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THE EDIT

WHAT'S ON THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Chritsmas may look a little different this year but December in London will always be a magical affair. Here is our edit of what to see and do around the capital.



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FESTIVE FESTIVITIES


 

SELFRIDGES CHRISTMAS MARKET

Already a bastion of festive spirit, Selfridges has just announced the launch of a 2020 Christmas market. Hidden on a mews behind the department store, the market will bring street food, sparkling Christmas lights, fair-ground rides, gift stalls and even a place to pick out this year’s Christmas tree. Food stalls include burgers and barbecued meat from Tramshed, fresh egg pasta prepared inside a chunk of Parmesan at Cheese Wheel, traditional currywurst and bratwurst from Pop Dogs, and several options for a festive tipple.

 

CHELSEA’S ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS

Set in the wonderfully opulent Chelsea Old Town Hall, this market is a great choice for families, thanks to festive face painting and other seasonal entertainment. All kinds of Christmas gifts and decorations will be on sale alongside traditional food and drink, and each ticket includes a free mince pie and hot chocolate to get you into the holiday spirit.

 

LONDON’S FESTIVE LIGHTS

One of the bright sides to the increasingly dark winter nights are the twinkling Christmas displays that have popped up around the city. This year London’s lights are dedicated to the NHS and essential workers, as well as to a happier 2021. On our must-see list are:

Oxford and Carnaby Street’s installation of 27 LED curtains showing the words of a poem dedicated to London and its hardworking citizens

Regent’s Street’s angels

Marylebone Village’s shooting stars

Covent Garden’s 115,000 lights spread across the market building and the 60ft Christmas tree lit up with a further 30,000 festive lights

 

CHRISTMAS AT KEW GARDENS

Seasonal lights illuminate the botanic gardens after dark with festivities, food and vintage fairground rides.

 

THE NUTCRACKER, THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo star in and play all the parts in this festive classic directed by Nicholas Hytner. 90 minutes long with no interval, the recommendation is for children aged 6 plus but we’d say it suits older children.

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE BRIDGE THEATRE

Exploring the similarities and abilities shared by both mythical beasts and those in the real world, tickets to this highly anticipated show are expected to sell out quickly. 

 

 

BEYOND FESTIVE

 

KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, DESIGN MUSEUM

Celebrate 50 years of legendary group Kraftwerk with a 3D show. Step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers for one of their legendary live shows, as visuals and lights interact to create a new three-dimensional experience.Please note there are Limited sessions left in December, slots are currently sold out until 31st.

 

TRACY EMIN / EVARD MUNH: THE LONELINESS OF THE SOUL, ROYAL ACADEMY

Emin says of her fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter Munch, “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”. This exhibition juxtaposes over 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, neons and sculptures alongside 19 oils and watercolours ( such as the Seated Female Nude, 1923 – 1933 below) by Munch from his archives in Oslo, Norway that Emin has specifically chosen to explore the theme of loneliness of the soul.

 

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE, TATE BRITAIN 

Winner of the Carnegie Prize in 2018, this is one of the biggest shows of writer, poet and painter Yiadom-Boakye’s work ever shown.  Including over 80 works (including The Cream and The Taste, 2013 below), her portraits are so vivid that it’s hard to remember sometimes that they are of completely fictitious people. Only timed tickets are sold and do note that the cloakroom is closed so you’ll need to carry all coats and bags.

 

BRUCE NEUMAN, TATE MODERN

The first major exhibition of his work in London in more than 20 years. It allows visitors to engage with the artist’s universe through immersive installations with a strong emphasis on sound and moving image, as well as poetic sculptures and neon pieces.

 

IMMERSIVE GATSBY

With international productions across three continents, Olivier Award winning producers bring you London’s longest running immersive theatrical production. The Great Gatsby, Directed by Alexander Wright, has re-opened in the heart of the West End.