Unmissable Things To Do in London – November 2017

Unmissable Things To Do in London – November 2017

November you’re a firework, come on show ’em what you’re worth, make ’em go “Oh, oh, oh!”, as you shoot across the sky-y-y!

This month’s top things to do in London include circus delights, sexy cabaret, rib-tickling comedy, rib-sticking food, ace music, edgy theatre, a walk in the park and – yes – fireworks!

Cabaret & Circus

Nights at the Circus | Various Venues | 1-2, 6, 8 & 17 November | Times Vary | £5

An inclusive cast of both learning disabled and non-disabled artists explore sex, desire and violence.

Jonny Woo’s Un-Royal Variety | Hackney Empire | 3 & 4 November | 7:30pm | £10-£35

The ultimate cult variety line up featuring up and coming stars including Frieda Slaves (pictured above), comedienne Jayde Adams, punk provocateur CHRISTEENE and so many more.

Anna Mann’s Late Night Cheese and Sex Party | Soho Theatre | 17 November | 11:30pm | From £11

A wild night of cheese, sex, and late night comedy from character comedian extraordinaire Colin Hoult.


Late Night Rising | Soho Theatre | 4 November | 11:30pm | From £9

See the next generation of comic talent coming through the ranks of the prestigious Soho Young Company.

Happy Mondays | Amersham Arms | 13 November | 8pm | £10

As winter digs its cold claws in help raise money for Lewisham Food Bank with Dave Johns from ‘I, Daniel Blake’.


The Hidden History of Africa Before the Slave Trade | St Ann’s Library | 9 November | 7pm | FREE

Discover pre-colonial history not taught in schools including the Empire of Mali, the Yoruba Kingdoms, Medieval Sudan, Medieval Ethiopia and the East African Coast.


Blackheath Fireworks | Blackheath | 4 November | 8pm | FREE

Hands down the best free fireworks display in London never disappoints. Get there early for food and fun.

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival | Various Venues | 13-25 November

Films, performances, visual art exhibition and debates tell the stories of LGBTQI people around the world.

Fringe! Film Festival - The Misandrists

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest 2017 | Various Venues | 14-19 November | Times Vary

A monster programme of unmissable queer cinema and events. Highlights for us include the closing film Fluidø (Main picture) and The Misandrists (pictured above).


Food & Drink

Broadway Vegan Market

Broadway Vegan Market | London Fields Primary School | Every Saturday | 10am-4pm

A new cruelty free market within London’s lovely London Fields.

The Cheese Project

London Cheese Project | Geffrye Museum | 4 & 5 November | 11am-8pm | £4

Fill your face with cheesy goodness from more than 20 cheesemongers (is that a word?!).


Amadou and Maryam

Amadou & Mariam | The Troxy | 4 November | 7pm | From £24.75

Africa comes to Limehouse for this one-off special from this Congolese cougars.

First Fifty | Various Venues | 21-23 November | £5

Brighton too far from London for you? Well try a taste of the seaside city’s next gen music festival, The Great Escape in London for a fiver and see performers like Joy Crookes (video above) sing their hearts out .

Theatre & Performance Art


Contractions | ND2, 1 Triton Square | 1-29 November | 8pm | £12.50-£14.50

A dark comedy about faceless corporations, nameless management and the boundaries between work and play by Deafinitely Theatre.


LOOT | COLAB Factory | 2-4 November | Times Vary | £18.50

Take on laser corridors, dodge CCTV, avoid the pressure sensitive floors. Robbing a vault has never been this fun.


Twistov | Rich Mix | 1-18 November | 7:30pm | £5-£18.50

A modern retelling of the Oliver Twist story via the streets and back-alleys of Shoreditch.

All In

All In | New Diorama Theatre | 7-11 November | 7:30pm | £12.50

‘Dictatorships, nightclubs, national anthems, education and self help manuals combine in an epic journey that questions how free we really are from the tyranny of the crowd. ‘


Mix It! Duckie

M!X IT! | Royal Vauxhall Tavern | 1 November | 8pm | £5

A new night out to mix the ages, genders and labels.

werk in progress

Werk In Progress | The Glory | 7 November | 8pm | FREE

Jonny Woo opens up the doors of The Glory to all performers with new work in development.

Bengali History Walk | Altab Ali Park | 18 November | 11am | £8

Get to know Whitechapel like a local with this Bengali history walk and talk.

Did we miss the perfect November event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in to our ultimate things to do in London list!


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.