Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Things to do in London in December 2023

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


Friday 1st December

To mark the 80th anniversary of the PDSA Dickin Medal, Emma Worrall will examine the role of dogs in the First World War.
2023-12-01
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Dogs of the First World War
Chelsea

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Saturday 2nd December

Experience some nostalgia riding on vintage buses from the 1930’s – 2000’s on their annual Heritage Bus Running Day.
2023-12-02
All Day
 
Ensignbus Running Day 2023
Step into a world of wonder and enchantment this Christmas with a Victorian Magic Lantern show.
2023-12-02
tba
 
Clerkenwell
A Gothicly Grand Magic Lantern Christmas
Clerkenwell
Occasional guided tours of the Old Bailey criminal court in the City of London.
2023-12-02
All Day
 
City of London
Guided tours of the Old Bailey
City of London
Monthly Saturday opening of an exhibition about the British priest who nearly became Pope.
2023-12-02
10am to 5pm
 
Southwark
Reformation Cardinal
Southwark
A traditional festive market, featuring more than 40 vendors.
2023-12-02
10am to 5pm
 
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
The North Wood Morris Men will be we shall be dancing up the South Bank accompanied by several other dance sides.
2023-12-02
10:30am to 4:30pm
 
North Wood Morris Xmas Day of Dance
The local group is taking over the entire Hainault Baptist Church complex and filling it with Meccano models of all types and sizes.
2023-12-02
10:30am to 5pm
 
Barkingside
Barkingside
Open two weekends a year, the usually private island's artists open their doors to show off their wares.
2023-12-02
11am to 5pm
 
Twickenham
Twickenham
The guided tour of the Albert Memorial gives you exclusive access inside the memorial railings
2023-12-02
11am to 12:30pm
 
South Kensington
Albert Memorial tour
South Kensington
Annual sale of Nordic gifts by the two Nordic churches in Rotherhithe.
2023-12-02
12pm to 6pm
 
Rotherhithe
Rotherhithe
20 minute free horse and carriage rides around Chelsea each weekend in the run up to Christmas
2023-12-02
12pm to 4pm
 
Chelsea
Horse & Carriage Rides in Chelsea
Chelsea

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Sunday 3rd December

Step into a world of wonder and enchantment this Christmas with a Victorian Magic Lantern show.
2023-12-03
tba
 
Clerkenwell
A Gothicly Grand Magic Lantern Christmas
Clerkenwell
Take a boat trip through London's longest canal tunnel whilst enjoying a warm fruit punch and mince pie with cream.
2023-12-03
tba
 
Islington
Canal tunnel trips
Islington
A traditional festive market, featuring more than 40 vendors.
2023-12-03
10am to 5pm
 
Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green
Monthly open day at the museum to London's first international airport - in Croydon.
2023-12-03
10am to 4pm
 
Croydon
Monthly open day at Croydon Airport museum
Croydon
The collection includes instruments by Gavioli, Marenghi, Hooghuys, Wilhelm Bruder Söhne and Gebr.Weber.
2023-12-03
11am to 5pm
 
Amersham
Occasional open day at the Amersham Fair Organ Museum
Amersham
Open two weekends a year, the usually private island's artists open their doors to show off their wares.
2023-12-03
11am to 5pm
 
Twickenham
Twickenham
Frock Me! returns to Chelsea Old Town Hall with over 60 leading dealers of vintage and antique fashion, textiles and accessories.
2023-12-03
11am to 5:30pm
 
Chelsea
Frock Me - Vintage fashion fair
Chelsea
A tour of the first Gothic-revival cemetery with your expert guide from the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery charity
2023-12-03
11am to 12:30pm
 
West Norwood
West Norwood Cemetery tour
West Norwood
Annual sale of Nordic gifts by the two Nordic churches in Rotherhithe.
2023-12-03
12pm to 6pm
 
Rotherhithe
Rotherhithe
20 minute free horse and carriage rides around Chelsea each weekend in the run up to Christmas
2023-12-03
12pm to 4pm
 
Chelsea
Horse & Carriage Rides in Chelsea
Chelsea
Enjoy the festive season with Peter Pan accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
2023-12-03
2:30pm to 5pm
 
Brentford
Christmas Silent Film: Peter Pan with the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ
Brentford
A look at the art and design of that most stylish of 60s TV companies, ITC.
2023-12-03
Starts at 3pm
 
Southwark
The Stylish World of ITC + intro by Lord Michael Grade
Southwark

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Monday 4th December

There will be over 50 stalls selling everything from festive food to jewellery and from clothing to toys.
2023-12-04
11am to 8pm
 
City of London
City of London
A discussion of light in public entertainments in the Georgian era and today.
2023-12-04
Starts at 7pm
 
