London events in November

Your comprehensive guide to the best events, pop-ups and things to do in London this November
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By Things To Do Editors and Alexandra Sims |
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November in London is full of fun and sparkles. The evenings may be longer and the days a whole lot chillier, but that's no reason to stay at home. November in London is packed with plenty of ace events and things to do. Get snug at the city's cosy seasonal pop-ups, see out the beginning of winter in some of the capital's best pubs and fill your eyes with dazzling firework displays at the city's best Bonfire Night celebrations. November in London is also the month of the London Jazz Festival, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, South Bank Wintertime, Hogwarts in the Snow and Christmas at Kew. November is the month when the Christmas lights start to glow, ice rinks begin appearing and festive markets are popping up. Here's our pick of the best events, cultural happenings and things to do taking place in London this November 2019. 

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Our November 2019 highlights

Mamma Mia! The Party
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‘Mamma Mia! The Party’

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula
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This show - a night of eating, drinking and Abba songs set in a taverna on the same Greek island as Ulvaeus’s smash hit musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ – has now claimed a corner of the O2 and features a script adapted by Britain’s favouite Scandinavian, Sandi Toksvig.

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‘Blood Wedding’

icon-location-pin Young Vic, Southwark
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Federíco Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ is a fringe staple that’s not had a major revival in years. Now, here comes a new version of this bleak rural revenge tragedy. 

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Antony Gormley 'LOST HORIZON I' (2008) Photograph by Stephen White, London © the artist
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Antony Gormley

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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This major new exhibition of Antony Gormley sculptures should provide a neat overview of his career to date, showing how his best-known and most-recent works developed out of his earlier practice.

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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. 

Skate at Somerset House, ice rink
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Things to do, Ice skating

Ice skating in London

You can glide around London all year round, but from the very first note of the very first Christmas song, the city's halls get well and truly decked out with winter wonder. Pop-up rinks appear outside iconic landmarks, like Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace and the Natural History Museum, while lights twinkle on every street and Christmas markets start mulling wine. Christmas celebrations aren’t ever truly complete until you’ve laughed at your mates falling over, so here’s a round-up of London’s best ice rinks to enjoy some merry antics this year. If you can’t wait until winter (or you want to get some practice in) some of the city’s rinks are open all year round too. Whether you’re a total pro, a little bit wobbly or have hold onto the rink for dear life, it’s time to get your skates on.   RECOMMENDED: Christmas in London

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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.

© Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Jens Ziehe. Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany.
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Olafur Eliasson

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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In 2003, visitors to Tate Modern went mad for Olafur Eliasson's Turbine Hall installation. The artist is now back at the same galley with a big exhibition and an outside artwork. He's even taking over the Terrace Bar, turning it into a vegetarian canteen. 

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Mark Leckey 'Made in ‘Eaven' (2004) Tate © Mark Leckey
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Mark Leckey

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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New art from Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey. We know a sum total of zilch about this latest work, but his previous output has been about everything from dance subcultures to semi-invented memories.

Theatre, Drama

‘Fairview’

icon-location-pin Young Vic, Southwark
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See the UK premiere of US playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury’s metatheatrical race drama. 

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Paul Gauguin 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Carrière' (1888 or 1889). Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1985.64.20) Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
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Gauguin Portraits

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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The art of Paul Gauguin isn't exactly unknown (to say the least), yet there's never been an exhibition exclusively of his portraiture - until now. 

Lucian Freud 'Reflection (Self-portrait)' (1985) © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images.
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Lucian Freud: ‘The Self-portraits’

icon-location-pin Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair
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Lucian Freud isn't especially known for his self-portraits, but it turns out he did quite a few of them - enough to fill an exhibition, anyhow. 

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William Blake 'Newton' (1795 – c.1805) © Tate
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William Blake: ‘The Artist’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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Finally, a major retrospective of Blake's idiosyncratic artworks. The man who wrote 'The Tyger' truly was one of a kind and his art is filled with beauty, mystery and fear. See it whilst you can, at Tate Britain on the banks of Blake's 'charter'd Thames'. 

Nam June Paik 'TV Garden' 1974-7 (2002). Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf, Germany) © Estate of Nam June Paik
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Nam June Paik: The Future is Now

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, South Bank
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Artist Nam June Paik has long been predicting how technology would soon be influencing our lives. This Tate show brings together works made across five-decades by the artist credited with inventing video art.

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