Keep up to date with the latest events and goings on at Victoria Place and our restaurants, cafés and stores.
Keep up to date with the latest events and goings on at Victoria Place and our restaurants, cafés and stores.
Feel like totally immersing yourself in the merriment of the season? A trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or Winterville at Clapham Common is just your bag. With everything from a craft fair to Backyard Cinema, Chivaree Circus, kids’ activities, street food street food and lots more, Winterville will leave you feeling truly Christmas-ready.
A tour of London’s most beautiful lights is enough to get even the biggest Grinch in the mood for the festive season. From the iconic Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street displays to the beautiful Bond Street illuminations, and Seven Dials spectacular – the best news is, you can enjoy them, completely free. For a truly spectacular experience Christmas at Kew is an absolute must-see. With a two kilometre trail of lights including a brand new moonlit laser garden and flotilla of glowing boats, it is rivalled only by ZSL London Zoo’s illuminated animal sculptures, ‘light vortex’ and singing trees.
Perhaps a Christmas show is more your cup of tea? From the traditional Christmas panto like Dick Whittington at the London Palladium to classic tales like The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre and exclusive performances or be dazzled by the moons, planets and galaxies during the festive-themed planetarium show at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Kings Cross – St Pancras’ Renaissance Hotel ‘Meet the Widow’ Party. Friday 27th October 7pm.
Kick off your visit to London in style. Victorian style, that is. Step back in time into the eerily classy Café Manouche and dance the night away to gothic jazz. But beware, there are rumours of the chilling ghost of Madame Cliquot making an appearance.
Euston – Wellcome Collection’s ‘Medicine Man’ Permanent Fixture.
Something for the morbidly curious. Step back in time and marvel at the weird and wonderful past of bodily health. With areas dedicated to Napoleon’s toothbrush to items including everything from diagnostic dolls, we can guarantee you’ll recoil in horror at Henry Wellcome’s graphic exhibition.
Warren Street – Pollock’s Toy Museum Permanent Fixture.
It could be cute… or it could be your worst nightmare. Lose yourself in six of the slightly unnerving rooms filled with Victorian toys galore. This family run establishment, created in the elegant 50s, is eagerly awaiting your arrival.
Oxford Circus – Regent Street Cinema’s ‘To Hell and Back’ 30th October, 7:30pm.
You’re in for the long haul… join fellow horror fans for an evening of terrifying shorts and movies on the big screen. Don’t forget, your ticket will include live performances, Q&As with the filmmakers and even a free prosthetic make-up session! It’s bound to be a scream.
Green Park – ‘The Ghouls of Green Park’ Permanent Fixture.
Do you dare to stroll in Green Park? There’s a plethora of haunted activity in the area – most famously at the ‘Death Tree’. Locals report seeing many morbid figures haunting the area. Why not explore the local haunts for yourself? We wouldn’t recommend going at night…
Victoria – The Apollo Theatre’s ‘Wicked’ Permanent Fixture.
There’s no place like home. This is the Wizard of Oz, but not as you know it! In this show-stopping musical, you’ll be bewitched by the powerful performances. Sit back at the Apollo Theatre, relax and sing along to your heart’s content, to theatre favourites like ‘For Good’ and ‘Defying Gravity’. You’ll be in for a wicked night!
The seasonal menu at Café Rouge is sure to warm the cockles – serving up an array of heart-warming, flavoursome dishes including Steak Frites, Chicken Chasseur and Mussels. Plus their Croque or Burger and a drink for £10 deal is simply irresistible. Choose from a classic Emmental cheese sandwich served with a variety of fillings or a choice of burgers, both served with chips or salad with a glass of house wine, coke, lemonade or bottle of Stella for just £10.
Tortilla’s Breakfast Burrito packs a serious punch at any time of day – brimming with sautéed potatoes, caramelised chorizo or vegetables, free-range scrambled eggs, black beans, cheese & pico de gallo salsa that leaves you feeling both satisfied and energised.
