Things to do in London in December 2020

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


Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Tuesday 1st December


Online events / webinars

Join Professor Maria Charalambides for Science Breaks as she discusses her work on engineering better-tasting, healthier chocolate.
 12:30pm to 1:30pm
 
Wee Willie & the King’s Silver Trousers: A Tale of Medieval Arms & Armour from the Society of Antiquaries Library
 1pm to :
 
This talk deals with some of the City’s top spooks, plus a few more from all over London.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Online Talk: Haunted London
This lecture will use examples – from a report on Coronavirus to a popular soap about rural life – to explore and compare with Western beliefs.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Seeing China Through Its Media
Emma Chapman will tell us what happened after the Big Bang what it can teach us about the Universe today.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
First light: Switching on stars at the dawn of time

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Wednesday 2nd December


Online events / webinars

Butchers from Borough Market’s Northfield Farm to show off different ways of preparing a classic porchetta.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
Masterclass: Northfield Farm
A talk about an iconic chair in the Emery Walker House, but was it made by a bodger?
 3pm to 5:30pm
 
Philip Clissett and the 'Bodger' Conundrum'
10 Years since its restoration,Michel Snodin and Carole Patey, both Trustees in 2010 and central figures in the restoration, discuss the hurdles and triumphs in rebuilding Horace Walpole’s inspirational ‘little gothic castle’.
 6pm to :
 
Restoring Horace Walpole's 'little gothic castle', with Michael Snodin and Carole Patey
This lecture looks at how this dramatic change was pushed through despite formidable opposition.
 6pm to 7pm
 
England’s Unwanted Reformation

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Thursday 3rd December


Online events / webinars

Join our panel of experts to address this question and discover the incredible opportunities provided by digital technologies in mitigating climate change and helping us to achieve net zero.
 6pm to 7pm
 
You and the planet: technology
Zandra will be in conversation with the Fashion Museum's Head of Exhibitions, Dennis Nothdruft.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
Zandra Rhodes In Conversation
How do we investigate violent and unexpected deaths at the inquest?
 6pm to 7pm
 
Who Investigates Sudden Death?
Toni Mount discusses how a Lincolnshire farm boy became one of the most influential scientists of all time
 6pm to 7pm
 
The World of Isaac Newton with Tony Mount
Discover the reality of peacetime conscription and its impact on Britain with Professor Richard Vinen.
 6:30pm to :
 
National Service: A Generation in Uniform
Celebrate the cultural diversity of the Arctic and its importance to us all at this special Online Late.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
Magnetic North: voices from the Indigenous Arctic
A virtual tour to explore themes of identity, art, immigration and social change in one of London most dynamic areas.
 7pm to 8pm
 
Brixton - Look Up London Virtual Walking Tour
An evening of three talks about Stoke Newington's history from different perspectives
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
Stoke Newington History Talks
A talk about the Limehouse hydraulic accumulator tower and the history of hydraulic power.
 7:30pm to :
 

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Friday 4th December


Online events / webinars

Join Dr Christopher Knowles as he looks at the roles of four British individuals shaping the British occupation in Germany following the Second World War.
 12pm to :
 
 Reconstruction, Renewal and Reconciliation in Occupied Germany
While we can give the era a grateful nod for the Christmas tree, carols and crackers, let’s be honest - it’s really all about the food.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Potatoes, Plum Pudding and Peacock: eating with the Victorians at Christmas
Nick Hall looks at British tourists' views of the USSR.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
The Other Side of the Picture: Soviet City & Countryside in 1930s Britain

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Saturday 5th December

Watch a fleet of vintage Routemaster buses on route 159
clock tba
 
Fulham Palace's outdoor/indoor Christmas market which includes fine foods and gifts, perfect for buying some thoughtful presents.
clock 9am to 5pm
 
location Fulham
Independent artists and makers have gathered to present some of their most wonderful creations.
clock 12pm to 8pm
 
location Clerkenwell
Wyrd Winter Fayre!
Southwark Cathedral invite all amateur and professional photographers to spend an atmospheric evening in the Cathedral during advent.
clock 6pm to 8:30pm
 
location Southwark
Christmas Candlelit Photography Evening with Organ

Online events / webinars

Fun and fascinating walk through Spitalfields' hidden history
 11am to 12:30pm
 
The Spirit of Spitalfields - London Walking Tour
Get behind the scenes at IWM as two curators discuss their new books and share their experience of diving into the collections.
 3pm to 4:30pm
 
