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Top events in London on Sat 14th Dec 2019

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
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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
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
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 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
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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
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The Greatest Variety Show Ever 2019

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Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

A display of one of the world’s largest private collections of African textiles.
African Textiles - Karun Thakar Collection
event time 10:30am to 5pm
 Euston
 Closing soon Sat, 14th 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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Nine buildings will be lit up at night will illustrations of trees from the Nine Elms.
Light Up Nine Elms
event time 5pm to 9pm
 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 11am to 3pm
 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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Step inside to join the rebel celebrations and discover centuries-old traditions that were forced to go underground in the 1600s.
1657: Rebel Christmas
event time 9am to 5pm
 Richmond
 Closing soon Sat, 4th Jan
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To celebrate the work of Freddy Warren, a selection of photographs are showcased in this exhibition that captures the atmosphere and movement of jazz.
Ronnie Scott's 1959-69 - Photography by Freddy Warren
event time 9:30am to 4pm
 Barbican
 Closing soon Sat, 4th Jan
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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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Exhibitions opening soon


Regular Events - Saturday 14th December 2019

Thrilling free tour of a working clock tower, with magnificent views across London
 11am to 5pm
 
 Holloway
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Tours of Caledonian Clock Tower

A guided tour around the historic Somerset House including the vaults under the main forecourt.
 12:15pm to :
 
 Strand
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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?

See a machine over 150 years old pull apart a piece of iron from end-to-end and celebrate the vision of a forgotten hero of engineering science.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Southwark
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Live Demonstration of David Kirkaldy's Universal Testing Machine

Walking tours of London on Saturday 14th December 2019

The River Thames is London. It’s why the Romans chose its gravel north bank to found Londinium; its tidal waters brought trade and wealth to the City - and continues to do so.
 11am to 12:45pm
 
 City of London
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London's River Walk

Join our Roman guided tour and let us ‘roam’ around the City and discover a history that dates back nearly 2,000 years.
 2pm to 3:45pm
 
 City of London
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Roman London Walking Tour

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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Tower Bridge opening times

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