Our pick of the best things to do in November from Bonfire Night’s best fireworks displays to Winter Wonderland and The Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia (too soon?)
Lead image: Tokyo Light Odyssey, part of WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade at Japan House London (photo courtesy WOW)
1 Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays, various locations
Guy Fawkes, bonfires, toffee apples, fun fairs – Bonfire Night comes with many traditions, but to many of us it’s all about the fireworks. London’s big four fireworks displays – Alexandra Palace, Blackheath, Battersea Park and Crystal Palace – are back in full swing this year, so wrap up warm and head on out. Ally Pally is hosting its usual two day Fireworks Festival, taking place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November with music, cabaret, bars, a new pagan-inspired fire-lighting ritual culminating in the lighting of a 30ft effigy, and a huge fireworks display soundtracked by Bestival founder Rob da Bank (from 7.30pm Friday and 6.30pm Saturday; tickets £12.50 adults, £10 kids (under 10s £2.50). Blackheath Fireworks is the biggest free and unticketed display in London (although it requires donations to stay that way), kicking off with a funfair from 12pm, food and bars from 5pm and fireworks from 8pm on Saturday 2 November. Battersea Park Fireworks also takes place on 2 November with award-winning pyro-technicians Jubilee Fireworks. Gates open at 6pm, the pre-show entertainment begins at 7pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and the fireworks beginning at 8pm (tickets £10). Crystal Palace Fireworks also takes place on 2 November, but this year there’s a new operator in town and they’re pulling out all the stops with an incredible ‘musical lightning’ show from Arcadia’s Lords of Lightning, fairgrounds, tented entertainment, food, a bonfire and fireworks accompanied by a laser show (tickets from £10 for adults, £8.50 for kids and £2 for under 10s).
2 Plosive Comedy, Dulwich
Plosive Comedy in Dulwich – south east London’s all-headline comedy show – returns this month with Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo star Milton Jones headlining. Fellow Live at the Apollo comedian Laura Lexx will also be taking to the stage, as well as 2019 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominees Huge Davies and Janines Harouni. Ages 18+. 8pm. Tickets £17. Plosive Comedy takes places at the MCT at Alleyn’s, a state-of-the-art theatre near North Dulwich station.
Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, Dulwich SE22 8SU; plosive.co.uk
Lose yourself in the printed word at the Chelsea Rare Book Fair, where dealers from around the world converge to showcase rare and collectable items from maps and manuscripts to first editions and ephemera from all over the world. Taking place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the event, presented by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, is ideal for everyone who loves a good book, from experienced collectors to those seeking out a childhood favourite, or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift. With more than 80 exhibitors, there’s something for every interest, including poetry, children’s classics, modern fiction, gardening, cookery, sport, military, crime, art, architecture and travel. You can also enjoy book fair tours by experts.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road SW3 5EE. To register for free tickets see chelseabookfair.com
4 The End of The World Brexit Party at Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
31 October-2 November
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience is one of the hottest tickets in town, and now, in celebration of Halloween and our impending departure from the EU (definitely maybe?), you can get a taste of the experience without going the whole hog at The End of The World Brexit Party. Toasting our political armageddon, celebrations begin on Thursday 31 October in the venue’s the steampunk-themed bar and restaurant, followed by a weekend of Apocalypse After-parties with cheeky Tequila May and Bo-jito cocktails, DJs and even a special guest appearance from BoJo himself (well, sort of!). EU-themed costumes are encouraged – there are drinks prizes for best dressed. 7pm till late. Tickets start from £12 (plus £29.99 for a bottomless punch bowl and four tokens for any draught beer and house wine).
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
5 BBC Music Introducing LIVE at Tobacco Dock
31 October-2 November
BBC Music Introducing LIVE returns to Tobacco Dock this weekend with an essential three days of discovery with talks, panels, performances, masterclasses and more. One of the UK’s biggest industry events, BBC Music Introducing LIVE supports and inspires the next generation of industry leaders, artists and creatives. The headline Catfish and the Bottlemen gig has sold out, but you can still catch a series of intimate daytime gigs from the likes of Celeste, Easy Life, JC Stewart, Lily Moore, Maisie Peters, Olivia Nelson and Rachel Chinouriri. Other highlights include Jo Whiley in conversation with Emily Eavis, and an Abbey Road Studios Songwriting Masterclass with Maverick Sabre, Novelist and Rachel Furner on Thursday 31 October, as well as Trevor Nelson talking about his incredible journey From Pirate Radio To Black Music Pioneer on Friday 1 November, Gilles Peterson will host the Futuresounds session, introducing some of the hottest developing artists in the UK. Tickets from £12.50.
Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane E1W 2SF; bbc.com/introducing
6 Day of the Dead at Brixton Village
Brixton Village is hosting an evening of Day of the Dead festivities with traditional food and drink from the village’s Latin American dining outlets, Jalisco and Casa Morita, and a special live performance by the Mariachi band Las Guadalupes, a female-fronted Mexican duo on a mission to share their love of traditional Mexican music. Co-founders Ingrid Rueda, a Colombian singer-songwriter, and DeAnna Avis, who was raised in a mariachi family, will also host a talk exploring the folklore behind the Day of the Dead in between songs. Jalisco will be running buzzing taco and margarita bars, while Casa Morita will be offering signature dishes and their special chill rum hot chocolate to warm up revellers, as well as churros and tacos outside their restaurant in Brixton Market, with next-door neighbour Seven cocktail bar offering up £5 margaritas and a piñata for all ages. 6.30pm till late. Free entry.
Brixton Village Courtyard, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LD; brixtonvillage.com
7 Sustainable Living Workshops at Mason & Fifth, Bermondsey
To celebrate the launch of Mason & Fifth – a new concept in co-living rooted in wellness and sustainable living – storytelling platform Stories Behind Things is hosting two special events help consumers looking for ways in which they can lead a more sustainable lifestyle. In the morning, you can take a 90-minute intimate Rocket Yoga Session with The Digital Yogi, starting with a fiery Rocket flow to get the energy flowing, before slowing it back down with some yin-style stretches to help you feel rejuvenated and relaxed (11.30am-1.30pm, tickets £12). In the afternoon, an upcycling workshop, led by Agnes LDN, will help you discover how to turn your unwanted clothing into something new and useful (2pm-5pm, tickets £35).
41 The Dockhead, Bermondsey SE1 2BS; mason-fifth.com
8 Riley Studio Pop-Up Concept Store, Notting Hill
Until 2 November
Eco-innovative fashion brand Riley Studio is hosting its very first Concept Store to celebrate a new eco-innovative collection, From Waste to Wardrobe. Riley Studio will also be showcasing a number of its favourite sustainable brands, including By Sarah, The Ocean Bottle, Guppyfriend Bags and many more during the two week pop-up, and will also be hosting a number of events, panels and workshops to help us live more sustainably. Speakers include Lucy Siegle, Tamsin Blanchard, Wilson Oryema and brands such as Hurr Collective, The Restory and Frank Green. The Concept Store installations have been created from reclaimed and recycled materials, and plastic collection points have been set up at their London WeWork in partnership with TerraCycle to repurpose them responsibly. The Concept Store also offers a Clothes Drop in partnership with Stories Behind Things, so that customers can donate old clothes to their Clothes Switching Events.
79-81 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill W11 2AD; riley.studio
9 Mix It Pop-Up Cocktail Experience at The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury
Until 2 November
Returning for a second residency, the Mix It Pop-Up Cocktail Experience at The Montague on the Gardens is an interactive bottomless cocktail-making experience. Over two hours on a Friday or Saturday night, or Saturday afternoon, you’ll create your own drinks using the venue’s full and unlimited complement of spirits, mixers and garnishes, or you can enlist the help of your own personal bartender, who will be on hand to provide expert mixology guidance. For a truly indulgent experience, ask your bartender to mix up your personally designed drinks, or order one of the delicious cocktails available from a bespoke menu specially created for Mix It by Pernod Ricard. Tickets from £39.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ. To book see designmynight.com
10 You Can’t Tell By Looking at Tension Fine Art, Penge
Until 2 November
How do you finish a painting? As an artist do you merely abandon a painting or do you wait and carry on working until the painting ‘looks right’? What is the most significant factor when finishing a painting – the rightness, the importance of the mark, the painting ‘facility’ or the rightness of what the painting might be ‘of’? Are you looking at the subject of the painting, or are you looking at the paint itself? Are you looking for both or neither? You cannot always say for certain what you are looking at – ‘you can’t tell by looking’. This exhibition, curated by Kate Love, has taught critical theory in art schools for 34 years, brings together three artists – Stuart Elliot, Julian Lowe and Mark Wallinger – to explore this ‘capability’. If ‘you can’t tell by looking’, what other ways of ‘telling’ do we use? Open Thursday to Saturday 11am-5pm or by prior appointment.
Tension Fine Art, 135 Maple Road, Penge SE20 8LP; tensionfineart.co.uk
11 Deptford X, across Deptford
Until 3 November
Deptford X, London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival, celebrates its 21st birthday this year with its largest programme to date. This year’s theme is Stop Making Sense, taken from the Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film of the same name, chosen to reflect surreal, playful and unruly art as a disruption to our current political climate of hostility and division. New director Nathalie Boobis has curated 12 major projects, five of which have been specially commissioned following an open call aimed at BAME applicants, with almost 100 fringe events drawn from the local community. Highlights include a film by Sarah Browne, who co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennial, a new sculptural installation by Kobby Adi, whose work explores cultural objects associated with Blackness, a major immersive work by American artist Gray Wielebinski that uses sports as an entry point for exploring themes of national identity, desire, myth making, surveillance, hierarchies, race and gender, and a festival procession invoking worldwide carnival traditions on the final day.