IWM In Conversation: Christmas at War & Painting 1940s London

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Sunday 6th December

Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
clock All Day
 
location Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Fulham Palace's outdoor/indoor Christmas market which includes fine foods and gifts, perfect for buying some thoughtful presents.
clock 9am to 5pm
 
location Fulham
Better than half price entry to the Painted Hall on the first Sunday of the month.
clock 10am to 5pm
 
location Greenwich
Monthly cheap entry to the Painted Hall
Monthly opening of London's original international airport - in Croydon.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location Southwark
Independent artists and makers have gathered to present some of their most wonderful creations.
clock 12pm to 8pm
 
location Clerkenwell
Wyrd Winter Fayre!

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Monday 7th December

Geoengineering is the large-scale intervention of the earth’s climate systems with the aim to counteract climate change, could this solution reverse large-scale greenhouse-gas production?
clock 6pm to 9pm
 
location Strand

Online events / webinars

This lecture will consider the prevention and treatment of these cancers.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Bowel Cancer and Digestive Cancers
A panel of expert scientists explore the science behind the pandemic, and discuss what it is about this particular virus that makes it so infectious and potentially life-threatening on an unprecedented global scale.
 6:15pm to 7:15pm
 
The what, the how and the why of the pandemic

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Tuesday 8th December


Online events / webinars

A glimpse into secret tunnels, abandoned stations and haunted lines running under our great city.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Folklore of Underground London with Antony Clayton
Dame Sally Davies and Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard discuss the future of public health
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
Whose health is it anyway?

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Wednesday 9th December


Online events / webinars

This Virtual Private View will launch the Petrie Museum’s brand new Entrance Gallery and tell the story of the cast of characters who were influential in creating the museum.
 3pm to 4pm
 
Extraordinary Stories from the Petrie Museum
Is Santa really Dutch? Were Christmas Trees introduced by Prince Albert? Was Christmas once a time of faith, rather than riotous feasting?
 6pm to 7pm
 
Christmas Lies and Legends
Find out how James Bond got his style from the tailors of Westminster.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Dressed to Kill: The West End tailors who suited James Bond

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Thursday 10th December

Join Company Wayne McGregor for a performance and talk at the Design Museum in response to Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers.
clock 7pm to :
 
  Company Wayne McGregor Live at the Design Museum

Online events / webinars

Join Ian Baker, author of Tibetan Yoga: Principles and Practices, alongside Tibetan Buddhist teacher and traditional doctor Nida Chenagtsang, for an exploration into this lesser-known tradition.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Tibetan yoga: practices and principles
This lecture shows how Ord built on Arthur Mann’s pioneering work with King’s Choir and created a singing style that transformed choral performance internationally.
 6pm to 7pm
 
Boris Ord‘s King’s College Carols
David Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
How to walk on water and climb up walls
An unusual opportunity to hear tales of some of the most fascinating and inspirational people in history who are buried at Highgate Cemetery
 7pm to 8pm
 
A Victorian Valhalla: Eleanor Marx, Adam Worth, John Atcheler
£5.00 The Wassail
Apples Wassails, Doll Wassails, Visiting Wassails & the Bowl will be discussed in an online slideshow followed by a Zoom session with storytelling & song.
 8pm to 10pm
 
The Wassail

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Friday 11th December

Hampton Court Palace courtyards and East Front gardens will be transformed into a food-lover's Christmas wonderland.
clock 10am to 4:30pm
 
location East Molesey
Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace
Late-night opening of the museum along with the Derek Jarman exhibition and a floodlit church.
clock 5:30pm to 8pm
 
location Southwark
Late opening at the Garden Museum

Online events / webinars

David Hammond explores the role and influence, both cultural and military, of British Army music between the two world wars.
 12pm to :
 
 British Army Music in the Interwar Years
This presentation will also touch upon five decades of change since and how far Everest links are to be found in the City and surrounding areas.
 2pm to 3pm
 
