Lead image: My Dog Sighs (Roy’s People Art Fair)
1 Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia
29 October-4 November
Doesn’t it feel like Christmas? Well, it will soon… The Spirit of Christmas Fair returns to Olympia with Christmas workshops and stalls for those who want to start the gift shopping early. The event puts everything from seasonal products, festive decorations and home accessories to children’s toys all in one convenient spot. There will also be expert-led sessions including wreath making with Royal wedding florist, Philippa Craddock, cupcake frosting with The Hummingbird Bakery and Champagne tasting with Louis Roederer.Tickets from £14.50.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk
2 The Gift of Time: A remarkable story of voluntary service in Britain, Oxo Tower
31 October- 5 November 2018
The Gift of Time is a new photography exhibition marking the 80th anniversary of one of the largest volunteering organisations in British history, the Royal Voluntary Service. On display will be never seen before photography from Royal Voluntary Service’s archive – recognised by UNESCO as one of the most important collections in the UK, particularly for women’s history – showing how the volunteers started out by helping civilians during WWII, from billeting children to supporting during air raids. Celebrity photographer Nicky Johnston – more used to shooting A-listers such as Justin Bieber, Joanna Lumley and Judi Dench – will also display new portraits depicting today’s volunteers in action. Admission free.
gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH; oxotower.co.uk
3 The Collars & Coats Gala Ball, Battersea,
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual world-famous Collars & Coats Gala Ball, now in its 10th year, is world-renowned for gathering some of the biggest names in entertainment to celebrate the incredible work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. For one very special night each year, guests join stars of stage, screen, music and sport to experience a red carpet lined with dozens of the charity’s rescue dogs in Battersea’s world-famous Doggy Guard of Honour. This year, Billy Ocean is the headline act.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park (Chelsea Bridge Entrance) SW8 4NW; collarsandcoats.org.uk
4 Plosive Comedy in Dulwich
Plosive Comedy in Dulwich – south east London’s all-headline comedy show – returns this month with November acclaimed provocateur Reginald D Hunter, star of Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Plus, 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo, Uncle and Derek star Brett Goldstein and Mock the Week’s Suzi Ruffell. Plosive Comedy takes places at the MCT at Alleyn’s, a state-of-the-art theatre near North Dulwich station. 8pm. Tickets £17.
Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, Dulwich SE22 8SU; plosive.co.uk
5 Notonthehighstreet Christmas Pop-Up, Waterloo
Notonthehighstreet, the online home of thoughtful gifts, will be hosting two pop-ups this winter, showcasing products from over 200 notonthehighstreet sellers. The first will run from 2-22 November on the main concourse of Waterloo Station. You’ll find personalised Christmas Eve boxes and baubles, customisable jewellery and a selection of gifts from stocking fillers through to larger, limited-edition and one-off artisanal items. The second pop-up will take place from 3-24 December at Westfield London White City with opportunities for live personalisation and ticketed experiential workshops.
6 The Moon’s Animal at Someth1ng gallery, Honor Oak Park
Someth1ng gallery in Honor Oak Park is celebrating its four year anniversary this month, inviting clients and artists alike to toast their work showcasing the best of burgeoning local talent and international contemporary art. As part of the celebrations, the gallery is hosting a special exhibition of Rebecca Fontaine Wolf’s work. Opening on 2 November, The Moon’s Animal will feature paintings from the exceptional contemporary artist, principally known for her bold figurative pieces exploring female identity, mortality and desire.
52 Honor Oak Park SE23 1DY; someth1ng.com
7 Leicester Square Kitchen’s Frida Kahlo Brunch
To celebrate its partnership with the V&A’s Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, Leicester Square Kitchen has been hosting a series of Frida brunches – and this is the last one. Enjoy the Latin American vibe in Leicester Square, with exquisite Mexican food, cocktails, Frida-themed flower installations and DJ sets. Start with a classic margarita or Pisco Sour before an array of signature small plates, a main course from the grill and robata section, a sharing dish such as Mexican spiced rice or chilli-salted midnight black beans, and dessert. Starting from £35pp with the option to go bottomless for an additional fee.
