What’s on in London? December 2018
Goldsmiths’ Company x The Jewellery Cut Pop-Up
From November 29th for three weeks, visit the pop-up created by the match-made-in-heaven collaboration of and . Hosted at Mare Street Market, visitors will be introduced to jewels by 12 different independent designers, who are some of the best and most talented craftspeople Britain has to offer. Head down and discover something new – and something perhaps to add to your Christmas wish list… November 29 – December 17 2018
Foxfinder at The Ambassadors Theatre
Dawn King’s Foxfinder will have its West End premiere starring Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon. William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. The unsettling and dark, comic drama is directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. Until 5 Jan 2019.
Seedlip’s General Store and Bar
Seedlip, the refined non-alcoholic spirits brand, is popping up for a month in Mayfair with their ‘General Store and Bar’. Head there for some unique Christmas shopping where you’ll find an eclectic range of gifts from barware to books, and rest and refresh at the downstairs bar which will be serving Seedlip cocktails. Finally, take part in their special workshops, from terrarium-making to cocktail-crafting – full event list at . November 8 for 2 months, 71 Duke Street, 10 – 7,
Survey, Jerwood Gallery
Through its web of alumni artists and informed curators, The Jerwood Charitable Foundation has taken the country’s creative heartbeat. Established artists have nominated two artists in the first five years of their career, a list that has been whittled down from 72 to 15, whose work reflects the state of the artistic landscape throughout the country. Political and challenging, this will be the ultimate one to watch list.
St. Moritz Apres Ski Bar at Chel-Ski
After skiing and snowboarding in London’s most prestigious ski and snowboard centre, Chel-Ski, the Alpine bar will offer an authentic apres-ski experience, complete with fairy lights, fur-lined stools, warming winter drinks and vintage ski memorabilia to further immerse guests in the theme. Open seven days a week, prepare for ski season by booking a practice session and brushing up on your skills, then reward yourself with a glass of glüwein and tasty raclette. The bar will be open all year round and is available for private hire.
The British Library’s Christmas Shopping Evening
This free event open to the public is a wonderful way to do some unique, independent-brand shopping this season. Head to the British Library’s entrance hall and be greeted by carolers who’ll serenade you with festive tunes whilst you shop from brands such as , and many more. There’ll also be doodling in the Book Shop and a bar serving Christmassy food and drinks! 4 December, 6 – 8 pm,
Muzungu Sisters’ Holiday Pop-Up
Head to this festive pop-up to shop a carefully curated selection of ethically sourced, handmade fashion and accessories, including the Muzungu Sisters’ two new collections, and . 4 – 9 December, 340 Kings Road,
Elizabeth Gage Open House
To celebrate the new Belgravia Collection, Elizabeth Gage will be hosting an Open House from 3-5 December from 10am-5pm. The first of its kind, this collection is a testament to Elizabeth’s boundless and unconventional creativity: each piece is unique and tells its own timeless story. 5 W Halkin St, Belgravia, London SW1X 8JA
Foley’s Asian-Inspired Menu
If you eat at one restaurant this year, eat at Foley’s. Exuding laid-back luxury and proving itself as a cosy haunt just a road away from the bustle of Oxford Street, Foley’s has a new Head Chef, Sakorn Somboon, who is damn well making his mark. We insist you book a table and do like the kind and knowledgeable waiters say and choose 3x dishes per person (although you won’t be able to resist trying everyone else’s). Foley’s new menu is an Asian-European fusion, including imaginative dishes like Aubergine Miso, a taste sensation with the richest truffle creme around, and Bibimpap, a filling vegetarian option which is prepared for you at the table. The whole experience equates to relaxed fine dining and a supper spent there promises to leave you in a food coma of taste revelations you’ll never want to come out of. Book your table now at
Artes Mundi 8 at National Museum Cardiff
Artes Mundi 8, the UK’s political prize for art that engages with everyday life and social issues, opens its shortlist exhibition at . The prize of £40,000 is up for grabs by contenders Anna Boghiguian, , Trevor Paglen and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Silent Pool Gin Sensory Cocktail Experience
The relationship between sound and taste is a unique one for sure – to explore it with sensory expert Professor Barry Smith whilst sipping on cocktails, register (for free) to attend this immersive event at on Hankey Place. 5 December, register by emailing [email protected]
Jacky Tsai ‘Reincarnation’
Known for his iconic floral skull design that was originally designed for the great late Alexander McQueen, Jacky Tsai’s new exhibition ‘Reincarnation’ will be a showcase of vibrant work. Showing in Unit London in Mayfair, the Chinese artist will share the huge ‘skullpture’ along with over 20 other pieces created using innovative techniques, combining iconic pop imagery with traditional Chinese craft.
The Ivy Tower Bridge x Busk In London
Here’s a winter collab not to miss: The Ivy Tower Bridge in partnership with , an initiative championed by the to encourage creative street performance. Also in on the partnership is , the award-winning spirit brand. Over the course of November and December 2018, starting on November 22nd, a series of Busk in London musicians will perform at The Ivy, specifically with a festive theme, to get you in the spirit whilst you eat. Don’t miss Sherika Sherard on Thursdaaward-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on December 6! Find out more and book a table via or 0203 146 7722.
First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum
As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019,
A Macmillan Christmas at St John’s Smith Square
For the first time in its 31 years of existence, Macmillan’s annual Christmas Carol Concert will be held at St John’s Smith Square. Hosted by BBC Radio 4 announcer Zeb Soames, the event will feature readings and classical music performances by the charity’s well-known supporters such as Celia Imrie, Dame Diana Rigg, Braimah Kanneh-Mason and Trinity Tiger Tones. Tickets are only £35 and will go towards the support of those living with cancer. Buy your tickets now via
St James’s Christmas Workshops
Calling all frugal workshop-fiends! St James’s End is hosting a selection of exclusive, free Christmas workshops this season. Simply choose a workshop from the wide range available, from calligraphy to gingerbread-making, hosted by brands such as and , and enjoy a complimentary drink whilst you craft the cold away! 15 November – 21 December,
Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings at The Royal Academy
The Royal Academy of Arts are hosting an impressive event this September to mark 50 years of Renzo Piano’s pioneering work. The five month long event will be the first up-close exhibition in London about the spectacular architect in almost 30 years. The fascinating exhibition will take you through his life whilst focusing on key aspects which have marked his career and changed several cities skylines forever. Head down to Piccadilly to explore one of the greatest architects of our time and get an an insight into his current projects. Until 20 January,
The Inheritance, West End
Directed by Stephan Daldry, The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez comes to the West End after a sell-out Young Vic run. Transposing E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End to 21st century New York, the epic play in two parts asks what it’s like to be a gay man after the AIDS crisis.
Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Auction
Christie’s third Handbags & Accessories auction on 12 December focuses on the rarest and most sought-after vintage and current pieces. Over 200 items start from estimates of £800 chosen for their rarity, luxurious materials and exotic colours. Feast your eyes on the display at Christie’s, King Street. 8-11 Dec.
The Seat of Power
Pop by Luke Irwin’s showroom on the Pimlico Road this week and sit in The Seat of Power. Created by Luke, the award-winning rug designer and master cabinet creators Little Halstock, the public is invited to sit in the Seat of Power, surrounded by infamous quotes by people of power such as Margaret Thatcher and Barack Obama, and discuss the ‘changing nature of power’.
Christian Marclay: The Clock
The product of years of painstaking research; Marclay poured through hours of clock footage to produce a real-time 24 installation of clocks. Taking the viewer through myriad film genres, once a month the gallery will remain open for 24 hours to allow visitors to watch the whole installation as intended. Until 20 January,
A Call to Garms
Curated by stylist , A Call to Garms is a pop-up menswear shop on Savile Row in aid of , the National charity for homelessness. Shop from over 30 renowned menswear directly from Savile Row and further afield, and help ‘our rough sleeping brothers and sisters’. 31 Savile Row, W1 3PT. 10 – 15 December.
Natalia Miyar’s ‘The Winter Bazaar’ at Christie’s
The incredibly talented, award-winning designer Natalia Miyar has been invited by Christie’s auction house in London to be the grand finale of the Christie’s Lates events that have been running this year. The Winter Bazaar event will see Natalia create a festive tablescape using her favourite picks from the sale, and creating a table that’s a fun, festive fusion of traditional London style and a flamboyant Miami flair. The table will be on view to the public from 10 December until the sale on 13 December,
The first unsigned act ever to be aired on BBC Radio 1, Jacob Banks’ voice is his fortune: warm, resonant and addictive. Born in Nigeria and raised in Birmingham, this young artist’s work is suffused with an African vibe. He has wowed the United States – some feat for a soul singer – and now launches his new album Village – with a confident eye on the market for original writing combined with deep rhythmic expression. Tours 10-13 December, nationwide,
Goop’s London Debut
10 years ago on September 25th marks the anniversary of Gwyneth Paltrow sending her first ever Goop e-newsletter from her North London home. Since then, Goop has gone on to become a beloved lifestyle brand trusted by thousands. To mark this special date and celebrate the company’s expansion into the European e-commerce market, Goop is launching a pop-up store where fans of the brand can come and learn about its values, products and its uniquely holistic approach to wellbeing. September 25 – January 27,
Desmond & Dempsey Pop-Up
Get to know Desmond & Dempsey, the independent luxury pyjama brand, at their new pop-up on South Molton Street. Co-founded by couple Molly and Joel, the brand’s backstory is a particularly sweet one. In their pop-up, you’ll be able to shop the collections, enjoy gift wrapping and personalisation services, and discover the special books and keepsakes that inspire the co-founders. Open now till February 2019.
