Visit London Blog » westfield stratford city http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 London Shopping News: Karl Lagerfeld, Pop-up Tube Shops, Carnaby Shopping Party, Soho Flea Market http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-shopping-news/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/04/london-shopping-news/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 13:27:36 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=38231 From high-fashion store openings to pop-up shops on the London Underground, the capital is bursting with hot shopping happenings.

Shops on the London Underground

Karl Lagerfeld opens on Regent Street

Big news for fashionistas! Iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld has opened his first-ever heavenly flagship store in the UK on Regent Street. Expect luxury ready to wear collections, as well as a glittering stash of handbags, leather goods, watches, scarves and footwear. When trying on clothes, you can take a photo of yourself in the store’s photobooths then share on Facebook, Twitter and email. Also now open on Regent Street is Italian luxury leather shop Piquadro, the brand’s first UK flagship store.

Carnaby Shopping PartyCarnaby Shopping Party

A key diary date for May! Carnaby‘s unmissable fashion event is back on Thursday 1 May from 5-9pm. There will be live music, DJs, trend talks, a pop-up bar and 20% discount on new collections. Register for a free ticket.

Shop for gold at Westfield Stratford City

To celebrate the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Westfield is putting on a slew of sporting activities. From basketball hoops to fitness skills training, kids and families can get active from Dame Judi Dench7-13 April at Chestnut Plaza. Children can show off their dance moves at the shopping mall’s Silent Disco (14-20 April), while petrolheads will love the Top Gear Experience at Chestnut Plaza on the Street (16-27 April).

Celebrities at Fenwick Bond Street

Big name stars like Joanna Lumley, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Biggins will be taking their spotlight to the shop floor at Fenwick of Bond Street in support of theatrical charity Acting For Others. From 6-8pm on 10 April, you can see actors manning the tills and acting as personal shoppers. There will also be a Q&A with Dame Judi Dench for £100. Find out more.

Dog Day Afternoon

Calling all dog lovers! Choose accessories for your pooch at Dog Day Afternoon in Marylebone Village on Saturday 26 April. Expect handmade four-poster dog beds, dog portraits and a pop-up photography studio. Competitions take place from 2pm, with categories including A Four poster bed for dogs, available at Dog Day AfternoonBit of Ruff for mixed breeds and New Kid on the Block – Best Puppy. Free admission.

Pop-up Shops on the Tube

Independent shops will be popping up across the London Underground network this month. The pop-up shops will open at key stations including Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park and Baker Street. Eight pop-up shops will be opening at the end of April at Old Street station where the scheme is launching. Find out more.

Soho Flea Market

This artisan and designer crafts event is returningSoho Flea Market to Soho’s Dean Street on 25 May from 11am-7pm with its usual mix of jewellery designers, furniture makers, glassblowers, ceramicists, musicians and stage entertainers.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: A Sneak Preview of the Aquatics Centre http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/queen-elizabeth-olympic-park-a-sneak-preview-of-the-aquatics-centre/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/queen-elizabeth-olympic-park-a-sneak-preview-of-the-aquatics-centre/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:00:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37911 Swim at the Aquatics Centre Learn to dive from the platforms See views of the Olympic Stadium The Aquatics Centre Tom Daley training at the Aquatics Centre ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Olympic Stadium

Eighteen months after the end of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre has grown up and lost its water wings (the temporary seating added for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games), and it’s all set to open on Saturday. We were given a sneak preview inside; and here’s what to expect.

World-class Pools

The revamped Aquatics Centre offers three pools: the Competition pool for competent swimmers, the Training pool for fun and family, and the Diving pool for all you budding Tom Daleys.

The Competition pool is the standout feature. It’s 50m long with 10 lanes, and has a moveable floor (it’s set at 3m in depth during competitions for maximum speed) and booms, enabling it to be split up and used for the likes of water polo matches.

Set at a toasty 28.5 degrees Celsius, the Training pool is a great place for kids to have fun while learning the ropes. At weekends and during school holidays it’s equipped with a floating inflatable assault course of jumps and climbs. The 50m pool also features moveable flooring so it’s a safe and comfortable place to learn.

