If you can believe it, the leaves are turning golden brown, there's a chill in the air and Christmas lights are starting to pop up around London's streets - it must be November!
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From festive igloos and cosy winter markets, to fabulous new restaurant offerings and dazzling Christmas lights switch-on events, these November happenings are set to bring some much-needed sparkle to London this month.
So free your schedule and read on to discover HELLO!'s best things to do in the city in November…
Best festive things to do in London this November
Get festive at Christmas by the River
Christmas has officially arrived in London Bridge City, and Christmas by the River is one of the capital's best places to soak up the festive spirit and indulge in the magic this season. The perfect place to wrap up warm and stroll with your loved ones, this free festive market features everything from indulgent crepes doused in Nutella, to hearty bratwurst and festive treats, all washed down with a comforting cup of mulled wine.
Delight in a mix of homeware gifts from To Home from London selling London souvenirs, Christmas Wishes which stock German Christmas decorations, Xmas Castle which sells personalised decorations and Sweyn Forkbeard who sells grooming essentials inspired by the Vikings - and much more.
And for the ultimate post-work festive pick-me-up, The Riverside Lodge bar will also have alpine themed lodges which are fully heated and can be pre-booked in advance to entertain you and your friends. Kick back and watch Christmas themed films or dance the night away to live DJs throughout the week.
Go ice skating at the Natural History Museum
If you've never been ice skating at the Natural History Museum's magical rink, now really is your last time to go. This winter marks the final year the rink will be open to visitors, before the space is transformed into a biologically diverse green area as part of the museum's Urban Nature Project. Open until 16 January, the sparkling venue is home to a spectacular 30ft Christmas tree - the perfect centrepiece for your skating experience. The cafe bar is also open, offering a range of hot food, while kids can also take part in Penguin Skate Club lessons on Saturday mornings. Tickets go quickly so make sure to book in advance.
To book tickets, visit nhm.ac.uk
Visit The Savoy's immersive champagne forest
The Savoy has been transformed into a winter wonderland this Christmas thanks to an immersive new Champagne Forest. Art Deco lights atop the iconic hotel's sign draw guests into a magical glade of hand-carved trees, dripping with decorations reminiscent of champagne bubbles, while the air has been perfumed with the scent of champagne, creating a multi-sensory experience for Christmas revellers.
Reverie: A Savoy Christmas has been conceived by leading experiential architect, Meredith O'Shaughnessy, and is inspired by Art Deco illustrator Kay Nielsen. The festive setting is perfect for a magical dining and drinking experience – try the white chocolate and morello cherry ganache snowflakes, Christmas pastry parcels of roasted pear jelly and a caramel crémeux or have a go at decorating your own gingerbread with edible decorations. Guests can also enjoy a newly created menu of sparkling cocktails including the 'Cassiopeia', made with a generous splash of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and edible gold dust, or the 'Orion', a twist on the classic eggnog served with stencilled cinnamon stars.
For further information about The Savoy at Christmas visit savoychristmas.com
Pay a visit to Annabel’s in Mayfair
To celebrate the holiday season, Annabel’s and Swarovski have partnered on the creation of a magical façade that adds wonderous creativity to London’s most iconic private members’ club and enliven Berkeley Square, Mayfair for passers-by of all ages to enjoy. You don't have to be a member to pose in front of the building for a grid-worthy snap.
Visit Annabel’s, 46 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AT.
Get cosy in Coppa Club's festive Igloos
Nothing says 'Christmas' quite like cosying up inside a festive dome to wine and dine with loved ones, and Coppa Club's gorgeous Winter Igloos are going straight on our bucket list this season. Coppa Club's indulgent menu makes for the ultimate festive treat, from tempting Coppa Sour cocktails to creamy burrata, hearty truffle pasta, and mouthwatering chocolate cake with caramelised white chocolate crumb amongst the highlights.
Coppa Club's venues aren't just famed for the food, but rather the unbeatable riverside views across the city. The chain's latest addition, Coppa Club Putney, is set to create a welcoming riverside retreat for locals and guests alike to enjoy from morning to night. Why not make your visit a sparkling affair with a glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier? We know we will...
To book your Winter Igloo, visit Coppa Club
Skate at Somerset House
Perhaps the most famous outdoor ice rink in London, Skate at Somerset House opened its doors to visitors earlier this month. With panoramic views of the beautiful, neoclassical courtyard and the glorious 40 ft Christmas tree, this magnificent skating experience will put you in the festive mood in no time. You can guarantee pumping tunes at every session, but for extra special music, book the Skate Lates with UNIQLO or the Disney+ sessions for kids hosted by Kiss DJs on Saturday mornings.
Those who aren't tempted by the ice can sip on champagne and cocktails at the Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon, or tuck into gourmet food at Jimmy Garcia's pop-up Alpine restaurant, Chalet Barragiste. Warm up with a hot chocolate at Hotel Chocolat's pop-up truck, browse their gifting selection in the West Wing or take part in the children and adults' chocolate workshops. Skate at Somerset House has also released its New Year's Eve tickets, where partygoers will get to experience skating, gourmet dining, live performances from DJs as well as the more unusual highlights like karaoke in the crypt and a secret ice-cream bar.
To book ice skating tickets, visit somersethouse.org.uk
Visit the Northern Lights Winter Terrace
In collaboration with Icelandic Vodka Reyka this festive season, The Sea Container's 12th Knot rooftop has been transformed into a magical winter playground, inspired by the auroral colours of the Northern Lights and Icelandic landscapes, with stunning views across the Thames to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the city beyond. There will be a selection of bespoke vodka-based cocktails and a light installation echoing the luminous polar lights, adorned with faux-fur throws and sheepskin blankets to keep you warm and cosy whilst enjoying a delicious tipple amongst the fir-tree-lined terrace. The perfect place to while away a winter evening!
