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…
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Best festive things to do in London this November
Enjoy rooftop fireworks
Mix London's breathtaking skyline with sparkly fireworks, and you've got a night to remember. Rooftop bar Skylight Peckham is throwing a sky-high Bonfire Night celebration, allowing you to watch the fireworks all over the city from the bar's rooftop, offering the best views the capital has to offer, from Canary Wharf to the London Eye. The party, taking place on Saturday 5 November, sees a fusion of seasonal cocktails (you have to try the mulled gin), street food and music, with DJs playing all night.
Tickets cost £10 and include a welcome cocktail. To book, visit www.skylightbars.com
Get festive at Christmas by the River
Christmas has come early to London Bridge City! 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. From 16 November, this is 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 selling London souvenirs, market stalls offering handmade Christmas decorations, outdoor festive film screenings - 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.
Get Crafty in Connaught Village
Get into the festive spirit at London's Connaught Village at their Christmas lights and shopping event on 17 November from 3-8pm. So much more than simply seeing the pretty area bathed in festive light, attendees can try their hand at snow globe making and pine cone decorating, plus dog-lovers can meet the most adorable husky dressed as Santa – too cute!
If that wasn't festive enough, pupils from Connaught House School Choir will perform an open-air performance of classic Christmas carols mixed with a few modern hits to get everyone into the festive spirit.
Find out more here
Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at The Dilly
When it comes to luxury and location, look no further than The Dilly for a London getaway with a twist. This 5-star hotel is central to an abundance of exciting adventures in the capital and it's family friendly too.
A highlight for children and adults is the Peter Rabbit afternoon tea where every detail of the Beatrix Potter classic-themed dining experience has been perfected... and it doesn't just look incredible, it is positively mouth-watering too. They have a festive edition arriving on 18 November too.
The hotel boasts an underground pool, spa, fitness centre and even a dance studio, meaning you can make your stay as active or as relaxing as you please.Walking distance to Chinatown, Leicester Square, Picadilly and Oxford Street means you have London at your fingertips.
Book your afternoon tea here and stay The Dilly with a reservation
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.
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.
To book ice skating tickets, visit somersethouse.org.uk
Check out Kew Gardens festive light trail
It’s officially ten years of Christmas at Kew and the festive trail really is the best yet. With mesmerising new light installations, including floating UV feathers and luminous poppies, this is, without a doubt, their best light trail yet. With mulled wine, hot chocolate and seasonal street food, there is no way you will leave this magical night not feeling festive!
To book, visit here
Don't miss Thanksgiving dinner at Sea Containers
To celebrate Thanksgiving, on Thursday 24th November, the Sea Containers Restaurant will be pulling out all the stops with an elaborate, Thanksgiving lunch. The special three-course menu including buck carpaccio, beetroot, carrot and bitter leaves; roast turkey, corn, cranberry with all the trimmings and a delicious Sweet Potato Custard Tart with marshmallow, chocolate and sea salt ice cream. The Thanksgiving menu will be three-courses for £45 with £5 of the Thanksgiving menu being donated to The Felix Project (£5 allows The Felix Project to deliver 30 free meals). This offering will be served on Thursday 24th November for lunch, from 12pm – 3pm.
To book, visit here
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
Get into the Christmas spirit at Winter Wonderland
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're so excited for the return of Winter Wonderland.
Located in the heart of London's centre, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is the ultimate festive destination. Sip on hot chocolate, whizz around on the fairground ride and munch on gingerbread cookies when it opens on 17 November.
To plan your visit, go to hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
Watch a festive film at Backyard Cinema
With its huge screen surrounded by a festive scene and the iconic super comfy giant beanbags, there really is no better place to watch a Christmas film than Backyard Cinema. Even better, you can start and end your showing at the retro cabaret bar where you'll find mugs of hot spiced mulled wine and ‘build your own’ boozy hot chocolate, plus the award-winning Backyard pizza and much more.
