SOLVE A CRIME: The Judge, The Jury And James Patterson
Crime novelist James Patterson is a master of the whodunnit. Now his most famous character, Met Police detective Alex Cross, will be brought to life in The Judge, The Jury and James Patterson at Bethnal Green Town Hall on Wednesday 24th November. The one-off show is an immersive experience that will transport you to a courtroom to decide whether detective Cross is innocent or guilty of a gruesome triple murder – and Patterson himself is set to make a cameo. Tickets cost £15, including a welcome drink and signed copy of Patterson’s 1993 bestseller, Along Came a Spider.
8 Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, E2 9NF
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE: Choose Love Pop-Up
Choose Love supports refugees around the world. The charity has just opened a pop-up store on Carnaby Street where shoppers can buy items and services for refugees, which will then be delivered directly to those in need across Europe, the Middle East and the US-Mexico border. Choose from ‘bundles of warmth’, which includes warm clothing and shoes, hot food, and blankets and sleeping bags; ‘saving lives bundles’ made for those who have left their homes and arrived in a new country; and ‘bundles of love’ created for unaccompanied children. If you can’t make it into the store, you can also do your bit by visiting the Choose Love online shop.
Until Friday 24th December; 3 Carnaby Street, Soho, W1F 9PB
TRY NEW FLAVOURS: Taste of London Festive Edition At Tobacco Docks
The Taste of London food festival is back with a festive edition. From today until Sunday 21st November, visitors can feast on a range of Alpine-inspired food and drink at Tobacco Dock in east London. Highlights include British-Afghan fusion barbecue bites from Cue Point, Sri Lankan party food from Jaffna Kitchen, Bar Flounder’s stuffed lobster rolls, and 24-hour marinated jerk chicken from SLMan favourite Juici Jerk. Play a round of crazy golf at the on-site Ballers course, and book onto a masterclass – we suggest the 45-minute ‘Around the Barrel’ wine tasting. If you want to go all out, book a table at the Après Ski Club House hosted by Laurent-Perrier or step inside the Grey Goose Alpine Chalet for vodka martinis. Tickets start from £17.
Tobacco Quay, Wapping, E1W 2SF
FEEL FESTIVE: Lightopia, Crystal Palace Park
Lightopia opens tomorrow night at Crystal Palace Park. Visitors can explore the light trail which snakes around the park, including a spectacular display in the palace itself. A fun day out the whole family can enjoy, kids will love the colourful butterfly and phoenix areas, while adults will appreciate the beautiful Christmas trees in the ‘Festive Zone’. Make a beeline for the Dinosaur lights, before stopping for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls – think burgers and skinny fries, cheese fondue, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Tickets cost £22.50.
Until January 2022; Thicket Road, Crystal Palace, SE19 2GA
GET DATE NIGHT RIGHT: Joy Pop-Up By Dixon x Sotheby's
Tom Dixon has partnered up with Sotheby's for a five-day pop-up restaurant which opens its doors today. Inside Sotheby's auction house, the pop-up features Tom Dixon furniture and accessories, plus rare plants and vintage Willy Guhl planters – all of which are available to buy. The restaurant has a breakfast and lunch menu, while Joy chef Stevie Parle will host supper clubs each night. Across the menus, dishes are made with seasonal ingredients include the likes of Galloway beef with pickled elderberries, cured egg yolk and crisp bread; Scottish langoustine roasted with butter and seaweed; risotto bianco with white truffles; and nutmeg custard tart.
Until Monday 22nd November; 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W1S 2RP
FIND YOUR XMAS PARTY OUTFIT: By Rotation Holiday Pop-Up
Regular SL readers will know how much we love By Rotation, so we were excited to hear the rental platform has opened a holiday pop-up in Marylebone Village. Open throughout the festive season, shoppers will find a curated edit from By Rotation’s ambassadors’ wardrobes – all of which are available to rent over the next few weeks. Expect to find dresses, suits, shoes and accessories from brands like Molby The Label, Jakke, Silvia Astore and Yves Saint Laurent, as well as stylish gifts, homeware and furniture. Don’t miss the charity collection featuring second-hand gems donated from Shelter – all rental proceeds will go towards tackling homelessness in the UK.
