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London events in December

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

© Tedz Duran

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

The Garage Sale

The people behind The Poundshop return to the ICA with a celebration of independent designers and makers who'll be selling new products and work in progress samples at lower prices. Visitors can pick up unique Christmas presents priced between £1-£100 from over 60 designers including Scout Editions, APFEL and One We Made Earlier.

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Until Sat Dec 3

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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Redchurch Street , Shoreditch Until 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

East End Independents' Day

Independent makers, bakers, brewers and shops fling wide their doors to visitors and free tours throng the streets for a number of festive events to celebrate independent business in the East End. Meet Alice in Wonderland characters on Columbia Road, drink mulled cider and hot chocolate and see Barn the Spoon carve, then wander up to Broadway Market for food tours and a history of F Cooke's jellied eels.

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Saturday December 3 2016

Frost Fair Festival

Performances, craft events and games fill this festive celebration for all ages at the Museum of London Docklands this year. Find out how London used to make the most of rare years between 1564 and 1814 when the Thames froze over.

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Museum of London Docklands , Canary Wharf Until Sunday December 4 2016

Surrey Docks Farm Christmas Fair

A festive breath of fresh air on the farm, this family-friendly market returns in 2016 featuring local food stalls, a farm shop and plenty of produce from this year's harvest (and, yes, the famous peach brandy is back...). There'll also be donkey rides, chestnuts to roast and a Santa's grotto complete with elves. The farmyard's animals will be ready and waiting for some serious cuddles/strokes.

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Saturday December 3 2016

Toddla T's Winter Carnival

Sheffield bashment hero Toddla T throws enough colour, carnival atmosphere and dancefloor-melting hot tunes at winter to drown out any chills. Joining TT are Charlie Sloth, Roll Deep, Shola Ama, Donaeo, Abra Cadabra. Expect hip hop, dancehall, reggae, dub, soca, bashment, grime, garage and other party-starting flavours.

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Oval Space , Bethnal Green Until Sunday December 4 2016
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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!