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This Week, 2nd – 8th December

2 December 2013 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of five great events happening this week

London always has so many incredible things going on that it can be difficult to know what to go to. To make the process a bit easier, every week we’re putting together our pick of five one-of-a-kind, novel and fascinating events to check out. From exhibitions to immersive experiences, this week’s selection is sure to get your cultural juices flowing!

Charles Dickens Museum

Reopened in December last year following a £3.1million renovation project, the Charles Dickens Museum provides a fitting tribute to the legendary author. Dickens’ former home (from 1812 to 1870) has been faithfully fitted out to restore its original early Victorian splendour, whilst an exhibition space, education and study areas and a café ensure a proper day out in the Grade I listed property. So potter around the rooms – decorated as Dickens would have known them – and wonder at the birthplace of such classics as Nicholas Nickleby and Oliver Twist.

The Charles Dickens Museum is open Monday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm. Admission prices range from free for Under 6s to £8 for adults. Further information available here.

Turner and the Sea

This exhibition is stunning. The beauty of Turner’s work is indisputable, and this show at the National Maritime Museum more than does him justice. The displayd examine the artist’s fascination with the sea through a collection of 120 pieces, including some of Turner’s most celebrated paintings. More than half of his work depicted maritime subjects, which goes some way to accounting for the unique power these particular images hold. Charting the progression of Turner’s sea paintings over the course of his career, the exhibition is absolutely unmissable.

Turner and the Sea is on show at the National Maritime Museum until 21st April 2014. Ticket prices range from free to £20. Booking and further information available here.

Christmas Is Cancelled!

What would you do if Christmas was cancelled this year? We know we’d freak out – all that shopping with no dinner at the end of it! Well in 1647 that was almost the case: with the Civil War all but over, the Puritan-ruled Long Parliament tried to cancel Christmas, banning both religious and secular celebrations! This free family event at the National Army Museum explores the history in dramatic style: in response protestors shut shops, put up decorations, and ate, drank, danced and sang in the streets, leading to a military crackdown. So head on down to the National Army Museum, pick a side and enjoy the revelry afterwards!

Christmas Is Cancelled! takes place on 7th and 8th December from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Admission is free; further information available here.

The Good Neighbour

This interactive experience is based on the story of George Neighbour, a Battersea local who died trying to rescue two women from a fire in 1909. The show enjoyed a hugely successful run last year, and is aimed at children aged 6-11 and their families: it sees George’s memories scattered about the Battersea Arts Centre’s town hall, tasking children with exploring the building and piecing together the fragments. Alongside the family-friendly Christmas show is a ‘Hidden show’ designed especially for adults, in which you uncover the Battersea Arts Centre’s darker secrets…. A unique experience from one of the most exciting and experimental theatres in London.

The Good Neighbour runs from 6th December until 4th January at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets £12 - £19.50, available here.

Ice Skating at the Tower

If you’re going to spend an hour slipping, sliding and invariably falling over, then what better place to do it than within the very battlements of the Tower of London? You can almost hear the screams from the Tower’s incredible history as you skate! Plus the rink is open until 10pm every day, making for a stunningly-lit evening destination, whilst a bar and café give you the chance to warm up with seasonal drinks and snacks. An unforgettable experience for all ice skaters, whether expert or inept!

Ice Skating at the Tower is open daily 10am and 10pm until 5th January (except on Christmas Day). Tickets from £9 to £13.50 for an hour long session, available here.

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