Visit London Blog » westfield stratford http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:06:25 +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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A Guide to Baby-Friendly London http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/a-guide-to-baby-friendly-london/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2013/07/a-guide-to-baby-friendly-london/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:00:42 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=33802  

Exploring any big city with a baby in tow can be a challenge. Fortunately, London has bags of baby-friendly attractions, restaurants and shops to enable you to make the most of your trip.

If you’re itching to go shopping, fun for all the family can be found at the resolutely baby-friendly Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City. With plenty of lifts and baby changing facilities, the behemoth shopping malls welcome small children with open arms. If your child is over 12 months old, you can swap their buggy for a Kiddy Car, which can be hired from the concierge desk for £5. All shops are spacious so you’ll have plenty of room to push the Kiddy Car around while you browse the shopping rails. Both shopping centres have parent rooms where you’ll find baby-changing facilities, child-sized toilets and sinks, private areas for feeding and microwaves for heating up milk. There are also play areas for under 5s.

Spend a day strolling along the step-free paths of the South Bank of the River Thames from Westminster to Tower Bridge. Dotted with green spaces and pretty fountains, the riverside walkway is home to many of London’s finest cultural attractions, from the SEA LIFE London Aquarium to the Tate Modern, both of which are buggy-friendly and have baby-change facilities. The area is also full of restaurants that welcome small people and can provide high chairs, such as Wagamama, Giraffe and Ping Pong.

If your little ones are big enough to appreciate animals, visit one of London’s zoos. Buggy-friendly Battersea Park Children’s Zoo has baby changing facilities, and a heated mother and baby feeding room. London Zoo has baby-change facilities and most animal exhibits are accessible for bubattersea park zooggies.

Before visiting London with a baby, arm yourself with the following:

  • London Underground has 66 stations which are step-free from street to platform. Download accessible tube maps here 
  • Find your nearest baby-changing room by downloading NCT’s award-winning Babychange App
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What’s On At The Weekend In London. 23-25 November 2012 http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/11/whats-on-at-the-weekend-in-london-23-25-november-2012/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2012/11/whats-on-at-the-weekend-in-london-23-25-november-2012/#comments Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:20:39 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=30166 This weekend presents fantastic opportunities for getting your Christmas shopping out of the way: check out the great stalls at Winter Wonderland and the Scandinavian Christmas Market, or enjoy a traffic free day in the West End. Families will also love the Mickey and Oswald exhibition at Westfield Stratford, as well as the fascinating astrology festival at UCL.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

One of London’s most popular festive attractions returns, with even more rides, stalls and entertainment. Take a spin on the giant observation wheel, buy a tasty snack from the Bavarian Village or show off your moves on the UK’s largest ice rink. A new feature for this year’s Winter Wonderland is the Magical Ice Kingdom, a captivating maze of ice sculptures that will spark your imagination. Entry is free, although some attractions require pre-booking. 23 Nov – 6 Jan

Mickey & Oswald’s Epic Tales, Westfield Stratford

The Getty Images Gallery at Westfield Stratford hosts this fun temporary exhibition, which celebrates the launch of the video game Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Featuring important artefacts and cartoons, it charts the history of early Disney character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his more famous successor Mickey Mouse, both of whom feature in the game. After enjoying the exhibits, some of which date back to the 1920s, visitors can try Disney Epic Mickey 2 for themselves. Entry is free. 23-25 Nov

West End VIP Day, Oxford Street and Regent Street

Regent Street and Oxford Street are pedestrianised for the day, allowing visitors to roam freely around this excellent shopping destination. Not only will you be able to stroll beneath the Christmas lights between Selfridges and Hamleys without seeing a single car, but there will be lots of special promotions, festive performances and surprises. 24 Nov

The Scandinavian Christmas Market, Rotherhithe

Find unique Christmas gifts at this festive market, which contains a range of great Scandinavian products. Better still, after you’ve shopped for everything from jewellery to furniture you can unwind with traditional food and a glass of mulled wine. See the website for opening times. 23-25 Nov

London: Your Universe, at University College London

Now in its seventh year, UCL’s popular astronomy festival is a great way for families to explore the wonders of the universe. All of its fascinating events, exhibitions and activities are free: highlights include special telescopes that let you peer at the stars, a lecture on the Large Hadron Collider and the amazing Magic Planet projection. See the website for full programme details. 23-24 Nov

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