Events in London – December 2018

Christmas in London is a time for pantos and carols at the Royal Albert Hall, shopping at the festive markets, skating on the outdoor ice rinks, and hunting down the big trees like the one in Trafalgar Square. Or how about a midnight mass at St. Paul’s? The month comes to an end with the big New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

Christmas events in London

Snowman at Peacock Theatre

to Peacock Theatre Fly through the sky with the magical snowman as the much-loved childrens book The Snowman comes to the Peacock
Robinson Crusoe at Greenwich Theatre

to Greenwich Theatre Set sail with Robinson Crusoe this Christmas and help him battle the Pirate Queen and find the treasure chest full of gold
Aladdin Panto at Hackney Empire

to Hackney Empire Join Aladdin in the magical land of Hackney where hell rub a magic lamp and get three wishes from a genie
A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

to Old Vic A Christmas Carol is returning to the Old Vic with a unique staging that will please everyone aged 8 and above
Lord’s

Lord’s Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lords surrounded by paintings of the games greatest players
A Christmas Carol Musical at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre A Christmas Carol gets the full Broadway treatment when the London Musical Theatres version comes to the Lyceum
Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Carols by Candlelight will include your favourite Christmas carols performed in a candlelit setting and full 18th-century costume
Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall The Christmas Cracker concert at Cadogan Hall is a festive favourite full of seasonal songs and carols by the Royal Philharmonic
Nativity The Musical at Eventim Apollo

to Eventim Apollo The smash-hit Nativity movies have been turned into a comedy musical fun for all the family this Christmas
The Magic Circle

to The Magic Circle Treat yourself to a Christmas extravaganza at the world famous Magic Circle and watch some of the worlds top magicians
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir for an evening of Christmas classics at Barbican Hall
Father Christmas at Lyric Hammersmith

to Lyric Hammersmith Raymond Briggs classic childrens book Father Christmas has been turned into a theatre show at the Lyric Hammersmith
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Enjoy some festive favourites and singalong Christmas carols with the London Concert Orchestra and London Philharmonic Choir
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join the London Concert Orchestra and Jingle Bell Dancers for some Christmas golden oldies and modern favourites at the Barbican
Globe Theatre

to Globe Theatre Enjoy a Winter Wassail with music from the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Enjoy some Carols by Candlelight at Barbican Hall and see the Mozart Festival Orchestra perform in full 18th-century costume
Serpentine
free

Serpentine The annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race has been held on the Serpentine lake every Christmas morning since 1864

Theatre shows in December

Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre

to Queen’s Theatre Les Miserables is an epic tale of passion and destruction set against the backdrop of the French Revolution
Woman In Black at Fortune Theatre

to Fortune Theatre A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul
Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre

to Her Majesty’s Theatre The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End and one of Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest scores
Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

to Lyceum Theatre Based on the Oscar-winning Disney movie The Lion King tells the story of Simba and his adventures in the jungle
Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre

to Apollo Victoria Theatre If you like The Wizard of Oz then you will love Wicked -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches
Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Thriller celebrates Michaels career in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves
Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

to Cambridge Theatre Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Mamma Mia at Novello Theatre

to Novello Theatre Mamma Mia is based on the hit movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan and uses the songs of ABBA
Book Of Mormon at Prince of Wales Theatre

to Prince of Wales Theatre The Book of Mormon is a totally fearless comedy musical written by the same guys as anarchic TV cartoon South Park
Play That Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre

to Duchess Theatre The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on a West End show but will they crack under the pressure?
Kinky Boots at Adelphi Theatre

to Adelphi Theatre Kinky Boots tells the story of entertainer Lola who helps to save a bankrupt shoe factory by singing some Cyndi Lauper songs
Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

to Shaftesbury Theatre Relive Berry Gordys journey as he launches Motown and the careers of superstars like Michael Jackson
Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre

to Criterion Theatre The writers behind The Play That Goes Wrong are back with The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at the Criterion
Aladdin at Prince Edward Theatre

to Prince Edward Theatre Disneys Aladdin has been turned into a West End musical and will be showing at the Prince Edward Theatre
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at Palace Theatre

to Palace Theatre Palace Theatre will be showing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- a brand-new Harry Potter story by JK Rowling
School Of Rock at Gillian Lynne Theatre

to Gillian Lynne Theatre The Jack Black movie School of Rock has been turned into a West End mind-blowing musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes
Everybodys Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre

