Things to do in London in November 2020

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


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Sunday 1st November

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
All Day
 
Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
10am to 5pm
 
Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
11am to 5pm
 
Southwark

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Monday 2nd November

Join Irving Finkel and Andrew Robinson as they show us how we unlocked the secrets of cuneiform and hieroglyphics, and how many ancient writings remain mysterious today.
7pm to :
 
Islington
Cracking Ancient Codes: Understanding Early Writing

Online events / webinars

Professor Pittock will ask what kind of man was Charles, what were his ideas and day to day life like, what might have happened if he had won in 1745, and what even in defeat his legacy changed for Britain and its Empire.
1pm to 2pm
 
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

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Tuesday 3rd November


Online events / webinars

A virtual 'On Location' event that will explore the progress made in the docks over the past few years.
2pm to 3pm
 
Royal Docks Virtual 'On Location' - Enterprise Zone and Global Gateway
A virtual 'On Location' event that will explore the progress made in the docks over the past few years.
3:20pm to 4:30pm
 
Royal Docks Virtual 'On Location' - A New Place for People
A panel discussion hosted by Professor Alice Roberts, followed by the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.
6pm to 7pm
 
Is science writing the solution?

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Wednesday 4th November


Online events / webinars

In this illustrated talk, Pete Smith traces the development of a movement that revolutionized the nineteenth-century art scene and scandalized conventional Victorian society.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online Talk: Pre-Raphaelite Painters & Poets
Father and son, William and Robert Cecil, not only dominated politics for much of Elizabeth I and James I reign but dominated architectural fashion.
6pm to 7pm
 
Ruling Passions: The Architecture of the Cecils
This talk will explore the life and work of two of the most influential surgeons of early nineteenth-century Britain.
6:30pm to :
 
The brothers Bell: emotion, war and surgical identity in late Georgian Britain

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Thursday 5th November


Online events / webinars

The role of natural ecosystems and biodiversity in agriculture and food security.
12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Science Breaks: Unseen organisms and unsung heroes

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Friday 6th November

Late-night opening of the museum along with the Derek Jarman exhibition and a floodlit church.
5:30pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
Late opening at the Garden Museum

Online events / webinars

In this illustrated talk, Mark Dunton takes you through the year 1970, fifty years on, a year which saw the election of Edward Heath’s Conservative Government, a bizarre episode involving Bobby Moore, and a dramatic aircraft hijacking.
2pm to 3pm
 
1970: We've Only Just Begun

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Saturday 7th November

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 8th November

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Monday 9th November


Online events / webinars

This book launch will look at the history of debates about human sexual encounters with other species.
6pm to 7pm
 
Loving Animals: Historical Reflections on Bestiality, Zoophilia and Post-Human Love
Learn all about Rock Hudson and his performance of masculinity that shaped an ideal of manhood
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Rock Hudson: acting like a man with John Mercer

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Tuesday 10th November

A memorial service is held annually to mark the arrival of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station.
8pm to :
 
Victoria
 Commemoration of Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station

Online events / webinars

2pm to 3pm
 
Searching for Altab
Online launch for the annual Being Human festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities - with special guest Professor David Olusoga OBE.
6pm to 7pm
 
Being Human festival launch with David Olusoga
Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, gives this year’s One People Oration, Learning to Lead.
6:30pm to 7:45pm
 
 The One People Oration: Learning to Lead
Railway Historian Christian Wolmar talks about London's great 19C stations, as featured in his new book.
7pm to 8pm
 
Cathedrals of Steam

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Wednesday 11th November


Online events / webinars

Scientists at Imperial College London are joined by papercraft artist Tina Luo to host a unique art workshop.
12pm to 1pm
 
Origami Outbreak
This talk looks at how both God & Mammon have moulded the Square Mile over 2000 years.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online Talk: God and Mammon
A talk based on a notebook kept by a 19th-century policeman based in Lambeth.
5:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Policing Late-Victorian Lambeth: a police constable's notebook
Join artist Jeremy Deller, fashion designer Martine Rose and graphic designer, DJ Trevor Jackson and music author Simon Reynolds for a talk exploring the legacy 90’s British rave culture has left in art and design today.
7pm to 8pm
 
