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B E WOWED AT JAPAN HOUS E Experience mesmerising digital displays and immersive installations that reference Japan’s hyper-modernity and rural traditions in a show by aptly named design studio WOW. The 360-degree motion-graphics of Tokyo Lights Odyssey takes you through a dizzying night in the capital, Poppo examines new ways of creating the handeddown handicrafts of north-eastern Japan and more inviting sights aim to bring about WOW’s mission for positive change. www.japanhouselondon.uk/whats-on/wowcity-lights-and-woodland-shade-digital-artencounters-with-japan

PAT RI CK STA FF AT SER P EN T I N E Artist Patrick Staff presents On Venus at the Serpentine, an installation exploring structural violence, registers of harm and the corrosive effects of acid, blood and hormones. They examine notions of discipline, dissent, labour and the queer identity. Etchings and a new video work look at topics as diverse as media coverage of sex reassignment to industrial farming, continuing Staff’s ongoing examination of the exchange between bodies, ecosystems and institutions, understood from a queer and trans perspective.

C H R I ST MA S AT KEW Kew Gardens truly shines at Christmas with a laser projection lighting up temperate house and a fairy-lit after-dark trail along the treetop walk. See Will o’the Wisps and walk amid glittering vines, then head through the pea-light-illuminated Tunnel of Light and frolic in the Fire Garden. In finale, colourful jets will jump across the surface of the Palm House Pond, and there’ll be festive songs from the Holly Bushes. Simply magical and on until 5 January. www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/ christmas


B R UNCH AT LAURE NT Hotel Café Royal and Laurent Tourondel have brought New York to London with the launch of a brand new brunch menu with unlimited Bloody Marys or Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Inspired by brunching in New York, where executive chef Laurent Tourondel runs a number of restaurants, including Brasserie Ruhlmann at the Rockefeller Centre, the all-new menu can be enjoyed every Sunday. Guests can expect popular brunch classics as well as new must-try dishes, including truffle-popovers Benedict and scrambled eggs cacio e pepe. https://laurentatcaferoyal.com

X M AS , H O L LY STA R S-ST YL E On 16 December, trouble-flirting stand-up comedian and drag artiste Holly Stars’ has her Time of the Month at the Phoenix Arts Club: a comedy drag cabaret featuring some of the UK scene’s best performers. As shepherd’s watch her frocks by night, Holly will take to the stage with some of London’s favourite queer performers. And, if you’d like a taster, Holly tells stories of her life on Instagram at @hollywstars.



C A R O L S I N C EN TR A L Beautiful London church, St Martin in the Fields, will hold Festive Family Carols by Candlelight sessions on Saturday 14 and Sunday 22 December (from 4-5pm). The in-house choir will perform favourites, including: Away in a Manger, Once in Royal David’s City and Ding Dong! Merrily on High. To book tickets (from £10), call 020 7766 1100 or email boxoffice@smitf.org. All profits support the church and its work with homeless and vulnerable people across the UK. www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org


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