5 Amazing Things You May Have Missed In London Last Week: October 11 – 17

Julie Freeman Julie Freeman - Staff Writer

5 Amazing Things You May Have Missed In London Last Week: October 11 – 17

The city is finally coming back to life, and here is some of the London news you may have missed last week.

It’s been a while since we’ve had actual things to look forward to in London. Now, the city is alive and buzzing with new restaurants, rooftop bars, pop-up events, and much more. Here is some of the latest London news you may have missed last week:

1. Night Tube service to resume on Central and Victoria lines from late November

Since March 2020 the Night Tube – which had given Londoners a simple route home on Fridays and Saturdays into the early hours – has remained shut, despite Covid restrictions no longer mandating the closure of late-night venues across the city. Now, it’s finally coming back: The Mayor has revealed that two Night Tube routes will return on November 27: the Central and Victoria Lines. More info here.

2. London’s iconic New Year’s Eve fireworks display has been cancelled for the second year running

New Year's Eve fireworks cancelled

Whilst we’re (hopefully) in for a fuller festive season than last year, owing to the return of attractions such as Winter Wonderland and the Natural History Museum ice rink, 2021 won’t end with the usual bang, as London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks have just been cancelled for the second year in a row. Read all about it here.

3. London’s cosy riverside igloos are coming back for 2021, and here’s how to get one

Coppa Club summer igloos

London’s favourite riverside igloos are back! Coppa Club’s ultra-stylish pods with views of Tower Bridge and The Shard are officially returning for the winter season, and they’re beautiful as ever. Bookings are now open, and we all know spots tend to sell out fast… so hurry up and grab yours while you can! More info here.⁠

4. A giant walkway of Harry Potter wands is currently illuminating Leicester Square

harry potter wands

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in cinemas, nine magical wands now create an illuminated walkway at Leicester Square. The 15ft tall wands each represent a character from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise, and will light up the square for two and a half hours each evening. Check them out here.

5. These transformed London buses offer mobile care to the homeless

driving for change
Photo: PA

To help homeless Londoners this winter, the team behind Change Please has unveiled a new initiative, ‘Driving for Change’. Two London buses have been transformed into mobile care centres which offer everything from haircuts to dentist appointments. Find more info here.

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