November is a strange time of year. Not quite in the chilly heights of winter, yet past the point of autumnal blooming, many see it as a bit of a limbo period. The problem is often in the weather, the skies being undecided in what they want to set upon us, plus with the lack of any international holidays people can see it as an in between period from Halloween till Christmas. However, November doesn’t need to be drearily dread-filled, especially if you’re staying at one of the Shaftesbury collection hotels. Below are some of our favourite things to do this November in London.
What to pack for London in November
The UK in general is known for being rather wet come November. Gone is the potential for the October Indian Summer, leaving behind overcast skies and a strong chance of rain. Whilst the weather won’t be as cold as December and January, it will still be rather chilly, so make sure you pack your favourite jumpers and sweaters alongside sturdy shoes for traversing the slushy winter streets. On top of this, make sure you have a winter coat which is waterproof.
Wintertime Festival in November
The Wintertime Festival begins near the end of November. Based out of the Southbank Centre, you’ll find a wide range of markets, events and shows taking place throughout the winter months. The South Bank is a great place to soak in the city sights as well, especially as night falls earlier and the city lights become more prominent. Taking a trip on the London Eye after dark is a perfect way to see the cityscape in all of its dazzling glory, promising to be the perfect start to your stay at the Shaftesbury Premier Hyde Park.
The Lord Mayors show
Every year, the Lord Mayors show ushers in the new Lord Mayor for the year. With this historic event dating back to the year 1215, the tradition promises a glimpse into the rich history of the city, paired with amazing entertainment during the spectacular city-wide parade. During this parade, you will see the Lord Mayor travel from the city centre to Westminster to pledge allegiance to the crown. Mixing traditional formalities and modern day entertainment, this festival really gets to the heart of London culture and heritage.
London Jazz Festival
Taking place across the city from the 16th to the 25th of November, this festival is one for the music lovers out there. Anyone with an ear for good music will be drawn to the waves of new talent and contemporary legends who are still swinging the jazz scene. With venues as diverse as the Omnibus Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Hall hosting the likes of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and composers such as George Russell and Randy Weston, this is a must for anyone looking for a sonic and sensory special treat.
A truly British tradition, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night is a chance to celebrate the foiling of the gunpowder plot in 1605. After police foiled Guy Fawkes attempts to destroy the Houses of Parliament, there has been a yearly tradition of fireworks and bonfires all across the country. With many parks holding free and ticketed firework displays throughout the city, bonfire night is a must for anyone wanting to see in November with a bang.