31-36 Leicester Square WC2H 7LH; leicestersquarekitchen.co.uk
8 The Ghost Tide at Thames Side Gallery, Woolwich
Until 3 November
You can still revel in the spooky aftermath of Halloween by catching the last few days of special exhibition The Ghost Tide, which explores how ghosts exist as an idea across cultures, nationalities, languages and in recorded history. The exhibition features a collection of sculpture, installation, film, sound and performance pieces as well as public events, including a Day of the Dead closing party on 3 November. Curated by Monika Bobinska and Sarah Sparkes, some highlights include works by Anne Robinson, Charlotte Squire and Patrick White.
Warspite Road, Woolwich SE18 5NR; thames-sidestudios.co.uk
9 othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith
Until 3 November
Lyric Hammersmith is staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal plays in othellomacbeth. The condensed version of the plays is performed by an ensemble company of actors to draw parallels between the two stories of powerful and violent men driven to prove their masculinity. The innovative production is directed by Jude Christian, who has previously worked on Lela & Co at the Royal Court and The Seagull at the Lyric in 2017. The set is designed by Basia Binkowska, who won the Linbury Prize for stage design in 2017, which gives graduating designers the opportunity to work with some of the UK’S leading theatre companies.
Lyric Square, King Street W6 0QL; lyric.co.uk
10 The Paper Traveller at Kensington Central Library
Until 3 November
A new immersive show will be taking over Kensington Central Library from 30 October until 3 November. The Paper Traveller is part treasure hunt, part immersive theatre and explores library spaces through pop-up books, miniature sets, sound installations and intimate theatre performances. The mastermind behind the show is Marie Klimis who has designed it for just one audience member at a time. You will be equipped with headphones to travel around the library, meeting weird and wonderful characters along the way, taking you on an adventure through books. Just make sure you don’t get lost in one.
Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk W8 7RX; marieklimis.com
11 What Remains by Ambrosine Allen at bo.lee gallery, Peckham
Until 3 November
bo.lee gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of Ambrosine Allen’s work, showcasing her expanding series of intricate collages, meticulously created using layer upon layer of tiny paper cuttings. The subjects are landscapes, often epic in scope, but with a detailed aesthetic that references 17th and 18th century engravings of a geographical nature. Each of her impressive pieces on display often takes several months to complete before they can be seen.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk
12 Mika Rottenberg at Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art Opens
Until 4 November
Disused Victorian baths and water tanks have been renovated to create a new contemporary art gallery, the Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art Opens, which opened on 8 September. The first show is a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mika Rottenberg, who is known for her ability to highlight themes such as the inequality and the fragility of the human body, spun through a lens of humour and absurdity. Two new works have been commissioned for the exhibition: Untitled (Ceiling Projection) and Study#4, which examine the human body’s physical and psychological potential and limitations.
St James’s, New Cross SE14 6NW; goldsmithscca.art
13 Roy’s People Art Fair, Oxo Tower
Roy’s People Art Fair is back to celebrate both emerging and established artists with a unique fair in Oxo Tower Wharf. It was founded by artists Sam Peacock and Roy Tyson to support artists as they navigate the art world, helping them connect directly with the public as well as promoting their work. One of the most exciting inclusions is an installation by street artist My Dog Sighs. This year, the event is partnering with the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint. Entry is free.
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH; royspeopleartfair.com
14 Luxury Travel Fair, Olympia
The Luxury Travel Fair, presented by Condé Nast Traveller, returns to Olympia with a line-up of celebrity travellers and expert speakers, inspirational travel tales, insider tips and hand-picked luxury travel specialists. Uncover exclusive resorts and boutique hotels, luxury tour operators, first-class concierge companies and once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. There’s something for every discerning holidaymaker, whether you want to trek the Himalayas, enjoy the opera in Vienna, or enjoy an unforgettable safari in Botswana.
