BOOK AHEAD: Barlow & Bear At Bicester Village
This event doesn’t take place until next week, but it’s one to know about ahead of time. From Tuesday 16th to Thursday 18th November, American song-writing duo Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear will take to the stage at Bicester Village to perform hits from their new album, The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical. Inspired by Netflix’s period drama, Barlow & Bear created the album after their musical theatre TikToks went viral – a mixture of jazz, classical music and pop, the feel-good songs will transport you straight into the world of Bridgerton. The event also includes a supper club held at The Apartment, with food and drink provided by caterers Quince & Clover and Clouds Atelier. Register at the below link to claim a free ticket.
WATCH A MAGICAL PERFORMANCE: Giselle At The Royal Opera House
Choreographed by Peter Wright, this production of Giselle has all the drama and elegance you’d expect from The Royal Ballet. As the story goes, young peasant girl Giselle falls in love with a philandering count, only to find out he is promised to another woman. After learning about his infidelity, Giselle kills herself and her soul enters the ranks of the Wilis – a group of young women who died before their wedding day. It turns out Giselle’s love from beyond the grave is more powerful than she realises… Tickets start from £6.
Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DD
DISCOVER NEW FLAVOURS: The Great Feast At The Old Selfridges Hotel
Taking place on Thursdays to Sundays every week until Saturday 18th December, The Great Feast food festival at The Old Selfridges Hotel kicks off this week, when there are four experiences offering guests the chance to try a range of food from top chefs and London restaurants. Choose from general entry tickets (£20pp) to try food from the ‘Counter of Joy’ from chefs like Andrew Wong and Ravinder Bhogal, or book a table in the ‘Magic Garden’ (£30pp) to enjoy a sit-down meal with cocktails and live entertainment. If you want to go all out, a ‘Great Feasting’ ticket (£100pp) includes a seven-course tasting menu in the dining hall featuring dishes like wagyu pastrami crumpets, steamed cod with salted chilli, and aloo ghobi with cheese croquettes.
1 Orchard St, Soho, W1H 6HJ
PERFECT YOUR BROWS: Refy Pop-Up
Today until Sunday 14th November, beauty brand Refy is hosting its first pop-up in Mayfair. Regular SL readers will know we rate the brand’s brow products created by influencer and model Jess Hunt – especially the Brow Sculpt which sets brows in place all day for a fluffy, laminated effect. Shoppers can browse the full product range and ask the experts for recommendations, as well as try the new cream blushers and bronzers. Jess herself will be visiting the pop-up all week, so keep your eyes peeled.
11 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6PY
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: RankinLIVE x West End Theatre
Fujifilm has created an exhibition with renowned photographer Rankin. At the Fujifilm House of Photography in Covent Garden, the space pays tribute to the theatre industry’s resilience during the pandemic. Featuring 150 portraits of actors, musicians, writers, directors, dressers, designers and technicians – all shot by Rankin – the exhibition is an homage to the enduring appeal of the West End. From Thursday 25th November, visitors will be able to purchase a limited-edition book of the portraits, with all proceeds going to charities including the Theatre Artists Fund. The exhibition will run until Monday 31st January.
Fujifilm House of Photography, 8-9 Longacre, Covent Garden, WC2E 9LH
GET THE COCKTAILS IN: Percy’s Kensington
Late-night bar Percy’s Kensington is a new spot to have on your radar. The bar itself looks like a cool members club, only without the strict dress code or rules. Try a range of tequila cocktails from the Casamigos pop-up, then step through the hidden door to reach the dancefloor where resident DJs set the vibe with hip hop, house and techno until 3am (Thursdays-Saturdays). Order the Watermelon Mezcal Negroni and a few tapas bites from the main bar before continuing the party.
2A High Street, Kensington, W8 4PT
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: Yoga At The Natural History Museum
On Sunday 14th November from 8am to 9.15am, the Natural History Museum will host a yoga class in collaboration with fitness studio East of Eden. Taking place in the Hintze Hall, beneath the iconic blue whale skeleton, you’ll learn how to tune into your own breathing, before following a series of moves to energise both body and mind. Led by one of East of Eden’s yogis, it finishes with a gong bath session to help you really unwind, and each ticket includes access to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Suitable for all levels, all you need to a yoga mat. The class costs £35 or £31.50 for museum members.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD
PICK UP COOL ARTWORK: Sotheby's Charity Art Auction
Sotheby's annual charity art action takes place online from today until Monday 15th November. Some big names have donated pieces, including Antony Gormley (whose piece is expected to reach £45k), Paula Rego, Anish Kapoor, Quentin Blake, Julian Opie and Bridget Riley. Now in its 12th year, the auction features over 50 contemporary artists and galleries, spanning paintings, drawings and sculptures. All proceeds will be donated to Freedom From Torture, which helps refugees from Afghanistan. Artworks start at £500.
SHOP NEW BEAUTY: The House Of Eldridge Pop-Up
Celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge has launched a pop-up studio in Covent Garden where you can shop her beauty range and pick up some pro tips. Thanks to the diverse colour range and rich pigments, we’re big fans of Lisa’s lipsticks – and you can also try the new Seamless Skin Foundation at The House of Eldridge. Meanwhile, ‘The Lipstick Lounge’ will host a range of educational talks and masterclasses over the coming weeks, and don’t miss the ‘History In Your Handbag, Make-Up Museum’ exhibition displaying more than 1,000 beauty artefacts, including Audrey Hepburn’s Cartier lipstick holder. Open daily from 11am to 7pm until Friday 31st December.
Royal Opera House Arcade, Covent Garden, WC2E 8HD
TAKE THE GIRLS: Amazing Grace, London Bridge
Looking for a fun night out with the girls? Housed in St Thomas’ Church in London Bridge, new music venue Amazing Grace has a seriously cool vibe, with original stainless windows, quirky artwork, 3D wall sets that change with each performer, and even an original Banksy. Every Thursday to Sunday, there’s a different event– on Friday ‘Out of Office’ nights, resident DJs and live bands play funk and old-school hip hop, while Saturday nights are all about disco and soul. Enjoy drinks in the cool art deco bar, then treat yourself to a couple of bao buns from Peckham restaurant Mr Bao.
St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 9RY
SPEND THE DAY HERE: Design District, Greenwich
If you haven’t been to the new Design District space in Greenwich Peninsula, make it a priority this weekend. The space spans 16 buildings designed by architects from around the world, all of which host pop-ups, exhibitions and events throughout the year. Right now, you can drop by the FLUX Exhibition until Saturday 27th November, which is showcasing cool artwork from 50 different contemporary artists, including Anna Pogudz and Teresa Wells. Afterwards, grab lunch at Canteen, home to a bar and six independent food stalls – we suggest heading straight to Ehla for Mediterranean bites and falafel wraps.
The Gateway Pavilions, Greenwich, SE10 0SQ