Things to see and do!

The illumination of Syon park is short but sweet – as in it’s only open for a couple of weekends a year and this is the last weekend – and it’s lovely – you really should go – the walk is just over 1 mile and then there is a lovely light show to round off.  There’s a café and BBQ going to help you keep warm.

£7 entrance fee!

http://www.syonpark.co.uk/

 

There is a free puppet making workshop for young people at the Rose Lipman Building which is FREE!!

If you fancy a bit of Music then head to the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival.  There is music on Friday and Sunday and a circus on the Saturday and the Christmas lights will be switched on.

 

And to keep with the Christmas theme there will be a Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden on Saturday from 11am

 

If all this wasn’t sweet enough Brixton’s Chocolate Museum will host a very chocolate themed Christmas Fair from  11 – 7 and it is FREE!

If you’ve had enough of Christmas (weirdo) then the Hackney Picturehouse will be showing Annie Hall to celebrate Woody Allen – this starts at 6pm and is £20, there’s a live show going on with other people there too so it’s not just the film!

And if you want it all then Ruislip Lido will be offering fireworks, a funfair and refreshments – it kicks off a 3 (I sure hope the fireworks don’t though) and it’s FREE!

Bust Magazine will be at the York Hall in Bethnal Green and there will be over 65 stalls of handmade goodies – Sunday 12 – 5pm for the cost of just £2 admittance

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It’s Friday hooray..yippee and all of that!

So what are you all up to this weekend?
I have friends coming to stay and will be making sure Christmas is started off nicely – there will be trips to christmas stores, illuminated gardens, christmas wonderlands, lots of food and laughter – I can’t wait!

If you don’t know what you are up to yet – try any of these:

Illuminated festive trail around Kew Gardens after dark – £12.50 and is running until 4th January

http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas/illuminated-trail/

London Illustration Fair

www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk/

Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park – an illuminated trail set out amongst the garden – apparently it is purely magical which sounds good enough to me!

http://www.enchantedwoodland.com/

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Winter Wonderland – To really get you in the Christmas spirit head down to Hyde park there will be stalls, food, entertainment, Christmas gifts a plenty!

http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

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The Independent Records Market – Records and Beer – a great combination – just don’t spill anything!

http://www.bangonpr.com/campaigns/event/independent-label-market-2013

London Feminist Film Festival – Films and talks at the Hackney Picture house

http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/

Frock Me Vintage Fair, Chelsea Town Hall – lots of vintage lovelies!

www.frockmevintagefashion.com

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Dalston Christmas Market – It calls itself the most glamorous Christmas market…so there you go!!!

http://www.cityshowcasemarkets.com/dalston/dalson-christmas-market

Santa Paws Grotto – London’s first Santa’s grotto for dogs!  So if your doglet has been good this year you should call Lily’s kitchen on 020 7433 1863 for more info!

http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2013/11/18/christmas-grotto-for-dogs/

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Friday is here again!

So what to do, what to do – my kid brother’s band Jet Pack have been added to the wonderful Soccer Six Rock event taking place today: It’s £10 – you should go!

https://www.facebook.com/SoccerSixRock

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http://soccersix2013.com/rock-metal/

Also on tonight is a birthday party/leaving party/gig for Complete Radio Silence

http://www.scarstudios.com/home/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/completeradiosilence

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And because it’s getting cold and feeling Christmassy:

The Southbank centre Christmas market is on http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/winter-festival/markets

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Natural history museum ice rink is open

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/ice-rink/

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Regent street lights are now switched on

And for when you get peckish – the BBC good food show – yeah there will be food!

http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/

Large Hadron Collider Exhibition, Science Museum in South Kensington.  Step inside the world’s greatest experiment.  I don’t think anymore needs to be said!

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/exhibitions/collider.aspx

Beautiful Crime Concept – Lulu Guinness, WC2E 9DH  Lulu is opening a pop up art store in her covent garden shop in connection with the artwork of contemporary art company Beautiful crime

http://www.culturecompass.co.uk/2013/11/13/lulu-guinness-collaborates-with-beautiful-crime-for-art-concept-store/

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Framed Film Festival at the Barbican – £5 – Young film makers with events and creative opportunities – for under 12’s and teenagers, you can learn about animation techniques in free workshops – makes me wish I could be a kid again!

https://www.barbican.org.uk/film/series.asp?ID=1272

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Hackney Picturehouse – The Punk Singer – A documentary about the highly influential musician and fanzine lady Kathleen Hanna.  There are three dates for London showings of this documentary – tickets are selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out!

https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=punk-singer

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Bloomsbury Festival – there will be a little bit of everything here, music, entertainment…..can’t guarantee the sun but you can always hope.

http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/

Animal Art Fair – Pop up art gallery about animals, known as one of the best places to buy animal art!

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http://www.animalartfair.com/

Home Movie day – Kennington – Benjamin Brittens home movies will be screened.

