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Live Music at Tap & Bottle

One of our all-time favourite wine dens in London, Tap & Bottle are hosting the first in a series of live music nights this Thursday. The interiors are a beautiful blend of cosy, mismatched furnishings and crumbling exposed brickwork, while the outside terrace – nestled amongst the chimneypots – is heated and festooned with lights. As always, there’s over 100 wines to pick from, and they’ve just launched a festive menu, too, with mince pies, mulled wine and charcuterie & cheese boards built up from neighbouring Borough Market.

Details: 2nd December Tap & Bottle, 64 Union St, London, SE1 1SG Book a table here

The Colourpro Photography Awards

Viewsonic, a company that specialises in ‘visual solutions’ (ie computer monitors), has decided to put on their own photography competition. Which is admittedly quite a good visual solution to a lot of stuff, including a basic desire for inspiration. After fielding 6.5k entries, they’ve whittled them down to the best 20, and put them on display in London Bridge for free. This year’s theme is ‘new adventures’, and there are some stunners in there…

Details: 2nd-4th December | Red Brick Retail Arch, London Bridge Station, SE1 9SP | Free

Boxpark: We Are 10

That’s right. Boxpark is 10 years old. And like most 10 year olds, they’re celebrating by hosting three-day festivals at all three of their shipping container villages, with DJ sets, live music from Garage Supper Club, Hip Hop Karaoke and more.

Details: 3rd – 5th December Boxpark Shoreditch, Croydon & Wembley Individually ticketed

Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

You’d be hard pressed to find a more extravagant setting for a Christmas market than Hampton Court Palace – and this month they’re filling the courtyard with festive food and drink, dozens of stalls selling seasonal gifts, a bandstand with live music, and jousting. You could even combine it with a little ice skating

Details: 3rd – 5th December Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court Way, KT8 9AU £25.30

The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City

Gingerbread City

Building an entire city out of gingerbread may sound like a half-baked idea… but when it’s constructed by architects & engineers gathered together by the Museum of Architecture, and housed within a beautiful – but nevertheless inedible – townhouse in Knightsbridge, it’s actually pretty impressive. READ MORE

Details: 4th December – 9th January 2022 | 6-7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU | £8.50

An Orchestral Rendition of Daft Punk

Daft Punk fan? You’re about to get lucky. Because Re:Imagine are going to bring their 16 piece orchestra to XOYO for a live performance of the band’s most iconic hots, complete with a bespoke light show.

Details: 9th December | XOYO, 32-37 Cowper St, EC2A 4AP | £20

Miracle On Leake Street

Frankly, if you’re one of those ultra-orthodox festive revellers whose idea of Christmas doesn’t involve a subterranean, graffiti-covered tunnel, then this one might not be for you. Because Miracle on Leake Street takes place in one of those. It’s a one-day event that will involve a free screening of Home Alone (with blankets provided), a few teaser performances from next year’s VAULT Festival, a wreath making class, a skate & spray workshop, a mulled wine tutorial, plus some festive face-painting, street food stalls, and giant board games. And it’s free. Miraculous indeed.

Details: 9th December | Leake Street Arches, Leake Street, SE1 | Free

The House Of Irene Adler

Irene Adler was one of the few people able to mentally compete with Sherlock Holmes, and now she’s disappeared leaving only a cryptic note… Part escape room, part theatre, part mystery, your job is to find her. This pop up show comes to us from an outfit called Immercity, who have put on a lot of shows in the past, and gotten some pretty decent reviews out of them, so it doesn’t take a super sleuth to figure out that this is probably going to be quite good.

Details: 10th December – 9th January 2022 | Babel Studios, Patshull Road, NW5 2LB | £28


For two nights only this December, General Gordon Square in Woolwich will be covered in balls. Large, illuminated balls, created by French artists Collectif Coin. This sea of glowing spheres will be completely free to wander through, and is basically just there to get selfie-hungry Londoners to visit Woolwich. And it’ll probably work.

Details: 10th-11th December | General Gordon Square, Woolwich, SE18 6FH | Free

Love Actually With A Live Orchestra

Some people may claim not to like Richard Curtis movies, but they secretly love Love Actually actually. And if you enjoy it so much you’d like to see if with a live orchestra, then you just got yourself an early Christmas present…

Details: 11th December | Events Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline St, W6 9QH | £46+

Borealis at Guildhall Yard

If you’re sick and tired of the Scandinavian countries selfishly hoarding all the Northern Lights for themselves, then you’ll be happy to hear about Borealis. It’s a completely free show by audio-visual artist Dan Archer being put on at Guildhall Yard this month, and it’ll depict a swirling, ethereal colourscape above your head. Advance tickets have sold out (they were free, after all) but there are walk-up spots available throughout the days.

