Things to do
Opening this month: The Turner-prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans is making his debut as a stage designer at the English National Opera with War Requiem – a choral masterpiece by Benjamin Britten – crafted using the poetry of Wilfred Owen to mark the centenary of the end of WWI. Running from 16 November – 7 December.
Reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (who broke onto the world chess stage at just 13) will be defending his title against US challenger Fabiano Caruana for a €1m bounty in the FIDE World Chess Championship. From 9-28 November at The College in Holborn.
Head to the Adventure Uncovered Film Festival for a celebration of adventure-themed films from 29-30 November, kicking off with a mystery event in a secret London location. Plus, workshops on how to shoot in extreme conditions with limited equipment.
Last chance to visit: Last chance to visit: 250 years after Captain Cook’s first voyage across the Pacific, the Royal Academy’s Oceania exhibition brings together 200 works from across 500 years of the continent’s history, including greenstone and shell ornaments, human remains and colossal canoes. Closes 10 December and free to New Zealand and Pacific Island passport holders.
Hotdogs and champagne might be unlikely bedfellows, but Bubble Dogs, a bar-cum-diner, has cottoned on to a winner
Where to eat
Hotdogs and champagne might be unlikely bedfellows, but bar-cum-diner Bubble Dogs has cottoned on to a winner. Opt for the José, served with salsa, avocado and pickled jalapenos, the Small Eye with toasted peanuts and Tabasco garlic mayo or the unctuous Mac Daddy with mac and cheese and crispy bacon, accompanied with a glass of refreshing fizz.
Head to RedFarm London, the New York-born cult Chinese joint that’s recently opened in Covent Garden, for a spread of quirky Asian creations served at long communal tables and adorable red and white chequered booths. Order a Shanghai Mule, made with vodka and goji berry ginger syrup, and tuck into inventive dishes such as Pac Man shrimp dumplings, cheeseburger spring rolls, shrimp stuffed crispy chicken and sautéed lobster Thai-style basil fried rice.
La Maison Rémy Martin private members’ club has a new permanent residency at two Michelin-starred restaurant Claude Bosi at Bibendum, whose spectacular bar was conceived by British designer Sir Terence Conran. Apply for membership to take part in cocktail masterclasses, or pop along to sample the seasonal drinks menu.