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Things to do in London this month

Check out the latest and greatest events happening in the capital.

No matter who you are or where you come from, you’ll find something captivating, unusual and oh-so-amazing going on in London. This is the city where everything happens.

The iconic arch of Wembley Stadium reaches toward the sky, and the West End radiates energy unlike anywhere else. Throw in age-old royal palaces, skyscraping architecture, the Tube, world-class museums, sport of all forms and nonstop live music…and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface.

Although the London weather can be unpredictable, you can be certain each month will bring a whole new ginormous selection of events – and you’re not going to want to miss these awesome November activities.


Spotlight on: The most wonderful time of the year  

The festive season is nearly upon us – and no place celebrates it better than London. From ice skating under twinkling lights and enjoying merry music to watching a timeless theatrical production in the West End, we found plenty of fun kicking off in November that’s sure to warm hearts of all ages.

It isn’t Christmas without ice rinks. Without a doubt, one of the best places to skate is the Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Already open for the winter season, don’t miss the chance to glide under the stars with family, friends or someone special – and then warm yourself up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate at the café bar.

Another enchanting experience, Disney On Ice, is heading to The SSE Arena, Wembley from 13 – 17 November. You and all the family can celebrate 100 Years of Magic with over 50 of your favourite Disney characters including Anna, Elsa and Olaf the snowman.

A spectacular new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas opens at the Dominion Theatre on 15 November. The feel-good musical has all the classic songs you love from Blue Skies and Sisters to that most famous festive song of all, White Christmas. Tip: Book before the end of the month and save up to 51% on tickets.

Head to Colours Hoxton on 19 November for The Nightmare Before Christmas. This special sober PJ party features a showing of the beloved movie on VHS, complemented by some spooky sweets.

On 20 November the Sh*t-Faced Showtime troupe, known for getting a cast member drunk and then sending them on stage to perform, are back at Leicester Square Theatre with their seasonal production, A P*ssedmas Carol. Trust us, you’ll never see Dickens’ classic tale performed with so much spirit.

Another popular destination in the capital at Christmastime is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland which returns on 21 November. In addition to an open-air ice rink, enjoy a variety of family-friendly rides and shows including Paddington on Ice and a traditional telling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Join Magic Radio at the London Palladium on 24 November for the Magic of Christmas with Last Christmas! You’re guaranteed a festive afternoon of live music with performances from Robbie Williams, Will Young, Simply Red, James Morrison, Jack Savoretti, Beverley Knight and many more.

A unique and uplifting staging of A Christmas Carol as adapted by Jack Thorne is set to open at The Old Vic on 29 November.

Plus, get into party mode with a couple of jolly clubbing events on 30 November – the Club de Fromage Christmas Party at O2 Academy Islington on 30 November and Destiny’s Child 8 Days of Christmas featuring a 16-piece orchestra at XOYO.


Other things to do

Make the most of the chilly autumn days and long, dark nights in November. In fact, this month offers a wide mix of things to do – from music and festivals to theatre, comedy and sport – so pace yourself!

London Roots Festival is winding down. Until 28 November all kinds of folk, country, Americana, blues and world artists are performing around the capital in churches and other unique venues.

The one-day festival Mirrors 2019 takes place on 2 November at the Roundhouse with a line-up topped by Phoebe Bridgers, American Football, Cass McCombs and Turnover.

Don’t miss the FIRST FIFTY held at six venues in East London from 13 – 14 November when The Great Escape will announce the first 50 acts set to play the popular Brighton festival in 2020.

From 15 – 24 November get your fill of jazz in the capital. EFG London Jazz Festival offers a mix of world-class artists and emerging stars like Adrian Cox, Judi Jackson and Corinne Bailey Ray at various venues around London.

In addition to festivals, there’s a slew of unmissable artists on tour this month – including some incredible women. MARINA is stopping at the Eventim Apollo on 4 November in support of her new Love+Fear album, while Lizzo will bring her Cuz I Love You Too tour to O2 Academy Brixton on 6 November. On 19 November see Björk at The O2 on her Cornucopia tour, with Emeli Sandé coming to the Eventim Apollo on 25 November in advance of her third album, Real Life.

 

Bombay Bicycle Club is playing I Had the Blues but I Shook Them Loose in full as part of their 10-year celebration series which stops at O2 Academy Brixton on 8 November.

