November is officially here, and whether you’re on the countdown to Christmas or are in absolute denial that 2018 is just around the corner, there’s plenty to do to keep you distracted. Whether you like fireworks, car shows or world-class photography—London has it all (no surprises there) and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny!
World Press Photo 2017 Exhibition | Nov 3rd – 20th | South Bank
An excellent opportunity to see some of the most engaging and thought-provoking photography of 2017, and all for free! The World Press Photo Exhibit returns this year with a series of compelling images from around the world, all shedding light onto the social, political and environmental issues of the world we live in.
Bonfire Night Weekend | Nov 3rd – 5th | Various Locations
Now, there are plenty of grand displays and local spots to check out, depending on the vibe you want for you Guy Fawkes Night this year. We have an article with all your best options linked above so be sure to have a look for all things free, family-orientated and laser-based.
Regent Street Motor Show | Nov 4th | Marylebone
A great chance to see over 125 veteran, vintage, classic and modern cars as well as learn about the electric future of transport too. Every year Regent street is pedetrianised for this family-friendly day out which includes costumes, performances by the West End Kids and the Top Gear Experience! (and no, it isn’t getting punched by Jeremy Clarkson).
Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park | Until Nov 8th | Regent’s Park
Take a stroll through the autumnal leaves at Regent’s Park to enjoy this collection of 23 sculptures by a mixture of contemporary and 20th century artists. The trail includes artists such as Michael Craig-Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi and Ugo Rondinon and there is an app you can download which provides audio descriptions if you can’t attend a tour.
Christmas Markets & Winter Wonderlands | Nov 10th – Jan 6th | Various
Get your big coat and head out to sip on mulled wine the top Christmas fairs in London, with markets, plenty of shows and performances and fairgrounds too. Choose from independent craft fair, riverside strolls and elaborate performances in spiegel tents—all starting in late November and continuing to January.
The Lord Mayor’s Show & Fireworks | Nov 11th | London Bridge
A fantastic day-long event involving a flotilla, street processions, floats and fireworks, this 800 year old tradition gets better every year. Created to celebrate the election of a city mayor in 1215, the event takes place on the new mayor’s first day in office, with celebrations from 9am until fireworks at 5.15pm.
Ice Skating at Somerset House | Nov 15th – Jan 14th | Aldwych
Get your skates on and roll up your sleeves – Somerset house is back with a rink, blades and even DJ nights too. There are chances to snaffle cheaper tickets, but be prepared to pay a little more for event nights like Skate Lates. You can also spend your hard-saved coins on some Fortnum & Mason treats like a chocolate fondue, or cheese and wine platters for two.
Scandinavian Christmas Market | Nov 24th – 26th | Rotherhithe
Start your festive preparations with a touch of the old Scandinavian ‘hygge’ by getting warm and cosy with some tasty treats while you browse the stalls. This Christmas market has a great selection of independent retailers with handmade textiles, calendars and greetings cards and even vintage clothes.
Hyper Japan Christmas Market | Nov 24th – 26th | Wapping
For a touch of Japan in your Christmas shopping, this is the place to be, with creative pieces, traditional art and plenty of snacks and treats to enjoy too. You can try your hand at latte art with famous barista Kazuki Yamamoto, paint a kitsune (Japanese folklore fox) mask or try a cooking class with Andrew Kojima, finalist on Masterchef.