London Events Happening in November 2014

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.


F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.

 

Sunday, 2nd Nov

tbaCroydon Airport Open Day (Croydon)
F Monthly opening of the museum inside the remains of Croydon Airport control tower
10:00 AMHeritage buses running on Bus Route 11
F 20 old RT buses and the 1939 prototype RT1 will run though central London all day.
11:00 AMDay of the Dead (Southwark)
F Celebrate Mexico’s favourite festival, Day of the Dead, on South Bank. With art installations, family workshops and a mexican market.
12:16 PMMonthly behind the scenes tours of the Union Chapel (Islington)
B From a secret passage, to a hidden garden, there is much the public doesn't usually see.
(Cost: £5)
6:30 PMSt Ethelburga's Hallowtide Fair (Barking)
B For 3 nights, Punchdrunk Enrichment transforms Eastbury Manor House into a fun and festive Hallowtide Fair.
(Cost: £7)

 

Monday, 3rd Nov

6:00 PMWhat shape is your city?
F B A panel debate on the pressures of rising inequality, growing populations and increased living costs on cities.
7:45 PMThe Glennys of Barking: talk for the Barking and District Historical Society
F

 

Tuesday, 4th Nov

2:00 PM The history of tea and coffee in the City of London
B Trace the arrival of coffee and tea, its consumption, the breaking of the monopoly on supply and its impact on world trade.
(Cost: £8)
6:00 PMMonthly candle lit look around Sir John Soane's Museum
F The Museum is lit by candlelight on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6 until 9pm.
6:30 PMThe African Presence in Tudor England (Wembley)
F A talk about how London has been the home to an African population for over a thousand years.

 

Thursday, 6th Nov

12:30 PMXKCD's 'What If' book signing event
F Book signing event by the author of XKCD and What If
2:00 PMValence House collections masterclass: lost industries
F
5:30 PMFirst World War series: Sister Edith Appleton (Harley Street)
F B This talk, by Edie’s great nephew, Dick Robinson, tells her story with extracts from the diaries read by Dick’s wife, Lisa
6:29 PMArt Neuro (Whitechapel)
B Do bees get bored? Can LSD be used to treat mental illness? Can fish become drug addicts?
(Cost: Free exhibition with paid workshops)
6:30 PMHarnessing the power of mobile phones and big data for global health (St James)
Professor Rachel McKendry will present her research to create a new generation of mobile phone connected diagnostic tests for infectious diseases,
(Cost: Free)
7:00 PMXKCD author visits London (Islington)
B A part of his book promo tour, the creator of XKCD will be in London to give a talk.
(Cost: £30)

 

Friday, 7th Nov

12:00 PMMonthly opening of the Clowns Gallery Museum & Archive (Hackney)
F Displays from Clowns International's Archive are on show in and around the Grimaldi corner of Holy Trinity Church.
2:00 PMMonthly guided tour of Lincoln Inn
Hour long tour of the legal Inns of Court includes visits to the Old Hall, Great Hall and Chapel,
(Cost: £5)

 

Saturday, 8th Nov

10:00 AMIlford Hospital Chapel Open Day (Ilford)
F Monthly open day at the Hospital Chapel.
11:00 AMThe Lord Mayor's Show
F Annual parade through the city of London followed by fireworks in the evening.
2:30 PMBrixton Market Heritage Walk (Stockwell)
A 75 minute guided walk around the area looking at the history of Brixton market.
(Cost: £3)

 

Sunday, 9th Nov

11:00 AMMonthly open day at the Amersham Fair Organ Museum
F A collection of Fairground Organs on display and performing for the audience.

 

Monday, 10th Nov

7:00 PMTom Olsen Lecture: Nigel Farage
B UKIP leader, Nigel Farage gives a talk on the Great War and its legacy, an event that will coincide with Armistice Day.
(Cost: £10)
8:00 PMCommemoration of Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station (Victoria)
F Annual commemoration and wreath laying at Platform 8 in Victoria Station, where the coffin of the Unknown Warrior rested.

 

Tuesday, 11th Nov

7:00 PMWhen Britain Burned the White House (Barnes)
B A talk by broadcaster Peter Snow on the 1812 war and the UK's invasion of Washington DC.
(Cost: £10)

 

Wednesday, 12th Nov

2:00 PMTwickenham Fine Ales Brewery Tour (Whitton)
B Monthly tour of the beer brewery.
(Cost: £10)
6:00 PMCrypts of London
B Join Revd Dr Malcolm Johnson to hear more about London;s crypts, past and present
(Cost: £5.95)
6:30 PMHitchcock’s London with Dr Mark Glancy
B A journey through London as it was represented in numerous films directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
(Cost: £8.60)
8:00 PMFilm screening - Outland (Islington)
Outland is essentially High Noon in outer space, and one of the most entertaining sci-fi flicks ever made
(Cost: £5 door, £4 advance)

 

Thursday, 13th Nov

All DayLondon Thinks: Leaving Hate Behind
B A talk by Nate Phelps, formerly of the Westboro Baptist Church.
(Cost: £15)

