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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

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

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

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

Adventures in Moominland

A major new immersive, interactive exhibition presents new insights into author Tove Jansson’s life and influences with rare archive objects and illustrations built into the experience. Part of the Southbank's Nordic Matters season.

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Spirit Level , South Bank Until Sunday April 23 2017

Christmas in London: your ultimate guide

There's nothing more festive as London at Christmas time. Discover ideas for fun family outings throughout the Christmas period as well as things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the capital. Thinking of a day at Winter Wonderland? Or an evening of Christmas carols? Or even taking a spin around one of London's best ice skating rinks. You can plan it all and more with our guide to Christmas in London. 

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By: Time Out London editors

New Year's Eve in London

Whether you're a local or just visiting for the holidays, get ready for one hell of a New Year in London. Always big on celebrations, our city has some spectacular nightlife up its sleeve this year, as well as a host of events and the mighty New Year's Eve firework display over the Thames. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about celebrating the New Year in London - dive in and we'll see you in 2017!

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By: Time Out London editors

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London events in January

Forget the gym and forget the diet, this January fill your diary full of the capital's biggest and best events.

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kelvin d
kelvin d

Thank you for sharing the information..

Claire D
Claire D

John Cooper Clarke in July, great Christmas event!