What Not to Miss This Week in London

What’s hot in London this week? Must visit bars, restaurants and gigs; best picks of museum exhibitions and events you should attend this week in London, w/c 7th November – 13th November.

Lost World at the Backyard Cinema, 5th November – 10th November

Want a cinema experience that’s more than just a screen and some chairs? Well thanks to Backyard Cinema, you can have an epic experience as soon as you walk in the door. This is no ordinary cinema; with seats amongst tropical plants and popcorn and cocktails in a jungle setting; this is not just a film. This is changing your cinema experience! The highlight of these movies for me has to be The Jungle Book (2016) on Wednesday 9th. What more could you ask for on a Wednesday than watching a Disney film on bean bags sitting in a jungle? I can’t think of anything.

Other highlights include Hook on Tuesday 8th and Finding Dory on Friday 11th. You’ll have to be quick though, as tickets are only on sale for a limited amount of time.

backyard-cinema- what not to miss this week in london
Photo by Backyard Cinema

The Radical Eye – Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, 10th November – 7th May 2017

The new collection at the Tate Modern is a once in a lifetime opportunity. From Thursday take a sneak peak into one of the greatest art collections and see an incredible group of Man Ray portraits through the eyes of Sir Elton John. For the first time ever pieces of his collection from the last 25 years will be on display for you; including portraits of Matisse, Picasso and Breton. There will be over 7 artists and more than double the amount of rare prints such as Brassai, Aleksandr Rodchenko and Imogen Cunningham.

Whether you’re a fan of Man Ray, the Tate Modern or Sir Elton John himself – this is sure not one to miss. The exhibition is open from Thursday with tickets costing £16.50 or free for members at the Tate Modern, Bankside.

Events this week in London Tate Modern exhibition
Photo: Courtesy of Megan Stott

Armistice Day (11thNovember) and Remembrance Sunday (13th November)

Armistice day is here again and where better to be than London to celebrate this momentous day. Made even more special as from 2014-2018 as it marks the centenary of WW1. As always on Remembrance Sunday (13th) the annual Cenotaph ceremony and parade will take place attended by the Queen, politicians and military representatives. This will affect transport in London that day, so be sure to check the TFL website before you travel!

On Remembrance Day on Friday, The Royal British Legion will hold its Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square. From 10am-11:15am there will be music, readings and of course, together in unison the 2-minute silence will be upheld to remember all those who lost their lives in the WW1, WW2 and all those since.

Leicester Square Christmas Market, 11th November – 8th January

Brand new for 2016 –  a traditional Christmas market has landed in Central London! See one of London’s most famous squares be transformed into a true winter grotto. This one I am particularly excited about as I work not far from here so you will find me here on lunch breaks getting fuelling my Christmas spirit! It will have everything you have come to expect from a traditional market; wooden huts, warming festive drinks and hand crafted gifts from all around the globe. If that’s not enough excitement for you; in the centre of Leicester Square will be a velvety, glamorous Belgian Spiegel tent. In there will be Olivier Award winning theatre group La Soiree; a theatrical phenomenon of cabaret, new burlesque and circus antics! Another day out to add to your ever-growing list of Christmas outings.

christmas market events in london this week

Winter festival at the Southbank Centre, 11th November – 25th January

The Southbank Centre is getting a festive makeover! From 11th November it will be transformed into a snowy, riverside landscape perfect for your winter escapades. Complete with a huge tree, twinkly lights and wooden huts full of the usual market treats.

As well as the Winter Festival, there’s a whole host of other festive events happening at the Southbank this winter. The Rekorderlig Winter Lodge will be open from 11th also; enjoy a Scandinavian experience with tasty food, a traditional fire pit and a glass of hot plum cider. We definitely won’t blame you for not moving all day!

Fancy something a little more thrilling? BUMP Rollerdisco is opening this Friday. Grab some skates and get going! Fun for the whole family, with music blaring and lights sparkling it’s the perfect answer for some winter fun! Keep your eyes pealed for weekend DJ’s and performances too. Try this alternative winter activity at your own risk…especially after the Rekorderlig lodge!

Winter Festival at the Southbank Centre
Photo by Fizzy Living

Megan Stott

Contributor

Megan is originally from Sheffield, but now in London and living the commuter life. I love to travel and eat - the perfect combination of multi-tasking. I also love to write and explore London, which I'm slowly but surely doing.  "There is so much opportunity in London. As cheesy as it sounds if there is any occassion, event or new restaurant that everyone wants to try  - it's in London. Everything is at your feet and that makes it not just my favourite, but most exciting City to live in (New York comes a very, very close second)."

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