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The 20 best alternative attractions in London

The 20 best alternative attractions in London

Tired of Trafalgar Square? Already seen Buckingham Palace? It’s true that London has many wonderful landmarks, sights and attractions – but let’s face it, most of the world knows about them. And most visitors to the capital will be flocking to them. So, why not forego the over-subscribed usual suspects and check out our run-down of the quirky, the weird, the offbeat and the cultish, cool and countrified? In a nutshell: these are places that are a little below-the-radar, but no less for it. They’ll have you exploring pieces and pockets of London that you didn’t even know were there. Go forth and start exploring!   RECOMMENDED: Essential sightseeing tours in LondonRECOMMENDED: the best London bus tours

St Patrick’s Day 2023 in London

St Patrick’s Day 2023 in London

The Irish really know how to celebrate, so when it comes to St Patrick’s Day in London, the city’s Irish community has no problem showing us how it’s done. A day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, the occasion is always one big welcoming bash. Expect lots of dancing, hearty traditional dishes, a huge parade and as many pints as you can handle. Mayor of London’s annual St Patrick’s Day Festival celebration took place on Sunday March 12 with thousands of revellers watching the parade wend its way from Hyde Park Corner to Whitehall, via St James’s Street, Pall Mall, and Cockspur Street. But with the official holiday landing on Friday March 17, there are still plenty of St Patrick’s Day parties and events to check out midweek. We’ve rounded up the best St Patrick’s Day happenings below. So grab yourself a Guinness and get ready for a very green week! RECOMMENDEDđŸ» The best Irish pubs and bars in London☘ Our ultimate guide to the St Patrick’s Day parade and festival.đŸŒ± The best London events in March. 

The best International Women’s Day Events in London

The best International Women’s Day Events in London

International Women’s Day celebrates and commemorates the countless achievements of women around the world. It’s also a time to recognise the many gender inequalities – gender-based violence, access to education and the gender pay gap to name a few – that still exist today, and talk about what we can do to combat them.  As always, there will be talks and debates around for International Women’s Day 2023 in London, as well as parties, tours, networking events and career initiatives helping London’s ladies to smash that glass ceiling into smithereens. Looking for some International Women's Day ideas to help you take down the patriarchy? Keep an eye on this page for the best events happening on and around the day. RECOMMENDED: More great things to do in March. When is International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8. In 2023, that’s on a Wednesday.

Running groups in London

Running groups in London

Forget everything you’ve heard about running clubs. There’s a fun bunch of running groups in London now, making their own rules, flying through the capital’s streets in colourful flocks and showing us how there’s power in numbers (and we're not talking Strava mileage, either). So if you’re bored of plugging in your headphones and plodding off on your tod, why not meet runners who are going at your pace? We’ve rounded up the best crews to roll with, whether you're a newbie or a marathon master. Just lace up, do your stretches like your PE teacher taught you, and hit the streets with your new cardio crew.  RECOMMENDED: More ways to stay active in London

The best flea markets in London

The best flea markets in London

Shops are for squares. If you want to pick up something really unique, you’ve got to make for one of London’s plethora of markets. You can go to Borough Market for food and Columbia Road for flowers; but where do you go when you’re looking for something you didn’t even realise you wanted? To the humble flea market, of course! There’s no greater joy than rummaging through piles of dusty treasures at the very best junk and antiques markets in London. Whether you’re looking for antique furniture, shiny silverware, vintage accessories or just enjoy having a good old riffle through other people’s cast-off tat, here’s our pick of London’s best flea markets and secondhand fairs to spend your weekends wandering around. Time to get your barter on.  RECOMMENDED: The best markets in London.

The best places to see cherry blossom in London

The best places to see cherry blossom in London

The 2023 cherry blossom season is drawing closer, so it’s time to gear up for the capital’s special colourful spectacle that signals warmer days are on the way. Cherry blossom season in Japan is a major event, with vistors from around the world flocking over to get a glimpse of the petals in full bloom. If you can’t make it over for this year’s sakura season London has plenty of bloomin’ marvellous places to see the flowers. You can find cherry blossoms in some of London’s best parks and lining pretty suburban streets. From the candyfloss arches of Greenwich Park, to the Cherry Walk in Kew Gardens, London folk are spoilt for choice. Get your camera at the ready and find out if one of these top places to see cherry blossom in London is conveniently on your doorstep. RECOMMENDED: The best places to see spring flowers in London

London’s best tenpin bowling alleys

London’s best tenpin bowling alleys

There are few things more satisfying than letting loose that perfect bowl, watching it spin down the lane and clatter down the skittles for a perfect strike. Whether you’re a bumpers-up, gutter-shooting, ramp-using no-hope or a foot-sweeping, self-styled tenpin pro, there’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in lumping a heavy, three-holed ball down a laminated lane. And London has no shortage of brilliant tenpin bowling alleys. Some come with arcades, pool tables, bars and live music, while others are designed specifically for you to focus on the game and that alone. So lace up and pick a lane – these are London’s best bowling alleys. RECOMMENDED: an oral history of Rowans Tenpin Bowl.

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Yes, yes, there's so much to do this Christmas, you don't even know where to start. Whether you're booking ten festive shows, hitting up the Christmas lights or tracking down every winter pop-up you can find, it's pretty hard to cram everything in. But really, is it even Christmas until you're graced with the smell of pine needles? Fake trees are all well and good, but sometimes you crave the real deal. Heaving a dusty plastic tree down from an attic simply doesn’t warm the cockles anywhere near as much as a trip to the local Christmas market. There are, however a few basic rules to observe. Listen and learn... Know your Christmas trees Read up on the Nordic spruce, Nordmann fir, Scots pine et al to decide whether you want to prioritise value over, say, needle retention. The only drawback to a real tree, after all, is that spiky green carpet come January.   Get to grips with dimensions Don’t buy a tree until you know how high your ceiling is. Choosing the right tree will (obviously) depend on what your home can accommodate. Bear in mind that it will likely expand threefold once that netting has been snipped off. You can always chop away unnecessary branches (although remember, children under 12 should not handle chainsaws unsupervised). When Christmas is over... If you’ve not arranged a tree pick-up, your local council should offer a tree recycling service. See www.londonrecycles.co.uk for details. RECOMMENDED:🔔 Check out the very best Christmas events this season.🎄 Read ou

City farms in London

City farms in London

Have your animal sightings been limited to bin-diving foxes and your neighbour’s sour-looking cat lately? Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. London actually has a surprising amount of city farms to see a whole load of livestock up close – from lazing llamas in Canary Wharf to energetic goats in Kentish Town and rare breed sheep off the Holloway Road. City Farms are a great way to get to know a whole load of animals better and feel a bit more connected to nature. Many also have fantastic farm shops that offer all sorts of locally made, fresh produce. They also double as good picnic spots. So get yourself a lovely slice of country life, without ever going further than the M25.  RECOMMENDED: You, outside now with our guide to outdoor London                     

Unmissable things to do and events in London in November 2022

Unmissable things to do and events in London in November 2022

Last November was a funny old time, what with Omicron, the Track and Trace app and nobody quite knowing whether it was ok or not to organise an office Christmas party (turns out it very much was not!) But in November 2022, things are looking a lot brighter, and not just because of all the Diwali celebrations, Bonfire Night antics and Christmas light switch-ons that happen around the city at this time of year.  This year we can also rejoice in the return of many of the major events in London’s Christmas calendar, including some of the old classics that had a couple of years off thanks to you-know-what. Winter Wonderland and Christmas at Kew are both back, as well as most of the big ice-skating rinks, winter markets and seasonal pop-ups.  And it ain’t just the return of a Proper London Christmasℱ that we’ve got to be excited about this November. There’s also a whole World Cup. And that’s just some of the exciting stuff happening throughout November 2022 in London. For more ideas on how to spend the early part of the festive season, check out our full roundup of the best events and things to do in London this November.  RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar. 