98 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2QA
FIND A HIDDEN GEM: Bush Theatre Bookstore Pop-Up
On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November – from noon to 7.30pm – theatre publisher Nick Hern Books will hold its first pop-up at the Bush Theatre. Shoppers will be able to browse a range of play scripts and books starting from just £2, including monologues, Broadway scripts and playwright biographies, as well as rare interview collections and criticism texts. A quarter of proceeds from all books will go to theatrical charity Acting for Others, which provides financial and emotional support to theatre workers in times of need. Stop by the Library Bar for a couple of drinks once you’ve found your new reads.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8LJ
SHOP NEW-SEASON PIECES: Hansine x Donna Ida
Boho, glamorous and cool, Hansine has long been a well-kept secret among the style set. Known for its billowing dresses and beach cover-ups for exotic getaways, this season its autumn/winter collection includes silk dresses and cardigans made for layering. On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th November, Hansine is hosting a pop-up in Marylebone in collaboration with Donna Ida and The Organic Pharmacy. Shoppers can browse Hansine’s new edit, which includes a selection of stylish cardigans, shop new-season Donna Ida denim, and book in for a discounted Organic Pharmacy facial.
51 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, W1U 5HW
TAKE THE KIDS: Skate At Somerset House
Somerset House has just opened its ice-skating rink in collaboration with Moët & Chandon. Children can skate day or night as Radio 1 DJs set the vibe with fun music, while little ones (or those who need a helping hand) can take lessons at the Skate School with National Ice Skating Association instructors. Children can also enjoy chocolate workshops at the Hotel Chocolat pop-up, while adults stop by the Moët & Chandon Skate Lounge for a selection of champagne cocktails. If you want to go all out, book a table at Jimmy Garcia’s chalet-inspired pop-up restaurant to enjoy après ski-style dishes like truffle fondue, raclette and charcuterie boards. Ice-skating tickets start from £11.
Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA; until 16th January
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: The Valkyrie, London Coliseum
The Valkyrie opens at the London Coliseum tomorrow night. Wagner’s epic will be brought to life by the English National Opera, with music from a 92-piece orchestra conducted by the award-winning Martyn Brabbins. Featuring some of Wagner’s most iconic and majestic music, the Norse-inspired opera tells the story of a turbulent Earth, which has been plunged into conflict by scheming gods in search of power. In the mortal world, a man pursued by unstoppable enemies and a woman in love cause a devastating dispute between a powerful father and his rebellious daughter. Tickets start from £10.
Until Friday 10th December; St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4ES
TAKE THE GIRLS: Wun’s Team Room & Bar
Wun’s Team Room & Bar has created a weekend brunch menu inspired by Hong Kong’s ‘Cha Chaan Teng’ – a style of cooking which fuses Chinese and European cuisines. Diners can choose from small sharing plates like scallop prawn toast, Sichuan pepper rostis, Canton scrambled egg fried rice, smoked haddock with glass noodles, devilled mackerel eggs, Kaya buttered toast, and Hong Kong French toast with cheese and butter. Order a Sichuan Jungle Mary (an extra spicy take on a classic bloody Mary) and Sour Plum Iced Tea for the table.
23 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ
MARK WORLD VEGAN MONTH: Neat Burger
Plant-based fast food group Neat Burger (co-created by Lewis Hamilton) is the place to go for great vegan food in the capital. This month, its plant-based cheeseburger – featuring a vegan patty, American cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard – is available for just £1.99 across its London restaurants. Other menu highlights include the ‘Chick’n Burger’ made with a crispy Chick’n patty, the ‘Filet-No-Fish’ burger bowl and the ‘Neat Dog’ – a vegan take on a loaded hotdog. Add on a side of Tater Tots and treat yourself to an Oreo or Biscoff milkshake.