Things to do in London in December 2018

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Events in London in December 2018

The IanVisits guide to Decembers unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Saturday 1st Dec

Roll up your sleeves and get involved in an event on London’s biggest ever tree planting weekend.
 All Day
 
2018-12-01
2018-12-01

Volunteer at a tree planting event

Beginning from Poplar, the East End area in which he lives, Bob Gilbert explores, in particular, our relationship with the trees that have helped shape London
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Poplar
2018-12-01
2018-12-01

Ghost Trees: Nature and People in a London Parish

Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting
2018-12-01
2018-12-01
Experience some nostalgia riding on vintage buses from the 1930’s – 1980’s on this annual Heritage Bus Running Day.
 All Day
 
2018-12-01
2018-12-01

Vintage buses running day

A church hall filled with Meccano models of all types and sizes.
 10:30am to 5pm
 
 Barkingside
2018-12-01
2018-12-01

Hainault Meccano Hangout

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Sunday 2nd Dec

Roll up your sleeves and get involved in an event on London’s biggest ever tree planting weekend.
 All Day
 
2018-12-02
2018-12-02

Volunteer at a tree planting event

Step back in history and visit the terminus building of London's original international airport - in Croydon.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Croydon
2018-12-02
2018-12-02
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2018-12-02
2018-12-02

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Monday 3rd Dec

Our panel will examine how a colonial state can demolish and construct parts of a city to assert control, organising cities into spaces in which citizens are permitted or excluded.
 6:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 Picadilly
2018-12-03
2018-12-03

Cities and colonialism

A discussion with the two artists.
 8pm to 5pm
 
 Wood Green
2018-12-03
2018-12-03

Gilbert & George in conversation with Michael Bracewell

£3.00
A talk about why some people are violent, and what can be done to treat them.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Camden
2018-12-03
2018-12-03

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Tuesday 4th Dec

Visionary designer Deanna Van Buren shows how innovative design approaches and systems thinking are helping to transform criminal justice.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
2018-12-04
2018-12-04

Using Design to End Mass Incarceration

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Wednesday 5th Dec

Jeremy Banx, an award winning cartoonist, will talk about his work – and some of his original cartoons will be available for purchase.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Greenwich
2018-12-05
2018-12-05
This talk by Sheila Cavanagh, Professor of English, Emory University, will describe Boswell’s introduction of his home to Dr. Johnson, including this city’s transition into the home of the Scottish enlightenment.
 7pm to :
 
 Holborn
2018-12-05
2018-12-05

‘I smell you in the dark’: Johnson and Boswell in Edinburgh

In this illustrated talk, Deborah Hyde will discuss the many alpine characters which have evolved into Santa and Krampus.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Barbican
2018-12-05
2018-12-05

Krampusnacht: The Many Faces of Santa

The building and operation of the nearby tunnel, the longest in London.
 7pm to :
 
 Islington
2018-12-05
2018-12-05
 9:45am to 10:30am
 
 Bethnal Green
2018-12-05
2018-12-05

#ThanksToYou Hard Hat Tour: Oxford House in Bethnal Green

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Thursday 6th Dec

Don’t miss the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree.
 6pm to 3pm
 
 Trafalgar Square
2018-12-06
2018-12-06

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2018

Discover truly remarkable – but surprisingly little known – collections, featuring everything from artworks to scarce anatomical preparations and ext
 5pm to 8pm
 
 Camden
2018-12-06
2018-12-06
A deeply fascinating evening of pointless mundanities
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2018-12-06
2018-12-06

Boring Talks: Cats

In this talk, Caroline Rance will explore the world of Victorian dissection rooms
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-12-06
2018-12-06

Tales from the Victorian Dissecting Room

Learn about Victorian sweets and drinks, as served by Dickens at home and cooked up by his characters.
 6pm to :
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-12-06
2018-12-06

Punch and Puddings with Pen Vogler

An enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the gardens at Eltham Palace are transformed into an illuminated world.
 4:30pm to 9pm
 
 Eltham
2018-12-06
2018-12-06

Enchanted Eltham

Join Alexandra Epps to discover the secrets of its sacred geometry and perfect beauty within creations from the classical to the contemporary.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 City of London
2018-12-06
2018-12-06
Is eating chocolate linked to child slavery? Watch this documentary film about the journalists investigating global chocolate production.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Holborn
2018-12-06
2018-12-06
Countdown to Christmas with a festive evening celebration by numbers where you can tackle mind bending puzzles and make your own maths inspired tree decorations.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 South Kensington
2018-12-06
2018-12-06

Imperial Lates: Xmaths

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Friday 7th Dec

Aldgate’s Lantern Parade will move through the streets to the beat of the Barbican’s Drum Works leading to a festive fete in the new Aldgate Square.
 4pm to :
 
