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Moomin Winter Weekend

A Moomin Winter's Day - The Polka Theatre Moomin puppets

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Moomin Winter Weekend
Festive Craft Workshops
ABBA: Super Troupers
The Bubble Bros Christmas Pop Up
Big Brewery Day Out
Carols by Candlelight


Make the most of your precious time off with the LondonTown weekend guide, which gives you the lowdown on the best events and things to do this weekend in London. Want it straight to your inbox? Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Something for the Weekend mailer.


Moomin Winter Weekend

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 15th, 16th and 17th December 2017


In celebration of its major retrospective of Tove Jansson the Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts a special Moomin Winter Weekend in mid December with a Friday Late for adults and fun-filled family weekend. On Friday night you can take a Moomin personality test with Moomin expert, Sirke Happonen, lecturer at University of Helsinki, create a Moominvalley-inspired landscape in the photo booth and hear stories, lit by candlelight. It's also an excuse to drink whisky (Moominpappa's favourite tipple) and eat traditional Finnish dishes. Over the weekend, families can enjoy Moomin-themed drop-in activities, meet Polka Theatre puppets and join a glass bauble-making workshop.


Festive Craft Workshops

West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, London, E14 4AX

Tube: Canary Wharf Station


Dates: Sunday 17th December 2017


Get into the festive spirit this Sunday with a series of crafty workshops at West India Quay. Pizza Pilgrims and Browns Brasserie and Bar, both found within the quay, invite Londoners to make their own last-minute gifts at the festive workshops. Top floral designer Jo Woodward of Columbia Creative will lead a 90-minute Columbia Creative Wreath Making Workshop, showcasing how to create the perfect festive wreath with premium quality flowers and festive foliage. Guests at this workshop will also be treated to a glass of prosecco. Jar & Fern will present the Terrarium Workshop, providing the ultimate green-fingered Christmas craft experience. The beginner workshop will guide participants through the art of making their own mini ecosystem that's sure to spruce up any home. Attendees will also be provided with a complimentary tea, coffee or soft drink. Last but not least, creative collective Earls of East present a Candle Making Workshop that will provide a step-by-step guide on how to create a beautiful and personalised scented candle. A complimentary glass or prosecco will also help aid the creativity. At just £15 and the chance to take home your creations, these workshops are an affordable way to learn something new and create fantastic Christmas gifts - even if that gift is for you - at the same time.


ABBA: Super Troupers

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 14th December 2017 to 29th April 2018


This December, the Southbank Centre presents major new exhibition Abba: Super Troupers. Created in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, the immersive event brings to life the world of the chart-topping Swedish pop sensation, who infiltrated the popular consciousness with their optimism and seemingly carefree pop during the tumultuous 1970s. Original costumes, handwritten notes and sketches, personal photographs, music, album artwork, and more will take visitors on a journey through their successful career, with many of the private archives being shown in the UK for the first time.


ProseccoFest UK

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017


With festive season and fizz going hand in hand, the Prosecco Festival comes to Tobacco Dock at the perfect time this December. Taking place at the venue for the first time, the festival will bring together a huge number of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava, Brut, pink Champagne and Prosecco cocktails together for two days of fizzy fun. There will be the chance to meet traders, enjoy tastings and purchase drinks by the glass or the bottle. There will also be live entertainment and street food across the two days.


Carols by Candlelight

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station


Dates: Sunday 17th December 2017


The perfect way to celebrate Christmas, Carols by Candlelight at Union Chapel presents an evening of traditional carols and readings in a beautiful candlelit setting. The Union Chapel singers and Boe Huntress present the evening, which provides the chance to celebrate the Christmas story and sing along to the Henry Willis organ. Adding to the festivities, there will be mulled wine and mince pies together with the chance to pause for a few minutes to contemplate the deeper meaning of Christmas and listen to the ministers annual Christmas homily. It is a church event so there is no need to buy tickets but there might be a queue.


Drink, Shop & Do Christmas Market

Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: Sunday 17th December 2017


Perfect for picking up some quirky last-minute gifts, the Drink, Shop & Do Christmas Market welcomes a number of talented local artists and designers to transform the venue into a festive grotto for the day. The line-up includes It's OK Kid, selling handmade bespoke wall banners; Caffinated Crafter, offering one-of-a-kind handmade hoop art, brooches and patches; and Big Happy Designs, whose bold and bright handmade jewellery is sure to make a statement. There will also be festive music and a bar stocked with mulled wine, hot cider and Christmas cocktails.


The Bubble Bros Christmas Pop Up

134 Columbia Road, , London, E2 7RG

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Dec 2017


This December, Bubble Bros, who usually pedal prosecco from their fleet of five Piaggio Ape vans, is going off-road and hosting a three-day Christmas pop up on Columbia Road. Become your own barman, channel your inner mixologist and take part in a spritz lesson on arrival. You'll learn how to shake and stir from the experts before taking to the taps and turning on the unlimited bubbly. Pizza Pilgrims will also be on hand, serving slices of a specially created Christmas pizza from the wood fire oven, alongside their Pococello limencello, available for those who fancy honing their skills on the cocktail shaker.


The Giant Cheeseboard

Studio 338, 338 Boord Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 0PF

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 16th to 23rd December 2017


With unlimited cheese, mulled wine and fun, The Giant Cheeseboard transforms Studio 338 into the ultimate food festival this December. Yes, you heard that right. For just 30 (37.50 after early release) you can munch your way through as much cheddar, brie and camembert as you can handle. In fact, there will even be a giant baked camembert with man-sized mice serving you the gooey goodness. There will also be a selection of vegan cheeses to sample, cheesecake for pudding and DJs playing suitably cheesy tunes.


The London Artisan

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2017


Fifty contemporary designers come together at the Old Truman Brewery this weekend for The London Artisan. Billed as 'a design event like no other', if offers a diverse and quality shopping experience that puts the focus on independent producers and makers. Shoppers will be able to browse jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, graphic design and children's products, and meet the designers who are behind the unique produce.


Big Brewery Day Out

Camden Town Brewery, Enfield, Unit 1 Navigation Park, Morson Road, London, EN3 4TJ

Tube: Buckhurst Hill Station


Dates: Saturday 16th December 2017


This Saturday, Camden Town Brewery's Enfield site presents the Big Brewery Day Out. The ultimate festive day out, the event invites guests to enjoy a bottomless beer brunch consisting of one hot dish - buttermilk pancakes and skillet-baked eggs with hash are among the options - and bottomless croissants, sourdough toast with jams and spreads, and bottomless Gentleman's Barista coffee, tea, fresh orange juice and Camden's award-winning beers. If the bottomless brunch doesn't take your fancy, you can instead purchase individual items from the menu while the little ones can choose from a special kid's menu. For those wanting to learn more about the beer, a brewery tour will take place every two hours from midday to 4pm and the bottle shop will be open, with the shelves stocked full of beer hampers and the full Camden range. Anyone who gets a taxi to the venue will be treated to a complimentary beer - just show your receipt to claim.



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