Best Events in December
It doesn’t matter whether you’re truly swept up in the feel-good festive spirit or you’re more anti-yuletide than Mr Scrooge himself, there’s definitely something for you in our list of the best events in December. A hand-picked guide stocked with pop-up cinema, South Pole saloons and boozy brunches, get out there and make the most of your December in London.
Last updated on 26th October 2016
Musical Bingo heads west on 13th December for their annual festive party at Paradise! Not sure exactly what to expect? Think regular bingo, except instead of numbers you’ll be marking absolutely banging tunes off your card, instead. It makes for a wild and raucous take on games night - especially once you’ve had a couple of drinks - and there’s lots of awesome prizes to be won. Get Wednesday booked off and head for a couple of bevvies, fun and games at this festive special.
Well come on now, how could we not include this in our December picks? From all-inclusive bashes to dirty warehouse raves, view-heavy dinners to champagne-fuelled all-nighters; here's the low down on New Year's Eve in London 2015/16.
Has there ever been a better way to spend Christmas than snuggled up around the fire? Midnight Apothecary don't seem to think so, and neither do we. Join them this winter not only for festive cocktails, fire pits and marshmallows, there's a Christmas song sing-a-long to boot.
The Christmas chat is already overwhelming, and it’s time to take a break. Instead it’s time to focus on London’s newest lock-in party, where outstanding food is up for grabs alongside a playlist of nostalgic tunes and lots of good banter. Warm up with a couple of drinks from 3pm before sitting down to a sharing banquet of classic Italian pasta and risotto dishes as the nostalgic party tunes ring out. From there, resident DJs take over to spin 80s electronica and early house tunes into the night.
You don't have to get on a flight to enjoy the apres-ski fun of the slopes. Just head down to Bodo's Schloss in Kensingoton as they host a special boozy brunch. There will be snow canons, Champagne and brunch, as the nightclub host one hell of a party.
Celebrating New Year's Eve on the 31st is so passe' join the Coronet in partying a whole 24 hours earlier with their New Year's Eve Eve Ball. The historical theatre will be holding a grand bash complete with performers, DJs and a the best part is that prices won't be pushed up yet.
With a line-up of great DJs, a huge dance floor and covered head to toe in quirky, colourful decorations, The Dance Before Christmas is an event that marries immersive theatre with the fun-loving vibes of a great club night. Stunning smells, dazzling sights and wonderful sounds will take over the Vaults in Waterloo, and guests will have the chance to lose themselves in what has to be one of the most intriguing events in town.
A tropical inspired paradise, in South London, over the Winter? Yes, you heard us right and the rumours are true. Little Nan is back with a holiday remedy to cure those winter blues of yours. In a secret South London location you'll discover a tropical haven of Caribbean food and drink in the traditional Little Nan kitsch vintage lounge.
One of London’s best comedy clubs is also one of its most secret… until we came along and blew their cover. Drawing the best in emerging acts and Fringe regulars alike, the Top Secret Comedy Club offers up an open bar serving cheap drinks, a feel-good atmosphere and the opportunity to spend an evening in the company of completely hilarious people.
Mayhem and mischief ensues as the Rumpus club night takes over the Islington Metal Works. The renowned brand has something of a reputation for throwing huge nights out in London, and is known to sell out in a matter of minutes. Alongside DJ Loki and DJ Jamie Moon, the seven rooms of live entertainment will feature the likes of Wonderland, Buffo Wake and Mojo Hand. Expect to find dazzling acrobats, unreal DJ sets, immersive decorations and some truly amazing costumes at this themed event in London.
The quirky misfits and patrons of eccentricities are being typically odd and throwing a New Year's celebration on NOT New Year's Eve. Friday 30th December will see The Last Tuesday Society head to Clapham Grand for a magnificently dark and eerie masked ball. Think masks, mystery, decadence, tails, coats and all the ruffles.
Learn to make personalised and unique Christmas gifts with Nicole Line this December. From screen printing t-shirts and bags to metallic foiling, classes with Nicole are fun, sociable and leave you with a life-long skill.
Get set for one of the most unique events in London this Christmas with the Curious Invitation team in tow. Promising a wondrous display of live performers and acts alongside music and stunning costumes, this is the most unusual masked ball in the city.
Having already stunned London's Christmas mad crowds over the previous two years, the Nordic Yulefest returns this December, taking over a spot in Shoreditch and filling it with all the Scandinavian decorations it can hold. After walking through an ivy-laden archway, guests will be amazed by all the wonderful sights on display. With various stag heads mounted on the walls and even a Scandinavian Santa Claus walking around, the event features a number of delicious meals, some frivolous, festive games and a Nordic disco that lasts long into the night.
If there's one thing December is made for, it's eating; step up The Hungry Piglets and their pop-up in Clapton. Start the evening with one of their delicious cocktails before moving onto a feast of meats, veg and gluttonous deserts - may the Christmas stuffing commence.
Injecting some pace and energy into your cold winter night, the Festive Rocktail Party brilliantly combines the creative instinct that we all have inside and the wonder that is cocktail making. Guests will first be given a tall glass of Prosecco, before being handed an array of ingredients and spirits to blend and mix together. Adding your own personal twist to a number of traditional cocktail recipes, guests will also make a handful of quirky canapes to accompany their libations.
Inspired by the timeless comedy genius of shows like ‘Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, welcome to a world of secret agents, gadgets and gizmos. It’s 1943 and the French Resistance movement is gathering momentum - it’s time for you to step up and succeed in your missions, keeping up that French accent all the while to ward off the suspicions of the Gestapo. Expect a healthy dose of 1940s Parisian culture, a three-course feast in their authentic French bistro and an after-party of swing dancing merriment until the early hours.
An ice rink aboard a boat - does it get more Christmassy than this?! Harmony Boat will be cruising the Thames for a truly wintery night; watch the London skyline float past as you indulge in house wine and beers, a welcome cocktail and ice skating, of course. The cruise lasts three and a half hours. there will be a professional photographer on board and plenty of festive canapes.
Dancer, prancer, blixen and brunch. There's plenty of great things about Christmas, and this breakfast smasher is just one of them. A unique event with karaoke and brunch dishes in mind, the Hip Hop Brunch team return this December for another round of early morning revelry. From a three course meal to some seriously slick beats, this is a unique way to celebrate all things winter.
The Ivory Banquet Rooms offer guests a Christmas dining experience set in the 16th century. Reviving some of the most famous characters of the 1500s, the evening will feature a selection of exquisite dishes, all created using Medieval cooking techniques and flavours. Expect to see the likes of Henry VIII, a few of his wives and an impressive line-up of knights at this noble December banquet in London.
It's December and it's only right that things are getting a bit Christmasy as The Holy Trinity Church puts on a night of carols and readings all in the name of charity. London Chorus will be singing and there will also be performances from Jocelyn Somerville, the acclaimed soloist.
Chivas Regal are sharing their award-winning whisky knowledge with us as they host a series of masterclasses. Sample a range of different whiskies, learn about the process of production before making your own unique blend and taking it home.