Yep, it really is November already, so its time for us to count down 10 things you can do in London this month. From early Christmas celebrations to the best new shows of the West End, we’ve got all the info you need to enjoy yourself in the frosty capital as 2015 draws to a close.
Top marks to anyone who can get round all of the below in 30 days.
Lord Mayor’s Show
Nothing oozes British tradition quite like the Lord Mayor’s Show. Now in its 800th year, this parade welcomes the new Lord Mayor with one mega procession, bringing together over 7,000 performers across a three-and-a-half mile stretch. Starting at Bank and finishing at Aldwych, you can expect plenty of singing, dancing and some beyond-impressive costumes, as well as an incredible firework display at its 5.15pm finishing time.
Begins at Mansion House, Saturday 14 November – free
Bond in Motion featuring The Cars of Spectre
If you’re a dedicated Bond fan, here’s something that will excite you even more than the release of Spectre. Not only is the iconic film franchise continuing its dedicated display at the London Film Museum, but it will welcome the very cars Daniel Craig and pals take for a spin in their latest adventure from mid-November. That’s right, 007’s stunning Aston Martin DB10 and Mr Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75 will sit before your very eyes, allowing you to get closer to the action than a cinema ticket will ever let you.
London Film Museum, from 18 November – tickets from £14.50
You can easily avoid the masses of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland this November by heading east, as Hackney’s Victoria Park welcomes its Winterville installation for a second year running. Along with Victorian-themed market stalls, live music, an ice skating rink and live circus performers (yep, really), you can also watch a whole host of Christmas films at its newly-added enchanted forest setup ‘The Winter Night Garden’. There’s also an indoor area for children where you can pay Santa himself a visit at his grotto.
Victoria Park, 26 November-23 December – free entry, prices for activities vary
This feel-good musical has finally made its way to London’s West End after three years of life, bringing the razzle dazzle of Broadway to a tale about a Northampton shoe factory. Based on real events, Kinky Boots sees a failing production line reignited after a chance meeting with a drag queen, which opens a once traditional business up to a whole new market. Hilarity – and a whole lot of shoe envy – ensues, all to the sound of thumping tunes written by Cyndi Lauper. A guaranteed sing-a-long.
Adelphi Theatre, until May 2016 – tickets start at £15
Alice in Wonderland exhibition
To mark the 100th anniversary of iconic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the British Library is putting on a display like no other. Alongside Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript and illustrations, visitors will be able to see stunning editions from the likes of Salvador Dali and Mervyn Peake, each showcasing the different ways this tale has been interpreted across its long lifetime.
If that doesn’t interest you, we’re sure the themed pop-up gift shop will.
British Library, 20 November 2015-17 April 2016 – free
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
Calling all Twins Peaks fans – this is one immersive dining experience you do not want to miss. Inspired by the surreal crime show of the eighties, The Owls Are Not What They Seem promises “a tour of this slice of small-town America”, complete with a three-course menu, plus a few “familiar faces here and there”. Little more information is given, apart from the fact it takes place in a top secret Zone 1 location. Good luck, diners.
Top secret London location, until 21 November – £66.50
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Prepare yourself for crammed tubes and mile-long crowds in central London this November, as fans gather to see Oxford Street’s iconic Christmas Lights get powered up. This year, pop star Kylie Minogue will be doing the honours, while singers Foxes, Fleur East and Ben Haenow will hit the stage to perform their latest hits. It all kicks off at 5.30pm, with Capital FM DJs Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon leading the festive fun.
Pandora store, Oxford Street, 1 November – free
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Sport is even more gripping when you know there’s almost £2million on the line, which is exactly what’s up for grabs at the Barclays ATP World Tour Tennis Finals, taking place in London this November. The world’s top eight male tennis players will compete in the capital for this major prize jackpot, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, promising matches that will keep you right on the edge of your seat. Just prepare to lose your voice from all that cheering.
The O2 Arena, North Greenwich, 15-22 November – various prices
Day of the Dead Festival
Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca is bringing a slice of Latin America to London this month, transporting its traditional Day of the Dead celebrations right to the British capital. With live music, street art, film, debate and theatre open for all to enjoy – alongside some top-notch Mexican food, of course – Londoners can honour those who have passed before us in a vast variety of aways across this multisensory 12-hour event.
Tobacco Dock, 12 November – tickets from £29
Run in the Dark
If you love nothing better than a brisk jog in the autumn air, this running event could be the one for you. Join thousands of people as they slip into their trainers and leggings for a run around London’s Battersea Park in the black of night, all in the name of the Mark Pollock Trust – a charity that helps fund research for paralysis. All fitness levels are welcome, as intermediate runners can opt for the 5k route, while seasoned pros can take on the full 10k.
Battersea Park, 11 November – £24.95