Unmissable Things to Do In London in November 2019

Unmissable Things to Do In London in November 2019

Our list of unusual Things To Do in London for November includes a free exhibition of migrant stories, a Japanese queer odyssey, London’s best free fireworks night & much more…

Cabaret & Variety

Synthia: Family Values | The Queen Adelaide of Cambridge Heath | Sat 2 Nov| 10pm | Free entry

A fun free night of witchy wonders including Wiccan rituals and even Claudia Winkleman’s Mascara Live PA.

Slav 4 U – Polish Themed Cabaret Show | The Glory, Haggerston | Fri 8 Nov | 7:30pm | From £10

Discover P-Pop hits with this first Polish cabaret ever at The Glory.

Boulangerie | The Chateau, Camberwell | Thu 14 Nov | 7:30pm | From £10

Live queer performances in Camberwell’s space du jour The Chateau.


Desiree Burch: Desiree’s Coming Early | Soho Theatre | 11-23 November| 9:45pm | From £12.50

Escape the loop of our modern lives with pitch-perfect political comedy from Desiree Burch.

Circus & Dance

Certain Blacks presents Circus, Circus, Circus | Hoxton Hall | Fri 22 Nov | 7:30pm | From £12

Certain Blacks present an inclusive circus night featuring artists: Out Of Order, Symoné and Joana Dias.

Exhibitions & Art

Huda by Ruth Grimberg

Beyond Borders | Proud Gallery – Central | 1-2 November | Free

Refugee stories are told with beautiful photography at this awareness raising exhibition.

Read more about the exhibition in this article by the amazing Huck Magazine

Film & TV

Fringe! Film Festival | Various Venues | 12-17 November

The pick of the year for offbeat film, Fringe! continues to impress with a line up diverse enough to have 60s Japanese queer odyssey to a chance to see the must-see documentary about NYC DIY festival Wigstock and even a midnight drag-a-long screening of The Little Mermaid.


Blackheath Fireworks| Blackheath Common | 2 November | 8pm | Free

It is sad to see this epic fireworks extravaganza is crowdfunding to keep going but it really is the best fireworks display in London so keep attending and donate if you can.

ps. Lewisham Council please keep funding this!


for all the women who thought they were   Mad | Hackney Showroom at Stoke Newington Town Hall | until 9 November | From £15

A new play from Zawe Ashton around the myriad of issues black women face in contemporary Britain.

Figs in Wigs present LITTLE WIMMIN | Pleasance Theatre, Caledonian Road | 6-9 Nov | 7:30pm | From £10

A climate-change head-f*ck live art feminist adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. Can’t wait.

Being Human Festival: Flying Circus Airlines | King’s College Bush House | Thu 14 Nov | 6:30pm | £12

Take time out at this performance to examine your personal moral stance when it comes to immigration controls.

Sink The Pink presents ESCAPE FROM PLANET TRASH | Pleasance Theatre, Caledonian Road | 19 Nov-22 Dec | Various times | From £20

The wonderfully talented Ginger Johnson and Sink the Pink are back with a new Xmas show at Pleasance, this time around a campy space dumping ground.

Moonlight Strangers | Camden People’s Theatre, Euston | 21-23 Nov | 9pm | £12/10

A new show exploring a group of queer migrant voices in London.

Bonus Balls

Ludotecnia | V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green | 9-10 Nov | 12pm | Free

Buenos Aires-based artist Jorge Crowe presents a madcap performance made from electronic toys and gadgets.

Did we miss any offbeat things to do in London? Leave a comment below…


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.