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Best Events in December
It doesn't matter whether you're truly swept up in the feel-good festive spirit or you're more anti-yuletide than Mr Scrooge himself, there's definitely something for you in our list of the best events and things to do in December. A hand-picked guide stocked with Christmas pop-up cinema, fondue fun and Alpine boozy brunches, get out there and make the most of this winter in London.
One of the best spots to get in the festive spirit, head to Tooting where The Big London Bake wants you to knock up some showstopping Christmas creations in just 90 minutes. Battle against some impressive bakers at this fun and creative London experience.
From Shoreditch to Soho and back again, Ballie Ballerson are still bringing you a premium ball pit experience in the city complete with huge ball pits, pizza slices and brunch parties to remember.
This Christmas, shun your usual journey aboard the cramped 19:06 home and instead book yourself a ticket for the luxury and comfort of The Murdér Express. Departing from Pedley Street Station, this immersive experience will take you on a journey quite unlike any other, complete with a team.
Have a jolly good time at Flight Club's Festive brunch as you enjoy a bottle of prosecco and winter Pims, bottomless pizza, festive treats, DJs and all the darts you can handle.
Already feeling fed up of the onslaught of Slade songs and mulled everything? Take a break from the festivities at this epic immersive sci-fi experience. Based on Jeff Wayne's soundtrack for War of The Worlds, this event combines virtual reality, immersive theatre, holograms and cutting-edge technology to give you the chance to live through a martian invasion. Enter at your own risk.
Following a number of popular pop-up events, London Shuffle has set up shop in Shoreditch offering Londoners the chance to try their hand at the old school game. Available for teams of 2-8, the venue features a selection of indoor and outdoor lanes and a cocktail bar serving beers, tipples and pizzas. They also host weekend bottomless brunches with two hours of unlimited pizzas and beer.
Looking for something a little different to break up the season of over-indulgence? Look no further than Secret London Runs, a team of passionate runners who are holding 5k and 10k Christmas-themed sessions. Their magical guided tours will take you through the backstreets of the city, discovering hidden gems as well as London's most beautiful Christmas lights (you'll even get a Santa hat to wear en route!).
From live orchestras to a party through the ages, The Grand in Clapham goes all out when it comes to nights out in South London.
The Rhythm and Booze Project are offering whisky lovers and live music fans an unusual but fantastic evening of mischief, music and single malt tastings. Created by Felipe and Paul, a duo of whisky professionals and musicians, you'll be treated to a selection of 10 world-class whiskies, learn a bit about each tipple and enjoy some blues played by the team.
With a stellar line up of classic Christmas flicks on the cards, this north London hub is all about the festive feels this year. Watch iconic flicks from Love Actually to Die Hard and more, with a choice of packages including pizza, wine, beers, mulled wine and more.
In the mood for something extraordinary this December? Head to The Greatest Brunch for an exhibition of biological rarities, with immersive characters, performances from West End singers, dancers and cabaret acts, and a bottomless brunch unlike any other.
The South Place Hotel is transforming its Secret Garden into a winter wonderland complete with all your favourite classic Christmas films. Ogle at Jude Law A.K.A Mr Napkin Head, or laugh until your cheeks hurt with Buddy the Elf, all whilst enjoying delicious cocktails in beautiful surroundings.
Head to Rande's unique subterranean cantina for a stunning feast of Mexican cuisine in a stunning communal-style setting. Eat, drink and marvel at the feast that this quirky pop up can craft at all manner of unusual locales.
Offering up one of the most unique drinking experiences in the capital, a visit to one of Alcotraz's prison-themed cocktail bars is certainly one for the bucket list. Part immersive event, part big old booze up, you'll be tasked with smuggling, sipping and avoiding the watchful eye of the warden.
Perfect for festive gatherings and quirky get-togethers, this stunning cocktail experience in Fulham offers you the chance to take it back to the rugged landscape of the Wild West. Get totally immersed and play at smuggler in this incredible pop up, just watch out for the local Sheriff.
Forget the stress of present wrapping and turkey cooking, The Covent Garden Comedy Club is the perfect antidote to the stress of the festive season. Check into their Saturday shows which showcase some of the UK's best comedy talent, all for under £20.
One of London's most unique immersive experiences is continuing this December. You'll get to embody a scientist and step aboard a mobile laboratory, all while dinning hazmat suits, to cook up your own cocktails and bake pizzas in style.
Head to Clerkenwell where this fun new dining experience is bringing to life the hedonism and questionable fashion of the 80s to life. Mixing Wall Street green and Dynasty-style drama, it's one of the funnest new immersive dinners in London this year.
