Never mind who's friendliest or whether chips really do belong with gravy, the real north/south divide is surely a sartorial one. And new Somerset House exhibition North: Fashioning Identity celebrates the style legacy of Manchester, Liverpool and beyond – as captured by photographs, garments and artworks from the likes of Alasdair McLellan, Corinne Day, Mark Leckey, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Virgil Abloh, Stephen Jones, Gareth Pugh and Nick Knight. Expect Haçienda baggies, WAG bodycon, flat caps… our trends in the north, if you will.
Until 4 Feb; £7
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Forget New Orleans, Paris or Copenhagen, for the next 10 days, London is where jazz lives. Oh yeah: we're talking 350 performers swinging, jamming and – who knows? – maybe even scatting around 60 venues in town. From the bluesy and soulful to the wild and experimental, pull on your best turtleneck and get involved. Start off arty on Friday with Basquiat and Jazz, a performance exploring how free jazz influenced rebel artist Jean-Michel Basquiat; get global on Saturday with Afrodub from cult heroes Soothsayers at Rich Mix; then find out the full backstory on Sunday with talks, workshops and a performance by Kansas Smittys at Before Jazz Was Jazz at Two Temple Place. Smokin'.
EFG London Jazz Festival, various venues and prices
What if we told you that, from this weekend, you can be in two places at once? And further, that those two places are the Leicester Square and Montmartre…? Well, we'd be lying, obviously. That's not physically possible. Although you CAN experience the next best thing from Saturday, when the Black Cat Cabaret brings a slice of the decadent Paris underground right to Leicester Square's Christmas Market. Filling a wood-panelled, 1920s Paradiso spiegeltent with high-kicking showgirls, acrobats, street singers, fire-breathing sirens and daredevil aerialists, it's the nearest to belle-époque Paris your Oyster card will take you. Zut and indeed alors.
11 Nov-31 Dec; from £24
Black Cat Cabaret, Christmas in Leicester Square, WC2H 7DE