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 in December. A hand-picked guide stocked with pop-up cinema, South Pole saloons and boozy brunches, get out there and make the most of your December in London.
Last updated on 21st November 2017
Join XOYO this December for a phenomenal night of live music. A full orchestral band will be bringing to life the hits of Destiny's Child.
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Recreate the epic ballroom scene, dance in your finest ball gown and party like it's the 1800s as The Vaults brings to life the magic of Beauty and the Beast. Head to Waterloo for an amazing night of eating, drinking, fairy godmothers and live entertainment.
So, you’re spending December in prison. That sucks. But don’t worry, smuggle in your favourite bottle of alcohol and the inmates can make sure that jail is a real party. But in this immersive drinking experience, you have to make sure you don’t get caught.
From WHAM, through to superstardom in the 90s, George Michael is a true icon. Pay tribute to him with this night at Tropicana, as the club party to all his best hits, raise money for charity and put on live music.
Father Christmas has opened up his doors to let you into a world of naughtiness and silliness. Taking place in Southwark, expect a night of burlesque, cabaret, Christmas food and cocktails.
Celebrating all thing naff, this unique December event in London features a five course meal and promises the best egg nog you've ever had.
Prepare to host your best Christmas meal yet as OXBO bankside put on this masterclass in cooking. Taking place over the course of 45 mins you will learn how to prepare a three-bird roast.
The U&I Christmas Carnival is a full-on Christmas celebration, packed with luxurious decorations at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane, live DJs from some big names like DJ Neev and Artful Dodger, as well as canape reception, acts as entertainment, drinks and dancing. Not only that, you’ll receive a 12 month U&I concierge membership worth £99.
It's time to take it back y'all - all the way back to the '90s at this huge brunch. Discover the secret location to unlock The 90's Brunch's mad mix of bottomless drinks, nostalgic food, karaoke and a massive party.
The iconic Nightjar bar are welcoming you in at New Year’s Eve for a night of Champagne, cocktails, tapas, and live jazz music from TJ Johnson and his band.
Gin fans will love this festive celebration as, not only will you party in high in the sky above London at this fun treehouse-themed spot, but also drink delicious Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails and feast on bar canapes.
Join the Sky Garden for a series of live music nights, where they bring some of the coolest new talent in the London scene up to one of the most beautiful venues in the city. On the 19th & 20th December, prepare for the ultimate Christmas celebration.
It wouldn't be Christmas without lots of laughs and delicious food; thankfully Roadster California in Kensington are putting both on as Chinese Elvis comes to town.
The Crate brewery throws open its doors for one of the best events in December. Featuring beer tastings, deli platters and plenty of expert beer brewing knowledge it's a great opportunity to learn more about craft brewing.
Featuring the holy trinity of P's (Prosecco, pizza and ping pong), this fun, festive brunch at Bounce is one of December's best events.
Transport yourself back to the 1920s to throw a Christmas party in style. The jazz bar will be in full swing with their resident band playing foot-tappin tunes, while you enjoy canapes and a four-course meal. Expect to see acrobats and aerialists perform before the dancefloor and illicit gambling den is opened to see the night away.
Stay up late this December and discover the terror waiting in London Dungeons. This adult-only event is bringing the crooks and villains of Victorian London back to life, whizzing you round on rides and feeding you cocktails in the gin palace.
Between New Year’s Eve and Christmas, The Old Queen’s Head are inviting Shola Ama to the stage, where she’ll perform her classic tracks before the DJs put the very best in RnB on the decks.
Enrol in Fever-Tree's gin school for a lowdown on all things gin-filled. Popping up for six weeks, the school will teach you how to knock up a perfect G&T, let you blend your own gin, fill you with ginny goodies and more.
Mario Kart is being brought to life this December with this brilliant karting event. Dress up as one of your favourite retro gaming characters, whizz round the track and in between speeding around, there's a huge party going on.
Plot present one of the most exciting festive events in December. Featuring four course meal, Nyetimber sparkling wines and a festive cocktail, it's one of the best event in London this December.
Hear the iconic sounds of The Doors this December at Blues Kitchen in Camden as resident band The Beekays play their best songs.
Join the LondonSwedes as they celebrate Lucia Nights with another gorgeous event. Taking place in a historic church in Peckham, the event will include a choir, traditional Lucia customs and mulled wine.
The Rosemary Branch Theatre has seen many famous faces in its time and this year it's putting on four more cracking shows. Teaming up with Unattended Items, there will be performances from comedians, cabaret stars and musical maestros.
December is coming at you with a sack load of events. Leading the way is Drink Shop & Do as they host everything from sewing lessons to dance classes.
Hip hop and RnB fans know one thing, and that’s to go to a Supa Dupa Fly event. Whether they’re hosting special guest DJs, partying in mansions or throwing a brunch party, they have the best soundtrack no matter what.