Tables will be allocated on first come first serve basis, to find out more visit: seacontainerslondon.com
Go for fondue with Slingsy cocktails
For the cosiest winter feast, check out the igloo-style chalets in Westwood Bar at Westfield London. From 6th November to the end of January, up to six guests will be able to get together, escape the city for a moment and indulge in a delicious Alpine feast, alongside some extra-festive Slingsby cocktails. Treat yourself to a glass of fizz paired with homemade garlic sourdough and olives, followed by the ultimate Black Cow Cheddar Cheese or Belgian Milk Chocolate Fondue experience – with all the trimmings – and finally enjoy a glass of mulled gin with mini mince pies. The conviviality continues with timeless board games for each chalet, and a Bluetooth speaker in each providing guests the freedom to choose their own spirited soundtrack to liven up their celebrations - they're soundproof so blast Mariah Carey as loud as you like!
Book here: etmgroup.co.uk/winterchalets
Evening river tour on the Thames for two
Cruise down London’s riverside and take in the beauty of the city's sparkling lights with this evening Thames cruise for two, made special with bubbly and canapes. The perfect treat for a winter date night, or a wholesome activity for friends this two-hour journey along the River Thames, passing several of the capital’s most iconic landmarks including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Shard is the perfect way to take in the capital's riverside sights.
To book, visit Virgin Experience Days
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Watch a festive film at a secret winter terrace
The Secret Roof Terrace at Marylebone's Kitchen at Holmes is being transformed into a festive wonderland and you are not going to want to miss it. The venue will be holding regular movie nights to watch a number of Christmas movies, including Home Alone, It's A Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Tickets include a dinner before the festive flick, where guests can indulge in an exclusive tasting menu with everything from smoked burrata and grilled octopus on the table, with white chocolate and lemon panna cotta for desert, and a glass of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut to wash it all down. Did we mention there is more food when it comes to watching the film? Popcorn is on offer – but not just any kind. Cumin, Parmesan, Black Pepper & Parsley, Clarified Black Truffle Butter, or Lemon, Parmesan & Smoked Paprika popcorn will be served as your perfect viewing snack.
For the full schedule and to reserve your place, visit here
Christmas market mini-break for two
There's nothing quite like the smell of roasting almonds and mulled wine as the Christmas markets hit London. It might still be November, but we're already getting into the festive spirit here at HELLO!, which is why we love this offering from Corus Hotel Hyde Park.
The perfect location for all your Christmas-shopping needs, an overnight or two-night stay with breakfast and 1 pm late checkout is the ultimate way to shop 'til you drop (into a plush king-size bed, that is). Located in the heart of London's centre, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is just a stone's throw from the hotel's gates. Sip on hot chocolate, whizz around on the fairground ride and munch on gingerbread cookies when it opens on 19 November.
To book this offer, visit Wowcher
Feel festive at Pergola Paddington
Is there anywhere better than Pergola at Christmas? The beloved Paddington food court is back with another festive season with a 'Deck the Halls' theme complete with a winter wonderland forest and five new pop up restaurants! If you'd prefer a cosy chalet or a winter forest, there is something for everyone! Oh, and did we mention they will have cheese fondue?
To book, visit pergolapaddington.com
Taste the magic of Christmas at Kew Gardens
Montezuma’s, the extraordinary British chocolate company, is delighted to announce its return to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for this year’s ‘Christmas at Kew’ trail; a highlight of London’s festive calendar. Kew’s iconic landscape has been transformed by over one million glittering lights and a feast of breathtaking installations. A brand new addition to the magical event, visitors will be able to enjoy Montezuma’s luxury Hot Chocolate, a smooth, rich and comforting drink made from its organic hand-crafted chocolate - the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
To find out more, visit www.kew.org
Try your luck at Bando Bingo in Peckham
Bando Belly is hosting its ever first Bando Bingo event fill of booze, fun games, live entertainment, cash prizes and more. What are you waiting for?! The evening will have plenty of live performancing, including comedians and up-and-coming singers, and of course will also have it's classic delicious dishes from the Buff Ting burger to tater tots.
To find out more, visit peckhamlevels.org
Sip champagne at 116 Pall Mall Champagne Bar
Discover London’s newest underground bar, 116 Pall Mall Champagne Bar by Searcys, as it opens its doors for the first time during the week to the public. Behind the stunning façade of the Grade-I listed building, find this hidden gem, which has been reinvented by Searcys into a champagne bar, offering an array of fizz, including one of the largest selections of magnums in London, alongside creative cocktails, British bar bites and a roster of events. Be sure to try the St James Spritz!
To book, visit 116pallmall.com
Learn how to make candles while shaking cocktails
Fancy an evening of learning how to make candles while also sipping on cocktails? Yes you do. Cocktails by Candelight are running special masterclasses seven days a week until Christmas. In the 90-minute session, run in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, you'll learn how to make and shake two delicious, festive gin cocktails and also create an eco-friendly coconut wax candle. You'll be welcomed into the candlelit Christmas grotto at Seven Dials with a mulled winter warmer cocktail before getting your hands dirty. If you aren't drinking, check out the Monday masterclasses which are centred on mocktails by Devant Drinks. Tickets start from £50pp.
To book tickets, visit cocktailsbycandlelight.co.uk
Enjoy drinks in Shoreditch
Do you heart Bombay Sapphire and extremely chic places to drink it in? Look no further than FRUTERÍA - a new food and drink pop-up which combines the two! Bringing a taste of Spain to Shoreditch, this fab event is in celebration of the brand’s latest launch, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® PREMIER CRU Murcian Lemon.In collaboration with Spanish Artist Coco Davez, this bright and beautiful tapas and cocktail bar is going to give your Instagram feed that special kind of sparkle. £20 gets you a delicious Spanish sharing board and cocktail. Fabulous!
To book, click here.
Visit the CHANEL No 5 Door 5 Harrods Installation
CHANEL has taken over Door 5 at Harrods on Hans Crescent. You have until 2 January 2022 to see if for yourselves. Standing at an impressive height of 15.5 meters and width of 16 meters, the installation follows the simple, geometric lines of the bottle and facetted stopper.
In addition to the installation at Door 5, there are 16 festive dressed windows showcasing a ‘Finding N°5’ treasure hunt with prizes to be won, an exquisite chandelier at the Door 5 entrance and the much-anticipated CHANEL N°5 Spaceship, complete with an immersive shopping experience.
