Hello people! Among the new stuff I want to do with the blog from now on, there’s a blog post every month talking about what you shouldn’t miss if you’re coming to London, depending on the month you’re coming in, obviously. London is full of tourists every day and not all of them know how to make the most of their stay here, so taking in advantage the fact that London is now my home (how fancy does that even sound??) I’ll help you make the most of your time in the city. You can even book a cheap getaway once you read these, there’s so much going on in London every month! Ready for November 2017?
Whilst back home Christmas starts in December, the start of it in London is way earlier. I used to say Christmas started the 1st December, and that was already very early for anyone who’s not a Christmas fanatic like me, but here the magic starts on the 1st November, basically… So yeah, Christmas-wise, London is my personal paradise.
Regent Street motor show
Showcasing 125 years of motoring history, hundreds of vehicles go on display in the famous shopping street. It is free and anyone can come and see it. If you’re into vehicles, then you should definitely check this out!
The second of all the shows is Bonfire Night, on the 5th November. Fireworks are blown all around London, marking the anniversary of the end of the plot to blow the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
Try to find the best place to see them, rooftops or open terraces… they’re all around London, but avoid Westminster, I went there last year believing it was the best place where to see them from and it turned out it was the only place from where you couldn’t see them, haha.
EFG London Jazz Festival
From the 10th to the 19th November 2017. Experience a dazzling extravaganza of concerts, events and performances marking the 25th anniversary of the EFG London Jazz Festival. Bringing together new talent and world-renowned figures from the electrifying world of jazz, the festival plays host to 10 days of diverse performances across a series of impressive venues including the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place and more. Find about all the venues and information on the official page, here.
North: Fashioning Identity
Opening the 8th November, an exhibition featuring contemporary photography, fashion and multimedia highlighting how the realities of life in the north of England captured in the mid-20th century continue to influence new generations of photographers, artists and designers. The exhibition will feature over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks from a host of renowned photographers, designers and artists including Alasdair McLellan, Corinne Day, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Deller, Alice Hawkins, Raf Simons, Paul Smith, Off White’s Virgil Abloh, Peter Saville, Stephen Jones, Gareth Pugh, Nick Knight, Glen Luchford, Jamie Hawkesworth, plus the likes of Shirley Baker, John Bulmer and Peter Mitchell.
I just copied all of this information from the actual page of the exhibition, so if you wanna have a closer look, here’s the link to it! 🙂 The exhibition will be on until the 4th February and tickets go from £5 to £7. I’m visiting this one for sure 😉
Finnish Rooftop Sauna
From Friday 10th November and until the December 30th, The Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens will be home to a Finnish sauna which overlooks the river and the London skyline, as part of Southbank Centre’s Wintertime festivities. Each 16-person session will last 70 minutes. There will also be changing and showering facilities and on hand sauna-experts as well as blankets and warming winter drinks at The Rooftop Bar for post-sauna sipping. Ticket prices start at £15. Read more about it here 😀
The Lord Mayor’s Show
For over 800 years the newly elected Lord Mayor of London has made his or her way from the City to distant Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown. Over the centuries this journey grew into the riotous mediæval pageant known to all as the Lord Mayor’s Show, the first outside event ever to be broadcast live on television and still the oldest and grandest civic procession in the world. It’s great for the family and free for all, on the streets of the City of London on November 11th, from 9:00 to 18. For the best views, try the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges. More information can be found here.
Also on the 11th November, remembering those who gave their lives in the two world wars and all who have died in combat since, with Remembrance events across London. Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day or sometimes Poppy Day, is commemorated every year on 11 November. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence at 11am every 11 November, to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War as well as in more recent conflicts. From 2014 to 2018, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War. Read more here.
Christmas lights switch ons
By far the best part of Christmas in London, having the chance to see the Christmas lights switch ons. They don’t switch all the lights on at the same time, and there’s a show for every event. Here are the details on where and when to see the switch ons:
Oxford Street: Tuesday 7 November from 5pm, 750,000 LED lightbulbs switch on show with live performances from the UK’S hottest artist.
Covent Garden: Tuesday November 14, including a huge Christmas tree in the centre of the piazza.
Marylebone: Wednesday 15th November, with a celeb doing the honours.
Regent Street: Thursday 16th November, a stunning showcase of over 300,000 twinkling LED lights. The street will be closed from early evening for the thrilling live countdown, with VIP appearances and live entertainment to be announced.
Hogwarts in the snow
From the 18th November 2017 to the 29th January 2018. Celebrate a very magical festive season with Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Prices start at £69 per person, £64 for children 5-15 years old and family tickets from £256, all of them including transportation. I’m not a fan of Harry Potter myself, but I know there are loads of you out there who are! So I guess this is interesting for you 😉 More information here.
There will be a video following up this section, I can almost promise it. So all I really want to do now is name them and let you know when they’re coming up, and I’ll get more into what they actually are and what I love about them in the video. Sounds good, right? Here we go 🙂
Winter Wonderland: Covering the whole Hyde Park extension, this year Winter Wonderland opens for the 2017 Christmas period at 5pm on November 17 and then every day from 10am to 10pm until January 1 2018, except for Christmas Day (December 25).
Leicester Square Market: Christmas in Leicester Square is back for the second year in 2017. It’ll run from Friday November 10 2017 to Saturday January 6 2018.
Southbank Centre Market: from Friday November 10 2017 to Thursday 4 January 2018, 10am to 10pm daily.
Winterville: From Thursday November 23 2017 to Monday January 1 2018, in Clapham Common.
London Bridge City: from Thursday 30th November to Wednesday 3rd of January.
Ice skating venues
I think I’ll do the same thing with this section, I’ll record a video and then show it all to you then. Don’t worry, if the video never comes (which I’ll try not to happen), there will certainly be an extended post on these two. My plan is to visit them all this Christmas! 😉
Natural History Museum: Opening from Thursday October 26th, 10am to 5:50pm being the last admission at 5:30pm. Prices start at £16.50 for adults. Find out more here.
Skylight: a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock. From November 2, free entry! Find out more here.
Somerset House: From the 15th November, prices starting at £7.50 + booking fee, open daily from 10am-6pm.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland: Same characteristics as Winter Wonderland itself, it’s the UK’s largest outdoor rink. Prices start at £7.50 for children and £9.50 for adults. More information on the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland official page, here.
Tower of London: 9am–5.30pm Tue–Sat; 10am–5.30pm Sun–Mon, from the 17th November. Ticket prices start at £14.50. Here’s the official page.
Museums and exhibitions
Marilyn, Flowers, Lips, Gun, Mirror, Cactus at Ordovas Gallery: Pop is a movement that has been explored and celebrated in many ways; Marilyn, Flowers, Lips, Gun, Mirror, Cactus approaches the concept from a new perspective – that of an immersive experience with a design element, to transform the way visitors interact with the gallery space and works on display. Paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann are shown here for the first time in the UK among a limited edition of Gufram’s iconic Cactus®, specially commissioned for Ordovas. More information here.
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Standard ticket price is £16.
More info here
Take another look at two artistic giants: father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí. This is the first exhibition to throw light on their surprising relationship and its influence on the work of both artists. Find all information here.
Shows and musicals
Last but not least… I haven’t watched any myself yet, I keep saying I have to but I just never do, silly me… Anyway, I’ve found some which are apparently really good and which you shouldn’t miss if you have the opportunity to go to. You don’t have to watch them all, obviously haha just choose your favourite 🙂
And yes, it’s gonna be cold. You can check the weather here, but chances are it’s gonna get freezing… so bring your warmest clothes! That’s all for today. I’ve spent a few couple of hours writing this guide so I would really appreciate if you could please tell me what you think about it! I’ll be posting a new one for December next month, so stay tuned if you liked it! See you on next post, I love u!
* Please note: I’m not a wizard, I didn’t just wake up this morning and suddenly knew all of this from nowhere. I have researched on different pages (mainly TimeOutLondon) and I’m also really into looking at the underground tube ads. I’ve just made a recompilation of all the info 🙂