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Top 5 Things To Do In November 2019

Bye October thanks for the memories. Hi November I look forward to making new ones.

Forget cosy nights in, throw on your chunkiest knitwear, grab a spiced latte and join us for our roundup of the top 5 things to do in November, we promise you won’t regret it!

1. Watch a Mega Firework Display

BOOM! Kicking off or top 5 things to do in November is London’s biggest and best firework festival. Back with a bang, on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November Ally Pally’s legendary firework festival will be lighting up the skies of London . Taking Bonfire night up a notch they have a lot more than rockets and Catherine wheels on offer! Why not head on over to the Luna Cinema where they will be showing the first Harry Potter movie or if that’s not your thing take to the Ally Pally ice rink where you can glide around the ice whilst listening to a disco soundtrack (singing is optional!) You can book your tickets here

2. Stylist Live Luxe

If you love Stylist Magazine you won’t want to miss their Festival of Inspiration from the 8th – 10th November. Join them for a line-up of seriously brilliant women (and men!) celebrity interviews, catwalk shows, uniquely curated shopping market and fabulous entertainment. If that wasn’t enough each person who attends will also receive a goody bag worth £185. Book your tickets here

3. Explore Hogwarts In The Snow

Credit: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Calling all Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you! The Warner Bros Studio Tour is having a festive makeover from November 16th-January 26th, with the movies iconic sets all getting a dusting of snow. Expect the Great Hall to be lined with Christmas trees finished with golden bobbles and topped with witches on miniature broomsticks , while the Gryffindor common room will be decked out with cosy Christmas decorations. Book your tickets here before they sell out

4. Visit Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland

Located in the heart of London get ready to fully immerse yourself in all things festive from November 21st – January 5th. Completely free to enter, you can save your pennies for funfair rides and hot chocolate. With over 100 spectacular rides, thrilling shows, London’s largest Christmas market, restaurants, cafes and bars, this Christmas extravaganza will keep you topped up with festive cheer!

5. Christmas Light Switch On

Credit: Time Out London

November is the month when many places in the UK get transformed into the sparkliest. blingiest, most festive places on earth, with the switching on of the Christmas lights all over the country. There’s nothing like the sparkle of Christmas tree lights to get you in the festive mood.

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One Aldwych Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

One of our favourite childhood films incorporated into afternoon tea equals our favourite meal of the day!

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea with a twist, right?!

At One Aldwych in London’s Covent Garden they have created a scrumdiddlytmptious afternoon tea inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and guess what, you don’t need a golden ticket to get in! No detail is too small, you can expect decadent golden eggs, blueberry brioche and playful flavoured candy floss on the menu, just the way Willy Wonka would have liked it. You will be sure to be transported back to your 10 year old self; however we must include the disclaimer that we cannot guarantee that you won’t come out looking and feeling like Augustus Gloop!!

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

From the moment you walk in staff are attentive and lead you to your table. The actual setting for this spectacular afternoon tea is the stunning Indigo restaurant located on the first floor. As our waitress (no umpa lumpas in sight!!) led us to our table I investigated every corner but I couldn’t find a chocolate river and although I was tempted to lick the wallpaper I figured this might embarrass my boyfriend a little bit too much!!

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Once seated we curiously watched as others received their afternoon treats, whilst sipping on some chocolate tea (yes, there is such a thing as chocolate tea and let me tell you it is absolutely delicious!) The Charlie and the Chocolate factory afternoon tea feature many flavours of tea, both weird and wonderful – our favourites were the mango and the peppermint. Finally it was our turn!! The playful menu started with a selection of finger sandwiches, which included cucumber and smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise with watercress and Coronation chicken. Further savoury options included vegetable Wellington and leek, walnut and Montgomery cheddar quiche. The storybook adventure really began for us when the sweet treats were presented. First up a golden egg filled with vanilla cheesecake, then lemon and white chocolate cake pops. The fun didn’t stop there, next there was Eton mess, homemade candyfloss, blueberry brioche and to finish warm scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and berry jam!  Once finished I felt like Violet Beauregarde when she turned into a giant blueberry, and was convinced that I was going to need to be rolled out of One Aldwych (thankfully that was not the case!!)

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych with the theme as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

All in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon and I would highly recommend it for both adults and children alike. If you would like to be transported into the One Aldwych Chocolate Factory then you can find out more information on their website here. The Charlie and Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea is served daily and each sitting is 2 hours long.  A gluten free, vegan and vegetarian menu is also available – just let the staff know when booking if you have any special dietary requirements.  Let us know in the comments below if you are booking to go or have been before and if there are any other afternoon teas that you would recommend. We love trying new places!!

