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Unmissable things to do and events in London November 2021

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

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson

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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Our November 2021 highlights

Christmas lights in London
  • Things to do

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. 

  • Film
  • Drama

Making an arthouse film based on an icon as deeply and emotionally enshrined in the public imagination as Princess Diana takes ingenuity. Fortunately, Chilean director, Pablo Larraín, has that quality in spades. He uses the known facts about the feathered-haired, breathy-voiced People’s Princess – and a few imagined ones – to spin a singular, baroque and psychologically-nuanced vision of life inside a gilded cage, enabled by a virtuoso performance by Kristen Stewart. See the film in UK cinemas from November 5.


  • Restaurants

Need an opportunity to get stuck into an utterly decadent feast just a month before Christmas dinner? Then let us present Thanksgiving: the American holiday dedicated to eating piles of turkey and lashings of pumpkin pie. There’s a bunch of different ways you can celebrate in London come November 25 – here are a few of our faves.

Despite the title, this show isn’t about how Britain’s great William Hogarth travelled around Europe getting wrecked on his gap year, but instead how he and his continental peers captured the dawn of a new modernity. Find out more here.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

The Old Selfridges Hotel rarely opens its doors for public events but, in the run-up to Christmas, it's hosting an exciting new culinary experience. Created by Street Feast and Tramshed Project founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue, in partnership with Executive Chef Andrew Clark and Head of Drinks Rich Woods, The Great Feast will be held at the space directly above the iconic department store. The multi-sensory event takes visitors through four different experiences, each with its own food and drink menus created by a host of Michelin-starred and award-winning UK chefs, including Tom Sellers, Andrew Wong, Jason Howard, Chantelle Nicholson, Ravinder Bhogal, Selin Kazim and AdeJoké Bakare. Expect eclectic and innovative dishes that are guaranteed to tantalise your tastebuds. 


Christmas markets and fairs
  • Shopping
  • 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.

  • Film
  • Film

Money, power, sex, murder and fashion. Director Ridley Scott’s upcoming flick has a lot to cover in telling the tale of Maurizio Gucci and Patrizia Reggiani, whose whirlwind courtship amid the Italian fashion boom of the ’70s led to a life of opulence and fame. It also, eventually, led to Maurizio Gucci being gunned down in cold blood and Reggiani being incarcerated in a prison cell. Scott’s film promises to be huge in scope and ambition, a sprawling, multigenerational look at a pivotal moment in the fashion world tied up in the requisite family drama, jealous rage, infidelities and power grabs. Plus a starring role from Lady Gaga. We cannot wait.

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