12 Spends of Christmas 2016

Time is precious, so make sure you make the most of it this Christmas… with Time Credits! 

We hope to inspire you to use your Time Credits in the run up to Christmas and make them part of your everyday life. We’ve been highlighting ‘Twelve Spends of Christmas’ in the past few weeks, with details of Christmas trips, places to pamper, and places where you can spend your Time Credits at any time but might be especially good at this time of year. There might even be one or two places you didn’t know you could spend at!

Share your stories!

If earning Time Credits is about giving to your community, then spending them can be much more about you. We want to hear your stories, so if you’re active on social media make sure you share your spending stories with us, using the hashtag #12spends on our Haringey, Westminster or City of London Facebook pages or on Twitter.  Don’t forget to take photos!

Spend #1: Time Credit Trip to Cambridge

Join us on a trip to magical Cambridge this Christmas, for just 8 Time Credits with travel included. Spend your Time Credits at the Museum of Cambridge, or any of other spend venues in Cambridge. Walk through the historic university city, along the River Cam, or visit the Fitzwilliam Museum. (Look at our East of England brochure for more inspiration). Places are limited and will be served on a first come first served basis. 

Book by 13th December 2016 by contacting: Jade.ibegbuna@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Date: Tuesday 20th of December


9.30am coach pick up at Artizan St. Library and Community Centre, City.
10am coach pick up at Recovery Centre , 590 Seven Sisters Road, Haringey.
6pm (approx.) return to London by coach.

Cost: 8 Time Credits

Spend #2: Thames Clippers
From November to January, the Thames becomes a river of celebration. Instead of packing yourself onto tubes, or getting bottled up on buses, why not take the scenic route and cruise from one bit of festive fun to another?

Whether you want to do some shopping at Greenwich market, or browse all that’s going on on the Southbank, Thames Clippers can take you there. You need to send off for tickets using this form, and use #12spends to share your stories.

Spend #3: Cosy up in the Cinema

We like to think of Christmas as a time of snow covered parks, with people running around and making snow men. Experience tells us this isn’t often the case, and we can be stuck with weather that is wet and wild! What better to do, then, then head inside for the latest Christmas film at a cinema that accepts Time Credits.

Take your pick from one of our amazing cinema partners:

Art House, Haringey
The Lexi, Westminster
The Barbican, City
RichMix, Tower Hamlets

Check their listings and the London Spend Brochure for updates on timings and specific offers.

Spend #4: Ice Skating at Alexandra Palace

Ice skating has fast become a festive fixture in the capital, with rinks popping up all over town. They can be expensive, but you don’t have to miss out… our friends at Alexandra Palace accept Time Credits for skating sessions at their permanent ice rink!

Check the details of when you can use your Time Credits for skating, and all the other info you need by clicking here. You can also see the Haringey Racers play ice hockey at the rink – check our London brochure for details.

Spend #5: Tower Bridge

A brisk walk along the Thames, maybe walking off some Christmas time overindulgence, can be a give a new dimension by taking a look DOWN on the river from Tower Bridge Exhibition’s glass walk way!

It’s not just the knee wobbling heights that you can enjoy. You’ll also get fine views of the City of London, Southwark, and up and down the river to Westminster and Canary Wharf. The exhibition will also tell you about the history of the Bridge, the Port of London, and local history. Something for everyone!

Cost: 2 Time Credits per person.

Open: (October – March) 09:30 – 17:00
Tower Bridge Exhibition is closed 24 – 26 December and open from 10:00 on 1 January.

Location: Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP (directions)

Spend #6: St. Paul’s Cathedral

Did you know that, until the Post Office (now BT) Tower was built in the 1960’s, St. Paul’s was the tallest building in London? Even though it may no longer be the tallest building in London St. Paul’s is still a beacon of the capital for Time Credits members.

Visiting a cathedral at Christmas time can be extra special regardless of your beliefs. We encourage you to visit St. Paul’s this Christmas, soak up the atmosphere, and revel in the history of Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.

Cost: 2 Time Credits per person

Open: Check St. Paul’s website for details www.stpauls.co.uk/visits/visits

Location: St. Pauls, London, EC4M 8AD (directions)

Spend #7: Saatchi Gallery

You can visit the Saatchi Gallery anytime on your own but why not use the holidays to go with other Time Credit members?

There is something to be said about experiencing art with others, asking questions and learning from each others interpretations. Now add a guide from the Education team who can answer most of those questions with knowledge about the artwork itself or the artists intentions, and the experience becomes even more meaningful.

Join us for a spend trip to the Gallery to view the Painters’ Painter exhibition. If you enjoy the experience you can plan your own group trip for another exhibition in the New Year!

Date: Tuesday December 13th 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cost: 1 Time Credit per person

Booking: Book your place online by clicking here. There are only 20 places so book soon!

Spend #8: Wiltons Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall is a gem in the heart of London and the oldest grand music hall in the world. It presents a year round programme of exceptional live music and world-class productions alongside learning and participation work that engages the local community and schools. And now they’re opening up for Time Credits!

As one of our newest London Time Credit spend options, calling to do one of Wiltons history tours would be a great present for you and them! Access to the history tour of Wilton’s Music Hall needs one Time Credit per ticket. Book in person at the box office (you can phone in advance to check availability).

Cost: 1 Time Credit per person

Location: Graces Alley, London, E1 8JB (directions)

Contact: 020 7702 2789

Spend #9: CONEL

Christmas very often means Christmas parties, but whether you’re the partying type or not, I’m sure you’ll agree that pampering with Time Credits can only be a good thing. Time Credit spend partners, CONEL (College of North East London) are only too happy to oblige! All services and treatments are available at their Tottenham campus.

What’s on offer?
The following with graduates:

  • Hair up
  • Make up
  • Manicure
  • Body massage
  • Cut & blow-dry

Cost: 1 Time Credit per treatment

Location: CONEL, High Road, London, N15 4RU (directions)

Spend #10: The Monument

The Monument is one of the newest partners to join our most recent spend brochure. If you haven’t had the opportunity to spend your Time Credits here yet, use the holidays as your nudge!

As a landmark to one of the most famous events in London’s history, the Great Fire of London, The Monument stands alone. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke, and completed in 1677, the column commemorates the City which rose from the ashes.

Details about dates and times can be found in the brochure. To enjoy views from the top there is a 311 step climb up a spiral staircase – due to the nature of the building there is no lift access. For more information visit The Monument website.

Cost: 1 Time Credit for Entry

Location: The Monument, Fish St Hill, London, EC3R 8AH (directions)

Spend #11: Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery is one of London’s must-see art museums. The collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is displayed in the elegant setting of Somerset House, one of the city’s most dynamic cultural venues. The Gallery is particularly renowned for its unrivalled collection of impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gough and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK.

Cost: 2 Time Credits

Open: Time Credits can be used at any time during normal opening hours from 10am to 6pm with the last admission at 5:30.

Location: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN (directions)

Spend #12: Conway Hall Concerts

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some cheerful music and a Sunday Concert at Conway Hall is a great way to get into the festive spirit. Founded in the 1880s, Conway Hall’s chamber music concert series (now Conway Hall Sunday Concerts), are the longest-running of their kind in Europe. All you need to do is check their website to see what’s on.

No need to book, just turn up on the day with your Time Credits and they’ll be accepted as long as capacity permits.

Offer: Entry to Sunday Concert

Cost: 2 Time Credits

Location: 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (directions)