The Spirit of Rave

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Thursday 12th November


Online events / webinars

Hear the story of how Music Hall developed in London and about some of the people who were part of this
3pm to 4pm
 
Lost Empires: The rise and fall of Music Hall in London
Join Professor Sarah Churchwell in conversation with Bonnie Greer OBE as they discuss the impact of the 2020 American election.
6pm to 7pm
 
Being Human in Conversation: the American Election
This illustrated lecture, by the author of the book, brings the Terminal to life – its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark
The son of a former slave, Pertinax was the Roman Emperor who proved that no matter how lowly your birth, you could rise to the very top.
7pm to 8pm
 
Online Talk - Pertinax: The Son of a Slave Who Became Rome Emperor

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Friday 13th November

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Saturday 14th November

To mark the birthday of the Prince of Wales, there will be Gun Salutes in Green Park and at the Tower of London.
12pm to 2pm
 
Royal Gun Salutes in Green Park and at the Tower of London
A floating light display in the fountains of Jubilee Park for Diwali.
Starts at 5pm
 
Poplar
Diwali Lights up Canary Wharf

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Sunday 15th November

A floating light display in the fountains of Jubilee Park for Diwali.
Starts at 5pm
 
Poplar
Diwali Lights up Canary Wharf

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Monday 16th November


Online events / webinars

A debate about generating a diverse and socially inclusive literature canon fit for the 21st century?
6pm to 7pm
 
Kit de Waal: Novels That Shaped My World

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Tuesday 17th November


Online events / webinars

This lecture introduces the mathematics of pitch, scales, and just temperament.
1pm to 2pm
 
The Sound of Mathematics
Professor Frank McDonough charts the dramatic change of fortune for the Third Reich, and challenges long-held accounts of the Holocaust and Germany's ultimate defeat.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
The Hitler Years with Frank McDonough - The London History Festival

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Wednesday 18th November


Online events / webinars

Radio astronomy can tell us about the distribution of magnetic fields in the Universe, and reveal striking structures which have no comparable counterpart at visible wavelengths.
1pm to 2pm
 
Cosmic Vision: Watching the Radio
This illustrated talk will look at and examine paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online Talk - Signs and Symbols: The Hidden Messages in Art
Hear from two people involved in healthcare in different capacities during the early days of the pandemic.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Nursing a pandemic
A talk about how does the loss of smell due to Covid-19 affect health, wellbeing and our relationship with the world around us and to others?
6pm to 7pm
 
Being Human in Conversation: Returning to Our Senses
This lecture looks back at its final months, from the time the camp reached its murderous peak, after the mass deportations of Jews from Hungary, to the arrival of Soviet soldiers in January 1945.
6pm to 7pm
 
Fatal Months: Auschwitz and the End of the Second World War
The snake in heraldry, from original sin to pagan symbol. A lecture by Dr Paul Fox FHS
6:30pm to 8pm
 
The Snake, symbol of good and evil
Ever wonder how old your local pub or church is? This talk will show you how to find out.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Speed Dating – Identifying the Age of Historic Buildings

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Thursday 19th November

A notice that the Thames Barrier and the Barking Barrier will have their monthly test closures today.
9:30am to 12pm
 
Thames and Barking barrier monthly closures

Online events / webinars

Conservator Tim Warrender will highlight why commonly found types of damage and deterioration occur and suggests ways to help prevent this and so keep them in a better condition for longer.
4pm to 5pm
 
Caring for your LPs and CDs at Home
Join academics from The Open University and special guests as they introduce you to the diverse landscapes and complex histories of the Arctic Peoples and their region.
5:30pm to 6:45pm
 
An Introduction to the Arctic with The Open University
What do portrayals of the Evil Queen tell us about witchcraft, fears of the power of aging women, and the valorisation of youth, beauty, and domesticity?
6pm to 7pm
 
Snow White: Evil Witches
Biographers Clare Mulley and Sonia Purnell discuss the remarkable subjects of their recent books, whose extraordinary courage and actions during World War II made an invaluable contribution to the Allies’ success.
7pm to 8pm
 
The Women Who Spied

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Friday 20th November


Online events / webinars

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Saturday 21st November


Online events / webinars

Join London Medieval Society for a one-day colloquium exploring heraldry in the medieval period.
10:15am to 3:30pm
 
