If you’re not spending the last weekend before Christmas wrapping pressies, watching festive films and stuffing your face with mince pies, are you even doing it right? If you do some things to do in London this weekend however, we’ve got your back…

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1. The Luna Winter Cinema

They pop up with screenings across London over the summer and now The Luna Cinema is back for winter, and this time they’re heading indoors. The winter season will see the big screen cosying up at EartH, previously known as Hackney Arts Centre, in Hackney, with the film programme featuring Christmas classics. And forget the popcorn because it’s all about the festive food and drink, with mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate on offer as well as a full bar. Very merry indeed.

Sat 22nd December 2018
EartH, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8BH
thelunacinema.com


2. Sub Cult’s Ultimate Christmas Sarnie

We all love a festive sandwich but Sub Cult and Colman’s may just have created the best one we’ve ever seen….a 28-inch monster sub featuring confit duck and sprout leaves with mulled orange and Colman’s cranberry sauce; slow-cooked lamb shoulder with pistachio, roast carrot, pea and Colman’s mint sauce; rare roast beef, truffled parsnips, beef fat and Colman’s horseradish; and braised gammon, Colman’s English Mustard and pickled red cabbage sauerkraut all on a American deli-style roll. DROOL.

Sat 22nd December 2018
Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
sub-cult.co.uk


3. La Perla Sample Sale

If you’ve left it real late to do your Christmas shopping, or if you just wanna treat yourself to some new smalls, you’re in luck because La Perla is holding a massive sample sale. The six day sale at The Music Room in Mayfair features discounts of up to 85% and it’s just £2 entry (which’ll be donated to charity). Both cash and cards are accepted and you can get in right up until 30 minutes before closing time, so RVSP and head on down to bag that bargain lingerie.

Sat 22nd December 2018, 10am – 5pm
The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LF
laperla.com


4. Eat at Din Tai Fung

After a lot of rumours and a long wait the first Din Tai Fung is now open in London. In case you’re not already familiar with Din Tai Fung, it’s a multinational chain originally founded in Taiwan that specialises in dim sum, particularly Xiao Long Bao. They  re indeed incredible; the skins just the right thickness, the soup full of flavour and the filling fresh as you like. The crab, pork and chilli version are the best. The pork and veg wontons in black vinegar and chilli oil, and the crispy golden prawn pancake are also worth an order.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd December 2018
5 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PT
dintaifung-uk.com


A Thoroughly Modern Revue

5. A Thoroughly Modern Revue

It’s not Christmas without a Christmas show and it’s your last chance to catch the gloriously camp and alternative A Thoroughly Modern Revue; a mix of vaudeville, cabaret, sketches, songs and dances, featuring Jayde Adams, JonBenet Blonde and Le Fil as well as house band The What?, all created by Sink The Pink co-founder Glyn Fussell.

Sat 22nd December 2018
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
selfridges.com


Neon Signs

6. God’s Own Junkyard x Selfridges

God’s Own Junkyard has taken its spectacular neon from Walthamstow to Oxford Street with a rock & roll inspired pop-up inside Selfridges. There are references to everything from disco to The Strokes, as well as a black Alice in Wonderland style Instagram wall. Get down there and get snapping.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd December 2018
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
selfridges.com


Sipsmith gin cocktails

7. Sipsmith Gin Shop

If you’ve got a gin lover in your family (or you’re partial to a bit of mother’s ruin yourself) then you need to head down to the Sipsmith Gin Shop in St James’s to stock up on pressies. There hasn’t been a shop dedicated to all things gin in London for 200 years and Sipsmith has gone all out, packing it full of gin tree decorations, gin stockings (which you can personalise in-store), festive flavours like chocolate orange and mince pie gin, and even an in-house gin bar…shopping is thirsty work after all.

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd December 2018
Princes Arcade, 192 Piccadilly, London. W1J 9EU
sipsmith.com


8. Sweat at Donmar Warehouse

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat is premiering in the UK at the Donmar Warehouse. Lynn was inspired to write the play following her time spent with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the poorest cities in the US and a place scarred by racial tension and the collapse of the steel industry, so the drama examines what happens when the American Dream doesn’t quite come true.

Sat 22nd December 2018
41 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
donmarwarehouse.com


Hunt Paintings

9. Philip Colbert | Hunt Paintings

Unit London is presenting Philip Colbert’s largest solo show to date at the Saatchi Gallery. Described as ‘the godson of Andy Warhol’ Colbert works in a pop art style whilst referencing the digital age (spot the emojis and the instagram likes) and exploring the way we now consume information. The Hunt Paintings exhibition consists of 25 pieces, including large scale oil paintings, sculptures and a virtual reality experience.

Sat 22nd December 2018
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, London SW3 4RY
saatchigallery.com


10. Build-Your-Own Brunch at Farmer J

Farmer J have recently launched their ‘build your own’ bottomless brunch at their new site on King William Street and its exactly what it says on the tin. With a range of mini dishes on offer you can choose between three, five and seven each and ‘build your own brunch tray’. These include brunch classics like shakshuka along with dishes you wouldn’t usually see on a brunch menu, such as charred flank steak with green tahini. Booze-wise you can choose from an hour and a half of free flowing prosecco, harissa Bloody Marys or the fiery house michelada.

Sat 22nd December 2018
24-32 King William Street, London EC4R 9AT
farmerj.com

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