November is here. Hello old friend. Before you get dragged head first into full-on Christmas craziness, savour this sweet autumnal month. Don’t get too comfy and start hibernating just yet though as there is a LOT of great stuff happening this month. Here are 42 of the hottest November openings…
COOL THINGS TO DO
Nov 2/5: FIREWORKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. As if you needed reminding.
Nov 8 (until Mar 11): Want to know why Britain is the way it is today? We bet the Georgians had something to do with it. Find out more at Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain at the British Library.
Nov 9-10: Crazy for canines? You need to get yourself and your pooch down to Discover Dogs at Earls Court.
Nov 9 (until June 1): Search through 250 things taken away from naughty kids in the Museum of Childhood’s Confiscation Cabinets.
Nov 13 (until May 6): Collider: Step inside the world’s greatest experiment at the Science Museum.
Nov 28: Kenwood House re-opens at long last. Huzzah!
Nov 28 (until Jan 4): I know we said this was an Xmas-free zone, but Christmas at Kew is always a winter wonderland worth mentioning.
TASTY PLACES TO EAT
Nov 1: Magazine - new swish restaurant and bar inside the curvy Zaha Hadid-designed extension to the Serpentine Gallery’s new Sackler building.
Nov 5: Linnea - the Swedes are coming to Kew!
Nov 11: Sixtyone – pig on toast, pigeon and snails at this new Modern British restaurant from chef-patron Arnaud Stevens near Marble Arch.
Nov 14: Foxlow - new restaurant by the folks behind Hawksmoor (but not just another Hawksmoor!)
Nov 18: Boopshi’s - London’s first schnitzel and spritz restaurant opens just off Tottenham Court Road.
Mid Nov: House of Ho - informal Vietnamese dining comes to Soho.
Nov 13: Café Murano - Northern Italian in St James with Angela Hartnett.
Late Nov: Hixter - Mark Hix’s latest venture near Liverpool Street Station.
End Nov: The Ape & Bird - the Polpo crew are taking over the old Marquis of Granby pub on Cambridge Circus.
RAD THINGS TO SEE
Nov 8: ‘Gravity‘ - our film team called it ‘breathtaking’. Enough said.
Nov 21: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ - Jennifer Lawrence is back for round two.
Nov 21: ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour‘ – ★★★★★ epic tale of lesbian love.
Just opened: Mojo at Harold Pinter Theatre: an all-star cast featuring ‘Harry Potter’ sidekick Rupert Grint, ‘Downton’ man Brendan Coyle and ‘Skyfall’ actor Ben Whishaw. Pow!
Just opened: nut at National Theatre, The Shed: not for the faint-hearted, Debbie Tucker Green has never been one to shy away from the most visceral and raw of subjects.
From Nov 26: Jumpers for Goalposts at Bush Theatre: acclaimed, bittersweet romcom about a gay footballer.
Nov 1 (until Mar 2): Uproar: The First 50 Years of the London Group at Ben Uri Museum.
Nov 7 (until Jan 23): ‘Stanley Spencer‘ at Somerset House.
Nov 14 (until Feb 9): Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery.
Nov 22 (until April 21): ‘Turner and the Sea‘ at the National Maritime Museum.
Nov 27 (until Jan 26): Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA.
Nov 29 (until Feb 9): Jake & Dinos Chapman at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
Nov 8-16: Bo Burnham – ‘What’ at Leicester Square Theatre.
Nov 5 (until Jan 25): Bridget Christie – ‘A Bic For Her’ at the Soho Theatre.
Nov 8-9: Nick Helm – ‘One Man Mega Myth’ at the Bloomsbury theatre.
Nov 9 (until Dec 7): EastEnd Cabaret Club at the Russet – east-end duo head back to their hood.
Nov 25: Julie, Madly, Deeply at Trafalgar Studio 2 - Sarah-Louise Young is back with some more musical madness.
Nov 28: This Is Not a Dream at the Hackney Attic – find out how you can use your video camera to change the world.
ACE PLACES TO SHOP
J Crew – get ready for three new stores for the US fashion monster.
Cheeky – pampering parlour for quick fire beauty in Shoreditch.
Bang Bang – vintage purveyors (they swap cold hard cash for your old designer togs) opens on Drury Lane in Covent Garden.
Nicholas Kirkwood’s first menswear store pops up in Knightsbridge.
Happy Socks – store just off Carnaby Street is a treat for your feet.
Nov 4: ‘Fresh Meat‘ returns to Channel 4 for a third series.
Nov 23: Dr Who Night – the Tennant-Smith-Hurt episode and the Mark Gatiss docudrama ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
Nov 16 TBC: The final series of ‘Borgen’ starts on BBC4.
Want more? Here’s a whole heap of other stuff happening this November.