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Christmas in London: where to go, what to see and things to do

Late night walks at London Zoo, wreath-making with Boden and yoga workshops - we round up the very best events and things to do across the capital. Make yourself at home and celebrate the festive season with our new family Christmas guide.

Christmas at London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London NW1

Follow the enchanted trails at London Zoo as they are brought to life with spectacular Christmas lights for the festive season. The magic mountain is illuminated with lively projections, all while the animals sleep. This spectacular display runs until January and costs £52 for a family of four.

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Gin Yoga, MoreYoga, Bayham Street, London NW1

The lead up to Christmas can be stressful, so we have found the perfect antidote: a relaxing yoga session followed by a gin tasting. You can calm the mind and exercise the body. After the workshop, visit the micro-gin distillery Half Hitch, for gin making tips. Tickets cost £20 and include, a Yin Yoga workshop, a half measure of Half Hitch, distillery tour and tasting, gin & tonic at Lockside Camden.

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Ice Skating, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7

Get your skates on and head over to South Kensington, to enjoy the annual ice-skating in front of the Natural History Museum. Tickets cost £39.60 for families. It runs until 20 January.

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The Nutcracker and Father Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

The Nutcracker promises perfect family entertainment at The Royal Albert Hall. Not only are they holding the Royal Birmingham Ballet’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, but you may also spot Santa during the festivities, too. Tickets start from £35, runs 28-31 December.

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Circus 1903, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1

If you are fan of The Greatest Showman, then here is an ideal family event. Circus 1903 is a magical show that conjures up the glory days of the circus, with life-sized elephant puppets, from the production team that brought us War Horse. The European premiere runs at the Royal Festival Hall from 19 December 2018 – 5 January 2019.

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Monster Chetwynd, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P

Giant slugs, created by Turner Prize nominated artist, Monster Chetwynd, take pride of place in front of Tate Britain’s Pimlico gallery. Visit the Winter Fair on 15th December and enjoy craft makers, pop-up stalls and food. Entry free

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Curling at Queens, 17 Queensway, London W2 4QP

No sport could be cooler right now than Curling. The British team is tipped to win the World Cup in Idaho this month, following their success at the European Championships in November. Take a trip to the newly- opened Queen’s ice and bowling rink in Queensway. Prices start at £54 per lane (maximum eight people per lane), every Wednesday and Thursday.

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Maitre Choux, King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3

Peggy Porschen isn’t the only cake shop opening in Chelsea. Maitre Choux, the colourful modern-day twist on French choux pastry, has just opened a new store on King’s Road, London SW3.

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