Things to do in London in November 2021

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.

Monday 1st November


Online events / webinars

Explore the history of Halloween—from its murky pagan past and supernatural associations—with Professor Ronald Hutto
8pm to 9:30pm
 
The History of Halloween with Professor Ronald Hutton

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Tuesday 2nd November

The ethos of St John, our operational challenges and successes, and our vision for the future are discussed in this lecture.
6pm to 7pm
 
City of London
St John in Jerusalem: Ancient order, Modern Hospital
Using writings about nineteenth-century British figures alongside images of them, Professor Ludmilla Jordanova will explore the intertwined roles of biography and portraiture in public history
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Portraits, Biographies and Public History
Duncan Bowie, of the Dulwich Society, will talk about a group of Dulwich based communists in the post war period.
8pm to 9pm
 
Dulwich

Online events / webinars

Alec Forshaw, historian & urban designer will trace the origins & history of the terraced house in Bloomsbury
7:01pm to 10pm
 
Origin and history of the terraced house

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Wednesday 3rd November

This lecture will cover the intellectual revolutions in relatively recent history that paved the way to our modern understanding of the formation, existence and interactions of atoms.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Atomic Universe
Join multi-award-winning actor and author Alan Cumming, as he celebrates the publication of his new book.
8pm to :
 
Barbican
An Audience with Alan Cumming

Online events / webinars

City Guide Jill Finch’s light-hearted guide to becoming Lord Mayor describes the route to this top title
2pm to 3pm
 
How To Be A Lord Mayor
Explore the origins of Indian postcards as a social platform with author Omar Khan.
6:50pm to 8pm
 
The First British Postcards of India
In this talk, Clare Gough will tour the entertaining rooms at Pitzhanger Manor, introducing some of the personalities that graced Soane’s table.
7pm to 7:30pm
 

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Thursday 4th November


Online events / webinars

Gatwick will present plans to bring the existing Northern Runway into routine use, whilst meeting all international safety standards.
5pm to 6:30pm
 
Southwark-based author C. J. Schüler will discuss his forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
The Wood that Built London: An Online Talk by C. J
A personal, illustrated journey through the life of this Black British history giant with his wife Leila
6:30pm to 8:15pm
 
Darcus Howe: a talk by Leila Hassan-Howe

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Friday 5th November

Lighting up the Museum this winter will be a major light installation by multi award winning lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun.
5:45pm to 7pm
 
Bethnal Green
Light up the Museum: Switch On
In this talk, explore historic accounts of surgery before anaesthesia before discovering the common fears and myths which surround anaesthesia.
7pm to 8:15pm
 
Southwark
Anaesthesia: Myth, Magic, and Reality

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Saturday 6th November

A showcase of 125 years of motoring including veteran, vintage, classic, and the very latest cars.
10:30am to 4pm
 
Regent Street
Regent Street Motor Show

Online events / webinars

Explore the Square Mile's Secret Gardens!
11am to 12:30pm
 
City Secret Gardens - Look Up London Walking Tour

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Sunday 7th 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
See around 300 veteran cars start their long trip to Brighton early in the morning.
7am to :
 
London to Brighton vintage vehicle rally
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

Online events / webinars

Walk the history-packed streets (and tiny alleys!) of the City of London
11am to 12:30pm
 
The City: Power and Sacrifice - London Walking Tour

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Monday 8th November


Online events / webinars

A talk about the cult of Mithras, an esoteric religion that existed in the Roman Empire from the 1st to the 4th centuries CE
8pm to 9:30pm
 
The Cult of Mithras – David Walsh – Zoom lecture

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Tuesday 9th November

The extraordinary world runner and adventurer - now in her 70's and still hasn't stopped! Rosie Swale-Pope, MBE is a British author, adventurer and marathon runner.
6pm to 10pm
 
Strand
Icons interviewed - Rosie Swale-Pope MBE
A conversation exploring modern adaptations, translations and the timelessness of Fydor Dostoevsky’s work.
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
Camden
The Living Dostoevsky: Adaptation and Translation

Online events / webinars

In this talk, Chris Lawton (Skateboard GB) and Iain Borden (University College London) explore the rapidly developing world of skateboarding in relation to public space and urban design.
6pm to :
 
 Skateboarding in the City: Inclusive Communities and Diverse Participants

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Wednesday 10th November

This illustrated lecture investigates their history and the continuing influence on our modern world.
1pm to 2pm
 
