St Paddy’s Day

St Paddy’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick the patron saint of Ireland. Each year, thousands of partygoers wearing Irish green and Guinness hats descend on London for St Patrick’s Day. Countless people soak up the luck of the Irish as they turn the capital green on March 17. It’s not a public holiday in England, London pulls out all the stops for St Patrick’s Day each year. This year celebrations start from 13th March -15th March, the weekend before. I have listed a few of the exciting things happening that weekend and where best to go. St Patrick Day Parade Location: Piccadilly Circus Website: https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2020-03-15/london-st-patricks-day-festival-2020 Now if you want to celebrate St Patrick’s day , you can’t miss out on the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade! The procession sets off at midday from Piccadilly and makes its way along a 1.5-mile route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Whitehall and finishing in Trafalgar Square where the festival is staged. Be amazed by the flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools all taking part. St Patrick Day Festival in Trafalgar Sqaure Location: Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN Website:https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2020-03-15/london-st-patricks-day-festival-2020 Join the St Patrick’s Day Festival, which takes place in Trafalgar Square, between 12pm and 6pm, on the Sunday 15th March. Watch St Patrick’s Day performances by well-known Irish acts, rising stars and special guests. Then, browse craft stalls, and tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market. There is also usually a family zone on Pall Mall East, hosting an...
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!

Pancake Day, which is otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday,it is always the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 days leading up to Easter. This year it falls on Tuesday, February 25th . The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began as a way to use up ingredients including butter, milk and eggs that were not supposed to be eaten and would go bad during the period of Lent. Pancakes, particularly thin and buttery crepes, were a great way to clear the cupboards in one easy and indulgent dish. Besides from just eating pancakes on Pancake day there are lots of fun events happening so check out below. Please see our previous pancake blog on some of the best places to get crepes and pancakes in London. Flippin Good Pancake Races  Location: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ Website:www.greenwichmarket.london/events Take part in the annual Flippin’ Pancake Race at Greenwich Market on Saturday 22nd February from 11am and Shrove Tuesday 25th February from 12 noon and win a medal! All funds will go to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. If you want to enter as a team, please get your ticket from Eventbrite. If you just going to support, entry is free. Pans will be provided and everyone who dresses up (optional) and enters – gets a free pancake to eat! Better Bankside Pancake Day Races Location:Borough Market,43 Borough High Street SE1 9AH Website:/boroughmarket.org.uk/events Every year on Shrove Tuesday, Bankside businesses get a team together and compete with their neighbours in a fast and furious pancake-flipping relay. All proceeds...
Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year- Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is the most important date in China’s traditional calendar. Chinese New Year always commences on the lunar new year which, this year, falls on Saturday 25th of January 2020. Celebrations usually last for seven days and this year is the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the 1st animal of the Chinese zodiac. Representing luck and wealth, people born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 and 2020. Chinese New Year Parade Location: Chinatown, London, W1D 5QA Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus The parade starts through Chinatown before passing through Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. .The parade ends at Trafalgar Square with the main stage where spectators will witness the official opening ceremony. Be sure to stick around for  the grand finale at Trafalgar Square and an explosion of Chinese New Year fireworks in London! Leicester Square Family Fun Location: Leicester Square,Cranbourn St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 0AP Nearest Tube: Leicester Square If you stop off at  Leicester Square during the official Chinese New Year Parade, you’ll find plenty to keep the kids entertained while they take part in Chinese cultural activities.Teach your children about the art of calligraphy, dance to Chinese music and watch family-friendly street performances. There’s also the chance to dress up in traditional Chinese attire.If you want to fully embrace Chinese New Year, then take your family to Leicester Square and add a bit of culture to your weekend. Shaftesbury Avenue Location: 29 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7ES Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus If you take a trip down to Shaftesbury Avenue on Sunday 10th February, then you’ll witness a showcase of...
Festive Fun

