It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in London – the trees are up, the Christmas lights are on and the Christmas songs are cranked to full volume. This December, indulge in some serious festive cheer and head to some of London's biggest and best happenings to get in you in the holiday spirit. We reckon a quick spin around one of London's ice rinks should do it.
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Our December 2015 highlights
A particularly juicy revival of Christopher Hampton's saucy sexually charged 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' based on Choderlos de Laclos' novel about 18th century France where Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont play games of seduction and revenge. His play was made into a successful film in 1988 starring Glen Close and John Malkovich and this revival boasts a similarly exciting cast.Read more
Once it was healthier to drink gin rather than the water in London. Thankfully – or not – those days are long gone, but the act, or should that be the art of drinking, remains a constant source of creative inspiration. This BP spotlight display curated by David Blayney Brown, who curated last year’s phenomenal Late Turner show, charts Britain’s relationship with alcohol.Read more
If you care about ‘Star Wars’ you’ll already have the skinny on ‘The Force Awakens’: you’ll know that ‘Star Trek’ rebooter JJ Abrams is directing, that the diverse, well-chosen cast includes Peckham’s own John Boyega, newcomer Daisy Ridley, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ star Oscar Isaac and of course the original three icons, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford (plus sidekicks Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2).Read more
The Blues Kitchen Brixton
Venue says: The new Blues Kitchen in Brixton is now open. Come join us!
This Brixton branch - on Acre Lane - is one of three Blues Kitchens in London. The others are in Camden and Shoreditch. Each follows the same theme - food of a southern American bent served to a soundtrack of live music. And while the music of the moniker does play more than a small part on the music programme, it's not all about the blues. Expect, too, swing, soul, bluegrass, Motown and themed nights - including a popular Halloween gig. There's usually something on every night of the week. The food menu takes in classic Deep South dishes, with New Orleans gumbo, catfish jambalaya, Texan brisket, St Louis pork rib and a creole bean burger. Canadian lobster, burger specials and jerk chicken salads also feature.