The ianVisits guide to cheap and free things to do in London on Saturday 9th December.


Top events in London on Sat 9th Dec 2023

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

 

Ten Exhibitions That Are Closing Soon

Extraordinary Endeavors
An exhibition celebrating the Royal Asiatic Society’s bicentenary and its involvement in the study of science, literature, religion, and the arts of Asia since 1823.
Extraordinary Endeavors
10:30am to 5pm
Euston
Closing soon Fri, 15th December
2023-10-12
2023-12-15
‘Not Just Words: Learning languages through art and objects’ is an interactive video showcase in the UCL Art Museum, inviting visitors to engage with the many modern and ancient languages taught at UCL using works from the collection.
1pm to 5pm
Euston
Closing soon Fri, 15th December
2023-11-14
2023-12-15
Derek Jarman: Queer
A series of paintings by Derek Jarman that deal with love, sex and death and are a direct response to media coverage of the AIDS crisis in the UK.
Derek Jarman: Queer
12pm to 5pm
Clerkenwell
Closing soon Sat, 16th December
2023-10-05
2023-12-16
Lisetta Carmi: Identities
The first museum show in the UK of work by ground-breaking Italian photographer Lisetta Carmi, whose imagery is currently receiving renewed attention.
Lisetta Carmi: Identities
11am to 6pm
Islington
Closing soon Sun, 17th December
2023-09-20
2023-12-17
Making their mark: women silversmiths from Oman
This exhibition celebrates three generations of women silversmiths from the Sultanate of Oman, showcasing their silver work and personal testimonies.
Making their mark: women silversmiths from Oman
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Closing soon Sun, 17th December
2023-10-19
2023-12-17
The Drawing Year 2023 End of Year Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing more than 400 works by 28 students who have participated in the School’s scholarship course in 2023.
The Drawing Year 2023 End of Year Exhibition
10am to 4pm
Shoreditch
Closing soon Tue, 19th December
2023-12-07
2023-12-19
An exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the Chilean military coup.
11am to 6pm
Holborn
Closing soon Wed, 20th December
2023-09-08
2023-12-20
Inventing the Future
This exhibition celebrates the Tercentenary of the Constitutions of the Freemasons.
Inventing the Future
10am to 5pm
Aldwych
Closing soon Thu, 21st December
2023-01-09
2023-12-21
Hidden in Plain Sight: Liberating our Library Collections
"Hidden in Plain Sight" is UCL Library Services' free public exhibition highlighting underrepresented voices in our historic and modern library collections.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Liberating our Library Collections
11am to 5pm
Euston
Closing soon Thu, 21st December
2023-08-11
2023-12-21
An exhibition of works by Italian artist Sergio Lombardo (b.1939, Rome).
11am to 6pm
Hanover Square
Closing soon Fri, 22nd December
2023-10-09
2023-12-22

Exhibitions opening soon


Regular Events - Saturday 9th December 2023

Have you ever wondered what Somerset House was built for and what has taken place within this Grade 1 listed building over the years?
 Starts at 12pm
 
 Strand
2023-12-09
2023-12-09

Historical highlights tour of Somerset House

What's on in London

Walking tours of London on Saturday 9th December 2023

Visit the Ministry of Magic, The Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley and Platform 9¾, all on this half-day guided tour of the wizarding world.
 9am to 12pm
 
 Whitehall
2023-12-09
2023-12-09
A stroll through more than 100 years of Islington cinema-going; all between Angel and Essex Road stations. With free popcorn for everyone!
 11am to 1pm
 
 Islington
2023-12-09
2023-12-09
Join a group of fellow muggles for a walking tour and see the real-life locations that inspired sets such as Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron, and the Ministry of Magic.
 Starts at 11am
 
 City of London
2023-12-09
2023-12-09
 11:30am to 1pm
 
 City of London
2023-12-09
2023-12-09
 2:30pm to 5:15pm
 
 City of London
2023-12-09
2023-12-09
Dare to discover the legend of London’s notorious Jack the Ripper on a tour like no other.
 7:30pm to 9:15pm
 
 Whitechapel
2023-12-09
2023-12-09