Festive Fun

The countdown to Christmas is on and with a few days left till the big day I thought I would put together a list of some last-minute Christmassy ideas to do to get you in the Christmas spirit. I’m sure by now you have been to a few Christmas markets but there is loads of other things to do with loved ones before and after the big day.  Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum Nearest Tube: South Kensington Website: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink.html Skate in the magical atmosphere of the Natural History Museum’s open-air Ice Rink.Nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington museum, the spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and features a glittering Christmas tree.Visit the museum’s alpine-style Café Bar for winter warmers and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony.Tickets range from £8.80- £12.65 so check the website for more details. Heated Winter Igloos at Coppa Club Nearest Tube: Tower Hill Website: https://www.coppaclub.co.uk/towerbridge/ Winter Igloos at the Coppa Club are bringing the woodlands to the heart of London, with candles and cosy blankets, evergreen trees, cruelty-free sheepskin rugs, recycled wool blankets and breath-taking riverside views.Please try book the igloos in advance as they are very popular, however there are a limited number of bookings for walk-ins every day too. They are open from now till the 31st January.If there are cancellations, these will show as free on the website in the booking section. Tables are free to book, tables under 8 people will be shared by others. Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park Nearest Tube: Check website for more details Website: https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/ Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is...
Christmas Markets Galore

Christmas Markets Galore

It is only November, but the Festive season is in full swing and I don’t know about you, but I am fully embracing it. The festive lights, the mulled wine and all the late-night shopping. One of the best places to get all your Christmas present and feel very festive is going to Christmas markets which Europe is famously known for. Lucky for us, England offers some of the most magical Christmas markets and I have put together a list of the Top five must visits Christmas markets this year!    Bath Christmas Market  Dates: 28th November – 15th December Website: bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/   Opening hours differ Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be open from 10AM–7PM, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be open longer 10AM–8PM while Sundays will be open 10AM–6PM. Bath is probably one of the best know and most popular Christmas Market in the UK , it is the largest Christmas shopping event in the South West. This year there will be over 150 chalets stalls , all selling high quality artisan products and home made British goods. The market itself covers the streets around the Bath Abbey, this is accessible via train or car. Set among the romantic roman cobbled streets it’s easy to tell why the Bath Christmas Market is so beloved. Birmingham Christmas Market Dates: 7th November – 23rd December Website: www.thebfcm.co.uk/ Open daily from 10AM-9PM, the Birmingham city market is known as the Frankfurt Christmas Market, as it is one of the largest authentic German Markets outside of Germany and Austria. This year there will be over 180 chalets stalls offering a wide range of artisan products, don’t miss...
Spectacular and Spooky Halloween Events

Spectacular and Spooky Halloween Events

As another month draws to a close, it brings us one step closer to Halloween! This day where the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest…and a massive excuse to dress up and go out dancing. A night full of ghouls and scares, be sure to find yourself at the best event this weekend. Have a look at some of the spookiest events in town and be sure to grab your tickets and costume before! Halloween Ball at The Mansion Location: Secret Venue Nearest Tube: Secret Venue Website: www.themansionlondon.com/next-event It’s Halloween, so that calls for costumes, candy and creepy ghouls! Well at the Halloween Ball, it will tick all the boxes! The private venue is top secret and will only be revealed 48 Hours before the event (Easy access within London Zone 2). This quirky venue will have 3 dance floors, 1 art room, 2 lounges and 2 bar areas for you to choose from! If you are looking for something scarier there is a real back yard graveyard! Come dressed to the nines as you could win a flight to New York City for best costume. Book your tickets in advance, you don’t want to miss this party! The Dark Circus Party Location:13 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH Nearest Tube: Dalston Kingsland Website: www.darkcircusparty.com At the Dark Circus you’ll be in for a real treat with show stopping entertainment acts such as caged curiosities breathing fire and swallowing swords, ethereal silks performances, treacherous trapeze acts and bizarre sideshow oddities. Grab a signature cocktail and enjoy stepping into another world for the evening. Please note there is a strict...