Well hello, November!
It's competition time.
The Indytute handpicks and creates experiences in London.
Taking some time out to visit the latest exhibitions and shows is great for recharging and it's particularly important during the darker winter months to get out of the house and experience some hot culture. So for that reason, we've created a round-up of things to do in November that you will love. Discover the hottest events and exhibitions to see in November below.
On at the V&A, this wonderful and weird Tim Walker Exhibition is every bit as brilliant as we hoped. Celebrating the imaginative world of Tim Walker's fashion photography, reviews are glowing for this must-see exhibition. Tickets cost £15 for adults and cheaper rates are available for students, children, the disabled and carers. The exhibition is free for V&A members.
When? 21st September 2019 - 8th March 2020.
Where? V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.
A Christmas pop-up with a steamy twist, Winterland London is back for another year. Seems like this one is going to be a lot of fun! Opening on the 7th of November 2019, expect boozy beverages, feasting tables, igloos, live music and... a hot tub! So, grab your tickets which start from £5 and have a festive day out for you and your mates. Or even as an alternative first date...
When? November 7th 2019 - May 2nd 2020.
Where? Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW6 2TY.
A great one to visit for all of the family, explore the breathtaking wildlife photography of entrants to the Wildlife Photographer Awards including the work of 2019 winner; Yongqing Bao. Highlights include Sleeping like a Weddell by Ralf Schneider, Touching trust by Thomas P Peschak and Beach waste by Matthew Ware. Tickets for adults cost £13.95 and £8.25 for children. You can watch the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards here:
When? 18 October 2019 - 31 May 2020
Where? The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
A new feature for our Hot Lists we've asked our founders, Jane Rockett and Lucy St George what they're loving this November.
The RSG Product that I want to take home this month is...
Jane: I am currently in love with the Pink Drinks Cabinet - The colour is perfect!
Lucy: I am loving our new doormat range. They put the fun into functional !! I just cannot decide what one to have !!
The Instagram account that I'm currently loving is...
Jane: @malenebirgers_world I want to live in her world.
Lucy: @hotpatooties because she is brilliant and totally hilarious!
The TV Show that I'm currently obsessing over is...
Jane: The Kominsky Method on Netflix - it makes me laugh out loud and shed a tear as well.
Lucy: Giri/ Haji on BBC its a great action-thriller set in Tokyo and London.
My favourite place to relax in my home is...
Jane: At the moment, in front of the fire but it changes regularly.
Lucy: My Kitchen, its where we all congregate as a family.
I want to book tickets for...
Jane: Primal Scream at the Dome in Brighton
Lucy: Le Clique, Sexy cabaret, circus and general fabulousness held in the beautiful surrounds of a traditional 1920s Spiegeltent in Leicester Square.
My favourite late-night snack is...
Jane: Dark chocolate with a bit of sea salt when I'm being good and cheese when I'm being bad.
Lucy: Tea, Toast and Marmite ... !! It's a classic any time day or night.
The exciting project that I'll be working on at Rockett St George this month is...
Jane: We have had an influx of new own-brand designs and I am thoroughly enjoying styling all the photoshoots of these beautiful new pieces.
Lucy: Getting festive at Liberty, the Christmas windows and in-store Christmas spectacular are being revealed any minute. So I will be working with our concession team on styling and updating our concession offering to offer festive gifts and sumptuous homeware you will love to stay home and enjoy.
This month our foodie obsession has been taken up a level in true Rockett St George style. The culprits - Mike, Suzie, Gregg, and Kayleigh from RSG HQ who have undertaken the ultimate festive challenge. As self-proclaimed spreadsheet wizards, the team have taken their job very seriously this month and created a spreadsheet of their favourite mince pies - tried and tested by the RSG Team (we really do have the best jobs!). Consequently, we've combined this with a list of our top festive food recommendations which you can check out below. Happy eating!
