The best things to do in London this weekend, from a ballroom dancing masterclass to two impressive jewellery exhibitions, a Jasper Conran sample sale and an art car boot fair
Lead image: Mayfair’s new Ever After Garden is inspired by The Light Rose Garden by Korean Creative Group PANCOMMUNICATION (pictured)
1 Ballroom Masterclass with Strictly’s Erin Boag at Karen Hardy Dance Studios, Imperial Wharf
Overlooking the stunning Chelsea Waterside, Karen Hardy Dance Studios offers your own private oasis within a glamourous setting. This Friday, the studios are hosting a Ballroom Masterclass with Erin Boag of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing fame. Open to members and non-members alike, you’ll learn from one of the ballroom world’s top pros. Karen Hardy Dance Studios, established in 2008 by former Strictly Come Dancing and World Masters Champion, Karen Hardy, hosts monthly ‘Let’s Party’ masterclass events with guest teachers from the world of professional ballroom and Latin dancing, including some of your favourite past and present Strictly pros. Inclusive in membership, the ‘Let’s party’ events are the best place to practice all that you learn in your lessons. Tickets £25. Click here to book.
10 The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf SW6 2UB; karenhardystudios.com
2 Stardust: The Art of British Jewellery in the 1960s, Connaught Village
27 November-18 December
This winter Lyon & Turnbull London will host a loan exhibition honouring the decade that changed British jewellery. Stardust: The Art of British Jewellery in the 1960s features more than 30 pieces made by the jewellers that came to define the post-war era. The 1961 International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery was the world’s first international display of contemporary jewellery. The aim was to reinvigorate the British jewellery trade after Second World War austerity, and it certainly did that, showcasing an emerging breed of designers that helped put the swing into the Sixties. Stardust picks up where that famous exhibition left off, exhibiting pieces by jewellers such as Andrew Grima, John Donald, Tom Scott, Alan Gard and Gillian Packard. All were made in the space of a single decade by British makers and all are from one private collection. Open weekdays 10.30am-5pm & Saturdays 12pm-4pm.
22 Connaught Street W2 2AF; lyonandturnbull.com
3 Made in Camberwell Arts Market & Open Studios
30 November-1 December & 7-8 December
Discover unique gifts and soak up the festive spirit at the Winter Made in Camberwell Arts Market and Open Studios. The Winter Made in Camberwell Arts Market on Saturday 30 November will showcase the very best of local makers, designers and artisans, from doodles to prints and natural cosmetics to sustainable fashion (market locations: Joiners Arms, Butterfly Walk Arcade, Tiger Pub, Church Street Hotel). The Open Studios also returns across Camberwell from 30 November-1 December and 7-8 December, with more than 60 artists, designers and makers opening their doors to showcase unique clothing, ceramics, jewellery, fine art, photography and more (various locations and independent artists studios, click here for details).
4 Art Car Boot Fair presents Prêt-à-Accrocher, Vauxhall
The hugely popular Art Car Boot Fair returns to The Workshop in Vauxhall for a one-off festive flash sale, offering the art-fans amongst us the chance to browse through a selection of pieces that have been created by some of the most talented names in the industry. Prêt-à-Accrocher is the ‘Ready to Hang’ edition of the fair, so it’s the ideal place to make a start on your Christmas shopping – and to pick up some goodies for your own home, too. There will also be on-the-spot personalisations and hand finishes by the artists, as well as a wrapping and postage service. You can also pick up Christmas cards and gorgeous decorations here, and you can try your luck at the Secret Santa Art Casino. 2pm-4.30pm. Entry is £10.
The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street SE1 7AG; artcarbootfair.com
Novikov’s Christmas Market is an annual Yuletide extravaganza that 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. Eight Lands Organic Speyside Gin and Vodka, which has won a number of prestigious awards since launching in June, will be showcasing its top notch spirits. Eight Lands Organic Speyside Vodka will be offered to visitors, alongside a sample of caviar, while miniature bottles of Eight Lands Organic Gin will be available to taste and buy. There will also be carol singers, roaming minstrels, Father Christmas and Novikov DJs. 11am-9pm.
50 Berkeley Street W1; novikovrestaurant.co.uk
Fashionistas will want to be in Fulham early on Friday, when fashion designer Jasper Conran, son of the legendary Sir Terrance Conran, will be hosting a sample sale at his head office on Rostrevor Mews. The prolific designer, who has designed clothes for the likes of Diana, Princess of Wales and even recently launched a hotel in Marrakech in 2016, will be throwing open the doors to offer bargains on womenswear clothing, jewellery and accessories. 10am-4pm. All major credit cards and cash payments accepted.
1-7 Rostrevor Mews, off Chesilton Road, Fulham SW6 5AZ; jasperconran.com
7 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
8 The Ever After Garden, Mayfair
30 November-22 December
Head for Mayfair’s Grosvenor Square to dedicate an illuminated rose to absent friends and family at The Ever After Garden. After the loss of their friend – the late, great production designer Michael Howells – fashion creatives writer Camilla Morton and designer Anya Hindmarch, wanted to find an elegant and inspiring way to commemorate those we have lost. From the evening of 29 November 2019, Grosvenor Square will light up with a stunning garden installation of symbolic, illuminated flowers and help raise funds to support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Entrance to the Ever After Garden is free, and visitors can donate and ‘dedicate’ a white silk, illuminated rose in honour of your loved ones for a suggested donation of £10. Inspired by Korean Creative Group PANCOMMUNICATION’s Light Rose Garden, the installation has been developed by Culture Creative, the award-winning design team behind Christmas at Kew Gardens and Blenheim Palace’s illuminated Christmas trail. Open 12pm-8pm daily.
