House of Vans Cinema Screenings

This November House of Vans will be screening thrilling superhero films in their cinema, free of charge and open to the public, including films for a younger audience in their Little Rippers Fun Club. Films will include Kick Ass, Birdman, V For Vendetta, The Incredibles, Megamind, Big Hero 6 and so many more!

WHEN: See website for specific viewings
VENUE: House of Vans London, Arches 228 – 232, Station Approach Road, SE1 8SW
AGES: See specific film ratings for details


Big Fish Little Fish’s Notting Hill Family Rave

Big Fish Little Fish are back again for one of their famous family raves. Join them in Notting Hill for big name DJs, dancing and a lot of good music! There’s also a bar, great street food from the market, and craft and play activities for the babies and children.

WHEN: Sunday 13th November
VENUE: Acklam Village Market, 4-8 Acklam Road, London, W10 5TY
AGES: 0-8 years

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Sharky and George Christmas Activities

You can always rely on Sharky and George to have a great range of kids activities, and this festive season is no exception! They’ve got plenty for the whole family including The Farmyard Carols, an indoor fireworks display, rocket Balloon mega launch, challenge under the plate, Christmas boxed up, and so much more!

WHEN: See website for details
VENUE: See website for details
AGES: See website for details

Sharky and George

Hamley’s Toy Parade!

Join Hamley’s for their annual toy parade on Regent Street. This magical experience will give families a chance to see their favourite toy characters in the world’s largest Toy Parade. With Basil Brush taking the stage as special guest host and an iconic giant Marshmallow Man set to steal the show, a cast of hundreds are set to parade along Regent Street, including marching bands, dancers and toy vehicles.

WHEN: Sunday 20th November
VENUE: Regent Street, London
AGES: All ages


Pageants, Pomp and Pyrotechnics in the City

London gets itself a new Lord Mayor (its 801st, no less) on Saturday, and marks the occasion with one of the most colourful and exuberant parades on the city’s calendar. Kicking off at 9am, the river pageant fills the Thames with a flotilla of barges, including the royal Gloriana, and the road procession that follows at 11am sees a cast of thousands follow the new Lord Mayor from Mansion House to Westminster, travelling in everything from penny farthings to tanks. There are guided walks available in the afternoon, and a grand firework finale at 5.15pm.

WHEN: Saturday 12th November
VENUE: City of London Riverside, London EC4
AGES: All ages

Pageants, Pomp and Pyrotechnics in the City

Pizza and Pies in Shepherd’s Bush

Set the kids to work in the kitchen this Christmas, with the help of a mince-pie masterclass from the dough-twirling chefs of Jamie’s Italian. They’ll learn to make shortcrust pastry and mincemeat filling from scratch, and return home with a tray-full of tinsel-time treats. Still too early for Christmas? There’s a pizza-making session in the afternoon, and many more up-coming workshops to pre-book.

WHEN: Sunday 13th November
VENUE: Jamie’s Italian, Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12
AGES: 7+


The Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival

The Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, supported by NatWest, is returning for the holiday season! These festive markets will be packed full of fun stalls, performances and activities for the whole family.

WHEN: Friday 11 November 2016 – Wednesday 25 January 2017
VENUE: The Southbank Centre, London.
AGES: See website for specific events and details


Festive favourite head’s up: Party Season At The London Edition

From the 23rd November until New Year’s Eve, The London Edition’s basement venue will be transformed into a fantastical après ski lodge. This cosy wood-panelled chalet, complete with snug throws, lanterns and antler heads, is a unique venue for parties and events accommodating up to 100 guests in the heart of central London. Guests will sip on a selection of punches from The London EDITION’s award winning bar, and be supplied with sharing boards of cheese, charcuterie and crudities will be served alongside sumptuous bowls of risotto and warming pie from The Berners Tavern kitchen. If you’re looking for a place to host this festive season The London Edition is the perfect venue.

WHEN: From the 23rd of November
VENUE: 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP
AGES: See website for details

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Get out of town: Basingstoke Christmas Lights Switch On 

Kicking off the festive activities in Basingstoke will be the Festival Place Christmas Light Switch On featuring stars from the annual Anvil Arts pantomime including Sue Holderness and an array of family entertainment. The evening will culminate in a firework display. Activities from 4pm-6pm.

WHEN: Friday 11th November
VENUE: Festival Place shopping centre, RG21 7BA
AGES: All ages


Restaurant of the week: Smokestak 

David Carter’s Smokestak would have previously been found as a pop-u in many street food markets in the past, but finally, due to his well renowned reputation, he is delivering the best brisket in town, no mean feat. Expect good barbecued meat and a lot of smoke!

WHERE: 11 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6HZ