It’s the last weekend before Christmas – and our last weekend guide of the year. Where has the time gone? From writing about indoor activities when we were in the brunt of lockdown to all of the exciting pop-ups and openings to explore when London reopened again, to now scribbling about last minute Christmas events to attend, it’s been a rollercoaster of a year. 

So for one last time (until the new year at least)… Whether you’re scrambling to find somewhere to buy any last minute gifts or you’re looking to spend the weekend uncovering the story of Titanic in a new exhibition, here’s what to do.

Challenge your pals to a competitive game of shuffleboard 

Seek out your inner competitiveness and challenge your friends to a game of shuffleboard at London Shuffle Club. The perfect place for some last minute Christmas gatherings with friends or colleagues before you break up for Christmas, you’re guaranteed to have a swell night at this Shoreditch venue. 

For those who love a brunch, head down on a Saturday and Sunday for their Bottomless Shuffle Brunch. Expect unlimited sourdough pizzas, plus bottomless Prosecco or beer. Or, head over to their winter terrace. Created in collaboration with Absolut vodka, the terrace has been given a cosy makeover, complete with a canopy of fairy lights, fire pits and blankets. Toast s’mores over the fire, boogie to the festive tunes filling the air and keep entertained with a round of shuffleboarding. 

When: Winter Terrace running until 30th January
Where: 4 Ebor Street, Shoreditch, E1 6AW
Website: www.londonshuffle.com

 

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Catch Tate Modern’s floating exhibition

You’ll probably have seen this one floating about your TikTok and Instagram, but it really is worth the visit… 

Tate Modern’s Hyundai Commision, In Love With The World by Anicka Yi, looks at a new ecosystem inside the Turbine Hall. Once a space that was built to house electricity-generating machines, Yi’s special installation brings back machinery to the space. Only her machines can be found floating in the air… 

Looking like jellyfish, the machines, called aerobes, are influenced by ocean life forms and mushrooms, and reimagine artificial intelligence. Fun to watch as they bob around the room, don’t miss your chance to see them in action. 

When: Until 6th February
Where: Turbine Hall – Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Website: www.tate.org.uk

See London’s version of the Northern Lights 

Can’t make it abroad to see the Northern Lights? Well fear not as we’re getting our very own version right here in the city! 

Borealis is a special installation that’s arrived at Guildhall Yard this December. Inspired by the Northern Lights, the space has been lit up with stunning mesmerising colours, replicating the movement of the Aurora Borealis. The installation is free to visit and will be running from 11th until 22nd December.

WHEN: 11TH – 22ND DECEMBER
WHERE: GUILDHALL YARD
WEBSITE: WWW.VISITLONDON.COM

Soak up the best of the festive season at one of these Christmassy venues

We’re on the final countdown to Christmas. Make sure you eke out every ounce of the festive season with a trip to one of London’s most Christmassy restaurants and bars. Whether you’re in need of a last minute party destination or you’re simply trying to get into the festive spirit, read on to find out where to find the capital’s finest yuletide destinations.

 

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Explore the UK’s first alcohol free off licence 

This week saw Club Soda open up the UK’s first alcohol-free off licence! The pop-up, located on Great Portland Street, is the first of its kind, serving up Londoners a new way to explore this mindful drinking movement.

Running until 30th January, Club Soda will be bringing their expertise to the table, showcasing some of the biggest and best names in the low- and no- alcohol industry. Explore the pop-up and browse brands including ALT, Allotment Drinks, Double Dutch, ISH, Lyre’s and Nine Elms. 

Head down this weekend to stock up on delicious alcohol free alternatives for your Christmas and NYE celebrations, or bookmark this spot for when you tackle Dry January in the new year.

When: Until 30th January
Where: 59 Great Portland Street, W1W 7LJ
Website: www.joinclubsoda.com

Follow this light trail…

If you’ve somehow managed to tackle all of your Christmas shopping already and have some spare time this weekend, why not head on a light trail around London? 

Running until 22nd December is IlluminoCity Light Festival, a thought-provoking light trail that offers Londoners a chance to see the Square Mile in a whole new way. Wander the trail and see light displays from Alicia Eggert, Vikas Patil & Santosh Gujar, Jeroen Henneman, Masamichi Shimada, and Squidsoup.

When: Until 22nd December
Where: London Wall Place, Citypoint & Principal Place
Website: www.illuminocity.co.uk

Catch the limited run of the Nutcracker 

A London Christmas staple, the Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum for a limited run of performances. See over 100 dancers and musicians perform in front of what’s set to be a sold-out audience. 

Expect stunning set design and Tchaikovsky’s score to be performed live as you follow Clara and her Nutcracker’s story unfold. Book your tickets early as the return of the Nutcracker is set to sell like hotcakes.

WHEN: 16TH DECEMBER – 8TH JANUARY
WHERE: LONDON COLISEUM, ST MARTIN’S LANE, WC2N 4ES
WEBSITE: WWW.THEATRETICKETSDIRECT.CO.UK

Uncover more about Titanic’s story at this exhibition

Sailing into London this weekend is a giant Titanic exhibition. Open from Friday 17th December, the exhibition will offer eager fans and self-confessed historians the chance to immerse themselves in the emotional history and stories of the people aboard the legendary ship on its maiden and final journey. 

Visitors will be able to travel back in time to 1912 thanks to the collection’s vast amount of photographs, handwritten letters, wayward keepsakes and personal belongings. Over 200 original never before seen in the UK objects will be on display and visitors will be able to walk through life-size recreations of the ship’s interior. 

When: Opening 17th December
Where: Dock X London, Retail Park Unit 1, Canada Water, Surrey Quays Road, SE16 2XU
Website: www.titanicexhibitionlondon.com

Snap up last minute gifts at The London Artisan fair

Looking for some last minute stocking fillers? Look to The London Artisan, the home of handmade, organic and sustainable products created by independent artists. This weekend they’ll be hosting their final market before Christmas, offering you a place to shop small and local for loved ones. 

Running Saturday and Sunday, the market will take place at the Old Truman Brewery, and will feature a range of stalls, from jewellery to clothing, homeware and wellness goodies to illustrations and prints. 

 

When: 18th – 19th December
Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QR
Website: www.thelondonartisan.com


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