Things To Do In London Over Twixtmas: 26-30 December 2013

You know, that bit between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. What are you going to do? There are festive shows to see, ice rinks to be skated on and museums and galleries to visit. We’ve rounded up some other interesting and unusual ideas to keep you entertained until 2014 rolls around. 

Photo by sailorman01 via Londonist Flickrpool

Photo by sailorman01 via Londonist Flickrpool

Boxing Day

SALES: Harrods, Harvey Nicks and Liberty’s sales all start today. Plan your attack. Better get up early. Visit London have more info on the big January sales. Good luck.

MORRISBlackheath Morris will be out dancing off the Christmas dinner on their Boxing Day tour of local pubs, starting at The Princess of Wales, then to The Crown and finishing at Hare and Billet from 12.30pm

DICKENS: Take the Charles Dickens Christmas Carol and Seasonal Traditions tour with London Walks from Tower Hill. Tickets £9, starts 2pm

SWING: The Boxing Day Swing Out will be rocking the Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. Watch swinging performances and take part in taster lessons – get hooked on swing for the New Year! Free, just turn up, 3pm

FOOTBALL: It’s a big day for the beautiful game in London and The London Football Guide have produced a handy map of all London fixtures between Boxing Day and 29 December.

CLUBBING: For a post-Christmas rave-up check out Resident Advisor’s listings

Friday 27 December

PARLIAMENT: Take a tour of the Houses of Parliament (also on Saturday). Adult tickets £16.50. Various times throughout the day. Booking essential.

RAMBLE: Walk the 10 miles from Greenwich to Thames Barrier via Blackheath with The Ramblers, part of the Festival of Winter Walks. Free, just turn up, 10.30am

WWII: Take the kids along to visit A Wartime Christmas at Imperial War Museum and let them learn about what it was like for children during the Second World War through craft activities. Free, just turn up (until 31 December), 11am-4pm

DICKENS: Journey through Dickens’ Christmas London, starting from Chancery Lane, with Richard Jones. Tickets £10, book, 11am

DARTS: Watch the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace. Tickets still available at £32.50 (quick!) for session at 12.30pm

PIANO: Listen to a free, lunchtime recital by pianist, Matthew Drinkwater at St Martin-in-the-Fields, playing Schumann, Janacek and Chopin. Free, just turn up, 1-2pm

TOWER BRIDGE: Visit the Tower Bridge exhibition and you can put a question to an expert engineer as well as exploring the high walkways and Victorian engine rooms. Normal admission applies, £8 adults, £3.40 children. Ask the Techie between 1.15-2pm. 

TWINKLY: Take the Christmas Lights walk with Westminster Guide, Jo Moncrieff and learn something new about London. Tickets £10, prebook, 5pm

CARDS & COMEDY: Jerry Sadowitz mixes sleight of hand tricks with what some consider offensive comedy at Leicester Square Theatre. Tickets £22.50, prebook (until 8 January), 7pm

WORK IN PROGRESS: Shappi Khorsandi tries out new material on the post-Christmas crowd at Soho Theatre until Monday 30 December. Tickets £10, prebook, 9pm

BEYONCE: Luisa Omeilan poses the question What Would Beyonce Do? in a feel-good comedy show at Soho Theatre until 11 January. Tickets £12.50/£17.50, prebook, 9.30pm

Saturday 28 December

CANAL: Ramble along the Regent’s Canal from Limehouse to Chalk Farm as part of the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks. It’s a leisurely 8 miles with a cafe stop. Free, just turn up, 10.30am

SMITHFIELD: Discover Smithfield and its surrounding area on a Footprints of London walk with Brian Mcclory. Tickets £10, prebook, 11am-12.30pm

ODDITIES: There’s more to Strand than chocker block buses, theatres and Charing Cross station. Tour Oddities of Strand with Westminster Guide, Pete Berthoud. Tickets £10, prebook, 11am-1pm

INDIE: Watch the Indiana Jones Trilogy on the big screen at Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. That’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Last Crusade (ie the ones before it got silly). Tickets £20/£17.50, prebook, 1.15pm

FOOTBALL: Watch Fisher FC play Greenwich Borough in their Southern Counties East League game at Champion Hill, SE22. Half price entry (£3.50) if you turn up in Christmas fancy dress or if you’ve got a premier or Football League season ticket. KO 3pm

Sunday 29 December

CONSERVATORY: Visit the tropical oasis that is Barbican Conservatory. Go to Barbican Centre and head upstairs. Free, just turn up, 11am-5.30pm

BLITZ WALK: On the anniversary of the City’s worst night of bombing during WWII, take a City in the Blitz tour with London Metropolitan Archives, starting from St Paul’s. Tickets £8, prebook, 11am-1pm

TIME TRAVEL: London Transport Museum lays on special family activities in the final few days of the Tube 150 year: time travelling stories and make and take sessions are on till New Year’s Eve. Normal admission adults £15 (unlimited visits for 1 year) under 16s free, open 10am-6pm

STORIES: Take your children to the National Gallery for Magic Carpet Storytelling in front of a painting. Free, just turn up (space limited) 11am and 12pm

SPOKEN WORDBethlehem Unwrapped at St James’s Piccadilly presents an evening of spoken word performances in Slammed Up, “poetry in the key of freedom”. Tickets £12, £6 concessions, 7.30pm 

MUSIC: High school bands from the USA perform at a concert in Cadogan Hall ahead of their appearance at the London New Year’s Day Parade. £10, concessions free, 7.30pm

Monday 30 December

MUSIC: There’s free music in Trafalgar Square as some of the performers taking part in the New Year’s Day Parade warm up and give Londoners a sneak preview of Parade spirit. Expect a marching band, steel pan drums and Panamanian music from 1pm

HOLLYWOOD: There are still tickets available for The Artist – Live in Concert at Royal Albert Hall. The movie will be live soundtracked by London Symphony Orchestra and Hollywood glamour is encouraged. Tickets from £27.50, prebook, performances at 3pm and 7pm

MUSIC: More high school bands perform at Cadogan Hall (£10/free) and there’s a Gala Concert at St John’s Smith Square (£10) for the Mayors of London, plus a free concert at St Andrew’s in Fulham at 7.30pm

COMEDYBethlehem Unwrapped gets funny with Stand Up Against the Wall – a night of comedy with a conscience from an all-excellent line-up of Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy, Andy Zaltzmann and Ivor Dembina at St James’s Piccadilly. Tickets £12, £6 concessions, 7.30pm

NOT NYE: Buttoned Down Disco’s annual F*ck New Year’s Eve party takes place at Koko, Camden. Ask for an invitation for free entry, 9pm-3.30am

What have we missed? What are you up to? Let us know in the comments. 

The weekend listings return on Thursday 2 January. The daily things to do list and email returns on Monday 6 January. 

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  • Hannah

    What a great article! I like the just turn up activities!

  • PJ Crittenden

    “chocker block”? We need to bring back proof-readers.

    • http://londonist.com/ Lindsey Clarke

      Chocka-girl checking out

  • MelbaHollman

    These are very awesome and good environment in the day of Christmas.

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  • Joe

    Are the stores in London open the Monday the 30 december?

    • http://londonist.com/ Lindsey Clarke

      Yes