Open noon–4pm, Gallery@oxo
Wildlife photography by Roger Hooper capturing some of the world's most endangered species with an emphasis on leopards, tigers and other big cats.
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Open until 5pm, 47 Beak St
From the man who has already given us such delights as Stella McCartney's window displays and the neon for Gotham City for Tim Burton's 'Batman' comes a new exhibition of old and new work, including pieces refashioned from salvaged iconic signs, spent window displays and discarded neon.
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Dec 8-Jan 6 2013 , Kew Gardens
Enjoy a vintage carousel on Kew Palace Lawn, seasonal face painting (you can transform yourself into Rudolph, an elf or even a Christmas pudding) at Climbers and Creepers and hands-on activity sessions in the Orangery restaurant, based on plants and trees associated with the festive season (every Wed & Sun noon-2pm).
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Open until 6pm, National Theatre
The annual jewellery showcase in the run-up to Christmas (and beyond) features a huge selection of pieces for sale by European designers.
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Until Jan 6 2013, Hyde Park
Hyde Park goes all Christmassy with the sparkly additions of rides and attractions including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses - 'Christmas Circus' and 'Cirque Berserk'.
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Until Jan 5 2013, Chris Beetles Gallery
This annual exhibition of illustrations and cartoons features some 800 works drawn from across three centuries.
Read more about The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration 1837-2012
Open 9am–3pm, Sealife London Aquarium
In addition to the hundreds of varieties of fish and sea life from all over the world, including stingrays, sharks, piranhas and sea scorpions, the aquarium's Shark Walk allows visitors to walk over a floating glass platform with sharks swimming just below their feet.
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Open until 3pm, Jubilee Gardens, London, SE1 7PB
At the hub of the South Bank's millennial makeover rolls the London Eye, here only since 2000 but already up there with Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament as the capital's most postcard-friendly tourist asset.
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Until Feb 29 2016, London Wetland Centre
The four disused Victorian reservoirs tucked into a loop in the Thames have been softened by landscaping and weathered by nature to become an extensive landscape of lagoons, islets and pastures. The Wetland Centre is a fascinating, beautiful place.
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Until 6pm, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RY
London Zoo has been open in one form or another since 1826. Spread over 36 acres and containing more than 600 species, it cares for many of the endangered variety - part of the entry price goes towards the ZSL's projects around the world.
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Until Jan 13 2013, National Portrait Gallery
A show to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the death of Henry Prince of Wales (1594-1612). It brings together artworks and objects produced and collected during the Jacobean period, including paintings by Holbein, drawings, manuscripts and books that reflect the artistic and creative culture that flourished during the Henry's reign.
Read more about The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart
150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present told through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs.
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Until Jan 2 2013, Royal College of Art
From just this brief selection, it's obvious that the RCA has an extraordinary knack of its own: for nurturing cross-disciplinary talent - the type of creative who can breathe art into industrial design, and purpose into art.
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Until Mar 3 2013, Barbican Centre
Contemporary art group Random International creates a digital installation that gives visitors the chance to experience how it might feel to control the rain.
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Exhibitions are only open from 10am–4pm, Somerset House
A palladian civic palace between the Strand and the Thames by Waterloo Bridge, Somerset House is home to one of the capital's best ice rinks this season plus an array of great exhibitions.
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Open until 6pm, National Theatre
An exhibition of around 100 entries for this annual award for landscape photography in the UK. See the website for details of exhibition talks and tours.
Read more about Take a View: Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012
Until Feb 29 2016, The O2
This new attraction at the O2 gives visitors the chance to go on a guided expedition across the arena roof via a tensile fabric walkway suspended 53 metres above ground level.
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Until Feb 29 2016, V&A
The V&A houses one of the world's greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photography.
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