55 Things to Do in London: December 2017

Lead image: ‘Austentatious’ Jane Austen Comedy Play Cast

1 Christmas by the River, London Bridge
30 November-3 January
With an impressive sprinkling of chalet-style stalls packed with everything from pretty trinkets and tree decorations to cockle-warming drinks and comfort food, Christmas by the River is not to be missed. Head to Doughnut Time for mouth-watering sweet treats and stock up on thoughtfully designed cashmere scarves at The Little Tibet. Where better to make a start on your Christmas shopping?
London Bridge SE1 2DB; visitlondon.com

2 #SaveTheCinemaMuseum Movie, Music & Dining experience
1 December
The iconic home of Charlie Chaplin, The Cinema Museum in Kennington, is at risk from developers. To help #SavetheCinemaMuseum, the South Social Film Festival, in collaboration with the British Lebanese association, has organised a Movie, Music & Dining experience to support the Cinema Museum petition on change.org. The film, Lebanon Factory, is a collective piece made by eight young filmmakers at the Cinema Museum, that received rave reviews at Cannes. The film takes a satirical approach to Lebanon’s most topical issues – refugees, the real estate speculation, the division of Beirut into religious and political areas and widespread pollution. There will live music, food by the Cedar restaurant and a Lebanese wine tasting. 6.30pm. Tickets are £20 for the film and music or £28 with food as well. 
2 Dugard way (off Renfrew Road) SE11 4TH. To book see billetto.co.uk

3 Dreamworks Animation in Concert, Wembley
1 December
Treat the whole family to a night of fantasy and entertainment at DreamWorks Animation in Concert at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Watch as your favourite animated characters come alive before your eyes and entertain those of all ages. The live musical performance includes the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra as well as featuring favourite scenes of movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and more. Tickets start at £28.32.

4 The Magic of Motown at The O2
1 December
Celebrating the sound of a nation, The Magic of Motown is dazzling to say the least. With spectacular outfits and 40 all-time favourites from musical greats spanning Diana Ross to Smokey Robinson, it’s clear from the get-go that this is no regular show. Expect soul by the bucketful and get set to sing along. Ticket prices start at £30.
Peninsula Square SE10 0DX; indigoattheo2.co.uk

5 Tootsmas, Tooting
1-3 December
Tootsmas returns to Tooting with a festive multi-site celebration. Community kitchen Graveney Canteen will cook up a tasty donations-only meal at their Tootsmas Luncheon, while on the Saturday and Sunday, the epic Street Food Takeover returns with winter goodies including gooey raclette and chunky Bratwurst. For Christmas shoppers, Etsy debuts its Made Local Christmas market in south London with 40 of their most popular London creators. Across the weekend, 20 market traders including Unwined, the Tapas Room, Hinata Japanese and Kimmies Jerk Joint will slash prices and serve up sumptuous specials. Local historian Geoff Simmons will also be leading a festive guided tour, Walkin In A Tootsmas Wonderland; Sholach Christmas Trees pops up for their very first tree market at Graveney & Meadow; and the evenings will be packed with live gigs and DJs. 12noon until late.
For the full list of events and venues, see tootopia.co.uk

6 Deptford’s Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studio
1-3 December

Deptford’s Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studio enables you to buy directly from independent makers. Expect ceramics, house wares, jewellery, shoes, glass and more crafts, alongside a feature showcase curetted by Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine, and delicious food by Hand Made Food cafe. Cockpit Arts is an award-winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople, housing up to 170 small businesses at their two centres (the other is based in Holborn).
18-22 Creekside, Deptford SE8 3DZ; cockpitarts.com

7 Massive Attack Shavasana Disco, West London
2 December

This unique event is perfect for someone wanting to mix it up this December. By combining classic albums with group meditation, Shavasana Disco is spectacular at bringing groups of like minded people together and all for free! Run by meditation expert Will Williams, this month’s Shavasana Disco is set to Massive Attack’s Blue Lines album, taking place in the very studios that the album was recorded in; Eastcote Studios on Kensal Road. No prior mediation experience needed. Click on the link below to apply for free tickets. 
249 Kensal Road, off Ladbroke Grove W10 5DB; willwilliamsmeditation.co.uk

