The beginning of November welcomes a chill in the air and a bevvy of increasingly festive events. From the first of the winter festivals to the bar openings you need to know, think of our What’s On edit as your starting point for perfecting this month’s social calendar.
We look at the best events that are set to take place across the capital
Bonfire Night Cocktails at Behind This Wall
In celebration of Bonfire Night, Hackney’s resident bar, Behind This Wall, is adding a smoking drink to its bespoke cocktail line-up. With a menu that rivals that of an up-market hotel but a location alongside some of London’s most eclectic hotspots, this basement bar is wonderfully unique. Be sure to sample the newest concoction on the menu, the Vieux Over Manhattan – an exotic mix of spirits and flavours topped off with apple cedar smoke. It's available for a limited time only.
411 Mare St, London E8 1HY
Old Spitalfields Night Market
Old Spitalfields Market is an historic part of London that’s far from feeling outdated. Forever buzzing at the weekends, it’s now set to come alive after hours every second Friday of the month. With that in mind, we’ll be bookmarking our diaries for its next appearance on 11th November. The focus is around street food so expect to see the usual suspects serving up their specialties with a side of live acoustic music hosted by Hoxton Radio.
Old Spitalfields Market, 109 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BG
If you’re just looking into buying tickets for the fireworks then you’re probably too late to secure a spot in Battersea Park for South London’s most coveted display. Why not head to Richmond instead? The athletics ground is set to host an equally as impressive showcase choreographed to music. Expect live entertainment and a funfair as well as mulled wine and food stalls and settle in for the evening to celebrate this London tradition.
Sunday 6th November
Richmond Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road, TW9 2SF
Hip Chips opening
The rise of the hipster hang-out continues this month, with the newest addition of the season being Hip Chips in Soho. The concept is simple: this social meeting spot serves crisps and dips, and crisps and dips only. The twist, however, is that the crisps are hand-made to order and dips come in a range of flavours spanning everything from katsu curry to Moroccan yoghurt. Head down for yourself to experience the newest cool-kid on the block.
Hip Chips is scheduled to open in November.
49 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HL, UK
Landmark Hotel Bottomless Brunch
The bottomless brunch has risen to the top of many-a What’s On edit of late, taking London by storm with its promise of delicious food, endless bubbles and a buzzing atmosphere. This month, why not take things up a notch and choose a decadent venue like The Landmark Hotel in Marylebone? One for a special occasion, it’s £90 per person but food, as well as champagne is unlimited and the buffet covers an array of cuisines from classic breakfast pastries to seafood and meats, to luxe deserts. Live music and a picturesque location set the tone for an unforgettable weekend treat.
222 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 6JQ
Day of the Dead Festival with Wahaca
London’s most-loved Mexican restaurant chain, Wahaca, is celebrating its heritage with a Day of the Dead celebration at the Vaults near Waterloo station this month, so if you’re a fan of a Halloween theme, there’s no better excuse to continue the celebrations than this. From street food to performances, life drawing to live debates, the schedule promises something for everyone and offers a unique twist on classic Thursday night cocktails. If tequila is your thing, or you’re keen to embrace a little culture and a lot of fun, you know where to head for.
3rd, 4th and 5th November
RELAUNCH OF THE London Design Museum
The London Design Museum closed its Bermondsey doors in June in prep for the launch of the new, much-anticipated location on Kensington Highstreet. Now setting up home within a listed 1960s landmark building, it’s set to host its first permanent, free exhibit alongside the featured artists and designer installations. Visit on a rainy November day whilst its still brand new and get your culture hit for the month.
224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG
Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre
Perhaps a little early for some but perfect for those willing to embrace the festive season early on, the Southbank Centre’s famous Winter Festival launches on the 11th November this year. The pop-up lodge-style stalls are set to house the usual seasonal food and drinks, festive decorations and winter warmers so there’s something for everyone and it will only add that little something extra to the picturesque views across the river.
Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX