Ah Bonfire Night, the evening when Brits gather on a patch of grass in the November cold to watch a flaming pile of wood set alight in celebration of the time 400 years ago when that guy tried to blow up Parliament. 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. Wherever you live in London, there’ll be some sparkles to tempt you out into the winter cold. Here’s our pick of the best ones in town.
Last November was a funny old time, what with Omicron, the Track and Trace app and nobody quite knowing whether it was ok or not to organise an office Christmas party (turns out it very much was not!)
But in November 2022, things are looking a lot brighter, 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.
This year we can also rejoice in the return of many of the major events in London’s Christmas calendar, including some of the old classics that had a couple of years off thanks to you-know-what. Winter Wonderland and Christmas at Kew are both back, as well as most of the big ice-skating rinks, winter markets and seasonal pop-ups.
And it ain’t just the return of a Proper London Christmas™ that we’ve got to be excited about this November. There’s also a whole World Cup.
And that’s just some of the exciting stuff happening throughout November 2022 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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