Saturday 31 October 2020

Greenwich Market -Discover new gift ideas every day in the Market


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Christmas gift ideas! Our independent shops and creative makers offer unique gift ideas. Visit the market and see for yourself!
Kate Jaconello loves to take photos of Greenwich and its wildlife. This image recently featured on line in BBC's 'England's Big Picture'. Visit Kate’s stall this weekend and view her collection.
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Unique gift ideas are in every corner of the Market.  Visit Love the Art Shed Mudlark stall to see wall mounted Angel wings bottle openers. At Albert & Edward take a look at Binoculightsan illumination featuring a pair of Vintage Binoculars.
iida Jewellery showcases gorgeous earrings, handmade from real petals. R&R Chown Jewellery handcraft very cool rings and bangles.
 There is something for everyone!
Monoch has cute muslins for babies and Little Loomers' has a rag doll Badger. Organise yourself with Unicrafts London handmade storage cases, and for a cosy home enjoy Pergola London's Winter Spice soy candle.
Visit Lush Designs on College Approach for lovely homeware gift ideas like this money jar. And stop by Country Creations in Greenwich Market for more homeware and kitchenware, like this fabulous stag cushion.
Even more tasty street food will be served by Greenwich Market food stalls Visit the Cutty Sark Gardens from this Saturday 31st October and every weekend until 20th December. Delicious hot food from a variety of cuisines - Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese and Polish. Just a stones throw away from the Market, 115m metres to be precise!
Please note, Christmas Lights are going to be installed on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th November, so even though the shops inside and the market will be open, unfortunately, there will be no market.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! - 🍷Wine Not?


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Ripley's Believe It or Not! Wine Poll

Wine Not? We’re Curious!

Believe It or Not!, twelve bottles of Boudreaux are currently aging aboard the International Space Station. Would you sip on this far-out wine? What about a blend fermented with a relic from the Ripley’s collection, or any bottle with a strange story to tell? Well, we’re considering a branded wine for our fans and are looking for your feedback!


Would you buy Ripley’s Believe It or Not! wine?

30% off a pair of tickets to Forbidden Forest Cinema


Embrace the spooky season with a freaky film for less

What do you get?

  • A pair of tickets to the film of your choice at Forbidden Forest Cinema 
  • Choose from The Shining, Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters and more 
  • Pay less than £15 per ticket 

Time Out says:

Everything about Halloween is great. The costumes, the sweets, the films, the pumpkins and the parties, we love it all. Sadly a big All Hallows’ Eve bash is off the cards this year, but going to see a frightening film is still very much an option. And where better to do it than a place called Forbidden Forest? Especially when you’ll get 30 percent of a pair of tickets to any of the films below. Beware, this spooky cinema will vanish on November 8, so don’t delay. 

What are the films? 


November 1 at 8.30pm 

The Blair Witch Project

November 2 at 8.30pm


November 3 at 8.30pm

The Shining

November 4 at 8.30pm


November 5 at 8.30pm


November 6 at 8.30pm

Cabin in the Woods

November 7 at 5pm 


November 7 at 8.30pm


November 8 at 5pm


November 8 at 8.30pm

Please note: doors open one hour before the film start time. 

Friday 30 October 2020

Royal Mail announces festive pop-up shop at Selfridges London


Carrier service Royal Mail has announced an in-store Christmas partnership with department store group Selfridges.

From 12 November, a ‘Royal Mail at Selfridges’ pop-up shop inside the retailer’s London store will provide consumers with an on-the-spot postal service for the festive gifts they purchase on site.

Shoppers will be able to buy goods, have them professionally wrapped, and then send them on their way, while the interactive space will also offer families an in-store ‘Santa Mail’ service allowing kids to send off their gift requests and tap into some of the magic associated with Christmas.

Nick Landon, chief commercial officer at Royal Mail, said the partnership “marks the perfect pairing of two iconic British brands”.

“Christmas is a special time and this year in particular, we want to help make it as special as possible,” he added.

“Our postmen and postwomen will be delivering even more of the nation’s most treasured gifts this festive season, so we want to make the whole experience as magical as we can.”

An exclusive product range has been created for the partnership, which includes branded mugs, festive baubles and other seasonal items. The range will be available to buy in the London, Manchester and Birmingham Selfridges stores, and on the retailer’s website.

