What’s On In London This Week? October 14 – 20
1. Paint the town pink at QUEENS
In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, QUEENS’ indoor skating rink is getting a magenta makeover; anyone wearing pink on the day can skate free of charge, while guests in particularly creative ensembles have a chance to win prizes, from bottles of rosé to bowling sessions. All donations received will go to Breast Cancer Support. 18 October, 11am-11pm, QUEENS, 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP.
2. (Un)dress to impress at the French Lingerie Loft
Is there anything more decadent than buying a new set of lingerie for no reason? Possibly not – unless it’s a new set of French lingerie. Lose yourself in lace at this chic pop-up, which will showcase 14 of the most stylish and innovative French lingerie brands, as well as professional bra fittings and styling tips. The weather might necessitate layering up, but – as any French woman will tell you – what’s underneath is just as important. French Lingerie Loft, Arboretum, 2A Charing Cross Rd, Charing Cross, London 10014; tickets via eventbrite.co.uk
3. Journey to the wine islands at 67 Pall Mall
Island vineyards take centre stage in this masterclass, held at 67 Pall Mall, the private members club catering to wine lovers. Taste your way around wines from lesser-known Greek islands and the underrated Tasmania, with guidance and expert knowledge from 67 Pall Mall’s exemplary team of sommeliers, led by Terry Kandylis. What’s more, guests can enjoy full access to the Club for the rest of their evening. 18 October, 4:30pm, 67 Pall Mall, St James’s Room, 67 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ES; tickets £40 via eventbrite.co.uk
4. Make sense of CBD at the South Place Hotel
Despite CBD’s growing ubiquity in the capital, a lot of misconceptions about this non-psychoactive ingredient remain. Immerse yourself – no, not like that – in CBD culture at this thought-provoking panel discussion, where a number of the country’s leading CBD brands will debunk some of the myths still surrounding it. 18 October, 6:30pm, Le Chiffre, South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF; tickets from £8 via designmynight.com
5. Treat yourself to a facial at Wolf & Badger
Beauty junkies keen to discover the next cult products should check out Wolf & Badger’s King’s Cross store, which is hosting a multitude of pampering treatments, including face and hand massages, reflexology and gel manicures – and a workshop dedicated to sheet masks – as part of their Beauty Weekend. Wolf & Badger, Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4DQ; book treatments in advance via eventbrite.co.uk
6. Taste the stars on International Champagne Day
7. Experience the art of traditional Nordic weaving at Phillips
The extraordinary craftsmanship behind traditional Nordic rugs and tapestries can be viewed in real-time at auction house Phillips, thanks to a two-day residency from Johanna Avdic, a weaver from Sweden’s Märta Måås-Fjetterström studio. Avdic will be finishing a knitted pile rug for private collection, surrounded by distinctive rugs and tapestries in an exhibition celebrating the studio’s centenary. While you’re there, be sure to check out the contemporary furniture currently on display for the upcoming London Design Auction. 14-16 October, Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6EX.
8. Make a Christmas wish at Harrods
Take your chances on Harrods’ Wishing Well for a chance to win a family experience at the highly-anticipated Harrods x Swarovski Secret Forest Christmas Grotto – every day, 10 families will be chosen at random to win a visit to a snow-covered world filled with sparkling surprises.From 19 October – 3 November, 11-5pm, Harrods, Childrenswear, Fourth Floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL.
9. Party in Aladdin’s Cave at The Vaults
Following the hugely popular Beauty & the Feast, Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders promises to be just as raucous and hedonistic. This immersive, grown-up take on panto combines a five-course gastronomic banquet with drag and cabaret performances which re-imagine Aladdin’s story in a way that is anything but PG. Until 14 January, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN; early bird tickets from £35, book via thevaults.london
10. Indulge in artisan chocolate at Duke of York Square
To mark International Chocolate Week – surely one of London’s more popular food-based events – traders at the Duke of York Square’s fine food market will be offering exclusive chocolate dishes, to be joined by London’s finest artisan chocolatiers. 19 October, 10am-4pm, Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY.
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