The Mince Pie Challenge - Rockett St George Team Reviews
Greggs Sweet Mince Pies - 1st place
Overall Team Score ⭐⭐⭐⭐
⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Great pastry and perfectly filled." - Kayleigh
⭐⭐⭐ "Good filling to mincemeat ratio but the presentation was lacking and it needs more alcohol!" - Suzie
M&S All Butter Mince Pies - 2nd place
Overall Team Score ⭐⭐⭐⭐
⭐⭐⭐ "Really nice, tangy mincemeat on this one." - Mike
⭐⭐⭐⭐"Perfect amount of mincemeat to pastry. Lovely flavoured Mincemeat too. My new favourite." - Gregg
M&S Collection Mini Mince Pies - 3rd Place
Overall Team Score - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
⭐⭐⭐⭐- "Perfectly sized and taste, my Fave." - Kayleigh
⭐⭐⭐ "Silky pastry and lovely tangy filling. Marked down for being mini!" - Suzie
Overall Team Score - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Love the hit of the Courvoisier and a very good pastry to mince ratio." - Suzie
⭐ "Distinctly average." - Kayleigh
Overall Team Score - ⭐⭐
⭐⭐ "Not getting the brandy and bit mean on the filling." - Mike
⭐⭐"I had high expectations for this one but there wasn't enough filling and the pastry was a bit too crunchy for me." - Suzie
Overall Team Score - ⭐⭐⭐
⭐⭐⭐"Filling was good, but the pastry was a bit disappointing." - Gregg
⭐⭐"Nice n crumbly pastry, a little mean on the filling." - Mike
Overall Team Score - ⭐⭐
⭐⭐⭐- "Disappointing amount of filling, they're usually much better than this. I demand a recount or a 2nd referendum." - Mike.
⭐⭐ "Although the pastry was nice, the ratio of filling was simply not good enough. More filling needed." - Gregg
Other Christmas foodie delights that we love include:
- Christmas Yule Log. Another of our Christmas favourites includes the Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Milk Chocolate Yule Log and the M&S Woodland Yule Log.
- Gingerbread Cheesecake by Anna Barnett Cooks. Likewise, we've tried and tested this delicious recipe and it's got a solid 10/10 from us! Although the recipe will take you quite some time, we recommend sticking to the instructions. Trust us, the finished result is worth it. You can follow Anna on Instagram @annabarnettcooks.
- Sausage Rolls. Almost nothing beats a pastry filled sausage roll and this year M&S has stepped the sausage roll game up a level with its Ho Ho Ho Handcrafted Sausage Rolls. Good looking and delicious!
- Christmas Puddings. Lidl is selling a killer 24-month matured Christmas Pud this year which will save you all the work leaving you to the most important part - eating it! Seems like a fool-proof plan in our opinion.
Above all, don't forget that you eat with your eyes and food display is crucial to making food taste that bit nicer. Check out our blog 5 of the Best Cheats For Christmas Entertaining for more ideas and inspiration.
Want to WIN a £50 e-voucher to spend at Rockett St George?!
For our November Instagram & Facebook Competition, all you need to do is take a picture of your styled up cosy home and share it with us. First of all, head over to Instagram or Facebook and post your entry using our handle @rockettstgeorge.co.uk and hashtags #rockettstgeorge and #MyCosyHome to make sure we get your entry.
The winner will be announced in our December Hot List. Good Luck!
For our October Hot List, our Facebook & Instagram Competition Theme was 'My Eco Tips'. With so many fabulous entries our work was cut out for us, but we are thrilled to announce that @lisaloulabellexox is our lucky winner! She has won a £50 E-Voucher to spend at Rockett St George! Yay!
Lisa's Top 3 #MyEco Tips included:
- Make your own! I made this floral hoop from an old embroidery hoop and some flowers that had been collecting dust in my loft
- Upcycle! I painted the old pine bed in the same colour as the walls (saved buying more paint) and also painted two old bedside tables in a pink that I had leftover!
- Instead of buying a new carpet, we scrubbed this one by hand (I managed to spill a crazy amount of paint on this one) until it looked like new 🙂 @rockettstgeorge.co.uk #myecotips #rockettstgeorge
A huge thanks to everyone who entered the competition - we loved your #MyEcoTips posts!
The lead up to Christmas can be the most expensive time of the year, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun.
Wrap up warm and head out to the incredible bonfire night parades and fireworks in your local area. Some of our favourite firework displays include:
- River of Light Festival Liverpool - 3rd of November.
- Lewes Bonfire 2019 - 5th of November
- Heaton Park Manchester Bonfire Night 2019 - 5th of November
Psst... the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is definitely worth checking out. You do have to pay for entry, but trust us ... you won't be disappointed!
