Poppy's November Hot List

13 November 2013

When you’re tired of London you’re tired of life, right? Well, you could just be grumpy and hungover of course, but that wouldn’t be London’s fault, not entirely.

There’s plenty of stuff going on this month to keep you entertained, whether you want to audition for the next Star Wars movie, go for a full Thanksgiving spread or learn how to make ace cocktails to impress your mates. This is what we recommend for November 2013…

Doing

Visiting the World Press Photo 2013 Exhibition at Southbank Centre

The most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing photos from the past year all sit together in this free exhibition, celebrating the 350 winning photographs that set the standard in photojournalism. Runs 10am – 11pm from Friday the 8th November to Tuesday the 26th November. Details here.

Auditioning for the new Star Wars movie

There’s an open casting call out for a gorgeous athletic guy and gal to play leading characters in what has only so far been confirmed to be a Walt Disney Pictures film, but the clues all say it’s the next Star Wars movie. London auditions are in Hackney on the 23rd and 24th of November, could you be rubbing shoulders with R2D2? Details here.

Enjoying the Southbank Christmas Market

Okay okay, we know it’s November, but it’s NEVER too early for bratwurst and mulled wine. Opens November 15th and runs through to Christmas Eve. See you at the gingerbread stand. Details here.

Drinking

Make your own cocktails after a Cocktail Masterclass

Further than a G&T, drinks at home never get too exciting. If all the cocktail shaking and expert mixing you see behind the bar has always looked too complicated, prepare to learn the secrets with a Cocktail Masterclass. Then you can def impress when hosting at home over party season! Starting at £29.95 for a 90 minute lesson, you can expect a welcome drink, three cocktails (which YOU make!) and plenty of nibbles. Details here.

Skinny cocktails

Once December is here it’s fair game to have Baileys on your cornflakes and mulled wine in meetings, if you’re not careful you’ll have a Santa style tum before he’s even set out on his sleigh. Do some groundwork now by opting for lower calorie cocktails in November. The Watermelon Mojito at Jewel Piccadilly is just 115 calories, whilst the Size Zero at Foundation Bar comes at less than 100 calories – and is packed with Finlandia Vodka lime, cucumber, ginger and honey! Details here.

Whiskey Advent Calendars

It’s not advent yet, but if you want to start the 1st of December with a nice slug of whiskey you’ll need to buy your whiskey advent calendar now. Because yes, these really do exist. £149.99 from Firebox. Details here.

Eating

Thanksgiving Dinner

There are enough Americans in London to ensure Thanksgiving gets celebrated here too – and luckily there are plenty of restaurants who are happy to put on the full Thanksgiving spread to cater for them come November 28th! Obvious choices for a slap up turkey supper include Bodean’s and the Big Easy, but we like the look of The Breakfast Club’s Thanksgiving menu at £25 per head. Prepare the elasticated waistbands and definitely book in advance. Details here.

Sunshine Eggs

We all rely on a good fry up to get us going after a heavy night, but now you can bring some extra sunshine to your plate with this mould for fried eggs. So if it’s drizzly and cold outside (which let’s face it, it will be) you can still enjoy some sun on your plate. We say you can play with your food. £7.95 from Hunkydory Home. Buy it here.


Watching

Gravity

It seems like you don’t have much choice on this one, you NEED to see Gravity if you want to be able to take part in any water cooler conversations for the next three months. Obviously you should opt for 3D if you can, but it’s even better at the IMAX if you can bear the ticket price. IMAX details here.

Breaking Bad

The complete box set of series 1 to 5 is finally released on DVD on November 25th. It’s £55 and you may need to book a week off work to watch it from start to finish, but it has to be worth it, right? If you’re a Breaking Bad virgin, we just hope you can find people who are still up for chatting through the plot twists of Season 1. Prepare to be addicted. Buy it here.

Gothic Movie Season at BFI Southbank

If Halloween has left you wanting more, look no further than Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film Season at the BFI. A fabulous range of film and television will be shown over four months across four themes – Monstrous, The Dark Arts, Haunted and Love is a Devil. Prepare to be spooked. Details here.

Listening

James Blake – Overgrown

The Mercury Music Prize is essential for reminding us each year that there’s music outside of X Factor and teen boppers. If you weren’t familiar with James Blake’s gorgeously haunting ‘Overgrown’ before he was announced as this year’s Mercury winner , now’s your chance to fall in love with the album – and for only a fiver. Buy it here.

M.I.A – Matangi

We’ve had to wait far too long for M.I.A’s latest album, but the wait was worth it. It’s chaotic and eclectic and wild and fun…and we’ve got in on repeat. Buy it here.

The Beatles – On Air Live at The BBC Volume 2

For any Beatles fan, this new release is a must. 63 previously unreleased tracks including early hits and cover songs recorded at the BBC in 1963 and 1964. Buy it here.

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