47 things to do in London in November 2022

As the evenings get darker, fireworks light up the skies for Bonfire Night, London's streets begin to sparkle with Christmas lights, and traditional pubs offer a cosy retreat.
Angel-shaped Christmas lights on Regent Street in London.
Regent Street Christmas lights. Credit: lazyllama. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

What's on in November in London?

There are plenty of things to do in November in London to make the most of the longer nights, or to warm up indoors.

Festive cheer begins to take over the capital from mid-November, as everyone gets ready for Christmas in London.

 

Top November activities in London

A girl stands in a space suit style jacket holding a cocktail in a magically bright and alien world at the immersive experience Avora in London.
Be transported to a magical new world at Avora. Image courtesy of Inventive Productions.
  1. Discover all that London has to offer with a sightseeing pass: Save money by visiting multiple attractions with The London PassGo City London Explorer Pass or the Merlin London Attractions Pass.
  2. Or tick off London's top sights with the Total London Experience: A hassle-free day exploring London's best spots. 
  3. Head out on Thames on a sightseeing cruise: Enjoy unrivalled view of the city's best sights, from the London Eye to St Paul's Cathedral.
  4. Take a walking tour with an expert local guide: From family-fun on tours such as Paddington Bear, to TV and film favourites Doctor Who and James Bond
  5. Visit one of London's lesser-known museumsDiscover never-before-seen evidence at the Jack the Ripper Museum and watch the Horse Guards at work at the royal Household Cavalry Museum.
  6. Have fun at one of London's top immersive experiences: From the weird and wonderful at the Alice in Wonderland VR Escape Experience*, play detective at Sherlock: The Official Live Game or enter a strange new world for a cocktail adventure at Avora
  7. Spend a night at the movies: Head to one of London's best independent cinemas or enjoy an evening at a Vintage Cinema Screening with Cocktails at TT Liquor*
  8. Make the most of London's incredible food scene: Take a tour of Borough Market, get stuck in at the Ultimate Foodie Cookery Masterclass at The Jamie Oliver Cookery School* or head to Camden Town Brewery for a tour and tasting. 
  9. Attend one of the many exciting events happening at Skylight Bar: Join fellow football fans for a World Cup viewing night, see Drag on Ice on London's only rooftop ice rink and enjoy wintry family activities every Sunday
  10. Get behind the lens at a Fashion Photography Workshop at the V&A Museum: Master the art of directing a fashion shoot with talented photographer Jasprit Singh. 26 Nov
  11. Prevent a national scandal at the Natural History Museum at Mystery at the Museum: The Search for Dippy: London's favourite dinosaur is in danger - solve the clues to keep them safe. 25 Nov

Discover more things to do in London including the best attractions for families and where to go for fantastic food and drink

Theatre shows in London in November

A person breathing fire into the air during a performance of La Clique.
La Clique at Christmas in Leicester Square. Image courtesy of DGPR.
  1. Laugh out loud at Roald Dahl's Matilda at Cambridge Theatre: See the much-loved children's novel reworked into a hilarious musical. 
  2. Sing your heart out at TINA - The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre: Be moved by the inspiring story of legendary singer Tina Turner, featuring many of her best-loved songs. 
  3. Be spellbound by Wicked at the Apollo Victoria: Enjoy spectacular effects and show-stopping songs as the untold story of the witches from The Wizard of Oz comes alive on stage.
  4. Don't miss the moving story of John Halder in GOOD at the Harold Pinter Theatre: One of Britain's most powerful, political plays returns to the West End with the talented David Tennant. 6 Oct-24 Dec
  5. Have the best night of your life at your local at The Choir of Man at The Arts Theatre: A lock in like no other, hear reinventions of charting topping hits performed at a real working bar on stage. 1 Oct-5 Feb
  6. See the all-drag killer comedy Death Drop 2: Back in the Habit at the Garrick Theatre: Trapped in a convent with a killer, join Sis Marple and her fabulous gaggle of nuns as she unearths the clues to reveal the culprit. 8 Nov-19 Nov
  7. Circus spectacular La Clique returns to the Leicester Square Spielgeltent: Enjoy a night of comedy, circus acts and cabaret. Until 7 Jan
  8. Hear the charming story of Santa's misfit Buddy at ELF The Musical at the Dominion Theatre: Join Buddy on his journey across New York as he looks to discover where he came from and the true meaning of family. 14 Nov-7 Jan
  9. Get in to the Christmas spirit at It's a Wonderful Life at the London Coliseum: See this heart-warming holiday classic. 25 Nov-10 Dec
  10. Studio Ghibli's My Neighbour Totoro comes to life at the Barbican Theatre: Enter the magical fantasy world of sisters Satsuki and Mei. Until 21 Jan
  11. Attend The Moon Hares, a magical opera made for families at the Southbank Centre: An enchanting story of children seeing the world through new eyes. 2 Nov

Find more top musicals and theatre shows in November.

