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Ever dreamt of running through Hogwarts, casting spells and defeating magical creatures? This is the place for you. Wizards and muggles alike can head over to Enigma Quests for a Harry Potter-themed quest that will have you accomplishing missions and puzzles by observing and touching everything you can, filling you with screams of laughter… and fear. Whether Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, in Dumbledore’s eyes there is a place for every person who enters. Good luck on your quest.
Enigma Quests, 2-12 Wilson Street, London, UK, +44 750 303 0060
Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival
Saturday, 1PM – 1AM
Honour all your loved ones with one hell of a party, with the best of Mexican and British talent featuring The Horrors, Crystal Fighters, Savages and more at Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival. This centuries-old Mexican tradition – Día de los Muertos – is brought to life with art exhibitions and live talks exploring life and death, and an array of punchy flavoured tacos, tortas and churros to accompany your hot chocolate, tequila and mezcal drinks. This sold-out party is a creative explosion of immersive theatre, eating, drinking and dancing that you do not want to miss.
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, UK, +44 207 680 4001
Monday – Saturday, 11AM – late
This week, in the shadow of the well known ‘Gherkin,’ London sees the opening of the new Zebrano Restaurant in the heart of the financial district. The passion of food and drink is seen throughout this stunning two-floor venue, offering sophisticated fine dining at the restaurant, innovative cocktails at their show-stopping bar, and renowned DJs and live acts in the nightclub: all under one roof! For a glorious yet sophisticated night out, head on down to this high-end restaurant.
Zebrano Restaurant, 18-22 Houndsditch, London, UK, +44 207 287 5267
Renegade Art Fair
Saturday – Sunday, 11AM – 6PM
Back for its 13th year, Renegade Art Fair returns to the Old Truman Brewery this weekend for a fair of festive family fun. One of the best places to get ahead with Christmas shopping, the fair offers a variety of beautiful artisan crafts, jewellery, ceramics, toys, stationary, artworks and knitwear (and everything is handmade). With more than 125 vendors, you will be spoilt for choice. For a more hands-on experience, why not attend on of the workshops being held. As if you need another reason: admission is free!
Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London,UK, +44 207 770 6001
World Press Photo Exhibition
Until 29th November, 10AM – 11PM
Celebrating their 60th anniversary in style, the World Press Photo Exhibition returns to Southbank Centre to showcase the best in international photojournalism. With over 97,912 photographs from 5,692 photographers submitted, the winning images are the cream of the crop. Exhibiting in more than 90 cities in 45 countries, the World Press Photo Foundation continues to provide a global platform for upcoming and established photojournalists. This exhibition is not to be missed.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, UK, +44 207 960 4200
Until 23rd December
Wednesday – Friday, 6PM – 11PM | Saturday, 12PM – 11PM | Sunday, 12PM – 8PM
Back for another year, Shepherd’s Bush Yard is once again transformed into the Scandinavian winter wonderland that is Little Feast. Complete with real fir trees and Norwegian-imported woods, Little Feast provides as authentic a Scandinavian winter as can be, on this side of the North Sea. The food menu offers an eclectic mix of cuisine, from Vietnamese pork to Moroccan lamb. Entrance is free and you can turn up on the day – but if you register online you can grab a free festive winter warmer!
Soho Shebeen Irish Pop-Up Bar
Until 13th November, 5.30PM – 11PM
Coinciding with the launch of 3 new brands of Irish Spirits, the Soho Shebeen pop-up graces Greek Street for one week only. Spread across three floors, the pop-up bar provides a fully immersive Irish evening. Get a feel for Feeney’s on the ground floor, delve into a Dublin-inspired speakeasy on the first floor, or go all out Gothic on the second floor. All visitors are offered one free drink (drinks are £5 after this), so make sure to pop along for a winter warmer this weekend.
BAFTA 2015: A Year In Pictures Open Weekend
Saturday – Sunday, 10AM – 1PM
This weekend, BAFTA opens its doors to the public for the exhibition BAFTA 2015: A Year In Pictures. The exhibition features over 100 photographs ranging from studio portraits, red-carpet paparazzi shots, to candid backstage snapshots. The weekend is also accompanied by an extensive talks programme, which will cover topics such as women in film and paparazzi. Entrance to the exhibition is free and any event tickets are £7. Get backstage at BAFTA this weekend!
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, UK, +44 207 734 0022
Saturday 7th, 10AM – 5PM | Saturday 14th, 10AM – 5PM
Be inspired by the sights and sounds of literature, music and cocktails that influenced generations, the smells of perfumes throughout the decades and more, over this multi-sensory tour of the 20th century. Get taken back to another place and time like never before. With a variety of opportunities to open your senses, you will not only witness, but you will feel as though you are in that decade. The Century tour is like no other, for culture and art lovers alike.
The Apartment at The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern St, London, UK, +44 207 550 1000
Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House
Official opening Friday, 10AM | Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 6PM
If you’d rather take the weekend to embrace November’s open arms in a cosy space, head down to Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House for award-winning independent producers’ indulging hot chocolates. With the official opening on Friday, they serve all mouth-watering requests from soothing ‘Raspberry Dream,’ refreshing ‘Mintchievous’, energising spicy ‘Chilli con Choccy’ and many more delicacies. If your Christmas spirit is buzzing, make sure you try their award-winning mulled ‘Gingerbread, Man!’ See you there, Culture Trippers.
1 Chapel Market, London, UK, +44 203 583 4375