Things to do in London in December 2019

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The ianVisits guide to December's unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Sunday 1st December

Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain celebrates the publication of her brand-new memoir in her own warm, honest and humorous way, in conversation with Emma Freud.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
2019-12-01
2019-12-01
Nadiya Hussain: Finding My Voice
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-12-01
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Monday 2nd December

You’ll find over 50 stalls selling gorgeous gifts at the spectacular Drapers’ Hall in the City of London.
 11am to 8pm
 
2019-12-02
2019-12-02
City Christmas Fair
Tom Bolton discusses his second volume of London’s Lost Rivers explores eleven more rivers that have been buried, hidden or mislaid across the city.
 7:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Holborn
2019-12-02
2019-12-02
London’s Lost Rivers: Further Lost Rivers

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Tuesday 3rd December

Join us for a special guided tour of the Palace and see our historic rooms decorated for the festive season.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Fulham
2019-12-03
2019-12-03
Tour: A Palace Christmas
Join best-seller author Simon Jenkins as he presents his latest book in Leighton’s studio, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 West Kensington
2019-12-03
2019-12-03

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Wednesday 4th December

A series of presentations on everything from sword fighting and legendary weapons to Queens on stage, food riots and climate change in 17th century Andalusia, and how Sancho lost his Ass.
 5pm to 7pm
 
 Euston
2019-12-04
2019-12-04
Early Moderns Fast: Swinging a Sword, Swinging a Cat, Swinging Queens and Swinging a Sack

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Thursday 5th December

Monthly late night opening at the modernist HQ of the ancient Royal College Of Physicians.
 5:30pm to 8pm
 
 Camden
2019-12-05
2019-12-05
Museum Lates at the Royal College Of Physicians
Don’t miss the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree.
 6pm to :
 
 Trafalgar Square
2019-12-05
2019-12-05
Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Step back in time and experience Benjamin Franklin House in true eighteenth-century style this winter with our festive candlelit tours.
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
2019-12-05
2019-12-05
Festive Candlelit Tours

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Friday 6th December

Dr Aimée Fox will discuss the British Army's approach to learning and innovation during the First World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-12-06
2019-12-06
 A recipe for success?
Join costumed guides for seasonal candlelit tours of the house and learn about Eastbury’s history.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Barking
2019-12-06
2019-12-06
Candlelit Tours of Eastbury Manor House
The tale of Troy is the most famous story in Western culture. But is it just a myth?
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-12-06
2019-12-06
Historian and author William Dalrymple tells a timely cautionary tale of the first global corporate power: the East India Company, inspired by the research Dalrymple conducted for his latest book, The Anarchy.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Camden
2019-12-06
2019-12-06
£23.50
Eat, drink and be merry as the Hampton Court Palace courtyards are transformed into a food-lover's Christmas wonderland at the Festive Fayre 2019.
 10am to 6pm
 
 East Molesey
2019-12-06
2019-12-06
Festive Fayre
xplore Hogarth: Place and Progress after normal opening hours, accompanied with a Gin & Tonic.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Holborn
2019-12-06
2019-12-06
Soane Lates: Hogarth After Hours

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Saturday 7th December

Annual christmas fair at the Surrey Dock's city farm with food, drink and gifts for sale.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Rotherhithe
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
City Farm annual Christmas fair
Watch a fleet of vintage buses recreate an old bus route - not a running day, the buses are not carrying passengers.
 Starts at 12am
 
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
 11am to 6pm
 
 Stoke Newington
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
Hackney Flea-mas Market
Experience some nostalgia riding on vintage buses from Upminster out towards Essex.
 All Day
 
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
£23.50
Eat, drink and be merry as the Hampton Court Palace courtyards are transformed into a food-lover's Christmas wonderland at the Festive Fayre 2019.
 10am to 6pm
 
 East Molesey
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
Festive Fayre
A church hall filled with amazing Meccano models of all types and sizes.
 10:30am to 5pm
 
 Barkingside
2019-12-07
2019-12-07
 Hainault Meccano Hangout

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Sunday 8th December

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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Santacon
A fleet of old buses will be plying the routes around Bromley and Crystal Palace.
 All Day
 
2019-12-08
2019-12-08
Vintage bus running day
Occasional open day at the restored St Stephen's Church, Rosslyn Hill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Hampstead
2019-12-08
2019-12-08
Open day at St Stephen's Church
Monthly opening of the organ collection, with many playing music through the day.
 11am to 5pm
 
2019-12-08
2019-12-08
Monthly opening of the Amersham Fair Organ Museum
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
 11am to 6pm
 
 Stoke Newington
2019-12-08
2019-12-08
Hackney Flea-mas Market
A tour of Charles Dickens house as it's decorated for Christmas
 Starts at 10am
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-12-08
2019-12-08
Christmas Housemaid's Tour
£23.50
Eat, drink and be merry as the Hampton Court Palace courtyards are transformed into a food-lover's Christmas wonderland at the Festive Fayre 2019.
 10am to 4:30pm
 
 East Molesey
2019-12-08
2019-12-08
Festive Fayre
British composer, journalist, and lecturer Robert Hugill, returns to Conway Hall for a free Pre-Concert Talk, exploring the invention and evolution of the saxophone.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 Holborn
2019-12-08
2019-12-08

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Top events in London on Wed 11th Dec 2019

Dr Peter Caddick-Adams presents a panoramic new account of one of the Second World War's most important campaigns.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Chelsea
2019-12-11
2019-12-11
 Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day

