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Who'd of thunk it... Kodak and biting back. They may have been struggling a bit on the film and camera front but to combat that they have taken an almighty leap into phones.

Kodak Company will open a Christmas pop up in the heart of London this December as a creative hub and a place for photography enthusiasts to delve into Kodak’s photography expertise. Opening with the highly anticipated global launch of the KODAK EKTRA Smartphone, the hub will showcase a capsule collection of Kodak products whilst offering a week long calendar of experiences and creative counsel.

The Kodak Ektra Darkroom will provide a unique platform for photography enthusiasts - amateurs and professionals alike - to learn, be inspired, create and share.  Celebrating Kodak’s rich history of imaging technology, the space will showcase Kodak’s consumer portfolio of contemporary image and product innovation.

credit-discerningmanVisitors will:

  • Be the first worldwide to trial and purchase the new KODAKEKTRA Smartphone (from Monday 5th December)
  • Enjoy free tutorials, learning how to take exceptional images on the KODAKEKTRA, including free demonstrations on the many unique built in settings and applications
  • Enjoy free photography exhibitions from celebrated Kodakpartners
  • Have the opportunity to engage with in-house photography experts to learn new skills and techniques
  • Attend tutorials from guest imaging specialists
  • Be immersed in the iconic Kodakbrand, its rich history and learn about photography throughout time
  • Purchase exclusive Kodakmerchandise including fashion wear, prints and film stock, some as UK exclusives.  A limited edition Opening Ceremony Kodak capsule collection will be available to purchase in-store, for the first time outside of the USA and while stocks last

WHAT: Kodak Ektra Darkroom

DETAIL: A pop-up creative hub for photography enthusiasts and the first place to trial and purchase the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone

WHERE: 70 Berwick St, Soho

WHEN: 5th – 11th December, Monday - Wednesday 10am - 7pm , Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am - 7pm, Sunday 11am - 5pm

imgp1605We're all so God damn busy....

Running about, working, going to the gym, seeing friends, shopping, partying, more working, a bit of sleeping, travelling... there's very little time.

This is why it's always handy to get those little jobs taken off your hands to give you the odd half an hour - they all count!

This time - gift wrapping and furthmore gift wrapping of healthy presents. This should keep everyone happy and away from early 2017 colds.

In the spirit of giving, Abokado, London’s health focused destination for fresh, feel-great food, is launching a free gift-wrapping service in-store over the Christmas season.

Encouraging time-poor Londoners to kill two birds with one stone, the free gift-wrapping service allows customers to leisurely enjoy a healthy meal while their Christmas shopping is professionally looked after at no extra cost.

While the merry Abokado elves wrap, diners can nosh down on a signature Shwrap®, a delicious hybrid of sushi and wrap: a giant seaweed wrapped maki roll in a variety of enticing flavours such as Sweet Chilli Salmon & Fresh Dill, Chicken Teriyaki and Avocado & Ginger.

The capital is notoriously busy during the festive period, with the countdown to Christmas Day underway and stress levels on a high. As a brand built on the foundations of providing feel-great food on the go, Abokado has Londoners’ backs this year, providing another reason to feel good this holiday season.

The complimentary gift-wrapping service will be rolled out across three centrally located Abokado sites, Great Portland Street, Newman Street and St. John Street. With all participating stores positioned conveniently nearby popular shopping destinations, Abokado is the perfect destination to refuel whilst Christmas shopping.

Available in select stores on 8th December and 15th December from 2pm to 8pm.

Another festive initiative kicking off this Christmas is Abokado’s annual Charity Coffee Day. This fundraising initiative takes place at each of the business’ 29 sites, with all money raised from sales of coffee donated to St Mungo’s (www.mungos.org), London's homeless charity.

Abokado Founder Mark Lilley, said “This is our eighth Charity Coffee Day in partnership with St Mungo’s Broadway and it continues to be a yearly highlight for our staff as well as our customers. St Mungo’s is a fantastic charity that provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night. We are excited to be supporting such a worthy cause, particularly at Christmas time.” 

We’re pleased to be doing our bit by donating the proceeds from sales of London’s morning handcrafted coffee to a worthy cause!

The Charity Coffee Day fundraising will take place across all of Abokado’s 29 London sites on Friday, 16th December.


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photos-48It's always nice to do festive stuff with little ones and Foyles is making it super easy with Snowball, their first ever one-day winter children’s festival.

A great day out either for your little ones or little ones that are once removed. This ticketed event is being held on Saturday 26th November (9:30am – 5:30pmon Level 6 at 107 Charring Cross Road. Expect a day jam-packed with arts and crafts, storytelling - this will be a great one for both festive fun and a bit of learning. If you know any bidding book worms this mini fest will be perfect for them.

9781782118572To both inspire those who are a little older and entertain the younger there will also be author visits – from Matt Haig’s The Girl Who Saved Christmas and queen of historical fiction Emma Carroll talking about her most wintery books, to art activities with children’s authors Jennifer Higgie and Lisa Stickley.

