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This Week 24th - 30th November

24 November 2014 Jessica Johnston

Christmas is coming to the capital this week with festive fun for all the family... So wrap up warm & check out these cracking events!

 

 Ice Skate Vauxhall

What to expect: London's coolest winter ice destination

Head down to the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens this week for the opening of the very first Ice Skate Vauxhall! Visitors can immerse themselves in a magical Christmas wonderland and show off their skills on a huge 600sqm ice rink before venturing into London’s first ever Christmas tree maze. Wind your way through Nordmann fir trees twinkling with fairy lights and meet a very special guest at the heart of the maze. The Pleasure Gardens will also host plenty more events from street entertainment and food pop-ups to family entertainment rides, and an artisan market where you can do a spot of gift shopping. Don’t miss this one of a kind experience that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Ice Skate Vauxhall is on at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens from 21st November – 4th January 2015. Tickets cost £7.65 - £10.80, available here.

 

 Paint the Town Red

What to expect: an after-hours shindig celebrating all things bus

Londoners are invited to spend the night celebrating the brilliance of the city’s big red bus at the London Transport Museum this week! Forming part of the Year of the Bus celebrations, this Friday Late event invites visitors to Paint the Town Red with a fun-filled evening of art, music, quizzes, talks and tours! Guest can spend time listening to curious stories from bus drivers, see what the future of bus travel might look like and even make a balloon powered bus to take home as a souvenir! Devoted to London’s iconic bus and the vital role it plays in the city, this bus-tastic event is a unique way to kick-start your weekend, so why not jump on board!

Paint the Town Red will take place at the London Transport Museum on 28th November from 6.45 – 10pm. Tickets cost £8 - £10, available here.

 

 Discovering Latin America Film Festival

What to expect: powerful cinema and a worthy cause

This week, London kick-starts the 10th edition of the Discovering Latin America Film Festival! In partnership with Tate Modern and Odeon Covent Garden, the festival invites visitors to explore the very best of Latin America through a wide selection of films from vibrant countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. Festival highlights include a screening of the award-winning Chilean thriller ‘To Kill A Man’, and a rare appearance from Colombian director Luis Ospina, who will discuss his influential and remarkable retrospective. This Year the festival proceeds will be donated to help support victims of trafficking in Guatemala, so as well as watching fantastic films, festivalgoers can also make a difference!

Discovering Latin America Film Festival will take place at Tate Modern and Odeon Covent Garden from 27th November – 4th December. Tickets from £5, available here.

 

 Brick 2014

What to expect: a four-day LEGO extravaganza

The world’s favourite building bricks are coming to the capital this week, as ExCel London hosts the UK’s largest LEGO exhibition! Featuring the best LEGO fan builders and professional LEGO artists, the show is packed full of interactive events including workshops with top brick builders and LEGO designers, as well as amazing displays by LEGO fans from across the globe. Brick fanatics can also purchase new and second-hand LEGO from the Brick Market and start building their own constructions! Offering fun for the whole family, this show promises to entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It’s time to get creative!

Brick 2014 is on at ExCel London from 27th – 30th November. Tickets from £16.75, available here.

 

 Foodies Festival Christmas

What to expect: fantastic festive food & a sprinkling of Michelin stars

This weekend, the Old Truman Brewery hosts the annual Foodies Festival Christmas, in the heart of East London! Festivalgoers will be spoilt for choice as some of the world’s best chefs cook up a storm and serve their favourite festive dishes. Veggies fear not! Award-winning chef Kate Beskow will be on hand to share her Christmas alternatives. Visitors can also get creative with free hands-on masterclasses in cake decorating and make edible decorations for the tree! This year’s festival boasts a huge selection of new features including a Craft Beer Market, a Cheese Hall and a Life-size Ginger Bread House, so what are you waiting for!

Foodies Festival Christmas will take place at the Old Truman Brewery from 28th – 30th November. Tickets from £18, available here.

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