Things To Do In London Between Christmas And New Year 2019

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Ice skating at Natural History Museum: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
Take to the ice at Natural History Museum and other rinks around the capital

Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Wondering what's open between then and New Year? Just want to get out of the house and away from the Monopoly/cheese board? Below are events that happened between Christmas and New Year 2018 to give you a flavour of what to expect— we'll update it with 2019 events when they're announced.

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Christmas afternoon tea at Biscuiteers: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
Tuck into one of London's festive afternoon teas

ICE SKATING: Get out in the fresh air and take to the ice on London's winter pop-up skating rinks. From Royal Parks to Oxford Street rooftops and museum gardens, they're appearing all over the place. Most of them have bars and cafes on site, if turkey stocks are running low at home.

WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven't visited before, and best of all, it's free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two...

DUVET DAY: Can't be bothered with the outside world? Stock up on mince pies, kick back and work your way through the videos on our YouTube channel.

DAY TRIPS: Want to get out of London for a day?  We've mapped some of our favourite day trips from the capital — perhaps leave the seaside trips until the summer, but why not visit a new town, city or museum.

PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA: From 2018 releases to old classics, Leicester Square favourite Prince Charles Cinema screens a wealth of films between Christmas and New Year — think Isle of Dogs, Die Hard, West Side Story, The Jungle Book, and a Lord of the Rings overnighter.

AFTERNOON TEA: If you've still got an appetite after Christmas dinner, treat yourself to one of these festive afternoon teas, offering a Christmas twist to regular afternoon tea at hotels, bars and restaurants around the capital.

Horse-drawn carriage rides in Richmond Park: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Richmond Park

HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES: Experience Richmond Park from the luxury of a horse-drawn carriage. Take a 60 minute ride through the park and then get a behind the scenes tour of the working stables. £125 for two, book ahead, 26-30 December 2018

CHRISTMAS AT LONDON ZOO: For the first time, London Zoo is having a winter lights festival, winding through the zoo after the animals have gone to bed and featuring light sculptures depicting some of the creatures. Until 1 January 2019

CHRISTMAS AT KEW: You'll need to book way in advance if you want to take a wander through the light trail at Kew Gardens between Christmas and New Year. A laser garden and festive flotilla on the lake are new additions this year, along with the usual light tunnel, fire garden and Victorian funfair. One of our favourite annual events in London. Until 5 January 2019

Circus at Southbank Centre: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
Circus comes to Southbank Centre

CIRCUS 1903: Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, high wire walkers and trapeze artists all feature in this circus show, fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas and making its European debut at Southbank Centre. £25-£99.50, book ahead, until 5 January 2019

CHRISTMAS IN LEICESTER SQUARE: An all-male burlesque group, and a kids' carnival are among the shows taking place in the 1920s speigeltent at Christmas in Leicester Square this week. The wooden cabins and food and drink stalls are still open in the rest of the square too. Until 6 January 2019

WINTER WONDERLAND: The Hyde Park behemoth is open until the new year, and in the past we've found that's a bit less crowded after Christmas. As well as the funfair rides, this year's event hosts a special cinema, ice kingdom, circus and more. Until 6 January 2019

RUMPELSTILTSKIN: Aimed at ages 8+, Southbank Centre's retelling of Rumpelstiltskin uses rock music, magical mayhem and Aussie cabaret legend Paul Capsis to bring the story to life on stage. £20-£40, book ahead, until 6 January 2019

Things to to on Boxing Day: Wednesday 26 December 2018

Ballroom dancing at Southbank Centre: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
Get your dancing shoes on at Southbank Centre

SEVEN NOSES TOUR: Discovering London tour guide Peter Berthoud offers a special, extended version of his excellent Seven Noses of Soho tour — with added pub stops. He guides you through the streets of Soho in search of the seven noses rumoured to bring infinite wealth to anyone who finds them all, plus he shows some other hidden gems of the area, including a bonus ear. Starts at Covent Garden station. £29.50, book ahead, 12pm-3.30pm

LEARN TO BALLROOM: Put your dancing shoes on and take part in a free ballroom dancing session, where you'll learn the basic steps. Free, just turn up, 3pm. The lesson is followed by a social dancing session, which dancers of all levels are welcome to attend. Free, just turn up, 4pm

Things to do on Thursday 27 December 2018

TANGO TIME: Argentinian Tango is the theme at Southbank Centre today, where there's an afternoon of dance lessons for beginners and improvers, social dancing and performances. Free, just turn up, 2pm

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA: Renowned big band The Glenn Miller Orchestra blows away the cobwebs with a concert of 1940s songs and wartime chart toppers, accompanied by jazz singers. £16.50-£32.50, book ahead, 2.30pm

FILM MUSIC: Composer John Williams's best-known works include the film scores of Jurassic Park, E.T. and Star Wars. Hear his music performed by the London Concert Orchestra at Barbican. £16.50-£44, book ahead, 7.30pm

Things to do on Friday 28 December 2018

WINSTON WALK: Winston Churchill, women's suffrage and wartime music are the combined themes of this guided singalong walk around Westminster. £9-£12, book ahead, 12pm

MOZART AND BEETHOVEN: Choose between a concert of Mozart's work, played in candlelight by the Mozart Festival Orchestra in authentic 18th century costumes (2.30pm), or a rendition of Beethoven's Ninth, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (7.30pm). Both take place at Barbican, various prices, booking required.

GREAT GASTBY: Dance like it's the 1920s at a Great Gatsby Christmas party at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. The Art Deco Orchestra performs live, and party games and competitions take place throughout the evening. £13-£16, book ahead, 7.45pm

Things to do on Saturday 29 December 2018

Drag party at Southbank Centre: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
There's a drag party at Southbank Centre

MUSIC OF BOND: The London Concert Orchestra plays a concert of music from James Bond films, including Skyfall, Live And Let Die and Casino Royale. Takes place at Barbican. £16.50-£42.40, book ahead, 2.30pm

WINTER'S A DRAG: Head to Southbank Centre for a day-long event with London's drag kings and queens. Free, just turn up, 12pm

Things to do on Sunday 30 December 2018

SOHO ROCK 'N' ROLL: Take a guided tour of the venues and locations linked to Soho's legendary music history, and find out how the area's clubs changed the world of rock and pop music. £9-£12, book ahead, 11am

2018 WRAP UP: This family-friendly day of comedy and creative writing at Southbank Centre takes a lighthearted look back at 2018, and helps you set resolutions for the new year. Free, just turn up, 12pm

ZIMMER VS WILLIAMS: Hans Zimmer and John Williams are two of the world's greatest film composers, and a joint concert of their works comes to Barbican, performed by the London Concert Orchestra. £16.50-£44, book ahead, 2.30pm

Things to do on New Year's Eve: Monday 31 December 2018

New Year's Eve fireworks in London: Things to do in London between Christmas and New Year 2018
Choose where to spend New Year's Eve in London

Take a look at our guide to spending New Year's Eve in London, whether you're looking for a peaceful day around town or a wild night of partying.

Things to do on New Year's Day: Tuesday 1 January 2019

Whether you're leaping into 2019 with a bang, or limping in with a sore head, here's our guide to events in London on New Year's Day.

Failing the above, put your Christmas choccies to good use by recreating our masterpiece from 2015: