What To Do in London in November

Updated: 4 noviembre 2023
 By Margaret

This post covers things to do in November in London, including nighttime, free, and family-friendly options, all updated for 2023.

November can be a great time to visit, with temperatures still well above freezing and little rainfall during most of the month.

Costs for hotels and flights costs about as low as they get during the entire year, so this is a good time for budget travelers.

As local tour guides, we compiled this list based on our own experiences.

We also lead thousands of people each month through the streets of London, and on every tour, guests like you ask us questions about the city.

We also grabbed ideas from the roughly 125k members of our popular London Travel Tips Facebook group.

The group consists of locals, like our tour guides, expats, veteran visitors, and newbies to London.

You don't need to join in order to read the posts, comments, and recommendations.

Check out the group once you are finished reading this post.

For ideas of things to do at any time of year, check out our master post of things to do in London.


In this section, we will give you our own top 10 list of entertaining activities available in London during the month of November.

For more popular activities in London, make sure to check out our other popular London posts:

Some of the attractions we will mention below are included for free with several of the many tourist attraction discount passes.

1. Go to a Live Concert

London is full of music venues and you can be sure that no matter which month you’re in town there will be a big-name artist or group performing.

This November is no different, with multiple big tours coming through the London area.


Music Festivals or Events

There are also Gospel Sundays, shows that cover gospel, spirituals, ragtime, and blues music. These take place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.

Click here to see even more concerts in London in November.

2. Attend the London Jazz Festival

If you’re a fan of Jazz, the EFG London Jazz Festival is one festival you won’t want to miss.

Over 10 days, with over 300 shows at 60 venues, you’ll have the opportunity to hear some of the best performers in the world. 

In addition to various concerts, there will also be events aimed at teaching children all about the genre.

This year the festival takes place November 10th - 19th.

Ticket prices vary depending on which event you choose to attend, but there are some activities that will be free to attend.

Visit the London Jazz Festival website for more information.

3. Enjoy a Night of Stand-Up Comedy

Who doesn't need a good laugh? Luckily, London is chock full of comedians, many of whom have shows in November.

Stand Up Comedy

Comedy Shows/Events

Comedy Clubs

For even more great stand-up, check this list of comedy shows in London.

4. Take a London Walking Tour

If you’re interested in learning more about the city of London, you might want to consider taking one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.

London Walking Tours

We offer a variety of tours that cover several different areas including the following options:

