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London events in November

Your guide to the best happenings in London this November

© Britta Jachinski

Embrace all things autumnal in the capital and get stuck into November's offering of cool, crisp things to do. There's Thanksgiving meals and London Jazz festival to keep you happy indoors - and then outdoors there's the Lord Mayor's Show and Bonfire Night firework displays to brighten up those November blues.  

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Our November highlights


RHS Secret Garden Sundays

The RHS hosts these ever-changing open days in celebration of gardening, plants and growing your own. The exhibitors change each month but the event always features a mix of florists, beekeepers, and local, independent and artisan food producers. There are also stalls selling everything visitors need to grow their own produce at home, as well as cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops and a plant fair.

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RHS Lindley Hall , Nine Elms Sunday November 1 2015

Bonfire Night

As the autumn evenings grow crisp and cool, November arrives with an abundance of beautiful Bonfire Night fireworks to warm things up. Wrap up snug and head to one of the capital's many firework displays to enjoy a show of spectacular colours. 

Thu Nov 5. Various London locations

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

Wahaca presents Day of the Dead Festival

Critics' choice

Mexican food brand Wahaca are putting on one hell of a party this November's Day of the Dead, with a line-up of music including The Horrors, Crystal Fighters and Mexrrissey, who offer Latino covers of Morrissey and The Smiths. An art exhibition and daytime talks will explore the subjects of life and death, as well as looking at issues that affect Mexico today. Wahaca will be in charge of the food and drink, so guests can expect tantalising combinations of punchy flavours.

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Tobacco Dock , Wapping Saturday November 7 2015

Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks

When it comes to London’s traditional events, this is one of the biggies, referenced in Pepys’s diaries and in works by Canaletto and Hogarth. Given that in 2015 it will celebrate its 800th year, you can be sure we're in for something even more spectacular than usual.

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Various London locations , London Saturday November 14 2015

Doctor Who Festival

Whovians rejoice: your chance to spend a whole weekend thinking only about The Doctor is imminent. This three-day festival is the official celebration of all things 'Doctor Who', with appearances from the cast and writers (notably Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat), sets, costumes, a cosplay showcase and plenty more.

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ExCeL Centre , Custom House Friday November 13 2015 - Sunday November 15 2015


The Design Museum is already gearing up for an exhibition celebrating all things cycle. It will coverall kinds of bikey business from cycling subcultures and bespoke creations to performance-improving design and the new ways in which we are using our towns and cities.

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Design Museum , Bermondsey Wednesday November 18 2015 - Thursday June 30 2016

Hyper Japan Christmas Market

Hyper Japan is back this November with a Christmas market celebrating Japanese culture and cuisine at its best. Visitors can browse stalls selling fashion goods, toys, wrapping paper, traditional tableware and crockery, then pick up edible presents in a food hall packed full of exotic teas, chocolate, Japanese snacks and sake. Entertainment over the weekend includes nail art appointments, martial arts displays and live J-pop music, as well as food and drink demos and traditional Japanese Taiko Drumming.  Find more Christmas markets and fairs in London Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London

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Tobacco Dock , Wapping Friday November 27 2015 - Sunday November 29 2015

London Jazz Festival

The EFG London Jazz Festival has come a long way from where it began in 1992. Now in its twenty-second year, it’s evolved from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week into an internationally renowned celebration of all things musically deep and delightful, with legends such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Ornette Coleman headlining recent festivals.

Fri Nov 14 – Sun Nov 23 Various London Venues 

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By: Roseanne Hanley

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution

There'd be no Bridget Jones without him, but Samuel Pepys was so much more than just his diary. Discover the great man's habits, stories and experiences in an exhibition about the period between the execution of Charles I (1649) and the Glorious Revolution (1688),  presented using Pepys's voice and character. Through 200 paintings and objects gathered from international museums, galleries and private collections, visitors will see the full story behind this formative era of British history, as well as getting an insight into Pepys's penchant for gossip, music and women.

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National Maritime Museum , Greenwich Friday November 20 2015 - Monday March 28 2016


Let’s hear it for the ‘special relationship’! With a huge number of US expats living in London, it’s no wonder many London restaurants choose to celebrate the main culinary festival of the States. Falling on the fourth Thursday of November, here’s your chance to have a pre-Christmas turkey dinner with our top pick of places to celebrate in London. 

Thu 27 Nov. Various London venues

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Leanne Nicholls
Leanne Nicholls

This has helped me organise a whole week of great fun for my family and I :-)