Things To Do in London This Betwixtmas - Put Those Useless Days to Good Use!

Things To Do in London This Betwixtmas – Put Those Useless Days to Good Use!

Betwixt and between Christmas Day and New Years Eve, escape the family (or take them with you if you must) and enjoy a break from Netflix, chocolates, and leftover sprouts!

26th December – Put On Your Dancing Shoes!

Strictly Winter Ballroom | Southbank Centre | 12:00pm | FREE

Forget boxing, 26th December is Ballroom Dancing Day at the Southbank Centre! A six – yes, six! – hour ballroom extravaganza, featuring live music, demonstrations, workshops and social dancing, totally free and totally open to all!

From 3-4pm and again 5-6pm, there will be live Ballroom, Latin and Sequence accompaniment from the Ross Mitchell band.

27th December – Score!

Star Wars and Beyond | Barbican Hall | 7:30pm | £29.50-£42.50

Whether or not you were won over by The Last Jedi, if you’re a Star Wars fan – or a fan of film scores – this should float your landspeeder.

The London Concert Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, showcase the inimitable film score genius of John Williams – promising recognisable themes from E.T., Harry Potter, Hook, Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters and Indiana Jones.

27th – 29th December – Turn Up The Volume!

Make Some Noise Days | V&A Museum of Childhood | From 10:30am | FREE

Starting on the 27th, the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green hosts a three-day celebration of noise-making, ‘headlined’ by performances of Michael Morpurgo’s Coming Home by Story Spinner (for which £3 tickets will be available to book on the day).

‘Coming Home’ is a Christmas story about a plucky little robin and his plight to make it home for Christmas… Let’s hope he makes it!

Each day features a schedule of fun free events for all the family: Artbust’s sing-a-long for Under 5s, Museum Storytelling, Exploring Sounds with School of Noise, and DIY Instruments Making. Plus, there are guest performances from DM Collaborate (27th), Ida Barr’s Artificial Hip Hop (28th), and Neil Luck with ARCO (29th).

28th December – Sit in the Dark and Don’t Have to Talk to Anyone!

The Greatest Showman | Cinemas Nationwide | Times Vary | Prices Vary (take your own sweets!)

It might be good, it might be bad, but it’ll surely be fun!

There have been comparisons to Moulin Rouge, which may be optimistic – but this glitzy take on the life of P.T. Barnum, starring Hugh Jackman as the titular showman, promises at the very least to be a distracting romp.

Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya make up the rest of the easy-on-the-eye cast. Turn of your brain, load up on popcorn, and take it easy for a couple of hours!

29th December – Satire Isn’t Dead Yet!

That Was The Year That Was | The RVT | 10pm | £7

What a year eh? While 2016 remains what will surely (hopefully?) be remembered as one of the low-points of the 21st Century, 2017 did its best to double-underline it in bold!

Brexit meant Brexit, Trump meant Trump, and La La Land meant Moonlight.

#TWTYTW17 promises to cast a caustic cabaret glance back on this year, with TVTV, Pi The Mime and The Virgin Xtravaganzah, plus host David Robson and DJ Craig Jones.

30th December – Let’s Go Inside!

Backstage Tour | National Theatre | 9:45am, 10am & 12pm | £10

Ok, we know, this runs pretty much year round – but you haven’t done it, have you? Eh?

Make use of a completely useless day to snoop behind the scenes of our National Theatre. Explore the unseen areas of the theatre and get a glimpse into the murky backstage world of current shows Pinocchio, Barber Shop Chronicles, Network and Follies – you never know, you might catch Imelda Staunton having a crafty fag!

What else will you be doing this Betwixtmas? Let us know and we’ll add our favourite suggestions!

Stuart Wilson


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.