to Apollo Theatre Everybodys Talking About Jamie is all about overcoming prejudice with songs by The Feelings Dan Gillespie Sells
Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre

to Victoria Palace Theatre Alexander Hamilton was George Washingtons right hand man and one of Americas Founding Fathers
Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre TINA tells the story of Tina Turner from her humble start in Nutbush to her transformation into a global superstar
Chicago at Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre Alexandra Burke and Duncan James will be starring in Chicago -- the sassiest and sexiest West End musical ever
Bat Out Of Hell Musical at Dominion Theatre

to Dominion Theatre The Domionion Theatre will be showing Bat Out Of Hell The Musical using the bombastic music of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf
Foxfinder at Ambassadors Theatre

to Ambassadors Theatre Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon will be appearing in the premiere of the darkly thrilling new play Foxfinder
The Inheritance at Noël Coward Theatre

to Noël Coward Theatre Noel Coward Theatre is putting on a production of Matthew Lopezs celebrated play about young gay men in New York
Showstopper at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Showstopper is an improvised musical that revolves around the suggestions fired out from the audience
Company at Gielgud Theatre

to Gielgud Theatre The legendary Broadway musical Company is coming to the West End with some of Stephen Sondheims best songs
The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle Enjoy an evening of entertainment performed by some of the worlds best close-up magicians at the Magic Circles HQ
Height Of The Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre

Wyndham’s Theatre Jonathan Pryce and Dame Eileen Atkins will be starring in The Height Of The Storm at Wyndhams Theatre
Macbeth at Barbican Centre

to Barbican Centre A contemporary re-telling of Shakespeares Macbeth starring Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston
Landscape A Kind Of Alaska at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre Watch three of Harold Pinters one-act plays in one sitting: Landscape A Kind of Alaska and Monologue
Don Quixote at Garrick Theatre

to Garrick Theatre David Threlfall and Rufus Hound will be starring in the medieval adventures of Don Quixote at the Garrick Theatre
Moonlight Night School at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The five-month long season of Harold Pinters one-act plays continues with Moonlight and Night School
Romeo And Juliet at Barbican Centre

to Barbican Centre Shakespeares tragic play Romeo and Juliet will receive a contemporary re-telling at the Barbican Theatre
Summer And Smoke at Duke of York’s Theatre

to Duke of York’s Theatre The Duke of Yorks Theatre will be putting on a production of Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke
Caroline Or Change at Playhouse Theatre

to Playhouse Theatre Caroline is a poorly paid maid who transforms her basement workplace into a magical place of singing washing machines
Fiddler On The Roof at Menier Chocolate Factory

to Menier Chocolate Factory Trevor Nunn will be directing the heartbreaking but ultimately joyous story of Tevye the milkman and his family
Room On The Broom at Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Room On The Broom is a childrens adventure about a poor witch whose hat and wand blow away in the wind
Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at Piccadilly Theatre

to Piccadilly Theatre When Christopher comes under suspicion for killing Mrs Shears dog he decides to solve the crime himself
Operation Ouch at Apollo Theatre

to Apollo Theatre Popular childrens television series Operation Ouch with Dr Chris and Dr Xand is coming to the Apollo Theatre
Merry Wives Of Windsor at Barbican Centre

to Barbican Centre The Merry Wives of Windsor will be getting the reality TV treatment in this modern-day re-telling of Shakespeares play
The Room Victoria Station at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The five-month long season of Harold Pinters plays continues with The Room Victoria Station and Family Voices
Party Time Celebration at Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre The five-month long season of Harold Pinters one-act plays continues with Party Time and Celebration

Music, comedy & film in December

Fastlove Tribute To George Michael at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre Fastlove is wildly regarded as the UKs finest George Michael tribute act performing alongside his actual saxophonist
Bill Bailey at Wyndham’s Theatre

to Wyndham’s Theatre Bill Bailey is back in the West End with his new stand-up show Larks in Transit about his twenty years as a comic
Human League at Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo 1980s pop band The Human League will be playing one night at the Hammersmith Apollo in December
Simon And Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre The Simon & Garfunkel Story celebrates their 50th anniversary using live music and original film footage from the 1960s
Paul Carrack at Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Theatre Paul Carrack - the guy behind Ace Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics - will be playing alongside the SWR Big Band