To book, visit backyardcinema.co.uk
Treat your tastebuds to a Thanksgiving dinner at The Loch & The Tyne
Located just outside of London in picturesque Old Windsor, The Loch & The Tyne - Chef Adam Handling's restaurant and pub - is the ideal place to spend the evening. What's more, the popular venue has a mouthwatering Thanksgiving menu, which has been created as a special one-off for 24 November, featuring the best of the American holiday favorites while using the finest British ingredients. Sweet potato mash, corn bread and turkey with all the trimmings are all on the menu, along with the all time favourite pecan pie for dessert. As it's coming up to the festive season, The Loch & The Tyne also has a must-try Christmas menu, with traditional choices such as turkey with all the trimmings, to the British staple fish and chips. Adam Handling's signature dish, The Mother - a salt baked celeric made with truffle cream cheese, dates, and apple - also features. This is a must-try whatever time of year you pay a visit, with Adam creating it after his mum decided to become a vegetarian and has received rave reviews from diners around the world. The cheese donuts - which literally melt in your mouth - are also highly recommended. As for drinks, the restaurant has a wide selection of wines, including Adam Handling's own label English Sparkling, while creative cocktails include seasonal ingredients paired with popular tipples. With friendly staff and a beautiful venue - which is also available to hire out for private dinner parties upstairs - it's a must visit this autumn.
To book, visit lochandtyne.com
Best alternative things to do in London in November
Dance the night away at Abba Voyage
Abba is back! One of the most successful groups of all time are back, as Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad performing digitally with a live 10-piece band, in their very own, purpose-built, ABBA Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Alongside some of their greatest hits the concert includes songs from Voyage, the band’s first album in 40 years. This is not one to miss!
To book, visit here
Enjoy a painting and prosecco evening
There's nothing like unleashing your inner Picasso after a glass of prosecco. The London Art Bar is the perfect place to get creative with friends, with guided painting sessions led by a practising artist while you sip, paint and create. With prosecco, nibbles, art supplies and guidance provided, all you need to bring is yourselves! The best part? Leave the workshop with your very own canvas.
To book, visit www.londonartbar.com/calendar
Afternoon tea with Paddington
Explore London alongside Paddington with Virgin Experience Days on Brigit’s Bakery Paddington afternoon tea bus tour. Taking in the best views of Central London, the iconic double-decker Routemaster bus will take you past some of Paddington’s favourite London landmarks, and you can be sure you’ll hear about some of his fun adventures and mishaps! Suitable for little cubs and grown-ups alike, the Paddington afternoon tea bus tour is available weekly from Wednesdays to Sundays - just be sure to arrive hungry and ready to eat marmalade sandwiches!
To book, visit here
Everyman and Green & Black's are proud to present an evening of nationwide preview screenings on 17 November to celebrate
the release of Searchlight Pictures' satirical thriller, The Menu. Customers will be able to book exclusive screenings of The Menu before it officially releases on 18 November. The film will be screened across 28 of Everyman's venues across the country. Directed by Mark Mylod, the sharp food-focused title set in the world of fine dining depicts a young couple who travel to an exclusive restaurant where the chef has prepared a lavish menu, along with some shocking surprises. This deliciously wicked thriller features a fabulous British cast including Ralph Fiennes, Nicholas Hoult, Anya Taylor-Joy and Janet McTeer, and will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
To book, visit: everymancinema.com
See a spectacular free light exhibtion
Taking place from 26 October 2022 to 27 January 2023, and hosted across Citypoint and Principal Place, Brookfield Properties has commissioned new large-scale works by Ukranian/Canadian artist duo HYBYCOZO – marking the UK premiere of their reflective, dimension shifting work. The exhibition follows Brookfield Properties’ recent release of the Art of the Workplace Report in partnership with The School of Life, a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilling lives, which reveals that workers want art, culture and wellness-enriched workspaces to promote learning, creativity, contentment, pride and a sense of community.
Visit it for free at Citypoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9ST
Bake at home or head to the bakery
World-renowned all American bakery and stalwarts on the London dessert scene, The Hummingbird Bakery, has released a brand new At Home Brownie Decorating kit which is available nationwide, so you can frost your brownies with indulgent caramel and decadent chocolate frosting The Hummingbird Bakery way. Each box contains a tray of brownies plus a pot of chocolate malt balls for decorating and a palette knife - everything you need to decorate like a pro! All brownies are baked to order using only the finest quality ingredients and zero preservatives.
Find out more, hummingbirdbakery.com
Step into a sci-fi dream at Guardians of the Galaxy Secret Cinema
For the chance to feel like you’ve just walked onto a steampunk planet worthy of a Marvel blockbuster, get yourself one of London’s hottest tickets for the Guardians of the Galaxy special.
