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Things to do in London in December: The annual Festive Lights Display at The Shard

Lead picture: Camberwell Arts Open Studios

1 Christmas by the River, London Bridge
29 November-2 January
London Bridge Metropolis welcomes again the long-lasting Christmas by the River, with 68 chalet-style stalls promoting presents, food and drinks towards the gorgeous backdrop of Tower Bridge. Operating between the Pier and Tower Bridge, it’s considered one of London’s most picturesque Christmas markets, with frosted cabins and twinkling fairy lights. In addition to a nice array of boutique distributors peddling artisan Christmas presents, there will even be a mouth-watering assemblage of pop-up food and drinks stalls to make for an unforgettable festive expertise. All through December, the market will even host occasions and workshops to get you set for the vacation season, from food and drinks tastings to glittery arts and crafts and storytelling. 11am-10pm.
London Bridge SE1 2DB; londonbridgecity.co.uk

2 Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studio, Deptford
30 November-2 December
Purchase direct from unbiased makers at Deptford’s Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studio. Anticipate ceramics, homewares, jewelry, footwear, glass and extra crafts, alongside scrumptious meals by Hand Made Meals cafe. There’ll even be a prize draw with vouchers to spend with the Cockpit makers at stake. Cockpit Arts is an award-winning social enterprise and the UK’s solely enterprise incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small companies at their two centres (the opposite is predicated in Holborn).
18-22 Creekside, Deptford SE8 3DZ; cockpitarts.com

Three UK Jewish Comedy Pageant, Finchley Street
29 November-Four December
The UK’s solely Jewish Comedy Pageant returns for the fifth consecutive yr that includes performers from around the globe. From religion leaders doing stand-up to the annual seek for the most effective New Jewish Comic of the Yr, there’ll be a lot to get you guffawing. There’ll even be a Stand-Up Comedy Workshop, the place you possibly can study the fundamentals of joke-telling, write your first set after which carry out it earlier than the group in a pleasant and accepting environment.
341-351 Finchley Street NW3 6ET; jw3.org.uk

Four Greenwich Creation Home windows
1-24 December
Greenwich’s Creation Home windows have turn out to be a beloved Christmas custom. Run yearly by St Alfege Church, the occasion, now getting into its 12th yr, brightens up the city centre with 24 distinctive home windows in outlets, houses, faculties and pubs. This yr’s theme is Area of Goals, and contributors use their creativeness to create a singular window show utilizing paper, work, fashions and lightweight installations and work. A brand new window can be revealed on every day of Creation (1-24 December) in totally different elements of Greenwich, and as soon as all 24 Creation Home windows have been opened, a strolling tour of all of them often takes round three hours on foot. The home windows will keep up till Wednesday 2 January 2019 and a map shall be out there in late November.
adventwindows.com

5 Blackheath Village Day
1 December
The primary Saturday of December sees The Blackheath Society activate the village’s Christmas Lights accompanied by music at The Crown and a collection of festive occasions on the Halls and Age Change. The spotlight of the day includes the Massive Smoke Brass band main a procession of lanterns from the Blackheath Halls to Montpelier Inexperienced for the large change on led by a secret yet-to-be-confirmed movie star. Fortunately, you will get your lantern on the lantern making workshop held at The Conservatoire at 1.30pm on Saturday 1 December, with lanterns costing solely £10. 11am-8pm.
blackheath.org

6 Alexandra Palace Theatre and East Courtroom Relaunch
1-2 December
Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Belief (APPCT) will reopen its Theatre and East Courtroom on 1 December with a collection of occasions that encapsulate the imaginative and prescient for the venue. The reopening follows the completion of the three-year East Wing Restoration Challenge. On 1 and a couple of December, Ally Pally will open its doorways to the general public with a weekend of free occasions and celebrations to launch its Christmas Carnival. On 1 December, the BBC Live performance Orchestra and BBC Singers will curate a day of music and interplay (see bbc.in/2F6boIs) whereas Haringey Music Service will invite its choirs, made up of younger individuals from throughout the borough, to rehearse and carry out in the theatre on 2 December, adopted by a free finale efficiency from Haringey Music Service’s Symphony Orchestra.
Alexandra Palace Approach N22 7AY; alexandrapalace.com

7 Home of Hackney Pattern Sale at The Field, Hackney
1-2 December
The Home of Hackney pattern sale is again at The Field! Simply in time for Christmas, the model is providing up to 70% off their maximalist materials, wallpapers, cushions, kitchen equipment, trend and present gadgets, resembling wash and beauty luggage, mugs and glassware. Quite a lot of their daring, lovely prints shall be out there by the metre, plus common gadgets resembling lamp stands and fringed cushions can be in retailer for a fraction of their regular worth. Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Four-6 Ram Place, Hackney Stroll E9 6LT; thebox-london.com

