Things To Do This Weekend In London: 3-4 December 2022

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The museum of London rotunda with a car driving round it
Say farewell to the Museum of London this weekend. Image: M@/Londonist

MUSEUM OF LONDON: This weekend is your LAST CHANCE EVER to visit Museum of London in its current London Wall home. It closes its doors for the final time on Sunday, ahead of a lengthy closure as it moves to its new home in Smithfield. Note that the Museum of London Docklands site remains open throughout its sibling's closure. There's a festival weekend taking place on Saturday and Sunday with live DJs and late-night film screenings — one last hurrah, as it were. FREE, until 4 December

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A new virtual reality experience is at Westfield London (White City), voiced by David Attenborough. Don a VR headset and experience flying dinosaurs, hummingbirds and butterflies above the clouds at Conquest of the Skies. FREE, until 4 December

SPARKLE IN THE PARK: Residents of the Royal Borough of Greenwich are invited to Sparkle in the Park, a free, family-friendly light festival through Well Hall Pleasaunce Park in Eltham. Wander through gardens and courtyards and around moats after dark, illuminated by fairy lights. Though it doesn't cost anything, you do need to book in advance. FREE, 1-4 December

FESTIVE FAYRE: Head to the Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre for Christmas food galore. Wander among the courtyards and grounds perusing artisan food stalls selling everything from Christmas pudding and brownies to chocolate, cheese, biltong, coffee, cakes, and a lot of booze. 2-4 December

VEGAN WEEKEND: There's a special vegan edition of Canopy Market in King's Cross. Browse traders selling completely vegan food and drink, skincare and candles, including plant-based cheese, kimchi, chocolate, and sushi. FREE ENTRY, 2-4 December

Look who's coming to Woodberry Wetlands

CHARITY EXHIBITION: Food for Thoughts is a group art exhibition at Mercato Metropolitano in Mayfair, raising money for food bank charity The Trussell Trust. Browse and buy contemporary, colourful, affordable, and fun artworks, and enjoy an evening of live music. Your ticket includes a glass of prosecco. 3-4 December

FULHAM PALACE FAIR: Swing by Fulham Palace to browse its annual Christmas fair, with 65+ stalls, a tombola, children's storytelling sessions, carols in the courtyard, and mulled wine and mince pies available to buy. 3-4 December

A VERY CAMLEY CHRISTMAS: Camley Street Nature Park near St Pancras hosts a festive celebration every weekend between now and Christmas. Browse a Christmas market, take part in wreath-making and tea-blending masterclasses, let the kids loose on craft projects, and attend winter wildlife workshops. 3-18 December

STORYTELLING WITH SANTA: He's a busy man, especially at this time of year, but Santa's found time to stop by Woodberry Wetlands during weekends until Christmas. While at the Walthamstow site, he hosts a wildlife-themed storytelling session, plus there's a chance to have a meet and greet session with him in his wooden cabin and receive a gift. 3-18 December

London's tastiest exhibition is back. © Luke Hayes

GINGERBREAD CITY: London's tastiest exhibition returns to Belgravia, showcasing model buildings, transport hubs and cityscapes, designed and created by teams of architects and engineers, and made from gingerbread and other sweet treats. This year's Gingerbread City consists of five miniature cities across five different climate zones: Polar, Continental, Temperate, Dry and Tropical. 3 December 2022-2 January 2023

INJECTING HOPE: The race to develop a vaccine against Covid-19 almost feels like a distant memory, but Science Museum opens a new exhibition detailing the process. Injecting Hope looks at the worldwide effort to develop vaccines during a pandemic, and the work done by scientists and researchers in a bid to keep us all safe. Artworks, interactive exhibits and personal objects all feature. FREE, 30 November 2022-January 2024

ICE SKATING: Feeling festive but can't face Christmas shopping? Get your skates on at one of the Christmas ice rinks now open in London — including two which are brand new for 2022.

WORLD CUP: Meanwhile in Qatar, the World Cup rumbles on — here's our guide to where to watch the World Cup in London.


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BFI Fright Night, 9pm-7am, 3-4 December. Get tickets here.


Saturday 3 December

An illuminated star Christmas decoration
Wembley Park Festive Market takes place today

WEMBLEY FESTIVE MARKET: Head to Market Square in Wembley Park for a one-day festive market. Browse stalls from artisan traders selling items such as candles and homemade gifts — as well as mince pies and mulled wine. FREE ENTRY, 10am-5pm

MULTI-STORY ORCHESTRA: Beginning in the foyer, the Multi-Story Orchestra (which started out life playing in car parks, hence the name) takes the audience on A Musical Journey — a moving performance culminating in a seated concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Age 7+. 10.30am/1pm

CRISIS ICEBREAKER: Homelessness charity Crisis is back at Brockwell Lido for its annual Icebreaker fundraising challenge, which involves brave members of the public taking a plunge in the chilly waters. At time of writing, there are still places available to take part this year — check here. 11am-12.30pm

LGBTQ+ HISTORY: The LGBTQ+ collection at London Metropolitan Archives turns 20 this year, and celebrates with a day of talks, workshops, presentations and film screenings, putting young people at the forefront. Hear from The Mosaic Trust, which supports, educates and inspires young LGBTQ+ people aged 13-19, Schools OUT UK, which aims make schools and educational institutions safe spaces for LGBTQ+ communities, and several other organisations. 11am-4pm