Holborn
Panel Discussion: Light Entertainment
Holborn

Online events / webinars

Join Lady Antonia Fraser, Professor Catriona Seth and Alexander Collins, as they explore the queen’s life through her letters and the artworks linked to her in the museum.
6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
Marie-Antoinette: A Life in Letters and Art

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Tuesday 5th December

Discover angels as public art, monuments and memorial in the unique Square Mile of the City of London.
2023-12-05
2pm to 3pm
 
City of London
City of Angels
City of London
This event will look at how attitudes to safety have changed since railways first opened.
2023-12-05
6pm to 7:30pm
 
Pimlico
Pimlico

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Wednesday 6th December

Simon Postgate - son of Oliver Postgate - will be hosting a live talk exploring the making of Clangers from his perspective as a young boy in the seventies.
2023-12-06
6pm to 7:30pm
 
New Oxford Street
Talk - The Clangers
New Oxford Street
Join art historian Griselda Pollock in a lecture exploring the challenging idea that Van Gogh was, at heart, more a Victorian than a modern artist.
2023-12-06
Starts at 7pm
 
Stockwell
Stockwell

Online events / webinars

The National Archives welcomes back historian Dr Annie Gray for the latest in her popular series of Christmas food talks.
7:30pm to 8:30pm
 
From peace to pigs in blankets: the British Christmas from 1945 onwards

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Thursday 7th December

Visit the public exhibition on the emerging proposals for 110 The Queen’s Walk, formerly known as City Hall.
2023-12-07
12pm to 7pm
 
Southwark
Former City Hall redevelopment consultation
Southwark
A monthly late opening of the restored Roman temple found near Bank in the City of London in the 1950s, and recently restored to its original subterranean location.
2023-12-07
5pm to 8pm
 
City of London
Monthly late opening at the London Mithraeum
City of London
Don’t miss the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree.
2023-12-07
5:30pm to 6:30pm
 
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree lighting ceremony
Trafalgar Square
Discover exhibition 'Fortitude: healthcare workers' experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic' and the Royal College of Physicians' collections after hours.
2023-12-07
5:30pm to 8pm
 
Camden
RCP Museum Late December: featuring 'Fortitude'
Camden
On the first Thursday of the month, Holborn's Novelty Automation has a bar in the store for their late-night opening.
2023-12-07
6pm to 9pm
 
Holborn
Monthly bar night at Novelty Automation
Holborn
London’s longest graffiti tunnel is transformed into the Capital’s alternative festive celebration.
2023-12-07
6pm to 9pm
 
Southwark
Southwark
Head to Imperial College London for a festive, after-hours evening exploring the wonders of the cosmos.
2023-12-07
6pm to 9pm
 
South Kensington
Imperial Lates: Space
South Kensington
This seminar will address a significant question of architectural style in early eighteenth-century Britain: What was Nicholas Hawksmoor’s relationship with the Gothic church?
2023-12-07
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Euston
Euston
View some pieces from the Museum’s art collection and discover how soldiers have been depicted in cartoons and drawings through time.
2023-12-07
Starts at 6:30pm
 
Chelsea
Behind the Scenes: Caricature and Cartoon
Chelsea

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Friday 8th December

Dr Kevin Linch explores the personal and professional lives of British Army officers during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
2023-12-08
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Making the British Army Officer
Chelsea
The Lantern Parade brings together the community and local schools to display handmade lanterns through the streets of Aldgate.
2023-12-08
5pm to 6pm
 
Tower Hill
Tower Hill
This special guided tour will take you on a journey through the Charterhouse's history, all revealed in flickering candlelight.
2023-12-08
6pm to 8pm
 
Clerkenwell
Charterhouse tours by candlelight
Clerkenwell

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Saturday 9th December

Free
Look out for large numbers of people dressed up as Santa and generally behaving as though they are on a pub crawl, which for many is exactly what they are doing.
2023-12-09
Starts at 12am
 
A note that a steam train will leave Kings Cross station in the morning, and return in the evening.
2023-12-09
All Day
 
This exhibition presents the stories of Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and Indigenous heritage who lived and worked in the city between 1560 and 1860 and are recorded in London’s archives.
2023-12-09
10am to 4:30pm
 
Clerkenwell
Unforgotten Lives
Clerkenwell
Your chance to explore and try out some of the most ingenious and beautifully created games around.
2023-12-09
10:30am to 4:30pm
 
Camden
Camden
A fleet of Routmaster buses will run along route 159 in the afternoon, and do a Christmas lights tour in the evening - free to join in, if there's space/willing bus driver, otherwise watch from the sidelines.
2023-12-09
Starts at 11am
 
Willesden
Willesden
Visit the public exhibition on the emerging proposals for 110 The Queen’s Walk, formerly known as City Hall.
2023-12-09
11am to 2pm
 
