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La Soiree
Last Days Of Shoreditch Winter La La Land
Magical Lantern Festival
Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures And Their Fuckosophy
South Pole Saloon


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.


La Soiree

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 24th November 2017 to 3rd February 2018


The Olivier Award-winning La Soiree cabaret switches its spiegeltent for the West End this winter, taking up residency at the Aldwych Theatre. Billed as the same cheeky show in a more grown-up location, it will see the traditional theatre transformed into an intimate cabaret club with in-the-round seating and will showcase the company's signature cocktail of cabaret, comedy, circus sideshow and contemporary variety. Debuts include a show of strength from The Chilly Brothers Cradle Act, acrobatics from Mallakhamb India, aerial hoop from Lea Hinz and hula hoop from Michele Clark while returning favourites include comic powerhouse Amy G, puppeteers Cabaret Decadense and slapstick duo Daredevil Chicken Club.



Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 23rd November 2017 to 1st January 2018


After taking over Victoria Park for the past few years, Winterville moves to Clapham Common for 2017. South London's answer to Winter Wonderland, the town of Winterville brings together a number of classic Christmas season favourites, including an ice rink - the first to come to Clapham Common - a Big Wheel and a Christmas market. Backyard Cinema will be creating an enchanted forest named The Winter Night Garden, Plonk Golf and the roller disco will provide alternative entertainment, and the Street Feast area will bring together traders like Up In My Grill, Mother Clucker, Petare and SE Cakery. The Spiegeltent also returns with a line-up of cabaret, comedy and family Christmas shows, including an opening weekend set from Norman Jay MBE and free shows from Guilty Pleasures, Ultimate Power, South London Soul Train and Gin & Juice. Ticketed shows include Cirque du Cabaret, Mexican Wrestling and The Merry Marys from Sink The Pink.


Being A Man

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 24th, 25th and 26th November 2017


Robert Webb, Simon Amstell, Kevin Powell and Alan Hollinghurst are just four of the speakers lined up for this year's BAM - Being A Man festival, providing a platform for conversations on how men's roles are evolving in the 21st century. Panel discussion topics include 'strong men' like Trump and Putin, masculinity in the Middle East, body image and what it means to be a gay, bisexual or transgender man today. The programme also includes a Build a Dad session with the LEGO Group, a Nordic shouting masterclass with the Finnish Scream Men's Choir Huutajat, and Men in Sheds workshops.


Last Days Of Shoreditch Winter La La Land

288 Old Street, , London, EC1V 9LA

Tube: Old Street Station


Dates: 23rd November to 17th December 2017


The Last Days of Shoreditch pop-up returns with a seasonal makeover, transforming into Winter La La Land. Taking place in the heart of east London, it will boast a line-up of events against a wintery backdrop of roaring fire pits and an intimate dance floor. Ernest Hemingway inspired cocktails will be served in the old fashioned Stirred Not Shaken bar and street food will be served by Cheeky Burger, Biff's Jack Shack and cult pop-up Smokey Tails, who will offer a menu of American breakfasts and bottomless brunch. The star-studded DJ line-up includes Stuart Patterson, Dave Jarvis and Friends and Lucky Voice will be presenting a karaoke experience.


Magical Lantern Festival

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: 24th November 2017 to 1st January 2018


Good news for those who love a festive light show. The Magical Lantern Festival is returning to Chiswick Gardens and this time its here for Christmas so, naturally, Santa and his Reindeers are taking part - appearing both as a lantern and in his grotto. Taking the idea of Chinese lanterns to the next level, these 50 or so giant lanterns include seasonal additions - two metre high snowmen and penguins on a glacier - as well as Noah's ark with life size giraffes and zebras and a magnificent giant lantern recreation of an ancient city from the Song Dynasty. In addition to the lantern trail there's entertainment, a bar, food and drink area, not forgetting Santa's Grotto and fairground rides for children.


Christmas at Kew

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 22nd November 2017 to 1st January 2018


A chorus of singing trees, giant light-up piano keys connected to a real-life piano and laser beams over water await visitors to the mile-long illuminated trail that forms the centrepiece of Christmas at Kew. In 2017, for the first time the great broad walk borders form part of the trail, transformed by hundreds of shining petals and gigantic flower pots. After dusk, Kew Gardensis lit up by giant light sculptures, a fire garden and light projections on the Palm House. Stop off to see Santa and his elves performing panto along the way, enjoy carousel and helter skelter rides as well as mulled wine, mince pies and traditional festive fare.


Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures And Their Fuckosophy

White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 22nd November 2017 to 28th January 2018


White Cube Bermondsey marks the 50th anniversary of Gilbert & George with its new exhibition, Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and Their Fuckosophy. Running across all four of the Bermondsey galleries, it sees the pair, who started working together as students at St Martins School of Art in 1967, at their weird and wonderful best. The Beard Pictures sees the pair sport beards out of everything from beer foam to snake tongues while The Fuckosophy serves up a collection of nearly 4000 pronouncements and mottoes.


South Pole Saloon

Brixton Rooftop, Popes Road, London, SW9 8JH

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: 23rd November 2017 to 1st January 2018


Brixton Rooftop is transformed into the South Pole Saloon this winter, inviting Londoners to escape the dark winter nights and the busy streets of Brixton. Themed around a decadent and debaucherous dive bar hidden in the snow drifts of the South Pole, it will see guests greeted by candy canes and led through swinging doors into a heated and covered woodland brimming with creative cocktails, festive street food, live music and interactive entertainment. The saloon bar will be decorated with a woodland lodge theme eight candy cane cabins will be available to hire. Food comes from Mac To The Future, The Lambassadors, Fancy Funkin Chicken and Vudu Food while entertainment will be served up by Cirque Du Soul, For The Love Of Garage, Applebum and a series of DJs.



Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 23rd November 2017 to 2nd April 2018


This November, Tate Modern takes a journey through Amedeo Modigliani's career with a major new retrospective. Responsible for some of the most memorable art of the 20th century, Modigliani continuously evolved his career, developing his own distinctive visual language. The exhibition will begin with the artist's arrival in Paris, exploring the creative contexts that shaped his life and work, before moving on to his best-known work, his nudes. Bringing together just under 100 artworks, this exhibition will explore how Modigliani pushed the boundaries of the art of his time.


Mindful Drinking Festival

Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, London, E1 6DW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017


Club Soda, the mindful drinking movement that offers online programmes to help change drinking habits, presents the UK's first-ever Mindful Drinking Festival, returning for a second run this November. Expanding from a one-day event to two, the event feeds the growing desire for tempting alcohol alternatives and sees the boutique Spitalfields transformed into an alcohol-free zone. It will feature the best non alcoholic craft beer, wines, lower-sugar sodas and infusions available as well as expert mixologists to assist with creating tempting concoctions. There will also be talks, masterclasses and mindful drinking stories.



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