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    What's on in London this November 2015 near Canary Wharf

    Wrap up warm as there are so many good reasons to be out and about in London this month. November's highlights include Bonfire Night when you can see fireworks across London. And it's never too early for the C word as the Christmas lights are switched on this month.

    Bonfire Night

    Every year we celebrate on 5 November (and on the nearest weekend) the anniversary of Guy Fawkes' arrest when he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. We now have annual fireworks displays which are usually set to music and make great entertainment for all ages.

    Blackheath Fireworks is the best display near Canary Wharf and they make a day of it. On Saturday 7 November there's a fun fair from midday. Food stalls and a bar open at 5pm before the pyrotechnics at 8pm.

    The Lord Mayor's Show

    Another annual event, and another excuse for fireworks, is The Lord Mayor's Show on Saturday 14 November. 2015 is the 800th year of the show so it's going to be fantastic. The day starts with a River Pageant along The Thames before the parade at 11am. Think of it like a big carnival as there are loads of floats, plenty of music and a lot of smiles.

    It all happens in The City of London so is easy to reach via DLR to Bank station. The Parade starts from near Bank and heads off to the Royal Courts so the new Lord Mayor can swear an oath. And then they all come back again so don't worry if you missed any.

    From 3pm there are free guided walks on offer around The City, and at 5pm there are fireworks over The Thames. If you need any more convincing to go, St Paul's Cathedral offers free sightseeing all day making this a brilliant free day out.

    If you want to go inside to warm up before the fireworks head to the Museum of London as The Crime Museum Uncovered is now open. We recommended this exhibition last month and it is very popular. It's an opportunity to see objects from the Metropolitan Police's Crime Museum on public view for the first time.

    Ice Skating

    Ice Rink Canary Wharf is the first of the annual ice rinks in London to open. From 31 October (until the end of February 2016) you can enjoy open-air skating at London's largest outdoor ice rink. There's a skate path through the trees and great restaurants nearby to warm up afterwards. The lights in the trees can make this a wonderfully romantic location and it's fun to take the kids too.

    More in Canary Wharf

    There's always something cool going on in Canary Wharf and highlights this month include an evening with Huey Morgan of the Fun Loving Criminals. On 9 November in the East Wintergarden, In Concert with Huey Morgan will have music, humour and special guests.

    On 10 November at the same venue, you can see Shakespeare's Henry V performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon as it will be live on screen.

    Christmas Past

    Over in Hackney, the Geffrye Museum has a wonderful annual tradition. This free museum has room-sets of domestic interiors (living rooms) through history and every winter they decorate each room with authentic Christmas decorations for each time. You can enjoy the special treat of 400 years of Christmas Past from 24 November to 3 January 2016.

    Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution

    The largest ever exhibition about the famous 17th century diarist opens at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 20 November. Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution has 200 paintings and objects on display from national and international museums, galleries and private collections.

    Pepys witnessed many of the great events that shaped Stuart Britain, bringing them to life in his famous and candid diary. He lived through a time of turmoil which saw kings fighting for their crowns, and medieval London transformed into a world city following the devastation of the plague and the Great Fire. He was a naval mastermind, a gossip and socialite which brought together should make a fantastic exhibition.


    Take the kids to Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford this month as you can step inside a huge chocolate cake! Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things is a wonderful new exhibition aimed at the under 12s. Michael Rosen's We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a children's classic and you can discover hidden rooms and splash splosh your way through a Bear Hunt here. A perfect exhibition to inspire children's imagination.

    Time your visit well and you could also have a true High Tea afterwards. Over on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Orbit is offering afternoon tea on 22 November with some incredible views. From the UK's tallest sculpture, you can see plenty more iconic buildings on London's skyline.

    Then visit The Park as it's great all year round.

    Ghost Tours

    If you would prefer an indoor wander, the Museum of London Docklands has Ghost Tours on 10, 16 and 24 November. The 2 hour after-dark tours of the museum should be fascinating and refreshments are included.

    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!  

    Laura Porter writes the London Travel site and contributes to many other publications while sustaining an afternoon tea addiction to rival that of our Queen. You can find Laura on twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as@AboutLondonLaura.