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London events in November

Your guide to the best happenings in London this November

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 add some sparkle to the ever-chillier nights. 

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Our November highlights


The Enchanted Woodland

The tenth anniversary year of Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland will see the 600-year-old gardens and their 400-odd specimens of tree transformed by specially designed illuminations and lights. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos.

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Syon House and Park , Brentford End Friday December 4 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015


Winterville is back! The Christmassy carnival in Victoria Park returns for 2015 (Thursday November 26 - Wednesday December 23), bringing plenty of festive fun to east London.

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By: Laura Richards

Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes

Critics' choice

Following a mammoth UK tour, the 'French' half of 'French and Saunders' and star of 'The Vicar of Dibley' finally brings her solo show to London. Dawn French plays a West End run of '30 Million Minutes' at the Vaudeville Theatre this autumn.

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Vaudeville Theatre , Charing Cross Until Wednesday December 9 2015

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.

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday January 10 2016

Christmas at Kew Gardens

The magnificent gardens get a beautiful seasonal makeover once more in 2015, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings, trails and planting. The mile-long trail will lead visitors past dancing lit-up fountains, a choir of holly bushes, a scented fire garden and loads of decorated Christmas trees.

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Kew Gardens , Kew Wednesday December 2 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2015. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season.

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Hyde Park , Kensington Until Sunday January 3 2016

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. 

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National Maritime Museum , Greenwich Until Monday March 28 2016


Leanne Nicholls
Leanne Nicholls

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