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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Rod Stewart
Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
BBC Good Food Show
EFG London Jazz Festival
Bonfire Night
Remembrance Sunday
London Triathlon
Selena Gomez
Deny, Deny, Deny
The Snowman


Selena Gomez and Rod Stewart rock The O2 and Dreamgirls, the Tony award-winning musical, comes to London in November when the city's parks put on the most impressive fireworks displays.


Deny, Deny, Deny

This timely play looks at the lengths people go to in order to be a champion.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 2nd November to 3rd December 2016


Staged at the Park Theatre, Deny, Deny, Deny is a timely play looks at the lengths some people go to in order to be champion. Set in 2026, it sees Eve, a promising young athlete, offered a cutting edge new 'therapy' by her mysterious, charismatic coach. He tells her it will make her the fastest woman in the world but is it safe, legal and ethical? A tale of ambition, love, revenge, jealousy and 21st-century science, it's based on two years of research by journalist turned playwright Jonathan Maitland.


Saving Jason

This new comedy puts the spotlight on a typical dysfunctional family.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 2nd November to 3rd December 2016


Peter Quilter's new comedy, Saving Jason, puts the spotlight on a typical dysfunctional family as they try to confront the behaviour of their rebellious teenage son. Set in '90s suburbia, it sees a plan descend into chaos and the revelation that Jason isn't the only one who's keeping secrets. The world premiere by the two-time Olivier nominated playwright will be shown at the Park Theatre this November.


Hair by Sam McKnight

This exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of the renowned fashion hairstylist.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 2nd November 2016 to 12th March 2017


Somerset House celebrates the work of master hairstylist Sam McKnight this autumn with major exhibition Hair by Sam McKnight. The first exhibition of its kind, it shines the spotlight on McKnight's 40-year career, highlighting how he has been instrumental in helping develop the images of Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana and many more. Having worked on hundreds of fashion editorial shoots, advertising campaigns and catwalk shows, including over 100 British Vogue covers, McKnight is one of the first session stylists to have carved out a career solely within fashion. Looking at hair from a new perspective, this exhibition will contextualise its wider cultural significance and the role of a session stylist in fashion. Featuring photography, magazines, catwalk and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as full outfit looks and commissioned wigs and hairpieces, it will unveil the little-known creative process behind the craft of hair styling within fashion. Not only will it track Sam's career from the late 1970s to today, it will also show the changing styles through time, looking at how fashion shoots can influence contemporary hair styling.


Selena Gomez

She's come a long way from the Wizards of Waverly Place.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 04th November 2016


She may have started out as a Disney star but Selena Gomez is now a fully fledged, bona fide multi-platinum selling pop star. For those still doubtful, the first three singles - Good For You, Same Old Love and Hands to Myself - from her latest album, Revival, have all reached number 1 in the US. Entertainment Weekly said it's "as fresh and forward-thinking as the music of indie darlings Tove Lo and FKA Twigs", while Rolling Stone raved, "this is the sound of a newly empowered pop artist growing into her strengths like never before".


Portrait of the Artist

Self-portraits by world-renowned artists are put in the main frame.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 4th November 2016 to 23rd April 2017


Exploring the notion of artists as celebrities, Portrait of the Artist puts self-portraits by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, Freud and Hockney in the main frame. Images at The Queen's Gallery also include portraits of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi. Themes like the 'cult' of the artist, symbolism and the artist's changing status over the centuries are explored through 150 artworks and objects dating from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.


Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

This exhibition looks at the important role maps played throughout history.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station


Dates: 4th November 2016 to 1st March 2017


Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line looks into how maps made the world we live in. The exhibition at the British Library sheds light on 100 years of mapping technology - from the original sketch of today's London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s - and how it has monitored and shaped the society we live in. From wars to moon landings, it showcases extraordinary maps and the important role they played during the 20th century. Among the exhibits will be the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood, the New York Subway and secret spy maps.


Bonfire Night

Fireworks, processions, festivals and funfairs mark Guy Fawkes' failed plot.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Woolwich Station


Dates: Saturday 5th November 2016


November is the month that likes to go with a bang - and an explosive one at that. The 5th of November marks Guy Fawkes' failed plot to blow up Parliament with the kind of pyrotechnics Mr Fawkes could only dream of. Every year for Bonfire Night there's a host of elaborate fireworks displays, processions, festivals and funfairs planned across the capital. There are normally huge displays in public parks across London including shows at Ravenscourt Park, Victoria Park and Battersea Park (to name a few) - we'll update our full feature nearer the time with the best places to watch the fireworks in London on Bonfire Night.


Regent Street Motor Show

This free car festival gives London the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: Saturday 5th November 2016


The whole of Regent Street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, is closed to traffic for the Regent Street Motor Show, the free car festival which gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.


London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

500 fine vintage cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park to the coast.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 06th November 2016


Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles are expected for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which allows vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy a picturesque drive down to the south coast, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's also a bit of a spectacle. These 500 or so fine vintage cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex. The day before the run, on Saturday, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars parade up and down Regent Street as part of The Regent Street Motor Show. You can get up and close to view them and its free of charge. This annual event has taken place every November to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896, celebrating the passing into law of the 'Locomotives on the Highway Act'. This raised the speed limit from 4mph to 14mph and meant that cars no longer had to travel with a man walking in front.


London Triathlon

The world's largest event of its kind.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: Sunday 6th and Monday 7th November 2016


The triathlon is fast replacing the marathon as the event of choice for testing your body to the limit and with 13,000 entrants participating, the London Triathlon is the world's largest event of its kind. Competing in a punishing programme of running, swimming and cycling, there's something for all levels of ability with a choice of distances - Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic, Olympic Plus and Team Relay. A strong focus on raising money for charity sees £1 million typically raised each year and celebrities, major sporting figures and some of the world's best triathletes are all expected to take part watched by some 55,000 spectators lining the streets near the ExCel Centre in Docklands where the triathlon starts.


Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

The perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 9th to 13th Nov 2016


In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.


BBC Good Food Show

Cooking demos by the stars of our favourite cooking shows on the box.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 11th, 12th and 13th November 2016


Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Well known chefs and TV personalities present cooking demos, there's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, and a handpicked selection of London's best eateries in the restaurant experience. MasterChef Skills Pod featuring finalists from this year's TV Show and you can sip on samples as part of the drinks tasting theatre and fine wine experience.


EFG London Jazz Festival

Jazz greats Dhafer Youssef, Madeleine Peyroux and Norma Winstone come to the capital.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 11th to 20th November 2016


Great jazz musicians including Dhafer Youssef, Madeleine Peyroux and Norma Winstone come to the capital for theEFG London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 24th time in 2016. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival, more than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Halland KOKO.The organisers habitually attract some top performers including MOBO and Grammy award winners and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the jazz scene - from stars of the American jazz tradition to key players of the European scene and free musical thinkers. Given the obsessive nature of ardent jazz fans together with the small venues (which include restaurants and bars), tickets often sell out fast, you have been warned.


Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

The world's top eight tennis players attempt to out-ace each other at The O2.

The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 13th to 20th November 2016


A battle between the world's best eight men's singles tennis players and men's doubles pairs, the ATP World Tour Finals is a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged in darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Played over eight days at The O2 Arena, the tournament brings top players like three-time champion Novak Djokovic and home hope Andy Murray in their quests to secure places at the tour finals. Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer and 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem all look likely to be in the London tournament, competing for the title and 7.5 million dollars in prize money.


Remembrance Sunday

The war dead are remembered with a solemn two minutes' silence at the Cenotaph.

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: Sunday 13th November 2016


Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. The Queen and other members of state place wreaths at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes' silence at 11am and after a short service there is a march past by thousands who served and suffered in the conflict of war. While thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph, there are usually other events marking Remembrance Sunday including a Ceremony of Remembrance at London's Imperial War Museum, a day of activities at the National Army Museum and a weekend of events at the Royal Air Force Museum.



This dark, humorous play explores the cost of sex.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 16th to 26th November 2016


Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award, directs Debbie Tucker Green's Trade at The Young Vic. A darkly humorous play, it explores the costs of sex and how, for some women, financial freedom comes at a painful price. The play sees three worlds collide at an idyllic Caribbean resort as three very different women unravel the lies that bind them together in the name of fair trade.


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The beauty of this prize is it's open to professionals and amateurs alike.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 17th November 2016 to 26th February 2017


The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, held at the National Portrait Gallery each year, attracts around 7,000 images from which approximately sixty portraits are chosen for display. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the 12,000 pound prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's always an element of surprise. Featured here are professional commissions alongside personal portraits, photographs that tell a story and build a mystery. This is a display of intelligent art, sometimes comic, often deeply moving, in which a very simple project - take a photograph that focuses on one or more human beings - has produced a glorious variety of work.



Tony Award-winning musical based on the lives and careers of The Supremes.

Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 19th November 2016 to 11th March 2017


A multi-award winning hit on Broadway and a 2006 film starring Beyonce, Dreamgirls returns thirty-five years after the original 1981 Tony Award-winning musical was first staged. The story, based on the lives and careers of The Supremes, charts the tumultuous journey of 'The Dreams', a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous. This highly anticipated new production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the hugely successful Tony and Olivier award-winning director who's also responsible for The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, and Something Rotten! Amber Riley, "a powerhouse talent" (Daily Mail) as Mercedes Jones in Glee, stars as lead singer Effie White, performing classic sixties songs like 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', 'I Am Changing', 'Listen' and 'One Night Only'.


Rod Stewart

The septuagenarian shows no signs of hanging up his leopard print shirts.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 22nd - 25th November 2016


Rock and roll legend Rod Stewart returns to the capital for two gigs at The O2 Arena in front, no doubt, of hoards of female fans. The timeless performer attracts a loyal following and continues to sell records by the million - his 29th album 'Another Country', released last year, went platinum. Both Elton John and James Brown have called Stewart the best white soul singer of all time - and who are we to disagree? With his trademark raspy voice and tight leather pants, expect the evergreen 65-year-old to whizz through his back catalogue of classics, including gems such as Maggie May, Baby Jane, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Young Turks and This Old Heart of Mine. Oh, and the blond crooner has a new album of classic sixties/seventies-era soul favourites to promote.


The Snowman

A much-loved festive tradition in London, the show returns for 2016.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 23rd November 2016 to 1st January 2017


This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, staged in the Peacock Theatre, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.


Once in a Lifetime

Three New Yorkers try to make it big in Hollywood.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 25th November 2016 to 14th January 2017


Olivier Award-winning Richard Jones directs Once in a Lifetime at The Young Vic this winter, taking audiences back to Hollywood in 1930. With the first-ever talking motion picture a smash hit, suddenly every actor needs a voice, encouraging three New Yorkers to head west and open an elocution school. However, when you're dealing with the all-powerful studio moguls and neurotic screenwriters of Hollywood, success isn't as easy as one may think. Adapted by Christopher Hart, Moss Hart and George S Kaufman's production sees three heroes vie to become the next big thing in Tinsel Town.


Katie Melua

The singer-songwriter is joined on stage by the 23-piece Gori Women's Choir.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station


Dates: Sunday 27th November 2016


Georgia-born singer-songwriter Katie Melua is joined on stage by the 23-piece Gori Women's Choir when she plays a one-off London gig at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Masters of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing, Gori Women's Choir are described by Melua as a "completely unique vocal orchestra". She has been working with the group, led and conducted by Teona Tsiramua, for the last 18 months. Together they will perform new material from Melua's forthcoming project as well as a selection of classic songs from her six album back catalogue.

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