Until next time,

Rebecca x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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London on a Budget

Free things to do in London - Views from the Sky Garden overlooking the city and Tower Bridge

BECAUSE THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE!

Easter is just around the corner so why not plan a jam packed weekend in the city without splashing the cash? For those of you who want to explore the city on a budget, Wisteria London has compiled a guide to the best free things to do in the city over the bank holiday weekend. Yes you heard us right FREE!

London can be super expensive. I for one have been known to spend £20 on a burger before, which was anything more than average! I know (insert gasping emoji), but it’s true; some places in London can set you back a pretty penny. However, look in the right places and you will find that there’s also a lot of fun to be had for absolutely nada!

So let’s get started, below is our guide on doing ‘London on a Budget.’

MUSEUMS

We are so lucky to have so many museums on our doorstep, but did you know that admission into some of them is absolutely free? I will note that some of them do ask for a small donation that will help to maintain the museum but this donation is entirely voluntary.

V&A Museum

First up is the V&A, the world’s largest museum of art and design that houses 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity (WOW!) Spend your morning exploring the endless corridors of amazing exhibitions that the V&A have to offer, and whilst there be sure to check out the amazing tearooms, you will want to get that photo for the gram!

Free things to do in London - Inside the V&A

Free things to do in London - Inside the V&A

Free things to do in London - Inside the V&A

Natural History Museum

This is probably my favourite museum to visit, and is a great one if you have kids. From dinosaurs to mammals explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth! Take a journey through their spectacular Earth sculpture, experience their famous earthquake simulator, stand under the 25.2 metre blue whale skeleton and do it all for free! From the moment you step inside, your inner child will be released and you will never want to leave, a fab way to spend your afternoon in the city!

Free things to do in London - Inside the Natiral History Musuem with the 25.2 blue whale

Free things to do in London - Inside the Natiral History Musuem with the 25.2 blue whale

Free things to do in London - Inside the Natural History Museum - the giant Earth sculpture

VIEWS OF LONDON

Sky Garden

Want free uninterrupted views of the city? Then look no further than the Sky Garden, located within the Walkie Talkie building on Fenchurch Street, right in the heart of the city. Whiz your way up to the 35th floor where you will be transported to a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree views across the city of London. Spend time wandering around the landscaped garden, observation decks and open air terrace, and be sure to get that insta-worthy photo of one of London’s many famous landmarks. This is one definitely not to be missed and although it is free and walk ins are accepted I would highly recommend that you book tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the Sky Garden website and are usually released on a Monday for the following week, and you will be able to choose the day and time of your visit. Why not book two visits and see London in all its glory both day and night!

Free things to do in London - Sky Garden - wander round the landscaped gardens

Free Things to do in London - View from the Sky Garden overloking the city and the Shard

Free things to do in London - View of London Bridge from the Sky Garden

Free things to do in London - Sky Garden - bar in Sky Garden

Free things to do in London - Sky Garden - enjoy a drink while you take in the views from above

Discover London on Foot

Be truly British and discover some of London’s most iconic landmarks on foot. Walking is a great way to discover the real London, as well as getting in some much needed exercise! Head to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards, or go see the beautiful sights of Covent Garden. Head down to the embankment to get views of the London Eye or walk towards London Bridge to get some of the best views of the city! Don’t forget to keep looking up as you might miss something along the way!

Free things to do in London - Take a walk to Horse Guards Parade

Free things to do in London - take a walk down to the Embankment to see views of the London Eye

Free things to do in London - Take a walk to Tower Bridge and tak in the amazing views of the city

MARKETS

Borough Market

Why not wander around some of London’s favourite and oldest markets. Start off with Borough Market the foodies favourite and probably one of the busiest markets you will come across in London. Here you will find lots of gourmet goodies along with fresh loaves, rare breed meats, fruit and veg and lots of yummy cakes. Be sure to take advantage of the numerous free samples on offer too!

Portobello Road Market

Next stop Portobello Road Market an antique collectors dream! Several markets rolled into one (Saturdays being the day when all are in full swing) visitors flock from all over the world to discover one of London’s best loved treasures.  Unfortunately the market is closed on Bank holidays but does open on Good Friday.

Spitalfields Market

Something for the whole family, Spitalfields market is set in the heart of one of the most popular, diverse and historic neighbourhoods in London. With Shoreditch and Hoxton only a short walk away you can discover the amazing works of Banksy and Roa which change on a weekly basis.

Whilst these are our favourite places to visit for free in London there are many other exhibitions and galleries which do not charge admission. Let us know in the comments below if you have visited any of our top picks and what you thought of them, or let us know any of your recommendations. We too love discovering new places!

Until next time,

Rebecca x

 

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