We're somehow in the eleventh month of the year (we know, we can't believe it either), which means Halloween is well and truly in the past and for the next 2 months we've got fireworks, outdoor ice skating and Christmas on the mind! The Oxford Street Christmas lights are up and ready and waiting to be switched on, which means Summer has left the building and Christmas is on its way, and to be totally honest, we're just wondering when it's socially acceptable to start watching Home Alone...is November too soon ?
It can be tempting to hibernate as soon as November makes its dark and dreery arrival in London, but don't, because there's also something really special about London in November, as it's the month when festive cheer begins to take over the capital. The Christmas lights get turned on one by one, outdoor ice rinks pop up by the second and the Christmas Markets are gradually opened. With Christmas just around the corner (less than 8 weeks away to be precise), there's never been a better time to plan your November bucket list in the big city and with so many exciting events, exhibitions and Christmas Markets opening in London, you certainly won't be bored this November, as there's plenty to keep you occupied this month!
From the well-anticipated Winter Wonderland opening on 17th November to the infamous Somerset House Ice Skating opening on the 15th, we've done the leg work for you and have gathered the best 10 things to do in London this November and have created the ultimate November in London event guide, so go ahead and read our guide now and inform the group chat, as you're going to want to do them all!
1. VISIT HYDE PARK'S WINTER WONDERLAND
Is it even Christmas yet if you haven't visited Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland? Allow us to answer that for you...no it is not. We're not quite sure if it's the mulled wine, Bavarian beer villages, rotating carousel bars, hundreds of Christmas trees, Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' song blasting out the speakers, the German Christmas market OR the smell of roasted chestnuts wafting throughout Hyde Park, but Winter Wonderland is quite possibly the most Christmassy place you'll visit this November. Open from Friday, 17th November, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is not to be missed off your November bucket list this year, so wrap up in your winter woolies, grab some mates and head down to Winter Wonderland this month to get in the festive spirit.
2. OXFORD STREET CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
(Apart from Elf) There's few Christmas things more iconic than the world-famous Oxford Street Christmas lights, so why not get involved with the UK's largest Christmas lights switch-on event and head to to the switching on of Oxford Street's Christmas lights this November. The switch-on event will be from 5pm on Tuesday, 7th November, where there'll be a few famous faces floating around. There'll be music from Matt Terry and 5 Before Midnight and Rita Ora will be helping turn on the lights this year, so why not head down there for a night full of festivities, where you'll see this years magical gold and silver baubles and twinkling snowflakes light up to officially mark the beginning of Christmas!
3. SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE
Get your skates on and head to one of London's most iconic outdoor ice skating rinks this Novemer. Somerset House's grand 18th-century courtyard is the stunning setting for an ice rink again this winter, so no matter how amateur your ice skating skills are, make sure you add outdoor ice skating to your November bucket list this year and we guarantee you'll be feeling all wintery and festive in no time! Somerset House's 900-square-meter ice rink is open from Wednesday, 15th November and tickets are under £9, so grab your friends with balance (or without, for the laughs) and get your hands on a ticket now.
4. VISIT HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW
For all the Harry Potter fans out there, visiting The Making of Harry Potter Studio has to be at the top of your November bucket list this year! For the festive season, The Making Of Harry Potter Studio has had a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow. From 18th November 2017 - 28th January 2018, you'll be able to see Harry Potter's most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes, with Christmas trees and lights galore. The Great Hall will be transformed and the Gryffindor common room will be decked out for the festive occasion. Hogwarts in the Snow really is a magical experience, so get your hands on the last few remaining tickets now and make this November a magical one you'll remember for a long, long time...
5. WATCH THE FIREWORKS ON BONFIRE NIGHT
Remember, remember the fifth of November.The biggest night of November, the fifth of November is not one to be ignored. Head to a local firework display this November 5th and watch the sky light up for one night only. No matter what part of London you're in there's a firework display for all, so check out Time Out's list of the biggest firework displays going on this Bonfire Night now and take your pick from Alexandra Palace's infamous firework festival to the firework display at Blackheath.
6. EXPLORE THE NORTH: FASHIONING IDENTITY EXHIBITION
If you're into your fashion and love an exhibition, then grab yourself a ticket for the North: Fashioning Identity exhibition and head down to Somerset House this November. An exhibition featuring contemporary photography, fashion and multimedia work, the North: Fashioning Identity exhibition highlights how the realities of life in the north of England captured in the mid-20th century continue to influence new generations of photographers, designers and artists today! On from Wednesday, 8th November - Sunday, 4th February 2018, the exhibition tickets are a steal at £7, so do something different this November and treat yourself to an afternoon at Somerset House.
7. GO FOR A BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH IN A BALL PIT
How does unlimited prosecco and unlimited pizza sound? Oh and a ball pit filled with one million balls? Sounds good right! And no it's not too good to be true...the world famous ball pit cocktail bar Ballie Ballerson has made all our lives 100x better with this genius bottomless brunch, so grab some of your gal pals and get yourselves a ticket and have something to look forward to this November! The Ballie Ballerson Bottomless Brunch starts on Saturday, 4th November and runs for 15 Saturdays from 2-4pm, so grab your tickets now before they sell out and relive your childhood by hanging out in a ball pit all afternoon!
8. DINE IN AN IGLOO BY THE THAMES
Yes you heard right. The igloos are back after causing a social-media storm last winter and they're cosier than ever! Boasting incredible views of both the Tower Bridge and The Shard, Coppa Club's igloos are gracing the north bank of the Thames over the winter period, so head on over to their website and book one now and enjoy dinner (or a drink) with a view this November. But fear not, as you don't have to pay extortionate amounts for the privilege of dining in an igloo! Simply book a slot just like any table at Coppa Club and you only pay for the food or drink you consume, so get that Instagram feed looking on point this November and dine in style by the Thames.
9. WRAP UP WARM AND HEAD TO WINTERLAND
Remember the Neverland beach pop-up in Fulham that took place during the Summer? Well the founders of Neverland have replaced it with a winter-lovers dream...Winterland. Boasting heated igloos, two bars, a heated pergola, mini golf, curling, prosecco/beer pong, ping pong and much more, Winterland will be your new fave winter hangout, so grab your pals and head there this November. It's open from Thursday, 9th November and it's BYOB on Thursdays and Fridays...WE REPEAT...it's BYOB on Thursdays and Fridays!
10. VISIT SOUTHBANK CENTRE'S WINTER FESTIVAL
With quite possibly the prettiest backdrops of all, Southbank Centre's Winter Festival returns again this year with an array of festive activities to explore. With everything from a rooftop bar overlooking the Thames to a winter market full of festive food, drink and gifts, the Southbank Centre's Winter Festival has something to offer everybody this November, so jump off the tube at Waterloo and head down there from Friday, 10th November. There's even a Finnish rooftop sauna to pamper yourself in, so we mean it when we say that there really is something for everybody at Southbank's Winter Festival!