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The best things to do in London this week

What to do, see, eat and drink in the capital

London is packed to the rafters with fantastic exhibitions, talks, plays and events. Here’s everything you need to know about the best things to do in the capital this week, including a Day of the Dead party you won’t forget, and London’s latest men’s style destination.

Visit The Nyetimber Boutique

English sparkling wine is going from strength to strength, and is considered by many experts to be on a parr – or even superior – to champagne. So stock up your wine cellar for Christmas with a visit to The Nyetimber Boutique, a pop-up shop by the master winemakers in the Burlington Arcade. Offering a selection of Nyetimber’s renowned sparkling wines, the space will also host wine tasting masterclasses and limited-edition gifts.

5 Nov-31 Dec, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ, nyetimber.com

Weekend brunch at Eggslut

Hands down the best eggs I’ve ever eaten. That was my first reaction as I bit into the ‘Fairfax’, Eggslut’s scrambled egg, cheddar, caramelised onions and sriracha mayo sandwich, all housed in a warm brioche bun. I ordered it with extra crispy bacon, and it was sublime. Eggslut is the American import that recently opened in Notting Hill, giving eggs that elevated fast food treatment that the USA has become known for. But, although it’s fast, it doesn’t mean the quality isn’t extremely high. The eggs are Clarence Court Burford Browns – aka direct from Prince Charles’s farm. These are eggs fit for royalty indeed, and they make dodging tourists on Portobello Road en route to brunch more than worth it.

185 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED, eggslut.com

Try out some of the world’s best chefs at Carousel

Carousel’s USP is its ever-changing programme of kitchen takeovers by some of the best chefs from around the world. It’s just announced its latest programme of residencies, and kicking things off by the stove is Juan Pescador, the Mexican chef who has taken Barcelona by storm with his authentic recipes. After him comes Nuno Mendes, executive chef at Chiltern Firehouse, and renowned for his rich Portuguese cooking. Finishing things off are Jack Croft and Will Murray, the talented pair behind hot new London restaurant Fallow, who are known for their bold, modern flavours and commitment to elevating even humble ingredients to the sublime.

Juan Pescador, 31 Oct-2 Nov; Nuno Mendes, 5-9 Nov; Fallow, 12-23 November, 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB, carousel-london.com

Bright Nights: Empire at Kensington Palace

Alongside its new exhibition, Victoria: Woman & Crown, Kensington Palace is opening its doors for two nights to explore reflections on the British Empire, and the impact that it has had on our contemporary ideas about race and identity. On the schedule is spoken word poetry, storytelling and dance performances, as well as talks on the limits of Eurocentric psychology, and the role museums have in the building and dismantling of imperial power.

£25, 29 October and 13 November, Orme Square Gate, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX, hrp.org.uk

Harrods launches its new menswear room

Harrods unveiled its new 1,800 square metre designer room dedicated to menswear this week. It’s part of its ongoing project to revolutionise its men’s style offering, and will feature forward-thinking brands like Off-White, Loewe and Moncler, among many others, with more to come next year. One that you won’t want to miss off your shopping list, that’s for sure.

Now open, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL, harrods.com

Bubbledogs’ new look

Everyone’s favourite champagne and hot dog bar has had a bit of a makeover. And to celebrate Bubbledogs’ relaunch its owner, sommelier Sandia Chang, is teaming up with some of London’s biggest wine names on a series of takeover events. For one night only, brands like The Drop and The Winemakers club will add their picks to the menu, so you can sample some of the finest champagnes and sparkling wines around, all in one place. And, of course, to wash it down you’ve got Bubbledogs’ famous hot dog menu.

Multiple dates, 70 Charlotte St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 4QG, bubbledogs.co.uk

Get slick, sound great, look sharp

You already know that Joe & Co is one of the best barbers in London –  now it’s branching out. In order to satisfy the demand at the Soho outpost, Joe Mills has now taken on the shop next door in Green’s Court (coincidentally, the original Joe & Co). But rather than simply knock through and add a bunch of new workstations, Mills has done something a little different and created a new concept store, The Yard Sale. Inside you’ll find a cool selection of rare vinyl (everything from soul and jazz reissues to Nineties hip-hop and original pressings of club classics), DJs spinning the decks by way of a soundtrack and a curated selection of second-hand and vintage clothing that rotates every fortnight (this will generally be grouped into single designers such as Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada Sport, Polo Sport, YSL, Gucci, RRL, Supreme and more). Oh, and there’s also a chair if you fancy a haircut too.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm at 7 Green’s Court, Soho, London W1, joeandco.net

Drum out some stress at BeatOrbit

BeatOrbit is the newest addition to Camden’s famed music scene. However, the drums here aren’t for professionals. In fact, they’re best used by absolutely beginners – think GuitarHero, but with snares.  That’s because BeatOrbit is an totally unique, immersive social activity, where you drum competitively as a group for an hour at a time. Sound like a lot? The time flies by, as the songs you drum to get harder, and you try to retain your high score. And the best bit is that it’s totally absorbing, so stress and anxiety have to be left at the door when you enter the studio.

From £25, The Studio, 38B Georgiana Street, London NW1 0EB, beatorbit.live

Pergola Paddington’s new winter forest

Just opened is Pergola Paddington’s new winter look – and it’s all a bit leafy. The roof space has been transformed for winter into an urban forest, complete with new trees and foliage, a star-strewn ceiling and hidden nooks where you can get cosy. Plus, there’s a menu of winter cocktails, and the street food traders have introduced new dishes for the colder months, too. Anyone fancy a trip after work?

Open now, 4 Kingdom Street, London W2 6PY, pergolalondon.com

Brunch at Lino

The focus of City restaurant and bar Lino is to waste as little food as possible, and re-use as many ingredients as possible, too. Its new brunch menu is a testament to this, with the salmon cured in-house, the sausages made in the kitchen from scratch, and the salt cod brandade made from the offcuts of fish dishes leftover from daily operations. The bottomless drinks are also created using this ethos, with a punch made from bin end wines, homemade vermouth and cordials from spent ingredients. It’s brunch – but with even more of a feel-good approach.

Every Saturday, 11AM-3PM, 90 Bartholomew Close, London EC1A 7EB, linolondon.co.uk

Cubitts arrives in Notting Hill

Ever searching to be a step apart, Cubitts has taken inspiration from controversial architect Ernő Goldfinger for its ninth store in Notting Hill. Goldfinger designed the nearby Trellick Tower, which Cubitts has used to create its new  minimalist Sixties interiors aesthetic. He also created the Brutalist Odeon cinema in Elephant & Castle, which can be seen in the signage and shelving in the shop. The furniture is inspired by pieces Goldfinger had at 2 Willow Road, his 1930s home in Hampstead that is now owned by the National Trust. Much like most of Goldfinger’s work, the result is eye-catching – and will provide ample inspiration for your next glasses purchase.

Open now, 312 Portobello Road, London W10 5RU, cubitts.com

Designed In Cuba: Cold War Graphics

For the first time the graphic design from Cuba’s golden age of creation is being displayed in London. The House of Illustration is bringing together 100 posters and 70 magazines that were created between 1966 and 1992, and distributed worldwide by OSPAAAL: Fidel Castro’s Organisation of Solidarity of the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America, which was founded to promote cooperation between socialist countries and liberation movements. Among the collection are works condemning the apartheid movement in South Africa, expressing solidarity with the Black Panther movement, and criticising Guantanamo Bay. It’s a potted history of the modern world, as seen from the other side of the Iron Curtain. (Above art: Day of the Heroic Guerilla, 1968, Helena Serrano)

Until 19 January 2020, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH, houseofillustration.org.uk

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy’s expansive main rooms have been cleared of its Summer Exhibition, and in its place has been installed the most ambitious exhibition of Antony Gormley’s work in over a decade. Comprising works from across his 45-year career alongside major new installations created for the Royal Academy, highlights include ‘Host’, for which Gormley has flooded an entire room with water and mud, and ‘Lost Horizon I’, in which 24 of Gormley’s famous life-size figures are displayed across the floor, ceiling and walls, challenging our sense of perspective. Like Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern, this exhibition is set to be a popular one, so book ahead to ensure you get in.

