Before we get *too* excited about ice rinks and Christmas markets, let's just take a minute to appreciate everything NOVEMBER. Yes there's fireworks (yey!) and Thanksgiving (don't need to be American to enjoy eating til your jeans hurt, eh?) but there's loads of other fun stuff going on in our fair capital too.
Here's our pick of what to see, eat, drink and do this month in London town...
Knit a gift for the cats and kittens of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. If knitting gifts for kittens WHILST SURROUNDED BY KITTENS seems like your perfect way to spend a Wednesday evening then look no further as Battersea Dogs and Cats Home are holding such an event on the 18th of November. You can knit mice for cats to play with! You can pet the cats as you knit! You can have a lovely time whilst also knowing that you're helping animals in need! You need to bring your own wool and needles and there is suggested donation of £2 for entry. More info, as well as other dates and locations, here. If you can't make it but would like to help, there are knitting patterns you can print so that you can get crafty at home and then you can pop your donations in the post. SO CUTE.
Use chocolate as an excuse to finally go up The Shard. If you've been waiting for a reason to take in the view from The Shard then WAIT NO LONGER. World-famous chocolatier Paul A Young is hosting an evening of deliciousness at The View from The Shard on the 25th of November and as well as tasting his amazing creations you'll be able to meet the man himself. The evening is split into four sections to celebrate the four corners of our captial, so expect to go on a taste adventure from North to East to South to West where each area will be experienced in the form of sight and taste. It's a two hour experience and expect chocolate pairings with Brewdog brewery, Asterley Bros artisan spirits, Pizza Pilgrims and the Southerden Patisserie. YUM. Tickets are £50 and there's more info and booking details here.
Book your Christmas party! If you haven't already, you *need* to get on with it. Luckily we can make the planning side as easy as possible for you and we promise to bring the fun. You'll KNOW if you've been to one of our parties. *Inserts dancing lady in red dress emoji*. Speak to one of our experts or find out more here.
Burger porn at Le Bun at Le Zetter. From the 12th November to the 20th December, French American duo Le Bun will be taking up residency at The Zetter. 'Le Bun at Le Zetter' will be serving some of the dishes that have earned the Le Bun boys such a loyal following (yes, Le Bourguignon Bun will be there!) and new dishes will be unveiled too. DID SOMEONE SAY LE BUN HOT WINGS?! More info and booking deets here.
Enjoy a little bit of Scandinavia in Shepherds Bush, whilst stuffing your face. Little Feast Winter will be open from 5th of November to December 23rd in Shepherds Bush Yard, with more vendors being confirmed as I type. One thing you can guarantee is treats from Sticky Beak (think slow roasted Vietnamese pork), paleo dishes from Primal, Wagyu burgers from Cheeky Burger, brisket from Redneck Smokehouse and aaaaaaaall the waffle goodness from Butter & Scotch. The yard has been transformed into a Scandi-esque winter wonderland and is fully covered and heated, so no need to panic about the weather either. It's free to enter of course, but registering does nab you a welcome drink. Opening times (it varies throughout week and isn't open every day) and more info here.
Make all your cheese dreams come true at Forza Winter. Tickets are selling out extremely fast for this Peckham based pop-up, so if you like the sound of a Valdostana style fonduta (aka extra cheesy) made with fontal, fontina and parmesan, as well as hot booze and all kinds of seasonal goodness cooked to perfection on a wood fire grill, you need to book your £35 ticket NOW. Full menu and more info here.
A film underground. Now that the weather is officially shite, the idea of of a rooftop cinema seems laughable. But a moody underground vault cinema? Yep, that sounds doable and slightly brilliant. Head on down to the Waterloo vaults this month to see the likes of Mad Max Fury Road, Ghostbusters and Selma from £15. Beware that the best movies are selling out quickly, so book your tickets here.
Classics in the Courtyard in Mayfair. If you miss the al fresco cinema fun of Summer and do indeed want to stay in the fresh air, you need to find somewhere that will guarantee warming cocktails and cosy blankets....like Hush in Mayfair! Every Saturday night you'll find a film that you can watch with your dinner and it's only a tenner for a table of up to six people. View the menus, films and booking info here.
The circus which isn't meant for children. Prefer your circus acts a bit more....extreme? You need the Circus of Horrors with its nudity, strong language and NO CHILDREN, PLEASE warnings. At The Quadrant at The O2 until the 14th of November, this promises to be the type of bizarre circus that only the darkest of minds could conjure up. Tickets from £15. More info and booking here.
Skip the red cups and upgrade to an Espresso Martini at Scarlet's. You'd have to be living under a rock to not know that the Starbucks red cups have arrived, my Instagram feed is full of the bloody things. If you prefer your caffeine fix with a bit of a harder hit then forget about gingerbread marshmallow candy cane lattes and go with a classic Espresso Martini at Scarlet's. Don't worry, you can still Instagram it. More info, guest list deets and booking here.
Take your dessert in drink form with a Tarte Tatin at Mabel's. The change of season always makes me crave warm caramelised apples, but a big ol' bowl of apple crumble is not always an option during a night on the tiles. Luckily, we've created the Tarte Tatin cocktail to sort you right out: Sipsmith vodka, Calvados, fresh apple juice and caramel syrup expertly blended for maximum autumnal fun. Grab yours at Mabel's. More info, guest list deets and booking here.
Celebrate all things almond at Foundation. If nuts are your thing, you can't do much better than an Almondation. This cocktail is a simple nutty balance of Disaronno and Frangelico, shaken with a dash of lemon juice and bitters and then served over ice. Oh and did we mention that it comes with a mini packet of nuts? Head to Foundation for yours. More info, guest list deets and booking here.