What's on in November 2019: glorious things to do in London this month

Carly McCormack

1 November 2019

This November, celebrate Thanksgiving, listen to the Royal Philharmonic at the Albert Hall and see Tutankhamun treasures for the last time before their return to Egypt...

1 November 2019 | Carly McCormack

Turnbull & Friends - The Christmas Gift Shop, Mayfair 

British shirtmaker and recipient of a Royal Warrant, Turnbull & Asser are responsible for producing the most highly luxurious shirts and ties England has to offer. This month, they are hosting a pop-up Christmas Gift Shop in collaboration with a selection of other luxurious British brands such as Ettinger, purveyor of leather goods, and Pankhurst Barbers (chairs courtesy of Bentley motors), welcoming the festive season in style. This Mayfair townhouse is your definitive one-stop shop for Christmas gifting with some proceeds going to homeless charity, Crisis. 

Date: from 8th November to 24th December Time: 9am-6pm Location: 4 Davies St, Mayfair, London W1K 3DL Closest Station: Bond Street 

Classics in the Courtyard at Hush Brassiere, Mayfair

Hush is hosting Classics in the Courtyard film screenings every Sunday in November and December. The restaurant's charming cobbled courtyard has been transformed for autumn, swathed in burgundy, purple and orange hues, while blankets and heaters ensure you are kept cosy. Upcoming classic films include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wolf of Wall Street and Love Actually.

Date: Every Sunday in November and December 2019 Time: 6pm onwards Price: £10 per person (max 6 people per table) Location: No.8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY Closest Station: Bond Street

Website: hush.co.uk

Dora Maar exhibition at the Tate Modern, Bankside

Surrealist icon Dora Maar was best-known as Pablo Picasso's muse and mistress during the 1930s. A new retrospective at the Tate Modern not only looks at the enduring influence of Maar as the subject of Picasso's work, but also showcases Marr as an artist in her own right, with many works on loan from the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Lose yourself amid surrealist collages, glittering stars and Picasso's expressive lines, while learning about one of the greatest love affairs in art history.  

Liberty 1936, Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper, 300x200mm, Collection Therond © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019

Date: 20 November 2019-15 March 2020 Time: Sunday to Thursday 10am–6pm and Friday to Saturday 10am–10pm Price: £13 Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG Closest Station: London Bridge

Website: tate.org.uk

Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling Restaurant Opening, Chelsea 

Adam Handling is opening a zero-waste restaurant and champagne bar on the King's Road this month. The menu will use often over-looked and discarded ingredients, the majority of which will come from Adam Handling Chelsea, the Scottish chef's outpost within the Belmond Cadogan hotel on Sloane Street. Daring dishes include crispy fried chicken feet with caviar; broccoli stalk Ceaser salad and Handling's signature cheese doughnuts, served within a relaxed, upbeat environment. 

Date: from 13 November 2019 Location: Ugly Butterfly, 55 Kings Road, SW3 4N Closest Station: Sloane Square 

Website: uglybutterfly.co.uk

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea

The Saatchi Gallery exhibition is marking 100 years since British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon discovered the Pharaoh's world-famous tomb in 1922,  displaying over 150 original artefacts including sculptures, coins and jewellery. This is the largest number to ever leave Egypt, and the last time that you may ever see them again, as they will be returning to Egypt to remain at the almost-completed Grand Egyptian Museum.

Date: 2 November 2019–3 May 2020 Time: Monday to Wednesday and Sunday opening time 9am, last entry 5.30pm, Thursday and Friday opening time 9am, last entry 8.30pm, and Saturday opening time 9am, last entry 7.30pm Price: from £24.50 Location: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY Closest Station: Sloane Square

Website: tutankhamun-london.com

Bright Nights: Empire, Kensington Palace

Over a series of three thought-provoking evenings at Kensington Palace, numerous writers, artists, psychologists and academics will deconstruct the impact of the British Empire on contemporary ideas of race and identity. They'll be celebrating the diverse, vibrant city we live in today with games, cocktails, and a Bollywood meets Afro-themed DJ set from Hit-Maker Music, alongside craftivism, and on select nights, a sneaky peak of a new dance piece: ‘Black Victorians.’ Curious doesn't begin to explain how we feel about this event. 

Date: 29 Oct and 13 November Time: 18.30-22.00 Price: £25 Location: Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX Closest Station: Queensway

Website: hrp.org.uk

Cars at V&A Museum, Knightsbridge

One for petrol(electric)heads to take note. Ever since Henry Ford introduced the Model T, cars have become an indispensable companion. And where better to see the importance of the motorcar than in London? Sadiq Khan is intent on ridding Londoners of diesels whilst Arabs remain steadfast in shipping over their exotic supercars to Knightsbridge. This exhibition displays the importance of the car and how they have shaped the world today.  From the Patent-Motorwagen No.3 by Karl Benz, the very first car and first stationary gasoline engine, to Pop Up next by Italdesign, an entirely electric, fully automatic car of the future that can transport you horizontally and vertically, this is an exhibition not to be missed.

Pop Up next © Italdesign

Date: 23 November 2019 Time: Saturday to Thursday 10am-5.45pm and Friday 10am-10pm Price: £18 Location: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: vam.ac.uk

The Music of the Night at the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington 

A night filled with show-stopping musical tunes played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with special guest presenter Bonnie Langford. Hits from the musicals The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Miserables, Cats, Mamma Mia! and many more will be played, in an all-encompassing show for music and theatre lovers alike. 

Date: 6 November Time: 7.30pm Price: Location: Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: royalalberthall.com

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019, across London

The biggest pan-city music festival brings together a selection of concerts, events and performances in celebration of jazz. An array of new and exciting shows will be performed, reflecting the ethos of the programming for 2019 - Iggy Pop has also confirmed his appearance. 

EFG London Jazz Festival; Dawn of Midi, Bauhaus, Barbican

Date: 15 November and 24 November Price: from £25 Location: across London

Website: visitlondon.com

Thanksgiving, across London

Typically celebrated in the United States and Canada, Thanksgiving is dedicated to giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. It seems to have migrated across the Atlantic, given the numerous events taking place across London: Bourne and Hollingsworth Garden Room by Leicester Square are serving a four-course menu curated by a guest chef, with twists on classic Thanksgiving dishes; Thanksgiving at Balthazar in Covent Garden has become something of a tradition over recent years, enhanced by the ornate Art Deco surroundings; 45 Park Lane executes a cool take on the modern American steak restaurant; Christopher's, in the heart of the West End, promises the 'best feast across the pond.' To top it all off, St Paul's Cathedral is having a morning Thanksgiving Day service, with the US Ambassador usually giving a speech.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Garden Room

Date: 28 November 2019

Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum, Bloomsbury 

The anticipated new Troy exhibition presents a fascinating story into the mythical beliefs surrounding the legend of Troy with archaeological evidence proving that Troy was real. There will be 300 objects exhibited, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day, with a special mention to the Anthenian black-figure amphora dating from 530BC, showing Achilles killing the Amazonian queen Penthesilea.

Date: 21 November 2019-8 March 2020 Time: 10.00–17.30 Price: from £20 Location: Room 30, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG Closest Station: Tottenham Court Road

Website: britishmuseum.org