The Diving pool is unsurprisingly the facility of choice for Tom Daley, who you may be lucky enough to see training here. Boasting platforms 1m to 10m high and pairs of springboards measuring from 1m to 3m, this is the perfect place for mastering the acrobatic sport – this pool will be used solely for diving lessons and courses.

This pool will have the world’s eyes on it once more during the third leg of the FINA Diving World Series, which sees the best divers battle it out for the prestigious title of World Series champion in April.

Stunning Visuals

The glass sides allow privileged views of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Olympic Stadium from the pools and stands – there are 2,500 seats here, with an extra 1,000 available during major competitions.

The venue itself, with its wave-like roof, is already iconic; and having lost its temporary seating its beautiful flowing curves are now uninhibited. Visitors just wishing to see inside can explore the various facilities on tours available from this weekend onwards.

Have Fun, Learn and Keep Fit

As well as instructed diving lessons, you can take part in courses for water polo, synchronised swimming, triathlon and sub aqua diving as well as book personal swimming tuition. Fitness fanatics who prefer to stay dry can make use of the fully equipped gym.

Although booking is recommended – and essential for most lessons and courses – you can just turn up on the day for a swim. Pre-booking is, however, required for a swim during the opening weekend.

Why Should I Visit?

It’s not often you get the chance to swim in the wake of the world’s best at the most iconic of aquatics centres. Relive moments from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, all at a price competitive to other London leisure centres – an adult ticket costs from £4.50, children’s tickets are a snip at £2 upwards, while members can make use of discounted rates.

The Aquatics Centre is also just a few steps from other Olympic Venues: The Olympic Stadium, the Lee Valley VeloPark, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and the Copper Box Arena – the latter is already open to the public, while the others are opening soon. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a whole is being revitalised with open spaces, waterways and gardens to discover.

Another of East London’s major attractions, Westfield Stratford City, is also nearby. Here you can spend a few pounds in the shops after working off a few pounds in the pool.

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Westfield: East vs West http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/westfield-east-vs-west/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/02/westfield-east-vs-west/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:00:21 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=36997

Two giants of shopping heaven in London, both called Westfield. But which is the best one for your visit? We check out what’s on offer at Westfield London (West) and Westfield Stratford City (East).

Eating at Westfield London

Where to Eat in Westfield London?

There are more than 60 places to eat at Westfield London, from tasty treats at Ben’s Cookies to Jamie’s Italian. See your food prepared live in front of you on The Balcony, or settle down at one of the restaurants clustered along the Southern Terrace – such as the homely Bill’s, sizzling steakhouse The Meat Co. or Penang! for Malaysian food – tapas style.

Where to Eat in Westfield Stratford City?

There are 78 food retailers spread throughout Westfield Stratford City: at the World Food Court, along The Street, inside the Fast Food Court… As well as family favourites like bowling alley/diner All Star Lanes and Pizza Express, there are international options like Pho, Comptoir Libanais and Rhythm Kitchen and a branch of celeb hangout Bumpkin.

Ryan Giggs (left) and Gary Neville (right) at Cafe Football

What’s new in Westfield London?

Bath, body and beauty connoisseur Molton Brown has opened a new store, turning the air at Westfield London beautiful with its gorgeous perfumes, shower gels, body lotions and candles. Other new openings include fashion favourite Weekend by Max Mara, hand-woven fabric specialists Khaadi, vintage-inspired childrenswear store Their Nibs and Euro-Russian brand Amaka Design. Jimmy Choo has also reopened after a refurbishment.

What’s new in Westfield Stratford City?

The hot new arrival to Westfield Stratford City is Café Football, the new 140-seater restaurant from football legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Glam accessories label Follie Follie and American Apparel have also recently opened stores at the mall.

Westfield London The Village

Where to shop in Westfield London?

The highlight of Westfield London is undoubtedly The Village, a high-end shopping enclave lined with more than 40 exclusive brands such as Prada, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Burberry. The rest of the mall is home to some 300 luxury and high-street stores, including Debenhams, Next, M&S and House of Fraser.

Where to shop in Westfield Stratford City?