Six dazzling day trips within an hour from London

Six dazzling day trips within an hour from London

‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,’ the great 18th-century poet Samuel Johnson once said. Still, there’s no denying a break from the big smoke is very tempting every now and then, especially if you’re a regular on the Northern Line at rush hour. If you’re facing a long wait until your next holiday, or just find yourself with some bonus annual leave, a day trip is a fantastic way to clear the cobwebs and recharge your batteries without spending too many pennies. Obviously, you don’t want to waste too much of your day travelling, so we’ve selected six intriguing towns and cities you can get to in an hour or less from one of London’s main railway destinations like Victoria and Kings Cross. Just hop on a train with an open mind and hope the famously fickle British weather grants you a break.  RECOMMENDED: The best day trips from LondonRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the UKRECOMMENDED: The best hotels in London

The best things to do in London this winter 2022

The best things to do in London this winter 2022

Put down the cocoa – hiding under a blanket is not an option in winter 2022. So what if temperatures are plummeting? Your social life is heating up with exciting new launches, exhibitions, and great new things to do in London. Side around a glitzy London ice rink, visit a gingerbread city and catch exciting new theatre productions. Here’s your guide to making the most of London in December 2022, past Christmas, through the New Year and into January and February 2023.  RECOMMENDED: More amazing things to do in London

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Walthamstow Garden Party

Walthamstow Garden Party

Programmed by the Barbican and Create London in partnership with Waltham Forest Council, the Walthamstow Garden Party is a free two-day festival in E17 that combines a cracking music line-up with plenty of family fun: theatre, dancing, comedy, circus, art activities and a designers’ market. This year you can catch fly husband and wife duo Amadou & Mariam, Brazilian songstress Tassia Reis, Colombian salsa band LA-33 and jazz singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane on the music stage. Plus readings from the Barbican Young Poets, pop-up performances from Drum Works, shreddings showcases from Skatepark Jam and a bar from Wild Card Brewery. Well worth venturing up the Victoria line for. Walthamstow Garden Party set times: Saturday2.15pm - Renegade Brass Band3.30pm - Tassia Reis4.45pm - The Bongo Hop6.15pm - Mayra Andrade7.45pm - La-33 Sunday2pm - Zara McFarlane3.15pm - Carleen Anderson4.45pm - Orquesta Akokan6.15pm - Amadou & Mariam 

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Soho club Orange Yard is relaunching with a new line-up this month

Soho club Orange Yard is relaunching with a new line-up this month

The moment the UK roadmap for lockdown was announced, the internet homed in on one extremely important detail: if all goes to plan, nightclubs will be allowed to open on June 21. The news sparked lots of excellent memes about the possible return to the clerb. Now that that date is getting closer, we can practically taste the bass. There’s even news of a new nightclub opening in London. Or at least, new-ish.  Soho club Orange Yard had a fairly short-lived opening when it launched in November 2019, but it has had a major refurb during lockdown, including a new outdoor terrace, so it will look even shinier when it relaunches on May 22 – hence the ‘new-ish’. With a dancefloor that holds a max of 300 people, it’s aiming to create a boutique clubbing venue that has an ‘intimate feeling with a big club sound experience’. The main focus is on the fancy Funktion One sound system, which will mostly be blaring house music.  From May 20, Orange Yard will be having ticketed socially distanced events in the club basement, which allows the venue to reopen to the public before the expected June date. The club has already scheduled a full line-up of club nights that run right up to October 9, with sets from Chicago house legend Mike Dunn, Ibiza producer Chelina Manuhutu and DJ Viken Arman.  Gianpaolo Fiore, booking manager for Orange Yard, says that the main challenge in getting the club off the ground, aside from adapting to changing safety rules, has been ‘breaking into a new neighbourhood

