SEE A WEST END PLAY:
Orlando at The Garrick Theatre
Golden Globe winner Emma Corrin plays the lead role in Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando. Opening on Saturday 26th November at the Garrick, it tells the feminist story of Orlando (Corrin), a young nobleman searching for identity in the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Travelling through time and living for centuries, he is catapulted into the court of King James where he falls in love with a Russian princess and transitions from man to woman. She continues her journey up to the present day in search of happiness, self-knowledge and the courage to answer one fundamental question: who am I? Tickets start from £10.
2 Charing Cross Road, West End, WC2H 0HH; until Saturday 25th February
GET A FREE BLOW DRY:
Panasonic Pamper Parlour at Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Panasonic is running a ‘pamper parlour’ at Brent Cross Shopping Centre between Friday 25th and Sunday 27th November, and Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th December. Visitors can enjoy a free 30-minute styling session with the brand’s beauty team for bouncy blow-dries, mermaid waves and more, all created using Panasonic’s hair tools. Guests will also receive a QR code to redeem online at, so you can recreate your look at home. The pop-up will be open from 10am-5pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12-5pm on Sundays. Available for walk-in appointments only.
Prince Charles Drive, Hendon, NW4 3FP
GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING:
Ready to start your Christmas shopping? There are plenty of exciting events and pop-ups happening in Covent Garden over the next few weeks, especially on festive Thursdays throughout November and December. Shoppers can take advantage of discounts at stores like Reformation, UGG, Nars and Lisa Eldridge; enjoy in-store events at Charlotte Tilbury and Aesop; and make use of gift wrapping services, personalisation and calligraphy at the new Tag Heuer store, Jo Malone, Penhaligon’s and other stores. There’s also a Dolce & Gabbana pop-up for gifts, fashion, accessories and exclusive Covent Garden-only items, and a Gift For Good charity auction from today until 27th November, in which shoppers can bid on auction items from retailers across the area, with all proceeds going to Crisis to help its mission to end homelessness.
Covent Garden Piazza, WC2H 7AR
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE:
The Give Back Express
With demand for UK food banks at a record high, Tesco is launching The Give Back Express – it’s first ever ‘reverse supermarket’ which allows shoppers to buy and donate products to food banks. Open from Friday 25th until Sunday 27th November, shoppers will be encouraged to purchase essential items from just 40p which will be donated on their behalf to the Trussell Trust and FareShare. For every donation, Tesco will match the value to help those in need over the festive period. You can also scan a QR code outside the store to donate your Clubcard vouchers, which will be converted to a financial contribution. A great chance to give back this Christmas.
12 Poland Street, West End, W1F 8QA
FIND FESTIVE FOOTWEAR:
Olivia Morris Pop-Up
If you don’t fancy wearing heels this festive season, Olivia Morris is the brand to know. Its bow detail slippers come in a variety of colours, perfect for dinner parties at home or dancing the night away in comfort. Now, the brand is hosting a pop-up at Anthropologie on the King’s Road in Chelsea until Sunday 27th November. You’ll find a range of pretty velvet slip-ons, pumps and kitten heels in the brand’s signature prints. We’ve got our eye on the velvet Daphne bow slippers in pink…
131-141 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 4PW
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
David Shrigley Exhibition
British printmaker David Shrigley has made a name for himself with bright prints showcasing a dry sense of humour. Whether it’s an animal with a satirical caption or self-portrait that says something about the modern world, his artwork has universal appeal. Now, Shrigley has opened a standalone exhibition at Hoxton’s Hang-Up Gallery featuring 30 works. As well as his most famous prints, including the ‘Stop Panicking’ pink swan, it includes limited-edition art, ceramics and posters to buy. A great way to inject some personality into your home.
10D Branch Place, Hoxton, N1 5PH; until Tuesday 27th January
London Nootropics x Laura Hof Ice Bath Experience
If you’re interested in the benefits of ice baths and want to try something new, adaptogenic coffee brand London Nootropics and cold-water therapy instructor Laura Hof are joining forces to host two Wim Hof workshops on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November at Shroom Town, a coffee pop-up bar in Piccadilly Circus. Laura (wellness expert and daughter of Wim himself) will guide guests through the basic three pillars of the Wim Hof Method, before a deep meditation, breathwork session and ice bath experience. You can also enjoy London Nootropics coffee made with medicinal mushroom extracts and other adaptogens. Both workshops start at 10:45am and finish at 4pm; tickets cost £128.
48 Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, West End, W1B 5RA
TRY TASTY STREET FOOD:
Delli Pop-Up & Christmas Market at Brixton Village
Food app Delli is hosting a pop-up up at Brixton Village over the next three weeks to showcase some of the platform’s best independent food makers. Each week, you can try street food and drinks, before checking out Delli’s first retail space in the village to shop products like Dr. Sting Hot Honey, Two Hot Asians XO Sauce, Rio Nuevo Cinnamon Hot Chocolate and Fallow Goods Red Hot Pepper Jelly. On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, you can try South Korean street food from Onggi, plus pickles and condiments from Fallow Goods, followed by a Tunisian supper club from Lamiri Harissa on Tuesday 29th November (£35pp). If that wasn’t enough, Brixton Village is hosting a Christmas market every Sunday in collaboration with Black Eats LDN to showcase Black-owned businesses and small artisan producers – expect mulled wine, mince pies and more.
Unit 25-27 Market Row, Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS; until Sunday 11th December
UNWIND & DESTRESS:
Explore The Elements Day Retreat
Soul Sanctuary is a wellness brand and online platform that offers everything from online yoga classes and meditation to retreats in Sri Lanka. On Sunday 27th November, Soul Sanctuary founder Cat Meffan is hosting a one-day retreat in Clapton. Guests will be encouraging to connect to the five elements (fire, earth, water, air and ether) through the power of movement, breath, dance and stillness. The retreat will begin with a meditation and opening circle, followed by a free movement session and mandala yoga flow class. After a vegan lunch, there’s a Q&A session with leading breathwork teacher Jamie Clements, a final yin yoga class led by Cat, and a sound healing session. Tickets cost £150.
CATCH A FILM:
Inspired by true events from the #MeToo movement, Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan star as New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who together broke the story that shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. She Said tells the story of the reporters and editors who went through months of painstaking research to piece together a horrifying trail of systemic misconduct, starting with former film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein. It also tackles the culture of silence and fear – and the non-disclosure agreements that prevent many survivors from speaking out – in the film industry.
In cinemas on Friday 25 November.
MATCHESFASHION Rental Pop-Up
MATCHESFASHION has launched an online rental service so customers can rent clothes and accessories chosen by the brand's buying team. Created in collaboration with rental service Hurr, you'll find an edit of pieces from brands like Aje, Emilia Wickstead, Self Portrait, The Vampire's Wife and more. To celebrate, there's a four-week pop-up at MATCHESFASHION's Mayfair Townhouse where you can try on clothes and rent them for the party season for up to 20 days.
5 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 3AP; until Friday 23rd December
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