John Lewis, Primark and Forever 21 are just three of the shops you’ll find at Westfield Stratford City but not Westfield London. As well as 250 great stores selling everything from fashion and jewellery to tech gadgets and furniture, there’s the Great Eastern Market too – shopping central for foodies.

The LEGO shop at Westfield

What facilities are there for children at Westfield?

Both Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City do everything they can to make your visit with your little ones super easy and stress-free. Both malls are very pram-friendly with spacious layouts and lots of lifts. There are also Kiddy Cars to hire, designated Family Rooms (perfect for baby changing), an under-5s play area and Parents with Prams spaces in the car park.

Win a trip to London!

Watch this video (below), which explores London’s style scene and how Westfield has transformed the east and west of the city, for a chance to win a five-night trip to London!

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visitlondon.com Guest Editor Boris Johnson http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/visitlondon-com-guest-editor-boris-johnson/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2014/01/visitlondon-com-guest-editor-boris-johnson/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:36:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=37272

To celebrate the release of our latest London Story video featuring Mayor of London Boris Johnson, we asked Boris to be our guest editor on visitlondon.com’s homepage from 23 to 25 January 2014, populating it with some of his favourite London experiences.

While making his London Story video for us – which was filmed in a pod on The EDF Energy London Eye – Boris waxed lyrical about some of his top things to see and do in London.

British Museum

“As I kid, because I was a bit of a nerd, I used to love going to the British museum where I would spend hours loitering in  the Duveen galleries,  looking at the Elgin Marbles – the ‘ta Elgíneia Mármara’, as they are called in Greece.”

The British Museum in Bloomsbury is the UK’s most visited tourist attraction, welcoming millions of people each year. Entry is free and provides access to an enormous wealth of historical artefacts, paintings, sculptures and scriptures from across the world (8 million in total) that make up the museum’s stores. These include the Rosetta Stone, The Elgin Marbles, the Easter Island Statue of Hoa Hakananai’a, and The Vindolanda tablets. As well as permanent exhibits, the museum curates temporary displays, and the Great Court and Reading Room are particularly popular with visitors due to their impressive architecture.

Regent’s Canal

“I cycle a lot but I also particularly like walking down the canal. There’s a fantastic walk just near us along the Regent’s Canal where you see these ancient bits of industrial architecture with new dwellings springing up among them.
“The buildings have got all this glass and steel and it’s the combination that’s so attractive. It’s 18th and 19th century industrial architecture that’s been brilliantly renovated with 21st century technology. It’s a fantastically vibrant area and so unlike any other city.
“We walk down the canal for a purpose – not just because it’s romantic and beautiful but because there is a pub, called The Narrow Boat, that sells fantastic sausage and mash.”

The 8.6-mile (14km) Regent’s Canal links the River Thames in the Limehouse Basin with Little Venice in north-west London. Along its route the canal bisects ZSL London Zoo, curves along the edge of Regent’s Park, passes through the busy shopping district of Camden, and then on to Islington and on to East London’s developing landscape, such as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. When it was built in the early 19th century, the canal’s primary function was for carrying goods; today it mainly provides a conduit for relaxation and leisure time.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

“I love getting on my bicycle and riding all the way through Hackney. It is an area changing very, very fast with all these bars being opened and new startup businesses. I then go through Victoria Park, right the way to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is connected up in the most extraordinary way. I recommend that for a day out and particularly when we reopen the whole park this year.”

Once London secured the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, work began on this piece of land in East London to turn what was previously wasteland into a hub for Londoners and visitors alike. The initial phase saw the creation of Europe’s largest shopping mall, Westfield Stratford City, next door, followed soon after by the Olympic Stadium and its sister sporting arenas. When the London 2012 Games finished, the park closed for refurbishment but the north section has since reopened for sporting events and festivals. Incremental new openings will occur throughout 2014 including parklands featuring new plant life, affordable homes, plus a variety of public-use sports and event venues.

Riverbus / Boat to Greenwich

“[My family and I] go to Greenwich and hang out there because it has such a beautiful park. You can have a wonderful afternoon having a picnic, feeding the ducks, hiring a boat – which you can also do at the Serpentine – and all that kind of stuff.”

