[Photo: Umbreen Hafeez]
There are only FOUR weekends left in 2013, people – let’s make ’em count like they’re calculators!
❊ ❊ ❊ Don’t panic: 18 days until Christmas ❊ ❊ ❊
Get in the festive swing with our guide to London’s Christmas lights, shows and pantomimes, carol performances, skating rinks, alternative Xmas events, classical concerts, pop-up film screenings, Christmas comedy, gigs, grottos and kids’ activities.
Be even more sorted than Santa with the best festive markets and fairs, shops and stores, seasonal shopping services, Christmas tree suppliers, baubles, arty cards, wrapping paper… oh, and our super-inspiring Christmas gift guide!
Get along to the winter instalment of Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Festival, Mile End
Or celebrate Little White Lies‘ 50th issue at one of their screenings, ICA, St James’ Park
Get gifts for music-lovers at the I Love Music pop-up shop, Shoreditch
Get gifts for everyone else at Cabbages & Frocks Outdoor Christmas Fair, West Hampstead
It’s a Very Vintage Christmas (fair) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford
Nose around Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios, Holborn and Deptford
Glasswork by contemporary artists inc. Tracy Emin at Glasstress, Bond St
Explore neon nirvana God’s Own Junkyard at its huge new home, Walthamstow (still free!)
New Dalston bar, Farr’s School of Dancing, could well be worth checking out
Or get deep house and pulled pork at Seth Troxler’s Smokey Tales, Haggerston
Marvel at an upside-down house in Blackfriars
Enjoy some mulled cider at the King’s Ginger Pop-Up, Hoxton Hotel
Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass play LIVE at Warp x Tate, Tate Britain (it’s free!)
The Royal Norwegian Annual Christmas Concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Decadent after-hours shenanigans at the British Library’s Vice and Virtue Late
Celebrate all things 80s and 90s at Rewind the Tape, Design Museum
Gigs: Basement Jaxx at O2 Academy Brixton (+ Saturday too); Peace at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (+ Sat); The Herbaliser at Stratford Circus; and 39 more.
Clubs: The Lost Valley Of The Power Ballads, Bethnal Green’s Working Men’s Club; House of Trax, Birthdays, Dalston; The Idiots Are Winning Third Birthday with Tom Demac at Dance Tunnel, Dalston; and 28 more.
Get a free Chipotle burrito when you rock up in a Christmas jumper, 4pm-6pm
Don some cardboard armour and do battle at Cardboard Wars, Somerset House
Talks on serious lady stuff at TedXWomenCoventGarden, Grand Connaught Rooms
Suit up or spectate at The Santa Run, Battersea Park…
…or alternatively, The Great Christmas Pudding Race, Covent Garden
Or make an icy splash at the Outdoor Swimming Society December Dip, Parliament Hill
See a screening of seminal hip hop flick Wild Style at Oval Space, Bethnal Green
Slowly lose your mind at the David Lynch Movie Marathon, Prince Charles Cinema
Gigs: Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball at The O2 (+ Sunday too); The Blood Arm at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen; Los Chinches at Hootananny, Brixton; and 39 more.
Clubs: Numbers 10 Warehouse Party with Hudson Mohawke + Jackmaster + Optimo at a secret location; The Playground at Proud Camden; Dauwd at Whirled Cinema, Brixton; and 32 more.
Go completely Barn-y at the Family Barn Dance, Cecil Sharp House, Camden
All aboard the London Transport Museum Heritage Steam Ride, Harrow
More festive vintage films: Meet Me In St. Louis + The Shop Around The Corner, Riverside Studios
Gigs: Tenacious D at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Yo La Tengo at Barbican; Joe McPhee Survival Unit III at Café Oto, Dalston; and 39 more.
Or more critics’ picks
FILM: two black ‘n’ white beauties out now – Nebraska ★★★★☆ and Computer Chess ★★★★☆
THEATRE: the stage adaptation of vampire novel Let The Right One In is bloody good ★★★★★
TV: The ‘Borgen’ double-bill explodes into life ★★★★★
ART: Try the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery ★★★★☆
COMEDY: Tony Law’s Nonsense Overdrive at Soho Theatre ★★★★☆
Whatever you do, have a good one, and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.