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London gets ready for an autumn of arts and festivals



St Paul's cathedral, London
Warming up: cosy food and drink experiences pack London’s Autumn programme this year | Photo: Anthony Delanoix

From world-class sport and breathtaking art programs, to seasonal celebrations including Halloween and Bonfire Night, autumn in London is bigger than ever in 2022. The crisp temperatures, tree-lined streets painted vibrant shades of red and gold, and the lure of hearty pub meals, make for a magnificent autumn affair.

Unparalleled Gastronomic Goodness

Foodies will leave satisfied after enjoying the London Restaurant Festival (October), celebrating the city’s vibrant cuisine and offering exclusive culinary experiences. London Cocktail Week, the citywide celebration of exquisite cocktails, will also kick off Oct.13-23 in watering holes across the city. Brand-new restaurants opening this autumn include Forno, a pasta and charcuterie production hub that will serve up gourmet pastries, soups and pizza. Akub will offer modern Palestinian cuisine and AngloThai will mix British ingredients with traditional Thai cooking resulting in thrilling “fusion” dishes.

Destination City (Oct. 15) will transform London’s Square Mile from dawn until dusk with immersive theatre featuring over 100 performers, a family-friendly mass treasure hunt, 16 doors into a ‘maze’ of adventures and three carnival-inspired fairs. Nearby pubs and restaurants will host ‘after parties’ to keep the celebration alive into the evening. Nightlife lovers will also be able to visit London’s hotspot club, The Cross, which reopened on 9 September after 15 years of closure. The Cross 2.0 spans six floors including a rooftop terrace, an underground basement club and ample space to drink, dine and dance.

World Class Art & Culture

With two major art fairs and countless exhibitions this autumn, now is the time for art lovers to book

that trip to London. Frieze London and Frieze Masters (Oct. 12-16) will take over Regent’s Park, bringing together galleries from 42 countries to celebrate the creative spirit of the city. London regulars have heard of the world-famous Tate, the V&A and the National Gallery, but intimate and experimental art galleries are also well worth adding to a London itinerary this season.

Art lovers should look out for exhibitions like “The World We Make” by contemporary portraitist Amy Sherald, best known for her creation of Michelle Obama’s official portrait. More of her bold, super-colourful portraits of Black people will be on view Oct. 12 through Dec. 23 at Hauser & Wirth GalleryLondon Ely House will host “Sturtevant: Dialectic of Distance”, retracing the performance and disconcerting replicas of American artist Sturetevant (1924-2014) (on view Sept. 8 through Oct. 3). Gabriel Orozco’s work using plant printing techniques showcasing indigenous plant life in Acapulco, Mexico City and Tokyo, will be on view at White Cube Oct. 12-Nov. 12.

Between gallery visits, visitors can discover the world’s best new films at the London Film Festival (Oct. 5-16). October also kicks off Black History Month in London, where travellers can join in the citywide celebration of Black communities with epic events across the city.

Get Prepared for Spooky Season

Those in the mood to be spooked can find the freakiest Halloween events, from ghost tours to costume parties, on and around Oct. 31. Unmissable, The London Dungeon will undergo a Halloween takeover 15-31 Oct, as will the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Thrill-seekers can’t miss the spine-tingling London Bridge Ghost Walking Tour and The Ghost Bus Tour London. For a magical night out, Adventure Cinema will transform into a haunted wonderland Oct. 29-31 for spooktacular screenings of Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys and The Shining.

Enjoy a Truly British Bonfire Night

The festivities continue into November with Bonfire Night (Nov. 5), marking the historic moment when Guy Fawkes and his crew attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in the Gunpowder Plot of Nov. 5, 1605. Get involved at The Gunpowder Plot in Tower Vaults, where Guy Fawkes will be played by Harry Potter actor Tom Felton, or enjoy one of many stunning fireworks displays. An essential evening in Brits’ calendars, there are always plenty of locations to choose from, with incredible displays lighting the night sky across the city. Top spots include Alexandra Palace, Wimbledon Park, Battersea Park and Chiswick Park amongst others.

Take a Stroll Through the Autumn Leaves

There’s no better way to appreciate London as the leaves turn to gold than in one of London’s plentiful parks. The iconic eight Royal Parks each provide their own unique charm, with Bushy Park and Richmond Park promising wild deer, and St James’s Park and Green Park granting unparalleled views of Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss Battersea Park either, which is packed with foliage for perfect autumnal colours and long strolls along the River Thames.

Witness the Best of International Sports

Autumn is jam-packed with unrivalled options for sport lovers making a trip to England’s capital city. Marathon runners will take to the streets of London during the London Marathon on Oct. 2 while American football fanatics can watch their favourite teams (Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and more) duke it out at London’s famous stadiums during the NFL 2022 London Games (Oct. 2, 9 and 30). Rugby fans won’t want to miss the union autumn internationals in November as well.