East End family bakery Percy Ingle may be closing for good

East End family bakery Percy Ingle may be closing for good

Yesterday the Romford Recorder reported that the family-owned east London bakery chain Percy Ingle is going to cease trading. The bakery closed in response to the lockdown in March, but reopened a number of its locations across London and Essex on May 13.  The bright orange-and-green Percy Ingle bakeries are known for affordable produce, with window displays full of glazed doughnuts (6 for £1), bright pink tottenham cake, viennese chocolate fingers, and belgian buns smothered in thick, white, sugary icing. Last year, the company began a rebrand. Some of its stores were redecorated with a dark green frontage and renamed Ingles. They had also adopted a more environmentally friendly focus by reducing plastic usage and switching to biodegradable cups. Percy Ingle has been operating in east London since 1954, but the bakery’s history goes all the way back to 1910, when Joseph and Kathleen Engel (who were both of German descent) opened a German bakery on Clarence Road in Hackney. The Engels’ business was later destroyed not long after the First World War, as a result of hostility towards the German community in London.  Joseph and Kathleen changed their last name to Ingle, and it was their son, Percy, who launched the first of the eponymous bakeries, again on Clarence Road in Hackney, in 1954. Another side to the bakery’s history was recently raised on Twitter, pointing out that Percy Ingle was brought to court in 1983 over an investigation involving its racist hiring practices. S

A nationwide singalong of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is happening this Friday

A nationwide singalong of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ is happening this Friday

Things are a little different this May bank holiday. We’re not just talking about the obvious lockdown element. For 2020, it will take place on a Friday instead of the usual bank holiday Monday to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE Day, a celebration of wartime victory following the surrender of German forces in May 1945. The Royal British Legion had a number of events planned, but has since overhauled the schedule with live-stream activities that will allow people to participate from home.  On Friday, there will be a two-minute silence at 11am to honour the service of the Second World War generation. And at 9pm, the Legion is inviting the whole country to join a mass singalong of ‘We’ll Meet Again’, a 1939 song made famous by ‘the Forces’ Sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn. During the war, Lynn travelled the world to perform the song in her outdoor concerts for troops. In 1941, she had her own radio programme, ‘Sincerely Yours’, where she and her quartet would sing requests sent in by soldiers.  Lynn is now 103, and still popular – when she released a compilation album in 2017, it went to Number Three, making her the first centenarian to have an album in the charts. ‘We’ll Meet Again’ might be dripping in sentimentality, but right now, its lyrics hit a little too close to home: ‘We’ll meet again/ Don’t know where/ Don’t know when/ But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.’  The Royal British Legion’s assistant director of commemorative events, Bob Gamble, said: ‘There are ma

Take a ride on the Piccadilly line in a restored 1938 art deco tube train

Take a ride on the Piccadilly line in a restored 1938 art deco tube train

People seem to have this idea that trains are romantic. But when you’re debating whether to sit on the Northern line tip-up seat that’s encrusted with black petrified chewing gum, that notion feels like total nonsense. London Transport Museum’s Art Deco Special journey, however, might just prove their point. For one weekend in April, you can ride the Piccadilly line on a restored 1938-stock tube train. It has wood panel flooring, wobbly light-bulb shaped grab handles, lampshades, old-school moquette seating fabric and advertising posters from the period. Basically, it’s a nostalgia trip on what was once the most advanced electric tube train on earth. The journey runs between Northfields, Heathrow Terminal 4 and Acton Town.   Photograph: Courtesy of London Transport Museum   The Art Deco Special trips take place on the LTM’s Depot Open Weekend, a chance to see the museum’s not-so-secret store of 320,000 artefacts, which is usually closed to the public. At the Acton depot, you’ll find disused London Underground ticket machines, vintage posters, maps, station signs, plus actual buses and tube trains.  The Art Deco price tag (£45) might make you reconsider those gum-encrusted seats, but for proper London Underground nerds, riding this time portal to the days of elegant 1930s tube travel will be worth every penny.  The Art Deco Special takes place on Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26. Find out more here.  For more modern tube news: check out this tube busker leading a conga