Mount Everest: A 45 Year Perspective

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Saturday 12th December

Hampton Court Palace courtyards and East Front gardens will be transformed into a food-lover's Christmas wonderland.
clock 10am to 4:30pm
 
location East Molesey
Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace
Open day at the restored Victorian steam powered pumping station, with the machine running regularly throughout the day.
clock 11am to 5pm
 
location South Tottenham
Victorian steam engine - steaming day

Online events / webinars

Fun and fascinating walk showcasing Bermondsey's hidden history
 11am to 12:30pm
 
Bermondsey: Off The Beaten Track - Look Up London Walking Tour

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Sunday 13th December

Hampton Court Palace courtyards and East Front gardens will be transformed into a food-lover's Christmas wonderland.
clock 10am to 4:30pm
 
location East Molesey
Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace
A mind-bending musical voyage through space and time, set to a soundtrack inspired by the great unknowns of the Universe.
clock 8pm to :
 
location Barbican
The Cosmos with Professor Brian Cox & BBC SO

Online events / webinars

Fun-filled walks uncovering Fleet Street's hidden history
 11am to 12:30pm
 
Secrets of Fleet Street - London Walking Tour

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Monday 14th December

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 15th December


Online events / webinars

Their conversation will explore the historic destruction of libraries and archives, many of the names of which are written into the walls of the library of exile.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Burning the Books: Richard Ovenden and Edmund de Waal in conversation
Jonathan Slaght, conservationist, researcher and expert on Blakiston's fish owl, tells the story of how he saved the world's largest owl.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
Owls of the Eastern Ice, with Jonathan Slaght
A virtual tour of Art Deco New York with author Anthony Robins
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
ART DECO NEW YORK - 42nd Street East to West  with
From the edge of our solar system to battling an artificial intelligence takeover, we will see the point of mathematics after all.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
What's the point: why maths really matters

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Wednesday 16th December


Online events / webinars

Lucy Worsley is joined by food historian, Richard Fitch and Public Historian, Charles Farris for a whistle-stop tour of Christmas traditions through the ages.
 7pm to :
 
Christmas through the ages

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Thursday 17th December

A notice that the Thames Barrier and the Barking Barrier will have their monthly test closures today.
clock 8:30am to 11:10am
 
Thames and Barking barrier monthly closures

Online events / webinars

Julia Black, as she interviews former Governor of the Bank of England and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, Mark Carney.
 5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Can the world become net carbon zero? Mark Carney in conversation
An unusual opportunity to hear tales of some of the most fascinating and inspirational people in history who are buried at Highgate Cemetery
 7pm to 8pm
 
A Victorian Valhalla: ‘Numismafia’, Radclyffe Hall, Robert Liston
The talk will include some of the often hilarious threats from one magician to the other, as well as examine magic's enormous popularity in the nineteenth century until Barney's dramatic finale in 1858.
 7pm to 8pm
 
Abney Park's Duelling Wizards with Sam Perrin
Enjoy a specially-curated tour of the five-star exhibition from the comfort of your home.
 8pm to :
 
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers -The Virtual Tour

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Friday 18th December

Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.
clock 7pm to :
 
location Islington
You're Dead to Me - Live

Online events / webinars

To mark the International Migrants' Day, this talk explores how emigration affects those left behind
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
Can You Run Away From Sorrow? with Ivana Bajic-Hajdukovic

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Saturday 19th December


Online events / webinars

Walk the hidden alleyways of the Square Mile, meeting the heroes, villains and martyrs of London.
 11am to 12:30pm
 
The City: Power and Sacrifice - London Walking Tour

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Sunday 20th December

The market will feature up to 40 stalls selling a wide variety of vegan food, cosmetics, ethical clothing and locally made arts and crafts.
clock 10:30am to 4pm
 
location Croydon
Croydon Vegan Market

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Monday 21st December

Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing special happening today. Sorry about that!

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Tuesday 22nd December


Online events / webinars

These snowy stories come from Russia, Germany and Scandinavia, and will fill you with the magic of Christmas.
 4pm to 5pm
 
Winter Fairy Tales

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Wednesday 23rd December

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Christmas Eve

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Christmas Day

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Boxing Day

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Sunday 27th December

A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
clock 10am to 4pm
 
location Enfield Town
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum

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Monday 28th December

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Tuesday 29th December

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Wednesday 30th December

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Thursday 31st December

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