Five great things to do around London in November

As the autumn chill bites and winds whistle across the capital, the London Loves Business resident culture vulture, Unique Venues of London’s Moya Maxwell, gives her pick of the best things to do this November.

EFG London Jazz Festival, Various London locations, 13 – 22 November 2015

One of the UK’s annual landmark musical celebrations, the EFG London Jazz Festival, is taking over the capital this November. The event will deliver world-class artists, emerging talent and the stars of the future. A particular highlight, British jazz-funk legends Average White Band will be taking the stage at the Royal Festival Hall. To find out more… click here 

Ice skating, various London locations, until January 2016

There is no other way to glide into the festive season than on a good old-fashioned ice rink. One of London’s favourite Christmas outings, the capital is full of winter wonder, from the iconic Skate at Somerset House set in the stunning backdrop of an 18th century courtyard to the Natural History Museum’s icy haven, sat beneath 80,000 twinkling fairy lights. For those who fancy a more regal experience, Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London offer fun on the ice within glorious Tudor surroundings. Eyeskate in the heart of the Southbank means you can also practise your twirls in front of the London Eye. A variety of après-skate cuisine and treats are also available for those who would prefer to just watch.  To find out more… click here 

Tibet’s Secret Temple, Wellcome Collection, 19 November 2015 – 28 February 2016

The buildings latest installation explores the connections between Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practice and physical and mental wellbeing. Inspired by the 17th century murals from a private meditation chamber for Tibet’s Dalai Lamas, the centrepiece of the exhibition will focus around three murals, which will be recreated as life-sized digital artworks. The unique exhibition will also showcase over 120 rare objects including: scroll paintings, statues, manuscripts and ethnographic and ritual artefacts. To find out more… click here 

Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution, National Maritime Museum, 20 November 2015 – 28 March 2016

Step back in time to 17th Century London and discover the history behind one of the world’s most famous diaries. Samuel Pepys witnessed and documented many of the events that shaped Restoration Britain including the Great Fire and Plague. The largest exhibition centring on the diarist so far, the show will incorporate displays from national and international museums, galleries and private collections. The writer’s character is showcased by 200 objects, all giving insight into his personal life, including his time as a naval mastermind and his many mistresses. To find out more… click here 

Christmas at Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens, 25 November 2015 – 2 January 2016

The beautiful, world-famous gardens will be getting a magical makeover for the festive season, transforming into an enchanted woodland. Striking Illuminations will light up a mile-long trail which will take visitors through the botanical gardens, passing dramatically lit fountains, holly bushes and many Christmas trees for an atmospheric treat. The after-dark experience will also have vintage rides for the adults and a Santa’s Snowflakes Grotto for the children. To find out more… click here

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