Watch London's fireworks from LSQ rooftop
What better way to watch London's sky light up on firework nights than at one of the city's most buzzing rooftop bars, LSQ Rooftop? The stylish venue in the heart of Central London is celebrating Bonfire Night on 5 November from the best vantage point in the city. Enjoy the fireworks from the bar’s rooftop terrace that offers panoramic views of the iconic London Skyline, from the London Eye to the Shard.
From this sky-high viewpoint Londoners can see all the way to the Houses of Parliament, the origin of the infamous Guy Fawkes Night. Guests can enjoy the breathtaking displays of fireworks over London accompanied by music and cocktails to create one of the most dramatic shows - all while sopping on their delicious themed cocktails.
To book, visit LSQ Rooftop
Grab a festive hot chocolate for a winter walk
Forget mulled wine, for a truly festive drink, grab a seasonal special hot chocolate from Knoops for your next winter stroll. There are six stores, in Brighton, Rye, Kensington, Chelsea, Clapham Junction and Richmond and each one is on a mission to make drinking chocolate a memorable and joyful experience, and offers 20 different types, from a sweet, creamy 28% White all the way up to the deep, rich cocoa flavour of the 100% Extra Dark from the Solomon Islands. In between, there’s a 39% Single Origin from Ecuador with notes of nougat, vanilla & almonds, a 47% Cocoa Blend with a pinky hue and notes of sweet red berries and a 73% Single Origin from the Philippines with notes of citrus, honey and caramel, amongst many others. They'll warm your hands and your tummy up!
Best luxury things to do in London this November
Treat yourself to a proper facial
Now there are facials, and there are real facials. If your skincare routine so far has consisted of using high-street products and making rare trips to the salon for relaxing face massages, then you need to head down to Beauti Skin Clinic stat. The south London venue is run by the incredibly friendly and welcoming professional aesthetician Cinzia Campigotto, who won't mince her words when it comes to telling you how to improve and care for your skin.
Cinzia will revolutionise your beauty regime, from the products you use (always buy medical-grade skincare) to the non-invasive treatments you should start doing regularly. When we visited, we were treated to a bespoke facial made up of a skin peel and IPL skin rejuvenation, which was both eye-opening and relaxing at the same time. It also ended with a heavenly upper body massage, which makes any discomfort you might have felt worth it. Cinzia knows exactly how to target problem areas, whether that's rosacea, pigmentation or aging, and can recommend the most suitable treatments. So if you're interested in trying skin resurfacing, radio frequency skin tightening, plasma face lifts and more, Cinzia's your girl. She really will change the way you look after your skin.
To make a booking, visit beautiskinclinic.com
Get a sleek new 'do at Live True Soho
Live True London has just opened its new flagship store in the heart of central London – Live True Soho. The salon's ethos has always been to embrace your uniqueness and individuality and they encourage just that at their new branch. Your experienced stylist will have a bespoke consultation with you, whether you're tempted to try something new or want a hassle-free low-maintenance look, before working their magic.
As Live True specialises in colour, in particular balayage, it only made sense to try out this experience when HELLO! visited. Rest assured, your stylist will give suggestions along the way and make sure you're totally at ease with the process and transformation. They favour freehand and foil techniques to make sure the hair dye blends in and complements your natural colour. Definition, movement and a whole new lift are what you can guarantee. Before leaving, make the most of the salon's ring light and sky-like backdrop to snap selfies of your new look. For the ultimate VIP experience, you can also book into one of the two private vaults in the salon's lower ground floor which make for a cosy and intimate space.
To book an appointment, visit livetruelondon.com
Get your hair pampered with a cocktail in hand
Fancy a blowdry and some bubbles? Blue Tit and Sapling have teamed up to create the ultimate sustainable salon experience. Head down to one of Blue Tit's ten London salons where you can book yourself in for some serious hair R&R while sipping on a seasonal cocktail – choose from a classic Bloody Mary or a tasty rhubarb and ginger-flavoured Winter Spritz. We can't think of a better way to relax at the weekend!
To book, visit bluetitlondon.com
Splurge on an anti-wrinkle treatment and dermal filler
Many people may not know that you can get facial aesthetics treatments such as Botox and filler at your Bupa dentist, and there are many benefits to doing so - not only are they medically trained, and are experienced giving injections, but they have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. Selected Bupa Dental Care clinicians across the UK are also qualified facial aesthetics practitioners who can provide safe and industry-leading treatments, including anti-wrinkle treatment and dermal filler.
For more information on facial aesthetic treatments, please visit bupadentalcare.co.uk
Treat yourself to cocktails and blowdrys
Two of life's biggest luxuries are a blowdry and a cocktail, so finding somewhere to combine the two is sheer perfection, right? Soho’s uber trendy SALON64 is a salon with a difference. Head inside, take a seat, and the table in front of you lifts up to reveal a mirror, phone charger and a space to pop your cocktail or cappuccino. Perfection!
Turning heads, (literally) the salon has also just announced CLUB64; an achingly hip private members club that pops up when the salon shuts. The decadent interior and fire pit is the epitome of luxury, and so are the fabulous drinks on offer. A rare gem in the heart of Soho.
To book, visit SALON64
Treat yourself to a pamper at Saco Hair
In need of a blow dry? Head down to Saco Hair, a slick modern salon for the ultimate pre-night out treat. We visited the Charlotte Place salon for a post-work refresh and much-needed TLC. Arriving with limp, frizzy locks, we emerged with glossy waves after just 50 minutes in the chair chatting away. Not typically being a fan of curly blow dries due to struggling with unruly locks, the finished result had just the right amount of bounce – and was even complimented by a total stranger later that evening.
Saco Hair is a creative partnership between acclaimed stylists Richard Ashforth and Anthony Keast, who met during their successful 20 plus year careers at Sassoon Salon. If you're looking for something natural to take you from desk to drinks, the talented team is poised to transform your barnet, from cuts and colour to keratin treatments, poker straight styles or beach waves. Prices vary depending on treatment type.
