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London events in November

Your guide to the best happenings in London this November

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

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 Until Sunday March 12 2017

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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.

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Sunday September 10 2017

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

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.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Wednesday January 25 2017

Bump Roller Disco

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.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday January 22 2017

Christmas in Leicester Square

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 Until Sunday January 8 2017

Henry IV


A revival of the Donmar's all-female production of 'Henry IV', this time transported to King's Cross Theatre.

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Tuesday December 6 2016 - Tuesday December 13 2016

Skate at Somerset House

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.

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday January 15 2017

Christmas lights in London

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.

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Teller on Mapplethorpe

One photographic provocateur curates another, as the German-born Juergen Teller is invited to select a number of the legendary Robert Mapplethorpe's pictures for this exhibition.

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Alison Jacques , Fitzrovia Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017
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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 :-)