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8 things you absolutely have to do in London this December

Published On 12/03/2014 Published On 12/03/2014
Winterville
Winterville
Winterville

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Dec 2 Tue

Winterville This is East London’s take on a winter festival. Beside the classics like an ice rink, horse-drawn carriages, and a fairground, there'll be street food from SmokeStack, Voodoo Ray's, The Cheese Truck, etc., and entertainment in the forms of the Wall Of Death, roller disco, and crazy club nights till late.

Victoria Park

Winterville Victoria Park This is East London’s take on a winter festival. Beside the classics like an ice rink, horse-drawn carriages, and a fairground, there'll be street food from SmokeStack, Voodoo Ray's, The Cheese Truck, etc., and entertainment in the forms of the Wall Of Death, roller disco, and crazy club nights till late.

East London Design Show

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Dec 4 Thu

East London Design Show Back for its 21st year, over 100 designers specializing in clothing, jewelry, furniture, and interior & product design will take over the Old Truman Brewery to showcase their wares. It's a fantastic alternative to the hell of Oxford St, plus it’s all local. They’ve also thrown in some street food and craft workshops, too!

Old Truman Brewery

East London Design Show Old Truman Brewery Back for its 21st year, over 100 designers specializing in clothing, jewelry, furniture, and interior & product design will take over the Old Truman Brewery to showcase their wares. It's a fantastic alternative to the hell of Oxford St, plus it’s all local. They’ve also thrown in some street food and craft workshops, too!

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Dec 5 Fri

The Ultimate Dinner Party Notting Hill pop-up bar The Little Yellow Door is throwing a dinner party in its quirky, flatshare-esque space, with each fictitious “flatmate” bringing something different to the festivities. Tickets are going fast, so get on it if you want in. 

The Little Yellow Door

The Ultimate Dinner Party The Little Yellow Door Notting Hill pop-up bar The Little Yellow Door is throwing a dinner party in its quirky, flatshare-esque space, with each fictitious “flatmate” bringing something different to the festivities. Tickets are going fast, so get on it if you want in. 

SantaCon London UK

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Dec 6 Sat

Santacon Join the experience of thousands of Santas running around Central London (aided by "Santa herders"), singing carols, handing out presents, and generally being jolly. The sole purpose of this is just to have fun and be a bit surreal, and with the help of the odd tipple along the way to help keep warm.

Central London

Santacon Central London Join the experience of thousands of Santas running around Central London (aided by "Santa herders"), singing carols, handing out presents, and generally being jolly. The sole purpose of this is just to have fun and be a bit surreal, and with the help of the odd tipple along the way to help keep warm.

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Dec 6 Sat

The Great Christmas Pudding Race It's similar to an egg & spoon race from your youth, only with a Christmas pudding, a flimsy plate, and an obstacle course. Now in its 34th year, there will be live entertainment from the vintage sounds of Elle & the Pocket Belles, plus a chance to raise money for cancer research. They’re still accepting teams of six, so pick your team carefully and start working on your uniform.

Covent Garden Market

The Great Christmas Pudding Race Covent Garden Market It's similar to an egg & spoon race from your youth, only with a Christmas pudding, a flimsy plate, and an obstacle course. Now in its 34th year, there will be live entertainment from the vintage sounds of Elle & the Pocket Belles, plus a chance to raise money for cancer research. They’re still accepting teams of six, so pick your team carefully and start working on your uniform.

Tutti Høyvik

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Dec 7 Sun

DIFC Santa Run Time to stretch out, put on your favorite Santa outfit, and go for a run for charity through Victoria Park. Or a walk, that works too. In support of numerous charities, join hundreds of other Santas for an entertaining afternoon. Even if you don’t already have a costume, they've got you covered so you have no excuse.

Victoria Park

DIFC Santa Run Victoria Park Time to stretch out, put on your favorite Santa outfit, and go for a run for charity through Victoria Park. Or a walk, that works too. In support of numerous charities, join hundreds of other Santas for an entertaining afternoon. Even if you don’t already have a costume, they've got you covered so you have no excuse.

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Dec 14 Sun

The London Pantomime Horse Race Down in Greenwich, over 40 panto horses will be gathering to clip-clop their way towards the finish line. This year is being billed as the Sci-Fi edition with tons of Stormtroopers and other cosplayers (sure, why not) in a pre-race ceremony to kick off the action.

Greenwich

The London Pantomime Horse Race Greenwich Down in Greenwich, over 40 panto horses will be gathering to clip-clop their way towards the finish line. This year is being billed as the Sci-Fi edition with tons of Stormtroopers and other cosplayers (sure, why not) in a pre-race ceremony to kick off the action.

Kettner's

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Dec 31 Wed

Black Tie Masquerade Ball at Kettner's If you want to ring in the new year with a little old-school glamour, head to Kettner's where they’ll be partying it up in style. There'll be two floors, three bars, a three-course feast, cabaret, burlesque, swing dancing lessons, a live band, and then DJs till 3am. 

Kettner's

Black Tie Masquerade Ball at Kettner's Kettner's If you want to ring in the new year with a little old-school glamour, head to Kettner's where they’ll be partying it up in style. There'll be two floors, three bars, a three-course feast, cabaret, burlesque, swing dancing lessons, a live band, and then DJs till 3am.