Things To See And Do In London This Weekend: Nov 4-6

Here's where to have explosive amounts of fun

This weekend is set to be a corker, albeit an absolutely freezing one. But with so many things to see and do, you might want to peruse ELLE's definitive list of the best things to spend your precious pennies and time on in Britain's vibrant Capital city.


1 EVENT: Bonfire Night

Yes, it's that time of year again when we celebrate all things sparkly, whizzy and generally explodey, and London does it better than anywhere else. Here's where to head for a better quality of 'oooh, ahh':

NORTH: The Hackney Firework Pyromusical (pyromusical!) promises a tuneful display over Clissold Park, and the theme this year is animals, so you can expect leopard-print ensembles aplenty. Yes! 5 Nov, £8.50. 

EAST: The Great Fire of London Fireworks in Victoria Park mark 350 years since our fair city got burnt to a cinder by, er, burning a huge pile of wood to a cinder. Plus there's a huge fireworks display, street food and booze – meaning the Great Fire is way more fun this time round. 6 Nov, free. 

SOUTH: Blackheath Fireworks treats 100,000 people to big bangs, a funfair and food and drinks stalls – and all for free. BOOM. 5 Nov, free. 

WEST: Bonfire Night at the Roof Gardens is an altogether classier affair above Kensington High Street, with a gourmet BBQ, DJ sets – and oh yes, a helluva lot of fireworks. 5 Nov, £15. 


2 EXHIBITION: Hair by Sam McKnight

Princess Diana's slicked-back hair. Madonna's platinum curls. Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie... What do all these iconic images have in common? 

They're all the work of master hairstylist Sam McKnight, and can all be seen - along with incredible shots of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and many more - at a new, super-stylish Somerset House exhibition. Serious inspo for your next haircut, right here.

Until 12 Mar; £13

Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA


3 EXPERIENCE: The Waldorf Project - Chapter Three - Futuro

The Waldorf Project is an immersive art experience combining gastronomy, sound art, design, architecture, choreography and theatre. The first 'Chapter' took place in 2012, and cost £210 per ticket. This next edition, "Chapter Three / FUTURO", has alone been nearly two years in development and is taking the whole project to a whole new level, for a fraction of the price.

Just 40 guests per night will get to experience 7 food 'courses', interwoven with radical, immersive theatre – all carefully crafted and choreographed to test your responses and manipulate your emotions. It's an amazing synergy of disciplines - gastronomy, booze, theatre, sound and design. 

Aided by soundscapes, environment and costumes (get this: the fabric of the clothing worn by performers contains light fibres and proximity sensors, which actually respond to the architecture around them as well as the behaviour of audience participants) FUTURO's choreographed dancers will guide guests through a dystopic journey, experienced in almost complete darkness – and ALONE – cleansing you of the outside world before being reunited with the group for a final stage of utopia.

The 'menu' comprises proteins, fibres, carbohydrates, hydration and alcohol – transformed and unrecognisable as its individual ingredients. Intrigued?

Tickets now on sale, the show goes until 20th November

Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS 


4 FILM: Out There Cinema

OK, we know its November, but we're still about to suggest you head to an outdoor cinema. Hear us out. Because not only is this outdoor cinema taking over Harvey Nichols' Fifth Floor, but it's being laid on by luxe outdoor brand Canada Goose – and these guys know how to handle the cold. 

Namely: by kitting us out with super-snug warm-up jackets, cashmere blankets and wireless headphones, then treating us to Canadian-inspired canapes and cocktails created by the Harvey Nichs team. Films include The Big Lebowski, Wild and The Jungle Book – suddenly we're feeling all kinds of cosy.

Until 6 Nov; £25

Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ


5 DRINK: Ray's Bar

There are three very important things to know about Ray's Bar, Dalston's newest late-night drinking den. 1. It has mirrored disco walls. 2. It's from the team behind Dalston Superstore and Voodoo Ray's, who have conjured up a cocktail list including the Pink Flamingo (rhubarb, Campari, prosecco, grapefruit) and the only-available-after-midnight-so-it's-bound-to-be-a-stonker Tunnel Dancer (Lagavulin, bourbon, chilli, bitters). 3. It has MIRRORED DISCO WALLS, people!

Opens 3 Nov

Ray's Bar, 95 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, E8 2PB


6 POP-UP: Skye Halla

The vikings often get a bad wrap, what with all the invading and pillaging, not to mention inventing the original man bun (cheers guys). But what they DID know how to do is party - if this new rooftop pop-up is anything to go by. Transforming the Queen of Hoxton's winter wigwam into a Nordic-themed hideaway, here you'll find a long boat, feasting hall, fire pits, driftwood sculptures and drinking horns aplenty. With themed cocktails including Thor's Courage hot mead punch and foodie specialties including Hodhr's pork belly hotpot, we're coming around to the Viking way of life. Except for the man buns, obviously...

Until April 2017

Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX


7 DRINK: Behind This Wall

Not a lot stays secret in Hackney for long. So we considered not telling you that down an easy-to-miss staircase on Mare Street lies a chic, speakeasy-style cocktail bar, where the menu changes seasonally and the autumnal drinks include a smoky take on a Manhattan (featuring 100-proof rye, sweet vermouth, pisco, herbal liqueur and cold apple cedar smoke), a spicy gin fizz (with saffron gin) and hands-down the best martini we've ever tasted. But then again, it's good to share. You can buy us a martini by way of thanks…

Behind this Wall, 411 Mare Street, London, E8 1HY


8 FOOD: Hakkasan Only at Hanway

It may now be a globe-straddling brand, but the original Hanway Place restaurant is still the heart and soul of Hakkasan. And its new Only at Hanway menu shows off just why it was the first Cantonese restaurant in Britain to win a Michelin star. A collection of six dishes that can be found (you guessed it) only at Hanway, this is creative cookery, subtle yet standout flavours and perfect presentation on a plate. Don't miss the crispy beancurd and basil cress salad (SO much more exciting than it sounds), the melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef puffs or the punchy wok-fried razor clam in XO sauce. Finish with a Szechuan fizz cocktail for a night you could have – all together now – only at Hanway.

Hakkasan, 8 Hanway Pl, London W1T 1HD

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