Medieval Heraldry
This online course offers an introduction to a number of characters from a fascinating period in London’s history.
11am to 1pm
 
A Short History of Edwardian London

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Sunday 22nd November

The day when it is traditional to make the Christmas Pudding -- assuming you don't just buy one from the supermarket.
All Day
 
Stir Up Sunday

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Monday 23rd November


Online events / webinars

This lecture will explore how artificial intelligence (AI) will meet the challenges posed by big data to help answer fundamental questions of the cosmos.
1pm to 2pm
 
Understanding the Universe with AI
All you ever wanted to know about working in public affairs and lobbying in the UK but were afraid to ask...
6pm to 7pm
 
Public Affairs & Lobbying
A chat with RCN President Professor Anne Marie Rafferty to hear more about how nurses have pushed for change over time.
6pm to 7pm
 
Raising the Roof: A History of Nursing Activism
110 years to the day after the execution of Dr Crippen, Roger Dalrymple talks about how this murder caused a sensation at the time.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Roger Dalrymple, Crippen

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Tuesday 24th November


Online events / webinars

A talk on the history of the Bandstand, from their origins in the mid-18th century to their heyday during the Victorian era, and their subsequent decline post WW2.
2pm to 3pm
 
'Bandstands - History, Decline and Revival' with Paul Rabbits
Join broadcaster Lorraine Heggessey, in conversation with Ian Hislop, arguably Britain’s most Hogarthian satirist.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Locked Down with Ian Hislop
Tom Crawford returns and explores the remaining Millennium Prize Problems, worth $1m to anyone that solves them
7pm to 8:30pm
 
The return of the million dollar equations
Online talk about Whitechapel for the Survey of London
7:30pm to 9pm
 

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Wednesday 25th November


Online events / webinars

At the 900th anniversary, this talk explores the wreck of Barfleur 25th November 1120, when three hundred perished including the heir to the throne and many of the royal court.
2pm to 3pm
 
Online Talk: The White Ship Disaster
A talk by John Mullan about his latest book The Artful Dickens - The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist.
6pm to :
 
‘The Artful Dickens’ - Prof John Mullan on the literary tricks of the master storyteller
This lecture will consider the shifting geography of ill health in the UK and globally, and its implications.
6pm to 7pm
 
The Changing Geography of Ill Health

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Thursday 26th November


Online events / webinars

Free Plato
This talk focuses on Plato’s masterpiece, the Republic, but also considers the importance of the dialogues which are set during the very last days of Socrates.
1pm to 2pm
 
Plato
Peggy Guggenheim: The ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’ Who Changed the Face of Twentieth Century Art.
2pm to 3pm
 
Peggy Guggenheim: The ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’
Hear the fascinating story of the development of Victoria as a major transport hub
3pm to 4pm
 
Trains and boats and planes: the untold story of Victoria
This panel discussion celebrates the role of translation in breaking down barriers.
5:30pm to 6:45pm
 
This paper will examine how London’s public green spaces were discussed and developed during the years following the Second World War.
6pm to 8:30pm
 
Greening London: the impact of the crisis of the Second World War on the open spaces in the capital
Join designer Molly Mahon in this online talk where she will be discussing her first book, House of Print, showcasing the art of printmaking combined with practical tips on how to use block prints in your own home.
6pm to 7:30pm
 
The Art of Printmaking with Molly Mahon
Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson tells the stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt's ancient civilisation drove them to uncover its secrets.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
A World Beneath the Sands with Toby Wilkinson - The London History Festival
A panel discusses how we handle this global rise of populism.
7pm to :
 
Architect Eric Parry RA discusses the thinking behind the project that revealed the Charterhouse to the public.
7pm to 8pm
 
Boundaries in time, place and material

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Friday 27th November


Online events / webinars

How exactly did an illegitimate line come to challenge the English monarchy?
2pm to 3pm
 
Online Talk-The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown

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Saturday 28th November

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Sunday 29th November

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Monday 30th November


Online events / webinars

When Darwin finally published the On the Origin of Species, he tried to avoid controversy by ignoring human origins. Yet evolution was soon being attacked as the godless ‘monkey theory’.
6pm to 7pm
 
Making a Monkey out of Darwin

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