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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The definition of redemption is ‘the action of being saved from sin, error or evil’. But don’t let that put you off visiting this oh-so-healthy eatery. Redemption’s not on any sort of preachy mission. Despite the lack of booze, and the abundance of vegan and wheat- or dairy-free options, a meal here is not a hair-shirt experience. The restaurant – which follows three successful pop-ups – has non-alcoholic beer and a small range of mocktails served in vintage-style glasses. The Apple ‘Mock-jito’ was refreshingly minty, and the ‘Lettuce Spray’ a full-bodied blend of iceberg, lime, wasabi and aloe vera. But it’s the food that really stands out. The grilled aubergine slices with tahini were chewy – almost caramelised. If we hadn’t polished off every morsel of our beetroot-and-barley risotto, and raw courgette spaghetti with walnut-and-sesame pesto, we might have left room for pudding. Sadly, we lacked the willpower. At an adjacent table our neighbours opted for a cashew, coconut and strawberry ‘cheesecake’. We eyed it covetously, plotting a return visit. Redemption now have a second site, in Shoreditch. Time Out eating & drinking editors.
"Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself at 'London's healthiest restaurant'. Vegan, alcohol-free, sugar-free, wheat-free. But still fun."