Things to do today is sponsored by CommuterClub.
Have a read:
- On board London's most tranquil bus route.
- The north London street where tube moquette is born.
- What do travel guides tell tourists about London?
- This restaurant is dedicated to the Michelin Man.
- Inside the vanishing pubs of the Isle of Dogs.
Things to do
CHRISTMAS IN LONDON: If you don't want the festivities to end, take a look at our Christmas in London page where we've gathered all the information you need to make the most of the festive season in London.
ICE SKATING: Burn off those excess calories, by taking to the ice at one of London's seasonal skating rinks. Various prices and dates, booking recommended.
SOUTHBANK: Combine a trip to the Winter Market (free) with a visit to a Finnish style rooftop sauna (£15-£25, booking required) on Southbank, and leave feeling completely relaxed AND stocked up with goodies to see you into the New Year. Kids' show Slava's Snowshow and ABBA exhibition Super Troupers are also on at Southbank Centre if you want to make a day of it. Until 30 December
HENNA PARTY: Let the little ones have some fun before they go back to school at Museum of London's Henna Party. Find out what henna's used for, why it's important — and of course, create your own designs. Free, just turn up, 12.30pm/2.30pm, 29 and 31 December
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Head to the townhouse where Charles Dickens himself once lived to see A Christmas Carol performed by RSC actor Dominic Gerrard. Charles Dickens Museum (Bloomsbury) £22 (including museum visit), book ahead, 3pm/6pm (and other dates)
DOLLY PARTON: Not the lady herself, unfortunately, but a performance of her best-loved songs by Our Lady J, a singer who counts Parton herself among her fans. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 5.30pm
MUSICALS CONCERT: Love musicals? Get yourself to Barbican for a performance of songs from Oliver, Chicago, Les Mis and more, by leading ladies of the West End. £16.50-£42.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
Spend less on travel in 2018
In January 2018, transport fares are going up by a huge 3.6%, the biggest hike in five years. You can, however, lock in today's current prices by signing up to CommuterClub, and you'll make serious savings all through 2018.
CommuterClub is the scheme where you can get all the savings and value of annual travelcard whilst keeping the flexibility of paying monthly. Pay in 11 instalments and get your 12th month free — on average, savvy Londoners who join CommuterClub save around £300.
You'll also get a coveted Gold Card upon joining. This magic ticket gives you 1/3 off National Rail fares, and lots of 2-for-1 entry offers at London attractions such as the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral. 2018 is all about spending less on commuting. Find out more about CommuterClub here – refer a friend and you’ll get £20 for each one that joins.
Representative example: Credit limit: £1,200. Interest: £67 Total payable: £1,267 in 11 monthly instalments of £115. Representative 10.6% APR. Interest rate: 5.6% pa (variable).
GREAT GATSBY: Party like it's the 1920s at Cecil Sharp House's Great Gatsby themed party. The Art Deco Orchestra will perform jazz and dance music from the era, with party games and competitions as well. Period dress encouraged. £16/£13, book ahead, 7.45pm
BATMAN: Get your dose of comic book action at Prince Charles Cinema's screening of 1992 film Batman Returns. £8, book ahead, 9pm
Not got your New Year's Eve plans sorted yet? Take a look at our guide to what's on in London, and get planning, pronto.