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What's on in London this November

The countdown to Christmas in London is on and with it an exciting array of events for every interest.

See Kim Cattrall in her new role of Linda at the Royal Court Theatre, commission bespoke British Christmas gifts and dine, drink and dance the night away at London’s hottest new openings. The list goes on...

Dine somewhere new...

Orange-ElepephantOrange Elephant

This month sees some exciting new openings on London’s dining and drinking circuit. Steak lovers rejoice, as a new ‘no-menu’ steak only joint, Orange Elephant, is opening up in Fulham, serving only one carnivorous feast – a sumptuous chargrilled 10oz sirloin steak and beef dripping frites. Well, there is also a whopping 1.5kg tomahawk steak for sharing. Sublime simplicity is certainly the name of the game here.

At the other end of the spectrum is French-Mediterranean restaurant, The Ninth opening in Fitzrovia by acclaimed chef Jun Tanaka whose extensive menu will have you deliberating over which of the eight sections to devour first? Will it be hot starters, vegetables, fish, raw and cured or straight to desserts?

Christmas shop ahead of the crowds...

Handmade-in-BritainHandmade in Britain

For a unique Christmas gift, why not commission a bespoke piece of contemporary British craftwork from one of the UK’s finest designers? Handmade in Britain at Chelsea Town Hall will showcase work from over 120 UK craftspeople and as well as hundreds of crafts and gifts available to buy, will take commissions, from 13 – 15 November.

Harrods is also hosting a Bulgari pop-up for the month of November, where shoppers can snap up seven exclusive products created solely for Harrods including handbags, a pendant and a watch.

Until 28 November. If shoes are your calling, just around the corner on Beauchamp Place, luxury shoe designer Kari C is opening her own boutique, The Collective by Kari C, which will stock her own line as well as designers including Valentino and Alexander McQueen (opening 13 November).

Chiltern-Street-Christmas-1Chiltern Street Christmas

On 26 November, Chiltern Street in Marylebone will host its Chiltern Street Christmas - an evening of late night shopping, with stores open until 9pm and offering special offers and promotions, as well as live jazz and festive drinks and delights. 5pm – 9pm.

Find a new drinking hole...

Bourne-Hollingsworth-Building-4Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Late night revelry doesn’t get more luxe than sipping signature cocktails and bespoke beverages from your table’s very own drinks cabinet before slipping on your dancing shoes for a little soft shoe shuffle. From 6th November, late night revelers should book their table at Below & Hidden, a new and exclusive, tiny bar and clubroom from the Bourne & Hollingsworth lot and drinks maestro, Jim Wrigley, hidden away in a Clerkenwell basement below the group’s popular restaurant Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings (Friday and Saturday nights only, £200 minimum spend).

Zebrano-in-the-CityZebrano in the City

In the shadow of the Gherkin, Zebrano in the City is another new spot to lose yourself in for a good part of the post-work weekend hours, but it is anything but hidden. Spanning 6000 square feet and across two floors and including a private dining room and unique Tattinger fuelled Chef’s Table concept, this is the ideal all-night spot to fill your boots on chilly November nights.

Shout bravo and clap your hands...

Kim-CatrallKim Cattrall

We loved her as Manhattan vixen Samantha in Sex and the City, now Kim Cattrall is London bound to play Linda, in a new Penelope Skinner play entitled Linda, opening is curtains at London’s Royal Court Theatre on 25 November. The two characters share little in common, except one poignant desire - the desire to stay young, and expect more city than sex (25 November – 9 January).

Alice in Wonderland is having a bit of a moment of late. As well as the new Gregory Maguire book, After Alice (an offbeat take on the classic Alice in Wonderland tale), The National Theatre is reviving the classic, but with a distinct cool and contemporary musical and digital generation twist, with its latest show, wonder.land, a musical directed by Rufus Norris and score by Blur’s Damon Albarn (previews from 23 November).

Get your design fix...

36.-The-World-of-Charles-and-Ray-Eames-Barbican-Art-Gallery.-Photo-Tristan-Fewings Getty-ImagesThe World of Charles and Ray Eames, Barbican Art Gallery. Photo Tristan Fewings © Getty Images

When you hear the names Charles and Ray Eames, images of the iconic Eames lounge chair and ottoman may spring to mind, but the design duo are responsible for so much more, and are undoubtedly two of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Be inspired by their mid-century modern aesthetic, and inject a little Eames into your life, as you peruse their work and get an insight into their life, at The World of Charles and Ray Eames at London’s Barbican (until 14 February).

1 Below & Hidden
2 Kari C at Beauchamp Place
3 Zebrano
4 Linda at the Royal Court Theatre
5 Wonder.land
6 The World of Charles and Ray Eames
7 Orange Elephant
8 The Ninth
9 Handmade in Britain
10 Harrods Bvlgari Pop-Up
11 Chiltern Street Christmas