STAND UP GUY
Remember remember the fifth of November with our favourite bonfire events south of the river. The Southwark Park Fireworks display is one of the biggest free events with 30,000 people attending every year. Gates open at 5pm (last entry 6:30pm) for Southwark Park’s 14th annual bonfire night on November 5. Tickets are free for Southwark residents but must be booked in advance. For non-Southwark locals: Adults: £8.50. Children: £2.50.
One of the longest running firework shows, Crystal Palace Park’s gates open at 6pm, November 5, with a quieter child-friendly display at 7pm, followed by the main display –by Selstar Fireworks- at 8:30pm. Adults: £8.50. Children: £4.50.
Regularly hosting more than 80,000 people, Blackheath Fireworks is one of the largest bonfire nights, and it’s free! A day early on November 4, the funfair opens at noon, the bar opens at 5pm, and fireworks begin at 8pm.
Bonfire night returns to Brockwell Park with Lambeth Fireworks’ A Night at the Movies on November 4 (gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 8pm). Run by Westworth Kemp events, the 25-minutes of flying sparks are set to dramatic movie soundtracks. There’s also pre-show entertainment, funfair, and London’s best street food. Adults: £10. Children: £5. www.lambethfireworks.london
The London Bridge Experience is turning up the fright factor this Halloween with PHOBOPHOBIA: Night Terrors. Running from October 21-31 (6pm-10pm), the show intends to scare, terrify, and unnerve guests and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16. Encounter the ‘lost children’ on a journey through a terrifying dark labyrinth of horror within the haunted bowels of hell. Not for the faint hearted. To book www.thelondonbridgeexperience.com
Bermondsey Street eatery Antico, which shut in September due to rising rent, is reopening as a pared down pasta and wine bar. The more casual Flour and Grape will feature eight homemade pastas for eat-in or takeaway. The new venue reopens after refurbishment on October 23. 214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ. www.flourandgrape.com
Dulwich Picture Gallery is exhibiting rare works of Finnish illustrator and Moomim creator Tove Jansson, from October 25-January 28. The Picture Gallery is showing 150 works, including a selection of Jansson’s self-portraits and paintings never seen before in the UK, highlighting the artist’s breadth, talent and prolific career. Adults: £15.50. Senior citizens: £14.50. Concessions: £7. Children and Friends of the Gallery: free. www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
Brixton Electric is celebrating the highly anticipated return of cult Netflix hit Stranger Things (season 2 comes out on October 27) with an orchestral rendition of the ‘80s sci-fi show’s soundtrack. Stranger Strings, on October 27, boasts a 16-piece orchestra performing the iconic theme music as well as tracks from throughout the first series (including Jefferson Airplane, New Order, Echo and The Bunnymen). Eggos at the ready. Tickets start at £10. Town Hall Parade, SW2 1RJ. 8.30pm-11.30pm bit.ly/Stranger-Strings
FOLKTALES IN ROTHERHITHE
The Tell Tale Tusk Quartet is playing at Sands Films in Rotherhithe for Thanksgiving. The ensemble reimagines folktales of old and gives light to folktales new. With a nod to the sailing of the Mayflower, nearly 400 years ago, they combine their award-winning three-part vocal harmonies with melodious instrumentals. Expect highly crafted harmonies, virtuosic voice blending and creative license. Wednesday 29 November at 7:45pm (doors 7:15pm). Tickets: £8-£14. tunedin.london
Exclusive works by over 60 UK-based and international artists, including Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Edmund de Waal, Stanley Donwood, Gillian Ayres and Quentin Blake will feature in a flagship art exhibition at the Oxo Tower Wharf’s Bargehouse in support of Freedom from Torture, the UK’s only charity dedicated to working with torture survivors. November 8-12.