Things to Do in London in November 2016

Things to Do in London in November 2016


The Christmas adverts are on TV, but there’s still November to get through before you can get started on your One Direction advent calendar!

Remember, remember, ALL of November is here for you to enjoy – it’s not all just bonfires and fireworks!


Cabaret & Comedy


La Soiree | Leicester Square | From 11 November | Various Times | £15-£74.50

Our favourite night out is back for more thrills and spills from the best oddball cabaret acts from around the world.

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Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety | Hackney Empire | 4 November | 7:30pm | £10-£35

A big night for London’s Hackney Empire in this punked up variety mash-up with Brexit the Musical, Diane Chorley, Bourgeois and Maurice & many more kitsch treasures.

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The Drag Kings Queens & InBeTweens Festival | Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club | 11 November | 7pm | £3-£8

DA welcome antidote to the one-size-fits-all approach to drag performance celebrating the rainbow diversity of transfolk, camp men, butch women, hairy bears, femme dykes, muscle marys, bi-queers & their friends.


Camille O’Sullivan Sings Brel | Wilton’s Music Hall | 22-26 November | 8pm | £15-£22.50

The French-Irish Chanteuse makes her Wilton’s debut with a night of Brel belters.

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Spectacular Spectrum of Now | The Star of Kings | 29 November | 7:30pm

Unmissable weirdo comedy wonk.

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Joe Black: Meet me at the Eldorado | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 30 November | 8:30pm | £10

Journey back to the Weimar Berlin era of cabaret with the filthy and slightly sinister Joe Black.




Make America Slaaay Again | Hackney Showroom | 8 November | 8pm | £8

Comedy, panel, games, live streaming election coverage, and zero objectivity with a congress made up of people we love like Megan Ford, Desiree Burch and Joe Sutherland.

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Presidential Election Night Party | The Light Lounge | 8 November | 7:30pm | £10

A gay drinks mingle for those interested in US politics.

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US electiongiggle 2016 | Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club | 8 November | 9pm | £8

Join Thom Tuck and pals for a right old laugh or weep at 2016 America at BGWMC.



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Vauxhall Winter Village | South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall | From 10 November

A pop-up alpine ski village featuring apres ski-style food, drink and entertainment in South London.

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Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest | Various Venues | 15-20 November | Various Times | £Various

A truly outstanding mix of rarely seen movie treats and cult parties.


First Fifty | Various Venues | 22-24 November | £5

Your chance to see the next generation of bands before they hit The Great Escape next May for just £5. See our picks from First Fifty here.

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Catnip Festival | The Coronet | 25 November | 10pm | £16.95

Bonkers bonanza dedicated to videos of our feline friends. We interviewed founder James Elphick here.

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Exchange Festival | Rich Mix | 27 November | From Midday | FREE

Worlds of music collide in this free festival.


Film & Music


Cheap Thrills | Barbican | Until 6 November | Various Times | £Various

Celebrate cinematic trash with a season at Barbican comprising of films such as Even Dwarfs Started Small and Female Trouble.

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London Korean Film Festival 2016 | 3-27 November | Various Times | £Various

Take a chance and see something different at the London Korean Film Festival.

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Kinky Gerlinky – The Movie | Eagle London | 9 November | 8pm | FREE

‘Filmmaker, photographer and artist Dick Jewell recorded London’s infamous Kinky Gerlinky parties, hosted by Michael and Gerlinde Kostiff, every month. Tonight he’s our special guest to introduce ‘Kinky Gerlinky – The Movie’, his compilation of some of Kinky’s more colourful moments.’


Yee Haw | Vout-O-Reenee’s | 19 November | 7pm | £6-£8

‘The most rootin’est, tootin’est time in town’


Theatre & Shows


The Great Austerity Debate | Unite the Union, London and Eastern Regional Office | 4 November | 7pm | FREE – Email

‘The Great Austerity Debate is a year-long collaboration with Mia Gray and Susan Smith, who are currently engaged in research around the uneven application and effects of austerity.’

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Gaggle presents: FAT | Hackney Showroom | 9 November | 7:30pm | £10

‘FAT is an exploration of size, power, gender and poverty. ‘

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Scary Shit | Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate | 19 November | 7:30pm | £10

The cult fringe hit from Rhiannon Faith comes to the tiniest theatre we’ve ever been to.

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The Last Dance | Hoxton Hall | 1-26 November | 7:30pm | £35 (2 for 1 at the moment)

An immersive tale of love and connection in the 21st century from experience experts Reuben Feels, which ends with you on the dance floor.


Bonus Balls


Bonfire Night Pirate Party | STYX | 5 November | 7pm | £6-£10

We’re not sure what the connection between pirates and bonfire night is, but we like it.

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The Cliteratti | The Yard Theatre | 5 November | 10pm | £5

DJ PUSSEIDON + MAD DYKI take us on a trip to hip-hop heaven with throwback rnb and modern classix.

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Soho Theatre Future Writers: Nuts and Bolts – How to Get it Made | Soho Theatre | 10 November | 5pm | £5

A chance to get practical writing advice from a panel of experts including Soho Theatre’s producer David Luff, Film 4 Creative Executive Eva Yates, freelance film producer Sarah Brocklehurst and theatre director David Mercatali.


The Haunted Landscape: British Folklore and Ghosts | Conway Hall | 19 November | 10am | £16-£20

London Fortean Society explores the folklore, ghosts and curses of the British Isles with the one-day symposium The Haunted Landscape.

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Weekend Open | Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG | 25-27 November | From 10am | FREE

Explore the Design Museum’s new digs in High Street Ken dahhling, with this free weekender.

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Late at the Library: There Will Be Fun | British Library | 25 November | 7:30pm | £15

We visited Christopher Green’s charming exhibition about Victorian entertainments and would recommend it to anyone. This night is a lovely opportunity to spend the evening of  comedy, live art, burlesque, cabaret, circus and magic inspired by the exhibition.


Did we forget anything for our top things to do in London in November? Leave a comment below with your thoughts…