“London is glowing and awash with fantastic colours in Autumn. With Autumnal walks and Halloween festivities to an exciting range of cultural exhibitions and cosy pubs, our capital lends itself beautifully to the crisper days and nights. From Frieze London, London Restaurant Festival and London Cocktail Week, to Destination City, Black History Month and the NFL London series, there’s truly something for everyone to see, do, and eat in London over the next few months. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to enjoy London’s magical Autumn season.”, says Laura Citron, CEO at London & Partners, which runs Visit London.

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Millions of people in Britain admit to making costly car mistakes



a car being driven through the snow in the UK
Survey shows that 45% of Brits have driven without making sure that their screens and mirrors were properly clear

As winter takes hold and temperatures start to drop, a recent research by Aviva reveals the most common mistakes drivers could be making when it comes to getting behind the wheel this winter.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 Brits, reveals that more than a quarter (28%) are leaving their cars running to de-ice screens, with older generations most likely to take the risk. Over a third of those aged 75+ (41%) and those aged 65-74 (34%) leave their car on to de-ice screens, compared to 17% of 18-24 year-olds and 24% of 25-34 year-olds.

By doing so, Brits may be unwittingly putting themselves at risk with most car insurance policies excluding thefts of vehicles while the engine is still running. This is also an offence under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which states that drivers cannot leave vehicles running and unattended while on a public highway, otherwise known as ‘quitting’.

When looking at visibility, the research reveals that almost half (45%) of Brits have driven without making sure that their screens and mirrors were properly clear. By doing so, motorists could also be risking a fine under Section 229 of the Highway Code, which states that all drivers ‘must be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all windows’.

The top 10 winter driving habits that could cause issues:

1. I have left my car running to de-ice the screen and warm it up:  28%
2. I have driven in gloves:  21%
3. I have driven in a big winter coat:  20%
4. I have driven even though there is snow on the top of my car:  19%
5. I have driven even though the screen was not fully de-iced or de-misted:  16%
6. I have driven without checking that my number plate was clear:  16%
7. I have driven even though the screen wasn’t clear:  15%
8. I have driven even though I was too tired: 14%
9. I have driven even though the mirrors weren’t fully clear:  14%
10. I have driven through floodwater or a ford:  13%

“While we all want to get to our next destination as quickly as possible, it pays to be safe, particularly as the risk of an accident typically increases during the winter months. Spending five or ten minutes to prepare your car means that not only are you more likely to avoid an accident, but also a hefty fine – which can be as much as £1,000 – points on your licence or even a driving ban in the worst case scenario”, says Martin Smith, Motor Claims Manager at Aviva.

Other British driving habits include leaving the car unlocked to quickly pop into somewhere (13%), pouring boiling water over a car windscreen to de-ice it (11%) as well as wearing inappropriate footwear such as heels (9%) or wellies/snowboots (7%). Those driving whilst wearing inappropriate clothing and footwear could also risk a fine under Rule 97 of the Highway code which states that you should ensure: ‘clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’.

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5 of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe this winter



The Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets comes out on top as the cheapest, where a beer costs just £1.17 and a lift pass costs less than £30 a day.
The Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets comes out on top as the cheapest, where a beer costs just £1.17 and a lift pass costs less than £30 a day

Whether you are a seasoned skier or a first-timer, one thing that is for sure is that skiing can be a very expensive trip. Even if you don’t enrol for a celebrity-like skiing weekend, following on the footsteps of Kim Kardashian, Orlando Bloom, or Gwyneth Paltrow, the costs can pile up. as research shows Brits fork out between £500 and £750 per person on spending money for a ski trip. 

If you are keen to hit the slopes but are being mindful of the pennies, here is a shortlist of five of the cheapest resorts you can visit in Europe, based on the average cost of a lift pass, accommodation, ski rental, and of course food and drinks.

“Skiing can be a very expensive holiday, especially for families. However, there are some fantastic resorts out there offering surprisingly reasonable prices, without compromising on those amazing views and fantastic ski runs”, says Laura Evans-Fisk, head of digital and engagement at eurochange. “Borovets in Bulgaria came out on top as the cheapest ski resort. It’s definitely an underrated destination, with unbelievably low prices for food and drink, and a whole week lift pass for less than £150.” 

Borovets, Bulgaria

Topping the list is bargain-friendly Borovets, Bulgaria. The country is quickly becoming a cheap and cheerful favourite spot for skiers, and it’s easy to see why. Located in the Rila mountains, Borovets is an all-round resort providing luxury amenities at very reasonable prices. With fabulous nightlife as well as gentle slopes for beginners, it’s an ideal destination for adults and families alike. Ski passes start from just £29 per day, so you could really save some cash if you visit for just a few days.  

