POP UP EVENTS (November 2019)
BBC Music Introducing Live 2019
BBC Music Introducing Live is for aspiring musicians, “whatever your stage in the music industry.” And assuming that stage isn’t the Pyramid at Glastonbury just yet, this three day festival at Tobacco Docks aims to help you get there. There’ll be talks, panels and masterclasses, from Jamie Cullum on the art of improvisation, to the people who choose the music for Love Island – as well as loads of industry advice on scoring gigs, marketing yourself or working as a manager. Plus, there’ll be appearances from Trevor Nelson and Jo Whiley, as well as late-night DJ sets courtesy of Annie Mac and Pete Tong.
Details: 31st October – 2nd November | Tobacco Docks, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £11.50-£33
Late at Pizhanger Manor
This Late gives you a chance to explore the mind-bending Memory Palace exhibition by Es Devlin after hours: it’s a single, gigantic 18m-wide sculpture that fills the entire gallery space, which itself is mirrored on the walls & ceiling, giving you the impression of standing in a space many times larger. On top of that, there’s the acoustic musical performances, the Gimlet cocktail bar, and the ‘scented trail’ throughout the gallery.
Details: 1st November | Pitzhanger Manor, Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ | £10
Ultimate Power: Bat out of Helloween
Karaoke is fun. Karaoke with hundreds of other people simultaneously singing power ballads at the top of their lungs is closer to a religious experience. And this Ultimate Power event is going to have all the MeatLoaf, Bonnie Tyler, and Bon Jovi you can shake a cassette at. Bring your air instruments and throat sweets.
Details: 1st November | 02 Forum Kentish Town, 9-17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY | £14.30
Ally Pally Fireworks
Not content with merely being the biggest fireworks festival in the city, Ally Pally have thrown in a German Bier Festival, a little outdoor cinema, a funfair, a 30ft bonfire, and a casual ice skating just for good measure.
Details: 1st & 2nd November | Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | £12.50
Winterland has all the things you’d usually expect of a cosy, alpine pop up – like fur-lined private chalets, heated igloos, a private hunting lodge full of hot cocktails and hot cheese – as well as a few things you wouldn’t expect, too.
Like a hot tub. With a mulled wine waiter. READ MORE
Details: 7th November until early 2020 | Albert Wharf, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | £5 entry
It’s time to get down to brass tracks.
Because everybody’s favourite modern 10-piece brass band – the Old Dirty Brassards, fresh from playing this year’s Glasto – are collaborating with another Glasto regular, Beyond Repair Dance, to hold a very special gig. In fact, something this rambunctiously psychedelic can only really be described as a brass rave. The world’s first, no doubt. READ MORE
Details: 8th November | 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL | £12.50
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
If you’re looking for an excuse to drink mulled cider and wine around crackling firepits; eat festive street food from raclette to bratwurst; and buy festive wares from twinkling fairylit chalets, then look no further than the Southbank Centre.
Details: 8th November-5th January | Southbank Centre Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | Free Entry
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: 13th November-February 2020 | A Secret Location | £49
Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland
This winter, 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
The Bloomsbury Winter Hootenanny
This hootenanny is going to be a colossal live music event taking place in a travelling big top in central London, with over 120 singers and musicians coming together to assault your senses with one of their unique ‘wall of sound’ gigs… READ MORE
Details: 16th November | The Bloomsbury Big Top, Coram’s Fields, WC1N 1DN | £12-£18
For their next event, Bach’n’Eggs are serving a weekend mimosa and some avocado toast while you listen to the stylings of Eleanor Janes (soprano) and Olivia Jageurs (harp) who’ll be rocking some Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and of course, a little bit of Bach. Just remember to compose yourself. READ MORE
Details: 16th November | Fidelio, Clekernwell, EC1R 5BX | £9.50
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 set to hit town for six weeks from November 20th. 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
Rocketman at The Shard
Watch Elton John along with some other (very literal) stars at this evening screening of Rocketman on the 69th floor of The Shard. Right beneath the night sky, you’ll be able to take in the film with a welcome G&T in one hand, and some freshly popped popcorn in the other. Outlandish glasses very much encouraged.
Details: 20th November | The Shard, Joiner Street, SE1 9QU | £45
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
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
It’s an escape room, set on a plane. As in an actual plane, not just a narrow room with a drinks trolley. It’s a decommission jet they’ve parked in Greenwich, you’ll play a jailbird in a criminal gang aboard a prisoner transport, and you’ve got to find the tools smuggled abroad to help escape. The company behind the entire enterprise, The Riddle Within, haven’t done any escape rooms before, so yes – this is their pilot show. Hopefully it takes off.
Details: Starts 25th November | 338 Boord Street, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0PF | £20-£87pp
Set in Eccleston Yards, Wave is an experiment in chromotherapy, which we’re told is “the science of using the powers of light and colour to balance energy in the body and mind.”
So basically, it looks cool as f*ck.
It’s been set up by the people at SquidSoup, and it’ll have 500 individual lights that you can wander through while evolving harmonies play.
Details: 28th November to 11th January, 4pm-10pm | Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
Three Women – Lisa Taddeo on Love, Sex and Desire
At this point, it seems that we can roughly divide the world up into two categories: those who admire Lisa Taddeo, and those who simply haven’t heard of her.
For anyone in the latter category, she’s an award-winning journalist, turned author, turned global phenom. And that last part is thanks to her latest non-fiction book, Three Women. In it, she details the lives & sex lives of a trio of American women from vastly different walks of life, in brutal, beautiful detail. And now she’s coming to London to talk about it… READ MORE
Details: 29th November | Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, SW1P 3DW | £30-£40
JARR Kombucha Brewery Tour + Masterclass
Handling boiling water whilst on a boat might not sound like a great idea. But rest assured this one – the majestic canal boat Alfred Le Roy, no less – will be completely stationary while you make your ‘booch, alongside the capable team at JARR. Kombucha cocktail in hand, they’ll then take you on a tour round their Hackney Wick brewery – the first time it’s ever been open to the public. We can only hope it’s filled with oompa loompas.
Details: 30th November | JARR Kombucha, Mick’s Garage, 8A Queens Yard, E9 5EN | £25
Go Ice Skating
Just be warned, it can be a slippery slope. Check out the best rinks in London.
Laser art – it’s pretty cutting edge. And now a huge, free exhibition of the stuff is popping up in London. It showcases three works by the United Visual Artists collective, each of which are vast, walk-in installations. Inspired by Renaissance artists like Dürer and Da Vinci and their obsessions with mathematics, perspective and proportion, Vanishing Point plays with lasers and horizon lines to create a kind of walk-through blueprint; The Great Animal Orchestra combines over 50,000 hours of recorded animal sounds made by a bioacoustician with a visual laser landscape created by the frequencies of those sounds (reflected eerily beneath your feet); and Our Time is a kinetic light show first exhibited in the Barbican, now rebooted as a new site-specific installation with a specially commissioned soundtrack… READ MORE
Details: Until 8th December | The Store X 180 The Strand, London WC2R 1EA | Free Entry
Head to the labyrinthine tunnels beneath Waterloo station this month, and you’ll happen upon a night of theatrical revelry full of dark, beguiling characters ripped out of a gothic fairy story. On your interactive journey through the palace, you’ll eat dishes by a Masterchef finalist, sip unusual cocktails, and watch performances by ballerinas, contortionists, and a very talented ghost orchestra… READ MORE
Details: Until 12th January | The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN | £15-70
Journey To The Underworld
There’s a special place in hell for people who refuse to ask for directions.
Not that they’ll ever find it.
So to save you any hassle getting into Satan’s playground, the people at Funicular Productions are going to take you there by train. It’s the return of their second immersive, locomotive-based supper club experience (their other shows, the Murdér Express and The Jewel of The Empire, were also set on a steam engine), and they’ve recruited Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis to feed you onboard… READ MORE
Details: Until 10th November | Arch 63 Pedley St, E1 5BW | £63
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019
There’s only one acceptable context for shooting wild animals, and it’s the one practiced by the world’s wildlife photographers.
And now in its 55th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is back to show off the very best amongst them. This year, they trawled through some 48k entries from 100+ countries before landing on the winning images, which are displayed on special lightboxes (alongside dozens of runner-up shots) throughout the Natural History Museum’s gallery. READ MORE
Details: until 31 May 2020 | The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | £14
Moving to Mars
You can now see what it would be like to live on Mars, thanks to the new exhibition from the Design Museum – because they’re going to have a full-scale, completely liveable Mars home inside it… READ MORE
Details: Until 23rd February 2020 | The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG | £16-£18
Hit the Theatre
Ever since the dawn of time, human beings have gazed at the stars in awe and asked themselves “Where can I get a list of only the absolute best theatre shows playing in London right now – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which I can also discover a heap of nearby bars and restaurants to help me make a night of it?”
Well the answer is… right here: The Best of London Theatre right now.
This month, London’s best museums see the return of Wildlife Photographer of the Year; a vast exploration of the interplay between Western and Middle Eastern art over the last half-millennium; a display of rare Buddhist manuscripts, and more…
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Peruse London’s Best Art Galleries
And over in the art corner, we have new entries from William Blake and Antony Gormley (who’s filled an entire room with seawater sludge at the Royal Academy); indoor rainbows, mirrored tunnels and a room full of fog at Olafur Eliasson at the Tate; a showing of colourful, surreal images by photographer Tim Walker at the V&A; revolutionary Cuban graphics at the House of Illustration; and a trippy jaunt through the commercialised land of modern spirituality and wellness by Shana Moulton. SEE WHAT’S ON IN LONDON’S ART GALLERIES
Go To The Best Restaurants In London
If we simply wanted to round up the 39 best restaurants in London… we’d just say 40. But we’re not. We’re rounding up the single best restaurant in every London neighbourhood.
Or, at least, 39 of them. Selected on the basis of a strict set of criteria, namely 1) supreme deliciousness, 2) a superlative atmosphere and 3) being located somewhere; we’ve picked out each area’s classic, must-visit eatery. It’s the most delicious tour of London you’ve ever been on.
Check out the best restaurants in London.