Unmissable Things To Do in London - December 2018

Unmissable Things To Do in London – December 2018

So this is Christmas, and what have you done? Eh?! Well, we’ve made another list. It’s what we do.

This month’s top picks include ravishing cabaret, spectacular circus, queer xmas celebrations, five-star comedy, sing-a-long film fun, night-time shopping, bingo, ace live music, dance-til-you-drop nights out, cats & much more…

Cabaret & Circus

Introducing Margo & Top of the Flops | Roundhouse | 7 December | 7:30pm | £8

Drag sensation Jonny Woo curates a dangerous dance double-bill featuring our faves George Heyworth (Bourgeois and Maurice) and Fagulous (The Glory).

Christmas Queens | The Troxy | 8 December | 7pm | From £42.90

Drag up your Christmas with RuPaul’s top queens including Bob The Drag Queen, live in the gorgeous Troxy.

Street Circus Showcase | Roundhouse | 8 December | 7pm | FREE

Root out top b-boy talent at this free urban circus showcase.

Non Binary Cabaret: Swedish Lucia | The Glory | 13 December | 8pm | £10

Stop judging non-binary people and embrace gender, sexuality & love at this festive cabaret.

Circus 1903 | Royal Festival Hall | From 19 December | Various Times | £25 – £99.50

Step back in time with Circus 1903’s dazzling mix of world-class artistry and pomp. We saw the show in Singapore and it blew our minds.

David Hoyle’s ReinDeAr | Bethnal Green Working Mens Club | 19 December | 10:30pm | £10

Devilish anti-drag icon David welcomes Travis Alabanza (star of sold-out smash hit BURGERZ) and the brilliant Horrora Shebang to get f*cking festive. Or at least feign an attempt.

Winter with… Myra DuBois | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21 December | 9:30pm | FREE

Free in the Southbank Centre foyer, join Christmas cackler Myra DuBois for an evening of seasonal sparkle.

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Comedy

Exhibitions

Graduate Project Faire 2018 – M.Arch Design for Performance & Interaction | UCL Here East Campus | 14 December | 2-11pm | FREE

37 students in Performance and Interation at the Bartlett School of Architecture showcase their projects, ranging from interactive installations to immersive virtual environments.

Festivals

Peckham Levels 1st Birthday Weekender | Peckham Levels | 8-9 December

A car park cavalcade celebrating one year of the cultural and creative hub in Peckham.

Festivities

Enchanted Eltham | Eltham Palace | 6-9 December | 4:30pm – 9pm | FREE

Forget Kew, get thee down to saaf London for a more relaxed free yuletide glow experience in Eltham.

Sing-a-long-a Muppet Christmas Carol | Camden People’s Theatre | 17 & December | 7:30pm | £12

Sh*t Theatre present their annual anarchic sing-a-long to the best Xmas movie of all time.

Christmas Wednesdays | Columbia Road | 5, 12 & 19 December | 5-9pm

Ditch Shoreditch and head to Columbia Road for independent shopping nights that celebrate the craft and creativity of East London.

Film

Tinsel & Flix | The Vaults | Until 23 December | Various Times | From £8.50

Cozy Christmas films hidden away under the roar of Waterloo station.

Food & Drink

Bollywood Retro Night Xmas Special | Chai Thali Camden | 14 December

‘Eat, drink and dance the night away to classic Bollywood records with us every first Friday of the month’.

Launches & Openings

Dabbers

London’s first purpose-built church devoted to BINGO is ready for you. Eyes down for a full house!

Wells Street Journal Issue 10 Launch | Raven Row | 14 December | 6-8pm | FREE

MA Creative Writing students at the University of Westminster launch their latest journal of new writing.

Music

A Tribute to the Thumri Queen Girija Devi | Rich Mix | 15 December | 7:30pm | £10

‘A hypnotic, world-class presentation of Indian classical music by the finest Indian classical vocalist in UK, ex-national scholar and All India radio gold-medallist Chandra Chakraborty’ Sounds unmissable to us.

Night Out

Mighty Hoopla’s Christmas Jumpergeddon | Winterville | 16 December | 7pm | £10

Don your best Christmas Jumper at this Santa shindig from the makers of the kitschiest summer festival; The Mighty Hoopla.

Sport

Champions Tennis 2018 | Royal Albert Hall | 6-9 December | From £21.37

Sport ain’t usually our bag for this list but we couldn’t resist the bonkers mash up of tennis + Royal Albert Hall.

Talks & Lectures

Roxane Gay in Conversation | Royal Festival Hall | 10 December | 7:30pm | £15 – £35

Acclaimed cultural commentator Roxane Gay talks pressing issues from body image to Wakanda.

Theatre & Performance Art

Come to Daddy | Matchstick Piehouse | 4, 6 & 7 December | 7:30pm | £11

‘A live-art mash up of family history, art history and a show about the long, long journey to the here-and-now’ at the secret gem Matchstick Piehouse.

Transpose: The Future | Barbican | 6-8 December | 7:45pm | £15

Trans voices come together to look to the future.

Es Morgan: Mum, I’m in the fourth dimension, see! | The Yard | 7 & 8 December | 7:30pm | £15

‘Combining poetry, drag and Es Morgan’s hallmark hypnotic movement, it is a queer, secular hymn to the impending capitalist apocalypse’ Don’t miss this offbeat treat at The Yard in Hackney Wick.

Hadestown | National Theatre | From 12 December | 7:30pm (2pm matinees) | From £32

Recently described by a friend of ours as ‘better than Hamilton’, this seductive musical is a must-see.

Curios

Boring Talks: Cats | The British Library | 6 December | 7pm | £12

A marvellously curated exhibition of Cats in literature is complemented by these boring talks on everything feline.

‘Something for the weekend?’ | Castlehaven Community Centre | 10 December | 6-9pm | FREE

Our favourite community centre hosts this weekly seasonal sober space every Monday & on Christmas Day* and they have partnered with CLASH around sexual health and wellbeing. Christmas can be a difficult time for LGBTQI+ community, especially for those who have suffered religious oppression, are marginalised or experiencing homelessness. So they have named it OUTSIDERMAS!

Did we miss the perfect December event or opening? Let us know and we’ll do our best to add it in!

Rupert & Stuart

About 

Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.

Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.

Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.