Things To Do In London This Weekend: 2-3 January 2016

Looking down on Winter Wonderland from the Giant Observation Wheel
(photo: Adrian Chandler via Flickr)

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DARTS: It's the final weekend of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace. Tickets are sold out through normal channels but you might get lucky, Saturday from 8pm, Sunday from 7pm.

LA SOIREE: Still time to catch the award-winning cabaret, variety, circus, sideshow entertainment phenomenon that is La Soiree in the Spiegeltent at Southbank Centre. Ringside and Boardwalk tickets from £29.50, various times, until 10 January

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HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: Pick up your first bargain of the year at Hackney Flea Market at Abney Hall in Stoke Newington, where over 50 handpicked traders will be selling a mix of salvaged, one-of-a-kind, lost and found objects, and handmade items. Free entry, just turn up, 2-3 January

WINTER WONDERLAND: The colossal Hyde Park winter festival closes its gates on Sunday at 10pm. Last chance to see the Ice Kingdom, Zippos Circus and take a ride on the Giant Observation Wheel — see photo above for an idea of the view! Free entry to site, pay for attractions as you go, 10am-10pm

BIRD FEEDING: London Wetland Centre in Barnes launches a winter feeding frenzy trail. Use the clues to find six special bird feeders and learn how you can help birds in the winter. Free with admission, just turn up, until 3 January

ICE SKATING: For some of London's Christmas ice rinks, this is their last weekend. Others rumble on until February. See the full list here. Broadgate Ice Rink near Liverpool Street station's been getting good reviews, tickets from £13.
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Saturday 2 January

Listen to a Viennese New Year's Spectacular at Cadogan Hall

RUN 10k: Get that New Year's fitness regime off to a flying start by joining in this friendly 10km run around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. £17, prebook, 9.30am

CHURCHES WALK: Join Footprints of London guide Amber for a guided walk exploring the churches, corners and corridors of the City of London. Learn about how a court jester built the oldest church in The City, hear about an exploding dragon, and more. £9, prebook, 1pm

SMILE HIGH CLUB: If you're not ready to stop partying yet, head to Tobacco Dock for Smile High Club, with DJ sets from big names, including Fatboy Slim, and newbies to the scene. Standard tickets £39.50, VIP £55, 1pm-10.30pm
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FOLK TAKEOVER: Folk and world music come to The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre, courtesy of The Nest Collective. There will be audience participation. Free, just turn up, 1pm-6pm

ICE HOCKEY: Haringey Racers play a home game at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink facing Invicta Dynamos of Kent. Fast, furious, frosty sporting fun for all the family! Adults £4, kids FREE, from 5.30pmGet Tickets

ILLUMINATED KEW: Today is your last chance to take a wintry stroll around Kew Gardens' prettily illuminated Christmas Trail Tickets £16, from 7pm
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THE SOUND OF MUSICALS: Get yourself to Barbican for live music from West End shows including Kiss Me Kate, Chicago and Les Miserables. £16.50-£42.50, prebook, 2.30pm

VIENNESE CONCERT: London Concertante play their New Year's Viennese Concert featuring Strauss, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Brahms and culminating in the Blue Danube at Cadogan Hall. Tickets from £16, 7.30pm
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Sunday 3 January

Join Bankside's free Twelfth Night celebrations outside the Globe from 2pm (photo: Duncan Palmer via Flickr)

EALING TOUR: Join Footprints of London guide Alan Fortune on a guided walk around Ealing, an area known as Queen of the Suburbs. Hear about Ealing Studios and its famous film industry connections and discover Pitzhanger Manor. £12/£9, prebook, 11am-1pm

FUN DMC: Enjoy a party for kids and parents at Rich Mix, with four hours of child friendly hip-hop, funk and disco music, Free but prebook, 12-4pm

PAN: JW3 Centre in Finchley hosts a screening of family film Pan, about the beginnings of the characters from Peter Pan. £5, prebook, 1pm

HOBBIT TRILOGY: Watch a movie marathon of all three Hobbit films in their extended versions at Prince Charles Cinema. Strap in for nine hours of action. £17.50/£20, prebook, 1.20pm

TWELFTH NIGHT: The Lions Part present Bankside's annual Twelfth Night celebrations outside Shakespeare's Globe with The Holly Man, King Bean and Queen Pea, wassailing and dancing, followed by mince pies and mulled wine at the George Inn. Family friendly and free, from 2pm

ZUMBATHON: Southbank Centre hosts a new year charity Zumbathon. Join in the party, get fit and raise money for charity. £5, prebook, 2pm

PLANT A SEED: Plant a new seed for the new year at Southbank Centre. The planting workshop lets adults and children take home the bulb they've planted. Free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

BASKETBALL: London Lions bounce into the New Year with a fixture against the Plymouth Raiders on home turf, the Copper Box arena on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Tickets from just £10, 4pm
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WRESTLING: Head to The Cockpit in Marylebone to see Marty Scurll take on Zack Sabre Jr in Revolution Pro Wrestling. £15, prebook, 5pm

SMILE ACOUSTIC: Three performers take to the stage at Rich Mix to perform their music. Expect an eclectic range of genres. Free, just turn up, 6pm
SARA PASCOE'S LITERARY SALON: Comedian Sara Pascoe heads up a night of comedians and writers performing specially written work at The Book Club in Shoreditch. £5, prebook, 6.30pm-10pm
YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The National Youth Orchestra performs its Winter Concert at Barbican. Expect to hear great orchestral works, from Shakespearean drama to Hollywood splendour, conducted by Nicholas Collon. £10-£29, prebook, 7pm  
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