Ah Bonfire Night, the evening when Brits gather in the November cold to watch fireworks and a flaming pile of wood, all in celebration of a guy who tried to blow up Parliament 400 years ago. Anyone from out of town may think Guy Fawkes Night is all a bit strange (and they’d probably be right). But, we’re fiercely proud of our Catherine Wheel whizzing, sparkler crackling tradition. You’ll find sparkles popping up in the night sky all over town this year – here are the best.
We know what you’re thinking, but November isn’t just a non-month sandwiched in between Halloween and Christmas. Despite the long dark evenings now the clocks have gone back, November is sparkling, and not just because of all the Diwali celebrations, Bonfire Night antics and Christmas light switch-ons that happen around the city at this time of year.
There’s some long-awaited theatre on the cards like the stage adaption of ‘Stranger Things’ and Alice Birch’s adaption of ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’. There’s also the London Jazz Festival to look forward to and we can also rejoice in the return of many of the major events in London’s Christmas calendar, including Winter Wonderland, Christmas at Kew, the ice-skating rinks, winter markets and seasonal pop-ups.
And that’s just some of the exciting stuff happening throughout November 2023 in London. For more ideas on how to spend the early part of the festive season, check out our full roundup of the best events and things to do in London this November.
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