London Spy Report: November

Each month our Lucky Onion London Spy leaves Cheltenham and the Cotswolds behind and heads for London. The Spy brings you the latest news from the best restaurants, hotels, theatres, galleries and general happenings in the capital. Check out what November has to offer.




Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred Cantonese culinary hotspot is making a leap to the UK, opening up in the palatial St Thomas’ Church in London Bridge. Restored by Michaelis Boyd – the designers behind Soho Farmhouse– the design-led space is the perfect showcase for the food of Hakkasan alumni Daren Liew. Tuck into classic dishes such as ‘Smoked Black Angus Ribs with Red Wine Soy and Baby Peach’ alongside new inventions including ‘12 hours Beef Shin with Sea Vegetables’.

Opens November. 6 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY


Impressionists in London at Tate Britain


Thelesser-known stories of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France are the focus of this new major exhibition. Bringing together over 100 works of art, the collection gives a fascinating insight into how London was perceived by the visiting Frenchmen and the remarkable works that stemmed from their time in England. Don’t miss Monet’s series of oil paintings of the Houses of Parliament which are being exhibited for the first time together since 1973.    

From 2nd November to 7th May 2018. Millbank, SW1P 4RG. 020 7887 8888 


Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome season


To mark 2,000 years since the death of the Roman poet, Ovid, the RSC is hopping sticks from leafy Stratford-upon-Avon for a limited season to stage Shakespeare’s four great political thrillers in the Barbican: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra and a contemporary interpretation of Titus Andronicus. Not stopping there, the theatre company is also presenting a world-first with Phil Porter’s new play, Vice Versa, inspired by Plautus’ comedies.   

From 6th November 2017 to 20th January 2018. Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. 020 7638 8891 


London Jazz Festival


Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the London Jazz Festival is back with ten days jam-packed with a mix of world-class musicians and emerging stars playing in 60 venues across the city. This year’s highlights include Abdullah Ibrahim, who revisits his days as The Jazz Epistles in 1950s South Africa, a new project from 21st-century American jazz hero Marcus Miller and award-winning bright young thing Leïla Martial. To keep little ones occupied, there’s jazz for toddlers. 

From 10th-19th November. Venues across London. 


Skate at Somerset House


Set in the glorious 18th-century courtyard, Somerset House’s ice rink is a festive fun must – and a sign that Christmas is well and truly on its way. But it’s not just about skating, there are lots of fun extras with Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas arcade in the West Wing (check out the cheese fondue in Fortnum’s Lodge). Go in the evening for Skate Lates which will feature Peckham-based radio stationBalamii, Field Day founders Eat Your Own Ears and R&B night Supa Dupa Fly.

From 15th November 2017–14 Jan 2018. Strand, WC2R 1LA. 020 7845 4600  


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