The colder season has arrived and we are enjoying every moment so far. We can just about manage the darker evenings as the capital lights up over the lead up to Christmas, and London packs out with fun festivities! Time to get up off that sofa, wrap up warm, and head out and about. Scroll down to take a look at our picks of November’s best events in the city.
Image: Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Canada Square Park, E14 5AB
4 November – 24 February
For a magical start to Winter, why not head over to East London’s Canada Square Park? The ice rink will be open for a whole 16 weeks of ice skating from the 4th November. The rink is set to be beautifully lit up with LED lights laced throughout the venue, showcasing over 16 million colours… which will make this the perfect spot for your new festive profile picture! The rink will be the longest in London, with a whopping 1,300 square metres of ice for you to fly around on. There is a dedicated children’s area for those up to 10 years, and for the adults? A winter-themed bar to cosy up in following your session. Book your ice skating experience here.
Image: Southbank Centre
Finnish Rooftop Sauna
Queen Elizabeth Roof Garden Bar & Café, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
10 November – 30 December
A relaxing experience to enjoy with family and friends, this Nordic rooftop sauna is a perfect winter experience set on top of Southbank’s terrace. In groups of 16, you can enjoy a relaxing session away from busy city life. During each session you are educated on the steaming hot stones that will make your Finnish sauna experience as authentic as it can be, right in the heart of London! Each session will last 70 minutes in 90-degree heat. After your treatment, why not head to the rooftop bar to grab some winter warmers? For more information and tickets, book here.
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Fireworks Night at ArcelorMittal Orbit
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST
5 November, 7pm
Grab the best seat in the house to watch Bonfire Night fireworks light up London’s skyline this 5th November; from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit! Up at the top of the Orbit you’ll be able to enjoy a unique experience, watching the fireworks scatter across East London and beyond. The slide will be open as usual to keep the little ones entertained while you sit back and relax, enjoying the display with a glass of prosecco or beer. For more information, and to check the requirements before booking, take a look here.
Image: EFG London Jazz festival
EFG London Jazz Festival
10 November – 19 November
This year EFG London celebrates 25 years of their Jazz Festival! Over the ten day celebration, the foundation will host dazzling jazz performances, concerts and events at various venues across the capital. The festival will draw in new music artists, with an array of emerging British stars on the line up, along with some of the genre’s leading legends. The London Jazz Festival is always one big party, so make sure you’re invited and grab your tickets to the best shows in the city here. Some of the events are free! #WeAreJazz
Until 3 December
Paddington Bear is back! His new film, Paddington 2, hits cinemas from the 10 November. To celebrate the occasion, everybody’s favourite cuddly bear has five interactive installations popping up all over London. Paddington’s Pop-Ups are the perfect day out for the kids, with the opportunity to meet Paddington Bear himself and get stuck into the fun-filled activities that are planned. You’ll be able to find him at Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Westminster. If you visit Paddington, don’t forget to use the hashtag #PaddingtonsPopUp for your chance to win some goodies!
How will you be spending your November in London? Let us know and comment below!