 Tower Hill
2018-12-07
2018-12-07

Aldgate Lantern Parade 2018

If you are yet to hear Michael Slater bring the great works of Dickens to life, this is your chance.
 3pm to 5pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-12-07
2018-12-07

A Christmas Carol with Professor Michael Slater

An enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the gardens at Eltham Palace are transformed into an illuminated world.
 4:30pm to 9pm
 
 Eltham
2018-12-07
2018-12-07

Enchanted Eltham

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Saturday 8th Dec

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
 
2018-12-08
2018-12-08

Santa Con

A seasonal cafe pop-up from celebrity chef Ben Tish, carol singers, a live band, 25 stalls of crafts and produce
 10am to 4pm
 
 Whitechapel
2018-12-08
2018-12-08
Browse and buy unique hand-made gifts from London makers, and enjoy the twinkle of the Christmas tree with some hot street food.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Bethnal Green
2018-12-08
2018-12-08
This Christmas market will showcase 50 different designer makers each day.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bow
2018-12-08
2018-12-08

Urban Makers Christmas Fair

Occasional open weekend of the normally private Eel Pie Island.
 3pm to 4pm
 
 Twickenham
2018-12-08
2018-12-08
The farmyard is set to be transformed with local craft stalls selling all sorts of Christmas gift ideas.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Rotherhithe
2018-12-08
2018-12-08

Surrey Docks City Farm annual Christmas fair

An enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the gardens at Eltham Palace are transformed into an illuminated world.
 4:30pm to 9pm
 
 Eltham
2018-12-08
2018-12-08

Enchanted Eltham

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Sunday 9th Dec

This Christmas market will showcase 50 different designer makers each day.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Bow
2018-12-09
2018-12-09

Urban Makers Christmas Fair

Occasional open weekend of the normally private Eel Pie Island.
 3pm to 4pm
 
 Twickenham
2018-12-09
2018-12-09
An enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the gardens at Eltham Palace are transformed into an illuminated world.
 4:30pm to 9pm
 
 Eltham
2018-12-09
2018-12-09

Enchanted Eltham

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Monday 10th Dec

Book launch and talk about the ongoing restoration of seminal Constructivist building - Narkomfin (Moscow) - of which Alexei is chief restoration architect.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bloomsbury
2018-12-10
2018-12-10

Style and Epoch: An evening devoted to Moisei Ginzburg and Narkomfin

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Tuesday 11th Dec

The ‘Journey from Home’ project is a community heritage project that explores the experiences, feelings and stories of South Asian soldiers during the First World War.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Richmond
2018-12-11
2018-12-11

Journey from home

In this year’s lecture Johnny will talk about how maths and mathematicians have influenced the world around us for centuries.
 2pm to 4pm
 
 Hendon
2018-12-11
2018-12-11

Mathematics Christmas Lecture with Johnny Ball

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Wednesday 12th Dec

Lucinda Hawksley, a great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens, and the author of Dickens and Christmas, will give an entertaining talk on what it was really like to experience a proper Victorian Christmas.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2018-12-12
2018-12-12

More London events on Wednesday 12th Dec

Top events in London on Thu 13th Dec 2018

Screening of one of the most beautiful and imaginative films ever made, A Matter of Life and Death.
 7pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-12-13
2018-12-13

Film Night: A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Enjoy the opportunity to explore Dickens’s home, dressed lavishly for Christmas, as darkness falls.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-12-13
2018-12-13

Christmas Lates at the Charles Dickens Museum

Come to the London of the fin de siecle and meet the writers, poets and strange eccentrics who made the capital seem so weird, perverse and disturbing.
 7pm to :
 
 Highgate
2018-12-13
2018-12-13

Gothic London

More London events on Thursday 13th Dec

Friday 14th Dec

A debate exploring how technological developments have transformed architecture and the ways in which practice can foster its relationship with technology today.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Picadilly
2018-12-14
2018-12-14

Towards the well-tempered environment

Experience a Georgian Christmas at the Soane at this exclusive evening candlelit event.
 6pm to :
 
 Holborn
2018-12-14
2018-12-14

Georgian Christmas Late

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Saturday 15th Dec

A monthly classic car show/meet just behind Waterloo Station.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2018-12-15
2018-12-15

Waterloo Classics

Occasional open weekend at the recently restored Toynbee Hall to see the exhibition about its history and activity.
 11am to 3pm
 
 Whitechapel
2018-12-15
2018-12-15

Open weekend at Toynbee Hall

Late night opening of the postal museum and its underground railway.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 Farringdon
2018-12-15
2018-12-15
Come and view a church full of Christmas trees.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Hounslow
2018-12-15
2018-12-15