Details: 11th-22nd December | Guildhall Yard, EC2V | Free

The Luna Winter Cinema

We’re about to hit the most magical phase of the Luna cycle: The Winter Cinema. Yes, after another glorious summer of star-lit pop ups, the roving big-screen specialists at Luna Cinema are dropping into a pair of iconic (and thankfully indoor) London venues for a couple of weeks this month… READ MORE

Details: 12th-23rd December | Battersea Art Centre SW11 5TN & Kensington Palace Pavilion, W8 4PX | £17.50+ (Nudge Members get 50% off)

An Evening of Cheese at Borough Market

Borough Market might just be the cheese epicentre of the city, and to prove it, they’re going to hold an entire evening dedicated to the stuff. Expect plenty of tastings, expert advice, and thousands of varieties just waiting to be sampled.

Details: 15th December, 6-8pm | Borough Market, London Bridge, SE1 1TL | Free

Circus 1903

A spectacular, old-fashioned circus with top hatted ringmasters, life-size elephant puppets, real knife throwing, and no safety nets? Circus 1903 is going to be in tents. READ MORE

Details: 16th December – 2nd January 2022 | Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | £25-£115

Shotgun Carousel at The Grotteaux

Shotgun Carousel – the immersive theatre/party company behind hits like The Red Palace – have decided to put on a Christmas cabaret. And by ‘cabaret’, we mean a raucous parade of burlesque bombshells, drag performers, circus stunts and comedians, all accompanied by a live band playing Christmas hits & some fancy booze to wash it all down.

Details: 16th December – 8th January | The Fireworks Factory, 11 No. 1 Street, SE18 6HD | £15.50

Winter Roof Terrace at Holmes

You’ll find this gloriously festive spot on top of the Holmes Hotel, right opposite its namesake’s house at 221b Baker Street. And while there are a lot of different festive cinema pop ups coming to London this year, this is going to be one of the more intimate spots, seating just eight each night. The reason for that will become abundantly clear when you get up there and take your seat – a fur-lined sofa, housed within your own private mini chalet. READ MORE

Details: Until 18th December | Holmes Hotel, 108 Baker Street, W1U 6LJ | £65


Lux is all about what we’re now referring to as “immersive art”. That means entire rooms with moving video walls and floors, animated sculptures, and gigantic projections. There are a dozen artists involved, each trying to blow your mind in a new and inventive way…

Details: Until 18th December | 180 Studios, 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA | £20

The Pod

The Pod is a teeny tiny pop up theatre in a church. And not just any church. The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden, the one whose grand colonnades back onto the piazza itself. It can fit 70 punters at a time, and they’re putting on a roster of innovative new shows for just £15 a pop.

Details: Until 22nd December | St Paul’s Church, Bedford St, WC2E 9ED | £15

The TOY Project

North London charity The TOY Project have opened a pop up shop selling pre-loved toys… in Selfridges. It’s all part of a plan to change the fate of toys that would otherwise go to landfill, and it’ll likely shock you how many cool, collectible, limited ed toys people are apparently willing to part with. They’re accepting further donations should you feel the need to rid yourself of an irreplaceable part of your childhood, and they’ll be open until the eve of Christmas Eve.

Details: Until December 23rd | Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Electric Winter at Between The Bridges

between the bridges

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. The Bridges: Hungerford and Westminster, next to the Southbank Centre. The Between: a raucous pop-up covered terrace with street food vendors, bars, live music, festive film screenings and massaoke. READ MORE

Details: Tuesday – Sunday, until 23rd December | Queen’s Walk, South Bank, SE1 7PB

My Last Supper with Jay Rayner

Jay Rayner, a man who eats for a living, is thinking about death. Specifically, what one last thing he would eat before he makes his last, thoroughly satisfied shuffle off this mortal coil. In this show, he’ll examine people’s fascination with last meals, explore his own, and get you to design yours. All while you eat.

