Autumn has arrived, with all its brilliant colours. Turns out there’s plenty in the way of luxury events this season too. Let’s take a look at the pick of luxury events in London over the next three months with another edition of the TRULY Quarterly.
Go Digital Drawing at the National Gallery
The National Gallery
Bring a charged device and learn how to use it to create art. This is a creative session for adults, and only open to 100 people. Be ready to download the Artage app before arrival. Artist Joseph Anthony Connor, a Lumer Price Digital Artist winner, will guide you through the event.
Experience extraordinary handmade textiles at the V&A
3 October to 10 January 2016
Fabric of India Exhibit
This thrilling exhibit comes during the height of the V&A’s India Festival. The Fabric of India will show the remarkable collections of handmade textiles created between the 3rd and 21st Century. Textiles collected from all over the world will be on display at this exhibit.
Enjoy Classical Ballet
6 to 24 October
Ravengirl / Connectome, the Royal Ballet
This autumn season brings a fusion of fairytale and science in this mixed programme to create a unique and intriguing ballet. Considered a dark and modern story with gothic inspired elements, this is a classical ballet story of a woman and how her identity is shaped by those around her. Music is by Arvo Part.
Head to London’s Premiere Film Festival
7 to 18 October
Venues around London
Indie and Hollywood players alike will converge on London for the opening Gala on 7 October. Rub shoulders with the good, the bad and the ugly from the acting world, as you experience the red carpet at this world class event. Foreign language films, informal post-screenings, Q&As and guest appearances will be held, as well as workshops.
Talk and Draw: Paint a Thousand Pictures
The National Gallery
Come and create a narrative scroll as stories from Ovid are read aloud. Led by an artist and lecturer, you’ll learn through a lecture before trying your own hand in a drawing session. Afterwards, compare your version to those already in the gallery – the greats from the Renaissance.
Race through the Royal Parks
Royal Parks Half-Marathon
Held each October, with over 16,000 runners participating, the Royal Parks half-marathon starts and finishes at Hyde Park. With a 13.1 mile route, participates will have first hand experience of central London’s spectacular sights. Spectators are welcome.
Enjoy the Rugby World Cup Final
With 17 matches over six weeks, you will be able to watch plenty of rugby. The one match you won’t want to miss is the final, however, an occasion that holders New Zealand will both want to be involved in, even if hosts England are sadly already out.
It’ll take place at Twickenham Stadium, fittingly the world’s largest dedicated rugby ground. Virtually all the tickets have gone by now, and those that remain are eye-wateringly exorbitant, so enjoy on the big screen at locations like The Beagle, Roast, Aleksander or the well-known rugby pub The Cabbage Patch.
Revel in Live Music at the World’s Best Bar
Every Tuesday in November
Every Tuesday, Dandelyan – recently named by Spirited Awards the ‘World’s Best Bar’ and, by no coincidence, also host to the ‘Best Bartender in the World’, offers up live music by the house band, The Lyans. In addition to inventive cocktails by mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana and riverside sunsets from high above the southbank, you might call this a cocktail for a tip-top evening.
Celebrate London Jazz Festival
14 to 23 November
Chase away those winter blues with this internationally renowned celebration of jazz deep and delightful. Legends of the genre from Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock have headlined in years gone by, so expect grand things.
Get a Taste of the Alps in London
Mid November to Mid January 2016
The Montague on the Gardens
Each winter, the Montague on the Gardens’ rooftop is turned into an Alpine paradise. This is the place to go to wet your whistle with festive beverages, from flavoured vodkas and mulled wine to hot spiced cider and hot chocolate cocktails.
Encounter Bejewelled Treasures
21 November to 28 March 2016
Bejeweled Treasures: V&A Museum
Enjoy viewing a private collection that explores Indian tradition and modern life through jewellery. Highlights will include a rare gold finial from the Tipu Sultan’s throne and Mughal jades. You will discover the changes in Indian jewellery over the years and its influence on European jewellery.
Go to the Opera with La Bohéme
Until 26 November
La Bohéme, English National Opera
Explore a vibrant and classic opera, where a poet and a seamstress fall in love and face the travails of poverty, ill health and life in general. Here is a refreshing and new variation on a timeless classic. Enjoy the English National Opera’s international reputation for theatrical production of contemporary and distinctive pieces.
