Things to do this Week
Attractions to Visit and Things to See and Do in London 12th-18th November 2018
Monday the 12th of November
HAUNTED HISTORIES: Learn all about the connection between the explosion in popularity in the concept of the paranormal and the war at the beginning of the 1900s during this evening lecture with learned trio Professor Owen Davies (a ghost, magic and witchcraft historian), Doctor Amara Thornton (a noted academic) and author Cathi Unsworth. Tickets for the 7pm event at the Union Theatre in Southwark cost £12 and booking early is recommended.
ARETHA FRANKLIN DANCE CLASS: Want to get some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on the dancefloor? Then this is the evening class for you, as you learn how to get your groove on in a way that the late great woman herself would certainly approve of. Entry to the 7pm to 9pm class at Drink, Shop & Do in King’s Cross cost £15 and booking early is advised.
FOLEY EXPLOSION: Cloak and dagger antics, subterfuge and a HD quality audio experience created in front of you using everyday items is provided by Julie Rose Bower at her Foley Explosion show. This latest festival of sound from this renowned master of theatre tells a thrilling spy story that spans from Russia to the UK and tickets are available for just £12. The show runs until the 13th of November at Hackney Showroom at Hackney Downs Studios with the curtain raising at 7.30pm. Booking early is a must.
Tuesday the 13th of November
Come and have your ribs tickled by Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo stalwart Mark Watson at the 100 Club this Tuesday evening.
CHARTERHOUSE CHRISTMAS FAIR: In the mood for a some early yuletide festivities? Then The Charterhouse is the place for you. The building which was once a Tudor mansion and monastery has temporarily morphed into a cavalcade of xmas gifts. From socks to perfume and everything in between, you’ll find it here at the christmas fair. You never know, you might even spot Santa Claus whilst you’re there. Entry to the 11am to 7pm fair at the charterhouse in Clerkenwell costs £3 and booking early is recommended.
NARCISSUS: Ever wondered why there’s so much fuss surrounding Narcissus from Greek mythology? Stare long into the mirror as James Cahill takes you through the origins and effects of this unique figure at the Freud Museum in Hampstead. Tickets for the 7pm to 8.30pm talk cost £9 and booking early is recommended.
MARK WATSON: Come and have your ribs tickled by Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo stalwart Mark Watson at the 100 Club this Tuesday evening. Joining him are Lou Sanders, Fern Brady, Ivo Graham and Tom Rosenthal, famous for his role in Plebs. Tickets for the 7.30pm show cost £14 and booking early is a must to avoid missing out.
DOC ‘N’ ROLL: The fantastically popular film festival dedicated to the UK’s music industry returns and has the potential to be even bigger than ever before. Tickets for the event which gets under way on Tuesday night at Rich Mix in Shoreditch with a showing of My Darling Son:Morski and The Turbans, cost £11 and booking early is recommended. The festival gets under way at 8.30pm and runs until the 14th of November.
Wednesday the 14th of November
Well, they’re back in the capital, following their whirlwind round the world tour with their slick street dance moves in this popular show for all the family.
CANDLELIT CATHEDRAL TOUR: The illustrious surroundings of Southwark Cathedral look grand when the sun’s up, so imagine what it looks like by candlelight. Experience the cathedral’s impressive architecture and discover more about it’s 900 years of heritage during this tour which kicks off at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and booking ahead is a must.
SCHIELE SALON: Get the inside line on the work of controversial artist Egon Schiele this Wednesday at London Art Salon. Andrew Spira, noted art historian, provides insight into the stark, raw angst that makes Schiele’s work so unique, just prior to an exhibition at the Royal Academy paying homage to him and the man who mentored him, Gustav Klimt. Tickets for the 6.30pm-10pm talk at the Library Club in Soho cost £30 and booking early is advised.
FLAWLESS: Do you remember Flawless, the awesome dance troupe that made the finals of Britain’s Got Talent? Well, they’re back in the capital, following their whirlwind round the world tour with their slick street dance moves in this popular show for all the family. Tickets for the 6.30pm to 10pm performance at Indigo at the O2 in Greenwich are priced at £29 and booking early is recommended.
MURDER SHE WROTE: Relive this daytime TV classic at this screening of Jessica Fletcher’s Murder, She Wrote, where the audience get to join in. Join the amazing Angela Lansbury as she attempts to solve a murder mystery at her fictional homestead of Cabot Cove. The best amateur sleuths on the night will be rewarded! Tickets for this unique event at Dingwalls in Camden cost £9 and booking early is advised.8pm.
Thursday the 15th of November
Proceedings kick off with Thursday night’s launch party, at which there is a free bar and some cracking live music.
WIMBLEDON ART FAIR: Get the creative inside track from professional artists from the capital and enjoy the opportunity of getting your hands on some exclusive, but affordable pieces at one of London’s rare free fairs. Proceedings kick off with Thursday night’s launch party, at which there is a free bar and some cracking live music. Entry to the 11am-6pm event at Wimbledon Art Studios is free and booking early is recommended. The fair runs up until the 18th of November.
