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The Best of London this Winter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Best of London this Winter

Get into the festive spirit with our top picks for making the most of London this winter.

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK

Natural History Museum, Until 20 Jan 19

Skate in the magical atmosphere of the Natural History Museum’s open-air ice rink.

Nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington museum, the spectacular rink is surrounded by thousands of fairy lights and features a glittering 30ft (9m) Christmas tree.

Visit the museum’s alpine-style Café Bar, run by Benugo, for winter warmers, and watch the skaters glide on the ice from the cafe’s balcony. The cafe is also playing host to a series of intimate and free acoustic performances from some of the UK's best-emerging talent.

www.nhm.ac.uk

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CHRISTMAS AT KEW

Kew Gardens, 22nd Nov 18 - 5th Jan 2019

Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland with Christmas at Kew at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

The popular after-dark Christmas event returns with a new mile-long trail through the famous botanic gardens, lit up with more than one million lights. Get together with family and friends and follow the illuminated path around the gardens. The adventure begins with a scenic trail illuminated by hundreds of glowing globes winding through the trees, and an enormous shimmering Sledge Tree made of more than 360 wooden Santa’s sledges.

www.kew.org

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GIR LION LODGE EXPERIENCE

ZSL London Zoo, Until 31 Dec 23

Spend the night within roaring distance of the majestic Asiatic lions as part of ZSL London Zoo’s Gir Lion Lodge experience.

Stay in one of nine colourful cabins nestled in the heart of the Land of the Lions exhibit. Decorated with a hand-painted mural, each lodge has been named after an animal from the Gir Forest, home to the only wild population of Asiatic lions. Lodges come equipped with cosy beds and an en-suite bathroom.

As part of the Gir Lion Lodge experience, guests are provided with an evening meal and breakfast. Hosts guide guests around the zoo on exclusive morning and evening tours, sharing their insider tips on spotting species.

www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/gir-lion-lodge

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HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London,17th Nov 18 - 27 Jan 19

Winter has arrived at Hogwarts. Glittering Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a replica festive feast including flaming Christmas puddings is laid out on the long tables; while for the first time this year, the top section of the hall is transformed for the Yule Ball with snow, icicles and an orchestra of magical instruments.

Around the rest of the studio, special-effect fires roar in the fireplaces, the Gryffindor common room is filled with Christmas treats and the detailed Hogwarts castle model is covered in a special blanket of snow.

www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

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LONDON CLASSIC CAR SHOW

ExCeL London, 14th - 17th Feb

Examine some of the best classic cars that have ever been created, see racing greats and meet car manufacturers at this celebration of motoring.

Relive the golden years of car motoring with The London Classic Car Show 2019 at ExCeL London.

See and hear your favourite cars in action at The Grand Avenue, a spectacular roadway running through the centre of the venue. Discover the world’s best classic car manufacturers, clubs, collectors and dealers, browse their stands for car products and memorabilia; and find displays of the most prestigious vintage cars.

www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk

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SCOTT BRADLEE'S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX

Roundhouse, 26th Feb

Ever wondered what popular modern music would sound like with a total vintage makeover?

This is where pianist Scott Bradlee comes in, whose rotating collective of musicians and singers rework songs made famous by the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and The White Stripes in a jazz, swing and ragtime fashion.

www.roundhouse.org.uk

BLOC Hotels London Gatwick

They say it's better to travel than to arrive. We think both are important. With BLOC you won't have far to travel at all. We're waiting to welcome you just steps from Gatwick South Terminal Departures. Any closer and we'd be on the runway!

Our 245 room hotel offers 'Sleep Haven Zones', family rooms, a business floor and Presidential Suite. Park at the terminal through one of our exclusive deals; check your bags with your airline and take your overnight bag to the room; send an email with free WiFi; relax on your sumptuous king-sized bed, watching one of our HD LED TVs; freshen up in a monsoon-drench shower wet room and seamlessly check out to arrive at your gate in a great mood to enjoy your holiday or business trip. So much more for less.

BLOC Hotel London Gatwick

BLOC Magazine

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Welcome to the online home of BLOC, the glossy new lifestyle magazine for smart travellers.

"In this issue we have curated an eclectic mix of content - from The beautiful British Virgin Islands to the Street Art of Birmingham and quite a lot in-between.

There are some very exciting events happening in the capital and second-city and we've collated some of our favourites.

You will also find details of BLOC's new VIP Guest List - sign up to receive free room upgrades (where available), free Premium Security passes, free coffee and be the first to hear about our blockbuster VIP competitions and offers.

Once again we hope that this magazine provides you with some insight and entertainment on your journey.

We hope you enjoy it and look forward to welcoming you to a BLOC experience again very soon."

You can view all of the articles on this site or view an online version of the magazine click here.

We’ll also be adding to and updating this site with more cool stuff that we find on our travels. Jump on board!

Your journey begins here.