Things To Do This Week In London: 27 November-3 December 2017

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CHRISTMAS AT THE IMAGINARIUM: Father Christmas is up to no good dancing on tables and all sorts at this festive extravaganza, which, alongside theatrical performances features pretty craft grottos, workshops, grand banquets and dealings with an absinthe fairy. 32 Southwark Street, £55, book ahead, until 22 December

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE: Richmond Park has teamed up with the Operation Centaur organisation this Christmas, allowing Londoners the chance to experience the park's beautiful scenery from a horse-drawn carriage, with proceeds going conservation projects. Richmond Park, £125 for two, book ahead, various date until 30 December

FASHIONING IDENTITY: There are no White Walkers in this exhibition on this windswept patch of England, just a load of northern glamour, attitude and hair rollers. Somerset House, £7/£5, book ahead, until 4 February

PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS: From defiant-faced migrants to Trump's America, we reckon this is the best year yet for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. National Portrait Gallery, £6, book ahead, until 8 February 2018

COMEDY: Two fantastic acts kick off shows at Soho Theatre this week: masterful improviser Steen Raskopolous discusses The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess (27 November-2 December), while the polyamorous Elf Lyons performs the Edinburgh-nominated Swan (28 November-2 December)

Monday 27 November

CHRISTMAS AT THE CHEESEGRATER: Pick up homemade gifts from fairy-lit wooden chalets and stuff your face with international cuisine at the Leadenhall Building, which has been given the festive treatment. The Leadenhall Building, free, just turn up, until 22 December

SOUND BATH: Swap the roar of the Underground for some therapeutic gong sounds, Tempur foam pillows and lavender eye masks at London's latest relaxation fad, a sound bath. Devonshire Club (Liverpool Street), £30, book ahead, various times

TORYCORE: Got something to say about the Conservative leadership? So have this trio of politically charged actors, so they've curated this punk-fuelled night of politics, activism, theatre and music. Roundhouse (Camden), £10, book ahead, 8pm

Tuesday 28 November

Get festive at Guildhall Christmas Market

GUILDHALL MARKET: Make your way around more than 100 stalls bursting with fashion, jewellery, homeware, books and stop off for food and drink tastings, because shopping is hungry work. There's also a massage relaxation station for the festive-weary. Guildhall, £5, book ahead, 10.30am-8pm

GREEN & PLEASANT ISLINGTON: London isn't all polluting traffic and skyscrapers you know. Discover open fields, an award-winning park and garden, a community playground, farms old and new, a churchyard, sports fields and shady meadows on this Islington tour. Highbury & Islington, £12, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm

COCKTAIL COMPOSITION: Yes, we've entered a world where you can take a masterclass in making your cocktails look Instagrammable, but we don't mind really, as long as they taste as good as they look. Super Lyan, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm, repeated tomorrow

BOOK LAUNCH: Into stories that scare the bejesus out of you? Then prepare to be creeped out at the launch of Eight Ghosts, a collection of haunting tales from eight authors scattered across England inspired by English Heritage sites. Foyles (Charing Cross), £8, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

Wednesday 29 November

Did someone say pizza party?

PETER PAN: If you'd rather lose yourself in an enchanting theatre performance than a rowdy pantomime one, then this gorgeous adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale should do the trick. Pleasance Theatre, £9, book ahead, 1.30pm, 4pm and 7.30pm, until 7 January

ECO-CRAFTS: Eco-warriors can learn how to create a natural ‘zero waste’ arts and crafts masterpiece. Peckish? Munch on vegan goodies, washed down with craft alcoholic soda range, Crooked. Because being sustainable is thirsty work. Magic Roundabout (Old Street), £8, book ahead, 6pm,7pm and 8pm

LONDON ART SALON: Immerse yourself in early 20th century Paris at this talk exploring the lives of the avant-garde artists Modigliani and Soutine. Sanctum Soho, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

PIZZA PARTY: London's best bars are going head to head to see who can shake up the best cocktail. As Radio Alice, East London Liquor Company, and Happiness Forgets battle it out you get to munch your way through 1,000 slices of pizza (do share, won't you?), while listening to beats from top DJs. Radio Alice Hoxton, £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

COMEDY: What would you do if you came to the horrifying realisation that you were the living embodiment of the Essex based remake of Kafka’s Metamorphosis? That's the premise of this hilarious show from Garrett Millerick, who fears he's morphed into Jeremy Clarkson. 2Northdown, £7, book ahead, 7.30pm


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Thursday 30 November

John Lewis Rooftop Garden has been given a Victorian makeover.

