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London events in December

Your guide to the best events and things to do throughout December 2016 in London

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in London – the trees are up, the Christmas lights are on and the seasonal songs are already driving us insane. This December, prepare yourself for some serious festive cheer and head to one of London's events full of the holiday spirit. We reckon a quick spin around London's ice rinks should do it – or, if you've had one festive sandwich too many, there's plenty of non-crimbo events to enjoy too. Check out our pick of the best things happening this December and we'll catch you under the mistletoe.

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Our December 2016 highlights

Sink the Pink: Down the Rabbit Hole

A party is happening in the basement of behemoth department store Selfridges; it’s housed a theatre since the summer, which hosted a production of 'Much Ado About Nothing', but now some altogether more fabulous residents have moved in for panto season. And talk about #SquadGoals, the first pantomime from genderfucked performance gang Sink the Pink is suberb from start to finish and will leave you with a sore face from smiling. 

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday December 9 2016

Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was an exceptionally versatile artist. His practice encompassed painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, installation and performance. After leaving the Navy in 1947, Rauschenberg enrolled at Black Mountain College where the influential abstract artist, Josef Albers, taught him and he met lifelong collaborators John Cage and Merce Cunningham.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Until Sunday April 2 2017

Redchurch Street Christmas Market

Cocktails and a festive warm punch on the first weekend in December, monogramming at Modern Society Dec 1-17 and wreathmaking are all on the menu on various days of the Redchurch Christmas market. Enjoy live music on Thursday, carol-singing, cocktails and cheese on Saturday, and wreathmaking on Monday as well as the discounts and special services running all over all week.

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Wednesday December 7 2016

Sleeping Beauty


With heaps of zany energy, lurid costumes, a chortle-worthy dame and budget East End prices, Hackney's panto is typically one of the best out there. This year, panto-writing dream team Susie McKenna and Steve Edis are spinning the yarn of Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger on a spindle and sends everyone into an enchanted slumber.

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Hackney Empire , Hackney Until Sunday January 8 2017

David Bailey: NW1

Thirty-four years ago, photographer David Bailey released his book 'NW1': a series of images of Camden and Primrose Hill, where he had lived for decades. At that time, the area was in a state of crumbling disrepair – hard to imagine for those who know this swanky location now. To tie in with the book's re-printing, publishers HENI are holding an exhibitions of these poignant images form yesteryear.

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HENI Publishing , Soho Until Tuesday January 31 2017

Hedda Gabler

Ivo van Hove blew away London audiences with his storming 'A View From a Bridge' in 2014, which transferred from the Young Vic from the West End. So a new production from the Hove is something to get pretty excited about: his first go at a National Theatre show is a modern update of Ibsen’s 'Hedda Gabler'. Patrick Marber ('Three Days in the Country', 'The Red Lion') will adapt this new version of Ibsen's story of a bored young wife who longs to be free.

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National Theatre, Lyttelton , South Bank Until Tuesday March 21 2017

Kodak Ektra Darkroom

Trigger-fingers at the ready, photography buffs: try out a new smartphone fron Kodak, then see a photo exhibition, quiz the experts on how to improve your Insta game, buy film stock from the heritage camera company and items from a collab with Opening Ceremony in this week-long pop-up.

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70 Berwick Street , Soho Until Sunday December 11 2016


Wander the gardens of the picture gallery on a dark winter night and discover light installations and lanterns from the same creative crew that makes Christmas at Kew.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery , Dulwich Village Until Sunday December 18 2016

The Red Shoes

The Academy Award-winning movie 'The Red Shoes' is a dark story of obsession and ambition, pirouetting around one girl's increasingly desperate dream to be the world's greatest dancer.  Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures are bringing this Hollywood golden age story to the stage, using music by the film's original composer, Bernard Herrmann.

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Sadler's Wells , Finsbury Until Saturday December 31 2016

Australia's Impressionists

Impressionism isn't all about cancan dancers and lilies floating on ponds – down in the southern hemisphere, Australia cultivated its own particular take on what's often considered an exclusively European movement. Much of the work on display – by artists including Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton – has never before been seen in the UK.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Until Sunday March 26 2017
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By: Time Out London Things To Do


kelvin d
kelvin d

Thank you for sharing the information..

Claire D
Claire D

John Cooper Clarke in July, great Christmas event!