Sick of having to share your pub snug with the overgrown branches of a Christmas tree? Visit phantasmagoric cocktail bar The Last Tuesday Society where you can drink inside a wunderkabinett of mummified cars ad crocodile skulls. Visit on the weekends December 10 to 11 and December 17 to 18 and you’ll also be able to pick up framed butterflies, specimens in jars, two-headed teddys, crystal balls and fine art erotica – y’know, your usual stocking-fillers at their absynthe parlor Christmas market. Don’t expect to be offered a drop of sherry here.
Many of us love a good old-fashioned Christmas complete with trips to festive markets, ice skating, carol services and all the trimmings. But it’s not everyone’s glass of eggnog. Thankfully, London is abuzz with unusual Christmas events come winter. Whether you fancy switching up your usual gift-shopping with a trip to the Satanic Flea Market’s Antichristmas Fayre, making the Yuletide gayer than ever at a camp as Christmas drag show, or watching hardy swimmers go for an icy plunge on December 25 in the Serpentine’s famous Peter Pan Cup race, have yourself a quirky little Christmas with our round-up of the ultimate alt festive events in London.
We’ll be updating this page with alternative events for Christmas 2022 as they are announced.
RECOMMENDED: Find more festive fun with our guide to Christmas in London.