7 glorious things to do in London this weekend (15-17 November 2019)

12 Nov 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Natasha Afxentiou

This weekend, stroll through the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park, immerse yourself into the Wimbledon Art Fair, and browse luxury goods at Badger's Velvet Underground Designer pop-up

Patrick Huges Retrospective at Bel Air Fine Art, Mayfair

To coincide with his 80th birthday, pop art legend Patrick Hughes is presenting a month-long solo exhibition at Bel Air Fine Art in Mayfair. The retrospective showcases early work, including a graduate piece once owned by David Bowie, alongside new work in his signature ‘reverspective’ style. Be uplifted by the surrealist rainbow room, where cascading arches of colour spill from crescent moons and are juxtapositioned against Mondrian’s abstract grids.

Date: 14 November – 15 December Time: Monday-Friday 10am-7pm Sunday 12-6pm Price: free entry Location: Bel-Air Fine Art, 105 New Bond Street, W1S 1DN

Website: belairfineart.com/en/

Enchanted Woodland Illuminated Walk at Syon Park (from Friday)

Located in the grounds of Syon House, Syon Park’s historic 600-year-old gardens are once again aglow this weekend for the ultimate winter walk. The gardens, boasting an impressive array of more than than 400 species of trees, are transformed by resplendent coloured lights for an utterly enchanting experience, that lead you through the grounds along the lake towards the grand Great Conservatory, where the magical trail ends. So, wrap up warm this weekend and head to Syon Park for a walk that will calm even the most frantic minds.

Syon Park Enchanted Woodland

Date: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 15th November Time: Time slots are available from 5pm-7:20pm Price: Child tickets: £5, Adult tickets: £10 on Friday, £12 on Saturday and Sunday; Family tickets are also available via their website Location: Syon Park, Brentford, TW8 8JF Closest Station: Syon Lane Station

Pop-up Ginema at Hayman’s Gin Distillery, Balham (all weekend)

The ultimate entertainment for movie and gin lovers is set to be provided at Hayman’s Gin Distillery this weekend in their aptly named Ginema, the pop-up which combines both gin and classic films. The pop-up cinema in the Balham distillery is screening a selection of blockbusters over the weekend including Dirty Dancing and Labyrinth on Saturday, and The Greatest Showman followed by When Harry Met Sally on Sunday. Unwind on a giant beanbag while enjoying themed gin cocktails and indulgent treats – sounds pretty perfect, right?

Date: Open from 13th November to 17th November 2019 Time: Saturday: Dirty Dancing at 2pm, Labyrinth at 7pm; Sunday: The Greatest Showman at 2pm, When Harry Met Sally at 7pm Price: Tickets are £37 and include the drinks and goodies outlined above Location: Hayman’s Distillery, 8a Weir Road, London, SW12 0NA Closest Station: Balham

Website: haymansgin.com

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Badger’s Velvet Underground Designer Pop-up (all weekend), Brixton

More than 40 independent designers and artisans are gathering this weekend in Brixton for a shopping weekender, showcasing homeware, clothing, ceramic and jewellery pieces. From skincare gurus Juno Skincare to vintage homeware curated by Pattons Designs and antique jewellery restored by Badger’s Velvet, this pop-up will see a collection of wares to satisfy every shopper.

Date: 16th-17th November 2019 Time: 10am-5pm Price: £3 entrance fee Location:The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR Closest Station: Brixton

Website: badgersvelvetunderground.com

Christmas Gift Bag Making Workshop, Chelsea

Ignite your Christmas spirit this weekend at a gift bag making workshop, held at the Fashion School in Chelsea. Learn how to craft the perfect luxe bag from silk viscose velvet and silk satin ribbons, with organic bamboo wadding, with a glass of prosecco in hand. Each beautifully handmade, keepsake gift bag is the perfect sustainable alternative to regular gift-wrap this Christmas.

Date: Sunday 17th November 2019 Time: 10am-1pm Price: £85 (ticket price includes fabrics and materials) Location: The Fashion School, 224a King’s Road, Chelsea Closest Station: Sloane Square

Website: thefashionschool-uk.com

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at The Bridge Theatre

Immerse yourself in Narnia this weekend, the magical world beyond the wardrobe. C. S. Lewis’ snowy, faun-filled wonderland is brought to life by the London Theatre Company, in collaboration with Elliott & Harper Productions. Expect spellbinding sets, imaginative props and a hearty dose of festive merriment, directed by Sally Cookson.


Date: All weekend Time: Friday: 7:30pm; Saturday: 2:30pm & 7:30pm; Sunday: 3pm Price: Friday-Saturday prices range from £25-£80 Location: The Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG Closest Station: London Bridge


Wimbledon Art Fair (From Thursday 14th), Wimbledon

Wimbledon Art Studios is opening its doors this weekend to showcase works by 150 of London’s artists and craft makers. Highlights include an Edible Art Studio created by cake-maker to the Queen and sugar artist, Jacqui Kelly, where edible sculptures of pop-culture characters will be displayed. Inspired by her exotic travels, Daphne Stephenson will be presenting her botanical textiles and wildlife paintings in a jungle-themed studio while Christine O’Brien will display her game-inspired jewellery in an immersive games-room studio where you will be encouraged to explore and play. As well as enjoying the experiences on offer, there will be opportunities to purchase pieces directly from the artists and craft-makers themselves who will be present throughout the fair.

Daphne Stephenson’s Tropical Jungle at Wimbledon Art Fair

Date: 14th-17th November 2019 Time: Thursday & Friday: 2pm-10pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm Price: Free entry Location:10 Riverside Yard, Riverside Road, London, SW17 0BB Closest Station: Tooting Broadway

Website: wimbledonartfair.com

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