Southwark
Former City Hall redevelopment consultation
Southwark
20 minute free horse and carriage rides around Chelsea each weekend in the run up to Christmas
2023-12-09
12pm to 4pm
 
Chelsea
Horse & Carriage Rides in Chelsea
Chelsea
Ben Aaronovitch, James Swallow, & Andrew Cartmel will be signing Rivers of London: Volume 11: Here Be Dragons at Forbidden Planet London Megastore.
2023-12-09
2pm to 3pm
 
Soho
Ben Aaronovitch, James Swallow, & Andrew Cartmel Signing Rivers Of London: Here Be Dragons
Soho
A tour of the large church, followed by a slightly hair-raising climb up the church tower.
2023-12-09
Starts at 2pm
 
Islington
St Mary Islington - Church and Tower tour
Islington
The tour shows how shopping grew from nothing to make Brixton South London’s biggest shopping centre by the 1920s.
2023-12-09
2:30pm to 3:45pm
 
Stockwell
Stockwell
Join the Wallace Collection for some festive cheer.
2023-12-09
5pm to 8pm
 
Marylebone High St
Festive Late
Marylebone High St

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Sunday 10th December

Take a boat trip through London's longest canal tunnel whilst enjoying a warm fruit punch and mince pie with cream.
2023-12-10
tba
 
Islington
Canal tunnel trips
Islington
Visit the 3 listed buildings and see the four Victorian beam engines, one of which will be working.
2023-12-10
10am to 3pm
 
Abbey Wood
Crossness Steaming Open Day
Abbey Wood
A model railway show with 15 working layouts and trade stalls.
2023-12-10
10am to 4pm
 
Woolwich
Woolwich
The broad range of ceramic artwork will have something for everyone this festive season.
2023-12-10
11am to 5pm
 
Peckham
Christmas Independent Ceramics Market
Peckham
Annual pre Christmas mini-exhibition featuring a selection of club and guest model railway layouts
2023-12-10
11am to 4pm
 
Islington
Islington
Featuring over 80 unusual shops full of curiosities & oddities.
2023-12-10
12pm to 6pm
 
Clerkenwell
Satanic Flea Market - Antichristmas Fayre
Clerkenwell

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Monday 11th December

No events are listed for today. Sorry.

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Tuesday 12th December

Discover the unusual life of Elizabeth Blackwell, the woman behind this 18th century herbal
2023-12-12
1:15pm to 1:30pm
 
Pimlico
Lindley Live: A Curious Herbal - From Love Apples to Treacle Mustard
Pimlico

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Wednesday 13th December

The museum will open later than usual to welcome visitors into a magical new take on its exhibition spaces, illuminated almost entirely by candles.
2023-12-13
4:30pm to 7pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich
Annual evening of cheese at Borough Market, with cheese themed shopping and tastings.
2023-12-13
6pm to 9pm
 
Southwark
An Evening of Cheese at Borough Market
Southwark
A special evening as they blend history and holiday spirit together for Christmas at the Florence Nightingale Museum.
2023-12-13
6pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
Southwark

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Thursday 14th December

An illustrated talk for the 400th anniversary of the publication of the first collection of William Shakespeare's plays.
2023-12-14
2pm to 3pm
 
City of London
Shakespeare, London and the First Folio
City of London
From the classic C shaped Cray-1 through generations of systems we will see and hear about the technology, applications and people involved with the worlds most powerful computers.
2023-12-14
Starts at 2:30pm
 
City of London
City of London
The museum will open later than usual to welcome visitors into a magical new take on its exhibition spaces, illuminated almost entirely by candles.
2023-12-14
4:30pm to 7pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich
Late opening at the Canal Museum with a festive style.
2023-12-14
5:50pm to 9pm
 
Islington
Islington
An opportunity to discover the story of Keats by candlelight
2023-12-14
6pm to 7pm
 
Hampstead
Keats House by Candlelight
Hampstead
Discover the stories of our Favourite Christmas Carols with composer and conductor Andrew Gant.
2023-12-14
6:30pm to 8pm
 
Southwark
Deck the Hall - A Talk by Andrew Gant
Southwark
A rare opportunity to view the Home of Henry Stephens from top to bottom and learn more of its 149 year history.
2023-12-14
7pm to 8pm
 
Finchley
Avenue House - Take a Peek at Christmas
Finchley

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Friday 15th December

Join Dr Alastair Massie as he examines one of the pivotal moments in Britain’s defence of the Low Countries during the War of the Austrian Succession.
2023-12-15
12pm to 1pm
 
Chelsea
Sir John Ligonier’s Martyred Road to Rocoux
Chelsea
A talk about the disapearing architecture of the classic telephone exchange.
2023-12-15
2pm to 3:30pm
 