Pret’s chefs have been working overtime to deliver an autumn menu bursting with flavour – from breakfast right through to tea, they’ve got it covered. We’ve got our eyes on their ham and spinach omelette for breakie and are seriously torn when it comes to their hot food pots – from coconut chicken curry to chicken, edamame and ginger broth to their lasagne macaroni cheese – yum! And don’t even get us started on the sweet treats…
Prezzo have updated their seasonal specials with some mouth-watering Italian treats. From Giant Meatballs and Stuffed Baked Mushrooms among others on the starters to Roasted Salmon Fillet or Penne Rusticana, a range of delicious Pizzas and more for the mains, plus a warming chocolate brownie for pud!
Victoria Place is the ideal place for stocking up those winter reserves and refuelling for your London adventures.
In a city steeped in as much history as ours, it’s no wonder there are stories of some seriously spooky goings on. But can you handle the horrors on Halloween itself?
Feeling brave? Head out on the Jack The Ripper or Grim Reapers walking tours or for something a little more family friendly, Hampton Court Palace is hosting a ghoulish expedition around its apartments and grounds, that will bring its plentiful paranormal stories to life.
Enjoy a bit of a challenge with a little added pressure? Why not head to The Crystal Maze? With the addition of The Blood Baron hot on your heels and having fun with every decision you make, it’s sure to get the pulses racing.
Looking to get in the spirit of Halloween in advance of the night itself? There are oodles of eerie parties planned around town on 26th and 27th October. From Secretsundaze at Oval Space Bethnal Green, to Fabriclive in Farringdon with a fangtastic night of drum ‘n’ bass, UK garage and house, or head to Twisted Carnivale in Shoreditch, complete with acrobats, fire breathers, circus acts and so much more.
Whatever you decide, don’t have nightmares…
From accessories that make a subtle nod – or even a serious statement, to the season of all things spooky, to fashions that make the transition from date night to fright night – you’ll find them at New Look, Dorothy Perkins and Next.
We don’t know about you, but we’ve got a penchant for those pussycat ears and a little bit of lace… and we can’t help feeling a little bit cheeky with a pair of comedy socks slipped on inside our work boots!
For all those party essentials, tricks and treats, HEMA is on hand with devilish decorations, naughty nibbles and more, while Lola’s serve up a great selection of creepy cupcakes to sweeten your gruesome guests and Sainsbury’s caters for all those dreaded knocks on the door.
So, imagine our excitement when we discovered the opportunity to take a look around – like actually enter and explore, some of the most iconic houses and buildings in London – including none other than number 10 Downing Street among the 85 properties in Westminster alone!
Open House London is on from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd September, so here’s to a weekend of nosing about some of London’s hidden treasures!
Others on the list in Westminster alone include the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence, Burlington House, Canada House, Fitzrovia Chapel, The Gap House – a RIBA Manser Medal Winner 2009 – just 8ft wide! Plus Kings College London, Portcullis House, RIBA, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Studio McLeod and White Cube Mason’s Yard. Take a look at the full list here to plan your own bespoke tour, or join one of the great pre-arranged tours available including The Engineering Walking Tour, The Secret Victoria Tour, The Secret Westminster Tour, or, more intriguingly the Secrets of The Devils Acre…
And if you’re passing through London Victoria on your travels, don’t forget you can pop in to Victoria Place for a quick cuppa at Pret A Manger, Costa, or Caffѐ Nero, an equally quick bite at Subway, Tortilla, McDonalds, KFC or LEON or a leisurely meal at Café Rouge, Ed’s Easy Diner and Prezzo.
Next are going all out ochre from the ground up with a great selection of footwear in this stunning hue from ballerinas and loafers to courts and wedges. We’ve also got our eye on their chunky cable sweater for those chilly autumnal days.
Whether you’re looking for just a splash of yellow or to dress sunny side up, head to toe, New Look has you covered. From subtle and stylish checks, to bold colour blocks, you’ll find just the right balance to style it out this season.
It’s a colour that packs a punch on the sunshine factor – perfect for lifting the spirits on those dull and dreary days and our stores are packed with a multitude of sunny options.
