The British capital is a marvelous place to visit at any time of year, but as the evenings grow darker and the weather turns chillier, it becomes even more magical. The month of November may be in the London off-season, but this is a city that rarely, if ever, truly switches off. In the lead-up to Christmas, the locals stop hoping for sunshine and firmly embrace cloudy days, frosty nights and all the wonderful things that come with them.
The Lord Mayor’s Show
This autumnal carnival features a 6,000 man strong procession through the city, incorporating samba dancers, colourful floats and military marching bands, and culminates in a fantastic display of fireworks over the Thames. The event dates back to 1215, when the first mayor of London was elected. Each year since, the new mayor has travelled from the City of London to Westminster in an iconic golden coach to pledge allegiance to the Queen. Taking place on 8th November, the best viewing points are along Embankment and Gabriel’s Wharf, but you’ll need to arrive early to beat the crowds.
The London Jazz Festival
This musical extravaganza gets into full swing between the 14th and 23rd of November, with some of the biggest names in jazz descending upon the capital’s most illustrious venues, including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Barbican Centre. Performers include George Montague, the young and energetic musician who has attracted millions of YouTube views, the award-winning double bassist Euan Burton, currently in the middle of a second album launch, and Carla Cook, a singer and songwriter whose innovative arrangements make modern songs indistinguishable from iconic jazz standards.
Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Whether you’re a new collector or antiques aficionado, this luxury London fair is the perfect place to discover wonderful artworks to showcase in your property. Running from the 3rd to 9th November at the prestigious Olympia Centre, 120 carefully selected dealers will run inspiring exhibits, presenting everything from Art Nouveau items to Cartier earrings. The preview evening on the 3rd reliably draws an impressive crowd, with many experienced collectors taking the opportunity to earmark pieces for later. The event also includes lectures from notable antique experts, including discussions on the artefacts of Ming China, Victorian artworks, and ceramic design in historic Syria.
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner Paintings at the Tate
Fine art enthusiasts will be excited to learn that throughout the winter season, the Tate Britain art gallery will host an exhibition of late era Turner paintings created between 1835 and his death in 1851. Despite being one of Britain’s most celebrated landscape artists, the work Turner produced at the end of his life was considered too radical for the contemporary public, focussing as it did on “unattractive” subjects such as railways and whaling. This celebratory exhibition includes paintings that are rarely seen together and some, such as his Bamburgh Castle piece, that have hardly been seen at all.
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