Eight Peckham Ranges First Birthday Weekenders
1-2 & 7-9 December
Marking a yr since opening, Peckham Ranges has curated a two-weekend celebratory line-up of occasions together with DIY markets, open studios, display printing and DJ units by native artists. Through the Winter Open Studios (1-2 December), you possibly can take a sneak peek into the artistic hub, attempt your hand at t-shirt printing free of charge at third Rail Print Area, and luxuriate in performances from award-winning group dance empire The Motion Manufacturing unit. The primary of two DIY Markets will even happen on this weekend, with a 30-trader robust DIY Makers Market taking up Degree Six. The next weekend (7-9 December), Peckham Ranges will host a three-day birthday celebration with artistic experiences and performances at GHOSTNOTES and Close to & Far, plus workshops and a Pop Stylish Xmas Bonanza hosted by Wasted Stylish and Pop Tart, with over 50 designers promoting their bespoke and classic designs.
Peckham City Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Lane SE15 4ST; peckhamlevels.org

9 Camberwell Arts Christmas Market & Open Studios
1-2 & Eight-9 December
Camberwell Arts is internet hosting a triple-whammy of occasions this winter. In addition to the Made in Camberwell Arts Market on Saturday 1 December – the place you should purchase from 40 arts market merchants at three totally different venues (The Joiners Arms, The Tiger Pub and Butterfly Stroll Arcade) – there are two open studios occasions. The primary takes place at numerous studios in east Camberwell (together with Vanguard Courtroom) on 1-2 December, and the second at numerous studios in west Camberwell (together with Coldharbour Studios) on Eight-9 December. Meet the makers and uncover inspirational presents for all.
camberwellarts.org.uk

10 Austentatious, Savoy Theatre
2, 9 & 16 December
In want of amusing in the course of the chilly darkish winter season? Take pleasure in an improvised comedy play, starring a forged of the nation’s sharpest comedian performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based mostly on a title given to them by the viewers. Whether or not you’ve learn all of Jane Austin’s novels or none, the play is entertaining for all. Carried out in full Regency costume, with reside musical accompaniment, Austentatious’s previous works embrace Tub to the Future, Strictly Come Darcy and Mansfield Shark. No two exhibits are ever the identical! Tickets begin at £15.
Savoy Courtroom, Strand WC2R 0ET; austentatiousimpro.com

11 Marylebone Gin X New Quebec Road takeover
Three-17 December
From Monday Three December, New Quebec Road can be residence to Marylebone Gin’s first ever pop-up bar, devoted to the locally-distilled British spirit. The Marylebone Gin X New Quebec Road takeover will function an thrilling programme of masterclasses, talks and a particular Saturday brunch all through its two-week period. Rejoice the social gathering season in a botanical wonderland impressed by Marylebone’s trendy 18th Century pleasure backyard. As well as to a drop-in gin bar, there can be a number of experiences to take pleasure in that shine a highlight on Britain’s favorite spirit, together with a Gin at House masterclass, the prospect to study concerning the Historical past of Gin and Wednesday gin tastings.
portmanmarylebone.com

12 Richmond Artwork Society’s Winter Artwork Exhibition
Three-9 December
Richmond Artwork Society presents its Winter Artwork Exhibition at Richmond and Hillcroft Grownup Group School. Launching on Saturday 1 December, the exhibition will then run from Monday Three till Sunday 9 December, from 10am to 5pm. You’ll be able to anticipate to see work, drawings, prints, sculpture, artwork and ceramics on show from artists like Laura Parker, Jude Wild and Nataliya Zozulya. Through the exhibition, a particular raffle shall be held in help of the native charity REACT, which raises funds for Speedy Efficient Help for Youngsters with probably Terminal sickness. Raffle tickets are £5 every.
Parkshot, Richmond TW9 2RE; richmondartsociety.com

13 Shard Lights, London Bridge
Three-31 December
See the Shard illuminate the skyline from nightfall till early morning because the #ShardLights return with their sixth annual present, reworking the highest 20 storeys of The Shard into a vibrant spectacle that’s seen throughout the capital. This yr’s Shard Lights will mirror all the colors of the sky – from the golden sunrises via to the pinks and lavenders of sundown and the darkish blue of twilight – in a 30-minute present that may happen each half hour from 4pm till 1am every day. On New Yr’s Eve there might be a singular show from midnight to the early hours of New Yr’s Day.
32 London Bridge Road SE1 9SG; the-shard.com

14 Video games at Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Four-22 December
The yr is 1936. Europe is fractured. Economies are faltering and right-wing populism is surging. Fencer Helene Mayer has been chosen because the Nazi’s token Jewish athlete for the Berlin Video games, however the occasion is threatened with a boycott and she or he is about to uncover that she’s preventing for extra than simply gold… Based mostly on a real story, Video games – written by three-time Fringe First winner Henry Naylor – is a cautionary story for our troubled occasions.
24 Ashwin Road, Dalston E8 3DL; arcolatheatre.com