Inject some much needed sass into your December with the Strictly Come Drag Queen collective's brand new...PANTO! Think a two course feast at The Breakfast Club Canary Wharf, sassy-as-hell live acts, an hour of bottomless booze and more balls jingling around than we'd care to mention.
The Little Shuffle Club has landed in Shoreditch and is bringing with it all sorts of fun. Suitable for up to six people, play on the table shuffle boards and grab a unique Patron cocktail.
Head to XOYO in Shoreditch for this reimagining of Justified by Justin Timberlake; think live band and amazing sounds.
Join this twisted mix of funk, soul, hip hop and aggressive jazz as 9-piece Riot Jazz Brass Band storms onto Brixton Rooftop.
This December, escape the cold at Winterland, an enchanted woodland sitting prettily on the Thames, complete with winter lodges, igloos, fun games, mountains of fondue and two bars serving all the mulled wine and prosecco you could need.
Say hello to 2018 from the sky high reaches of the 38th floor of the Gherkin building. Complete with five course tasting menu, champagne and other goodies, this New Year's Eve party in London is one of the best upcoming events in December.
Bring in the New Year with the Jazz Café as they unleash clubbing legend Greg Wilson onto the decks. Either storm the dancefloor or eat in at the restaurant on the mezzanine.
Run around town tracking down items, answering questions, taking videos and donning your finest festive outfits at the Santa Scavanger Hunt.
The Old Queen's Head in Angel are bringing another night of hilarious comedy with a Laugh Out London event. For just £7, you could see the likes of James Acaster and three other hilarious acts perform in an intimate gig.
This December supper club in Stoke Newington signals the final pop up of 2017 for organisers Southbound. For their final supper club of the year they've prepared four courses that take you on a sensory tour of four European cities. This BYOB event is a delight that should not be missed.
With beef brunches and glorious Sunday steak roasts Hanger in Fulham has some of the best food events in December.
One of London’s best comedy clubs is also one of its most secret… until we came along and blew their cover. Drawing the best in emerging acts and Fringe regulars alike, the Top Secret Comedy Club offers up an open bar serving cheap drinks, a feel-good atmosphere and the opportunity to spend an evening in the company of completely hilarious people.
The London Cabaret Club celebrates the rich heritage of Britain by combining innovative live shows with some of the best West End stars and exquisite dining to create a truly sensational experience.
The ultimate Christmas party is coming to the Chelsea Harbour Hotel this December. Head to the penthouse for a night of retro gaming, silent disco and masked ball, along with a karaoke booth and professional photographer.
This unique night taking place at the iconic Clapham Grand is sure to be one of the biggest events in London this December. Twirling its way through 100 years of dance music, the ball will start at around 9.30pm with the Tango, the Polka and the Viennese Waltz, and finish at 3am when the house and techno ends.
Get into the festive spirit with this great screening of Elf in the Secret Garden of the South Place Hotel. If that weren't enough, there's popcorn and cocktail included in the package!
Running as part of Christmas In Leicester Square's season of shows, Black Cat Cabaret brings its mix of dark, daring and downright amazing performances back to the Spiegeltent. Featuring acrobats, cabaret stars, comedy singers and aerialists, it's one of December's best London events.
Dancer, prancer, blixen and brunch. There's plenty of great things about Christmas, and this breakfast smasher is just one of them. A unique event with karaoke and brunch dishes in mind, the Hip Hop Brunch team return this December for another round of early morning revelry. From a three course meal to some seriously slick beats, this is a unique way to celebrate all things winter.
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.
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.
This cute London event in December is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Snuggle down in front of you favourite festive film and let the yuletide spirit wash over you.
The Vaults are hosting a huge Christmas party this December that's themed as an End of the Universe party. The entire venue will be decorated as a deep space hideout, complete with Martian caves, moon crater bars and space canyons of glitter and foil. With a few intriguing characters walking around and a number of space-themed cocktails at the bar, this December night out will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Take part in an interesting bauble terrarium workshop before feasting on a fresh and seasonal three-course meal, all hosted by The Social Pantry in association with Grace & Thorn.
Join House of Outre at Rolling Stock as they return with another round of Burlesque and Bingo, as your host Mr Christmas proves he isn’t your average caller by showing you how to play like you’ve never seen before.
The Aeronaut returns with an opening weekend spectacular that could be one of the best events in London in December. With circus, cabaret and carnival vibes, it's a weekend not to be missed out on.
Give yourself fully to the festive spirit at this sparkling December event in London. Feast on haggis sausage rolls and delightful afternoon teas, washed down with buttered rum and whisky cocktails.
The Reggae Brunch is warming your cockles this December with a series of fun events. Head to South London for day party which includes Caribbean food, rum cocktails and seriously huge beats.
