before the exhibition ends this weekend. With shoe designs from Blahník’s private archives displayed in front of the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection, it is a fabulous mix of contemporary fashion and delicate artwork.
WHEN: Until Sunday 27 October 5pm
WHERE: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
It is free to attend, for more information visit wallacecollection.org/
Unwind at a Rena Spa in the city
The days are getting shorter, colder and darker and let's face it, we need a little 'me' time to cheer ourselves up. Cue: Rena. The spa brand has just opened in select Leonardo Royal hotels around London, offering hotel guests and visitors the chance to unwind and relax with a range of enticing treatments. From facials to wraps to massages, Rena uses French luxury beauty brand Caudalie. We can't recommend enough the Thé Des Vignes massage, a very relaxing and soothing full body massage that will leave you feeling totally zen. The therapists are extremely skilled at kneading out those knots and telling you exactly where your stress points are – trust us, you'll want to stay on that massage bed for longer than an hour! Afterwards, prolong your spa experience at the steam rooms and spa pools.
WHEN: Open now
WHERE: Leonardo Royal London City, Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge, Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s, Jurys Inn London Holborn
To book a treatment, visit leonardohotels.co.uk
Pick up some moisturiser at TUI
Missing the summer sun already? Head down to a TUI store and pick up some moisturising lotion enriched with mojito, sea salt and tropical palms. Aptly named 'The Holiday Feeling in a Bottle', this is sure to transport you back to those beach days and keep those winter blues at bay.
WHEN: Available now.
WHERE: Selected TUI retail stores
To claim a free bottle, visit tui.co.uk.
Run a 5k or 10k dash for Sober October
To celebrate the 70,000 Brits signed up to take part in this years Sober October, Dash Water is hosting a Fun Run through Hyde Park on Saturday 26th October at 10am. Everyone from Sunday strollers to all-week athletes can sign up to either a 5k or 10k run, which will take them on a route through London’s iconic Hyde Park aiming to raise awareness for Sober October and ultimately raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Wear green, the MacMillan charity colour, to celebrate its heroic efforts as a charity but also reminding partakers of the huge number of wonky cucumbers put to good use in Dash Water. For every dasher dressed in green, Dash will give a further 50% donation to MacMillan.
WHEN: Arrive 9:30-9:45am for a 10am start, Saturday 26th October
WHERE: The Broadwalk Cafe, Hyde Park
Entry donation £10, book tickets via eventbrite.co.uk
Switch off your phone for a ‘Disconnection Dinner’
Newly launched, home-grown Italian gin brand, Villa Ascenti, has partnered with Naomi Shimada, book author and activist, to introduce an immersive Disconnection Dinner on 26th October. The one-night-only event, will offer ticket holders the opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life within the serene Isla terrace at London’s new hotel, The Standard.
WHEN: 6:30pm, Saturday 26th October
WHERE: 10 Argyle Street, SW1 2ST
Tickets cost £45 and can be purchased on eventbrite.co.uk
Head to Covent Garden for their Halloween transformation
Covent Garden will transform into a spooktacular hub this Halloween as the area boasts a giant pumpkin and an incredible pumpkin carriage installation. It will celebrate Halloween across the estate with exclusive make-up masterclasses for beauty fans at Charlotte Tilbury to exclusive Halloween products from Laduree and Godiva, as well as devilish dishes and cocktails from London’s favourite restaurants including Balthazar and Buns & Buns. And make sure you check out the giant pumpkin weighing over 2000Ibs, sitting on a fairy-tale of Cinderella and her pumpkin carriage installation!
WHEN: Wednesday 16th October - Sunday 3rd November
WHERE: Covent Garden
For more details, visit coventgarden.london
Get spooked at Broadwitch Hauntfest
National Scare Award winners Broadwitch Hauntfest are ‘Live’ again this weekend for Halloween with five terrifying Haunts. Broadwitch is one of the largest scare attractions in Kent and has been terrifying visitors since 2001. The 5 haunts include the ‘Spooky Castle’ which was totally redesigned and rebuilt in 2018 = from ‘Biometrix’ (the first ever two storey Haunt at Broadwitch) to ‘MassAcre’ (an intense and disturbing corn maze that will take you to the brink of terror). And for the younger guests? The ‘Boo Bungalow’ is now UV and a fun and magical introduction to Halloween for children, and activities such as Pumpkin Carving workshops will keep everyone occupied.
WHEN: 25th - 31st October
WHERE: Broadwitch Hauntfest, Southfleet, Kent
For more details, visit spookycastle.co.uk