Barbican OpenFest is taking over the Centre and surrounding venues and a great place to get orientated and start your day is Level G of the Barbican Centre. There will be activities, events, pop up performances, free exhibitions and talks. 🎉 🎨 🎶
Take the whole family for a fun day out. You’ll find activities and workshops to keep everyone entertained and learning something new while adventuring around the centre and beyond.
Barbican OpenFest is a Culture Mile event in collaboration with The City of London Corporation, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra and the Museum of London. Culture Mile is a destination for culture and creativity in the heart of London’s financial district, bringing the area to life with imaginative collaborations and exciting events.
Lots of the festival is free and drop-in, but there are some events that need to be booked in advance. Plan in advance to find events and activities, both free and paid.
The London’s New Year’s Day Parade is more fondly known by Londoners as LNYDP. Running alongside the parade is the LNYDP concert series and the Grand Finale of the London International Choral Festival performed in internationally acclaimed music venues across the nation’s capital. 🎉
London, consistently voted as one of the world’s most popular destinations, packed full of landmark buildings, world class tourist attractions, restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and, for the past 30 years,
A far cry from the inaugural parade in 1987 with 2,000 performers, the 2018 Parade promises over 10,000 participants from the USA, UK, Europe and beyond to delight the audience of over 500,000 and our TV audience which reached more than 300,000,000 in 2016.
This year there’s a bigger rink for your skating enjoyment, early morning weekend skate sessions, plus a new food offering with the addition of a kid’s menu. ⛸ ❄️ 👩❤️💋👩 👪 ❤️
Prepare to be swept away by the seasonal atmosphere as the stunning 1040m² ice rink. Skate against a backdrop of one of the greatest palaces on earth – Henry VIII’s historic home, Hampton Court Palace. The open-air ice rink epitomises the very best in festive fun.
Be transported to one of the country’s most scenic skating settings, with spectacular views of the Thames-side Tudor palace. Located in front of the palace, our stunning ice rink offers something for everyone, from novice to expert.
The perfect way to welcome in the winter with family and friends.
Take in the cultural sights and sounds of HYPER JAPAN, taste some Japanese eats and of course, get your hands on unique Christmas gifts! 🇯🇵 ⛩
Your one-stop experience for all things Japanese in London. Take in the festive atmosphere with family and friends, and share your passion for J-culture!
Learn about Japanese traditional culture, and enjoy live performances from various artists. Savour everything from sake to sushi and sweets. Try crafts or watch martial arts. Learn some Japanese, or get travel advice about your trip to Japan!
Featuring Clapham Common’s first outdoor Ice Rink, Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, Plonk Golf, a Fairground, a Roller Disco, a Special Family Christmas Show, a Market filled with creations from independent designers and various themed bars. 🎡 🍹 🍺 👪 💋 👩❤️💋👨 ⛸ ❄️
Spiegeltent will host cabaret, bingo, club nights, kids raves, brass bands, Mexican wrestling, choirs and the Mimi & The Mountain Dragon family Christmas show. Expect a completely different festive experience.
Street Feast are curating all the food and drink, showcasing a sensational selection of street food from some of London’s best traders.
Enjoy classic ice skating at London’s most iconic historical landmark as a backdrop – you’re actually in it with views of the River Thames and The Shard! As you glide around the rink, take in the magic and ambience of the castle it really is a unique and unforgettable setting. ⛸ ❄️ 🏰 🇬🇧 👪 👩👧 💑
There’s something for everyone whether you are a novice or an expert, new this year try the early morning sessions – perfect for little skaters and families, leading into picturesque afternoons and bustling evenings.
New for this year, Tower of London Ice Rink has two early morning sessions at 9am and 10am on Saturdays and Sundays and daily from December 18. With little penguin skate aids available to lend a helping hand, they’re great for novices and young children, and they’re open to all ages.
Skate & Prosecco Ticket
Add extra sparkle to the festive skating experience with a glass or fizz. The Tower of London Ice Rink is offering the special ticket which includes an ice skating session and a mini bottle of Prosecco in the Café Bar for £22 – a fabulous idea for a date or mates’ night out and the views are just beautiful.
We Are Family
Skating at Tower of London Ice Rink is a fantastic fun day out for all ages so take all the family and create special festive memories! It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never been on the ice before – the little penguins are there to help! – or you’re an expert, everyone will love it.
There’s a discounted family ticket too, priced £42 for two adults and two children, or one adult and 3 children.
This powerful new exhibition shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st century female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last one hundred years. With over 150 posters and original artworks on display, this exhibition attempts to recognise some of these forgotten design heroines and reveal the hidden stories behind their work. 💁
Poster Girls – a century of art and design will feature some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.
Starting in the early 1900s the exhibition will take a broadly chronological approach, moving through the decades to contemporary times, unearthing how each era influenced the artists’ stylistic approach and highlighting the role played by London Transport in commissioning female talent.
Back by popular demand for a second year. Filling the museum to the brim with retro games and 180 consoles to give everyone the chance to Power UP and game on. 🎮 👾
This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong to Pac-Man and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just to get competitive.
Play against friends and family with multiplayer showdowns, relive your childhood favourites and test out some of the latest virtual reality experiences at this ultimate gaming extravaganza.
Les Enfants Terribles bring their multiple award-winning show, The Terrible Infants to the magical surroundings of Wiltons Music Hall for the first time.
Based upon a series of twisted tales, this fantastic spectacle blends puppetry, live music and story-telling into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups! Featuring narration from Dame Judi Dench.
Meet Tumb, the boy who eats his mum, Thingummyboy, with a face even his mother forgets, Little Linena, the material girl and of course little Tilly and her terrible tail. Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this hugely theatrical, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry packed, dark, delicious, magical piece of performance.
This unforgettable 10th anniversary production follows the huge success of The Trench, The Vaudevillains and the Olivier Award-nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground.
Feathers, glitz and fabulous dance routines are set to return to the borough’s streets. Hundreds of performers will take to the streets, with a procession weaving through the borough to cheers from Hackney’s local residents, all celebrating the borough’s thriving culture, creativity and community cohesion.
There will also be an all-day children’s play area in Gillett Square and another in Hackney Town Hall Square from 12-4pm, as well as a carnival finale party at Ridley Road and Gillett Square featuring global foods, arts and music.
Schools and community groups will be involved in creating vibrant carnival decorations which will transform parts of the route into a riot of colour.