PRETEND YOU’RE ON THE SLOPES HERE: Bar Aspen
Bar Aspen is a new speakeasy focused on natural and minimal-intervention wines. Only open on Friday nights, the pop-up will combine live acoustic music and an off-the-wall wine menu designed for an inquisitive audience. Located in the cellars of Music and Beans on Camden High Street, Bar Aspen will serve wines from a list curated by Sunny Hodge, founder of Diogenes The Dog wine bar in Elephant & Castle. With space for just 33 people a night, oenophiles should snap up tickets quickly to be in with a chance of checking out this hidden bar. Expect an understated art-deco interior, pristine glassware, wines by Coravin, cheeseboards, and sommeliers in braces.
82 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 0LT; 15th November
BOOK AHEAD FOR THIS: Bongo’s Bingo
Bongo And The Beast is back. Next month, one of Bongo’s Bingo’s most-loved nights returns to the Clapham Grand to help revellers shake off their seasonal excesses with dancing, partying and sing-a-longs. Staying true to the original rules of bingo, Bongo’s Bingo combines the traditional game with a wildly immersive and hilarious live show in which rave rounds, dance-offs and insane prizes – think pink unicorns, Henry Hoovers and mobility scooters, plus big cash payouts – are all part of the fun. With music spanning genres and generations, the event prides itself on appealing to a vast crowd. Expect cheesy bangers, rave and dance classics, Irish ballads and pop classics all mixed into one chaotic evening.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT; 28th-30th December
HAVE A DRINK HERE: Hendricks x Skylight
This Friday, Skylight Rooftop and Hendrick’s gin will host a whimsical, theatrical deep-dive into the world of Hendrick’s. Previously popping up at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, the event sees guests discover the drink in its diminutive form, the ‘Tini Martini’, during a three-part liquid journey. After the event, guests can continue on at Skylight for ice skating, street food, ice hockey and DJ sets.
Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF; 15th November
WATCH THIS: Last Christmas
Nothing seems to go right for Kate (Emilia Clarke), a frustrated Londoner who works as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Things take a turn for the better when she meets Tom (Henry Golding), a handsome charmer who seems too good to be true. As the city transforms for the most wonderful time of the year, Tom and Kate’s growing attraction turns into the best gift of all – a Yuletide romance. Also stars Emma Thompson and Michelle Yeoh.
In cinemas now
EAT HERE: Market Halls West End
Market Halls opens its third venture this Friday. In the former BHS building, Market Halls West End has seating for 900, 11 kitchens, four bars and a rooftop terrace open throughout the year, offering shoppers, workers, locals and tourists a new all-day canteen. The lineup of traders includes Chinese dim-sum specialist BaoziInn; Roti King’s Malaysian offshoot Gopal’s Corner; vegan restaurant Cookdaily; smokehouse HotBox; and Super Tacos. New names to the Market Halls group include Stevie Parle’s pasta restaurant Pastaio; Angela Sato’s Japanese Yatai; pizza purveyor Paradise Slice; and jian bing specialist Pleasant Lady. An all-day coffee cart and regularly rotating dessert cart will also be doing the rounds.
9 Holles Street, West End, W1G 0DB; from 15th November
GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS HERE: The Bloomsbury
The Bloomsbury hotel is hosting a ‘Colourful Christmas Calligraphy’ class with London stationery brand Papier this Sunday. Expert calligrapher Suzie Dicker of À L’aise will lead it in the hotel’s Seamus Heaney Library. Guests will be welcomed with a Christmas cocktail on arrival before they set to learning the techniques of calligraphy, working their way through the alphabet and using coloured inks to create their own Christmas cards. At the end of the session, guests will be able to take their creations home with them, along with a nib, ink and personalised Papier stationery.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN; 17th November
TRY A NEW ROAST HERE: Paradise by Way of Kensal Rise
This month, Paradise by Way of Kensal Green reopens its doors after a transformation. To celebrate, the kitchen has launched a new Sunday lunch menu. The menu now features the likes of 21-day aged beef rump, Waveney Valley pork belly with crisp crackling and Suffolk chicken with sage and sausage meat stuffing. A generous selection of trimmings will include fiery horseradish, Bramley apple sauce, Yorkshire puddings, goose-fat roast potatoes, buttery cabbage and carrots, and rich meat gravy. Perfect for groups.
19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, W10 4AE; 17th November
BE A VIP HERE: Neville
Neville salon is at the forefront of the hairdressing and beauty industry. Its reputation for excellence attracts a varied clientele, from businesswomen to models, actors, royalty, celebrities, journalists, students and London locals, who return time and time again. Just in time for the party season, Neville is offering all SL VIPs 30% off their first visit to the salon, valid across all hair services. Not yet a member? Sign up to become a SheerLuxe VIP using the link below.
5 Pont Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9EJ; offer valid until 31st December
SEE A NEW EXHIBITION HERE: Steve McQueen Year 3 at Tate Britain
Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has unveiled his portrait of London’s Year 3 pupils. Using the medium of the traditional school class photograph, this vast new artwork is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK. It offers us a glimpse of the capital’s future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come. McQueen invited every Year 3 pupil in London to have their photograph taken by a team of specially trained Tate photographers. The subjects included children from state primaries, independent schools, faith schools, special schools, pupil referral units and home-educated pupils. Their photos have been brought together in a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils at a milestone year in their development.
Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG
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