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FOCUS Favourites November 2018

October 31, 2018



The days have turned shorter and it is getting dark by 5pm. Fortunately the holiday season is fast approaching and the streets will soon be sparkly with garland of lights.

Guy Fawks bonfire and fireworks night is a very British tradition that originated in 1600s after the failed coup when Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators attempted to kill King James I and the Members of Parliament and to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Find events near you here.




children: Month of Sundays Festival at ROH

4 - 25 November


The Royal Opera House opens its doors in November with an wonderful new festival program at just £5 per person. Every Sunday the audience is welcome with an unique range of daytime events and activities for all ages. Participate in one of the upcycling craft workshops and watch demonstrations from the Royal Opera House’s backstage creative teams, learning theatre-craft skills including wig-making and make-up artistry. Discover new moves in a dance class; sing memorable tunes from opera classics or enjoy a performance by artists from The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. Each Sunday has a morning and an afternoon session and last about 2 and a half hours. Plenty of time to take a guided tour or make something to take home with you.




art: Room to Breathe

1 November 2018 – 28 July 2019


Room to Breathe is an immersive experience inviting you to discover stories from generations of new arrivals to Britain. Journey through a series of rooms filled with personal narratives and objects that bring to life the struggles, joys, creativity and resilience of living in a new land. It will serve as a setting for a series of residencies by migrant artists, who will be invited to use one part of the exhibition space as their studio. Each artist will host a series of workshops during their residency, and works created by all of our artists in residence will be displayed as part of a final group exhibition in summer 2019.





sport: Ultimate Boxxer II

2 November



Ultimate Boxxer is a new, shorter fighting format, supported by former world champions Ricky Hatton, Anthony Crolla and Paulie Malignaggi, in which boxers compete in one night-elimination tournaments. The Ultimate Boxxer debut was in April at the Manchester Arena. Ultimate Boxxer II comes to London and takes place at the O2 Arena. It is a Prizefighter style format where eight professional light heavyweight boxers compete in 3x3 minute round quarter final. DJ Charlie Sloth returns to entertain the London audience.





restaurant: Temakinho

Temakinho London is placed in the heart of Soho on Old Compton Street. This eatery combines Japanese with Brazilian cuisines. Set in the trendy area, the food perfectly fits this trendy and stylish atmosphere also. The menu ranges from poke bowls to crispy spring roll-style maki, ceviche and salmon tartar. A memorable dish is the Rio Bananal which contains breaded salmon and banana, a perfect blend of the two cultures. Not only this but their cocktails taste like they come directly from Rio itself, completely the eccentric atmosphere.




theatre: Seussical

22 November - 29 December


Based on the fantastic and colourful stories of Dr. Seuss the high-energy musical returns to London. Join the mischievous Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, and a host of other much-loved characters on a magical, madcap adventure from the Jungle of Nool, to the Circus McGurkus, to the tiniest planet in the sky, Whoville. Since its first production, it has featured songs such as "A Day for the Cat in the Hat", "Horton Sits on the Egg", "The Grinch Carved the Roast Beast" and "Here on Who". This new production, from family theatre specialists Immersion Theatre, will be directed by James Tobias, with choreography by Chris Whittaker. Perfect for a fun evening with the whole family.




book in advance: New Year’s Eve fireworks

31 December

Book it today! Only few tickets left.


Don’t wait to book tickets if you want to see the Mayor’s spectacular Fireworks to celebrate the start of 2019. Taking place along the River Thames the best firework viewing locations are sectioned off and made only available to those with tickets. Watched by half a million people, is is now ticketing for 100,000 in order to prevent overcrowding. Tickets are £10 each and you can book up to 4 per person. If you don't get a ticket you can watch it on TV.





hidden gem: Kings Place Sculpture Trail



Pandolin London is one of few galleries in the city focused on sculptures. On Tuesday, 6th November Pandolin London presents an exhibition with Bryan Kneale, the first abstract sculptor to be elected Royal Academician in 1974. Beside of rotating exhibitions in the main foyer of Kings Place, the gallery has a permanent fantastic sculpture trail. 26 sculptures by modern contemporary artists are placed within the building and canalside at Kings Place next to Kings Cross. The Sculpture trail includes large scale works by a host of artists and is one of the UK’s most dynamic Sculpture Trails.