12 Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia
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 with some 900 hand-picked independent boutiques and designer-makers. You can also take part in interactive workshops, from festive centrepiece-making to English sparkling wine masterclasses, or head for one of the three stylish Louis Roederer Champagne Bars. Tickets from £20.50.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk
13 Fuzzy Futures by Sebastian Chaumeton at Maddox Gallery, Mayfair
Until 5 November
Maddox gallery in Mayfair presents Fuzzy Futures, the debut solo exhibition by Sebastian Chaumeton, a recent graduate from the Chelsea College of Art. With a nostalgia for the past and an eye to the future, Chaumeton’s work is a representation of his generation. Blurring the boundaries of identity in a painterly fashion, his canvas paintings give order to the overload of information that permeates our screens on a daily basis. Attempting to make sense of the world we live in, each of Chaumeton’s paintings provide commentary on an amalgamation of ideas ranging from meme culture to politics and art history, and data misuse to materialism. Fuzzy Futures is a double entendre on the texture of Chaumeton’s work; from the inclusion of muppet and puppet characters to the fuzziness of a partially downloaded photo, the surficial elements of his paintings are designed to slow down the viewing process.
8 Shepherd Street, Mayfair W1J 7JE; maddoxgallery.com
14 The Night Watch, Richmond Theatre
Presented by The Original Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal, The Night Watch is the thrilling and beautiful story from the award-winning, number one best-selling author, Sarah Waters, who also wrote the brilliant Tipping the Velvet. Adapted for stage by Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor, The Night Watch, which also enjoyed a televised run on the BBC a number of years ago, is set in London in the 1940s, a time when hearts beat faster and life burned more brightly. It’s a tender, tragic and beautifully poignant portrait of four ordinary people caught up in the aftermath of an extraordinary time. Tickets from £13.
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
15 Handle With Care at Camden People’s Theatre
Until 9 November
Camden People’s Theatre’s Handle With Care festival programme asks if Generation Snowflake is as hyper-sensitive as we’ve been told. Headlined by EUROTRASH’s new show, Trigger Warning (22 October-9 November), the UK’s most exciting theatremakers strike out beyond their safe spaces to explore this timid new world. Presented by two charming hosts, Trigger Warning is a pre-show disclaimer to a show you may never see, an absurdist comedy, exploring the politics behind safe spaces and the culture of offence. Atilla Theatre’s I, Incel (1-2 November) continues to question where healthy self-assertion ends and entitlement begins. Tickets £12.
58-60 Hampstead Road, Camden NW1 2PY; cptheatre.co.uk
16 Celestial Conflict and Resolution at St Alfege Church, Greenwich
Thomas Tallis Society Choir will perform Celestial Conflict and Resolution – Motets by JC and JS Bach – at St Alfege Church, Greenwich, as part of the London International Festival of Early Music. Two spectacular cantatas for the feast of St Michael, portraying the battle for heaven, by two members of the Bach family – Johann Sebastian and his uncle Johann Christoph – will frame two more reflective works, the beautiful funeral motet O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht and cantata 82, Ich habe genug, performed on this occasion in its less familiar version for tenor solo. The Thomas Tallis Society is delighted to welcome back renowned Bach specialist Nicholas Mulroy as soloist in a programme conducted by Eamonn Dougan and accompanied by the Orchestra of The Sixteen. 7.45pm. Tickets £14-£20.
St Alfege Church, 3 Greenwich Church Street SE10 9BJ. To book see ticketsource.co.uk/tts
17 The Independent Schools Show, Battersea
The Independent Schools Show returns to Battersea this November with more than 240 schools exhibiting, from nurseries through to sixth form colleges. Taking place at the Evolution Centre in Battersea Park, the show, now in its 13th year, features famous names in British education such as Fettes College, Harrow School, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Marlborough College, Wycombe Abbey and Wellington College, as well as independent school groups such as Cognita and GDST. Leading boarding schools from Ireland, Switzerland and the USA are also exhibiting. Three London Parents Forum Education Theatres offer access to the sector’s leading thinkers – including Patrick Derham OBDE, Ralph Lucas and Susan Hamlyn – who will be covering topics from affordability and admission requirements to how parents can support their child to deal with an ever-changing world. Tickets range from free to £200.
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park SW8 4NW; schoolsshow.co.uk
18 The Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia
The final important art and antiques fair of the autumn season, The Winter Art & Antiques Fair attracts thousands of art collectors, interior designers, antiques enthusiasts, collectors and anyone looking for that ‘one of a kind’ piece, from the UK and beyond. Leading industry experts will be offering insight and advice on the likes of Investing in the Decorative with Rachel Laxer from BIID and How the Antiques world has changed with BBC Antiques Roadshow Expert, Judith Miller. Art consultant Vanessa Curry will also be taking small tours around the fair to point out and discuss highlights for visitors keen to broaden their knowledge. Tickets from £20.50 in advance and £24.50 on the door.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; olympia-antiques.com
19 Dulwich Literary Festival
Dulwich Literary Festival returns with an unmissable week of events featuring the internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans Jung Chang, Booker Prize-winning writer Howard Jacobson, TV presenter and children’s author Konnie Huq, and the sensational author behind BBC hit series Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty. Taking place at Dulwich College and Dulwich Books, the festival opens with an enlightening event on mudlarking with Lara Maiklem, who will share 15 years of findings from the banks of the River Thames. Classicist, stand-up comedian & Radio 4 broadcaster Natalie Haynes will kick start the main weekend with a Friday night foray into the women myths forgot as she discusses her new book A Thousand Ships, a retelling of the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. Ticket prices vary.
