35 Fantastic Things To Do In London This Month: November 2021

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35 Fantastic Things To Do In London This Month: November 2021
The Regent Street Motor Show returns

ART AND ANTIQUES: Everything from diamonds to dining tables is covered at The Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia. Over 20,000 pieces are on show, with specialist dealers from all over the world selling their wares and offering expertise. 2-7 November 2021

HOGARTH AND EUROPE: See works by Hogarth alongside those of his European contemporaries at new Tate Britain exhibition Hogarth and Europe. Francesco Guardi in Venice, Chardin in Paris and Cornelis Troost in Amsterdam all saw Europe change during the mid-18th century, thanks to enlightenment, innovation and materialism — see how these changes were reflected in their work. 3 November 2021-20 March 2022

UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: More than 65 short and feature length films are on the programme at the UK Jewish Film Festival, which celebrates its 25th anniversary. Some are in-person screenings at cinemas around London, others are streamed online. 4-18 November 2021

London's Christmas lights are switched on this month

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Let there be light! London's Christmas lights are switched on from November, at a series of ceremonies and special events. It's Carnaby on 4 November, and Regent Street on 12 November. Keep an eye on our Christmas lights guide for further details of when they're announced. From 4 November

BONFIRE NIGHT FIREWORKS: Bonfire Night falls on a Friday this year, which means we've got a whole weekend of whizzbangs to enjoy. From small, local displays to large-scale firework festivals, here's our guide to the best Bonfire Night events in London. 5-7 November 2021

CASA CHROMATIC: Occasional Londonist contributor and queen of colour Momtaz Begum-Hossain is among the artists involved in a new, psychedelic exhibition. Casa Chromatic brings a splash of colour and joy to The Conference Centre at St Pancras Hospital. 5 November 2021-25 March 2022

Classic cars take over Regent Street

REGENT STREET MOTOR SHOW: Regent Street closes to 21st century traffic for a day, to allow vintage vehicles to park up for the Regent Street Motor Show. Ogle cars dating back 125 years, alongside live entertainment and some more modern vehicles too. 6 November 2021

VETERAN CAR RUN: The Regent Street Motor Show is a precursor to the Veteran Car Run, which sees more than 100 pre-1905 vehicles setting off from London to Brighton.  It's a special one this year, as it's the 125th anniversary. You'll have to be up early to cheer them on though — they begin leaving Hyde Park around 7am, heading through Lambeth towards Croydon, and on to the coast. 7 November 2021

Donate your old coat to WrapUp London

WRAP UP LONDON: Annual charity coat collection WrapUp London is back at London stations, so dig your old winter coat out from the back of your wardrobe. The organisation redistributes the coats they collect to those who need it most, such as the vulnerable and homeless, to help keep them warm as the winter weather bites. Exact locations are TBC at time of writing, but collection dates are 8-28 November 2021

CHRISTMAS PAST: Just as it did in its previous incarnation as The Geffrye Museum, the Museum of the Home dresses its period rooms for Christmas to show how homes looked during the festivities of yesteryear. The timeline travels back 400 years, covering innovations such as the introduction of the Christmas tree to our homes. 9 November

Lakecia Benjamin performs at EFG London Jazz Festival

LONDON PHOTO SHOW: Photographers from all over the world show — and sell — their work at the London Photo Show at Bargehouse Gallery on Oxo Tower Wharf.  A range of different photographic styles are on display, with a programme of talks and workshops running alongside. 11-14 November 2021

EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL: Bring on the trumpets to celebrate the return of the EFG London Jazz Festival, with more than 50 live events taking place at venues across London. A global roster of jazz musicians descend on the capital for both large-scale and intimate gigs, with special collaborations and an Icons series thrown into the mix. 12-21 November 2021

The Enchanted Woodland returns to Syon Park

ENCHANTED WOODLAND: If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. The trees will be illuminated in all different colours, with floodlights and lasers, at Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park (one of our picks for light festivals to see in London this winter). The big finale is a choreographed light show inside the glass house, with mulled wine, hot chocolate and other treats available at the end. 12-28 November 2021

LORD MAYOR'S SHOW: After a year without the pomp and pageantry of the Lord Mayor's Show, it's back on the City's streets. Watch the impressive procession and parade as the new Lord Mayor travels from Mansion House to Westminster to be sworn in — here's our guide to the Lord Mayor's Show 2021. 13 November 2021

Catch the pomp and pageantry of the Lord Mayor's Show

LONDON CLAY: Author Tom Chivers is at Southwark Cathedral to read from and talk about his new book, London Clay (which we reviewed and loved). Find out about the secret world beneath our streets, including Roman ruins, a submerged playhouse and geological mysteries. 16 November 2021

LONDON HISTORIANS: Think you know all there is to know about London? Prove it at the London Historians Big Pub Quiz. Londonist's own Matt Brown is quizmaster and writer of the questions, so expect anything from tube stations to strange bollards to historic pubs to feature. Form your own team of 3-4 people, or turn up alone and be put into a team on the night. 17 November 2021

See the illuminations at Christmas at Kew

CHRISTMAS AT KEW: The light festival fun hits its crescendo at Christmas at Kew, the illumination trail which lights up the gardens resplendently. If previous years are anything to go by, it'll be an enchanting experience with a fire garden, laser beams, and *that* light tunnel which floods Instagram each year. 17 November 2021-9 January 2022

ANCIENT GREEKS: Science Museum unveils its new exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom, looking at how the ancient civilisation contemplated and understood the world. The night sky, sea creatures and musical instruments are some of the topics covered — did the Greeks really think that differently from the way we think today? 17 November 2021-5 June 2022

Taste of London is back at Tobacco Dock

TASTE OF LONDON: Things are getting festive at Tobacco Dock, where Taste of London Festive Edition takes over. Expect four days of feasting, with some of London's best restaurants on hand, serving up taster dishes and signature plates — Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers and seafood specialists Bar Flounder are among those in attendance. Plus, pick up culinary tips from top chefs and enjoy entertainment including live music and singalongs. 18-21 November 2021

COURTAULD GALLERY: After a lengthy closure for refurbishment, made even longer by lockdown, Courtauld Gallery reopens in the North Wing of Somerset House. Its permanent collection of artworks are back in situ, with a new space for its medieval and early renaissance paintings, and two new galleries for temporary exhibitions. 19 November 2021

LIGHTOPIA CRYSTAL PALACE: Another week, another light festival. Head to Crystal Palace for Lightopia London (Sound familiar? It's been at Chiswick House in previous years). Expect large-scale and interactive exhibits, with a focus on the history of Crystal Palace Park, including a recreation of the glass palace which gave the area its name. 19 November 2021-2 January 2022

Winter Wonderland pitches up in Hyde Park

HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND: After a year's hiatus, London's giant festive funfair is back. They're doing things a bit differently at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this year, so you might have to pay an entry fee if you're visiting during peak hours. Once you're inside, it's a similar set-up to usual; rides, food and drink stalls, a Christmas market, theatre shows, an ice rink and plenty more. 19 November 2021-3 January 2022

LIGHT FANTASTIC:  Choo choo! All aboard the Epping-Ongar Railway for Light Fantastic, a special ride on a train that's illuminated with many, many fairy lights. Once on board, watch the world whizz by the window, with other illumination to be seen from within the train. 19 November 2021-9 January 2022

Light Fantastic at Epping Ongar Railway

TOMORROW'S HOME: What will our homes look like 30 years from now? That's the focus of a new exhibition at The Museum of the Home, which draws on UCL research to ponder how everything from our toilet to our doormat will be designed in 2050. From 20 November 2021

FABERGÉ IN LONDON: There's more to Fabergé than eggs, as demonstrated in the V&A's latest exhibition, Fabergé: Romance to Revolution. Find out more about the work of goldsmith Carl Fabergé, and how he ended up opening a London shop in New Bond Street in 1903. 20 November 2021-8 May 2022

Things get festive at Eat & Drink Festival

EAT & DRINK FESTIVAL: Head to Olympia London for the Eat & Drink Festival Christmas special. Pick up tips on preparing your festive feasts with special demos from celebrity chefs, discover beers, wines and spirits to pair with your meal, and go home armed with goodies from the artisan food market. 24-28 November 2021

WINTERFEST WEMBLEY PARK: Reunited in Light is the theme of this year's Winterfest, a free illuminations display in Wembley Park. London's largest LED tree returns, and there are a couple of new installations this year too. 24 November 2021-9 January 2022

You'll need to book ahead for Thanksgiving dinner in London

THANKSGIVING 2021: Whether you're an American who can't get home for Thanksgiving this year, or you're just curious what Americans make such a fuss about, we've rounded up the London venues serving up Thanksgiving dinner this year — think turkey with all the trimmings followed by pumpkin pie... yum. 25 November 2021

CHAMPIONS TENNIS: For the final time, ATP Champions Tennis is played out at the Royal Albert Hall. See the likes of current star Emma Raducanu, British favourite Greg Rusedski, and Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanišević battling it out in singles and doubles matches over four days. 25-28 November 2021

Last chance to watch ATP Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall

LUBAINA HIMID: Tate Modern hosts a large-scale theatrical exhibition by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid. The environmental activist has created a sequence of scenes designed to place visitors centre-stage and backstage. 25 November 2021-3 July 2022

CHRISTMAS AT KENWOOD HOUSE: A new addition to London's light festival scene, Christmas at Kenwood House is a lights trail through the Hampstead Heath grounds, which uses fire, light and sound. There's also a Christmas market and refreshment stalls. 26 November 2021-9 January 2022

Christmas at Kenwood is brand new for 2021

MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION: The Model Railway Club hosts a mini exhibition, offering the public a chance to see some of the layouts the club has put together, as well as private layouts belonging to individual members. If what you see gets your engine chugging, there's a small shop where you can purchase new and pre-owned models. 28 November 2021

AUTUMN WALKS: London's parks and open spaces look fantastic as the leaves change. We've picked some of our favourite places to walk in autumn, to catch the trees in their orange, red and gold finery — you might catch the tail end of it if you're quick!

Get your skates on as London's winter ice rinks begin to open

ICE RINKS: Christmas is coming, and that means... ice rinks! Natural History Museum and Canary Wharf opened theirs in October, while Somerset House, Queen's House Greenwich, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland are all due to open theirs in November. Here's our guide to where to go ice skating in London this Christmas.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: As with ice rinks, London's Christmas markets and fairs are sprinkled throughout November and December. From huge commercial fairs to smaller, local markets showcasing independent businesses, here's our guide to Christmas markets and fairs in London this year.

Last Updated 25 October 2021

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