Olympia West, 12 Blythe Road W14 8UX; luxurytravelfair.com
15 Fireworks at Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace has been lighting up London’s skyline with its epic fireworks displays for many years, and this year’s installment will be even bigger and better, complete with an epic laser show and the StrEATlife tent sound-tracked by the legendary DJ Norman J MBE. There’ll also be a German Bier Festival with live music and street food, an ice-rink, circus acrobatics, bonfire and family area. Adults £12, kids £9.50. Family tickets available. Add on tickets required for some events. Friday laser show from 8.30pm, fireworks from 9pm; Saturday laser show from 7.30pm, fireworks from 8pm.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; fireworks.london
16 ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair
The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair, held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. There’s also a line-up of talks, book signings and guided tours to introduce novices to the world of rare books. Prices begin at just a few pounds and you might just find that extra special Christmas gift.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE; chelseabookfair.com
17 Month of Sundays Festival at The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is throwing open its doors every Sunday in November for an immersive new festival programme at just £5 per person. Exclusive pop-up opera and ballet performances will animate the new Royal Opera House spaces, as well as upcycling and dance workshops. Highlights include ROH Remembers on 11 November (2.30pm-5pm) when opera and ballet performances will explore artistic responses to WWI and you can take part in a family-friendly tea dance; and ROH Late on 25 November (6pm-9.30pm), which brings the Month of Sundays Festival to a close with a pub quiz hosted by Impact Dance Artistic Director Hakeem Onibudo, the chance to share a cuppa at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and watch dance performances.
Bow Street, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD; roh.org.uk
18 Klimt / Schiele at The Royal Academy
4 November-3 February 2019
This year marks the centenary of the deaths of two of the most celebrated and pioneering figures of early 20th century art: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918). As a result the Royal Academy of arts presents Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, which is the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the fundamental importance of drawing for both artists, from the origins of their academic training to their unconventional explorations of the human figure expressed through line. The exhibition will be on in The Sackler Wing of Galleries from 4 November 2018 until 3 February 2019.
Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 0BD; royalacademy.org.uk
19 Rain Man, Richmond Theatre
A major new adaptation of one of Hollywood’s best loved films is coming to Richmond Theatre this month with Rain Man, opening on 5 November. It is based on the original Oscar-winning film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, and has been developed to the stage by the aptly named Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company. The new show stars Gavin and Stacey’s Mathew Horne as Raymond Babbitt alongside his long-lost brother Charlie Babbitt, played by Downton Abbey’s Ed Speleers.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
20 Dulwich Literary Festival
Dulwich Literary Festival returns with an unmissable line-up of speakers, including Jo Brand, Nick Hewer, John Suchet and Louis de Bernières. The theme, Rough Music, celebrates those who have rejected social norms and oppression in the name of progress. Highlight include Melissa Harrison (All Among the Barley), whose lyrical novel sheds light on England’s interwar climate and the looming threat of fascism, and inimitable comic Jo Brand (Born Lippy), who will be joined by fellow south Londoner Brenda Gilhooly (AKA Gayle Tuesday) to discuss Brand’s new memoir and, one hundred years after partial women’s suffrage, what it means to be female today.
Events will take place at Dulwich College, Dulwich Books and Portico Gallery. For tickets see dulwichliteraryfestival.co.uk
21 Handmade in Britain Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair, Cheslea
Handmade in Britain is an annual contemporary craft and design fair taking place over three days at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. The event celebrates the best in high-end design and craftsmanship from more than 100 highly skilled, UK-based designer-makers. Shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and more from a handpicked selection of designer-makers. Makers will be on hand all weekend to talk about their work. Tickets from £8.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE; handmadeinbritain.co.uk
22 Echo Chamber by Miss Bugs, Mayfair
This month at The Gallery in Hanover Street, British artistic duo Miss Bugs will present their latest solo exhibition of contemporary art, Echo Chamber. The pair are known for their signature portrait style featuring iconic faces from pop culture icons like John F. Kennedy and Lady Gaga in colourful and unique ways. In this exhibition each work is made up of everyday and low-fi objects, including plastic Japanese charms, superhero toys and Lego figures, to look at the interaction of both high and low culture.
The Gallery, 10 Hanover Street W1S 1YQ; 10hanover.org
23 Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding, Notting Hill
9 November-8 December
A new adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding is opening at the Coronet at Print Room this month in the first UK production of the work. Set in the south-west American desert, the story follows a family trying to take death into their own hands. Full of jet black humour, profound insight and moving sensitivity, the show asks the question of what being alive actually means. The cast is led by Joe McGann and Josie Lawrence, running from 9 November until 8 December.
