Eye on London - Things to do in the Cold
- Monday October 10th 2016
London from the inside Monday 10th - Sunday 16th October 2016
You can feel the seasons changing from summer to autumn almost overnight. But instead of sitting at home wondering whether to put the heating on, get outside! It’s wonderful weather for long, crisp walks and sitting on terraces drinking rum and ginger with blankets over your knees. All the fantastic things to do in London this week have reminded us how lucky we are to call it our home. London is music to our ears, a cultural delight, food for the soul and full of endless opportunities.
FEAST FOR THE EYE
And we’re still not over Roald Dahl, in the year that would’ve been his 100th birthday. We’ve been on The Dream Jar Trail, watched the new BFG movie and seen the Quentin Blake exhibition in Kings Cross, but now it’s time for dinner with The Twits! Until 30th October you can join Mr and Mrs Twit in their windowless house and ghastly garden in this unforgettable immersive theatre and dining experience near Waterloo. Fish the glass eye from your prickly cocktail, hunt for concealed canapes and gruesome hors d’oeuvres, and then brave a baroque bird pie banquet and potentially perilous pudding.
If you’re more of a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fan then head to west London at the weekend for the fourth annual Chocolate Show. They’ll be chocolate bars, truffles, cakes, desserts, wine, ice cream, baking, cocktails, sculptures and fashion!
MUSIC TO OUR EARS
Five great gigs happening in London this week - buy, beg, borrow or search on Twitter for tickets!
- Lee Scratch Perry at Jazz Cafe, Camden on Monday
- All Saints at O2 Academy Brixton on Thursday
- Seasick Steve at Wembley Arena on Friday
- We Are Scientists at Oval Space, Bethnal Green on Saturday
- Mr Scruff at Koko, Camden on Saturday
Trafalgar Square is the place to be this weekend for a truly global experience - live music, food, fashion, dancing and family activities. On Saturday it plays host to Africa on the Square, and on Sunday there’s the Diwali Festival.
EYE ON… SOUTHWARK
There are 32 capsules on The Coca-Cola London Eye, representing the 32 London boroughs, so each week we explore a different London borough.
A weekend market full of gastronomic delights that’s a short walk from London Bridge… no not Borough - Maltby Street. It began in 2010 with a few traders under the railway arches in Ropewalk, but is now a properly established street market. It’s open 9am-4pm on a Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. A few traders have moved down to the nearby Spa Terminus (only Saturdays).
After lining your stomach in Ropewalk head to The Bermondsey Beer Mile - where you’ll find five of London’s finest craft breweries. Extra points if you make it to all five - The Kernel, Brew By Numbers, Fourpure Brewing Co, Partizan Brewing and Anspach & Hobday.
Southwark is home to one of London’s oldest boxing venues - The Ring - which opened originally in 1910 and was formerly a chapel. Now under the arches (as all the best places in Southwark are), it’s home to City Boxer. There’s probably not a better way to get fit and burn off those street food and craft beer calories so you can start over again next weekend.
ON THIS DAY…10th October 1999
The London Eye is hoisted upright! Lifted by cables and cranes, the 1700 metric tonnes of steel are moved into position at a speed of 3.5 metres per hour, ready for the grand opening on 31st December 1999. Originally only meant to stay in London for five years, it became the most successful millennium venture and London’s most popular attraction.
If you want to spend this New Year’s Eve in London and see the fireworks then tickets will be released soon.