Best Of Londonist: 18-24 December 2023

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Best Of Londonist: 18-24 December 2023

Your weekly Londonist roundup, featuring Londony news and features.

"Every Year We Do A Free Christmas Day Dinner At Our Wimbledon Pub, For People On Their Own"

Almost 200 people flock to the Alex on 25 Dec.

A smiling couple pose by beer pumps

The Top Exhibitions To See In London: January 2024

Including a light show to kick off a capital year of culture.

A young woman resting on the back of another, who's planking
© Margaret Liang

5 'New' Pubs Promised For City Of London By 2027

But are any actually new?

A grey bricked pub, with people hanging around outside

"Displeasing And Absurd": A Hatchet Job Review Of A Christmas Carol From 1843

There's always one.

An illustrated frontispiece for A Christmas Carol

London New Year's Day Parade 2024: A Guide

Route, timings and where to watch the 1 January shindig.

Dhol dancers in Trafalgar Square
Image: London New Year's Day Parade

Fantastically Creative Themed Afternoon Teas In London

Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Shakespeare.

The West End's Atmospheric Alleys: A Self-Guided Tour

10 of London's most characterful alleys.

An alleyway with bogs on the side

TfL Launches A New Podcast Hosted By Tim Dunn

Guests include Tube Mapper and, er, Rylan.

A phone with the Mind the Gap podcast on the screen
Image: TfL

Things To Do In London Between Christmas And New Year

For when you can't take any more festive TV.

Angel Christmas illuminations

A Brief History Of The Waterloo & City Line

A very peculiar line.

A Waterloo and City line train on the platform

Short Courses At UAL: Learn Life-Changing Creative Skills How (And When) You Want

Over 1,000 short courses to choose from. (sponsor)

Students painting at easels

From our newsletter: Soho 1851: The Greatest Christmas Meal Ever Cooked

Christmas dinner for 22,500 hungry Victorians.

A street sign for Ham Yard

Things To Do In London On New Year's Day 2024

The best events in London on 1 January.

A Ceilidh party with guitars, fiddles and singing
Image: Ollie Denton

Captain Zip's Amazing Film Footage Of London Punks In The 1970s And 80s

They even visit Downing Street.

A 70s punk with a shock of yellow hair, sticking out her tongue
Image: Captain Zip/fair use

10 Under-Appreciated Buildings On London's South Bank

From Italianate hospitals to bucolic almshouses.

An Italianate Victorian hospital

London Hotel Rooms With A Serious View

Penthouse suites, balconies, and the city spread at your feet.

"The Tube Is Ripe For Comedy - So I Wrote A Play About It"

Chances are you'll recognise some of the characters in Cockfosters.

Two people chat on the tube while a woman 'strangles' a man nearby

Last Updated 22 December 2023