Until 23 December 2015, Various Times
Love the idea of a Christmas festival, but would like to visit somewhere smaller than Winter Wonderland” Head over to Victoria Park for the beloved Winterville. Back, bigger and better than before, with a large ice rink, plonk gold, and Kids Quarter – a place for little ones to enjoy! For a family show, see the performers of the Moscow State Circus in the Circus Big Top; and for the big kids, head over to the saucy Cirque Du Cabaret by Dutch Spiegeltent. Don’t forget to look through the Christmas Markets, who knows what you will find.
London’s Victoria Park, Grove Road, Bow, London, UK
Little Light Nights
Saturday, 6PM – 11PM
As the sun goes down, the night lights up with art, love and magic for everyone. This year The Brick Box lights up Bow Creek Ecology Park in east London, with interactive moving images, performances, puppetry, installations, and choreography designed so uniquely it not only illuminates the park and the skies, but entertains. This is your chance to see exciting multidisciplinary arts events with both national and local artists uniting together to help empower the arts and cultural activity in under-used spaces.
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival
Until Sunday 29 November 2015
Whether you want to watch a Swedish feminist DIY road movie musical, attend a Q&A, be a part of interactive walks or wild parties, or are a novice female DJ wanting to learn new skills, this is the place for you. This weekend sees the annual Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival returns to East London for a festival to remember. Offering a fresh perspective on other film and arts festivals, you do not want to miss this.
Various locations across East London
TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece At Somerset House
Until 31st January, 2016 | Daily 10am – 6pm
This winter Somerset House is being taken over by a curious young reporter and his sidekick dog… TINTIN: Hergé’s Masterpiece takes over the Terrace Rooms of Somerset House to delve into the Belgian artist-author Hergé and his most beloved character Tintin. The exhibition traces the evolution of this immensely popular comic from its beginnings of newspaper comic strip to the later acclaimed graphic books. It also allows you to discover more about the man behind the marker, so get your magnifying glass and head to Somerset House this weekend.
Terrace Rooms (South Wing), Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, +44 (0) 20 7845 4600
Gilbert & George: The Banners
Until 24th January 2016 | Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm | Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Going against the grain is certainly what British art duo Gilbert & George do best, and this exhibition is no different. Gilbert & George: The Banners at White Cube, Bermondsey, is an exhibition of 30 artworks that confront issues of conformism and belief. In their trademark audacious style, the banners are uniform in size and format and have slogans such as ‘DECRIMINALISE SEX’ emblazoned upon them. This one is not for the faint-hearted.
The White Cube, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ, +44 (0) 20 7930 5373
HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market
Friday – Sunday | Friday, 12pm – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 3pm, 3.45pm – 9pm | Sunday, 9.30am – 6pm
And now for something a little different – HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market returns to London for its ninth year to provide us with a unique take on the Christmas market. Perfect for the Japanophiles of you, Hyper Japan celebrates the best of Japanese culture from the comfort of your own city. From Sushi Awards to cosplay and manga, this is set to be an unmissable event this weekend.
Tobacco Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London, E1W 2SF, +44 (0) 20 7680 4001
Southbank Centre’s Being A Man Festival
Friday – Sunday
Back for its second year, Southbank Centre’s Being A Man festival aims to tackle the challenges and pressures of modern day masculinity. The festival returns in perfect time – just a few days after International Men’s Day – to provide an inspiring programme of talks, debates, concerts, performances, workshops, and comedy, with incredible guest speakers such as 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX, +44 (0) 20 7960 4200
Independent Label Market: London
Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Welcome home: Independent Label Market: London – you’ve been missed! After a year of international success in Berlin and LA, the Independent Label Market is back for its fifth Christmas edition and 11th London edition to give music moguls an early Christmas miracle. Bringing with them an extensive back catalogue as well as exclusives, traders return to London for one day only. Sip on craft ale whilst wandering the stalls for a truly cultured Christmas experience.
Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW, +44 (0) 20 7375 2963
Bompas and Parr at The Shard
Until 31 January 2016
This winter, be indulged by the playfulness and romance of the festive season by the enchanting winter experience at The View From The Shard. Bompas and Parr’s latest sensory installation will bring the magic of winter to create one of the most unique experiences at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building. Covered in super-scaled crystals, snow dunes, and glowing crystal benches, make sure you try Bompas and Parr’s latest creation of edible treats: whether the Snow White Hot Chocolate, Christmas Candy Floss, or the fitting Mulled Champagne.
The Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, +44 (0) 844 499 7111