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What’s on in London this week? From the hottest show openings, latest art exhibitions, restaurants to book and tickets to buy now, here’s your culture guide to the week ahead…

What’s On In London This Week? 9 – 15 December

1. Marvel at the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City at Somerset House

The Gingerbread City

Credit: Luke O’Donovan

Now in its fourth year, the Museum of Architecture’s extraordinary edible exhibition returns to Somerset House. This year’s theme for the futuristic city was ‘transport’, and involved over 100 architects, engineers and designers coming up with creative, sustainable solutions to the problem of transportation in overcrowded cities – all through the medium of gingerbread. As well as (hopefully) inspiring an appetite for architecture in children, the exhibition is running a series of family-friendly gingerbread house-making workshops. 7 December 2019 – 5 January 2020; book tickets via somersethouse.org.uk and sign up to a workshop here.

2. Enjoy live music and cocktails at Eastcheap Records, the City’s buzzy new bar and record store

Eastcheap Records

The City might not be known for its thriving nightlife, but the scene is definitely changing, thanks in part to venues like this. Dimly lit, with dark red furnishings and serving up delicious drinks alongside fantastic live music, Eastcheap Records would be just as good for a date as for a catch up with fellow music-lovers. The bar, the latest venture from the team behind Old Street Records, will also have a collection of over 5,000 vinyl records for sale, so visitors can take the good times – and tunes – home. What’s more, guests can give away an old vinyl record in exchange for a cocktail on the house until the end of the month, with proceeds going to the Help Musicians charity. 20 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1EB; eastcheaprecords.com

3. Comedy and art combine at the Fiumano Close gallery’s Art is the Best Medicine charity exhibition – head there for side-splitting artworks

Jim Moir

Jim Moir, Batman at Ease (2019)

Annie McGrath has taken over the Fiumano Clase gallery with Art is the Best Medicine, an exhibition exploring mental health and comedy. In addition to perusing pieces by famous comedians, you’ll be able to buy one for your own walls, and a third of the sales proceeds will go to Mental Health UK. Pick up a playful artwork and interesting dinner conversation piece in one. – Words by Sofia Tindall13–20 December, fiumanoclase.com

4. Catch an exclusive and festive screening of Die Hard at the Picturehouse

Cointreau Fizz

Another year has almost passed, and the debate over whether Die Hard is a Christmas film or not is still rages on, fervent as ever. Luckily, Picturehouse Central is setting the record straight this year with a festive screening of the classic action flick. Watch Bruce Willis and his vest struggle to save the day (and Christmas), accompanied by popcorn and perfectly paired Cointreau cocktails, including the classic Cointreau Fizz. 13 December; tickets via picturehouses.com

5. Indulge in a festive evening of cheese-feasting at Borough Market

Borough Market Christmas

Cheeseboard looking a little stale? Let Borough Market’s expert cheesemongers set you straight at the much-loved annual Evening of Cheese, where visitors have the chance to meet over 20 makers and pick up some expert tips for crafting a perfect cheese selection ahead of their own festive dinner parties. 11 December, 6 – 8pm; for more information, visit boroughmarket.co.uk

6. Dancing (platform) shoes at the ready – Super Troupers, the immersive new ABBA exhibition, has landed at the O2

ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition

(c) ullstein bild Dtl | Getty Images

Take a chance on journeying out to the O2 to enter the world of the chart-topping Swedish pop sensation, narrated by BBC broadcaster, writer and activist Gemma Cairney. Showcasing original instruments, film, behind-the-scenes photographs and – of course – spectacular ’70s costumes, the exhibition traces the band’s personal and professional history, lending each of their iconic eight albums an immersive room. An innovative take on the well-known ABBA story, it also explores the wider socio-political backdrop against which ABBA’s music was released. 6 December 2019 –  31 August 2020; theo2.co.uk

7. See works by masters of contemporary art before they sell at Phillips’ ‘New Now’ auction

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst, Beautiful If At First You Don’t Succeed Then try, Try Again, One More Time, It’s Done Spinning, Painting, (2008)

Don’t miss the final days of this week’s hottest art exhibition – standout artworks by emerging and established contemporary artists, from William Kentridge to Damien Hirst and Jonas Wood – on view at auction house Phillips before the pieces are taken home by lucky buyers. Of course, if you find yourself unexpectedly hankering after a Richter or a Warhol print, registration for would-be winners is still open. Viewing from 5 – 12 December, auction 2pm, 12 December; phillips.com

8. For San-Fran vibes and sustainable credentials, make Kingston-favourite coffee spot Beanberry’s new Holborn café your new go-to

Beanberry

The newest player in central London’s lively coffee field, Beanberry are taking their commitment to all-organic, quality coffee to Holborn following success in Kingston-upon-Thames. With its minimalist aesthetic, the cafe has a casual San Francisco air, focusing on the coffee above ‘Instagramability’. Choose between seasonal blends Javascript Espresso, Wildcat Espresso & 8AM Blues, and an ever-changing selection of single origin coffees sourced from around the world – all of which are fully organic. High Holborn; beanberrycoffee.com

9. Sample the new Villa Ascenti cocktail menu at chic Chelsea institution Daphne’s

Daphne's Villa Ascenti

To celebrate December and all its festivities, Daphne’s has expanded their delectable cocktail menu in collaboration with luxury Italian gin Villa Ascenti. Crafted among the rolling hills of Piemonte, Villa Ascenti uses fine local ingredients to create a smooth and velvety gin, pairing perfectly with Daphne’s menu in a selection of bespoke cocktails. Try a typical Italian Sgroppino – a lemon sorbet drink topped with Villa Ascenti Gin and Prosecco. Until the end of the month; daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

10. Craft a unique Christmas wreath at Peruvian eatery Chicama, before digging into an eight-course tasting menu

Chicama

London-based florist Fine Stems and Chelsea-favourite Peruvian restaurant Chicama have joined forces to host a one-off Christmas wreath making workshop and dinner. They’ll be treating guests to a delicious eight-course tasting menu, with Pisco Sours aplenty and expert wreath-making tips from the professionals. 10 December, 6pm, £130 per person; chicamalondon.com

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