What’s On In London This Weekend | 16th-18th November 2018
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FRIDAY 16th November 2018
EFG London Jazz Festival
Instead of wildly improvising their lineup, the London Jazz Festival have rather incongruously decided to meticulously plan it, filling the ten day, city-spanning celebration with pop up lunchtime jazz sessions in Old Street Station, plus concerts from artists like Soft Machine, Darius Brubeck, Jeff Goldblum (yes, that one), and Jessica Radcliffe.
Details: 16th-25th November | Across London
Taste of London Festive Edition 2018 | Partner Content
Our three favourite things are eating Londoners and not putting commas where they need to be. And coincidentally, two of those are also shared by Taste of London, who are back for another of their ambrosial festive editions this winter.
It’s all going to take place in the suitably vast space at Tobacco Dock and, as has been the case with each successive festival they’ve thrown since they started, it’ll be the biggest & best one yet. Why? Well, there’ll be 19 of the capital’s finest restaurants (including BAO, Hoppers, The Cheese Bar, Rovi, etc.), a roaring fire pit manned by some of the city’s finest BBQ jockeys, an artisanal market, live music, DJs, cocktail masterclasses, and a lot more…
Details: 15th-18th November | Tobacco Dock, Wapping Ln, E1W 2SF | £15 (but you can get ’em for £13 with the code NUDGE)
Art on a Postcard
Art on a Postcard is raising money for The Hepatitis C Trust in an interesting way – they’ve gotten dozens of famous artists (hung in some of London’s most interesting galleries like Victoria Miro, and White Cube) to create postcard-sized mini masterpieces, and make the available for a secret auction. Because it’s secret, you won’t know what anyone else has bid until the after the auction has closed. And if you don’t fancy throwing in a bid? You can always browse the artworks for free.
Details: 16th November | 8 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4PL | Free, auctions start at £50
Somerset House Ice Rink
It’s the ultimate ice rink, with beautiful surroundings, DJ nights and a pop-up Fortnum & Mason with tea caddies, hampers and stocking fillers. Pop into the F&M Lodge, and you’ll find cocktails, fondue for two and welsh rarebit. And this year, they’re repeating Skate Lates for ice-capades that go on into the wee hours.
Details: 14th November- 13th January | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | £11-£15
For the month before Christmas, your true love (aka the teams behind Field Day and Street Feast) have sent to you – one giant craft fair, one crazy golf course, one roller disco, one theatre in a converted bus, a 600m sq ice rink, 17 street food stalls, one hidden cinema, and an opening weekend featuring a 90s DJ set from Mel C. READ MORE
Details: 16th November | Winterville, Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE | £5
Hyper Japan Christmas
Given the multisensory bonanza that is Japanese culture, to call this festival Hyper Japan is, if anything, an understatement. And when the festival itself has cosplayers, manga artists, J-pop bands, sake tasting, and something called a ‘Ramen Experience’, it all begins to make more sense.
Details: 16th-18th November | Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, W14 8UX | £19-50
RANDE’s Cena Subterránea
RANDE are a Mexican pop up restaurant that “explore life beyond tacos” in ever-changing, unusual venues, from laundromats, to warehouses, to distilleries. And this month, that means tuna tartare tostados, sous vide hake with green mole, and Mexican flan with a liquid caramel top…
Details: 16th/17th November | A Secret Location (Somewhere in Hackney) | £40
SATURDAY 17th November 2018
Fried Chicken & Rum Punch Festival
This festival conveniently takes all the best things to do in London this weekend, and pops them in one place. Fried chicken? Good. Rum punch? Good. Fried chicken and bottomless rum punch with veggie options, hip-hop & dancehall DJs, and themed decor down in Brixton Jamm? Gooooood.
Details: 17th November | Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH | £6-£8
The Pump Street Bakery Pop Up Shop
To be clear, the Pump Street Bakery pop up is not taking place on Pump Street. That’s in Orford. This one’s taking place on Redchurch Street, where they’ll be slinging their famed chocolate & baked goods. They’re one of the few chocolatiers in the country to make everything from ‘bean to bar’, taking the raw cacao and roasting, fermenting, drying, and processing them until they’re completely delicious, and unbeatably fresh. Get them while you can.
Details: 13th – 16th November | 67 Redchurch Street, E2 7DJ
Murder at The LIBRARY
The year is 1935. The hour is 18:00. The LIBRARY London Secret Supper Club have assembled to eat, drink, and make merry… and solve the murder of their chairman. Because he was found dead that very morning according to the policeman who’s just shown up, and there are four suspects in the very room with you. As you get through your three course dinner you’ll have to solve the case before the killer strikes again. There will be twists… and not just in the welcome cocktails.
