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
Our favourite night out is back for more thrills and spills from the best oddball cabaret acts from around the world.
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.
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.
The French-Irish Chanteuse makes her Wilton’s debut with a night of Brel belters.
Unmissable weirdo comedy wonk.
Journey back to the Weimar Berlin era of cabaret with the filthy and slightly sinister Joe Black.
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.
A gay drinks mingle for those interested in US politics.
Join Thom Tuck and pals for a right old laugh or weep at 2016 America at BGWMC.
A pop-up alpine ski village featuring apres ski-style food, drink and entertainment in South London.
A truly outstanding mix of rarely seen movie treats and cult parties.
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.
Bonkers bonanza dedicated to videos of our feline friends. We interviewed founder James Elphick here.
Worlds of music collide in this free festival.
Film & Music
Take a chance and see something different at the London Korean Film Festival.
‘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.’
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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.’
‘FAT is an exploration of size, power, gender and poverty. ‘
The cult fringe hit from Rhiannon Faith comes to the tiniest theatre we’ve ever been to.
An immersive tale of love and connection in the 21st century from experience experts Reuben Feels, which ends with you on the dance floor.
We’re not sure what the connection between pirates and bonfire night is, but we like it.
DJ PUSSEIDON + MAD DYKI take us on a trip to hip-hop heaven with throwback rnb and modern classix.
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.
London Fortean Society explores the folklore, ghosts and curses of the British Isles with the one-day symposium The Haunted Landscape.
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.
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…
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