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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

  • Christmas at Kew Gardens

    From Wednesday

    Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 3 2015. Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB

    Kew's yearly winter makeover is taking place once again and will see a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, wind its way through the gardens. Also in for the festive season are 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces, designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. The emphasis really is on sparkle this year, with illuminated fountains, reflective glasshouses and glittering trees too. The evening openings will also offer plenty of family-friendly attractions including a Victorian carousel and vintage rides, a snowflake grotto and live festive music.

    Read more about Christmas at Kew

    Find more festive fun in the capital

  • Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

    From Thursday

    Thu Nov 27 - Sun Mar 15 2015. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

    Provocative, surreal and instantly recognisable: the work of Guy Bourdin marks a high point in twentieth century fashion photography, turning editorial and advertising imagery into something rich and strange. 'Guy Bourdin: Image Maker' is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of his work, charting his 40 year career from protégé of Man Ray to photography revolutionary. Over 100 colour exhibition prints, as well as early and late works in black and white, will be on display, along with Polaroid test shots, contact sheets and transparencies.

    Read more about Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

    See more unmissable art in London this week

  • Paddington

    From Friday

    Released Fri Nov 28. Cinemas nationwide

    Anyone with fond memories of the books or a dusty Paddington Bear sitting on a shelf in their childhood bedroom can rest easy: this first-ever movie take on Peru’s furriest export is a cuddly, thoughtful triumph. But not too cuddly. The beauty of this winning film from ‘Harry Potter’ producer David Heyman and writer-director Paul King (‘The Mighty Boosh’) is that it’s charmingly simple but also offers a sharp modern spin on Michael Bond’s London-set stories without being cynical.

    Read our full review of Paddington

    See more movie releases this month

  • Brick 2014: Built for Lego Fans

    Thursday to Sunday

    Thu Nov 27 - Sun Nov 30. ExCeL Centre, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL

    Since it was first manufactured in Denmark in 1949 Lego has become both a firm playtime favourite and an arch nemesis of the bare foot. Originally scheduled to take place in May at The O2, this show has had to move to the bigger ExCeL Centre to accommodate high ticket demand. The interactive event, formerly known as The Lego Show, will feature workshops with professional brick builders and Lego designers, a brick market place (where you can pick up new and second hand Lego) and impressive displays from around the world. Themed areas should provide some inspiration for visitors who will have opportunities to do some building themselves. Just don’t take your shoes off.

    Read more about Brick 2014: Built for Lego Fans

    See more great events in the capital this winter

  • Independent Label Market and London Brewers' Market

    Saturday

    Sat Nov 29. Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA

    Vinyl buffs, rejoice: the Independent Label Market returns. Support for the record is still strong, and this market champions hard-copy releases by over 80 of the UK's best independent record labels, providing a platform for them to sell their records directly to music lovers. Get hold of some of the freshest LPs (and CDs, tapes and merchandise) and hang out with the ever-friendly label stallholders: each stall is manned by label staff, so there's the perfect opportunity to chat with industry professionals. And if all the shopping leaves you thirsty, the London Brewers' Market will be on hand with local, independent craft brews with the opportunity to chat to the brewers behind them.

    Read more about Independent Label Market and London Brewers' Market

  • Señor Ceviche

    Four-star Peruvian just off Carnaby Street

    1st Floor, Kingly Court, W1B 5PW

    Señor Ceviche is located in Kingly Court, a faux-historic shopping courtyard just off Carnaby Street. But it’s not in an ‘easy’ ground-floor site, it’s a first-floor venue, which you have to go out of your way to find. But be assured, this cheery place is worth climbing the stairs for. The large dining room is bright, open-plan and pretty, and the dishes are equally vibrant. ‘Spaniard’ ceviche added just-cooked king prawns and crunchy chorizo to the sea bream in its tomato-laced citrus-chilli marinade and even the quinoa salad – a dish that, let’s face it, normally wears socks with its sandals – was impressively zingy. So, señor, muchas gracias! We’ll be back.

    Read our full review of Señor Ceviche

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  • Sara Pascoe vs History

    Until February

    Sat Nov 22 - Sat Feb 21 2015. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE

    Sara Pascoe’s latest show focuses on big, complex ideas. But she’s a master at explaining them without any sense of superiority – she often undermines her own intelligence with a daft gag or silly pop culture reference. Outright, ‘Sara Pascoe vs History’ is her best, and most passionate, show yet. The 33-year-old comic shares frank, personal stories (some a bit too personal, her boyfriend would argue) to back up her weighty ideas, and she’s relentlessly witty.

    Read more about Sara Pascoe vs History

    Looking for more LOLs in London this month?

  • Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair

    Saturday and Sunday

    Sat Nov 29 - Sun Nov 30. Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, SW3 4HS

    This weekend, London's oldest botanical garden will be hosting 90 carefully picked stalls selling seasonal treats, beautiful gifts and festive paraphernalia. At this annual Christmas market, pick up jewellery, cashmere, garden gadgets, quirky gifts and plenty more, while the Growing Friends and Volunteers of Chelsea Physic Garden will have their own selection of plants for sale. Children can join workshops and make crafty Christmas decs, whilst roasted chestnuts and refreshments will be available for hungry browsers. The whole thing will take place in a heated marquee so arctic conditions needn't keep you away.

    Read more about Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair

    See more Christmas markets in the capital this winter

  • The World's Largest Cake Sculpture

    Friday to Sunday

    Fri Nov 28 - Sun Nov 30. Westfield Shepherd's Bush, W12 7SL

    This weekend, Make-A-Wish UK and Fairy are joining forces to try to break the world record for the largest cake sculpture. They've gathered all the sponge and all the builders they need to construct a 12 metre by 10 metre edible winter wonderland in Westfield's North Atrium, but in order for the record to count every last crumb of it HAS to be eaten. Head to the Shepherd's Bush shopping centre with an empty stomach, donate £1 to Make-A-Wish UK and you can help them scoff their way through the fruity festive creation. Finally, a proper excuse to gorge on pudding...

    Read more about The World's Largest Cake Sculpture

  • Little Dragon

    Thursday

    Thu Nov 27. O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL

    Haunting and esoteric, the Swedish electro-pop four-piece are in town this week, bringing their mix of Portishead, Prince and Depeche Mode sounds to Brixton Academy. The troupe are here to play from their incredible latest album 'Nabuma Rubberband', which will have the crowd bumping and grinding all night.

    Read more about Little Dragon at O2 Brixton Academy

    Looking for more live music in the capital this month?

Christmas at Kew Gardens

From Wednesday

Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 3 2015. Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB

Kew's yearly winter makeover is taking place once again and will see a glittery, mile-long trail, guided by snowflakes, wind its way through the gardens. Also in for the festive season are 27 botanically-inspired light installations, which will be dotted along the route. The large-scale pieces, designed to give the appearance of fireworks frozen in time, include giant luminous lily-of-the-valleys and light-up thistles. The emphasis really is on sparkle this year, with illuminated fountains, reflective glasshouses and glittering trees too. The evening openings will also offer plenty of family-friendly attractions including a Victorian carousel and vintage rides, a snowflake grotto and live festive music.

Read more about Christmas at Kew

Find more festive fun in the capital

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