15 Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Gallery
5 December-24 February
New Contemporaries returns to the South London Gallery for the primary time because it was final introduced in 1999. The most important new exhibition has welcomed a variety of visitor selectors like Katy Moran and Keith Piper to assist select the line-up of 57 artists for the annual open submission exhibition. Showcasing a number of the most dynamic work being made in the present day, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018 will probably be introduced throughout each of the South London Gallery’s websites, together with the newly transformed hearth station. You possibly can anticipate to see work from artists like Agil Abdullayev, Kobby Adi, Louis Bennett and Faye Claridge.
65-67 Peckham Street, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

Things to do in London in December: The annual Festive Lights Display at The ShardThings to do in London in December: The annual Festive Lights Display at The Shard

The annual Festive Lights Show at The Shard

16 Homelessness Charity Streetsmart Supper Membership
7 December
Billy & Jack (Masterchef 2016), Eyal Jagermann (The Barbary) and chef and meals author Alexandra Dudley have teamed up for a one-off supper membership to increase funds for homelessness charity Streetsmart. Happening at Spitalfields co-working area Benk & Bo, you’ll be welcomed with a cocktail, earlier than taking your seat as every chef takes turns to create an unique dish, drawing on Center Japanese influences and flavours. All programs might be accompanied by an non-compulsory wine pairing from Benk & Bo (obtainable at a further value). Established in 1997, StreetSmart has raised a complete of £Eight.Eight million with the assistance of eating places and diners by including a voluntary £1 to diners’ payments through the festive months, with all proceeds being distributed to charities, hostels and tasks that assist these dwelling on the streets and in unsuitable lodging. Tickets are £40. From 7pm.
Four-6 Gravel Lane, Spitalfields E1 7AW. To e-book see billetto.co.uk

17 HSDY Huge Xmas Disco Ball, Blackheath
Eight December
HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET! – the London 70s & 80s soul, funk and disco night time featured in Time Out and on BBC Radio Four – is bringing the boogie again to the lately re-opened Blackheath Halls. In addition to choreographer-led dance routines to the likes of Carwash, Love Practice and, in fact, Haven’t Stopped Dancing But, the pop-up membership night time options DJs Da’Lynne and Auntie Maureen on the decks, a greatest outfit catwalk competitors, eco-friendly glitter face portray and free retro sweets. HSDY presents an unashamedly retro night time for ‘people who remember the tunes first time round and still want to party’. Tickets are £15 in advance (£18 on the door) and 10% of income go to Most cancers Analysis UK. 7.30pm until midnight. Look out for the Massive Xmas Disco Ball at Islington Meeting Corridor on 15 December, too.
Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Street SE3 9RQ; haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk 

18 Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding, Notting Hill 
Till Eight December
A brand new adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding is opening on the Coronet at Print Room this month in the primary UK manufacturing of the work. Set in the south-west American desert, the story follows a household making an attempt to take demise into their very own palms. Filled with jet black humour, profound perception and shifting sensitivity, the present asks the query of what being alive truly means. The forged is led by Joe McGann and Josie Lawrence, operating from 9 November till Eight December.
103 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB; the-print-room.org

19 Winter Artwork Truthful at The Pretty Gallery, Sydenham
Eight December
The Pretty Gallery in Sydenham will probably be launching their Winter Artwork Truthful this month with a set of portray, sculpture, images, ceramics and unique prints. Opening on the Eight December from Four-7pm, you possibly can anticipate to see work from quite a few extraordinarily gifted, and lots of of them native, artists together with Emma Somerset Davis, Anna Pretty, Patrick Pretty and Stella Cardew. There may even be a choice of ceramics from artists like Jill Rutter, who will probably be displaying her ‘Brexit Bowls’ and sketches from the likes of John Atkinson. A much-loved native gallery, The Pretty Gallery is all about placing the artist first, whether or not they’re well-established or up-and-coming.
140 Sydenham Street SE26 5JZ; thelovelygallery.com

20 Id at Zebra One Gallery, Hampstead
Till 9 December
Zebra One Gallery challenged 10 artists to discover physique dysmorphia and self-image for Id, a strong group exhibition exploring our typically distorted self-perceptions. It options never-before-seen pictures of Woman Gaga, who suffered from Physique Dysmorphic Dysfunction (BDD) in her teenagers alongside works by Derrick Santini and Daniel Martin. A proportion of monies raised from the exhibition will go to The BDD Basis, the one charity in the world that’s devoted to assuaging the struggling that BDD causes.
1 Perrin’s Courtroom, Hampstead NW3 1QX; zebraonegallery.com

