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Things To Do in London This Month: November–December 2022

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From the new experiences and roller rinks to explore in the Capital to the thought-provoking art exhibitions you need to see, this is the C&TH guide to things to do in London this month. Welcome to November. 

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Things to do in London this month: November 2022

Best Culture Events To Go To This Month

  • From 14 November: Catch the new Best of Enemies starring David Harewood and Zachary Quinto
  • From 23 November: Explore The Royal Marsden’s Ever After Garden, a light-up installation in a remembrance garden
  • 26 November: Try out a botanical wreath making workshop at Lavender Green
  • Until 29 November: ‘Exquisite Corpse’ exhibition at The Arx Gallery
  • 29 November–4 December: Conquest of the Skies, an immersive virtual reality experience featuring David Attenborough
  • 29 November–15 January 2023: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty takes over Sadler’s Wells Theatre for its 10th anniversary
  • 1 December: Find a (not so) hidden gem with the Bonhams London Jewels Sale
  • 1 December: Explore a grown-up Christmas grotto at the Everyman Cinema, Hampstead
  • 1-3 December: Be starry-eyed at Twinkle Christmas Fair
  • 2 December: Christie’s Lates
  • 2 December: SOKHAN BEGOO / SPEAK UP at the Royal Court, a night of Iranian monologues and readings
  • 10-20 December: Nature’s Crowned Jewels: The Queen’s Green Canopy exhibition at Sotheby’s New Bond Street
  • 16 December: Catch some spoken word at The Big Queer Poetry Show
  • 16 December: Party till late at Amazónico’s final Noche Tarvida of the year

Exciting New Experiences In The Capital

  • Experience London’s world class Christmas lights
  • Go rollerskating at Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, an all-new rink in White City
  • Try out Club Curling
  • Winter Wonderland 2022
  • Skate at the most scenic ice rink in London, Queen’s House Ice Rink
  • Live music, drag and karaoke, plus World Cup screenings, at Electric Winter, Southbank

November Event Listings:

From 23 November: Explore a light-up rose garden with a great cause, The Royal Marsden’s Ever After Garden

Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1K 6LD

Raising vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a remembrance garden is filled with over 20,000 illuminated white roses. Wander this thoughtful installation between 3-9pm daily across the festive period. If the the roses strike a chord with you, visitors are also invited to dedicate a rose in memory of a loved one. The garden was created by Anya Hindmarch, CBE, and Camilla Morton and has raised over £250,000 across the past three years. royalmarsden.org

Test-drive West London’s newest roller rink, Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace

Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, Ariel Way, London W12 7SL

A huge roller rink co-founded by Usher is opening up in White City. Expect live music, an all-American diner serving up droolworthy Wagyu smash burgers, and a pro skate shop – sounds like a wheely good time. flippers.world

Catch the new Best of Enemies starring David Harewood and Zachary Quinto

Noël Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4AP

‘1968 – a year of protest that divided America. As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F. Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal.’ The sellout production transfers to the West End this November and features a star-studded cast – watch as they bring to life the television debates of the late sixties in a clash of wits. noelcowardtheatre.co.uk

A rehearsal shot. Photo credit: Johan Personn

Ice-Skate at the Queen’s House Ice Rink

Queen’s House, Romney Rd, Greater, London SE10 9NF

You’d struggle to find better views from a London ice rink than those offered by the Queen’s House Ice Rink. Look out to the beautiful Greenwich Park to your south – and then the metropolis of Canary Wharf to your north – and try not to slip in your skates while distracted. Grab a steamy hot chocolate or mulled by the side of the rink after you’re finished on the ice to warm right back up. rmg.co.uk

Dive into Winter Wonderland 2022

Hyde Park

One of the capital’s staple festive attractions returns from mid-November, open daily between 10am-10pm. Offering up the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink, a Christmas circus and a plethora of street food stalls, we can’t think of a better way to herald in the merriest season. Cosy up with a mulled wine under the twinkling lights. hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Until 29 November: Be wowed by Canadian artist Raine Storey’s solo exhibition Exquisite Corpse before it closes

The Arx, 197-205 Brompton Rd, London SW3 1LB

Painted in situ, during Raine’s artist residency at this quiet gallery, the exhibition examines the phrase ‘the exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine’. The phrase itself? Not so macabre, but developed from a game of consequences played by the Surrealists at the start of the twentieth century. thearx.com

29 November – 4 December: Conquest of the Skies, an immersive virtual reality experience featuring David Attenborough

Westfield in White City, 1081 Ariel Way, W12 7GF

Experience the evolution of flight (almost) firsthand in this immersive, virtual reality experience, running for less than a week. The free pop-up will see visitors come face to face with flying dinosaurs, hummingbirds and butterflies, showcasing David Attenborough’s innovative new Virtual Reality documentary, Conquest of the Skies VRalchemyimmersive.com

Test your hand at curling

The Curling Club at the Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

A new pop-up at the Southbank Centre, as part of its Winter Festival, brings curling to the city centre… Bring a group of up to six and test your hand at this alpine sport, while enjoying winter warmers and delicious food. Plus, there’s a lineup of DJs to keep you in a moving mood. thecurlingclub.com

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A man testing his hand at curling at the Curling Club, located at the Southbank in London

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Enjoy riverside street food and entertainment festival at Southbank – and watch the football

Between The Bridges, Queen’s Walk, Southbank, SE1

Wrap up warm, grab Christmas cocktails – and maybe check out a Drag Brunch with RuPaul stars at this riverside venue. The return of Electric Winter welcomes a festival offering heated bars, mulled wine, a space to watch the World Cup 2022, and even a family rave from Big Fish Little Fish. Free entry, betweenthebridges.co.uk

