Unmissable Things To Do in London - November 2018

Unmissable Things To Do in London – November 2018

Done burning things? Throw down your sparklers (safely) and get stuck in to an amazing month of Unmissable Things To Do in London!

This month’s top picks include sexy puppets, kooky comedy, a mental health festival, queer arts, vegan cheese & wine, live music, spectacular performances & much more…

Cabaret & Circus

Dietrich: Natural Duty | Wilton’s | Monday 19 – Saturday 24 November | 7:45pm | From £12.50

‘An irresistible mix of songs, sequins, sex and sympathy.’ from talented young performer Peter Groom who is Marlene Dietrich.


Succubus November Edition | 2Northdown | Thursday 15 November | 8pm | £5

Anything goes at this cavalcade of razor sharp female-fronted comedy from satirical magazine Succubus.


Cocoa Butter Club | Winterville | Sunday 25 November | 7pm | £8.50

A fabulous way to welcome back Winterville to Clapham common. Expect neo-soul, R’n’B, motown and blues songs, and a fierce line up of burlesque, drag, performance art, sideshow, comedy and more.


A Mindful Mess | Poplar Union | Friday 9- Sunday 11 November | FREE

A free festival of mental health and performance at our new fave community pub cum arts centre Poplar Union. Highlights for us include Brainfart Cabaret feat. Mawaan Rizwan and Sunday Assembly East End.

ASSEMBLY | Somerset House Studios | Wednesday 14- Sunday 18 November | Times Vary

A kaleidoscope of electronic and experimental music including Embryogenesis (pictured above).

Fringe! Queer Arts Fest | Tuesday 13- Sunday 18 November

A celebration of queer film and related events from heartwarming rom-coms like A Winter to Remember (pictured above left) to hot as f*ck queer take on The Talented Mr Ripley M/M (pictured above right).

Illuminate Rotherhithe | 22-26 November | Times Vary | FREE

A free festival of local history in November inspired by the historic sailing of the Mayflower from Rotherhithe in 1620.

Food & Drink

Talks & Lectures

Migration Museum Annual Lecture: David Olusoga – The Perils of Our Insular Illusion | Brunel Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS | 22 November | 6:30pm | FREE

‘Join British-Nigerian historian, producer and presenter David Olusoga at SOAS for the Migration Museum’s annual lecture, as he argues that, to make sense of the Britain of 2018, we need to recover the global aspects of our history and culture.’


Till April is Dead: Lisa Knapp | The Albany | 8 November | 7:30pm | From £10

Inspired by weird and wonderful happenings Lisa Knapp presents an unmissable evening of strange and beautiful folk.

Hejira | The Albany | 9 November | 7:30pm | From £10

A genre-breaking South-East London band telling the story of musician Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne’s changing relationship with her homeland of Ethiopia after the death of her father.

Theatre & Performance Art

Chutney | The Bunker | From 6 November | 7:30pm | £19.50

‘Gregg and Claire are a power couple. Well-to-do and up-and-coming. They’ve got the house. The car. The careers. They’re living out their parents dreams in blissful suburbia.
They also have an insatiable desire to murder animals.’

A jet-black comedy of middle-class climbing versus our primitive urges.

H1TM4N Inc. | Pinter Studio, QMUL | 8-11 November | 7:30pm | £10

‘A stage show cum TV Pilot, H1TM4N Inc. is the story of a group of assassins forced by legislation to work in an office… Chaos ensues!’. A Season of Bangla Drama presents this offbeat dark comedy about when bureaucracy hits contract killers.

Cuckoo | Soho Theatre | From 13 November | 7:15pm | From £11

‘Texas Fried Chicken, abject misery and a one-way Ryanair ticket’


How To Catch A Krampus | Pleasance London | From 13 November | 7:30pm | From £19.80

Drag sensations SINK THE PINK present this festive revue of British horror stories including dancing drag queens, show-stopping numbers, mind bending magic, bogey men, blood, and brussel sprouts!

Super Duper Close Up | The Yard | 13-24 November | 8pm | £17

‘Get set for a live-filmed Lynchian ride through the anxieties of an unsettlingly ordinary woman’s existence.’ from the zeitgeist company Made In China.

Pull The Trigger | Camden People’s Theatre | 17-18 November | 7pm & 9pm | £12

Vijay Patel explores the legacy of Indian corner shop culture and asks ‘Can I be a lip sync Britney artist and a shopkeeper?’.


Boots On The Ground | Dulwich Park | 9-11 November | Various Times | FREE

‘Binaural headphone technology, live action and Tangled Feet’s trademark physicality are combined in this unique experience to explode the forgotten political turmoil of the WW1 demobilisations and the hidden struggles of modern-day veterans.’

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


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.