What's On in London in November

Crisp London weather serves as the perfect excuse to take in a film festival, gallery show or a stunning live performance. With so many events to choose from, a November stay is a true celebration.

What's On in London in November

November is a great time to experience activities that are specific to London and its culture. With the winter season underway, the city decorates itself with ice skating rinks, Christmas markets and historical events that will immerse you in both the holiday spirit and the spirit of London itself.

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Ice Skating in London

November, 2018

Ice skating is not only a staple of the Christmas season, but also one of London's favorite winter pastimes, especially in the run up to Christmas. There are several permanent indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in London, but come November, you'll find even more popping up across the capital. Get your ice skating kicks at one of the many iconic locations such as the historic Hampton Court Palace, the National History Museum, the stunning surrounds of Somerset House and top shopping destinations such as Westfield London.

Photo by Andrew Rabbot

Regent Street Motor Show

November 3, 2018

Motor fans will be in their element with this show, packed with old and new cars across the ages. Regent Street is the beautiful backdrop, and the show will bring over 125 years’ worth of vehicular history to the central streets of the city. On top of this, there are street performances and entertainment to enjoy.

Website: http://regentstreetmotorshow.com/

Bonfire Night

November 5, 2018

Remember, remember the fifth of November… Come celebrate this British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes infamously tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. There will be fireworks displays across the city and bonfires with effigies of Guy Fawkes burning on top. Since there’s bound to be events all over London, you’ll have no trouble stumbling upon fellow revelers who will flock to the streets to celebrate.

Winter at the Southbank Centre

November - January 2019

The Southbank Centre starts warming up for the holiday season this November. Warm the spirit with mulled wine, eggnog and other seasonal favorites while you browse for gifts in the Nordic-styled Wintertime Market, or unwind from all the holiday chaos with a session in the rooftop Finnish saunas.

Website: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/winter-festival

Photo by Oliver Spalt

Freight in the City Expo

November 6, 2018 

Alexandra Palace will host the annual Freight in the City Expo this year in the Great Hall. Showcasing the latest in vehicles and technology, this years event will focus on making transport in our cities cleaner, safer and quieter.

Website: http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/freight-in-the-city-expo/

Photo by Garry Knight

The Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London

November 10, 2018

This free show will thrill visitors to the capital, showcasing over 800 years of history. The ceremony is packed with opulence and grandeur and celebrates the newly elected mayor of London coming into power. The procession winds between Bank and Aldwych, and begins at 11am, finishing at around 2.30pm. Be sure to get there early to grab the best spot!

Website: https://lordmayorsshow.london

London Jazz Festival

November 16 - 25, 2018

Created in 1992, the EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival, acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artists and emerging stars, the festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience through one of UK's landmark music events.

Website: http://www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk

Remembrance Day in London

November 11, 2018

Each year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives to the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.  Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, now is the time to come out and pay your respects to soldiers living and dead.

Website: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-we-remember/remembrance-sunday

Photo by Christine Matthews

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

Mid-November, 2018 - January 1, 2019

When the gates to Hyde Park in Mid November visitors will find the grounds transformed into what can only truly be described as a Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the tantalizing smells and delightful stalls with a stroll through the twinkling Christmas market, or catch a magical performance in Winter Palace Theatre. With rides, including a giant observation wheel, circus shows, ice skating rinks, and even a Santa Land, there's something for everyone at Hyde Park this winter.

Website: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Thanksgiving in London 2018

November 23, 2018

Enjoy a spot of American tradition in London with this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations. This is when family and friends join together and enjoy a huge feast of delicious foods, and whilst this isn’t a British tradition it is one which is embraced wholeheartedly. You can enjoy various traditional Thanksgiving dishes at a range of hotels, restaurants, and pubs across the city.

Website: http://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/7121487-thanksgiving-in-london#eOlBhyMfU5CUo0Lb.97

Christmas Lights Turn on at Kew Gardens

Late November, 2018

Kew Gardens sparkles into life this evening as over a million twinkling lights turn on to illuminate the park for a magical evening event. Adults and children alike will be enchanted by the installations throughout the park, including a phenomenal light display in the Palm House and positively charming vintage fairground rides.

Website: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on

Photo by Gavriil Papadiotis

Winterville

November 22, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Winterville is back! Located in Victoria Park, you can be sure to expect ice skating, craft Christmas markets, activities for the whole family and a tent packed with comedy, cabaret and club nights. Horse-drawn carriages and a Santa’s grotto complete the wintry vibes, while street food vendors and craft beer bars maintain an East End edge. Feel free to keep tabs on the website for more info on Winterville 2018.

Website: http://winterville.co.uk

St. Andrews Day

November 30, 2018

Come to celebrate Scotland's official national day, St. Andrew's Day, in London. Rivalries aside, on this day Londoners devote themselves to a celebration of all things Scottish. Expect to be treated to a bevy of bagpipes, tartan, golf, whiskey and, of course, haggis!

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