Holborn
Ancient Greek and Roman Libraries
Shopping/food events during the day and Christmas lights switch-on in the evening.
3pm to 7pm
 
Marylebone High St
Global yachtswomen who skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, becoming the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy and was awarded an MBE honour.
6pm to 10pm
 
Strand
Icons interviewed - Tracy Edwards MBE

Online events / webinars

Can't wait till next Halloween? Join Richard Suggett for a fascinating look at the people and places associated with witchcraft in Wales
7:30pm to 9pm
 
Welsh Witches - A Lecture by Richard Suggett on Zoom
Exploring the phenomenon which entranced Victorian society
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
 Stereoscopy: The Dawn of 3-D. Brian May and Denis Pellerin

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Thursday 11th November

This talk starts by exploring psychiatric and sexological debates about perverted sexual desires from the late nineteenth century textbooks to diagnostic manuals in the twenty-first century.
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
Perversion
Join historian Dominic Selwood for an exploration of how treasures from the British Library’s collection reveal the changing identities of Britain.
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
Camden
 British Identity in 50 Documents with Dominic Selwood

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Friday 12th November

If going full fontal sounds like your type of fun, be bold and let the font of all knowledge Sarah Hyndman quiz you on typography in popular culture.
6:30pm to 9pm
 
Covent Garden
Fontastical Games

Online events / webinars

A talk about incredible detail of the wedding but also its wider consequences for the Tudor family and for England.
2pm to 3pm
 
The wedding of the century: Arthur and Katherine (1501)
Meet a variety of rogues and their victims, and find how to tell a blowsabella from a toppin cove.
2pm to 3pm
 
A Wicked City

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Saturday 13th November

Run by The South London Warlords, is the biggest independent one-day wargaming and gaming event in the UK.
All Day
 
Victoria Dock
Salute 2021
Hampton Court Model Railway Society’s model railway show, with 20 working layouts and supporting trade stands.
10am to 5pm
 
Surbiton
Tolworth Showtrain Model Railway Exhibition

Online events / webinars

A circular walk, starting from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral close to the statue of Queen Anne
11am to 12:30pm
 
Hiss the Villain

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Sunday 14th November

Hampton Court Model Railway Society’s model railway show, with 20 working layouts and supporting trade stands.
10am to 5pm
 
Surbiton
Tolworth Showtrain Model Railway Exhibition

Online events / webinars

Fun and fascinating walk showcasing Bermondsey's hidden history
11am to 12:30pm
 
Bermondsey: Off The Beaten Track - Look Up London Walking Tour
Owen Davies illuminates the many fascinating forms these recondite books have taken and exactly what these books held.
8pm to 10pm
 
Grimoires & Magical Books - Owen Davies - Zoom Lecture

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Monday 15th November

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

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Tuesday 16th November


Online events / webinars

Tale of posthumous ignominy inflicted on some notable corpses over the last thousand years.
2pm to 3pm
 
Indignities Suffered by The Famous Dead
Architectural historian and Victorian Society trustee, Kit Wedd will explore the materials, design and construction of the terraced house.
7pm to 10pm
 
Design and construction of the Victorian and Edwardian terraced house

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Wednesday 17th November

A talk about how scholars of the Holocaust find themselves confronted with the hostile reactions of various states pursuing the policies of Holocaust distortion.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Holocaust History Under Siege

Online events / webinars

This talk will outline Gimson's life and work through the medium of his correspondence.
7pm to :
 
In this talk, discover lesser known histories of a group that, for the most part, tends to be overlooked.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
All the Kings' Fools: Disability and the Tudors

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Thursday 18th November

Historian C.J. Schuler will speak about his new book, revealing how it built and fuelled medieval London, the ownership disputes that divided it, and how the expanding metropolis eventually engulfed most of the landscape.
6pm to :
 
Southwark
Ever wondered how the history of policing is collected, curated and cared for? Curious about what’s involved in developing a brand-new museum?
6:30pm to :
 
Covent Garden
Tom Chivers follows hidden pathways, explores lost islands and uncovers the geological mysteries that burst up through the pavement and bubble to the surface of our streets.
6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Southwark

Online events / webinars

These monthly talks explore the story of the clock tower from its beginnings, to the most complex conservation project in its history.
6pm to 7pm
 
