15 Things to Do this Weekend in London: 16-17 November 2019

15 great things to do this weekend in London from ice skating on one of London’s many pop-up ice rinks to Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College and the UK’s first accessible clubbing event 

Lead image: Banksy Artsy, 2019, by Patrick Hughes forms part of 60 Years of Art opens at Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery 

1 Hit the ice, various locations
Three of London’s most famous ice skating rinks will be open as of this weekend, with the Natural History Museum Ice Rink in South Kensignton already up and running, Skate at Somerset House launching on Wednesday 13 November and Tower of London Ice Rink opening on 16 November. The Natural History Museum Ice Rink is one of London’s most popular, open 10am-10pm with tickets from £12.65 (see nhmskating.com), the rink at Somerset House is open 10am-10.45pm and tickets start from £11 (see somersethouse.org.uk), and skating at the Tower of London – set on the old moat inside the 1,000-year-old castle walls – runs from 11am till 8.45pm with tickets from £15 (see toweroflondonicerink.co.uk). Other hot pop-up rinks open this weekend include Skylight’s Rooftop Ice Rink in Wapping and – new this year – a rooftop rink at Bar Elba in Waterloo.

2 Oh Yes Oh No: Louise Orwin at Battersea Arts Centre
12-23 November
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

3 Wimbledon Art Fair at Wimbledon Art Studios
14-17 November
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

4 The 51st State Band Live in Concert at Putney Arts Theatre
15 November
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; ticketsource.co.uk

5 Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College 
17 November
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

6 At the Going Down of the Sun by Gabrielle Crawford, Barbican
8-28 November 2019
At the Going Down of the Sun by Gabrielle Crawford, an exhibition of photographs for the fallen, is perfectly timed to mark Armistice Day. Originally commissioned by the Orne Department of Contemporary Art for an outdoor exhibition in the grounds of the Musee of Montormel, Normandy, to mark 75 years since the end of the Allied Normandy campaign, At the Going Down of the Sun was attended by many European Heads of State. The original exhibition featured 60 photographic works of monuments to the casualties of two world wars, and now, a specially curated selection of 24 of Crawford’s works chronicling the scores of monuments is on display in London. St Giles’ Cripplegate, one of the few remaining medieval churches in the City of London, having survived devastating bombing during the Blitz, is a fitting setting for the exhibition. Free entry.
St Giles’ Cripplegate Church, Barbican EC2; stgilesnewsite.co.uk

7 Pam Ann at the Troxy, Stepney
15 November
Strap yourself into a night of comic turbulence with demonic air-hostess, Pam Ann. Performing her brand-new show, Pam Ann Returns, the perfectly-inappropriate-in-every-way air-hostess is known for her musical numbers, sparkling Garo Sparro costumes and her fresh observational comedy served up as only she can. From feeding the birds in coach to flying kites in first class, Pam Ann’s barbed wit has seen her hilariously negotiate even the most politically incorrect flight path with a spoonful of ‘sugar’, a Xanax and some Mary Poppers… Pam Ann launched 23 years ago and has toured the world 12 times, starred in her own TV chat show and performed with superstars like Cher and Elton John. She is also an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community. Tickets from £27.50.
490 Commercial Road, Stepney E1 0HX; troxy.co.uk

8 Daylight: Accessible Jungle/Drum N Bass at Omeara, London Bridge
16 November
London music venue Omeara is hosting the UK’s first accessible clubbing event for adults with disabilities and their carers this weekend. The event, titled Daylight, because it’s all about getting humans out of the shadows, is being produced by London-based DJ and mental health volunteer Tony Gurney and will debut with a Jungle and D&B special. Gurney, who DJs under the name Groover The Barbarian, lives with both Crohn’s Disease and Fibromyalgia. Having also been a child carer to his older brother who had both Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, and sadly died in 2000, he has experienced first-hand the challenges that come with going out to a nightclub or music event as a disabled person. Daylight will be limited to 100 tickets and run from 2pm-6pm in the interests of creating the optimum event experience for those attending. Tony has set up a crowdfunding page in the hope of creating a regular event within London’s clubbing calendar. Tickets are £5, with free carers tickets.
Flat Iron Square, London Bridge SE1 1TE; omeara.seetickets.com

