The nights are drawing in and our clocks have gone back, which can only mean one thing – Christmas is just around the corner. From craft markets to foodie havens, discover our pick of events that pack a festive punch. Grab your coat!
Highgate School Fireworks Festival, 5 Nov
Planning to celebrate Bonfire Night? Ensure your evening goes off with a bang at Highgate School’s spectacular fireworks display. With an early display for the little ones at 6pm and a second display at 9pm, the night is set to sparkle with live bands, fairground rides, street food stalls and much, much more.
Hampstead Arts Festival, 5 – 20 Nov
Get your culture fix right in the heart of NW3 at Hampstead Arts Festival. With a stellar line-up of film screenings, art exhibitions and musical performances, the month-long festival brings a wealth of events to three of Hampstead’s most exquisite venues.
Country Living Christmas Fair, 9 – 13 Nov
Business Design Centre
Deck your halls with homemade holiday centerpieces, festive table settings and more at Country Living’s Christmas Fair. Over 400 exhibitors will showcase everything from stocking fillers to seasonal food (sloe gin, anyone?), making this the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit.
RHS Urban Garden Show, 12 Nov – 13 Nov
RHS Lindley Hall
Get creative with your winter garden at the RHS Urban Garden Show: a two day event showcasing a wide range of seasonal plants (from succulents to herbs) and garden accessories for green-fingered folk. With plenty of terrarium workshops and expert gardening tips at hand, this show is a true horticultural paradise.
EFG London Jazz Festival, 11 – 20 Nov
Jazz up your November with the smooth sounds of EFG London Jazz Festival — ten days of international guests and hot new talent lending a sublimely soulful air to London’s best concert halls and art centres. Bossa nova to free funk, it’s time to lose yourself in the music.
Taste of London Winter, 17 – 20 Nov
Get a taste of Christmas at London’s largest foodie event, Taste of London Winter. Take part in live cooking demonstrations, learn the tricks of the trade from culinary maestros and tuck into festive classics all under one roof. Plus, shop top seasonal ingredients to make this Christmas the most delicious one yet.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival, 11 Nov – 25 Jan
The festive season is well and truly here, with Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival returning for a spell of wintry pop-ups and activities. Sip on mulled wine, peruse handmade gifts at the Christmas market and enjoy a carol sing-a-long — all against the backdrop of the festival’s dazzling winter display.
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, 10 Nov – 7 May
Besides being a Grammy-winning legend, Elton John has one of the best private collections of twentieth-century photography in the world. So much so that he’s lending around 150 pieces for Tate Modern’s exhibition, which captures three decades of modernist photography. With major names like Man Ray and André Kertész on show, don’t miss the chance to see rare vintage prints up close.