TOP 12 FESTIVE THINGS TO DO IN LONDONDecember 1, 2017
The cold weather is coming in fast and it’s almost time to put up the tree, meaning one thing – the Christmas events are in full swing! Celebrate the season in London with our selection of 12 events, activities and experiences (for the 12 days of Christmas, obviously) that will get you in the festive mood…
BACKYARD CINEMA: THE SNOW KINGDOM
(Until 7 January 2018)
Set in a hidden ice castle (yes, seriously) Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom is here to fulfil all of your Christmas film dreams. Showing a mix of family-friendly flicks to blockbusters (Beauty and the Beast anyone?) and classic Christmas movies including Elf, Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Holiday, this is the only way to watch your favourite films.
SKYLIGHT AT TOBACCO DOCKS
(2 November 2017 – 1 January 2018)
Skylight at Tobacco Docks’ rooftop destination will be transformed into a three-level winter paradise! Featuring London’s first rooftop ice skating rink and delicious fondue stands, seasonal cocktails and mulled wine at the heated lounge, it’s the ultimate chill Christmas evening out.
ICE-SKATING AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
(26 October 2017 – 8 January 2018)
One of London’s favourite Christmas attractions is the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink. Set against the back drop of the majestic museum, the rink is a Christmas classic that is adorned with fairy lights and a Christmas tree!
POP-UP IGLOOS BY THE SIPPING ROOM AT WEST INDIA QUAY
(Until 31 December 2017)
In amongst the towering skyscrapers of West India Quay sit The Sipping Room’s six pop-up igloos! With room for eight and containing electric heaters, sheepskin throws, hot water bottles and jumpers, it’s the perfect place to have a cosy Christmas party.
SINK THE PINK: THE QUEEN’S HEAD SHOW AT SELFRIDGES
(15 November-15 December)
Join the outrageous and fabulous Sink The Pink crew for an adults-only panto at Selfridges. Expect a wild night of antics, debauchery and fervent energy – and visit our concession while you’re there!
HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW
(18th November 2017 – 28th January 2018)
For any Harry Potter fans, you can make your dreams come true and spend Christmas at Hogwarts! Experience Christmas time in the wizarding world and discover how the film-makers made the magical wintery world of Harry Potter to come to life on our screens. All your favourite sets will be transformed, including the Great Hall that will be decorated for the first time ever as it was for the Yule Ball, and the Gryffindor common room that will be dressed for the season. Expect dripping icicles, shimmering silver and a whole load of magic.
(23 November 2017 – 1 January 2018)
South London’s more alternative answer to Winter Wonderland is Winterville, set in Clapham Common. Featuring the area’s first outdoor ice rink, Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, a roller disco, Plonk Golf, a fairground and a market featuring creations from independent designers and themed bars, Winterville (brought to you by the founders of Field Day and Street Feast) is for those that aren’t about a traditional Christmas, but still want to celebrate in style.
(1 – 22 December 2017)
Debauched, decadent and delicious, Nicky’s Imaganarium is cancelling Christmas as we know it. Nothing is too outrageous for this Christmas party – even the rebel elves will run riot. Serving soul food, good vibes and live blues and jazz, this is the one Christmas party you can’t miss.
TOWER OF LONDON ICE RINK
(17 November 2017 – 2 January 2018)
London’s most dramatic ice rink has to be situated at the Tower Of London. Skating around within the boundaries of the world famous castle – which will have its own festive makeover – you can get right up close to the 1000 year old fortress and watch the Thames go by, all in your ice skates.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE FARM
Saturday 2 December from 2pm
Full of artisan market stalls, kids’ activities (there’s no age limit!), live music and hot food and drinks, the Christmas market at the Oasis Farm Waterloo is perfect for anyone looking for a very London Christmas – or anyone who wants to have a cuddle with the animals.
ANTI CHRISTMAS FAYRE
Sunday 10th December
Not a fan of tinsel? Hate all Christmas songs? Can’t stand hearing about turkey again? The Satanic Flea market at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is for you. Shop for prints, books and more for the goth in your life while sipping mulled wine and having a tarot reading.
workersplaytime.net BONUS! LEAKE STREET LIGHTS WITH NULTY
Lighting design consultants Nulty have recently finished work on the regeneration of Leake Street Arches in Waterloo! Bringing the tunnel to life through the use of neon lights, this winter is the perfect time to see the refurbished and repaired arches that were originally brought to fame by Banksy.