The Best Things To Do In London This November


From bonfire night to Diwali, we roundup our favourite things to do in London this month

Make Chotto Matte Your Next Post-Work Pit-Stop


If you’re in the market for a spot to fill the gap between leaving the office and sitting down to dinner, Chotto Matte – the Japanese/Peruvian-inspired restaurant in the heart of Soho – is launching its very own “Izakaya Hour” daily from 5pm until 7.30pm. Izakaya is the name given to a type of casual pub in Japan, but Chotto Matte has turned the concept on its head and infused it with the restaurant’s flair for simple-but-elegant dining. Sharing dishes including sushi taco and pork belly skewers best enjoyed with an Asahi beer or Pisco Sour, making this the dream pit-stop for after-work drinks.


Celebrate Bonfire Night At Bluebird


Remember, remember the fifth of November in style at Chelsea’s chicest café. Bluebird will play host to a fireworks night, allowing you to experience the dazzle of lights while tucking into some proper delicious tuck, including toffee apples and pulled pork rolls. Cointreau will be on hand mix up bespoke cocktails for the night: from a Cointreau-infused mulled cider to the Cointreau Fizz, a mix of the French triple sec, sparkling water and lime juice. If your Guy Fawkes plans are already made, it’s worth booking into Bluebird at the weekend to try the South London institution’s fine brunch menu.

Shift Your Perspective At The Hayward Gallery


If there’s just one exhibition on your cultural radar this month make it the “Space Shifters” installation at the Hayward Gallery. Located at the Southbank Centre (the ideal spot should you wish to make a morning of it and head for breakfast or lunch before or after), the exhibition features artworks spanning approximately 50 years, all of which have been chosen to disrupt the viewer’s sense of perception. Visually awesome with emotional moments of reflection and thought, the works include Jeppe Hen’s "360C Illusion V": an enormous rotating mirror that presides over the first gallery as you enter the exhibition. It’s a captivating piece that cleverly reflects the architecture of the other pieces on display. Also featuring creations by revered artists Anish Kapoor and Alicja Kwade, this is one exhibition that will really challenge your perspective on shapes and movement as well as your own place in the world.


Get The (Bingo) Balls Rolling At Bunga Bunga


Forget those thoughts of stale bingo halls in suburban community halls, Bunga Bunga in Battersea plays host to an immersive take on the popular game this season. A cocktail on arrival whets your appetite to win as Mamma Bunga gets the balls rolling. While it’s all in the spirit of good fun, the prizes are more than worth the price of the ticket: you have the opportunity to take home Limoncello, dining experiences at the restaurant as well as further “surprises” announced on the night. No night at the lively restaurant would be complete without feasting on its renowned pizzas, such as the aptly titled Julius Cheeser pizza, topped with gorgonzola, taleggio, mozzarella and goat’s cheese. Is it your lucky night?

Shine A Light On Diwali At Gymkhana


Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated every autumn to mark the triumph of light over darkness and this year, Mayfair landmark Gymkhana will host intimate candle-lit dinners from the fifth to the tenth of November to mark the occasion. Inspired by the Indian gymkhana clubs where elite society would dine and play, the Michelin-starred restaurant has created a six-course tasting menu especially for Diwali. Our favourite dish? The tandoori masala lamb chop and boti kebab. Each dish is accompanied by a wine pairing chosen by an in-house expert sommelier, ensuring the dinner will be one to remember and a truly distinguished way to celebrate the holiday.


Try A Cocktail – Or Two – At Nikki’s


Taking up residence where Electricity Showrooms used to once lie, Nikki's is the naughty older sister to its Waterloo sibling, Tonight Josephine. Hoxton’s latest watering hole applies the pop-cultural aesthetic of a Tarantino film to its high-low interiors, resting plush velvet seating next to exposed wood walls peppered with clubby, neon stickers and a PVC covered bed that’s sure to make appearances on social media in the coming weeks. The best thing? Besides the cocktails – which are creative enough to stand out from the straightforward offerings from the Be At One adjacent – is the gorgeously lit ceiling made up of blue, white, pink and burnt orange hues. We’d recommend getting to this spot as soon as possible before the Instagram elite start to post it everywhere.