8 Sports Philosophy’s Winter Wellness Day, Shoreditch
2 December

Enjoy a brunch, Christmas shopping and a lovely day filled with wellness activities while helping the less fortunate at the same time. As Christmas time is all about giving, what better way than to better yourself and fund a school truck and fight child labour with the Freedom for Children Foundation at the same time. The shopping at the event includes ethical brands that sell active wear, luxury candles, health supplements and jewellery. Tickets range from £15-£40 based on how many activities and events you choose to attend.
42 Acres Shoreditch, 66 Leonard Street EC2A 4LW; sportsphilosophy.com

9 London Santa Dash, Clapham
3 December
Show your Christmas spirit this December and run for a good cause in the London Santa Dash. The run, paired with activities for the less active members of your family, is going to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. Last year, the event had thousands of runners join in on the fun. Runners can choose from the 5k race or the 10k race, and all will participants will receive a complimentary Santa suit, a medal, a mulled drink and mince pie at the finish line. The run takes place on 3 December and entry prices are £25 for adults and £15 for children aged 5–15.
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive SW4 9DE; gosh.org

10 This Drove my Mother up the Wall, South London Gallery
Until 3 December
This Drove my Mother up the Wall by Katharina Grosse is the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition in London and the latest to take over the whole of South London Gallery’s main exhibition space. Grosse makes the void the dramatic centre of her project, masking the floor with a large foam stencil, then painting over it and the surrounding walls. Once the stencil is removed, a bright, white area of floor is revealed, untouched by the veils of colour and broad, propulsive marks spreading to all sides. Two documentary films accompany the painted installation, screening in the first floor galleries to frame her creative practice and research interests.
65-67 Peckham Road, Camberwell SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org

11 Spitalfields Music Festival 2017
2-10 December
This year, at the Spitalfields Music Festival, Andre dé Ridler has created the event of a lifetime. Being an accomplished and highly respected conductor has enabled him to create the perfect set list of musicians and events at this year’s festival. Highlights include, Veli Kujala, Nik Colk Void, Mark Titchnerand so many more talented artists. Tickets range from £10pp to £50pp.
St Margaret’s House, 15 Old Ford Road E2 9PJ; spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

12 Austentatious, a Jane Austen Comedy Play, Piccadilly Theatre
5 December, 23 January and 13 February

In need of a laugh during the cold dark winter season? Enjoy an improvised comedy play, starring a cast of the country’s sharpest comic performers, who conjure up a ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel. Whether you’ve read all of Jane Austin’s novels or none, the play is entertaining for all. With live music and intricate costumes, the show will be one you’ll never forget. Tickets start at £15.
16 Denman Street W1D 7DY; austentatiousimpro.com

13 St Alfege Church’s Advent Windows, Greenwich
1-24 December
The streets of Greenwich will come to life in December with 24 unique window displays, creating a live Advent Calendar. The project, which began in 2007, celebrates its 10th anniversary with the appropriate theme of Jubilation. A newly decorated window will be revealed on each day of Advent (1-24 December) in shops, homes, schools and pubs across Greenwich town centre. Visit the website below for a map of this year’s locations.
3 Greenwich Church Street SE10 9BJ; adventwindows.com

14 The Dickens Christmas Carol Walk
From 1 December
Landing in cinemas this month is The Man Who Invented Christmas, which tells the story of how renowned author Charles Dickens came to write A Christmas Carol. After watching the film, literary devotees can take things a step further by venturing out on an walking tour of the buildings, alleyways and courtyards brought to life in Dickens’ best-known book. Both insightful and entertaining, the walks last just under two hours and go ahead come rain or shine. Running most weekends in December. Check the website for dates.

15 Ferrero Rocher Pop Up, Westfield London
1-17 December
Enjoy a multi-sensory experience adventure with Ferrero Rocher. The experience with include specially cultivated drinks, five mini-desserts, each one inspired by layers of whole hazelnut, smooth chocolate, crispy wafer, hazelnut pieces and glittering gold. The experience will take place in a 360-degree light and sound performance. To keep the Ferrero Rocher magic going or to get some Christmas shopping done, guests will be able to purchase from their store at the end of the tasting. Tickets are priced at £27.15.
Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF; behindthelayers.co.uk

16 NATURALIUM Series at The Little Black Gallery
Until 7 December
Following the sell-out launch of Rob Munday’s NATURALIUM series of photographic light sculptures at Photo London 2017, The Little Black Gallery is proud to present the new edition and to host the works of the world’s leading artist in holographics. Specialising in portrait and natural subjects, Munday has had the Queen of Englad, Angelina Jolie, Karl Lagerfield and many more sit for him to perfect these works of art.
13A Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 0AJthelittleblackgallery.com

17 Robert Plant’s Carry Fire Tour, Royal Albert Hall
8 December
Rock legend Robert Plant is touring the UK with his band The Sensational Space Shifters performing his greatest hits and music from his new album, Carry Fire. The band’s unique sound has evolved into a more creative and powerful rhythm over time. Catch them at the Royal Albert Hall on 8 December, where the electrifying former Led Zeppelin vocalist will be joined by special guest Seth Lakeman.

