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Top events in London on Sun 8th Dec 2019

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
 
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Vintage bus running day
Occasional open day at the restored St Stephen's Church, Rosslyn Hill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Hampstead
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Open day at St Stephen's Church
Monthly opening of the organ collection, with many playing music through the day.
 11am to 5pm
 
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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
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Hackney Flea-mas Market
A tour of Charles Dickens house as it's decorated for Christmas
 Starts at 10am
 
 Clerkenwell
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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
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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
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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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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

Emerging artist Hugo Brazão presents a new immersive installation at the Embassy of Brazil in November exploring themes of misdirection and disorientation.
event time 10am to 6pm
 St James
 Closing soon Wed, 11th Dec
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The LSE Library is marking the centenary of the appointment of William Beveridge as one of LSE’s most influential and widely known Directors.
The Power of Influence: William Beveridge as public intellectual and LSE Director
event time 11am to 6pm
 Holborn
 Closing soon Fri, 20th Dec
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Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface.
Driverless: Who is in control?
event time 10am to 6pm
 South Kensington
 Closing soon Sat, 21st Dec
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The exhibition looks at Pope’s early life in Twickenham and the creation of his villa, garden and grotto.
event time 2pm to 4pm
 Twickenham
 Closing soon Sun, 22nd Dec
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An enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as our grounds are transformed into an illuminated world.
event time 4:30pm to 9pm
 Eltham
 Closing soon Sun, 22nd Dec
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Grosvenor Square is set to grow and glow this festive season, as the Ever After Garden; an installation of symbolic, illuminated roses.
Ever After Garden
event time 12pm to 8pm
 Mayfair
 Closing soon Sun, 22nd Dec
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This winter, more twinkling and fantastical than ever before, Christmas at Kew returns.
Christmas at Kew 2019
event time Starts at 12am
 Richmond
 Closing soon Sun, 5th Jan
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Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels, explores the development of Peyton’s unique art from the 1990s to the present day.
Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels
event time 10am to 6pm
 Soho
 Closing soon Sun, 5th Jan
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All of the paintings and engravings in Hogarth's series have been united for the first time to examine his complex views on morality, the society and the city.
Hogarth: Place and Progress
event time 10am to 5pm
 Holborn
 Closing soon Sun, 5th Jan
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The Museum of Architecture brings its hugely popular Gingerbread City exhibition to Somerset House.
Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City
event time 10am to 6pm
 Strand
 Closing soon Sun, 5th Jan
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Exhibitions opening soon


Regular Events - Sunday 8th December 2019

Visit the second biggest Conservatory in London
 12pm to 5pm
 
 Barbican
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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.
 Starts at 1pm
 
 Barbican
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Architecture Tours - Brutal or beautiful?

Walking tours of London on Sunday 8th December 2019

Enjoy an insider's tour of the City, including Guildhall, Mansion House, the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange - grand buildings in the heart of a city where big money and history are still being made.
 2pm to 3:45pm
 
 City of London
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City Highlights Guided Walk

London has burned several time in its 2,000 years, and on this 2-hour walk you’ll learn about the 2 cataclysmic events of 1666 and 1940/41.
 11am to 1pm
 
 City of London
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London's Burning Walking Tour

Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace (and how he was in no fit state to shout "Freeeedoooommmm!")
 10:30am to 12:30pm
 
 Barbican
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Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London's Bloody Past

Explore London with one of our fantastic Doctor Who guides on this 2 ½ hour walking tour.
 10:30am to 1pm
 
 Southwark
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Tower Bridge opening times

07:30amMaintenance LiftUp river
08:00amMaintenance LiftDown river