London: Things to do for free in November 2013

It's a myth that London is expensive. If you want to do something for free this November there is plenty happening around the city. Check out our guide with some of the hightlights you can enjoy for free in London this November.

Bonfire Night

Kick off November with a bang – literally. With bonfire night upon us once again check out some great fireworks displays around the city including The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Fire Festival (running to 3rd November) who are having their fireworks display on Friday 1st November, the Blackheath Fireworks on Saturday 2nd November (although donations to running costs will be gratefully accepted!) and The Lord Mayor’s show and fireworks on Saturday 9th November.

Museums and Culture

With most of the London museums free to the public there is always something to enjoy. With the kids on half term, if you have them in tow why not check out the Tate Britain’s BP Family Weekend on 2nd and 3rd November. With a time travel theme it is sure to be enjoyed by all the family. Or check out the Family Arts Festival which will run up to the 3rd November. Details of all the various events (some free/some ticketed) are available on the festival website (www.familyartsfestival.com).

Take a visit to the Science museum where there is a free super cool 3D Printing exhibition which has just kicked off and will run for all of November.

If art is more your thing then take a trip to the National Portrait Gallery who have, for the first weekend in November a photography exhibition entitled Francis Goodman: Back in Focus and running throughout November they have a Bob Dylan exhibition of 12 pastels by the American musician.

Jazz lovers get ready!

For Jazz lovers the London Jazz festival is running from 15th to the 24th of November and there are plenty of free shows to enjoy including six piece acapella group Vive who will be playing three gigs - two on 17th and one in the Royal Albert Hall on 22nd November and Bold as Brass are in the Southbank Centre on Sunday 24th November at 4pm. A full line up of free shows is available on the Jazz Festival website. (www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/events/series/free).

Run up to Christmas

While Christmas seems like an age away, London will be gearing up for Christmas from November. A big highlight of the Christmas season is the turning on of the Christmas lights on Oxford Street and this year the festivities will commence from 3pm on November 12th with Emma Bunton and Jamie Theakston MC’ing the event.

If you are keen to get the shopping done early The Blackheath Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 17th November. On offer will be cashmeres, contemporary ceramics, jewellery, babywear, handmade soaps, Christmas decorations and artisan foods – there is sure to be something for the stocking!

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