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Pop-Up Screens Cinema in the Snow
Carols at The Ned with Gareth Malone
Christmas at St Katharine Docks
Baileys Treat Shop
The New Zealand Wine Garage Sale
Christmas at The Cheesegrater
Peckham Levels
The Gingerbread City


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.


Pop-Up Screens Cinema in the Snow

Hackney Showroom, Amhurst Terrace, London, E8 2BT

Tube: Manor House Station


Dates: 8th to 24th December 2017


Pop Up Screens returns to the Hackney Showroom for a winter residency this year, transforming the former print works into a Cinema in the Snow. The winter wonderland will be a snow-filled world of film, accessed through a magic wardrobe, and feature a line-up of festive favourites, kicking off with Elf on 8th and 9th December. Other films being screened include Love Actually, Frozen, Home Alone, Toy Story, Sleepless in Seattle and Muppets Christmas Carol as well the multi Oscar award-winning La La Land. Hot Chocolate, handmade brownies, popcorn and mulled wine will be on offer and you can bet on a white Christmas here - on entering through the wardrobe, visitors will be greeted by falling snow.


Winnie-The-Pooh: Exploring A Classic

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 9th December 2017 to 8th April 2018


The V&A invites visitors to experience the timeless and universal appeal of Winnie-the-Pooh with its new exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The exhibition will look at how the much-loved bear has retained its popularity through countless generations and delve into the story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepherd. Visitors will be able to look through sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion that all contribute to the story of everyone's favourite honey-guzzling bear.


Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree & Carols

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 7th December 2017 to 4th January 2018


Since 1947, stately Trafalgar Square receives a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two. The enormous tree is a popular seasonal tourist attraction, particularly in the fortnight leading up to Christmas, when each evening (from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 2pm to 6pm at weekends) a different choir gathers there to sing carols and raise money for a range of voluntary or charitable organisations. Passers-by are welcome to come and listen to the carols in the square and join in the festive cheer. Nelson's Column is decorated with Norwegian white lights and the tree is illuminated from noon until midnight until the Twelfth Night of Christmas in early January. A few days after the official lighting of the tree there's a torch-lit procession on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields, as the choir and clergy bless the Crib in a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square. The tree actually goes up in late November if you want to see it in all its naked evergreen glory.


Carols at The Ned with Gareth Malone

The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ

Tube: Bank Station , Mansion House Station, Cannon Street Station, St. Paul's Station, Monument Station


Dates: 3rd to 17th December 2017


On the first three Sundays of December, The Ned hosts an evening of carols with Gareth Malone. Guests will be greeted by welcome drinks before enjoying either a three-course dinner in Millie's Lounge or Cecconi's or drinks and bites in The Nickel Bar. Roving choirs will make sure you're in festive spirits, taking requests for your favourite traditional carols and mixing it up with acapella renditions of Christmas party hits. After dinner, the hall will come to life with a choral line-up performing from The Nickel Stage. Tables in Millie's Lounge and Cecconi's cost £75 per person while guests at The Nickel Bar will need to spend a minimum of £60 per person.


The Gingerbread City

Museum Of Architecture, 27 Thurloe Street, South Kensington, London, SW7 2LQ

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 6th to 22nd December 2017


The Museum of Architecture transforms two of its floors into The Gingerbread City this December. A fundraising exhibition, it sees architects, urban planners and landscape designers build a city made entirely of gingerbread based on a brief set by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design. Prizes will be given for the best designs and there will be family gingerbread house making workshops.


Christmas at St Katharine Docks

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 23rd November to 15th December 2017


Central London's only marina, St Katharine Docks, has a packed Christmas schedule for 2017. A highlight will be an impressive floating 45ft Christmas tree, which, from Thursday 23rd November, will twinkle for all of London to see with 14,000 Christmas lights. On the hour every hour the tree will come alive with sparkling lights while the rest of the dock will shine bright too. Further to the spectacular tree and light display, the Docks will also have a Christmas cinema, screening festive classics on a floating pontoon. Plus there's a Christmas food market on Friday 8th and 15th December, offering everything from rum hot chocolate to seasonal street food with the Capital Concert Brass Band and the City Chamber Choir performing live from 12noon to 2pm.


Baileys Treat Shop

21 Slingsby Place, , London, WC2E 9AB

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 4th to 17th December 2017


December has to be one of the most indulgent times of the year and Baileys dials up the indulgence with its pop-up Treat Shop. Located in Covent Garden, it's the first customisable bar from the brand and invites guests to enjoy a range of sumptuous lattes, hot chocolates and cocktails as well as a chocolate reindeer serve. As one of the nation's favourite festive treats, this is the perfect spot to count down to Christmas. The Alpine themed snug area will offer a menu of Baileys Pumpkin Spice, Baileys Chocolat Luxe and the original Baileys Irish Cream alongside a series of expert cocktail workshops. Tickets can be purchased here.


Peckham Levels

Levels 1 to 6 Peckham Town Centre Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Previously a disused car park, the building that's home to rooftop bar† Frank's Cafe has now been transformed into Peckham Levels. A space for locals, creatives, businesses and communities to come together, the cultural events space will occupy the building for six years, making the most of an underused building in the heart of the neighbourhood. The top floors are now home to seven street food traders as well as a hair salon, yoga studio, wellness centre and exhibition space while the mid-levels offer an affordable space for artists and makers to hire. The basement, meanwhile, plays host to a marketplace selling everything from fruit and veg to crafts.


The New Zealand Wine Garage Sale

Pop Brixton, Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Saturday 9th December 2017


Known for showcasing top New Zealand wines in its Brixton bar and store, the New Zealand Cellar now invites Londoners to enjoy a day of wine-filled frivolity at The New Zealand Wine Garage Sale. The one-day event commences with house-made eggnog followed by a showcase of wines, including unseen offerings and also craft beer. There will be discounted wines to purchase, experts on hand to talk you through each drink, and a line-up of DJs to add to the party atmosphere. Producers attending include Akarua, Greywacke, Nautilus and Trinity Hill.


Christmas at The Cheesegrater

Leadenhall Building or The Cheesegrater, 122 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4AB

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Monument Station, Bank Station, Aldgate Station


Dates: 27th November to 22nd December 2017


This November, London's newest Christmas market opens in The Leadenhall Building - aka The Cheesegrater. Located in the 28-metre-high open atrium at the foot of the building, the market features a 30ft tall Christmas tree and seventeen German-style wooden chalets decorated in twinkling fairy lights and sprigs of holly. A diverse range of traders will sell everything from Punjabi street food to French macaroons and Turkish ceramics to Indian shawls. Choirs will entertain visitors with Christmas carols throughout the month, along with special guest performances from singer-songwriter Tom Korni and jazz singer Becky Bennett.

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