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Autumn has officially arrived and, what with the dark mornings and cold nights, we're just about ready to build a fortress out of blankets and hibernate until April. But if anything can lure us out of our duvet den, it's London's selection of fine fall events. Check out a handful of great happenings in the city just this week below, and find 22 unmissable events this season here.

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The ten hottest things to do this week

1

The Institute of Sexology

  • Free

The Wellcome Collection's newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush – the space's first exhibition, The Institute of Sexology, brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality, with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits. Work carried out by sex researchers such as Magnus Hirschfeld, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Alfred Kinsey will be explored and celebrated, with a particular focus on how their bold studies have helped to change attitudes and lift taboos.

See more unmissable exhibitions in London

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Sep 20
More info
2

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Free

Fancy stepping into Christmas a whole 34 days early? Head down to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland and get a fast fix of the festive spirit from this Friday onwards. If you can handle the inevitable crowds (a tour guide favourite, we reckon you can the neon-lit site space from space), you can indulge in the annual gathering of winter markets, fairground rides, ice skating, grottos and glühwein galore.

See more Christmas markets in London this winter

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
More info
3

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

  • Rated as: 4/5

This is the film where it’s all meant to go horribly wrong for ‘The Hunger Games’. By chopping the trilogy’s final book into two, this second-to-last film should be more drag than drama – the cash-machine episode that everyone knows is just a teaser for next year’s epic send-off. And while it definitely takes its foot off the action, ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’ goes deeper and darker. Any darker they’d have to give out Prozac with the popcorn or offer counselling to traumatised 13-year-olds.

Read our full review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

See more movie releases this month

  1. Cinemas nationwide
  2. Released Thu Nov 20
4

The Scandinavian Christmas Market

Rotherhithe's Finnish and Norwegian Churches provide the backdrop for this traditional array of stalls selling Scandinavian treats, decorations and stocking fillers. This weekend, tuck into hearty dishes and sip on a warming mug of Nordic glögg before saying hello to some beautiful Siberian huskies who'll be visiting. Father Christmas and a friendly Moomin will also be making an appearance, and there'll be musical performances all weekend. While you're in the area you'll want to visit the Finnish Church's Christmas Market, too.

See more Christmas markets in the capital

5

Pachamama

  • Rated as: 5/5

In Peru, Pachamama is the goddess Mother Earth; in London, she is a new Marylebone restaurant. But the name is apt: this is a place to revere. Four pillars underpin the Quechuan cosmos (water, earth, sun and moon), and four pillars support a great restaurant: food, service, decor and ambience. This hotspot has it all – and a price tag that mere mortals can afford.

Read our full review of Pachamama

See more of our latest restaurant reviews

  1. 18 Thayer Street, W1U 3JY
More info
6

Kiesza

It's pronounced 'Kaiser', and it's the stage name of Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesa Rae Ellestad, a former navy codebreaker and Miss Universe Canada contestant who's now turned her hand to infectious house-pop. You've probably heard her debut single 'Hideaway' (a Number One here) so now catch her live this Tuesday as she continues to ascend that slippery slope to superstardom.

Read our interview with Kiesza

  1. Electric Brixton Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ
  2. Tue Nov 18
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7

The Enchanted Woodland

Syon Park is making its woodlands magical for yet another year. The estate's gardens will be illuminated from this Friday until the end of the festive period, creating a colourful trail for visitors to wander through. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos, admiring the lit-up installations and playing with the sparkly, interactive lights along the way.

See more magical events taking place this winter

  1. Syon House and Park Brentford, Middx, TW8 8JF
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 7
More info
8

Renegade Craft Fair

  • Free

This market usually sets up shop stateside, but lucky for us it's made a trip across the pond this winter. Those looking for alternative Christmas gifts can pick up treats from cream-of-the-crop crafters and then grab gift wrapping packs at the 'Adornment Station' after. Over 100 designers and makers will bundle into the Old Truman Brewery, offering wares that range from stationery and seasonal gift wrap, to jewellery, toys and illustrated prints. Pickle Press will be running a DIY letterpress workshop, and Pom Pom Quarterly will be leading a festive bauble class. Christmas shopping = sorted.

  1. Old Truman Brewery Brick Lane, E1 6QL
  2. Sun Nov 23
More info
9

Night Tales

The brilliant food, music and cocktail pop-up party Night Tales returns! After a quick summer stint, the crew are returning to warm our winter cockles. This season, they're taking over a vast (10,000 sq/ft) Shoreditch car park for a seven-week run, featuring private chalets, three new concept bars, log fires and a huge canopy to protect from evil winter vibes. Music comes from a top team of house, disco, funk and techno selectors and food comes from a fine array of top-notch stalls including Patty & Bun, Rum Kitchen and Voodoo Ray's.

See more unmissable events in London this season

  1. 288-299 Old St 288-299 Old St, Shoreditch, EC2A
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Fri Dec 19
More info
10

Eyeskate

Wrap up warm for the riverside wind and head Thames-side for a spin on the ice this winter. Situated in front of the big wheel itself, skaters can glide around the Eyeskate rink as blue lit-up pods gently past. For those who want to skate and see the sights that the Eye has to offer, various ticket packages are on offer too.

See more outdoor ice rinks in London this winter

  1. London Eye Riverside Building, County Hall, SE1 7PB
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
More info

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  • Price band: 3/4

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  1. London Bridge
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Sager and Wilde

"Rare wines that are perfectly served, great staff and ambience - if you have an interest in wine or want to impress someone who does, this is the place." Pete Smith

  1. Haggerston
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Pitt Cue Co

  • Price band: 2/4

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  1. Soho
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Tapas Brindisa

  • Price band: 2/4

"Had gazpacho, lovely goats yoghurt, and yummy chorizo in a roll from their stall in Borough Market." Filiz Taylan Yüzak

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