November in London 2019

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The Country Living Christmas Fair 2019

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The Country Living Christmas Fair 2019
Skate At Somerset House
Ideal Home Show Christmas
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland


The Somerset House ice rink returns for its 20th year, Corinne Bailey Rae performs at the London Jazz Festival, and Winter Wonderland transforms Hyde Park into a festive playground. All these and more feature in the LondonTown guide to the best London events in November 2019.

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The Country Living Christmas Fair 2019

A taste of rural England comes to London at this festive fair.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 13th to 17th Nov 2019


In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.


Skate At Somerset House

One of London's most popular ice rinks returns for its 20th year.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 13th November 2019 to 12th January 2020


The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town, and 2019 will see the rink return for its 20th year. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngsters need guidance there's the Polar Cub Club for under 8s. But if you're looking for something altogether more grown up, Skate Lates brings a specially curated programme of music to the rink on nights with takeovers from hot names in the contemporary music scene. Get your Christmas shopping done while you're there at The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason's occupying 15 rooms in the West Wing of Somerset House filled with hampers, tea caddies, stocking fillers, gifts and games. Now in its 19th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times).


EFG London Jazz Festival

Corinne Bailey Rae, Ashley Henry and Herbie Hancock are all on the line-up this year.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 15th to 24th November 2019


See Corinne Bailey Rae at the Southbank Centre, Ashley Henry at the Hackney Arts Centre and Herbie Hancock at the Barbican, all appearing in the city as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, returning in 2019 for its 27th year. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival, more than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and Kings Place. Further highlights include the Marcin Wasilewski Trio 25th Anniversary Tour at Cadogan Hall, the Trevor Watts Quartet at the Southbank Centre and Makaya McCraven at Village Underground. It all kicks off with the Jazz Voice opening gala on Friday 15th November.


Ideal Home Show Christmas

Over 600 exhibitors come together to showcase everything from toys to gadgets.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 20th to 24th Nov 2019


From fairy lights to food, gifts to winter garden advice, the Ideal Home Show Christmas has everything you need for seasonal entertaining under one roof. With over 600 exhibitors selling everything from toys to gadgets you'll find presents for the whole family. Join workshops on wreath making, Christmas decoration upcycling and centrepiece arrangements. Get styling inspiration and top tips from Good Homes magazine and other experts. Plus, discover essential winter advise for the garden with Lee Connelly while The Skinny Jean Gardener gives tips on how to involve the whole family. Rosemary Shrager, Theo Randall, Aldo Zilli, Rachel Green and Ed Baines offer their top tips and expert advice on perfecting a festive feast as, for the second year, the show shares its Olympia home with the Eat & Drink Festival - free with your Ideal Home Show ticket.


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

The festive playground returns with an ice rink, Christmas market, food stalls and more.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 23rd November 2019 to 5th January 2020


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 12th 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 where you can go on a Deep Sea Adventure. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet - and traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and Bavarian-style bars and cafes. (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.) Additionally, new to this year is The Snowman Experience with Backyard Cinema. Celebrating 40 years of the classic festive book, the experience will bring the story to life through a multi-roomed, multi-sensory adventure. 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.


London Illustration Fair

Illustrators, designers, print makers, publishers and crafty businesses showcase their work.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 29th November, 30th November and 1st December 2019


The London Illustration Fair returns at the end of November and can usually be found taking over the Bargehouse, a four-storey warehouse by the Oxo Tower on the South Bank. The fair showcases the work of illustrators, designers, print makers, publishers and crafty businesses for a three-day illustration extravaganza. Exhibiting alongside the artist-led stands are handpicked creative partners and a packed programme of workshops, artist-led talks and workshops, live DJs and a fully stocked winter-warming bar. Last year's workshops included the history of record sleeve illustration, graphic novels, paper cameras and a multitude of printmaking techniques which visitors got to try out.

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