London this November: What’s on; Winter Festivities and when does Christmas really start?
November Special Events:
Bonfire Night, 2 – 5 November
Many of London’s parks and open spaces will be hosting bonfires and firework shows for Bonfire night this year. Our favourite is the Alexandra Palace show held on both friday 2 and saturday 3 November.
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Regent Street Motor Show, 3 November
Regent Street will be hosting its annual motor show on the 3 November, just a short walk away from our Tottenham Court Road hotels. Come along to see 125 years of motor car history (including classic and vintage cars) and look towards the future of motoring.
Lord Mayor’s Show 10 November
Dating back 800 years, this tradition takes the Mayor of London on a tour of the City of London after which he will declare his allegiance to the city. Enjoy a 3 mile procession full of pomp and pageantry and become part of one of London’s celebrated traditions.
Remembrance Day 11 November
The Remembrance Sunday Procession will go through Whitehall on Sunday 11 November. In addition, a 1 minute silence will be held at Trafalgar Square to commemorate the lives lost in WW1.
For those of you who missed the Sea of Blood Poppy Exhibition at the Tower of London in 2014, some of the poppies will be returning to the Imperial War Museum in London from the 14 – 18 November.
Tennis ATP Finals 11 – 18 November
Watch Nadal, Federer and Djokovic battle it out in this years ATP finals at the O2.
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London Jazz Festival 16 -25 November
Known for showcasing both world renowned stars and emerging artists, the London Jazz Festival Returns this November. With shows hosted at the Albert Hall, Southbank Centre and more intimate town halls, there will be music to suit every listener.
Ice Skating 25 October – mid January
Outdoor ice rinks populate London throughout the winter seasons. Our favourites are Somerset House, the National History Museum and, for a quieter time, the Tower of London. The National History Museum is the first to open on 25 October. Be sure to book your tickets in advance though to avoid missing out.
Hogwarts in the Snow 17 November – 27 January
Winter has arrived in Hogwarts! See the set covered in snow and taste the infamous winter treats in the Great Hall this winter. The Great Hall will, of course, be decorated in the Gryffindor colours and there will be a good dose of festive cheer to go around.
Run up to Christmas:
Oxford Lights Switch on 6 November
Christmas season in London officially starts on the night of the Oxford Street Lights Switch On. This year, the event will be held on the evening of tuesday 6 November and, rather than the usual single artist performance, the organisers are putting on lots of pop up performances and in-store gigs. If you are staying at one of our Tottenham Court Road hotels, this is an event you won’t want to miss! We will keep you updated as we find out more!
Winter Wonderland 22 November – 6 January
Enjoy impressive shows, an Ice Skating rink, a Giant Observation Wheel and London’s biggest Christmas market in Hyde Park this winter. This year’s performances will include Peter Pan on Ice, Zippos Christmas Circus and Backyard Cinema Presents: The Snowman Experience
Christmas at Kew 22 November – 5 January
Enter the moonlit wood and see thousands of laser beams bounce across the branches. Then, continue your festive trail round the gardens and through the fire gardens as you make your way along this festive, after – dark trail.
With extra Christmas markets coming to London this year, we will be bringing you an extra post all about our favourite markets. Check back in with our blog soon to find out more.