Pemberly Fox’s Christmas Pop-Up
Independent stationary brand Pemberly Fox is hosting their first ever pop up this month, at Tessa Packard’s showroom. Just in time for Christmas gift shopping, guests will be able to peruse the brand’s collection of stationary, notecards, and other gift ideas. There’ll also be calligrapher Laura Gillingham there, offering bespoke calligraphy sessions. Pop in (we recommend with a full wallet) for a festive pop-up worth visiting! 11 December, 1 pm to 8.30 pm, Tessa Packard Showroom.
HANSEL AND GRETEL
Late romantic orchestration and a full realistic German fairyland set bring Humperdinck’s opera to a musical picture book perfection. 11–29 Dec.
SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal
Japan House London will present its third exhibition next month with Subtle: Delicate or Infinitesimal, a presentation and celebration of Japanese minimalism and the art of paper. After success in LA and São Paulo, Japan House London is bringing the exhibition that showcases the extraordinary, limitless possibilities of what can be created with fine paper to the capital with exhibits by 15 creators, living and working in Japan, representing industries including art, graphic design, fashion and literature. Split into four parts, the exhibition will feature Creation: showcasing the concept of Subtle; Collection: examples of products such as paper lace and uchiwa paddle; Portrait: a curated selection of UEDA Yoshihiko’s photography and Products: a presentation exploring how technological developments have affected and enhanced paper innovation. Entry is free. Japan House London is on Kensington High Street; 13 November – 24 December; for more details, visit
A. Society featuring les girls les boys
Men’s and women’s intimates and streetwear brand les girls les boys brings us lucky shoppers a brand new destination this December. Perfect for picking up Christmas gifts for friends and family with a ‘modern attitude’, visit 2 Chiltern Street, opposite the Firehouse and explore the full les girls les boys collection, along with rare books and vintage vinyl too. Plus, 10% of profits will be donated to and . 11 – 24 December.
An Evening of Cheese at Borough Market
Are you more of a cheese board-er than pudding-lover? Then go to Borough Market on December 12th for an evening dedicated to your favourite dairy product. You’ll learn new recipes, the cheeses to love, and gain advice on how to curate the ideal cheese board this Christmas. Plus, enjoy seasonal suggestions from some of the market’s best traders, including , and . Get your grapes and crackers ready – it’s about to get cheesy. 12 December, 6-9 pm,
Asprey at The Dorchester
Pop into and visit the newly launched ‘Asprey at The Dorchester’ luxury boutique for a spot of festive Christmas shopping. Enjoy complimentary embossing and engraving over the course of the three-month-long pop-up, enjoying the refined collaboration of two iconic, luxury British brands. Shop the A/W 18 collection, the traditional Asprey Cracker, and a selection of home/barware that will leave you ready to entertain over the festive period. Open 7 days a week for 3 months
Eccleston Yards: Festive Free Christmas Lodge
STILL not in a festive mood? Head to Belgravia this December and be propelled into a world of Christmas and joy at independent retail hub Eccleston Yards, just a stone’s throw from Victoria station. The Christmas Lodge launches this month as an inaugural event, with events and activities to attract families, friends, colleagues and any Scrooge’s lurking around. Buy your tree at their Christmas Tree Market, try wreath-making and neon sign-making, and Crafternoon’s with Mrs Claus which includes cooking and craft sessions, perfect for families. 2 – 21 December. Tickets are free but booking is essential, via
Christmas at Covent Garden
There’s much more to do this season in Covent Garden than just admire the festive decorations (which still ought to be admired). On three dates in December, Covent Garden will host late-night shopping complete with mince pies paired with traditional mulled wine and joyously chirping carol singers. The perfect time to do your Christmas shopping, many of Covent Garden’s retailers such as and will be taking part in the festive spirit by offering in-store deals and gift wrapping, and restaurants such will also be taking part by creating limited edition seasonal cocktails and menus, such as the with their ‘Merry Martini’ and with their ‘Mulled Trifle and Mince Pie Doughnuts with Brandy Custard’. Whether you’re looking specifically for festive food and drink or a fun place to hang out pre/post theatre, Covent Garden is one part of London you’ll find the C&TH team perusing around, all winter long. December 6, 13 and 20.