21 Tootsmas, Tooting
Eight-9 December
Tootsmas returns to Tooting with a festive multi-site celebration. In addition to the epic Road Meals Takeover with gooey raclette, chunky Bratwurst and different winter wonders, there can be a Christmas market, a festive @TinyDancersRave, merry making with @LoveArt_classes, Christmassy cooking workshops with @CheekyKitchenHQ, a strolling Santa, stay gigs and DJs and Christmas timber obtainable to purchase. 12midday till late. Additional occasions quickly to be introduced.
tootopia.co.uk

22 Shadowtracks by W11 Opera, Hammersmith
Eight-9 December
W11 Opera for Younger Individuals is re-staging SHADOWTRACKS, an unique opera by Julian Grant and Christina Jones, at POSK Theatre in Hammersmith. This acclaimed composer and librettist has collaborated extensively, creating works for each younger individuals and adults alike, and W11 Opera will as soon as once more deliver this piece to life with a forged of almost 70 younger individuals this yr. Beneath the watchful eye of the station clock commuters rush to catch the final practice residence, however in the empty station, moonlight reveals shadowtracks gently vibrating with the arrival of the Necropolis practice, bringing ghosts and reminiscences again down the road…
238-246 King Road, Hammersmith W6 0RF; w11opera.org

23 London Santa Sprint, Clapham
9 December
Nice Ormond Road Hospital Youngsters’s Charity is difficult Londoners to swap their sofas for Santa fits and be a part of the London Santa Sprint. The elective 5k or 10okay enjoyable run takes place round Clapham Widespread and all cash raised by individuals goes to the GOSH charity, which funds the wards and medical amenities that look after critically unwell youngsters. The occasion is open to youngsters and adults alike and individuals get a free Santa Claus go well with to put on for the run. A Samba band enjoying festive hits ought to maintain you going and afterwards you possibly can chill out with a mulled drink and mince pie in the occasion village. Entry is £20 for adults and £12 for youngsters beneath 16.
Clapham Widespread, Windmill Drive SW4 9DE; gosh.org

24 Mariah Carey at The O2
11 December
What’s Christmas with out Mariah? The All I Need For Christmas Is You Tour, which acquired dazzling audiences final yr and getting rave critiques from critics and followers alike, stops at The O2 on Greenwich Peninsula on Tuesday 11 December. The Day by day Telegraph referred to as it a ‘brilliantly camp, irresistible delight’, so go on, give in to the festive season’s omnipresent soundtrack, launch you internal diva and get your self to the O2! Mariah’s vacation opus, ‘Merry Christmas’, is the perennial bestselling international vacation album, having bought over 14 million copies worldwide to date, FYI. Tickets £53.75-£142.75 together with charges.
Peninsula Sq. SE10 0DX; theo2.co.uk

25 The Dickens Christmas Carol Stroll, Financial institution
15-31 December
Ebenezer Scrooge’s encounter with the ghosts of Christmas previous, current and future, not to point out with that of his lifeless companion, Jacob Marley, is among the most well-known Christmas tales ever informed. Richard’s Dickens Christmas Carol stroll explores the very alleyways stomped by the tight-fisted covetous previous sinner, Scrooge. Richard, who can be suitably attired in Victorian costume, will welcome you to Dickens London and can present a quick account of how Dickens, confronted with the prospect of mounting money owed, conceived the thought for a ‘Ghostly little book’ that he vowed would strike a ‘sledge-hammer blow…on behalf of the Poor Man’s Baby’. Tickets £10. Verify the web site for dates. Meet outdoors exit three of Financial institution Underground Station.
london-walking-tours.co.uk

26 Cutty Sark’s Christmas at Sea with Merry Opera
16 December
Take pleasure in a seafaring extravaganza with Merry Opera – knowledgeable opera firm of thrilling expertise and daring performances – underneath the gleaming copper hull of Cutty Sark. The live performance will function music by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Gilbert & Sullivan, in addition to some very apt sea shanties. There will even be a studying of Robert Louis Stevenson’s a lot liked poem Christmas at Sea, which is 150 years previous this yr. So cosy up beneath the Cutty Sark and get in the festive spirit with Merry Opera, described as a ‘veritable cocktail of light party fun with a hint of Christmas and a tang of sea air’ by Opera Now. Tickets are £25 and embrace a mulled cider and a mince pie slice (non-alcoholic choices obtainable). Doorways open 7pm, present begins at 7.45pm.
King William Stroll, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk

27 Cheese Tasting Occasions at La Cave À Fromage
Each Thursday
Pimp your festive cheeseboard with a serving to hand from the workforce behind this South Kensington cheese emporium, whose weekly tasting occasions supply attendees the prospect to attempt six cheeses with diligently sourced wines to match. Our favorite? Mrs Bells, a delicate and creamy ewe’s milk cheese with a touch of sweetness. Each Thursday all year long at 7.15pm. £39.50.
24-25 Cromwell Place, Kensington SW7 2LD; la-cave.co.uk

