As Christmas is just around the corner, November 2015 brings plenty of things to get into the Christmas spirit. Not a fan of Christmas? No worries, 10 things to do in London in November offers also non Christmas things.
1. Lord Mayors Show
Even if politics isn’t really your thing, the Lord Mayors Show is a good old London event worth checking out just for all the pomp and glory. This year is the 800th year of the show so it is bound to be super. So head out to see the procession between Bank and Aldwych and also take advantage of some of the London city guides on offer from 3PM on the day.
When? 14th November
Where? https://lordmayorsshow.london full event details
2. Bonfire Night
You could choose to celebrate Bonfire Night from number of fantastic venues across London but I’d recommend the Alexandra Palace event for its magnificent views across the city
When? 5th November
Where? Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
3. Urban Food Fest
Not exclusive to November but a cool event nevertheless is the Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch, the heart of London cool. On offer every Saturday are some amazing street food offerings, beers and cocktails.
When? Every Saturday
Where? High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6HU
4. Hyper Japan Christmas Market
If there’s one event I definitely want to check out, it is the Hyper Japan Christmas Market in later November. Having only recently come back from the wonderful island, I can’t wait to get back and events such as this help fulfill that urge to some extent! Kawaii, cosplay and lots of sake are all part of the show.
When? 27th -29th November
Where? Tobacco Dock, London
5. London Jazz Festival
The EFG London Jazz Festival has been described as the ‘best jazz festival on the planet’. It brings together some of the best musical talent in the world, as well as showcasing some incredible local talent.
When? 13th -22nd November
Where? www.efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk for venue details
6. Wahaca Day of the Dead Festival
Wahaca’s Day Of the Dead fiesta will aim to “recreate how Mexico celebrates death whilst living life and bring a little spark of that to Tobacco Dock”. Expect food, music, art and more.
When? 7th November 1pm-1am
Where? Tobacca Dock, London. See www.wahaca.co.uk for full details
7. St Andrews Day
With the colder nights becoming more frequent, you need to head to one of London’s whisky bars for a wee dram to celebrate St. Andrews Day. The Pullman St Pancras is high on the list of recommendations.
When? 30th November
Where? Pullman Hotel, St Pancras, London NW1 2AJ
8. Christmas Designer Market at the V&A
If you are looking to stock up on some unique Christmas presents, it is worth checking out the Christmas Designer Market at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The market, which is a collaboration between the V&A Museum of Childhood and Dot to Dot, promises an eclectic collection of items from independent designers.
When? 29th November 11:30am-4:30pm
Where? V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
9. Silent Disco at the Altitude
If you want to have a good boogie and listen to your favourite music whilst taking in possibly one the best views of London (I know for a fact, I worked up the building), there is no other place to do so than at Altitude London.
When? 6th November
Where? 29th floor, Millbank Tower, SW1 4QP
10. Sample sales
Finally, do check out the November Londom samples sales guide which include my favourite shoemaker-Charlotte Olympia as well as goodies from designers such as Erdem, Holly Fulton and Gina.