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Your month-by-month guide to the best new events in London

Welcome to Time Out's London events calendar. In this guide you'll find our hand-picked selection of the best new events that begin this month, next month and indeed every month. From theatre, exhibition and film openings to gigs, festivals and comedy, if it's new, it's here - dive in!

November highlights

  • The Bodyguard

    Theatre Nov 6-Apr 27 2013, Adelphi Theatre

    Here comes another West End jukebox adaptation of a big Hollywood blockbuster.

  • Hollywood Costume

    Museums & Attractions Oct 20-Jan 27 2013, V&A

    Some of cinema's best-known costumes have been gathered together for this major exhibition.

  • Ansel Adams: At the Water's Edge

    Recommended Museums & Attractions Nov 9-Apr 28 2013, Royal Museums Greenwich

    A retrospective of the twentieth-century landscape photographer Ansel Adams.

November events in London

  • Tower of London Ice Rink 2012

    Around TownNewRecommended Nov 17-Jan 6 2013, Tower of London

    Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink (aka Ice at the Tower) offers a grand histo...

  • Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present

    ArtNewRecommended Until Jan 20 2013, National Gallery

    The influence of historical painting on photography from the mid-nineteenth century to today is t...

  • Light from the Middle East: New Photography

    ArtFreeNewRecommended Nov 13-Apr 7 2013, V&A

    Contemporary photography from and about the Middle East by 30 artists working across 13 countries...

  • Dorothy Bohm: Women in Focus

    ArtFreeNewRecommended Nov 16-Feb 17 2013, Museum of London

    Now in her late eighties, Lithuanian-born London-based Dorothy Bohm (a co-founder of The Photogra...

  • Cinderella

    TheatreNew Nov 24-Jan 5 2013, Lyric Hammersmith

    The Lyric's panto has never quite scaled the heights of those of Hackney and Stratford. But that ...

  • Carnaby Christmas Lights 2012

    Around TownFreeNew Nov 8-Jan 6 2013, Carnaby Street

    Carnaby Street celebrates its musical heritage this Christmas with decorations inspired by the fi...

  • Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2012

    Around TownFreeNew Nov 5-Jan 6 2013, Oxford St

    Oxford Street's twinkly illuminations for 2012 are, intriguingly, sponsored by that famously divi...

  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink 2012

    Around TownNew Nov 2-Jan 6 2013, Natural History Museum

    Alfred Waterhouse's stunning Natural History Museum once again provides the backdrop for this 1,0...

  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2012

    Around TownNew Nov 23-Jan 6 2013, Hyde Park

    Hyde Park goes all Christmassy with the sparkly additions of rides and attractions including a G...

  • Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea

    Museums & AttractionsNewRecommended Nov 9-Apr 28 2013, Royal Museums Greenwich (including National Maritime Museum)

    A retrospective of the twentieth-century landscape photographer Ansel Adams. The exhibition, whic...

  • Tower of London Ice Rink 2012

    Around TownNewRecommended Nov 17-Jan 6 2013, Tower of London

    Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers a grand historical setting for seaso...

  • Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour

    Museums & AttractionsNew Nov 8-Jan 27 2013, Somerset House

    Positive View Foundation presents an exhibition featuring ten photographs by the legendary French...

  • Bounce

    Museums & AttractionsCritics' choice Until Feb 29 2016, Bounce

    Billing itself as 'Europe's first social ping pong club', Bounce is clearly hoping to emulate the...

  • People

    TheatreNew Oct 31-Feb 9 2013, National Theatre, Lyttelton

    At 78, Alan Bennett is unthinkably reaching something like the end of his magnificent six-decade ...

  • Mel Bochner

    ArtNewRecommended Oct 12-Dec 30, Whitechapel Gallery

    A retrospective show that celebrates the work of conceptual US artist Mel Bochner over the past 5...

  • The Effect

    TheatreNew Nov 6-Feb 23 2013, National Theatre, Cottesloe

    After the blockbuster (well, in Britain at least) success of 'Enron', its dream team of director ...

  • Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950

    Museums & Attractions Until Jan 6 2013, V&A

    The redesigned, two-storey Fashion gallery opens with an exhibition of some 80 ballgowns created ...

  • Constellations

    TheatreNew Nov 9-Jan 5 2013, Duke of York's Theatre

    Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall return to star in Nick Payne's riff on love, death, beekeeping and p...

  • Maurizio Cattelan: Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

    ArtFreeNewRecommended Sep 25-Dec 2, Whitechapel Gallery

    The first in a series of four consecutive displays at The Whitechapel Gallery that showcase highl...

  • Cabaret

    TheatreNew Oct 3-Jan 19 2013, Savoy Theatre

    Rufus Norris's sinister, stylised 2006 revival of Kander and Ebb's unsettling musical classic is ...

  • Richard III

    TheatreNew Nov 6-Feb 3 2013, Apollo Shaftesbury

    Thanks to the success of 'Boeing Boeing' and, of course, 'Jerusalem', Mark Rylance's star now shi...

  • Twelfth Night

    TheatreNew Nov 2-Feb 10 2013, Apollo Shaftesbury

    If the Mark Rylance-starring 'Richard III' looked to be the 'main' event of his return to Shakesp...

  • Scrooge - The Musical

    TheatreNew Oct 24-Jan 5 2013, London Palladium

    Bridging the gap between 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', Bill Kenwrig...

  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2012

    Around TownNew Nov 23-Jan 6 2013, Hyde Park

    Hyde Park goes all Christmassy with the sparkly additions of rides and attractions including a G...

  • Light from the Middle East: New Photography

    ArtFreeNewRecommended Nov 13-Apr 7 2013, V&A

    Contemporary photography from and about the Middle East by 30 artists working across 13 countries...

  • Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock, Photographs by Harry Hammond

    Museums & AttractionsNew Oct 13-Mar 3 2013, V&A

    An exhibition of work by Harry Hammond, the East End-born music photographer who documented the e...

  • Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present

    ArtNewRecommended Oct 31-Jan 20 2013, National Gallery

    The influence of historical painting on photography from the mid-nineteenth century to today is t...

  • William Klein/Daido Moriyama

    ArtNewRecommended Oct 10-Jan 13 2013, Tate Modern

    Hoping for a sort of two-way visual dialogue, Tate Modern has pitched the work of photographer an...

  • Scrooge - The Musical

    TheatreNew Oct 24-Jan 5 2013, London Palladium

    Bridging the gap between 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', Bill Kenwrig...

  • Ross Noble - Mindblender

    ComedyRecommended Thu Nov 29 - Sat Dec 1, Hammersmith Apollo

    The supreme master of spontaneous stand-up and true king of surreal flights of fantasy is back in...

  • Viva Forever!

    TheatreNew Nov 27-Jun 1 2013, Piccadilly Theatre

    'Friendship never ends' declared the Spice Girls back in 1997, and though Posh, Ginger, Baby, B a...

  • Love (Amour)

    FilmRating: 5/5

    Cinema feeds on stories of love and death, but how often do filmmakers really offer new or challe...

  • Adam Ant And The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse

    MusicRecommended Fri Nov 30, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

    The 56-year-old former whooping and clattering King of the Wild Frontier continues his successful...



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