Until 22nd December
The self-proclaimed ‘festive celebration of independent comedy,’ Grotto at The HoHo Theatre is here to provide everyone with Christmas cheer. Having launched on Tuesday with the Comedians Pub Quiz, Grotto is off to a flying start thanks to Santageddon (a.k.a organiser Bob Slayer) and his elves. With a stellar line-up featuring the likes of Stewart Lee, Harry Hill and Josie Long, you’d be mad to not snap up a ticket. If you’re in need of some inspiration to be jolly (or an excuse to get a little merry) Bob’s Grotto is not to be missed!
Grotto at HoHo Theatre, 27c Throgmorton Street, London, UK
Festival of Culture
Friday – Sunday
Friday, 2PM – 10PM | Saturday, 10AM – 10PM | Sunday, 10AM – 9PM
This weekend, Islington Square will be host to the fantastic (and FREE) Festival of Culture. Bringing you the best in local talent, you can listen to well-known musicians and comedians whilst grazing on some delicious street food. Aside from performances, there will be a host of other events, such as a gardening workshop and a pop-up cinema showing films varying from family favourites to cult classics.
Festival of Culture, 130 Upper Street, London, UK
Carols with Coro
Back for another year, Carols with Coro is now sold out, but if you’re lucky enough to be a ticket holder, you are in for a festive delight. The award-winning chamber choir Coro are taking over the stunning setting of Strawberry Hill House for an evening of Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass interspersed with carols. Even better: a complimentary drink and a mince pie are included in the ticket price!
Strawberry Hill House, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Greater London, UK, +44 208 744 1241
Blue Nature Exhibition
Until 15th January 2016
This weekend sees the opening of Blue Nature at The Gallery Print Centre, the first solo exhibition of artist Tara Winona. With her series Blue Nature, Winona explores her main subject: nature, and our disconnection from it. This monochromatic series is simply beautiful, and the icy blue makes it hard to resist feeling warm inside while admiring her works. Running until January, this is a real winter treat.
The Gallery Print Centre, 81 Endell Street, London, UK, +44 207 836 9422
Etsy Made Local Market
Friday – Sunday
Friday, 4PM – 8PM | Saturday, 10AM – 8PM | Sunday, 11AM – 6PM
This week, Etsy takes over the UK with its ‘Etsy Made Local’ events. Etsy Made Local: London will be taking place in Soho as their flagship shopping event. Providing the perfect place for buying unique and handmade Christmas presents (or an early Christmas present for yourself), Etsy Made Local is sure to get even the grumpiest of Grinches in the festive spirit!
The Vinyl Factory, 51 Poland Street, London, UK
North London Vintage Christmas Market
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday, 10AM – 5PM | Sunday, 1PM – 5PM
For those of you who like to look back, the North London Vintage Christmas Market is where you want to be. The market can set you up fully for Christmas with unique gifts, vintage party wear, last- minute serving dishes for the big day, as well as the all-important Christmas tree, which you can buy from sellers outside. Grab a mulled wine and while the hours away at this wonderful Christmas market.
St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 279 High Rd, London, UK
Christmas Makers Market at East Village
Every weekend until 20th December
Saturday, 11AM – 6PM | Sunday, 11AM – 5PM
The Christmas Makers Market in East Village provides exactly what you’d expect – and more. As the name suggests, all traders participating will be selling handmade goods, so you can pick up anything from a leather bag to a ceramic vase. The difference is that the traders will also be showcasing their trade in a series of workshops, so if you fancy some DIY gifts, then don’t miss this!
Christmas Makers Market, 15-19 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, London, UK
The British Street Food Festival: The Final
Saturday & Sunday
Saturday, 11AM – 11PM | Sunday, 11AM – 6PM
This weekend sees the grand finale of The British Street Food Festival, taking place at the monumental O2 venue, which is only fitting due to their recent partnership with Universal Music. For just £5 you can sample some of the best British street food while listening to the likes of Naughty Boy or even playing street food crazy golf: perfect for the music-loving foodie.
The O2 Quadrant, The O2, Peninsula Square, London, UK, +44 208 463 2000
The London Illustration Fair
Friday – Sunday
Friday & Saturday, 11AM – 8PM | Sunday, 11AM – 6PM
Showcasing a world-class host of exhibitors, The London Illustration Fair is back to celebrate the best of the illustration world. This year’s fair is set to be the biggest yet, bringing together over 70 of the UK’s best illustrators, designers, printmakers and publishers for the three-day event. Don’t miss the interactive three-dimensional installation outside the venue!
Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, Barge House Street, London, UK
Saturday, 12PM – 10PM
And finally for something a little different: Poem-a-thon for refugees. For one day only, 60 poets will be ‘relaying’ for 10 hours to raise funds for refugees. Each poet has signed up for an individual slot of 10 minutes to read some of their chosen poetry, and the event has been fundraised individually and collectively. It is free to attend but, if you want to get into the true Christmas spirit and give something back, visit their JustGiving page.
Vout-o-Reenee’s Club, The Crypt, 30 Prescot Street, London, UK, +44 775 370 2910
By Briony Lewis