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Ann Veronica Janssens - yellowbluepink, 2015 | © Wellcome Collection
Ann Veronica Janssens - yellowbluepink, 2015 | © Wellcome Collection

Festive Guide To Your Merry Weekend In London 25.12.15 - 27.12.15

Picture of Eleanor Russell
Updated: 31 December 2016
Santa has come and gone, and we’re sure he spoiled each and every one of you — but if that’s not enough we have you covered to continue the festive spirit and carry on with an enjoyable weekend. Don’t waste your weekend fighting the crowd at the Boxing Day Sales. With ice skating for amateurs to professionals, talented artists of sorts and history like no other, this is your last weekend of the year… so, make sure it’s a good one.

 

The English Gents | © Prudence Upton

The English Gents | © Prudence Upton

La Soirée

Until 17 January

A sensation for the senses, globally successful Cabaret show La Soirée promises to hold you spellbound. From cabaret to acrobatics, slapstick to circus tricks, this is truly an unforgettable evening. Be prepared to forget to breathe as the incredibly talented team at La Soirée bedazzle and mesmerise to an extent unseen before in the city. Head to London’s South Bank for an evening of glamour, glitz and gravity-defying acts.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

 

Rinse Boxing Day

Saturday, 10PM

Do you have post Christmas blues? Do you want to continue the festive spirit with an impressive line up and party crew? Then the Ministry of Sound is where you need to be this Boxing Day. With the incredible talents of D Double E and ‘Little Red’ herself, Rinse Boxing Day unites DJs, producers and musicians for their annual Boxing Day mashup… not to mention, they will have you partying well into the night.

Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, London SE1 6DP, +44 870 060 0010

 

Ann Veronica Janssens - yellowbluepink, 2015 | © Wellcome Collection

Ann Veronica Janssens – yellowbluepink, 2015 | © Wellcome Collection

Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink

Until 3 January 2016

Is your favourite colour yellow, blue or pink? With this exhibition you won’t have to choose! Ann Veronica Janssens’ exhibition explores light and colour through the focused attention on perception itself. This weekend, spend a few hours here admiring the disorienting, yet uplifting art by Janssens and discover something you have never noticed before. Entrance into this space is limited, so make sure you time it right.

Wellcome Collection,183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, +44 (0)20 7611 2222

 

Abigail Fallis | © Courtesy of Pangolin London and the artist

Abigail Fallis | © Courtesy of Pangolin London and the artist

The Line

Are you intrigued yet? This is London’s first modern and contemporary art walk, lighting up a new trail between the O2 Arena and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Line brings incredible sculptures – created by the likes of Martin Creed, Eduardo Paolozzi and Thomas J Price to the public eye, illuminating the three mile pathway. So, there’s no excuse not to take this walk whether now, or when you have recovered from the festive happenings.

Various locations

 

Trent Park Orienteering | © Courtesy British Orienteering

Trent Park Orienteering | © Courtesy British Orienteering

Boxing Day Orienteering

Saturday, 10AM

If you feel like you’ve overindulged on Christmas Day, what better activity to clear out the cobwebs than some orienteering? The London Orienteering Klubb have arranged an event to take place on Boxing Day in Trent Park — so put on your hiking boots, wrap up warmly and head out into the wintry woodlands. Take the whole family for an adventurous day out, some much-needed fresh air and a mulled wine reward at the finish.
Trent Park, Cockfosters Road, Enfield, London EN4 0PS

 

Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Enchantment

Until 3 January 2016

The toys are back in town for another spectacular event. To continue the magic of Christmas and Disney, Worlds Of Enchantment is uniting you with all of your favourite characters, from Toy Story to Cars… and how could this wintery spectacular be complete without Frozen. This magical show will have the whole family stunned by the talents of all your childhood friends. Make sure you get your ticket today, Disney On Ice awaits.

The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, +44 20 8463 2000

 

A living room in 1965 | © Courteys of the Geffrye Museum of the Home / Chris Ridley

A living room in 1965 | © Courteys of the Geffrye Museum of the Home / Chris Ridley

Christmas Past

Sunday 27 December 2015 – Sunday January 3 2016

Do you want to continue the Christmas festivities… with the help of the Geffrye Museum, you can explore the Christmas Past. This magical glimpse will fill you with many ideas and inspiration for Christmas 2016, as you discover how English homes have celebrated one of their favourite days of the year over the last 400 years. Make sure you look out for the mistletoe, so you can get a sneaky second Christmas kiss. Keep an eye out for the ‘Farewell to Christmas’ event on Wednesday 6 January, which promises to be extra special. 

Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA, +44 (0) 20 7739 9893

 

Winterville Spiegeltent: Bugged Out’s Little Bugger

Friday, 7PM

If you’re keen to continue the Christmas partying, make sure you head to Winterville on a Friday night in time to catch Bugged Out’s Little Bugger — a toe-tapping, head-banging mix of funk and disco tunes from top DJs. With a special guest every week and some songs you’ll seriously want to sing along to, head over to the Spiegeltent for a night to remember.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB

 

Shrek’s Adventure | © 2015 DreamWorks Animation LLC.

Shrek’s Adventure | © 2015 DreamWorks Animation LLC.

Shrek’s Adventure

Open Daily

Shrek the halls with… wait a minute… As the festive season comes to an end make sure you find time to deck the halls with Shrek, and find a snowy swamp land for the first time at Shrek’s Adventure. This unique walk and ride attraction will bring Far Far Away very close to you. Before the snow melts away make sure you get on Donkey’s 4D bus, and see as much of everyone’s favourite ogre’s land. What are you thinking about? Donkey is waiting for you.
County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB, +44 871 221 2837

 

Ice Skating at the Tower of London | © Francis Hawkins

Ice Skating at the Tower of London | © Francis Hawkins

Tower of London Ice Rink

Until 3 January 2016

One of winter’s most well-loved activities, numerous ice rinks pop up all over London specially for the festive period. One of the best is undoubtedly at the Tower of London; a large ice rink set in beautiful historic surroundings, all under the evening sky. Take family or friends and some warm clothing and be prepared for lots of giggles, stumbles and happy memories. Head to the Ice Bar and Cafe after your skate to warm up with a festive drink or two.

Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB