ALEXANDER CALDER : PERFORMING SCULPTURE
This is the first major retrospective of the groundbreaking artist most known for kinetic sculptures, or ‘mobiles’ – a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931. This exhibition at the Tate displays many of Calder’s major sculptures, incorporating a look at his film, theatre, music and dance work. The multidisciplinary show is reflective of how Alexander Calder’s dynamic mobiles brought together motion and performance.
11 November until 3 April 2016 at the Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
JULIA MARGRET CAMERON
The V&A marks the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron with a display of more than 100 of her photographs from its collection. One of photography’s 19th-century pioneers, Cameron was dedicated to the medium and daring in her experiments with image making. Best known for her powerful portraits, the exhibition will also examine her relationship between the museum’s founding director Sir Henry Cole, who in 1865 presented her first museum exhibition and the only one during her lifetime.
28 November until 14 February at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Examining the influence of digital concepts and tools on fashion through the work of seven designers and creative teams is this show’s focus. Digital Disturbances explores the interactions across material and virtual platforms, looking at which information both lost and gained in the process of translation remixing of images and bodies in photography and film, and into the nuances of identity projected into social and commercial spaces.
Designers include: ANREALAGE, Bart Hess, POSTmatter, Simone C Niquille and Alexander Porter, Flora Miranda, Texturall and Tigran Avetisyan.
Until 12 December at the Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0BJ
THE IVY CAFÉ
Just opened at 96 Marylebone Lane, The Ivy Café promises relaxed all-day dining in a bijou brasserie. The menu offers breakfast, elevenses, lunch (brunch at the weekends), afternoon snacks, cream teas, cocktails and dinner. Book ahead to guarantee a table, although half the tables are held back for people to drop in as walk-ins. What a wonderful addition to Marylebone’s village-style neighbourhood.
96 Marylebone lane, Marylebone London W1U 2QA
Remember, remember the fifth of November… Every year on Bonfire Night the London skies light up with fireworks to mark Guy Fawkes’ failed plot to blow up Parliament.
Displays take place in public parks across capital often accompanied by festivals and funfairs. The lucky guests at Europa House have front-row seats to one of West London’s most special displays hosted right in the private gardens.
5 November, various locations – book ahead for Friday 5 November, 2016
THE WINTER'S TALE
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company launches a series of plays that are also broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre. ‘The Winter’s Tale’ is Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption. This production is co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, and stars Judi Dench as Paulina, and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Theatre doesn’t get better than Branagh Theatre Live.
Until 16 January 2016 at the Garrick Theatre and various London cinemas.
A brand new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, wonder.land is written by Moira Buffini and features music by Damon Albarn and tells the tale of Aly, a 12-year-old girl who escapes bullies at school and an unhappy home life by adventuring into a virtual world full of eccentric characters.
27 November until 30 January 2016 at The National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN CHRISTMAS FAIR
The annual fair at London’s oldest Botanic Garden opens once again on the last weekend of November with stalls suited to fashion lovers, of course those with green fingers, and anyone seeking stylish gifts for the home. The Tangerine Dream Café at the garden (which also oversees the food at The Laslett) will also be serving hot fare throughout the day, including traditional festive treats of mince pies and mulled wine. All this in the brick-walled surrounds of one of London’s most beautiful gardens private garden, it is much more than just a Christmas-shopping experience.
28 and 29 November at The Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE
One of the most popular ice rinks in London due to the unique backdrop of the 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House. You can skate around a 40-foot Christmas tree, or watch from the sidelines with a cup of hot toddy to for a full festive flavour. For first timers, there’s the Polar Cub Club to offer guidance to under-8s. After hour there are Club Nights accompanied by soundtracks curated by prominent DJs, perfect to skate the night away.
18 November until 10 January 2016 at Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R 1LA
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is back for its eighth year with a fairground, Christmas market, and food and drink stalls galore. Unique to this time of year, there’s a Santa’s grotto and an ice-skating rink. One of the most frequented seasonal attractions in London, there’s free entry, but we advise advance booking for the main attractions as a ticket is required and queues can be long.
20 November until 3 January, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Image credit L-R: Digital Disturbances/
Felix Swensson, Alexader Calder/Tate, Julia Margret Cameron, The Winters Tale (Judi Dench)/ Johan Persson