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K; mayfairandbelgravia.com
9 Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition gallery@oxo, South Bank
1 December-5 January
For the 38th year, Dazzle returns to do just that – wow us with more than 4,000 handmade pieces of jewellery created by a line-up of 90 talented makers. The annual selling exhibition at the Oxo Tower gallery is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for something special for the loved one in your life. Each piece has been carefully selected by leading contemporary jewellery pioneers Tony Gordon and Christine Bola, who have an eye for discovering hot new talent in jewellery. Entry is free.
Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk
10 Rough Trade Books takeover at Jäger Soho
25 November-6 December
Jäger Soho – Jägermeister and Soho Radio’s collaborative events space – is partnering with Rough Trade Books for an exclusive Christmas pop-up shop, plus daily radio shows, live vinyl sessions, mini exhibitions and intimate events. The pop-up kicks off on Monday 25 November with a special vinyl session from the legendary post-punk band The Raincoats, which will be cut straight to vinyl creating a one-off acetate. The pop-up shop will have a special selection of titles from Rough Trade Books available to peruse and purchase, while you check out the Hollywood Box Office Top 10 exhibition by author and artist Babak Ganjei, featuring a hallucinatory set of film pitches from his Rough Trade Edition, Film Ideas, which brilliantly exposes our thin, absurd media culture. On Friday 6 December, the closing party, open to everyone, will see DJ Jonny Banger lead a one-off euphoric Christmas radio show with free Jägermeister cocktails (7pm-9pm). Open 12pm-9.30pm.
Soho Radio, 22 Great Windmill Street, Soho W1D 7LD; roughtradebooks.com
29 November-18 January 2020
Uncover the secrets of the Cold War with Tom Morton-Smith’s gripping new psychological thriller, which will be shown at Hampstead Theatre until January. Directed by Annebelle Comyn, this stellar new play depicts a match that became a signature event of this period in history, exploring how two very different individuals were co-opted to stand for contrasting political systems. Times and ticket prices vary.
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage NW3 3EU; hampsteadtheatre.com
12 Frozen II Screenings at Catford Mews
From 1 December
This weekend, London’s newest independent entertainment venue, Catford Mews, will transform in an immersive Enchanted Mews complete with a Frozen 2 inspired ice castle. As well as screenings of the Disney blockbuster throughout the weekend, Catford mews will also be hosting Christmas Fayre, festive workshops and family screenings of Christmas classics – all taking place weekly throughout December. While the kids explore, parents and carers can enjoy the pop-up Beefeater gin bar, as well as mulled wine, cider and gin cocktails at the bar and treats from the Catford Mews food stalls including Daun’s Deli, Patty Man, FUSÉ and Bears Dough. Cinema tickets are £5.99 for kids and £9.99 for adults.
32 Winslade Way, Catford SE6 4JU; catford-mews.co.uk
13 Theatre Served at The Alchemist, Canary Wharf
30 November & 2, 3 & 4 December
Creative cocktail bar and restaurant concept The Alchemist is launching its biggest venue yet in Canary Wharf on Friday 29 November, and to celebrate, the venue is serving up a week of free immersive theatre. You can expect mind-blowing adventures and interactive experiences throughout launch week, with the crème de le crème of London’s alternative artists performing theatrics from 6pm-8pm on 30 November and 2, 3 & 4 December. The line-up includes time-travelling magician Miss Sylvia Sceptre, magician and mind reader Chris Flemming, and former Cirque Du Soleil performer Lee Thompson. Entry is free, so bag yourself a seat early and enjoy the experience over The Alchemist’s Christmas cocktails.
Reuters Plaza, Canary Wharf Shopping Centre E14 5AJ; thealchemist.uk.com
14 YolanDa Brown at Alexandra Palace
Double MOBO Award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown is playing her biggest headline concert yet at Alexandra Palace on Friday 29 November. Celebrating 10 years in music, YolanDa is the premier female saxophonist in the UK, a pioneer in music education, and a broadcaster working across national radio and TV. One of the most exciting and in-demand live performers in the UK, she has toured with the likes of Diana Krall, The Temptations, Billy Ocean and Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. In 2019, YolanDa performed at Glastonbury with The British Paraorchestra, alongside Jarvis Cocker, Lianne La Havas, Gruff Rhys and Nadine Shah. Known for her fusion of reggae, soul and jazz, YolanDa’s Alexandra Palace show will feature music from her critically acclaimed albums, plus many crowd favourites. Tickets from £15.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; alexandrapalace.com
15 Under The Tracks at 640East, Bethnal Green
Under the Tracks returns to The Arches in Bethnal Green bigger and better than ever. Kicking off on 24 November, the live music session will now run every Sunday from 12pm-5pm at 640East. Bethnal Green’s favourite live music session offers an afternoon filled with original music, showcasing some of London’s finest undiscovered musical talents, from Mojo Wellington to Becksy Becks and Larry Mills. Plus, to round it all off, it’s open mic from 4pm-5pm. Entry is free.
The Arches, 159-161 Malcolm Place, Bethnal Green E2 0EU; 640east.co.uk