To book visit sacohair.com or email salon@sacohair
Try out a new beauty treatment
If you are looking to try something new this November, we highly recommend the brand new facial experience designed by Katie Brindle, the founder of award-winning lifestyle brand Hayo'u, in collaboration with Cloud Twelve Wellness Club in Notting Hill. We visited the salon to try it out for ourselves, and it's safe to say that we loved it! The Wellness Club is a hidden gem in the heart of the city, and upon entering, you are transported to a relaxing spa that instantly melts all of your worries away.
The treatment uses the most iconic Hayo'u products, including the Rose Quartz Beauty Restorer, Jade Precision Tool and Clear Quartz Compress, alongside the Beauty Oils as well as the brand-new Clear Quartz Crystal Eye Mask. The one-hour experience is designed to depuff, tone, lift and re-energise skin, and can also help with anything from congestion and headaches to fever and chills, thanks to its unique acupressure techniques.
To make a booking, visit cloudtwelve.co.uk
Best bars and restaurants to visit in London this November
Have exceptional tapas at El Norte
Good tapas are easy to find in London but when a new Spanish restaurant pops up in London, we're always intrigued to drop in. El Norte is the latest mastermind by twin brothers Arian and Alberto Zandi, the creators behind Zuaya London and Como Garden, both of which you should also visit if you've never been before. Their new opening on Dover Street, Mayfair offers not only good but exceptional tapas, with an emphasis on traditional Spanish dishes with a modern twist.
Take the humble tortilla, for example. The restaurant has transformed this classic dish and reinvented it to present the 'tortilla de trufa' – a gorgeous, perfectly cooked tortilla laced with truffle shavings and Manchego cheese. The creamy ham croquettes served on a bed of guacamole are another must-order. Meat lovers will enjoy the sweet glazed Iberian pork, while the tender grilled octopus served with mash potato and pepper sauce is an excellent choice for seafood fans. Make sure you round off your tapas feast with everyone's favourite dish, the churros with a chocolate dipping sauce – a definitive crowd-pleaser where the only complaint is there weren't enough to share.
To make a booking, visit el-norte.co.uk
Cali comes to London with delicious poke bowls
If you're looking for an epic lunch spot, Poke House is the answer. Poke is the main dish of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, a colourful mix of proteins, fruits and vegetables. These poke bowls are freshly prepared by in-house chefs with high-quality ingredients and house-made dressings. Enjoy the taste explosion!
Dine in at Poke House to instantly get transported to California for an endless summer courtesy of Cali-House music, San Diego art, cacti, neon lights and fresh, healthy, vibrant food, now open in four new locations across the city: Spitalfields, Victoria, Canary Wharf, Bloomberg Arcade.
To order your poke bowl, check out poke-house.com
Dive into mouthwatering Wagyu at Butlers Warf Chophouse
Calling all foodies! Butlers Wharf Chop House and cult favourite Coal Drop Yards sandwichery Morty & Bob’s have partnered up to create the ultimate lush toastie experience. Where gourmet meets the classics, this mouthwatering Wagyu treat is not one to be missed - and our HELLO! writers put the tempting treat to the test.
Described as 'melt-in-the-mouth', this toastie was like nothing we had tasted before. The perfect winter warmers, 'The Wagyu One' comes filled with Highland Wagyu pastrami with smoked applewood cheese in a truffle yuzu grape mustard sauce alongside 'The Vegan One', with ‘pulled pork’ in a chipotle barbecue sauce and an apple and ginger slaw. Delicious!
To get your toastie fix, The Wagyu One will be available at both Butlers Wharf Chop House and Morty & Bob’s for the next four weeks.
Fuel your Christmas shopping at Madhu's Brasserie
Madhu’s Brasserie is the new exclusive addition to the Fifth Floor dining experience at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge. Inspired by the award-winning Madhu’s restaurant founded in 1980, it comprises a fusion of signature recipes passed down through generations as well as contemporary dishes with Punjabi and Kenyan inspiration. We popped down and loved the Paneer Tikka, Palak Patta Chaat and the Prawn Curry... but you have to save room to order the Gajar Halva and Malai Kulfi for dessert!
See the sights of London and eat unlimited Sushi
Enjoy a day out in London like no other with entry to the View from The Shard, followed by an unlimited sushi feast at inamo for two. An icon amidst the city’s skyline, Western Europe’s tallest building is renowned for its magnificent architecture, 5* hospitality, and sweeping 360-degree views across the city below. You can take in the sights at your leisure, both in Level 69’s indoor viewing gallery and on Level 72’s spectacular open-air platform, offering views for up to 40 miles in every direction.
Get festive at the Four Seaons Hotel London at Park Lane
The holiday season has arrived, and this year, once again, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane brings the most magical drinking and dining experiences to Mayfair. Create your very own festive story at this luxury landmark property, from the stunning Winter Terrace through to a merry afternoon tea in the Amaranto Lounge, and Christmas cocktails in Amaranto Bar. All the landmark dates are covered too with Christmas Day lunch, New Year’s Eve dinner and New Year’s Day bottomless brunch.
To book, visit here
Try this new ramen pop-up Junsei
Calling all hopeless ramen-tics! There's a new modern Japanese pop-up in town and it's running for just two evenings on 29th and 30th November. Dishes are designed to surprise and delight with choices including freshly prepared Hamachi Crudo; fried Soft-shell Crab flavoured with miso, Game Yakitori and Ben's showstopping spicy Chicken and Duck Tan Tan Ramen, a dish flavoured with a tori paitan broth and inspired by his time working with a ramen master at Amsterdam’s renowned Taka Zoku restaurant.
The seven-course menu is £75pp, tickets are available on Eventbrite
Win a year of free cocktails at London's Cocktail Club
Yes, you read that right. If you're a fan of a pornstar martini (and let's be honest, who isn't?), you'll agree this competition to win a box of delicious pornstar martini filled doughnuts from Pippin Doughnuts and a year's supply of free cocktails at any Cocktail Club Group across London is to die for. To celebrate the launch of The Cocktail Club: Bristol, one lucky winner will be given the chance to enjoy world-class cocktails, unmatchable vibes and energetic bartenders for an entire year.
