Exciting Events in London for November 2019

Head to see fireworks, fairgrounds and football in a month marking the autumn in the capital.

Beer hall, Alexandra Palace, London, UK
A German-style beer hall is part of the entertainment at Alexandra Palace, alongside the fireworks. (©Lloyd Winters)

1–2 November

London has some strange traditions, perhaps none more so than Bonfire Night (5 Nov). The evening marks the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes and his comrades to kill King James I and blow up the Houses of Parliament. To celebrate, effigies of Fawkes are burnt and fireworks displays take place across the capital, from Alexandra Palace (1-2 Nov) to Battersea Park (2 Nov). IF you're around on 5 November, head to a high spot in the city, such as Primrose Hill, to see people have their own fireworks in their gardens.

Regent Street Motor Show, London, UK
Classic cars cruise down Regent Street during this annual festival. (©Regent Street Motor Show)

2 November

Start your engines! If you love cars, whether vintage or futuristic ones, head to Regent Street Motor Show. To tie in with Regent Street’s celebrations for its 200th anniversary, the area replaces regular traffic with classic cars. Hop in, see characters in period costumes and get your picture taken, then learn more
about models, such as zero-emission electric ones and low-carbon drive trains – this is a fun family day out.

9 November

England’s women’s football team is poised for a record-breaking attendance for their friendly against German at Wembley Stadium. More than 80,000 fans are expected to attend and a full house is likely – which represents an incredible increase in interest in the women’s game. This was highlighted in the 2019 FIFA women’s World Cup in France, which England were beaten in the semi finals by eventual champions USA.

1017 November

Rivalries are renewed on the dazzling tennis courts at The O2, where the Nitto ATP Finals see the world’s top eight men, in singles and doubles, in a thrilling eight-day tournament. Tennis fans should be delighted that already (at time of research) the three most successful men’s tennis champions, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djolovic, have all booked their places. Look out for the young Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, qualified for the first time this year, who might just rock the boat!

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London, UK
Huge ice sculptures are part of the appeal of the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, the annual winter festival. (©Winter Wonderland)

21 November–5 January

Ice skating, a giant Ferris wheel and circus acts – the hugely popular family-friendly Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is free to enter, and marks the start of the fun winter season. The fair includes the world’s tallest portable observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, which is set in sub-zero temperatures and features striking ice sculptures.

Thanksgiving service, St Paul's Cathedral, London, UK
The solemn service for Thanksgiving takes place at St Paul's Cathedral each year. (©Graham Lacdao)

28 November

As the city celebrates Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to learn more about our special relationship with America. Superb steakhouse Smith & Wollensky is serving the traditional dinner of turkey, pumpkin pie and Oreo cheesecake, and Christopher’s has rib-eye steak and chocolate pecan pie. The Nordic Bar is having an NFL Thanksgiving party – watch as the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears, a strong tradition in the U.S. Finally, St Paul’s Cathedral holds its annual service, which is open to all and is attended by the U.S. Ambassador.

London Illustration Fair, London, UK
Choose original pieces by emerging local artists at London Illustration Fair, at the OXO Tower. (©London Illustration Fair)

29 November–1 December

For souvenirs with a difference, head to the annual London Illustration Fair in OXO Tower. Founded by two schoolfriends, it captures the creativity of the capital through its emerging artists, with some stunning pieces for sale. You can meet the artists and buy your own, unique piece to take home as a great souvenr. 

The Chemical Brothers, The O2, London, UK
The Chemical Brothers perform their experimental techno at The O2, on their world tour. (Courtesy The Chemical Brothers)

30 November

If you love house, techno and hip hop, grab a ticket for dance duo The Chemical Brothers at The O2. Following their slot at Glastonbury this summer, this is their biggest headline show ever. Expect hits from their new album, No Geography, plus club classics accompanied by state-of-the-art visuals. www.theo2.co.uk