103 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB; the-print-room.org
24 Lee Green Open Studios
10-11 and 17-18 November
Lee Green Open Studios takes place on two consecutive weekends this month from 12-6pm with some 30 artists ranging from textile designer Jenny Dennison White to jewellery designer Cinzia Callegari and illustrator Mimi Soan. You’ll also find photographers, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, textile artists, jewellers and even artisan preserves and confectionery makers Bonbon cafe, all opening up their homes and studios across the area.
25 The Silver Apples of the Moon by Catherine Hyde, Battersea
The first exhibition of the newly refurbished Foss Fine Art gallery in Battersea is a collection of paintings from established artist Catherine Hyde. Returning to the gallery for her third solo exhibition, the new collection captures the poetry and other-worldliness that her work has been recognised for. She is most well known for her richly worked and atmospheric painting style and her new collection of pieces draw inspiration from the rivers and marshlands of Cornwall as well as the poetry of W. B. Yeats, in particular The song of wandering Aengus. The result is a dreamlike collection featuring tree-lined river valleys, snow-filled skies and glimpses of hares, stags and owls.
113B Northcote Road (entrance Wakehurst Road), Battersea SW11 6PW; fossfineart.com
26 Remembrance Art Trail, Canary Wharf
Until 11 November
The UK’s only Remembrance Art Trail commemorates 100 years since the end of World War One in association with the Royal British Legion. The 11-piece trail, created by British artist Mark Humphrey and commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, will debut four never-before-seen works – including a dedication to Nick Beighton, a British Paralympian, para-canoeist and former British Army Officer. Humphrey’s Nick Beighton Part 1 and 2 showcases the inspiring story of how Beighton, injured upon return from war, overcame adversity to compete in the Paralympics and inspire millions across the country. Expected to take centre stage is the iconic Every One Remembered, commissioned by the Royal British Legion and produced by Humphrey.
Various locations throughout Canary Wharf E14; canarywharf.com
27 Another England at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Until 11 November
The third edition of NOW Gallery’s annual photography exhibition, Human Stories, opens this month with Another England. The show has been developed in partnership with Historic England, to showcase a series of archive photographs and research drawn from their work to map the past 100 years of the nation’s history from a Black and Asian perspective. The has been curated by Kaia Charles and Tamsin Silvey to examine the impact of things like migration, religion and home, as well as unpicking embedded racism in contemporary society. Free entry.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
28 Mad Hatter with Finn Stone, Mayfair
Until 12 November
This month Imitate Modern is celebrating the work of iconic artist Finn Stone, who is also known as the Mad Hatter thanks to his penchant for always donning a hat. The exhibition of his work will take over the Shepherd Market gallery for a showcase of his paintings and sculptures, including a number of which that have never been seen before on the commercial market. Stone’s work spans the mediums of fibreglass, wood and glass, as well as using repurposed items like paintbrushes and lego to create his unique and extremely popular pieces. Head down to the gallery before 12 November to catch a glimpse for yourself.
19 Shepherd Market, Mayfair W1J 7PJ; imitatemodern.com
29 Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Oxo Tower Wharf
11 November-6 January
Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition returns to London for the 37th year and its 6th year at gallery@oxo. Get your Christmas shopping done early at Dazzle’s Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, which champions innovation and experimentation, showing a mix of exciting new talent hand picked from graduate shows alongside established international designers. This year is no different for innovation, experimentation and pushing the sector’s boundaries working with new mediums such as 3D printing. There’s even a Dazzle Extra section, which includes handmade leather bags by award-winning Steven Harkin and merino wool shawls and scarves by the St Martins’ design duo Green Thomas.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk
30 Scripts for Supper, Shoreditch
15 November-8 December
Brought to you by MasterChef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie, Scripts for Supper is a theatrical dining experience with a difference. Food and theatre collide as actors double up as waiters and the food brings you into the world of the play, which on this occasion is the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Expect music, singing, merriment and some spooky vaudeville to liven up those dark winter nights. Tickets are £60, including four courses, a cocktail, canape and the show, or £90 with a four-glass wine flight plus after-dinner digestif. Taking place at the Tab Centre in Shoreditch on the following dates: 15-17, 22-24 & 29-30 November, 1 December and 6-8 December.
