With London's shops gearing up for the Holiday Season, November is the perfect month to do some early Christmas shopping. With world-class restaurants, galleries and shopping right on the doorstep, The Beaumont is ideally placed to enjoy a stylish weekend in the historic environs of Mayfair. Make full use of the hotel's chauffeur-driven house car for emissions-free local trips, before retreating to the Spa and Hamam for some relaxation time.
The concierge team at The Beaumont know London inside out, and they are here to help guests look beyond the obvious tourist clichés.
This autumn's blockbuster show at the Royal Academy of Arts is devoted to the work of Antony Gormley, whose instantly recognisable sculptures are found all over the world, from the skyline of Manhattan to the facade of The Beaumont, which features his extraordinary sculpture-cum-suite called ROOM. The RA show features a wide range of Gormley's output from the past 45 years, and includes large-scale installations as well as rarely seen early work from the 1970s and 1980s. To 3 December.
Now in its 27th year, the festival brings together a rich mix of musicians from around the world and across the jazz spectrum, from international legends like Herbie Hancock (playing this year at the Barbican) to cutting-edge young bands and emerging British stars. With hundreds of gigs happening across the city, from major concert halls to street corners, the festival has something for everyone, whether you're a jazz aficionado or simply love live performance. From 15 to 24 November.
Arthur Miller's classic drama gets a brilliant new makeover in the Young Vic's critically acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman, which transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre at the end of October for a limited run until 4 January. Co-directed by Marianne Elliott (who won recent awards for Company and Angels in America at the National Theatre) and Miranda Cromwell and seen through the eyes of an African-American family, it stars Wendell Pierce as Willy and Sharon D Clarke as Linda.
One of the capital's most atmospheric museums, Apsley House was the London home of the Duke of Wellington from 1817 until his death in 1852, and is still used by his descendants today. Wellington was a national hero when he moved in, having helped defeat Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo. The picture gallery includes masterpieces by Velasquez and Rubens, and the house is stuffed with tributes from grateful allies, including a colossal statue of a naked Napoleon.