Picnic in our parks
We don’t think there’s anything more British than a good old picnic. But rather than lugging all your food around with you for the day, why not pop in to Victoria Place and pick up anything you need before heading to your chosen picnic spot? International Cheese has a great range of freshly handmade rolls, using only the best ingredients, while LEON serve up a great selection of salads and hot boxes and Sainsbury’s stock all those picnic essentials from sweet treats to fresh fruit and an assortment of drinks.
Enjoy the big screen – outdoors
As we’re having THE best summer EVER, we might as well enjoy it right? So how about watching one of your favourite films in one of the most iconic locations in London, underneath the night sky? FILM4 Summer Screen at Somerset Houseis BACK and showing some awesome films including Labyrinth, Inception, Being John Malkovich, Total Recall, Beauty and The Beast and many more.
Head to Notting Hill
August Bank Holiday wouldn’t be the same without the iconic Notting Hill Carnival! Head down from 4am on Sunday 26thAugust and soak up the Caribbean culture, artistic talents, creativity and community spirit and if you’re passing through London Victoria, pick up all your carnival essentials from stores like HEMA, Joy, New Look, Next and Dorothy Perkins at Victoria Place.
Those light feminine florals and pastel palette are moving over for bold autumnal hues and standout stripes. While the colour palette is a little heavier, the cuts remain care-free, with culottes and loose fitting jumpsuits dominating the rails.
The colour palette is bold and brassy with reds, copper, mustard and khaki taking the lead and all look equally at home in the summer sun as the cooler Autumn days – especially with the addition of some chunky knitwear.
Check them out in stores like Joy, Next, New Look and Dorothy Perkins, right here at Victoria Place.
We know how pricey it is to get around town, and when the weather’s as glorious as we have been enjoying lately, that kinda puts a dampener on things. So we’ve decided to take the strain and give you the chance to win a one month travel card for London zones 1-4. Find out more and enter here.
SPF it up!
Being exposed to UV rays without protection, increases the risk of sunburn and skin cancer. FACT. The Body Shop and Boots have you covered with a great range of products that you can use as part of your daily beauty regime and go that one step further to offer SPF protection on top of their regular benefits.
Leave your hat on
You don’t have to be lounging about on the beach to feel the effects of the sun on your head – the reflective surfaces of the city streets can seriously turn up the heat on your daily commute, so head to New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Joy and Next for the perfect trilby, floppy or fedora.
Cool, lightweight, loose fitting clothing is essential if you want to stay comfortable in the scorching sun and if your summer wardrobe needs the addition of a few footloose options, pop in to Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Next and Joy, for the season’s must-haves.
Give your feet a treat
There’s nothing worse than tired, aching feet after a day out in town… oh wait… HOT, tired, aching feet seriously top the charts!! – which is why we LOVE The Body Shop’s Peppermint Cooling Foot spray – a must have for the summer months!
Whether you’re walking the streets or taking the tube, it’s easy to dehydrate without realising it, so stop off at Victoria Place and call in to Sainsburys, Pret, Costa, or Whistle Stop for your trusty bottle of H2O – on the go.
Sweet toothed Dad is sure to be satisfied with a treat from Lola’s cupcakes, while a Father with a more savoury palate might appreciate a hamper of fine cheeses and preserves from International Cheese.
The well-groomed Dad could be showered with goodies from The Body Shop, Lush, The Perfume Shop or Boots or encouraged to up his style-game with a gift from Next.
All can be found at Victoria Place – conveniently located right next to Victoria Station, so ideal for a quick pit-stop on your way to or from work.
If your Dad lives life in the fast lane then London is packed with experiences to give him his thrills from the world’s longest tunnel slide – The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit to an adrenaline-filled journey past some of London’s most iconic landmarks at Zip Now London at Archbishop’s Park.
This is a fantastic achievement for all of the hard work and dedication from the teams at Victoria Place Shopping Centre and SWRnewstar.
To enter, simply take a picture of you and your friends in our pop up garden and tag @victoriabid and @_VictoriaPlace when you upload to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with #VictoriaInBloom #LondonStartsHere.
