TRULY Quarterly: What’s On in London in October, November, December 2014

Hugh Thomas
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At TRULY, our team of luxury taste gurus are committed to scouring London to find only the finest things to do in and around the capital. As the crisp days of winter approach, we showcase the finest luxury events as part of our guide to what’s on in London in October, November and December 2014.

 

Wedding Dresses

Until 15 March 2015
V&A Museum
This rather glamorous display of wedding dresses from the past 200 years will have on show those worn by the rich and famous, as well as representations from the world’s most famous dressmakers. The event will no doubt provide inspiration for one’s own wedding.

 

Intoxication Season

20 September – 12 October
Kew Gardens
From the hallucinogenic effects of the opium poppy to the everyday coffee bean, Kew’s venerable scientists explain how mind-altering plants can produce both healing and psychedelic properties.

 

The Raymond Blanc Festival of Music

2-4 October
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
Raymond Blanc’s musical and gastronomic spectacle has been running for almost a quarter of a century, and each year the guest list impresses that much more. Legendary classical singer Russell Wilson will take centre stage as well as the prolific and endlessly talented Tasmin Little.

 

Made to Measure

3-5 October
Harrods, Knightsbridge
During this weekend the men’s department of Harrods will be graced with tailors representing the likes of Tom Ford, Gucci, and Zegna. Harrods customers will be able to enjoy a tailoring experience on behalf of these world-class brands.

 

London Cocktail Week

6-12 October
Around London
In what promises to be a vibrant celebration of the sophisticated drink, 200 bars across London will open their doors to cocktail lovers. People will enjoy reduced prices on their cocktails, new pop-ups, tastings, and, need we say it, parties galore.

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London Cocktail Week

BFI London Film Festival

8-19 October
Around London
The British Film Industry’s 58th iteration, 248 films are set to be screened across 12 days. This year’s highlights feature Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game, Timothy Spall in Mr. Turner, and Brad Pitt in the European premiere of Fury.

 

London Restaurant Festival

8-27 October
Around London
Another year and another restaurant festival in London. This year’s highlights include a Laurent-Perrier themed gastronomic road trip around the city, a journey around six of London’s best Japanese restaurants, and the chance to have Michelin star chef Jason Atherton cook in your own kitchen.

 

Frieze Art Fair

16-19 October
Regent’s Park
The Frieze Art Fair will be host to more than 160 galleries from which visitors will be able to browse and buy. This year’s focus will be on contemporary art and ‘live spaces’, where performance-based art is to take place.

 

Sherlock Holmes

17 October – 12 April
Museum of London
Promising a ‘transportation back to Victorian London’, this exhibit will be exploring how and why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character has endured such widespread fascination.

 

Alex Mackay’s ‘Everyday Provence’

21 October
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
Regular television chef and ex-director at Raymond Blanc’s cookery school, Alex Mackay returns to Le Manoir to give students some valuable pointers on how to perfect their Provençal cuisine.

Le Manoir
Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir

 

November 2014

An Evening with Raymond Blanc OBE

5 & 25 November
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
One of the UK’s better-known chefs has decided to share the secrets that have helped him achieve almost 30 years of success at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Includes champagne reception and sumptuous four-course dinner.

 

The CN Traveller Luxury Travel Fair

6-9 November
Olympia
Experienced travellers are promised a treat this year with concierges, tour operators, journalists, and hotel experts on hand to unearth some of the most unique holiday ideas and experiences around the world.

 

Sushi & Sake Masterclass at Sushisamba

27 October, 10 November
Suhisamba, Heron Tower, City of London
Sushisamba’s Head Sommelier, Maurizio Palombo, Executive Chef, Claudio Cardoso and Executive Sushi Chef, Tai Po Wong, combine to offer a masterclass in the most revered of Japan’s culinary traditions. Indulge in sake tasting flights and pairing tips, while learning the best ways to select and prepare sushi.

 

An Evening with Earl Spencer

12 November
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
The current Earl Spencer, brother to princes Diana, will be giving an introduction to his newly released book Killers of the King. The event will be supplemented with a champagne reception and four-course dinner.

 

Dinner on board the Belmond British Pullman with Mosimann’s & Lanoson Champagne

13 November
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A rare opportunity to sample five courses of Knightsbridge’s most delectable food while admiring the British countryside as it flies by. Mosimann’s will be pairing a 1920s steam locomotive, part of the golden age of travel, with Lanson Champagnes and their own cuisine to create this unique dining experience. Unfortunately, this event is restricted to Mosimann club members only.

Mark Mosimann on board the Belmond British Pullman with marquetry
Mark Mosimann on board the Belmond British Pullman

 

Pop Art at its Finest, Thanks to Allen Jones

13 November – 25 January, 2015
Royal Academy of Art, Burlington Gardens, London
As intrigue created by pop art continues, the supremely talented British painter, Allen Jones, has his finest pieces showcased from the 1960s onwards at the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

London Jazz Festival

14 – 23 November
Around London
10 days of the finest jazz, with over 2500 artists across 60 venues. The flamboyant programme of events takes in a variety of the capital’s best venues, from the Barbican Centre to the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair

29-30 November
Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea, London
London’s oldest botanic garden opens its doors for the annual Christmas Fair. Along with a host of stalls showcasing the most unique and remarkable gifts, the event also offers a chance to discover one of London’s finest private gardens – hidden behind tall walls, the garden is an escapist dream including stunning plants that exist in the carefully controlled microclimate.