Go to a Christmas Market with a Twist
27 November to 29 November
Tobacco Dock, Wapping
Here’s a Christmas market with a twist. Celebrating all things Japanese, try sake or exotic tea, indulge in some J-pop or martial arts, or pick up goods from Japanese toys to fashion and technology.
Go Festive Wine Tasting
4 to 5 December
The Three Wine Men, Tim, Olly and Oz, are known for selecting the very best wines, and they offer a wonderful range to taste at their Christmas event at Church House behind Westminster Abbey.
At this event you will be able to discover hundreds of wines and perhaps even find a new favourite to enjoy during the holiday season. It’s a great place to do your Christmas shopping for the wine lovers in your family. The three wine men will be on hand to answer your questions and to recommend the right wine for you. There will also be tables featuring beers and artisan foods, so bring your appetite!
Indulge in London’s Best Chocolate
4 to 6 December
Business Design Centre
If you are a chocoholic this is the perfect place to stock up on goodies for Christmas. The Chocolate Festival takes place in the Business Design Centre every year with an array of unique chocolates made by local artisans that will inspire your taste buds. The event features demonstrations and tastings from award winning local chocolatiers, so that you can discover new and amazing treats.
There will also be a Cocoa Spa where guests can enjoy a luxurious cocoa beauty treatment and a Health Zone where you can try raw chocolate and learn about the health benefits of this yummy desert. This is the perfect place to pick up some unique chocolate gifts for everyone on your list!
Experience a Victorian Christmas
London Museum of Water and Steam
Discover what Christmas would have been like in times gone by at this special event at the London Museum of Water and Steam. Carol singers dressed in Victorian costumes will fill the elegant Steam Hall with festive music and there will be activities and entertainment for families.
Warm up from the winter chill with a glass of mulled wine and take a look at the museum’s collection of historic steam engines. This is a wonderful experience for history buffs or anyone who is enchanted by the romantic charm of the Victorian Era.
Enjoy the Best Festive Food at Hampton Court
4 to 6 December
Head to the lovely historic courtyards of the Royal Palace in South-West London and experience this brand new luxury event for 2015. At this festival fayre you can taste some of the finest gourmet cuisine London has to offer, including Christmas liquors from local brands such as Portobello Gin and demos from top chefs in the candle-lit Tudor Kitchens.
Celebrity chefs will be in attendance, including Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef ever to receive a Michelin star. If you are a passionate foodie you will be in your element at this exciting event.
Delight in Christmas Carols in Knightsbridge
Enjoy an enchanting Christmas concert at one of the most beautiful Victorian churches in the city of London. This lovely evening will feature popular carols as well as musical performances and inspirational readings from several famous faces.
There will be a sparkling reception of canapes and champagne at the lovely Berkeley Hotel. The money raised by this fundraiser will support the work of the Great Ormond Street Hospital, so you can have a wonderful evening for a good cause.
Watch The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House
8 December to 14 January 2016
This magical opera tells the story of a young girl and an enchanted present that takes her on a wonderful adventure. The talented performers of the Royal Ballet bring this Christmas classic and the romantic score by Tchaikovsky to life.
Conducted by Boris Gruzin and featuring the famous Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, this amazing theatrical experience based on the Russian story never fails to create an atmosphere of Christmas cheer. This beautiful performance will certainly get you in the holiday spirit.
Belmond le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons at Christmas
Belmond le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons
Take a luxurious train journey to the magical Belmond le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and enjoy a special sumptuous festive lunch served at chef Raymond Blanc’s world renowned Michelin starred restaurant. Raymond Blanc prepares classic dishes with a modern and innovative twist and he sources his fresh and high quality ingredients from the two acre kitchen garden near the restaurant.
You will arrive in style at the hotel aboard the superb train the Belmond British Pullman. You can take the opportunity to stroll through the train and admire the beautiful antique details that give the elegant carriages their unique personality. The experience includes a brunch on the outward journey as well as a gourmet three course lunch at the hotel. You will also be served a selection of fine cheeses and desserts on the return journey.