Don’t forget, if you’re travelling to the Chelsea Flower Show, you can catch the Victoria Shuttle bus (number 811) from Buckingham Palace Road , Stop Z5 every 10-15 minutes, from 7am to 5pm.
And now it’s time for us to see Harry wed Meg and we couldn’t be happier! Never has there been a better excuse for a little street party or knees up with friends – YAY!
In the meantime, there are plenty of questions we want answers to – like, NOW! Notwithstanding the identity of the all-important dress, we’re also wondering if Prince Charles really IS gonna walk her down the aisle and just what sort of hatastrophy the Royal cousins will be rocking up in THIS TIME…
Well one thing’s for sure, if you want answers, there’s only one way to find out, unless you’re making your way down to Windsor in person. With LIVE coverage starting at 9am on BBC One and 9.25 on ITV on the big day, there’s plenty of time to get set up before the ceremony kicks off at midday. And if you’re hosting your very own Royal Wedding party, then we’ve got the party essentials covered at HEMA and Sainsbury’s, while New Look have gone all-out patriotic with their charming Royal Wedding collection to ensure you look the part.
And as an added bonus for our transatlantic guests, anyone presenting their US passport at Ed’s Easy Diner on Saturday 19th May will enjoy their main meal completely FREE!
Fashioned from nature
Fashion lovers are sure to enjoy the latest exhibition at the V&A. Opening on Saturday 21st April, ‘Fashioned From Nature’ explores the complex relationship between fashion and nature from the 1600s to the present day and showcases fashionable dress through the centuries alongside natural history specimens fabrics and dying processes.
The Espresso Martini Society
Look out for the queen on Moor Street, Soho for your chance to indulge in London’s favourite tipple like you’ve never seen it before. Brought to you by The Espresso Martini Society, you’ll be able to try 20 variations of this cocktail classic including The Mary Berry, The A-List Avocado and The Irish One, to name but a few. The location is top secret, so you’ll have to use your detective skills to find it!
Soak up some spring sunshine in London’s beautiful parks
Located just a stone’s throw from some of London’s greatest parks, including Hyde Park, St. James’ Park and Green Park, and right next to London Victoria Station, Victoria Place is the ideal place to pick up your sunbathing essentials – from sunnies, to sarnies and sunscreen, we’ve got it covered!
A walk in the park
Take your pick from botanical gardens and secret parks to sprawling lawns and lakes – our capital is rich with glorious green spaces. Regent’s Park is currently brimming with blossom, the daffodils in St James’ Park are brighter than ever and Wimbledon Common is swimming with lilac crocuses – catch them while you can! Green Park is just a short walk from Victoria Place, so why not pop in for some picnic food at Sainsbury’s or Pret a Manger before exploring the beautiful grounds?
Wheely good fun
If you usually see more of the Underground than the city above ground, spring is the best time to mix it up. Rent a bike from one of the many pick-up/drop-off stations around London, pack a map, and the city is yours to explore! Plot a route taking in London’s prettiest parks and notable landmarks – you’ll be amazed at how close everything feels.
London Marathon, 22nd April
If you’d like to take part without racking up the 26.2 miles, take the opportunity to cheer on all the brave runners hitting the road. The world’s biggest fundraising event starts in Greenwich Park and finishes near Buckingham Palace – just a short walk from Victoria Place. Start with brunch at our Café Rouge, then stake your spot on the picturesque route and give it your all.
Brew with a view
It’s National Tea Day on the 21st April, so what better way to celebrate than by savouring a cuppa and a prime city view? For some of the best, try The Riverfront at the BFI, Lido Café at Hyde Park or the bustling Monmouth Coffee Company at Borough Market. If you’re staying close to Victoria Place, Costa and Café Nero are the experts in crafting your perfect cuppa joe.
With so many architectural surprises, hidden streets and stunning, flower-filled parks, spring is high time to ditch the tube and spend more time above ground – enjoy!
Don’t miss your opportunity to win prizes from some of your favourite stores and restaurants including Hema, The Body Shop, Tortilla, McDonalds, Dorothy Perkins and many more…
They’ll be located in front of the escalators that lead up to Victoria Place and the event will take place each day from 11am – 7pm
See you there!