To enter the competition, visit londoncocktailclub.co.uk/competition-bristol/
Try exceptional modern Indian cuisine at Kahani
Located in the heart of Chelsea, Kahani is an exceptional restaurant that serves modern Indian cuisine. The emphasis is on using the finest seasonal British ingredients and bringing them to life with Indian cooking techniques and spices – and the result is subliminal. A dining experience in the quaint underground restaurant, which boasts a magnificent fireplace and chic chandeliers, is a real treat.
Head chef Peter Joseph splits the menu into Kahani classic dishes, Kahani specials and Kahani 'dawat' delights. It's one of the those places where you really can't go wrong with what you order, but we highly recommend the tasty, tandoori Somerset lamb chops and the trio of chicken tikka for starters. Aubergine lovers will be amazed by the elaborate presentation of the roasted, spiced aubergine steak, while the Kahani chicken makhani, which is chargrilled chicken cooked in a rich tomato sauce with fenugreek leaves, is a must-order for mains. Make sure to order the garlic naan and more innovative gruyere naan to dunk into the sauce. Ten out of ten for the quality of food.
To make a booking, visit kahanilondon.com
Arrange a sushi and champagne date
Sushi and champagne, has there ever been a better match? Japanese restaurant Miyako at the Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel has launched a new dining experience and it's got date night written all over it. Available in the casual eatery, or in the more cosy and atmospheric Rake's Parlour, the menu consists of a selection of nigiri, sashimi, maki and uramaki sushi.
We highly recommend the tasty tempura shrimp and avocado roll, as well as the crunchy spicy roll available in both tuna or salmon. The sashimi is another crowd-pleaser, particularly the yellowtail and the classic salmon. Guests can choose this menu when dining from 12 to 3pm and 5 to 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and of course, pair their food with a bottle of champagne. Among the luxury brands on offer are Bollinger, Louis Rodered and Gosset. Cheers to that!
To make a booking, visit hyattrestaurants.com
Enjoy a 'chocolat' cocktail at All Bar One
It's the season for clinking your glass, so why not have a sumptuous cocktail or two? One of our favourite brands Hotel Chocolat has collaborated with All Bar One to create four exclusive, limited-edition cocktails. Featuring the brand's award-winning Velvetised TM Cream range, there's Midnight Tiramisu, Chocolat Martini, Mint Royale and Clementine Chocolat Martini. Dreamy! The new cocktails are launching on 16 November, across 56 All Bar One locations nationwide.
Check out allbarone.co.uk
Treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea
Afternoon tea is always a delight, and even more so when the menu is steeped in history. At The Stafford London's restaurant, The Game Bird, the indulgent afternoon tea takes you on a journey around neighbouring St James's and its historic stores. Iconic shops are immortalised into sweet treats - a delicious chocolate and lime jelly 'top hat' represents hatmakers Lock & Co, while Henry Poole & Co tailor is reflected in an iced 'tuxedo' biscuit. The sandwiches are of great variety and include the classic H Forman & Son smoked salmon, the honey-roast Wiltshire ham and mustard, and the decadent truffled egg brioche bun. There's also a selection of not two but three scones, including the more innovative cheddar scone served with soft cheese and chives - a pleasing savoury alternative to the traditional plain or raisin scones.
The menu is reasonably priced at £45 per person, or £60 if you choose to upgrade with a glass of Louis Roederer champagne, which comes in a highly recommended pink option. As for the teas, diners are spoilt for choice with the pages-long tea selection. The Stafford offers four bespoke signature blends which go beautifully with the food.
It's easy to while away a few autumnal hours at the five-star hotel, indulging in afternoon tea by the fireplace, away from the hustle and bustle of central London. With its chic interiors, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and excellent quality fare, you're guaranteed to have a grand time.
To book a table, visit thestaffordlondon.com
Madison's Winter Rooftop Retreat
This winter, Madison will be transforming its incredible rooftop terrace into a winter haven, ready to escape to for all Christmas celebrations. Get set for a special seasonal cocktail menu designed in collaboration with Bulleit Bourbon, stunning festive decorations throughout the venue, live DJs every night and heated seating areas ready to keep the cold at bay and the party vibes going!
To book, visit: madisonlondon.net
A Tropical Twist To Christmas Festivities
The iconic Bluebird Café in White City will be partnering with Havana Club this winter to bring a tropical twist to traditional festivities. Guests can expect to enjoy a seasonal cocktail menu with a twist, a full line-up of fun events, live music evenings and funky decorations across the terrace – everything needed for a mega winter fiesta! For the whole of the season, the terrace will be adorned with Cuban-inspired palms, sparkling fairy lights and bold colours adding some spice to Christmas celebrations.
To book, visit bluebirdcafe.co.uk
Celebrate the Festival of Lights in style at Taj in London
Suites & Residences and St James Court, a Taj Hotel are bringing a Diwali to remember to London this year, with delicious feasts, Indian-inspired afternoon teas, and festivities all rooted in the luxury hotel group’s Indian heritage. Sample a taste of India with the special celebratory afternoon tea, overflowing with Diwali delicacies and available at the hotel’s Kona restaurant, with a Darbari sandwich collection featuring spiced cream cheese, kachumber pinwheels in beetroot bread, and curried egg mayonnaise. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in Gajar halwa macaroons, Chocolate rasmalai cups, Anglo Indian Rose de Cookies, Gold leaf gulab jamun cheesecake and pistachio-crusted fruit and cardamom flavoured shrikhand tarts - yum!
Until 7th November. Info: taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk/
Sustainable Wreath Making Workshop
Native Bankside on London’s Southbank has partnered with ethical florist Kuit Flowers, for a Sustainable Wreath Making Workshop, 1 December 2021 6.00pm-8.00pm. The workshop will be part of Native’s 12 Days of Christmas programming taking places across three other Native aparthotel sites across the UK including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester. The workshop will give guests the tools to construct beautiful contemporary wreaths using dried flowers and other natural materials under the careful guidance of botanical artist Jake Kuit. With most wreaths thrown away after December, Jake’s ethos is to create striking wreaths that can be used in the home for Christmas and beyond. On the evening guests will also enjoy festive food and drink (including wine) supplied from traders at nearby Borough Market. Anyone who books the workshop will also be able to enjoy 25% discount off Kuit Flowers. In addition, you can catch the enigmatic Jake on a new reality show featuring different budding entrepreneurs called ‘Ready Set Startup’ airing on Amazon Prime January 17!
