Itâ€™s that time of year when you start putting away your summer clothes and digging out your autumn favourites, unearthing a few gaps in your wardrobe along the way! Â Of course, itâ€™s the perfect excuse to hit the BrandAlley sales and our Outlet today to pick up some savvy bargains from top designers.
London Fashion Weekend
Now that the fashpack has moved on to Milan, itâ€™s our turn to feel the love as Vodafone London Fashion Weekend takes over Somerset House. Click here to choose from a range of tickets to enjoy exciting catwalk shows, pampering, champagne and a spot of shopping â€“ and donâ€™t forget to snap up your official LFW Mulberry tote. Â See you there!
Open House London 2012
If you love nosing around places usually off limits to the public, make sure you donâ€™t miss Open House London 2012. This hugely popular annual festival, which celebrates architecture, unlocks the door to hundreds of exciting buildings across the capital this weekend, like the Gherkin, the Guildhall and the Sanderson â€“ the statement hotel refurbished by Philippe Starck. You need to book some venues in advance, but you can just turn up to most of them. To be on the safe side, check here before you set off.
Ceramics in the City
Potty about pottery? You could pick up all sorts of treats at this special â€˜selling exhibitionâ€™ at the Geffrye Museum. Around 50 leading ceramicists and rising stars will be there, offering everything from functional domestic objects to purely decorative and quirky one-offs. Prices at Ceramics in the City range from Â£10 for mugs and small treasures to several hundred pounds for large statement pieces. As well as the chance to browse and buy, youâ€™ll meet the makers themselves, plus there are free demos and craft activities to entertain the kids.
Festival of Vintage
Trot over to Epsom Racecourse today for a fabulous celebration of vintage music, fashion and life in the 1930s to 1960s. Thereâ€™s loads to see and do – including live music all day, free dance lessons, fashion parades, vintage cinema, make-do-and-mend workshops, a tearoom and lots of shopping opportunities. Find out more here and watch a Festival of Vintage video clip.
Home-made blackberry jam
Right now, all around the country, hedgerows are bursting with free fruit – all ripe for the picking. So, what are you waiting for? And if you fancy having a go at making your own jam with all those blackberries, check out this simple recipe on YouTube. Delish!
Picture credits: Â© Vodafone London FashionWeekend, Â©Open House London 2012, Â© Porcelain vessel by Tony Laverick – courtesy of Ceramics in the City, Â© Festival of Vintage, Blackberry jam image Â© gardentherapy.ca.