There are so many brilliant things to do in London in November, we barely know where to start.
From festive fairs to cosy pop-ups and woodland walks to wild nights out, these November 2017 events are set to give Londoners the ole’ razzle-dazzle. These are some sparkling happenings you simply won’t want to miss, so without further ado, here’s what’s on in London this November…
There’s a weekend FULL of fireworks to kick things off.
It’s Bonfire Night on Sunday, November 5, but this year you’ll find a dozen firework displays all over London on Friday, Nov 3 and Saturday, Nov 4. Catch fire-breathers on a Brixton rooftop or join Alexandra Palace’s two-day firework festival. Some will require tickets in advance. Check out our guide to firework displays in London.
And there are even MORE fireworks the week after!
Each year the Lord Mayor of London puts on their own epic firework display over the Thames – perfect for those who quite frankly forgot to go out the week before. It takes place on Saturday, November 11 at 5.15pm, with the action taking place between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.
Christmas lights turn on all over London.
London’s beautiful Christmas Lights start switching on in November, with the first switch-on date being Oxford Street’s lights on November 7. Carnaby Street, Marylebone, Regent Street and other famous locations follow soon after: check out our guide to London’s Christmas lights switch-on dates for details.
Christmas fairs and markets start popping up too.
Southbank and Leicester Square both launch their festive markets on November 10, while Winter Wonderland opens November 16 and Winterville opens November 23. Don’t miss our full list of Christmas markets in London.
You can skate with your mates.
The Natural History Museum ice rink has just opened, but eight other outdoor skating rinks will be open for business in November, from Canary Wharf (Nov 4) to Somerset House (Nov 15) and beyond. See our guide to ice skating in London this Christmas.
Get into festive flavours at Taste of London
Kick off the Christmas season in style at the festive edition of Taste of London, running Nov 16-19 at Tobacco Dock. Discover a world of cuisines where you can create your own tasting menu with signature dishes from 15 of London’s best restaurants including Kricket, Bao and Chai Wu. Book your tickets here.
London’s terraces get super-cosy.
We love a good rooftop bar in the summer, but as we move into November, some of our favourites are proving they’re fun for all seasons with a cosy winter upgrade. Try the Queen of Hoxton rooftop medina or Paddington’s now-covered-over Pergola (both already open), go sliding at Social Fun & Games Club in Stratford (from November 2) or skating at Wapping’s Skylight (also Nov 2.) Fulham’s Wonderland turns into Winterland from November 9, or you could try to grab a walk-up igloo at Coppa Club Tower Bridge (now open.)
Later in the month, Jimmy’s Lodge serves up fondue on the South Bank from Nov 10, The Montague in Bloomsbury pops up a ski-lodge from November 16, and Brixton Rooftop gets a South Pole makeover from Nov 23.
Eat. All. The. Cheese.
Who among us can you resist the siren call of London’s Pizza and Prosecco Festival on Nov 25? Elsewhere, a two-day cheese market will be dropping into Dalston’s Geffrye Museum this weekend (Nov 4-5) while later in the month, a glorious pop-up dedicated purely to halloumi will be at 100 Hoxton between November 13-19. Or pay a visit to the new Bloomsbury branch of La Fromagerie, now open.
Catch one of the month’s unmissable movies…
Murder On The Orient Express starring, well, pretty much everyone, lands in cinemas on November 3. Late in the month, look out for creepy-awkward-psych-thriller The Killing Of A Sacred Deer from the director of last year’s freaky indie hit ‘The Lobster’, while the ultra-uplifting, Oscar-tipped Florida Project will inject some much-needed sunshine into the dark evenings.
…in a styled-up cinema.
Backyard Cinema has re-modelled their Miami Beach-themed cinema into a Snow Kingdom fit for your inner ice queen. Their programme of films is now showing. (Look out for Pop Up Screens’s Narnia-inspired cinema in December, too.)
Go for a woodland walk
Even the natural world is getting in on the festive action, especially in deepest south-west London. Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland (above) opens November 10, Kew Gardens’ lights up for winter from November 22 (check out this beautiul floral installation while you’re there) and Chiswick’s Magical Lantern festival starts November 24. Or, explore 13 miles of paths for free in London’s newest nature reserve, at the Walthamstow Wetlands, now open.
See everything at Everything At Once
Everything At Once is a fab free art exhibition and is on now and throughout November at Store Studios, 180 The Strand. Check out a room full of brain-meltingly glitchy light and sound from Ryodi Ikeda, the moving video installation Love Is The Message And The Message Is Death, and three floors of artwork curated by the Lisson Gallery.
See what the internet knows about you at the Glass Room
This fascinating, free little exhibition near Leicester Square brings together a range of interactive pieces revealing how our data is bought and sold in 2017, until November 12. Find your facial doppelganger from a huge library of Flickr faces, see if a brain scanner can detect if you’re shopping on Amazon, or see if your actual email password appears in their big library of leaked data from the LinkedIn hack. There are also a handful of free events on throughout the month, should you want to learn more – check it out here.
Sip something stranger with Smith & Sinclair
Tongue-tingling pop-up The Flavour Gallery is full of sippable, lickable and sniffable art. Leading artists have set to work using taste and aroma to create interactive, edible artworks for the culinary adventurer. (And yes, there’s cocktails.) Pop along on Thursday, November 16 – tickets here.
Have an Old Fashioned night out
It’s Old Fashioned week, so celebrate at the Ten Bells in Spitalfields on Nov 10 as Wild Turkey put on a night dedicated to everyone’s favourite bourbon cocktail, with live bluegrass music bringing some Deep South vibes to the occasion. £10 gets you in the door and two cocktails to get you started, which ain’t too shabby if you ask us. Get tickets here!
GLOW wild at this all-lady wrestling event
If the new Netflix series did it for you, check out EVE on November 11. It’s London’s live feminist, all female, underground pro-wrestling show that runs out of disused railway arch Resistance Gallery in Bethnal Green. Get tickets here!
Dance up a treat at one of these parties
Get spicy at this event dedicated to Spice World’s 20th birthday on Nov 4, join a massive party anthems sing-a-long on Nov 10 or celebrate the 8th birthday of legendary London club night World Unknown on November 10, too. (Now that’s what I call an eclectic choice.)
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