Things to do...
Oxford Street switches it's festive lights on and the city turns it's attention to Christmas. The occasion is the que for thousands to descend on the city and explore Winter Wonderland, Harrods and Choccywoccydoodah. For some the traditional bright lights and busy crowds can be too much. With this in mind, we explored each corner of the city to bring you some of the weird and wonderful things to do in London this December...away from the crowds.
Bigger, brighter and bolder, the Lumiere light festival returns for a spectacular second edition. More than 40 UK and international artists reimagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition. Free to visit and taking place north and south of the river Thames, the UK’s largest light festival extends its reach across the capital.
Details: Dec 18th - Jan 21st 2018. Read More https://www.visitlondon.com/lumiere
Skating on Fresh Ice
Various amazing ice skating rinks pop up during the winter season in striking locations such as Somerset House and the Natural History Museum. If you have completed a few laps and need somewhere new, the inaugural Greenwich festival includes a new ice rink. Head down and discover a brand new experience.
Details: Dec 1st - 31st. Greenwich, King William Walk, SE10 9NN. Read More https://www.ornc.org/greenwich-winter-time-festival-2017
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Explore the famous botanic gardens at Kew after dark by following a glittering trail of lights, music and colours at the annual Christmas at Kew. Family friendly, embrace the magic and fantasy of one of London's top, hidden Christmas events in London with all the family.
Details: 22nd Nov - Jan 1st. Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE
Pop-up Wine Tastings at Maltby Street Market
Test your palate at Maltby Street Market's weekend wine tasting pop-ups. In the 30 minute session, you'll learn to pair three wines with key food flavours: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, 'umami' (savory), plus chili heat.
Details: 41 Maltby St, London, SE1 3PA. Read more http://m-wines.com/Pop-up-wine-tasting-maltby-st-market
Winnie-the Pooh: Explore a Classic
There are few creative relationships that have the capacity to dazzle countless generations of readers like that between a children's writer and illustrator. This was certainly the case with AA Milne, the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and EH Shephard. The V&A will be drawing extensively from its own collection of drawings, letters, photographs and manuscripts to tell the story of the tremendous success of Hundred Acre Wood's world-famous resident.
Details: Opening Dec 9th 2017. Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL. Read more https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/winnie-the-pooh-exploring-a-classic
LONDONSWEDES LUCIA NIGHTS
Mulled wine, Swedish Christmas treats and an absolutely extraordinary choir performance...What's not to love? For the third year in a row, the Lucia choir will be performing at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham, south London. Over the course of 5 days, the event will celebrate an array of magical Scandinavian traditions, alongside Midsummer, one Sweden's most iconic cultural traditions.
The event takes place the week before and on the December 13th, when the 400-year old tradition of the ‘Queen of light’; St. Lucia is celebrated with church concerts and processions.
Details: Caroline Gardens, Asylum Rd, London SE15 2SQ. Read more https://londonsvenskar.com/londonswedes-lucia-nights-2017/