Sure, there's a little chill in the air, yet November is a great month to be London and there's plenty to celebrate. For one thing, it's the 24th Annual London Jazz Festival, featuring an amazing lineup of new and established musicians. The there's the Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks ceremony, this year will the 801st annual party. History & celebration? London's got 'em!
West End theatre is heating up with two musicals by Roald Dahl — Matilda the Musical and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. At nearby St Martin's Theatre you can watch Agatha Christie's classic The Mousetrap. Don't forget to get out of the city for a day or two to explore the English countryside — it's easy to do on tours that include Stonehenge, Bath & Windsor Castle. Start your planning right here, with our hand monthly guide.
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All aboard the magic bus on the trail of rock legends like Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, the Clash, Coldplay, Elton John, Cliff Richards, the Sex Pistols. You'll also visit essential Beatles sites in London— Apple HQ, EMI Studios & Abbey Road.
The giant disc that is the London Eye is the largest and most popular Ferris wheel in the world. That means long lines. But here's a way to breeze past the queues. Order your skip-the-line pass online and have it in your pocket when you arrive. It's worth it, since the views are fantastic! You get priority boarding, a free mini-guide, an in-flight pack for children, and the interactive 4D Experience.
Be transported to the darkest moments in the city's history at the London Dungeon. Enjoy a spine-chilling meeting with Sweeney Todd, go face-to-face with the Jack the Ripper (with live actors!), interactive shows, and high-adrenaline rides. Many experiences are based on actual events, from the Great Fire of London, to torture in the Tower of London, to the Great Plague.
Spend the day cruising the Thames aboard the River Red Rover. Glide past world-famous landmarks with the option of hopping off wherever you choose. Departures are scheduled every 40 minutes from Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier. You have unlimited access for 24 hours.
Visit royal palaces, beautiful parks, and landmarks by bicycle. This half-day bike tour is an active way to see Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Green Park, and St. James'. You ride on California beach cruiser style bicycles named after famous British personalities. Choose between Winston Churchill and David Beckham.
We call this activity "England in One Day" because it takes you to Stonehenge + Windsor Castle + Bath + a pub lunch in medieval village! Travel through the English countryside to the 5,000-year-old prehistoric site of Stonehenge, then visit the charming English village of Lacock for a traditional pub lunch. Wrap the day up with the Georgian city of Bath to see Britain's only Roman mineral baths.
We like this because you feel like royalty on two private tours! First stop is Leeds Castle, set in a shimmering lake and surrounded by 500 acres of greenery. Arrive before the crowds to see the medieval furniture, tapestries and art. Next is Canterbury Cathedral, the 11th-century Gothic church. Then drive through the Kent countryside to the White Cliffs of Dover that overlook the English Channel.
Based on the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues its run in London's West End, the Mecca for theatre-goers. We like the option of including dinner at a local restaurant before the show, at Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian, no less!.
• Cambridge Theatre
• November 1 to 30
November seems to be Roald Dahl Month in the West End with the staging of his most popular book and movie and play ever! Make it a complete evening by opting for a pre-show, traditional roast beef dinner at Strand Carvery.
• Royal Drury Lane Theatre
• November 1 to 30
Talk about classic popular theatre! It doesn't get much better than The Mousetrap, Agatha Christie's mega-popular play, which started life as a radio drama.
• St Martin's Theatre
• November 1 to 30
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See the best of the city from the top of a vintage double-decker bus & from the deck of a river boat. The classics, like London Bridge, Globe Theatre, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. The day ends with a delightful afternoon tea featuring British scones, clotted cream, and a celebratory glass of champagne!
What's more British than enjoying a pint — or two or three — in a classic London pub? The city's watering holes ooze history, charm, and good old English character. But, with 7,000 to choose from, its hard to know where to start. We suggest doing the best of London pubs with an expert guide to really go deep in the culture. In our guide we review the three top pub tours.
This is the world's longest-running motoring event, commemorating the 1896 passing a the law that raised the speed limit from 4 mph to 14 mph and to abolish the requirement for vehicles to be led by a man on foot with a red flag. The Red Flag Act and red flag itself are symbolically destroyed at the start of the Emancipation Run in Hyde Park.
• Sunday, November 6, 2016
The annual service is held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall, where the Queen pays tribute along with Members of the Cabinet, Opposition Party leaders, former Prime Ministers, and the Mayor of London. Members of the Armed Forces, Fishing Fleets, and Merchant Air and Navy are also in attendance.
• Cenotaph in Whitehall
• November 13, 2016
The 10 day jazz celebration delivers world-class artists along with emerging stars. The festival has a reputation for bringing the best music to the capital with a wide-range of concerts, club events, and educational activities. Many shows sell out in advance, so make sure you get your tickets early.
• November 11 to 20, 2016
Remember back in 1215 (that's AD), when this show first started? Maybe not, but this year the celebration welcomes the new Lord Mayor with a parade and fireworks. The procession follows a 3½ mile stretch with thousands of performers marching, singing, and dancing, dressed in colourful costumes. The river pageant sets off near Westminster Bridge, and floats towards Tower Bridge, ending with fireworks.
• November 12, 2016
This exhibition is about Britain's armed forces and what they are doing to cope with certain current global issues.
• The Imperial War Museum, London
• Ends November 13, 2016
Beneath the Mediterranean Sea incredible artefacts from ancient Egypt have recently been brought to the surface, This fascinating show is all about Greco-Egyptian era and these new discoveries
• British Museum
• Ends November 27, 2016
We have a great time writing about this fun and interesting exhibit — how it "lays bare" the facts, and "uncovers" the history… and all that. The show is well worth a visit, nonetheless!
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Ends March 17, 2017
Every day is a free tour at the V&A where you can learn about the stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries of this famous design museum. It all starts at 11:15 AM at the Meeting Point by the Grand Entrance.
• Victoria & Albert Museum
• Daily at 11:30 am