Things to do in London this week

Discover the biggest and best things to do in London over the next seven days
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By Alexandra Sims |

Is the week ahead looking quiet? Not any more. Head out in to the city and get a load of the hottest happenings taking place right now. You’ll be begging for a night off by Sunday, trust us. Here's our pick of the newest restaurant openings, the best new museum shows and the latest art exhibitions, plus out-of-the-way events and gigs you really won't want to miss. Let us be your social lifesaver for the next seven days. And if you’ve got a tip for something fun going on in London, tweet us your suggestion and help spread the word.

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London Pantomime Horse Race
Things to do, Quirky events

London Pantomime Horse Race

icon-location-pin Devonport House, Greenwich

Gallop down to Greenwich and you’ll find more than 40 pantomime horses trotting through the streets raising money for charity. ‘Film and TV’ is this year’s theme, so expect the nags to come dressed as some of your fave silver screen stars. The opening ceremony will feature a ‘Strictly Neigh Dancing’ dressage contest and the After Race Christmas Party will have live music, comedy and DJs. Everybody’s welcome at the bash, but if you think you’re capable of a charity canter, you’ll need to sign up in advance, by emailing 

Things to do, Food and drink events



Get ready for steamy cocktails, as Time Out throws its very own festival of cockle-rocking tipples. Hendrick’s, Monkey Shoulder, Glenfiddich and Reyka will be bringing together hot drinks, hot tunes and a hot winter vibe, while Night Tales’ resident Japanese izakaya Fat Baby and pizzeria Sons of Slice will be on snack duty. Down with mulled wine. It’s hot cocktail time!

Evening of Cheese, Borough Market
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Things to do, Food and drink events

Evening of Cheese

icon-location-pin Borough Market, South Bank

Are you a devoted fan of solid dairy? Then Borough Market’s annual Evening of Cheese is for you, thanks to the 20-plus cheesemongers who have been invited to showcase their wares. Alongside the wheels of dreams you’ll find wines, ciders and chutney too.

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Art, Contemporary art

Show of the week: Korakrit Arunanondchai

icon-location-pin Carlos/Ishikawa, Stepney

Let young Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai drag you into a metaphorical cave filled with spectres that will haunt you, spirits that will possess you and a whole load of lasers. It’s a little nuts, a little ridiculous, but very, very good.

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Things to do, Performances

Winter with… Glittery Clittery

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank

Expect singing, dancing and an ‘explosion of sequins’ from comedy cabaret trio Glittery Clittery. The South Bank’s never seen so much festive, feminist realness. Merry Christmuff! 

Aladdin - Hackney Empire - 23rd November 2018

Director - Susie McKenna
Designer - Lotte Collett
Lighting Designer - David Howe

Widow Twanky - Clive Rowe
The Empress - Tameka Empson
Aladdin - Gemma Sutton
Princess Ling Mai - Julie Yammanee
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Theatre, Panto


icon-location-pin Hackney Empire, Hackney

London’s flagship panto is back on top form thanks to the return of dame of dames Clive Rowe and ‘EastEnders’ star Tameka Empson. They might just be the funniest double act in town. 

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Chiharu Shiota, Me Somewhere Else, 2018, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet (5)

Chiharu Shiota: ‘Me Somewhere Else’

icon-location-pin Blainsouthern, Mayfair

Based on our connections to each other and to all the pre-internet parts of this planet, Chiharu Shiota’s new show is made up of a large-scale installation using a cast of the artist’s feet as the base for a massive, multi-layered maze of red rope. It’s overwhelming and incredibly beautiful.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Riposte x Amnesty International UK ‘Protection’ Exhibition

icon-location-pin Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross

Riposte magazine and Amnesty International UK have joined forces for this exhibition marking the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Feast your eyes on work by women and non-binary artists including Esther Mahlangu, Guerilla Girls, Erin Aniker and Hattie Stewart. All profits from art sales will go to Amnesty, and there’s a programme of events, workshops and talks running alongside the show.

Film, Animation

Film of the week: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'

After umpteen versions of ’Spider-Man’, here’s one that embraces the most out-there bits of Spidey lore and forges something totally fresh from them. This animated origin story introduces us to Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino high-schooler bitten by that pesky radioactive spider. He’s reluctantly tutored by a more jaded Peter Parker, who’s been dropped in from a parallel dimension, complete with a broken heart and a burger belly.

Blackhorse workshop
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Blackhorse Workshop Christmas Market

icon-location-pin Blackhorse Workshop, Higham Hill

Find extra-special stocking-fillers made by local designers, as the Walthamstow workshop catches festive fever. Mulled wine and beers will be available from the bar and Walthamstow Dogs will be dishing up hot dogs to keep you fuelled. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

‘We Live in an Ocean of Air’

icon-location-pin Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea

Brace yourself for a super-trippy VR installation that uses breath sensors, heart monitors and scent-dispersal systems to explore our connections to nature. Pop on a headset and find yourself in the canopy of a giant sequoia tree – the largest living individual organism on the planet. A blaze of light and colour awaits. 

Things to do, Quirky events

Up at The O2: Christmas Choirs

icon-location-pin The O2, Greenwich Peninsula

Listen to choirs including the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir – finalists on Gareth Malone’s BBC Two show ‘Sing While You Work’ – belt out seasonal classics and sip on steaming mulled wine 52 metres above the ground on this Christmassy climb up the roof of the O2. Catch a performance of ‘Walking in the Air’ for the full immersive experience.

Things to do, Festivals

Greenwich Circus Festival

icon-location-pin AirCraft Circus Academy, Charlton

This festival of big-top spectacle, cabaret and classes celebrates 250 years of UK circus performances with family-friendly daytime fare and more adult evening shows. Mini-performances feature Chinese pole, acrobatics and fire, while workshops let both kids and adults try out juggling and the trapeze. 

Things to do, Film events

Pop-Up Screens: Cinema in the Snow

icon-location-pin Hackney Showroom, Shacklewell

Enter through a Narnia-style wardrobe into a new season of festive films screened in a snow-filled grotto. There’ll be a forest of Christmas trees, hot chocolate and up to three screenings a day of movies including ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, ‘Elf’ and ‘The Holiday’.

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