Things To Do This Weekend In London: 25-26 November 2017

Things to do this weekend is sponsored by the Gentleman's Grooming Show.

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The Vaults is being transformed into a space-age, sci-fi-geek's paradise this weekend. Photo: Alex Dias Photography (2016)

ICE SKATING: Feeling festive yet? Plenty of London's winter ice rinks are already open — why not get in some practice before they get too busy?

SCANDI-MARKET: Handily located between Finnish and Norwegian Churches (who also happen to have Christmas fairs on), this market is the perfect place to pick up authentic Scandinavian goods, arts and crafts. Albion Street (Rotherhithe), free, just turn up, 24-26 November

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Pick up a wreath created from foliage pinched from this lovely Chelsea garden and stick around for the carols at 4pm on Saturday. Chelsea Physic Garden, £6, children free, book ahead, 25-26 November

MUSICAL ICONS: Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll and Prince, the genre-mashing, flamboyantly dressed superstar both have exhibitions landing at the same time at the O2 in Greenwich. Our reviewer reckons their music should have taken precedence over artefacts, what do you think? The O2 Arena, My Name is Prince, £25, book ahead, until 7 January, Elvis on tour, £25, book ahead, until 4 February.

Saturday 25 November

Swig beer, buy records, be merry at London Brewer's Market.

TALKING HEADS TRIBUTE: This must be the place for all hardcore Talking Heads fans. Tribute band Speaking In Tongues will be playing two classic albums over two nights. Moth Club (Hackney), £15, book ahead, 24-25 November

FEMINISM & TECH: Hear tech talks from successful women in the industry and take part in practical workshops from digital zine-making to creating your own bot or Wordpress blog. Feminist Library, free, just turn up, 11am-6.30pm

BREWER'S MARKET: London's beer-swigging, vinyl heads can stock up on both at this market flogging music from independent record labels alongside booze from more than 16 brilliant breweries. Old Spitalfields Market, free, just turn up, 11.30am-6.30pm

SCREENPRINTING WORKSHOP: If you think creative labour shouldn't go unpaid, then you're a decent human being and you should join this free workshop and event hosted by activist group Get Artists Paid (GAP). R.A.W Lab, free, book ahead, 2pm-6pm

PROVOCATION CAMPAIGN: Got an eye for graphic design and an interest in healthcare? Join this workshop considering the role of graphic design in constructing and communicating healthcare messages around the world. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 2.30pm-4.30pm

TASTE OF TRINIDAD: Spice up your Saturday with this Caribbean pop-up. On the menu is a delicious medley of curried goat, roasted fish and pumpkin, sweet potato and swiss rainbow shard for veggies. Café Adagio (Croydon), book ahead, 5pm-10pm

MASKED BALL: Give it your best Spock impression and enter the Vaults, which has been given a space-age, sci-fi-inspired makeover. Expect out of this world performers from cosmic cabaret and stargasm aerialists to performances from a dominatrix and death drawing from art macabre. The Vaults, £25/£20, book ahead, 24-25 November

RAVE IN BLACKNESS: Partying in the dark isn't just an opportunity to throw your wildest shapes. BOOM! The Politics of Black Sound is throwing this rave in a tunnel under Somerset House to highlight black femmes, black queer female and non-binary artists in the electronic dance music scene. The Deadhouse (Somerset House Studios), £8, book ahead, 8pm-1pm

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Gentlemen of London — it’s time to get grooming

On 3 December, The Gentleman’s Grooming and Lifestyle Show is heading to Tobacco Dock for a day dedicated to all things manly. This event is for the modern man who likes to smell good, look good and feel good — grab your tickets now and get 20% off when you use code LONDONIST20.

Expect some serious shopping opportunities; buy everything from razors to shoe polish, beard oil to shower gel from over 75 brands. Treat yourself to something special or stock up on gifts in time for Christmas.

Make the most of the show by picking up some freebies — nab a complimentary trim if your hair is in need of a tidy. You might even fancy indulging in a whisky tasting before learning all the tricks of the trade from industry experts. Find out all about the show here, and get your discounted tickets for just £8 before it’s too late.

Sunday 26 November

Festive wine tasting anyone?

MUSEUM SHOP SUNDAY: Swap Black Friday for Museum Shop Sunday, a national day inviting savvy shoppers to choose culture over consumerism by spending your hard-earned cash in London's many museum gift shops. Various venues, free, just turn up, all day

DESIGNER MARKET: Treat yourself to mince pies, mulled wine and unique gifts from London's hottest designers while a brass band soundtracks your festive shop. V&A Museum of Childhood, free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

WINE TASTING: Grab your mates and schedule in some wine time at this festive walk around tasting session, featuring more than 40 bottles of plonk, plus canapés to soak it up. 1 Ethelburga Street, £14.50, book ahead, 2pm-5pm

CHRISTMAS SWITCH ON: Take a spin on a Victorian carousel and stop off for mulled wine and food while Twickenham gets the festive treatment. Twickenham, free, just turn up, 2pm-6.30pm

UNDERWIRE FESTIVAL: This is one of the few festivals where you’ll find women at the helm — not just in front of the camera but directing, editing, writing, composing and producing. See the Tango Lesson at Barbican tonight and check out the full programme here. Barbican, £11.50+bf, book ahead, 4pm

JAPANESE WHISKY: Swig and swill five types of whisky with a guy who knows his stuff. Dave Broom has just published The Way of Whisky: A journey around Japanese Whisky and he's the curator of the whisky selection at Spiritland. Spiritland, £43.20, book ahead, 6pm

FESTIVE RUN: Fancy an exercise session that'll leave you feeling all warm, Christmassy and a little bit sweaty? Join this 5km tour around twinkling London sights, past markets, trees and lights. Covent Garden, £16, book ahead, 6pm


Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.

Love Actually

Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue.  Get tickets

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies

Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet.   Get tickets

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots

Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?

Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets