London from the inside Monday 26th December - Sunday 1st January 2017
Pigs in blankets for breakfast? Still in your pyjamas and staring at your iPad? You probably need to get out of the house! If you have this week off, don’t let your precious leisure time disappear into oblivion - make a plan, get out and feel like you’ve done something. Go for a walk around a part of town you don’t know, spend some of that Christmas money sales shopping or book panto tickets to continue the Christmas cheer.
DON’T LET PANTO’S BE BEHIND YOU
It’s not too late to bag a ticket for the pantomime…
East - Sleeping Beauty at the Hackney Empire
West - Aladdin at the Lyric, Hammersmith
South - Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley with Craig Revel Horwood
North - Pinocchio at the King’s Head Theatre, Barnsbury
NEW YEAR’S EVE AND DAY
If you still haven’t decided what to do for New Year’s Eve, watch London’s amazing fireworks live in 360 degrees on the BBC and save yourself for New Year’s Day. If the head isn’t too heavy on New Year’s Day, get 2017 off to a great start by getting into town and checking out one of these.
New Year's Day Parade - starts at noon from Piccadilly
The Seven Noses of Soho New Year's Day Pub Special - a special version of the Soho tour taking in four pub stops
Shakespeare in London Guided Walk - starts at 2pm at London Bridge
If you are planning a big New Year’s Eve then put off thinking about the hangover and diet for another day and just keep partying. Here’s a few after parties to choose from…
- BUMP Rollerdisco - Southbank Centre, 3pm-11pm
- Bugged Out New Year’s Day - Old Queen’s Head Islington from midnight
- Half Baked New Year’s Day Special - Number 90, Hackney Wick from 10am
- LWE NYD 2017 - Carl Cox headlines at Tobacco Dock from midnight
If you are likely to get a bit carried away on the 31st, be prepared by getting some ingredients in to start the morning repair job on your body.
Super Juice - 150g broccoli, 2 apples, 150g spinach, ice
Banana Shake - 1 banana, juice of 1 orange, 1 teaspoon honey, 300ml milk, pinch of cinammon, ice
Bloody Mary - 50ml vodka (preferably infused with fresh horseradish), 300ml tomato juice, 1 teaspoon cream sherry, tabasco and Worcestershire sauce to taste, lemon wedge, stick of celery, ice
The Full English - bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, fried bread or toast, eggs, hash brown, black pudding, baked beans
EYE ON… NEWHAM
There are 32 capsules on The Coca-Cola London Eye, representing the 32 London boroughs, so each week we explore a different London borough.
Newham is in East London and was formed from the Essex county boroughs of East Ham and West Ham. The ExCel, London City Airport and Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford are all in the borough.
It contains most of the Olympic Park including the London Stadium (where West Ham now play) and the Olympics have clearly rubbed off on this sporty borough. It hosts the annual Newham Cricket Festival and is home to the East London All-Stars basketball team. Beckton host a free timed 5k weekly ‘parkrun’ at 9am on Saturdays which is a great way to get back into fitness or work on your PBs - see the parkrun website for more details or to find your local parkrun and don’t forget your barcode!
ON THIS DAY… 27th December 1977
Star Wars fever hit Britain as thousands of people flocked to the cinema to watch the movie that had been released in the US seven months earlier. George Lucas had feared the low-budget film would be a flop but it took over £294 million worldwide (the equivalent of nearly a £billion these days.)
Number one on this day - How Deep is Your Love, Bee Gees
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