28 Animalis at Dulwich Image Gallery
Each Sunday 
Accompanying Dulwich Image Gallery’s enormously in style exhibition Ribera: Artwork of Violence, famend choreographer Dane Hurst has created a brand new present. Operating each Sunday in the intimate setting of the Gallery’s mausoleum, Animalis is carried out by a dance trio in this highly effective interpretation of the human struggling in Jusepe de Ribera’s work. Till 27 January. Entry is free with a Sunday ticket to Ribera: Artwork of Violence (£16.50).
Gallery Street, SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

29 South East Christmas Feast, Peckham
13, 14 & 15 December
The South East Christmas Feast by road meals and catering aficionados Mike + Ollie is a night of luxurious feasting, reside leisure and festive cheer. You may be greeted with a boozy festive cocktail, earlier than being seated for a bountiful three-course sharing feast of whole-roasted, spiced greens, delicately cured fish, wild and sustainably-sourced meats, recent salads, pickles and their signature flatbreads. High quality wines may even be out there and vegetarians and vegans might be plentifully catered for. Tickets £39
Copeland Gallery, 133 Copeland Street, Peckham SE15 3SN; mikeandollie.co.uk

30 Whose Line Is It Anyway? 30th Anniversary Christmas Present, Royal Albert Corridor
15-16 December
Channel Four’s much-loved improv present celebrates its 30th birthday with three stay exhibits on the Royal Albert Corridor this month. The specials function a stellar line-up of friends together with Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops and Brad Sherwood, who will be a part of the long-lasting comedy present’s unique host, Clive Anderson. There’ll be basic and new improv video games – a few of which can contain participation from courageous members of the viewers. Tickets from £30.
Royal Albert Corridor, Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com

31 Hip Hop Karaoke Christmas Particular, Queen of Hoxton
20 December
Queen of Hoxton is internet hosting a bumper Christmas particular Hip Hop Karaoke night on Thursday 20 November. Anticipate all the standard, plus Hip Hop Santa and a bumper sack of rap songs, presents for performers (together with free entry to future occasions), and a ‘wrap’ battle that may see two rap wannabes try to wrap their Christmas presents whereas rapping reside on stage. Through the years Hip Hop Karaoke, which takes place each Thursday, has established itself as a real bucket listing expertise, with hundreds of amateurs and various celebs taking to the stage. Tickets £5.
1 Curtain Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queen-of-hoxton.eventcube.io

32 Teenage Most cancers Belief Christmas Social gathering at The Hurlingham Membership
20 December
This yr’s Teenage Most cancers Belief fundraiser at The Hurlingham Membership, titled Clean Santa’s 70s Christmas Celebration, will function drinks, dinner, buying and dancing. Santa Claus has determined that each one you need for Christmas this yr is stay pop and disco bangers by Wham!, Michael Jackson, Stevie Marvel, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins, Bee Gees, Toto, Oasis and lots of extra, washed down with champagne, beer and cocktails. The Tomicks may even be enjoying a four-hour stay set all through the night. From 7pm. Sleighs at 1am. Tickets are £50 per individual or £500 for a VIP desk for 10.
Ranelagh Gardens, Fulham SW6 3PR; tomcridland.com

33 Yayoi Kusama exhibition, Islington
Till 21 December
THE MOVING MOMENT WHEN I WENT TO THE UNIVERSE options new work, works from Yayoi Kusama’s iconic My Everlasting Soul collection, in addition to painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures. The exhibition additionally marks the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – MY HEART IS DANCING INTO THE UNIVERSE, an immersive mirrored room filled with suspended paper lanterns coated with polka dots, which conveys the phantasm of being unmoored in infinite area. Persevering with to tackle the dual themes of cosmic infinity and private obsession, Yayoi Kusama’s new works are testomony to an artist on the peak of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday. 
16 Wharf Street, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com

34 Selfridges Ultralounge Cabaret Membership
Till 22 December
Sequins. Huge hair. Greater vocals. These are a few of the key elements of Selfridges and Bisthroteque Ultralounge Cabaret Membership. Situated on the decrease floor flooring of the division retailer goliath, the membership is the brainchild of Sink the Pink founder Glyn Fussell and will probably be hosted by British comedian Jayde Adams. Weekly particular friends embrace Jonny Woo, Figs In Wigs and Le Gateau Chocolat. Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets £25.
400 Oxford Road W1A 1AB; selfridges.com

