Visit London Blog » IKEA Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:17:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On in London This Weekend: 14-16 September 2012 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:09:34 +0000 If you’re out and about this weekend, there’s a rugby showdown, a floating market with a Swedish twist, a design extravaganza and even jousting to choose from – all without straying beyond the M25.

Saracens v Tigers at Wembley
Two of the country’s top rugby teams will challenge each other this Saturday as the centrepiece of a whole day of entertainment at Wembley Stadium. (Saracens are from London, if you’re not sure who to cheer for.) The big game begins at 3.30pm, but warm up gig from is Bajan chart act Cover Drive, who opened for Rihanna on her Loud tour last year. Tickets are still available, with adult prices from £16. 15 Sept

Lambeth Country Show
Forget the big smoke and escape to Brockwell Park this weekend, as the Lambeth Country Show brings the spirit of a country fair to South London. We’re talking sheep dog displays, flower and vegetable competitions and more animals than ever before in the farm zone. There’s also live music on two stages and other rural pursuits like, er, horse jousting – though we’re not sure they really do that in the countryside! 15-16 Sep

IKEA Floating Night Market
IKEA wasn’t content with a catalogue to introduce its latest collection. It has set up a floating night market on Regent’s Canal this Friday evening, with market boats packed with its new wares including textiles inspired by graphic patterns and global influences. Reserve your free slot here for a trip that promises to be no longer than an hour. 14 Sep

New Artist Fair
Art can be expensive – for the artists as well as the public. The emerging talents at the New Artist Fair sell their work directly to guests, without any gallery fees. And if you feel like buying, the pieces range from a respectable £50 to £2,000. Around 45 artists have work on display, ranging from painting and drawing to printmaking, photography, sculpture and installations. It’s in the Old Truman Brewery, a distinctly cool building that is part of Brick Lane’s heritage and worth seeing for itself. 14-16 Sep

London Design Festival
Some 300 events on the programme means this festival of London’s design prowess could get a little daunting. Try narrowing your interests – are you more tempted by fabrics or furniture? Glass or graphic design? Or you could stick to one area – this map shows the location of the talks, exhibitions, installations and events taking place. A top spot will be the Victoria and Albert Museum, where a beam of light will follow you in the entrance tunnel while in the ceramics galleries you can climb previously closed staircases to see Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism installation in the dome. Until 23 Sep

Got any suggestions for events this weekend? Post them below and let us know.

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Sweden in London: Taxis, the Tube, Gothenburg-style cafes, zombies and IKEA Fri, 08 Oct 2010 09:00:20 +0000 By Bengt Bjorkberg, Project Manager and part-time brainwashed zombie. Archway (ex Swede)

On a random Friday about a decennium ago I decided to leave the shores of Sweden in search of a new place to call home, and thought I would stop by London on the way. Ten years later I am still in London, and now I can both drive like a London cabbie (my car has the scars to prove it) and navigate the Tube system in rush hour (sometimes I don’t even get bruised by it). In short, London is my home now; I am a Londoner in all but accent.

London is overcrowded, but the fact that it is overcrowded is also what well and truly makes London one of the most vibrant and entertaining places in the world. Gothenburg has its small little streets with wonderful cafes all set to the beautiful backdrop of the Atlantic, Stockholm has its archipelago and lakes, London has its people and its ever-changing soup of cultures and influences.

If you happen to like hard hitting-beats because they are likely to turn you into a brainwashed zombie, you will find like-minded people in London to share the experience. If you are really interested in a specific technique to fold napkins, used to send coded messages in the Vatican during the 4th century (a technique only hinted at in a lonely paragraph in a book about masonry), London is the place where you will find someone who shares your interest, and there is most likely even a museum dedicated to napkin folding that you can meet up in. You can find any kind of food, from any country, region or city, sometimes even from a single village. You can spend your whole life in London finding new things to try and new things to experience, and that is why I never left London.

For those who want to sample Sweden in London:

  • National food: IKEA has a Swedish food hall, try the flatbread
  • Regional food: There is a stall on Borough Market that sells west coast fish, try the west coast salad
  • Swedish city experience: Scandinavian Kitchen, it’s almost like going to a real Gothenburg cafe, try their taster “Swedish Smorgasbord”
  • A Swedish village: Garlic and Shots in Soho, the founding “Olson Brothers” are from a one-horse village in the darkest end of Sweden, try the blood shot if you dare

What’s your experience of Sweden in London? Tell us in the comments below.

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