There’s no place we’d rather be this Autumn, and we’ve got 6 great reasons why!
THE SLIDE AT ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Whizz down the UK’s tallest public artwork with a 40-second ride on the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world. Twist and turn your way down the sculpture at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour as you glimpse London’s skyscape passing by through sections of light.
Anish Kapoor, creator of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, has worked in collaboration with artist Carsten Höller to create the 76m high and 178m long tunnel slide that intertwines with his Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sculpture. The slide is made up of 12 twists and turns, including a tight corkscrew named the bettfeder, and ends in a thrilling 50m straight run to the ground.
TOTALLY THAMES FESTIVAL
1st – 30st Sept
See London’s river Thames brought to life in a month-long season of events along the river’s 42-mile stretch during the Totally Thames 2017 festival. This year’s 150 events fall under three main themes: the river Thames’ rich history, the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music, and the issue of plastic pollution in rivers and oceans.
Walk along the Thames to see large-scale art installations, exhibitions and live performances. Enjoy a concert below river-level or join an archaeological tour of the river’s surroundings. See boats of all sizes cruise down the river, or get on the water yourself with watersports and boat parties.
Leadenhall Market, 5th Sept – 1st Oct
Bullsh!tium Londinium is a unique, free, interactive comedy experience commissioned by The City of London Corporation. It offers factually inaccurate walking tours of London packed with genuine untruths; after all, London is one of the most incredible cities in the world, why should its tours be credible?
Established in 2013, Bullsh!t London was three times voted one of Time Out London’s top 101 things to do in London. *Please note there may not be much actual learning.
ZIP WORLD LONDON
Archbishop’s Park, Until 1st Oct
Take a ride on one of the world’s fastest urban zip wires with Zip World London at Archbishop’s Park. Feel the wind in your hair while spotting some of London’s top attractions, including The Shard, Big Ben and the Coca-Cola London Eye, during an adventure in the skies of the capital.
Adrenaline seekers must climb to heights of 35m (115ft) above South London, before making an exhilarating 225m descent. The zip line experience takes you to speeds of up to 50mph, and promises to give riders the ultimate thrill.
LONDON RESTAURANT FESTIVAL
Various Locations, 1st – 31st Oct
Sink your teeth into exclusive menus, foodie activities and special restaurant events as this delectable festival returns to the capital.
Celebrate London’s eclectic food scene with the London Restaurant Festival.
This month-long festival is a city-wide homage to great food in London, and the perfect excuse to try out some of the capital’s world-class restaurants. Enjoy great-value special menus, amazing one-off chef-led events and a special series of gastronomic activities, including restaurant tours and wine tasting.
Hyde Park, 17th Nov – 1st Jan
Get together with family and friends for a festive adventure in Hyde Park, with ice skating, fairground rides, big top shows, Christmas markets and seasonal food under sparkling Christmas lights. Get into the Christmas spirit as Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park for the 11th year.
This free-to-enter family event includes a host of festive fun and activities, including Winter Wonderland ice skating, big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.
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 brand new 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.