December events in London

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 December

Get into the seasonal spirit today with one of these festive events in London

Adam Kay at Bloomsbury Theatre

Adam Kays Smutty Christmas Songs

Ex-doctor turned comedian Adam Kay will be offering up an evening of smutty songs to celebrate the festive season
Lord’s

Christmas afternoon tea at Lords Cricket Ground

Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lords surrounded by paintings of the games greatest players
Barbican Hall

An Evening of Christmas Classics at the Barbican

Join the London Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir for an evening of Christmas classical music at Barbican Hall
Barbican Hall

A Jingle Bell Christmas at the Barbican

Join the London Concert Orchestra and Jingle Bell Dancers for an afternoon of seasonal golden oldies at the Barbican
Serpentine
free

Peter Pan swimming race on Christmas Day

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

Theatre shows in December

Give your­self a Christmas treat with some tickets to a West End musical

Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre

TINA - The Tina Turner Musical

to TINA tells the story of Tina Turner from her humble start in Nutbush to her transformation into a global superstar

Music, comedy & film in December

Spend a night watching some live music, a comedy gig or blockbuster movie

Parov Stelar at O2 Academy Brixton

Parov Stelar at the Brixton Academy

Master of sampling Parov Stelar is returning to London in December for a live show at the Brixton Academy
Adam Kay at Bloomsbury Theatre

Adam Kays Smutty Christmas Songs

Ex-doctor turned comedian Adam Kay will be offering up an evening of smutty songs to celebrate the festive season

Family & Kid’s events in December

Events in December that will make a nice day out for families with children

Matilda at Cambridge Theatre

Roald Dahls Matilda - The Musical

to Roald Dahls Matilda tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers
Emirates Air Line Cable Car at The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Namco Funscape London at Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Medieval Banquet London at Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

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

Art & Museum exhibitions in December

How about visiting an exhibition in one of the capital’s galleries or museums?

Victorian Surgery Old Operating Theatre at Old Operating Theatre

Victorian surgery at the Old Operating Theatre

A demonstration about Victorian surgery inside the original 19th-century Operating Theatre at St Thomass Hospital
Victoria & Albert Museum

Mary Quant - Victoria & Albert Museum

to An exhibition of dresses by the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant who became synonymous with the Swinging Sixties
Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

to Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Tate Britain

William Blake - The Artist

to Tate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of 300 works by the English poet painter and printmaker William Blake
Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

to A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work both old and new
Tate Britain

Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey

to Discover how technology has been changing British culture through the work of Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey
National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits - National Gallery

to This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguins portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years

Royal & Religious events in December

For tourists interested in visiting London’s palaces, churches and cathedrals

British Library

Buddhism exhibition at the British Library

to This exhibition will explore the history of Buddhism from its 6th-century origins in India right up to the present day
Crossbones Graveyard
free

Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard

On the 23rd of every month people gather at Crossbones Graveyard to pay their respects to societys outcasts
Windsor Castle Tour at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at 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

Sunday service at the 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
Somerset House
free

Old Palace Tour at Somerset House

The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

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

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free
St. Paul’s Cathedral

Guided tour of Wrens best churches

This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches

Political & Military events in December

Daily parades and political events taking place during December

Sadiq Khan at City Hall
free

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

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

Attend PMQs (Prime Ministers Questions)

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

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Speakers Corner Hyde Park at Speakers’ Corner
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
Guildhall
free

Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor

Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

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

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

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

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but its less crowded and takes place every day

Classical music in December

All of the classical music, operas and ballets in London during December

Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the 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 famous auditorium
Barbican Hall

An Evening of Christmas Classics at the Barbican

Join the London Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir for an evening of Christmas classical music at Barbican Hall

Sightseeing tours in December

If you’re visiting London in December then try one of these sightseeing tours

Somerset House
free

Somerset House Historical Highlights

This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
The City

Guided walk around Charles Dickens London

This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels
No 11 Sightseeing Bus at The City

11 - Londons cheapest sightseeing bus

If you dont fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus then theres a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus
The City

City Highlights: The Top 10 sights

A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London
Mansion House

Mansion House: The Lord Mayors Residence

Look inside the Lord Mayor of Londons official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall
St. Paul’s Cathedral

Guided tour of Wrens best churches

This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wrens finest City churches
The City

Guided walk around Roman Londinium

Walk through the streets of Roman Londinium and see what remains of the old city walls military fort and amphitheatre
Millennium Bridge

Guided walk along Londons river

This guided walk will take you along a small stretch of the Thames to learn some history and see some of the rivers most famous landmarks
Tower of London

Yeoman Warder tour at the Tower of London

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

Sports events in December

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

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

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Lord’s

Christmas afternoon tea at Lords Cricket Ground

Enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea in the historic Long Room at Lords surrounded by paintings of the games greatest players
Serpentine
free

Peter Pan swimming race on Christmas Day

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

Other London events during December

Here are some more great events that are worth trying during December

Albert Memorial

Get a closer look at the Albert Memorial

Go inside the Albert Memorials railings and see one of Londons finest looking monuments from up close
Boris Bike Hire In London at The City

Hire a Boris Bike and cycle around London

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

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway

The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
No 15 Heritage Bus at Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Ride around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Portobello Road

The famous Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market where 100000 people browse hundreds of stalls every Saturday
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
London Zoo

Be a zoo keeper for a day at London Zoo

Sign-up to be a zoo-keeper at London Zoo for a day and get close to the animals and help to feed them and muck them out
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

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

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

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