Exchange clothes, books and plants at these swapping events in London

Exchange clothes, books and plants at these swapping events in London

How do you get new stuff yet create zero waste? Get yourself to a sustainable swapshop  For do-gooders Events don’t come much more wholesome than a swap saving clothes from landfill that’s also raising money for a charity pairing young professionals with pensioners to combat loneliness. At Sip & Swap – run by North London Cares – you can bring up to ten good-quality pre-loved garms or accessories and exchange them for ‘new’ pieces. Thank God there’ll be bubbles and Bloody Marys there to stop us feeling too worthy. Camden Collective. Tube: Camden Town. Mar 1. ÂŁ6, ÂŁ12-ÂŁ16 including food and drink. For bikers London Velo is Deptford’s first and only bike cafĂ©. It even has its own onsite mechanic. So little wonder then that at Clothes Swap at London Velo they’re looking for helmets, cycling gloves and skin-tight Lycra cast-offs along with the usual threads. Grab one of Velo’s Union Coffee brews while you’re there and see if the café’s french bulldog Maurice will submit to a pat. London Velo. Deptford Bridge Overground. Thu Feb 20. Free. For upcyclers As well as letting you trade your unwanted clobber for something that feels new, the Swish & Style swap will teach you how to give your battered wares the Fairy Godmother treatment at an upcycling-by-embroidery workshop – so you get to stick it to fast fashion in the process. St Mary Magdalene. Enfield Chase rail. Sat Feb 22. Free. For designer label lovers Rifle through the stylish wardrobes of influencers, designers, models a

Why I love The Grimaldi Service, London’s emotional gathering of professional clowns

Why I love The Grimaldi Service, London’s emotional gathering of professional clowns

Professional clown Smartii Pants (aka Ian Williams) tells us why Hackney’s annual tribute to original clown Joseph Grimaldi is more than a laughing matter It looks back at the roots of clowning ‘Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) didn’t invent clowning, but he was the first to paint his face and wear vibrant costumes. He performed in pantomimes, which back then were like variety shows. The service started so traditional circus players could get together off-season, it was a big social event. It’s still full of hundreds of clowns and there’s a real camaraderie. ’ It shows how diverse clowning can be ‘Everyone has an idea in their head of what a clown is – the guy who makes balloons or wears a red nose and big shoes. We want people to see there are lots of different styles and it’s not always what you’d think of. We have circus clowns, people who studied under Jacques Lecoq [founder of Lecoq physical theatre school] in Paris, and performers who are more burlesque-leaning.’ Photograph: David Tett It’s a time of reflection ‘My father was a clown, that’s how I got into it. He first put make-up on me when I was eight. We lost him in November 2018, so last year was very special for me because I carried a candle for him to the altar [at the service] and I felt a real connection. It’s sombre when you hear names of people you knew that have been taken too soon, but it means you want to put your heart and soul into your performances.’ It’s full of community spirit ‘This year we’ll be pe

How Londoners can help fundraise for those affected by Australia’s bushfires

How Londoners can help fundraise for those affected by Australia’s bushfires

Support the bushfire relief efforts from London by donating money or attending one of the dozens of fundraising taking place across the city A bushfire disaster on an unprecedented scale has unfolded across Australia in recent months. As the hot weather continues, the devastation caused by uncontrolled blazes is predicted to carry on, threatening thousands of Australian people and millions of animals and other wildlife.  You can support the bushfire relief efforts from London by donating money to registered charities or attending one of the many fundraisers happening in London. We've listed a few of our favourites below. If you can't make it to any of the events, check out the links to Australian charities below to see where you can donate or offer support or services.  The Lounge Down Under: Benefit for Australia's Wildlife Archway’s Nightclub Kolis has put together a solid line-up of bands and DJs to raise money for Australia’s Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (Wires) which is working to protect wildlife affected by the bushfire crisis. There’ll be music and other kinds of performances, and all of the people on stage have agreed to be there for free. One hundred percent of all donations will go to charity. Nightclub Kolis. Tube: Archway. Jan 24. Donations on the door, £10 suggested.  Australia Day Fundraiser PartyThe Church, a club night loved by Aussie and Kiwi ex-pats, has been a sordid part of London’s Sundays since 1979 (though it has moved around quite a bit).

