11 Last-Minute Things To Do In London This Christmas

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11 Last-Minute Things To Do In London This Christmas

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Staying in London over Christmas? If you’re struggling to find fun things to do, here some suggestions for you.

1. Toffee apple making

Join Peter and Dominic as they guide you through an evening of deliciousness where you’ll learn how to create the perfect toffee/chocolate apple. Think soft, homemade caramel, delectable chocolate and an array of toppings including Bailey’s white choc and whisky milk choc. Go home with four customised apples and a big grin on your face. £15, 17 December from 7.15pm
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2. Medieval-style Christmas feast

Step into the world of Henry VIII, enjoy a five-course medieval-style banquet and live entertainment right in the heart of St Katharine Docks. The banquet menu includes vegetarian strudel, roast turkey, warm apple crumble pie and wine to warm up the festive atmosphere. £45/£30, 18 December from 12.15pm

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3. Christmas baking

Get into the festive spirit with this workshop hosted by Lucy, where you'll bake and ice your own Christmas tree cookies while sipping on mulled wine and listening to Christmas music. All equipment including aprons and ingredients are provided, plus you'll get to take your creations home with you (and the recipes so you can do it all over again). £20, 18 December from 6.30pm

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4. Charitable knitting

Want to do something for a good cause this Christmas? Learn to finger knit and raise money for war refugees with Knit Aid . Shahnaz will teach you how to make three colourful necklaces with your hands — all materials will be provided, and money raised from the event will be donated to charity. £20, 19 December from 2pm

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Learn the secrets of street art from a real graffiti artist. More details below

5. Street art workshop and tour

Professional graffiti artist Gary will transform you from street art novice to creative genius. First, get some inspiration while observing East London's rich street art panorama on a walking tour, then try your hand at graffiti and spray paint. All levels welcome, materials is included in the cost of ticket. £30, 20 December from 11am

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6. Luxury Christmas wreath making

Who doesn't love a handmade Christmas decoration? Head to Camden where expert florist Katie will teach you how to make the perfect wreath. You'll leave with a stunning 12-inch Christmas wreath, made by using wild foliage and seasonal decorations — all materials provided. £35, 21 December from 7pm

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7. Italian Christmas supper club

Italian cooking lover Giuseppe stole the best recipes from his mama and exported them to London: join him for a cosy supper club serving heritage Italian vegetarian dishes. The menu includes spiced veg burgers, grilled courgettes, chocolate-dipped bananas and more. £18, 21 December from 7.30pm

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8. Unlock urban Camden

London-based photographer and blogger Nelly has a real passion for Camden and its unique street art scene. She'll give you a very personal inside of this trendy part of town — join her for a two-hour walking tour on the quirky and off-the-beaten-track streets where you'll learn more about the lives of the artists who created these works. £15, 23 December from 11am

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Take part in a festive pub crawl around Shoreditch and connect with like-minded Londoners

9. Festive Shoreditch pub crawl

Explore Shoreditch with east London expert Jordan: embark on a fun pub crawl that will take you around the hippest part of town and meet plenty of like-minded Londoners. Your £6 ticket (cheap!) will get you free shots in each place plus exclusive discounts and free entry to all locations — and you might get to play beer pong too. £6, 24 December from 8.30pm

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10. Victorian Christmas

Travel back in time with this two-hour walking tour: expert tour guide Hazel will take you around the oldest streets of London and unveil seasonal traditions that may be older than you think. You’ll dip into Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and get transported back to the Christmas the author helped create. £10/£6, 26 December from 2pm

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11. Indian Brick Lane

Walk the streets of Brick Lane with expert tour guide (and Indian food enthusiast) Raj, who will show you the best traditional Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi cuisine in London. During the tour you'll sample different varieties of curry, sweet and sour dishes, sweets and drinks — make sure you turn up hungry. £40, 30 December from 7pm-10pm

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Last Updated 20 December 2015

Chris West

Yesterday's Carol Concert at St Katharine Docks was excellent, we also had a great band earlier, fine craft fayre stalls and and brilliant mulled wine. Here is what's happening today.

Santa and his Christmas Reindeer
On Friday 18th December St Katharine Docks will be visited by a very special guest! Santa will be arriving around 5:30pm via speed boat courtesy of Blue Lamp Alfoat. Santa will take a tour of the docks before being reunited with three of his reindeer; Tinsel, Cracker and Baby Angel. You can visit the real Christmas reindeer on Marble Quay between 1pm - 6pm.