London To Do List – 2-8 December

London To Do List – 2-8 December

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Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

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// Pick Of The Week //


Winter Shuffle Festival | St Clements Hospital – Mile End | 5-15 December | Various Prices

A seasonal themed programme for all the family. Evening films, kids and family weekend matinees, Christmas classics and offbeat cult hits. Expect comfy armchairs, storytelling, poetry, comedy, theatre, and lectures on the science of Christmas.

Some familiar names showing their faces will include Danny Boyle, Brian Cox, Nic Roeg, Jarvis Cocker, Irvine Welsh, Richard Wilson, Tamsin Greig and more!

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// Monday //


Triceratops | The Invisible Dot | 8pm | £6

Nick Mohammed, Colin Hoult and Adam Riches team up for some just-thrown-together fun and frolics. An hour of brand new, cutting edge comedy from “three of the most highly regarded, prolific, and inventive performers around”.

They Say: Three Men, One Night, No Dinosaurs.

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// Tuesday //


Shortsighted Cinema | Upstairs at The Ritzy | From 8pm | FREE

An evening of short films from exciting emerging filmmakers. Short Sighted Cinema is an online magazine and pop-up event, dedicated to grassroots filmmaking and screening. The programme celebrates raw talent from both award-winning films and newer filmmakers, and includes CHATROULETTE (Alexander Thomas + Chloe Massey), BRADLEY MANNING HAD SECRETS (Adam Butcher), MYRA (Caroline Burns Cooke), DOG (Kate Jessop), GOOD NIGHT (Muriel D’Ansembourg) and FIRE (Chanya Button).

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// Wednesday //


Glitches | The Bunker, Dalston | From 8pm | £8

Celebrating the release of their next single, ‘RGB’, Glitches are taking on a 3-night residency at The Bunker (a secret, underground war bunker), starting on Wednesday. They promise a unique experience – each night will have a world-class, fantastic line-up, and an accompanying light and projection show will create a truly immersive experience. Wednesday’s line-up features live performances from Roscius and Deaf Club.

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// Thursday //


Arts Thread Entrepreneurs | Port of Entry, Old Street | 11am-2pm | FREE

Find out more about funding your creative start-up at this Creative Start-Up Workshop. Find out about a UK government-backed initiative to provide loans of between £1,000 and £10,000 for new creative start-up businesses or freelancers, and how you can gain access to experienced experts/mentors who have worked within the design industry in your related field.

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// Friday //


Indeedy Christmas Musical Bingo | Balham Bowls Club | 8pm | £7

Join Jess Indeedy and DJ Helix for a festive edition of their fiendishly addictive bingo event.

They Say: Musical bingo is like normal bingo but with songs instead of numbers! Cross songs off your bingo card as you hear them, and compete to win some amazing (and kitsch!) prizes, ranging from sandwich toasters, inflatable parrots, and vintage records to rounds of cocktails, and champagne!

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// Saturday //

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The Dance Before Christmas | The Vaults | From 8pm | £17.50-£22

An enchanting journey through THE VAULTS is promised at this fab alternative to your run-of-the-mill Christmas office party, from the people behind Gingerline.

Expect an incredible, magical experience, as you are invited to “delve into the forest or take a stroll through the stars before your final descent into the palace for a Christmas dance of wonderful proportions”. How better to celebrate the festive season than with a special evening of drinks, dancing and delights.

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Shacklewell Arts Fair Part 2 XMAS SPECIAL! | Shacklewell Arms | 1pm-7pm | FREE

The perfect way to spend a December Saturday – expect a host of creative treats on sale, plus a DJ playing snazzy tunes, and a kitchen churning out only the tastiest food. Oh, and the bar will be open… Get your Christmas shopping done and have a merry booze (or four) – you know it makes sense!

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// Sunday //

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The F*ck It Experience | The Phoenix | 8:30pm | £25

They Say: “John C. Parkin performs his latest 2-hour F**k It Experience for the first time at The Phoenix on 8th December: combining his inspiring F**k It words with his powerful, never-heard-before F**k It Music, accompanied by amazing video imagery and light show.”

We Say: F**k yeah!

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Classic Album Sundays | The House of St Barnabas | 6.30pm | £15

A celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield’s debut album. CAS will be joined by “Tubular Bells” producer Simon Heyworth, who talks to Colleen Murphy about the story of the album and how it was recorded. Then the album will be played in its entirety on vinyl, for your chance to hear this famous album in all its true glory. There will also be a chance to ask Simon Heyworth questions during a Q&A after the album has been played.

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