Unmissable Things To Do in London - December 2018

Unmissable Things To Do in London – December 2018

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So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Eh?! Well, we’ve made another list. It’s what we do.

This month’s top picks include ravishing cabaret, spectacular circus, queer xmas celebrations, five-star comedy, sing-a-long film fun, night-time shopping, bingo, ace live music, dance-til-you-drop nights out, cats & much more…

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Cabaret & Circus

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Comedy

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Exhibitions

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Festivals

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Film

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Food & Drink

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Launches & Openings

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Music

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Night Out

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Sport

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Talks & Lectures

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Theatre & Performance Art

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Curios

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Cabaret & Circus

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Introducing Margo & Top of the Flops | Roundhouse | 7 December | 7:30pm | £8

Drag sensation Jonny Woo curates a dangerous dance double-bill featuring our faves George Heyworth (Bourgeois and Maurice) and Fagulous (The Glory).[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.roundhouse.org.uk%2Fwhats-on%2F2018%2Fchristmas-cabaret%2Fintroducing-margo-and-top-of-the-flops%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Christmas Queens | The Troxy | 8 December | 7pm | From £42.90

Drag up your Christmas with RuPaul’s top queens including Bob The Drag Queen, live in the gorgeous Troxy.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftroxy.co.uk%2Fevent%2Fchristmas-queens%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Street Circus Showcase | Roundhouse | 8 December | 7pm | FREE

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Non Binary Cabaret: Swedish Lucia | The Glory | 13 December | 8pm | £10

Stop judging non-binary people and embrace gender, sexuality & love at this festive cabaret.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theglory.co%2Fevents%2Fnon-binary-cabaret-swedish-lucia%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Circus 1903 | Royal Festival Hall | From 19 December | Various Times | £25 – £99.50

Step back in time with Circus 1903’s dazzling mix of world-class artistry and pomp. We saw the show in Singapore and it blew our minds.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbankcentre.co.uk%2Fwhats-on%2F121485-circus-1903-201819||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

David Hoyle’s ReinDeAr | Bethnal Green Working Mens Club | 19 December | 10:30pm | £10

Devilish anti-drag icon David welcomes Travis Alabanza (star of sold-out smash hit BURGERZ) and the brilliant Horrora Shebang to get f*cking festive. Or at least feign an attempt.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tickettailor.com%2Fevents%2Fworkingmens-club%2F214138%2Fr%2Fweblisting||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Winter with… Myra DuBois | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21 December | 9:30pm | FREE

Free in the Southbank Centre foyer, join Christmas cackler Myra DuBois for an evening of seasonal sparkle.

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Comedy

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Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! | Soho Theatre | From 18 December | 8:30pm | From £15

Our fave five star hit from the fringe comes to Soho. Nuff said.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fsohotheatre.com%2Fshows%2Flazy-susan-forgive-me-mother%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Exhibitions

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Graduate Project Faire 2018 – M.Arch Design for Performance & Interaction | UCL Here East Campus | 14 December | 2-11pm | FREE

37 students in Performance and Interation at the Bartlett School of Architecture showcase their projects, ranging from interactive installations to immersive virtual environments.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.com%2Fe%2Fgraduate-project-faire-2018-march-design-for-performance-interaction-tickets-52674828831%3F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Festivals

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Peckham Levels 1st Birthday Weekender | Peckham Levels | 8-9 December

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Festivities

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Enchanted Eltham | Eltham Palace | 6-9 December | 4:30pm – 9pm | FREE

Forget Kew, get thee down to saaf London for a more relaxed free yuletide glow experience in Eltham.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.english-heritage.org.uk%2Fvisit%2Fwhats-on%2Feltham-enchanted-06-12-18%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Sing-a-long-a Muppet Christmas Carol | Camden People’s Theatre | 17 & December | 7:30pm | £12

Sh*t Theatre present their annual anarchic sing-a-long to the best Xmas movie of all time.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cptheatre.co.uk%2Fproduction%2Fsing-a-long-a-muppets-christmas-carol-3%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Christmas Wednesdays | Columbia Road | 5, 12 & 19 December | 5-9pm

Ditch Shoreditch and head to Columbia Road for independent shopping nights that celebrate the craft and creativity of East London.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.columbiaroad.info||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Film

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Tinsel & Flix | The Vaults | Until 23 December | Various Times | From £8.50

Cozy Christmas films hidden away under the roar of Waterloo station.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thevaults.london%2Ftinsel-and-flix-2018||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Food & Drink

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Maltby Street Christmas Night Market | 7, 14 & 21 December | 4-9pm

