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London Insider Calendar: November 2017

A guide to the best creative & cultural events this month

London is already gearing up for the Christmas festivities! It’s never too early to plan some rewarding activities, share great food and toast to life. November’s Insider Calendar features a great variety of events for locals and travellers alike. The Oxford Circus Christmas lights come on this month and the season to be merry begins! Want to get an early start on Christmas shopping? Keep an eye out for our Black Friday sale to get 20% off a SideStory Experience voucher.


London Cheese Project
The Geffrye Museum
4 Nov – 5 Nov
Cost: £4.84+

November Insider Calendar London CheeseImage courtesy of London Cheese Project

It’s time to get reeeeal cheesy: buy from local producers, taste unique dishes and stack up on the supplies you need to make the perfect cheese plate. Live music, cheese-making demos and a range of craft beers and cocktails round off the day. Hungry for more? Read about cheese toastie legend Bill Oglethorpe.


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
National Portrait Gallery
16 Nov – 8 Feb
Cost: £5.00+

NPG Gallery Record - Exhibition Image – Digital CopyImage courtesy of National Portrait Gallery. 2012 Competition Winner: Margarita Teichroeb
by Jordi Ruiz Cirera.

The international photographic portrait competition celebrates and promotes the best contemporary portrait photography. From established photographers to emerging talent, the exhibition features work from all corners of the world. Want to refine your portrait photography? Join acclaimed photographer Nick Turpin on the workshop of a lifetime.


National Theatre
4 Nov – 24 Mar
Cost: £54.00+

Image courtesy of The National Theatre

This highly anticipated play based on Paddy Chayefsky’s iconic film captures a dystopian media landscape where opinion negates fact. Dark and ironic, this script comes to the stage at a time that couldn’t feel more appropriate. Book now, tickets are selling fast.


The Lord Mayor’s Show
Central London (multiple locations)
11 Nov
Cost: Free

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Watch the newly elected Lord Mayor of London make his way from the City to Westminster to swear loyalty to the Crown. Take to the banks of the Thames as the flotilla makes its way towards St. Katherine’s docks. Watch the procession proceed to the Royal Courts and then marvel at the fireworks between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges. A great day of family fun!


Inside Pussy Riot
The Saatchi Gallery
14 Nov – 24 Dec
Cost: £21.50

London November Insider CalendarImage courtesy of Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery is clear: this exhibit is not for the faint-hearted. Immerse yourself in the post-punk feminist art collective by experiencing the realities of imprisonment through a thrilling theatre experience. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the exhibition aims to awaken our sense of purpose and beliefs.


Being a Man: Poetry Workshop with Kayo Chingoyni
Southbank Centre
25 Nov
Cost: Free with Saturday pass (£20.00)

What does it mean to be a man in 2017? The Southbank Centre poses the question and fosters dialogue by hosting a series of talks and discussions on the subject. Join poet Kayo Chingoyni for a more artistic take on the question, exploring the possibilities of the poem-as-letter by discussing works ranging from rap icon Nas to the neo-romantic poet WS Graham.


Clapham Common
23 Nov – 1 Jan
Cost: Free (except Friday & Sat night)

Winterville Insider Calendar

Relocating to south London this year, Winterville promises something fun for everyone: ice-skating, a roller-disco, an open-air cinema, a fun fair, crazy golf, kids’ activities, comfort food and some warm-me-up drinks. Big Fish Little Fish will be throwing its award-winning family rave, too: hilarious and awkward parental dancing guaranteed.