What's new in London | November
With outdoor ice rinks, special light installations as well as new exhibitions and shows, there is no shortage of fun in November! Read on for our monthly picks and for a list of special London Christmas events.
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Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries
Science Museum, 16 November 2019
Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries will completely transform the first floor of the Science Museum, creating a magnificent new home for the most significant medical collections in the world. Three thousand medical artefacts from the extraordinary collections of Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum Group will go on permanent public display in the world's largest space dedicated to the history of medicine.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Alexandra Palace, 1 – 2 November 2019
Against a backdrop of Ally Pally's breath-taking panoramic views of London, fireworks will light up the skyline in the unique display, set to a soundtrack curated by former Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob da Bank.
Regent Street Motor Show
Regent Street, 2 November 2019
The Regent Street Motor show is a showcase of 125 years of motoring. Including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars, Regent Street from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus is pedestrianised to create a family-friendly environment for auto enthusiasts to enjoy the show.
Diwali on Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square, 3 November 2019
Join thousands of others to celebrate the Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights during Diwali on Trafalgar Square. Enjoy music and dance performances, family-friendly craft activities, community stalls and delicious food from India and beyond, as part of a large programme of activities.
War Widows' Stories
Queen's House, 8 November 2019
A celebration of the War Widows' Stories project, this event allows visitors to hear about the lives of war widows in their own words and be the first to see the exhibition of the beautiful and moving War Widows' Quilt, made by war widows and their families.
The Lord Mayor's Show
The City of London, 9 November 2019
The Lord Mayor's Show winds through 804 years of London history.. The show is a joyful and diverse civic parade of over 6000 people, with dozens of marching bands, military detachments, carriages, dance troupes, giant contraptions and ceremonial displays.
Cutty Sark's 150th Birthday Weekend
Cutty Sark, 22 – 24 November 2019
Celebrate Cutty Sark's 150th birthday with arts, crafts and stories. Help our artist create a textile sculpture inspired by signal flags and listen out for maritime stories. Visitors can enjoy face painting as part of the celebrations.
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
Saatchi Gallery, 2 November 2019 – 3 May 2020
This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artefacts before they return to Egypt forever. Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb.
George IV: Art & Spectacle
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 15 November 2019 – 3 May 2020
King George IV purchased paintings, metalwork, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics in vast numbers, many of these works by the finest artists of the day. Bringing together magnificent portraits, delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths' work and elegant books and drawings, this exhibition will present George IV's life through the art that enriched his world.
Troy: myth and reality
British Museum, 21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
The first major Troy exhibition in the UK, Troy: myth and reality will reveal the lasting legacy of stories from the Trojan War, first told by early poets such as Homer and Virgil and retold and reinterpreted right up to the present day. From the Trojan horse to Troilus and Cressida, the Hollywood films and contemporary art, this exhibition will tell the stories of Troy that have fascinated and inspired people for more than 3,000 years.
Meltdown: Visualizing Climate Change
Horniman Museum, 23 November – 12 January 2020
Since 2008, Project Pressure has been commissioning artists to document the impact of retreating glaciers across the world and the resulting consequences for billions of people. The exhibition emphasises the importance of glaciers in an artistic and scientific way, and provides unique insights into the world's fragile ecosystem and our changing global climate.
Cars: Accelerating the Modern World
V&A, 23 November 2019 – 19 April 2020
Bringing together a wide-ranging selection of cars that have never been on display in the UK before, Cars: Accelerating the Modern World will look at cars as the driving force that accelerated the pace of the 20th century. With each car telling a specific story about their impact of the world, the display will include the first production car in existence, an autonomous flying car, a converted low-rider, and a 1950s concept car.
NOW Gallery, 29 November 2019 – 19 January 2020
Nigerian-born fashion designer, Mowalola, is NOW Gallery's winter collaborator. The fully immersive exhibition, Silent Madness, will marry together Mowalola's unique Nigerian punk-inspired aesthetic with her passion for musical expression in a multi-sensory and solely personal experience for the viewer.
Entertainment & Theatre
Genesis Cinema, 2 – 3 November 2019
Box Set – the boxing film festival – will be a two-day celebration of the art of boxing in films, with some of the sport's biggest stars joining actors, directors, and filmmakers on the Q&A panels.
The Sleeping Beauty
The Royal Opera House, 7 November 2019 – 16 January 2020
Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells in this landmark production of Petipa's classic ballet, to Tchaikovsky's glorious music.
Touching the Void
Duke of York's, 9 November 2019 – 29 February 2020
A gripping and life-affirming account of a true event, Touching the Void transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season. The piece is based on the 1988 memoir of Joe Simpson, a mountain climber whose near-death experience was also documented in a BAFTA-winning documentary film. The stage adaptation had its world premiere in 2018 at Bristol Old Vic, marking 30 years since the publication of Simpson's book.