Street food from the likes of African Volcano, Waffle On, The Beefsteaks and Herman Ze German in Bermondsey.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fevents%2F901237916741579%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Bollywood Retro Night Xmas Special | Chai Thali Camden | 14 December

‘Eat, drink and dance the night away to classic Bollywood records with us every first Friday of the month’.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chaithali.com%2Fbollywood%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Launches & Openings

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Dabbers

London’s first purpose-built church devoted to BINGO is ready for you. Eyes down for a full house![/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fdabbers.bingo||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Wells Street Journal Issue 10 Launch | Raven Row | 14 December | 6-8pm | FREE

MA Creative Writing students at the University of Westminster launch their latest journal of new writing.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eventbrite.co.uk%2Fe%2Fwells-street-journal-issue-10-launch-tickets-52665232127%3F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Music

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A Tribute to the Thumri Queen Girija Devi | Rich Mix | 15 December | 7:30pm | £10

‘A hypnotic, world-class presentation of Indian classical music by the finest Indian classical vocalist in UK, ex-national scholar and All India radio gold-medallist Chandra Chakraborty’ Sounds unmissable to us.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Frichmix.org.uk%2Fevents%2Fa-tribute-to-the-thumri-queen-girija-devi%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Night Out

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Smorgasbord: Sunshine & Crime | Mascara Bar | 7 December | 9pm – 3am | FREE ENTRY

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Mighty Hoopla’s Christmas Jumpergeddon | Winterville | 16 December | 7pm | £10

Don your best Christmas Jumper at this Santa shindig from the makers of the kitschiest summer festival; The Mighty Hoopla.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwinterville.co.uk%2Fevent%2Fmighty-hoopla-christmas-special%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Sport

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Champions Tennis 2018 | Royal Albert Hall | 6-9 December | From £21.37

Sport ain’t usually our bag for this list but we couldn’t resist the bonkers mash up of tennis + Royal Albert Hall.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.royalalberthall.com%2Ftickets%2Fevents%2F2018%2Fchampions-tennis%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Talks & Lectures

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The Freedoms of Self-Publishing | ICA | 8 December | 3pm | £5

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Roxane Gay in Conversation | Royal Festival Hall | 10 December | 7:30pm | £15 – £35

Acclaimed cultural commentator Roxane Gay talks pressing issues from body image to Wakanda.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.southbankcentre.co.uk%2Fwhats-on%2F128089-roxane-gay-conversation-2018||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Theatre & Performance Art

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Come to Daddy | Matchstick Piehouse | 4, 6 & 7 December | 7:30pm | £11

‘A live-art mash up of family history, art history and a show about the long, long journey to the here-and-now’ at the secret gem Matchstick Piehouse.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fmatchsticktheatre.com%2Fcome-to-daddy%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Transpose: The Future | Barbican | 6-8 December | 7:45pm | £15

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Es Morgan: Mum, I’m in the fourth dimension, see! | The Yard | 7 & 8 December | 7:30pm | £15

‘Combining poetry, drag and Es Morgan’s hallmark hypnotic movement, it is a queer, secular hymn to the impending capitalist apocalypse’ Don’t miss this offbeat treat at The Yard in Hackney Wick.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftheyardtheatre.co.uk%2Ftheatre%2Fevents%2Fnext%2Fnext-es-morgan-gudrun-soley-sigurdardottir%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Hadestown | National Theatre | From 12 December | 7:30pm (2pm matinees) | From £32

Recently described by a friend of ours as ‘better than Hamilton’, this seductive musical is a must-see.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nationaltheatre.org.uk%2Fshows%2Fhadestown||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Curios

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Boring Talks: Cats | The British Library | 6 December | 7pm | £12

A marvellously curated exhibition of Cats in literature is complemented by these boring talks on everything feline.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bl.uk%2Fevents%2Fboring-talks-cats||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

‘Something for the weekend?’ | Castlehaven Community Centre | 10 December | 6-9pm | FREE

Our favourite community centre hosts this weekly seasonal sober space every Monday & on Christmas Day* and they have partnered with CLASH around sexual health and wellbeing. Christmas can be a difficult time for LGBTQI+ community, especially for those who have suffered religious oppression, are marginalised or experiencing homelessness. So they have named it OUTSIDERMAS! [/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”More Info” color=”primary” size=”sm” align=”left” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fsohotheatre.com%2Fwhats-on%2Flady-bunny-in-trans-jester%2F||target:%20_blank|” el_class=”MoreInfo”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

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Did we miss the perfect December event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!

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About 

Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.

Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.

Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.