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Lost Weekend: 3 – 6 November

Lost Weekend remembers, remembers the 5th of November

Written by . Published on November 3rd 2011.


Lost Weekend: 3 – 6 November

IF for some reason you haven’t remembered that this Saturday is in fact Bonfire night, then do not fret. Here at London Confidential, we have come up with a few things that could set up your weekend and make it explosive. On both Saturday and Sunday, Londoners will be lighting huge bonfires and burning effigies, making it an exciting time for the family and a great excuse for watching fantastic firework displays whilst sipping on mulled wine. Below are our picks of what we believe will be the most electrifying events this weekend, whether it be watching exploding pyrotechnics or eating exploding chocolate, we have it all. And for those of you who want to escape the festivities, we’ve come up with a few alternative options as well.


 

Firest Direct FestivalFirest Direct Festival

First Direct Dialogue Festival
This week, London just got that bit more interesting with First Direct’s debut Dialogue Festival. The festival boasts a fantastic line up that mixes five different themes over four days, across three different venues in Notting Hill. With a brilliant blend of comedy, poetry, banter and debate, the festival is set to be a fantastic celebration of the spoken word, fusing thought-provoking, original and inspirational displays of conversation and discussions. The audience will be treated to nights with huge names in comedy and the literary circles, including Josie Long, Francesca Martinez, Robin Ince, Literary Death Match and Adam Buxton. Make sure you book a ticket as this is set to be a hugely popular event, merging art, music and literature for a unique festival experience.  

Prices vary from free to £10

Three Iconic Venues, Notting Hill:
St Peter’s Church, W11 3DB
Under The Westway, W10 5JJ
The Earl of Portobello, W10 5PR

2 – 5 November


 

Day Of The DeadDay Of The Dead

Day of the Dead at The Book Club Bar
Still not content with you recent Halloween fix? Get yourself to We don’t Speak Mexican-Day of The Dead on Monday at The Book Club for one of the most vibrant and traditional holidays celebrated in Mexico. The Book Club will be aiming to educate us on the importance of Mexican culture and their celebration of the dead. Unlike the traditional western melancholy approach to death, Mexican tradition expresses what a jubilant time death can be. You are invited to bring along a picture of a deceased loved one, which you will be able build an altar for with Mexican hot chocolate, spirits (the kind you drink) and flowers. Guests will also be invited to have their faces painted, whilst sharing their touching poignant tales of their loved ones. This is a fun celebration that allows you to enjoy past memories of the best times spent with your loved ones.

£5

The Book Club
100 Leonard Street
EC2A 4RH

7pm – 10pm

Monday 7 November


Spitfire Movember Menu
It’s that time of year, when moustaches are given a free pass and it is acceptable to walk around with a week’s stubble, all in the name of charity. The comical concept is known to everyone as Movember and starting 1 November, The Devonshire Arms are teaming up with the official partner of Movember 2011, Spitfire Ale, to take part in the annual month-long event, which raises fantastic awareness of men’s health issues. If growing your beard is not an option but you still want to help, go along and treat yourself at The Devonshire Arms and choose from the diverse selection from The Spitfire’s Pie and Pint menu, with a £1 for every menu sold.  

The Devonshire Arms
126 Devonshire Road
London
W4 2JJ

1 – 30 November

Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs: 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am, Sun: 11am – 11pm


Amazon Somerset HouseAmazon Somerset House

Amazon Exhibition at Somerset House
Somerset House will be home to the epic and evocative Amazon Exhibition for a month beginning this Wednesday, all in aid of Sky rainforest Rescue and the continuing plight for awareness of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants. The exhibition will be displaying the photography of Sebastião Salgado and Per Andres Petterson, bringing together two outstanding, yet contrasting, bodies of photography. Salgado will be presenting unseen work from his on-going photographic essay ‘Genesis’, while Petterson will be presenting his documentary photographs of his recent trip to Brazil with actress Gemma Arterton. The photographs will be bringing to light the harsh reality involving the Amazon and the devastation the deforestation has.

Free

East Wing Galleries

Somerset House

2 November – 4 December

Open daily (last admission 5:30pm)


Crystal Palace FireworksCrystal Palace Fireworks

Fireworks at Crystal Palace
Can’t really avoid the inevitable, we have to really mention at least one display, seeing as it is the 5th this Saturday. Filling the sky with spectacular pyrotechnics, twice in one night, Crystal Palace doesn’t fail to impress. The family event will also include a fantastic funfair, with traditional food and drink, (read: hog roast!). The huge event will be in aid of the local charity, St Christopher’s Hospice. The main display will start at 8:30pm, whilst an earlier display is available at 7pm for those who don’t want to burn the candle at both ends. The funfair will be open from 5pm and continue until 10pm.

Adults £5

5yrs – 13yrs £3

Under 5yrs FREE

Crystal Palace Park
Thicket Rd
London
SE20 8DT 

Saturday 5 November

5pm – 10pm 


Shoes For ShowShoes For Show

Javari presents Shoes for Show: The Sculptural Art of High Heels
We all know that shoes are not just functional, they can be works of art – and what better way to appreciate their beauty than to have an exhibition honouring the skill and design that goes into them. Starting this Friday until next Tuesday, Shoes for Show, offers an exclusive peek into the private world of couture pieces, from private collections, on loan from famous figures. The collection of shoes will include one-off designs that capture a moment in history, art forms in their own right. The shoes will be on loan from people, including Daphne Guinness, Christian Louboutin, Natacha Marro and many more.

Free

The Loading Bay
91 Brick Lane
London
E1 6QL

Friday 4 – 8 November

11am – 7pm (Sunday 11am – 5pm)


Bonfire Night TeaBonfire Night Tea

The Royal Horseguards’ Bonfire Night Tea
With a diverse selection of things to do this weekend, why not relax this Bonfire Night in the luxurious backdrop of Guoman’s flagship five-star hotel The Royal Horseguards and treat yourself to an explosive afternoon tea for two. A grown up approach to the excitement of the annual event, located within the prestigious hotel, known for its cellar and underground tunnels to Whitehall. There you are invited to toast your own marshmallows with a shot of hot chocolate, whilst sampling the fiery menu of TNT exploding chocolate and chilli ganache truffles, as well as an assortment of sophisticated finger sandwiches and savoury nibbles. The night, which has specially created around Guy Fawkes, is priced at £32 per person and is sure to warm you on the chilly evening. The icing on the cake: it is just moments away from the place where the original plot was foiled more than 400 years ago.

 £32 per person

The Royal Horseguards
2 Whitehall Court
London
SW1A 2EJ

Tuesday 1 – 6 November


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