Things to do
WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven’t visited before, and best of all, it’s free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two…
HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES: Experience Richmond Park from the luxury of a horse-drawn carriage (or brake, if you want to get technical about it). Take a 75-minute ride through the Royal Park, preceded by a behind the scenes tour of the working stables. Richmond Park, £156.90 for two, book ahead, 10am/12pm/2pm (until 5 January)
WINTER WONDERLAND: The Hyde Park behemoth is open until the new year, and in the past we’ve found that’s a bit less crowded after Christmas. As well as the funfair rides, this year’s event hosts a special cinema, ice kingdom, circus and more. Hyde Park, free entry, booking required for some activities, 10am-10pm (until 5 January 2020)
QUEER TANGO: Tango organisations Tango on the Thames, Queer Tango London and Tango Terra come together for an inclusive tango event at Southbank Centre. Spend the afternoon taking part in lessons and social dancing, and enjoying live performances, al accompanied by DJs and live music. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 2pm
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.
Tube ponderings with Barry Heck
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Had enough turkey yet? The London Overground harbours turkey all year round (above). Meanwhile, beside Mudchute DLR, you can find this confused turkey farm.
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