29 November – 15 January 2023: Catch up on your beauty sleep – with Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty ballet at Sadler’s Wells

Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN

This sleepy tale will have you wide awake. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty returns to Sadler’s Wells to celebrate its 10th anniversary and enchant new and old audiences alike. Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score sets the backdrop for this tale told anew… Enter Princess Aurora’s world of faeries, vampires and supernatural love. sadlerswells.com

Chase joy with London’s Christmas lights 2022

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London is awash with pretty lights and we guarantee it’ll leave you with a festive feeling. Overwhelm your senses as you explore the city by night, guided by the wash of twinkling decorations which cheer the city – from Covent Garden to the Southbank, it’ll also take you throughout the whole capital. Check out our full guide to the Christmas lights of London 2022.

the oxford Christmas lights, in the form of thousands of stars, will use a lot less energy in 2022

Image courtesy of Oxford Street

1 December: Find a (not so) hidden gem with the Bonhams London Jewels Sale

Bonhams, 101 New Bond St, London W1S 1SR

Opulent gems, pristine stones, and sumptuous sapphires – all up for auction at Bonhams, the fine art auctioneer nestled in the heart of New Bond Street. The jewellery on sale spans artist pieces, privately owned antique collections and contemporary designs, ranging in date from the 1930s to 1980s. The most spectacular piece? A Kashmir sapphire and diamond cluster ring, showcasing one of the rarest and most vivid stones in the world, which will be going from an estimated minimum of £320,000. Trundle along to gawk at these gasp-worthy stones, or prepare to place a precious bid. bonhams.com

1 December: Visit a grown-up grotto to celebrate the start to the festive season

Everyman Cinema, Hampstead, 5 Holly Bush Vale, London NW3 6TX

Outgrown grottos? Never – the Everyman Hampstead is hosting a Christmas ‘extravaganza’. Transformed into a snowy wonderland, sip on mulled wine before catching Elf or Bohemian Rhapsody. Plus, catch your first carols of the year from nostalgic musical trio, The Spinettes. £13.40pp, everymancinema.co.uk

1–3 December: Be dazzled by the Twinkle of the Christmas Fair at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Lots Rd, London SW10 0XE

Kick off your Christmas shopping at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, which is hosting a festive fair this December. Shop from an array of over 30 luxury lifestyle brands spanning beauty, fragrance, wellbeing, fashion, homewares and more, with the roster including Bamford, Nostara, Birdie London, Heirlooms and Addison Ross. There will also be a pop-up shop packed with seasonal gift ideas from the showrooms – plus digital beauty concierge service Ruuby will be on hand to offer complimentary festive manicures. Visit with a friend or two, and pop by Design Restaurant by Social Pantry for a glass of fizz or mulled wine to get you ready for party season. And if you fancy getting crafty, check out the programme of creative workshops and demonstrations, which cover everything from personalising presents to creating a Christmas wreath. dcch.co.uk

Handmade Christmas decorations by Colefax & Fowler

Handmade Christmas decorations are just one of the many things that can be purchased at the Christmas fair

2 December: Be inspired by artisanal craft talks and workshops at Christie’s December Late 

Christie’s 8 King St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6QT

After-hours talks by world experts – and with free entry, it’s a great chance to nosey around the world class institution. December’s lineup includes a talk on the Macabre with artist Benjamin Spiers, a goldwork embroidery workshop by Hand & Lock, plus an Old Master painting restoration by Angelica Pediconi. ticketing.christies.com

Christie's Lates

Picture credit: CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2022

2 December: Immerse in contemporary Iranian Theatre at the Royal Court

The Royal Court Theatre, 50-51 Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

What does contemporary Iran sound like? The Royal Court attempt to provide an answer with this evening of writing and readings, in particular response to the death of Mahsa Jina Amini at hands of police brutality, and the subsequent protests that have swept the nation in recent weeks. Expect to hear a lineup of work from Iranian playwrights touching upon themes ranging from the subjugation of women and queer people to the West’s involvement in the Islamic Revolution. Tickets £15, royalcourttheatre.com

10-20 December: See the Nature’s Crowned Jewels exhibition with The Queen’s Green Canopy

Sotheby’s London, 34-35 New Bond St, London W1S 2RP

Following the King unveiling a nationwide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee (in his role as Patron of The Queen’s Green Canopy), photographers Adrian Houston and Charles Sainsbury-Plaice and renowned painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis have laboured to capture the historic specimens. The result will be on display at Southeby’s this December, with a private auction taking place on 14 December. sothebys.com

16 December: Catch some spoken word at The Big Queer Poetry Show 

Peckham Levels, Centre Carpark, F1-F6, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

Fourteen LGBTQ+ poets test out their work in the name of a great cause: 100 percent of all proceeds are being donated to the Stonewall Housing charity. And then there’s an afterparty, too, for a shot of culture (and then, well, an actual shot). Tickets £20, eventbrite.com

The Big Queer Poetry Show

Featured image: Royal Marsden Ever After Garden.

16 December: Party till late at Amazónico’s final Noche Tarvida of the year

Amazónico, 10 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR

The final Noche Tardiva of the year at Amazónico is set to be bigger and better than any before. For the first time this year, their late-night party will be open until 3 am in both The Lounge and The Club, playing host to a plethora of amazing entertainers including tropical Latin-funk icon DJ Grego Salto, who’s flying in especially from The Netherlands for the occasion, and Gerardo Rosales, a famed percussionist whose sounds will flow through The Lounge. Trusty resident DJs will also turn up the heat and elevate the Noche Tardiva spirit in The Club, Amazónico’s best-kept secret by invite-only. amazonicorestaurant.com