Regent Street Christmas Light Switch On
Sunday, 12 PM (switch on: 6.30 PM)
Can you believe this is the 60th anniversary of the Christmas lights along Regent Street? Neither can we. Head down to a traffic-free Regent Street this Sunday for activities and Christmas shopping, before ballet superstar and Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell turns the lights on at 6.30 PM. Designed by Belgium designers ACT Lighting Design (they gloriously lit up the Champs Elysees…) this year’s lights will display a magical sparkle with video animations and projections really lighting up the street in gold.
Mulled Wine Festival
Thursday – Saturday, 12 PM – 9 PM
The magic of winter and Christmas is finally upon us. The beautifully festive piazza, Covent Garden, will be full of the most warming and festive drink there is, mulled wine. The first ever Mulled Wine Festival will appear for the weekend, with more than just mulled wine. Not to mention frozen cocktail specialists LIC will be unveiling their new mulled wine frozen cocktail. What more could you want, with so much mulled goodness in one place, you can’t go wrong this weekend.
‘Sleeve Notes’ at Abbey Road Studios
Friday 13th/20th, 3 PM & 8 PM | Saturday 14th/21st November – Sunday 15th/22nd November, 11 AM & 4 PM
For anyone who is a huge fan of the legendary Abbey Road Studios, make sure you have your tickets for the new series of public lecture events. Conducted by the one and only Alan Parsons, acclaimed and influential music producer and recording engineer, sharing first hand experiences from working alongside some of the most iconic artists, including The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Whether you want to hear about audio recordings, view video footage and photographs, or see the vintage studio equipment used to create some of the most recognised classic tracks, as John Lennon said, ‘I hope someday you’ll join us’.
Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Rd, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7266 7000
BBC Good Food Show London
Friday – Sunday, 9.30 AM – 6 PM
Is your mouth watering from the look of Mary Berry’s Malted Chocolate Cake? Is your stomach grumbling screaming for a taste of it? Why not head down to the BBC Good Food Show this weekend, and be inspired by some of the most inspirational cooking stars of the UK’s capital. From food and wine tastings, live cooking shows, pop up restaurants, masterclasses and so much more, this is a foodie’s heaven. If this doesn’t satisfy your taste buds, cook up a storm with these recipes by Mary Berry. Your stomach can thank us later.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7385 1200
Sunday Screenings At Pillow Cinema
Sunday, Inside Out 2.30 PM | Amy 5 PM | Her 7.45 PM
Feeling the pressure to venture out this weekend but craving a cosy movie night in instead? Pillow Cinema is here to resolve this painful predicament. After a summer of al-fresco rooftop screenings, Pillow Cinema has retreated inside for a more homely affair. This weekend sees a host of fantastic showings: family friendly Inside Out, the hotly anticipated Amy Winehouse documentary and the sci-fi hit Her.
Rapha Super Cross Series: Round 3
Saturday, 10.30 AM – 7 PM
For those who crave more adrenaline-fuelled weekends, Rapha Super Cross Series Round 3 is here to fill your Saturday. This year cyclocross experts have collaborated with Central Saint Martin’s BA architecture students to design original and unique obstacles. Entrance is free for spectators, and there’s more than just cycling on offer. DJs will be providing the soundtrack and delectable street food and drink vendors will be offering up goodies to fuel you through the day.
Appreciating British Craftsmanship: The Annual Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
Friday, 11 AM – 6 PM | Saturday, 11 AM – 8 PM | Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM
Following their host of wonderful summer events, Handmade in Britain is back to host their annual Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair this weekend. Celebrating British craftsmanship, the fair showcases the very best in glassware, textiles, metalwork, jewellery, ceramics, paperwork, woodwork and furniture. Perfect for buying more personal Christmas gifts, or for treating yourself to a one-of-a-kind piece for your home, this show is not to be missed by the craft-obsessed.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7361 2220
Lord Mayor’s Show
Saturday, 9 AM – 6 PM
This weekend sees the return of the Lord Mayor’s Show, a tradition that has endured 800 years despite countless wars, plagues and fires. This year is set to be one of the biggest yet with a procession of 7,000 people, 200 horses and 155 floats which will traverse the three and a bit mile course. Get a spot early to get the best view and make sure you’ve got plenty of snacks to keep you going through the day. The day concludes with a magnificent fireworks display at 5.15 PM.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Friday until Sunday 22nd November
Now in its 23rd year, EFG London Jazz Festival has been heralded as one of the best jazz festivals in the world. Over ten days, 50+ venues in London will be host to 2,000+ artists across 300+ gigs – now, that’s impressive. Celebrating world-class jazz music, the festival is known for championing emerging artists as well as well-established and renowned musicians.
Various venues across London
London Korean Film Festival
If a relaxing weekend at a film festival appeals to you, this weekend is your last chance to head down to the tenth London Korean Film Festival. Having shown 52 films from features and shorts to UK premieres, the festival will be coming to a close at the Regent Street Cinema with the European Premiere of Moon So-Ri and Zhang Lu’s quirky off-beat comedy Love and…. Not to mention, there are two masterclasses with esteemed Korean talent happening this Saturday! You do not want to miss out.
Regent Street Cinema, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7911 5050