CHIHULY NIGHTS: A special series of late night openings at Kew Gardens invites visitors to see Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures in a whole new light (or lack thereof). Chihuly Nights sees Kew Gardens staying open late and the sculptures illuminated under the evening sky to showcase their dazzling colours. 15 August-26 October 2019
Sounds like a magical night out to us.
Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 15 August-26 October 2019. Tickets are £18 (£12 members) and should be booked in advance.
ART FAIRS: London’s awash with art fairs in autumn, the big daddy of which is Frieze (3-6 October). The sculpture parkhas already been up and running for a couple of months, but come October, the marquees will be back in Regent’s Park. The focus is on contemporary and living artists at this fair. Meanwhile, Moniker Art Fair (2-6 October) takes over The Chelsea Sorting Office, focusing on urban contemporary art, and The Other Art Fair(3-6 October) is a chance to buy directly from the artist.
WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS: Historic scenes are projected onto the exterior of St Paul’s Cathedral for three nights only. Where The Light Falls is a fr
ee event, commemorating those who risked their lives to keep the cathedral safe during the war. 25-27 October
MUSEUMS AT NIGHT: Saatchi Gallery, the RAF Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum are just some of the London venues keeping their doors open after hours for lates, talks, workshops and more for Museums at Night. 31 October-2 November 2019.
LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: From jazz masters to cutting-edge musicians, the whole jazz spectrum will be on show at this festival celebrating the music genre. Performances include a rare London concert by the legendary Herbie Hancockand a kids’ fairytale show. 15-24 November 2019
THANKSGIVING 2019: The American holiday falls on 28 November this year, and whether you’re an American ex-pat or just a dedicated Yankophile, find your favourite American dishes and mealshere in London. 28 November 2019
FIREWORKS NIGHT: Whizzbangs and kabooms will be going off all over London around 5 November. Find out where to get your fix of oohs and aahs with our list of firework displays in London.
ENCHANTED WOODLAND: A family-friendly light festival, consisting of a mile-long route winding around the ornamental lake at Syon Park, where the trees are illuminated in all colours. 15 November-1 December 2019
WINTER WONDERLAND: Love it or hate it, the all singing, all dancing Christmas market/fun fair/beer hall/ice rink/circus show is coming back to Hyde Park for another season. It may seem a bit premature, but if you’re thinking of going this year, we recommend going early in its run — the closer to Christmas you go, the busier it’ll be. 21 November 2019-5 January 2020
CHRISTMAS AT KEW 2019: Christmas at Kew begins in November, when the gorgeous light trail is switched on for the festive period. Wander through the gardens after dark, following the twinkling lights, warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine, and let the kids have a go on the Victorian funfair. One of our favourite winter events in London every year, and well worth booking. 20 November 2019-5 January 2020