From must-sees to must-buys, here’s our list of everything you need to do, wear and see this November…
Hair by Sam McKnight: Somerset House
Book tickets now for the exhibition celebrating Sam McKnight’s 40 year career, the hairstylist is known for creating some of the biggest images in popular culture, including Princess Diana’s short and sleek iconic style. His major work includes countless fashion editorials, advertising campaigns with huge names such as Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, as well as fashion houses such as Chanel, plus working on a whopping 190 Vogue covers. Seek a unique insight to his role from a glamorous tour through the past 40 years.
2 November – March.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November… Bonfire night or fireworks night as some may refer to it as, is around the corner, and there are tonnes of fireworks displays for you to visit to celebrate and remember Guy Fawkes Night. For major London firework displays, check out Battersea park, Alexandra Palace or Brent Fireworks at Wembley Park and watch all things fizz, pop and spiral as darkness hits.
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Featuring a whole host of festive entertainment, the Winter Festival returns to the Southbank Centre for 2016. Dance into Christmas with rock ‘n’ roll music entertainment and dance courses, enjoy Scandinavian food from winter pop-up lodges and watch in awe at dramatic circus performances. Stroll through wooden pop-ups and feast on festive food at their winter market; filled with handmade crafts, merry mulled wine and Christmas gifts.
11 November – 25 January
Oxford Street Christmas lights turn on
It’s not Christmas until the Oxford Street lights are turned on, and those sparkly bright orbs are making a return for 2016 – packed with a total of 750,000 LED light bulbs to be precise. Keep an eye out for this year’s performers, with past appearances from Kylie Minogue and the cast from Cats the Musical, whoever this year may bring, you’re sure to see a show.
Portrait of the Artist – Buckingham Palace
Explore this brand new exhibition focusing on images from world renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Lucian Freud and Rubens. Showcasing self-portraits as well as images of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, gain an insight like never before into this extraordinary collection. Also included in this display of intimate and personal artistic works, are a range of themes, 150 objects including paintings, drawings prints and decorative artists ranging from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.
Skate at Somerset House
Get winter ready as Skate at Somerset House returns to London. Enjoy with the whole family and skate by day in their magnificent courtyard, or wait until the sun sets and enjoy a party on ice with music from top international DJs. Whichever your prefer, enjoy a beverage or bite to eat from their Fortnum Lodge and Skate Lounge and find special last minute Christmas gifts from the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade.
(Image credit: Rex)