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Check out The Savoy’s dragon-shaped Christmas tree made out of Lego

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Check out The Savoy’s dragon-shaped Christmas tree made out of Lego
The Elizabeth line is finally here – in the form of a cocktail

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The Elizabeth line is finally here – in the form of a cocktail
Giant gingerbread houses are taking over London – and some of them are edible!

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Giant gingerbread houses are taking over London – and some of them are edible!
This free festival is championing the work of deaf and disabled artists

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This free festival is championing the work of deaf and disabled artists
Things to do today in London: Sunday November 17 2019

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Things to do today in London: Sunday November 17 2019
Things to do today in London: Saturday November 16 2019

Things to do today in London: Saturday November 16 2019
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This Espresso Martini garden bar is in full bloom in London
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Most Googled: how do Oyster cards work?
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A miniature-windmill-free crazy-golf course is opening in Battersea Power Station
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The best things to do this week

Christmas at Kew Gardens
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Christmas at Kew Gardens

Kew’s botanical gardens really go for it with the Christmas display, tangling elaborate lights all over its ornate buildings and wild plant life. Head down the mile-long, twinkling trail and see a shower of silvery vines at the Treetop Walkway, then spy folkloric illuminations of mythical fairy creatures and will-o’-the-wisps.

‘Mary Poppins’
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‘Mary Poppins’

Cameron Mackintosh’s returning 2004 musical version couldn’t look more magical. The story is a hodgepodge of the movie, PL Travers’s original books and a few ideas of writer Julian Fellowes’s own. It serves up everything you could want in a mega-budget family musical: memorable songs, dazzling visuals and a nostalgic ideal of a London that never existed. It’s supercalifragelistically good fun. 

Restaurant of the Week: Hello Darling
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Restaurant of the Week: Hello Darling

Hit up this quirky little small and sharing plates spot, where every table has been prettily hand-painted – its owners are a pair of theatre set designers. The vibrant, eclectic cooking is excellent. Case in point: swede tartare. 

Show of the Week: Steve McQueen: ‘Year 3’
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Show of the Week: Steve McQueen: ‘Year 3’

The brilliant Steve McQueen’s ‘Year 3’ is a collection of school photos of almost every Year 3 class in the city. It’s a celebration of this city’s diversity, and its vast variety of races, cultures and backgrounds. This art shows us London now, and it shows us London in the future – wide open, diverse and brilliant. 

Film of the Week: ‘Frozen II’
Film Film of the Week: ‘Frozen II’

This long-anticipated sequel feels entirely fresh. The world it creates is charming, the wit sparkles and – one brief burst of ‘Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People’ aside – the songs are all new. So let go of ‘Let It Go’ and clear some room for a new batch of earworms.

Souvenir: St Vincent Champagne Bar
News Souvenir: St Vincent Champagne Bar

St Vincent, aka pop star Annie Clark, is hosting a champagne bar in Covent Garden. Working with fancy-pants bubbly brand Veuve Clicquot, she’s created Souvenir: a pop-up bar where she’s in control of everything from the lighting to the entertainment, and she’s even going to be performing among the attendees between sips. Souvenir, 6a Langley Court. Fri Nov 22-Sat Nov 23, 4pm-11.30pm.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
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Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Henry VIII may have been an ice-cold monster, but there’s no denying that his former palace makes an impressive backdrop for this open-air rink. It’s a whopping 1,040 square metres, and as it’s a little further out west, it doesn’t get quite as crowded as the central rinks. 

‘Blue Story’
Film ‘Blue Story’

There’s something distinctly Shakespearean about this tale of two boys who get caught up in the violent postcode wars of south-east London. Based on writer-director Andrew ‘Rapman’ Onwubolu’s own childhood, it’s part music video, part gang drama and it’s one of the most important London stories of the year.  

Liberty
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Liberty

Liberty is a two-day, totally free festival where deaf and disabled artists take over venues across Waltham Forest. And there’s a party vibe running through the line-up, like Deaf Rave - a Saturday night out that’s full of sign-language rap by performers including hip hop star Signkid. 

Anselm Kiefer: ‘Superstrings, Runes, The Norns, Gordian Knot’
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Anselm Kiefer: ‘Superstrings, Runes, The Norns, Gordian Knot’

See this show of huge, massive, enormous paintings by a German giant. The big war-ravaged canvases are classic Kiefer – the detritus of the twentieth century laid bare. This is his attempt to find meaning in this increasingly meaningless world. It works seriously well. 

Winterfest
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Winterfest

This free event is set to be a colourful affair as London’s tallest ‘homegrown’ LED Christmas tree will light up with more than 100,000 low-energy lights. The showstopper is ‘Sonic Runway’, a light and sound installation that’s come from Nevada’s Burning Man festival to make its European debut. To infinity and Wembley Park!

Celia Paul
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Celia Paul

Check out this show of misty, sad and ethereal paintings by the artist famous for her moody blue works. This exhibition coincides with Paul’s autobiography being published and there’s plenty to read into these artworks by seeing them as the output of an artist genuinely finding her voice. 

Bar of the Week: Forza Wine
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Bar of the Week: Forza Wine

For views in any season, head to Forza Wine, a bar with the best of both worlds: an outdoor, bench-filled terrace and an indoor area with tall tables and glass doors revealing that skyline. A spin-off from Peckham’s much-loved Italian restaurant Forza Win, it takes the grape stuff seriously and serves up some great Italian cocktails.

‘Escape from Planet Trash’
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‘Escape from Planet Trash’

Party troupe Sink the Pink play ‘queer space explorers’ in an alternative take on the classic British panto. Expect a healthy dose of hedonistic drag and riotous cabaret with a pop-rock soundtrack. Out of this world? Oh yes it is!

‘Judy and Punch’
Film ‘Judy and Punch’

See this feminist twist on the truncheon-wielding maniac puppet show. It’s a witty critique of showbiz for the #MeToo generation. Perched somewhere between ‘The Crucible’ and a fairytale, ‘Judy & Punch’ adds a winning dose of Monty Python absurdism to the mix.  

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Neighbourhood guides

Shoreditch
Shoreditch

Indie shops, ace nightlife and tasty street food

London by area
London by area

Check out our guides to every neighbourhood in London

Notting Hill
Notting Hill

Great cinemas, pretty pastel streets and the famous Portobello Road Market 

Greenwich
Greenwich

Home of Greenwich Mean Time and amazing London views 

Brixton
Brixton

A go-to haunt for foodies, clubbers, artists and rockers alike  

South Kensington
South Kensington

Home to iconic institutions and incredible museums 

Hackney
Hackney

Edgy restaurants, world-class coffee and ace independent shops 

South Bank
South Bank

A hub of cultural activity, state-funded arts and entertainment venues

King’s Cross
King’s Cross

Urban parks, canal-side fun and brilliant brunch spots

Soho
Soho

Bright lights, drinking dens and unforgettable entertainment

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Most booked

War Horse
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War Horse

The National Theatre's puppet-powered First World War epic

Les Misérables – The Staged Concert
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Les Misérables – The Staged Concert

This glitzy concert incarnation of Cameron Mackintosh’s musical will fill in while the main show is absent

The Book Club Cabaret presents Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein’ review
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The Book Club Cabaret presents Mary Shelley's ‘Frankenstein’ review

Shelley's immortal horror novel is presented as a lavish gothic cabaret

‘On Bear Ridge’ review
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‘On Bear Ridge’ review

Rhys Ifans shines in Ed Thomas’s surreal, tender drama about people making do in a post-apocalyptic world

Taste of London: The Festive Edition
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Taste of London: The Festive Edition

Taste of London is back for a four-day Christmas nosh-fest. The ultimate foodie festival is parking up at Wapping’s Tobacco Dock with mini...

Resy: The Women of Food Dinner Series
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Resy: The Women of Food Dinner Series

Celebrate and champion women in food. Online restaurant reservation service Resy has been cooking up a storm with some of London’s most...

Queens of Sheba
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Queens of Sheba

This hit fringe show by Nouveau Riché is inspired by the true story of a group of women being turned away from a nightclub for being 'too black'....

Bottomless Espresso Martini
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Bottomless Espresso Martini

Espresso Martinis can make even hardcore coffee drinkers feel pretty buzzed after just a few sips, so this event will send you into the stratosphere: a...

RA Lates: Deep Earth
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RA Lates: Deep Earth

Ready for another of the Royal Academy’s magical lates? Dance to DJ sets, see light shows and inflatable art, join life-drawing workshops and find...

Aespia presents: 'The Glass Theatre'
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Aespia presents: 'The Glass Theatre'

Need a bit of escapism in your life? Boutique festival-makers Aespia School of Art are back with a 12-hour celebration of art, music and theatre

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The 17 best things to do in Liverpool
Things to do The 17 best things to do in Liverpool

Head straight to these major sights and you can be sure to have a totally brilliant time

The 24 best things to do in Dublin
Things to do The 24 best things to do in Dublin

There’s something that’ll steal your attention around every corner in the Irish capital

The 29 best things to do in Prague
Things to do The 29 best things to do in Prague

Feeling lost in this sprawling city? Here’s where to find the best things to see and do

The 23 best things to do in Amsterdam
Things to do The 23 best things to do in Amsterdam

First-class museums? World-beating clubs? Stroopwafel? You’re in the right place

The 101 best things to do in Paris
Things to do The 101 best things to do in Paris

This list should help you get a sense of this storied yet ever-changing city as it is right now

The 12 best things to do in Cambridge
Things to do The 12 best things to do in Cambridge

If you thought Cambridge was all bucolic riverside walks, then, well... you’re spot-on

The 20 best things to do in Stockholm
Things to do The 20 best things to do in Stockholm

The Swedish capital is effortlessly photogenic from pretty much every angle

The 12 best things to do in Munich
Things to do The 12 best things to do in Munich

The capital of Bavaria (and beer) has experienced a major resurgence in recent years

The 11 best things to do in Athens
Things to do The 11 best things to do in Athens

Here’s how to get the best out of the cosmopolitan heart of Western culture

The 15 best things to do in Berlin
Things to do The 15 best things to do in Berlin

Whether you’re more into a ‘Museum Island’ or a 24-hour shape-throwing sesh

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