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Your guide to the best London festivals: cultural, culinary, musical and theatrical

Festivals aren't just for summer - London is bursting with them all year long, and 2012 is no exception. This year the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will provide many excuses to celebrate, and regular favourites like Notting Hill Carnival, Thames Festival and Open House London will return bigger and better. So get your diary out and browse the lists below to plan your year of festivities

November festivals in London

  • The Bar of Aero

    Around TownFree Until Sun Nov 18, The Truman Brewery

    A pop-up promotional bar for Aero designed around all things bubbly, featuring an orange and gre...

  • Boring Conference 2012

    Around TownRecommended Sun Nov 25, York Hall

    Now in its third year (though not, as the organisers are at pains to pedantically point out, runn...

  • Carnaby Christmas Lights 2012

    Around TownFree Until Jan 6 2013, Carnaby Street

    When it comes to festive atmosphere, pedestrianised Carnaby Street and its environs have really g...

  • Covent Garden Christmas

    Around Town Until Jan 6 2013, Covent Garden Market

    If Marmite Christmas lights and the buzz of Oxford Street leave you cold, this alternative Christ...

  • Franklin House Thanksgiving Dinner SOLD OUT

    Around Town Thu Nov 22, Benjamin Franklin House

    A traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, vegetables and pumpkin pie, cooked according to time...

  • Gingerline HQ

    Around TownRecommended Until Jan 26 2013, A Secret location on the East London Line

    From the pioneers of underground immersive dining comes the ultimate night out for East London's ...

  • Greenwich Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights

    Around TownFree Wed Nov 28, Greenwich Market

    A lantern procession by children from local schools which leads to the switching on of the Green...

  • Horse World Live

    Around Town Until Sun Nov 18, ExCeL Centre

    Taking place for the first time HorseWorldLive brings a range of equestrian masterclasses and per...

  • London Storytelling Festival

    Around Town Until Sun Nov 18, Leicester Square Theatre

    This ten-day festival dedicated to the art of storytelling includes performances, workshops and s...

  • Marylebone Christmas Lights

    Around TownFree Until Jan 6 2013, Marylebone High St

    The Christmas lights switch-on ceremony on one of London's most atmospheric high streets (Claudia...

  • Oxford Street and Regent Street Traffic-Free Day

    Around TownFreeRecommended Sat Nov 24, Regent St

    Pedestrian power rules on November 24, when Oxford Street and Regent Street are closed to traffic...

  • Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2012

    Around TownFree Until Jan 6 2013, Oxford St

    Oxford Street's twinkly illuminations for 2012 are, intriguingly, sponsored by that famously divi...

  • Photomonth 2012

    Around TownFree Until Fri Nov 30, Various venues

    Annual East London photography festival (which in fact takes place over two months). Highlights i...

  • Regent Street Christmas Lights 2012

    Around TownFree Until Jan 6 2013, Regent Street

    Some 40 Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes switched on this year's Regent Street Christmas light...

  • South Molton Street Christmas Lights 2012

    Around TownFreeNew Until Jan 6 2013, South Molton St

    The car-free shopping street dazzles with sparkling arches for pedestrians to walk through. The l...


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11 comments
antal
antal

please keep me updated on new festivals ! thanks

nadz
nadz

hey people can you let me know is there any summer fete or fun fair in these fellowing area leytonstone, leyton, walthamstow thanks

Joyce Quarrie
Joyce Quarrie

Leytonstone Festival, been going many years. Great local festival Thursday 12 July to Sunday 22 July inclusive. And there's the Arts Trail too. Can you add these in?

Peter Bancroft
Peter Bancroft

Where is info on the Diwali festival on Trafalgar Square on October 16th?

Pascal
Pascal

London Wine and Spirits Nicolas Fair Taste over 400 Wines & Spirits From small wineries to bigger estates Tickets on Sale in Nicolas London store (bring your ticket to the Wine Fair and get FREE £15 Gift Card Nicolas) . London Wine and Spirits Nicolas Fair 11th and 12th November 11 at The Royal Horticultural Hall Victoria check our web site http://nicolas.co.uk/ and bring your ticket to the Wine Fair and get FREE £15 Gift Card Nicolas more than wine.... http://nicolas.co.uk/

Pascal
Pascal

London Wine and Spirits Nicolas Fair Taste over 400 Wines & Spirits From small wineries to bigger estates Tickets on Sale in Nicolas London store. London Wine and Spirits Nicolas Fair 11th and 12th November 11 at The Roya Horticultural Hall Victoria check our web site Nicolas.co.uk and bring your ticket to the Wine Fair and get FREE £15 Gift Card NIcolas more than wine.

