London is by far one of the top most-visited cities with over 20.4 million tourists who traveled there in 2018. Although the prime time for many to spend time in this bustling city is the summer, we also love going here in the fall when the leaves have turned and fallen off, the weather requires a thick jacket, and the outdoors are starting to shine even brighter at night thanks to the strung lights around the city.
With prices falling after summer, traveling to London in November may be the best time for you to go if you’re looking for cheaper flights and accommodations. Plus, it can be just as fun and eventful as going when it’s warm. From festivals and winter markets to Bonfire Night and shows, here’s what you can do in London in November.
Beginning on 15th November through the 24th, London’s annual Jazz Festival ignites with a variety of shows and performances for adults and children. Artists from around the world come together to bring music alive throughout the city at different venues such as Spice of Life, Southbank Centre, London Royal Festival Hall and PizzaExpress Jazz Club to name a few. There’s even an interactive Jazz workshop for little ones between 2 to 5 years old. For the full list of performances and their location, check out the official website here.
November is the month when the streets are lit up with festive lights all over London and with that, the opening of all the winter markets. London is full of various markets you can check out. There’s the Winter Wonderland Hyde Park featuring a Ferris wheel, ice-skating rink and vendors selling food and gifts; and the Christmas Market located at Tate Modern with Christmas treats, drinks, shops music and lights. There are other Christmas Markets around London including in Leicester Square, Southbank Centre and London Bridge, all of which bring in the spirit of the season regardless of culture and religion.
Lord Mayor’s Show
This 800+-year-old show is one of the most famous ones in London and falls on the second Saturday of November each year. The show celebrates an old tradition of an elected mayor who traveled (and continues to travel) through the City to swear his loyalty to the King/Queen. Today, visitors and locals can enjoy a procession, street food stalls, games, performances, live music stages and craft areas for everyone to enjoy. The routes change each year, so check out their website for all the details.
On the 5th of November, London ignites with Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Day) where the entire city comes together to celebrate the day when Guy Fawkes helped stop an explosion that would have ended the Houses of Parliament. Every year, locals light bonfires and set off fireworks, and some even dress up as though it’s Halloween. If you’re in London during this time you can not only watch fireworks, but also enjoy food and drinks outside, live music and funfairs. It’s fun for everyone, regardless of age.
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