I thought it would be a massive shame not to share the best bits with you too, so hopefully the below list will be of some interest! I'm so excited about this year and I'm already very much looking forward to doing as much as I can when it comes to the things that London has to offer.
Most people probably know about the original Boxpark in Shoreditch, but fewer people might be aware that South London has now got its own one too. The Croydon branch was opened at the end of last year and will truly blossom in 2017. They have over 200 events planned for next year, ranging from acoustic gigs and clubnights to sports classes and spoken word events.
According to their website, the Croydon branch will focus more on food and drinks than its Shoreditch counterpart and you can expect cuisine from all corners of the world. My favourite traders are Mud Cafe and Chillbox, but there are SO many ones I still want to try, such as Poptata (specialising in french fries - yum!) and Arancina (Italian street food).
One place in London I've been wanting to visit for ages is the cafe/bar/creative hub Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross. As you can probably guess from the name, this place doesn't like to settle with being just one thing. During the daytime it's a cafe, during the night time it's a bar with a dancefloor, and in the inbetween bits it likes to host all sorts of different, creative events. They're most known for their crafty events such as calligraphy classes and stitching but they also host lots of other kind of things as well, such as Beyonce dance classes (!) and boozy boardgames.
One of my favourite places to discover new bands is The Lexington in Angel. They do album launches, theme nights (they've had nordic and French nights in the past) and mini festivals, such as the upcoming Five Day Forecast which showcases the best new talent that they think everyone should hear about. It's running from Monday to Friday next week with a five day wristband costing you £35 (although you can also get individual tickets from their website!).
This year the Southbank Centre is focusing on the Nordic countries with their year long series of Nordic Matters. They're going to be showing films, holding art exhibitons and talks as well as concerts and food related events. You probably won't be surprised to hear that I'm especially excited about their Adventures in Moominland exhibition which concentrates on the life and the stories created by the wonderful Tove Jansson. I can't wait to get lost in the Moominvalley and feel like a little kid again - who's with me?!