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What's on in London this November 2017 near Canary Wharf

Remember, remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot. We commemorate the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 with annual fireworks displays this month.

BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS

Fireworks displays are not all about something that went wrong 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 4 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.

CANARY WHARF ICE RINK

If you want another reason to embrace the cooler weather why not go skating at the Canary Wharf Ice Rink? It opens on 4 November at Canada Square Park and stays in place until 28 February 2018. And you don't have to worry about rain spoiling your fun as the 1,300 sqm ice rink is fully covered.

The rink has a lovely skate path that goes under the park's enchanting canopy of trees. And, new for this year, there's a dedicated children's rink.

When all that exertion makes you hungry the area has lots of restaurants and there's a rink-side bar too.

CORIOLANUS

Nearby at the East Wintergarden, there's the last in the series of Royal Shakespeare Company performances 'captured live from Stratford-Upon-Avon'.

Coriolanus is on Monday 6 November at 7pm and tickets are just £10. There's a full bar available so you can sit back and enjoy Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy performed by the incredible RSC.

The story is set back in the time of the early republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and achieve greatness. With increasing divisions between rich and poor, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

CHRISTMAS DESIGNER MARKET

If you are hoping to get your Christmas shopping done before December then this is a great place for buying gifts. The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green has a Christmas Designer Market on Saturday 26 November from 10am to 5pm.

Buy directly from some of London's most exciting established and emerging independent designers and makers. And to help with the festive feeling the Becontree Brass

Band are providing the musical backdrop.

CUTTY SARK EVENTS

Under the gleaming hull in the gallery space below this stunning tea clipper in Greenwich, there are lots of interesting evening events this month.

On 4 November, Olivier Award-winning touring opera company, OperaUpClose present their new version of Verdi's La Traviata. Set in the prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, it still tells the story of Violetta – a so-called 'fallen woman' who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover's family.

On 10 and 11 November, it's the turn of the original 'buoy' band Fisherman's Friends. Bound together by a lifelong friendship, the Fisherman's Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac on Cornwall's rugged north coast. Widely credited with starting the revival of interest in shanty-style choral singing, the popular band returns with a full catch of new material and some old favourites as well.

On 18 November it's the Swinging Sailors Anniversary Ball. Dance the night away under the Cutty Sark's gleaming copper hull to celebrate the clipper's 148th anniversary. Brush up on your footwork with a swing dance lesson before taking to the floor, accompanied by live musicians playing sounds from the 20s and 30s.

And on 25 November it's the original punk 'people's poet' Dr John Cooper Clarke. He'll perform classics as well as brand new material from his latest show, including hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat. His special guests are Simon Day (as Geoffrey Allerton - Yorkshire's foremost poet), Luke Wright and Toria Garbutt.

PLANETARIUM

High up on the hill this time, but also in Greenwich, there are good reasons to visit the Royal Observatory in the evening this month.

On 11 November the Silver Screen Sci-Fi season continues with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher renew their roles as Han Solo and Princess Leia and are joined by new heroes Rey and Finn played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. After the screening, surrounded by the stars in London's only planetarium, a Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomer will explore the physics of lightsabres and planet system destroying space stations.

There are also dates this month for An Evening with the Stars (17, 18, 24, 25 November). This popular after a dark experience at the Royal Observatory Greenwich includes a planetarium show and the chance to look through the gigantic Great Equatorial Telescope at the night sky. You can also spend some time on the Greenwich Meridian with a hot drink, an amazing view and astronomers on hand to answer all your space-related questions.

ELVIS

Elvis fans will delight in both an exhibition and a concert at The O2 this month.

Elvis on Tour - The Exhibition opens on 3 November. Following the success of the 2014/2015 Elvis at The O2 exhibition, Elvis On Tour is showcasing more than 200 artefacts from the Graceland archives in the UK for the very first time.

Elvis On Tour chronicles how Elvis impacted popular culture around the world through his music, movies and personal style. Covering the years 1969 to 1977, the exhibition features many items that were seen in the 1972 documentary, Elvis On Tour.

And Priscilla Presley is making a very special appearance in London on 30 November as part of the Elvis in Concert UK tour. This celebration of Elvis features the most recognisable voice of all time, backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

THE O2

There are more good reasons to visit The O2 this month for some great music.

Steps are making their return this year with a huge UK arena tour, plus a brand-new single and album, marking their twentieth anniversary. The tour stops at The O2 on Friday 24 November.

The band have scored fourteen consecutive top 5 singles, sold over 20 million records and reached number one with three albums and three singles. They are BRIT award-winning and hold the record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at SSE Arena, Wembley.

And The Killers tour stops at The O2 on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November. The tour follows the release of the band's upcoming fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, and the single, The Man.

If you are planning your trip in November, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls.  

 

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.

Required image credits: Christmas Market: © V&A Museum of Childhood, London