Exploring the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world over 400 years, this V&A exhibition touches on inspiration, craft and sustainability. Highlights include a spectacular Victorian feather cape and dresses made from grape waste and recycled plastic bottles, as well as a collection of protest garments, such as Katharine Hamnett's provocative Clean Up or Die collection. 2 for 1 entry with your Eurostar ticket.
This Tate Modern show celebrates the Weimar era, from 1919 to 1933 – a Golden Age for culture. Artists such as Otto Dix and George Grosz created work shot through with political tension, bold new art philosophies and sultry jazz rhythms.
In 1958 the Whitechapel hosted Pollock’s first UK exhibition, shocking the public with 58 visceral, paint-splattered canvases. Sixty years on, it looks back at the exhibition’s impact and radical design.
Mind - bending and disorientating, the large-scale sculptures in this multi-artist exhibition are designed to subvert your sense of space. Artists represented include Anish Kapoor and Richard Wilson.
Known for their witty, subversive sculptures, artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset take over the Whitechapel Gallery. This Is How We Bite Our Tongue spans 20 years of artistic collaboration and includes a new large-scale installation.
Ralph Fiennes continues to stalk his way through the Bard’s greatest hits. Don’t expect any tacky sphinxes, faux pyramids or histrionics. Director Simon Godwin offers a nuanced take on the love story and political thriller at the National Theatre.
This activist artist formerly had Tate visitors corralled by police on horseback and answer UK-immigration-form questions via lie-detector tests. See her politically-charged Art Utile (useful art) at this new Hyundai Commission installation.
The pumpkin- and polka dot-obsessed artist returns to Victoria Miro with yet more squash and a new, immersive Infinity Mirrored Room. This month also sees the UK release of new documentary Kusama – Infinity, exploring the octogenarian’s career.
The Barbican explores famous artist couples in the 20th century in this interdisciplinary sweep through the work of painters, photographers, poets and performers – from Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West to Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar.
Skate by frost-tipped trees in a fairy-lit setting, by Waterhouse’s Gothic-Revival building. Perfect your glide over a 50-minute session, then hit the chalet-style Café Bar for hot chocolate and mulled wine. Kids can learn to skate, too.
Join Charlie Brown and the gang as Somerset House pays tribute to Peanuts. Original cartoons sit alongside tributes by big contemporary art names: think Ryan Gander deconstructing Linus’s psyche, or David Musgrave getting all anatomical with Snoopy.
Forget hitting the slopes: get your après-ski fix at this luxe chalet-inspired bar. Cosy up in a fur-lined booth and sip on festive cocktails like the Dry Slope, laced with elderflower.
Try your hand at curling on a rooftop next to the Olympic Park. Raclette burgers, truffled Aspen fries and boozy hot chocolates are on the menu at Roof East’s winter wonderland.
Christmassy chalet stalls lining this panoramic stretch sell warming mulled drinks and street-eats (bratwurst, goose wraps, poffertjes…). Bag crafty gifts – wooden toys, artisanal jewels and such – and let the kids hunt for mischievous ‘gonks’…
Few things say London Christmas spirit more than a spin round the ice at Somerset House. The Skate Lates events this year promise music from Five Miles and Dalston Superstore along with the usual festive vibes.
In the mood for ice-skating or roller disco? This festive pop-up has your back. Plus scrumptious street food, immersive film screenings and a Spiegeltent hosting kids’ raves and Mexican wrestling.
WB’s studio tour gets a seasonal makeover with iconic sets (the Gryffindor common room, Hogwarts Castle) dressed for the season. See the Great Hall’s elaborate decorations for the Yule Ball and experience hands-on fire, ice and snow SFX.
More than a million lights will illuminate Kew Gardens after dark for its sixth, and biggest, festive celebration yet. New this year is a Laser Garden in the woods. Explore the trail with mulled wine and toasted marshmallows under the stars.
There’s something for everyone at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Get your thrills on the festive fairground rides, visit Santa’s grotto and watch Cinderella on Ice, or sip on warming mulled wine at the Christmas market.
The stage is set for the comeback of Ally Pally’s hidden Victorian theatre. The programme’s a miscellany of music at the Proms, art provocateurs Gilbert & George, Ronnie Scott’s jazz, Dylan Moran’s stand-up and the Horrible Histories xmas show.
This biscuit - based metropolis is a festive wonder, built by leading architects, designers and engineers. Inspired? The V&A’s also running a series of gingerbread house workshops for kids.
This raucous carnival party celebrates, well, light. Lasers, sculpted lanterns, painted acrobats, confetti cannons and gaudy costumes a-go-go turn an art-deco music hall into a visual cornucopia to rival the fireworks downstream.
From 9pm to 3am.
It might be turning 2019 outside, but in these secret surroundings it’s forever the roaring Twenties. Glam up Gatsby style and settle in for an evening of champagne, Charleston and cabaret, all by flickering candlelight.
From 7pm to 2am.