Things To Do In London This Weekend: 1-2 December

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ELECTRIC TREE: See this electric Christmas tree made of car parts by Gary Card at King's Cross Filling Station. Photo: David Parry/PA

END OF THE WORLD: Relive the Apocalypse, with the Futureshock production This is a Reconstruction, at Camden People's Theatre.

CHESS: The London Chess Classic comes to Olympia, with 10 days of hardcore pawn. £15 per day, prebook

FILM: Catch a movie at the Feminist Film Festival, screening at Hackney Picture House.

TYPOGRAPHY: Fans of lettering and fontage should get to the Chocolate Factory in Hackney, where all things typographic will be for sale.

EXHIBITIONS: New shows include art from Russia, Black Xmas and Antony Gormley.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Go shopping at the Monocle Christmas Market (Midori House, Dorset Street), or see the giant LEGO advent calendar in Covent Garden.

ICE SKATING: Try one of the capital's many ice rinks, including Hampton Court Palace, which opens this weekend.


CRAFT: Learn to make a hand-sewn Christmas stocking with a crafty class at Ray Stitch in Islington. £42, prebook, 10.30am

CHRISTMAS FAIRS: Check out the Christmas fairs at Battersea Arts Centre, The Social on Little Portland Street, the Water Poet in Spitalfields and the Albert in Queen's Park.

WORDS: John Hegley leads a session of wordsmithery at the Southbank Centre aimed at families. Free, just turn up, 11am

MORE CRAFT: Head along to Tooting Tram and Social to make gifts, cards and other Christmas treats with Crafty Pint. £5, prebook or turn up, noon-6pm

CHARITY FAIR: On World AIDS Day, head to MC Motors in Dalston for an afternoon fair, auction and DJ set, all in aid of the Avert charity. £2, just turn up, 2-8pm

DANCE: Fresh is an evening of outstanding dance at The Place. £12/£9, just turn up, 6.15pm

FILM: Exploding Cinema takes over St James's Hatcham church in New Cross, with 10 rooms of video, music and mingling. £5, just turn up, with your own booze, 6.30pm


GARDENY CHRISTMAS: The Garden Museum in Lambeth holds its first ever winter fair, with plenty of gift ideas for the green-fingered. £2, just turn up, 10am-6pm

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Elizabeth Street and Pimlico Road get festive with Belgravia Christmas Sunday. Shopping and carol singing ahoy. Free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

ART DECO CHRISTMAS: The wonderful Eltham Palace has a Christmassy day playing on the art deco stylings of the 1930s portion of the house. £9.60, just turn up, 11am-4pm

SATURNALIA: Guildhall Art Gallery celebrates winter in the style of the ancient world, with themed activities and entertainment. Free, just turn up, 12-4pm

HUGE TART: Borough Market will make a massive mince tart to an Elizabethan recipe...including beef. Free, just turn up, 12-4pm

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Footprints of London

You can follow in Shakespeare's footprints on the tour around the locations of his City haunts on Saturday at 11 am

Footprints of London

On Sunday you can find out about 300 years of the rich and famous in our Mayfair walk on Sunday at 2pm