Sure, December holds lots of good stuff – Christmas partying, New Year's Eve fun, Christmas markets – but even the most festive of Londoners can get beaten down by the freezing temperatures and near-constant darkness. Ensure that you don't get down about December by getting out and about this weekend and partying your (Christmas-gift-from-last-year) socks off.
Here are six great nights out taking place this weekend to suit all kinds of tastes, and remember there are plenty more partying and clubbing options to choose from.
Want food, booze and tunes?
Think winter isn’t picnic time? Think again, thanks to this roaming party and food collective setting up in two Peckham Victorian dwellings-turned arts spaces. Munch Seth Troxler’s meaty Smokey Tails barbecue grub, dance to disco and house DJs and browse a vintage fashion stall.
Peckham Safehouses. Every Thursday-Saturday until December 19. Free before 8pm, £3 after.
Want dancefloor carnage?
FabricLive: Digital Soundboy
After ten years of tough beats and bass, the acclaimed D&B party is bowing out this weekend. Sad times, but this final blow-out at Fabric should be one to remember. Shy FX, Breakage and Donaeo lead the action.
Friday December 4. Fabric. £19.
Want beats and bun gags?
Gold Teeth: The Great British Drake Off
Can Drake whip up a decent soufflé? You won’t find out at this tongue-in-cheek night, but you won’t care because you’ll be too busy dancing to Drizzy tunes, plus other hip hop and R&B jams. Innuendos about buns are very welcome.
Friday December 4. Brixton Jamm. £8.
Want primetime grime?
Roll up for this huge grime royal rumble, featuring a roster of scene-leading names and newer blood (pictured, below). Wiley, Novelist, P Money, Big Narstie, Oneman and Plastician are all in the mix.
Friday December 4. Electric Brixton. £15-£20.
Want a party-starting DJ in charge?
Annie Mac Presents...
A live showcase from the ever-ace selector with more records in her bag than curls in her immense bouffant. Joining the mighty Annie Mac to belt out raucous, floor-filling tunes will be top grime talent Stormzy and house producer Redlight, plus DJs Melé and Monki’s NRG Flash project.
Saturday Dec 5. O2 Academy Brixton. £26.
Want sparkle and sleaze?
Sink The Pink Winter Ball
Ditch that chunky winter fleece and break out the glitter for this annual filth-fest (pictured, top). There’ll be a performance from pop prince Will Young, DJs spinning disco and much-loved hits, plus eye-watering stage shows and mistletoe over some very inappropriate places. There's also a 'heroes and villains' theme.
The Troxy. Saturday December 5. £27.50.
Looking for more party and clubbing choices? Head to Time Out Nightlife.