Our top tips:
The Passion of Jesus – 12pm and 3.15pm, Good Friday, Trafalgar Square
This FREE event sees the biblical story brought to life in spectacular style in a dramatic 90 minute show featuring over 100 actors and volunteers, horses, donkeys and doves to create a truly authentic scene.
Hunts and trails – Various
There’s nothing like a good Easter Egg hunt to keep the family entertained – as well as suitably depleting their energy reserves. Track them down at Hampton Court Palace, ZSL London Zoo, Kew Gardens, the WWT London Wetland Centre, The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising and Highgate’s Lauderdale House to name but a few.
Epic Easter days out
If you’re looking for something a little different to do, some of your oldest haunts can hold the most exciting activities. From the Sensational Butterflies attraction at the Natural History Museum, to SEA LIFE London’s new Rainforest Adventure, or the loveable Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the V&A.
The spring collections at New Look, Next, Dorothy Perkins and Joy feel decidedly apt for Easter, with pastels and florals ruling the rails. Here’s our pick of a rather glorious bunch!
These cute little totes from Hema make the ideal accessory for any Easter Egg hunt.
Your colleagues will think Good Friday has come a day early if you turn up with a box of Lola’s Easter Cupcakes this Thursday.
These adorable solar powered dancing chicks and bunnies from Pylones make the perfect Easter gift – minus the sugar rush.
Treat your LUSH mad mates to a gift that doesn’t bomb (okay, maybe it does, but in a good way!) with a bunch of these colourful carrots.
If you’re a traditionalist through and through and only chocolate will do, then Sainsbury’s is on hand with a bounty of choco delights.
For the budding botanist, a trip to the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens is a definite must and it ends on Mother’s Day itself, so miss it and you’ll miss out.
The creative mum might enjoy ‘The Female Gaze’ at The Getty Images Gallery in Fitzrovia – a photographic celebration of modern womanhood.
For the lady that likes to be treated as the queen she is, a spot of afternoon tea will go down a treat and Victoria is home to the Grace Kelly of afternoon teas at The Goring – to name but one, just a stones throw from Victoria Place.
If your mum is a bit of a royalist or a historian, then a trip to The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace will provide an exclusive glimpse at the ever-changing Royal Collection – not to mention the Palace itself.
Musical theatre never gets old. It’s a genre that appeals to all generations – so if you want to make this Mother’s Day a memorable one, we say, book your tickets quick. From the Lion King that’ll have her blubbing from the opening sequence to the smash hit mother / daughter classic – Mamma Mia – she’ll be singing your praises for days! (And all the lyrics.)
Sharing is caring, so when paying your mum a visit this Mother’s Day, we can highly recommend arming yourself with a selection box of Lola’s delicious cupcakes – just make sure there are plenty to go around 😉
Who wouldn’t be happy with a beautiful bouquet of the finest Blooms? Isle of Flowers makes the perfect port of call en-route to meet mum – for the freshest of fresh florals this Mother’s Day.
If your hard working mum deserves a little R&R, The Body Shop’s Spa of the World collection makes the ultimate indulgent gift, while the bright and fragrant soaps and bath bombs from LUSH bring some fun to bath time.
Make a contribution to your fashion-forward mum’s style game with a statement bag from Dorothy Perkins, Next or New Look.
A new scent from The Perfume Shop will ensure she’s smelling sweet this Mother’s Day.
For the collector of curiosities, a quirky gift from Pylones is sure to brighten her day.
Want to avoid that traditional card-shop quandary – wading through the gushy and mushy cards to find a card that ticks the right boxes? The stylish and fun card collection at JOY offers a break from the norm.
If you like to shower your beloved with your affection, Victoria Place has your back. Whether you want to pick up that gorgeous bag they’ve been lusting over for months at stores like New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Next or Joy or an indulgent gift from The Body Shop, Lush, or even Lola’s cupcakes, you’ll discover a great choice.
