And just like that, it’s that time of the year again – clocks go back one hour, days get shorter, temperatures drop… but let’s cheer up! November and December are some of the busiest months in town. There are plenty of new attractions opening like exhibitions, festivals, musicals… you name it. The difficult part will be fitting them all into your calendar. Scroll down to find out more about what Team FAK will be doing this month.
One of the most anticipated musicals this season, Cabaret is finally opening its doors at the Playhouse Theatre this month. The masterpiece play, which has been around for a few years, brings a new production in 2021 and the Oscar-winner star Eddie Redmayne as ‘The Emcee’. We promise this isn’t the only reason why you need to see it, even though it played a big part in this musical being featured in our list – and has Jessie Buckley as ‘Sally Bowles’. Set in 1930s Berlin during the Weimar Republic, it tells the story of an American novelist and a singer that plays at the cabaret, Kit Kat Club.
London is not short of great parks around the city and they become even more beautiful during Autumn. The different shades of orange and yellow, the piles of leaves on the floor… it’s the ultimate haven to get the Autumn feels – and take some great snaps, because why not? It’s just the perfect thing to do on a sunny lazy Sunday – wrap up in a few layers, get a hot drink and go on a park stroll. Our favourites are Regents Park, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath for their scenic views.
Get your skates on and choose your favourite amongst all the festive ice rinks London has to offer to get you in the Christmas mood. Be it in Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace or Alexandra Palace, there are options for all tastes and likes. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, we’d highly recommend the Natural History Museum ice rink, not only because it’s one of the most beautiful ones overlooking the gorgeous museum but also because sadly it’s its last year – but for a good reason. This particular outside area will be transformed into an urban garden where visitors will learn about biodiversity.
Taking place between the 12th and 21st of the month, the EFG London Jazz Festival is bringing a variety of special performances and live gigs to the city – from the North to the South. We can expect an even more memorable edition this year following its digital replacement in 2020. A few presentations will be available online, but the majority will be in-person at venues like the Jazz Cafe in Camden, the iconic Ronnie Scott’s in Soho and the Southbank Centre, to name a few. We already got our hands on a few tickets!
Opening a week before the COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, the ‘Waste Age: What can design do?’ sheds a light on the environmental consequences of all the waste we produce and how design can help tackle this problem. It showcases contributions from designers like Stella McCartney, Bethany Williams and more, as well as a large-scale installation by Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. We can’t recommend it enough.
As we are getting closer to Christmas, London will become an incredible hub of experiences, shopping and entertainment. Enjoy its winter-city-magic and stay tuned for more…
By Manuela Rio Tinto