6 Great Events for November in London

From the Lord Mayor's Show to the new Paddington Trail, there's plenty for the visitor to experience in London in the fall

November is quite a month in the capital. From a showcase of fabulous cars to regal gold and very cute bear, let the Where London team give you a taste of the month's highlights.

Get Revved up at Regent Street Motor Show—1 November

Cars at Regent Street Motor Show, London, UK
See dazzling cars at Regent Street Motor Show (©Matt Alexander)

Regent Street is famous for its busy traffic, but this month it comes to a complete standstill for a very different reason. At the Regent Street Motor Show, more than 300 cars – from the past, present and future – will line the street. Previous Motor Show events have seen Nash Curves, Porsches and Aston Martins on show, and racing teams have been there to wow the crowds with pit-stop displays. Don’t be afraid to jump in and take a selfie at the wheel.

By Dazzled by Regal Gold—from 7 November

Treasures on show at Gold exhibition at Queen's Gallery, London, UK
Painting of Queen Victoria at The Queen's Gallery (Charles Robert Leslie Royal Collection Trust ©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014)

Gold has always been associated with royalty, so it comes as no surprise to find the exhibition Gold taking place at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace. There are 50 spectacular items on display, from an 18th-century tiger’s head made of gold and rock crystal, to historic royal paintings.

Enjoy the Pomp of The Lord Mayor's Show—8 November

Glitz and glamour at the Lord Mayor's Show, London, UK
Contemporary culture meets history at London's Lord Mayor's Show (courtesy Lord Mayor's Show office)

The Lord Mayor’s Show is a much-loved London tradition that has outlasted the Plague, the Blitz and two World Wars. Now in its 799th year, the show, which includes a three-mile long procession, is the largest unrehearsed parade in the world. The event starts at 8.30am with the Mayor’s flotilla leaving Westminster Bridge, and ends with a bang – a magnificent firework display takes place from 5pm near Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.

Remember the Fallen on Remembrance Day—9 & 11 November

At 11am on November 11, the country holds a two-minute silence to remember those affected by war. You can join the silence at Trafalgar Square (11 Nov), or the National Service Of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall (9 Nov). Poppies have long been associated with World War I: when the conflict ended in Northern France, poppies were the only flowers to grow on the barren battlefields. Don’t miss the Tower Of London’s project, with a forest of 888,246 ceramic poppies, on sale at £25 each to raise money for charity (top).

Visit Bond's bear at the Paddington Trail—from 28 November

Paddington statues celebrating the new film, in London
Paddington statues dot London, celebrating the new film (courtesy Studio Canal)

On Christmas Eve in 1956, Michael Bond saw a lone teddy bear on a shop shelf, bought it as a present for his wife, and named it after the nearest railway station to him, Paddington. Bond went on to write the classic children’s story, which is now on the big screen. Take the Paddington Trail, with its statues designed by famous names, from Emma Watson to David Beckham.

Giggle at the Jewish Comedy Festival—from 29 Nov

Lenny Beige at London's Jewish Comedy Festival
Lenny Beige makes 'em laugh at the Jewish Comedy Festival (©Anthony Newley)

Forget all the old jokes about rabbis and psychiatrists. The Jewish Comedy Festival—the first of its kind to take place in London—is set to be truly groundbreaking. Comedians taking part include Ruby Wax and Lenny Beige and there will be events such as a screening of Woody Allen’s classic sci-fi comedy, Sleeper, and a live read-through of When Harry Met Sally.