London’s River Thames has a number of river bus services available. To get to Greenwich you can board one at Embankment, head east past the London Eye, Tower of London, Canary Wharf, and onto Greenwich where you disembark to enjoy The Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and Greenwich Park. As well as hosting the Prime Meridian Line, this 183 acre (74 hectare) Royal Park dates back to 1427 and offers a stunning vantage point from which you can look across London at landmarks such as The O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and The Gherkin. There is also an enclosure for wildlife including deer and foxes.

24 Hours in London: Food & World-Class Attractions  

“London has a superb range of places to eat and you are spoilt for choice for Michelin starred restaurants – not that I go to Michelin Star restaurants! I love this café called Frank’s in Southwark Street, where you can get one of the best fry-ups in the world or I can recommend a Turkish joint in Islington, called Pasha.
“It is very, very important to see the British Museum and the Tower of London. The Tower was built in Norman times and is the most interesting example of how London thrives on alien imports because every stone of that initial structure came from Caen in France.  Visitors should also go and see the crown jewels.
“There are so many unbelievable hidden jewels in London, like the Wallace Collection for instance.
“Then you’ve got the Tate Modern – which is not only the biggest but has the most number of visitors of any modern art museum in the world.”

Discover more stories and enter a competition to win a fantastic stay in London at www.visitlondon.com/story #TheLondonStory

What would you recommend to visitors to London?

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London Shops Loved By All The Family http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/london-shops-loved-by-all-the-family/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/09/london-shops-loved-by-all-the-family/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:00:41 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=35311 Museum of London shop Science Museum shop Sylvanian Families shop Sweets at Hope and Greenwood The LEGO shop at Westfield The Beatles Abbey Road cover recreated at M&Ms World

Taking the kids shopping can be a challenge but suggest these stores and they’ll be dragging you there!

London’s Top Museum Shops
London has plenty of fantastic museums and many also have an excellent gift shop. Whenever I need to buy a present we head to the Museum of London shop or the Science Museum shop, and we never leave empty-handed.

At the Museum of London shop there is a dedicated children’s section and my daughter usually loves to choose a new book and a pocket-money toy. It’s one of those places where you’ll go to buy a gift and always find something for you too. The Science Museum shop is huge and has plenty of pocket-money toys too but also fantastic science experiment kits and space-themed fun including the Astronaut Ice-Cream Sandwich I seem to buy every time we’re there.

London’s Best Toy Shops
A visit to Hamleys on Regent Street is always fun. There are seven floors of toys and lots of demonstrators. My daughter loves the nail art and colouring pens before dashing to the dolls section to make a wish-list of dolls for Christmas or her next birthday.

The Sylvanian Families shop in north London celebrated its 20th anniversary this year so there’s no sign of these little animal folk going out of fashion.

I’ll admit I was surprised when my seven year old told me she loved visiting Westfield Stratford City but her reasoning was because they have the LEGO shop and Disney Store! The LEGO store has a wall at the back where you can fill a cup with the individual pieces you really want for your next creation. I like to make the set of three LEGO mini figures which you put together yourself and only costs £3.50.

A recent addition to my daughter’s favourite shops is Lush as the bath bombs still amaze her. It’s all natural ingredients and it makes bath time fun, appealing to her love of science experiments and her wish to be all grown up too soon.

If your kids are older take them to Forbidden Planet and release your inner geek. We bought Doctor Who figures and want to go back for moustache cookie cutters or the Darth Vader cake tin.

London Sweet Shops
It’s not just kids who love sweets. Hope and Greenwood has traditional English sweets in jars behind the counter ready to be weighed out. Also in Covent Garden, Cybercandy stocks all the brightly-coloured imported treats expats and visitors might be craving.

M&M World in Leicester Square is four floors of noisy sugar rush. There are fun photo opportunities with the red bus on the ground floor and the recreated Beatles Abbey Road cover on the lower level.

And chocoholics need to go to Choccywoccydoodah for the kitsch madness. We went to the cafe with friends and it’s a chocolate heaven.

