On the radar: November 2013

As November dawns it suddenly feels like we’re fast approaching the end of the year. Scary thought isn’t it?! But before the festive fun fills the diary we’ve got almost a month’s grace and I’m hoping to tick off a few more places from the ever evolving must-do list of London. This month I’ve rounded up bars calling for cocktail hours, options for Thanksgiving dinner (for expat Americans and Brits fancying an early turkey feast! 🙂 ) and for a bit of a change I’ve thrown in a list of theatre shows.



Apples and Pears – The cocktail bar that got away during London Cocktail Week. With so many bars to try in Shoreditch some of them just had to be saved for the next trip out East and this one features pretty high up the list.

Berners Tavern – Whilst my budget probably won’t stretch to a night at the new Edition Hotel, I can still enjoy a drink at their decadent bar.

Skylon – You can’t beat a bar with a view and I still haven’t made it here. I’ve heard Saturday is a good time to go as it’s not packed out with Friday night crowds.

The Marylebone – As I work in West London this one is a bit of a selfish choice, I’m always looking for new bars for after-work cocktails and this one looks like it could be a good place to unwind after a busy day in the office.

BYOC – Grab a group of friends, take your favourite spirits and get the bar man to shake up something you should be guaranteed to enjoy.

Thanksgiving dinner

Bodeans – Probably one of the most well-known American BBQ restaurants in London, they wouldn’t be living up to their reputation if they didn’t have a Thanksgiving menu on offer.

Beard to Tail – After jealously drooling over my friend’s pictures of their Independence Day meal, it’s no surprise that they have a mouth-watering Thanksgiving menu too!

Honky Tonk – If you don’t fancy a traditional Thanksgiving menu this may be the place for you, instead of roast meat they’re offering turkey burgers alongside their homemade pecan pie.

Breakfast Club – As the name implies this restaurant/diner/cafe is best known for their breakfast and brunch menu, but they’ve done their research and on 28 November will be offering a tasty turkey too.

Tooting Market – I wrote about their Filipino supper club last month, the next event at Tooting Market celebrates Thanksgiving with a night hosted by American/Yorkshire blogger, Grumblings from a greedy girl.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time – A brilliant book and a show that gets rave reviews, sounds like a must-see.

Barking in Essex – This show has light-hearted laugh written all over it. Full of familiar comedians it sounds like it would be a fun evening out.

The Book of Mormon – It’s been around for a while but as all my friends who have seen it say it’s hilarious I feel like I must get round to grabbing some tickets.

The Duck House – A show centred around Parliament that promises to get you giggling. According to the Theatre People, if you like Mock the Week and Have I got news for you, this will be right up your street.


House of Peroni – I missed out on this pop-up over the summer so I was excited to discover it’s return for November. Open 6 – 30 November, you can explore Italian style and creativity, and enjoy Michelin-starred food and cocktails with a Peroni twist.

Christmas lights switch on – For those keen to embrace the festive spirit early on London’s Christmas lights start being switched on from 9 November. For more information check out Visit London.

Winter Wonderland – If you want to go one festive step further you can explore and enjoy this well-known (and much loved) Christmas market from 22 November.

Main sources: Theatre People, Visit London, Bar Chick, The Nudge.

Anything take your fancy? What are you planning to do before the festive month arrives?


  1. www.smarksthespots.com
    November 5, 2013 / 12:17 am

    I’ve already been to Skylon and the Marylebone and liked both venues – quite different from each other but still great spots for a drink. I think however that the Book of Mormon would go staight to the top of my list. I was lucky enough to see it last tiome I was in NYC and frankly, it’s one of the best plays I’ve ever seen! Not the best choice for a really conservative or religious audience I am afraid though…

    • ThisCityLifeLondon
      November 5, 2013 / 10:20 am

      Oh thanks for the extra review of Book of Mormon, has really made me want to see it now! Will have to see what tickets I can get hold of 🙂

  2. Anita
    November 5, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    I saw Book of Mormon on Saturday!! It was hilarious. Curious Incident is also brilliant. Not too bothered about Thanksgiving but bookmarking your list of bars!!