THINGS TO DO | November 2015


There are a lot of London listing sites and the vast majority of them are great; all credit to the hardworking teams that run them. They’re places perfect for finding the best spots to eat and drink all over the city, though perhaps not the best spots for the creatively inclined. We often spend the start of each month scouring the web for creative happenings such as smalltime art shows, independent craft fairs and interesting workshops. We also love to point out unique places to eat and drink, places that are conscious, excellently presented and above all, weirdo-friendly. Unfortunately it usually takes a fair bit of cross-examination, list-making and note-taking to select the very best events to attend, which is a faff but also gave us a grand idea. We’ve decided to share our picks for each and every month with you, ensuring that you’re spared the hassle of spending hours looking for stuff to do during your evenings, weekends and occasional mornings. So here’s November and everything you should do within it.


When? 10th -15th November 2015 at 11am – 6pm

How much? Free

Join All Things Considered, an awesome collective of 8 female artists, makers and designers united by a shared passion for handmade, for a mini winter fair in Hackney. Expect photography, jewellery, illustration, painting, textiles, sculpture, ceramics and refreshing beers aplenty. Your definitive  one-stop-shop for unique festive gifts this month. Click attending here.


When? Thursday 12th November 2015 at 7pm

How much? Free when you buy a drink

Drop by this creative Kings Cross-based institution and fashion a stallion or magical unicorn under Drink Shop Do‘s expert supervision. The candy stuffing costs a mere few quid but if you fancy filling your proud paper beast at home that’s cool too. No party is a party without a piñata so hone your craft skills over a few drinks and let your imagination run wild.

URBAN FOOD FEST at Euro Car Parks, Shoreditch

When? Saturday 14th November 2015 at 12 noon

How much? Free

Shoreditch car parks, the home of wishes and dreams. Seriously though, this event is going to be really, really good. A weekend-long food party, Urban Food Fest is touting dishes from all over the world. Scope out trucks serving Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and more. Expect plenty of choice at the bar and free cocktails if you turn up in fancy dress.

SO WHAT at Doomed Gallery, Dalston

When? Thursday 12th -14th November 2015

How much? Free

SO WHAT is Doomed Gallery’s latest witty offering. Centred around odd inanimate objects that entreat fresh perspectives, expect to see a mix of clever and contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. The show features work by Thomas Albdorf, David Brandon Geeting, Ben Swanson, Roxana Azar, KangHee Kim, Jack Carvosso, Georg Parthen, Etienne Courtois and Abel Minnee. Click attending here.

UNDERWIRE FESTIVAL 2015 at 71A Gallery, Shoreditch

When? Saturday 14 November 2015 at 11am

How much? £6.50 – £25

The illustrious Underwire Festival 2015 presents Wired Women, a day of discussion around the craft of filmmaking. For those that don’t know, the Underwire festival is an annual event that celebrates women in the film industry in the best and most imaginative ways possible. Hear speakers such as Director Johanna Schwartz, Producer Sarah Mosses, Composer Nainita Desai, Corrina Antrobus from The Bechdel Test Festival and MaryAnn Johnson from Book tickets.

I MAKE KNOTS SNOOD WORKSHOP at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

When? Monday 16th November 2015 at 7pm

How much? £35

Join Drink Shop DoI Make Knots and luxury NYC knitting brand Manuosh to create luxurious and oh so trendy snoods. Find your way around a knit kit filled with super soft merino wool and hand-decorated knitting needles, grasp a few stitch techniques and produce the finest jelly snood you’ll have ever set eyes on. Buy tickets.

BLOCK PRINTING at The Doodle Bar, Battersea

When? Monday 16th November 2015 at 7.30pm

How much? £20

Learn a few fancy printing skills for beginners at The Doodle Bar this month. Experiment with colours and techniques with professional printer Nicole and upcycle a few of your old shirts, tablecloths or T-shirts while you’re at it.  Alternatively you can pick up a tote bag for a mere two pounds. Dress for mess! Buy tickets.


When? Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 6pm

How much? Free

Joypad Arcade is the living room that your 12 year-old self always dreamed of. Pristinely presented retro video gaming for as far as the eye can see with 5 generations of retro consoles and over 800 games. Drop by the Joypad pop-up shop at Boxpark and spend a few hours getting accquainted with old friends.