Book tickets here
Enjoy an enchanted Afternoon Tea with a friend
Georgian House Hotel in Pimlico, is welcoming guests back to their renowned Wizard Afternoon Teas and Enchanted Stays. The stylish boutique townhouse hotel's theatrical Wizard Afternoon Tea is an abundant feast of goodies including smoking salmon sandwiches, eye of newt scones with curdled cream, lemon cursed tart and head-popping chocolate lollipops, complemented with either Bottomless Bubbles or a Wizard's Cocktail or Mocktail potion of frozen crystals, druid's water and ancient red fairy dust. The tea is served in the hotel’s atmospheric Pimlico Pantry and those that would like to extend the magic with an overnight stay can choose to sleep in one of the hotel’s Enchanted Chambers. These are concealed on its lower ground floor, reached via a portrait-filled passageway bathed in candlelight and offer stained glass windows, stone arches, cauldrons, velvet-clad four poster beds and wood burning stoves.
Book a table here, georgianhousehotel.co.uk
Devour Valencian-style paella
Arros QD - the London restaurant from five-times Michelin-starred Spanish chef, Quique Dacosta - has launched their amazing brand-new menu, showcasing ten paella recipes and simple, ingredient-led cooking. Already known for its modern Mediterranean flavours, and Valencian-style paella, Arros QD will continue to focus on what it does best: wood-fired grill cooking of the finest ingredients from soil, sea and land as well as expanding its list of the UK's best paellas.
Book a table here, arrosqd.com
Make lunch more festive
Back in the office? Pret A Manger has announced the return of this year's coveted Christmas menu, with new and exciting additions including the Turkey & Trimmings Toastie, a Vegan Christmas Flatbread and the Love Bar Latte – inspired by Pret's Love Bar sweet treat. The menu also sees the return of the nation's much-loved festive favourites including Pret's Christmas Lunch,Vegan Christmas Nut Roast and Melvin, Pret's Melting Gingerbread Snowman.
For out more here, pret.co.uk
Brunch at London’s first climate-positive restaurant
W5 Collective, a new café-restaurant in the heart of Ealing, has launched with a focus on sustainability, quality produce and community. Its mission is to make it easy to turn small everyday habits into collective positive change by showing people that you can enjoy quality food and drink that are good for the planet and taste delicious at the same time. The café-restaurant is the new flagship outlet for the Canteen Collective hospitality group, which has reached climate positive status by going beyond achieving net-zero carbon emissions to removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than it emits. The planet-conscious menu focuses on provenance and seasonality. With beautiful fresh dishes, natural wines and a curated drinks menu from a local craft brewery and carefully selected distilleries. The brunch menu includes classics such as Almond Pancakes and Eggs Benedict, as well as British cheese boards and small plates of seasonal produce. Perfect!
To book, visit canteen-collective.com
Settle in for top sushi in Covent Garden
Sushisamba's Covent Garden spot is one of the best places to go for delectable sushi in town! With a vibrant atmosphere, gorgeous décor and dedicated sushi chefs making the rolls out in the open, there is never a bad time to pay the spot a visit. If you fancy visiting their Heron Tower spot, you can also have fun as Casa de Samba every Thursday to Saturday until late, with DJs on hand for party vibes!
To book a table, visit sushisamba.com
Try exceptional British fare at Ganymede restaurant
Ganymede in Belgravia is one of those restaurants where you'll be flitting between at least a couple of things when the server comes to take your order. But you really can't go wrong with whatever you decide on. The newly opened dining room, which features plush booths and chic overhanging lamps, is a truly elegant place to enjoy an evening meal. And it's always a good sign when a just-opened local restaurant is packed mid-week.
While the menu may be small, it shows off the best of British produce in an innovative and creative way, and the food really is exceptional. For starters, carnivores will love the rabbit, pork shoulder and pistachio terrine, while the roasted duck breast with pommes sarladaises, blackberries and pink peppercorns is another must-order for mains. The fillet of stonebass is also a real showstopper, the meaty white fish paired delicately with creamed polenta, saffron soffrito, leek heart and cavolo nero. Balancing flavours beautifully and having a mix of textures on one plate are just two things Ganymede do particularly well.
As for dessert, we recommend ordering one cheeseboard that features a selection of quality cheese from La Fromagerie and contrasting this with the rich chocolate cremeux tartlet served with vanilla ice cream and pistachio. You won't be disappointed. The wine list is also extensive, while the cocktail menu, which may have been limited in choice, didn't take away from how delicious they were.
To book a table, visit ganymedelondon.co.uk
Have afternoon tea with a twist at Sofitel London St James
Afternoon tea is always a good idea, especially when it's got a special twist to it. At Sofitel London St James, the hotel has introduced its new autumn menu created by newly appointed pastry chef Jamie Warley. The focus is indeed on French cuisine, so, unusually for an afternoon tea, you'll start with a serving of French onion soup. Instead of traditional finger sandwiches, your savoury course includes more exciting and innovative dishes like a mini croque monsieur, duck rillettes, and a celeriac, truffle and bacon quiche.
Purists will be glad to hear that scones (both plain and raisin and freshly baked) are still on the menu and served with clotted cream and jam. The stars of the show really are the sweet treats though and pastry chef Jamie's expertise. The Parisienne pastries include an exquisite Earl Grey and coffee choux bun, a tarragon and blackberry macaron, and a passion fruit and sesame Mont Blanc.
The rose-filled setting of the Rose Lounge is a real delight and a relaxing place to while away the afternoon. There's also a brilliant selection of tea from Camellia's Tea House, and if you have a special celebration to toast, why not upgrade to a glass of champagne?
