With news of a second lockdown, this month has suddenly been turned upside down and I have been scrambling to find some positive things to see us through to December. I am sure more will be available as the days go on, for now I hope my November Super Seven will give you some positive inspiration.
The Calico Club by House and Garden. This new club in 2020 hold online talks every Wednesday at 6pm for £10. The talks range from everything and anything to do with Interiors, design and culture. The first talk for November is on Wednesday with sustainable florist Kitten Grayson. I love Kitten and have had the pleasure of listening to her in conversation, she is fabulous. You can also buy past seasons for any talks that tick your box at a discounted rate.
Brasserie Zedel and Crazy Coq’s: a brilliant line up of cabaret fun. Sign up to the live stream for £8.00 and enjoy the entertainment from your own home. If Crazy Coq’s isn’t your thing, what about Ronnie Scotts. I am sure they will be adding more live streams to their November line up. The EFG London Jazz festival is entirely online this year.. Programme goes up on Friday 6 November.
Ballet : It is no secret that I adore the ballet. I think one of the most beautiful moments last month was watching the live stream of the Royal Ballet’s first performance from The Royal Opera House.
This month they have new performances worth catching. No, it isn’t the same as being there, but trust me, it is still very moving. My pick is Within the Golden Hour.
Monet and Martinis : I haven’t done this, but I love the idea, and frankly having a drink, whilst doing something creative appeals. Creating a Christmas gift as well as learning a new skill is fun for everyone and it is social. For £45 you will be sent an art pack and cocktail ingredients for your group Zoom art class. Suitable for all abilities. Something for households or businesses to set up for their staff.
Festive Lights in London : With no Winter Wonderland, what is London going to do? There are Christmas lights waiting to be switched on around the centre of town, so we have that to look forward to. Christmas at Kew 2020 and Wembley Park will hopefully still open their free Winterfest 2020 when London comes out of lockdown.
Alex Lacey is a London Blue Badge Guide. Last lockdown she ran a series of 15 mins instagram lives at 3pm on London. She even featured on BBC London news. Alex is a fabulous storyteller, so if you feel like a routine to your lockdown, this is one that is worth adding to it.
Days Out of London : Staycations are the thing for 2020, so head off for a Festive Walk. My two top choices are; Waddesdon Manor and Blenheim Palace Light Trail : Both slightly different to previous previous years and look enchanting.
TV series to while away lockdown: Season 4 of The Crown goes live on 15 November. Click here for the official Netflix Crown trailer. I was also sent this 3D link to The Queen and The Crown exhibition, exploring the costumes used in The Crown.
Turner’s Modern World We had previewed the Turner exhibition when it opened last week and I’m in no doubt it will be one that we will return to as soon as we can. Read our Turner review here.
Anthropologie have some fantastic festive events lined up for November. They are all free, but ask for a donation towards Smart Works. Look at wreath making with Willow Crossley, Calligraphy workshops and even facial massage techniques… All include tips we could do with ahead of Christmas.