Live in London or just stopping by? Here are the only things worth doing this November. Let’s get cultured.
We've compiled a guide to London's cultural highlights. From the best tunes to the most inspiring art, we want you to enjoy this city as much as we do. Clear your diary and start today.
see this: Wim Wenders: Instant Stories
New York Parade, Wim Wenders 1972
Topping our list of exhibitions for November is Wim Wenders: Instant Stories (The Photographers’ Gallery until 11th Feb; Free before 12:00, £2.50 Advance Online Booking). For the first time, the legendary Buena Vista Social Club director is showcasing his personal polaroids from the ‘70s and ‘80s: the collection offers unique insights into his modus operandi and artistic intentions, and the diversity of images selected are remarkably engaging.
get inspired by this: Fashioning Identity
The Liver Birds, LOVE Magazine, Liverpool, 2012. Photo: Alice Hawkins
North: Fashioning Identity (Somerset House until 4th Feb; £7) is equally unmissable, a true celebration of Northern style with works from the likes of Alasdair McLellan, Jeremy Deller and Paul Smith.
listen to this: BADBADNOTGOOD
BADBADNOTGOOD pose for their album cover
Fresh off the release of new track ‘I Don’t Know’, a mournful, organ-driven epic featuring vocals from Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring, BADBADNOTGOOD are back touring Europe again. The Toronto jazz quartet, who draw ;influence from hard bop, hip hop and smooth soul, never fail to delight crowds with their musicianship and energy. They’re at The Roundhouse on Tuesday 14th November.
watch this: Blade Runner 2049
Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049
Film aficionados have spent months frothing at the mouth over the prospect of Blade Runner 2049, and with good reason. With acclaimed Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival) at the helm and Hampton Fancher returning for writing duties, the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic promised much. And my, has it delivered. In many ways it mirrors the original, captivating viewers with breathtaking visual imagery and profound philosophical questions. Catch it on the big screen while you can – before long, it will be revered as a classic.
do this: Labour of Love
Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig in Labour of Love. Photo: Johan Persson
This month is your last chance to see Labour of Love (Noel Coward Theatre, until 2nd December; from £10), the latest work from 35-year-old James Graham, one of Britain’s most acclaimed playwrights. Set in the constituency office of a Labour MP – and shifting back and forwards over the past 27 years – the play draws on its two main characters contrastive ideologies to expose divisions within the Labour party. It’s sharp and funny, with outstanding performances from Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig.
devour this: The Flavour Gallery
The Flavour Gallery. Photo: The Hoxton Basement
Hungry for more? Head to The Flavour Gallery (above) in The Hoxton Basement, (9th Nov-17th Dec; from £15) a multi-sensory experience that gives visitors the opportunity to ‘consume’ art in unfathomable new ways. There are works from the likes of Terry Pastor, London Loom and Anja Predojevic – plus, you’ll get a free edible cocktail on arrival.
read this: Sherlock Holmes
Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes in 1964. Photo: BBC
There's no better time to time to revisit Arthur Conan-Doyle’s detective stories. October marked the 125th anniversary of the publication of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: the yarns remain as riveting as the day they were written, and provide compelling glimpses of Victorian London. Start with The Man with the Twisted Lip or The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.