There are so many brilliant things to do in London in November, we barely know where to start.
From festive fairs and cosy pop-ups, to woodland walks and wild nights out, these November 2018 events are set to give Londoners the ole’ razzle-dazzle. There are some sparkling happenings you simply won’t want to miss, so without further ado, here’s what’s on in London this November. (? by @astir.le)
1. Go skating at The Natural History Museum (all month) ⛸
Natural History Museum’s stunning rink is open from October 26 and, as always, it’s set to be the most magical and romantic place to be this winter. Skate around the rink’s beautiful centrepiece – a stunning, twinkling Christmas tree, and take in the aromas of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows in the air. A visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season. Head over to Fever to reserve your spot on the ice. ?Sponsored.?
2. Go watch the firework displays over the city (Nov 2–5) ?
It’s Bonfire Night on Monday, November 5, but you’ll find dozens of firework displays all over London on Friday, Saturday and Monday. For a free awe-inspiring show, head to Blackheath on November 3, or Waltham Forest on November 5. See our guide to London’s best Bonfire Night firework displays.
3. Re-wind to the days of UK Garage at this glorious gig (November 9)
The stars of the UKG scene – including Oxide & Neutrino, Shoala Ama, Romeo and DJ Hatcha – perform live with the UKG Orchestra at a very special gig at Islington Academy. Get 40% off tickets here to this unmissable show! ?Sponsored.?
4. See Christmas lights switching on over London (Nov 6 onwards) ✨
Carnaby Street’s Queen-inspired lights are already aglow, but you can still catch the switch-on parties on Oxford Street (Nov 6), Covent Garden (Nov 13) or Regent Street (Nov 15) – or wait until the end of November, when everything should be safely lit up at once. See our guide to London’s Christmas lights switch-on dates.
5. Explore a magical Christmas fair or market (Nov 9 onwards)
Southbank and Leicester Square both launch their festive markets on November 9, while Winterville opens November 15 and Winter Wonderland opens November 22. Here’s our full list of Christmas markets in London.
6. Go for a wonderful woodland walk (Nov 9 onwards)
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 9, Chiswick After Dark opens November 15, and Kew Gardens lights up for winter, starting November 22.
7. See flames fill the moat at the Tower of London (Nov 4 – 11)
10,000 torches will fill the moat at the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th Armstice Day, in an installation called Beyond the Deepening Shadow. It’ll be free to view – here’s what we know so far.
8. Get into festive flavours at Taste of London (Nov 15-18)
Kick off the Christmas season in style at the festive edition of Taste of London, running November 15-18 at Tobacco Dock in Wapping. Discover a world of Christmassy cuisines, where you can create your own tasting menu with signature dishes from some of London’s best restaurants. Taste the magic and book your tickets here.
9. Go curling on a rooftop (all month)
Head to the Social Fun & Games Club at Roof East, where you’ll be able to combine curling (the sensational stone-shoving sport of dexterity and deceit) with seasonal cocktails (Apple Strudel Mojito, anyone?). You go, curl friends: tickets are on sale here.
10. Capture the perfect selfie (Nov 9 – 20)
It had to happen eventually! Collect a whole year’s worth of perfect profile pics at the love-it-or-hate-it Selfie Factory, giving you and a pal the chance to muck about in real photo sets and immersive environments. Popping up for eleven days only, tickets are now on sale here.
11. Sip on Scottish gins at True OriGINs (Nov 1 – 4)
A four-day festival will be offering a range of over 80 Scottish gins and mixers for you to try, along with Scottish food, gin masterclasses and live music from up-and-coming Scottish bands. Pure dead brilliant: get your tickets here.
12. Soak up retro Cuban vibes at Last Nights of Havana (Wed-Sat, all month)
Inspired by the opulent playground that was pre-revolution Havana, the re-imagined Quayside Bar evokes a time when rum cocktails, cigars, Cadillacs and unbridled glamour were the order of the day. If you’re looking for great drinks, great music and escapism like no other, you’re in for a treat. Cha-cha-check it out: tickets on sale here.
13. Prep for the season at Olympia London
Whether you’re a hostess with the mostest, or someone’s rudely appointed you Head of Christmas Stuff at work, head to Olympia between Nov 21 – 25. Two adjacent festivals (Ideal Home Show Christmas and Eat & Drink Festival Christmas) will provide all the Yuletide swag and inspo you need. Sensibly, admission to one also gets you entry to the other. Get a ticket here and fill yer boots.