Details: Every Saturday until the end of 2018 | LIBRARY London, 112 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BD | £55 (non-members)
As we get deeper into winter when the sun graces our skies for about two and a half hours each day, Chiswick House have decided to supply their own illumination – it’s called After Dark, and it involves bespoke light installations dotted about the gardens designed by Nick Gray (he does lighting design for Calvin Harris, The Prodigy, etc) as well as turning the house itself into a canvas for a projected light show set to curated music…
Details: 15th November until 30th December (Thurs-Sun) | Chiswick House, W4 2QN | £8.50-£14
Scripts for Supper
How do you combine theatre with fine dining?
Play with your food you go to Scripts For Supper, an immersive experience in which the waiters double as actors, the food comes from MasterChef Semi-Finalist Annie McKenzie, and the story is a delicious adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Your ticket includes a welcome cocktail, and canapé, a 4 course feast, and the show…
Details: 15th November-8th December | The Tab Centre, 3 Godfrey Place, E2 7NT | £60 (£90 for wine pairing)
SUNDAY 18th November 2018
DIRT is all about wine. Specifically, fun, interesting wine, and getting you to drink it. How they’re doing this is by taking a rather nice space with rather nice food (Berber & Q Shawarma Bar), and adding a different pair of sommeliers from some of the world’s best restaurants each week (Frenchie in Covent Garden, Bar Brutal in Barcelona, Ex Noma in LA, etc.), and getting them to choose their favoured wines from the three main soil types (mountain, coast, and volcano). They’ll then go head to head, and the battleground will be your tastebuds.
Details: 18th November | Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | £20 (incl. two glasses of wine, and matbucha hummus)
The Espresso Martini Society
Want to hear a joke about strong booze? That’s the spirit.
And that spirit, specifically, is vodka (along with a plethora of liqueurs) going into the various takes on the Espresso Martini that you’ll find at the return of the Espresso Martini Society, which promises to feature the world’s largest Espresso Martini menu… READ MORE
Details: 8th November – 15th December | 42 Hanbury St, E1 5JL | £10
Ships in the Night | The Dark River
150 years ago, The Cutty Sark was a tea clipper, making runs to China to collect the good stuff and returning it in (then) record 3.5 months. Now that planes have been invented, it’s been turned into a museum by day, and a theatre by night. And it’s the latter purpose that we’re interested in today, because professional storyteller Olivia Armstrong will be using the platform to recite magical, mystical, and entrancing tales of London lore along with fellow yarn-spinners Vanessa Woolf & George Hoyle.
Details: 18th November | The Cutty Sark, Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, King William Walk, SE10 9HT | £15
Sunday Papers Live
Oversized newspapers. Roast dinners. Long walks. The Fear. All classic Sunday traditions which happily combine each week to ensure that your day of rest is filled with friends, family, relaxation, and – from 6pm onwards – a creeping sense of dread.
Fortunately, however, Sunday Papers Live returns this November boldly magnifying everything that makes Sundays great and – more importantly – minimising any and all potential feelings of foreboding. You’ll set up camp in a giant living room – quite possibly creating an actual pillow fort in the process – filled with cushions, throws and the most sinking of sofas, and prepare yourself for talks, roasts, Bloody Marys, walks, and some top-shelf relaxation…
Details: 18th November | Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY | £20-£37
The Enchanted Woodland
Syon Park has been around for 600 years, and for the last 13 of those, it’s been routinely bathed in colourful lights each winter. The grounds are pretty huge, and the lights are pretty stunning, and there’s a nice mulled wine pitstop…
Details: 9th-25th November | Syon Park, TW8 8JS | £10-£12
The Alpine Club at Winterland | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
In what WAS a Thameside beach this summer, The Alpine Club is now going to become a Thameside, er, Alpine club. And apparently those involve heated winter lodges with fondue & schnitzel, mountain scenes, feasting tables, gondolas and chairlifts, bauble filled igloos, karaoke, curling lanes, DJ’s and more. Like the sound of that? Join the club.
Details: November 8th – December 22nd, booking available now | Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY | £5 (with free mulled wine on arrival)
Jimmy’s Lodge | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Riverside snow globes. Apparently, London just can’t shake them.
And this year, the ones at Jimmy’s Lodge occupying a small fairy-lit spot on the Southbank have been custom made from real glass. Add to that a cosy, chalet-like rooftop fondue restaurant, and a hot cocktail bars, and you’re in a good spot… READ MORE
Details: Opens 9th November | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
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