Unmissable events in November

A golden carriage, manned by people in traditional red livery, passes in front of St Paul's Cathedral.
The Lord Mayor's Show. Image courtesy of The Lord Mayor's Show.
  1. See some amazing Bonfire Night London fireworksWatch autumn skies light up on Guy Fawkes Night in November. 1-7 Nov
  2. Pay your respects on Armistice Day and Remembrance SundayTake a moment to remember those who fell during the wars during special events and services in London. 11-14 Nov
  3. See the EFG London Jazz Festival return to London: Enjoy a spectacular programme of live gigs and special performances from global Jazz stars. 11-20 Nov
  4. Experience Europe's first official FIFA Fan Festival*: Meet football legends, see music from world-class acts and enjoy 4D audio match viewing. 21, 25 and 29 Nov
  5. Don't miss the England v USA match at Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge: Enjoy the ultimate viewing experience during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 25 Nov 
  6. Admire a colourful array of carriages and costumes at The Lord Mayor's Show: The 800-year-old inauguration ceremony has evolved into a huge procession of marching bands, floats and dancers. 12 Nov
  7. Head to one of London's best bars to watch the Rugby League World Cup 2021: Join this unmissable event as 32 teams from 21 nations compete in 21 stadiums across England. 15 Oct-19 Nov
  8. Join your American friends during Thanksgiving celebrations in London: Attend a festive service and find the best places to devour a traditional meal24 Nov
  9. Surround yourself with bagpipe melodies during St Andrew's Day in London: Rock the tartan and feast on haggis and whisky around the city. 30 Nov

Art exhibitions in London

a painting of a girl with reddish brown hair holding a baby wearing a red outfit with red flowers in the background
Paula Modersohn-Becker Girl with Child, 1902 Oil on cardboard, 45.3 x 50.5 cm Kunstmuseum Den Haag © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Image courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts.
  1. See Lucian Freud's New Perspectives exhibition at the National Gallery. Explore a lifetime of work by the famous artist in his first major exhibition for more than 10 years. Until 22 Jan
  2. Discover Making Modernism at the Royal Academy of ArtsA collection of works by trailblazing women hidden from history. 12 Feb
  3. Check out The EY Exhibition: Cézanne at Tate Modern: Discover the iconic works of a leading figure in modern art, some never seen before in the UK. Until 26 Feb
  4. The famous works of Turner return to the National Gallery: For the first time in a century, two of Turner's most ground-breaking paintings are on show at Turner on Tour. 3 Nov-19 Feb
  5. Get a glimpse of the famous Abakans at Tate Modern: Admire Magdalena Abakanowicz's woven Abakans sculptures in a forest-like display. 17 Nov-23 May
  6. Family-friendly exhibition Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the V&A Museum is not to be missed: Explore the places and animals that inspired the artist's beloved characters. Until 8 Jan
  7. Study the works of British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Tate Britain: See portraits of people painted from the artist's imagination. 24 Nov-22 Feb
  8. Explore a new special display Stephen Hawking at Work at the Science Museum: Items in the exhibition include a rare copy of his famous PhD thesis, his wheelchair and a blackboard of doodles and jokes. Until Mar 2023
  9. One of the UK's most iconic sporting heroes is celebrated at Harry Kane: I want to play football at the Museum of London: Discover the inspiring story of England captain Harry Kane. Until 4 Dec

Find out more about each with these round-ups of top art exhibitions and the best museum exhibitions in London.

Christmas events in London in November

Three people try to win a game of ring toss at winter wonderland in london.
Take on the games at Winter Wonderland. Image courtesy of C. Faruolo/Winter Wonderland.
  1. Get into the festive spirit on a Christmas Lights London by Night bus tour: Enjoy spectacular festive light displays and see the city sparkle. 18 Nov-2 Jan
  2. Experience Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: See the world of Harry Potter transformed for winter. 12 Nov-15 Jan
  3. Enjoy festive fun for all the family at Winter Wonderland 2022 in Hyde Park: Fairground rides, ice skating and family shows await this Christmas. 18 Nov-2 Jan
  4. Explore Kew Gardens at night: Join the magical Christmas at Kew light trail through the iconic gardens. 16 Nov-8 Jan
  5. Attend an enchanting carol service: Including a Christmas Carol Singalong at the Royal Festival Hall. 
  6. Pick up the perfect gift at London's best Christmas markets: Peruse the stalls in the city or take a Christmas markets day trip to discover festivities in Canterbury, Winchester or Birmingham.
  7. Book ahead for New Years Eve celebrations: Spend the evening aboard a Thames river cruise or watch the fireworks from a winter rooftop bar.

 Discover more festive things to do in London in November.

For more things to do in November in London, take a look at this events calendar and guide to what's on in London.

You can also find lots of inspiration for this season with this ultimate guide to autumn in London, featuring festivals, immersive experiences and family fun.

 

WEATHER: For average seasonal temperatures and rainfall, see this London weather page.

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