Looking for something to do this weekend? This is your definitive guide which will come every week, telling you what’s happening this weekend. As you know, this can range from one off events, long running events, or just cool places or good clubs to visit.
For most people, the Christmas shop has already begun (or finished, if you’re one of them!) and if you’re after something a bit different we have the Hyper Japan Christmas market.
This is a weekend long convention / market, with all sorts of things on offer. As you might expect, there is a heavy anime focus with the merchandise, cosplay, plushies and so on for sale. There are also numerous stalls selling traditional Japanese food, which are actually fairly reasonably priced.
Tickets are £39 for the weekend, £13 for general entry for half a day on Saturday and £16 for the whole day on Sunday.
Get more info and tickets here.
Continuing the Christmas theme, next up there is Winterville at Victoria Park. This is running from November 26th to December 23rd, giving you plenty of time to check it out.
“Winterville is the antithesis of Christmas theme parks; intimate, engaging and above all creative, we welcome all like-minded visitors to our town. Expect a different festive experience altogether.”
“We have a wide range of entertainment on offer for children and this year’s pantomime is the evergreen Snow White. We have also added a cinema on site which will often be screening family classics and an all age’s circus!”
Entry is free, with the attractions being individually priced. Get more info here.
“In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith”s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York.”
Find your local cinema showings and times here.
For something that has the potential to be truly magical, there is The Height of Winter at The View from the Shard. Not recommended if you’re afraid of heights, obviously!
“Step into the glittering embrace of winter and be captivated by the magical creations of innovative British experience designers Bompas and Parr. Alongside perfumers, composers, psychologists and professors of visual culture they will transform the viewing gallery into the unmissable event of the season.”
All guests visiting can join in with a standard entry ticket to The View from The Shard.
Get more info here.
If the Hyper Japan Christmas market isn’t to your taste, we have the Christmas Market at the Tate Modern. This is running until December 23rd, at the Tate Modern which can be found near Southwark underground station.
Xmas Markets Ltd. will be returning to this great location where we held the 1st ever Christmas Market in 2014 […] The response was very positive and a new event is now a fixed “TO DO” during the run-up to Christmas in London. There will be a layout change so that we can also accommodate a wonderful Victorian Carousel for the little ones and the grown up little ones. There will be a Christmas Grotto where you can meet Santa or you can hop onto our little kiddy ride if the carousel is too daring for you.”
For a truly unique bit of ice skating, there is Ice Skating at the Tower of London.
“The Tower of London Ice Rink is now open, and visitors have a special opportunity to skate for a reduced rate of £7.50 for the 17.15 and 18.30 sessions on Wednesday December 2 with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s Music Fund.”
Moving on to the alternative, there are a fair few gigs taking place this weekend. This time, though, I want to draw attention to Apocalyptica at the O2 Sheperd’s Bush Empire. If you’re after something epic and orchestral, look no further.
The second gig I want to call attention to this week is a bit of a cheat on my part as it’s taking place on Monday. But, I want to mention it anyway as it is the mighty Slayer, who are playing at the 02 Academy Brixton. Also backing them up are heavyweights Anthrax, as well as Kvelertak.
Sadly there doesn’t seem much happening metal nights wise aside from the usual fare, so just take a gander and see what takes your fancy.