The winds are chill and pumpkins are quickly taking over the streets, but don't get bogged down by the weather this harvest season! Take the time to see more of what the UK has to offer, and read on for our favourite exhibits, festivals and more.
Art: Olafur Eliasson-In real life
Until 5 January
Olafur Eliasson has long used his art as a social commentary, but this exhibition at the Tate Modern is exceptional in its variety and beauty as Eliasson explores light, color, movement and pattern. “Issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture” are laid bare in this poignant exhibit, and viewers even have the opportunity to speak with people from Eliasson’s team online every other week. Eliasson’s dedication to sustainability is clear as he even provides a 20% discount on his T-shirts sold at Tate Modern if buyers bring old T-shirts of their own for recycling. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is advised, so come see Eliasson’s work in person before the exhibition closes.
Book Ahead: Wimbledon Application
If you registered for the Wimbledon ballot in September or October, November brings the next step toward reaching your coveted tickets! Submit your Wimbledon application before the end of the month to complete the ballot process. Ballots for the championship will begin in January, so don’t miss your chance to attend one of the most exciting sporting events of 2020. If you missed the registration window, keep your eyes peeled for the next opening date.
Book Ahead: London New Year's Eve Fireworks
Admire one of the world's biggest New Year's Eve fireworks shows this December by purchasing your tickets in advance! Tickets are alread selling out, so snag your spot in one of six viewig zones while they last. Be sure to select a zone on the same side of the river on which you will begin as many bridges will be closed and traffic will be difficult, and remember that no tickets will be sold on the night of the show.
Dance: Hemantika Dance Festival
The Sujata Banerjee Dance Company (SBDC) will host its fourth annual dance festival celebrating the rich variety of Indian dance. Founded in 1985 by the company’s namesake, the SBDC strives to promote South Asian dance on an international scale through its many tours, workshops, educational programs and dance school. For two days in November, a varied programme including performances, workshops, film and debate will amaze attendants and teach them about the beauty of both traditional and nontraditional Indian dance. Purchase tickets online for one or both days to experience the wonder brought to you by the SBDC.
Theatre: & Juliet
2 November-28 March
This exciting and fascinating new take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet will leave you dazed and amazed in the wake of & Juliet’s musical production. In this twist, Juliet swerves off the beaten path and travels to the big city instead of meeting a pointy end at her own hand. Music will feature the back catalogue of Swedish songwriter Max Martin, including songs like 'Baby One More Time', 'Love Me Like You Do' and 'Can't Feel My Face.' Full of girl power messages, this pop musical will move to the West End's Shaftesbury Theatre in November. Buy your tickets now, and try to resist the urge to break out into song during this epic performance.
Music: Music of the Night
Ever wish you could express your love for both Phantom of the Opera and Mama Mia! at the same event? This show is for you. As part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Series, Music of the Night is coming to London to celebrate some of the most notorious songs in famous musicals. This show will be conducted by Richard Balcombe and performed by artists including Louise Dearman and Celinde Schoenmaker. Purchase tickets online, and check out the other facets of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Series while you’re at it!
Festival: Egyptian Cultural Festival
Experience ancient and modern Egyptian culture at the Egyptian Cultural Festival in London. The first of its kind to make the rounds in Europe, this festival strives to highlight some of the most famous and talented Egyptian creations and minds today. Promoting Egyptian culture and pride is the goal, and this festival surely hits the mark with its live shows, music, food, and fashion. Buy tickets online for a weekend of fun, and be sure to check for discounts on the website!
Sport: Chase the Moon Olympic Park 5k and 10k
Race your heart out for a personal best at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 13 November. Participants can choose to register for either a 5k or a 10k race, and each person will be provided with a chip that will record your running times throughout the trek. Clear signage and plenty of marshals will guide and encourage you on your fast-paced journey through the park, and the entry fee includes the tracking chip, free official photographs, a newly designed medal and fuel to get your heart pumping.
Children: Disney on Ice
13 November-5 January
Celebrate your love for Disney with your family as Disney on Ice comes to London for the holiday season. Watch over 50 of your favorite characters spin and slide during their best musical numbers, and feel free to sing along! If your little ones loved Toy Story 4, they will be thrilled to see Forky burst out on stage for the first time ever, joined of course by his friends, Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep. Get in the holiday spirit this winter and join us at the SSE Arena, Wembley for a magical evening your children will adore. Tickets can be purchased online.
Good Cause: All Dogs Matter 10 Year Anniversary Event
All Dogs Matter is a charity dedicated to finding homes for unwanted or abandoned dogs in London, and they are hosting an anniversary event this year at the British Film Institute to celebrate a decade of service. This organization also works with other countries such as Egypt, Italy, China, Romania and South Korea in an international effort “To transform the lives of dogs and their owners.” This anniversary event will feature comedian Sara Pascoe, actor Peter Egan, a celebrity auction, film, photography and much more. All ticket proceeds will be used to support the work of All Dogs Matter, so be sure to buy one before they sell out.
Not to Be Missed: E17 Winter Night Market