Strand
Strand
The museum will open later than usual to welcome visitors into a magical new take on its exhibition spaces, illuminated almost entirely by candles.
2023-12-15
4:30pm to 7pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich
Hear about the latest cutting-edge satellite research and developments in how we observe the Earth from space.
2023-12-15
7pm to 8pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich

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Saturday 16th December

Visitors will have a chance to learn about 87 Hackford Road and its most famous tenant
2023-12-16
tba
 
Stockwell
Stockwell
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
2023-12-16
11am to 5pm
 
Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington
20 minute free horse and carriage rides around Chelsea each weekend in the run up to Christmas
2023-12-16
12pm to 4pm
 
Chelsea
Horse & Carriage Rides in Chelsea
Chelsea
A tour of the large church, followed by a slightly hair-raising climb up the church tower.
2023-12-16
Starts at 2pm
 
Islington
St Mary Islington - Church and Tower tour
Islington
A bus tour of London's Christmas lights - raising money for Ukraine.
2023-12-16
Starts at 3:30pm
 
City of London
London Christmas Lights Tour
City of London
The museum will open later than usual to welcome visitors into a magical new take on its exhibition spaces, illuminated almost entirely by candles.
2023-12-16
4:30pm to 7pm
 
Greenwich
Greenwich

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Sunday 17th December

The re-creation of London route 227 (Bromley to Penge or Crystal Palace) with a fleet of vintage buses.
2023-12-17
All Day
 
Visitors will have a chance to learn about 87 Hackford Road and its most famous tenant
2023-12-17
tba
 
Stockwell
Stockwell
Take a boat trip through London's longest canal tunnel whilst enjoying a warm fruit punch and mince pie with cream.
2023-12-17
tba
 
Islington
Canal tunnel trips
Islington
Rummage through a selection of salvaged treasures from over 30 handpicked vintage traders.
2023-12-17
11am to 5pm
 
Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington

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Monday 18th December

From gingerbread and toys, to reindeers knees, join Maddie Moate for some sciencey Christmas cheer!
2023-12-18
6pm to 7:15pm
 
Hanover Square
A very curious Christmas with Maddie Moate
Hanover Square

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Tuesday 19th December


Online events / webinars

This talk will explore the impact of the Occult on David Bowie's art, moving between conjecture and overt displays of his interest
8pm to 9:30pm
 
The Occultural Art and Music of David Bowie - Anthony Ryan

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Wednesday 20th December

No events are listed for today. Sorry.

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Thursday 21st December

Late opening of the Bank of England Museum -- and free Christmas tree bauble filled with shredded bank notes
2023-12-21
5pm to 8pm
 
City of London
Museum Late: The Christmas special
City of London

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Friday 22nd December

A Christmas themed late opening at the museum for adults only.
2023-12-22
6:45pm to 9:30pm
 
South Kensington
Christmas at the Natural History Museum
South Kensington

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Saturday 23rd December

For the first time since the pandemic, the annual turkey and meat auction returns to Smithfield meat market.
2023-12-23
10am to 11:30am
 
Barbican
Annual "christmas eve" meat and turkey auction
Barbican

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Sunday 24th December

Soak up the festive spirit this Christmas Eve as you explore the very home in which Charles Dickens lived and wrote.
2023-12-24
10am to 6pm
 
Clerkenwell
Christmas Eve at the Charles Dickens Museum
Clerkenwell

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Monday 25th December

You can watch hardy folk going for a traditional Christmas morning swim in Hyde Park.
2023-12-25
Starts at 9am
 
Paddington
Paddington
A vintage bus hire company will be offering a free vintage bus service on Route 430 between Roehampton and Putney Bridge.
2023-12-25
9:30am to 3:50pm
 
Vintage bus to run along Route 430 on Christmas Day
The one ice rink that will be open on Christmas Day.
2023-12-25
12pm to 8pm
 
Hampstead
Hampstead

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Tuesday 26th December

No events are listed for today. Sorry.

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Wednesday 27th December

No events are listed for today. Sorry.

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Thursday 28th December


Online events / webinars

This talk will discuss the nineteenth-century evidence for the Mari Lwyd and its parallels elsewhere in Welsh tradition and the ritual's
8pm to 9:30pm
 
Antone Minard: The Mari Lwyd: Death, Beer, and Poetry in Victorian Wales

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Friday 29th December

No events are listed for today. Sorry.

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Saturday 30th December

This is the first opportunity in two years for people to marvel at the working steam engines that provided water to millions and helped make London the city it is today.
2023-12-30
11am to 5pm
 
Brentford
New Years Steam Up
Brentford

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Sunday 31st December

This is the first opportunity in two years for people to marvel at the working steam engines that provided water to millions and helped make London the city it is today.
2023-12-31
11am to 5pm
 
Brentford
New Years Steam Up
Brentford

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