3 Godfrey Place, Shoreditch E2 7NT; scriptsforsupper.co.uk
31 After Dark at Chiswick House and Gardens
15 November-30 December
Chiswick House and Gardens is hosting a brand new night walk and light display to transforming the historic property this winter. A series of modern light installations will illuminate the 18th century gardens and architecture, giving visitors the chance to enjoy a very different park after dark. The trail weaves through the grounds, while a projected light show set to a curated soundtrack lights up Chiswick House itself. Treat yourself to a bite to eat from one of the food traders in the walled garden and, if you’re looking for something extra special, book a table at the exclusive Supper Club. Running Thurs-Sun. Early bird tickets from £9.
Chiswick W4 2QN; after-dark.co.uk
32 Wimbledon Art Fair
Wimbledon Art Fair returns to Wimbledon Art Studios with more than 150 contemporary artists, designers and makers. Set in one of the largest artists’ studio complexes in the UK, the event showcases exciting new creatives alongside award-winning artists, the studio’s usually private, paint-splattered spaces and affordable artwork. Make a day of the event with street food and prosecco, creative workshops, demonstrations and activities for the whole family. You’ll also discover original pieces from paintings to editioned prints, photography and ceramics, priced from £50 to upwards of £5,000. Pre-register online for a free entry ticket with exclusive early access to an online sale of original artworks and the chance to win £200 to spend on the day.
10 Riverside Road, Wimbledon SW17 0BB; wimbledonartfair.com
33 Taste of London: The Festive Edition, Tabacco Dock
The festive edition of the capital’s finest culinary celebration, Taste of London, returns to the Grade I-listed Victorian Tobacco Dock to showcase the capital’s best chefs, restaurants and gourmet producers. Enjoy festive tipples and take part in hands-on masterclasses where you can learn how to create an impressive dish or shake up a cocktail ahead of the party season. Plus, there are nearly 100 of the UK’s finest gourmet producers to sample and shop, making Taste of London the perfect way to kick off the festive season. Tickets from £15.
34 Knoll UK Sample Sale, Clerkenwell
For one day only, Knoll UK opens its doors for its annual Sample Sale, offering iconic designs with reductions of up to 70% off the original retail prices. Taking place in its Clerkenwell showroom, the Sample Sale offers savvy customers the chance to purchase design classics by some of the best twentieth and 21st century furniture designers at heavily reduced prices. This year’s Star Buys include a Pfister three-seat sofa, reduced from £6,480 to £1,999, a Saarinen side table in white laminate, reduced from £708 to £199, and a Schultz side chair in white, reduced from £1,092 to £399. 10-4pm.
91 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell EC1V 7EX. Follow @knoll_uk on Twitter
35 KNOCK KNOCK at South London Gallery, Peckham
Until 18 November
The South London Gallery is launching their new annexe in a former fire station with an exhibition exploring humour in contemporary art titled KNOCK KNOCK. Curated by gallery director Margot Heller in collaboration with artist Ryan Gander, the exhibition will be shown across both the old and new galleries and will feature a selection of work by more than 30 artists including Joyce Pensato, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Hardeep Pandhal. The new site, across the road from the original gallery, has been renovated by 6a architects as an exhibition space, education area and artist’s studio.
82 Peckham Road SE15 5LQ; southlondongallery.org
36 Midcentury Modern, Dulwich College
Midcentury Modern returns to Dulwich College this month with 85 hot new designers and top midcentury dealers, including Jo Elbourne, Design Bros, Mourne Textiles, Geometrie, Linescapes and Renush. Metro Retro will have some great industrial pieces after a trip to Pinewood studios to fit out a set for the latest Judy Garland film featuring Renee Zellweger, and the Orson and Welles team has some stunning posters from 1968, an epic year for movies. You can also find jewellery by the likes of Alice Robson and Kate Hodgson, as well as Sophie Home, London Terrariums, Mustard & Ivy, Future Icons and AnthologyFive. 10am-4pm. Tickets £9 in advance (online only) and £10 on the door. Further discounted tickets available online.
