While all of us here at Shaftesbury Hotels London had an amazing summer filled with picnics in the park, lidos, seasonal pop-ups, and plenty of ice lollies, we’re by no means dragging our feet as we move into autumn. Don’t get us wrong, we’ll miss the warm weather! But there’s so much to look forward to that we don’t even have time to reminisce about bikinis and BBQs.
With Halloween fast approaching and Christmas cheer starting to spread, we thought we’d take a look at the top events in London this November.
Of course, London is a big city. So, to make it easier for guests staying at one of our London locations – from our hotel near Heathrow airport to our suites near Hyde Park – we’ve created a borough-by-borough guide off the top events, exhibitions, festivals and more coming our way next month.
Events in North London
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
When: Friday, November 1 2019 – Saturday, November 2 2019
Where: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
We couldn’t possibly talk about London events in November without mentioning Bonfire Night celebrations, and it makes sense to kick-off the list with the biggest (and most popular) of them all. So popular, in fact, they’ve extended the display and spread it across two nights. Expect DJs, a pagan fire-lighting ritual, and a German beer festival on site.
Oh, and exploding fireworks of course.
Arsenal Match at Home
While locals would never attend the game of a team they didn’t support, it’s a little bit different for tourists. After all, football is an institution here in England, and November is as exciting of a month as any to catch the Gunners going head-to-head with other teams for the Europa League Cup.
Top tip: Come dressed in team colours – red, blue and gold.
Where: Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ
Events in South London
Another for those interested in celebrating Bonfire Night, the Blackheath Fireworks display promises free fun for the whole family. The event runs all day, with fair rides available during the day, food and drink stalls opening at 5PM and the main event starting at 8PM.
When: Saturday, November 2 2019
Where: Blackheath Shooters Hill Rd, LondonSE3 0TY
You’ll see the holidays being celebrated in various ways throughout the city throughout November and December, but the most fun way to take part in the festivities is to attend a Christmas Market.
Step 1 is, of course, to grab a piping hot cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate.
From there, you can pop on a pair of skates and hit the ice rink, cosy up for a film put on by Backyard Cinema, catch a puppet or circus show, or grab a bite to eat. If you’re travelling with kids, there’s plenty to keep them entertained, too.
Check out the Winterville website for more details about specific attractions and shows and, if you have a specific one in mind that you’d like to attend, make sure you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
When: Friday, November 15-Monday, December 23
Where: Clapham Common
Liam Gallagher at the O2
While there are tons of artists coming to the O2 this November (Lizzo, Bjork, Little Mix and The Lumineers to name a few…) we have to honour our hometown hero, Liam Gallagher. Okay, not quite hometown… but Manchester is close enough.
When: Thursday, November 28
Where: Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0DX
Events in East London
Hyper Japan Christmas Market
London is a melting pot of different cultures. That means that not all holiday celebrations will be traditionally British. For a taste of the East, head to the Hyper Japan Christmas Market where you’ll find arts and crafts, super cool gifts, Japanese snacks, and workshops to take part in.
If the culture isn’t enough to draw you in, maybe the prize draw will be? Look out for giveaways of top electronics like a PS4 and Nintendo DS. That’s your Christmas shopping sorted…
When: Friday, November 1
Where: Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF
London Eco-Film Festival
In the midst of a season that’s all about commercialism, we thought we’d add something with a bit more purpose to our list. Eco-warriors, we’re talking to you!
In addition to film screenings, there will be a series of workshops, debates, and speeches from special guests. And, with over 2,750 films submitted, there’s sure to be plenty to talk about.
When: Saturday, November 2-Saturday, November 3
Where: Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
Events in West London
Ravenscourt Park Fireworks
The perfect Bonfire Night celebration for those staying in hotels near the airport in London, the Ravenscourt Park Fireworks Display will have food, drinks, and fun. A special show for the little ones starts at 7:15PM while the main display kicks off at 8PM. This year is extra special, with the fireworks shooting off in time with music.
When: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Where: Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Road, London W6 0UL
Diwali on the Square
This is a positively buzzing annual celebration taking place in Trafalgar Square that includes a line-up of traditional and contemporary performances from the East. Once you’ve finished busting a move, you can refuel at one of the market stalls serving Asian food or learn something new at one of the workshops on-site.
When: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Where: Trafalgar Square, London WC3 5DN
Christmas in Leicester Square
Why not end with another festive celebration? Christmas in Leicester Square is magical every year, with shows and stalls that will mesmerise adults and Children. In fact, it’ll be hard to believe you’re even in London anymore!
When: Friday, November 8-Sunday, January 5
Where: Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LU
With so much to do in the city this November, you better pull out your diaries and start planning! Don’t forget, we reward forward-thinking here at Shaftesbury Hotels London and offer advance saver packages. See them all here and book now.