Uncovering London’s Latest Trends and New Happenings
London’s calling! Check out the latest and trending in Britain’s metropolitan capital. Whether you’re researching for your first visit or you’re fifth something fresh is always waiting to be discovered. Here are a few exciting experiences that call to the heart of an explorer.
London presents a culture fix
21 June 2023 – 20 January 2024
Take a playful look into the world of AI and how it continues to shape and influence the various areas of our lives. This exciting exhibition offers 12 artists collaborations in partnership with FutureEverything, including the chance to follow the adventures of one silly kitten monitored by AI. Find out who is really in charge when it comes to allowing technology to melt into the fabric of our lives.
1 October – 12 November 2023
Immerse in the enchanting world of Korean music and culture at London’s K-Music Festival. Seven live shows will feature a dynamic array of incredible Koren music. From traditional sounds to contemporary beats, this festival showcases the diversity and creativity of Korean artists. It's a chance to not only enjoy captivating performances but also gain insight into the global influence of Korean music.
18 – 29 October 2023
Dive into a world of words and imagination at the Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival. Engage with renowned authors, poets, and thinkers as they share their most creative insights and stories. This festival offers a unique opportunity to explore literature's power to connect people and spark meaningful conversations.
27 – 28 October 2023
Celebrate the rich literary heritage of Black British authors at Europe’s largest Black literature festival. The festival stands as a platform to support Black authors from all genres and aims to make literature more accessible to all communities. The festival also boasts powerful poetry performances that showcase the profound influence of Black voices in the world of verse. It’s a must attend event that amplifies underrepresented voices and celebrates the dynamic contributions of Black artists and writers.
7 – 10 December 2023
Soothe your inner sommelier and check out the London Wine Festival. Sip some of the worlds finest wine, supplied by local, emerging, and established vineyard winemakers. Watch as solid becomes liquid and gain new expertise into the wine making process. This festival is your passport to a world of vinous discovery, making it the perfect stop for all wine enthusiasts.
Dominate London’s fashion scene and check out these exhibitions
16 September 2023 – 11 February 2024
Celebrate three decades of London fashion with this captivating exhibition at the Design Museum. The exhibit reveals how London has been a hub of innovation and creativity in the fashion world, while exploring the works of its most iconic rebels in the industry. Learn how these rebellious designers pushed boundaries and reshaped the industry, leaving a lasting impact on global fashion trends.
16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024
Visit one of the UK’s first exhibitions dedicated to French couture originator, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. Follow the evolution of her work and discover how the icon became a legend, leading the House of Chanel to the top of the industry. Pick up a few tips and tricks to develop an iconic style of your own.
21 September 2023 – 07 January 2024
Delve into the art of fashion with this thought-provoking exhibition at Somerset House and learn about ‘Untold Stories of Black British Fashion’. It explores the connections between fashion, identity, and Black culture, making it a must-visit for fashion aficionados. Discover how clothing tells a story beyond aesthetics, reflecting society's values and aspirations.
26 October 2023 – 28 April 2024
Embark on quite the thought-provoking journey at the Wellcome Collections’ mesmerising exhibition, ‘Cult of Beauty’. Discover the true influences behind the definition of ‘beauty’ in society and engage with the profound concepts of universal beauty standards.
Explore London’s lush green spaces and sustainable places
Explore the beauty of sustainable gardening and improve your green thumb at OmVed Gardens. This green oasis in the heart of London is a source of inspiration for those looking to embrace eco-friendly practices and reflect on their inner relationship with the balance of nature. Learn about urban gardening, composting, and sustainable living practices that benefit both you and the environment.
Discover eco-conscious shopping at Camden Market's Buck Street. From vintage finds to upcycled goods, this market is a haven for environmentally conscious shoppers. Every purchase tells a story of sustainability and ethical consumption, allowing you to shop with a conscience. Contribute to a greener and more responsible future by supporting these sustainable businesses.
Explore a sustainable shopping experience at Pop London. This innovative marketplace features brands and products committed to reducing their environmental footprint. Discover stylish and eco-friendly alternatives that align with your values, from fashion to home goods.
See the city from an eco-friendly perspective on a royal-themed bike tour. It's a fun and sustainable way to explore London's iconic landmarks. You'll not only enjoy the sights but also contribute to reducing traffic congestion and air pollution in the city.
Unearth London’s hidden gems
Unearth the secrets of London's underground tunnel systems with the Hidden London tours offered by the London Transport Museum. The recently unveiled attraction now allows people to journey into abandoned stations and hidden tunnels for a unique perspective on the city's history. These tours reveal fascinating stories that often go unnoticed.
Embark on a guided tour that unveils London's hidden treasures, from quirky museums to clandestine alleyways. This is a chance to discover the city's lesser-known wonders and gain a deeper appreciation for its rich history and culture. A perfect example of the city’s ability to always offer something new.
London’s latest restaurants & hotels openings
Open from 29 September
Indulge in opulence at Raffles London at the OWO, a historic hotel offering timeless elegance and modern comfort. Following an eight-year restoration, London’s former Old War Office will leave behind its military background for a future in luxury hotel suites, Olympic-sized pools, and what feel like endless restaurant and entertainment venues. Discover a world of luxury where every detail is meticulously crafted to provide an unforgettable stay in the heart of London.
Don’t let the name fool you, unfortunately there are no Llamas, nor is it an inn, but a thriving culinary station of exploration. Satisfy your culinary cravings at The Llama Inn, a restaurant known for its delectable dishes and cozy atmosphere. Indulge in a gastronomic journey that combines flavours from around the world, making every meal a delightful experience.
Experience luxury and sustainability with a green conscience at the recently unveiled 1 Hotel Mayfair, where eco-conscious design meets top-notch hospitality. Enjoy a stay that not only pampers you but also aligns with your values, contributing to a more responsible and sustainable travel experience.
London’s newest winter adventures
1 December 2023 – 7 January 2024
Get ready to glide on ice at Kensington Palace's Helipad Ice Rink, a unique winter experience in the heart of London. Slide into fun atop the royals repurposed Helipad turned enormous ice-rink followed by a hot toddy and fun fair treats & eats at the nearby food halls. Whether you're a seasoned skater or a newcomer to the ice, this enchanting wonderland promises a memorable winter adventure for all levels of skaters.
8 December 2023 – 7 January 2024
Stay warm and entertained at London’s newest Kingdom of Winter, one that might even rival the historic Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Offering an array of activities and delights to brighten the cold months ahead, discover festive markets and captivating light displays. Prepare for a season of wonder and joy in the heart of London.
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