Selfridges London said it will also announce further festive brand partnerships with Teapigs, Tiffany & Co. and Biscuiteers in due course.

Meave Wall, stores directors at Selfridges, commented: “More than ever, we value the decision customers are making to shop with us and, in return, we’ve done our best to bring to them a unique product offer and an array of services to make their time with us pleasurable, easy and efficient at this hectic time of year. “

The Royal Mail-Selfridges tie-up will officially run until early January 2021.

Choose Love partners Carnaby Street for Christmas light installation and pop-up

 Choose Love: lightboxes will be filled with positive messages

Choose Love: lightboxes will be filled with positive messages

Refugee charity Choose Love has teamed up with Carnaby Street for its 2020 Christmas installation, for which a series of lightboxes displaying positive words will be placed along the length of the street.

The display, which will be illuminated with pink neon lights, is due to be erected on 2 November. 

Sister London is working alongside real estate investment trust Shaftesbury and James Glancy Design on the Christmas lights. 

Choose Love will also open its annual pop-up shop to raise funds over the festive period at 24 Carnaby Street on 17 November.

The aim is to raise money for refugees by allowing visitors to purchase a range of products to be donated to those in need. New items this year include a Covid-19 response pack and care for unaccompanied children.

Npb88 is working with Choose Love to deliver the pop-up. 

Thursday 29 October 2020

Which Santa's Grottos Are Going Ahead For Christmas 2020?

 Laura Reynolds

Santa's Grotto at ZSL London Zoo last year.

Due to international travel restrictions and the cancellation of several festive events, Santa is making fewer London appearances in 2020 than usual. Nevertheless, there are few places where you can have an audience with the man in red. Bear in mind that booking is required and that due to social distancing rules and other government guidelines, experiences may differ from previous years — check with individual venues for full details.

Santa's Grotto Workshop at Hamleys, Regent Street

Santa's Grotto Workshop at Hamleys in 2018.

Where better to meet Father Christmas and tell him your Christmas wishes than world-famous toy shop Hamleys? Step into the Hamleys North Pole where kids can take part in seasonal activities including storytime, meet Santa and his elves, and take home a gift bag. Each session is 15 minutes long and is limited to one family bubble per session this year.

Santa's Grotto Workshop at Hamleys, 21 November-24 December 2020. £45 for a bubble of three people, additional guests £15 each.

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo

A previous Santa's Grotto at ZSL London Zoo

Santa makes an appearance at ZSL London Zoo as part of The Magic of Christmas. Unfortunately, tickets to meet him are sold out (check here for returns), but there are plenty of other festive activities going on around the zoo. Help Santa and his elves do some research on what the animals would like for Christmas, by following a family-friendly trail around the zoo (look out for his reindeer on the way). New for 2020 is the Sensory Sweet Shop, which features clouds of candy floss, a marshmallow meadow and a forest of candy canes.

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo, 5-24 December 2020.

Father Christmas at Fulham Palace

Meet Father Christmas at Fulham Palace.

Fulham Palace always pulls out all the stops for Christmas, and that involves a one-weekend-only appearance from Father Christmas. He takes over the Georgian dining room, which is festively decorated for the occasion, and welcomes young visitors and their families. While you're waiting for your audience with the man himself, take part in themed craft activities.

Fulham Palace's Christmas Fair Weekend takes place at the same time, with stalls to browse, food, drink, carols in the courtyard and other festive activities.

Father Christmas at Fulham Palace, 5 December and 6 December 2020.

The Christmas Grotto at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea

Visit The Christmas Grotto

He's famous for wearing red, but maybe blue is Santa's real colour? He's taking up residence in Chelsea FC's stadium for a Christmas grotto experience. Children can take part in festive fun and games in their own private igloo, before visiting Father Christmas in his North Pole chalet for storytime and chance to chat to him one-on-one.

The Christmas Grotto, Stamford Bridge. 28 November-23 December 2020. £180 for up to six people.

Greenwich Market Grotto

A socially distanced festive market and Santa's grotto takes place at Greenwich Market, in aid of Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Kids can meet Santa and his elves (from a distance) and leave with a gift.

If you can't make it to Greenwich, Santa's going high-tech and offering virtual meetings with children — they also require advance booking, with funds raised going to the hospice.

Greenwich Market Grotto, 3-24 December 2020. Book here.

Last Updated 28 October 2020

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