Things to do in London this weekend (2-4 November 2018)
Bonfire Night fireworks displays, all across London (all weekend)
London's skies will be aglow this weekend for Guy Fawkes Night AKA Bonfire Night. While Bonfire Night officially takes place on Monday 5 November, many parks will be setting the skies alight early. Sparkling highlights include the annual two-night fireworks festival at Alexandra Palace (2-3 November) featuring a resplendent fireworks showcase, a giant bonfire, circus performers and street food vendors. Further firework festivities include Battersea Park (3 November) and Wimbledon Park (5 November), both of which will offer crackling displays alongside bars, food stands and pre-show entertainment. For those who would prefer to be sheltered from the cold, head to the sky-high Rumpus Room at the five-star hotel Mondrian London, 3Bar at South Place Hotel, where you can try a Guy Fawkes Crackler Cocktail, or The Shard, for unbeatable vistas amid sumptuous interiors.
Date: 2-5 November Price: Varies Location: All across London
Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Exhibition at Somerset House, Strand (all weekend)
Experience some true nostalgia at Somerset House this weekend as an exhibition celebrating Snoopy and his friends comes to town. The Good Grief, Charlie Brown! exhibition brings together all your favourite Peanuts characters through works by a range of contemporary artists and designers, alongside original drawings by creator Charles M. Schulz. The exhibition explores themes spanning feminism (showcased by an assertive Peppermint Patty) and faith racial equality, which are woven throughout the cartoons. Accompanying the exhibition is a programme of events and a fully-illustrated catalogue available for £20.
Date: 25 October-3 March Time: 10am-6pm (Monday, Tuesday and weekends) 11am-8pm (Wednesday-Friday) Price: £14 Location: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA Closest Station: Temple
National Sandwich Day, all across London (Saturday)
This Saturday 3 November marks National Sandwich Day. Tuck into luxe sarnies all across London, including a new Fish Finger Sando at Carnaby Street's seafood joint, Claw or a fully-loaded truffle toastie at 45 Jermyn Street in St James's. Elsewhere, celebrate at the newly opened Yolk in New Street Square in the City, renowned for its 'ultimate sandwiches' with a wealth of vegan and veggie options, or The Dusty Knuckle in Dalston (try their famous fried egg sandwich). Still hungry? Check out Comptoir Poilâne's bespoke tartine menu in Sloane Square, for which the bakery has collaborated with some top London chefs.
Date: 3rd November
Luxury Travel Fair, Kensington (all weekend)
Calling all those with a case of wanderlust. The annual Luxury Travel Fair, presented by Condé Nast Traveller, returns to London's Olympia this week for an inspiring showcase of bespoke travel experiences from more than 70 leading and specialist tour operators. Whether seeking a far-flung safari or a city break with a twist, you'll find it here. Guests will also be able to enjoy talks from travel experts including adventurer Pip Stewart and gain access to the Spirit of Christmas Fair, which runs alongside this event.
Date: 1-4 November Time: 10am-5pm/4.30pm on Sunday Price: Adult tickets from £20.50 Location: Olympia West, Exhibition Hall, Olympia, W14 8UX Closest Station: Kensington (Olympia)
Personal Encounters Exhibition by Kimberley Gundle, Marylebone (all weekend)
The A&D Gallery presents Personal Encounters by London-based South-African Artist, Kimberley Gundle for a limited period this week. Kimberley Gundle is known for her bold and vibrant use of colour, creating art through painting, sculptures, collage, and her recognisable mixed-media cameo portraiture (pictured below). The unique exhibition brings together work from the past decade, created by Gundle and inspired by the Maasai people of East Africa. A percentage of all sales made from the exhibition will go to the Enkiteng Lepa School in Kenya which provides education for girls, rescues them from FGM and protects them from an early marriage.
Date: 29 October-3 November Time: 10.30am-7pm (Tuesday-Friday) 10.30am-4pm (Saturdays) Price: Free Location: A&D Gallery, 51 Chiltern Street, W1U 6LY Closest Station: Baker Street
JKS’ 10th Anniversary at Gymkhana, Mayfair (all weekend)
One for the animal lovers. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of JKS Restaurants, the esteemed group behind Trishna, Gymkhana, Bubbledogs and Bao, the company has collaborated with animal charity Elephant Family on a limited-edition new menu with a philanthropic twist. Gymkhana in Mayfair will be serving ‘Elephant Affair’, a vegetarian lunch menu of traditional dishes from Kerala, paired with an Elephant Negroni - made with Elephant gin - for guests to enjoy throughout the month.
Date: Throughout November Time: Monday to Saturday: 12pm – 3pm and 5:30pm – 10:45pm Price: ‘Elephant Affair’ meal: £35pp Location: 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH Closest Station: Green Park
Chambers of Flavour, Hoxton (all weekend)
Gingerline’s Chambers of Flavour is a top-secret immersive dining experience, regarded as one of the best in London. Now in its final few weeks, this is your last chance to try the experiential event, which lasts two and a half hours and brilliantly combines interactive theatre, psychedelic multi-media art and cutting-edge cuisine. We've been sworn to secrecy on the finer details, but whether clambering through a ball pit for a cocktail or sampling side dishes down a mythical dark alley, this extra-special supperclub won't disappoint.
Date: Tuesday-Saturday until 22 November Time: 10am-10.30pm Price: Adult tickets from £50 Location: Secret Location in Hoxton
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, all across London (all weekend)
Disney brings to life the classic Nutcracker tale with a twist this weekend. Starring Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman and McKenzie Foy, this magical story sees Clara (Foy) set off on an adventure into a parallel world to recover a magic key and restore harmony to an unstable land. This new movie is an uplifting, theatrical treat for all ages.
Date: From 2 November