Cling on to Christmas at the last festive events in London

Cling on to Christmas at the last festive events in London

Not quite ready to face 2020? Wring out that last mulled drop of Christmas cheer with the remaining ‘seasonal’ things to do in the city. Go to Skate Lates at Somerset House Never made it to the big shiny, showy ice rink at Somerset House? Then see it at its best with Skate Lates, a club night on ice with a very decent line-up of DJs – strictly no cheese. Try not to fall arse over tit as you slide around to dark trap and grime from London clubnight Night Dreams, and a set from Girls Can’t DJ founder Jordss. A whizz around the ice and a rinkside hot chocolate should help feed that ‘it’s still Christmas’ denial. Somerset House. Tube: Temple. Fri Jan 10. £17.  Photograph: Courtesy of Eccleston Yards Have a look at the last of London’s Christmas lights  Most of London’s major Christmas light installations will be packed away into their giant boxes by January 6. But like a visiting uncle with no self-awareness, the ‘Wave’ installation in Belgravia will be sticking around just a few days longer than normal. Made up of 500 colourful glowing orbs, ‘Wave’ is loosely inspired by the concept of chromotherapy, with lights that are designed to make visitors feel more energised and at ease. Eccleston Yards. Tube: Victoria. Until Sat Jan 11. Free.  See festive films on the ice at Queens Watch classic movies from a deckchair that’s plonked on an actual ice rink at Queens in Bayswater for the last ‘festive’ cinema pop-up. Catch screenings of ‘Wall-E’, ‘The Greatest Showman’ or ‘Dirty Dancin

Things to do today in London: Tuesday December 24 2019

Things to do today in London: Tuesday December 24 2019

Forget having a quiet one this Christmas Eve. Get to the Royal Albert Hall to belt out a chorus of ‘Silent Night’ with thousands of strangers, or quote along to the best lines in ‘Elf’ at the Prince Charles Cinema. And if you’ve yet to turn veggie, don’t miss the Harts of Smithfield Meat auction, where you might just win a hunk of meat for free.  1. Harts of Smithfield Meat Auction One of London’s greatest Christmas traditions, this annual meat sale lets you bag prize thighs for bargain prices. Get the time-honoured coin toss right to win a free hunk of flesh.Harts of Smithfield. Tube: Farringdon. Tue Dec 24. Free entry. 2. ‘Elf’ Quote Along The best way to spread Christmas cheer is quoting loud for all to hear. Shout your fave lines from the film at this screening. You’d be a son of a nutcracker to miss it.Prince Charles Cinema. Tube: Leicester Square. Tue Dec 24. £13.50. 3. Carols at the Royal Albert Hall Live out your stage superstar fantasies by belting out tunes at the famous venue accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Royal Albert Hall. Tube: South Kensington. Sat Dec 21-Tue Dec 24. From £20. 4. Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City Check out a sweet biscuit metropolis as the Museum of Architecture’s annual exhibition visits Somerset House. Pop your head through a dome in the centre of the sculptures so you can gaze out over the tiny gingerbread cities. Somerset House. Tube: Temple. Until Jan 5. £9.   5. Choose Love pop-up shop Going shopping in central L

