If you have just realised Christmas is around the corner you might be wondering when you are going to get all the shopping done. Thankfully, many shops, department stores and shopping centres across London keep their doors open for longer in December so we can get everything done after work. Some are open past the typical 5.30pm anyway. True, we can probably get lots of it done online in the warmth of our own homes. But you can't beat the festive atmosphere of shopping in the late afternoon and evenings beneath twinkling lights to really get you in the Christmas spirit. Perhaps you might enjoy a hot chocolate while you're out, or a spot of dinner. In no particular order of preference, we list the late night Christmas opening hours for 11 shops, departments stores, high streets and shopping areas across London. 1. Westfield London, Shepherd's Bush There's loads going on at Westfield in Shepherd's Bush this Christmas. You might take the children to Santa's Snowflake Grotto, make a door … [Read more...] about Where to go late night shopping in London this Christmas
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Video PUBLISHED: 19:00 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:00 12 October 2018 Sophie Barnett The House in Town Harry Potter shop Picture: NEIL PERRY Archant Take a look inside Ipswich’s magical pop up Harry Potter shop and discover all the Hogwarts gear you could ever dream of. Take a look inside Ipswich’s magical pop up Harry Potter shop and discover all the Hogwarts gear you could ever dream of.Tucked away on Saint Peter’s Street in Ipswich, the shop has been transformed into a spell-binding experience for the whole family to enjoy.The shop has recieved rave reviews says Robert Manning Picture: NEIL PERRYThe pop-up Potter paradise is one of four shops owned by the Manning family on the street - the family has owned The House in Town and Mauds Attic for 22 years and recently opened Culinary Concepts plus the pop-up Harry Potter store selling Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor memorabilia.Since it opened on October 1, it … [Read more...] about Sneak peek inside secret new Harry Potter shop
PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 October 2018 Judy Rimmer Smyths' top Christmas toys. Picture: SMYTHS TOY SUPERSTORES Smyths Toy Superstores Which toys will be in the greatest demand this Christmas? Smyths Toy Superstores have announced their top 15 for the 2018 festive season. The toyshop chain, which has stores in Ipswich and Colchester, is preparing for its annual rush as parents and grandparents try to snap up this year’s must-have toys in good time for the big day.This year’s list includes some classics that children are familiar with, including Barbie and Paw Patrol, as well as brand-new toys from some of the biggest brands.Sinead Byrne, joint head of marketing at Smyths, said: “We are very excited about our unique selection of this year’s hottest toys for the Christmas period. In addition to some familiar items including NERF, Our Generation and Fisher Price, it is great to see some new toys feature in this year’s list.”Over … [Read more...] about From unicorns to robots, which toys will be top of the Christmas charts?
Dare we say it but it’s now probably time to start giving some thought to Christmas . Particularly if you are hoping to visit some of the fantastic Christmas events which take place not far from west London. There is festive family fun at Legoland and Chessington, a top London panto, ice rinks, a winter wonderland, steam train journeys and even Lapland in the UK and a Christmas treat for Harry Potter fans. Many we have listed are on sale now so you will want to get booking quick. In no particular order of preference, we list Christmas events not far from Uxbridge , Ealing and Harrow you should book now or soon. 1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Kensington The Christmas festival returns with more than 100 rides and attractions including ice skating, shows, circus, roller coaster rides, street food stalls, festive bars and live music. You can also skate on the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, take a journey into The Enchanted Forest at The Magical Ice Kingdom, fly on an … [Read more...] about 13 Christmas events you need to book now or risk missing out
A jealous pub landlord was jailed for battering his fiancée following a night out enjoying a Harry Potter-themed meal. Erhan Sahin dragged his partner Joyce Hope out of bed and "smacked her against the wall" in a drunken rage as she pleaded with him to stop at The Three Steps pub , which he ran on Cowley High Street, in Uxbridge. The 29-year-old was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Tuesday (September 4) after a jury found him guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and assault by beating. The couple had been out in central London to catch a matinee show featuring one of Ms Hope's friends before making their way to the JK Rowling-inspired dinner on October 13, 2017. The court heard they clashed when Ms Hope, 24, told him she wanted to go home and Sahin responded by saying he preferred to stay out drinking. As Ms Hope went home by herself, Sahin bombarded her with text messages telling her they were over, accusing her of leaving hand-in-hand with a strange man and … [Read more...] about Uxbridge pub landlord beat up fiancée after Harry Potter meal