HAVE AN EXPLOSIVE TIME HERE: FIREWORKS AT ALEXANDRA PALACE
Easily one of the biggest firework displays in town, watch sparks fly against a panoramic view of north London – and to a soundtrack curated by former Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob da Bank. There’ll also be a pagan fire-lighting ritual, a fun fair, comedy performances, cabaret and live music. Anticipation is high for this one, so the organisers are laying it on twice. Catch the fireworks at 9pm on Friday or 8pm on Saturday. Tickets from £9.50.
Alexandra Palace Way, Muswell Hill, N22 7AY
GET INTO GEAR HERE: ROULEUR CLASSIC LDN
Rouleur Classic LDN rolls off the starting ramp at Victoria House on the evening of Thursday 31st October. It goes through to Saturday, showcasing more than 50 premium cycling brands exhibiting the latest in performance bicycles, clothing and accessories. A range of road, gravel and electric road bikes will be on display including Tour de France-winning machines, custom-painted frames and special editions from industry leaders including Cervélo, Colnago, Pegoretti, Pinarello, Scott and more. The event also features an exciting list of talent on stage over the three days, including former Tour de France winners Greg LeMond and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Tickets from £35.
Bloomsbury Square, West End, WC1B 4DA
CATCH THE FINAL GAME HERE: NFL LONDON
Twelve years ago the American juggernaut that is the National Football League (NFL) crash-landed in London for the first time. ‘America’s game’ has proven so popular over here that the NFL laid on four matches for British fans this season. The last of them sees the Houston Texans go head to head with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Go get yourself one of the last few standard tickets.
Wembley Stadium, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0WS
WRITE YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST HERE: HARRODS
Just in time for the festive shopping season, Harrods has unveiled the next phase of its ‘Men’s Revolution’. The Designer Room is the latest opening in a multi-phase redevelopment that will see men’s fashion and accessories entirely relocated to the Knightsbridge store’s second floor. The latest space houses brands such as Off-White and Moncler.
Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
BE SPELLBOUND HERE: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL
The fourth book of the Harry Potter series comes to the Royal Albert Hall for the first time this weekend. It will be shown on an enormous screen as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s magical score. Tickets start at £28.50.
Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP
DRINK HERE: WINTER AT VINEGAR YARD
Ahead of the colder months, Vinegar Yard transforms into a covered, warm, winter-ready space this weekend. A 70s-inspired cocktail bar, Abigail’s, is launching and there’s a 30-seater pop-up restaurant overseen by street food specialist Nanny Bill’s. Both will sit alongside Vinegar Yard’s impressive line-up of street-food traders bringing the tastes and smells of Argentina, Persia, Italy and India to London Bridge. The main outdoor courtyard will be given over to a heated tent and a festooned garden.
St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 3QU
GET IN FIRST HERE: ELECTRIC CINEMA WHITE CITY
In the BBC’s old Television Centre home, Electric Cinema White City opens this weekend. Much like its sister in Portobello, White City will have 44 mohair armchairs with cashmere blankets and footstalls, a bar serving drinks, pick ’n’ mix to nibble on, and artwork inspired by the building’s cultural heritage. Tickets are £20, with reduced prices on Mondays. For the first week (until 1st November) there will be 50% off all tickets.
101 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR
VISIT A NEW GALLERY HERE: BURLEIGH STREET TOWNHOUSE
Burleigh Street Townhouse is Covent Garden’s newest gallery. Its second-ever exhibition opens this weekend in a Victorian townhouse that was the original office of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s publishers. Called ‘What Am I Doing Here?’ it features 16 of William Waterworth’s most characteristic photographs, as well as many other pictures, collaborative installations and short stories.
12 Burleigh Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PX
GET YOUR GHOUL ON HERE: SCARY FISH AT SEXY FISH
On Friday, Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish hosts its highly anticipated annual Halloween party. This year, there’s a Day of The Dead twist. Expect to see electrifying acrobats as well as routines from the dancers and performers of House of Pyramid throughout the evening. Bespoke cocktails will be served from the House of Suntory and Day of the Dead-themed costumes are encouraged.
Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BR
SEE VINTAGE CARS HERE: REGENT STREET MOTOR SHOW
On Saturday, Regent Street will be shut off for the day to make way for the RAC’s Regent Street Motor Show. With cars dating back 125 years, including vintage, veteran and classic motors, this is your chance to ogle some seriously rare vehicles as well as chat to their owners, while enjoying the free street entertainment on offer.
Regent Street, West End, W1
DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF EGYPT HERE: TUTANKHAMUN AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY
The largest collection of King Tutankhamun’s treasures ever to travel out of Egypt lands in Chelsea this weekend. More than 150 original artefacts belonging to the Golden Pharaoh will be on display, including his dazzling tomb and ornate gold shrine. Recently closed in Paris, the exhibition became France’s most visited of all time with over 1.4 million visitors. Once this exhibition finishes, the pieces will be shipped back to Egypt for good. See them while you can.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY
KEEP THE WEEKEND GOING HERE: MR FOGG’S RESIDENCE
On Monday, as part of its Explorer Series, Mr Fogg’s hosts Kenton Cool, one of the world’s leading high-altitude climbers. While audience members relax with a Tanqueray No. Ten gin cocktail, Kenton will relive his 14 successful trips to the top of Mount Everest, recalling some of his most challenging moments and discussing what it takes to get there.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD
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