Eye on London - Laugh, Dance, and Cry
- Monday October 17th 2016
London from the inside Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd October 2016
Your #EyeonLondon challenge this week (if you choose to accept it) is to let London make you laugh, dance, cry, relax, be inspired, get out of breath, reminisce and feel wide awake. That’s eight different things to do - they could be small or big, simple or complicated, free or expensive. If you’re up for it, tweet us and let us know what you did @TheLondonEye #EyeonLondon. Here’s what we might do…
Micky Flanagan has released a number of ‘work in progress’ shows in preparation for his up and coming tour. Sure all of the jokes won’t be spot on and he might pull a bit of paper out of his pocket to read off and write on, but that’s what makes these types of shows great, and cheaper.
Club de Fromage returns to the ice of Ally Pally for a winter season of Fromage on Ice. There’s one night a month starting on 22nd October with 1990’s cheesy pop.
Near to St. Paul’s is little known Postman’s Park which contains The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice. It has 54 plaques dedicated to 62 adults and children who all lost their lives while attempting to save another.
Flat Iron Square on Bankside opens on 20th October and becomes London’s latest foodie hub. The railway arches between London Bridge and Waterloo have been developed into bars, restaurants, art spaces and music venues.
Pretend you’re a rich, experienced art collector at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair (20th-23rd October). There’s 110 galleries bringing 1000 artists with paintings, photographers, prints and sculptures from £100 to £5000.
There’s free korfball training sessions at the Petchey Academy in Dalston on Wednesday nights. It’s a Dutch game that’s sort of a mix between netball and basketball with teams of eight that consist of four men and four women.
It would have been Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday this year and the V&A are hosting the exhibition ‘Beatrix Potter’s London’ to commemorate it. She is so often associated with The Lake District, but she actually lived in London for 47 years.
One for the healthy breakfast fanatics, it’s The Porridge Championships (20th October, The Waitrose Cookery School, Granary Square.) “Spurtles at the ready” (whatever a spurtle is.)
Only on or finishing this week…
- The Bloomsbury Festival, 19th - 23rd October all around Bloomsbury
- Vegfest, 22nd & 23rd October at Olympia London
- Rumfest, 22nd & 23rd October at ILEC Conference Centre, SW6
- William Eggleston Portraits until 23rd October at The National Portrait Gallery
- London Local Etsy Sellers Autumn Market, 23rd October at Crate Brewery
OCTOBER HALF TERM
It starts on Saturday! Next week in the blog they’ll be 50 things to do in London during half term, whether you want to avoid the kids or entertain them (or avoid other people’s but entertain yours!) Our Halloween activities also start on Saturday… we’re squashing everything “pumpkin” into the Coca-Cola London Eye and giving families a Halloween activity pack. Spell out P-U-M-P-K-I-N with London’s landmarks, learn spooktacular facts about London, and take a slice of the action home with you with a special London Eye pumpkin carving template.
The eagerly awaited Netflix Original Series, The Crown is released on 4th November and from 8th-24th November we are hosting The Crown Speaker Series at The Coca-Cola London Eye. Tickets are on sale now for two rotations (about an hour) with a talk, a Q&A and two glasses of Champagne with members of The Crown’s top production and creative team.
EYE ON… KINGSTON UPON THAMES
There are 32 capsules on The Coca-Cola London Eye, representing the 32 London boroughs, so each week we explore a different London borough.
It was home to Henry VIII, has beautiful river views, decent shops and a brilliant produce market six days a week.
Best pub: The Boaters
Best breakfast: Fortunella
Best coffee: Cakewalk Patisserie and Coffee House
Best shop: Sigma Sport
Best theatre: The Rose Theatre
Best curry: Roz Ana
Best fact: Nipper (the HMV dog) is buried in Clarence Street and Nipper Alley is named after him.
ON THIS DAY… 20th October 1973
The Dalai Lama made his first ever visit to the UK as part of a European tour that also included Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, West Germany and Austria.