14. Get festive at a seasonal screening (from Nov 11)
This totally tropical West End bar has unveiled a frosty new look for winter, and this month they’ll be screening all kinds of seasonal films, including singalongs to Frozen and The Greatest Showman, with booze-free family-friendly matinees on offer too. Step into Frozen Island and book tickets here.
15 – 18. Or something harder-hitting…
Some hotly-rated movies are ready to land in London cinemas this month. Jake Gyllenhall and Carey Mulligan star in moving drama Wildlife from first-time director Paul Dano; Widows offers a bad-ass revenge-heist thriller with political overtones; and in Disobedience, Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams have a sad and occasionally sexy time of it with a love-that-dare-not-speak-its-name in north London’s Orthodox Jewish community. Meanwhile, Potterheads will want to catch Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when it drops on November 16.
19. Head to a Daft Punk-tastic party (Nov 9)
If you’re a Daft Punk fan, don’t miss the Digital Love party at E1 London. It promises seven hours of robo-pop inspired revelry including all the hits, rare cuts and floor-filling remixes you can handle, plus light shows, glowing pyramids and, yes, DJs in sequinned helmets. Stay up all night to get lucky – get tickets here.
20. Check out some amazing art (all month)
There are plenty of neat art exhibitions happening in London this November. Explore a maze of mirrors at the Hayward Gallery’s Space Shifters show, or recline in double beds and soak up some video art at 180 The Strand.
21. Try your luck at a free Vegas-themed speakeasy (November 8-10)
A secret, Las Vegas themed speakeasy will be heading to London for three nights only. Enjoy a fancy cocktail on arrival as well as the chance to win a free trip to Vegas. And just one last reminder – the party is also free to attend – but you’ll have to try your luck at tickets.
22. Get inspired at Stylist Live (November 9-11)
Expect to see plenty of inspiration talks (on everything from how to quit your job, to the rise of modest dressing and how to sell your ideas), endless amounts of delicious street food and more than 250 pop up fashion/beauty stalls. And don’t forget to head over to the Stylist Catwalk to see all of the upcoming A/W18 fashion trends. Don’t miss out – get your tickets here.
23. See the moving Somme installation at the Olympic Park (Nov 8 – 18)
72,396 shrouds will be laid out in Stratford’s Olympic Park to commemorate the lives of British and Commonwealth shouders lost at the Somme in World War 1. More information here.
24. Protect hedgehogs at HEDGEFEST (Nov 17)
Will there be hedgehogs? Honestly… no. But, is it a day-long festival at a pub in Hackney to raise money for the London’s struggling population of adorable little spikeballs? Yes! It’s hedgehog time – here’s how to be there.
25. Binge watch some adorable dogs (from Nov 16)
If you can’t get enough of cute dogs on the Tube, Netflix are releasing a tear-jerking six-part documentary about dogs on November 16. There’s also a new Coen Brothers anthology, a final (Spacey-less) House of Cards series and plenty of movie magic coming to the platform – here’s what’s new on Netflix UK this November.
25 – 41. Try something new
Fancy some more inspiration? Here’s plenty more to be getting on with…
?13 romantic autumn date ideas
⛷Montague Ski Lodge (opens Nov 14)
?Breddos Tacos’ new Soho cocktail bar (now open)
?Idris Elba’s new Strand hotel bar (opens Nov 7)
?12 game-filled party venues for competitive types
?Leicester Square’s new plant-filled rooftop bar (from Nov 23)
?The bottomless sushi and prosecco feast in Shoreditch
?SushiSamba’s gorgeous new Covent Garden restaurant
?Kings Cross’ lux new shopping hub, Coal Drops Yard
❄️Piste: an apres-ski bar where staff burst into song
?Sample avocado beer at the Long Arm Pub, Shoreditch
? Try Asia’s fave fried chicken chain Jollibee, now open in LDN
?A bottomless red wine roast dinner at the ‘First Dates’ restaurant
⛸Pirouette neatly at John Lewis’ teeny rooftop ‘ice’ rink
? Go on a cheese crawl of London
? Sample the seasonal pumpkin spice gelato at Selfridges
? Dine like a Greek god at the epic Divine Proportions
? Try London’s first all-vegan ‘fish’-n-chip shop in Hackney