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What's On November

Ends 30 Nov 2019 at 11:59 PM

Fireworks over Battersea Power Station

Start November off with a bang!


Bonfire Night beside the Thames

There are a number of Bonfire Night celebrations taking place across London this month. Take to the Thames and bookend your Guy Fawkes Night fireworks with a sail through the Capital!

  • Battersea Park Fireworks | Saturday 2 November
    One of the biggest celebrations in London, Battersea Park Fireworks takes place from 18:00 – 22:00 at Battersea Park, the entrance is just four minutes' walk from Battersea Power Station Pier! Children’s tickets (for children aged 10 and under) are free and adult tickets cost £10.
    Nearest pier: Battersea Power Station
  • Newham Fireworks, Royal Docks | Saturday 2 November
    Newham’s free fireworks display is inspired by the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The space-age celebration takes place on Silvertown Quays, 17:30 – 20:00 at the heart of the Royal Docks, what better way to mark Guy Fawkes Night than to combine it with a visit to our brand new pier?!
    Nearest pier: Royal Wharf
  • Southwark Park Fireworks | Tuesday 5 November
    Southwark’s firework display takes place 17:00 – 20:00 at Southwark Park. Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.
    Nearest pier: Greenland (Surrey Quays)

Regent Street Motor Show

Classic cars, motorsport cars and modern supercars alike dominate one of the world’s most iconic shopping destinations for the Royal Automobile Society’s Regent Street Motor Show. This year’s show will see Regent Street transformed into Illinois Route 66, showcasing 125 years of motoring history on Saturday 2 November. This free event also features hourly dance performances by West End Kids and has a focus on low-emission technology.

Nearest pier: Embankment

Diwali on Trafalgar Square

For the 18th year, London’s Diwali celebrations will be taking place on Trafalgar Square Sunday 3 November. The festival of lights is an important date for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists and will be marked with free dance performances, lighting processions and live music from 13:00. There will also be authentic Indian food, dance workshops and ‘tie a turban’ experiences.

Nearest pier: Embankment

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (WCPF)

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair returns to Woolwich Royal Arsenal for talks, tours, demonstrations and consultations about all things contemporary printmaking Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 November. London’s only contemporary print fair, WCPF brings together over 500 specialist artists and exhibitors at Woolwich Royal Arsenal’s former cartridge factory to celebrate every aspect of printmaking, from screen printing to woodblock. Highlights include talks from established practitioners such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Norman Ackroyd RA as well as emerging talents.

Nearest pier: Woolwich (Royal Arsenal)

Southbank Centre Winter Festival

Featuring family-friendly shows, pop-up Christmas markets, comedy, cabaret and sparkling lights, there’ll be season’s greetings galore at Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival. With daredevil shows, storytelling, music and puppetry, the festival will be bringing Christmas cheer to the Southbank from Friday 8 November.

Nearest pier: London Eye (Waterloo)

Lord Mayor’s Show

Starting from Mansion House at 11:00 and travelling to the Royal Courts of Justice via St Paul’s Cathedral and back again, the 804th Lord Mayor’s Show takes place across the square mile on Saturday 9 November. The Lord Mayor’s procession to Westminster symbolises the City of London’s continued loyalty to the monarch, which had been ambiguous in medieval times. To this day, however, the City’s businesses, Livery Companies, charities, the City Police, Her Majesty’s Forces and Londoners from all walks of life still come together to enjoy a celebration of the City’s power, prosperity and continued allegiance to the crown.

Nearest pier: Bankside

Armistice Day

Marking the end of the First World War and casualties of all conflict, HM The Queen will lead the National Service of Remembrance by laying a wreath at The Cenotaph at 11:00 on Sunday 10 November. The Remembrance Sunday Service will take place at Westminster Abbey from 10:30.

Customers are encouraged to donate to the Royal British Legion.

Nearest pier: Westminster

Tate Britain: Steve McQueen Year 3 and William Blake

Steve McQueen, Year 3 opens Tuesday 12 November at Tate Britain and presents an epic portrait of London’s Year 3 pupils explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph. The Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker invited every Year 3 primary school class in London to be photographed for this project and stitched all the images together into a single large-scale installation.