CHRISTMAS FOOD FEST: Are you foodie? A fan of all things yuletide? Then get yourself over to Taste of London – Festive Edition and enjoy a cornucopia of festive fare. Tickets for the 6pm to 10.30pm event at Tobacco Dock cost £15 and booking early is advised.
AFTER DARK AT CHISWICK HOUSE: During this after dark trail, you’ll get to witness Chiswick House and Gardens in a whole new light. Nick Gray, a designer who has collaborated with names as big as London Fashion Week and Kasabian, has put his own mark on the historic gardens with a mesmerising array of coloured light installations. Tickets to the 8pm to 10pm show cost £16.50 and booking early is recommended.
Friday the 16th of November
This 1 hour show promises to pack in a lot, as it features one man and 3 gay icons and a ton of dancing, singing and spoken performances that detail their own personal queer manifesto.
HYPERJAPAN: Attention all lovers of Japanese culture. From Manga to martial arts and everything in between, this showcase exhibit uncovers more than 3 millennia of culture from this uniquely historic country. Tickets for the 12pm to 8pm event at Olympia London in Hammersmith cost £18 and booking early is recommended. The showcase runs up until the 18th of September.
ANOTE’S ARK: As a result of global warming, one day an entire island nation in the Pacific will be submerged under water. This makes the release of the very first movie to be filmed there all the more poignant. Get insight into the fragile, temporary beauty of the Republic of Kiribati at the premier of Anote’s Ark, which is followed by a panel debate. Tickets for the 7.30pm-9.45pm showing at the IMAX Theatre at the Science Museum in South Kensington cost £10 and booking early is recommended.
STORIES IN THE DARK: Caribbean folk tales collide with Gothic horror and hauntings in the East End of London during this evening of storytelling. Tickets for the evening cost £12 and include a complimentary tour by torchlight around the galleries of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and a free cocktail. The event runs between 7.30pm and 10.30pm and booking early is a must.
FOR ONLY AN HOUR: This 1 hour show promises to pack in a lot, as it features one man and 3 gay icons and a ton of dancing, singing and spoken performances that detail their own personal queer manifesto. Tickets for this 60 minute show that runs between 8pm and 9pm at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell cost £12 and booking early is recommended.
Saturday the 17th of November
A good way to begin is to take your kids to the KidZania Parliament Fair, as it’s packed full of activities all geared towards getting kids.
KIDS’ PARLIAMENT FAIR: The engagement between the younger generation and politics in the UK is pretty poor right now, so it’s high time that that all changed. A good way to begin is to take your kids to the KidZania Parliament Fair, as it’s packed full of activities all geared towards getting kids up to the age of 14 clued up about politics. Tickets for the 10am to 7pm event that runs until the 18th of November at KidZania in Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush cost £14 and booking early is advised.
MUSEUM RAVE: Glow sticks, whistles and hands in the air are back with a bang, with another rave experience for the whole family. During the this event, your little ravers can shake their stuff to some old school techno and acid house on a dancefloor that stimulates all of the senses with giant balloons and glitter cannons. Once you’ve had your fill of dancing, you can take a walk through everything the Museum of London Docklands has in store. Tickets for the event being held between 2pm to 4pm at the Museum of London Docklands in Canary Wharf cost £9 and booking early is recommended.
UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL: The biggest festival in Britain that champions women working in the film industry has returned with a expo of the work of emerging talent Rina Yang and a showing of collection of short films that delve into art that has been created since the inception of the MeToo movement. Tickets for the 5pm event being held at Rich Mix in Shoreditch up until the 25th of November, cost £11. Booking early is advisable.
PAINT JAM: This event has all the elements required for a fantastic evening out – a superb DJ, a bar full of drinks and a glass of prosecco as you walk through the door. However, there’s a catch…if you can call it that. The catch is that you must spend a few hours fashioning your very own Bauhaus art. Be warned, things could get messy – but not because of the drink on offer. Tickets for the 7pm to 10pm event at a secret London location, cost £35. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Sunday the 18th of November
If you’re in the mood for a touch of nostalgia, then this quaint London Teddy Bear, Toy and Antique Doll fair could be just what you’re looking for.
ALL DOLLED UP: If you’re in the mood for a touch of nostalgia, then this quaint London Teddy Bear, Toy and Antique Doll fair could be just what you’re looking for. With antiquities priced between £10 and £10,000, it’s the ideal place for collectors and xmas gift hunters alike. Entry costs £5, with the event running between 10am-3pm. To get involved, just turn up at Kensington Town Hall in Kensington during the hours mentioned.
THE BIG LONDON FLEA: The capital’s traders of vintage fare are having something of a spring clean, which is a once in an age opportunity to get your hands of some of their treasures. Fancy coming along to help them relieve them of some of their valuables? If so, head to EartH in Stoke Newington to the fair which runs between 11am to 6pm. Entry costs just £1.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Want to hear the famous christmas tale from the lips of Dickens himself? Before you get too excited, we’re talking about Gerald Dickens, a great grandson of the famous man, who will regale you with his great grandfather’s tale of why you should let the christmas spirit into your heart. Tickets for the show at Kenwood House in Hampstead cost £18, with two performances between 6pm and 7.30pm and 8.30pm and 10pm. Booking early is advised.
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