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London events in November

Your comprehensive guide to the best of London in November

Autumn is in full swing during November, and London has tons to offer throughout the month. The main event is Bonfire Night and the many glorious firework displays taking place across the city, but once that's over – there's much more.

Christmas lights start illuminating the capital, ice rinks start appearing and winter pop-ups begin popping-up everywhere, serving mercifully warming booze and mulled wine.

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Our November 2017 highlights


Bonfire Night firework displays in London

As the autumn evenings grow crisp and cool, November in London begins with an abundance of Bonfire Night fireworks to warm us all up (Sunday November 5 2017). Wrap up snug, head to one of the capital's many firework displays, and enjoy a show of spectacular colours over London's top attractions and beyond.  When is Bonfire Night? Remember, remember the fifth of November (the main firework action takes places on Sunday November 5 2017, but events will run before and afterwards). Check our listings below for more details, and if you can't make them, you can see more firework action later in November at the Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks. What is Bonfire Night? Bonfire Night a.k.a. Fireworks Night, a.k.a Guy Fawkes Night, traditionally marks the anniversary of the end of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.  Where is Bonfire Night? Firework displays take place across the whole of London. Select your local area below, or venture further afield, and pick a fireworks party that's sure to end with a bang.  Check back nearer the time for all the best Bonfire Night firework displays in London.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Easily the biggest hit theatre show of our age – and the winner of 11 gongs at the 2016 Tonys – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ is an exuberant, multi-racial hip hop account of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. 

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Victoria Palace Theatre , St James's Park Tuesday November 21 2017 - Saturday June 30 2018

Cézanne Portraits

He's never captured public imagination quite like his contemporaries Gauguin and van Gogh – but Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) was the real daddy of post-impressionism. His innovative way of modelling form with colour and geometric shapes lay out the path for cubism, fauvism and all of the modern art that was to follow. He's best known for his landscapes of the Provençal countryside, but this show brings together his portraits, including paintings of his wife, uncle and himself.  

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National Portrait Gallery , Leicester Square Thursday October 26 2017 - Sunday February 11 2018

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London

This show looks at an often overlooked chapter in the impressionist story: when the Franco-Prussion war broke out in 1870, many French artists fled across the Channel to London. Here, they met a wave of enthusiastic contemporaries and patrons, and a new era of symbiosis between English and French art began.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Thursday November 2 2017 - Sunday April 29 2018

How to Win Against History

Seiriol Davies’s gleefully ludicrous chamber musical is a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python that is probably not to be consulted for its strict historical verisimilitude. It’s a tribute to the idea of Paget and his ebullient self-destruction as much as a serious interrogation of the real life figure. 

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Young Vic , Southwark Thursday November 30 2017 - Saturday December 23 2017

Christmas lights in London

November 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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By: Time Out London Things To Do

Of Kith And Kin

Daniel and Oliver are having a baby - with a little help from their best friend Priya. But their plans fall apart when Daniel's straight-talking mother rocks up. This comic look at modern parenthood is directed by Robert Hastie.

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Wednesday October 18 2017 - Saturday November 25 2017

James Newton Howard

Greatest hits from the award-winning Hollywood film composer, which includes scores for The Dark Knight, the Hunger Games series, blockbusters including The Sixth Sense and Peter Jackson's King Kong.

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Royal Albert Hall , Knightsbridge Friday November 3 2017

The Undertones

Head Undertone Feargal Sharkey was replaced by Paul McLoone in 1999, and has since spent time hanging out with David Cameron and representing the UK music industry in the fight against internet piracy. Meanwhile, his reunited bandmates keep slogging away – last month they released their first single for ten years. Tonight they bring their show to London for lots of euphoric punk nostalgia, especially when the first few bars of ‘Teenage Kicks’ ring out.

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Koko , Camden Town Friday November 17 2017

Ice skating rinks in London

November in London means the beginning of all things festive and, naturally, the opening of major ice rinks around town. So whether you dance on ice like Christopher Dean or scramble around like Bambi, the capital's outdoor ice rinks are some of the most magical locations you can visit this season. Here's a round-up of all the best London ice skating rinks to twirl around on this year.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do

Christmas markets and fairs

Looking for gift inspiration? A last-minute bauble? Look no further than London's Christmas markets and fairs, which start to pop up all over town from mid-November. Among a raft of special festive events you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit. Here's our round-up of all the best annual Christmas markets in London.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Amadeo Modigliani's star burned bright and fast. The Italian artist died from tubercular meningitis at the tragic age of 35, but in the years leading up to that he was a well-known – if not financially successful – player in the vibrant Parisian art scene. The elongated figures of his paintings and sculptures are unmistakeable: sensual, elegant, and now gathered together for his largest UK retrospective to date. 

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Tate Modern , South Bank Thursday November 23 2017 - Monday April 2 2018

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

Black-and-white painting has a long history, but rarely gets looked at as a tradition in its own right. The NG should put paid to that, with an exhibition that traces monochrome painting from grisaille works of the Middle Ages to pieces by contemporary artists like Gerhard Richter.  

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Monday October 30 2017 - Sunday February 18 2018


Genesis Award-winning director Nancy Medina is turning her hand to 'Yellowman', a story of growing up in the Deep South. Its author Dael Orlandersmith reached the Pulitzer Prize finals with this taut two-hander, which looks at a friendship between a man and a woman that's torn apart by racial prejudice. 

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Young Vic , Southwark Wednesday November 22 2017 - Saturday December 2 2017

The Suppliant Women

Fifty woman set off across perilous seas in Aeschylus's 'The Suppliant Women', reimagined for a refugee crisis setting by David Grieg. As artistic director of Edinburgh's Lyceum theatre, Grieg's adaptation used a chorus of women from the local community to bring this ancient story to life. This London version will use fifty local women to create a ritualistic, moving look at what it means to seek asylum.  

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Young Vic , Southwark Monday November 13 2017 - Saturday November 25 2017

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Fifteenth-century Flemish artist Jan van Eyck was as much a technical pioneer as he was an artistic genius, mastering illusionistic space in his exquisitely constructed paintings. Five centuries later, his masterwork 'The Arnolfini Portrait' inspired a new wave of artists: the Pre-Raphaelites, a circle of Victorian bad boys who championed his draughtsmanship and symbolism.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Wednesday October 4 2017 - Monday April 2 2018
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Denis K
Denis K

We are looking for party people who know the musical underground well. 


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 :-)