Fireworks and bonfires across town celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failed plot.
Various Venues London,
London, W1J 9LN
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Dates: Thursday 5th November 2015
November is the month that likes to go with a bang – and an explosive one at that. The 5th of November marks Guy Fawkes’ failed plot to blow up Parliament with the kind of pyrotechnics Mr Fawkes could only dream of. Every year for Bonfire Night there’s a host of elaborate fireworks displays, processions, festivals and funfairs planned across the capital. There are normally huge displays in public parks across London including shows at Ravenscourt Park, Victoria Park and Battersea Park (to name a few).
Thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph to pay their respects.
Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX
Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station
Dates: Sunday 8th November 2015
Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. The Queen and other members of state place wreaths at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes’ silence at 11am and after a short service there is a march past by thousands who served and suffered in the conflict of war. While thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph, there are usually other events marking Remembrance Sunday including a Ceremony of Remembrance at London’s Imperial War Museum, a day of activities at the National Army Museum and a weekend of events at the Royal Air Force Museum.
A radical reworking of Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy at the Young Vic.
The Young Vic, 66 the Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station
Dates: 26th November 2015 to 16th January 2016
Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin follow up their acclaimed staging of Medea at the National Theatre with this radical reworking of Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy at the Young Vic, exploring the themes of power, treachery, paranoia, betrayal and suicide through Guerin’s expressive and unsettling choreography. Famously, when the prophecy of three witches proclaims that Macbeth is destined to become the King of Scotland, he and Lady Macbeth embark upon a murderous journey of power, treachery.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Fairground rides, a giant wheel, circus, ice rink and Christmas market transform Hyde Park.
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 20th November 2015 to 3rd January 2016
Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa’s grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its eighth year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners’ calendars. There’s a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus – always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet and its heated big top entertains and warms the crowd. The traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and various Bavarian-style bars and cafes is a hoot, as is the Spiegel Saloon, a large, festive and fully covered restaurant. Don’t go with an empty wallet because while the whole thing is not cheap, it’s such fun you’ll want to get into the spirit and spend. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you’ll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance – but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.