May 30, 2023

October appeared to whizz by and earlier than we all know it, will probably be Christmas in London! Earlier than then, nonetheless, have the month of November with a calendar that’s jam-packed with enjoyable issues to do.

November is the month for bonfire evening and there are a variety of celebrations happening throughout town. Christmas markets, Christmas lights and the odd ice rink or two open as nicely, getting you prepared for the vacation season.

The EFG London Jazz Competition returns this month and there’s the Winter Arts & Antiques Truthful at Olympia too. Don’t miss the ultimate weeks of Fashioning Masculinities: The Artwork of Menswear on the V&A (till 6 November); A Garland for The Queen at Southbank Centre (Till 9 November); and Frieze Sculpture Park in Regent’s Park (Till 13 November).

Buckingham Palace is closed to guests now till July 2023 however you possibly can see the Royal residence from the skin while you watch the Changing of the Guards. Excursions of the Homes of Parliament are solely happening on 12 November this month (and are almost bought out). The next date available are on Saturday 3 December, make sure that to ebook prematurely!

Don’t neglect to try our record of issues happening in October, with lots of the exhibitions and occasions listed ongoing.

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Right here’s our decide of the most effective locations to go within the British capital this month.

Ice Rinks in London

Time to get your skates on as London’s winter ice rinks open throughout town. E book tickets for Battersea Energy Station, Queen’s Home Greenwich, Canary Wharf and our favorite skating rink Somerset Home now. Check out extra locations to follow your Torvill and Dean routines right here.

London’s Christmas Lights

London is aware of a factor or two about placing on a good Christmas show, beginning this month! London’s Christmas lights will probably be switched on this month beginning with Oxford Avenue (2 November) adopted by Regent Avenue, Covent Backyard, Carnaby Avenue and Bond Avenue. See extra particulars on what Christmas lights shows are happening right here.

London’s Christmas Exhibits

Prepare for the festive season with tickets to a Christmas present. A few of the finest theatre performances open this month together with Elf the Musical and A Christmas Carol on the Outdated Vic. Check out our favorite Christmas exhibits in London right here.

London’s Christmas Gentle Trails

The festive mild trails get switched on this month together with these at Kew Gardens, Lightopia at Crystal Palace and Illuminature on the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes. Check out our different advisable mild trails right here.

London’s Christmas Markets

London’s Christmas Markets spring into motion this month as nicely. Considered one of our favourites is the South Bank Centre Winter Market that takes place alongside the River Thames. Check out a few of the different markets happening this vacation season right here.

Hogwarts within the Snow

Followers of the Harry Potter movies ought to get their wands on the prepared for Hogwarts at Christmas. The annual Hogwarts within the Snow opens its doorways on November 12 and welcomes company till January 15.

The Nice Corridor will probably be reworked with the ice silvers of the long-lasting Xmas Ball scene. The Gryffindor widespread room will probably be dressed for the season and snow will cowl the Forbidden Forest in addition to the cobbled stone and magical store fronts of Dragon Alley.

Dates: 12 November 2022 – 15 January 2023. Tickets can be found now.


The place: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR

For extra Harry Potter magic, check out this strolling tour by way of central London.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

London’s greatest festive funfair is again for one more 12 months of funfair rides, ice skating, a Christmas market and much too many indulgent foods and drinks stalls. There’s additionally the prospect to meet Santa and see London from up excessive within the large Ferris wheel.

When: 18 November 2022 – 2 January 2023


The place: Hyde Park; nearest tubes Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Nook and Knightsbridge

Christmas on the Postal Museum

The Mail Rail is getting a festive makeover, ranging from 2 November. The subterranean experience which takes guests again in time to the heyday of the postal railway will probably be embellished for the vacations.

Additionally on show are letters to Santa, which inlaces official playing cards from Father Christmas despatched to youngsters between 1963 and 2010. The first industrial Christmas card may also be on show within the museums everlasting exhibitions house.

When: Opens 2 November


The place: Postal Museum, 15-20 Phoenix Pl, London WC1X 0DA

Luxurious Journey Truthful

Get inspiration in your subsequent journey (out of your armchair or in any other case) on the Luxurious Journey Truthful that’s happening this month at Olympia. They’ve obtained a cracking line-up of audio system timetabled together with adventurer Charlie Walker and Aleem Raheem, co-founder of Earth Journey. It’s also possible to chat to representatives from journey and expedition corporations.

When: 3 – 6 November


The place: Olympia; nearest tube Kensington (Olympia)

Bonfire Evening

Sadly most of London’s free Bonfire Nights are happening this 12 months (that features Victoria Park and Blackheath as nicely Crystal Palace Park, Southwark Park and Ravenscourt Park). 

That stated, there are nonetheless locations the place you possibly can watch fireworks mild up the evening sky. Check out the next firework shows: 

This 12 months, plenty of the Man Fawkes evening celebrations are happening on the weekend of November 4-6 and whereas some Saturday evening tickets are bought out, Sunday evening tickets are nonetheless accessible.

If you happen to can’t make it to one of many above fireworks shows then ebook a ticket for the immersive Gunpowder Plot experience on the Tower of London and uncover the explanations behind Man Fawkes evening!

Regent Avenue Motor Present

Even when you solely have a passing curiosity in automobiles its price taking a visit all the way down to Regent Avenue on Saturday November 4. The highway will probably be closed to modern-day site visitors from Oxford Avenue to permit classic automobiles to park up for the day. On show will probably be automobiles relationship again 125 years together with veteran, classic, basic, and the very newest automobiles.

When: Saturday 4 November


The place: Regent Avenue; nearest tubes Oxford Avenue or Piccadilly Circus

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Londoners Underground

Londoners might need a repute for being grumpy when travelling by tube nevertheless it’s not (at all times) true! Don’t consider us? Check out this free exhibition opening this month on the Barbican Library, Londoners Underground: Personal Worlds in Public Locations. Because the title suggests, the exhibition is compiled of photographs of Londoners taking the tube. The photographs had been taken over a five-year interval.

When: 1 – 23 November


The place: Barbican Library; nearest tubes Barbican, Moorgate, Farringdon and St. Paul’s

Wrap Up London

The annual charity coat assortment WrapUp London is happening once more this 12 months. The charity distributes the coats that they gather to those that want them most so dig out your previous winter coats and donate them to a very good trigger. Verify the web site for assortment factors.

When: 7 – 27 November


The place: Verify web site for assortment factors

Enchanted Woodland

If you happen to’re in search of an early festive mild path for youthful youngsters then check out Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland. The illuminated mile-long route winds previous fairy gardens and magical installations.

When: 11 – 13 November; 18 – 20 November; 25 – 27 November. There are two quiet classes happening on Friday 18th and twenty fifth November. 


The place: Syon Home; Syon Lane Station is the closest practice station

Lord Mayor’s Present

For pomp, pageantry and a enjoyable procession, line up on 12 November for the Lord Mayor’s Present, the annual occasion which marks the outgoing Lord Mayor being changed by the brand new Lord Mayor. The spectacle dates again to the early thirteenth century and contains a grand ceremonial carriage in addition to floats and marching bands travelling by way of the Metropolis of London.

When: 12 November


The place: Metropolis of London; take a look at the route here 

Ever After Backyard 

Mayfair’s Grosvenor Sq. is being reworked into an illuminated backyard with greater than 20,000 illuminated roses put in to lift cash for The Royal Marsden Most cancers Charity. There’s no admission charge however donations are very welcome. It’s also possible to select to dedicate a rose to a liked one.

When: From 23 November


The place: Grosvenor Sq.; nearest tube Bond Avenue

Injecting Hope on the Science Museum 

Keep in mind these days after we had been all locked down at dwelling? The times of lockdowns and ready for a vaccine really feel a very long time in the past however the brand new exhibition on the Science Museum follows the worldwide journey to develop vaccines throughout the pandemic. The exhibition options artworks, interactive reveals and private objects. 

When: 30 November 2023 – January 2024


The place: Science Museum; nearest tube South Kensington 

Occasions and exhibitions on the Tate Fashionable 

Discover the woven sculptures of Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz on the Tate Fashionable this month. 

The UNIQLO Tate Play sequence of occasions proceed this month with some enjoyable portray workshops and the prospect to create your personal art work by weaving vibrant threads and textiles. 

When: Magdalena Abakanowicz opens on November 17. UNIQLO Tate Play takes place over numerous dates, verify web site for particulars. 


The place: Tate Fashionable; nearest tube London Bridge

Wildlife Photographer of the Yr on the Pure Historical past Museum

Considered one of my favorite exhibitions of the 12 months opens this month on the Pure Historical past Museum. The Wildlife Photographer of the Yr opens on 14 October in a newly redesigned exhibition house that features brief movies, quotes from jury members and photographers in addition to insights from Museum scientists alongside the photographs. 

When: Till 2 July 2023


The place: The Pure Historical past Museum; nearest tube South Kensington

Hieroglyphs: Unlocking historical Egypt 

This new exhibition on the British Museum opened final month and is nicely price a go to. The exhibition takes guests by way of the language of Egyptian hieroglyphs the place you’ll uncover romantic poetry, procuring lists and even tax returns on this distinctive exhibition in addition to learn the way the hieroglyphs had been ultimately deciphered. 

When: Till 19 February 2023


The place: The British Museum; nearest tubes Tottenham Court docket Street, Holborn, Russel sq. and Goodge Avenue

Household Actions at Tower Bridge 

The following free household exercise session at Tower Bridge is happening on Saturday 18 November. Finest suited to youngsters aged 6 to 10 (however all ages welcome), these exercise classes can be found all through the day and included within the value of admission. 

When: Saturday 19 November 


The place: Tower Bridge; nearest tube Tower Hill station

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