Ideas for this autumn in London
The fresh air outside might well mean summer is truly over. But the party doesn't have to be. In fact, Autumn is a season full of events, parties, shows and culture. So, unpack that coat, wrap up warm and step outside for some serious fun and culture in the capital.
Don Giovanni - Royal Opera House
(image by ©Bill Cooper ROH)
I know, it does cost quite a bit. However, going to the opera is one of those experiences of a life time. In London, the Royal Opera House has the most striking productions and until October 10th you can see their electrifying version of Don Giovanni, the tragicomic opera by Mozart. Tickets from £39, if you cannot afford £190. A real treat for those very special occasions.
Elegant but not pretentious. Lively but cool and rather sexy is this fancy Edwardian style building that is the home to this very stylish bar in Holborn. Gerald Scarfe is the artist that gives the place its name and his work can be seen throughout the space. There is a feel of a gentleman's club and you can also lose yourself in the irresistible cocktails menu or the collection of 1.000 antique books. If this isn't enough for you, how about their sensuous cabaret night once a month or their jazzy live music? A perfect place to hide from the cold nights in London.
The Woman in Black
It is getting dark outside. Halloween is fast approaching, so we think it is time for some scary stuff. (No, we are not talking about Brexit, because that is off the scale scary!) Woman in Black is based on the terrifying book by Susan Hill and it is a must see West End show, though not suitable for younger ones as, trust me, it really is spine chilling. You can catch this wonderful play at Fortune Theatre and do have a friend's hand you can hold on to.
Helene Schjerfbeck - Royal Academy of Arts
The relatively unknown Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) was a young artist ahead of her time when discovered. Blessed with immense talent she was sent to study in Paris where she developed some of her most celebrated portraits. Shown for the first in time in London a selection of her finest works curated beautifully by the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly. Until end of October. £14.
Salvador & Amanda
A tapas restaurant with a few highlights. The food is gorgeous, but Salvador & Amanda also hosts Flamenco shows on Saturdays, which puts anyone with blood in their veins in a fiesta mood.
There are two branches: Covent Garden and Holborn. We love the Holborn one particularly. Famously linked to Gala, Salvador Dali was also connected to Amanda Lear, the Parisian model and his muse for a number of years. Dali, sangria, flamenco, patatas bravas, croquetes de jamon and a love story. Party time!