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Things to do in London

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Top events happening London today

A Christmas shopping fair in the usually private Portman Square Gardens
12pm to 8pm
 
Marylebone
Marylebone Winter Garden
This lecture explores the destruction of libraries, archives and other knowledge, from Babylonian times until now, and its implications for society today.
1pm to 2pm
 
Holborn
Attacks on Knowledge from Ashurbanipal to Trump
Explore the museum after-hours, grab a drink and do some Christmas shopping.
5pm to 6:30pm
 
Barbican
Christmas late opening at the Museum of London
Step back in time and experience the House in true eighteenth-century style this winter.
5pm to 8pm
 
Trafalgar Square
Festive candlelit tours of Benjamin Franklin House
Don't miss the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree.
6pm to :
 
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony

Online events / webinars

Jeanette Rosenberg shares tips and tricks for researching Jewish genealogy and family history.
2pm to 3pm
 
An Introduction to Jewish Family History
This paper questions some of the received views about the papacy’s attitude towards crusader violence against Jews.
5:30pm to 7pm
 
Jews, Popes and Crusaders in 1236: A Case Study
You are a loser. For psychoanalysis, this isn’t a personal slight, but an impersonal truth. So why have we come to fear losing?
7pm to 8pm
 
Losers: An essay about politics, humility, and loss
Join art historian Alexander Nemerov in an online authors talk about his book Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York.
7pm to 8:30pm
 
Alexander Nemerov: Fierce Poise
Learn about the influences, conception, and construction of Frederick Leightons magnificent Arab Hall.
7pm to 8pm
 
The Making of the Arab Hall at Leighton House
A panel of climate scientists, policymakers and activists will come together to review the successes and shortcomings of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
7:30pm to 9pm
 
After COP26, What Next?

 

Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

Shutters
Free  
This is the first indoor shutter exhibition of its kind, featuring the works from 25 of London’s most respected graffiti writers.
Shutters
12pm to 7pm
Camden
Closes today
2021-11-05
2021-12-02
Regarding Forests
Regarding Forests by artist Chrystel Lebas features large-scale photographs taken during her travels around the world.
Regarding Forests
11am to 4pm
Barbican
Closes today
2021-09-06
2021-12-02
Awavena
£12  
Emmy award-winning Lynette Wallworth’s 360° VR experience connects you with an Amazonian people who are ascending from the edge of extinction.
Awavena
11am to 9:30pm
Barbican
Closing soon Sat, 4th December
2021-11-24
2021-12-04
Leon Kossoff - A Life in Painting
Comprising 58 works, this show will be the first posthumous and largest exhibition of Kossoff’s paintings in a commercial setting to date.
Leon Kossoff - A Life in Painting
10am to 6pm
Hanover Square
Closing soon Sat, 4th December
2021-09-30
2021-12-04
Liminal by ALO
Liminal features over 70 works created over the past three years by the London-based Italian artist ALO.
Liminal by ALO
10am to 6pm
Chelsea
Closing soon Sun, 5th December
2021-11-03
2021-12-05
The exhibition will highlight exciting new work from a wide sphere of contemporary printmaking practice, ranging from traditional techniques to experimental processes.
10:30am to 6:30pm
Bow
Closing soon Sun, 5th December
2021-11-26
2021-12-05
An exhibition of powerful visual art, music and writing by people in criminal justice settings, curated by artist Camille Walala and her sister Sarah Ihler-Meyer.
All Day
Southwark
Closing soon Sun, 5th December
2021-10-29
2021-12-05
e 125th anniversary of Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors  and Gravers
Over 500 contemporary miniature paintings and sculptures will be on display, from figurative to new and innovative artwork, in a pocket-sized format.
e 125th anniversary of Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors  and Gravers
10am to 4pm
St James
Closing soon Sun, 5th December
2021-11-25
2021-12-05
Phantoms of Surrealism
This exhibition examines the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
Phantoms of Surrealism
11am to 6pm
Whitechapel
Closing soon Sun, 12th December
2021-05-19
2021-12-12
Mixing It Up: Painting Today
This exhibition brings together 31 contemporary painters whose work freely draws on varied image sources, techniques and traditions in order to fashion fresh and compelling works of art that speak to this moment.
Mixing It Up: Painting Today
11am to 7pm
Southwark
Closing soon Sun, 12th December
2021-09-09
2021-12-12

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Walking tours of London today

Follow the trail left by monks and monarchs, press barons and literary giants along the highway and down its twisting alleyways.
 11am to 12:30pm
 
 City of London
2021-12-02
2021-12-02
A walk that explores the very heart of the City – the most historic part of the capital.
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2021-12-02
2021-12-02
This Magical Mystery Tour is a chance to “Imagine” Beatlemania and the Swinging 60s.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Bloomsbury
2021-12-02
2021-12-02
A guided walk around Westminster and get to see the hidden and ever so picturesque Georgian back streets where all the political salons are
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Whitehall
2021-12-02
2021-12-02

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