Laura Porter writes the About.com London Travel site and is also a VisitBritain Super Blogger. She’s @AboutLondon on twitter and fits in further freelance writing while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival the Queen’s.

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London Shopping News: Westfield Stratford City, Regent Street, Food and Flowers Festival, Kingly Court, Seven Dials http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-shopping-news-westfield-stratford-city-regent-street-food-and-flowers-festival-kingly-court-seven-dials/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/london-shopping-news-westfield-stratford-city-regent-street-food-and-flowers-festival-kingly-court-seven-dials/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:03:01 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=34387

July is a great time to shop in London as major shopping areas are abuzz with festivals, pop-up shops and entertainment.

Award and App for Westfield

Congratulations to Westfield Stratford City who scooped the Best Shopping Venue gong at the 2013 Group Travel Organiser Magazine Awards. Sited in East London next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Europe’s largest shopping centre covers a staggering 1.9 million square feet with more than 300 stores and 70 restaurants. The mall has just launched a free app for shoppers, My Westfield, which generates a customer profile based on the retailers and content they love. Download the app here.

Traffic-Free Sundays at Regent Street

West-End shopping hub Regent Street will turn traffic-free every Sunday throughout July, beginning this weekend. The street will be transformed with a fantastic array of entertainment, from circus acts to picnic benches to yoga classes. Find out more here.

Food and Flowers Festival

Feast on edible flowers and quaff floral-infused cocktails at the Food and Flowers Festival on 13 July at St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden. Diners can enjoy the floral treats alfresco in the courtyard’s restaurants. There will also be live music music and cookery demonstrations.

Pet Boutique Opens in Seven Dials

Pimp up your pooch at central London’s first-ever pet boutique which has opened in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Discerning dogs should swing by BOW WOW London, a canine emporium which features more than 200 handpicked products from around the world: think French perfume, Swarovski crystal collars and pink ponchos.

Pop-up Shops in Kingly Court

Follow in the star-studded footsteps of Lady Gaga by shopping for shoes at up-and-coming shoe designer Stephanie Hensley’s new Kingly Court pop-up shop. Open from 6-21 July, the shop will also stock clothes by Zoran Dobric. Stephanie and Zoran won the Shaftesbury Award for Emerging Designers. They are both MA graduates of the London College of Fashion.

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London Shopping News: Seven Dials Shopping Party, Soho Flea Market, Westfield Stratford City, Saturday Food Market http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-shopping-news-seven-dials-shopping-party-soho-flea-market-westfield-stratford-city-saturday-food-market/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/05/london-shopping-news-seven-dials-shopping-party-soho-flea-market-westfield-stratford-city-saturday-food-market/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 09:00:49 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33315 From fabulous flea markets to money-saving fashion events, here are London’s top shopping news stories:

Seven Dials shopping event

Great news fashion fans! Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden is hosting a traffic-free shopping evening on 30 May where 120 stores will be offering 20% off from 5-9pm. The gorgeous shopping hub heaves with hip shops including Cambridge Satchel Company, Diesel, Kiehl’s, Office, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Superga, Twenty8Twelve and Urban Outfitters. Shoppers can also expect cutting-edge entertainment on the night – think mixology classes and balancing act window shows.

New Food Market

New market alert! One New Change Saturday Food Market is launching on 1 June with an appearance from celebrity chef Gizzi Erskine, who will be giving talks at 11am and 2pm, as well as signing copies of her new cook book Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. After 1 June, the market will take place every Saturday from 10-4pm, serving

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Soho Flea Market

Roll up, roll up! Artisans, ceramicists, fashion and jewellery designers will be peddling their wares on Soho’s Dean Street on 2 June. The Soho Flea Market will also be playing host to a slew of emerging music and comedy acts who will be performing on an outdoor stage.

Westfield Luxury Coach Service

Fancy visiting Europe’s largest shopping mall? It’s now become easier to shop at Westfield Stratford City thanks to a luxury coach service which will pick you up from central London and drop you at the East London shopping mall for five hours – just enough time to attempt to cram in the mall’s 220 shops and 70 eateries. Guests from outside the UK will be given a VIP pass, which guarantees discounts of up to 20% in a wide range of shops and restaurants. Happy shopping!

