Pinch, punch first of the month! As the last full month of Autumn begins and the days are getting shorter, it is time to get your scarves and woolly hats on and brave the colder evenings for some fun and festive activities happening all around London.
Image: The Big London Bake
34 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0RG
Nearest Tube: Tooting Broadway
Opening hours: Various bake sessions available. See here
The Great British Bake Off finished on Tuesday night, and if like us you still need baking in your life, fear not, The Big London Bake is here for you. Set up with the intention to make baking fun and accessible to anyone, the founders have created a 90-minute experience, where they do all the boring prep and no matter what experience level you are, you will have an amazing day out. Go with friends, colleagues, partners or family and if you are already counting the days ‘till Christmas, why not book onto their Christmas bake special.
Image: Lords Mayor Show
Nearest Tube: Various London Locations
Opening hours: Saturday 9th November, procession is 11am-1.15pm.
Get ready for the world’s oldest, longest and most quintessentially British procession, full of pageantry, floats and civic celebration. The procession runs from Mansion House to the Royal courts and back again, with over 6000 people taking part in marching bands, dance troupes, military detachments and of course the 692nd Lord Mayor himself. Whilst the procession starts at 11, if you want to get the best view you need to be there for 10.15 or book grandstand seats. It promises to be a great family day out, full of fun and celebration with food and music along the way.
Image: Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Nearest Tube: Wood Green
Opening hours: Friday 1st November: 6pm-11pm (bonfire lit 7.30pm) and Saturday 2nd November: 4pm-10.30pm (bonfire lit 6.30pm) – Saturday tickets have now SOLD OUT
London’s biggest fireworks festival is back again with an even bigger bang. Dance the evening away listening to live music, have a taste of Bavaria at the German Bier Festival and be prepared to watch some classic films under the stars at the Victorian Luna Cinema theatre. Then get ready for the London skyline to be lit up with Ally Pally’s stunning firework display. Tickets start from 12.50 with the option to add extra activities on at checkout, so start building your bonfire package here.
Image: Diwali on Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Opening hours: Sunday 3rd November: 1pm-7pm
On the 3rd of November Trafalgar Square will be host to London’s biggest Diwali celebrations. This free festival attracts over 35,000 people and organised by the Mayor of London. Full of performances, live music, dancing, it really is a celebration a colour and light! Then when you have worked up your appetite from the Bollywood dancing workshop, the Indian street food market is right on hand serving Indian sweets as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes.
Image: Victoria Park Fireworks
Grove End, London, E3
Nearest Tube: Mile End
Opening hours: Sunday 3rd November: From 5.30pm
This free event is another spectacular display of fireworks, with a theme to impress all. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, spectators can expect space themed music, special effects and even spoken word storytelling in this astronomical extravaganza. Doors open at 5.30pm and the fireworks start at 7pm, so get ready for a display out of this world!
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