With an incredible set, quick-thinking actors and a host of fellow sci-fi enthusiasts, feel free to select the 'clan’ that you will represent as you go all-out on your costume (the wilder the better), to go on missions for Rocket, follow clan leaders for missions and barter treasures like 1980s tape cassettes - all in order for your clan to come out on top, all followed by a special effects-filled viewing special of the hugely popular sequel film. A must-visit!
To book, visit Secret Cinema
Visit the haunting Seeing Auschwitz exhibition in South Kensington
Based in Old Brompton Road, the 60-75 minute 'Seeing Auschwitz' exhibition uses analysis of the scarce photographic evidence of the camp that has survived to the present day as well as the process of the construction of the collective memory of Auschwitz and other contemporary genocides. They provide unsettling perspective and stark evidence of mass murder, but also of the humanity of the people who perished there.
The vast collection of images come from varying sources including aerial allied pictures of the camps, documentation of the deportation process and living within Auschwitz as well as insight into life before the camps. Part of the revenue generated by the exhibition will be used to help Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland in their efforts to ensure the long-term preservation and conservation of the authentic site.
Book via seeingauschwitz.com/london
Pop outdoors to your favourite nature trail this weekend
Head out to your favourite nature trail this weekend and take part in Athletic Brewing Company ‘Fit For Autumn’ challenge Beginning October 3, 2022, and running through November 30, 2022, Athletic Brewing is giving Brits the chance to win a Highlands Winter Walking tour for two from Adventure Tours UK. To participate, entrants can tag a photo of their favourite trail with #ABFitForAutumn on Twitter, Instagram stories or Instagram posts to add to the map. Locations settings have to be turned on to be eligible and account settings have to be public. Up to five entries can be submitted by each person.
Enjoy an elevated cinematic experience
Elevating a trip to the movies to a new height, the world’s finest bourbon Woodford Reserve presents a cinematic experience with a taste of fine dining for a unique series of unmissable events in London and Manchester. Woodford Reserve Whiskey are launching an incredible culinary and cinematic experience A Cinematic Spectacle for the Senses at Hoxton’s The Curzon, London on Thursday 17th November. Hosting an imaginative cinema screening, A Cinematic Spectacle for the Senses will showcase a perfectly paired tasting menu of small plates from Rita’s Soho and cocktails curated by Woodford Reserve mixologists. Bringing to life scenes from the film ‘The Menu’, starring Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy.
To purchase tickets: eventbrite.co.uk
Be dazzled at new musical Tammy Faye
Tammy Faye was an iconic figure as a TV evangelist who became hugely popular in the US in the 1970s, before her huge success was mired by her husband Jim Bakker, who was imprisoned on numerous counts of fraud and conspiracy. With her famously glamorous persona, it is hardly the first time that she has been the subject of a musical - but with songs from Elton John and penned by Quiz and Best of Enemies playwright Stephen Graham at the helm, it is a magical retelling of a fascinating life - and Katie Brayben simply shines as Tammy in the lead role.
To book tickets, visit almeida.co.uk
Party away at All Star Lanes
This November, London’s original good time and retro bowling destination, All Star Lanes, will be amping up the fun even more with the addition of Augmented Reality Darts to its flagship venue in Brick Lane. Offering everything needed for a legendary outing, All Star Lanes Brick Lane is home to 6 retro bowling lanes, luxury karaoke booths and a mouthwatering menu of American-inspired dishes and handmade cocktails - you can take to the lanes, battle it out for the karaoke crown, try to hit the bullseye and eat and drink until your heart’s content, all day and night!
To book visit here
Find a gem in Chiswick's Art & Design Fair
Meet the artists, view their work and purchase at studio prices; in its third year, the W4 Art Group fair brings together 25 artists from a variety of disciplines – oils and acrylics, ceramics, printmaking, drawing, textiles, jewellery and mixed media. The late view on Friday features opera, with soprano Aivale Cole from New Zealand, and wine, or visit during the day on Saturday to find some hidden gems (or a Christmas gift!).
The group is giving back to charity arts4dementia this year.
Friday 18th November, 6-9pm. Saturday 19th November, 11am-5pm.
