What’s On In London This Weekend | 22nd-24th November 2019
Main image: Winterfest
Looking for more great things to do in London this weekend? Check out our guides to art exhibitions on now; recently opened restaurants and your November Agenda.
FRIDAY 22nd November 2019
It’s a classic for a reason. Every year it seems to come back even bigger, and this year there’s London’s largest outdoor ice rink (with live music from the central bandstand); rollercoasters and rides; circus acts; street food; mulled wine; firepits and tipis; karaoke huts; and… a 70m observation wheel.
Details: 21st November – 5th January, daily from 10am-10pm | Hyde Park, W2 2UH | From £9.50-£15.50
The Espresso Martini Society
After a trio of pop ups vending the world’s longest espresso martini menu, all of which went down extremely well (apparently, all told they served some twenty thousand cocktails), the Espresso Martini Society are returning this festive season with an all-new concept: bottomless espresso martinis.
Details: 22nd November-14th December | Ko Coffee, 258, Pentonville Road, N1 9JY | £25
Seb Lee-Delisle’s Laser Light Synths
This two-day interactive laser art show is completely free to attend, and involves a gigantic set-up from digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle. He’s taken over the Barking Riverside, and filled it with super-powerful touch-activated lasers & LEDS that will play synth music as you interact with them. It’ll absolutely cover the building you’re facing with a needs-to-be-seen-to-be-believed show, and it’s on for the whole weekend.
Details: 22nd & 23rd November | Barking Riverside, Project Road, IG11 0YP | Free
In English folklore, the leaves of an aspen tree are said to grant the wearer the ability to visit the underworld and – importantly – return safely. Which in fairly literal way is what you can do at Bar Aspen. Because it’s a subterranean natural wine speakeasy, popping up for just one day a week in a hidden Camden cellar. And it’s got live music. READ MORE
Details: Fridays from 15th November | The Cellars at Music & Beans, 82 Camden High Street, NW1 0LT
The Great Christmas Feast
What the Dickens is the best immersive Christmas feast taking place in London this festive season?
Funny you should ask.
Because it’s unquestionably The Great Christmas Feast; a ravishing retelling of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, with a four course banquet woven into the story itself. The whole thing is set in a secret Victorian yuletide dining room & bar, hidden away behind a nondescript door in Bermondsey… READ MORE
Details: 22nd November 2019 – 4th January 2020 | 47-49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL | £34-44 (non-dining) or £79-109 (dining)
SATURDAY 23rd November 2019
Fallow at Carousel
It’s Carousel’s last guest residency of the year (and this weekend is your last chance to head down) so it’s fitting that they’re finishing with Fallow before they rest up. It’s an outfit formed by two former Dinner by Heston chefs, who met on the veg section and have been popping up with their take on sustainable dining ever since. On the menu? Goat soutribbetjie, a take on a Cape Town specialty of salt cured lamb ribs; parmesan-dusted hen of the wood mushroom; and pumpkin pie with ginger and lemon.
Details: 12th-23rd November | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £45 set menu
If you don’t know what Winterfest is, that’s understandable, because this will be the first year it’s happened. It’s basically a huge outdoor light & sound show up in Wembley Park, and it’s hitting town though to the end of the year. It’s completely free, and it involves a 100ft installation from a pair of former Pixar animators…READ MORE
Details: 20th November-3rd January 2020 | Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 | Free
The Travelling Circus
The Travelling Circus is going to be staying put for the near future at Elephant & Castle’s sprawling street food marketplace, Mercato Metropolitano, which is putting on a very different kind of festive shindig this year. It’s all being curated by Josie and Rob da Bank, the co-founders of Bestival, who are essentially staging a fully-fledged festival inside the market every weekend until the end of January.
Details: Until end of January 2020 | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR | £30
WOW at the Japan Centre
When you call your visual design studio an all-caps, back-patting, rakishly confident name like WOW you had better deliver. And WOW certainly does. They’re a Japanese firm whose work has been stunning audiences in the Far East, and is now making its way to the UK for the first time. It’s in the Japan Centre, and you’ll find digital installations including Tokyo Lights Odyssey, a 360-degree immersive look at Tokyo at night, and Poppo, a chance to carve a traditional wooden doll and project your own face onto it.
Details: 21st November 2019 until 22nd March 2020 | Japan Centre, 101-111 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA | Free
EFG London Jazz Festival
London’s epic jazz festival has returned for a fortnight of off-beat gigs, talks and club nights. Hundreds of the world’s finest and emerging jazz musicians are descending on the capital to celebrate jazz in all its forms, in venues from local pubs to the Royal Festival Hall – and there’s a lot to see for free. On the roster this weekend is sunny, Latin American-inflected jazz in a church crypt; a bebop quintet (including a flugelhorn) playing in an old sausage factory by Hackney’s canals; and a concert set in a boxing ring that fuses jazz with audio clips to tell the story of Muhammad Ali’s 1974 heavyweight match.
Details: 15th-24th November | Across London | Individually ticketed
SUNDAY 24th November 2019
Secret Cinema Presents: Stranger Things
We never thought we’d see the day that Secret Cinema adapted a TV show. But Stranger Things have happened. Yes, the immersive experience pioneers are back, and after a staggering 70 productions they’re taking on a whole new branch of entertainment. READ MORE
Details: From 13th November | A Secret Location | £49
Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland
This weekend, Syon Park Forest is going to be lit up like a Christmas tree.
It’s out in West London in the grounds surrounding a stately manor (Syon House), and this will be the 14th year that they’ve decided to enchant the 6-century-old woodlands using a spectrums-worth of lights, lasers, strobes, floodlights, and other such modern wizardry… READ MORE
Details: 15th November-1st December | Syon House, TW8 8JF | £10
Filthy Buns (aka John & Debs) are settling into the kitchen at Dalston’s 3 Compasses, and cooking up their ludicrously large, jaw-dislocating burgers. They’re all made with aged beef, and they’re serving something gloriously called a ‘Sunday Roast Bun’ at the end of the week.
Details: Until April 2020 | The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH
One of the most anticipated musicals of the year has finally arrived. & Juliet gives Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers a new ending – one where Juliet discovers life after love, and decides not to kill herself. And the Cher reference is entirely appropriate – because it’s all told through the medium of pop songs over the last 30 years, from Baby One More Time to Can’t Feel My Face.
Details: Until May 2020 | Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP | From £22.50
The Vagina Museum
Yes, the world’s first permanent museum dedicated to the female genitalia has opened its doors in Camden. And to kick off, they’re hosting Muffbusters: an exhibition that seeks to debunk misconceptions and sort fact from fiction.
Details: From 16th November | Unit 17 & 18, Stables Market, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH | Free
Go Ice Skating
It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the weather getting cold by – well, spending time somewhere even colder. This weekend sees the return of some of London’s most classic ice rinks (including Somerset House and the Tower of London), as well as some new kids on the block (like this rooftop number, and Camden Market’s first ever rink)… READ MORE
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