Have yourself a creepy little Christmas at these dark ‘festive’ events in London

Have yourself a creepy little Christmas at these dark ‘festive’ events in London

Fed up with all this festive cheer? Swap Christmas markets for a Satanic Fayre  See a spooky light installation in a cricket ground Waltham Forest is marking the end of its reign as the first London Borough of Culture with an ethereal installation that will make Leyton’s cricket ground look like it’s sprouted a haunted urban forest. The ‘tree-like structures’ of light will appear this Friday for Forest Uprising – which launches with a night of live music and theatre performance – then shine on for three days. It’s designed by Block9, the same people who created the jaw-dropping IICON stage at Glastonbury, so you can expect them to go big or go home. Leyton Sports Ground. Tube: Leyton. Fri Dec 13-Sun Dec 15. 5pm-10pm. Free. Photograph: Courtesy of the Satanic Flea Market AntiChristmas Fayre Have a browse in a satanic market The Satanic Flea Market AntiChristmas Fayre is taking Christmas back to its pre-Christian roots with a Saturnalian Saturday inside the Electrowerkz nightclub. Shop from stalls filled with taxidermy, pentacles, B-movie posters, Japanese kaiju toys, tarot, retro smut, jewellery, witchy vintage clothes, handknitted skulls and other macabre merch. According to the organisers, it’s ‘suitable for open-minded adults, children with old souls and well-behaved dogs’. The only satanic panic you have to worry about here is the rush of last-minute Christmas shoppers. Electrowerkz. Tube: Angel. Sat Dec 14. £3 entry. Photograph: Geraldine Swayne/Goth Shop Get a goth

Follow the polls in a pub at these election night parties in London

Follow the polls in a pub at these election night parties in London

Brexmas Election Viewing Party Ramp up the competitive atmosphere by watching the election results live and playing politically themed games at Catford’s cultural community space. Once you’ve smashed ‘pin the manifesto on the leader’, grab a Bojo Mojo or Cointreau Corbyn cocktail, depending on your allegiance, and get ready to see the night through. Catford Mews. Catford Bridge rail. Thu Dec 12. Free. Election Night Live Peckham bar Copeland Social is staying open into the wee hours to beam the election results via its big screen. Vegan Sichuan pop-up Send Noods will be manning the kitchen all night for sustenance, and if things go badly, we suggest a strong drink to lessen the blow. Copeland Social. Peckham Rye Overground. Thu Dec 12. Free. Election Night Results Party Old reliable Dalston bar The Three Compasses will be screening the early exit polls and results as they come in. The place will be packed with Hackney Labour activists after a long day of canvassing, so don’t expect to see too many blue rosettes. If you need to comfort eat, the kitchen is open until 11pm. The Three Compasses. Dalston Junction Overground. Thu Dec 12. Free, but register in advance. Election Night Gingo! Gingo = gin + bingo, and there will be plenty of both at this politically charged night of laughing and ranting inside Walthamstow’s gin-palace-in-a-car-park, Mother’s Ruin. Live election updates will be brought to you by ‘news correspondents’ and self-proclaimed ‘professional knobheads’ Liza Val

Things to do today in London: Sunday November 17 2019

Things to do today in London: Sunday November 17 2019

Lazy Sundays are great and all, but that doesn’t have to mean doing nothing. Today, you can watch a screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’ on a big beanbag inside a gin distillery at Hayman’s Ginema, or have an easygoing wander around a Christmas market in Primrose Hill. Want more? Read on... 1. Hayman's Ginema Screenings Hayman’s of London is opening its distillery for this gin-themed pop-up cinema. Watch top flicks like ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’ while sipping fine gins and getting cosy on giant beanbags. Tickets include two gin cocktails and a goody bag with a distillery tour voucher. Hayman’s Distillery. Tube: Balham. Wed Nov 13-Sun Nov 17. £37. 2. Growing Up in Britain Weekender See photos, flyers, films and ephemera submitted by the public at this exhibition celebrating youth culture over the last 70 years. Along with thousands of images, there’ll be projections, vintage motorcycles and a soundsystem pumping out tunes.Ugly Duck. Tube: Bermondsey. Thu Nov 14-Sun Nov 17. Free. 3. #LoveNotLandfill The clothes at this pre-loved pop-up have been picked from charity shops by style-savvy influencers. Expect labels and one-offs at low prices. All proceeds go to charity.47-49 Neal St. Tube: Covent Garden. Thu Nov 14- Sun Nov 17. Free entry. 4. Tits pop-up The breast pop-up shop in London is back championing female designers and giving 10 percent of all proceeds to the CoppaFeel! breast cancer charity. Pick up cards, clothing, ceramics and more. 188 Shoredit

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