Christmas Gift Ideas
Forget slogan socks and inspirational-quote-laden tat; this year, we're sprucing up your festive shopping cart with a sleigh-load of awesome experiences. From brewery tours and gourmet dining events to cocktail classes and titillating burlesque shows, our catalogue of London's finest Christmas gift ideas is sure to earn you originality points on the big day.
Showcasing the finest burlesque stars around, Proud is a great gift idea for premier entertainment. Buy your other half a voucher for one of the cabaret club's decadent evenings and they'll enjoy an impressive show that's sure to banish those January blues.
If you're on the hunt for unusual Christmas gifts, Kitchen Theory is dishing up a night of flavour exploration at their monthly A Seat At The Gastrophysics Chef's Table events. Guests will be treated to ten immersive multisensory plates, complete with lighting displays, audio aids and projections.
An award-winning bar, it's fair to say that Callooh Callay know a thing or two about cocktails. The perfect gift for your significant other - especially if they're in the mood for sharing - the low-lit Shoreditch drinking den is serving up 10s on the looks front with retro furnishings and sultry vibes
For that extra measure of festive cheer, get your sweet-toothed mate a voucher to The Big London Bake. A fun daytime activity, the competitive baking event will see you work as a team to whisk, roll and create a masterpiece over 90 minutes in the hopes of being crowned winner.
Twiddling your thumbs for quirky Christmas gifts? With locations in Bloomsbury, Islington, Victoria and Shoreditch, Flight Club is a certified crowd-pleaser. The darts bar has tonnes of games and a huge cocktail selection, as well as being home to the beloved bottomless Brunch Social.
Let Eleven98 do the legwork this holiday season with a voucher to one of their famed social dining supper clubs. Taking place in gorgeous venues across the city, the pop-up event's ethos is all about creating great quality dishes using the finest products and, better still, it's BYOB.
Bet you can't wait to reap the rewards of this one later. Master mixologists Purl will have you shaking up a storm with a cocktail masterclass within their 1920s underground speakeasy. They'll share the history, ingredients and techniques required to make three delicious concoctions.
Created by James Cochran, Michelin-trained chef and winner of The Great British Menu, 1251 is an obvious choice for food fantatics. Get your friend a voucher for this Islington restaurant where they can enjoy the likes of buttermilk jerk chicken and wild mushrooms with a confit egg in a beautiful setting.
After-work drinks on you? Located in the hub of all the action, Jin Bo Law is a gorgeous rooftop bar with jaw-dropping views. Grab one of these gift vouchers that'll have your city-working comrade enjoying a couple of complimentary cocktails. Cheers to that.
The ideal present for those who love to have fun while keeping fit, gift vouchers for House of VOGA can be redeemed against any of the groups quirky classes. Combining yoga and voguing, these high-energy sessions are sure to leave the receiver with an endorphin high.
Enjoy a unique experience with your loved one or present them with a handcrafted gift this Christmas thanks to the expert florists at Colombia Creative in Southwark. They'll guide you through your wreath making workshop, as you weave fresh foliage and other festive decorations to create the iconic seasonal decoration.
The Piano Works brings tonnes of festivities during the holiday season, so why not continue the party post-Christmas? Grab this fabulous gift voucher for a pal and let them choose between drinks or brunch, while listening to piano vocalists and bands perform.
On the hunt for a fun indoor gift idea? It doesn't get more wholesome than bowling at All Star Lanes. After playing a few rounds, this voucher also allows you some food, drinks and karaoke. Don't forget to bring your competitive spirit.
Looking for top Christmas gifts for 2021? Grab this voucher for a delicious meal at Opium Cocktail Bar, a hidden dim sum venue located in the heart of Chinatown. Drink up on signature sips, while chowing down on authentic cuisine.
Know anyone dying to unleash their inner scientist? This molecular and immersive cocktail experience at ABQ will give them the fix they're craving. Along with perfecting their technique, they will get to create three drinks and eat pizza. Sounds like the perfect present, right?
Want to treat that someone special? Look to Tropicana's Cabaret Show for paradise. They can escape the winter feels, and head to a tropical burlesque themed performance, complete with fire performing pirates, acrobatic bartenders and a three course meal.
This experience is for your plant-based mates. The Egerton House Hotel is offering a lovely vegan afternoon tea for one. The experience includes a spread of mouth-watering sandwiches, baked scones with coconut cream, a choice of fruit preserves, delicious pastries, and freshly brewed teas and coffees.
If anyone needs a little TLC after a busy Boxing Day, then this gift voucher might be the perfect present. Give this lovely experience to someone in need of some Venezuelan cuisine and a cocktail. With vibrant locations in both Haggerston and Bethnal Green, Arepa brings a relaxed atmosphere.
Whether you're looking to treat yourself or buy your loved one something special, getting food related gifts are never a bad idea. Head to P.F. Changs for their iconic Asian nibbles such as their world famous dynamite shrimp, chicken lettuce wraps and Chang's chicken.
Challenge your friends to unleash their inner delinquent as they'll be able to smuggle in liquor and don orange jumpsuits at this immersive experience inspired by America's most infamous prison, Alcotraz. Your pals will be able to enjoy various cocktails while behind bars, just be sure they don't get caught.
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for a budding mixologist, how about a trip to Hackney Funhouse? They're serving up a Breaking Bad-style cocktail making experience in an RV lab. You can book them into a session or nab a handy gift voucher on their behalf.
TeamSport is a no-brainer for the petrolheads in your family. This fun day out in London Docklands will have your adrenaline pumping as you race around an 800-metre track at speeds of up to 40mph. They've also got a bar for a post-track drink. Loser buys.
A fun Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and colleagues, these quirky care packages come stuffed full of delicious eats and boozy sips. Send one to your nearest and dearest this year for a fun and easy way to treat your loved ones without the hassle of browsing tonnes of stores.
A top choice for a sexy Christmas gift, Ruby Fuse offer sensual at-home experiences. Perfect for your special someone, the range includes everything from boutique massage candles and artisan chocolates to body paints and jewellery.