Details: 27th December | Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED | £30


What do you get when you cross lawn bowls with crazy golf, pinball, neon, and alcohol? Either a lifetime ban from the village social club, or Pinbowlz… READ MORE
Details: Until 31st December | Unit 5, Bohemia Place, Hackney, E8 1DU | £9-11

The Drop

The Drop is an immersive show that comes to us from a company called Swamp Motel (apparently, they’ve won awards) and which takes place in an unassuming five storey building in Aldgate. Inside that building is a seedy criminal underworld, and your job is to navigate it, come out alive, and endure something called “The Drop” at the end of it all… READ MORE

Details: Throughout December | 55 Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AL | £40

Winter Wonderland

This year, Winter Wonderland had to get rid of the ol’ free-for-all policy in a bid to control crowd numbers, which means that a) you’ll have to get a ticket in advance, and b) at least hypothetically, you’ll have fewer queues to endure before strolling through an enchanting ice kingdom; drinking mulled wine at the Christmas market; and indulging your love of European rollercoasters… READ MORE

Details: Until 3rd January 2022 | Hyde Park, London W2 | £5

La Clique

La Clique has fired the human cannonball. They’ve let the trapeze artist go. They’ve gone for the juggler. Because their version of a circus is an Olivier award-winning, all-adult, all-risque, burlesque, cabaret, and sideshow cocktail. And it’s back in London for the winter… READ MORE

Details: Until 8th January | Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA | £21+

Christmas Tours at Dennis Severs’ House

Dennis Severs’ House, the time-warping Spitalfields townhouse decorated by an eccentric artist to look like a kind of 3D painting has been given a festive makeover for the winter seasons, and if you book in for a Silent Night tour you’ll be able to explore the house after hours, where it’s lit entirely by candlelight and crackling log fires.

Details: Until 9th January | Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate Street, E1 6BX £20, book here

The Epping Ongar Light Fantastic

Move over Polar Express, there’s a new magical railway in town. It’s called the slightly less catchy ‘Epping Ongar Light Fantastic’, and you can book it now, for illuminated steam train journeys across a festively bedecked light trail. READ MORE

Details: Until 9th January 2022 | North Weald station, CM16 6BT | £20

Midnight Swims at Hampton Pool

Hampton Pool is London’s only lido to be heated all year round. And that’s quite a crucial detail, given the fact that they’re opening up the pool for their annual series of midnight winter swims this month. READ MORE

Details: Until 9th January | High Street, Hampton, TW12 2ST | £12



Fulham Beach, the sandy Thames-side resort, was pretty popular this summer. But now they’ve converted it into Winterland, and well, things have snowballed. Now, you can find a cosy, alpine pop up, with fur-lined private chalets, a hunting lodge full of hot cocktails, and a whole lot of bubbling, melted cheese. READ MORE

Details: Until 30th January | Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | £12

Your Christmas Agenda

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, the period immediately before Christmas, when you get to go to all the best festive events in our fair capital, from candlelit carols to pop up cinemas in a frozen forest; rooftop bars serving mulled cocktails to private igloos filled with fondue and wine… READ YOUR CHRISTMAS AGENDA

New Year’s Eve

The London fireworks may have been cancelled this year, but you can still see out 2021 with a bang thanks to our roundup of the most raucous, unusual, and downright entertaining NYE escapades to get up to in London this year. There’s live music on a Dutch cargo boat; dinner and dancing in a Clerkenwell townhouse; burlesque beneath an ancient meat market, and a strange place with hypnotic floor-to-ceiling visuals… READ THE FULL NYE AGENDA

Go to an Ice Rink

ice rink canary wharf

There are very few things more relaxing than strapping a pair of knives to your feet and attempting to balance on them, on ice. After drinking mulled wine. So why not do it at one of London’s best ice rinks… TAKE A SPIN

Head to a Pub With A Fireplace

If your cockles are feeling anything less than 100% warmed, then you need to get yourself down to one of these pubs, all with open, roaring fireplaces… GET TOASTY

Take In A Winter Light Show

Looking for a little light entertainment? Well, you’ve come to the wrong place. Because these festive displays have a lot… ILLUMINATE YOURSELF

Go to a Festive Market

If you hate mulled wine, twinkly lights and talented artisans, look away now. Because what follows is a list of Christmas markets and fairs that are exceedingly full of festive cheer… SHOP AWAY

See some Christmas Lights

All too often, Christmas lights are just a long string of disappointments. But all your festive anticipation is more than justified this year, with a lineup of lights to put Elf to shame… SEE THE LIGHTS



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