St Alban's Church, Chiswick W4 5LG
Head to the West End
The producers of the West End's hugely successful production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has already been seen by over 100,000 people and is running at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on Drury Lane until 8 January 2023.Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia.
Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet Mr Tumnus the faun, talking beavers, Aslan (the noble king of Narnia) and the coldest, most evil White Witch. Samantha Womack plays the White Witch with Ammar Duffus as Peter Pevensie, Shaka Kalokoh as Edmund Pevensie, Robyn Sinclair as Susan Pevensie and Delainey Hayles as Lucy Pevensie.
Let the games begin at Strike
Don't miss London's newest boutique bowling alley, Strike. Located around the corner from Wandsworth Town station, the Victorian themed hotspot has everything needed for a sensational outing all under one roof. Beyond the traditional Tenpin Bowling lanes, Strike boasts four other fantastic games: London’s first ever Duckpin Bowling lanes, Smart Darts, Shuffleboard and Bar Billiards.
To book visit here
Best luxury things to do in London in November
Feel your best with Ten Health & Fitness Studio
Now that we've said goodbye to summer and those feel-good evening walks, it can feel easier to stay indoors and lock ourselves away from the cold. However, we all know it's more important than ever to look after ourselves, and the Ten Health & Fitness studio is helping everyone to move more and learn more about what their body needs.
Calling the Embassy Gardens its new home, Ten offers a full range of services from its trademark Dynamic Reformer Pilates, Personal Training, Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy all under one roof by experts in their field. As the saying goes, health is wealth so why not invest in your health and wellbeing this winter by the Thames with the right tools to stay fit for life.
Get a royal brow treatment on Berkeley Street
Fancy getting brows and nails like Meghan Markle? Then head to Nails & Brows on Berkeley Street - the London beauty lovers' favourite spot for beauty treatments. Brow expert Sherrille Riley, founder of exclusive Mayfair salon Nails & Brows and Beauty Edit Mayfair, is the person behind Meghan's signature 'Audrey Brow' treatment, and we can see why she loves it. This elegant boutique salon in placed in the heart of Mayfair. For a manicure and pedicure, the stations offer an array of different brands and colours to choose from - including Deborah Lippman, CND Vinylux and Essie, while the brow bar and massage room are neatly situated upstairs. Perfect if your talons and brows are in need of some TLC!
To book, visit nailsandbrows.me
Relax at the Aromatherapy Associates pop-up shop
For two days only, renowned UK wellness brand Aromatherapy Associates will be popping up in Soho with its very own Apartment to offer you a magical moment of wellbeing this Christmas. From 5pm on Thursday 3rd & 11am-8pm Friday 4th November Aromatherapy Associates will be taking over 15 Bateman Street to bring to life its premium Christmas collection and host wreath making workshops with some of our favourite public figures to get you in the festive spirit. Guests will be able to get your hands on the full Aromatherapy Associates Christmas collection and for any purchases made throughout the pop-up Aromatherapy Associates will also have an eco-gift-wrapping station for your gift to be professionally wrapped and finished with a beautifully hand calligraphed tag to show your lovedones just how much they mean to you this festive season.
To book a wreath making workshop visit here -£20 (redeemable on product)
15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ
Enjoy an extra luxurious flight experience
Going to the airport is always quite stressful, no matter how much of a frequent traveller you are. But there is something quite special about giving yourself a treat ahead of the flight from time to time. For those travelling under a number of criterias - from First Class passengers to Flying Club Gold members, you can enter Virgin Atlantic's Clubhouse - while bringing along a guest. The Clubhouse at Heathrow Terminal 3 boasts everything from a vast selection of food and drink - including their signature Virgin Redhead cocktail, along with a terrace boasting stunning views, and even Peleton bikes!
For more info, visit fiywith.virginatlantic.com
Best restaurants and bars to visit in London in November
Find your favourite vintage at The Colony Grill Room
For a truly special date night, The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont hotel is the perfect dining experience - particularly with their Wine Discovery Journeys. The blind wine flight will see the restaurant’s incredibly talented and friendly Sommeliers select the perfect pairings to go with your cuisine, where you select everything from New York Shrimp Cocktail to the New York Strip Steak. Not only can you pair up your delicious dinner with a wine-tasting session, guessing the name and vintage of each wine, but your selection will also be noted down for you to take home. A must-visit!
To book, visit The Colony Grill Room
Enjoy the best of all-day dining at Kuro Eatery
Kuro Eatery has just joined Notting Hill's vibrant dining scene as a new all-day dining restaurant. The new opening is headed up by chef, Andrianos Poulis, who is originally from Greece and CV spans stints at Rovi in Fitzrovia, Cornerstone in Hackney and Mazi in Notting Hill. The menu will play to Poulis's passion for simple and clean flavours with uncomplicated small plates utilising the very best seasonal produce available. Inspired by his Greek heritage and a particular love of fish, Poulis's menu showcases a melting pot of international and Mediterranean flavours.
To book, visit kuro-london.com
Dine at Soho's new dining and drinking destination
Bantof, the newly-launched dining and drinking destination in the heart of Soho has now opened its doors to the public. Bantof has initially opened as a luxurious and beautiful evening destination with the next phase of opening confirmed for 2023. From next year Bantof will encompass a members club without membership fees, all-day dining, private meeting and work spaces, a regular roster of members events and much more.
The delicious food comes from London's youngest Michelin chef, Asimakis Chaniotis (also Executive Chef at Pied à Terre), who has curated the food menu on offer at Bantof. The menu designed for sharing is made from fresh seasonal ingredients and features dishes from around the world such as: Spinach and Lemon Risotto with Mediterranean herbs; Rainbow Mini Burgers; Sea Bream Tartare with avocado, smoked almonds and yuzu dressing; Black Truffle Pizza and many more sweet and savoury delights.
For more information, visit bantof.com
Go for the ultimate decadent brunch
Celebrate the weekend in style with brunch in Nobu Restaurant Shoreditch, with menus designed by new Executive Chef Sandi Richmond and priced from £75 per person. It has everything you need for a lively start to the weekend, with your choice of a main dish (we recommend the black cod!) plus unlimited access to the brunch and dessert bar for £75 per person. Or, for those looking to start the celebrations earlier, diners can add on free-flowing drinks for two hours for only £35 extra at £110 per person, with a choice of Prosecco, Beer or Lychee Elderflower Coolers. The Brunch buffet – located on the sushi counter in view of the full theatre of the kitchen - serves up a selection of salads, assorted sushi, sashimi and ceviche, and unlimited indulgent desserts to finish, including Sake Baba with pineapple, Nobu Cheesecake and Tropical Pavlova. Whether it's a special occasion or just a Saturday, it's definitely worth a visit!
Head to Fitzrovia's jungle haven
Destination restaurant YOPO, in the heart of Fitzrovia's multi award-winning boutique hotel, The Mandrake, has re-opened its doors with a newly evolved design and modern South American menu with European influences. YOPO's critically acclaimed Executive Chef George Scott-Toft created the new seasonal Autumn / Winter menu. He was inspired by European-influenced South American cuisine and his travels through Argentina, Chile and Peru, as well as the intriguing cultural and creative design elements and artwork throughout the restaurant that provides the perfect stage for his show-stopping dishes.
Expect to discover new and exciting dishes such as snacks of Crab, Fennel and Caviar Brioche or Sweet Potato, Salsa Macha and Goat’s Cheese Tostada; or interpretations of classic Spanish tapas such as Grilled Octopus with Potato and Hot Smoked Paprika Pot, through to Yellow Tail & Aji Tiradito Crudo – a re-imagined classic Nikkea dish from Peru - and Scallop, Tomatillo & Mango Ceviche for the table. Main dishes feature Iberico Pork Pressa with Romesco and Onions and a new showstopping plate of Wild Seabass and citrus. A Pineapple Tepache and Mezcal Granita remains a firm favourite, evolving as a sustainable zero-waste dessert, that Scott-Toft creates using the pineapple skins to make tepache. Divine!
To book, visit themandrake.com/yopo-restaurant
Sip cocktails and snack on dim sums at Yautacha City’s winter terrace
Love a Johnnie Walker cocktail? Check out restaurant favourite Yauatcha’s incredible futuristic neon terrace to celebrate the launch of Johnnie Walker's 'Cities of the Future' limited-edition Blue Label bottles to mark the brand’s 200 years of whisky. And after sipping on a couple of cocktails, be sure to order a dim sum special for some dreamy dining!