20 Luxury Travel Fair at Olympia
It’s all going on at Olympia this month, with The Luxury Travel Fair also stopping by, offering the finest bespoke travel experiences created by the best in the industry. Uncover exclusive resorts and unique boutique hotels, luxury tour operators, first-class concierge companies, undiscovered holiday destinations and original once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences – all at London’s only travel event dedicated to discerning travellers, from honeymooners to families and single travellers. The fair boasts more than 80 leading and specialist tour operators to help you discover landscapes and natural wonders you never knew existed. Tickets from £20.50 in advance and £24.50 on the door.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; luxurytravelfair.com
21 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair is back this month set in the impressive former cartridge factory at the Royal Arsenal, presenting a curated showcase of more than 500 specialist artists and exhibitors. Buy directly from artists working in the unique craft of printmaking – from etching and lithography, to woodblock and screen-printing. Exciting emerging talent sits alongside established practitioners such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Norman Ackroyd RA. An accompanying programme of activities and events led by industry experts offer visitors of all ages an insight into the practice of printmaking and what to look for when starting to build your own collection.
No. 1 Street, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich SE18 6ST; woolwichprintfair.com
22 Handmade Chelsea at Chelsea Old Town Hall
Handmade Chelsea, part of 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 international and UK-based designer-makers. Shop for gorgeous textiles, jewellery, ceramics, glass and more from a handpicked selection of designer-makers, who will be on hand all weekend to talk about their work all weekend. Tickets from £8.
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road SW3 5EE; handmadeinbritain.co.uk
23 Lee Green Open Studios
9-10 & 16-17 November
Lee Green Open Studios celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a bumper event featuring more than 40 artists. Taking place over two consecutive weekends, you’ll find painting, printing, drawing, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and photography on display across 19 venues, from private studios to galleries and community spaces. There will also be demonstrations, workshops and a children’s art trail. Plus, collect nine venue stamps and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to buy Lee Green Open Studios artwork, as well as other prizes for fewer than nine stamps. Open from 11am-5pm. Free admission.
For a map and further details see leegreenopenstudios.com
24 Figure This! at Thames Side Gallery, Woolwich
9 November-1 December
Figure This! at Thames-Side Studios Gallery in Woolwich brings together the work of a group of UK and international figurative artists whose work is underpinned by the universal importance and immediacy of the human figure. The selection focuses on powerful and coherent work, where there is real engagement with the materials – where pigment coexists with thought-provoking subjects, creating a hugely evocative exhibition. Figure This! fills a demand for contemporary figuration to be part of serious and yet accessible conversation. The exhibition will also feature a number of talks, workshops and a one-day conference on Saturday 30 November to delve into the heart of the matter.
Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Woolwich SE18 5NR; thames-sidestudios.co.uk
25 The Rugby Portobello Trust Christmas Market, Notting Hill
The Rugby Portobello Trust is holding its 30th annual Christmas Market this November. Transforming the Rugby Portobello Trust’s centre on Walmer Road into a festive market, the two-day Christmas spectacle is one of the charity’s key fundraising events of the year. A handpicked team of discerning shoppers has been busy all year sourcing the best group of unique traders for the market, from fashion, textiles, homewares and toys to artisan food stalls. There’s also a Christmas Party and Shopping Evening with a booking signing from beloved children’s author Abi Elphinstone (12 November 2019, 6pm-9pm, tickets are £25 including drinks, canapes and music). As in many parts of London, Notting Hill is an area with both affluent residents and those living in poverty. RPT, embedded in the local community for 134 years, has helped thousands of children and young people get the support they need to reach their potential and live lives free from crime and deprivation with homework clubs, sports academies, youth clubs and more. The Christmas Market takes place on 13 November from 9.30am-5pm, tickets £5.
Rugby Portobello Trust, 221 Walmer Road, Notting Hill W11 4EY; rptchristmasmarket.co.uk
26 Oh Yes Oh No: Louise Orwin at Battersea Arts Centre
Provocative, surreal and dark, Oh Yes Oh No is a frank interrogation of sexuality, consent and survival in the wake of #MeToo. Made with the candid input of those willing to speak openly and honestly about their sex lives through interviews conducted all over the UK, award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin explores how to understand and reclaim your desire in the face of sexual trauma and rape culture, and the power of asking for what you want. Featuring intricate video design, Barbie and Ken, audience participation, and a heady mix of pop culture references, this show is for anyone who has struggled to find their sexual voice or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in. Over 16s only. 8pm. Tickets £12.50.
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill SW11 5TN; bac.org.uk
27 Wimbledon Art Fair at Wimbledon Art Studios
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, a personal invite to the official launch party and the chance to win £200 to spend on the day.
