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Leopold (1822-95) and Rudolf (1857-1939) Blaschka, Glass model of a Portuguese man o’war. Image Courtesy George Loudon Collection, Photograph by Rosamond Purcell

This Week: 3 - 9 December

3 December 2018 Billie Manning

Winter Warmers at London Union Chapel
This week is winter warmers week at London Union Chapel in Islington, and with family-friendly screenings of the Muppet Christmas Carol, Home Alone and more, a very funky-sounding round of disco yoga (complete with glitter station), a cockney singalong with all your favourite tunes and a Christmas market, there’s no way you’ll leave without feeling at least a little festive. Additionally, all proceeds from the “Winter Warmer” events will go towards the crowdfunding campaign to save the Sunday School Hall – all in the spirit of Christmas.


 
Winter Warmer Week, 3 - 9 December, London Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN
 
Sam Avery: The Learner Parent                    
Comedian Sam Avery's honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps - right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale - will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.


 
The Learner Parent, 4 December, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Pl, London WC2H 7BX

 
Disco Brunch Christmas Special
Just because Christmas is on its way, doesn’t mean you can’t keep grooving. Disco Brunch’s Christmas Special will combine soul-moving hits with a 2-course brunch and an hour of bottomless cocktails. The afternoon of disco, funk, nu-disco, and house music is hosted by the show-stopping Diana Wrong. Guests can also expect a Prince tribute - if you’ve made the most of your bottomless cocktails, he’ll seem just like the real thing.
 
Disco Brunch Christmas Special, 8 December, at a secret location
 
Mitsuko Uchida at the Royal Festival Hall
For any classical music lovers, these two performances by Mitsuko Uchida of Schubert’s piano sonatas should be an unmissable one. Grammy-winner Uchida will  also be returning to the Royal Festival Hall in March next year to  continue their series of Mozart Piano Concertos.


 
Mitsuko Uchida, 4 and 7 December 2018, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
 
Surreal Science at Whitechapel Galleries
Artist Salvatore Arancio has worked with the George Loudon collection to create Surreal Science, bringing together inner and outer worlds. Arancio has both selected beautifully crafted objects from Loudon’s collection of 19th century scientific teaching models and created new works inspired by the objects.

Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Glass model of a Portuguese man o’war. Image Courtesy George Loudon Collection, photograph by Rosamond Purcell
 
Surreal Science, until 6 January, Whitechapel Galleries, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX. Free entry

Peter Pan at Park Theatre
Also opening this week is Park Theatre’s production of Peter Pan, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the first Park Theatre production to ever feature flying effects. The tale of Neverland and the boy who never grew up is always a family favourite and this production promises to sprinkle more than a little fairy dust over London this Christmas.


 
Peter Pan, 5 December 2018 – 5 January 2019, Park200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
 
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