During November the city's dark winter nights light up with major events and theatrical productions, while the colder weather is the perfect excuse to enjoy a cosy pub.
A highlight on London's event calendar is without doubt Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire Night, when awesome firework displays take place across the city. More fireworks, plus one of London’s biggest street parades, makes up the Lord Mayor's Show. This 800-year-old inauguration ceremony has evolved into a huge celebratory procession of marching bands, acrobats and more. The city also reaffirms its place as a hotbed of musical talent with the London Jazz Festival, a city-wide, 10-day feast of performances from emerging and established jazz stars. Sporting talent is also under the spotlight this month as the tennis world’s greatest players battle it out at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Expect big-hitters such as Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and British talent Murray. Remembrance Sunday is when we remember members of the armed forces who have fallen in the line of duty. Whitehall is the main focus of national commemoration, where the Royal Family and dignitaries gather to pay their respects.
London's pubs are a cultural institution and come into their own during winter. They provide the perfect retreat from the cold, where you can enjoy warming log fires and sip hearty ales. Or perhaps a bit of pampering is in order? If so, relax and rejuvenate in one of the capital's many indulgent spas. Get a jump-start on your Christmas shopping with a trip to one of the capital's excellent shopping destinations, which are gearing up for the festive season with decorations and lights. Or swap your shopping bags for a theatre show in the West End. The entertainment continues thanks to the city's varied and plentiful live music venues. Intimate back rooms in pubs, decadent Victorian theatres and awesome stadiums are just some of the venues that present every musical genre and style imaginable.
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