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Christmas at Kew Gardens
Katy Dillon

Things to do today in London: Friday December 27 2019

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The limbo period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve is always a tricky one. This year, break out of the funk by perusing the Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City, taking a wander through the illuminated Kew Gardens or take in the picture-perfect Eccleston Yards installation.

1. Southbank Centre Winter Festival

The Southbank Centre is back with its annual winter transformation, with an extensive festival programme for all the family. Head to the riverside venue for festive treats from the marketplace, electric comedy and cabaret shows and more.
Southbank Centre. Tube: Waterloo. Until Jan 26. Mixture of free and costed events.

2. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

It’s technically still the Christmas break so it’s only right to reserve your place for a stage adaptation of CS Lewis’s magical snowy fantasy. Make your way to the Bridge Theatre to see Narnia brought to life before your very eyes.
Bridge Theatre. Tube: London Bridge. Until Feb 2. From £18.75.

3. Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City

This Christmas, the grandeur of Somerset House is filled with impressive dough masterpieces all around the theme of ‘transport’. Take a wander through this imaginary city made of biscuit-y creations and if you want to take things up a level, there are gingerbread house making workshops available from £35.
Somerset House. Tube: Temple. Until Jan 5. From £9.

4. Christmas at Kew Gardens

Being a botanical haven isn’t all that Kew Gardens is – during the festive season, it undergoes an illuminating makeover with its most recognisable buildings aglow with lights. Take in the Tunnel of Light, spiral tree installations and singing holly bushes alongside festive shopping and mulled wine that will warm your bones.
Kew Gardens. Tube: Kew Gardens. Until Jan 5. From £18.

5. ‘Wave’ at Eccleston Yards

If you’re bored of the standard festive lights, then wander down to Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards for the ‘Wave’ installation by artist collective Squidsoup. Made up of 500 colourful suspended orbs, it’s a great reason to finally get out of the house, plus it makes for top Instagram content.
Eccleston Yards. Tube: Victoria. Until Jan 11. Free

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