Market stalls set up on either side of a long brick tunnel
Do your Christmas shopping at House of Vans. Photo by David Wren

LONDON MAKERS MARKET: House of Vans — located in the tunnels underneath Waterloo station — hosts London Makers Market, showcasing 35 independent businesses, with a focus on eco-conscious products. There's also a cafe inside, plus free live music and a photo booth. For an extra charge, you can take part in a Christmas wreath workshop. FREE ENTRY, 11am-5pm

HAMMERSMITH CHRISTMAS MARKET: King Street in Hammersmith goes traffic-free for the day for the Hammersmith Christmas Market, which also spreads into Lyric Square. Browse more than 100 stalls, watch an ABBA tribute band live on stage, and join in with Christmas carol singing. FREE ENTRY, 11am-6pm

CATO STREET CONSPIRACY: Westminster Guides, Rosemary Barnes and Pernille Ahlström lead a guided walk, offering an insight into the men behind the Cato Street Conspiracy, a plot to overthrow the government and create a radical parliament in 1820. Find out what prompted the conspiracy, and what happened next. 2.30pm-4pm

WEST END CHRISTMAS: There are still a few tickets remaining for West End Does: Christmas, a razzle-dazzle show of festive cheer at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea. West End performers past and present come together for a show of traditional and more modern Christmas carols and songs. 2.30pm/6.30pm

Two female stilt walkers dressed completely in silver pose in front of a Christmas tree
There's all sorts going on at Hammersmith Christmas Market

JAMES ACASTER: Comedian James Acaster headlines this month's Live At The Chapel comedy show at Islington's Union Chapel, supported by Fern Brady, Kyrah Gray and John Robins. Why not make an evening of it, and book for dinner at the on-site Margins Café before the show? Profits from the cafe go towards supporting people facing homelessness. 6.30pm

GUILTY FEMINIST: Deborah Frances-White of The Guilty Feminist podcast teams up with comedian Tom Allen to host festive celebration A Camp Christmas at Southbank Centre. Guests including Rosie Jones, Larry Dean, Kemah Bob, Suzi Ruffell, Sophie Duker, Rob Diament and Russell Tovey take part in a raucous evening of music, cheeky readings and stand-up comedy. 7.30pm

A CHRISTMAS GAEITY: Described as a 'queer orchestral extravaganza', A Christmas Gaiety at the Royal Albert Hall is hosted by drag artist Peaches Christ and conductor Edwin Outwater, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Expect an evening of music and singalongs, with guests including bearded drag-icon Le Gateau Chocolat, stars of RuPaul's Drag Race UK Cheddar Gorgeous and Pixie Polite, and acclaimed organist Anna Lapwood, among others. 7.30pm

Sunday 4 December

Children sitting at a table colouring in
Take the kids to a free crafting session at Boxpark Wembley

CHRISTMAS MAKERS MARKET: Support local East End businesses at the Christmas Makers Market at Poplar Union. Browse and buy crafts, beauty products, cards, food and drink and more. FREE ENTRY, 10am

MINI RAILWAY EXHIBITION: The Model Railway Club holds a December mini exhibition at its HQ near King's Cross station. Wander round to see a number of different layouts by both club members and guest exhibitors, and purchase pre-owned models from the shop. 11am-4pm

KIDS' CRAFTS: The Kids' Table is a free arts and crafts session at Boxpark Wembley. Each time, there are different themed craft activities, including mask decorating, temporary tattoos and origami. It's open to Boxpark customers age 3+, and places are limited so getting there early is advised. There are plenty of food and drink options at Boxpark for lunch before the session. FREE, 12pm-4pm

FESTIVE FAMILY RAVE: Take the kids along to the Big Fish Little Fish family rave at Between the Bridges on South Bank. It's like a normal rave, with club classic tunes — except there's child-friendly entertainment thrown in, and everyone gets home in time for bed. Ideal for parents who aren't ready to give up the raving lifestyle just yet. 2pm-4pm

CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES: Hear the Philharmonia Orchestra playing music from the likes of Elf, Home Alone, ET, Love Actually and The Polar Express at a special Christmas at the Movies concert at Southbank Centre. Recommended age 7+. 2.30pm

BAD DATA: House of Commons Library statistician Georgina Sturge — author of new book, Bad Data — is at Conway Hall in Holborn to discuss the reliability (or otherwise) of official data. Find out how governments have been led astray by figures littered with inconsistency, guesswork and uncertainty, and how it's possible for two people to draw opposing conclusions based on the same set of data. 3pm

CHRISTMAS COMEDY: Head to the Amersham Arms in New Cross for a Happy Sundays Comedy Christmas special. Hear jokes from the likes of Sara Barron and Stella Graham with some live music thrown in, and a post-show festive singlong, all hosted by MC Sion James. First 30 people to arrive get a free mince pie too. 7pm

HANDEL'S MESSIAH: The Philharmonia Orchestra teams up with soloists from around the world for a 350-strong performance of Handel's Messiah at Southbank Centre. 7.30pm There's also a performance of Handel's Messiah at Cadogan Hall at 6pm today