Also taking place at Tate Britain, William Blake opened to rave reviews last month and explores some of the visionary poet, painter, and printmaker's most striking images. Showcasing over 300 original works, including watercolours, paintings and prints, William Blake at Tate Britain is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years.

Travelling to Tate Britain for Steve McQueen’s Year 3? Click here to find out how children can travel for free and school groups can benefit from special discounts and sailings!

Nearest pier: Millbank

Tower of London Ice Rink

How are you planning to mark the end of the warm weather? Have you considered ice skating in the moat of the 1,000 year old fortress that protects the crown jewels? The Tower of London Ice Rink opens on Saturday 16 November and costs £10.50 for children and £15 for adults for 45 minutes’ skate time and hire in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nearest pier: Tower

Street Food Live

Head to ExCeL London for Street Food Live Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November. Tickets are free for this event, the only B2B conference dedicated to the Capital’s eclectic street food offering, and features tips and tricks for anyone operating in the street food sector, whether they’re established traders or trying to crack the market.

Nearest pier: Royal Wharf

Skate at Somerset House

Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason returns on Wednesday 13 November. One of London's favourite Christmas traditions, Skate at Somerset House offers you the opportunity to take skating lessons, skate late-night with their DJs series 'Skate Lates' and explore the Fortnum & Mason Christmas Arcade, all in the iconic Strand building's famous courtyard.

Nearest pier: Embankment

Illuminate Rotherhithe, Mayflower 400

Kick-starting the 400th anniversary celebrations of the Mayflower’s voyage to the New World, Illuminate Rotherhithe is one of 11 Illuminate festivals taking place at Mayflower-related locations around the world. On Friday 29 November Local, regional and international artists will help mark the first Thanksgiving that took place between Mayflower Pilgrims and Native American people in 1621 with vibrant, fun and inspiring experiences. In Rotherhithe, a light procession will begin at 17:00 from St Mary’s Churchyard Gardens to St James’ Church.

Nearest pier: Greenland (Surrey Quays)

Christmas lights switch-ons

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! There are several Christmas light switch-ons taking place along our route this November including:

  • Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party | Thursday 7 November
    This year’s powerful ‘One Ocean One Planet’ message will be strewn from Carnaby Street's famous buildings and sets the tone for what Carnaby hopes to be its most eco-friendly festive season yet. The Carnaby Christmas Shopping Party starts at 17:00 with the light switch-on taking place at 18:00.

    Nearest pier: Embankment
  • Covent Garden Christmas | Tuesday 12 November
    Covent Garden’s Christmas Light Switch On takes place at 17:30. London’s biggest hand-picked Christmas tree will take up residence in Covent Garden’s Piazza and the famous 40 mistletoe chandeliers will return to the historic market building.

    Nearest pier: Embankment
  • Regent Street’s The Spirit of Christmas | Thursday 14 November
    The Spirit of Christmas is well and truly alive on Regent Street with the switch-on show taking place 17:30 – 18:30. The switcher-on is yet to be revealed but promises to be someone extra special as 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Regent Street itself.

    Nearest pier: Embankment
  • Greenwich Market | Wednesday 20 November
    Children from five local schools, led by jazz band Tunnel Chops, will parade their handmade colourful lanterns through the grounds of Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College, around Cutty Sark Gardens and into Greenwich Market for the big Christmas Countdown and Lights On with special guest performers. The festivities start at 16:00 but earlybirds can join free lantern building workshops in Greenwich Market 13:00-16:00.

    Nearest pier: Greenwich
  • Oxford Street Switch-On | Thursday 21 November
    Featuring 27 spectacular LED light curtains draped over the length of the street, Oxford Street’s brand new lighting scheme, made up of 220,000 sparkling lights, will be unveiled as part of its one-night shopping extravaganza. There’ll be exclusive offers, pop up events, special services and in-store performances.

    Nearest pier: Embankment