Unmissable Things to Do In London in December 2019
Ding Dong Merrily on High! Our list of unusual Things To Do in London for December takes an unapologetically festive turn – but for the Scrooge’s in our midst, there’s plenty of tinsel-free fun to be had too!
🎄🎄🎄 Step Into Christmas! 🎄🎄🎄
Cabaret & Variety
An immersive night of storytelling through music, poetry, visual art, comedy and theatre from fresh talent in the capital.
2019’s best drag troupe invite special guests including Justin Bond (Shortbus) to their free festive soiree.
Xnthony presents a high-heeled, glitter-strewn festive extravaganza of talent from older people.
Seminal Richard Curtis smushfest Love Actually is the source material for the wunderkinds at Sh!t Theatre to do their shittiest with.
Weirdos Save Christmas . . . And the local highstreet pub | Bloomsbury Theatre | 9 & 10 December| 8pm | £20
The weirdos are a grassroots comedy collective unlike any other. Miss this Xmas oddity at your peril.
Bonkers VHS crate digging cult bonanza.
The LOL word – an LGBTQIA+ women and non-binary comedy collective – present a free festive showcase at Southbank Centre.
Film & TV
A bloody massacre of a Christmas eve. Forget the remake(s), this is the original and best festive gore fest.
Better Watch Out replaces the Home Alone fantasy with horrific ‘someone’s out there’ scares. Fun stuff!
Panto & Theatre
Pioneering performance ensemble BREACH premiere their obscene medieval mystery play at the New Diorama.
We’re in love with the premise of this refresh (with a gender-swapped central role: “Scrooge. As you’ve never seen her before…”), so Christmas Carol looks to be the ultimate festive treat – and if you haven’t already, you really need to discover the wonders of Wilton’s Music Hall!
Pretty light installations in the fast-growing cultural quarter of Wembley.
😡😡😡😡 Stop The Cavalry 😡😡😡😡
(Some Xmas Elements May Be Unavoidable…)
Cabaret & Variety
Xnthony/The Glory’s werk in progress night gets a one-off special at the gorgeous Roundhouse in Camden.
London’s most lavish and spectacular queer party comes to celebrate the demolition of one of London’s most outrageous and loved venues, Ovalhouse. (Don’t worry, it’s moving to Brixton)
Winner of To Do List’s Unsung Hero award, Lucy Hopkins is a comic talent unlike anything you’ve seen before. Discover her new show and pay what you want.
Circus & Dance
Circus Raj have come all the way from Jaipur in Rajasthan to present a special pop-up show featuring sword-swallowing, traditional songs and high-wire stunts.
A celebration of same-sex tango – perfect Boxing Day fare!
Exhibitions & Art
UCL celebrate the flop with 13 stories of failure, including a sword swallower’s oesophagus fatally punctured in an occupational accident (and the sword itself).
Film & TV
A timely portrait of Hoxton’s gentrification and the people making their lives in east London.
Rough Trade Recommends: Yeule + Charlotte Spiral + Blue Bendy | Rough Trade East | 4 December| 7:30pm | £6
A 5-star line up of new bands curated by Rough Trade, including the dreampop magic of Yeule.
No Bra defies categorisation – and it’s nice to see some live music back at the ICA.
A space for up-and-coming artists and supporters help each other in order to grow.
Celebrate Cassandra Gurling’s earthy voice, and her new multi-instrumental project Agama, with this gig at Rough Trade.
Freek is a Somalian MC, rapper, director and record producer from Abu Dhabi – and this is your rare chance to see him at RichMix.
Theatre & Musicals
Kneehigh’s new take on the anarchic UBU is sure to delight. We’ll be reviewing it very soon!
A night of story-fueled fun discussing mixed-status relationships.
The epic end to a wonderful year of Waltham Forest being Borough of Culture. Light’s aplenty, so go fill your Insta feed!
A pagan-style festival to lift your spirits on the darkest day.
Did we miss any offbeat things to do in London? Leave a comment below…
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.