As London starts to light itself up for a series of festive celebrations, the news of an expected royal birth in the spring of next year has come as a further boost. Meghan and Harry have proved to be an instant hit with a public weary of trade wars and Brexit rows, so as the illuminations twinkle and the fireworks burst, there’s bound to be some extra cheers going up into the night skies above the Capital.
All the big events will be visible: from the nearby display in Greenwich Park to the more distant pyrotechnics on Primrose Hill. There’s lots more to do at the Orbit which has become a viable recreation destination in recent years. A massive slide provides thrills and spills for all the family and there is food and drink available on the observation deck.
Of course, some of the ideas never left the drawing board while some looked positively dangerous, but there’s plenty of vision and energy on offer. The place that seems to have benefitted from all this design energy seems to be the kitchen and it is on this subject that Home Futures seems to have a lot to say about as it tracks the development of this most crucial of spaces as it gradually became the emotional centre of the 21st Century home.
The list of experts that will be on hand to give demonstrations and advice is as eclectic as it is exhaustive. When it comes to international cuisine, chefs from Barbacoa, Tom’s Kitchen, Bao and Club Mexicana will be covering bases that range from Britain to China and on to Mexico.
Vintage fairground rides and a Santa Claus grotto provide lots of festive fun for the kids while adults can partake of mulled cider and wine. The Palm House is particularly lively with a DJ, light show and a selection of food stalls. It’s probably a good idea to split the visit into two halves, viewing the plant life in the day before enjoying the festivities after dark.
The bill includes Barlow’s old mate, Robbie Williams, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Nile Rodgers and Sir Rod Stewart. All will be running through their most popular hits as well as showcasing new material so it should be a fun night out for the whole family – all for a good cause.
Ceremonial masks, tools, weapons and huge wood carvings are designed to keep the people of Oceania connected with their spiritual roots and they have been meticulously transported from far and wide for the event. There will also be talks, music and story-telling workshops as the rich oral tradition of the area is brought sharply into focus.
Regent Street will be pedestrianised for the duration, allowing a fabulous selection of pristine and desirable vehicles to be displayed along its length. The show is divided into modern, vintage, classic and veteran categories and will feature everything from the latest muscle cars to open top boneshakers from the Edwardian era.
Skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome and there are lots of activities for non skaters as well. As well as lively music and lighting there is a wide selection of refreshments, cocktails and nibbles. The Natural History Museum has many ongoing exhibitions that run concurrently so make sure that your visit takes in some knowledge to go with your fun.
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