Ruchi
Ruchi

Please keep sending me list of things happening around

One Love Crew
One Love Crew

One Love Festival 19th – 21st August 2011 The UK’s NO1 Reggae / Dub Festival Press Release: One Love Festival – 19th - 21st August - www.onelovefestival.co.uk Hainault Forest Country Park, London, The UK’s No1 Reggae Dub Camping Festival One Love Festival Cancel Caribbean cruises and reach for the Rum! A space of chillaxation has been cleared in the heart of Hainault. With a month to go until UK’s biggest Reggae festival One Love open its doors for a weekend of pure chilled out Reggae and Dub vibes. With reggae legends Ken Booth, Wailing Souls, Congo Natty, David Rodigan, Linval Thomson, Dawn Penn, Finley Quaye, Macka B, The Scientist and Mad Professor among 100’s more reggae and dub artists on the bill in the UK’s highly anticipated Reggae and Dub event of the year. Mixing something for everyone tastes Roots Reggae, Steppas, Dub Step, Jungle and Drum and Bass a exploration of dub culture - over a weekend in 5 separate stages – With authentic Caribbean food stalls, children areas, petting zoo, market area, work shops, healing area, campsite you be entertained from morning till night. One Love Festival was created in 1998 as UK’s 30th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest ever rock gig, Bob Marley’s famous 1978 One Love concert. One Love Festival is now in its forth year and has gained a loyal fan base and interest from all over the world. One Love Festival is a melting pot; a multi-cultural, multi-ethical, free trade and environmentally-friendly event, buzzing with creativity, fun, ideas and soul. Festival Organiser, Dan Wiltshire, commented: “Every year the festival grows, its so exciting to see it develop, I can’t wait to see Hainault Forest turn into One Love again! Last year was mind blowing this year is proving to be best yet!! ” One of the most diverse and unique festivals in the UK, the One Love Festival offers something for everyone and is an experience that should not be missed. Bringing together all the facilities and allures of a large-scale event but with the personal touch of a small, independent occasion, it will be a weekend that won’t easily be forgotten. For further information and to purchase tickets please visit www.onelovefestival.co.uk

Catherine
Catherine

There is an event called Caribbean meets London (CALO) Festival on 19 - 21 August 2011 at the Alexandra Palace, London N22 For Tickets go to www.calofestival.co.uk

Jolie
Jolie

CREATE is a new arts festival in 'Europe's largest cultural quarter ' - east London. The festival is a chunky 32 days starting on 24 June - 25 July. The festival presents over 200 homemade, world-class events profiling east London creativity taking place in surprising spaces: from a temporary cinema in a disused motorway undercroft in Hackney Wick; across London’s historic music halls; a 1980’s building in Canary Wharf; a WWII bunker in Dalston; a floating cinema on the waterways of east London; a shop turned into a farm and much more. Spanning music, design, art, food and film, the 32-day programme includes outdoor screenings, nocturnal walks, rooftop farming, underground readings, craft workshops, secret parties and hidden dining, as well as live music and cutting-edge art exhibitions and talks. Key things to look out for: From Friday 24 June, a temporary building and winner of the festival's CREATE Art Award this year is called Folly for a Flyover and will appear in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12, and transform the cavernous undercroft where the motorway bridges the Lea navigation canal. By day there be a local food café and drop-in workshops, along with cycle-powered boats, available for hire to explore the waterways along the edge of the Olympic park. At night the building’s oversized outdoor staircase will seat audiences of up to 250 for screenings of classic animation, short films and early cinema, accompanied by a live score. Over in Canary Wharf London’s most exciting pop-up restaurants and interactive art installations will appear for just five weeks in CREATE House. Four of the very best restaurants - The Clove Club, A Bit More of What You Fancy, the spin-off of Dalston restaurant A Little Of What You Fancy, Bistrotque and more. The CREATE11 Talks and Walks include an array of activities and events exploring public art, spoken word, food and sustainable farming, health, fashion and craft. All info on - http://createlondon.org/