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THE TALK: In Conversation With Lady Anne Glenconner
Lady Anne Glenconner is giving a talk at Holkham Hall on Monday 27th December from 5.30-8pm. One to bookmark for next month, Lady Glenconner will be talking about her life at Holkham as a child and the inspiration behind her most recent novel, A Haunting at Holkham. In conversation with TV and Radio presenter David Whiteley, the talk will take place in Holkham’s Elizabeth Wing, where guests will be welcomed with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. You’ll be able to ask questions at the end, before receiving a signed copy of Lady Glenconner’s murder mystery book. Tickets cost £45.
THE PERFORMANCE: Akram Khan Company At Sadler’s Wells
This month, Akram Khan Company will perform a series of shows at Sadler’s Wells as part of its ‘Carnival of Shadows’ programme. Celebrated dancer Akram Khan, who has been performing around the world for the last 20 years, is known for this solo performances and interesting productions, like the award-winning Until the Lions. In this new series, guests can watch the final few performances of his impressive solo Xenos, as well as Chotto Xenos and his latest work, Outwitting the Devil. Our pick? Xenos – a powerful story of an Indian soldier fighting for Britain in the First World War. Performances will take place throughout November and December; tickets start from £15.
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THE RESTAURANT: Field At Fortnum & Mason
Regular Gold readers will know how much we love Fortnum & Mason, so we were excited to hear that the department store has recently opened a new pop-up restaurant inspired by Provence. Open for lunch and supper every day throughout November, Field takes guests on a ‘sustainable dining’ experience with a menu that champions fresh, seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced meat and fish. The daily changing menu includes dishes like Suffolk pork belly with crab apples, devilled crab on toast, pumpkin with romesco sauce, and roast plum and coconut crumble. If you’d prefer afternoon tea, Field also has a ‘Woodland Tea’ menu (£28pp), featuring tasty bites like wild mushroom éclairs and partridge rarebit, as well as Fortnum’s new blend of tea.
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THE FILM: House Of Gucci
Lady Gaga’s second foray into the world of acting comes in the form of House of Gucci, which will be released on Friday 26th November. The singer, who won an Academy Award, Grammy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for the song ‘Shallow’ from the 2018 film A Star Is Born, plays Patrizia Gucci. The film tells the story of her turbulent marriage to Maurizio Gucci, head of the Gucci fashion house, which ultimately leads to betrayal, revenge and murder. We can’t wait to see how the drama unfolds on the big screen.
THE PODCAST: Hidden Heroes
Looking for a new podcast to dive into? This eight-part series by UNICEF highlights women around the world who are doing incredible things and helping to change their community. Each episode focuses on a different women or girl, all of whom are taking a stand against gender injustice – and saving lives along the way. Hosted by documentary maker Beth Murphy, expect to learn about a ‘hackathon’ team who are tackling domestic violence in Ecuador and a woman who’s lobbying against child marriage in Uganda. An inspiring listen for all.
THE EXHIBITION: Hogarth & Europe At Tate Britain
Book tickets for the Hogarth & Europe exhibition Tate Britain, available to see now until March 2022. The new exhibition features the artist’s most famous prints and paintings from the mid-18th century, as well as works by Francesco Guardi, Chardin and Cornelis Troost. William Hogarth created vivid images of contemporary life and social commentary in his art, featuring the rich and the poor, the immoral and self-deluding, and the selfish and the selfless, so there’s plenty to see in this curated display.
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THE MASTERCLASS: Wreath Making At Lavender Green Flowers, Chelsea
If you’re after a festive afternoon to enjoy with family or friends, Lavender Green Flowers (the florists behind the beautiful displays at Pippa Middleton and Sophie Wessex’s weddings) is hosting a wreath making workshop at their store on the King’s Road. Groups of eight to 16 can book a Christmas package where one of Lavender Green’s florists will show you how to create a beautiful wreath using seasonal flowers, British foliage and festive accents like winter fruits. For an additional cost, canapés, cocktails and English sparkling wine from Gusbourne Estate can be ordered to make it a special occasion. Masterclasses are available throughout November and December – simply contact the team to arrange a group booking. We can’t think of a better way to spend a festive evening.
THE BOOK: A Queen for All Seasons By Joanna Lumley
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, Joanna Lumley has edited this charming book which illuminates the monarch’s life and details key moments throughout her 70-year reign. In A Queen for All Seasons, Lumley guides us as we meet Princess Elizabeth in 1952, aged just 25, and about to become Queen, and brings us through to the present day as our matriarch. From personal moments of crisis and suffering, to highlights throughout her life, this book offers unique perspectives into some of the most fascinating aspects of the Queen's life – her role as head of state, her public interests and a bird's-eye look at key events that have put the Queen in our affection for decades.
THE TV SHOW: Landscapers, Sky Atlantic
This four-part thriller starts on Tuesday 7th December. Starring Olivia Colman, this drama, inspired by real events, tells the story of convicted killers Susan (Colman) and her husband Christopher (David Thewlis), a seemingly mild-mannered couple who killed Susan’s parents in 1998. The crime went unsolved for over a decade, during which time Susan and Christopher created their own bizarre fantasy world that made them Hollywood heroes in their imagination. Told through the perspectives of both couples, as well as police officers and lawyers involved in the investigation.