GRAB A HOTDOG HERE: Electric Brixton
Steins at the ready, south London is celebrating Oktoberfest with an all-singing, all-dancing Bavarian bash. From 1pm to 8pm, Electric Brixton is going all out with long wooden tables, bunting, authentic south German beer, traditional wursts from Herman Ze German and live music from London Brass All-Stars.
Town Hall Parade, Brixton, SW2 1RJ; 19th October
GET YOUR SKATES ON HERE: Natural History Museum
Short on date ideas? Rejoice because the Natural History Museum’s winter ice rink opens for the season this weekend. Its towering Christmas tree is back and the fairy lights have already been hung in anticipation. Patch yourselves up in the café-bar afterwards.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD; from 19th October
JOIN THE QUEUE HERE: Gelupo
There’s not much that’s more decadent than truffles and ice cream. Gelupo, an artisanal purveyor of luxury gelato, is known for its authentic Italian creations. To mark the start of white truffle season, for the next few Saturdays it will serve a white truffle gelato at its usual scoop price. Wrap up warm, grab a cone and take a stroll around Soho.
7 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AU; 19th October
TASTE SCOTLAND HERE: Scarfes Bar, Rosewood London
Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London is hosting a luxury whisky masterclass with whisky fanatic – and full-blown Scot – Craig Petrie. Classes of up to ten guests (£75pp) last about 90 minutes, including a welcome whisky cocktail, four glasses of whisky and a bar bite – all of which are washed down against a backdrop of more than 500 whiskies and the works of the infamous caricaturist Gerald Scarfe.
252 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7EN; 19th October
HEAD TO OUTER SPACE HERE: Moving to Mars, The Design Museum
Travel to Mars without leaving London, courtesy of this multi-sensory experience at the Design Museum. Step into a full-scale Mars home; immerse yourself in an out-of-this-world landscape; and learn how rethinking daily life could help create a zero-waste, clean energy-powered civilisation to benefit Earth’s future generations. The exhibition includes contributions from Nasa, the European Space Agency and SpaceX, as well as the first spacesuit designed for the Mars surface.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 6AG; from 18th October
BE BLOWN AWAY BY BOOKS HERE: London Literature Festival
Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival returns for its 13th year and features live readings, talks and workshops from Elizabeth Day, Armistead Maupin, Brett Anderson, Lemn Sissay and Anthony Daniels (aka C-3PO) among others. Coinciding with half-term week, various events will also explore fairy tales and folklore – perfect for a day out with the family.
Southbank Centre, South Bank, SE1 8XX; 17th-27th October
FEEL INSPIRED HERE: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens this weekend. Peruse 2019’s award-winning images, which were permed from almost 50,000 entries, at the Natural History Museum. Alongside the awe-inspiring images of nature close-up, there are many that reflect on our time of environmental strife.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD; from 18th October
EDUCATE YOURSELF HERE: The Wine Show
Chelsea Old Town Hall is hosting a three-day programme of wine tastings and masterclasses that’s laden with opportunities to meet wine producers and get to know new products. When you need a break from the grape, there are tutored Scotch tastings available and a G&T bar on site.
King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EE; 18th-20th October
WATCH THIS: Zombieland: Double Tap
Ten years on from the release of the original Zombieland, the sequel is back this weekend with the same stellar leads. Oscar-winner Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin are survivors in a world overrun by zombies. Amid the humour and gore, look out for cameos from the likes of Luke Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch and Avan Jogia.
In cinemas from 18th October
DISCOVER NEW ART HERE: The Affordable Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a 90s nostalgia theme. As well as the usual contemporary galleries showcasing original artworks (all priced between £50 and £6,000), there will be talks and activities celebrating everyone’s current favourite decade.
Battersea Evolution, Queenstown Road, SW8 4NW; 17th-20th October
ENJOY THE BRIGHT LIGHTS HERE: Flannels Oxford Street
Luxury department store Flannels has opened its Oxford Street flagship. Across four floors of men’s and women’s high-end fashion and accessories, look out for brands such as Off-White, Vetements and Burberry. You won’t find any windows here, just 36 constantly changing interactive screens. This weekend, you’ll find art on them from Ian Davenport, one of the leading British abstract artists of his generation.
161-167 Oxford Street, West End, W1D 2JP; open now
DRINK FROM A ROOFTOP HERE: AVIARY 'SKY-LINE IGLOOS' WITH TALISKER WHISKY
Talisker is laying on a special experience at the Aviary’s roof terrace this weekend. Ten floors above the City, the Scotch single-malt brand has erected a series of ‘Skye-line Igloos’. Head on up to enjoy a menu of wild whisky cocktails, including spicy and citrusy ‘Scotch Mist’, fruity and smokey ‘Northern Lights’ and the adventure-inspired ‘Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate’ – exactly what you’d want to be drinking in a cosy, rustic-themed igloo under the stars.
22-25 Finsbury Square, City, EC2A 1DX; from 17th October
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