9 Treasures of Osterley – Rise of a Banking Family, Osterley Park and House
4 November-23 February
The splendour of west London’s Osterley Park and House is known to many, but the story of the banking family whose fortune filled the estate with treasures has not been fully explored. The Child family counted monarchs, mathematicians and actors as customers at their bank, but now the family themselves will be in the spotlight with a new exhibition exploring the fine furniture and works of art they collected. Each object in the exhibition has been chosen to provide a glimpse into the Childs’ lives and work, from an original iron strongbox in which gold bullion, jewellery and other valuables were stored, to a ‘timeline’ of gold and silver coins that tell the story of national economic events, a set of lacquer furniture and a 17th century French ebony cabinet.
Jersey Road, Isleworth TW7 4RB; nationaltrust.org.uk

10 Lee Green Open Studios, various venues
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 (this weekend is your last chance to catch the action), 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

11 The Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House at Skylight, Wapping
15 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

12 Patrick Hughes: 60 Years of Art at Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery, Mayfair
14 November-15 December 

One of Britain’s most influential artists, Patrick Hughes, is celebrating 60 Years of Art with a new solo exhibition at London’s Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair. Patrick was an early Pop artist and then created his iconic Reverspective works, a series of illusionary 3D canvases that put traditional perspective into reverse. Coinciding with his 80th birthday, 60 Years of Art will fill the entire gallery across two floors and include more than 40 of Hughes’ most visually arresting artworks, including his famous surrealist concoctions of rainbows. The exhibition will also include exclusive new paintings.
Bel-Air Fine Art, 105 New Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 1DN; belairfineart.com

13 Wimbledon Music Festival, various locations
Until 24 November
Wimbledon Music Festival returns for its 11th season, this year with a programme exploring the fascinating relationships between music, mathematicians and architecture. The festival opens with Haydn’s depiction of the birth of the Universe, the Creation, featuring a stellar trio of soloists – Kate Royal, Benjamin Hulett and Jonathan Lemalu – alongside the London Mozart Players and the Academy Choir. There’s plenty of fun and theatrics too, including a spectacular Jazz-night, Swinging at the Cotton Club, with the Lindy Hop Dance Company and The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, and supertheatrics with Regent Opera’s updated version of Tosca. The festival concludes with a joyous exploration of numbers with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme of Bach, Bartok and Mozart. Concerts will take in a number of venues, including St John’s Church, Trinity United Reformed Church and King’s College School.

14 Badger’s Velvet Underground Christmas Pop Up at The Department Store, Brixton
16-17 November 

You’ll find Christmas pressies galore at Badger’s Velvet Underground pop up event this weekend. Taking place at The Department Store in Brixton, the event will showcase chic knits, stylish homeware, vintage jewellery and refined ceramics created by more than 40 discerning artisan makers. This original and eclectic mix of the finest makers, curated by designer Ros Badger, will get the festive season off to a flying start. £3 entry. 10am-5pm.
248 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8FR; badgersvelvetunderground.com

15 Stop Kiss at Above The Stag, Vauxhall
Until 1 December
Stop Kiss, the award-winning 1998 play by Diana Son, is coming to Above The Stag, the UK’s only dedicated LGBTQ+ theatre, for a four-week run. The play follows the story of a young couple, Sarah and Callie, who are viciously attacked after sharing their first kiss, leaving Sara in a coma. Stop Kiss, produced by theatre maker and LGBT rights advocate Kylie Vilcins and directed by Rafaella Marcus, explores relationships and the depth of human emotion and compassion. Showing Tues-Sat at 7.45pm and Sunday at 3pm & 6.15pm. Previews on the 6th & 7th November are priced at £15, and £22.50 thereafter.
72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall SE1 7TP; abovethestag.com


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