Elizabeth Tower: from construction to conservation
Web Foundation co-founders Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rosemary Leith open a discussion to rethink how our digital world is shaped.
6pm to 7:15pm
 
 Working towards a web built for everyone, by everyone
The story of fruit cultivation is a story of our desires, our lasting imprint on the natural world. Join us and writer Bernd Brunner for this natural history talk.
6pm to 7pm
 
Taming Fruit - From Fruit Forests and Oases to Orchards

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Friday 19th November

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

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Saturday 20th November


Online events / webinars

A fun historic walk off the beaten track in Bloomsbury
11am to 12:30pm
 
Quirky Bloomsbury - Look Up London Walking Tour

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Sunday 21st November

Over 100 vehicles, spanning the decades and representing the field of conflict from around the world, are expected for our annual Military Vehicles Day.
10am to 4pm
 
Weybridge
Military Vehicles Day

Online events / webinars

Exploring Southwark's saucy history on the 'naughty' side of the River
11am to 12:30pm
 
Bankside Behaving Badly - London Walking Tour
A fun-filled walk through some of the City's gruesome tales
11am to 12:30pm
 
Smithfield & Clerkenwell: Guts & Glory - London Walking Tour

More London events on Sunday 21st November

Monday 22nd November

This lecture will look at how we can understand symmetry using mathematics, and explore how the rules of symmetry can deepen our appreciation of beautiful works of art and design.
1pm to 2pm
 
Barbican
The Maths of Beauty and Symmetry
This lecture will explore how law has been used to respond to and try to delimit the expression of unpopular or challenging ideas.
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
Free Thinking and the Rule of Law

More London events on Monday 22nd November

Tuesday 23rd November

A talk about the various methods of computer compression used in modern video streaming services.
6pm to 7pm
 
Barbican
Compression

Online events / webinars

Dr Mark Spencer will be leading this exploration of the 'Species Plantarum', a book that underpins our understanding of plant diversity
2pm to 3pm
 
Linnean Lens: Carl Linnaeus' Species Plantarum and Naming Nature
Discover the wealth of modern and contemporary public art in the unique square mile of the City of London.
2pm to 3pm
 
Gallery on the Street: Public Art in the City
Rob Sewell, author and editor of Socialist Appeal presents Chartist Revolution which delves into this radical episode in British history.
7pm to :
 
The Chartist Revolution

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Wednesday 24th November

Being you is not as simple as it sounds. Somehow, within each of our brains, billions of neurons work to create our conscious experience. How does this happen?
7:30pm to 8:45pm
 
South Kensington
 A New Science of Consciousness: Anil Seth in Conversation

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Thursday 25th November

A tour of our London Collections for anyone interested in the history of the metropolis.
6:30pm to 8pm
 
City of London

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Friday 26th November

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

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Saturday 27th November

Immerse yourself in the rich design heritage of London’s transport while exploring a selection of posters from a world-class collection, and rarely seen original artworks.
Starts at 11:30am
 
Acton
Monthly London Transport art and poster store tours

Online events / webinars

Guided walk through Kings Cross and St Pancras hearing the history and seeing the developments
11am to 12:30pm
 
Kings Cross: Wrong Side of the Tracks? Look Up London Walking Tour

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Sunday 28th November

A display of model railways by The Model Railway Club
11am to 4pm
 
Islington
Autumn mini exhibition of model railways
Hackney’s oldest building will be open to the public.
2pm to 4:30pm
 
Hackney
St Augustine's Tower open day

Online events / webinars

Fun-filled walk uncovering Fleet Street's hidden history
11am to 12:30pm
 
Secrets of Fleet Street - London Walking Tour

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Monday 29th November

This lecture looks at fantasies of artificial women (usually seen by their male creators as superior to biological women) to examine the complex connections between science and assumptions about the supposed naturalness of gender roles.
6pm to 7pm
 
Holborn
Women in Science Fiction
Join Annie Leibovitz, one of the most influential photographers of our time, for an exclusive event to mark the publication of Wonderland.
7:30pm to :
 
Barbican
An Evening with Annie Leibovitz

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Tuesday 30th November


Online events / webinars

Edmund Bird, heritage manager at Transport for London will discuss the development of London's transport infrastructure.
7pm to 10pm
 
Transport and the development of the Victorian and Edwardian suburbs

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