Excelente4.9 Basado en 721 reseñas de danos tu opinión enJill K.Jill K. ★★★★★ It was perfect in every way! Sinead is a treasure and such a welcoming ambassador for London. We will be talking about the tour for years to come. We are already thinking about our next trip and booking another walking tour!PM J.PM J. ★★★★★ Jack-the-Ripper-Tour mit Sinead war großartig. Sie hat ein großes, dramatisches Talent und schafft es, die Athmospäre des alten Eastend heraufzubeschwören… gleichzeitig ist sie unheimlich freundlich und hat sich um alle Teilnehmer sehr gut gekümmert 🙂 Wir waren begeistert!Damien C.Damien C. ★★★★★ Tanja H.Tanja H. ★★★★★ Eine hervorragende Stadtführung mit erfahrenen Guides die einen auch an verborgene Ecken führen, die man selber nie gefunden hätte. Ich habe zwei Führungen in London mitgemacht, eine Geisterführung und eine Führung in der City of London, also dem alten Teil der Stadt. Es werden aber noch andere Führungen angeboten. Das schöne ist, dass man zwar einen Platz reservieren muss (geht manchmal noch sm selben Morgen) aber bezahlt wird erst nach der Führung und nur das, was es einem Wert war. Es gibt auch etliche Videos auf Youtube, die man sich als Vorgeschmack anschauen kann. Die meisten Führungen werden zwar ausschließlich in Englisch angeboten aber es gibt wohl auch manchmal Führungen auf Deutsch. Ich kann diese Firma wärmstens empfehlen.Christie Sears T.Christie Sears T. ★★★★★ I took two different tours with this company and both were fantastic! Both Sinead and Alan are great guides!Alba B.Alba B. ★★★★★ We booked two different tours in London and had a great experience. The Ghost tour and the Street art tour were very interesting and the guides were great. I will definitely book tours with them next time I am around.Christopher O.Christopher O. ★★★★★ Brilliant tour. Really interesting and informative. Our guide Nelly was so knowledgeable, clear and friendly. Highly recommended.AmélieAmélie ★★★★★ The tour was amazing! Our guide was Margaret, a really nice woman who knew the answer to every possible question we had - even regarding sights we didn't tour but were curious about. We booked the "London in one day" tour and visited the popular sights as well as little streets we would have never seen if it wasn't for the tour. We learned a lot of stuff, mostly really fun facts, anecdotes and the history behind the places. Margaret made the tour so much fun with her way of explaining things so it really didn't feel like six hours. She gave us many recommendations for other places to visit or to get some food. I'd recommend this tour to everyone!janet A.janet A. ★★★★★ Margaret Stockton-Davies was very personable, knowledgeable, good at keeping tour group together, answered all questions, easy to hear, nice sense of humor. Fun tour.S KS K ★★★★★ Margaret led our tour and did a great job. Please be aware of pick pockets targeting these tours.Wanda B.Wanda B. ★★★★★ Most enjoyable walking tour with Margaret, she was very knowledgeable about the history of London, royalty and landmarks. Margaret told stories in a delightful manner, including silly trivia.I would recommend her tour without any hesitation.LindsayLindsay ★★★★★ I did the World War II walking tour with Canice. I really enjoyed it and I was happy that a lot of details and images were shown throughout the tour in addition to physical sites. All of the information was comprehensible even if you, like me, know about WWII but are not an expert. I really enjoyed seeing the sites of the London Blitz and learning a lot about its history. I highly recommend!tali B.tali B. ★★★★★ המדריך ששמו canice היה מצוין! נתן הרבה מידע מתובל בהומור, בעל ידע רב. נהננו ולמדו רבות!SRIDHAR R.SRIDHAR R. ★★★★★ Execellent and cheapest way to explore if you are first time visitingJennifer I.Jennifer I. ★★★★★ The Grand Central Terminal tour with John on 05/28/32 was brilliant. Highly recommended.Lauren U.Lauren U. ★★★★★ We did Shakespeare’s London with Canice, and had a blast. He made southwark history extremely accessible and had an abundance of fabulous quips and anecdotes. The time flew by, I’d highly recommend!!Sandra R.Sandra R. ★★★★★ Gregory did a fantastic job guiding us in Birmingham. We had no idea of what we could expect from this city, and we were strongly surprised. Thank you Greg!R S.R S. ★★★★★ We have been to many walking tours, but Margaret's tour was a cut above the rest. She was funny, knowledgeable and kept the momentum going. There was not one boring or tiring moment in the trip.Reader of M.Reader of M. ★★★★★ Elizabeth H.Elizabeth H. ★★★★★ Thanks for the lovely tour - really appreciated the stories and details you layered into our conversation!Jandy H.Jandy H. ★★★★★ My walking tour with Margaret was amazing. She’s not only knowledgeable but her energy made the tour so much fun and enjoyable.perry W.perry W. ★★★★★ Like watching 👀Daria P.Daria P. ★★★★★ The tour London all in one with Margaret was really well prepared, organised and full of information. I enjoyed it even though weather wasn;t the best! It seems quite long, but thank to to Margaret's charisma and coffee break surely doable! Margarte was also caring about your safety, needs and more than happy to chat between stops and give useful recommendations!Jude M.Jude M. ★★★★★ While researching an upcoming trip to the UK from Australia I stumbled across the Free Tours by Foot YouTube channel and have been captivated ever since. Sinead is a brilliant guide who, with just a camera and herself, has given me an amazing insight into London even before I’ve actually arrived! Thank you Sinead. I will thank you in person in September 😊Anke van den B.Anke van den B. ★★★★★ Greg was the best tourguide you could wish! Thank you for aswering all our questions!Ines KInes K ★★★★★ I really enjoyed their tours.James D.James D. ★★★★★ Great tour of Westminster, Sinead was most definitely entertaining your guide and most importantly knowledgeable about Westminster!mark O.mark O. ★★★★★ Gregory opened our eyes to the fascinating history of Birmingham. It was a total pleasure throughout the tour. We would strongly recommend to everyone who comes to this city, to take advantage of the opportunity to learn about BirminghamKalina A.Kalina A. ★★★★★ ExcellentGreat tour with Margaret in London. She is very knowledgeable. The tour was so interesting. I highly recommend to everyone.Sankalp K.Sankalp K. ★★★★★ Margaret makes the mood all jolly while she gives us tour of London. Loved the experience.Gaveriela T.Gaveriela T. ★★★★★ Outstanding tour by Maciek (Polish origin) of Soho and Piccadilly on Thursday Feb 23, 2023.Outstanding tour by (do not remember) of Notting Hill on Saturday Feb 25, 2023.Both were professional, gentle, eloquent – real joy. Highly recommendedיואב בן א.יואב בן א. ★★★★★ shruti M.shruti M. ★★★★★ Eric B.Eric B. ★★★★★ Alexandra WAlexandra W ★★★★★ Great tour with Margrit! Highly recommend it!!!!Alice A.Alice A. ★★★★★ Really great walking tour from Amanda! Lots of knowledge and kept it very enticing with lots of history as well as life in Prague. Would definitely recommend!AniAni ★★★★★ לקחנו שלושה סיורים, היה מעניין מאוד, הרגשנו כמו סיור פרטי, תודה רבה, בעיקר למדריך מאט, שהדריך אותנו בשניים מהסיורים, היה מרתק, הוסיף תכנים נוספים שהעשירו את המידע ובכלל, היה נחמד ביותר!Layne P.Layne P. ★★★★★ We did the Westminster tour with in September Margaret and would highly recommend it! Margaret was funny and personable often chatting with the others in the group as we walked from place to place. All the history she shared was fascinating and interesting. Always willing to answer questions from the group and individually. She wore a headset and was easy to hear and had a flag for us to see when we followed her. Our group was larger than usual as one of the tour guides was sick that day and we had to combine tours, but it was still a comfortable size and didn't feel cramped. I also love that this is a pay-what-you-like tour. The tour guides keep all of what they receive and of course that's an incentive for them to engage with the group. I saw several other tour groups walking around London and all I could think was how miserable the guides looked. At the end, I was MORE than happy to give Margaret a large tip which was still much less than two of use would have spent on a traditional tour. Next time I'm there I will definitely be doing another tour with this company and will go out of my way to ask for Margaret.ally D.ally D. ★★★★★ Shuly A.Shuly A. ★★★★★ Christmas lights tour with Canis was great.Will absolutely look for his other toursJuan R.Juan R. ★★★★★ Muy buen tourGerman G.German G. ★★★★★ Nice tour!Lorna E.Lorna E. ★★★★★ I did the Westminster tour with Margaret. She was awesome. You could tell she loved her city. Very informative, good pace, and entertaining. I would highly recommend doing a tour.Valeria Z.Valeria Z. ★★★★★ Excellent experience, very nice guide.Hien H.Hien H. ★★★★★ Margaret was absolutely great with her tours (Westminter and City of London). I really enjoyed the tours, especially the changing of the guard.Greg P.Greg P. ★★★★★ Borough Market tour with Wesley with outstanding. One of the best tours I’ve done and the perfect blend of great food and history, topped with a visit to a Gin distillery. It was so good that three of us joined him for his afternoon tour of Southwark which was also great.Staci A.Staci A. ★★★★★ We got to take the street art tour and it was beyond expectations. I saw and learned about work that I may have never found out about on my own and I would take it again because I bet that tour changes every timeSigalit Z.Sigalit Z. ★★★★★ Upama R.Upama R. ★★★★★ Highly, highly recommend Free Tours by Foot (London). We did the London All-in-One tour with Sinead in September 2022. Sinead is brilliant - very knowledgeable, witty, funny and sharp as a tack. The tour in itself is a great one but Sinead made it one of the highlights of our week long stay in London. Thank you!js_loader