Christmas Lights Switch On
Watching the Christmas lights turn on is something that the whole family will enjoy and it will certainly get you into the festive spirit. So we've rounded up some of the most spectacular Christmas light displays around the country for you to check out:
- Carnaby Christmas Lights 2019 - 7 November
- Leeds Lights Switch On at Victoria Gardens 2019 - 7th of November
- Bristol Christmas Lights Switch On 2019 - 8th of November
- Marylebone Village Christmas lights 2019 - 13 November
- Manchester Christmas Lights Switch On 2019 - 14th of November
- York Christmas Light Switch On 2019 -14 of November
- Liverpool One Christmas Light Switch On - 15th of November
- Belfast Christmas Light Switch On - 16th of November
- Glasgow George Square Christmas Lights 2019 - 17th of November
- Edinburgh Christmas Lights Switch on 2019 - 17th of November
Image Credit: Savage InteriorsNovember is the time of year where we want to sit down with cosy socks, a strong cup of tea and enjoy a good book. Of course, our favourite type of book is an interior design book ... it always gets us creatively inspired and is a great way to steal a little me-time for yourself.
Interior Design Book #1 - Extraordinary Interiors In Colour by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George
Okay, shameless self-promotion we know, but our latest book is all about colour - it's history, its effect on your mood and how to choose the right colour palette for any room in your home. You can follow co-founder, Jane Rockett on Instagram @rockettstgeorge and shop the book here at Rockett St George.
Interior Design Book #2 - Extraordinary Interiors by Jane Rockett and Lucy St George
Your go-to guide for all your home decor questions, co-founders Jane and Lucy guide you through the process of finding inspiration for your home interiors all the way through to the decorating. You can follow co-founder, Jane Rockett on Instagram @rockettstgeorge and shop Extraordinary Interiors at Rockett St George.
Interior Design Book #3 - Faded Glamour by Pearl Lowe
Pearl Lowe's love for vintage design and interiors is taken to a whole new level in her book, Faded Glamour. As a result, Pearl has showcased the very best vintage interiors along with Pearl's incredible home. You can follow Pearl on Instagram @pearllowe and shop her book on amazon.
Interior Design Book #4 - Pink House Living: For people cheating on fashion with furniture by Emily Murray
Journalist of fifteen years and founder of the award-winning blog; The Pink House, the fabulous Emily Murray has written her debut book all about 'how to home'. With all of Emily's expert knowledge, this is a great book for novices or experts. You can follow Emily on Instagram @pinkhouseliving and buy her book on amazon.
Interior Design Book #5 - Home Sweet Rented Home by Medina Grillo
A must-read for renters who are looking to make their rented home more personal, the DIY queen, Medina Grillo, has written a wonderfully detailed and creative book for your rented abode. You can follow Medina on Instagram @grillodesigns and shop the book at Waterstones here.
Interior Design Book #6 Be Bold: Interiors for the Brave of Heart by Emily Henson.
Encouraging us all to be braver with our interior choices, Emily will inspire you to take creative leaps and make your home personal. You can follow Emily on Instagram @lifeunstyled.
Interior Design Book #7 - Mad About The House by Kate Watson-Smyth
Decorate your home with serious style with the helping hand of leading interiors blogger, Kate Watson Smyth. Kate's helpful guide tackles every room in the home in easy to follow steps. What's more, she's even featured our Palm Tree Floor Light on the front cover. How cool is that?! You can follow Kate on Instagram @mad_about_the_house and shop the book at Rockett St George here.
Interior Design Book # 8 - Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style
Celebrating and exploring 100 years of Architectural Digest this coffee table book is a visual feast for the eyes! You can follow Architectural Digest on Instagram @archdigest and shop the book on Amazon here.
With the winter months ahead of us, we could all do with a little hygge in our homes. Above all, this book will help you to stop and appreciate living in the moment and help you create a cosy home that's an escape from the outside world. It's a must for your Christmas wish list. You can shop this book on amazon.
Interior Design Book #10 - Urban Pioneer: Interiors Inspired By Industrial Design by Sara Emslie
Are you taking on a project to transform a non-residential space into a home? Then this is the book for you. Similarly, this book is also great for anyone who loves industrial style interiors. You can follow the author, Sara Emslie on Instagram @saraemslie_styleandceramics and shop her book at Rockett St George.