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57 great things opening in London this December

Posted at 7:30 pm, December 2, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink
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December is finally here at long last and my, are we feeling festive! On top of your own parties, there are loads of great goings on in the city (and that’s not including all the Christmas and New Year shizzle) to see out 2013 in style. Here are 57 of the hottest December happenings…


Open now (until Dec 30): The lovely Dennis Severs’ House has its Annual Christmas Installation.
Open now (until Dec 20): Christmas party like it’s 1989 at a secret location with Shuttlecock.
Open now: Meet the Ghosts of Christmas at the newly revamped London Dungeon.
Dec 6 (until Dec 8): Do some alternative Christmas shopping at the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios.
Dec 7: Feeling brave? Join the Outdoor Swimming Society on their December Dip.
Dec 7 (until April 30): Celebrate the history of Speakers Corner at the Sounds from the Park exhibition at Bishopsgate Institute.
Dec 8: Choo choo! Go on a London Transport Heritage steam ride.
Dec 9:
Go on an African Night Safari at the Natural History Museum.
Dec 10 (until Aug 12): Journey through the science of mental health with Mind Maps at the Science Museum.
Dec 12 (until Dec 14): Take yourself on a Drink Feast around some of the city’s best bars.
Dec 18 (until Dec 22): Whet your appetite at this interactive theatrical dining experience Ready Steady Colour.
Dec 22-23:
Hang out with Wallace and Gromit at the Barbican.
Dec 25: Watch hardcore swimmers brave the Serpentine on Christmas Day’s Peter Pan Cup.
Dec 31: Fireworks. NYE. Classic.

Oh and then of course there’s all the ICE SKATING,  CHRISTMAS MARKETS and SANTA’S GROTTOS you could ever want. Got kids? Here are the best Christmas activities for kiddywinkles.


Early Dec: Hixter – Mark Hix’s latest venture near Liverpool Street Station.
Dec 3: Ember Yard – The fourth restaurant in the Salt Yard group.
Dec 9: The Bull – New branch of the Fox & Anchor in Liverpool Street.
Dec 11: Jackson + Rye – American food and cocktails at this new Richard Caring restaurant in Soho.
Dec 13: Blackfoot – A celebration of all things piggy on Exmouth Market.
Mid-Dec: House of Ho – Informal Vietnamese dining comes to Soho.



Dec 6: Nebraska
Dec 13: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Dec 18: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Dec 20: The Harry Hill Movie
Dec 26: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


Dec 5: It’s First Thursdays and there will be some serious arty partying going down.
From Dec 5:  Spanish portraits with Ricardo Cavolo: Life Lives at Atomica.
From Dec 5: Revolutionary stuff at OSPAAAL Posters Show at Kemistry.
From Dec 11: Jameel Prize 3 at the V&A: biennial prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design.
From Dec 13: Delve into the collective imagination of Le Gun: Space is Deep at Daniel Blau
From Dec 13: Go back 40 years with Transformer: Aspects of Travesty at Richard Saltoun Gallery.


Dec 7-8: Bill Burr at The Forum.
Dec 9-19: Nish Kumar – Nish Kumar is a Comedian at Soho Theatre.
Dec 16-18 and 20: The Colonel (the Weirdos Comedy Club’s alternative pantomime) at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.
Dec 16: The Boy with Tape on His Face – Cornucopia at Palace Theatre.
Dec 18 (until Jan 18): Jerry Sadowitz at Leicester Square Theatre. 
Dec 19: Brett Domino’s Christmas Party at King’s Place.


Just opened (until Dec 21): ‘Let the Right One In’ at the Royal Court Theatre.
Dec 3 (until Jan 25):American Psycho at Almeida Theatre.
Dec 6 (until Feb 8):Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston at the Donmar Warehouse.
Dec 6 (until Dec 30): ‘The El. Train’ at Hoxton Hall.
See more great theatre shows opening in December.

Want to go to some gigs? Here are the 10 best happening this month.


Dec 11-14: Scottee’s Camp (on the Estate) at Dick Collins Hall.
Dec 16 (until Jan 4): The legendary Lady Rizo at the Soho Theatre.
Dec 20: Bourgeois & Maurice team up with Sink the Pink for Santamental at Lime Wharf.


Dec 5: Another Cath Kidson opens in Piccadilly Circus.
Dec 5: Furniture shop West Elm opens on Tottenham Court Road. This is a cousin of Pottery Barn – which we know best as the shop they were always going on about on ‘Friends’.
Dec 9: More exciting than an episode of ‘The Killing’! New Danish store Skagen opens in Westfield Stratford City.

And some obligatory pop-ups

Just opened (until Dec 4): Lovely bags at the Brit Stitch pop-up in Piccadilly Circus.
Dec 11-19: LCF (London College of Fashion) College Shop just off Carnaby Street.
Dec 9 (until Jan 14): Monochrome a-go-go at the OTHER/shop x Darkroom.
Just opened (until Jan 14):
Indulge your French fancies at the Frenchologie pop-up shop in Covent Garden.

Oh and then there’s Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve of course… PHEW!

[Photo: Umbreen Hafeez]

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