With house music, bottomless booze and delicious brunch plates, this event at The Exhibit in Balham is not one to miss. Join the venue for music by Ellie Cocks and Pat Wilson, along with the spot's favourite resident artists.
Taking place this festive season, Cookhouse Christmas is bringing together some of London's best chefs for a series of intimate supper clubs. Each event only has space for 10 people and will include everything from brunches to British seasonal fare.
All the dapper chaps and dazzling dames need to don their finest vintage garbs for Cahoots’ end-of-year blow out, with a Champagne and canape reception, bottomless Belvedere cocktails, live entertainment and DJs till late.
This is a Christmas Nativity like you’ve never experienced it before, with all the drama and comedy acted around you in a real east end boozer, as you feast on three courses of delicious food.
Treat yourself to a bougie brunch this December. Featuring food, bottomless bubbles and amazing drag show, it's one of the best events coming up in London in December.
Decadent and full of fine, this New Year's Eve party from The Lucky pig is swinging you into 2018 with live music, a photo booth and cocktails.
A late night party, twisted entertainment and steaming food cooked before your eyes await guests of this year's South Pole Saloon in Brixton. Tuck into unlimited wine and beer from 7-10pm, and get all kinds of rowdy with the Rebel Elves whilst you're there.
Looking for something special to do this December in London? Join West End star Nadim Naaman for a night you'll never forget as he takes to the View 94 stage for a night of live Christmas music and songs.
From live music to incredible performance, this night will be an amazing tribute to Prince's Sign O The Times at XOYO in Shoreditch.
Eat dinner with a great cause, as The Brigade’s apprentices – all people affected by homelessness – team up with an amazing chef (this time Mark Hix) to deliver a delicious four course meal.
Celebrate Christmas at All Star Lanes and you can enjoy three courses of American food and wine, before you take on the retro bowling lanes for some festive fun.
Enjoy an intimate supper club with a backdrop of the best 90s jams and afrobreat as Lola B brings her brand of Nigerian-meets-South-London cuisine to East London for one of December's best events.
Head to the 02 for a massive night of karaoke. Massaoke is getting a Christmas makeover with festive songs and all your usual power ballads.
Sky Garden presents a double whammy of live music over two nights. With great bands, not to mention fantastic views, it's one of the best upcoming events in London in December.
Blues Kitchen Camden are putting on another hot night of live music as they celebrate Fleetwood Mac's illustrious career. The venue is playing host to several bands and a DJ as they spin some of the band's best loved hits.
It's go hard or go home at this massive Christmas party; Hip Hop brunch are filling the boring bit between Christmas and New Year with a shindig of epic proportions.
Combining the elegance of British Afternoon Tea with the brilliance of Japanese Omakase dining, this fun dining for two opportunity delivers three tiers of amazing food, with sushi, Champagne, sake and more.
This Christmas join the epic battle between medieval houses in this immersive theatrical production. You’ll align yourself with a noble house, each fighting for supremacy – but beware, pick the wrong side and suffer the terrible consequences. The night comes with a five course banquet, wine, and entertainment till late.
Taking place on the Brunel Museum's rooftop, Midnight Apothecary is the perfect winter activity. The night includes live music, talks, and plenty of loveliness such as roasting marshmallows on the fire.
From Hot Line Bling through to Take Care, Camden Assembly is playing all of Drake's biggest hits for a Christmas party with a difference.
Join Boondocks as they welcome a whole host of talented spoken word poets and hip hop artists to the stage, in a night that features food, hip hop DJs and an open mic too.
Why spend your Boxing Day in doors when you could be partying like it’s 1991? Come down to the Grand for free candy floss and fried chicken, giveaways, inflatables, retro gaming and 90s karaoke.
Get fit 36 floors up at these very special early morning HIIT sessions at Sky Garden. With high tempo DJs to get your blood pumping, it's the perfect London December event to prepare you body for the Christmas influx.
Catch your favourite albums interpreted by a 16-piece orchestra at one of REIMAGINE's mind-blowing events. Experience Destiny's Child and the Stranger Things soundtrack like never before this month at what will undoubtedly be some of the best events in London in December.
Step back to the 1940s in this amazing immersive event. The night will take you on an amazing journey that encompasses escape rooms, intimate performances and many surprises before you party the night away to swing music.
One of the funniest events in London this December, this unique immersive dinner party in East London ties together the triple threat of Christmas, family and food. With three courses based on the holiday tales of three comedians, it's a supper club like no other.
At the Manhattan Club you’ll be treated to a cocktail and canape reception, before indulging in a 1920s feast with a modern twist – and entertainment too.
Massive party club XOYO are putting their spin on Madonna's greatest hits as a live choir performs them. Along with amazing live music, there will be DJs, confetti and inflatables.
Caravan King's Cross head chef Alex Hutton brings this Mexican street food pop-up to Brother Marcus this December. Inspired by his travels around Mexico and central America, it's set to be one of December's best London events.