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. Head to one of these display for a good old dose of Christmas cheer.
Remember last November, when London was in another lockdown, the Zoom quizzes had lost their novelty and the highlight of your social calendar was yet another plod around your local park in sub-zero temperatures? What a difference a year makes because November 2021 is brimming with cool things to do.
From Diwali to Bonfire Night, there are all sorts of seasonal activities to look forward to this month. And come November, the city gets its usual festive facelift, with Christmas lights, winter markets and seasonal pop-ups appearing all over the city.
This year we can also rejoice in the return of many of the major events in London’s Christmas calendar. Winter Wonderland and Christmas at Kew are both back, as well as most of the big ice-skating pop-ups, including a farewell appearance for the Natural History Museum Ice Rink.
The festive period is, of course, all about stuffing your face with delicious food too, and there are loads of ways you can do that this month. Time Out will once again be hosting Hotboozapalooza, our celebration of warming winter tipples, while The Great Feast will be taking over Selfridges Old Hotel and they'll be a special festive edition of Taste of London at the Tobacco Dock.
And that’s just some of the exciting stuff happening throughout November 2021 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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