My Brilliant Friend
National Theatre, 12 November 2019 – 22 February 2020
Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante published in over 50 countries, My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction. When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.
EFG London Jazz Festival
Various, 15 November – 24 November 2019
The EFG London Jazz Festival is the capital's biggest pan-city music festival, taking place annually in November, and has long been acclaimed for showcasing a heady mix of talent from around the world. Widely acknowledged for delivering world-class artist and emerging stars, the Festival continues to take jazz to a massive audience, in one of UK's landmark music events.
Acosta Danza – Evolution
Sadler's Wells, 18 – 23 November 2019
Sadler's Wells International Associate Company Acosta Danza returns to the UK this autumn for a national tour of its latest programme, Evolution. Carlos Acosta, an international acclaimed star of the ballet world, set up Acosta Danza in Havana after retiring from The Royal Ballet in 2015. Under his artistic directorship, Acosta Danza was set up as a tribute to the vibrancy of Cuban culture and features a mixture of the finest ballet and contemporary dancers Cuba has to offer.
Dick Whittington and His Cat
Hackney Empire, 23 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
In Jamaica, young Dick Whittington is boarding the Empire Windrush, chasing the dream of a new life in the gold-paved streets of glorious London. Little does he know, magic awaits him and his enchanted feline friend far across the ocean...Grande Dame Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe will make his 13th pantomime appearance this Christmas starring as Sarah the Cook, joining Hackney favourite Kat B who will star as Vincent the Cat and Tony Whittle as Alderman Fitzwarren.
Heavy handed, we crush the moment
The Barbican, 28 November – 1 December 2019
A new commission by Last Yearz Interesting Negro, Heavy handed, we crush the moment is the performance project of London-based artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. Dance, darkness and bass frequencies – Heavy handed, we crush the moment is an immersive experience, somewhere between a dreamscape, a meditation, a nightmare and a nightclub.
Food & Drink
Broadgate, November 2019
Opening its second location in London, Bar Douro was created to bring authentic Portuguese food to London. With ties to Portugal traced back through the family, Bar Douro has matched exquisite Portuguese wines with all the tradition of local Portuguese food.
Fenchurch Street, November 2019
Located on the 14th floor of 120 Fenchurch Street, the modern British restaurant will serve an all-day menu created by Executive Chef Thomas Piat and will have spectacular views across the City of London.
Christmas Special Events
Carnaby Christmas Installation Switch On
Carnaby Street, 7 November
The switch on launch of the highly-anticipated and mesmerising Christmas installation in world-famous Carnaby London. The switch-on will include a special line-up of live music and live entertainment with over 100 shops, bars and restaurants in the area participating.
Southbank Centre, 8 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Southbank Centre presents a celebration for the festive season packed with concerts, events and culinary delights for all ages.. Highlights include carols and festive hits, a winter market, unique dining experiences and a pop-up cinema.
Marylebone Village Christmas Lights Switch On
Marylebone Village, 13 November
The light ceremony on one of London's most atmospheric high streets is not to be missed with this year's charity partner The Teenage Cancer Trust. Alongside the lights, there will be stalls to browse, food and drink, a Santa's Grotto, tombola and live music amongst the festivities on the evening.
Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason
Somerset House, 13 November 2019 – 12 January 2020
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason returns promising a spectacular winter season in the heart of London. Highlights include London's first ever 24-hour skating event to mark Somerset House's winter season and the major exhibition, 24/7.
Seven Dials Christmas Lights Switch On
Seven Dials, 14 November
Join Seven Dials for 'A Starry Night' and see the switch on of the brand new immersive light installations in one of the most atmospheric London Villages. Expect an evening filled with live music, DJs, free festive activities and food and drink with over 100 stops, bars and restaurants in Seven Dials participating.
Skating season at Tower of London
Tower of London, 16 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
With spectacular views and festive refreshments, the Tower of London ice rink offers a unique and remarkable setting. Featuring a café bar and spectacular views, the rink will also be updated with a larger rink this year.
Christmas at Kew
Kew Gardens, 20 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Now in its seventh year, the 2019 season for Christmas at Kew will take visitors on a new route full of all-new installations. Featuring glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections and a tunnel of light, there will also be a Victorian carousel and other family rides for the young and young at heart.
Connaught Village Lights Switch On
Connaught Village, 21 November
Visit one of London's hidden gems to celebrate the festive season and brand-new Christmas lights. Visitors can expect activities and music through the array of shops and restaurants, all close to Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Winter Wonderland is located in the heart of London in Hyde Park and offers an array of attractions, activities for visitors of all ages. New attractions this year include the world's tallest transportable Observation Wheel, a new 'A Christmas Carol' theme at the Magical Ice Kingdom, Mr. Men & Little Miss and a new programme of comics at the Winter Wonderland Comedy Club.
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