7 Glorious Things to do in London this Weekend (8-10 November 2019)

Art and design fairs abound this weekend and High Street Kensington welcomes a new late-night venue

Amazónico Restaurant, Mayfair 

Londoners, there’s a new kid on the block. Amazónico is the latest restaurant opening on Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. From the restaurant group that brought us Coya, Zuma and Nusr-et, Amazónico promises to take visitors on an Epicurean journey along the Amazon river, in an exotic and enticing space cocooned by lush vegetation, terracotta features and a theatrical glass-fronted kitchen. A live jazz band will accompany dinner service and as dusk turns to dark, the lounge and bar will host a resident DJ. The hugely successful Madrid outpost of Amazónico is a favourite of celebrities and socialites - we’re pretty certain Berkeley Square is going to get a whole lot more busy. 

Date: Open to the public from the 9th November Time: until late Location: 10 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR Closest Station: Green Park 

Website: amazonicorestaurant.com

Sleeping Beauty at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (from Thursday)

The Royal Ballet brings Charles Perrault's classic fairytale to life this weekend, as Sleeping Beauty opens in Covent Garden for a two-month run. It was the first production staged after the post-war reopening of the Royal Opera House in 1946 and therefore holds a special place in the Ballet's history. This dramatic performance is supported by composer Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's powerful ballet scores and spellbinding sets inspired by Oliver Messel's original designs.

 

Date: 7 November 2019-16 January 2020 Time: 1.30pm, 7pm or 7.30pm. Running time is approximately 3 hours including two intervals Price: £45–£145 Location: Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD Closest Station: Covent Garden

Website: roh.org.uk

Bloom Bar opening, Kensington (all weekend)

Bloom opens this weekend on High Street Kensington, taking over the site previously occupied by Mahiki. From the team behind Pergola Paddington and The Prince on Brompton Road, it promises a laidback atmosphere that shuns dress codes and guestlists. Revellers can expect two bars, a restaurant and dancefloor, open until 3.30am on weekends. 

 

Date: from 8 November 2019 Time: Monday to Wednesday 5pm-late, Thursday/Sunday 5pm-2.30am and Friday to Saturday 5pm-3.30am Price: free entry until 9.45pm; £10 thereafter or free with a table booking Location: 2 Kensington High Street, London W84PT Closest Station: High Street Kensington

Website: bloomkensington.com

Handmade Chelsea: Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, Chelsea (all weekend)

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Chelsea Old Town Hall is hosting the latest edition of Handmade in Britain, which celebrates artisanal UK craftsmanship. Peruse textiles, ceramics, jewellery and glassware from more than 100 independent exhibitors, and meet the makers behind the designs. 

Wendy Edmonds textiles, skinny ripple scarves, £48

Date: 8-10 Nov Time: Fri-Sat 11am-6pm Sun: 11am-5pm Price: Location: Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea London, SW35EE Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: eventbrite.co.uk

Festival of Remembrance, Kensington (Saturday)

James Blunt and Jeff Goldblum are among performers at the annual Festival of Remembrance, taking place this Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall. Presented Huw Edwards in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, the evening honours all those who have lost their lives in conflicts. The event, which takes place ahead of Remembrance Sunday, will also be shown on BBC1 from 9pm.

 

Date: 9 November 2019 Time: 2pm or 7pm Price: from £10 Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP Closest Station: South Kensington

Website: britishlegion.org.uk

Spirit of Christmas Fair, Olympia London (all week)

Ignite your Christmas spirit at this week-long fair at Olympia London, showcasing more than 900 independent retailers and makers. Shoppers can also feast on festive fare from more than 100 artisanal producers and partake in an array of winter workshops, from wreath-making to cocktail-shaking. 

Date: 4-10 November 2019 Time: Monday to Wednesday/Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Thursday 10am-9pm and Sunday 10am-5pm Price: from £20.50 Location: Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX Closest Station: Kensington Olympia

Website: spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk

Winter Art and Antiques Fair, Hammersmith (from Tuesday)

Also taking place in Hammersmith this weekend is the Winter Arts and Antiques Fair, showcasing curious and collectible objects from 70 of the UK's top dealers. Peruse fine art, jewellery, ceramics and furniture from big names including Cariter, Lalique and Matisse. This is the last important art fair on London's calendar and is supported by a lively programme of talks, taking place throughout the week.

 

Date: 5-10 November 2019 Time: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday 11am-6pm, Thursday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-5pm Price: from £20.50 Location: Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, London W14 8UX Closest Station: Kensington Olympia

Website: olympia-antiques.com

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