10 Riverside Road, Wimbledon SW17 0BB; wimbledonartfair.com
28 The Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House at Skylight, Wapping
14 November-January 2020
Fentimans, the botanically brewed drinks makers, is celebrating the launch of a new soft drink with a wholly instagrammable life-size Pink Gingerbread House. The magical fairy-tale environment, situated on the 9th floor of Wapping’s popular rooftop destination, Skylight, will be serving up festive ginger cocktails and sweet treats – the perfect retreat following a turn on the venue’s ice rink. Designed to look like a real gingerbread house decorated with icing, candy canes and edible sweet-filled walls, the gingerbread house will fit groups of eight and will be available to book in three-hour slots throughout the festive season, while all visitors to Skylight will be able to choose from a menu of Fentimans festive ginger drinks. The recently launched Pink Ginger soft drink is a contemporary twist on the much-loved traditional Ginger Beer, developed to offer a lighter, more aromatic ginger-style drink.
Skylight, Pennington St. Car Park Entrance Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
29 The 51st State Band Live in Concert at Putney Arts Theatre
Join the 51st State Band live in concert at Putney Arts Theatre this November for an evening of exceptional musical talent from World Heart Beat Music Academy students. Now performing in its 20th year at Putney Arts Theatre, the evening will see a selection of jazz and film scores performed by more than 70 young musicians. The concert will also host the Jack Petchey Awards, which recognise outstanding young talent. The 51st State Band, the flagship band of World Heart Beat Music Academy, was conceived by Founder and Artistic Director Sahana Gero MBE in the year 2000. The band represents the spirit of World Heart Beat by bringing young musicians of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn and play together. Performances at 6.45pm and 8.30pm (each concert is one hour long). Tickets £10.
Ravenna Road, Putney SW15 6AW; worldheartbeat.org
30 London Oktoberfest 2019, Moorgate
The fun doesn’t stop in October. London Oktoberfest continues into November with a ‘Luxury Edition’ – the most exclusive Oktoberfest in London – at a venue next to Moorgate station from 15-16 November. Expect live music, long communal tables, staff dressed in dirndl and lederhosen and, of course, plenty of German beer and bratwurst. Tickets start from £10, rising to £65 for the VIP Package with a reserved seat in the VIP area, priority entrance, VIP loos, drinks, a welcome Bavarian snack plate ang German premium Schnitzel with Bavarian potato salad.
31 Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College
Midcentury Modern returns to Dulwich College this month with 60 top midcentury dealers and 28 modern designers setting up shop at the bold, brutalist Christison Hall and red brick Victorian cloisters of Dulwich College. The event showcases the very best in 20th Century design from Britain, Europe, America and Scandinavia along with a stunning array of contemporary pieces. As well as modern and vintage finds for your home, you can pick up the odd Christmas present for the discerning design lover too. Expect an eclectic mix including original travel, film posters and artwork, iconic furniture, industrial, lighting, rugs, textiles, throws, glass pieces, ceramics, wallpaper and jewellery. 10am-4pm. Online tickets are £9 in advance, two for £10 from 1pm and free from 3pm. Tickets on the door are £15 for dealers and serious collectors from 9am and £10 from 10am. Entry closes at 3.30pm. Doors close at 4pm.
Dulwich College, College Road SE21 7LD; modernshows.com
32 Q Live presents Mica Paris at Quaglino’s, Mayfair
Mica Paris, Queen of UK Soul is returning to Quaglino’s this autumn for another live performance following last year’s sell-out show. Boasting a career filled with top-ten hit singles, a platinum-selling album and collaborations with musical legends including Prince and Jools Holland – plus a career in the West End – Paris will take to the stage at Mayfair’s iconic restaurant and late-night music venue to perform some of her best soul classics including My One Temptation, Breathe Life into Me and Where Is The Love. Tickets start from £35 to enjoy the performance from the bar, including a cocktail, rising to £90 to watch the performance from the restaurant’s premium seats, including a three-course dinner and a glass of champagne.
16 Bury Street, Mayfair SW1Y 6AJ; quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
33 A Letter to a Friend in Gaza at The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill
Part theatre, part film, and part tribute to Albert Camus’ Letters to a German Friend, A Letter to a Friend in Gaza is multi-award winning film and theatre-maker Amos Gitai’s elegiac and moving address to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, told through the perspectives of those living it. Four actors – two Palestinian and two Israeli – seated at a long table, read each other poems, writings and letters by Palestinian and Israeli writers and thinkers such as Mahmoud Darwish, S. Yizhar and Emile Habibi, against a backdrop of news and archive footage from the on stage cameras, interwoven with a soundtrack from live musicians. Tickets from £15.
103 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB; thecoronettheatre.com
34 Austentatious at Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden
18 November-16 December
Austentatious is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. The group has established itself as one of the UK’s most popular live acts, with seven sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe under their belt, a monthly West End residency in 2018, and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the bicentenary of Austen’s death. Returning for a limited season in London, Austentatious is back and ready to ring in the festive season complete with pre-show carol singers. You can also get a loyalty card – see the show four times and your fifth time is free! Ages 12+. Tickets from £20.
