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What's on in London this November 2017 near Kensington

It may be starting to get chilly in London so we've got recommendations for both indoor and outdoor fun in the city. The darker evenings this month simply mean the Christmas lights look better.

GRAYSON PERRY

Not only does Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry have a fantastically colourful collection of dresses, he's an engaging, thought-provoking and funny speaker. He also has traditional masculine traits including having the desire to "always be right and to overtake all other cyclists when going up big hills".

Artist, Bafta-winning TV presenter and bestselling author Grayson Perry discusses the nature of identity, popularity and art in the topsy turvy world of Brexit, Trump and whatever else is thrown at us in this one-off show at the London Palladium.

Grayson Perry's Typical Man in a Dress Part 2 on 2 November will be an intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes.

REGENT STREET MOTOR SHOW

On Saturday 4 November, Regent Street is traffic-free for the annual Regent Street Motor Show.

Showcasing 125 years of motoring history, including veteran, vintage, classic, and modern-day cars, it's a really fun day out. From 10.30am to 4pm hundreds of vehicles are on display in the famous shopping street as well as interactive displays and entertainment.

Get up close to classic and futuristic vehicles at the largest free motor show in the UK. Be wowed by the latest sports cars and motorbikes, see classic automobiles dating back to the early 20th century, find out about up-to-date low-emission technologies, and enjoy music and performances all along Regent Street.

HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW

While Christmas isn't until next month it's hard to miss the signs it is coming. Warner Bros Studio Tour transforms into Hogwarts in the Snow from 18 November to 28 January 2018.

The annual festive makeover brings Christmas trees into the Great Hall. The Gryffindor common room is dressed for the season with handmade cards the child actors sent to each other during the making of the films, plus sweet wrappers on the floor.

At the end of the tour it's a real delight to see the enormous Hogwarts castle model covered in a blanket of filmmaking snow. The special effects team are on hand to show how the different types of 'snow' are made.

HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND

This annual treat is back from 17 November for six weeks. Try ice skating at  the UK's largest outdoor ice rink or watch The Imperial Ice Stars perform Cinderella on Ice in the Winter Palace Theatre. You can see the ice sculptures at Winter Wonderland's Magical Ice Kingdom or enjoy a drink at the Ancient Greek mythology-styled Bar Ice.

Why not shop at the Angels Christmas Market then have something to eat at the Bavarian Village? And enjoy daytime shows from Zippos Circus and evening Cirque Berserk shows with a must-see finale.

Finally, you can't miss the rides, especially the world's largest transportable roller coaster, the Munich Looping, and the iconic Giant Observation Wheel.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK

For another opportunity to go ice skating in the area do stop by at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Located on the East Lawn in front of the museum, it's a lovely location, especially at night when the museum is illuminated.

Open from 27 October to 7 January 2018, there's also a Café Bar so you can visit for hot chocolate and simply watch the skaters if you don't want to do your Bambi impression.

VENOM: KILLER AND CURE

Another reason to visit the Natural History Museum this month is to explore the visceral fear and ever-lasting fascination that venom evokes. Venom: Killer and Cure is the new groundbreaking exhibition opening on 10 November.

From snakes to spiders, wasps to scorpions, and even the duck-billed platypus, the exhibition is filled with captivating specimens, each with a different story to tell. There is even a live specimen to inspect, allowing visitors to get up close to a venomous creature in the flesh.

Visitors can also discover how one of nature's most deadly forces provides humans with surprising medical innovations. From diabetes to impotence, scientists hope to reveal the secrets of venom to help combat some of the most serious and common medical conditions affecting our world today.

CHRISTMAS AT KEW

Back to the festive season fun, Christmas at Kew returns on 22 November (and runs until 1 January 2018). It's a wonderful chance to visit the Kew after dark as it's illuminated with over one million twinkling lights.

This year there's a brand new trail through the Gardens that is bigger and brighter than ever before. Hear the Singing Trees and then admire an ethereal underwater display of glowing lights as you cross the 'Sackler Crossing' bridge.

Warm up at the Fire Garden which forms a striking corridor of festive flames and rotating Christmas trees. Then try the 'Play Me Light Me' musical installation with giant light-up piano keys connected to a real-life piano.

The Great Broad Walk Borders has been magically transformed by hundreds of shining petals and gigantic flower pots. And the show-stopping Palm House finale is amazing. The pond and glasshouse are lit up with an explosion of colourful crisscrossing laser beams, jumping jets of light, and new for 2017, kaleidoscopic projections playing across a giant water screen.

If you are planning a trip in London this November, check-out Fraser Suites Queens Gate special offers and promotions! We are located in the heart of Kensington and surrounded by tourist attractions. 

 

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

Required image credits: Trustees of the NHM, London  |  Christmas at Kew: © RBG Kew  |  Natural History Museum Ice Rink: © Trustees of the NHM, London