From crazy golf to contemporary design, pack out your weekend with our hit list of London’s best events
Words Helen Brown
Chill Out in a Coppa Club Igloo
Perfect for after-work winding down, The Coppa Club Igloos have sprung up along the Thames just in time for winter. Choose from a selection of festive cocktails including a maple syrup twist on an Old Fashioned and a Spiced Berry Caipirissima whist snuggling down under a sheep-skin blanket and watching the moonlit ships glide past.
When: Until January
Where: 3 Quays Walk, EC3R
Igloos available on a first come first serve basis.
Shop Till You Drop in Reformation’s London Pop Up
Finally our favourite American sustainable fashion brand has popped-up in London! Until mid-December, customers can peruse rails of silky camis, grungy slip dresses and Instagram-worthy blouses famous of the brand before purchasing them via touch screens. Eco-friendly and minus the heavy lifting, now that’s our kind of shopping.
When: Throughout November
Where: 61-63 Monmouth Street, WC2H; refinery29.uk
Join Ping Coombes’ Breakfast Club
Back by popular demand, Masterchef champion, Ping Coombes, is hosting her second Breakfast Club at Chi Kitchen, Oxford Street. Guests will be treated to a four course Malaysian meal from a menu carefully created by Ping, including Chicken Congee, Lontong Johor and a fiery but detoxifying Apple and Ginger Shot. What better way to blow away the cobwebs from the night before?
When: Sunday 13 November, 10:30am
Where: Chi Kitchen, 334-348 Oxford Street W1C;
Price: Tickets from £20. Click here to purchase.
Mingle at Swingers with Bumble
Swinging – more specifically, crazy golfing – is the ultimate way to date so Swingers are hosting their very first event in partnership with Bumble, the location based dating app. Kick off your evening with drinks and mingling on the Swingers gin terrace from 6pm before embarking on a round of crazy golf and crazier conversation.
When: Sunday 13 November, 6:00pm
Where: 8 Brown’s Building, EC3A
Price: Tickets £18. Click here to purchase.
See Beautiful, The Carole King Musical
With the nights well and truly drawn-in, there isn’t a more magical time to see a show. Amazon Tickets have chosen Beautiful as their Show of The Month, a musical telling of Carole King’s inspiring rise to songwriting stardom. Featuring countless classics such as “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” and “Take Good Care of my Baby”, Beautiful is a slick production scored by the soundtrack to a generation.
When: Throughout November
Where: Aldwych Theatre, WC2B
Price: Save up to 41% with tickets from £15. Click here to purchase.
Dine at The Ninth
With a focus on the finest seasonal produce and vibrant, honest flavours it comes as no surprise to hear that The Ninth, from London based chef Jun Tanaka, has been raised to the dizzying heights of Michelin stardom. Tanaka has a genius for making every ingredient taste as good as it possibly can and specialises in house-cured meats and fish. We suggest you make a reservation now and then try the grilled veal chop with aubergine, tomato and lemon. This unique combination is a Mediterranean match made in heaven.
Where: 22 Charlotte Street, W1T; theninthlondon.com
See London’s Skyline from the Dalloway Winter Terrace
Grab a hot chocolate cocktail, curl up beneath silky sheepskin blankets and delight in Dalloway’s Narnia-inspired Winter Terrace this weekend. Head over on Saturday to catch an exclusive cinema showcase as you order from a bespoke menu of film inspired cocktails.
When: Throughout November
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B; dallowayterrace.com
For reservations email [email protected]
Feel Festive at the Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Clustered along the riverbank, Southbank’s market of wooden chalets are filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats. With Christmas just around the corner, what could be more festive than moseying around with a mulled wine as you take in the sights of London’s lit up river bank and pick up Christmas crafts and treats?
When: Until 24th December
Where: Belvedere Road, SE1; southbankcentre.co.uk
Get Some Interior Inspiration at the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair
This annual fair returns in 2016 with a dazzling array of handmade objects and art to make your home Instagram-worthy. Choose from a range of ceramics, glassware, jewellery, textiles, furniture and more from over 120 UK designers and craftsmen. With artists on hand to create bespoke pieces for the home, this is the perfect opportunity to pick up unique gifts for Christmas.
When: 11 – 13 November,
Where: Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3; handmadeinbritain.co.uk
Price: £10 on the door
Catch the Fireworks at The Lord Mayor’s Show
When it comes to London’s traditional events, they don’t get much bigger than The Lord Mayor’s Show. This year’s procession of live music, dance, acrobatics and colourful costumes will fill the three-and-a-half mile stretch between Bank and Aldwych with more than 7,000 performers, 200 horses and 150 floats from around the world. Early birds can see the river pageant set off from Westminster Bridge at 8:30, but those slower to rise can catch a glimpse of it as it floats down river through Tower Bridge, ending in a spectacular riverside fireworks display at 5.15pm.
When: Saturday 12 November
Where: Various London locations, lordmayorsshow.london
Get Green Fingered at the RHS Urban London Garden Show
This new Urban Garden Show will teach you how to liven up your city spaces, even if you’ve only got space for one houseplant. Discover the best succulents and herb gardens, drop in on a terrarium workshop or get sampling some of the delicious artisan food and botanical cocktails on offer whilst you wander round this immersive and atmospheric plant world.
When: 11 – 13 November, 10am – 5pm (Late event 11 November)
Where: Royal Horticultural Halls, SW1P
Price: Tickets from £5. Click here to purchase.