GO OUT OUT:
Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace
Iconic NYC institution Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace was loved by celebs in the late 70s for its late-night roller disco parties. After closing in the 80s, the team behind the original venue has opened a permanent site in London, next to Westfield White City. Created in partnership with – wait for it – R&B artist Usher, the sprawling new venue is housed in a cool Grade II-listed former power station with a roller rink, live music room, diner and shop if you want to buy your own skates. The rink is open until 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with food and drink available at the Hot Dogs and Caviar diner, where you can try burgers and fries, hot chicken sandwiches and a selection of American-style desserts. Two-hour skate sessions start from £15.
Ariel Way, White City, W12 7SL
Christmas at Connaught Village
Today, Connaught Village is celebrating the start of the festive season with a series of events including complimentary craft workshops, live music performances, in-store promotions and a chance to meet with husky dogs for Insta pics. Visitors can find out how to make snow globes and decorate pinecones, listen to an open-air performance of classic Christmas carols by Connaught House School Choir, and visit the village’s boutiques, art galleries and eateries for in-store discounts, and free food and drink. Look out for a cool neon light installation in the shape of a tree.
St George's Fields, West End, W2 2AA; until 8pm
MEET THE GIRLS:
NoMad London Holiday Pop-Up
NoMad London hotel has opened a six-week festive pop-up at its new cocktail bar Common Decency. Venture down to the lower-ground floor to find the bar which has been transformed with Christmas decorations, festive music and a new cocktail menu – plus, there’ll be plenty of special surprises in the coming weeks. Perfect for a festive day out with the girls, new drinks are split into the ‘Naughty’ list featuring classic cocktails and the ‘Nice’ list with lower ABV options. We like the sound of the ‘Not The Buttons’ made with bourbon, sherry, ginger, lemon and brown butter, and served with a gingerbread man. You can also order ‘Cocktail Explosions’ made for the table, or book one of the bar’s three snugs which seat up to 12.
UPDATE YOUR WARDROBE:
A.P.C. Sample Sale at The Box
The Box in Hackney regularly hosts some of the best sample sales and fashion pop-ups in the capital. Today until Sunday 20th November, the venue is hosting an A.P.C. sample sale where you can get up to 80% OFF womenswear, shoes and accessories. Regular readers will know we’re fans of the Parisian label which is all about clean lines and pared-back detailing. Best known for its crossbody styles, the label's bags are beautifully simple and come in versatile colours like black, navy and neutrals. Look out for the brand’s stylish outerwear, too.
4-6 Ram Place, Hackney, E9 6LT
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE:
Ukraine Charity Dinner at Clapton Country Club
Clapton Country Club has teamed up with Other World Wines to host a charity dinner on Saturday 19th November to raise funds for Ukraine and those affected by the war. Celebrating Ukrainian culture through food and drink, music and art, guests will receive a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, before tucking into a menu of tapas-style Ukrainian dishes with more wine from Ukrainian vineyards. After the meal, expect live music performances from artists including pianist Oksana Germanchuk. Tickets start from £80pp, and include entry into a raffle.
Unit J2, The Tram Depot, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8BQ
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC:
Mama Shelter Jazz Festival
This year’s London Jazz Festival is in full swing, and Mama Shelter Shoreditch is hosting a special jazz night on Sunday 20th November to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival. At 7pm, producer and singer Nic Hanson will take to the stage, before soul, jazz and funk singer Zebede performs. Then the evening will continue with a soul and jazz set from Mama Shelter regular DJ Chris. Arrive early to settle down with drinks and snacks from the bar. Tickets cost £15pp.
437 Hackney Road, Shoreditch, E2 8PP
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
The Royal Ballet Diamond Celebration
Peter Wright’s magical production of The Nutcracker returns to the Royal Opera House this Christmas, but the standout production of the season is the Royal Ballet’s Diamond Celebration this weekend. Celebrating 60 years of the Friends of the Royal Opera House, the programme pays homage to some of the company’s best dancers, with a range of classical and contemporary routines. Audiences will also see world premieres from renowned choreographers like Pam Tanowitz, Joseph Toonga and Valentino Zucchetti.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD; 16th-19th November
CATCH A FILM:
BFI IMAX Cinema
Waterloo’s IMAX cinema was recently taken over by the BFI and it’s just reopened its doors after a huge renovation. There’s a new screen – the largest in the UK at 65ft tall and 85ft wide – plus cutting-edge laser projection, a 12-channel sound system for a fully immersive experience, and comfortable new seats. As well as new releases, the cinema will show immersive and XR content and films from the BFI’s national archive. In the coming months, look out for events, anniversary screenings and premieres. Tickets start from £14.
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, Southbank, SE1 8XR
PLAN A FUN DAY OUT:
Electric Winter at Between the Bridges
The team behind Winterville and Brockwell Park festivals has opened Electric Winter at Between the Bridges along the South Bank. Over the next month, guests can visit the Winter Garden to enjoy Christmas cocktails and mulled wine, visit the heated outdoor pub to listen to live DJs and karaoke, and watch family-friendly entertainment. There are also weekly drag brunches hosted by stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race – including Baga Chipz and Elektra Fence – and a festive food pop-up with stalls from Bang Bang Burger, BBQ Dept and The Duck Shed. Entry is free.
Queen's Walk, South Bank, SE1 8XX
ENTER THIS COMPETITION:
Away Luggage Giveaway
Away is running an exciting new competition. Customers who make any purchase in store today until Sunday 20th November will be entered into a prize draw to WIN a polycarbonate Bigger Carry-On suitcase and an Everywhere Bag – perfect for weekend travellers. You’ll receive one entry per item purchased. Each suitcase from Away’s collection is designed to last – and make your travels that bit easier. The shells are lightweight, and every suitcase is designed to meet the needs of modern travellers, from smooth 360° spinner wheels to in-built compression pads and a water-resistant laundry bag for dirty clothes.
9 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LL
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