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How to give the last minute gift of London this Christmas

Posted at 10:00 am, December 20, 2012 in Shopping & Style

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If they’re a fan of…

Exceptional art
Give them access to the very best with Tate membership which includes free admission to all exhibitions at Tates Britain, Modern, Liverpool and St Ives, entry to the Members Room (with views of St Paul’s) and a great magazine. It costs £60 for one, £90 for two.

Good books
Around £135 buys a year of reading from the excellent Daunt Books. Monthly deliveries are tailored to the recipient’s tastes. To collect from a store, order up to December 24.

Great words
Our favourite quarterly magazine Delayed Gratification (subscription from £36) has pioneered ‘slow journalism’ with in-depth articles and top infographics. Order by December 20, 6pm.

Superb jazz
A year’s membership of Ronnie Scott’s (£195) includes an annual free ticket allowance, 20 percent off all tickets and queue jumping privileges. Order by December 19.

Outdoor swims
Brockwell Lido offers various membership deals including winter season swimming tickets (£50). Order by December 24, 3pm (7274 3088).

Amazing views
Buy a voucher online to treat your loved one to a trip up the Shard (£24.95 for adults and £18.95 for children). Order any time.

Fine wine
Award-winning courses at wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros & Rudd include one day wine schools for the bon viveur in your life.

For more festive tips, see timeout.com/christmas.

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