Making the most of Christmas in Camden, Southwark and Wandsworth

Camden, Southwark and Wandsworth – all boroughs of London that have one thing in common –  they’re all lucky enough to have a branch of ABC Selfstore helping residents and businesses keep their stuff safe, sound and secure. As December is now upon us – which means Christmas celebrations are well and truly underway – we thought give we would give you our run-down of the best yuletide events taking place in each of our store’s boroughs this season…


Worship – For those who want to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas Southwark Cathedral is a great place to start. The London Mayor’s Christmas Carol Service on Monday 16th is sure to be a highlight, but there’s lots, lots more – you can browse the full programme of events from here.

Shopping – if keeping it local (rather than West-end) is more your cup-of-tea, then the More London Christmas Market is on from Wednesday 11th  to Sunday 15th December. This year sees a local start-up theme, including young entrepreneurs from The Princes Trust – so expect to see many local businesses taking part. Who knows, maybe the savvy ones have taken our advice on seasonal stock.

Dancing (or wobbling) on Ice – there’s nothing like a trip to the ice rink to make things feel really christmassy. Whether you’re a budding Torvil or Dean or more of a Todd Carty – if you’re visiting the More London Christmas Market a quick stroll across Tower Bridge and you’ll be at the real ice rink with arguably London’s best backdrop – the Tower of London.  The rink is open from 10am – 10pm everyday (except Christmas Day) from now until 5th January.

Oh no it isn’t, Oh yes it is… Pantomime “This Christmas, Goat & Monkey, with acclaimed writer Toby Hulse, returns to Southwark Playhouse to present their unique take on the traditional Christmas pantomime.” That’s how it’s billed and we think it sounds like a brilliant interpretation of a firm family favourite. It’s running from 6 December – 11 January 2014.


Worship – The Parish of Old St Pancras is a collection of four Anglican churches close to our Camden store. A full Advent programme of events is available here – but if you want to combine community celebration with Santa and Singing – then the St Mary’s Christmas Fair takes place this weekend (7th December) between 11am – 3pm.

Gigs  Camden is famous for its intimate live music and entertainment venues – mostly reflecting indie, pop and rock. As you’d expect there’s a whole host of talent performing this Christmas. This coming weekend (6th December) you can take in the Junior Jam Showcase at the Roundhouse  – who knows, one day you MITT be able to say ‘I saw them before they were famous…’  Or, if you like your 80’s/90’s Hard Rock then the 21st Dec sees Gun’s and Roses Tribute ‘Guns 2 Roses’ at the Underground.

He’s behind you…  It’s Camden’s famous Roundhouse again – and this time it is host to the alternative family pantomime: “The story begins in a tiny village more or less covered in snow, where a Hanukkah Latke, a fried potato pancake, is born screaming. Well, wouldn’t you scream if you were thrown into a pan of boiling oil? The Latke jumps from the boiling pan and races through the wintery village, deep in the throes of festive preparations. Lost amongst the snowy landscape, the Christmas lights and pine trees, will our Latke ever find where it belongs? Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming is a show about being yourself and appreciating others. The perfect family show to see this winter with an amazing cast, live music, lots of laughter and screaming potato pancake…”

Shopping – Since it was created in a former timber yard in 1972 – Camden Lock Market Place has grown a reputation since as the artisan shopping destination in London. The Lock’s Christmas Night Markets are back – and this year take place over a long weekend from Thursday 12th – Monday 16th – with many of the bars and restaurants staying open late. Find out more at the Peoples Republic of Christmas.


Worship – no build up to Christmas is complete without a carol sing-song and St Anne’s church in Wandsworth are holding a traditional carol service on Sunday 15th December at 6pm.  “O’ come all ye faithful…”  

Green Christmas – if you liked our post on how to have Green Christmas – you can live the dream – The Green and Ethical Christmas Fayre at the Holy Trinity Church in Clapham takes place on Saturday 7th December from 10am – 4pm.

Panto –  A short magic carpet ride to from Wandsworth to Wimbledon and you can catch comedian Jo Brand – in her pantomime debut – as the ‘Genie of the Ring’ in the New Wimbledon Theatre’s production of Aladdin.  Should be a hoot.

Shopping – across the borough there’s a big push to promote shopping local. Close to the Royal College of Arts in Battersea the White Christmas Fair takes place on Sunday 8th December. “The huge selection of stalls will feature hundreds of quality giftable items, seasonal foodie treats and a wonderful choice of Christmas decorations including real trees.”  It’s just £1 for adults and children are  free – so it could be a bargain Christmas as well as a green one. You can find out more here.

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