Sparkling November Fun

Don’t fancy the fireworks? If bangs and pops aren’t your bag, we’ve uncovered a few alternatives for you. Fill your night with sparkling times at these food, drink, music events and fun pop-ups.


Party under the stars at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, home of Europe’s only rooftop ice rink. Book an igloo and cosy up with heaters, blankets, cocktails and mulled wine, and indulge in gooey fondue from the Raclette Brothers, or street food courtesy of Yiro.

Roof East

Find the ultimate wintry playground for grown-ups at Roof East. Overlooking the Olympic Park, you’ll find curling, crazy golf and baseball batting alongside cocktails and tasty food. The shenanigans are themed for the 25th anniversary of Cool Runnings (they’ve dubbed the party ‘Curl Runnings’). Find a little Jamaican sunshine on even the most wintry day, with steel bands, fiery ginger drinks, and even a boat and bobsleigh or two. From November 1st.

Crafty Fox

Start your Christmas shopping early at the Crafty Fox Market at Mercato Metropolitano. Find original artwork, greetings cards and handmade toys all created by independent designers and makers.  It’s dog-friendly, too! Saturday 3rd November.

Carnaby Street

Thanks to the new Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, the world has gone Freddie-crazy! London’s Carnaby Street lights are celebrating the genius of the moustachioed maestro, spelling out lyrics in bright neon. Find Queen memorabilia at the pop-up shop (until November 6th), or just snap a colourful selfie. 

Museum of London

Perhaps you’d prefer something more cultural? London Nights is a major photography Exhibition at the Museum of London. Darkness transforms the city in myriad ways; find out what the residents get up to when the sun goes down. Gaze at more than 100 years of photographs – over 200 pieces by 60 photographers. Open late on a Friday. Until Sunday November 11th.

Frida Kahlo at the V&A 

And it’s the final call for the triumphant Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up exhibition at the V&A. Ending on November 18, this collection of memorabilia, costume and work by the Mexican artist has been this year’s must-see show. Miss out at your peril. Head there on Friday 2 for a free, Day of the Dead-themed festival!