Despite many of us taking on Dryuary, the weather has decided not to take part. Although it’s looking quite dry this weekend (fingers crossed) it means London is still missing out on the one thing that makes January bearable – snow. But don’t fear, we’ve found a few ways for you to enjoy water in its solid form this weekend, plus an east end night out that won’t hurt your post-Christmas wallet.
Hogwarts in the snow – Watford (now – till Sunday 2nd February)
The decision to turn the Warner Bros studio into a full-time Harry Potter tour was a stroke of genius for the studio, and has probably kept every teenager in nearby Leavesden in a weekend job. While we strongly advise you go to the tour whenever you can, now is an even better time because Hogwarts is covered in snow! From now till the start of February, the turrets and towers of Hogwarts are covered in a blanket of snow we can only dream about. Of course, it’s all artificial (in fact it’s dendritic salt), but that doesn’t spoil the magic.
As well as getting to walk around sets like the Great Hall and the Ministry of Magic, and seeing famous props like the horcruxes , you’ll be shown the different ways the film makers created realistic snow for the Hogwarts Christmas scenes. This is an ideal trip for anyone who is potty about the books or the films, and is well worth going out all the way to zone 9. We’re just waiting for our owl and we’ll be visiting.
London Ice Sculpting Festival 2014 Canary Wharf (Friday – Sunday)
If snow is a bit on the fluffy side for you, then maybe this is more your style. There will be plenty of manly chainsaws, crowbars, drills and saws in this year’s London Ice Sculpting Festival. Over three days, 20 international ice sculptors will tackle solid water for a chance to win some trophies. The themes for this year’s competitions are River of Life (Single Block) and Fabulous Fashion (Big Block).
If you want an idea of the
sorts of things that are made, take a look at last year’s entries and marvel at how something so beautiful can be made out of the same stuff that lines your freezer or chills your fizzy drinks. There will also be master-classes that teach you how to sculpt either a penguin or a polar bear. What’s more it’s all free, so your cash-starved wallet won’t be complaining.
Continuing the “strapped for cash theme”, we’ve found an east London club with free entry. Head to The Three Compasses in Dalston and listen to DJ Fred Posts spin out some indie, hip-hop and pop tracks in this fashionable venue. We recommend you go for some Bloody Marys and try their great burgers and chips.