To book a table, visit sofitelstjames.com
Enjoy a lunch date at Mayfair's El Pirata
The colder weather may be drawing in, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a taste of the sunny Mediterranean. Tucked away in the corner of Mayfair next to Hyde Park, El Pirata has become a firm favourite for those wanting an authentic Spanish experience - and it's not hard to see why.
Our new favourite place to indulge in the best of London's Spanish cuisine scene, El Pirata's tapas offering is as delicious as it is popular. Light bites include salty padron peppers, buttery squid and irresistible pan con tomate, while Iberican pork dishes, sweet glazed chicken wings and tempting Spanish cheeses provide the ultimate comfort food. Whether you're passing by for a light snack, or you're tempted by a mouthwatering Spanish feast - this Mayfair spot is not one to miss.
To book a table, visit elpirata.co.uk
Enjoy a feast at Chourangi
Chourangi is the brainchild of chef-turned-leading Indian restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee and his close friend, Aditya Ghosh, celebrated airline and tech entrepreneur from India. Anjan and Aditya decided to bring the unexplored flavours of Calcutta to London – the food capital of the world. Anjan has personally curated the dishes and the distinctive elements of this unique cuisine. The menu features authentic dishes, deeply inspired, selected and developed by Anjan’s personal culinary experiences of his mother’s cooking and his childhood in the city. With every ingredient personally sourced by Anjan himself, dishes will feature the best spices from Calcutta (like Anjan’s own five-spice rub and Aam Kasundi mustard), coupled with the finest sourced ingredients in the UK.
Try this new pop-up restaurant experience at Fortnum's
Fortnum's has launched their new sustainable dining experience in Piccadilly. The new winter pop-up restaurant, FIELD by Fortnum's, celebrates food with real provenance, focusing on seasonality, small-batch producers, day boat fishing and regenerative farming principles. Each dish is designed around the produce that is sourced daily; with ingredients dictating the menu, rather than the other way around, creating simple dishes that hero the very best ingredients. And there's also a brand new Woodland Tea experience! The new menu at FIELD is designed around bringing simple, honest ingredients back to the table; with all dishes being fully traceable to source, and almost all ingredients coming from the UK. The current menu includes Devilled Brown Portland Crab on Toast and Delica Pumpkin, Romesco Sauce. The menu is ever-changing, based on what is currently in season and what is available from the specially selected suppliers.
To book, visit fortnumandmason.com
Go crazy for Wahaca's delicious Dia de Muertos menu
Where better to celebrate one of Mexico’s most momentous annual fiestas, Día de Muertos, than at Wahaca? The Mexican street-food favourite is marking the occasion until 2 November, with visitors to its restaurants across the UK having the chance to enjoy a feast of Mexican street food and a specially-created cocktail, as well as complimentary tasters of tequila and mezcal.
The celebration doesn't stop there, as the chain's winter menu features delicious pork pibil tacos and grilled chicken & avocado tacos, tempting squash & crumbled feta tostadas, marvellously moreish lamb barbacoa tacos and seasonal chargrilled hispi. The brand new Wahacamole - a fresh, sustainable take on guacamole, switching out the avocado for organic British fava beans - is a delicious and planet-friendly way to kick off your Day of the Dead feast.
To book your table, visit wahaca.co.uk
Tuck into a vegan feast
What better way to treat yourself guilt-free ahead of the festive season than a trip to Holy Carrot. The impossibly stylish restaurant in Knightsbridge offers an entire vegan-only menu – with dishes even a carnivore would salivate over. Be sure to go along hungry so you have room for some small plates to start. The Kentish purple potato croquettes, filled with avocados and homemade basil mayo, and the crispy lobster mushroom are incredibly moorish, while for mains, the sext tofu, glazed with aubergine, red pepper and peanut sauce, and the sticky and sweet orange cauliflower are incredibly divine. Wash it all down with a cocktail or two – The Fool and The Star are recommended, or some organic wine.
To book a table, visit holycarrot.co.uk
Escape the cold at Figaro's Bar
Be transported to the Mediterranean with a visit to newly opened Figaro's in central London. It may be a little tricky to find given that it shares a building with The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience, but once you're inside, you'll feel like you've truly escaped the British winter and are lapping up the sunshine in the south of France. Inspired by this beautiful part of the world, the restaurant and bar are decked out with very Instagrammable floral garlands, gingham tablecloths on wooden tables, and fresco-painted walls. There's a bunch of summery cocktails and spritzes to try, while food is focused on small bar snacks. If you're longing for that all-year-round summer fix, Figaro's is where you'll find it!
For more information visit figarosbar.com
Best things to do in London with children this November
Storytime with Father Christmas at the Hall
It may only be November, but tickets for Storytime with Father Christmas at the Hall are finally available in time for some festive magic. In this very special festive experience, magic awaits your little ones as the Albert Hall's beautiful porch is transformed into an enchanting winter grotto.
Little ones will step inside a whimsical world where they'll be greeted by Father Christmas and his merry head elf Crumpet as they take them on a joyful journey in this charming Christmas Storytime session, ending with each child taking home their very own gift!
For more information visit royalalberthall.com
Father Christmas Village at Cloud Twelve
It may not be happening for another month, but Cloud Twelve are offering you and your little ones a memorable festive afternoon - so get booking to avoid missing out on all the fun. Children - and parents too - will get the chance to meet Dazzle & Fizz the Elves and embark on an epic adventure to save Christmas.
They can enjoy the signature Elf Show, participate in fun and games including bauble painting and festive arts and crafts.
They'll be able to make their way through Cloud Twelve's luxury soft play and snow to meet and greet Father Christmas. You'll also be able to collect surprise treats from their delectable sweet shop and show off their dance moves at the Christmas disco!
For tickets and information visit cloudtwelve.co.uk
Little Explorer’s Family Package at 100 Queen’s Gate’s Hotel
Something for the whole family! Book a stay at the 100 Queen's Gate's Hotel in South Kensington and you won't be disappointed. Located just a short walk from the Natural History Museum, the luxury hotel has a 'Little Explorers' and new 'After Bedtime' package providing children with heaps of fun for a day out and for when they return back to the hotel after exploring the Capital.