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): Лв370 (£143.75)
  • Ski rental (6 days): Лв155 (£60.22) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From Лв135 (£52.45) 
  • Beer: Лв3 (£1.17) 
  • Wine: Лв6 (£2.33) 
  • 3-course meal: Лв15 (£5.83) 

Vogel, Slovenia

Lesser known than its Austrian and Italian neighbours, Slovenia’s Vogel resort is no less spectacular. Tucked away in the stunning Julian Alps, Vogel offers exceptional value alongside outstanding snow sports facilities and stunning views. The après is one of the cheapest around, with beer costing just €2, and a three-course meal setting you back just €17. 

Les Houches, France 

For a Mont Blanc ski holiday without the Chamonix prices, look no further than Les Houches. A top choice for families, this picturesque village is quiet at night, while the neighbouring high-altitude areas are perfect for advanced skiers. A six-day adult ski pass is less than £200 and equipment can be rented for less than £100 for the week. 

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): €197 (£158.46) 
  • Ski rental (6 days): from €114 (£91.70) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From €77 (£61.94) 
  • Beer: €2 (£1.61) 
  • Wine: €5 (£4.02) 
  • 3-course meal: €20 (£16.09) 

Livigno, Italy 

Nestled in the heart of the Alps, Italy‘s Livigno offers sterling snowsport facilities for all skill levels, from absolute beginners to black slope aficionados. And thanks to its tax-exempt status, Livigno provides premium resort standards at budget prices, giving you far more for your euros than most other ski destinations on the continent.

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): €223* (£179.38) 
  • Ski rental (6 days): from €74.00* (£59.52) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From €101 (£81.24) 
  • Beer: €3 (£2.41) 
  • Wine: €10 (£8.04) 
  • 3-course meal: €30 (£24.13) 
Grindelwald is one of the more affordable resorts for getting the Swiss ski holiday experience.

Grindelwald, Switzerland

While Switzerland tends to be an expensive country to visit, Grindelwald is one of the more affordable resorts for getting the Swiss ski holiday experience. Even if you’re not a keen skier, there are plenty of other activities to try out, including tobogganing and winter walking.  Set in the beautiful Jungfrau mountains, Grindelwald provides a picture-perfect slice of the Alps for far less than you’d expect.

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): SFr385 (£308.79) 
  • Ski rental (6 days): from SFr237 (£190.09) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From SFr57 (£45.72) 
  • Beer: SFr2 (£1.60) 
  • Wine: SFr13 (£10.43) 
  • 3-course meal: SFr24 (£19.25) 

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New iPhone photography exhibition opens in Paris



A shot of some of the work being displayed at the iPhone 15 photo exhibition in Paris
The two-day event held at the Salon Corderie features work from five photographers, all shot on iPhone

“I Remember You,” a two-day photography exhibition, has opened today in Paris highlighting original work shot on iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The collective work of photographers Malin Fezehai, Karl Hab, Vivien Liu, Mika Ninagawa, and Stefan Ruiz incorporates people, places, and things that move them, exploring memories and the power of photography to preserve them.

“‘I Remember You’ brings together five photographers who share their deeply personal conceptions of memory, connection, and nostalgia,” explains Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., the exhibition’s curatorial advisor. “It is a moving glimpse of life, preserved in time.”

In celebration of the opening, each artist spoke about how iPhone has contributed to their creative process and what they hope people will remember from their featured work.

Malin Fezehai is an Eritrean/Swedish photographer, filmmaker, and visual reporter currently living in New York. She has worked in over 40 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and America. Fezehai is a National Geographic explorer, and in 2023, she became a Climate Pledge grantee. She is working on a project about adaptation to living on water. Her career started in her native Sweden, where she studied photography before attending the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work focuses on communities of displacement and dislocation around the world. She was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme to photograph survivors of violent extremism across sub-Saharan Africa and published a book titled Survivors. She has received a 2015 World Press Photo Award and the Wallis Annenberg Prize, and was named one of the “30 Emerging Photographers to Watch” in 2015 by Photo District News. Her image depicting a wedding of Eritrean refugees in Israel was the first iPhone photo ever to receive a World Press Photo Award.

“The integration of the iPhone into my photography workflow marked a significant shift in how I perceive and capture the world around me — feeling more inclined to capture life as it happens — the fleeting, candid moments that often define the human experience,” Fezehai says. “Its ease of use and ability to capture high-quality images effortlessly enables me to explore and document the ordinary in extraordinary ways. That sentiment is embodied in the work I created for the show.”

“I Remember You” will be on display at the Salon Corderie in Le Marais in Paris on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, from 11 am to 7 pm.

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