Tea and cake will also be available!

http://www.homemovieday.com/london.html

Salon du chocolat – well as you can expect this event is going to be a little bit chocolatey!  It is in fact the worlds largest chocolate show. Sweet. Oh ok bad joke!

http://www.salonduchocolat.co.uk/accueil.aspx

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British Horror Film Festival – if all that chocolate is too sickly for you then try this! Bigger, better and bloodier…apparently!

http://www.thefilmfestivalguild.com/#!british-horror-film-festival/c23ct

Goat Grazing Fun Day – live goats graze the wild flowers of the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof – only in London ay!

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/goat-grazing-fun-day-79295

Oxjam – music festival – check out the link below to see all the acts that will be playing.

http://www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam

The Other Art Fair – guess what – this is about art!

http://www.theotherartfair.com/

Knit Nation – in celebration of wool week! Who knew – but then it is starting to hit jumper season! Knitting classes will be held which could give you some ideas for gifts this Christmas.

http://www.campaignforwool.org/event-item/knit-nation/

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Battle of Ideas.  Is 10 too young to be a criminal? Are graphic novels literature for the 21st century? If you want to hear what people think to such questions then check out the link below.

http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/

 

Whatever you do this weekend have lots of fun and let’s hope it takes ages for Monday to come back around again!

Friday is here again……

Friday 4th October – Complete Radio Silence + support

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Drive in Film Club, Brent Cross Shopping Centre – this is a bit awesome.  £22 for your car, no matter how full and you get to feel like you are in the past – watching a movie, in your car.

Check out more about this and other pop up events in London here:

http://www.londonpopups.com/2013/09/the-drive-in-film-club-at-brent-cross.html

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Malaysia Night , Trafalgar Square, Fri Oct 4

Trafalgar square will be taken over with all the sounds and sights of Malaysia with lots of food and things to do to help you soak up this culture.

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Transcender  – Barbican, Oct 4-6, a mixture of sounds and shows of the psychedelic kind will be held, for more information go to:

http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/series.asp?id=886

 

Elefest  – Elephant & Castle, Oct 4-6 – Celebrating the area with artists, writers, food, film find out more details:

http://www.elefest.org/

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Amy Winehouse: For You I was a Flame – Proud Camden, Chalk Farm

This exhibition runs until Sunday – various artworks celebrating Amy Winehouse

http://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/amys30event/proud-gallery-camden-amy-winehouse-for-you-i-was-a-flame

 

The Kerb – King’s Cross – This is a food party – or food market if you will.  There will be music, crafts and drink as well. It is FREE and runs from 6 pm – 11pm

http://www.kerbfood.com/kings-cross/

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Roller Skate – Wellington Arch – it’s FREE yippee and starts at 8pm All about having a skate on a Friday night and a stroll on a Sunday – sounds perfect to me – to find out more:

http://www.lfns.co.uk/

 

The Big Draw This is promoting drawing – for all ages, all styles all over London and many other countries as well.  All sorts of things will be going on so please do check it out:
http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/bigdraw/

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Wimbledon Bookfest is still running. Find out who will be talking and what events are running throughout the weekend at:

http://www.wimbledonbookfest.org/

Whatever you do this weekend, wherever you go and whoever you see – have a good one! 

 

It’s Friday – let the fun begin.

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!!

This week I hung out with Alan Carr and Justin Timberlake at a filming of Chatty Man.  It was funny.  And should air at the end of September for Alan’s 100th show.  You may even catch a glimpse of me.

Here are some pictures:

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I am now preparing myself for winter and my usual bout of hibernation after a long summer of hardly spending any time in my flat at all and most weekend being away or having friends stay over.  Now it’s time for me to crack on with my coursework again.  For those who don’t know, I am studying a course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and because that wasn’t stretching my time management enough I am also doing a Proof Reading and Copying Editing Course.  I am also working on my second novel, but that has sadly been put on the back burner whilst I get my head down with the studying.  But I am going to allow myself the night off to go and have a few cheeky beers with friends.

For those of you not at Bestival this weekend there are other things to do:

FESTIVAL OF THE PLANETS

So lots of spacey people will be in London – various venues from what I hear, with their telescopes oo er for talks about space and stars, and to see films, star gazing in Regents Park.

http://www.europlanet-eu.org/epsc2013/outreach-activities

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THAMES FESTIVAL

Starting today – and no longer just for a weekend but for a full 10 days.

www.thamesfestival.com

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WILLIAM CURLEY DESSERT BAR

Located at 198 Ebury Street, London, SW1W 8UN.  It’s raining and blurgh today in London so what better thing to do than go to a bar full of pudding! Every Friday in September  this place is open and for £30 you can get 5 courses of sugary goodness.

www.williamcurley.com

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And if you don’t live in London and something great is going on this weekend let me know and if I think it’s a good thing I will promote it on this blog!

Whatever you end up doing – have fun!