London events in November

Your comprehensive guide to the best events, pop-ups and things to do in London this November

Autumn is in full swing come November. The evenings are longer and the days chillier, but that's no reason to hide inside. London has tons of ace events to offer throughout the month. The biggie is Bonfire Night and the many glorious firework displays taking place across the city, but once that's over – there's much more.

We've got Christmas lights starting to illuminate the capital, ice rinks appearing and winter pop-ups popping-up everywhere, serving mercifully warming booze and mulled wine. Plus loads of exciting new exhibitions and plays to keep you entertained. Here's our pick of the best things to do in London this November. 

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Our November 2018 highlights

Things to do

Bonfire Night firework displays in London

November in London begins with an abundance of Bonfire Night fireworks to warm us all up (Monday November 5 2018). 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. 

Things to do, Fireworks

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. 

Things to do

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. 

Things to do, Ice skating

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.

Shopping, Markets and fairs

Christmas markets and fairs

Looking for gift inspiration? 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.

Things to do, Walks and tours

The Enchanted Woodland

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Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland annually sees the 600-year-old gardens transformed by a light display, with its Great Conservatory completely illuminated in the centre of the historic arboretum. It's almost always a sell-out, so book in advance. 

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