Tickets from £18, until 3 December, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BD, royalacademy.org.uk

Book a treatment at Linnaean 

Your new grooming go-to, Linnaean is a one-stop destination for wellness. There’s a cafe with a plant-based menu that spotlights speciality ingredients known to have healthful properties, as well as a hair and grooming salon, and a spa. The latter features some the best and most innovative non-invasive and non-surgical treatments from around the world, including oxygen therapy and microneedling. If you’re looking for something a little more low key, then its selection of nourishing facials and massages will fit the bill.

2 New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AX, linnaean.co.uk

Check out the cheese toastie menu at the Red Hand

Cheese toasties are the ultimate comfort food, so what better way to mark this week’s Autumn Equinox than by checking out the dedicated new menu at the Red Hand? These are no ordinary toasties, though: choose from the Morbier Ash, with Morbier Ash cheese, spicy black beans and pickled jalapeños, and the Salami & Blue, with Bleu D’Auvergne, Finnochiona salami, pickled fennel and rocket, and black cherry sauce. Wash yours down with one of the Red Hand’s on-tap negronis, or a pint from its plentiful menu of craft beers.

36-38 Stoke Newington Road, Hackney Downs, London N16 7XJ, red-hand.co.uk

Martin Miller’s Gin takeover at Texture 

Martin Miller’s Gin is celebrating its Icelandic-English heritage by forming an impressive trio with Michelin-starred Icelandic restaurant Texture and floral design expert Fabienne Egger to create a completely immersive dining experience. Surrounded by moss-adorned walls in Texture’s private dining room, diners are transported from the hustle and bustle of the Marylebone to the Icelandic countryside with a four course menu featuring Icelandic salmon and lamb and, of course, gin cocktails to complement.

£130 per person for bookings of eight to 14 people, until 21 December at Texture, 34 Portman St, Marylebone W1H 7BY, book at texture-restaurant.co.uk

Kerb’s new Seven Dials Market 

The street food masters at Kerb have left the pavement for their first-ever permanent bricks and mortar space. Taking its home in a converted banana warehouse, the market has something for everyone – from Claw’s lobster rolls for the seafood enthusiast to an all-vegan eatery in the form of Club Mexicana, featuring all the plant-based delights you could wish for. If that wasn’t enough, the market itself includes the UK’s first cheese conveyor belt at Pick & Cheese. 

Kerb, Earlham Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9LX, sevendialsmarket.com

Sunday Beef Club at Rotunda

Turn your Sunday brunch up a notch by taking a trip to Kings Cross’s Rotunda, a zen spot overlooking the peaceful canal. Its Sunday Beef Club is a four-course sharing feast, starting with canapés and a Bloody Mary, before moving on to a sea food platter that includes H. Forman & Son smoked salmon, dressed Cornish crab, and Atlantic prawns. The main event is, of course, the roast sirloin of beef from Rotunda’s very own Corneyside Farm in Matfen, Northumberland, served with all the trimmings and a half bottle of wine. Finishing it up is a choice of dessert, paired with an Espresso martini, Irish coffee, or port. Indulgent, yes. But is there a better way to spend a Sunday?

£65 per person including drinks, or £45 per person without, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 9AG, rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk

Afternoon tea at Thomas’s

Just in time for London Fashion Week, Burberry’s in-house café Thomas’s is launching its own take on the tradition. Comprising a selection of traditional British sandwiches, like beef, smoked salmon and cucumber, alongside scones and cakes created specially for the occasion, the afternoon tea makes the perfect pitstop for an afternoon’s shopping in St James.

5 Vigo Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3HA, burberry.com

Louisiana crawfish boil at Plaquemine Lock

Every Monday night until December, Cajun and Creole restaurant Plaquemine Lock is celebrating crayfish season with a traditional New Orleans-style ‘crawfish’ boil. Served as part of a three-course feast, the crayfish are cooked and served in their shells, alongside potato salad, Cajun slaw, Andouille sausage and corn on the cob. These crawfish are definitely not intended to be eaten with a knife and fork.

Until December, from £30, 7.30pm at Plaquemine Lock, 139 Graham Street, The Angel, London N1 8LB, plaqlock.com