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Five Places to See Santa in London This Christmas http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/five-places-to-see-santa-in-london-this-christmas/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/12/five-places-to-see-santa-in-london-this-christmas/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:30:12 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30410

Using a bit of his Christmas magic, Santa is appearing at spots all over the capital this month, sometimes even at the same time!

Santa’s Grotto in Duke of York Square
Kids can have their photo taken with Santa and receive a gift at Duke of York Square’s free grotto, where there’s also a special post box to send your Christmas lists to Lapland. On some dates in December, Liz Earle will provide complimentary hand and arm massages in the back of the grotto, so parents can get pampered while the kids chat to Santa. Advanced booking recommended. 
Until 23 Dec

Santa’s Grotto at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City
Seeing Santa in the flesh is exciting enough, but at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City he’ll be appearing in 5D. Every child will see their name and picture appear in a personalised film, which sees Elbow the Elf save Santa’s presents. Visiting also lets you download the “Elbow Saves Christmas” mobile phone game, so you can take him away in your pocket. Tickets are £3 per person or £10 for a family.
Until 24 Dec

Santa Baby
Santa will be popping into this pop-up Christmas cocktail bar, tucked away in the arches under the railway lines at 347 Old Street in Shoreditch. Indie Christmas tunes provide the soundtrack and top mixologists have designed treats like mulled champagne and molecular Santa Baby Eggnog, using techniques like high-pressure distillation. Santa Baby has a vintage feel – the venue is modelled on a 1950s American suburban living room. 
Until 23 Dec

Santa and His Reindeer at London Zoo
Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Blitzen and of course Rudolph are all at London Zoo this Christmas. You can visit them in their paddock, as well as meeting Santa and telling him your present list (as long as you’ve been good). Cheeky elf photographers will be on hand to take a picture and each child will receive a gift to take home. Tickets are £7.
Until 24 Dec

Winter Wonderland
Every Winter, Hyde Park becomes more festive than a penguin in a Christmas jumper. Winter Wonderland is back in the park with a Christmas market, ice skating, observation wheel and a kingdom of ice and snow sculptures. Santa Land includes a free visit to Saint Nick, as well as the new “Santa’s Factory” where the elves are making gifts ready for the big day.
Until 6 Jan

Find Christmas grottos all over London with our Christmas grottos guide

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London Shopping News: Christmas Lights, Superga, Lucy in Disguise and Carl Warner at Westfield http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/11/london-shopping-news-christmas-lights-superga-lucy-in-disguise-and-carl-warner-at-westfield/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/11/london-shopping-news-christmas-lights-superga-lucy-in-disguise-and-carl-warner-at-westfield/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:18:15 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30038 Christmas comes to town this week; plus there’s a new shoe shop in Carnaby, a pop-up in Seven Dials, and a free exhibition of food art at Westfield Stratford City.

London Turns On Its Christmas Lights
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Central London! This is the big week for London’s Christmas lights. Following Harrods’ Christmas Parade last week, look out for festive twinkles coming to Oxford Street, Regent Street, Carnaby, Covent Garden, Westfield, and Greenwich Market to name but a few. From now until Christmas, shopping in London after dark will be a real treat as all the main shopping areas show off their finest festive trimmings. Enjoy!

Superga Opens in Carnaby
Italian shoe brand Superga has opened its second London store. Superga’s trademark vulcanized rubber soles can now be browsed and bought at 13 Newburgh Street in Carnaby. The brand was born back in 1911 Turin under the stewardship of Walter Martiny. After the war Superga reopened with a new mission to bring high-quality footwear to the people of Italy. Look out for the 2750, the so-called “People’s Shoe of Italy”. British Superstar Rita Ora is the face of their Spring/Summer 2013 campaign; if you can’t wait til then, pop into the new Carnaby store for fantastic shoes galore.

