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42 fun things happening in London this weekend

Posted at 4:05 pm, December 13, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Marble Arch Fountains: Alan Habbick

[Photo: Alan Habbick]

Let’s do this.

❊ ❊ ❊ Don’t panic: 11 days until Christmas  ❊ ❊ ❊

Get in the festive swing with our guide to London’s Christmas lightsshows and pantomimescarol performancesskating rinksalternative Xmas eventsclassical concertspop-up film screeningsChristmas comedygigsgrottos and kids’ activities.

Be even more sorted than Santa with the best festive markets and fairsshops and storesseasonal shopping servicesChristmas tree suppliersbaublesarty cardswrapping paper… oh, and our super-inspiring Christmas gift guide!

All weekend

All kinds of cool stuff at the London Eye’s Frostival
Browse hundreds of stalls at Handmade Christmas, the O2
Explore the Fashion Illustration Gallery at Christie’s, South Kensington
Take a Chocolate Tour of London, Piccadilly…
…or visit the London Chocolate Festival, South Bank
Imbibe and enjoy at Drink Feast, Hoxton Docks
Gaze into the cosmos with the Royal Observatory’s huge telescope, Greenwich
Up to 90% off at the Peter Jensen Christmas Sample Sale, Dalston
Huskies and reindeer and more at Farm-tastic Santa, Lee Valley Park Farms
Helsinki your teeth into the Finnish Christmas Pop-Up, Holborn
Meet the Ghost of Christmas at The London Dungeon

Friday night

A charity street art auction at the House of Commons, Westminster
Games and tomfoolery at sketch troupe Sheeps’ Festive Bash, Ladbroke Grove
Music: Two Door Cinema Club at the O2; Gogol Bordello at O2 Brixton Academy; Black Wire at Birthdays, Dalston; and 44 more.
Clubs: Egg Presents… Christmas Special with Green Velvet, Egg, Kings X; The Shinky Shonky Christmas Caper, The Black Cap, Camden; Resident Advisor with Laurent Garnier + Laurel Halo, Netil House, London Fields; and 20 more.


Join the SantaCon madness but don’t be a douchebag, central London
It’s the Kentish Town Craft and Vintage Market at The Grafton
Have a Yuletide boogie at The Vaults’ Dance Before Christmas, Waterloo
A wedding themed disco at Shotgun Weddings, Stoke Newington
Music: Electric Six at O2 Islington Academy; Dum Dum Girls at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen; Ray Gelato at Ronnie Scott’s and 40 more.
Clubs: Perrier Jouet Masquerade Ball, Building Six, the O2; Deptford Does Club Tropicana Christmas, The Bunker Club, Deptford; Hawaiian Bop Christmas Special, Bussey Building, Peckham; and 30 more.


LOLs for little’uns at the Comedy Club 4 Kids, Bloomsbury Theatre
All-day music at A Folky Christmas, Bethnal Green
Revolutionary sounds at Songs of Resistance, SOAS, Kings X
Christmas Cabaret at Yule Be Swell: An Untelevised Charity Christmas, Camden
Techno and tinsel at Jaded Christmas Party, Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle
Music: The Young Gods at O2 Islington Academy; The Game at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire; Stick in the Wheel at Kiss the Sky, Hornsey; and 36 more.

New places to eat and drink

Foxlow, Farringdon ★★★★☆
The Fat Butcher at the Grafton, Kentish Town ★★★☆☆
Steam and Rye, City ★★★☆☆
Hagen & Hyde, Balham ★★★☆☆

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