In addition to those options, you can also take a themed tour focusing on topics such as Jack the Ripper, Harry Pottery Sherlock Holmes.

Finally, anyone looking for a more quiet and personal outing may want to think about taking either a self-guided tour or one of our GPS-enabled audio tours instead.

For more details on these services, make sure to read our post about London Walking Tours.

5. Save Some Money With a Tourist Pass

There are several London tourist attraction discount passes which allow you to save money on popular activities.

Some services also provide skip-the-line admission, making it easy to save time as well.

While some tourist passes provide admission to dozens of different attractions over the course of a set number of days, others offer the option to pay for a specific number of attractions instead.

In addition to those options, you can also build your own pass and save 20% on as few as 2 different attractions.

This is a much easier option that doesn’t require much thought or preparation.

Here are some of the best places you can visit using a London tourist pass:

Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you could save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission prices.

For more details, please read our post covering London tourist attraction discount passes.

6. Attend the Theatre

The West End of London is home to some of the most well-known theatres in the city such as the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Gielgud Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Palace Theatre, and many more.

Performances have been taking place in this part of the city since 1663!

From long-term residencies to short runs, here is a list of musicals and plays you can see in November

TIP: The London Sightseeing Pass includes an Encore Theatre Passport you can use to get tickets to many of these musicals.

Also, some holiday shows begin their runs in November, so check our post on Christmas and Holiday Shows to see what's playing.

7. Go to the Regent Street Motor Show

Even if you don’t fancy yourself an automobile aficionado, chances are you’ll find something of interest at this event. 

Showcasing over 125 years of motor history, you can expect to see some of the oldest running autos alongside the most innovative technology in the industry.

In addition to all of the cars on display, you’ll also have the opportunity to see interactive exhibits and live entertainment at the show.

Best of all, this family-friendly event is entirely free to attend!

Events take place on November 4th. Visit the Regent Street Motor Show website for additional information.

For more affordable activities, please read our free things to do section.

TIP: The Regent Street Motor Show will run all the way from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus. Since you will be in the area, make sure to check our post for things to see at Piccadilly Circus.

8. Celebrate Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night

In celebration of Guy Fawkes Night on November 5th, several traditional events take place in the days preceding.

The Yeoman of the Guard at the Houses of Parliament will check the cellars to make sure that there is no Gunpowder Plot afoot. 

While this is happening, many citizens of London will take part in burning effigies of Guy Fawkes at bonfires. 

Although these are fun and interesting traditions, the easiest activity to enjoy will be the fireworks shows.

During this event, there will be several fireworks displays available all over London. 

Here are a few locations you can visit during Bonfire Night to see fireworks:

  • Battersea Park
  • Southwark
  • Victoria Park
  • Brockwell Park
  • Wembley Park
  • And More!

If you’re looking for some other fun nighttime activities, make sure to check our things to do at night section.

9. Observe Armistice Day/Remembrance Day

Armistice Day/Remembrance Day takes place on November 11th, 2023.

This event is all about honoring and remembering the moment when WWI came to an end.

It is traditional to set aside some time during the day to share a moment of silence for the lives lost during this historic battle. 

One of the biggest attractions will be a parade held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The Queen will be in attendance along with several representatives of the military.

It will be crowded, but one of the free things folks can do in London.

As you might have guessed, you can expect traffic delays during both Armistice Day and Remembrance Day.

That said, there are plenty of interesting activities to enjoy throughout the city. 

One location you may want to consider visiting is the Churchill War Rooms, which can be found just a block away from the Cenotaph.

TIP: With some roads being blocked off during this weekend, you might want to consider using the London Underground to get around.

10. Watch The Lord Mayor’s Show

In celebration of each new Lord Mayor of London, the city throws a huge celebration early in November.

More than 500,000 people turned out for the parade.

During this event, you can expect to see a lot of pageantry as a coach pulls the new Lord Mayor down a three-mile stretch of London.

As such, even if you don’t take part in this ‘day out,’ you can expect a lot more traffic and more difficulty reaching many locations in the city during the Lord Mayor’s Show.

With a history dating back to the 16th century, this is one of the most popular events in London.

To this day, many traditions from hundreds of years ago are upheld and followed by both the Lord Mayor and everyone taking part in the pageantry.

There are hundreds of floats planned and 6,000 performers on hand, so there will be plenty to see and experience during this show.

NOTE: The procession of the Lord Mayor’s Show always passes by St. Paul’s Cathedral. If you’re interested in visiting this location, make sure to read our post about how to get free entry to St. Paul’s Cathedral.


In this section, we will offer a few different ideas for free things you can enjoy in London during the month of November.

Check our post about free things to do in London for more possibilities.

If you’re looking for more fun and free activities, make sure to check our other sections for events such as going on a walking tour, listening to some music at the London Jazz Festival, or going to the Lord Mayor’s Show.

See Holiday Lighting Displays

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means that there will be quite a few people putting up lights for Christmas.

In addition to individual displays, you can also expect several notable locations to start the season early.

We have a post with more in-depth information about these locations.

Oxford Street is one popular site that will light up the cold November nights.

This display is typically very traditional and simplistic, with lit baubles strung across the road and seemingly hanging in the air after dark.

If you’re looking for a slightly more modern take on holiday lighting, consider a trip to Carnaby Street.

In years past, the display included lyrics from the popular Queen song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’

Although there’s no way of knowing exactly when most of the lighting displays will be switched on this year, it’s very likely that most of them will start up sometime in November.

This is a great free activity and many of the locations where you will find holiday lights displays (including Oxford Street and Carnaby Street) are very close to stops included on hop-on-hop-off bus tours.

If you’re already done with the tour and you still have a few days left on your ticket, consider using this service to go on your own little Christmas lights tour!

Go to a Free Museum

There are several museums you can visit for free in London.

Some of the more popular locations will actually have some interesting exhibits available during the month of November. 

Although general admission is free for most of these museums, some exhibits and attractions will require a ticket.

Here are a few of the more popular options:

If you’re looking for even more places to visit, make sure to read our post about free museums in London.

Experience the Changing of the Guard

No matter when you choose to visit London, you’ll probably have an opportunity to witness this event. 

This ritual is always free to see, and you can learn more about the best viewing areas by reading our post about the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

The only thing you’ll have to pay for is transportation, and there are many ways to get here.

Depending on where you’re staying in the city, you could just decide to walk there, but this might be a bit of a trek for many visitors. 

Thankfully, you will find both hop-on-hop-off bus tour stops and four London Underground stations nearby.

NOTE: If you’re interested in visiting, keep in mind that you can also see both the Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews while you’re there. For more information, please read our post about Buckingham Palace tours.

Go to a Winter Festival

With the holidays right around the corner, it probably won’t come as a surprise that there are several winter festivals and events taking place throughout the month of November.

One of the most popular yearly events is Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park which always starts at some point in November.

This festival will include several shows and activities, including Christmas markets full of stalls where you can shop for gifts, food, and much more, as well as Santa Land.

Another great option is the Southbank Centre Wintertime Festival.

This is more of a Christmas marketplace than anything else, but you are entirely free to visit and take a look around starting in mid-November.

If you’re looking for a different kind of winter festival or activity, consider one of the following additional attractions that will be available starting this month:

TIP: There are nearby stops provided by hop-on-hop-off bus tours for some of the Winter Festival locations. If you’re already planning on using one of these services, this could be a great way to get from one event to the next.


The following section will feature a variety of activities you can enjoy after dark in London during November.

Read our post about what to do in London at night for more possibilities.

For additional ideas, make sure to check our other sections for attractions and events such as seeing the Christmas lights, going ice skating, experiencing Bonfire Night, attending a concert, or seeing a musical.

Take a Night Walking Tour  

Like our walking tours mentioned above, our evening tours are also offered on a pay-what-you-like basis so no matter what your budget, you can join us.

We have 6 evening/night tours including a Harry Potter Film Location tour, a Twilight River Walk, and night versions of our classic Westminster tour and the City of London tour mentioned above.

For the braver souls, our Jack the Ripper tour and our London Ghost tour are waiting just for you. For availability, check our calendar

For even more inspiration on how to spend your evenings in London, take a look at our nighttime activities guide to the city.

Celebrate St. Andrew’s Day

On November 30th, Scottish people celebrate St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

Although it’s not a bank holiday in England, you can still expect a lot of people in London to take part in the celebrations.

Many of the celebratory events held on this day take place in the evening, making this an excellent idea for something to do after dark.

As a matter of fact, there’s actually a St. Andrew’s Day Ball held at Whitehall Palace. 

If that sounds a bit too dressy for you, consider a meal at restaurants such as the Scottish Stores or Boisdale.

If you plan on using a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, consider making a stop at areas such as Kings Cross and Victoria Station, as you will find popular Scottish restaurants nearby.

Drink Moonshine 

Enter the Wild West at one of London’s most interesting cocktail experiences at The Moonshine Saloon.

Guests will travel back in time as they descend into a hidden Western world.

Smuggle in a bottle of your favorite spirit, covertly hand it to the bartender, and they will craft specially made moonshine out of it.

But watch out for the sheriff - he’s always on the lookout for smugglers! 


This section will include a few different family-friendly activities you can enjoy in London during the month of November.

If you’re looking for even more possibilities, consider reading our guide to visiting London with kids.

For additional ideas, make sure to check our other sections for attractions and events like free museums, seeing Christmas lights, and going to the Regent Street Motor Show.

Experience Hogwarts in the Snow

Starting in November, Warner Bros. Studios in London will be altering their Harry Potter tour to add snow and a wintery backdrop to each set. 

Locations such as The Great Hall and the Gryffindor Common Room will be decorated for the holiday season, and the Hogwarts Castle itself will be given a nice blanket of snow. 

If you’ve got any fans of the franchise in your family, this is an obvious choice you won’t want to skip over.

TIP: If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, consider taking our pay-what-you-like Harry Potter walking tour.

Go Ice Skating

There will be more than a few skating rinks opening up during the winter, but there are a few popular locations in particular that will be open in November.

Alexandra Palace has skating year-round in a recently refurbished rink. There are also classes and special theme nights.

Somerset House begins its skating season in November. Skate in a courtyard surrounded by stunning neoclassical buildings.

Hampton Court Palace has an ice skating rink that also opens in November. Skate in the shadow of Henry VIII's Tudor palace.

Hyde Park has their Winter Wonderland each year, with a skating rink opening up around a Victorian bandstand.

Visit our list of London ice rinks for even more options.

NOTE: If you’re interested in going to the Natural History Museum, make sure to check our free things to do section for more information about general admission.

Go to the Enchanted Woodland

In addition to all the great Christmas lighting displays that are going up all over the city, there is a similar event taking place at Syon Park. 

The Enchanted Woodland is a special attraction that is only available in November. During this activity, many park areas will be lit up with a variety of dazzling decorations.

Visit the Enchanted Woodland website for more information.

TIP: If you are in the market for a more festive light display, the Kew Gardens are right across the river from Syon Park and their Christmas Festival begins on November 15th.


About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: noviembre 4th, 2023
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