If ‘Romance’ is your middle name, you’ve come to the right place! Isle of Flowers is on hand to create you a unique and stylish bouquet of beautiful blooms, while Sainsbury’s is stacked with Chocolate selection boxes galore. Why not finish up with a romantic meal at Café Rouge or Prezzo for the ultimate traditional date night?
If you think of Valentine’s as a light hearted celebration, then Pylones should be your first pit stop. Brimming with novelty gifts and household essentials, a gift from here is sure to raise a giggle or two.
From the black and white family photos on the wall, to the familiar toe-tapping tunes, both classics and favourites, you’re sure to feel right at home. It’s not just the look and family-style welcome that you’ll recognise though. The bright and modern kitchens are bursting with chefs ready to impress guests from across the world with their culinary skills and a fantastic menu.
Enjoy the finest Italian pizza and pasta dishes within an ambient New York-restaurant-themed environment at Frankie & Benny’s.
Follow these five simple steps to get you on track for a healthy, happy new year!
1) Start from the inside out with detoxifying teas and healthy snacks from Holland and Barrett.1) Start from the inside out with detoxifying teas and healthy snacks from Holland and Barrett.
2) Nourish your body, mind and soul with the Spa of the World collection at The Body Shop.
3) Reinvigorate your make-up routine with the latest cosmetics from Boots.
4) Soak away your sins with a bath time treat from Lush.
5) Turn back the effects time with Obey Your Body’s anti-aging Deco Collection.
So if you’re affected by the disruption or just fancy taking some time out, why not chill out over a cuppa at Costa, grab a quick bite at Tortilla, McDonalds or KFC or take your time at Café Rouge, Ed’s Easy Diner, Prezzo or Frankie & Benny’s on our Food Terrace.
With Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Joy, Next and Boots on hand, you’re sorted on the fashion and beauty front. While Hema and Pylones provide a great collection of novelty items and party essentials – perfect for Halloween party prep! With just two weeks to go ‘til the celebrations kick off, they’re worth a sneaky peek!
Leather takes on a whole sophisticated new look this Autumn / Winter – obliterating it’s rep as a solely teen / punk staple.
Check you out!
This season, checks are seriously versatile. From small and office-like to large and (clearly) lumberjack inspired.
Chainmail, sequins, and crystals galore. This season’s evening wear is all about the sparkling razzle-dazzle.
Roses are red
ALL Red. This season’s hottest trend isn’t about just a little splash of crimson – oh no! Go, red to toe and slay in this fiery colour.
Slim cut and nipped in at the waist – suiting has made a seriously stylish comeback this season. If you haven’t invested in this trend yet, now’s the time.
Rather than despair at the thought, with all the planned travel disruptions – embrace it! Because with any journey that goes near London Victoria, we can help make your time on the tracks go with a swing.
First up, Victoria is one of the unaffected stations this Bank Holiday, but it’s likely to be a little busier than normal – with travellers avoiding hic-ups elsewhere. So our top tip to avoid train travel-induced traumas this Bank Holiday is simply to give yourself extra time.
Fortunately for you, Victoria Place makes the perfect pit stop if you happen to find yourself with a bit of extra time on your hands. Whether you’ve just enough time to grab a drink on the go, or a bit more time to sit and relax, there’s a great choice of restaurants and cafés. From Nero, Costa and Pret A Manger to Leon, Tortilla, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo and Café Rouge to name but a few – there is something for whatever takes your fancy.
Forgot those much needed travel essentials?
From toiletries and cosmetics at Boots, to magazines, books, headphones and more at WHSmith. Plus all your fashion essentials at New Look, Next, Joy, and Dorothy Perkins – Victoria Place has you covered.
The main London Stations affected by this weekend’s planned upgrade works include Waterloo, Euston, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Paddington and Charing Cross. So if you’re visiting The Rugby League Challenge Cup at Wembley, the football, Reading Festival, Leeds Festival, Creamfields, Carfest, Notting Hill Carnival, The Edinburgh Festival, South West Four, Clapham or any other big event in and around our glorious capital, it’s worth planning ahead.