Family & Kid’s events in December

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car) This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from The O2 to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory The Royal Observatorys daily Sky Tonight show at the Planetarium will show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights singing minstrels and King Henry VIII himself

Art & Museum exhibitions in December

National Portrait Gallery
free

National Portrait Gallery Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery amongst some of the gallerys great works of art
Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre Enjoy a demonstration of 19th-century surgery held in the confines of the Old Operating Theatre at St Thomass Hospital
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain The Turner Prize is Britains most prestigious contemporary art prize and always has a controversial work (or two) on show
National Gallery

to National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance painters Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective of work by the influential textile artist Anni Albers
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain Tate Britain will be putting on a retrospective of work by the last of the Pre-Raphaelites Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
National Gallery

to National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance portrait artist Lorenzo Lotto
National Portrait Gallery

to National Portrait Gallery Gainsboroughs Family Album collects together fifty works showing the family life of 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough

Royal & Religious events in December

Queen’s Gallery

to Queen’s Gallery The Royalty & The Romanovs exhibition will explore some of the events and works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families
Hampton Court Palace
free

Hampton Court Palace Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Tower of London
free

Tower of London You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Every Sunday St Pauls Cathedral invites one of the worlds finest organists to play on the Grand Organ for half-an-hour
Westminster Abbey
free

Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey for free which combines a traditional mass with a choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free
Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle the worlds oldest inhabited castle and the Royal Familys home for over 1000 years

Political & Military events in December

Queen’s Gallery

to Queen’s Gallery The Shadows of War exhibition at the Queens Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fentons photographs of the Crimean War
Houses of Parliament

to Houses of Parliament Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Houses of Parliament

to Houses of Parliament The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
free

to City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Houses of Parliament
free

Houses of Parliament You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
Houses of Parliament
free

Houses of Parliament Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons
Speakers’ Corner
free

Speakers’ Corner If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech
Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Horse Guards
free

Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at the Horse Guards
Tower of London

Tower of London One of the best ways of seeing the Tower of London is alongside a Yeoman Warder (better known as the Beefeaters)
Horse Guards
free

Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is usually a lot less crowded
Tower of London
free

Tower of London The Ceremony of the Keys is over 700 years old and represents the traditional locking up of the Tower of London at night

Classical music in December

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Shostakovich Richard Strauss and Alban Berg at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some music by Stravinsky Szymanowski Bartok Bernstein at Barbican Hall
Nigel Kennedy at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Hear violinist Nigel Kennedy and the Academy of Ancient Music play some classical music by JS Bach at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

to Barbican Hall The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Debussy Brahms and Enescu at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing Berliozs LEnfance du Christ at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall The Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices will be giving a performance of Handels Messiah at Barbican Hall

Sightseeing tours in December

Jack The Ripper Tour

Jack The Ripper Tour Walk the streets of Whitechapel and try and discover the identity of the Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper - if you dare!
Original Bus Tour

Original Bus Tour The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital
Big Bus Tours

Big Bus Tours This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
TRS River Cruise

TRS River Cruise Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
City Cruises

City Cruises City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
Thames Rockets

Thames Rockets A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tours The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
The City

The City If you dont fancy spending 25-30 pounds on a sightseeing bus then theres a much cheaper alternative the No11 bus
See London by Night

See London by Night The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
BrakeAway Bike Tours

BrakeAway Bike Tours Forget the sightseeing buses and jump on your bike and see the major sights and landmarks of London from your saddle

Sports events in December

Hackney Marshes
free

Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms the pitch and climb up to the Royal Box and lift the FA Cup
Lord’s

Lord’s Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium the pitch and the Arsenal Museum
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Walk in the footsteps of your heroes on a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum

Other London events during December

The City

The City If weaving your way in and out of the busy traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike?
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) The driverless Docklands Light Railway lets you to sit right at the front of the train giving you a fantastic view of the track
Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Relive Londons history and ride a 1960s double-decker bus (the ones with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
The Ritz

The Ritz Dress up in your suit and shoes and sit down to an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Bateaux London

Bateaux London Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre Have a tour of William Shakespeares Globe Theatre on Bankside and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the worlds most famous playwright
Portobello Road

Portobello Road Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market with over 100000 people browsing hundreds of stalls
O2 Arena

O2 Arena Climb to the top of the O2 Arenas big tent roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform at the top
Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial Go inside the railings and learn about the Albert Memorial one of Victorian Londons finest and most guilded monuments
 
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