Whether you fancy meeting the brewer, tasting your way through small batch beers or working your way through a mouthwatering 4-course feast matched with the finest hops, Meantime Brewing Company's Greenwich spot has got just what you need.
The Travelling Film Show will return to the iconic Shard this December to screen one of the best Christmas films of all time - Home Alone. Located on the 69th floor, you'll be able to sit back and relax with popcorn in hand whilst enjoying this giant HD screen and London's sprawling skyline beyond.
Everyone knows that Christmas is really about goodwill chocolate (what other time of the year do you get a treat-filled calendar?) Indulge in the ultimate choco experience and head along to The Chocolate Cocktail Club where you can enjoy mint, gingerbread and salted caramel flavoured drinks in elegant surroundings.
Take on a terrifying robotic systems and create your own sci-fi inspired cocktails at this unique immersive experience. This adventure in Southwark will give you a glimpse into a dystopian future while taking you on a cool and quirky undercover operation.
Weekend plans? Look no further because Electric Shuffle in Canary Wharf is going all out with lip-smacking slices and bottles of bubbly perfectly paired with shuffleboard and live DJs to boot. What more could you want?
Needing a night off from dancing to Mariah on repeat? Then Mercato Metropolitano's got the evening for you. Flipping festivities on their head, the food hall is trading in Christmas carols for contortionists, sword swallows and a whole range of circus acts for a season of jaw-dropping performances.
Don't let your events calendar freeze over this December, Skylight are hosting a number of hot events that are sure to get you in the festive mood. From rooftop ice skating to warm cocktail sipping against a jaw-dropping view, it's the ultimate destination for winter escapades.
Escape the winter chill and take part in the hottest music quiz in town. The Sounds Familiar Music Quiz is an event unlike any other, with questions spanning genres and decades, a plethora of quirky activities and an unbeatable party vibe.
This December, become a member of the Bletchley Park code-breakers and take part in a unique cocktail making experience. You'll get to use Enigma machines to generate complex ingredients and recipes, all before drinking your rewards.
Looking to do something a little off-kilter this festive season? Unleash your inner Krampus at Lost Boys Pizza where things are always a little bit spooky. December's events calendar features awesome drink-alongs, boozy brunches and plenty more.
Get into the festive spirit with some of Petersham Nurseries' excellent workshops this month. From learning how to craft a gorgeous handmade wreath or elegant centre pieces, to a stunning paired dining experience with their wine cellar - this Covent Garden spot know how to treat you this December.
With 5* ratings across the board, Dead Quiet is a thrilling piece of immersive theatre that will plunge you into the depths of the Cold War. When a homeless man is found dead, librarian Gwendolyn Radcliffe can't quite the shake the feeling that something is wrong, and now, more than 50 years later, you're being asked to help solve the mystery.
Not your average comedy club, this floating boat is docked on the Thames. Soak up cracking cocktails and views of some of the city's most iconic landmarks, as well as top-notch performances and an after-party.
Perfect for a Christmas get-together, Flight Club offers the ultimate weekend social experience. Head to Victoria where you can take their state-of-the-art interactive darts oches for a test drive alongside bottomless pizza and a bottle of prosecco each.
Things are hotting up this winter as Gin House Burlesque are hosting a number of steamy events from their home at The King's Head Members Club. Join the city's premium vintage showgirls as they showcase the finest in burlesque, cabaret and vaudeville delights this December.
Taking inspiration from the Iron and Viking ages, BBC Two's Million Pound Menu star Jonas Lorentzen has whipped up an exclusive dining experience that is not to be missed. Be inspired by the 7 or 9-course meal with perfect wine pairings this festive season.
Head to Camden's Jazz Cafe, where a live band is taking over for a night of live music dedicated to the legendary Stevie Wonder. If you like the sound of this, then A Night Of is also hosting a special 60th anniversary Motown party.
Christmas has arrived in Camden as York & Albany transforms its outdoor cabin into the ultimate winter wonderland. Think gingerbread house vibes in the form of mulled wine, cranberry tarts and pumpkin soup.
Ultimate Power lay down the party gauntlet once more this December as they return to the city once more. Heralded for some of the best club nights in the UK, join them as they work their way through inflatables, air guitars and some of the best ballads in the business.
The ultimate festive destination, Winterland is your one-stop-shop for all things yuletide joy. Head here for a romantic date night of cheese fondue and mulled wine, or bring a group of friends and battle it out in a game of skittles, all to the backdrop of a stunning alpine scene.
One of the most anticipated events in London this year, Secret Cinema is bringing the world of Hawkins, Indiana to life with a stunning new series of screenings and immersive action. Whether you're looking to hang at the mall, play games at the arcade or just kick back with some fun cocktails, there's something for every member of the gang.