29 Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5HH; atgtickets.com
35 A Decade of Change, the City
James Burns, photographer and founder of London from the Rooftops, is showcasing his work in a three-day exhibition at the Steel Yard, an intimate bar and gallery space in the City. James’ work documents the ever-changing London skyline over the last decade, which has seen the most intensive period of high-rise construction in London’s history. From his unique vantage point on London’s rooftops, he’s captured some beautiful panoramas of the city, the way cityscape photography was enjoyed before everything became a square on Instagram. A rolling film will grant visitors a more in-depth trip through the previous decade, and James will also hosting a series of talks.
13-16 Allhallows Lane, the City EC4R 3UE; londonfromtherooftops.com
36 It’s Only Rock N Roll But I Like It! at Galerie Prints, Wimbledon
Until 20 November
A major new exhibition from GALERIE PRINTS in Wimbledon features gorgeously candid shots of the best known faces of Rock & Pop, from Elvis Presley to The Rolling Stones and Blondie and Bruce Springsteen. Spanning over 50 years of music photography, the exhibition features heavyweight photographers such as as Terry O’Neill, Michael Putland, Jill Furmanovsky, Christopher Simon Sykes and Duffy. Led Zepplin, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Nirvana and Oasis feature in this spectacular display of iconic music imagery. Free Admission.
152 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AQ; galerieprints.com
37 WeWork’s The Creator Series, Spitalfields & Southbank
Until 20 November
WeWork is hosting an inspiring series of four free-to-attend events that will discuss emerging trends and the future of the fashion, food, entertainment and design industries with expert panellists. Events take place at two of its central London locations; Devonshire Square in Spitalfields and 10 York Road on the Southbank. On 6 November, it’s Entertainment: Access All Areas, exploring how we consume music and performance with Emma Kelly, Assistant Entertainment Editor at METRO, alongside radio and TV presenters Edith Bowman and Vick Hope. On 13 November, it’s Food: The Future of Dining, discussing emerging food trends including the rise of veganism and the impact of social media with vegan chef and YouTuber Gaz Oakley, Olive magazine Editor Laura Rowe and more. Then, on 20 November, it’s Design: Sketching the Future, exploring re-emerging trends and the future of interior design hosted by DEZEEN founder Marcus Fairs with the funders of 2LG Studio and urban designer Elsie Owusu OBE. All take place from 6pm-9pm and are free but require an RSVP.
38 Rugby Captains Dinner at Battersea Evolution
The Rugby Captains Dinner raises funds for research into Motor Neuron Disease and helping young people seriously injured through sport, and this year it promises to be the best yet. Join Doddie Weir and Matt Hampson as they host world famous rugby captains and review the 2019 Rugby World Cup in an unforgettable evening featuring a sumptuous meal. 7pm-2am. Table packages from £2,495 for a Gold Table, rising to £9,995 for a Diamond Table. Individual tickets are also available at £250 per person.
Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Gate SW8 4NW; ourlegend.com
39 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. Devour signature dishes from more than 20 of the capital’s top restaurants, as well as some brand new ones they’ve created exclusively for Taste, 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. Plus, there are nearly 100 of the UK’s finest gourmet producers to sample and shop. Tickets from £15.
40 Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
21 November-5 January 2020
It’s hard to beat Winter Wonderland. Celebrating its 13th year in 2019, one of London’s biggest festive attractions has everything for the Christmas lover. Browse the 100+ 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, buy tickets to ice skate around the pavilion in Hyde Park or check out one of the many new shows, including the Magical Ice Kingdom presents A Christmas Carol, Paddington on Ice, Mr Men & Little Miss – The Show, Cirque Berserk, ice sculpting workshops and more. Free to enter. Attractions carry a fee. Closed on Christmas Day.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
41 WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade at Japan House London, Kensington
21 November-22 March 2020
Japan House London welcomes the mesmerising digital displays of multidisciplinary visual design studio WOW this month. Their first UK solo exhibition features two installations looking at both the urban future and timelessness of rural Japan. WOW’s Tokyo Light Odyssey presents a mind-bending 360-degree re-imagining of Japan’s capital city by night, heralding 2020 and the year when the world looks to Tokyo for the Olympics. At once familiar – with neon lights emanating from train stations and convenience store logos floating in the darkness – the artists use omni-directional motion graphics to contort the known world and present a new interpretation of the cityscape. Then there’s POPPO, an excursion into the folk art of Japan’s countryside with three different installations focusing on kokeshi (wooden dolls) and O-taka poppo (carved wooden figures in the shape of hawks). Touch screens allow you to carve your own kokeshi doll and digitize them to become part of the exhibition, displayed on the walls of the gallery. You can also project your own face on to the kokeshi. Free to attend.
101-111 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; japanhouselondon.uk
42 Rembrandt Late: Illuminate, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Brighten up a winter’s evening with exclusive after-hours access to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s blockbuster exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light. Try your hand at ‘light drawing’ with Tine Bech Studio, experts in experiential light installations, give mindfulness and ‘slow looking’ a go, or simply take it all in with a delicious cocktail. The Rembrandt’s Light exhibition – a cinematic retelling of the Dutch Master’s pivotal years featuring 35 of his iconic paintings, etchings and drawings – continues until 2 February. 6pm-10pm. Free, but ticketed (exhibition tickets £16.50).
