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26 Best things to do in London in December with family and friends UK News

In addition, London has plenty of skating rinks, light trails and illuminations, as well as Christmas pantos and Grottos to discover, as well as festive, wintery and utterly lovey winter terraces to snuggle up in. 

1 Peter Pan Cup, Hyde Park

A Christmas tradition you can enjoy from the warmth of a good coat and beanie, the Peter Pan Cup sees Serpentine Swimming Club members swim a 100-yard course. Held every year since 1864, the race debut coincided with Peter Pan’s London debut.

Dates: Christmas, December 25 at 9am

Address: Serpentine Lido, Hyde Park, W2 3XA


2 London Baltic Film Festival, Ealing

This festival showcases the latest feature films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Blending historical context, cultural exploration and artistic expression, highlights include Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Documentary directing award winning flick Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, The Poet, a drama-inspired by the true story of betrayal of the Lithuanian partisans, and Latvian coming-of-age film January, set during Lativa’s peaceful fight to regain independence in 1991. Q&As will follow each session.

Dates: December 1-3

Tickets: £12/£10

Address: Ealing Project, 1 High St, London W5 5DB


3 Christmas at Kew, Richmond

Christmas at Kew’s world-class trail illuminates the UNESCO World Heritage site with more than one million lights. Individual installations colourfully remind people of the vital role plants and the natural world play in our lives. There’s displays lighting up the Temperate and Palm Houses, a 15-metre dome siting on top of a reflective water pool, and installations set to classic festive tunes.

Date: November 15 – January 7, 2024

Address: Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE

Time: 4.20pm-10pm

Tickets: From £22.50


4 Dishoom Battersea

The popular Indian restaurant heads south of the river for the first time when its latest site opens at Battersea Power Station. Opening December 5, the restaurant continues on as a love letter to Bombay and India’s rich cultural heritage and serves all the hits and favourites Dishoom is known for. Dogs are also welcome at this site.

Dates: Opens December 5

Address: 42 Electric Boulevard Battersea, SW11 8BJ


5 Christmas Independent Ceramics Market, Peckham

Featuring more than 150 ceramic artists including up and coming emerging ceramicists to established potters, this market showcases a diverse range of affordable ceramic artwork, from cups to sculptures, which you can buy direct from the maker.

Dates: December 10, 11am-5pm

Tickets: £2

Address: 133 Copeland Road Copeland Park Peckham SE15 3SN


6 The Lost Library of Spitalfields Market, Spitalfields

An all-ages festive pop up show by “zero-waste theatre” The Greenhouse Theatre, The Lost Library of Spitalfields Market tells the story of Isla who is on the hunt for a Christmas present for her mother when she stumbles on a hidden library filled with discarded and forgotten about objects. Around this, there’s carol sing-alongs, board game nights, pub quizzes and live music. There’s also family-friendly craft workshops such as wreath making and candle painting and a zero waste bar serving winter warmers such ash mulled wine and hot cider.

Dates: December 1-24

Tickets: £15/£10

Address: 8 Market Street, Spitalfields Market, E1 6DT


7 Swamp Motel’s Velvet Pines, London Bridgz

This is dinner and a show, but taken up a notch or two. Immersive entertainment company Swamp Motel combine immersive design, with in-your-face cabaret and a three-course menu created by MasterChef finalist Omar Foster to bring you this experiential party. Set in a a70s inspire European ski resort, an incoming blizzard to threaten the power supply, it’s up to the Alpine lodge’s quirky staff to keep guests entertained.

Dates: Running until December 23

Tickets: From £149.95, includes three-course meal)

Address: 49 Tanner Street, London Bridge SE1 3PL


8 Horrible Histories’ Horrible Christmas, Barbican

Not quite your average panto, this family show features Victorian villains, Medieval monks, puritan parties and Tudor treats and a cast of characters including Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas. It’s a horrible show, but wonderfully so.

Dates: December 29, 2pm and 4.30pm

Tickets: From £16.50

Address: Silk Street, Barbican EC2Y 8DS


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This notice was published: 2023-11-20 17:30:00

By Times Series

Times Series, The News from the London borough of Barnet, and Borehamwood & Elstree.

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