Upon arrival at the hotel, children receive an exciting Little Explorers adventure back-pack with whole host of toys from the Natural History Museum’s official collection. Proving that pampering isn't just for the grown-ups, kids also get treated to a wonderful selection of goodies in their room. From adorable Little Explorer dressing gowns and slippers to colour changing bath bombs and even hot chocolate and popcorn while watching family movies in the room.
The hotel's signature W/A restaurant provides delicious and nutrious breakfast, lunch and dinner options and did we mention the ‘midnight’ feast they provide too? A truly magical experience from start to finish and a place you and your little ones arevery warmly welcomed!
Book your stay here and discover even more that they have to offer.
Best alternative things to do in London this November
Check out the Masters of Photography exhibition
This November, invest in yourself! If you are a photographer, a fan of the big artists such as Steve McCurry, Albert Watson, David Yarrow or Joel Meyerowitz - or if photography is a hobby of yours, then this is for you.
These renowned masters have each filmed a series of online classes, and photography enthusiasts can now enjoy unprecedented insights into how they work. Unlike any other photography course out there, Masters of Photography offers a unique opportunity to journey alongside them in lessons that capture and reveal their techniques and philosophies.
Amongst many other things, you'll learn how to develop your own creative identity, compositional techniques and tips and tricks to help you elevate your photography. You'll also discover the secrets and stories behind some of their most iconic images, such as Steve's the Afghan Girl.
For more information, visit mastersof.photography
Cocktails at Abercrombie & Fitch
Abercrombie & Fitch is partnering with London-based Portobello Road Distillery to celebrate the launch of its first bespoke holiday collection. From 12th-14th November, customers ages 21+ can enjoy a pop-up bar and complimentary cocktails at Abercrombie’s newest location on Regent Street, which opened this past September, while shopping the brand’s latest partywear looks.
The menu includes five festive-inspired cocktails using Portobello Road Distillery spirits, designed, and created by their professional Mixologists.
The women's collection includes velvety soft bodysuits, vegan leather skirts, glittering mini dresses and satin camis. Men can also look the part with smart shirts, oversized crew neck jumpers and premium denim. Complete the look with an Abercrombie & Fitch wool overcoat, vegan suede jacket or a Sherpa-lined vegan leather shearling coat for the ultimate in style and comfort.
Visit the website to shop the collections: abercrombie.com/shop/uk
Tuck into afternoon tea in an igloo
Grab a friend and head to London’s most secretive garden for a few hours of wining and dining in the comfort of your very own festive igloo dome. Tucked away in the heart of Kensington, Doubletree By Hilton London Kensington’s stunning pop-up domes are designed with ambience, comfort and style in mind, each paying homage to an iconic singer from recent times.
Settle in for a decadent spread of treats. On the savoury side, you’ll find delicate sandwiches, blue cheese broccoli and chestnut quiche, and roast chicken and tarragon in a brioche bun. Those with a sweet tooth are well catered for with the likes of chocolate and coffee mini-opera cakes, pistachio macaroons, creamy cheesecake and more. Plain and raisin scones are served with Tiptree jam and clotted cream. Why not make it a sparkling affair with a glass of Champagne each?
To book, visit Virgin Experience Days
Do some bespoke Christmas shopping in Chiswick
W4 Art Group is back for its second Christmas Art & Design Fair in Chiswick, following a successful first event in 2019. Around 30 artists will participate, offering work for sale in a variety of disciplines, including oil paintings, ceramics, acrylics, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, feltwork and mixed media. Treat your family and friends this Christmas to something a little more special, and get your shopping done early - it's win win!
St Alban’s Church, South Parade, Chiswick
Friday 12th November: 6pm – 9pm (late view: live opera singing & wine) and Saturday 13th November 11am – 5pm.
Discover food heaven at Taste of London
Taste of London 2021 is back this festive season at East London's Tobacco Docks from November 18 to 21, offering the perfect chance to make up for lost time – and taste delicious food. The event hosts the capital’s best chefs, up and coming food concepts and festive experiences. Expect winter cocktails, live music, special entertainment and exclusive dishes.
Calling all wine and cheese lovers because this year at Taste, Grana Padano PDO cheese and Prosecco DOC will be featuring at Taste of London Festive for the first time. The Italian duo have taken part in Taste of London in June for the past six years, but this year they are popping up at Tobacco Dock to offer festive event goers the chance to sample and buy delicious Proseccos partnered with the deliciousness of Grana Padano cheese.
Watch cooking demonstrations with Italian Chef Danilo Cortellini, plus join the Prosecco masterclass with wine expert Neil Phillips, the Wine Tipster. There will be Prosecco DOC and the new Prosecco DOC Rosé on offer, as well as various vintages of Grana Padano. Yum!
Get your tickets at london.tastefestivals.com
Check out The Great Feast at The Old Selfridges Hotel
The Great Feast at The Old Selfridges Hotel promises to be one of London’s most spectacular destinations to visit this Christmas. A multi-sensory immersive festival, The Great Feast hosts four imaginative experiences for guests, transporting them to a wonderful joyous world of outstanding food, drinks and music. Experience 'The Counter of Joy' with menus curated by seven diverse and renowned chefs and make sure to stop off at the 'Wonky Dream's cocktail station. There's also the 'Magic Garden Stage' featuring live music, and 'Joyride', a unique immersive experience where you will receive wireless headphones to explore the tastes, touch and smells of a luxury bento-box.
From Thursday 18 November to Saturday 18 December, The Great Feast will open at London's most exclusive destination, The Old Selfridges Hotel, a venue rarely used for public events. With an incredible line up of the UK’s most talented chefs, restaurateurs and artists, The Great Feast will transform the iconic space and ensure Londoners see out 2021 with a bang.
Plus the sale of every ticket will support Dominic Cools-Lartigue's A Plate For London food charity, with each ticket sold contributing to feeding people in need this Christmas.
To book your ticket, visit greatfeast.com/tickets
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