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Thursday 12th December

Step back in time and experience Benjamin Franklin House in true eighteenth-century style this winter with our festive candlelit tours.
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
2019-12-12
2019-12-12
Festive Candlelit Tours
Screening of the classic movie with introduction in the old operating theatre.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-12-12
2019-12-12
Film Night: The Invisible Man (1933)
The story of Margaret Beaufort, the founding matriarch of the Tudor dynasty
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-12-12
2019-12-12
Late evening opening of the Charles Dickens Museum - with performances from A Christmas Carol.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-12-12
2019-12-12
Carol for a Modern Miser: Christmas Lates
This presentation and panel Q&A will explore the role of digital heraldic design in the 21st century, exploring an ancient art and science through a thoroughly modern lens.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Barbican
2019-12-12
2019-12-12
Heraldry in the 21st Century: An exploration of Digital Heraldic Design
Robin Ince is back to host another four nights of the acclaimed Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Islington
2019-12-12
2019-12-12
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

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Top events in London on Fri 13th Dec 2019

Dr Juliette Pattinson examines the female members of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a British wartime organisation that worked with the resistance in the Second World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-12-13
2019-12-13
 Carve their names with pride
Occasional tour of a 1500s era brick tower.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Islington
2019-12-13
2019-12-13
Canonbury Tower Tours
Robin Ince is back to host another four nights of the acclaimed Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Islington
2019-12-13
2019-12-13
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

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Saturday 14th December

Love it or hate it, the concrete landscape of Europe’s largest art centre has been dividing opinion for generations.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Southwark
2019-12-14
2019-12-14
Southbank Centre architecture tours
Craft your very own beautiful and decorative Christmas/festive wreath to take home, using natural foraged materials from the park.
 11am to 2pm
 
 Bow
2019-12-14
2019-12-14
Natural Festive Wreath Making

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Sunday 15th December

Star Wars themed pantomime horse race through Greenwich town centre.
 11:30am to :
 
 Greenwich
2019-12-15
2019-12-15
The 10th London Pantomime Horse Race
A tour of Charles Dickens house as it's decorated for Christmas
 Starts at 10am
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-12-15
2019-12-15
Christmas Housemaid's Tour
Large model rail show with 20 fully scenic layouts now in its 5th year.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Bexleyheath
2019-12-15
2019-12-15

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Monday 16th December

For this event Alison will be joined by fellow historian, Siobhan Clarke, to present a lecture based on their book A Tudor Christmas.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-12-16
2019-12-16

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Top events in London on Tue 17th Dec 2019

Explore the authentic folklore, history and contemporary practices associated with the Krampus.
 7pm to 10pm
 
 Hackney
2019-12-17
2019-12-17
The Krampus & The Old Dark Christmas

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Top events in London on Wed 18th Dec 2019

An evening lecture with mulled wine exploring the origins of Christmas from Saturnalia to Santa Claus—by way of Krampus & the Christmas Cat
 6:30pm to :
 
 Bethnal Green
2019-12-18
2019-12-18
Our Winter's Tale: The Evolution of Santa Claus
Late evening opening of the Charles Dickens Museum - with performances from A Christmas Carol.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-12-18
2019-12-18
Carol for a Modern Miser: Christmas Lates

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Thursday 19th December

Step back in time and experience Benjamin Franklin House in true eighteenth-century style this winter with our festive candlelit tours.
 6:30pm to 9:30pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
2019-12-19
2019-12-19
Festive Candlelit Tours
Robin Ince is back to host another four nights of the acclaimed Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Islington
2019-12-19
2019-12-19
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

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Friday 20th December

It's quiet over Christmas, so if you've never been, it's a good time to visit Parliament for a tour.
 All Day
 
 Whitehall
2019-12-20
2019-12-20
Christmas tours of Parliament

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Top events in London on Sat 21st Dec 2019

Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-12-21
2019-12-21
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
Love it or hate it, the concrete landscape of Europe’s largest art centre has been dividing opinion for generations.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Southwark
2019-12-21
2019-12-21
Southbank Centre architecture tours
Robin Ince is back to host another four nights of the acclaimed Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Islington
2019-12-21
2019-12-21
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

More London events on Saturday 21st December

Monday 23rd December

It's quiet over Christmas, so if you've never been, it's a good time to visit Parliament for a tour.
 All Day
 
 Whitehall
2019-12-23
2019-12-23
Christmas tours of Parliament

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Christmas Eve

The Charles Dickens Museum will be filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice.
 All Day
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-12-24
2019-12-24
Carol for a Modern Miser: Christmas Eve

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Christmas Day

Watch from the shore the famous Christmas morning swim in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake.
 9am to 11am
 
 Kensington
2019-12-25
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The one ice rink that will be open on Christmas Day.
 12:20pm to 9pm
 
 Hampstead
2019-12-25
2019-12-25

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Boxing Day

Morris men are inviting everyone to an ancient midwinter play during their Boxing Day tour of Ewell Village.
 11am to 3pm
 
 Epsom
2019-12-26
2019-12-26
Boxing Day Tour of Ewell Village and Mummers’ Play

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Friday 27th December

It's quiet over Christmas, so if you've never been, it's a good time to visit Parliament for a tour.
 All Day
 
 Whitehall
2019-12-27
2019-12-27
Christmas tours of Parliament

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Sunday 29th December

A lecture about a short-lived island in the Mediterranean that appeared in 1831.
 12:30pm to :
 
 South Kensington
2019-12-29
2019-12-29
The Island that Disappeared
Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-12-29
2019-12-29
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
2019-12-29
2019-12-29
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum

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Monday 30th December

It's quiet over Christmas, so if you've never been, it's a good time to visit Parliament for a tour.
 All Day
 
 Whitehall
2019-12-30
2019-12-30
Christmas tours of Parliament

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