The long summer of 2018 is finally over and we’re moving into the fresh, crisp days of autumn. This is one of my favourite times of year in the UK. Clear sunny days fade away into cosy evenings at the pub and everyone starts to wrap up warm for winter. It’s the perfect time of year to try some of the great food and drink that the UK has to offer and to spend time with friends and loved ones.
That’s not all, however. No matter the time of year, London never sleeps. There is still a host of fantastic events and activities happening throughout the month of November. This week, we’ve selected some heartwarming events that will give you an excuse to cosy up and enjoy the wintery atmosphere. Let’s take a look.
The fifth of November is always a special event in the calendar of the British public. If you’re here this week, you simply must seek out some of the fantastic celebrations that will be going on across the city. Some of them, like the fireworks happening in Southwark, Lambeth and Black Heath, will be difficult to miss. We recommend finding a fantastic spot overlooking the city like Primrose Hill or the Sky Garden to watch these amazing displays.
Hogwarts in the snow
If you’re a Harry Potter fan – and let’s be honest, who isn’t – then you simply cannot miss out on what is set to be the most magical event of the coming winter. The normal Warner Bros. Studio Tour will be transformed this month with a wintery spectacle befitting Hogwarts at Christmas time. See the Great Hall decked out with Christmas trees and the Gryffindor Common Room decorated with real props from the movies. The Hogwarts Castle model will be replete with a snowy finish and you’ll have the chance to learn how the special effects team got those fantastic winter shots.
Skating is one of London’s favourite winter pastimes. Every year, it seems like the list of pop-up ice rinks around the city gets longer and longer. The Natural History Museum, Somerset House and the Tower of London are all beautiful, traditional locations for skating. However, if you’d like to try skating with a view you could try Skyline Skating at John Lewis’ rooftop bar, Oxford Street or the stunning Hampton Court Ice Rink. Pick a spot you’ll love, wrap up warm and get your skates on!
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Twinkling lights, delicious food and fantastic shows – there’s not much more you could ask for at this time of year. The Southbank Centre Winter Festival is gearing up for Christmas in a big way with pop-up food and gift stalls and a calendar of great events, from Christmas Carols and Winter Choirs to a turn-of-the-century circus. It’s the perfect destination for families and couples.
The Lord Mayor’s Show
The UK has a reputation for quirky traditions and this month you’ll have the chance to see one of them first hand. The 10th of November marks the date of the Lord Mayor’s Show – an annual event dating back to the 13th Century. See the Mayor ride past in his colourful carriage and robes, supported by twelve of London’s livery companies, like the Ironmongers and Grocers guilds. It’s a spectacle of over-the-top pageantry and civic celebration designed to bring smiles to Londoners across the city. Don’t miss out on the fun!
If you’re interested in a visit to the Harry Potter Studios be sure to check out our Warner Brothers tour page. You can also find more great tours of the city on our London Tours page. We hope you’re looking forward to a great November in the city.