WHAT’S ON LONDON: DECEMBERDecember 2, 2015
We’ve finally entered the best month of the year; the month where drinking extensively on a Monday night is totally acceptable and the month that’s spent nursing a hangover more days than not. We’re here to shed light on some of the finest London happenings this Decemebr, so you can avoid coming down with a serious case of FOMO. Our highlights include festive film pop-ups at Winterville and in Notting Hill, Birdies’ subterranien Crazy Golf and an edible alcohol shop. Go forth and be merry, Londoners!
There’s nothing quite like a huge festive playground in London’s Victoria Park to get in the Christmas spirit. Playing host to a 600 square metre ice rink, a circus featuring performers from The Moscow State Circus, a crazy golf area, street food, DJs, cabaret and more. There’s also a ‘Winter Night Garden’ that will be screening all the tried and tested Christmas classics like Elf, Love Actually and Home Alone.
26th November – 23rd December 2015 | Victoria Park, Bow
Eat Your Drink
Smith and Sinclair present Eat Your Drink, hosted by Benefit on Carnaby Street, and it’s exactly how it sounds: an entire shop full of alcoholic sweets. From alcoholic bubbles and edible perfumes to infused candyfloss and alcoholic pastilles, it’s a dream from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but more alcoholic. Eat Your Drink presents the perfect solution for the ‘never pleased’ types on your gift list this year. (I mean, who would sniff at a gin dip dab?)
Until 24th December |Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm
10, Carnaby Street
Yellowbluepink at the Wellcome Collection
Take a stroll through a room full of rainbow fog at the Ann Veronica Janssens exhibition, yellowbluepink. You may have to wait an hour to get in, but once you do it’s worth the wait. The room is shrouded in colour caught in suspension that changes from pink to oragnge to blue to green as you walk around. It’s a disorientating experience to not be able to see someone stood three feet away, and you might get lost in smoke, but most importantly, it makes for a great Insta post.
Until 3rd January 2016 | The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road | Free entrance
The Dance Before Christmas
Taking Christmas underground at The Vaults, this immersive event is inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ 12 Dancing Princesses. Expect glittering forests, sparkling lakes and a whole lot of decadence. A theatrical experience unfolds underground with live music, late night dancing and mulled wine.
Saturday 12 & 19 December | The Vaults, Leake Street | General admission £18
The Scandis are in the know about how to keep cosy over Christmas. That’s why we’re headed out to Scandi pop-up, Skandilicious. They might have a lot of herring on the menu (pickled and mustard and the enigmatic ‘herring surprise’) but there’s also meatballs, ribs, sausages… you get the idea.
1st – 20th December | Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea
Cinema in the Snow
The pop-up film concept doesn’t just belong to the summer months. Notting Hill’s own Cinema In The Snow owns it as well as any balmy July evening. All the usual festive highlights are being screened including Elf, Home Alone and Mean Girls. Enter the venue through a Narnia-style door and settle into a snowy wonderland with a hot chocolate, or make it naughty with a mulled wine.
11th – 23rd December | 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill | £20
Night Tales: Tokyo Nights
Take a trip to the Japanese inspired night market, Tokyo Nights. Based in Shoreditch, the pop-up is a Tokyo themed mecca for lovers of Dinerama and Street Feast. Expect lots of neon, Japanese houses and an urban downtown area complete with ‘Love Hotel’. It’s not Tokyo without a Love Hotel.
Red Market, 288-299 Old Street | £4 entrance, £5 after 9pm
Birdies Crazy Golf
If you’re looking for a subterranean golfing experience this winter, Birdies is the place to be. It’s a cray golf course with nine holes, elevated drops, lots of loops and half-pipes and a line-up of DJs, of course.
11th November – 23rd December | The Vaults, Launcelot Street, Waterloo | £3/£9
A cryptic challenge inspired by Sherlock Holmes novels which involves following a trail of enigmatic evidence around London in a team of up to four people. Your trail will lead you through Mayfair art galleries, Georgian pubs and the Royal Institue of British Architects. Followed by a much needed nightcap.
2nd December – 31st March | Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place | £60 per team (up to 4 people)