If you can't make this event there is still the chance to listen to readings of The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snowdog at Charing Cross Road on Sunday 11th December (2 – 4pm). These classics are accompanied by Gingerbread Snowman decoration… and the all important tasting afterwards.

You can also meet the huggable Snowman at the Southbank Royal Festival Hall earlier the same day (11am – 12 noon), where Snowman stickers and mince pies will be provided.

Find full information as well as what's happening at other Foyles up and down the country here.


London Bridge Christmas MarketLondon has a bevy of Christmas Markets each year ranging from small and niche to large and this London bridge offering is somewhere in the middle. It's the ideal walk through to include in a festive day out being near to Borough Market and the river.

You'll find the market on The Queen’s Walk in Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier with over 40 independent traders in beautiful Christmas themed wooden cabins.

Offering handcrafted and bespoke gifts, ‘Christmas By The River’ will host a range of elegantly designed stalls as well as a selection of delicious festive food. ‘Christmas By The River’ is the perfect spot for winter-warming drinks with a fully stocked bar serving cocktails, mulled wine and craft beers as the centre-piece of this enchanting Christmas market.

Dressed with festive lights and Christmas trees, Christmas By The River will be the ideal place for not only gift buying, but experiencing the best of what London has to offer during the festive season with iconic views of The City, Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London.London Bridge Christmas Market - things to do

London Bridge City Presents… Christmas By The River’ will launch on Thursday 30 November and will be open from MondaySunday, 11am – 7pm until Tuesday 3rd January. Nearest tube is London Bridge. The market will be at The Scoop More London, along The Queen’s Walk, through Hay’s Galleria and finishing at the London Bridge City Pier.

London Bridge City 

London Bridge City is a bustling riverside destination incorporating More London, Hay’s Galleria, Cottons Centre and No.1 London Bridge. A changing programme of arts, entertainment and events, world class food and drink against a backdrop of great architecture.

London Bridge City presents Christmas By The River is curated by Tudor Markets.

Wether it's New Year or Christmas that you want to celebrate we're suggesting you do it at home this year. It makes the most sense and with the amazing selection of people around to help you in London you'll have the best time.

Firstly you'll need music, Sony has a great selection of speakers for the occasion to suit any size flat or house. From the small portable SRS-X11 to the MHC-V7D, there is a speaker to suit any sized party.

If you really want to go all out splash some cash or maybe group together with your housemates then you want the MHC-V7D


The best parties need a big sound system. The MHC-V7D delivers soul-shaking bass from a vertical, space-saving box design. Throw club-style illuminations on your ceiling or wall and use fun and easy gesture control to turn up the volume, skip the next track and experiment with DJ effects. An ideal gift for the wannabee DJ in your life who loves to entertain.

-          New Sound Pressure Horn for powerful bass you can feel

-          Fun and intuitive handling with Gesture Control

-          LED light display and DJ effects creates a party atmosphere

-          Control the music and party features with the Fiestable app

They are pretty special -more info.

Price: £479.00

Or for mid-range volume that won't get you kicked out of your rented abode grab the SRS-X33 –


Thanks to a portable, lightweight design, it’s simple to stream music wherever you are with the SRS-X33 wireless speaker. With 12 hours  of power you can keep the music going indoors or out, whether you’re at the park or a party.

-          DSEE upscaling restores quality of compressed files, meaning you won’t lose out when listening through streaming services

-          S-Master digital amplifier for pure sound quality

-          Great-sounding music with ClearAudio+

-          Up to 12 hours of battery life

More info 

Price: £129.00

Once that's started you'll need something to toast your visitors. Premier Estates Wine have just launched their Prosecco Mini’s, only £2.99 a bottle from local corner shops or £60 online for a case of 24 – these are very cute and can be drunk with just a straw or given out individually with glasses. They are a lovely light bubbly option to start your night.

Alternatively or additionally the Prosecco could be used to make these sparkling jelly shots! http://bit.ly/1OwOy8A.



Then you'll need food - we're going to say go festive. Get a festive doughnut delivery from DumDum Doughnuts in Shoreditch . Snow man doughnuts, angry reindeer doughnuts and more! All with custard fillings or chocolately custard fillings and all delicious!

You can either be smug and pretend you made them yourself, or you could be smug that you did know baking and were clever enough to find such cool party food.


Now we're really getting the party started it's time to bring out the Ice Luge from Ice Box.


There are a number of designs from The Ice Box and if you send a logo or some text this can be included on the base of the luge! They start at around £140 and really bring a party together. Also, they may be called vodka luges but you can pour any chosen drink through - Bailey's works particularly well.

In a lovely festive spirited addition The Ice Box has offered WJ readers a 10% discount with the code WJVL16, it's valid until 31.03.16 so get your luge on.

Once you've had a few drinks why not get a little creative?

Sharpie and Paper Mate have a great range of colourful pens to customise your Christmas. They write on everything and anything - you can personalize your own baubles, bunting, Christmas decorations and even Wine glasses! Paper Mate now have erasable gel pens, gone are the Christmas card typo days!