Feeling festive? Damn right you are. Immerse yourself in all things Christmas at one of the many events taking over London this winter. Jingle some bells at the most spectacular street markets, and deck the halls at Santa's grotto, before rockin' around the ice rink - there is something for everyone this Christmas in London. Come on kids - get out and get merry in London this Christmas.
Swedish Jul @ Fika Bar & Kitchen
Various dates from Thursday 26th November until 23rd December 2015
A Swedish Christmas never looked so good. The brains and cheffing prowess behind last years Nordic Yulefest are back for another Christmas special, this time settling in for a cosy feast at Fika Bar & Kitchen. Inspired by all things Scandinavian and plating up foods to the sound of Swedish beef meatballs, honey glazed Christmas ham and home cured dill gravad lax (whatever that is...) expect your festive spirits to be laced with a dollop of Nordic cool. Tickets are available here.
The Glittering Pineapple @ Christabel's Cocktail Bar
Various dates from Thursday 26th November until 15th December 2015
The latest in Christabel's chronicles of bespoke pop-up events, The Glittering Pineapple is her Christmas creation that fuses the the seasons of Winter and Summer together for a certified tropicana festive celebration. Exotic fruits will be tinkered with, things will be scattered with glitter and your traditional British Christmas will meet some retro tropics action at this totally unique and quirky event. Hosted in a secret location as well, where will The Glittering Pineapple take you this Christmas? Tickets are available here.
School's Out Bottomless Brunch: Christmas Special @ The Schoolhouse
Saturday 19th December 2015
There’s a real end-of-term feel to the latest Schoolhouse brunch party. The Schoolhouse’s monthly gatherings have quickly become a hot ticket for those south of the river, and this festive edition offers more of the same unlimited brunch and booze. Come ready for a mid-afternoon party; a prosecco reception gets things started at 1pm and there’s plenty of live music, magicians, photo-booths and festive surprises to look forward to along the way.
Saturday 5th December 2015
Boasting some of the most veritably vintage bashes in the city, The Candlelight Club return for another winter-inspired bash. A prohibition party where flirty flappers and dapper chappers are set to reign supreme, this Christmas party promises everything from palm trees, live music and burlesque entertainment. Take it back to the roaring 20s for one night only. Buy your tickets here.
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
20th November 2015 - 3rd January 2015
Hyde Park's famous Winter Wonderland returns this Christmas and guess what - it's better than ever before. We're talking tons of seasonal food and drinks from across the world, as well as a cracking roster of cabaret performances and sing a longs. Stock up on Christmas gifts and get your skates on. There's no doubt about it - Winter Wonderland is an absolute festive must see.
Where? Hyde Park
Carol Singing at St Paul's Cathedral
November - December 2015
What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with an oh-so-pleasant rendition of your favourite carols at St. Paul's? Once you've had a good old sing, be sure to hit up Madison's Rooftop Bar & Cafe: set atop the iconic One New Change, Madison's delivers stunning views of St. Paul's and the greater London skyline, as well as an impressive drinks menu. This is without doubt a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. (For booking enquiries for Carol Singing at St Paul's, please contact them via their website).
Where? St Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
When? Various times
Cost? Varied per event
Ice ice baby... Ever fancied bevving in a bar made entirely out of ice? At Icebar, the walls, bar, tables and even your own personal glass is made from the purest ice harvested from the pristine winter wonderland of Jukkasjarvi in Northern Sweden. Ice Bar have created the ultimate all-in-one winter venue in London: look forward to cocktail classes, ice-sculpting lessons and grub from the BelowZero restaurant. Ideal for those on the hunt for something a little different over the Christmas period in London, this is not one to miss out on.
Where? 31-33, Heddon Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4BN.
When? Normal opening times.
Cost? Ticket prices range from £13 to £17, depending on time and date.
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What was that? You're the next Mariah Carey? Oh, cool - me too. All anyone really wants for Christmas is a good ol' sing-a-long, so get your good selves down to Infernos in Clapham or Gem in Soho - they'll sort out all of your Christmas song needs.