BOOK AHEAD: Little Women The Musical
Little Women has been adapted for the stage and tickets have just gone on sale. With an original score, it’s the ideal show to watch over the festive period. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s book, the musical tells the story of the four March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy. Jo, the second eldest and an aspiring writer, receives yet another rejection from a publisher. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her she can do better by making her stories more personal. Begrudgingly, Jo decides to share how she and her sisters grew up in Civil War America – a tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Tickets start from £18.50.
Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP; 11th November-19th December
TAKE A TRIP TO HARRODS: Studio Fifth Floor
This month, Harrods welcomes ‘Studio Fifth Floor’, a whole level inspired by the disco era, with a series of exhibitions, immersive events and nightclub anthems spun by a range of top DJs. There’s an exhibition by celebrity photographer Richard Young, featuring shots from his book Nightclubbing –which includes party shots of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Liza Minnelli – taken at the iconic Studio 54 over the years. Check out the standby graffiti artist Sophy Robson who’s in store this and next weekend between 12-6pm to create personalised artworks for customers, then visit ‘The Wall Biz’, an immersive dance game where you can show off your moves.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
VISIT THIS COOL POP-UP: Gucci Circolo
To celebrate 100 years of the House of Gucci, the brand has opened a new pop-up store in Shoreditch where you can browse the collections (including pieces from the new Gucci 100 range) and learn about the evolution of the designer brand through the decades. Expect to find women’s and men’s clothing, footwear and accessories, as well as artwork and photography books, all of which are for sale. Play a couple of songs from the vintage juke box, check out the cool workspace and café on the first floor, then make your way to the Listening Lounge where artists like Billie Eilish, Elton John and Arlo Parks have curated a selection of their favourite vinyl records for you to listen to.
4 Chance Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JT
BRING THE GIRLS HERE: BAO Dine-In Cinema: Nightmare on Film Street
If you’re after a fun – and spooky – night out with the girls this Halloween, BAO has created a dine-in cinema experience where groups of six or more can enjoy a set menu while watching a horror film. ‘Nightmare on Film Street’ will take place in private entertainment rooms at BAO Noodle Shop in Shoreditch and BAO Borough on select nights until Sunday 14th November. From cult classics to indie horrors, films include The Other Lamb, House, The Babadook and Zombie Child, while the menus offer small plates like Taiwanese fried chicken, tofu with black garlic glaze, curry cheese BAO and Horlicks ice-cream. Tickets cost £27pp.
1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ; 13 Stoney Street, Borough, SE1 9AD
TAKE THE KIDS TO THIS: Ascot Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday
The ‘jumps season’ returns to Ascot next weekend, so now’s the time to book ahead for its ‘Spectacular Family Race Day’ with fireworks on Saturday 30th October from 11am-7pm. During the event, guests can place their bets at the famous racetrack in the afternoon, then enjoy tea and a spectacular fireworks display at 6.30pm. Throughout the day, children can also take part in creepy crawly animal handling, pumpkin carving, spooky arts and crafts, slime workshops and even learn a few magic tricks at the Magician School. Older children will love the fairground rides – each ride costs £1 and all proceeds will be donated to local charities. Admission start from £21.
High St, Ascot, SL5 7JX
TRY A NEW WORKOUT: Equinox Wellness Pods
Ready for a new Saturday morning workout? Equinox has just opened the ‘Wellness Pod’ where guests can take part in yoga classes inside one of the London Eye’s 32 rotating pods. Set 135m in the air, you’ll be able to take in panoramic views of the city while enjoying a 60-minute class led by an Equinox instructor that combines yoga and meditation. Classes are limited to six people per pod to allow for social distancing and combine a range of stretches and toning exercises to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. You don’t need any prior experience to get involved, simply check in at the VIP desk in the London Eye Ticket Office 30 minutes before your slot. Classes cost £37.50pp.
Riverside Building, County Hall, Waterloo, SE1 7PB
GET YOUR BALLGOWN READY: Secret Cinema: Bridgerton
If you haven’t already got tickets to Secret Cinema’s Bridgerton experience next February, now’s the time to get involved. The exact location will be kept secret until the event, but guests will be expected to dress to impress and party like its 1813. Based on the Netflix series set in the regency era, you’ll be given a bespoke backstory (including your very own title, name, and family tree) plus a quest to complete during the three-hour experience on the evening, which includes food and drink inspired by the drama. Attendees will also be encouraged to explore hidden parts of the grounds with life-drawing rooms, duelling practice, games, and light shows that relive iconic Bridgerton moments from series one. You might even spot Lady Whistledown herself… Tickets start from £79pp.
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX: Cliveden Literary Festival
Cliveden Literary Festival takes place this weekend. On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October, guests will be able to tune into a range of events and live talks from writers, historians and politicians. Talks will take place on either The Arts Club Stage or in Cliveden’s Great Hall, where you can hear from the likes of journalist Lionel Shriver, and writer and actress Emerald Fennell (The Crown, Promising Young Woman). Other highlights include a discussion on anti-Semitism with David Baddiel and Simon Sebag Montefiore, and a talk on the recent catastrophe in Kabul with the former director of the CIA. Tickets cost £120 for a day pass or £195 for a weekend ticket.
TREAT YOURSELF: Burger & Lobster x Giz ’n’ Green
Burger & Lobster have teamed up with Giz ‘n’ Green – chef Gizzi Erskine and her BFF rapper Professor Green – to create a limited-edition lobster dish. Available at Burger & Lobsters’ eight London restaurants, the ‘Sleezey’n’Bisquey’ is an indulgent take on the classic macaroni and cheese, elevated with lobster meat – think lobster bisque-infused cheese sauce and fresh tarragon in a lobster shell and encrusted with a Gruyere and garlic bread crumb top. Served alongside a side salad, order of skinny fries and cocktails.
READ THIS NEW BOOK: A Woman Made Of Snow By Elisabeth Gifford
Fans of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca will love Elisabeth Gifford’s new book, which hit the shelves last week. The author of The Good Doctor of Warsaw takes us to the wild woods of Scotland in this period story that revolves around the dark secrets of a century-old family mystery. It’s 1949 and Caroline Gillan and her new husband Alasdair have moved back to his dilapidated family estate, Kelly Castle. Stuck caring for their tiny baby, and trying to find her way with an opinionated mother-in-law, Caroline feels adrift, alone and unwelcome. But when she is tasked with sorting out the family archives, she discovers a mystery that sparks her back to life. There is one Gillan bride who is completely unknown – no photos exist, no records have been kept – the only thing that is certain is that she had a legitimate child. Alasdair's grandmother. And when a body is found in the grounds of the castle, her hunt becomes more than just a case of curiosity.