35 Open Gate Brewery Experimental Taproom, Brick Lane
Till 22 December
Open Gate Brewery is launching an Experimental Taproom in London on 29 November, bringing a style of the Emerald Isle’s progressive beers to the capital. Popping-up for one-month, the taproom invitations beer lovers to take pleasure in a pint of Open Gate Brewery’s thrilling beers – dreamed up on the iconic Dublin website, the place there was an experimental brewery for over 100 years – like American West-Coast fashion Citra IPA and hopped, crisp and clear tasting Pilsner. There’ll even be a variety of unique and particular brews, together with a chilli-flavoured stout and festive Christmas beer, in addition to a collection of workshops and tastings each Wednesday all through December and attractive treats from a few of east London’s hottest meals distributors.
Store 11, Dray Stroll, Previous Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane E1; ogbtaproom.eventbrite.co.uk

36 The Biggest Snowman, Bethnal Inexperienced
Till 23 December
Immersive theatre and eating specialists Funicular is inviting you to board a luxurious practice carriage for a night of excellent tidings. However all is just not because it appears, as a result of Santa’s brokers are coming to intercept the practice. Infamous whistleblower Ed Snow is onboard, spreading rumours that Santa isn’t actual, and you will need to embark upon a secret mission to assist Ed consider once more and rediscover the true which means of Christmas. Alongside the best way, you’ll be handled to a four-course meal curated by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist Louisa Ellis. Returning to Pedley Road Station following rave evaluations for her Journey To The Underworld menu, she has designed an indulgent four-courses of caramelised cauliflower celouté, scrumptious kinds of Jerusalem artichoke, a 3 hen roast (or mushroom Wellington), and poached pears. Tickets from £57 (plus £2.65 reserving payment).
Pedley Road Station, Arch 63 Pedley Road E1 5BW; funicularproductions.com

37 Winterville, Clapham Widespread
Till 23 December 2018
Winterville, London’s various festive expertise returns to Clapham Widespread for its largest yr but! Alongside massive display favourites Yard Cinema, who will open their Christmas Labyrinth each week for particular festive screenings, there’s Plonk Golf, an ice rink, Twisted Wheels Curler Disco, prime notch eats by Road Feast, truthful floor rides and the Solo Craft Truthful for some critical Christmas buying. The Spiegeltent will host a few of the largest and greatest each Friday and Saturday night time – all at no cost – together with the likes of Norman Jay MBE, Jazzie B, The Cuban Brothers and South London Soul Practice. Pop heavyweights Responsible Pleasures and Bugged Out may also be offering dancefloor fillers each weekend, whereas sing-a-long dons Massaoke shall be on the reigns each Thursday, and Karaoke Gap on Saturdays, plus a number of the largest names in the LGBTQ+ scene each Sunday.
Clapham Widespread SW4; winterville.co.uk

38 SETH at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Marble Arch 
Till 24 December
Dorothy Circus Gallery inaugurates the brand new everlasting location of its London gallery whereas presenting Road Artist SETH’s Chambrum Rangeam, his first double solo exhibition in each Rome and London. Paris-born Julien Malland, alias SETH, started portray murals in the 20th arrondissement of Paris in 1972. He made himself recognized amongst Parisian graffiti artists by creating characters that stood out from the classical iconography of French City Artwork. Seth attracts easy characters, principally youngsters, dwelling in imaginary environments that, like in a Trompe l’oeil portray, belong to our actuality whereas additionally opening up to a brand new visionary dimension. The exhibition is curated by Stefano Antonelli.
35 Connaught Road, Marble Arch W2 2AZ; dorothycircusgallery.uk

39 The Egocentric Big, Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre
Till 24 December
Oscar Wilde’s much-loved brief story The Egocentric Big is being made into a fascinating new manufacturing this month at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre. Introduced by household theatre-makers Cleaning soap Soup Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions, the brand new manufacturing will mix storytelling, puppetry and enchanting music to inform the basic story. It follows Grinter the enormous, who lives fortunately alone in her large snow-covered home earlier than someday a gaggle of youngsters discover a chink in the enormous’s wall and climb by way of, altering the course of all of their lives ceaselessly.
1 Clapham Widespread Northside SW4 0LH; omnibus-clapham.org

40 Peter Pan Cup Christmas Day Swimming Race
25 December
Huddle on the sidelines with a warming drink and watch on as courageous souls from the Serpentine Swimming Membership plunge into the waters for the annual 100-yard swimming race. Sub-40°F water temperatures imply that this historic race, instigated in 1864, is strictly for hardy execs, so be a part of the spectator enjoyable and mix it with a brisk lap of Hyde Park. 9am. Free.
The Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park W2 3XA; serpentineswimmingclub.com

