Things To Do In London: Monday 22 December 2014

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Voicelab Winter Choirs perform at Southbank Centre. Photo: Belinda Lawley


CHRISTMAS IS COMING: And we have a bumper page of all the festive goings on in London. We’ll be updating it right up until the big day, so keep checking back.

EXHIBITIONS: Fancy a bit of culture? Exhibitions currently on in London include Wildlife Photographer of the Year (★★★★★), Drawn by Light (★★★☆☆), Guy Bourdin (★★★☆☆) and Elvis Presley (★★★☆☆). Take a look at our Museums page for more ideas.

ICE SKATING: London is practically iced over if this bumper crop of seasonal ice rinks is anything to go by. We recommend booking ahead this close to Christmas, especially during the school holidays.

CHRISTMAS FILM: Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained in the run up to Christmas? Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley offers a one day filmmaking workshop with a professional actor and director. For ages 8-12. £15, prebook, 10am-3pm

VOICELAB: It's the last day of Southbank Centre's pop up choir performances. Hear Certitude Community Choirs (1pm at Festival Terrace), Electric Belles (6.30pm at Festival Terrace), or Vocal Chords (1.30pm at Queen's Walk). Free, just turn up, from 1pm

NATIONAL GALLERY: Explore the National Gallery like you’ve never done before with City Treasures guided tours. Their tours are tailored for small groups, booking in advance is suggested. £15, prebook, 4pm

HANUKKAH CELEBRATION: The Jewish Museum celebrates Hanukkah with an afternoon of hot drinks, doughnuts, dreidels and candle lighting. There's also an opportunity to see some Hanukkah related items from the museum's collection and hear about them from the curators. Free, just turn up, from 4.30pm

INAPPROPRIATE CARDS: If you've been dragging your heels over those all important Christmas cards this year, get thee to Drink Shop & Do in King's Cross for an evening of inappropriate Christmas card making. Free with a drink, just turn up, 7pm

SPARK STORYTELLING: The evening of storytelling for grown ups takes on the theme of Bad Santa at The Ritzy in Brixton. Just listen, or stand up and tell your own story. £4, 7.30pm

COMEDY: Phil Nichol may be headlining at Kilburn’s Good Ship tonight but, great though he is, we’re more excited about Jen Brister. If you’ve not seen her before, you’re in for a bitingly sarcastic treat. Not to be left out, Tom Craine (of Jigsaw), Alistair Green and Gary Tro are also on the bill. £4 adv, £5 on the door, 8pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

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Good Cause of the Day

We know that February seems a long way off (it's next year, for goodness sake), but we reckon tickets for Stand Up For Shelter will sell quite fast. The comedy night at the Hammersmith Apollo takes place on 25 February, with performances from the likes of Eddie Izzard, Sara Pascoe and Josh Widdicombe. Tickets available here.

From The Archive

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine, and shiny, shiny lights. Warm your cockles on this time lapse video of London at Christmas, which we first shared in 2012.