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Top events in London on Sat 8th Dec 2018

Free
Look out for large numbers of people dressed up as Santa and generally behaving as though they are on a pub crawl
 All Day
 
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Santa Con

A seasonal cafe pop-up from celebrity chef Ben Tish, carol singers, a live band, 25 stalls of crafts and produce
 10am to 4pm
 
 Whitechapel
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Browse and buy unique hand-made gifts from London makers, and enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas tree with some hot street food.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Bethnal Green
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This Christmas market will showcase 50 different designer makers each day.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bow
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Urban Makers Christmas Fair

A one-day pop-up event in Shoreditch, to celebrate the beginning of the festive season in true Elizabethan-era playhouse style.
 11am to 6pm
 
 Whitechapel
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Shakespeare pop-up in Spitalfields

Occasional open weekend of the normally private Eel Pie Island.
 3pm to 4pm
 
 Twickenham
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The farmyard is set to be transformed with local craft stalls selling all sorts of Christmas gift ideas.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Rotherhithe
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Surrey Docks City Farm annual Christmas fair

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, celebrate the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary.

Oceania

 10am to 6pm
 Picadilly
 Closing soon Mon, 10th Dec
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An exhibition featuring items from LSE Library collections related to the UK’s relationship in and out of the EU.
 11am to 6pm
 Holborn
 Closes today
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The exhibition reveals the ‘behind the scenes’ of a pioneer excavation and research project of one of the most complex societies of its time.

The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük

 10:30am to 5pm
 Euston
 Closes tomorrow
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Exhibition of sketches of London by local artists.

All of London Life is There

 9:30am to 4pm
 Barbican
 Closing soon Sat, 22nd Dec
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An enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the gardens at Eltham Palace are transformed into an illuminated world.

Enchanted Eltham

 4:30pm to 9pm
 Eltham
 Closing soon Sat, 22nd Dec
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A series of modern light installations will illuminate the 18th century gardens and architecture, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the Gardens in a different light, after dark.
 5:30pm to 10pm
 Chiswick
 Ends on Sun, 30th Dec
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Fans which reflect the troubadour style and a return to the chivalric principles of the past will be on display alongside fans commemorating Napoleon and the return of his ashes to France in 1840.

The Romantic Age: European Fans 1810-1840

 11am to 5pm
 Greenwich
 Ends on Sun, 30th Dec
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Drawing on the resources of the National Jazz Archive the exhibition includes photos, posters, journals, video and memorabilia.

Women in Jazz: A Celebration of the Past, Present and Future

 9:30am to 4pm
 Barbican
 Ends on Mon, 31st Dec
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24 homes and shops across Greenwich will each open an "advent window" in December to visit around the town.
 6pm to 9pm
 Ends on Wed, 2nd Jan 2019
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This Christmas, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a magical after dark explosion of festive colour
 Starts at 5pm
 Richmond
 Ends on Sat, 5th Jan 2019
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Exhibitions opening soon


Regular Events - Saturday 8th December 2018

A guided tour around the historic Somerset House including the vaults under the main forecourt.
 12:15pm to :
 
 Strand
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Walking tours of London on Saturday 8th December 2018

This walking tour covers iconic London from a new perspective, introducing guests to the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of the Public Toilet.
 3:30pm to 5:30pm
 
 Southwark
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Uncover some of the locations from the James Bond films, including the latest 007 film adventure.
 10:30am to 1pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
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A 90-minute walking tour as you explore the Barbican and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.
 tba
 
 Barbican
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Tower Bridge opening times

Tower Bridge is not due to open today. The next scheduled opening is on Tue 11th Dec at 04:30pm