Lucy in Disguise Launches The Drama Parlour
On Thursday there’s a new hair studio opening inside Lucy in Disguise in Lexington Street. Billed as a one-stop shop and salon, tucked away in the eclectic comfort of the vintage boutique, you can have your hair tamed, teased and whipped into shape by Victoria Saunders, with her individual, one-to-one service. Working alongside her will be Sarah Hill, a fantastic hairdresser, if you are bored with your barnet or frustrated with your fringe, the Hair Mistress and team are here to revamp and revitalize your look! There will also be a “Menu of Make-up looks” inspired by styles from the 1920s to the 1960s for you to choose from, created by make-up artist Holy Silius. Click here to find out more.

Keith Brymer Jones in Seven Dials
Another week; another fab Seven Dials pop-up shop. This time, British ceramicist Keith Brymer Jones is showcasing his full collection of beautiful, useable and practical objects at 15 Shorts Gardens. I really like his Word Collection: classic typewriter font stamped objects, with honest descriptors like “coffee” or “bowl”, and more quirky statements like “don’t panic” and “overworked and underpaid”. Look out, too, for the Punk range, where famous rock quotes are cleverly re-worded (“Sex, Mugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll”), and printed on safety-pin pierced mugs. As well as plates and mugs, the pop-up stocks baby gifts, pet bowls, kitchen items like aprons and jugs. There’s also the first home fragrance collection from the brand including soaps, scent diffusers and candles. Keith Brymer Jones is in Seven Dials until 27 November.

Carl Warner at Westfield Stratford City
If you’re shopping at Westfield Stratford this weekend, don’t miss your chance to check out some free food art while you’re there. Food artist and photographer Carl Warner will be at Westfield Stratford City from today until Sunday 11 November. Carl will also be making an appearance, showing how he puts his work together in a series of demonstrations from Friday to Sunday, between 1pm-5pm each day in the Great Eastern Market on the Lower Ground Floor.

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London Shopping News: New Stores for Muji and Michael Kors, Storytelling at Selfridges, and Foodie Fun for Kids at Westfield Stratford http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/10/london-shopping-news-new-stores-for-muji-and-michael-kors-storytelling-at-selfridges-and-foodie-fun-for-kids-at-westfield-stratford/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/10/london-shopping-news-new-stores-for-muji-and-michael-kors-storytelling-at-selfridges-and-foodie-fun-for-kids-at-westfield-stratford/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:39:23 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=29795 This week’s top shopping news stories:

Michael Kors Opens in Covent Garden, 25 Oct
Award-winning American designer Michael Kors is opening a shop on James Street in Covent Garden on Thursday this week. The store will stock a mix of accessories, jewellery, eyewear, watches, and fragrances from the MICHAEL Michael Kors brand, as well as some of his ready-to-wear collection. This is the sixth Michael Kors shop in the UK, including one on Regent Street and one in Westfield London.

Muji Reopens in Carnaby Street, 25 Oct
Everyone’s favourite Japanese lifestyle store, Muji is reopening on Carnaby Street on Thursday. The new shop offers a range of furniture, fashion, stationery and homewares and accessories with emphasis on simple, functional design. If you’re into minimalism, you’ll love this place. Thursday also sees the launch of their Christmas gift range. Show up on Thursday between 6 and 9pm to help them celebrate the opening and you can enjoy a free Kirin Ichiban beer and 20% discount on all items. Just email events@muji.co.uk for your free ticket.

Story-telling with UGG Australia at Selfridges, 27 Oct-17 Nov
To celebrate the launch of UGG Australia’s new children’s storybooks, the brand is hosting Story Time sessions with a costumed storyteller in Selfridges this Saturday. Look out for the enchanting story-telling sessions in the new footwear area on the fourth floor. UGG Australia are running the free story-telling afternoons between 2 and 4pm on 27 October and 3, 10, and 17 November.

Foodie Fun for Kids at Westfield Stratford City, 27 Oct-4 Nov
This half-term, kids can indulge in some spooky foody fun at Westfield Stratford City. From Saturday 27 October until Sunday 4 November, between 11am and 4pm (Mon-Sat) and 12 til 5pm, kids can make a range of scary snacks including coffin cookies, creepy cupcakes and Frankenstein potato heads. Taking part is free, but you need to join the Westfield Kids Club to participate. Simply join at the Concierge desk on the first floor, near John Lewis. Kids even get a free goodie bag when they join.

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