November is a month rife with events and activities across the vibrant city of London. Mark your calendar with the following dates and schedules that encompass the whole spectrum of interests, including sports, music and arts.
November is of course the month of Bonfire Night and you’ll find impressive firework displays across London. For a list of events, visit the Time Out website which lists displays by area: http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/3047/bonfire-night-fireworks-displays-in-london-2012
The holidays won’t be complete without an afternoon of active fun on the skating rink. The Natural History Museum opens its grounds to skaters from November 2nd, with sessions starting at 10:00 in the morning. Tickets start at £9 and can be booked online (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/ice-rink/tickets/index.html), by phone at +44 (0)844 847 1576, or at the site itself.
The Tower of London has started selling tickets for its ice rink which opens in November 17th. Tickets are available online at https://tolir.pwrtickets.com/tickets2012.aspx, with 10 percent discount awarded for groups of 20 or more. Meanwhile, Somerset House offers nights of skating accentuated by local DJs from November 16th. You may call 0844 847 1520 to book your tickets.
‘Viva Forever’ and Musicals
After the Spice Girls performance at the London Olympics, fans clamoured for more performances. Viva Forever, a musical show based on the songs of the Spice Girls, should satisfy your musical craving for the timeless quintet until they announce a reunion show. The shows start in November 27 at the Piccadilly Theatre and runs for a month. Tickets range from £20.00 – £85.00. Children five years old and below will not admitted.
Or if the Spice Girls aren’t your cup of tea, there are always countless wonderful and long-running musicals taking place including ‘Matilda’ and ‘Mama Mia’, alongside the newer additions to the scene including ‘Loserville’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition hosted by the Natural History Museum is ongoing until March. The fantastic exhibition of entries is open to visitors for £10 and a discounted rate of £5 for children. Gates are open from 10:00am up to 5:50pm every day. You may call +44(0)20 7942 5725 for inquiries.
Be one of the crowd in welcoming the Christmas holidays. Take time to visit one of the sites where Christmas Lights Switch-On events are held. Below are some of the locations to look into: Regent Street – November 13, Marylebone High Street – November 14, St. James, Jermyn Street – November 21 and Trafalgar Square – December 6.
Numerous Christmas markets springs up around London during the festive season, so be sure to pay a visit to the rows of quaint gift and craft stalls interspersed with stands selling bratwurst, hot mulled wine and other Christmassy treats to keep you nice and warm. In particular, South Bank market is very popular (located next to the London eye), as is the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland which showcases a variety of attractions for holiday makers with rides, food stalls, exhibits, markets and shows. You can buy your tickets here (http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/tickets) for the grand opening on November 23.
To make the most of what London has to offer in November and to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the plentiful attractions, why not stay at the Amhurst Hotel – conveniently located for accessing central London and with rooms from just £35.