It’s true what they say about the festive season being the most wonderful time of the year and London is arguably at its most cheerful over the weeks surrounding Christmas. We’ve rounded up December’s most merry goings on to help you plan your social calendar accordingly.
Add these festive events to your diary to celebrate Christmas in style
Decked out like the inside of a Nordic ski lodge with wooden furniture, blankets on every seat and cheese fondue on the menu, Dalloway Terrace has been visually transformed for winter. Alongside the warming food possibilities and flavoursome cocktail list, the venue is also home to a pop-up movie screen which will be showing the classics each Saturday until Christmas.
FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA
For a seasonal twist on a classic, look to this year’s host of festive afternoon teas that are taking place around the capital. Topping our wishlist is a trip to the Bvlgari hotel, where they’re serving mini versions of the classics – think mini yule logs and a setting worthy of a Christmas card and you’re on the right track.
CHRISTMAS GIN MASTERCLASS
The Gin Journey has a festive special on the cards, with seasonal gin and themed cocktails on offer as part of their East London masterclass. As well as learning all about the spirit throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy multiple gin-based beverages and a spread of food designed by East London Liquor Co. If you’re still hunting for that perfect Christmas get-together venue, this could be it.
CHRISTMAS AT KEW
A mile of decorative illuminations awaits at South London’s most picturesque landmark, Kew Gardens, and if you’re yet to book a ticket to view the display, there’s still time. Running until the 2nd of January, this photogenic display is accompanied with a host of traditional rides, festive foods and souvenir-style Christmas gifts as well as an appearance from the man himself, Father Christmas.
HARRODS CHRISTMAS GROTTO
One of the most traditional of London events is the coveted Santa’s Grotto pop-up in the iconic Knightsbridge department store, Harrods. As well as learning about the Harrods Christmas story, each child will journey through a frozen ice kingdom-themed walkway and will receive a complimentary gift with their entry ticket.
WREATH MAKING CLASS
Set to take place next Friday in the Grand Conservatory at Chiswick House and Gardens, All For Love’s wreath making masterclass is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit if you’re not quite there yet. The workshop will be lead by a team of professional florists and all materials (as well as refreshments) are provided. A chance to explore your creative side, this is the perfect opportunity to add a little personal touch to your decorations this year.