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Things to do in London in November

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

November, the month Christmas lights get switched on and the bobble hats come out of storage.

We commemorate a day where a plot to blow up The Houses of Parliament was foiled by setting fire to things.

Here's some ideas of things to do in London in November.



A group of people watching fireworks
Firework Nights in London


1) FIREWORK DISPLAYS AND ALTERNATIVES


Whether you love fireworks or loathe them, there's different options to still enjoy Bonfire Night.


There is a light show on 3rd, 4th and 5th November at Fellowship Square.

It will be an immersive and interactive experience that's suitable for all ages.

There will be a light show, street performers, street food and a bar.

Tickets are £8.50 or £5 for children plus a booking fee.

There's 2 shows a day, Show 1: Gates open 3.30pm with display at 5.30pm.

Show 2 the gates open at 7.00pm and the display starts at 9.00pm.


Battersea Park Fireworks are taking place on 4th and 5th November.

There'll be a firework display, bonfire, winter warming food, mulled wine and glow in the dark face painting.

General admission tickets are £12.30 and children's tickets £8.25


The Fawkes festival is taking place in London at Bishops Park and Ravenscourt Park.

Brought to you by the same people who have created the light shows during the Olympics and London's New Year celebrations.

It's an immersive light, laser and sound extravaganza. There will also be a funfair, live entertainment, face painting and winter warming food and drinks.

It's at both London locations on 3rd and 4th November and tickets are £13.88 for adults and £9.45 for children aged 3 and over.



An exhibition dedicated to the fashion power house, Gucci, is in London.

It is located on The Strand at 180 studios until the 31st December.

Gucci Cosmos is an immersive exploration of era defining creativity.

Exhibition tickets are £18, for £40 you can join on a yearly membership and get access to every exhibition all year.



3) CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON


Christmas starts early in London, with lights being switched on from as early as November 2nd.

Soak up the premature Christmas spirit and get in the mood at one of the light switch on's.



A Christmas dinner with a Christmas tree in the background and glasses of red wine
Christmas Dinner at Westow House


The Crystal Palace Christmas light switch on will take place on November 23rd.

The 'Light Up Crystal Palace' fundraising campaign has brought the Christmas lights back to the area.

It will start at Westow House at 6.30pm and the lights will be lit around the triangle.

Amongst the light switch on the kids can search for Santa's lost presents.


Marylebone Village light switch on is taking place on November 9th 3-8pm.

This years lights will be a sustainable display and the ceremony will take place at 6pm.

There'll be workshops, stalls, live music and late night shopping.



4) BOOK AN ESCAPE EXPERIENCE

Grab a group of mates, lock yourself in a room and try and get out. You'll soon see a different side of your friends.

Here's some places in London you can make, or break your relationships.


Sherlock Official Live Game is a Sherlock Holmes themed escape experience.

There are games for 2-6 players and there are shared and private experiences.

You can book a mini experience complete with afternoon tea in a Sherlock themed bar.


This one's for you if you want a more relaxing experience whilst cracking codes.

Sip cocktails whilst you play 'Escape The Powercut' at Control Room B at Battersea Power Station.

You have 90 minutes to restore the power at Control Room B, located in an original control room.

Escape the Powercut is available to book weekend afternoons for £55 per person including 2 cocktails.



A close up of a trumpet
Jazz in London



5) WATCH SOME JAZZ


Have you visited a jazz club in London? There's plenty of places to kick back and relax, forget about everything and listen to the music.


The EFG London Jazz Festival is taking place 10th-19th November,

There is over 300 gigs across 70 venues in London during the festival.

Established artists, special collaborations and fresh talent will be on show.


The 606 club in Chelsea is home to jazz, blues, soul and groove in London,

It opened in 1976 and there's live music every night of the week in it's intimate speakeasy style club.

If you are a non member you must book for a meal if you wish to consume alcohol.


Ronnie's is an infamous jazz club in Soho.

The great thing about Ronnie Scott's is that you can pick from a more formal jazz venue downstairs or a more relaxed one upstairs.

There's music every night of the week. Entry is affordable and there are some late shows you can catch after theatre or late dinner.

A real London institution.



Chicken wings covered in sesame seeds
Chicken Wings


6) FOOD FESTIVALS

Immerse yourself in your favourite food this November at one of these festivals.


The Wine and Truffle festival is taking place at Italian food hall Eataly in Liverpool Street on 2-4th November.

Expect special dishes, tastings and masterclasses.

Everyone who books a ticket will receive a branded glass and pouch. Tickets cost £30-£60.


If you live for chicken wings, you'll going to LOVE This one. There's an entire festival dedicated to chicken wings, a chicken wing wonderland!

It's happening at Peckham Arches on 24th-26th November.

There's going to be live music, chicken wings, hot sauces, craft beer and competitions.

Buy tickets from £15.50



7) CHAMPAGNE DINNERS AND BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH


Get in the spirit of Christmas and treat yourself to a Champagne fuelled meal.

A perfect treat ready for the festive season.





Sun Street Hotel is a boutique hotel in Shoreditch.

At weekends between 11-3pm you can indulge in a laid back Taittinger bottomless champagne brunch in the Orangery.

