Saturday, November 3, 2018

Things to Do in London - November Edit | Aditi's Pen

We are in November! The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, the leaves are turning from a golden yellow to rusty orange, the cafes are smelling of pumpkin spices, and there is a smell of new adventure in the air.

I am looking forward to this month; we are planning a woodland getaway next weekend to capture the essence of autumn, and I am also looking forward to a few sparkling events in London.

November is the month where London starts prepping for Christmas. I have already planned to wander around at the end of this month to capture the Christmas lights and decorations in the city.
(Last year's 'Christmas in London' wanderings are still on my Instagram highlights, if you fancy a view!)

So, here's my November Edit of Things to do in London. These are all the events I plan to attend; there is so much to do in this city and this by no means is an exhaustive list, just me on my mini adventures this month.

1. World Travel Market, London.

I am attending WTM London for the first time as Media. With the whole world under one roof, I am looking forward to all the networking opportunities with travel brands, publications and influencers.

2. Drinks & Networking with Gather Woman

It is always refreshing to catch up with the lovely ladies of Gather. Doses of inspiration and knowledge sharing with a dash of fun!


3. Bharatanatyam Dance Recital by Anvi

If you are a lover of Performing Arts, do come and support my friend Anvi as she celebrates a decade as a Bharatanatyam soloist. I am the host and manager for the day, with The Dance Bible being the Media Partners for the show. Super excited to spread our wings in London!

4. Wimbledon Art Fair

A day in the company of contemporary artists is so inspiring to the creative soul. Last month I attended the Anti Art Fair created by Creative Debuts and I am still rolling with ideas I borrowed from their creative energies. This month I am looking forward to supporting the local creative community, and networking with artists and makers, over delicious street food and prosecco at the Wimbledon Art Fair.

5. Month of Sundays Festival, Royal Opera House

For a lover of ballet and operas, this festival by Royal Opera House where every Sunday through this month they are opening their space to exclusive pop-up opera, ballet performances, dance workshops and sound installations. I am going on the 25th, where I'll be joining Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, and watch incredible dance performances choreographed by Richard Chappell, Hubert Essakow, and Charlotte Edmonds, amongst other amazing activities.

6. Friday Late, V&A

I got to know about Friday Late at V&A museum in September this year. It's an original contemporary late night event held at the last Friday of every month. You get an opportunity to experience the works of leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings. It is a good idea to plan ahead your visit; my first time I was so lost as there was so much to see and the time passes by quickly when you are having fun. The focus this month is on young people and how they are reinventing culture, fighting for a better world and shaping our futures.

The fabulous Steam Down at VA Late September

7. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

I remember going to the Winter Wonderland the first year we were in London, in 2015. It was my first experience of a Christmas market and so much fun. It opens on 22nd November; I might pop in early to get into the festive spirit!

Postcard from 2015

8. After Dark at Chiswick House and Gardens

I haven't booked this yet and I might plan this in December but a night walk and light display in London's winter at the iconic Chiswick House, is something I don't want to miss. I visited the London Lumiere Festival early this year, and fell in love with how light installations can lend a different perspective to architecture, illuminating spaces that might go unnoticed otherwise. Designer Nick Gray promises an antidote to London’s traditional Christmas lights - certainly on my planner.

What are your plans this month, folks? If you are in London, come and join me as I explore these creative and cultural events around the city.

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  1. I’ve only ever been to London once in my life when I was young despite living in the uk. I really want to go back and this gives me so many ideas of things to do :3

  2. Great post, we love this time of year, you have listed some very interesting things to do here. We will be in London for two days in December when we come home, so will be saving this post for some inspiration :) -Jen_

  3. Well, there's flurry of activities everywhere in this festive season and on the onset of winters, as very beautifully narrated here in your post Aditi.....nice to know about all those things you have planned up for the coming days.....happy winter.

  4. Glad to see The Dance Bible as media partner of the events... You sure are spreading your wings. Congratulations for that and hope you have an exciting time as the host.
    Your plans for the month look so exciting... I now wish I had looked around the events here too.
    Have loads of fun.

  5. Oh what a lovely post Adi- you have me dizzy with envy over the fantastic stuff you will be doing. The ladies meet and the WTM meet sound truly wonderful - do share your snippets from both. And all the best to your friend for the performance; do you have a Youtube / video blog for the Dance Bible shows?