October 27, 2015

Things to do in London this November


Image from the Ntaural History Museum


I may be biased but I think that London is one of the best places in the world to spend the Autumn! Here are a few Autumnal inspired things to do this November to make the most of the weather and of London!

1. I think personally my number one thing to do in London this November is to see the Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition at the Barbican (21st October - 14th Feb 2016). The exhibition contains 380 of Eames' pieces, curated by Catherine Ince, and is the first retrospectively the UK since 1999. Famous for the Eames chair, and the Eames lounge chair (obviously), the husband and wife team are some of my favourite designers and their furniture is as popular as it ever was, being reproduced by Herman Miller and Vitra. They influenced the fields of photography, film, exhibition, furniture and and product design, and pieces of each are on display here! A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, followed by a quick visit to the Conservatory afterwards!

2. Up there as one of the most Christmassy things to do is Ice Skating, and this is the month when they all open! I would recommend booking of you can, just to avoid queues and to ensure you definitely can skate. So wrap up warm, treat yourself to a hot chocolate and skate away!
Natural History Museum: 29th October 2015 - 3rd November 2016. Adults from £12.65.
Canary Wharf: 31st October 2015 - 27th February 2016. Adults £14.95.
Eyeskate at the London Eye: 14th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016. Adults £10.50 - £12.50.
Skate in the City (Exchange Sq): 16th November 2015 - 25th February 2016. Adult £13.00.
Somerset House: 18th November 2015 - 10th January 2016. Adults from £7.50.
Winter Wonderland: 20th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016. Adults £10.50/£14.50
Winterville: 26th November - 23rd December. Adults £7.00/£12.50.

3. Another super Christmassy thing to do, but this is when they happen, is to watch some of the big Christmas light switch ons! Watch some celebs, drink some Mulled wine and soak up the Christmas atmosphere! 
Oxford Street: 1st November from 5:30pm. With Kylie Minogue, Gabrielle Aplin and Foxes.
Christmas at Duke of York Square: 8th November at 3pm.
Carnaby Street: 12th November from 5pm. With a whole host of Christmassy activities and 20% off over 100 shops, bars and restaurants!
Regent Street: 15th November. Activities from 12pm and they have stated it will be a 'Star Studded Show'!
Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park: 20th November - 6th December. Not a light switch on but they have the most incredible light display and features! Definitely worth a visit!
Christmas at Kew: Winter Trail: 25th November 2015 - 2nd January 2016.

4. Perhaps the most traditional thing to do in November is to go to Guy Fawkes night! Here is a round up of some of the best Fireworks displays in London. But I recommend that you book tickets on line before hand to make sure that you definitely get your space!
Newham Fireworks: 1st November. Free!
Crystal Palace Fireworks: 5th November. Celebrating 150years! Adults advanced tickets £6, on the gate £10.
Southwark Fireworks: 5th November. Free!
Wimbledon Park Fireworks: 5th November. Adults advanced tickets £8.50, on the gate £10.
Bishops Park Fireworks: 6th November. Adults advanced tickets £6, on the gate £8.
Battersea Park Fireworks: 7th November. Adults tickets up to 6th November £8, on the 7th November £10. Battersea Park you have to book before you go, you cannot buy tickets on the gate.
Morden Park Fireworks: 7th November. Adults advanced tickets £8.50, on the gate £10.
Ravenscourt Park: 7th November. Adults advanced tickets £6, on the gate £8.

5. I visited the Spirit of Christmas Fair: (2nd - 8th November) last year and absolutely loved it! Super excited to be going back next weekend. It is super Christmassy, puts you in the festive spirit and is one of the best places to pick up some unusual pressies. I highly recommend it.

6. Remembrance Sunday: Sunday 8th November, remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. There is a Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall should you wish to go out and pay your respects.

7. Something that I am super excited about and will be book soon is Birdies Crazy Golf Club: (11th November - 20th December). It is a Nine-Hole Crazy Golf Course in the Vaults of Waterloo from the brains behind the Rooftop Film Club ... Sold already?! Me too! Not only that but it is an underground course that has loop, half-pipes and a five-foot drop!! There is also a cocktail bar with drinks from the Spirited Mixers and food from Hawksmoor Knightbridge's head chef and a menu from Hix! PERFECT! Golf is £9 per round, and entry to the bar without golf is £3, you must book online before you go!

8. EFG London Jazz Festival: 13th - 22nd November. This is a 10 day event with world class, and emerging Jazz artists. With a wide range of events, concerts and talks there will be something for everyone to enjoy. And is something a little different this November! Lots of shows have sold out already, and others soon will, so make sure you book soon.

9. Probably the best thing to do on November and Christmas is to visit all the Christmas Markets! To look at all of the amazing, unique Christmas goodies for either yourself or for presents, to eat lots of yummy food and drink mulled wine! Here is a round up of some of the best one in London.
Winter at the Southbank: 20th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016.
Winter Wonderland: 20th November 2015 - 3rd January 2016.
Winterville: 26th November - 23rd December.
Hyper Japan Christmas Market: 27th Novemver - 29th November.
Chelsea Physic Gardens: 28th November - 11th December.

10. Winter at the View from the Shard: 23rd November - 31st January 2016. This Winter the Shard will be transformed into an 'Enchanting, Sensory, Winter Experience'. There will be ice drystals and frost and it will look all magical and wintery! So book now, and go and check it out!


I hope you enjoyed this little selection, let me know what will you be visiting this November ..November

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