Christmas Tree Festival

This Christmas, join Sheldon and Sacha as they personally introduce you to some of the characters that have more or less walked out of one of his novels in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.
 4:30pm to 6:30pm
 
 Bow
2018-12-15
2018-12-15

Grave Expectations; Dickens, his characters and a Victorian Cemetery

Robin Ince once again hosts his iconic annual celebration with a top line up of special guests.
 7pm to :
 
 Islington
2018-12-15
2018-12-15

 Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People

Craft your very own decorative Christmas wreath to take home, using natural foraged materials from the park.
 1:30pm to 4:30pm
 
 Bow
2018-12-15
2018-12-15

Natural Festive Wreath Making

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Sunday 16th Dec

Occasional open weekend at the recently restored Toynbee Hall to see the exhibition about its history and activity.
 11am to 3pm
 
 Whitechapel
2018-12-16
2018-12-16

Open weekend at Toynbee Hall

Watch loads of pantomime horses racing around the streets of Greenwich.
 11am to :
 
 Greenwich
2018-12-16
2018-12-16

The London Pantomime Horse Race

Wade in a wild river and experience a different perspective of London history and urban wildlife.
 11am to 1pm
 
 Deptford
2018-12-16
2018-12-16

Low Tide Walk along Deptford Creek

Come and view a church full of Christmas trees.
 11:30am to 4pm
 
 Hounslow
2018-12-16
2018-12-16

Christmas Tree Festival

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Wednesday 19th Dec

This lecture will attempt to critique both T.E. Lawrence the historical actor and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ the cultural construct as products of Western imperialism.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 St James
2018-12-19
2018-12-19

Lawrence of Arabia: Romantic, Orientalist, and Western Cultural Artefact

A talk by the author of a book on Donald Trump and Russia.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 Bloomsbury
2018-12-19
2018-12-19

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Thursday 20th Dec

Enjoy the opportunity to explore Dickens’s home, dressed lavishly for Christmas, as darkness falls.
 Starts at 6pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-12-20
2018-12-20

Christmas Lates at the Charles Dickens Museum

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Friday 21st Dec

If you are yet to hear Michael Slater bring the great works of Dickens to life, this is your chance.
 3pm to 5pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-12-21
2018-12-21

A Christmas Carol with Professor Michael Slater

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Monday 24th Dec

The annual and wonderful Christmas Eve auction by Harts the Butchers at Smithfield.
 10am to 12pm
 
 Barbican
2018-12-24
2018-12-24

 Smithfields Xmas Eve Auction

Take a step back in time this Christmas Eve with a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum.
 All Day
 
 Clerkenwell
2018-12-24
2018-12-24

A Very Dickensian Christmas Eve

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Tuesday 25th Dec

Annual swimming event (to watch) takes place in Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake on Christmas Day
 9am to 11am
 
 Kensington
2018-12-25
2018-12-25

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Wednesday 26th Dec

Morris men are inviting everyone to an ancient midwinter play during their Boxing Day tour of Ewell Village.
 12pm to 3pm
 
 Epsom
2018-12-26
2018-12-26

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Thursday 27th Dec

Take a tour of Parliament over the Christmas holidays.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Whitehall
2018-12-27
2018-12-27

Christmas Tours of the Houses of Parliament

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Friday 28th Dec

Take a tour of Parliament over the Christmas holidays.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Whitehall
2018-12-28
2018-12-28

Christmas Tours of the Houses of Parliament

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Saturday 29th Dec

Top up your seasonal cheer at this day-long event with London’s best drag kings and queens.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2018-12-29
2018-12-29

Winter's a DRAG

All available engines will be in steam, including unlimited rides on the Waterworks Railway and the chance to see the Victorian Shand Mason steam fire engine in action.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brentford
2018-12-29
2018-12-29

New Year Steam-Up

Take a tour of Parliament over the Christmas holidays.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Whitehall
2018-12-29
2018-12-29

Christmas Tours of the Houses of Parliament

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Sunday 30th Dec

All available engines will be in steam, including unlimited rides on the Waterworks Railway and the chance to see the Victorian Shand Mason steam fire engine in action.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brentford
2018-12-30
2018-12-30

New Year Steam-Up

Love it or hate it, the concrete landscape of Europe’s largest art centre has been dividing opinion for generations.
 5pm to :
 
 Southwark
2018-12-30
2018-12-30

Southbank Architecture Tour

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Monday 31st Dec

A plant hunting walk to see how many wildflowers can be found at this time of year.
 11am to 1pm
 
2018-12-31
2018-12-31

New Year’s Eve Plant Hunt

All available engines will be in steam, including unlimited rides on the Waterworks Railway and the chance to see the Victorian Shand Mason steam fire engine in action.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brentford
2018-12-31
2018-12-31

New Year Steam-Up

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