What’s on in London for November 2014

May 2012 Harmony airport transfersNext month is Christmas, so the festive season is about to start. Plenty going on this month all directing towards the highlight of the Christmas holidays. The big London annual event “Winter wonderland” starts in Hyde Park and the shops are starting to put up festive window displays. Meanwhile strangely the weather is still quite mild (60 degrees F) but a little wet. The nights are drawing in early (by 5 o’clock) it is already dark. If you are going to be in London this month then take a look below to see the best London has to offer during November.

No 1. 5th November “Bonfire Night: London Firework Displays”

Make sure you celebrate Bonfire Night in style at a spectacular London fireworks display. Bonfire Night is also known as Fireworks’ Night or Guy Fawkes’ Night. It’s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I. To this day, it is customary for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament.

The anniversary of Fawkes’ arrest on 5 November is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires. Effigies of Guy Fawkes (“the guy”) are often burned on top of the bonfires. You can look forward to firework displays across the city. See evening newspapers for details of these and other special events for Bonfire Night in London.

No 2. 8th November “The Lord Mayor’s Show”

From vibrant samba dancing to military marching bands, the legendary Lord Mayor’s Show offers a host of entertainment as it winds its way through the heart of London. The Lord Mayor’s Show dates back to 1215, when King John granted a charter allowing the citizens of London to elect their own mayor. Every year since, the newly elected Lord Mayor of London has travelled from the City of London to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the Crown. These days, the parade is more of a celebration than a show of loyalty. Join in the fun as around half a million people turn out to watch as the colourful procession travels across London. After the procession, a fantastic fireworks display lights up the sky over the river Thames. The iconic golden Lord Mayor’s Coach can be seen at the Museum of London during the rest of the year.

No.3.   9th November “Remembrance in London”

Each year in November, the United Kingdom remembers the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts. 11 November is known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Poppy Day.

During the First World War, 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. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute of silence at 11am on 11 November.

Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Remembrance Sunday sees special events and services relating to remembrance. Remembrance Sunday is on 9 November in 2014. On Remembrance Sunday, there’ll be a Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall. The Cenotaph ceremony is organised annually by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, with The Royal British Legion coordinating the March Past. There’ll also be various concerts, church services and events in London on and around this date to mark Remembrance Day.

No.4. 9th November “American Football NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars v Dallas Cowboys” at Wembley Stadium

The NFL International Series is about to get a whole lot bigger! In a ground-breaking and historic move, the NFL will play three games in the UK in 2014, sending some of the biggest stars from America’s most popular sports league to London.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Dallas Cowboys as they play the second of four scheduled home games to be played in the UK. The Jaguars will look to continue their growth under the leadership of head coach Gus Bradley against a Dallas team that boasts an exciting attack and a rich and storied history. This will be a battle of a franchise that was dubbed ‘America’s Team’ against a club trying to win the hearts and minds of British American football fans.

Don’t miss this crucial mid-season match, featuring hours of entertainment both on and off the pitch, NFL cheerleaders, team drum lines and an exciting pre-game show. Tickets £17.10

No.5.   11th November to 11th January 2015 “Skate at Somerset House”

Make the most of the wintry weather as one of London’s most beautiful outdoor ice rinks returns for Skate at Somerset House. In partnership with Fortnum & Mason, this icy experience is open all day and well into the evening, when the rink comes alive with special club nights featuring top DJs.

Tickets from £7.50

No.6. 14th November till 1st January 2015 “Hogwarts at Christmas at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter” At Leavesden Studios, Hertfordshire

Ensuring things are even more magical than usual, the most amazing snowfall of the season hits Hogwarts. Get up close to the stunning model castle used in the Harry Potter films as it’s covered in a blanket of special effects snow for the Christmas period.

The many intricately detailed sets in the studio are also given a Christmas makeover as props and decorations used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone are brought out of storage. There’s also the chance to marvel at the eight Christmas trees that line the Great Hall, alongside festoons of holly, mistletoe and golden wreaths. Tickets from £30

No.7. 15th November “England v Slovenia” at Wembley Stadium

Wayne Rooney will lead England out against Slovenia for this key European Championships qualifier at Wembley Stadium.

No.8.   21st November till 4th January 2015 “Winter Wonderland” in Hyde Park

Get into the festive spirit as family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. Skate around the stunning ice rink which circles the Victorian bandstand, enter the Magical Ice Kingdom with its ‘ice forest’ of frozen sculptures and gleaming ice castle, and enjoy the acrobatic wonders of shows at Zippos Circus and Cirque Beserk. If you’re a thrill-seeker, there are plenty of rides to try. Younger children can enjoy gentle activities such as carousels, helter-skelters and funhouses. Older children and adults, meanwhile, will love the adrenaline-fuelled roller-coasters. Tokens for these rides can be purchased at dedicated token booths. For something more sedate, take a seat on the observation wheel for a flight 60m above London, offering stunning views of the city’s skyline. You can also enjoy perusing the Christmas markets full of arts and crafts trinkets, jewellery and decorations that make perfect presents for friends and family. Explore the Angels and Yuletide market, where charming wooden chalets are overflowing with festive goods. If you’re feeling Hungary or are in need of a warming drink, head to the various restaurants, bars and food stalls. Try some churros, sip mulled wine or keep warm with a frothy hot chocolate. There’s also the chance to try some festive German fare, such as German sausage and glühwein in the Bavarian Village.

No.9. 22nd November “Bryan Adams” at The O2

Most people will remember the gritty-voiced singer for the power ballad “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”. Taken from the soundtrack to the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the track stayed at the top of the UK charts for 16 weeks and sold 15 million copies worldwide.

The Canadian musician is a man of many parts: he’s a human and animal rights activist and has a side line as an award-winning photographer.

But it’s the music he’ll be concentrating on at The O2 Arena, where he celebrates the 30th anniversary of his three-time platinum album, Reckless. Tickets from £45.50

No.10. 29th November “Morrissey” at The O2

A rare live appearance from the legendary Morrissey makes The O2 an essential gig destination this November. The much-loved former singer and lyricist of The Smiths has seldom been seen on stage in recent years, with this being his first UK show since 2012. Famed as much for his biting, gloomy wit as his memorable music, the outspoken singer hit the headlines recently when he released his highly anticipated autobiography. Fans were heartened by the news of his return to the music world with the long-awaited album World Peace is None of Your Business, a work packed with his brilliantly acerbic lyrics. Having honed the new material with a highly successful tour of the USA in 2014, audiences can expect electrifying live renditions of new tracks along with old favourites. Darkly humorous and musically original, this is a chance to catch a true British legend in person. Tickets from £45.50


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