Things to do
PARADE CONCERTS: Ahead of the New Year’s Day Parade on Wednesday, some of the bands and performers involved like to warm up at pre-parade concerts. Today, you can see a selection of school, concert and brass bands live, either at Cadogan Hall or at St John’s Smith Square. 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS IN LONDON: For more festive things to do in the capital, including ice skating, Winter Wonderland and a Snowman trail, take a look at our guide to Christmas in London. It’s packed full of festive events and things to do to see you right through until New Year. Still not inspired? Take a look at our guide to everything that’s happening in London between Christmas and New Year.
EXHIBITIONS: Why not use this downtime to catch up on a bit of culture? Several of London’s large exhibitions are still running between Christmas and the New Year, although do check gallery and museum websites for changes in opening times this week. Here are our picks, in no particular order:
Tutankhamun at Saatchi Gallery | Top Secret at Science Museum | Cars at V&A | Culture Under Attack at Imperial War Museum | Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Natural History Museum | Moving To Mars at Design Museum | The Moon at National Maritime Museum | Hidden London at London Transport Museum | Driverless at Science Museum | 24/7 at Somerset House | Gingerbread City at Somerset House | William Blake at Tate Britain | Olafur Eliasson at Tate Modern | Troy at British Museum | Tim Walker at V&A | Designed in Cuba at House of Illustration | Kara Walker at V&A | Rembrandt at Dulwich Picture Gallery | Gauguin at The National Gallery | Steve McQueen at Tate Britain | Inspired by the East at British Museum | Nam June Paik at Tate Modern | Pre-Raphaelite Sisters at National Portrait Gallery | Buddhism at The British Library | Lucian Freud at The Royal Academy | Leonardo da Vinci at The National Gallery.
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My Roundel of the Week is from outside London Transport Museum. No fairy or star on the top of the tree for them. No. It’s a roundel. With supporting roundels and other transport paraphernalia enbaubling the tree below.
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