Twixtmas is that time of year betwixt Christmas and New Year when you’re off work, everything’s closed and you don’t know what to do with yourself. Well, here’s fab 15 ideas…
Lead image: Harlequins: Big Game 10 (photo: Getty Images)
1 ABBA: Super Troupers
Immerse yourself in the world of Swedish pop sensation ABBA at the Royal Festival Hall’s brand new exhibition. ABBA: Super Troupers recreates the extraordinary rise to worldwide fame and lasting legacy of ABBA (Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad), set against the shifting socio-economic and political conditions of the time. Take an immersive guided tour – voiced by Jarvis Cocker – through nine rooms that recreate significant moments from ABBA’s heyday, containing over 120 archive objects from ABBA The Museum and private archives including ABBA’s original costumes, personal photographs, costumes and instruments. Visitors will also be able to interact with musical tracks in a recreation of the Polar Studios recording studio, formed in 1978 by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson. Recommended for ages 7+. Tickets £15-£25. Open till 29 April.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
2 Harlequins: Big Game 10
One of the biggest festive sporting events, Harlequins’ Big Game 10 in association with IG, kicks off at 4pm on Saturday 30 December. Big Game is a festive fixture like no other, taking place each December at the home of English rugby, Twickenham Stadium. This year, Scouting For Girls will headline the 10th year anniversary of both Big Game, and the release of Scouting For Girls’ unstoppable million-selling self-titled debut album. Off-field entertainment has included stunning pyrotechnic displays, unique match ball deliveries and in the past, there have been entertainment performances from Rudimental, Olly Murs, Lawson, Killer Queen, Pineapple Dance Group, The Rat Pack and X-Factor Winners Matt Cardle and Sam Bailey. In a repeat of Big Game 7, Harlequins will play 2014 Aviva Premiership Champions Northampton Saints, following back-to-back years against Gloucester Rugby. Tickets start from just £24 for adults and £14 for children.
To book see tickets.quins.co.uk
3 Geffrye Museum, Hackney
The Geffrye Museum is a museum of homes, presenting over 400 years of urban middle class living in London. Do you know why we talk about the drawing room? When were elaborate curtains and embellish furniture fashionable? What is a what-not, or a ‘looking glass’? Take a peek into English living rooms to discover how the way we live has changed, from a hall in the City of London in 1630 to a loft-style apartment in 1998 via a parlour in Covent Garden in 1745, a Victorian drawing room in 1870 and a living room in 1965. GoCompare has also created a virtual tour of the museum so that you can explore from your armchair! The museum closes on 7 January for a two-year transformation project, so now is the time to check it out!
136 Kingsland Road, Hackney E2 8EA; geffrye-museum.org.uk
4 FCUK’D at The Bunker
Christmas is a time for those you love, and for those you love you do whatever it takes. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, a teenage boy kidnaps his little brother in a bid to flee his decrepit council flat and escape his daily encounters with the authorities. But with nowhere to go and no one to turn to, what kind of future do they face? Written entirely in verse, this candid one-man show by Niall Ransome switches seamlessly between the innocence of childhood and the real struggle of being fcuk’d by an unfair system, shining a light on the all-too-real experiences of young working-class men in Britain today. On until 30 December, Mon-Sat at 7pm, Sat Matinees at 4pm. Tickets £15.
53a Southwark Street SE1 1RU; bunkertheatre.com
5 Motörheadache : Lemmy Night
Head for New Cross Inn on 28 December and celebrate the life of Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister with Motörheadache, a band that uncannily look, sound and drink like the real thing! Motörheadache is a three-piece tribute to Lemmy’s musical career with Motörhead from 1975 to 2015, but features some his solo projects with the likes of Foo Fighters and Slash. The main body of the Motörheadache’s set list comprises a large number of songs from Motörhead’s Fast Eddie Clarke era, regarded as the classic era. Songs include Ace of Spades, Bomber, Overkill, Iron Fist and, of course, Motörhead; the last of Lemmy’s songs for Hawkwind. £7 advance tickets or £10 at the door.
323 New Cross Road SE14 6AS; newcrossinn.com
6 Greenwich Winter Time Festival
Greenwich Winter Time Festival moved beyond the typical mulled wine and bratwurst winter market, the event will mirror the vibrancy of the capital’s plethora of summertime festivals, with live performances from the likes of The Puppini Sisters, screenings of film classic The Snowman accompanied by East London Brass and the first ice rink at the ORNC in 10 years. As well as an innovative Father Christmas Experience, there’s also a winter market curated by the Instagram phenomenon Cissy Wears. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £8 for children. Until 31 December.
