This Week in South London: 20-26 November 2023

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The Red Shoes: Beyond the Mirror at The Blue Room in BFI Southbank

Free entry, until 7th January

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of the cinematic classic The Red Shoes, which was based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and starred prima ballerina Moira Shearer. The BFI Southbank is celebrating this milestone with a new immersive exhibition that will feature costumes, production designs, scripts, behind-the-scenes photographs and posters and—of course—the actual red ballet shoes worn in the film. While it is free to enter this exhibit, it’s recommended that you book a time slot in advance!


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Eat At:

Sea Containers

Set in a building inspired by a cruise liner and overlooking the Thames, you’ll really feel like you’re dining on the water at Sea Containers. The sleek all-day restaurant (designed by Tom Dixon) serves up small plates, big plates, flatbreads and sharers, and on weekends, they add bottomless prosecco, Bloody Mary or champagne into the mix. This week, they’ll be serving up a special Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, and while we probably don’t need to add another celebration to our calendars, this one comes with some pretty tasty dishes, including devilled eggs, pumpkin pie, and turkey with all the trimmings…

Drink In:

Oxo Tower Bar

As the sun goes down, it only feels right to head a little higher and enjoy a cocktail or two overlooking the illuminated cityscape. The menu at the OXO Tower Bar features intriguing concoctions that will warm the cockles on winter evenings, including the saccharine Build Me Up Butterscotch (a mix of butterscotch-infused vodka, Cartron Cacao, vanilla, cream and a shot of coffee) and the punchy Gothic Manhattan, which is a blend of Maker’s Mark Whiskey, Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth and Jerry Thomas bitters with a black liquorice rinse…


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