Dig out your sturdiest leaf-crunching shoes and embrace all things autumnal with November's offering of cool, crisp things to do. There's Thanksgiving meals and London Jazz festival to keep you happy indoors and the ultra-trad Lord Mayor's Show and big ol' Bonfire Night to keep you entertained outdoors. Start your month off with a bang with our pick of the very best things to do in London this November.
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Our November 2016 highlights
An exhibition championing Sam McKnight's impressive 40-year career in hair-styling. As one of the first stylists to have solely carved a career in the fashion world, McKnight's portfolio spans beautiful blow drys, braids and waves for editorial shoots, ad campaigns and catwalk shows.Read more
The prestigious nature photography exhibition returns this October. Now in its fifty-second year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition and exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet, captured by professional and amateur photographers.Read more
Elton John has one of the best private collections of twentieth-century photography in the world, which may come as a surprise if you thought he just spent his money on CDs and flowers. He's lending around 150 key images for this major Tate Modern show.Read more
The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns for 2016 and along with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. NoFit State will be bringing contemporary circus to the stage with 'Bianco' performed above, behind and around the audience, plus Christmas will get a rock 'n' roll makeover thanks to the 'Million Dollar Quartet' musical.Read more
Do you love nothing more than rolling with your homies? Then head down to Bump's wooden-floored roller disco that's popping up at the Southbank Centre for another year. Skates are included in the ticket price (though pros are welcome to bring their own), and there'll be a line-up of special club nights taking place in the evenings on Fridays and Saturdays for which tickets can be booked in advance.Read more
Santa called. He’s added another date to an already busy schedule, you can now catch him and his trademark twinkly, goodtime atmosphere to 'Christmas in Leicester Square', the capital’s latest Crimbo destination. The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Speigeltent from the Underbelly team including Ursula Martinez, TheEnglish Gents, Hamish McCann’s pole act, and Denis Lock’s bubble act.Read more
The grand 18th-century courtyard that is home to Somerset House ice rink provides a stunning location for a skating session this winter – and no matter how unimpressive your skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will look the very definition of festive fun on Instagram. There are lots of tempting extras too: the Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining.Book now Read more
This is the month when London gets transformed into the sparkliest, blingiest, most festive place on earth with the switching on of Christmas lights all over town. There's nothing like the sparkle of London Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover. Plan an outing to gaze upon Christmas lights in London, ahead of a festive spot of ice skating or Christmas shopping, with our guide to all the main lights in London this Christmas here.Read more
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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
Venue says: Enjoy a two-course lunch, Tuesday-Saturday, for £29
This Michelin-starred restaurant at COMO The Halkin hotel comes from the Arzak family - famed for their eponymous, three Michelin-starred restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain. Ametsa offers a similarly intricate showcase of New Basque cuisine, with contemporary interpretations of classic dishes from the north-east of Spain. The menu might include dishes such as seasonal vegetables with sesame and summer truffle, grouse with dry apricot mousse and golden berries, suckling pig on a bed of carob crumbs, and leche 'tostada' con helado de piña asada - a dessert of clove custard, toasted milk and pineapple ice cream. A tasting menu - with or without wine pairing - is available alongside the a la carte at dinner, with a set lunch menu (currently £29 for three courses) offering a more accessible option. Sherries and Spanish wine dominate the wine list.