With December 25 creeping closer by the day, the capital has decked the halls with a number of wintry events.
From seasonal food festivals to ice skating rinks, there's plenty of Yuletide activities to be getting up to this weekend, all guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.
These are our top picks of what to get up to in London this weekend.
Hogwarts in the snow
The sets at Warner Bros Studio Tour will undergo a festive makeover for this Potter-rific event. The Great Hall will be decked out as it was for the Yule Ball in the Goblet of Fire, while the Gryffindor Common Room will be decorated with original props including handmade Christmas cards. You’d be a muggle to miss it.
From November 17, Studio Tour Drive, WD25 7LR, wbstudiotour.co.uk
Taste of London - Festive Edition
Mince pies and mulled wine at the ready — Taste of London is back this weekend for its festive edition. The event will offer seasonal bites from some of the capital's most talked-about restaurants including BAO, Hoppers, Club Mexicana and the Cheese Bar, not to mention a few bits to take home too. Award-winning bartender Daniel Warren — who was named World Class Bartender of the Year in 2018 — will also be on-hand offering interactive masterclasses, teaching guests how to create signature serves at home.
November 15 - 18, St Katharine's & Wapping, E1W 2SF, london.tastefestivals.com
The annual LGBTQ+ arts festival is in its tenth year, continuing to offer performances, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions of all kinds at venues across the city. Catch short films at the UK Jewish Film Festival or join in Queer Question Time, the BAME edition, at the Glory.
Until November 24, venues across London, gaywisefestival.org.uk
Big London Flea
Time to find some bargains — London’s fave flea market brings vintage traders from all over London to flog their wares. Pick up anything from furniture to ornaments to clothing and salvage what you can from a host of old bits and bobs. You never know what you could find.
November 18, EartH, N16, facebook.com
London’s first ever hedgehog festival is coming to Hackney’s the Sebright Arms this Saturday. Promising music, poetry sessions and hedgehog-themed cocktails, the event will aim to raise awareness on how to protect the spiky fellows from dying out. Fingers crossed a few of the adorable creatures will make an appearance too.
November 17, Sebright Arms, E2 9AG, sebrightarms.com
Somerset House ice skating
Skates at the ready, one of the capital’s most popular ice rinks opens for the season this week. Somerset House rink offers stunning views of the Edmond J. Safra Fountain courtyard as you take to the ice. In true après style, there will be winter warmers available in the spectator's lodge including mulled wine and mince pies.
From November 14, Strand, WC2R 1LA, somersethouse.org.uk
International Poitín Day at the Sun Tavern
On Sunday the Sun Tavern will mark International Poitín Day by offering an exclusive cocktail list in collaboration with bars across Ireland including One Goose Entry (Belfast), Jimmy Rabitte (Dublin), Cask (Cork) and Micil Distillery (Galway). The menu will feature drinks like a poitín mule made with ginger beer and bitters, a cold-brew poitín coffee and a bloody murphy with poitín and tomato. There's even a free tasting of the stuff at 5pm.
441 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN, thesuntavern.co.uk
Underwire Film Festival
The UK’s largest film festival championing women in the industry comes to Rich Mix in Shoreditch from Saturday. It kicks off with All the Colors of the Dark, celebrating the work of cinematographer Rina Yang, and Art in the time of #MeToo, a programme of short films created in response to notions of power and privilege.
November 17-25, Rich Mix, E2, richmix.org.uk
Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse
He may be turning 90 but Mickey Mouse has just as much energy as ever. Celebrate his birthday at Disney’s free exhibition, featuring works by the UK’s up and coming artists — including this year’s Evening Standard Art Prize winner Ashton Attzs.
November 16-18, The Black and White Building, EC2A, eventbrite.co.uk
Big Fish Little Fish
Get the whole family grooving at the Museum of London Docklands’ family dance party. It’s a multi-sensory experience for ravers of any age with techno and acid house music, glitter cannons, bubble machines and giant balloons. Start em young!
November 17, Museum of London, E14, museumoflondon.org.uk