Dulwich College SE21 7LD; modernshows.com
37 Rugby Captains Dinner at Battersea Evolution
The Rugby Captains Dinner, hosted by Smart Group, will raise money for three charities while celebrating the 15th anniversary of England’s historic World Cup victory. Stars in attendance will include the opposing Australian captain, George Gregan, as well as Sir Clive Woodward, Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Corry, Will Greenwood, Jason Leonard, Kyran Bracken, Lewis Moody and Simon Shaw. Enjoy a champagne and canapé reception, hosted Q&A sessions, live entertainment, a four-course dinner from M Restaurants by Smart and a live auction with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities as prizes. You’ll also get to hear anecdotes and tributes from the victorious England squad. Individual tickets from £275pp. Table packages from £5,995 for 10.
38 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is back this month at the former Artillery Museum in the Royal Arsenal. London’s only fair dedicated to contemporary printmaking, the fair presents a curated showcase of more than 300 printmakers. Buy directly from artists working in the unique craft – highlights include prints from Neil Bousfield’s series responding to Wilfred Owen’s poems and new hand printed etchings from this year’s artist in residence, Emily Crookshank. You’ll also find a selection of works from acclaimed artists including Tom Hammick, Gary Hume and Tracey Emin.
Building 17, Cartridge Place, Royal Arsenal SE18 6ST; woolwichprintfair.com
39 World Chess Championship, Holborn
The 2018 World Chess Championship – an event that has attracted a celebrity crowd including Jay-Z, Woody Harrelson, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg in previous years – opens this weekend. Reigning champion and chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen will defend his title against US competitor Fabiano Caruana. No player born in the United States has won or even competed for a World Championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972, so all eyes will be on the two chess icons. The world’s most esteemed chess tournament consists of a 12-game Match, and kicked off on 8 November with a red-carpet event held at the V&A Museum.
The College, 12-42 Southampton Row, Holborn WC1B 4AP; worldchess.com
40 Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
22 November-6 January
Celebrating its 12th year in 2018, Winter Wonderland has everything for the Christmas lover. It’s free to enter the Winter Wonderland site, so you can browse the 200 fairy-lit Bavarian style wooden chalets of the Angel’s Market and pick out gifts for friends and family from jewellery and clothing to handmade crafts and Christmas decorations. Open during the day, but far more impressive at night, you can also buy tickets to ice skate around the pavilion in Hyde Park, gaze upon and all the carnival lights from the giant observation wheel, or check out one of the many new shows, including the Magical Ice Kingdom, Peter Pan on Ice, The Snowman Experience and ice sculpting workshops.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
41 The Selfish Giant, Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre
28 November-24 December
Oscar Wilde’s much-loved short story The Selfish Giant is being made into an enchanting new production this month at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre. Presented by family theatre-makers Soap Soup Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions, the new production will combine storytelling, puppetry and enchanting music to tell the classic tale. It follows Grinter the giant, who lives happily alone in her huge snow-covered house before one day a group of children find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of all of their lives forever.
1 Clapham Common Northside SW4 0LH; omnibus-clapham.org
42 Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Islington
Until 21 December
THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE features new paintings, works from Yayoi Kusama’s iconic My Eternal Soul series, as well as painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures. The exhibition also marks the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE, an immersive mirrored room full of suspended paper lanterns covered with polka dots, which conveys the illusion of being unmoored in endless space. Continuing to address the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, Yayoi Kusama’s new works are testament to an artist at the height of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday. Entry is free via timed tickets and must be booked in advance online.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
43 Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset House
Until 6 January 2019
Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is the first major solo UK exhibition from South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, opening at Somerset House this month. In it Ruga reveals a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity in post-apartheid South Africa, addressing ideologies, social and state structures, and the politics of gender inequality. The result is an incredibly vibrant and striking body of work featuring photography, film, sculpture and hand-crafted petit point tapestry. Born in Umtata, Ruga has been seen as a figurehead for a new generation of artists in South Africa who are using myth and alternate realities as a contemporary response to social issues.
The Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
44 Space Shifters, Hayward Gallery
Until 6 January 2019
Space Shifters is amajor new exhibition exploring how artists disrupt our sense of space and surroundings. Featuring work by more than 20 international artists, the interactive exhibition highlights how different pieces and installations can create responses in audience members, focusing attention on perspective and perception. Expect reflective and translucent materials used in interesting ways, pioneering sculptures from the 1960s, ambitious architectural interventions and site-specific installations. Highlights include Richard Wilson’s 20:50, Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue and Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden.
Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
45 Yamal: The Stream of Life at The Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Until 6 January 2019
The Horniman Museum is hosting Yamal: The Stream of Life in their newly unveiled World Gallery this month. Showcasing beautiful photographs from life in the Yamal region of north west Siberia, captured by esteemed British photographer Bryan Alexander, the works capture aspects of traditional life, and how it has been affected by the changes taking place in the region socially, culturally and environmentally. Highlights include this image of residents Neseynya Serotetto and Tyurko Puyko taking a selfie while dressed in traditional Nenets reindeer skin clothing. The exhibition coincides with a larger programme of events at the museum, including an installation of life-size crochet animal sculptures on display.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
46 Parasites by Martin Eder at Newport Street Gallery
Until 13 January 2019
Newport Street Gallery’s Parasites is a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Martin Eder, whose paintings examine the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness, depicting kittens and wide-eyed puppies alongside uncompromising nudes and more sinister, surreal encounters. Featuring over 40 works, this is Eder’s largest solo show to date, featuring a collection of major new paintings and work spanning his career so far.
Newport Street SE11 6AJ; newportstreetgallery.com
47 Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs, Fashion and Textile Museum
Until 20 January 2019
Night and Day: 1930s Fashion & Photographs is a celebration of fabulous 30s style, showcasing more than 100 ensembles ranging from glamorous evening wears to beach pyjamas. The exhibition uses fashion as a medium to explore a massive period of social change when the excess of the 20s came to an end, the flapper grew up and the world hurtled towards the start of World War II. Accompanying the exhibition in the museum’s smaller gallery will also be a collection of rare evening wear, accompanied by newsreel and photographs of Hollywood starlets of the time.
83 Bermondsey Street SE1 3XF; ftmlondon.org
48 Ribera: Art of Violence at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 27 January 2019
One of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s most anticipated exhibitions of the year, Ribera: Art of Violence, opened in late September. Exploring the work of Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera, the show brings together some of his best, and most shocking, work in the first major UK exhibition dedicated to him. It has been curated to explore the theme of violence in his paintings and sketches as a form of artistic expression as he often used the art of human suffering as an inspiration in his creations. Visitors will be able to see the exclusive selection of 45 works on show at the gallery until 27 January 2019.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
49 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake, King’s Cross
Until 27 January
This month the House of Illustration is celebrating a side of Sir Quentin Blake that we haven’t seen before, with an exhibition of his large-scale paintings. The illustrator is widely known for his work bringing the characters of Roald Dahl’s books to life, but has also pursued a lifelong practice of figurative drawings in his career. Entitled 100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake, the showcase features works created between 1950 and 2000, which experiment with a more sculptural treatment of form and use of broad strokes.
2 Granary Square, King’s Cross N1C 4BH; houseofillustration.org.uk
50 Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, The V&A
Until 24 February
The V&A’s latest exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium of gaming, which has dominated many of our lives over the last few decades. The exhibition tries to provide a unique insight into the design processes behind the massively popular pasttime, exploring a selection of contemporary videogames from the drawing board right through until final play, as well as looking at origins in places like classical art. Visitors to the new exhibition can expect to see different kinds of concept art and prototypes of some of the best loved games of our current time. As well as this, there will also be several large-scale immersive installations and interactives on display to allow people to get stuck into the process of creating games.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
51 Astronomy Photographer of the Year, National Maritime Museum
Until 5 May 2019
Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition celebrates 10 years of outstanding images shot by astrophotographers around the world. The 31 spellbinding winning images of the cosmos from this year’s competition will be on display alongside a selection of 69 of the best photographs from previous years, in a special exhibition hosted at the National Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very own Milky Way and neighbouring planets, the entries reflect our enduring fascination with the night sky. Images on display include the winners from the nine main categories, as well as two special prize winners. Tickets £10.