41 The Skateroom at The Final Supper, Battersea
Till finish December
The Final Supper artwork gallery hosts The Skateroom this month, an exhibition showcasing paintings on skateboards by the likes of Jean Jullien, Jeremyville and Steven Harrington. Persevering with with The Skateroom’s enterprise mannequin, together with the artists and THE LAST SUPPER, 20% of the turnover of gross sales can be donated to Make Life Skate, a non-profit group that creates community-built concrete skateparks all over the world, for his or her newest challenge, Suli Skatepark in Iraq.
42 Webbs Street, Battersea SW11 6SF; the-lastsupper.com

42 After Darkish at Chiswick Home and Gardens
Till 30 December
Chiswick Home and Gardens is internet hosting a model new night time stroll and lightweight show to reworking the historic property this winter. A collection of recent mild installations will illuminate the 18th century gardens and structure, giving guests the prospect to take pleasure in a really totally different park after darkish. The path weaves by way of the grounds, whereas a projected mild present set to a curated soundtrack lights up Chiswick Home itself. Deal with your self to a chew to eat from one of many meals merchants in the walled backyard and, in case you’re in search of one thing additional particular, guide a desk on the unique Supper Membership. Operating Thurs-Solar. Early hen tickets from £9.
Chiswick W4 2QN; after-dark.co.uk

43 The Made in H&F Pop-Up Store, Hammersmith
Till finish December
The Made in H&F pop-up in Kings Mall purchasing centre consists of work from native painters, jewelry makers, hat makers, t-shirt designers, artists, craft makers and extra. The newest addition to the purchasing centre is a superb place to get a head begin in your Christmas purchasing with some distinctive gadgets on supply, from artist Darren Azgard whose paintings adorns the brand new Westfield enlargement, to Indonesian-inspired designs from Tia Hannaford of Immy London. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Solar 11am-5pm.
Kings Mall Purchasing Centre, King Road, Hammersmith W6; lbhf.gov.uk

44 Hungry Coronary heart Christmas Particular, Shepherd’s Bush
14 December
London’s solely bumper-to-bumper Bruce Springsteen night time is again for a Christmas Particular on Friday 14 December. Be a part of the Hungry Coronary heart crew and the capital’s craziest Springsteen followers for a liberating, life-affirming night time of hit after hit from Bruce’s again catalogue, from huge hits like Thunder Street and Born to Run to Dancing in the Darkish, plus a couple of area of interest stay variations. This month, the occasion takes place in one among London’s most legendary music venues, Bush Corridor, a former dance corridor that has welcomed the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Who and Paul Weller. 7pm-1am. Tickets from £10.
310 Uxbridge Street, Shepherds Bush W12 7LJ; hungryheartevents.com

45 Harrods x CHANEL London Studio
Till Four January 2019
CHANEL London Studio levels a celebration of all issues pink on the fifth flooring of Harrods this December, from richly pigmented lipsticks to personalised presents. Magnificence professionals from the CHANEL Faculty of Make-up can be available to assist attendees grasp the important thing make-up appears of the season, or to advise on how to high-quality tune a signature day-to-day type.
87-135 Brompton Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL; harrods.com

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46 Christmas at Kew
Till 5 January
Christmas at Kew is again and it’s extra spectacular than ever with over one million glowing lights and hundreds of laser beams. Wander beneath distinctive tree canopies drenched in Christmas color, step right into a Laser Backyard the place refracting strains of sunshine playfully bounce throughout the branches (new this yr), watch the festive flotilla of a whole lot of glowing boats boning about on the lake, then glimpse the sculptural Hearth Backyard because it sparkles and crackles in the space, while the much-loved pea-lit tunnel is re-imagined as an enormous Cover of Mild. Lastly, watch the Palm Home Pond finale spring to life with brilliant colors, water display projections and leaping mild jets that dance to seasonal classics.
Richmond TW9 3AB; kew.org

47 Dazzle Modern Jewelry Exhibition, Oxo Tower Wharf
Till 6 January
Dazzle Modern Jewelry Exhibition returns to London for the 37th yr and its sixth yr at gallery@oxo. Get your Christmas purchasing finished early at Dazzle’s Modern Jewelry Exhibition, which champions innovation and experimentation, displaying a mixture of thrilling new expertise hand picked from graduate exhibits alongside established worldwide designers. This yr is not any totally different for innovation, experimentation and pushing the sector’s boundaries working with new mediums corresponding to 3D printing. There’s even a Dazzle Additional part, which incorporates handmade leather-based luggage by award-winning Steven Harkin and merino wool shawls and scarves by the St Martins’ design duo Inexperienced Thomas.
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Road, South Financial institution SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk

48 Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions at Somerset Home
Till 6 January 2019
Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions is the primary main solo UK exhibition from South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga, opening at Somerset Home this month. In it Ruga reveals a legendary world which challenges perceptions of cultural id in post-apartheid South Africa, addressing ideologies, social and state buildings, and the politics of gender inequality. The result’s an extremely vibrant and putting physique of labor that includes images, movie, sculpture and hand-crafted petit level tapestry. Born in Umtata, Ruga has been seen as a figurehead for a brand new era of artists in South Africa who’re utilizing fable and alternate realities as a up to date response to social points. 
The Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk

49 Area Shifters, Hayward Gallery
Till 6 January 2019
Area Shifters is amajor new exhibition exploring how artists disrupt our sense of area and environment. That includes work by greater than 20 worldwide artists, the interactive exhibition highlights how totally different items and installations can create responses in viewers members, focusing consideration on perspective and notion. Anticipate reflective and translucent supplies used in fascinating methods, pioneering sculptures from the 1960s, formidable architectural interventions and site-specific installations. Highlights embrace Richard Wilson’s 20:50, Anish Kapoor’s Sky Mirror, Blue and Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Backyard.
Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Street SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk

50 Yamal: The Stream of Life at The Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Till 6 January 2019
The Horniman Museum is internet hosting Yamal: The Stream of Life in their newly unveiled World Gallery this month. Showcasing lovely pictures from life in the Yamal area of north west Siberia, captured by esteemed British photographer Bryan Alexander, the works seize points of conventional life, and the way it has been affected by the modifications happening in the area socially, culturally and environmentally. Highlights embrace this picture of residents Neseynya Serotetto and Tyurko Puyko taking a selfie whereas dressed in conventional Nenets reindeer pores and skin clothes. The exhibition coincides with a bigger programme of occasions on the museum, together with an set up of life-size crochet animal sculptures on show.
100 London Street, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk

51 Klimt / Schiele at The Royal Academy
Till Three February 2019
This yr marks the centenary of the deaths of two of probably the most celebrated and pioneering figures of early 20th century artwork: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Consequently the Royal Academy of arts presents Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, which is the primary exhibition in the UK to concentrate on the elemental significance of drawing for each artists, from the origins of their educational coaching to their unconventional explorations of the human determine expressed via line. The exhibition might be on in The Sackler Wing of Galleries from Four November 2018 till Three February 2019.
Burlington Home, Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J 0BD; royalacademy.org.uk

52 Ribera: Artwork of Violence at Dulwich Image Gallery
Till 27 January 2019
Considered one of Dulwich Image Gallery’s most anticipated exhibitions of the yr, Ribera: Artwork of Violence, opened in late September. Exploring the work of Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera, the present brings collectively a few of his greatest, and most surprising, work in the primary main UK exhibition devoted to him. It has been curated to discover the theme of violence in his work and sketches as a type of inventive expression as he typically used the artwork of human struggling as an inspiration in his creations. Guests shall be in a position to see the unique number of 45 works on present on the gallery till 27 January 2019.
Gallery Street, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

53 100 Figures: The Unseen Artwork of Quentin Blake, King’s Cross
Till 27 January
This month the Home of Illustration is celebrating a aspect of Sir Quentin Blake that we haven’t seen earlier than, with an exhibition of his large-scale work. The illustrator is extensively recognized for his work bringing the characters of Roald Dahl’s books to life, however has additionally pursued a lifelong follow of figurative drawings in his profession. Entitled 100 Figures: The Unseen Artwork of Quentin Blake, the showcase options works created between 1950 and 2000, which experiment with a extra sculptural remedy of type and use of broad strokes.
2 Granary Sq., King’s Cross N1C 4BH; houseofillustration.org.uk

54 Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, The V&A
Till 24 February
The V&A’s newest exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt explores the medium of gaming, which has dominated lots of our lives over the previous few many years. The exhibition tries to present a singular perception into the design processes behind the massively well-liked pasttime, exploring a number of modern videogames from the drafting board proper by means of till last play, in addition to taking a look at origins in locations like classical artwork. Guests to the brand new exhibition can anticipate to see totally different sorts of idea artwork and prototypes of a few of the greatest liked video games of our present time. In addition to this, there will even be a number of large-scale immersive installations and interactives on show to permit individuals to get caught into the method of making video games.
Cromwell Street, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk

55 Astronomy Photographer of the Yr, Nationwide Maritime Museum
Till 5 Might 2019
Perception Funding Astronomy Photographer of the Yr exhibition celebrates 10 years of excellent photographs shot by astrophotographers all over the world. The 31 spellbinding profitable photographs of the cosmos from this yr’s competitors shall be on show alongside a choice of 69 of one of the best pictures from earlier years, in a particular exhibition hosted on the Nationwide Maritime Museum. From distant galaxies to our very personal Milky Means and neighbouring planets, the entries mirror our enduring fascination with the night time sky. Photographs on show embrace the winners from the 9 major classes, in addition to two particular prize winners. Tickets £10.
rmg.co.uk/astrophoto