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
Nadiya Hussain: Finding My Voice
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark

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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
 
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
London’s Lost Rivers: Further Lost Rivers

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Tuesday 3rd December

The little-known story of how a clandestine press was made and run by a group of men in a German prisoner of war camp to mass produce escape maps.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 City of London
The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers
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

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Thursday 5th December

From low-temperature physics and the freezing cold of outer space, to Antarctic deserts and sub-zero chemistry desserts, embrace the chill in the Winter Wonderlab.
 Starts at 12am
 
 South Kensington
Imperial Lates : Winter Wonderlab
Monthly late night opening at the modernist HQ of the ancient Royal College Of Physicians.
 5:30pm to 8pm
 
 Camden
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
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
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
 A recipe for success?
Join costumed guides for seasonal candlelit tours of the house and learn about Eastbury’s history.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Barking
Candlelit Tours of Eastbury Manor House
Architectural historian Anna Bronovitskaya and photographer Yuri Palmin, will give an illustrated lecture on the most underappreciated era in the history of Soviet architecture,
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bloomsbury
An evening with the authors of Moscow: A Guide to Soviet Modernist Architecture 1955–1991
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
£23.50 Festive Fayre
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
Festive Fayre
xplore Hogarth: Place and Progress after normal opening hours, accompanied with a Gin & Tonic.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Holborn
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
City Farm annual Christmas fair
Fowlers Molly Dancers dance traditional molly dances in December and January each year around south east London, starting with this tour of Deptford.
 12:30pm to 4pm
 
 New Cross
Watch a fleet of vintage buses recreate an old bus route - not a running day, the buses are not carrying passengers.
 Starts at 12am
 
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
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
 11am to 6pm
 
 Stoke Newington
Hackney Flea-mas Market
Fete inside a church - with a chance to climb up the clock tower.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Notting Hill
Experience some nostalgia riding on vintage buses from Upminster out towards Essex.
 All Day
 
£23.50 Festive Fayre
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
Festive Fayre
A church hall filled with amazing Meccano models of all types and sizes.
 10:30am to 5pm
 
 Barkingside
 Hainault Meccano Hangout

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Sunday 8th December

Free Santacon
Look out for large numbers of people dressed up as Santa and generally behaving as though they are on a pub crawl.
 All Day
 
Santacon
A fleet of old buses will be plying the routes around Bromley and Crystal Palace.
 All Day
 
Vintage bus running day
Occasional open day at the restored St Stephen's Church, Rosslyn Hill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Hampstead
Open day at St Stephen's Church
Monthly opening of the organ collection, with many playing music through the day.
 11am to 5pm
 
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
Hackney Flea-mas Market
A tour of Charles Dickens house as it's decorated for Christmas
 Starts at 10am
 
 Clerkenwell
Christmas Housemaid's Tour
£23.50 Festive Fayre
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
Festive Fayre
As innovations in military technologies race toward ever-greater levels of automation and autonomy, debates over the ethics of violent technologies tread water.
 3pm to 5pm
 
 Holborn
Death Machines: The Ethics of Violent Technologies
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

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Monday 9th December

How do the internal politics of rebel movements drive wider dynamics of war and peace in Myanmar's changing borderlands?
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn

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Wednesday 11th December

An evening of cheese sales, tastings and talks at Borough Market.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Southwark
Evening of cheese
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
 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
Festive Candlelit Tours
Screening of the classic movie with introduction in the old operating theatre.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Southwark
Film Night: The Invisible Man (1933)
Late evening opening of the Charles Dickens Museum - with performances from A Christmas Carol.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Clerkenwell
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
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
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People
Make Christmas cosy again! Get into the spirit of the season with this talk on the folklore, customs, food, magic & music of Christmas.
 8pm to 10pm
 
 Southwark
The Folklore & Magic of Christmas

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Friday 13th December

Occasional tour of a 1500s era brick tower.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 Islington
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
Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

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Saturday 14th December

A one-day pop-up event to show off the latest discoveries at the Curtain Theatre, one of Shakespeare’s least historically documented playhouses.
 11am to 6pm
 
 Whitechapel
Love it or hate it, the concrete landscape of Europe’s largest art centre has been dividing opinion for generations.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Southwark
Southbank Centre architecture tours
Discover the especially written east-end version of the 12 Days of Christmas as Sheldon & Sacha introduce you to the deceased residents of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.
 2:30pm to :
 
 Bow
 The 12 Graves of Christmas
Craft your very own beautiful and decorative Christmas/festive wreath to take home, using natural foraged materials from the park.
 11am to 2pm
 
 Bow
Natural Festive Wreath Making
The Cinema Museum presents its annual variety extravaganza - a cornucopia of great entertainers caught on film at the height of their powers.
 7:30pm to 10:15pm
 
 Kennington
The Greatest Variety Show Ever 2019

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Sunday 15th December

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

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Tuesday 17th December

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

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Wednesday 18th December

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
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
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
Festive Candlelit Tours
A talk about the artist of the famous Kings Cross muck heap and why he chose his subjects.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Hampstead
E. H. Dixon and north London watercolour landscape topography
Robin Ince is back to host another four nights of the acclaimed Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People.
 Starts at 7pm
 
 Islington
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
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
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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
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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
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Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

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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
Christmas tours of Parliament

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Christmas Eve

Good news for meat lovers and lovers of a meaty bargain as the exceptionally good fun Christmas Eve auction will return to Smithfield this year.
 10:30am to 12pm
 
 Barbican
Smithfield meat market xmas eve auction
The Charles Dickens Museum will be filled with festive greenery, authentic Victorian fayre and the scent of citrus and spice.
 All Day
 
 Clerkenwell
Carol for a Modern Miser: Christmas Eve

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Christmas Day

On Christmas Day 2019 a free bus service will run on route 430 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge.
 9:30am to 4:20pm
 
Vintage bus trips on Christmas Day
Watch from the shore the famous Christmas morning swim in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake.
 9am to 11am
 
 Kensington
The one ice rink that will be open on Christmas Day.
 12:20pm to 9pm
 
 Hampstead

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Boxing Day

A folk tradition to perform a mummers play at three Middlesex pubs.
 All Day
 
Herga Mummers
Morris men are inviting everyone to an ancient midwinter play during their Boxing Day tour of Ewell Village.
 11am to 3pm
 
 Epsom
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
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
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
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
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
Christmas tours of Parliament

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