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Unmissable things to do and events in London in November 2022

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

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. 

RECOMMENDED: The definitive London events calendar. 

Our November 2022 highlights

  • Things to do

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.  


Christmas lights in London
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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. 

  • 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.

Christmas markets and fairs
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  • 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.

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