Things to do
BOOK LOVERS WANDERING: Join Living London for a book themed walking tour through the capital. Begin at the beautiful Daunt Books before visiting other interesting book shops and libraries. At the end, you’ll receive a list of other bookish haunts which you can visit at a later date. Daunt Books (Marylebone), £15, book ahead, 11am-1.30pm
MAGIC LANTERN SHOW: Gunnersbury’s Drawing Room hosts a seasonally themed magic lantern show for families. Hear stories of burning ships, exploding volcanoes, spectacular fireworks and the man who eats rats — all told through magical lantern technology. Gunnersbury Park Museum, £7, book ahead, 11.30am-12pm
VICTORIAN GHOST STORIES: Take the kids along to the Museum of London Docklands, where a mysterious governess is telling stories of haunted houses and Christmas ghosts. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, 1pm/2pm/3pm
SHOW TUNES: Jazz hands at the ready for an evening of The Greatest Show Tunes. This high-energy show has performers singing tunes from the likes of The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia, Dreamgirls and Phantom of the Opera — live on stage. Barbican, £16.50-£44.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS IN LONDON: For more festive things to do in the capital, 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, including ice skating, theatre shows, pantomimes and Christmas lights. Still not inspired? Take a look at our full 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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