The Culture List
Interesting things to see and do, from 20 November to 3 December
With the announcement of a second UK-wide lockdown in November, many plans for a relatively normal end to the year went out the window. But as the world grows more used to the ‘new normal’, there emerge more ways to entertain ourselves even if we’re stuck at home.
If you're looking for some diverting ways to spend your time in the rundown to Christmas, we've got you covered with a pick of the best online events from around the country and treats that can be delivered straight to your door, from world-class opera to the best of Italian fashion.
Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House
Like many arts institutions, the Royal Opera House has been exploring online alternatives to its normally busy performance schedule since first having to close its doors in March. Among the offerings available to stream on-demand is this production of a Mozart favourite, the dramatic retelling of the downfall of legendary libertine and seducer Don Juan. Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni is a luscious and high-tech imagining of this classic tale of good and evil with all the trappings you could want from a night at the opera – intrigue, murder, ghosts and more.
Affordable Online Art Fair
The Affordable Art Fair launched in London’s Battersea Park in October 1999, connecting collectors and enthusiasts with old favourites, hidden gems and the next generation of up-and-coming artists in a relaxed and friendly environment. While 2020’s restrictions have prevented the event being held in a physical space this year, the organisers are instead launching the first Affordable Online Art Fair. Transporting you virtually to 50 international galleries where you can browse the artworks on sale, the fair also offers an engaging programme of talks and tours for you to enjoy wherever you are.
At Home with Six Senses
As experts in sustainable travel and wellness, offering a variety of hotels, spas, resorts and experiences to choose from, Six Senses is only too aware that many people are not in the position to travel this year. But we all still need a way to relax, unwind and focus on ourselves, which is why the brand has launched At Home with Six Sense, offering meditation guides, recipes, workouts and more via Facebook Live and its website to help you find a dose of serenity in an uncertain time.
Sotheby's Fine Wines auction
The events of 2020 have frequently served to curtail our enjoyment of some of the finer things in life. Fortunately, Sotheby’s is still here to help us enjoy some luxury even in the heart of lockdown. Wine lovers (or ‘oenophiles’, if you want to get technical) won’t want to miss out on the Fine Wines from France and Beyond featuring A Great Cellar auction, including an eclectic selection from across the globe, as well to benchmark offerings from Bordeaux and Burgundy, that you can add to your collection.
Mr Porter’s Italian Masters
Italy has long been regarded as the home of style and sophistication, and this year Mr Porter is bringing that luxury to you wherever you are. The Italian Masters collection is a one-of-a-kind collaboration with 25 of the most esteemed brands – including Missoni, Etro and Rubinacci – which celebrates craftsmanship and traditional techniques that has made them long-time industry legends. Choose from the range of men’s tailoring, casualwear, accessories, homewares and grooming to brighten up your winter.
For many of us, lockdown has proven an increasing challenge when it comes to meal times. With the best will in the world, it’s still understandable that anyone could be growing short on inspiration when it comes to preparing dinner, and takeaways and quick-and-easy options like pizzas aren’t always the healthiest choice. Fortunately, celebrated chef Yotam Ottolenghi has a new alternative for fast, hearty meals with his mail order Ottolenghi Ready range. Cooked with care and taking advantage of the latest technology to stay fresh without preservatives, these meals can be stored in your fridge or freezer until you need a treat.
Treasure your time
Though many of our plans have been curtailed by Covid-19, you can still get the most out of life with the help of The Platinum Card® from American Express and its great benefits. Book your spot for the hottest tickets in town – whether those are virtual today or back at your favourite venues in the near future – and earn a Membership Rewards® point for every £1 you spend. You can redeem your points quickly and easily on any device, from using them to pay for almost any item on your Card Statement or on your next Amazon order. What's more, Membership Rewards points never expire, so you can save them up and spend them on something you love when the time is right.
When we’re able to dine out again, American Express holds specially reserved tables for Platinum Cardmembers at some of the best-known restaurants as part of its exclusive Global Dining Collection. Reserve a table at your favourite restaurant ahead of time by booking directly through the American Express® App for something to look forward to. And when you're ready to travel again, the Platinum Concierge service offers expert, 24/7 travel and lifestyle advice wherever you are, day or night, as well as helping with booking for any kind of experience, whether in-person or virtual.
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