To book, visit Yautacha City
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
Get festive with these treats
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Lola's Cupcakes. From gourmet gifts to delicious desserts and showstopping centrepieces, there is something for everyone to enjoy this festive season! We are loving the selection, particularly their beautiful cupcake wreath is created from a choice of chocolate or vanilla cupcakes topped with festive green buttercream, dried orange segments, chocolate bells and sugar paste bow. Or why not opt for their Deluxe Christmas Yule Cake? Created to look like a tree trunk from a winter woodland, this eye-catching cake features either a chocolate sponge filled with chocolate buttercream, or a vanilla sponge filled with vanilla buttercream and raspberry compote. This cake is surrounded with chocolate buttercream and topped with popcorn, golden bells, chocolate flakes, pinecones, and a sprinkling of gold dust. Available to pre-order now for delivery on 23rd November until 24th December.
Find out more, lolascupcakes.co.uk
Relax with your friends at the W London's Weekenders Brunch
Relax at the W hotel with their Weekenders Brunch where you can enjoy the most delicious two-course meal for £34 alongside a glamorous glass of whispering angel and a special Chandon Garden Spritz cocktail for an extra £10 each.
Choose between a fried chicken burger, roast sea Bass opt for an Atlantic Jumbo Prawn Cocktail amongst other amazing dishes.
It is truly a spectacular way to spend a luxurious weekend with your friends, so, if you fancy a pre-christmas treat we highly recommend you head down to Leicester Square ASAP!
The exclusive dining experience is available every Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-5.30pm.
For more information visit The Perception Bar
Pull in for the perfect lunch at The Residency, Notting Hill
Tantalise your tastebuds with a taste of the Rivera at the most glamorous spot in Notting Hill, The Residency. From Tuesday to Sunday for £65, enjoy dishes emulating the sunshine of the Mediterranean coast all paired with three limited-edition Gin d’Azur cocktails - which could not be a more perfect combination!
From mouthfuls of avocado and courgette tempura, paired with the Jasmine Cocktail, to tempting trout ceviche with a delicate coconut lime dressing paired with the Provence cocktail this is definitely a culinary experience you do not want to miss.
To book visit The Residency
Celebrate Thanksgiving at celebrity favourite restaurant Kanishka
Kanishka by Atul Kochhar, located in the heart of Mayfair, is popular with many A-listers for a reason. From its friendly and attentive staff to its talented team of chefs, led under two times Michelin star accredited and beloved TV pesonality Atul Kochar, there are so many reasons to visit. The stylish venue offers a wide range of dishes, and is popular for its five course tasting menus. Current offerings - that will leave you happily full - include a trio of lamb, Atul's Chicken Tikka Pie, and a show-stopping dark chocolate sphere that literally melts in the mouth.
Along with an extensive wine list, cocktails are a plenty at this restaurant too - whether you are looking for something refreshing, from vodka based to champagne infused. What's more, the restaurant is offering its Thanksgiving menu throughout November, featuring a wide range of dishes such as spiced turkey roulade, tandoori paneer and roasted cauliflower. Christmas is also around the corner and the restaurant is going all out during the festive season too. Atul and his team have created several menu choices - all with a vegetarian and meat option - at several different price ranges, from £58 per person.
To reserve a table, visit kanishkarestaurant.co.uk
Tuck into classic American dishes
Sex and the City and Gossip Girl – who hasn't longed to experience just a few hours of the cool NYC vibe they portrayed. You know the scene: sipping Champagne and tucking into classic American dishes, whilst hanging out at a hip bar, relishing views of the City that never sleeps. Thanks to Madison – London's most exhilarating rooftop bar and restaurant - which launches its Weekend Brunch Experience, you can now live it up like a legitimate Manhattanite; only this time with views of London's iconic skyline as the backdrop. Food favourites include Hoisin Duck Bon Bons, Yellowfin Tuna & Octopus Ceviche Tostadas and Smoked Tofu Poke Salad Bowl (VG), followed by mouth-watering mains, including Maple Brioche French Toast, (pulled pork, fried egg, pickles, bourbon BBQ sauce) and Fried Chicken & Waffles, (cornbread waffles, buttermilk chicken, sriracha, maple syrup, fried egg); this is a menu that puts the Yankee into Doodle Dandy.
Listen to live music at Quaglino's
Quaglino's, are ready to get Londoners festive with their extraordinary list of November music acts. Quaglino's, an institution, located in St James’s, is the first restaurant the late HM Queen Elizabeth ll ever visited after her coronation in 1952 and this made it the first public restaurant a reigning monarch had ever eaten in. Quaglino's rich history of incredible live music goes all the way back to the British Jazz and Blues scene of the 30's – which is why, today, Quaglino's is incredibly proud to continue that wonderful legacy of incredible entertainment, seven days a week. The Swing Champagne Brunch starring Martin John is guaranteed to blow the roof off any Saturday.
Try flavours from around the world at Pizza Express
The new Autumn menu at Pizza Express could be their most inventive yet, bringing flavours from around the world with the new Tikka Paneer pizza. In fact, did you know the recipe is inspired by the popular pizza found in PizzaExpress Dubai? It features Geeta’s® Tikka spiced paneer on PizzaExpress’ thinner, crispier Romana base and is served with roasted peppers, sweet red onion, fiery fresh chillies and creamy mozzarella, before being topped off with Geeta’s® Premium Mango Chutney, cooling coriander yoghurt and fresh coriander. World flavours have been consistently popular with PizzaExpress customers, with the Romana Hoisin Duck completely selling out over the summer.
Continuing the journey around the world, say Aloha to the Hawaiian Hot – a spicy reimagining of the well-known and controversial pineapple pizza recipe. This fiery pizza combines crispy pancetta, smoky ‘nduja sausage, spiced pineapple salsa, sweet chilli peppers and creamy mozzarella, and is exclusively available via Deliveroo.
Book via pizzaexpress.com
Pop in for a luxurious Indian cuisine at Farzi Café
The tastiest Indian fusion restaurant in London has just launched their most delicious menu yet. With vibrant experimental Indian dishes packed full of flavour from new chef Chef Dhwani Agarwal, you won’t be disappointed with this incredible spot.
Highlights from the new menu include - Lobster & Coconut Risotto, Butternut Squash Gatta Curry – crispy squash gnocchi, Rajasthani kadhi with pickled orzo and Aburi Salmon. Not to mention the stunning selection of Zodiac-themed cocktails, so even if mercury is in retrograde you can drown your sorrows with a tasty bespoke beverage. Located next door to the Theatre Royal Haymarket Farzi Cafe is also the perfect option for a slap up pre-show meal.
To book visit Farzi Cafe
Enjoy a breakfast that will blow you away at, The Buttery, Belgravia
One of Belgravia's best-kept secrets has to be The Buttery where guests can enjoy the perfect breakfast spread.
Located just a stone's throw from Victoria station, this hidden gem should definitely be on the top of your list. Indulge on luxurious Nutella french toast or the tastiest chorizo and burrata on sourdough, amongst a number of sensational options the hotspot has to offer. You certainly don't want to miss out on this incredible dining experience!
To book visit, The Buttery.
Sip delicious cocktails at Beetle Juice, Brixton
Beetle Juice, Brixton, has opened its first permanent site just in time for the festive season! The popular pop up bar, famed for its VW campervan mobile cocktail bar, has found home in Brixton Village. Cocktails with a twist are aplenty on the menu, with tipples including Salted Caramel Martinis and Spiced Pineapple Daiquiris. Regular events throughout the week include Big Wednesday - where guests can enjoy two cocktails for just £15 all night, and Beetle Juice Happy Hour from Tuesday to Friday at 5pm - 7pm and every Saturday from 2pm - 5pm.
Best things to do outside of London
Take a trip to one of Sussex's most beautiful wine estates
Bolney Wine Estate - located just a short drive away from Brighton - is a must-visit this autumn ahead of the festive season. The impressive site attracts locals and visitors alike, and is even popular with celebrities, while Queen Camilla is also a fan! The incredible wine estate boasts a delightful cafe and bar - Eighteen Acre Cafe - serving up cheese platters, cakes and hot drinks - as well as the vineyard's own wine. There is also the opportunity to take a tour of the wine estate on one of the many tasting tours on offer. One of the most popular is the Cheese and Wine Tasting Tour, from just £30 per person, which includes a guided tour of the site, followed by five wine and food pairings.
To book, visit Bolneywineestate.com
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