Don’t miss Sleeping with Sirens celebrating their fifth album, How It Feels to Be Lost, with a gig at the Electric Ballroom on 9 November.

Marillion is appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on 18 – 19 November to perform songs spanning their 14-album career, while OMD are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a world tour that includes a London date at the Eventim Apollo on 20 November.

Rex Orange County is also headed to O2 Academy Brixton on 26 – 27 November for a couple of shows in support of his new album Pony. (Read all about it here.)

 

Sport fans will discover lots of thrilling clashes in the capital this month too.

Watch some serious slam dunks as the London Lions go up against the London City Royals on 1 November and the Bristol Flyers on 20 November at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

This is your last chance to enjoy a fantastic afternoon of American football! The 2019 London Games wrap up at Wembley Stadium on 3 November with the Houston Texans taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

See Barbarians v Fiji in the annual Killik Cup match on 16 November. It’s the only Autumn International of 2019 to be played at Twickenham Stadium following the Rugby World Cup.

Barbarians

Bellator MMA returns to The SSE Arena, Wembley on 23 November with a host of fierce fights, including an explosive clash between London Shootfighters star Michael “Venom” Page and American Derek Anderson.

Champions Tennis serves up the season-ending finale to the ATP Champions Tour from 28 November – 1 December at the Royal Albert Hall. Juan Carlos Ferrero, Greg Rusedski, Goran Ivanisevic, Martina Hingis and many other tennis legends are confirmed to play.

However, if sport isn’t your thing you might enjoy a West End production.

Recently opened at Prince Edward Theatre is the story of the world’s favourite nanny, Mary Poppins. At Piccadilly Theatre Arthur Miller’s Death of Salesman, one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, is being told through the eyes of an African-American family.

Featuring a cast and orchestra of over 65 including Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Les Misérables the All-Star Staged Concert is finishing up its run on 28 November at Gielgud Theatre.

& Juliet opens on 5 November at Shaftesbury Theatre and offers an irreverent take on Shakespeare’s famous story by asking what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate?

 

At the end of the month, catch Cyrano De Bergerac starring James McAvoy when it opens on 27 November at Playhouse Theatre.

Get more insider news from Theatreland by reading our monthly roundup here.

You can enjoy some side-splitting comedy in the capital this month as well. Reginald D Hunter is at Union Chapel on 9 November, and catch Alexander Armstrong with All Mouth and Some Trousers at Fairfield Hall in Croydon on 13 November.

Jack Whitehall is bringing his huge Stood Up tour to The O2 on 23 – 25 November, while Adam Kay is performing This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) at Vaudeville Theatre on 25 November.

Absolute Radio Live is taking over the London Palladium on 24 November. See Frank Skinner host a big comedy night featuring Dara Ó Briain, Jo Brand, Kojo Anim and many more while raising money for Stand Up to Cancer.

What’s more, Jimmy Carr is coming to Fairfield Hall in Croydon with his Terribly Funny tour on 26 November.


Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? On any given night, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. From stadiums and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of November’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

New music to have on your radar:


Iconic attractions

Along with the London Underground, the capital is famous for many things – among them its royal palaces, beloved landmarks, fantastic selection of museums and gloriously green parks. Here are a few ideas of the fun you can have at these and other popular sites this month.

Take in the view from The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building and one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. The highest viewing gallery in London, you can access the indoor platform and open-air Skydeck to enjoy 360-degree views of London.

Shard

Not far from London is the beautiful Kensington Palace and Gardens. Since being renovated in 1689, it’s been an official residence of the British royal family and currently occupied by the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Tour an iconic piece of British history by visiting Westminster Abbey which has been the traditional coronation site for English monarchs since William the Conqueror, as well as the burial place of kings, queens, statesman, poets, and philosophers.

ZSL London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. Opened in 1828, it now holds one of the largest animal collections in the UK with everything from penguins and lions to meerkats, gorillas and Galapagos tortoises.

Don’t miss Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum which is home to an extensive collection of original vehicles and props featured in the revered 007 film series.

Looking for some thrills? The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the world’s tallest, longest and fastest tunnel slide with breathtaking views across London.

And attention Potterheads! Go on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden where you check out everything from movie props and magnificent sets, to chocolate frogs and the Hogwarts Express.


You can do all this and more in the capital this November. For full details, head to our London Guide.

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