Best Of Londonist: 10 October 2021

Best Of Londonist: 10 October 2021

Your weekly Londonist round-up.

Where To Watch Fireworks On Bonfire Night 2021 In London

The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is back. Photo: Lloyd Winters

Mark Guy Fawkes Night with a bang.

This Botanical Map Of Brixton Spills Unsavoury Truths About Slavery

A woman reads the Brixton Botanical Map
The Brixton Botanical Map makes for an enlightening read

Botany and the British Empire inextricably linked.

Looking For A New Home? Consider Shared Ownership In Southall

Evolution, Southall offers luxurious dining and kitchen areas, spacious bedrooms, and ample outdoor space. All very fancy — and also possible for first time buyers.

Consider a move to Southall. (sponsor)

A Map Of London's Urban Oddities

A map showing many points of interest across central London. Background is orange.

Is there a peculiar bollard, bench or phone box near you?

Ride A Steam Train Covered In Fairy Lights This Christmas

Photo: Epping Ongar Railway

Most festive train EVER.

Hammersmith Blue Plaque Remembers Couple Who Made A Perilous Escape From Enslavement

26 Cambridge Grove was the home of Ellen and William Craft, who, among other things, helped organise the Ladies' London Emancipation Society

An unassuming mid-Victorian house now bears a blue plaque commemorating two of its remarkable former residents.

Where To Go Ice Skating In London For Christmas 2021

People skating on an ice rink in the dark, with skyscrapers in the background, illuminated by lights in the windows
Skate in the shadow of skyscrapers at Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Get your skates on.

Quiz Time! How Can You Help Look After Your Mental Health?

Take this simple quiz for personalised tips. (sponsor)

A Razzle Dazzle Makeover For Temple Station's Roof Garden

Amazing what a lick of paint will do

Beats the previous benches and bins.

Huge Harry Potter Wands Will Light Up Leicester Square This Month

Harry Potter wands arrive in Leicester Square on Wednesday

Celebrating 20 years (!) since the film release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The Strange Things You Can Find On London's Roundabouts

A roundabout with medium-sized trees, only one of the trees is actually a dystopian sculpture of branching traffic lights. Argghhh. Run!
That grey car's been stuck on this junction since March.

A roundup of roundabouts, each with a nugget of charm (to be admired on foot... not while driving past).

Take A First Look At This Range Of Fantastic Riverside Rental Properties

Discover the best in riverside renting at this launch event. (sponsor)

Where Can I Find A Playground In Central London? Try This Map

Next half term just got a little easier.

"A Man Was Travelling Down The Stairs Completely Upside-Down" - Strange Stories From The Scala Cinema

the scala cinema frontage
The Scala Cinema is the subject of a new documentary, currently crowdfunding.

Tales from the legendary (and legendarily notorious) Scala Cinema.

Things To Do In London In Half Term: October 2021

A day of kids' activities at Southbank Centre

Family-friendly events during half term week.

Last Updated 08 October 2021