D.I.Y ART MARKET at EPIC Dalston, Dalston

When? Sunday 22nd November at 11am – 6pm

How much? Free

The regular D.I.Y. Art Market returns. A celebration of London’s independent publishers, designer/makers and both emerging and established artists, this event is a classic. With more than 60 stands to explore, this is the perfect day out for creatives. Be sure to check out consecutive markets and the ceramics far too. Click attending here.


When? Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 11am – 5pm

How much? £3 on the door

We just love a craft fair and this is one of the finest. Shop handmade, drink mulled wine and get involved with fancy workshops at the BUST Christmas Craftacular. Explore stands and pop-ups from more than 70 vendors including Rob Ryan and Wool and the Gang. Earlybirds can pick up a goodie bag and then peruse bits and pieces made by creatives from all over the UK. Click attending and pick out the Do It Yourself sessions you’re planning on checking out; from customising a festive jumper to weaving a wall hanging.

TEA TOWEL SCREEN PRINTING at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

When? Monday 23rd November 2015 at 7pm

How much? £15

Textile Designer Zeena Shah is on hand at Drink Shop Do to teach you the art of Silk Screen Printing. Guiding you through creating your own design to exact some magic, this workshop will teach you the basics of screen printing onto a simple textile surface. Perfect for a group of new starters with big ideas. Buy tickets.


When? Tuesday 24th November 2015 at 7pm

How much? Free

Join author of Collage and Keep Eleanor Shakespeare and Drink Shop Do to create a collage-based self-portrait. Listen to a short talk from the talented artist, then using your own ephemera and collected paper items, explore your identity or create a piece for a friend. Bring along some bits and pieces to cut up and delve a little deeper into what makes you unique. Book a free ticket.

LETTERFORM LIVE – CYCLING NIGHT at Protein Studios, Shoreditch

When? Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 7pm

How much? £10

The next Letterform Live brings two great things together: typography and cycling. Ready yourselves for talks and laughs from a great line up of speakers including Luke Scheybeler of Scheybeler+company, Ant and Edd of Colophon Foundry, author Max Leonard, Cecilie Maurud Barstad of Gilles et Cecilie Studio and more who’ll each choose an individual letterform found in something cycling-related. Be sure to fit in a few drinks at the free bar afterwards courtesy of Monotype. Buy tickets.


When? Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 7pm

How much? £27.25

Betty Magazine know how to throw a party so expect full festive fayre at this event. From cocktails and clothing competitions to makeovers, music and a wee bit of floristry, this is a night where you’ll be expected to let your hair down and enjoy yourself with some likeminded creatives and indie magazine fans. Pick up a goodie bag and go wild why don’t you? Buy tickets.


When? Thursday 26th November – 23rd December at 7.30pm

How much? £10 – £30

The incredible Backyard Cinema have teamed up with Winterville to create the ultimate indoor, winter cinema. Follow tunnels of trees to the heart of the Hackney-based festival and visit The Winter Night Garden. Pull up a beanbag or sofa and watch the best holiday films in a cosy indoor enchanted forest. Eat, drink, be merry and enjoy how awesome this is. Buy tickets.

CHRISTMAS SALE at The Kiln Rooms, Peckham Rye

When? Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015 at 10am – 6.30pm

How much? Free

Pay The Kiln Rooms studio a visit and meet its members and lovely staff while you’re at it. A perfect opportunity to support local makers and pick up some unique Christmas presents, the Christmas Sale is exactly what it sounds like. Expect mulled wine and ceramic wonders. Remember to bring a tote to carry your goodies home in and a fancy wad of cash as there’ll be no card machines.


When? Sunday 29th November 2015 10.30am -4.30pm

How much? Free

Ikea? No thanks. We prefer to peruse quality vintage items at the Furniture Flea. A heady celebration of mid-century living, expect offerings from more than 50 of the very best vintage traders who specialise in homeware, furniture and a few extra bits and pieces that are well worth checking out. Click attending here.

SILVER RING WORKSHOP at Drink Shop Do, Kings Cross

When? Monday 30th November 2015 at 7pm

How much? £55

The Workbench knows its stuff when it comes to handmade accessories so learn from the best. Carve your design into jewellers wax, cast it in silver and wait to see how it turns out. Trust in the guys running the workshop to polished the ring you’ve made and return it to you within two weeks. Join Drink Shop Do for a night of creativity and a complimentary cocktail. Buy tickets.

If you have any suggestions for more brilliant things to do or see in London, be it a workshop, your own art show or a new pop-up, swing by the contact tab and let us know. Expect an excessive volume of seasonal market-themed goodness from us next month.



Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth