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What's on in London in November 2016 near Canary Wharf

While the temperature is cooling the fun things to do in London are not slowing down. November brings us reasons to be outdoors, indoors and staying out late.

FIREWORKS

Remember, remember the 5th of November! It's all about celebrating a foiled attempt to blow up the Houses and Parliament over 400 years ago. Every year we have large public displays of pyrotechnics in the evening and it's a really fun, family-friendly treat.

The Blackheath Fireworks are on Saturday 5 November and it's completely free to watch. There's a funfair for families open from midday and evening food and drink stalls open at 5pm. The fireworks display starts at 8pm and there's usually lots of music too.

ICE RINK CANARY WHARF

There's a brand new experience at Ice Rink Canary Wharf this season. Opening on 4 November (and remaining open until 25 February 2017) LUMINOCITY @ Ice Rink Canary Wharf is brightening up Canada Square Park this winter with more than 8km of LED lights laid beneath the ice.

LUMINOCITY can showcase more than 16 million different colours every session and there's going to be light shows set to music.

And, for the first time, the ice rink is fully covered by a clear roof to guarantee skating sessions whatever the weather.

EMMA HAMILTON: SEDUCTION AND CELEBRITY

On 3 November, the National Maritime Museum opens a major exhibition focussing on the remarkable and ultimately tragic life of Emma Hamilton who at her height she was one of the most famous international celebrities of her time.

Now mostly remembered as the mistress of the Nation’s naval hero Admiral Lord Nelson, Emma was feted by kings and queens and became the muse to many artists, only to end out her dying days in Calais after being imprisoned for debt after Nelson's death.

This exhibition brings together over 200 objects, many of which have never been on public display before. Highlights from the exhibition include exceptional fine art by George Romney, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence; key letters from Emma and her lovers; her prized, personal possessions including one of the betrothal rings exchanged between her and Nelson; her songbooks and decorative objects that illustrate her celebrated attitudes; and finally the uniform coat that Nelson wore at Trafalgar, retained by Emma until destitution forced her to part with it.

To accompany the exhibition, there are events including a screening of That Hamilton Woman on 4 November. Starring Vivienne Leigh and Laurence Olivier, this 1941 classic recounts the remarkable story of Emma Hamilton; her life, loves and relationships with husband Sir William Hamilton and national hero Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. This special screening includes an introduction by Quintin Colville, Curator of Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity.

On 17 November Late: Seduction and Celebrity is an evening to indulge in gossip and rumour with the rags-to-riches and back again 'it' girl, Emma Hamilton. You'll get papped by the paparazzi, can create your own gossip magazine front page, hear from the curators and, of course, see the exhibition.

And on 18 and 26 November there are Emma Hamilton Walking Tours in central London. This walk around St James’ and Mayfair looks at her life, loves, Nelson and connections with London society.

CUTTY SARK

While the Cutty Sark Anniversary Concert is already sold out there are further reasons to enjoy the Cutty Sark Studio Theatre in the evening this month.

On Friday 12 November, Opera Up Close presents it's Olivier Award-winning production of Puccini's La bohème.

One of the most accessible and moving operas ever written, La bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet, and follow their dreams. The comic elements of this hugely popular production heighten its tragic ending, with audiences saying this 21st-century La bohème affected them like no other.

And on Saturday 13 November you can see Andy Cutting and his commitment to, and sense of pride in traditional music. Many of his tunes are considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. Cutting has recorded with Sting, John Illsley (Dire Straits), and was recently asked to join The Who for an acoustic concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

MUSEUM AFTER DARK

Last month I mentioned the Museum of London Docklands Docks After Dark tours and they are continuing in November.

There are 2 hour-long evening tours of the 200 year old warehouse after dark on 15, 22 and 30 November at 6.30pm, plus Saturday 5 November at 6pm, 8pm and 10pm.

You'll hear about ghostly secrets and chilling accounts from museum staff while being guided through the most haunted spots of the building. Follow in the footsteps of the men, women and children who worked in the Docks before meeting their grisly and untimely end.

Arrive on time as your ticket includes a refreshment in the Museum foyer (to give you some courage!)

NIGHT TUBE

You're options to stay out all night at the weekend have grown as the Night Tube started on the Jubilee Line from 7 October. This means there are 24-hour tube trains on the Central, Victoria and Jubilee lines on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Northern Line and Piccadilly Line will be added this year too.

BURIED CHILD

And here's a reason to stay out late as you could see a West End show and then get the Jubilee Line back to Canary Wharf.

Multi award-winning Ed Harris makes his West End debut in Sam Shepherd's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child at the Trafalgar Studios. The play opens on 14 November and runs for 14 weeks.

Set in 1979 rural America as it reels from a recession and political unrest, the similarities between then and now are compelling in the run up to the American Presidential Election. Casting a brutal light on disenfranchised Americans, Buried Child is a dark, macabre and painfully funny family drama that is as relevant now as it was during its first run almost 40 years ago.

FOODIES FESTIVAL CHRISTMAS

If you're ready to plan your festive dining, the Foodies Festival Christmas is at Old Truman Brewery on 18 to 20 November. Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Winner 2016, shares her secrets for creating the perfect Christmas, and is joined on stage by fellow MasterChef 2016 finalists Jack, Billy and Juanita.

In the Cake & Bake Theatre, Burlesque Baker Charlotte White will create a modern showstopper of a Contemporary Christmas Cake in just 30 minutes (with not a plastic Santa in sight!), while master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti showcases a new selection of chocolate desserts and treats, as well as introducing her newest seasonal delights including Churros with delicious festive toppings.

There's also a Drinks Theatre, Live Music Stage, the Elves Cookery School for younger foodies, an Artisan Christmas Market and plenty of street food stalls showcasing tasty snacks including calamari, steamed pork buns and Creole delights.

VICTORIANS DECODED

Victorians Decoded: Art and Telegraphy is a free exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery, on until 22 January 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first communications cable laid across the Atlantic Ocean connecting Europe with America.

The exhibition explores how cable telegraphy transformed people’s understanding of time, space and speed of communication, plus the impact of telegraphy on the artistic imagination and wider social consciousness in the 19th century.

Never-before-seen paintings from the City Corporation's art gallery and work by prominent Victorian artists is on display as well as rare artefacts such as code books, communication devices and samples of transatlantic telegraph cables.

Central to the exhibition is an interactive messaging machine called 'The Great Grammatizor'. It produces personal 'coded' poems for visitors to enjoy. Three rotating buttons represent 'genre', 'feelings' and 'driving force' and when each is turned to one of seven options and a lever 'cranked' it produces a one-of-a-kind text for visitors to decipher.

STAR WARS IDENTITIES

This IS the exhibition you’re looking for! Continuing its world tour, STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition opens at The O2 on 18 November.

The exhibition makes use of an extensive archive collection from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to explore the sciences of identity through the characters of Star Wars. Visitors taken on an interactive identity quest, leaving with their own personalised and unique Star Wars character.

There are 200 original costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork on show including BB-8, R2-D2, Han Solo's Millennium Falcon and even an AT-AT. Other favourites such as Yoda, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, stormtroopers, and Darth Vader are also on display.

By choosing to stay at Fraser Place Canary Wharf you will be in the heart of Canary Wharf, and a short ride away from some of these great events happening in November. Check out our Special Offers and we hope to welcome you soon! 

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Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

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Victorians Decoded: Man Proposes, God Disposes’ by Edwin Landseer, 1864. Courtesy of Royal Holloway University of London | Star Wars Identities: © & ™ LucasFilm Ltd.