18 Laurent Grasso at Oliver Malingue
Until 9 December
Olivier Malingue has invited French artist Laurent Grasso to present a unique project. Immersing the viewer in an environment full of scrutinizing gazes, the exhibition. The Panoptes Project, feels like a surrealistic collage. The exhibit is inspired by Laurent grasso’s fascination with the Foucauldian surveillance gaze and systems for astrological observation.
First Floor, 143 New Bond Street W1S 2TP; oliviermalingue.com

19 Poptorian by Ryan Callanan at Lamberty Gallery
Until 9 December 
Essex-based artist Ryan Callanan (aka RYCA) is well known among the cognoscenti in the street and modern Pop Art worlds. You will bump into him at the Brick Lane Car Boot each year, where he generously hands out his works to anyone he likes the look of. Poptorian at Lamberty Gallery in Pimlico showcases his latest collection of works, including a full-size crucified Star Wars storm trooper. It is this pop anachronistic aplomb that has garnered Ryan his following. He finds a charm in the simplicity of toys and childlike graphic representations. His best known works are the Smiley Pills and, more recently, Love is the Drug, a nod to Hirst’s dots, but a tableau of coloured hearts. Fat Boy Slim and Liam from the Prodigy are fans.
Lamberty Gallery, 46 Pimlico Road SW1W 8LP; lamberty.co.uk

20 Sample Sale at The Box, Hackney
Until 10 December
Don’t let time get away from you, get your Christmas shopping done early this year at The Box’s sample sale. The Box specialises in selling luxury designers brands and has an extensive list of designers this year including Etre Cecile, Peter Jenson, Le Kilt, Charlie May and more. The Box is the perfect place to get luxury gifts your friends and family will love at a discounted price.
4-6 Ram Place, Hackney Walk E9 6LT; thebox-london.com

21 Jasper Johns at the Royal Academy of Arts
Until 10 December
Something Resembling Truth is the first comprehensive survey of Jasper John’s work to be held in the UK in 40 years, comprising over 150 pieces. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience artworks that rarely travel from international private and public collections as well as new works by the artist.
Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BD; royalacademy.org.uk

22 UK Jewish Comedy Festival, Finchley Road
7-10 December
For the fourth annual year, the UK’s only Jewish Comedy Festival is back and better than ever. This year, with top comedy headliners and a search for the next big exciting Jewish stand up talent, the show will keep guests entertained and invested in the outcome. Top comedians like Mark Steel and Shappi Khorsandi will perform and awards such as The UK Jewish Comedian of the Year Award will be given to those competing in the festival.
341-351 Finchley Road NW3 6ET; jw3.org.uk

23 Annual Festive Display at The Shard
4-31 December

See the Shard illuminate the skyline from dusk until early morning this December for their fifth annual show. Complete with a special theme each year, The Shard Festive Display is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Varying gradients, sparkles and patterns that differ from night to night make the light show that much more exciting.
32 London Bridge Street SE1 9SG;

24 Callisto: A Queer Epic, Dalston
5-23 December
Callisto: A Queer Epic is a collection of remarkable queer stories. Telling the tales of brave and remarkable people in UK history, including opera star Arabella Hunt, who secretly entered into the first recorded gay marriage in UK history, and Alan Turing, as well as Lorn, a futuristic character who is building a paradise to sleep in on the Moon in 2223, but his AI companion Cal is determined to keep him awake. This wildly popular show sold out last year, so get your tickets quick! Tickets start at £12.
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL; arcolatheatre.com

25 Barnum at Menier Chocolate Factory
5 December – 3 March
Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth. The joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is sure to entertain all types of guests this December. Director Gordon Greenberg and musical director Alex parker have a beautiful and dynamic show taking you on the P.T. Barnum’s journey. Gordon Greenberg’s production opens on 5 December and runs until 3 March 2018. Tickets start at £39.50.
53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; menierchocolatefactory.com

26 Alice in Winterland at Rose Theatre
7 December – 7 January
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.
24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org

27 New Disney Playworlds at Westfield 
From 8 December
Looking to give your little ones a treat this Christmas season? Disney UK and Westfield have just the thing! They announced the launch of Disney Junior Mickey and the Roadster Racers-inspired playworlds at both Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City offering pre-schoolers an immersive Disney experience. The playworlds will offer features such as Mickey Roadster Racers inspired car, Hot Dog Hills slide, a light-up winner’s podium photo opportunity, interactive flooring, screens featuring games and Magical Moments shorts.

28 The Cutlass Crew at W11 Opera 
9-10 December
Cutlass Crew is a new opera by Stuart Hancock and Donald Sturrock created for the W11 Opera for Children & Young People. The story, set in 1583, is based on the adventures of Lady Mary Killigrew. Lady Mary Killigrew forms a Cutlass Crew of her female servants takes the world by storm in this epic tale. The exciting and entertaining opera is perfect for a night of culture and family time as Stuart Hancock and Sturrock cultivated the show to be entertaining for all ages. Tickets are priced at £12pp.
238-246 King Street, Hammersmith W6 0RF; w11opera.org

29 South East Christmas Feast
14-15 December
The South East Christmas Feast is the perfect December event as the holiday season is all about eating every decadent treat you can get your hands on. Head over to Camberwell and be welcomed by a Special Christmas drink, followed by a three course sharing feast while enjoying entertainment and music. Their event was sold out in years past and is only available on two days this December so get your tickets early. The event is priced at £39pp.
50 Knatchbull Road, Camberwell SE5 9QY; mikeandollie.co.uk

30 Mischief Movie Night at Mischief Theatre
13 December – 7 January
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.
Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JB; mischieftheatre.co.uk

31 White Fang at Park Theatre
13 December to 13 January
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 priced at £18pp.
Park Theatre Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP; parktheatre.co.uk

32 Big Fish: The Musical at The Other Place
Until 31 December
Meet Edward Bloom, an ordinary man, and an extraordinary father. He has always told his son tall tales filled with beauty, love and imagination, but when his son confronts him about what is make believe, they both discover that the truth is more wonderful than fiction. Kelsey Grammer stars in this new production, Big Fish: The Musical.
12 Palace Street, Westminster SW1E 5JAtheotherpalace.co.uk

33 Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism at the Saatchi Gallery
Until 31 December
The Tsukanov Family Foundation and Saatchi Gallery will open Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism, an exhibition dedicated to Post-Soviet Union protest art over the past 25 years, which will feature a world premiere for protest artists Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky. Alongside this exhibition, award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles will present Inside Pussy Riot, a groundbreaking immersive theatre experience including performances by founding Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Taking place 100 years after the Russian Revolution, the exhibition explores issues such as challenges to individual freedom of expression in the face of both political ideology and religion.
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; saatchigallery.com

34 Street Fans, The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Until 31 December
Earlier this year the little-known craft of fan making was included in the Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Craft, categorised as ‘critically endangered’. Earlier this year, The Fan Museum launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £14,000 to help realise a pioneering project that aims to reinvigorate within the UK this once thriving craft form. Jointly conceived by The Fan Museum and Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus, Street Fans sees an international cast of 30 street artists team up with leading contemporary fan maker, Sylvain Le Guen, to design and create one-of-a-kind folding fans that the Museum will exhibit from 19 September–31 December 2017.
12 Crooms Hill SE10 8ER; 020 8305 1441; thefanmuseum.org.uk 

35 Smith & Sinclair’s Edible Cocktail Pop-Up at John Lewis
Until January 2018
Smith & Sinclair is launching an interactive in-store experience at John Lewis’ flagship Oxford Street store to sell its renowned alcoholic Edible Cocktails in an innovative new way. Thermal reactive surfaces, scent diffusing walls and animated light features will play on the senses as you create your own Edible Cocktails at the adult take on a pick ‘n’ mix station. Sample what you see by pushing pastille buttons that diffuse scents, before choosing your desired flavours. There’s also a fully stocked cocktail bar, should you need to take time out from your shop, and you can buy individually wrapped Edible Cocktails in flavours like Spiced Rum, Elderflower Spritz and Long Island ‘High Tea’, as well as build your own Gift Box.
300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX; smithandsinclair.co.ukjohnlewis.com

36 Greenwich Winter Time Festival
1-31 December
The inaugural Greenwich Winter Time Festival will take over the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College for a very Instagrammable month-long festive residency opening on 1 December 2017. Moving 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’ll also be a winter market curated by the Instagram phenomenon Cissy Wears. Tickets start from £15 for adults and £8 for children.

37 Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Until 1 January
You know Christmas is around the corner when Hyde Park’s festive extravaganza returns. Winter Wonderland will offer entertainment ranging from ice skating and their Magical Ice Kingdom, through to the Cinderella on Ice show and Zippo’s Christmas Circus, with Bar Hütte new for 2017: perfect for karaoke and cocktails. Maybe it’s the big kid in us, but we can’t wait to see The Sooty Christmas Show.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

38 Christmas at Kew
Until 1 January
Christmas at Kew is back and it’s more spectacular than ever. Follow the path of over a million sparkling lights and prepare to enter a world of fantasy with kaleidoscopic projections, singing trees and larger-than-life flora. Children can spy Santa and his elves at the North Pole village, and for grown ups there’s mulled wine to sip and marshmallows to toast on the flickering fire.
Richmond TW9 3AB; kew.org

39 Nature’s Alchemy at bo.lee, Peckham
Until 13 January
Following a four year search for a permanent space, bo.lee gallery has finally put down roots on in Peckham. The gallery is celebrating its new space with Nature’s Alchemy, a group exhibition featuring artists who use materials such as mud, blood and ash to explore patterns and symbolism found within nature. Alongside Land Art pioneer and Turner Prize winner Richard Long, and Royal Academicians Cornelia Parker MBE, David Mach and Peter Randall-Page, the exhibition will showcase works by mid-career artists whose use of natural materials evoke cycles of life and death. Open Weds-Sat 11am-6pm. Other times by appointment only.
222 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4NL; bo-lee.co.uk

40 Ink, Duke of York’s Theatre
Until 6 January
Fleet Street. 1969. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want – no matter the cost. Following a sell-out season at the Almeida, Ink – written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III) – transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season from 9 September. With a cast featuring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover), this ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper.
St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4BG; 0844 871 7623; inktheplay.com 

41 The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre
Until 6 January 2018
Direct from a record-breaking sold out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jez Butterworth’s epic play The Ferryman transfers to the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, running until 6 January 2018. Starring Paddy Considine and directed by Sam Mendes, The Ferryman is set in rural Derry, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A hard day of work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead – but this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1D 6AR theferrymanplay.com

42 Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum
Until 7 January
Set against the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best-loved landmarks, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink will be open to skaters on Thursday 26 October, remaining open throughout the winter period. Perfect for families, friends and couples alike to spend some time on the ice getting into the holiday spirit.
Cromwell Road, Kensington SW7 5BD; nhmskating.com

43 La Caravane at Somerset House
Until 7 January
Somerset House and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair present Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane, a homecoming exhibition of the British-Moroccan artist, showcasing his vibrant fusion of contemporary cultures through new and celebrated works. The exhibition will be the first UK solo show of his work in seven years, fusing North African culture with familiar Western imagery and iconography.
Somerset House WC2R 1LAsomersethouse.org.uk

44 Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream, Saatchi Gallery
Until 7 January
Saatchi Gallery presents Iconoclasts: Art out of the Mainstream, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 13 contemporary artists. Iconoclasts explores the experimental and often transformational practices of a small group of groundbreaking artists, inviting us to engage anew with what modern day iconoclasm might be. By using a myriad of unusual image-making practices – from branding imagery onto human skin to sculpting curving structures out of crow feathers – these artists are breaking the mould, ushering in a new age of artistic defiance.

45 Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Oxo Tower Wharf
Until 7 January
Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition returns to London for the 36th year and its 5th year at gallery@oxo. Get your Christmas shopping done early at Dazzle’s Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, which champions innovation and experimentation, showing a mix of exciting new talent hand picked from graduate shows alongside established international designers. This year is no different for innovation, experimentation and pushing the sector’s boundaries working with new mediums such as 3D printing. 
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk

46 Space Descent VR, Science Museum
Until 26 January 2018
Let astronaut Tim Peake guide you through a thrilling, high-speed journey back to Earth in Space Descent VR, an immersive virtual reality experience at the Science Museum. Created by the award-winning Alchemy VR for the Science Museum Group, Space Descent VR puts you inside the descent module of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the unique opportunity to experience the 360° 3D view as it makes the dangerous 400km journey back to Earth from the International Space Station. ‘It really is breath-taking – and that comes from someone who has spent an awful lot of time using VR systems while training for my first mission,’ said Tim Peake. ‘Science Museum visitors are going to experience something that truly is very close to the real thing!’ Tickets £7.