2 courses are £25 and bottomless Champagne for 90 minutes is £65 extra, or £30 for Prosecco.



A dining room full of autumnal garlands
Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace is a gorgeous restaurant at The Bloomsbury Hotel.

On the 7th November Maison Perrier-Jouët are hosting a dinner at Dalloway Terrace.

The 4 courses will be paired with iconic Belle Epoque vintages and costs £145 per person.



Things to do in London in November



8) WATCH SOME COMEDY


There are comedy clubs all over London and you can watch comedy every single night.

There's lots of horrible things going on in the world, go and have a laugh and let your hair down.

London has so many places to watch comedy at a very affordable price. You can watch new-comers try their hand at comedy for the first time or see some big names in intimate venues.



A group of comedians hold props
Shoot from The Hip


Shoot from the Hip are an improvised comedy group with a huge TikTok following.

They have gigs all over London including t21 Soho on 18th and Museum of Comedy on 26th and a big Christmas show at Stratford East on the 19th December


What a wonderful thing to do on a Monday!

Happy Mondays comedy is on every Monday at The Amersham Arms in New Cross. Always hosted by Sion James it costs £7



Angel Comedy Club - The Bill Murray
The Bill Murray


The Bill Murray is a pub and comedian community in Angel.

It's run by Angel comedy who also have regular comedy nights at the Camden Head, also in Angel. Comedy at the Camden Head is free - donations encouraged.

Shows at the Bill Murray vary in price but are rarely more than £10.


Top Secret Comedy Club is down Drury Lane in Covent Garden in it's own dedicated building.

There's comedy every night from as little as free to £20 for Friday and Saturday

It's top secret as they have big name comedians come down on a regular basis.



Hot Chocolate brimming with whipped cream
Hot chocolate

9) DRINK HOT CHOCOLATE


When the weather gets colder and there's lots of outdoor shenanigans, a good hot chocolate is a must.

There's some beautiful places for hot chocolate in London , that gives you a hug from the inside.


Dark sugars is a hand crafted chocolate shop that also sells vegan treats in Greenwich.

Their hot chocolate is loaded with shaved real chocolate. There's flavoured varieties and a vegan option.

You can buy a hot chocolate or buy some to make at home.

They have lovely instructions on their website on how to make it.


Italian Bear Chocolate has 2 cafes in central London.

You can pick from milk, gianduia, dark chocolate or a triple chocolate hot chocolate.

Book a table online and visit when you're doing a spot of shopping on Oxford Street.



A lady carrying shopping bags
London Sample Sales


10) BAG A BARGAIN


Head to one of London's sample sales and outlet stores and get a designer item at a discount. You could get some Christmas presents that make you seen extra generous too,


The Box is a fresh & unique approach to luxury sample sales with weekly sales at their venue in Hackney.

Check out their sample sale calendar for upcoming events.

They host for British brands including Macintosh and Aquascutum.

In November they are hosting sample sales for brands including Vivienne Westwood and Fred Perry.


Showcase runs luxury sample sales in London, Manchester and online.

Their sample sales offer up to 80% off of luxury brands.

Showcase partners with designer brands to ensure excess stock is sold to fans of their brand.

They also ensure items are sold respectfully, and have strict rules.

You need to be a member of Showcase.co to buy at their sales.

General access is free. Priority access is £36 a year and they get available slots after VIP members have booked.

VIP membership is £300 a year and VIP's get first access to instore and online sales.

Designer brand partners include Mulberry, Anya Hidmarch, Kate Spade and Macintosh.


Burberry is a global brand with a deep British heritage.

Started by Thomas Burberry in 1856, In London we have a Burberry outlet in Hackney at Chatham Place.

Get a piece of British fashion heritage at a cut price



11) SEE A SHOW


There's so many amazing shows and experiences in London, here's my pick of some to see this month.

Whether it's a West End show, cabaret or an immersive experience you fancy.

There's something for everyone and at every price point.


Underbelly Boulevard is a brand new entertainment venue in Soho.

There's an entertainment space, restaurant and cocktail bar.

Bernie Dieter's Kabarett is the resident show that's playing until 6th January.

Expect a live band, comedy songs, circus and firebreathing. The show lasts 90 minutes and costs £25.

*I've seen this show a few times in other venues and loved it.





This is the National Theatre's stage adaption of Neil Gaiman's 2013 novel.

A man comes to his home town to attend his father's funeral.

We flashback 40 years to his childhood that's full of fantasy and mystery.

If you are a Stranger Things fan you'll love this show.

*I got to see this show via London Box Office and thought this show was beautiful and interesting,


A group of people in capes are being talked to by an actor
The Gunpowder Plot



The Gunpowder Plot is an immersive show located in The Tower Vaults.

The real conspirators of the gunpowder plot were actually held captive moments away in The Tower of London.

You'll get both sides of the story of the real life gunpowder plot and have to decide what action you'll take as a group.

It's a mixture of live action and VR technology used to tell the story.

The set, VR, actors and experience is amazing.

*It's one of the best experiences I've had in London.

It also gets you thinking about whether Guy Fawkes was a hero or a villain.


I hope you found 'Things to do in London in November' useful and that you have a wonderful November.

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