CANDLELIT TOUR: Go back to a time before mobile phones and 'Netflix and chill' and grab a mulled wine and mince pie on the way. Benjamin Franklin House, £11.66, book ahead, 6.30pm, until 21 December

BEER TASTING: It might be cold outside but The London Beer Factory is serving up a slice of California, in the form of ten West Coast beers and burgers from Californian street food legends Zephyr. The Barrel Project (Bermondsey), £29, book ahead, 6.30pm

THE POISON GARDEN: Leave the bag-laden shoppers of Oxford Street behind and enter a 19th century garden where you have to solve a puzzling curse. Don't worry, you'll still be served up a delicious three course meal if you don't solve it. John Lewis Rooftop Garden, £50, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

URBAN CINEMA: Looking for a cheap date night? Hit up this screening of Paid in Full, (about a guy from Harlem and his life on the 1980s drug scene). Popcorn, pick n' mix and a drink is thrown in with the ticket prices. Never Fade (Soho), £12, book ahead, 6.30pm and 8.30pm

ZSL FUNDRAISER: Prepare to cackle like a hyena at this funny fundraiser for the Zoological Society of London. Already confirmed to have you roaring with laughter are Katherine Ryan, Sara Pascoe, Terry Alderton, and Rob Deering. Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith), £19, book ahead, 7pm

Friday 1 December

Paint a snowy scene of London at this booze-fuelled art session.

WINTERTIME FESTIVAL: Be serenaded by the London Nordic Choir, whiz around the covered ice rink, visit Father Christmas and explore all the festive treats the historic grounds of the Old Royal Naval College have been decked out with. Old Royal Naval College, £15, book ahead, until 31 December

LEBANON FACTORY: Fall in love with Lebanese culture (and show your support for the Cinema Museum) at this night featuring four short film screenings, plus live music from pianist Alcyona Mick and plenty of cuisine and wine from the region. The Cinema Museum, £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

SIMON AMSTELL: Cheeky presenter and comedian Simon Amstell opens up to psychologist Tanya Byron about his fears, anxieties, and his path to fame and we all get to listen in. Emmanuel Centre, £30, book ahead, 7pm

BANG SAID THE GUN: London's most raucous poetry night returns with sets from two brilliant female forces of nature: Salena Godden and Gemma Rogers. Soho Theatre, £15, book ahead, 7pm

PAINT LONDON: Handy with a paintbrush? Put your drawing skills to the test by attempting to recreate a lovely scene of London in the snow by Gordan Bruce. Roundhouse (Camden), £30, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

Saturday 2 December

See 3D printing in action at Turning Earth Market

BRUNSWICK WALK: From horses to motor cars, philanthropists to philosophers and riots to restaurants, discover a side to the area around Brunswick shopping centre you never knew existed. Russell Square tube station, £10-£12, book ahead, 11am-12.30pm

CRAFTY FOX MARKET: Better wear your walking shoes as there's three floors of gifts from more than 50 designer/makers to explore at the Crafty Fox Market. Rest your feet at drop-in workshops or with a mulled wine from the Tea Knees tearoom. The Dogstar (Brixton), free, just turn up, 11am-5pm, repeated tomorrow

TURNING EARTH: As well as perusing items from more than 120 makers, you can also see Great Pottery Throwdown winner Ryan Barrett, 3D printing on a nifty machine he made in his garden shed. Turning Earth E10 (Walthamstow), free, noon-6pm, repeated tomorrow

PLOSIVE COMEDY: Get your giggle on at this night of stand-up comedy. You'll recognise headliner Reginald D Hunter from Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out of 10 Cats. The MCT at Alleyn's, Dulwich, £16, book ahead, 8pm-10.15pm

Sunday 3 December

Look out for balloon modelling reindeers, live ice carving and the big Brass Band at this year's Wimbledon Winter Wonderland.

WAKE UP GIGS: The whole family is welcome at this Sunday afternoon jamming session, featuring four hours of acoustic folk, innovative electro-punk, pop and anthemic alt-POP. Concrete, £13, book ahead, noon-4pm

WINTER WONDERLAND: Residents of Wimbledon don't need to trek to Hyde Park to get in the festive spirit, as Winter Wonderland has come to Wimbledon. Expect make 'n take workshops, a silent disco, carols rides and a market. Wimbledon Broadway, free, just turn up, noon-6pm

ARTY TEA PARTY: Join this party where your art (not your dance moves) take centre stage. This month's theme is Impressionism. Join the painting workshop before being let loose on your own canvas. Secret location, £49, book ahead, 2.30pm-5.30pm

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The Harry Potter Christmas Tour


Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets

Unveil the Full Body Orgasm This Christmas


Become more connected to your body and learn how to express yourself sexually is this workshop open to both males and females. Fully clothed and without touch, you'll learn how to utilise ancient practices to build a strategy to experience a full-body orgasm whenever you feel like it. For more information and to get tickets: http://bit.ly/2uhTZ5U (sponsor) Get tickets

East London Food Tour


Feast on the tastes of the East End... Chomp on pie and mash from a restaurant that's been open since 1900, and visit Russell Brand's not-for-profit café. There are seven stops in the food and drink tour across Shoreditch and Hoxton, so you better come hungry! Get tickets

Psychology of Attraction


Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets