The Time Out London hot list
The biggest and best things happening in London this week
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
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
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
- 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.See more movie releases this month
- Cinemas nationwide
- Released Thu Nov 20
- 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.See more of our latest restaurant reviews
- 18 Thayer Street, W1U 3JY
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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