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
43 The Boy Friend at The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark
22 November-7 March 2020
The Menier Chocolate Factory is showing a major revival of Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend this month. Directed by Matthew White, Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies is the first major London revival in over 10 years. Set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boy friends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted soufflé of a show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.
53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; menierchocolatefactory.com
44 Japanese Winter Light Festival at Mr Fogg’s Tavern & Gin Parlour, Covent Garden
Until 24 November
Mr Fogg’s Tavern and Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour in Covent Garden has transformed into a magical Japanese-inspired illuminated oasis in celebration of the Winter Light Festival. In partnership with the House of Suntory, the festival experience will welcome the curious to explore super Instagrammable Japanese light installations and cocktails inspired by the riches of Japanese nature. A striking red Torii (gate) frames the entrance to Mr Fogg’s Tavern, with delicate hues of pink Japanese blossom adorning the exterior. The perfect space to soak up Japanese culture this winter, Mr Fogg’s will serve up equally dazzling Japanese-inspired cocktails, made with Roku gin, Haku vodka and Toki whisky, as well as a food menu that will take you on a voyage through Japan, from chicken gyoza to tuna sashimi pizza.
Mr Fogg’s Tavern, 58 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4EA & Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour, 1 New Row WC2N 4EA; mr-foggs.com
45 Flight 338 Escape Room, Greenwich
From 25 November
A decommissioned jet plane has been shipped into the grounds at Greenwich venue Studio 338 to offer a thrilling experience for friends, families and team bonding. The immersive storyline will start with participants donning prisoner garments and handcuffs before boarding the prisoner shipping plane – Flight 338 – but somebody is missing… A former member of your criminal gang somehow avoided arrest, and he has managed to smuggle some things on board that you might just find useful to escape. Find the clues, solve the puzzles, overcome obstacles and work together with your loyal crew to make good your get away. Flight 338 is the world’s first escape room on an actual plane, and it’s here for just three months before the next adventure – Chernobyl: 10 Seconds to Midnight, based on the HBO drama – launches from Jan 2020. Tickets from £20pp off peak.
338 Boord Street, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0PF; riddlewithin.com
Eight Lands Organic Speyside Gin and Vodka, which has won a number of prestigious awards since launching in June, Novikov’s Christmas Market to showcase its top notch spirits. Eight Lands Organic Speyside Vodka will be offered to visitors, alongside a sample of Beluga caviar, while miniature bottles of Eight Lands Organic Gin will be available to taste and buy. This annual Yuletide extravaganza, hosted by Novikov, turns Mayfair Place into a traffic-free winter wonderland full of hand-picked luxury gifts from jewellery and clothing to handmade crafts and Christmas decorations. There will also be carol singers, roaming minstrels, Father Christmas and Novikov DJs. 11am-9pm.
50 Berkeley Street W1; novikovrestaurant.co.uk
47 Lovers: Saner’s Most Intimate Works at Dorothy Circus, Bayswater
Until 30 November
One of Mexico City art scene’s top name, Saner, has launched a solo show, Lovers, at Dorothy Circus Gallery in Bayswater. His first solo show in the UK, Lovers features some of Saner’s signature mask iconography, mixed with deeply personal narratives for his seven new paintings. The artist uses a bright and colourful palette, incorporating iconographic elements from Mexican folklore and customs to investigate the universal theme of love.
35 Connaught Street, Bayswater W2 2AZ; dorothycircusgallery.uk
48 Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, Mayfair
Until 20 December
For his first solo exhibition at the gallery since 2012 – and first exhibition at Victoria Miro Mayfair – Grayson Perry presents new work including pots, sculpture, large-scale prints, a tapestry and a carpet. Perry casts an anthropological eye on the heady collision of art, money, power and desire, broaching the slippery concepts of meaning and significance. New pots include Shopping for Meaning, adorned with images of the artist – in wig, headscarf and various outfits – standing in front of Mayfair’s designer stores, their logos visible behind him. Searching for Authenticity collects together symbols of rebellion and rites of passage – the leather jacket, the beard, the CND banner – as if they were a catalogue of lifestyle choices. Don’t Look Down is a carpet depicting a homeless person bordered by a frieze containing images of domestic architecture. During the making of the work Perry had in mind Nam June Paik’s famous quote: ‘the artist should always bite the hand that feeds him – but not too hard’.
Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street W1S 1FE; victoria-miro.com
49 Watch This Space at Lazinc Gallery, Mayfair
Until 21 December
Watch This Space is an immersive live exhibition bringing together more than 25 international artists for a unique cultural presentation that develops right in front of your eyes… The unique initiative, presented in collaboration with renowned curator Magda Danysz of Danysz Gallery, will transform Lazinc gallery over the course of three months, creating a dialogue within the space as artists create works live on site. The disruptive exhibition will house an array of multi-disciplinary works, touching on themes of urban art, rebellion and multi-culturalism. Artists such as YZ and 1010 adopt building facades and concrete surfaces as their canvas, transforming them into monumental public artworks. During Watch This Space, they’ll be bringing the walls and floors of the gallery to life. Other artists including prominent figures from the Lazinc roster – namely Mark Jenkins and the Miaz Brothers – will feature alongside international artists selected by Danysz, notably, Charles Petillon and Ludo, as well as south London street artist Remi Rough.
