It’s nippy but we don’t care. The Christmas countdown continues and there’s loads on around the city we love. Here’s our favourite weekend jaunts.
This one’s for all you night owls out there; get your skates on down to Somerset House where they’re pulling an ice skating all nighter.
In fact, both the museum gallery and outdoor rink will be open until sunrise. Plus some lucky punters will find Golden Tickets tucked in their shoes when they return their skates with special Christmassy prizes to claim.
Sat 7th Dec, 11pm – 8am Sun (last entry 7am): Skate & Exhibition all nighter
Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA
Tix £8: to book and all other info click here
For all you festive fanatics, make sure you make time for the Chelsea Christmas Shopping event for some fun freebies.
Highlights at Saturday’s event include FREE refreshments at J Crew Sloane Square, FREEBIE beers while you shop at JAM Industries King’s Road plus complimentary Christmas cards at Anya Hindmarch on Sloane Street.
You can also spot Santa, take in tunes from Borough Brass Band plus enjoy the twinkling Xmas lights. If you’re still after more, check out the FREE horse and carriage rides from Duke of York Square. The dream!
Sat Dec 7th: Chelsea Christmas Shopping event
Various locations across SW3
For a full list of participants and all other info click here
Kapten is the new London cab app. With fixed prices and a loyalty scheme, try it! We’re running an exclusive Skint offer and giving away half-price rides in December. Including New Year’s Eve! This is up to £25 FREE cab credit. Make Christmas cheaper! You can even order an environmentally friendly electric car.
If the kids need entertained, make straight for a FREE festive banger of a day at Christmas Crackers.
Little ones at Museum of London Docklands can learn all about the history of the humble cracker (spoiler alert; it was invented right here) and even make their own cracking Christmas contraption to take home.
Sun 8th Dec, 11.30am & 2pm: Christmas Crackers!
150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
FREE – Just drop in. For more info click here
(And now for something completely different…) If the little ones want to unleash their inner Attenborough, head to the FREE Explore Zoology afternoon.
Visitors to Saturday’s event at Grant Museum of Zoology can get up close and personal with fossils and bones usually displayed safely behind glass and ask the specialists some questions that are bugging you (sorry)about the natural world.
Sat 7th Dec, 1pm – 4pm: Explore Zoology
Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE
FREE – just drop in. For more info click here
Need more inspiration?
Indulge in some FREE mask making, shadow puppetry and poems for kids at the Barbican
Get FREE beer when you donate an item of clothing at Saturday’s charity event
Try Christmas deep-fried Quality Street in Soho.
Check out all the FREE events on Southbank
Tuck into some amazing Christmas sandwiches
It’s only 25 years since many of these Oasis photos were taken at this FREE display.
London’s Calling at this new FREE exhibition of all things The Clash.
The much heralded Vagina Museum has opened with new FREE exhibition Muff Busters.(No sniggering at the back!)
Get in the Xmas spirit and watch FREE festive flick Elf on the big screen at Flat Iron Square.
Check out Oscar winner, Steve McQueen’s new FREE exhibition at the Tate.
See Villanelle’s famous pink dress from Killing Eve at the FREE BAFTA exhibition.