Friday 6th of December 2019
Little London Whispers

November’s Super Seven things to do in London

In London November always starts with the excitement of Bonfire Night, and where to see the fireworks… Britain’s most notorious traitor is commemorated every year with fireworks and bonfires, and a burning effigy of Guy Fawkes who failed to carry out his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

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So remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot… Aside from fires, what else is happening this month;

·       Bonfire Night : Check listings for venues.. I like to go along the Embankment and watch Battersea light up in a thousand colours, then find some vin-chaud to warm us up again. The listings is for all of London with times and prices.

·       Lord Mayors Show : The new Lord Mayor arrives in the city by flotilla and a whole lot more beside, then find a spot along the route to see the many wonderful displays and floats that come past – let’s pray for no rain!  Then at 5.15 more fireworks between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges.

·       Taste of London 17-20 Nov & Spirit of Christmas 31 Oct – 6 Nov are the two big Christmas fairs on this month. Both offer the opportunity to get your shopping done early if you go with a list.

·       Hair by Sam McKnight at Somerset House open 2 November. McKnight was instrumental in nearly all those iconic images you know from the 70’s through to now from fashion to Princess Diana’s short crop. This exhibition celebrates his work.

·       Regents Street Motor Show : This is such a fun event for little ones or teenagers – the whole family.  Vintage to electric cars take over Regents Street for the day, so you can wander along, seeing these incredible cars up close, even get in some of them.  It’s a great day. We went last year and the teenagers & Dads had a particularly fabulous time whilst the girls shopped!  Have a little plan and book somewhere for lunch/supper.  Lots of great places around the area, particularly in Kingly Street / Carnaby Street. Alternatively we love Heddon Street Kitchen.

·       Dale Chihuly at Harrods : Whilst I can barely bring myself to go into Harrods these days, I could be tempted just to go and see the Halcyon Gallery’s exhibition on Dale Chihuly, who is the Monet of his craft in creating and using glass into vibrant colour displays of sculptures, chandeliers, ceilings… I could go on, but really you must go and see for yourself.  One of his stunning chandeliers hangs in the entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

·       Turner Prize at Tate Britain.  I did wonder why my daughter was so keen to go, until I got the download of her in front of Anthea Hamilton’s Project for Door, which is an enormous pair of bum cheeks… Aside from getting the photo, she had a really good afternoon. I’ll leave you with that image to imagine, as I’m not allowed to share on any account! Ends 2 January 2016

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·       Paul Nash was the official war artist, after being injured during the first world war. Tate Britain is showing his paintings of landscapes from the Western Front.

·       I never recommend tv shows, but with these dark evenings I’m seriously missing my Downton Abbey fix. So I cannot wait for The Crown to be released on Netflix, with £100m spent, I’m keeping my fingers crossed to be gripped.

·       New theatre picks : Lazarus, the David Bowie musical at Kings Cross Theatre on now. Buried Child, with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan in Sam Shepard’s transfer from NYC. Starts 14 November at Trafalgar Studios. Girls, The Musical.  In January, everyone needs a pick me up, and this will be the show to do it. A stella cast of ladies, with Gary Barlow & Tim Firth’s musical comedy, opens 28 January 2016.

·       Festival of Film at The Royal Albert Hall until 7 November: Celebrating the magic of the movies and their larger than life scores, that transport and give you the emotion that can make or break a film. Can only be a fantastic night out.

 

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·       UK International Jewish Film Festival: Showcasing 80 films featuring drama, documentaries & short films from around the world.

·       Winter Wonderland lights up Hyde Park again from 18 Nov – 2 Jan 2017 with Cirque Beserk, Nutcracker & Ice Skating. Not for the fainthearted, it does break the bank balance, but do go and wander around, the festive spirit is definitely there! 

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