Free events in London December 2016

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Free events in London in December

Our guide to free events in London during December 2016.

 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Christmas Day church service, at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Cathedral There's not a lot to do in London in Christmas Day, so how about attending a church service at St Paul's Cathedral?
 at Serpentine, London
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Peter Pan swimming race, on Christmas Day

Serpentine The annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race has been held on the Serpentine lake every Christmas morning since 1864.
 
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Midnight Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Begin your Christmas with an atmospheric midnight mass on Christmas Eve at St Paul's Cathedral, bathed in candlelight.
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Christmas Carol Service at St. Paul’s

to St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy a traditional Christmas carol service at St Paul's Cathedral, on the 23rd and 24th December — for free!
 
 at Bank of England Museum, London
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Crafty Christmas for kids, at the Bank of England

to Bank of England Museum Take your kids to the Bank of England Museum this December and enjoy an afternoon of Christmas arts and crafts.
 at Westminster Abbey, London
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Ceremony of Carols, at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey Enjoy a performance of Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" at Westminster Abbey, with a reading of The Christmas Proclamation.
 
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Family Christmas carols, at St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy a Christmas Carol concert at St Paul's Cathedral, especially suitable for families and children.
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Ceremony of Carols, at St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy a performance of Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" inside St Paul's Cathedral, with some readings for advent.
 
 at Benjamin Franklin House, London
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Children’s Christmas Party — 18th-century style!

Benjamin Franklin House The Benjamin Franklin House will be throwing a little 18th-century style party for kids, with carols and wreath making.
 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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.
 
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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Handel’s Messiah at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia will be giving a performance of Handel's "Messiah".
 at Trafalgar Square, London
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Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square

to Trafalgar Square Have you ever taken the time to see the switching-on ceremony for the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, with carols?
 
Art exhibition at Saatchi Gallery

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to Saatchi Gallery The Saatchi Gallery's "Painters' Painters" exhibition showcases the work of nine artists who are inspiring the next generation.
 at Geffrye Museum, London
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Christmas Past: 400 Years of Traditions

to Geffrye Museum The Geffrye's "Christmas Past" exhibition explores the origins and meanings behind 400 years of Christmas traditions.
 at Regent Street, London
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Christmas lights in Regent Street

to Regent Street Regent Street always has some of the best Christmas lights in London, stretching from Oxford Street to Waterloo Place.
 at Carnaby Street, London
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Christmas lights in Carnaby Street

to Carnaby Street Carnaby Street will be kicking off its Christmas season with a big switch-on ceremony on the 10th November.
 
 at Bond Street, London
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Christmas lights in Bond Street

Bond Street Bond Street is one of the poshest shopping streets in in London, and they always have some of the poshest decorations too!
 at Oxford Street, London
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Christmas lights in Oxford Street

to Oxford Street The Oxford Street switch-on ceremony is always one of the biggest, and this year they're shutting the street to traffic.
 
Free event in London at Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court Palace Attend a Sunday service in one of the country's most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIII's Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.
Childrens event in London at Hackney Marshes

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Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
 
Talk in London at Speakers’ Corner

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Speakers’ Corner Listen to a speech at Speakers' Corner, where the public can discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech.
Free event in London at Tower of London

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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.
 
Free event in London at Sky Garden

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Sky Garden The Sky Garden is a three-story garden that spans the top three floors of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Scorchie).
Free event in London at Westminster Abbey

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

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St. Paul’s Cathedral If you attend a choral Evensong service at St. Paul's Cathedral, you can wander around and see part of the Cathedral for free.
Museum exhibition in London at Imperial War Museum

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to Imperial War Museum Mahwish Chishty's exhibition of art at the Imperial War Museum combines Pakistani folk art with unmanned spy drones.
 
 at Tower Bridge, London
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Tower Bridge — Scheduled lift times

to Tower Bridge Here is a list of the scheduled lift times for Tower Bridge, so you can see the roadway open and close and grab a photo.
Free event in London at Old Bailey

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Old Bailey Watch the long arm of the law in action at the Old Bailey, where members of the public can sit in the gallery and watch a case.
 
Free event in London at Royal Courts of Justice

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Royal Courts of Justice Try something a bit different -- how about going to the Royal Courts of Justice and watching a real-life court case?
Art exhibition at National Gallery

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to National Gallery The National Gallery will be showing two works by Maino - 'The Adoration of the Shepherds' and 'The Adoration of the Kings'.
 
Art exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery

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to Guildhall Art Gallery "Victorians Decoded" will show how new communication technologies affected the imaginations of Victorian artists.
Free event in London at Horse Guards

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Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 O'Clock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at the Horse Guards.
 
Free event in London at Horse Guards

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Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace, but is usually a lot less crowded.
Free event in London at Covent Garden

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Covent Garden Enjoy some free street entertainment in Covent Garden -- everything from buskers, acrobats and clowns to opera singers.
 
Free event in London at Tower of London

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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.
Museum exhibition in London at Imperial War Museum

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to Imperial War Museum The Imperial War Museum will be putting on an exhibition by Edmund Clark, exploring State control and the War on Terror.
 
 
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