 

V&A’s Weston Cast Court Reopens

29 November
V&A Museum, Kensington, London
Hurrah, for the first stage of the V&A’s refurbishment of its day-lit courts is today complete. The Weston Cast Court’s renovation pays tribute to the original colours, architectural details and finishes with restoration work to the ceramic tiled floor and the glazed roof.

 

La Maison Rémy Martin Cognac Members’ Club

25 November – 6 December
La Maison Rémy Martin, Soho, London
La Maison Rémy Martin is opening its very first members’ club – for two weeks only. Two bars will feature the best of Rémy Martin cognacs. Expert cognathèques will assemble an array of the finest Rémy Martin cognacs sold around the world, while world-class mixologists will create the finest cognac cocktails.

Christmas Afternoon Tea
Christmas afternoon tea at Conrad St. James

December

Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Conrad St. James

Throughout December
Conrad St. James, Westminster, London
The newly opened Conrad St. James offers afternoon tea with a twist this festive season. First comes the savoury course, which includes brussel sprout and goat’s cheese mousse, venison pastry, turkey balloting and cranberry sauce to accompany the delightful array of sandwiches. Next come spiced orange and cranberry scones, before the sweet course arrives in a charming Christmas scene.

 

Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley

Throughout December
The Berkeley, Knightsbridge, London
Enjoy homemade hot chocolate and Berkeley mince pies under cover of a Moncler blanket, as festive classics, like Miracle on 34th Street, are played on the scenic rooftop of The Berkeley.

 

Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas at the Southbank Centre

1 December
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London
Cellist Joy Lisney and pianist James Lisney will be performing in the Purcell Room of the Southbank Centre, as they take on Beethoven’s “Cello Sonata No.1 in F”, “Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor”, “Cello Sonata No.3 in A”, “Cello Sonata No.4 in C” and “Cello Sonata No.5 in D”.

 

London Illustration Fair

December 4 – 7
Arch 402 Gallery, London
Led by the artists themselves, the London Illustration Fair returns for 2014, after the success of last year’s show. Guests have the inimitable opportunity to see and buy work from Britain’s most innovative and exciting illustrators.

 

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at the Royal Festival Hall

9 December
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Robert Howarth will lead the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with a performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’. The orchestra are resident at the Royal Festival Hall, one of the world’s premiere concert halls.

 

An Evening of Christmas Delight with The Goring

11 December – 4 January, 2015
The Goring, Victoria, London
The Goring and English National Ballet have come together to present a magical pas de deux, inviting guests to stay at the luxury five-star hotel before enjoying the mesmerising Nutcracker ballet from the splendour of their own private box. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the performers or go behind-the-scenes at the venue, the London Coliseum.

The Nutcracker
The Nutcrakcer, by Caroline Holden. Courtesy of English National Ballet

 

Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall

13, 20, 23, 24 December
Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London
A selection of seasonal songs and Christmas carols that are performed in full 18th century costume by candlelight. A delight indeed, to be accompanied by selected festive readings, from Dickens to the bible.

 

Christmas Dinner at L’Etranger

25 December
L’Etranger, Kensington, London
Probably the finest Christmas dinner in town, L’Etranger, one of the capital’s best hidden gems, present their delectable Franco-Japanese take on the meal. Dishes include roasted pork belly, celeriac, red cabbage and quince, or chestnuts stuffed roast turkey, wild mushrooms and baby onions. The Jersualem artichoke soup, truffle and chestnut starter is not to be missed.

 

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Mosimann’s

31 December
Mosimann’s, City of London
The stunning private dining club at Mosimann’s is open for a New Year’s Eve to remember, with all the food hand-selected by the Royal Wedding caterer, Anton Mosimann.

An Evening of Christmas Delight with The Goring

11 December – 4 January, 2015
The Goring, Victoria, London
The Goring and English National Ballet have come together to present a magical pas de deux, inviting guests to stay at the luxury five-star hotel before enjoying the mesmerising Nutcracker ballet from the splendour of their own private box. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the performers or go behind-the-scenes at the venue, the London Coliseum.

 

Carols by Candlelight at the Royal Albert Hall

13, 20, 23, 24 December
Royal Albert Hall, Westminster, London
A selection of seasonal songs and Christmas carols that are performed in full 18th century costume by candlelight. A delight indeed, to be accompanied by selected festive readings, from Dickens to the bible.

 

Christmas Dinner at L’Etranger

25 December
L’Etranger, Kensington, London
Probably the finest Christmas dinner in town, L’Etranger, one of the capital’s best hidden gems, present their delectable Franco-Japanese take on the meal. Dishes include roasted pork belly, celeriac, red cabbage and quince, or chestnuts stuffed roast turkey, wild mushrooms and baby onions. The Jersualem artichoke soup, truffle and chestnut starter is not to be missed.

 

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Mosimann’s

31 December
Mosimann’s, City of London
The stunning private dining club at Mosimann’s is open for a New Year’s Eve to remember, with all the food hand-selected by the Royal Wedding caterer, Anton Mosimann.

 
 

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