Here's a Christmas treat... how about watching a blockbuster movie at Kensington Palace? They're putting up a pavilion on the Orangery lawn and selling mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate to keep you warm.
Tonight's movie features a world-class line-up of Hollywood superstars including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, plus a bloke called Michael Caine (I've never heard of him). The Muppets Christmas Carol (U, 85 mins) is arguably the best-ever telling of the classic Christmas tale. It's certainly better than Charles Dickens' version, that is for sure.
Note: Admission to Kensington Palace is not included. There is limited seating capacity so advanced booking is definitely recommended. You can order a choice of seats from beanbags to comfy sofas.
Craig’s review of Kensington Palace – “How many tourists put Kensington Palace on their 'must-do' list because of Princess Diana? If that's your only reason for going then trust me: don't bother. It's not much of a palace. It looks more like a Stately home to me -- the kind of country home you might visit on a Sunday afternoon to have a cup of tea. You can always rate a palace by the fame of the names who… continued”
Watch Love Actually at Kensington Palace – 20 Dec 2018 – Watch the Christmassy chick-flick movie Love Actually in a pavilion on the Orangery lawn at Kensington Palace.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – 21 Dec 2018 – Watch Tim Burton's animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas in a pavilion on the Orangery lawn at Kensington Palace.
It’s A Wonderful Life — at Kensington Palace – 22 Dec 2018 – Watch James Stewart in the classic Christmas movie It's A Wonderful Life in a pavilion on the Orangery lawn at Kensington Palace.
Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum – 25 Oct 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Natural History Museum has one of London's prettiest ice rinks, decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel.
Skate around Canary Wharf’s ice rink – 2 Nov 2018 to 16 Feb 2019 – This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights.
Skate! — Christmas ice rink at Somerset House – 14 Nov 2018 to 13 Jan 2019 – Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London, with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
A Christmas Carol — read by Dickens’ great grandson – 18 Nov 2018 – Charles Dickens' great grandson, Gerald Dickens, will be telling the story of Scrooge at Kenwood House.
We’ve got plenty more Christmas events in London
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans