Embrace autumn with November’s offerings of cool, crisp things to do, like going for long country walks that end up in a pub, or hosting a Thanksgiving party. We’ve scoured the nation for activities that’ll keep you entertained and have picked a selection of our favourite items to wear for this time of year so you can face the Bonfire season with a bang.
What to see
Somerset house is hosting an impressive exhibition of the hairstyles of Sam McKnight. The legendary stylist, one of the first to have solely carved a career in the fashion world, had a career spanning 40-years and his portfolio included blow drys, waves and styles for shoots and shows. He did the hair styles for models including Kate Moss and Christy Turlington and the exhibition makes for a fun look at the many changing hair styles over the last four decades. 2 November until 12 March.
Get your skates on
While you’re at Somerset house, take a turn on their 900-square-metre rink which will be erected in it’s 18th century courtyard from 17 November. The Fortnum’s Lodge offers champagne for Dutch courage before you brave the slippery cold stuff, or you could skip skating entirely and head straight to the Botanical Bar and admire the view with the cold stuff clinking in a drink in hand. Chin chin.
What to watch
Feeling bereft that the BBC’s beautiful TV series Victoria has ended and you have to wait until next year for the next installment? So are we, so we’re curious to see what Netflix’s The Crown will be like. The first series of this multi-series epic spanning six decades of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is rumoured to have cost 100 million pounds to make. It feels slightly disloyal to watch a period drama that the Beeb hasn’t made but with the beautiful Claire Foy in the title role - she played Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall, if you watched it- and Dr Who’s Matt Smith as Prince Phillip we’re too tempted not to watch. It’s available from 4 November.
What to do
Visit The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from Sir Elton John
Elton John has one of the best private collections of twentieth-century photography in the world and in an act of altruism he’s lent around 150 key images to the Tate Modern so we can all have a skinny at them. The show focuses on the decades 1920 to 1950 when photographers started to use the medium as an art form. Among the many major names are Tina Modotti and Man Ray.
The Queen of Katwe is getting rave reviews. Based on a true story about a young chess prodigy from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, this Disney drama is said to avoid patronizing sentimentality. Instead the story of 14-year-old Phiona who finds the promise of a new life through chess is said to be uplifting and punchy. It’s out in cinemas now.
We recently blogged on how even those of us living in urban environments are becoming keen gardeners, well now there’s a gardening show just for us. At the RHS London Urban Garden Show, green-fingered enthusiasts can attend terrarium workshops and speak to experts on how to look after their living walls. The Show takes place at RHS Lindley Hall in Nine Elms from Saturday November 12 until Sunday November 12.
What to eat
For Americans, this is the biggest foodie time of the year, so why not host a traditional Thanksgiving feast, with organic grass fed turkey, seasonal root veggies – parsnips are especially good after the first frosts - sweet roasted chestnuts and homemade cranberry sauce. Yum.
What to wear
As temperatures are set to drop this month it is all about dressing for the cold. Think chunky wool jumpers, luxriously soft coats and a a multitude of layers to go underneath. New in P.i.C has all the layering options with the perfect white shirt and a brilliant jumpsuit that can be transformed into trousers. For the warmth look no further than Osei Duro's sumptuous alpaca knit bomber and D.Efect's beautiful love-them-forever coats. Warmth and style, what more could you ask for in November?