Bita Vakili at CAMA Gallery London
Bita Vakili, one of the most successful female artists in the Middle East, is coming to London to showcase her first solo exhibition at the CAMA Gallery. Using a wide variety of techniques and mixed-media, Vakili creates three-dimensional visual experiences that are both emotive and abstract. 16 November – 17 December 2018,
CLAW’s Sunday Feast
Launching on Sunday 18th November, CLAW presents their new Sunday Seafood Feast, offering an alternative take on the traditional Sunday Roast. The seafood experts will be serving up two courses for £25pp, including dishes such as roasted day boat fish & shellfish, truffle & raclette cauliflower cheese and so much more. Available now every Sunday, make this week’s Sunday Roast a deliciously fishy one.
The Turner Prize
The Oscars of the art world, The Turner Prize has both dazzled and disgusted over the years. Controversial, contentious, it is always a barometer of art and society. Refreshing and relevant or ridiculous, critics are split. Either
way, they agree this could be the most political nominee list in the history of the prize. Until 6 Jan.
Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12
No ‘I could have done that’ syndrome here. From saltmarshes and misty lochs to tumbledown villages and jagged cityscapes, Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12 captures the splendour of Britain’s rural and urban landscapes. An exhibition of shortlisted and winning entries will premiere at London Waterloo station before touring the country. 20 November to 4 February.
Pinter at the Pinter
A roll call of great names, including Keith Allen, Martin Freeman and Celia Imrie, will tread the boards in Pinter at the Pinter, a season where all 20 one-act-plays by the 20th-century playwright will run together for the very first time, and at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Until 26 January 2019.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown!
You may have read them when you were a child, you may think of them whenever someone says ‘Good grief!’ – Charlie Brown, Peanuts and the rest of the gang were staples in our childhoods and this exhibition at Somerset House brings them back to life in a celebration of the iconic Snoopy and friends. Charles M Schulz created the original Peanuts cartoons and since doing so, has inspired many contemporary artists to take on new versions of his work. Book the artists talks, gallery lates (with a special one on Valentine’s day) and enjoy the sheer fun of good ol’ Charlie Brown. 25 October 2018 – 3 March 2019,
SPACE SHIFTERS at Hayward Gallery, SE1
The Hayward Gallery opened its re-designed doors at the beginning of the year. Its new exhibits seek to warp audiences’ perception of space, art – and themselves. Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden is a room full of shin-height silver baubles, all reflecting the room, lights – and the viewer – in an unsettling kaleidoscope. Anish Kapoor’s Non-Object (Door) turns a reflection into a disconcerting swirl of colour. Spanning work from the 60s to the present, this retrospective of art provokes thought about our perspective of the world and ourselves within it. Entrancing. 26 Sept to 6 Jan.
Acoustic Lates at Natural History Museum
Go on a skate date at London’s Natural History Museum and enjoy free gigs every Thursday. Starting off the line up of performers which will continue on into the New Year, is , and on Thursday 22nd. Whilst you’re skating with the fantastically festive Natural History Museum as your backdrop, enjoy the intimate acoustic performances for a special treat this season. Open until 20 January 2019, tickets on sale now at
LoveShackFancy’s Harrods Pop Up
Popping up in Harrods for a month-long residency is LoveShackFancy, the brand here to look after all you and all your party season outfits. Visit them in-store and find out why it is beloved by famous faces such as Elle Fanning, Hilary Swank and Emily Ratajkowski… 27 November for one month,
Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 191-33
Tate Modern explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) in a year-long, free display, drawing upon the rich holdings of The George Economou Collection. This presentation of around seventy paintings and works on paper addresses the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty. Until 14 July 2019
Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918
Mark the First World War centenary this year by visiting the National Army Museum from November 30th where there’ll be a collection of Sir Alfred Munnings’ paintings. Renowned for his work with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, the influential British painter will showcase 41 original paintings, on show for the first time in Europe in a century. The exhibition will highlight themes such as portraiture and pastoral landscapes, all created during the last year of the war. Be one of the first to see this collection steeped in British history and get your tickets here. 30 November 2018 – 3 March 2019,
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