Things to Do in London in November 2016

As the weather cools, London's streets begin to sparkle with festive lights, and London pubs offer a cosy retreat.

The weather in London turns much colder in November and the evenings are darker as winter sets in. Yet, despite the weather, November is still a great month to visit London.

The capital's bustling shopping streets begin to sparkle with festive light displays and decorations as shoppers get an early start to their Christmas shopping. Temporary ice-skating rinks also start to pop up across London.

The colder weather is the perfect excuse to head to a cosy pub. 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, local beers and hearty meals.

November Events

A highlight of London's event calendar is without doubt the Lord Mayor's Show, an 800-year-old inauguration ceremony that has evolved into a huge procession of marching bands, floats, and acrobats followed by a fireworks display in the evening.

If fireworks are your thing, then Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire Night, on 5 November will provide a wealth of awesome displays across London that will light up the night sky.

Kicking off a season of festive fun activities for little kids and big kids is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, where ice-skating, toy stalls, Santa's grotto and exciting rides await.

The city also confirms its place amongst the best in the world for musical talent with the London Jazz Festival, a city-wide feast of performances from emerging and established jazz stars.

Sporting talent is also under the spotlight this month as the tennis world's eight greatest singles players and doubles teams battle it out at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2.

Remembrance Sunday is when Britain remembers those men and women of the armed forces who died in the line of duty. Whitehall is the main focus of national commemoration, where the Royal Family and dignitaries gather to pay their respects.

Petrol heads and classic car enthusiasts take over one of central London's most iconic roads for the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the largest free show of its kind in the UK.

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see our London Weather page.

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