London events in December

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the capital – the trees are up, the lights are on and the Crimbo tunes are cranked to full volume. This December, indulge in some serious festive cheers and head to some of London's biggest, best and darn-right coolest happenings.

A few of our December highlights

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Thu Dec 11
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Timber!

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Dec 21 - Wed Dec 31
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  1. Sadler's Wells Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sun Jan 11
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  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
  2. Sat Dec 13
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  1. Arch 402 Gallery Cremer St, E2 8HD
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Dec 7
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  1. Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  2. Mon Dec 8 - Sat Dec 20
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  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Dec 27
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  1. Earls Court Warwick Road, SW5 9TA
  2. Sat Dec 13
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Real Food Market

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. Typical stalls include Spinach and Agusi with spicy Ghanaian stews; the Meantime Brewing Company with Greenwich-made beers; and Ash Green Organics with seasonal fruit and veg. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders. Whether you're coming to shop or snack, you can

  1. Southbank Centre Square Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Fri Mar 21 - Sun Mar 22
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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over separate wireless channels, playing the best in pop, rock and party classics, while you dance the night away at 1,000ft. The View from The Shard is the visitor attraction at the top of Western Europe's tallest building, The Shard. With unparalleled, panoramic views, it offers visitors a unique perspective on the capital.

  1. The View from the Shard Joiner St, SE1 9QU
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Feb 8
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The Alternative London Tour

  • Free

East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk

  1. Old Spitalfields Market Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sat Dec 20
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Disobedient Objects

  • Free

A selection of objects from the 1980s to now that detail the history of protest and the role these objects played in making change happen. Including woven barriers, political videogames, an inflatable general assembly (a creation by Greta Hansen that brings together and covers a public gathering, a bit like a marquee), experimental activist bicycles and much more.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sun Feb 1
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Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Free

The war was just too big, confided William Kennington after he had completed his masterpiece ‘The Kensingtons at Laventie’ in 1915, one of the first things you’ll see in the ‘Memory’ section of this captivating two-part show. The authorities had hoped that Kennington would make more paintings to rival his pin-sharp, quietly devastating depiction of his unit – knackered, wounded, each soldier caught in a moment of reflection after their march back to billets from the

  1. Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sun Mar 8
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Free

The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun, which is back for 2014 from Friday November 21 at 5pm. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, and a wander past the fairground rides, around child-friendly Santa Land or through the Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter. Other attractions at Hyde Park's annual sparkly

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Toy Stories

  • Free

Of all the material possessions we get attached to over the years, it's our childhood toys that end up in the loft for decades because parting with them is just too hard. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti visited more than 50 countries to create portraits of children with their most prized belongings, and this exhibition tells the story of 21 kids from a wide range of backgrounds. Different tastes and economic statuses mean that the toys  vary hugely, but the subjects'

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sun Dec 14
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Wedding dresses 1775-2014

  • Critics choice

Take a look at two centuries of meringue design, at the V&A's crowd-pleasing Spring exhibition of wedding dresses. You can expect plenty of royal gowns - including the Duchess of Cornwall's ladylike frock coat, worn at her 2005 wedding to HRH The Prince of Wales. But sadly not the Duchess of Cambridge's Alexander McQueen gown. However, the star exhibits are likely to be the celebrity gowns - punky Gwen Stefani's pink dip-dye Dior number is shown for the first time, and it's a

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Mon Sep 1 - Sun Mar 15
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Harry Potter London Tour with Muggle Tours

A walking tour for 'Harry Potter' fans, exploring film locations and inspirations for the books, with props and trivia. Ten per cent of donations go to charity. Group sizes are kept small so booking is essential. And you need a travel card as a short tube is involved.

  1. London Bridge
  2. Tue Sep 2 - Thu Oct 1
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Silent Disco at Altitude London

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The silent disco phenomenon continues to reach new heights at this exclusive Time Out event. There’s two floors of funk for up to 500 people at Altitude’s silent disco. In the Sky bar you can pick up some food, relax with a drink and admire the views. Upstairs, the actual disco is all about partying ‘til you can’t party any more. Three top DJs, including Time Out's very own Oliver Keens, will be on hand to drop a range of killer tunes against an amazing backdrop of the

  1. Altitude 360° Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1 4QP
  2. Fri Apr 4 - Sat Dec 20
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See more events in London this December

September

Say goodbye to summer in style – get out and get stuck into the last of the capital's festivals, pop-up and outdoor shindigs this month

SEE WHAT'S ON IN SEPTEMBER

October

The return of crisp days and cold evenings mean we're on the verge of winter, but that's no excuse to hibernate

SEE WHAT'S ON IN OCTOBER

November

It might be warmer to stay at home, but there's plenty taking place this November to warrant ditching the duvet for a day

SEE WHAT'S ON IN NOVEMBER

December

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the capital – the trees are up, the lights are on and the Crimbo tunes are cranked to full volume

SEE WHAT'S ON THIS DECEMBER

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