29 Sackville Street, Mayfair W1S 3DX; lazinc.com
50 Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders at The Vaults, Waterloo
Until 14 January 2020
Christmas seems to come around earlier every year, and this year is no exception, with the launch of London’s first pantomime of the season – Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders. Following the sell-out success of Beauty and The Feast, Darling & Edge, the immersive events studio based in Hello Darling, has whipped up another thrilling theatrical adult pantomime, inspired by Aladdin and the Genie. Aladdin and The Feast of Wonders is an underground theatrical dining experience, a fully immersive, grown-up panto that rolls a five-course gastro banquet and party into one hedonistic night – it’s a wine-and-dine pantomime that turns the classic tale on its head. Tickets from £35 (Early Bird) to £55.
The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo SE1 7NN; thevaults.london
51 The Wolf of Wall Street Immersive Experience, the City
Until 19 January 2020
The Wolf of Wall Street has had the immersive treatment. The high anticipated production launches with previews from 5 September, taking over a 2,000 sq m landmark building in the City this month complete with four floors and 25 rooms. The building will be transformed to recreate 90s New York and the world of infamous stockbroker Jordan Belfort, whose life was depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s movie of the same name. This new production, from the creators and producers behind The Great Gatsby – the longest-ever running immersive show in the UK – will see a cast of 16 play multiple characters from Belfort’s memoirs, plunging audiences into a world of greed, power and excess in a night of top-notch entertainment. Stratton Oakmont is hiring. The FBI is closing in. You’re either with him or you’re against him… Tickets from £59.95. Currently booking until 19 Jan 2020.
5-15 Sun Street EC2N 2PT; immersivewolf.com
52 Moving to Mars at The Design Museum, Kensington
Until 23 February 2020
The Design Museum’s latest exhibition, Mission to Mars, explores how sending humans to the Red Planet is not just a new frontier for science, but also for design. Should humanity journey to Mars, what will we wear, eat and shelter in? Every detail of this extraordinary venture must be designed – from the journey (around seven months), to when we get there and beyond. More than 200 exhibits – including original objects and material from NASA and the European Space Agency, plus new commissions from responsible design company RÆBURN – tell the complete story of designing for Mars. Two major installations allow visitors to get closer to life on the Red Planet – there’s On Mars Today, a multisensory experience of the planet, and a full-scale prototype habitat by international design firm Hassell. The exhibition also questions whether we should be designing for Mars at all. In an installation modelling an alternative scenario running over a million years, Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg uses a gaming engine to simulate Mars colonised by plants – not humans. Adults £16-£18, kids £8-£9. Members free.
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
53 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Until 29 February 2020
The team behind Somnai, one of 2018’s most raved-about immersive experiences, returned earlier this year with a new gig – Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience. Prolific composer Jeff Wayne has partnered with cutting-edge ‘layered reality’ company dotdotdot to re-imagine his Musical Work into a multi-sensory experience of immersive theatre, virtual reality, augmented reality holograms and other cutting-edge technology. You’ll be thrust you right into the centre of the of HG Wells’ Victorian England and the Martian invasion of 1898, where you’ll be able to smell the grass and feel the chill of the story’s famous Horsell Common, and physically feel the ground shake as the first cylinder lands. Tickets from £49.50.
56 Leadenhall Street EC3A 2BJ; dotdot.london/TWOTW
54 Stages of Making at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill
Until 19 April 2020
Stages of Making at the Horniman turns the tables on conventional museum exhibitions, putting the materials, acts and processes of making centre stage, rather than the finished works. Co-produced by a collective of nine local community members – who have taken inspiration from the Horniman’s anthropology collection and the museum’s design history – in collaboration with artist Katie Schwab – each artwork has a story to tell about design, techniques and materials. Exhibits are displayed at various points of production, and everything is either made from repurposed materials or sourced with care. Visitors can also take part in making something to add to the growing ‘archive’ of samples in the exhibition, by joining daily Making Time drop-in sessions or booking onto one of the specialist workshops.
100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
55 Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer Of The Year
Until 26 April 2020
Winning images from the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition are now on display at the National Maritime Museum. Hungarian photographer László Francsics won the prestigious Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2019 award, securing the £10,000 top prize and pride of place for his photo at the exhibition. Other other categories and special prizes include a remarkable panorama taken from the top of the mountain Offersøykammen, showcasing the Aurora Borealis over the Lofoten Islands in Norway by Nicolai Brügger; an atmospheric image depicting photographer Ben Bush with his dog Floyd surrounded by Mars, Saturn and the galactic core of the Milky Way galaxy; and an extraordinary sequence of images of Mars following the progress of the great global dust storm by Andy Casely. In the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category, 11-year-old Davy van der Hoeven took home the top prize for his remarkable deep sky image of the Rosette Nebula in the constellation Monoceros – a remarkable 5,000 light-years from Earth. Adults £10, kids £5.
Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk