Things to do in London in November 2019

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The ianVisits guide to November's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Friday 1st November

Join Brigadier John Powell OBE as he discusses the significance of General Sir Edward Bulfin's military career.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
Haig's Tower of Strength: General Sir Edward Bulfin
A talk about the fear of the Resurrection Men and the strategies employed by the living to save the those laid to eternal rest from a fate worse from death led by the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret's own Kirsty Chilton, museum researcher.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
Fear of the Resurrection Men in Georgian and Victorian England
An evening of short talks at the famous Lawn Road flats in Hampstead.
 6pm to :
 
 Hampstead
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
A Night at the Isokon
An experiment in media archaeology using original Victorian magic lanterns to evoke the sights and sounds of the ghost shows
 7pm to :
 
 West Brompton
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
Celebrate astrophotography in an exciting late at the National Maritime Museum, featuring astrophotographers and judges of Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Greenwich
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
The East Cemetery at Highgate on All Saints is awash with the glow and flicker of dozens of candles.
 4pm to 7pm
 
 Highgate
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
All Saints Candlelighting Evening
Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
Damien Lewis tells the incredible story of the radar wars and the secret mission that changed the course of the Second World War.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-01
2019-11-01
 SAS Shadow Raiders

More London events on Friday 1st November

Saturday 2nd November

The Regent Street Motor Show is the largest free-to-view motor show in the UK, showcasing an impressive 125 years of motoring history.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Regent Street
2019-11-02
2019-11-02
Regent Street Motor Show
Around 100 vintage cars will be on show along Regent Street ahead of the London to Brighton rally the following day.
 11am to 3pm
 
 Regent Street
2019-11-02
2019-11-02
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting
2019-11-02
2019-11-02
Enter a world where a Victorian Speed Surgery demonstration will take place at 7:00 pm, followed by the most intriguing and spectacular Victorian-themed magic show ever.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-02
2019-11-02
Phantasmagorical: Victorian Mindreading and Magic Performance

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Sunday 3rd November

The London Gaming Market is a place to buy retro video-games, board games and merchandise.
 Starts at 12pm
 
 Euston
2019-11-03
2019-11-03
Retro games fair
A celebration of mid-century living from the 50s and beyond, the event offers up vintage traders, all offering furniture and homewares without costing the earth.
 11:30am to 4:30pm
 
 Bethnal Green
2019-11-03
2019-11-03
East London Vintage Furniture Flea
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-03
2019-11-03

More London events on Sunday 3rd November

Monday 4th November

In this talk, Mike Pitts will show you how archaeology has changed and the impact it's having.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-11-04
2019-11-04
Why flawed logic puts us all at Risk, and How Critical Thinking can save the World
 7:30pm to :
 
 Camden
2019-11-04
2019-11-04
This lecture will explain the physics of the cosmic microwave background and the challenges in understanding where our universe came from.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-11-04
2019-11-04

More London events on Monday 4th November

Tuesday 5th November

Hear Dr Joanne Edge discuss how physicians in the later Middle Ages predicted the outcomes of illnesses.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-11-05
2019-11-05
Dr Alison O’Donnell explores the Royal College of Nursing archive to give a history of the pioneering women involved in the passing of the Registration Act in 1919.
 5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Harley Street
2019-11-05
2019-11-05
Pioneering Women for a Pioneering Act: RCN Fellows Lecture
Masters of their craft; traditional plastering and the revival of Cobham Dairy
 6:30pm to :
 
 City of London
2019-11-05
2019-11-05
Landmark Trust's annual heritage lecture

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Wednesday 6th November

From maggots to matrons, enemas to egg white and oxygen, generations of nurses reminisce about a profession steeped in tradition.
 5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Harley Street
2019-11-06
2019-11-06
In this talk, Anthony Warner will scrutinise the explanations of experts in every field, laying out the best evidence available.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Greenwich
2019-11-06
2019-11-06
Julian Bell discusses the historical reasons why England has not had a great mural tradition of its own but also explores the powerful attraction that the idea of the mural has held for painters in England.
 6:45pm to :
 
 Shoreditch
2019-11-06
2019-11-06

More London events on Wednesday 6th November

Thursday 7th November

Monthly late night opening at the modernist HQ of the ancient Royal College Of Physicians.
 5:30pm to 8pm
 
 Camden
2019-11-07
2019-11-07
Museum Lates at the Royal College Of Physicians
In this talk, Scarlett Thomas will explore the role of dieting in mysticism, the link between what we eat and spiritual purity, and why this was a key tenet of Swedenborg’s beliefs.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Bloomsbury
2019-11-07
2019-11-07
Oligarchy, diet and spirituality: a talk by Scarlett Thomas
Bishopsgate Institute is a treasure trove of LGBTQ+ history with extensive archives holding cuttings, badges and banners, even a set of wizard’s robes.
 6:30pm to :
 
 City of London
2019-11-07
2019-11-07
Join comedian and archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity as he explains how modern life could be so much better if we all took a moment and learnt how to attack a castle.
 7pm to 8pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-07
2019-11-07
Paul Duncan McGarrity presents: A Practical Guide to Attacking Castles
Dr Wilkins will discuss the astrophysical origins of the chemical elements, almost all of which have an origin ranging from the big bang
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-11-07
2019-11-07

More London events on Thursday 7th November

Friday 8th November

Andrew Richards tells the story of the First World War chaplain who first suggested a memorial to those fallen servicemen and women with no known grave.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-08
2019-11-08
 Reverend David Railton MC and the Unknown Warrior
xplore Hogarth: Place and Progress after normal opening hours, accompanied with a Gin & Tonic.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Holborn
2019-11-08
2019-11-08
Soane Lates: Hogarth After Hours
An evening dedicated to Alan Turing, code-breaker and father of modern computing.
 6:30pm to 10pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-11-08
2019-11-08

More London events on Friday 8th November

Saturday 9th November

Love it or hate it, the concrete landscape of Europe’s largest art centre has been dividing opinion for generations.
 Starts at 2pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-09
2019-11-09
Southbank Centre architecture tours
Professor Mark Connelly and Dr Stefan Goebel discuss Ypres and its significance after the First World War.
 2:30pm to 3:30pm
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-09
2019-11-09
 Great Battles: Ypres
Explore two almshouse rooms restored to how they would have been in the 18th and 19th centuries.
 11am to :
 
 Bethnal Green
2019-11-09
2019-11-09
Almshouse tours

More London events on Saturday 9th November

Tuesday 12th November

A screening of the original film, with a talk about 1950 attitudes to robots.
 6:20pm to :
 
 Barbican
2019-11-12
2019-11-12
The Day the Earth Stood Still (U) + presentation by Professor Noel Sharkey
Christmas gifts fair in the grounds of the ancient Charterhouse.
 11am to 8pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-11-12
2019-11-12
Join our ‘infectious’ scientists to get hands on with everything from superbugs to a zombie apocalypse and state of the art diagnostics to STIs.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-11-12
2019-11-12
Imperial Lates: Infectious

More London events on Tuesday 12th November

Wednesday 13th November

Every year, Marylebone Village host a Christmas Lights event to celebrate the switch on of its Christmas decorations.
 3:30pm to :
 
 Marylebone High St
2019-11-13
2019-11-13
Marylebone Christmas Lights switch on
Max Hastings offers his new perspective on one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
2019-11-13
2019-11-13
Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 with Max Hastings
Join Antia, Fulham Palace's conservation assistant, and get hands on with the books in our collection.
 1pm to 2:30pm
 
 Fulham
2019-11-13
2019-11-13
Parchment, paper and velum: Caring for historic books

More London events on Wednesday 13th November

Thursday 14th November

Discover the war hospital at Fulham Palace during World War I, including about the people who were treated and worked there.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Fulham
2019-11-14
2019-11-14
Talk: Freemasons Hospital No.2 at Fulham Palace
Screening of the original version of The Fly in an old operating theatre.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-14
2019-11-14
Film Night: The Fly (1958)

More London events on Thursday 14th November

Friday 15th November

Choirs, entertainment, competitions and more, with the Lord Mayor of London switching on the Market’s thousands of lights.
 6pm to :
 
2019-11-15
2019-11-15
Leadenhall Market Christmas Lights Switch On
Join Professor Peter Stanley as he discusses the 50,000 British Territorials who served in India during the First World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-15
2019-11-15
 'Terriers' in India: British Territorials, 1914-19
Join costumed guides for seasonal candlelit tours of the house and learn about Eastbury’s history.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Barking
2019-11-15
2019-11-15
Candlelit Tours of Eastbury Manor House
Science, commerce and fast fashion collide in Alexander Mackendrick’s 1951 Ealing comedy classic.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-11-15
2019-11-15
The Man in the White Suit (U) + Q&A

More London events on Friday 15th November

Saturday 16th November

Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-16
2019-11-16
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
The legendary Amnesty Book Sale clearance edition returns. Thousand of quality books at bargain prices.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Greenwich
2019-11-16
2019-11-16
Blackheath and Greenwich Amnesty Book Sale

More London events on Saturday 16th November

Sunday 17th November

A day of festive shopping and seasonal décor in the stunning setting of Strawberry Hill House and their connecting neighbour St Mary’s University.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Twickenham
2019-11-17
2019-11-17

More London events on Sunday 17th November

Monday 18th November

Artist Grayson Perry and architect Charles Holland discuss the design and production of A House for Essex.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-11-18
2019-11-18
Charles Holland and Grayson Perry in Conversation
An evening talk and book signing to get under the skin of one of the most infamous serial killers in British history.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Farringdon
2019-11-18
2019-11-18
Gordon Lowe Talk: Trials and Abductions
In 2014 Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged Muslims around the world to come join the caliphate. Thousands of women heeded his call. This is what happened next.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Holborn
2019-11-18
2019-11-18
Among the Women of Isis

More London events on Monday 18th November

Tuesday 19th November

Join Dr Sarah Crowther to hear about the different types of extra-terrestrial materials we have on Earth, how they got here, and what we can learn from them.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Picadilly
2019-11-19
2019-11-19
Moon, meteorites and more...
From Roman archaeology to postcards, get hands on with the hidden treasures of Fulham Palace's collection.
 11am to 12pm
 
 Fulham
2019-11-19
2019-11-19
Behind the scenes: handling the museum's collection

More London events on Tuesday 19th November

Wednesday 20th November

In 1204, in the face of a French invasion, King John of England was obliged to abandon his lands in northern France.
 Starts at 6:30pm
 
 St James
2019-11-20
2019-11-20
This talk takes place at the Four Quarters bar, where visitors can enjoy playing a combination of classic arcade and console games.
 7:30pm to 8pm
 
 Olympic Park
2019-11-20
2019-11-20
Playing in the darkness: video games and the dystopian imagination
£15.00
Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life. John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
2019-11-20
2019-11-20
Bowie's Books
This talk will separate science fiction from science fact and elucidate what we know about these mysterious objects, and how they have shaped, and continue to shape, our Universe.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-11-20
2019-11-20
This lecture will look at how this prejudice grew out of the persecution of Protestants in the 1550s, at the idealistic historian who crystallised it, and at the political crises, real and invented.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-11-20
2019-11-20

More London events on Wednesday 20th November

Thursday 21st November

Below the pavements, out of sight, a network of secret rivers pulses beneath the capital's busy pavements.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Covent Garden
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
The fourth in a series of talks exploring the stories of London's animals - past, present and future
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
Wild London: a city shared
In the nineteenth century the prospect of being poisoned was a very real fear, and the poisoner has frequently been denounced as the worst kind of criminal.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
The Victorian Fear of Poison Murder
To mark the Holborn Viaduct’s 150th birthday, Lester Hillman will explore the political, engineering, transport, commercial, literary and human dramas of this infrastructure masterpiece.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Farringdon
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
Holborn Viaduct at 150
A screening of Ghost in the Shell as part of an autumn series of films on Fictional Architecture, celebrating cinematic constructions which fly in the face of the normal rules of architecture.
 6pm to 9:30pm
 
 Regent Street
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
The Social - Fictional Architecture in Film: Ghost in the Shell
Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys. These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - A Talk by Lara Maiklem
A 1-hour talk on Charles Booth's remarkable studies into London life in the 1800s.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-11-21
2019-11-21
Mapping Rich and Poor: Charles Booth's Enquiry into London Life and Labour

More London events on Thursday 21st November

Friday 22nd November

Experience the Nordic atmosphere at the traditional Scandinavian Christmas Market in Rotherhithe.
 12pm to 7pm
 
 Rotherhithe
2019-11-22
2019-11-22
Scandinavian Christmas Market 2019
Professor Anthony King examines the transformation of military command in the 21st century.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-22
2019-11-22
 Command: The Twenty-First-Century General
Discover London in 1979 in this panel discussion inspired by The Clash: London Calling display
 6:30pm to :
 
 Barbican
2019-11-22
2019-11-22
London Calling: 1979

More London events on Friday 22nd November

Saturday 23rd November

Experience the Nordic atmosphere at the traditional Scandinavian Christmas Market in Rotherhithe.
 10am to 6pm
 
 Rotherhithe
2019-11-23
2019-11-23
Scandinavian Christmas Market 2019
A new Christmas light scheme is due to be unveiled on King's Road.
 2pm to 9pm
 
 Sloane Square
2019-11-23
2019-11-23
Chelsea Christmas lights switch-on 2019
A special close-up look at the Transport Museum’s poster collection and some of the artworks behind the posters.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-11-23
2019-11-23
Art and poster store tours

More London events on Saturday 23rd November

Sunday 24th November

Experience the Nordic atmosphere at the traditional Scandinavian Christmas Market in Rotherhithe.
 10am to 5pm
 
 Rotherhithe
2019-11-24
2019-11-24
Scandinavian Christmas Market 2019
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-11-24
2019-11-24
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
2019-11-24
2019-11-24
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum

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Tuesday 26th November

Eat, drink and browse over 100 stalls selling handmade, unique and exclusive gifts in the City of London's medieval Guildhall.
 4pm to 8pm
 
 City of London
2019-11-26
2019-11-26
Guildhall Christmas Market for British Red Cross
Domaniç Lavery will discuss the challenges of fundamental physics, the design of our digital infrastructure, and a smattering of human nature when trying to create a better Internet.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Euston
2019-11-26
2019-11-26
Why can't I sing with Australians on the telephone?
For the 100th anniversary of nursing registration, hear from two experts on the history of women's rights.
 5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Harley Street
2019-11-26
2019-11-26
Activism, Nursing and Women’s Rights: Then and Now
A talk about the Mid-Tudor gentleman whose experience of recantation during the reign of Queen Mary powerfully shaped his thoughts and actions during the Elizabethan period.
 5:15pm to :
 
 Southwark
2019-11-26
2019-11-26
A night of short presentations by the architects working on the restoration of some of the UK’s most loved Modernist buildings.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Regent Street
2019-11-26
2019-11-26
Modernising Modernism

More London events on Tuesday 26th November

Wednesday 27th November

As Britain’s most highly regarded watchmaker, Dr. Smith will discuss developments in modern mechanical wristwatches.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-11-27
2019-11-27
Two of Britain’s most celebrated figures who work in fields – chemistry and cinema – which, on the surface, appear to be completely unconnected. But are they really so different?
 7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-11-27
2019-11-27
 Stephen and Martyn Poliakoff in Conversation
A screening of the movie, followed by Q&A with the film screenwriter and a US-based historian specialising in the history of science
 7:30pm to 9:50pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-11-27
2019-11-27
 Jurassic Park (2D) Introduced by David Koepp
A 1-hour talk to tell you about all the online material for researching your ancestors in the City of London and the wider metropolis.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-11-27
2019-11-27
Online Resources for London Family History

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Thursday 28th November

As in previous years the whole of Mayfair Place W1 will be closed off to traffic allowing visitors to shop, eat and drink.
 11am to 9pm
 
 Picadilly
2019-11-28
2019-11-28
Mayfair Christmas Market
Sebastian Whitestone will seek to derive this evidence and resolve the contradictions to an audience where questions will be encouraged.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-11-28
2019-11-28
Rare and classic archive films from the golden age of steam railways are introduced by compere Rob Foxon, with Len Rawle on the Mighty Wurlitzer accompanying the silent films.
 7pm to :
 
 Brentford
2019-11-28
2019-11-28
The evening comprises a discussion between Dr Jill Stuart, expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation, and Farhana Yamin, a leading international environmental lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist.
 6pm to 7:15pm
 
 Greenwich
2019-11-28
2019-11-28
Paul Percival ( Asset Manager -Signalling) and Anil Rana ( Programme Engineering manager) will talk through what has been completed or underway since then on BML and challenges so far.
 5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Olympic Park
2019-11-28
2019-11-28
Brighton Main line Resignalling

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Friday 29th November

Marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Iain MacGregor discusses his ground-breaking new history of Checkpoint Charlie.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-11-29
2019-11-29
Checkpoint Charlie
As in previous years the whole of Mayfair Place W1 will be closed off to traffic allowing visitors to shop, eat and drink.
 11am to 9pm
 
 Picadilly
2019-11-29
2019-11-29
Mayfair Christmas Market
Visit the United Reformed Church for some Christmas shopping, come inside and get warm and browse stalls selling a selection of locally made arts, crafts and handmade goodies
 5pm to 8:30pm
 
 Hampton
2019-11-29
2019-11-29
Hampton Hill Christmas Parade 2019 Arts & Crafts Fair

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Saturday 30th November

As in previous years the whole of Mayfair Place W1 will be closed off to traffic allowing visitors to shop, eat and drink.
 11am to 9pm
 
 Picadilly
2019-11-30
2019-11-30
Mayfair Christmas Market
Enjoy The Snowman as never before when this magical Christmas classic comes to the British Museum’s Great Court.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-11-30
2019-11-30

More London events on Saturday 30th November

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