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London events in November

Your guide to the best happenings in London this November

Embrace all things autumnal 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 add some sparkle to those chilly nights. Stay warm and happy with our pick of the best things to do in London this month. 

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Our November highlights

Guerrilla Girls


The feminist activist group looks at the Whitechapel Gallery’s history of exhibiting female artists including Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley for this Archive display.

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Whitechapel Gallery , Whitechapel Until Sunday March 5 2017

Wahaca presents Day of the Dead Festival

In Mexico the Dia de los Muertos is a chance to honour loved ones who have moved on from this earth with the sort of fiesta you want to stay at forever. Thomasina Miers's Mexican food brand Wahaca are putting on one hell of a party this Day of the Dead, with a line-up of music including Orkestra Mendoza and Centavrvs. 

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The Vaults , Waterloo Thursday November 3 2016 - Saturday November 5 2016

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

A showcase of board games that'll be sure to have you reminiscing about rainy days spent competing with your siblings. Over 100 objects will be on display featuring games from across the globe and some of the most iconic examples from the V&A's collection.

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V&A Museum of Childhood , Bethnal Green Until Sunday April 23 2017

Bedlam: The Asylum

A new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.

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Wellcome Collection , Bloomsbury Until Sunday January 15 2017

The Royale


Bam! 'The Royale' returns for 2016. A relentlessly gripping boxing drama that sees Bush Theatre boss Madani Younis really flex his directorial muscles. US writer Marco Ramirez’s play is a fictionalised but thematically accurate account of the rise of Jack Johnson (1878-1948), the first African American heavyweight champion of the world.

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The Tabernacle , Westbourne Friday November 4 2016 - Saturday November 26 2016

Hair by Sam McKnight

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.

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Somerset House , Temple Wednesday November 2 2016 - Sunday March 12 2017

Christmas in Leicester Square opens

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.

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Leicester Square , Leicester Square Friday November 11 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns for 2016 and along with its array of shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of 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 packed with tunes by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. 

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Friday November 11 2016 - Wednesday January 25 2017

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. The procession will fill the three-and-a-half mile stretch between Bank and Aldwych as more than 7,000 performers from all over the world fill the streets with 200 horses, more than 150 floats, live music, dance, acrobatics, colourful costumes, and plenty more besides.

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Various London venues , London Saturday November 12 2016
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Shades L
Shades L

I'll be coming to London again this November and will be bringing a group of 8 ladies Christmas shopping to Westfields, Stratford. I'm wondering if there is anything going on this year as last year the race of champions was on and I was totally stuffed trying to get a stretched limo round some of the side streets.

Looking for 19th November 2016. If there's anything going can someone please post up.

Thank you in advance :)

Leanne Nicholls
Leanne Nicholls

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