As the evenings become darker, fireworks light up the skies for Bonfire Night, and the streets begin to dazzle with glittering festive lights – you can be sure we have officially entered November!
Festive cheers sweep over the capital from mid-November as Christmas preparations get underway, and we await the return of open-air ice skating rinks and Winter Wonderland. There is so much to do – don’t forget your hats and scarves.
Bonfire Night (Various locations)
Each year, London marks the historic moment when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in the Gunpowder Plot on 5th November 1605. Since then, the day is known as Guy Fawkes otherwise known as Bonfire Night.
Enjoy traditional Bonfire Night food and drinks alongside activities running across various locations in London. For an early evening display, head over to Coram’s Fields Fireworks Display (near Russell Square) - a short 5 minute walk from our Bloomsbury Hotels - Grange Beauchamp, Blooms, Whitehall, Buckingham, Portland and Clarendon.
Silence in the Square - Remembrance Sunday
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent, after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War. The special commemoration event - Silence in the Square at Trafalgar Square takes place on 11th November with music, readings and a two minute silence led by The Royal British Legion. The event starts at 10am until 11:15am, and remember, those who gave their lives in the two world wars and to those who have been fighting for our country since.
Brandenburg Choral Festival of London at the Grange Wellington
Enjoy a late Sunday afternoon concert with ‘Cantilena’ choir, in the beautiful surroundings of The Grange Wellington’s Chapel with our partner the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, for their last in their Sunday Series for 2016.
Grange Hotels are offering all concert goers, a sumptuous Afternoon Tea at a discounted rate of £15.95 (normally £21.95) before you enjoy the melodic sounds. Thinking of staying overnight? Concert-goers can enjoy Afternoon Tea and an overnight stay for a special rate of only £99 for 2 people sharing. Tempted? To find out more, click here.
Skate at Somerset House
It’s time to glide into one of London’s most iconic outdoor ice rinks - with ‘Skate’ at Somerset House. Set against the majestic 18th century courtyard, this popular experience is open all day for visitors of all levels. After your session, you can drop by Fortnum & Mason’s pop-up shop for gifts and festive goodies. Find out more by clicking here.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Get into the festive spirit as Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland returns to London on 18th November. This free event includes a range of activities from ice-skating, observation ferris wheel to a huge Christmas market for some artisan gift shopping. The obligatory mulled wine always hits the spot!
Aroma Weekends with Ajala Spa
Treat yourself to an Aroma Weekend package this November and receive a complimentary glass of champagne, at any Ajala Spa. The package includes an Aroma Massage, Facial, and use of the spa facilities including swimming pool, steam and sauna rooms. Book today by clicking here.