Your Sunday morning best of Londonist weekly round-up, this week sponsored by Natural History Museum.
- The London football teams where the fans really matter.
- London's forgotten old signs offer fascinating insights into the past.
- The solitude of the North Bank is being sacrificed for profit.
- Meet the Amy Winehouses of London.
- We love these London-themed Christmas decorations.
- We've been trying out the Christmas sections in London's department stores to determine which is the best. Did your favourite win?
Did you know...
- ...about the lion tamer's grave in Abney Park Cemetery?
- ...why there's a part of Finchley called Tally Ho Corner?
- ... which hotel is London's smallest?
- ...which museum is London's biggest?
- ...which borough doesn't have any Grade I listed buildings at all?
Dance with the dinosaurs at this ultimate New Year's Eve Ball
If you're after a New Year's Eve with a difference, look no further than South Kensington. For the first time ever, the Natural History Museum is hosting what's set be a stunner of a NYE Ball, with the famous Dippy the Diplodocus taking centre stage.
The museum's iconic main hall will be transformed into the ultimate prehistoric party setting — the perfect place to count down to midnight. All of your favourite songs, as well as guest requests, will feature thanks to a Guilty Pleasures DJ, so bring your dancing shoes. Bars will be serving drinks and light refreshments throughout the night, or for something a little more substantial, upgrade to a VIP package for a three-course meal. This is a NYE that will go down in history.
New Year's Eve Ball: Last Dance with Dippy is at the Natural History Museum on 31 December from 8pm-1am. Find out more and book here. Tickets start from £117 and include a welcome drink and sweet treat on arrival.
Food and drink
- The salt beef at Cure & Cut doesn't quite make the, er, cut ★★☆☆☆
- 10 Christmas cocktails you'll want to Instagram before you drink.
- We took a behind the scenes tour of the kitchens at The Ritz.
- 'Tis the season for overeating. Do it in style at one of these new London restaurants.
- These chain coffee shops are worth visiting — here's why.
Things to do
- 5 things you might not have done in the Sky Garden.
- Think you've done everything Christmassy in London? Think again.
- 14 of the best (and worst) exhibitions in London this month.
- Did you know about the secret art collection inside Canada House?
- Santa's Workshop has arrived in Covent Garden — made from 700,000 Lego bricks.
- Mark Rylance goes fishing in Nice Fish — but what's the catch? ★★★☆☆
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