Best Of Londonist: 16-22 October 2023

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Best Of Londonist: 16-22 October 2023

Your weekly Londonist roundup, featuring Londony news and features.

When Are London's Christmas Lights Switched On For 2023?

Not long to wait now...

Angel Christmas lights over Regent Street
Image: Shutterstock

It's Official - London Has Two Of The World's 10 Best Bars

But Barcelona's still the best place to booze.

Three Bar staff at a posh bar pouring martinis

Even More Of London's Crappiest Benches

When London's seats fail to bring their A game.

A person consumed by a bush, sitting on a bench

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2023: A Guide To Visiting London's Huge Christmas Festival

When to go, what to see and how to save money.

A bridge of fairy lights across a path, with wooden market huts on either side, a giant Christmas tree in the foreground and the big observation wheel in the background, all lit up at night
Photo: Winter Wonderland

Things To Eat And Drink In London This Halloween

From pumpkin-spiced crumble to a sinful supper club.

Image: @just_another_londoner_ / Humble Crumble

Warm Your Cockles At London's Best Winter Drinks Pop-Ups And Cosy Bars

Igloos, rooftops, ski lodges and trains.

Take A Peek Inside The Royal Albert Hall's New Archive Collection

From Queen Victoria to Beyonce, this place has seen them all.

Native American costumes in the RAH's curved corridors

Crown And Coronation: Regal Light Show To Be Projected Onto Tower Of London

This one will be popular - and tickets are selling fast!

A woman takes a photo of a crown projection on the side of the White Tower
© His Majesty King Charles III 2023 -Royal Collection Trust - Historic Royal Palaces

Where To Eat And Drink In Croydon

Chew your way through CR0.

Boxpark with long tables and England flags hanging from the ceiling

Ticket Alert: The Devil Wears Prada Musical On Sale From Today

Tickets? For the West End? Groundbreaking.

A poster for the musical with the red shoe

Dazzling Light Festivals To See In London: Winter 2023

Light tunnels, fire gardens and lasers.

Christmas light festivals London: blue lasers over the conservatory and lake at Christmas at Kew.
Image: Kew

From Our Newsletter: Pablo Fanque, the Greatest Victorian Showman

Britain's first Black circus proprietor wowed London crowds, and inspired The Beatles.

Just How Bad Is The Air Quality On The Tube?

A look at particle levels on tube platforms.

A lady in a facemask on a London tube platform
Image Johnny Greig/iStock

Trivia About Other Places Called London Around The World

Including one which is FREAKISHLY similar to our own London.

An overhead road sign pointing towards WEST London in Ontario, Canada
Photo: iStock/Darwin Brandis

Panto In London - Where To Watch The Best Pantomimes This Festive Season

Panto is back for 2023 - oh yes it is!

Panto in London: Cinderella wearing a tiara and headphones

Battersea Power Station And Nine Elms Tube Stations Just Got Mark Wallinger Labyrinths

Great news for Labyrinth hunters!

A man unveils a labyrinth artwork

TfL Moves To A Bigger Lost Property Office

The network's only getting bigger, after all.

A wall of lost umbrellas
© TfL from London Transport Museum's collection

Last Updated 20 October 2023