Best Of Londonist: 13-19 November 2023

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Best Of Londonist: 13-19 November 2023

Your weekly Londonist roundup, featuring Londony news and features.

Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree: Where's It From? What's Its History? When's The Switch-On?

Spruce up on your arboreal knowhow.

A Trafalgar Square lion in front of a Christmas tree and the National Gallery
Image: Raphaël Chekroun via creative commons

Shoreditch Has A New Secret Garden... On A Viaduct

Get eye-level with Village Underground's tube trains.

A rainy pocket garden

A Tim Burton Exhibition Is Coming To The Design Museum In 2024

Illustrator, painter, photographer, author — what doesn't he do?

A zany picture of strange looking fish circling a tiny planet Earth
© Tim Burton

HOW MUCH Sewage Did Thames Water Pump Into The Thames?

We do the maths.

A small coot swimming is disgusting looking water

Where To Volunteer In London At Christmas 2023

Make someone else's Christmas special.

Three people in face masks dishing up Christmas dinner in a kitchen
Photo: Shelter From The Storm

The Cosmic House: A Surreal Mansion You Can Visit In Kensington

Warning: article could lead to serious house envy.

A swirly stone staircase
© Sue Barr

Punk Bands In 1970s London: Rescued And Never-Before-Seen-Photos

Free exhibition only on for a month.

The Jam playing outside on the street
© Caroline Coon

Christmas Gift Guide: London Themed Presents To Buy For London Lovers!

Books, booze and unique stocking fillers.

A coffee table book - London Tube Stations

15 Things You Never Knew About Wembley Park

Steeped in history. (sponsor)

Inage of a vintage red tube carriage and 'Metro-Lane' printed boldly behind it
Image © Retro Ad Archives, Alamy

From Our Newsletter: Tower Bridge: Hidden Rooms and Secret Spaces

Join us on a journey into the bits of the icon that you've never seen before.

Winding pale blue stairs inside a brick chamber

Where To Eat And Drink In Forest Gate: The Best Restaurants, Cafes, Bars And Pubs

Forest food!

Two pints of beer on a bar, with a blackboard of various beers behind them

Secrets Of 19th Century Workhouse Uncovered At St Pancras Dig

Fireplaces, vibrant walls and hot water bottles revealed.

Bird's eye view of an excavation site, showing various rooms
© MOLA

London's Best Black Friday Theatre Offers

Ballet, opera, musicals and more.

Image by Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands.

Christmas Carol Concerts In London To Make You Feel All Warm And Fuzzy Inside This December

Including one on top of The O2!

Carollers in Santa hat on top of the O2
Image: Luke Dyson

London Now Has Its First Statue Of Queen Elizabeth II

Bronze likeness unveiled at Royal Albert Hall.

A statue of the Queen
© Poppy Field

HMV Is Reopening Its Iconic Oxford Street Store... Again

Iconic music store returns in time for Christmas.

Pink neon signage for His Masters Voice
Image: Martin Hearn via creative commons.

Christmas Dinner In London: Where To Eat In The Capital On Christmas Day

Book soon if you want a seat at these tables on 25 December.

A posh looking Christmas dinner

Last Updated 17 November 2023