Halloween is over and it’s not yet Christmas, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to do in London this month. November is an exciting time in its own right, whether you’re keen to enjoy the fireworks or visit one of the many exhibitions taking place around the capital.
Poppies – V&A Museum – November 1st to 21st
November is, of course, the month of remembrance and the V&A will be displaying 16 of the ceramic poppies that were handmade for the Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red installation. Of the 888,246 flowers that originally went on display, the V&A obtained 16 to represent each of the staff members from the museum that fell during the First World War. Putting them on show means visitors will be able to see the intricate work of artist Paul Cummins OBE, who created them.
This exhibition is free to attend.
Social Fun & Games Club – Roof East – from November 2nd
If you’re looking for something a little different to do this month, then rooftop curling could be just the thing. The Social Fun & Games Club is taking up residency at Roof East for the winter and there will be lots of attractions to keep visitors entertained. After releasing your stones along neon-lit lanes, sip on a Hot Buttered Rum cocktail in the Ski Lodge Bar or chow down on some charcuterie in a glass igloo with all your friends.
Tickets can be booked in advance, although walk-ins are welcome. Be warned, though, this is likely to be a popular place this winter.
Doc’n Roll Film Festival – various venues – November 2nd to 19th
For the fourth year in a row, London will be hosting events for the UK’s most prestigious music documentary festival. There will be screenings of films looking at the life and works of the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Joe Cocker. The festival will begin with the world premiere of A Winding Road: A Ramble with Richard Thompson, followed by a Q&A session with Thompson himself and director Edmond Deraedt.
Get your tickets online.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival – Muswell Hill – November 3rd and 4th
There are many fireworks displays to enjoy this Guy Fawkes Night, but the celebrations at Alexandra Palace go one step further. Not content with just lighting a bonfire and setting off a few rockets, the London landmark is hosting an entire festival, complete with fire parade, street food and craft beer. And when the fireworks do go off, you can guarantee it will be a show to remember, with the whole of London as its backdrop.
Full price tickets cost £27, but you can get a 20 per cent discount by booking online.
Lord Mayor’s Show – The City of London – November 11th
Being in London during the Lord Mayor’s Show gives you the opportunity to participate in a tradition that has been going for more than 800 years. It started with the newly elected Lord Mayor of London making his way from The City to Westminster to swear allegiance to the monarch and has developed into a grand affair. From the flotilla on the Thames to a procession from Mansion House and then a huge fireworks display, it’s a full day out for all the family.
It’s free to attend, although you can upgrade to a grandstand seat for £39, which includes a commemorative programme.