With fireworks shows, the London Jazz Festival and Nancy Ajram coming to town, November is going to be anything but quiet. Here is Shufi London’s guide to what’s on this month:
The renowned watch exhibition SalonQP is to return to the Saatchi Gallery in west London for the sixth year running from November 3-5 2016. Founded in 2009, the SalonQP show has established itself as a premier destination for connoisseurs of fine watches in Europe. Some of the best brands in watches will be present during the show including A. Lange & Sohne, Bulgari, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Montblanc, Tudor and Vacheron Constantin among others. Tickets can be booked here.
The Berkeley hotel in Knightsbridge is launching a series of Prêt-à-Portea bakery masterclasses run by Head Pastry Chef Mourad Khiat. These masterclasses will offer the chance for baking aficionados to perfect their skills. Students will experience a two-hour masterclass within the hotel. They will be given a specially made apron embroidered with ‘Shoe Chef’, whilst Mourad will teach them how the designs, fabrics, handbags and vibrant colours have inspired delicious cakes, mousses and biscuits.
Fireworks will light up the night skies across London on November 5, in celebration of Bonfire Night. The fireworks displays will take place in many locations around the capital. If you are in central London, you can witness a huge bonfire and fireworks displays at Battersea Park or in Southwark. Events in North London take place in Alexandra Palace and Wembley Park. There will be family friendly events in West London at Bishop’s Park and Wimbledon Park.
Nancy Ajram – one of the Arab world’s most renowned popstars, and three-time World Music Award winner – is returning to London for a concert featuring hit music and songs from her best-selling albums. The concert will take place that Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in Covent Garden on November 6. Doors will open at 6pm and the show will start at 7pm. Tickets available here.
Get up close to classic and futuristic vehicles at the Regent Street Motor Show, which returns to London on November 5th. The show is the largest free motor show in the UK. From 10.30am to 4pm hundreds of vehicles, showcasing 125 years of motoring history, go on display in the famous shopping street. Prepare to be wowed by the huge collection of cars, motorbikes and classic automobiles dating from pre-1905 to the present day – and take a look into the future of motoring, too.
6. Kitchin at Harrods
The famous chef to run a week long pop-up restaurant at Harrods. Famous Scottish Michelin-starred chef is bringing his exceptional cooking, ‘from nature to plate’ philosophy and deeply-rooted passion for Scottish produce to Harrods. Tom Kitchin, of Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin is going to be a guest chef at Harrods for one week only, from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th November, where he will run a pop-up restaurant at The Georgian.
Celebrate some of the top jazz musicians with a dazzling extravaganza of concerts, events and performances during EFG London Jazz Festival from the 11 to 20 November 2016. Bringing together new talent and world-renowned figures from the electrifying world of jazz, the festival plays host to 10 days of diverse performances across a series of impressive venues including the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place and more. Tickets prices start from £11.50 and a full list of the events is available here.
8. Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered
The Game Plan is a celebration of board games old and new which is on display at the V&A Museum of Children. This exhibition includes some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition is running until April 2017 in the V&A Museum of Children.
9. Hair by Sam Mcknight at Somerset House
London celebrates the career of fashion icon and probably the most famous hair stylists in the world with Hair by Sam McKnight at Somerset House. McKnight has been a major figure in the fashion industry since the 1970s, with more than 100 covers for British Vogue in his portfolio. The hair stylist played a key role in developing the image of icons such as Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Princess Diana through stunning photographs and behind-the-scenes footage. The exhibition displays changes in hair style trends through time through rare objects from Sam McKnight’s personal archive, including magazines, catwalk videos, full outfits and wigs.
10. The Lord Mayor’s Show
The Lord Mayor’s Show is an old tradition that dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor. Every year since, the newly elected Lord Mayor of the City of London has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown. The tradition has continued to our day and the parade became more of a celebration than a show of loyalty. On the 12th of November, around half a million Londoners will line up between 11am and 2.30pm along the route to watch the colourful parade carrying the new Lord Mayor across the capital. After the procession, a fantastic fireworks display lights up the sky over the river Thames from 5pm.