How to do November in London

How to do November in London

Time to sparkle

This blog post was written by ZARA MILLER for Daily Secret and first appeared on dailysecret.com.

From glittering fireworks displays to illuminated winter wonderlands, enchanted gardens to a night of Indian folk music, this month is all about things that make you go ‘wow’. Follow this list for the most spectacular events the city has to offer this November.

There’s something special about November. It’s the month when the city reaches into the most magical recesses of her imagination and puts on a truly wonderful show. Lots of shows, in fact. As the Christmas lights are strung over Regent Street and fireworks burst through the sky at the beginning of the month, the city dishes out her bright offerings throughout November. Start your month with a bang and don’t let it go out.

 

FIREWORKS

Musée dAlexandra Palace Fireworks Festival via Website

Fireworks Night in Victoria Park

After a five-year hiatus, Fireworks Night in Victoria Park returns to light up the skies of East London accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack. Join thousands of Londoners to huddle and stare in awe at the fantastic sparkling skies above.

Where: Victoria Park, Grove Rd, Bow, London E3 5TB
When: Sat., 7 p.m.
How: Admission is free.

Hackney Firework Pyromusical

This year the Hackney Firework Pyromusical theme is Superheroes. Marvel (see what we did there) at the family-friendly fireworks which will be choreographed to a mix of classic superhero tracks. Last year’s themed entertainment included fire walkers and illuminated stilt walkers. This year, join the showstoppers by coming dressed as your favourite caped (or un-caped) crusader.

Where: Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church St, London, N16 9HJ
When: 7 Nov. Gates open at 6 p.m.; main display at 7:30 p.m.
How: Book tickets through Hackney Empire.

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

Perched high above North London, Alexandra Palace provides a dramatic backdrop for a night of fireworks, funfairs and entertainment, including face painting, ice-skating and a Bavarian beer festival for the adults. Gates open from 3 p.m., the bonfire is lit at 6 and the main display explodes across the skies from 8.

Where: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22 7AY
When: 7 Nov. Gates open at 3 p.m.; main display, 8 p.m.
How: Buy tickets online.

Coram’s Fields Fireworks Display

The Coram’s Fields Fireworks Display in Bloomsbury takes place at the playground where, famously, adults may enter only if theyre accompanied by a child. Fireworks start as soon as the night falls around 5 p.m., but arrive early to get a good spot.

Where: Coram’s Fields, 93 Guilford St, London, WC1N 1DN
When: Fri. Gates open at 3:30 p.m.; main display, 5 p.m.
How: Free; donations welcome.

 

WONDERLANDS

Winter Wonderland via Website

Alice in Wonderland

Celebrating 150 years of Alice in Wonderland, this exhibition explores how Alice’s antics down the rabbit hole have captured our imaginations for so many years. See Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations, plus a pop-up shop dedicated to the girl of honour. Happy birthday, Alice!

Where: British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB
When: 20 Nov.-17 Apr. 2016
How: Admission is free.

Winter Wonderland

The luminous Winter Wonderland takes over Hyde Park once again this November. There are fair rides, an ice kingdom, circus shows and mulled wine to warm your cockles. Open till 10 p.m. daily (except Christmas), it offers a magical day or night out.

Where: Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London W2 2ET
When: 20 Nov.-3 Jan. 2016. Daily (except 25 Dec.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
How: Book tickets online.

The Enchanted Woodland

Enter an Enchanted Woodland at Syon House’s 600-year-old gardens on the outskirts of the city. It’s more than worth the trip to see their hundreds of trees glowing at night in a rainbow of hues thanks to specially designed illuminations.

Where: Syon House and Park, Brentford, Middx, London, TW8 8JF
When: 20 Nov.-6 Dec.
How: Book tickets online.

 

MUSIC

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Kamasi Washington at THE EFG London Jazz Festival 2015

The EFG London Jazz Festival 2015

With more than 2,000 artists, 300 shows and 50 venues this year, The EFG London Jazz Festival brings its jazz-scatting hands to the city for 10 days. The 23-year-old festival includes concerts, club events, talks, workshops and all that jazz.

Where: Various venues
When: 13-22 Nov.
How: Find all information online.

Music of India

This evening of performance features classical north Indian music and folk music from Rajasthan. Music of India is part of the V&A India Festival. Visit the Raphael gallery after hours for a concert inspired by the Indian monsoon and more colourful delights.

Where: V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL
When: Fri., 7-9 p.m.
How: Admission is free.

 

ART

D.I.Y. Market art market via Website

Light and Dark Matters

Over the course of 24 hours the Tate Modern delves into a contemplative world of Light and Dark Matters. Join leading artists, scientists, philosophers and theorists for sunrise and sunset walks, talks and collaborative workshops around this most illuminating subject matter.

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
When: 20 & 21 Nov.
How: Buy tickets online.

D.I.Y. Art Market

The D.I.Y. Art Market is a celebration of London’s creative independence. Showcasing a curated selection of more than 60 artists, it’s a great place to discover a new wave of independent publishers and emerging and established artists. Items for sale include ceramics, zines, illustrations, photography, jewellery, comics, custom tees, homemade cassettes, screen prints and records.

Where: Epic Dalston, 13 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BH
When: 22 Nov., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
How: Admission is free.

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