47 LA SOIRÉE, Aldwych Theatre
Until 3 February
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.
49 Aldwych WC2B 4DF; la-soiree.com

48 Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Until 24 February
Set in the frosty surrounds of Canada Square Park, Ice Rink Canary Wharf is open until Saturday 24 February. Gather friends and family for day of excitement on and off the ice. With both skating and refreshments you’ll ever want to leave Canary Wharf. With a rink-side bar serving tempting tipples, an enchanting skate path under a canopy of trees and a dedicated area for little ones, it makes for the ultimate winter day out.
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf E14 5AB; icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk

49 John Brookes: The Man who Made the Modern Garden
Until 24 February 2018
John Brookes is the landscape designer who introduced Modernism to British garden design. The author of over 25 books (including The Room Outside, one of the most influential garden books of modern times), John Brookes MBE has inspired generations of garden and landscape designers in Britain and around the world, designing gardens, both public and private in North America, South America, Japan, South Africa and Europe. An early pioneer of Modernism in the design of private gardens, typified by his ‘Grid’, Brookes has introduced structure and geometry, from the iconic courtyard of Penguin Books to the ‘sexy curves’ of spaces inspired by his Brazilian hero, Burle Marx. Tickets £10.
Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7LB; gardenmuseum.org.uk

50 The Exorcist at Phoenix Theatre
Until 10 March 2018

Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the voice of the Demon. The stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier. When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul… The film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973, seeing audiences petrified to the point of passing out. Ages 18+. Tickets £15-£65.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JP; atgtickets.com

51 National Theatre Posters at the Wolfson Gallery
Until 31 March 2018
National Theatre Posters, curated by design critic and writer Rick Poynor, is open now in the National Theatre’s Wolfson Gallery, exploring poster design at the National Theatre from 1963 to the present. The exhibition will trace the changes in process, design and function over the past 50 years.
Upper Ground, SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk

52 Ferrari: Under the Skin at The Design Museum 
Until 15 April 2018
Ferrari: Under the Skin is a major exhibition at The Design Museum, examining the fascinating history of one of motoring’s most iconic brands. The show, created in collaboration with Ferrari, celebrates 70 years of precision design, from the launch of the very first Ferrari car in 1947 to the latest car in production. See important cars in the flesh, such as one that won the British Grand Prix in 1952 driven by Alberto Ascari, a sports racing car that won the Goodwood TT and a selection of client cars. The exhibition also affords a rare insight into the life of Enzo Ferrarri, paying tribute to his passion for racing, something that ultimately gave rise to the brand.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org

53 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the Apollo
Until 21 April 2018
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a new feel-good musical featuring catchy songs written by The Feeling singer-songwriter, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae. The show, directed by Jonathan Butterell, tells the inspiring tale of Jamie, a 16 year-old boy who lives on a council estate in Sheffield who overcomes prejudice and bullying to step into the spotlight and become a sensation. Inspired by the BBC Three documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the show recently won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2017. Booking until 21 April 2018.
31 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES; EverybodysTalkingAboutJamie.co.uk

54 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017, Greenwich
Until 22 July 2018
Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of photographers from around the world to be declared Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. His photograph, The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, will take pride of place at the corresponding exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now in its ninth year, the competition received over 3,800 entries from over 90 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

55 Diana: Her Fashion Story, Kensington Palace
Until 2018
From the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances to the glamour and elegance of her later life, Diana captivated the world’s attention as a trendsetter. Now, 20 years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story presents an extraordinary collection of garments – from the glittering ball gowns of the 80s to the chic Catherine Walker Suits and tailored shift dresses of Diana’s 90s ‘working wardrobe’. Tickets are £16.50 (concs £13.70) for visits until 28 February 2017. From 1 March 2017, tickets are £19 (concs £15). Kids go free (must be accompanied by an adult).
Kensington Gardens W8 4PXhrp.org.uk/kensington-palace

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