 

Saturday, 15th Nov

All DayToo Much Information: Being Human in a Digital Age
F B This day of activities explores the contemporary phenomenon of ‘data overload’ and its impact on human consciousness.
10:00 AMMonthly weekend opening at the Bentley Priory Museum (Stanmore)
The Museum tells the story of the mansion house, as it was used as the Headquarters for Fighter Command during WW2.
(Cost: £9)
1:30 PMDraw off walk (Richmond)
B A walk along the river to coincide with the annual low-water event from the Lock closure.
(Cost: £10)

 

Monday, 17th Nov

1:00 PMLondon Gothic
F ​From terrible crimes to gruesome legends, London has long been to the backdrop to horrifying tales which quickly take root in popular imagination.

 

Tuesday, 18th Nov

11:00 AMIn search of the legal quarter
A guided walk around the legal quarter of Holborn and Chancery Lane.
(Cost: £8)
7:00 PMThe Elgin Marbles: looted or rescued? (Dulwich)
B How did a Scottish aristocrat acquire the very best of them, and how did the British Museum buy them in 1816?
(Cost: £12)

 

Wednesday, 19th Nov

7:30 PMThe national census and a house in Clerkenwell
F

 

Thursday, 20th Nov

5:30 PM Stargazing walk
F B Join the Friends of West Ham Park and discover the night sky in the park after dark.

 

Friday, 21st Nov

6:30 PMArchitecture for All (Greenwich)
B A discussion featuring a panel of four prominent figures from the world of architecture, art, property development, design and conservation.
(Cost: £10)

 

Saturday, 22nd Nov

All DayScandinavian Christmas Market (Rotherhithe)
F Browse through stalls for Scandinavian presents and decorations, and sample some Scandinavian food together with a mug of hot mulled wine.
11:00 AMSwedish Christmas Fair (Marylebone)
F The Christmas Fair at Ulrika Eleonora Church in mid-November is one of the most popular Swedish events of the year.

 

Sunday, 23rd Nov

All DayScandinavian Christmas Market (Rotherhithe)
F Browse through stalls for Scandinavian presents and decorations, and sample some Scandinavian food together with a mug of hot mulled wine.
7:00 PMMonthly vigil at the Cross Bones Graveyard (Southwark)
F Vigils have been held on the 23rd of every month since June 2004. They are inclusive, secular events, open 'to all faiths and none'.

 

Monday, 24th Nov

9:30 AMPhilanthropy: a City Story
F An exhibition about the City of London's philanthropic giving.

 

Tuesday, 25th Nov

9:30 AMPhilanthropy: a City Story
F An exhibition about the City of London's philanthropic giving.
6:00 PM The Landscapes of London: the City, the Country and the Suburbs 1660-1840
B A talk about the architecture and landscapes of these outlying areas in the 17th and 18th centuries.
(Cost: £5.95)
6:30 PMOne of Our Dinosaurs is Missing - on the Big Screen
F Classic film set in London put onto the big screen by the Grant Museum.

 

Wednesday, 26th Nov

9:30 AMPhilanthropy: a City Story
F An exhibition about the City of London's philanthropic giving.
10:30 AMThree 19th century artist travellers on the Nile (Dulwich)
B A talk about the artists who drew and painted ancient Egypt for an English audience.
(Cost: £12)
2:00 PMFreaks, fairies and theatre: playbills of 19th century London
F B This illustrated talk examines how the fascination with fairies extended into the freak shows of the period using the playbills held at LMA.
6:45 PMScience Museum Lates (South Kensington)
F Monthly late night adults only opening at the Science Museum.

 

Thursday, 27th Nov

9:30 AMPhilanthropy: a City Story
F An exhibition about the City of London's philanthropic giving.
7:45 PMStevyn Colgan: Mr Green and Mr Gray cannot visit us today
B A talk about feuding gangs of scientists, film directors with less imagination than children, and the perils of concrete poo.
(Cost: £3)

 

Friday, 28th Nov

9:30 AMPhilanthropy: a City Story
F An exhibition about the City of London's philanthropic giving.
6:00 PMWorld's Collide: Fin de Siècle Fantasy Egypt
F B A Friday night mini-festival with a range of activities from talks to fortune telling to making 3-D postcards from 1890s Egypt.

 

Saturday, 29th Nov

9:30 AMPhilanthropy: a City Story
F An exhibition about the City of London's philanthropic giving.
10:00 AMHistory Tours at ZSL London Zoo (Camden)
B Visitors to ZSL London Zoo are invited to take a step back in time and embark on a historical tour of the world’s oldest scientific Zoo.
(Cost: From £21.59 (includes entry to London Zoo))

 

Sunday, 30th Nov

11:00 AMNairn's London by Routemaster (Bow)
B A Routemaster bus tour followed by a gathering to mark the reissue of Nairn's London and celebrate the life and work of Ian Nairn.
(Cost: £30)