7 Winterville Clapham
Winterville, London’s alternative festive experience, offers top-notch eats from Street Feast, Christmas classics in Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, UV-powered Plonk Golf, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, Wasted Chic Christmas Market AND Clapham’s first-ever ice rink! Exciting times for those who don’t fancy the trudge to central London. There’s a 600sq m outdoor ice rink, a neighbouring cafe and plenty of DJs playing live to bolster the atmosphere come the evening. There’s even a Big Fish Little Fish family disco on New year’s Eve afternoon, starting at 1pm. Open Mon-Fri, 12pm-10pm and Sat-Sun, 11am-10pm until 6pm 1 January. Adults £14, kids aged 5-12 £9.50, students/under 16s £12.
Windmill Drive, Clapham SW4 9DE; winterville.co.uk
London more ice rinks that ever to choose form this year, from classics like Winter Wonderland, the Natural History Museum and Tower of London, to funky new pop ups like the Skylight rink atop Tobacco Dock, and the only rink in London with a romantic skate path, Canary Wharf Ice Rink. Find full details of London’s best ice rinks here.
9 Le Petit Chef at TT Liquor
Le Petit Chef, the fantastic 3D-animated dinner show that has been getting rave reviews for its fun, original format and fabulous food, has a couple of spaces available for the 9pm sitting on Friday 30 December. Le Petit Chef – In The Footsteps Of Marco Polo is Dinner Time Story’s latest pop-up dining experience, taking guests on a journey from Marseilles to Arabia, India, the Himalayas and China, using cutting edge 3D visual technology to tell the story of Le Petit Chef’s travels along the Silk Road through flavours, ingredients, sights, sounds and tastes. The six-course tasting menu is accompanied by a bespoke wine and cocktail pairing by the TT Liquor bar team. Book now and you might just squeeze in!
17B Kingsland Road E2 8AA; ttliquor.co.uk
10 Coppa Club Igloos
Take advantage of quiet London to sneak into one of this winter’s biggest attractions – Coppa Club’s igloos. Located Thames-side at the restaurant’s Tower Bridge branch, the insta-famous igloos are even better this year, re-designed with frames and Perspex sliding doors, and all fully furnished with heating, blankets and speakers. Drink, dine and chill in full view of Tower Bridge all winter, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Available to book for a maximum of 8 people (bookings under 6 people will be sharing with other guests) for up to two hours. A limited number of igloos are held back for walk-ins, and there are a few slots available for booking during Twixtmas.
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk
11 South Pole Saloon at Brixton Rooftop
South Pole Saloon to provide refuge for Rebel Elves, who escaped a life of enslavement by Bad Santa to live a life on their own terms. So head to Brixton Rooftop to join the The Snowman, The Sugar Plum Fairy and the Candy Cane Girls for winter evenings of debauchery in a heated, covered winter wonderland. Here you’ll find woodland lodges, multiple bars, Candy Caner Cabins, live music, interactive entertainment, creative cocktails and festive street food by the likes of Vudu Food, Mac to the Future, Fancy Funkin Chicken and The Lambassadors. Opens 23 November and closes 1 January 2018.
Pope’s Road, Brixton SW9 8JH; brixtonrooftop.com
12 Mischief Movie Night at Mischief Theatre
The West End hit show has returned for another season of laughs and suspense. Mischief Movie Night is an improvised live show including cast members Josh Elliot as Not Sure, Dave Hearn as Uncertain, Harry Kershaw as No Idea, Henry Lewis as Don’t Know Yet, Ellie Morris as Couldn’t Tell You, Charlie Russell as TBC, Jonathan Sayer as Who Knows and Henry Shields as Guess Who. They will be joined onstage by musicians Chris Ash and Richard Baker. Tickets are priced at £17.50pp. Until 7 January.
Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JB; mischieftheatre.co.uk
13 Alice in Winterland at Rose Theatre
Adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville from Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale, Alice in Winterland will enchant children and grown ups alike. The brand new production – which features professional actors as well as members of the Rose Youth Theatre – follows curious Alice as she embarks on a quest to save Winterland – a mysterious world of ice and imagination. Tickets start at £15. Until 7 January.
24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
14 White Fang at Park Theatre
Inspired by Jack London’s classic novel, White Fang tells an incredible story paired with vivid puppetry and original music. The story is of a young girl who is rescued by an old huntsman after her tribe is killed, struggling to find a sense of family, she soon discovers hope in the friendship of an abandoned wolf. White Fang will feature Mariska Ariya, Robert G. Slade, Bebe Sanders, Paul Albertson, Jonathan Mathews and Danny Mahoney in the cast. Tickets are £18. Until 13 January.
Park Theatre Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP; parktheatre.co.uk
15 La Soirée, Aldwych Theatre
Bringing a high-octane mix of cabaret, modern burlesque and scandalous circus frolics to the Aldwych Theatre, La Soirée is a must-see. From eye-watering stunts to saucy hula hooping sequences, it’s outrageously entertaining, though not for the faint-hearted. Pushing the boundaries of comedy and theatre, this playful production will see off the winter blues. Until 3 February.
49 Aldwych WC2B 4DF; la-soiree.com