We round up the best festive events in the capital so you don’t have to

The Festive Hideaway at Dalloway Terrace

Favoured by the style set, foodies and cocktail lovers alike, there’s little reason not to visit Dalloway Terrace at the Bloomsbury Hotel at this time of year. Bedecked in tasteful décor that simply sings winter, it’s a cosy little retreat away from the madness of nearby Tottenham Court Road. Picture perfect but even more beautiful in real life, it’s mainstay marble chairs and wicker tables come draped with cosy checked blankets and fur throws in winter and the walls and ceilings are covered in snow-topped faux ferns that make it feel like you’re feasting in a woodland treehouse. Order the cheese fondue and a glass of red for optimum festive cheer or pop in for an early morning coffee and a dish from their delicious-looking brunch menu. 

Dalloway Terrace, 16-22 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN

THE CHRISTMAS Carols at The Ned

Since opening its doors just this summer, The Ned members club, hotel and restaurant emporium has hosted a wonderfully impressive calibre of events, not least the live music that takes place on its ground floor stage every Monday evening, enlivening what would otherwise be (let’s face it) a night in front of the TV. And it’s exactly the success of this weekly fixture that’s sparked our excitement for December’s festive carol evenings which will take place on the first 3 Sunday’s of the month between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. Set in the building’s striking 1920s and 1930s interiors which have been tastefully decorated in line with the season, this prestigious event will be hosted by Gareth Malone and will welcome a cast of choirs and special guests who promise not only to lead a series of carols to get you into the festive spirit but will also perform acapella renditions of Christmas party classics. Now just try and tell us you’re not clearing space in your diary? Book in for a 3-course dinner at either Millie’s Lounge or Cecconi’s restaurants or find a spot at The Nickel Bar for drinks and nibbles to see you through the evening.

The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

the Afternoon Tea At Lanes of London

Whilst there’s a time and a place for mulled wine and mice pies in all of their festive glory, it’s nice to have the option of sheltering away from the madness of the Christmas shoppers somewhere more elegant than a chilly Christmas market and that’s where Lanes of London steps in. Nestled in the heart of the city just off of Oxford Street and positioned inside the Marriott Hotel, this little oasis of calm makes for a nice rest bite at any time of year but it’s now that they present their festive Afternoon Tea menu – a classic spread of mini cakes and savouries with a couple of seasonally-inspired treats thrown in to get you in the spirit of things. There’s also the option of free-flowing rose champagne if you’re keen to add a little extra sparkle to the occasion.  

Lanes of London, 140 Park Lane, London, W1K 7AA

The Christmas Screenings at 1 Aldwych

Whilst log cabins, carols and festive treats are some of the most effective ways to spark that December nostalgia, there’s nothing quite like your favourite Christmas film to get the ball rolling. 1 Aldwych have gone all out with this particular idea and they’ll be kicking off their screenings with Elf this week and showing classics such as It’s A Wonderful Life as well as the new Paddington 2 movie at varying point throughout the month. Not only that, but this particular event comes as part of a dinner and champagne package so you can really make a night of it. Enjoy a three-course meal at the hotel’s restaurant, Indigo, and a chilled glass of Lallier Grande Réserve Champagne before being led to the establishment’s intimate 30-seat cinema to really get in the Christmas spirit.

1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ  

The Festive Menu at Bar Douro

There’s something special about finding an authentic European dining establishment in the heart of London and Portuguese restaurant and wine bar, Bar Douro is exactly that. Positioned under the arches of London Bridge in the bustling food market, this fairly inconspicuous but beautifully-designed space is like stumbling across buried treasure. If you’re into wine then you’re sure to feel at home – the staff really know their menu and they’ll guide you through your choices for the duration of your visit. Its seasonally changing menu is particularly festive around this time of year, aiming to bring the spirit of a Portuguese Christmas to the city, so it’s Sunday’s scheduled Roast Suckling Pig that we’re championing as our alternative to the great British roast. Hearty, warming and served with vegetables and a selection of expertly-chosen Ports and wines, it’s the ultimate comfort dish on a crisp winter’s day. 

Bar Duoro, Arch 35b Flat Iron Square, Union Street, London SE1 1TD


Billed as the ultimate drinking and dining den where rebel elves and candy girls have come out to play, Brixton’s rooftop has transformed into the spectacular South Pole Saloon for the winter season. A host of street-food vendors and bars have taken shelter in this woodland-inspired setting, offering up everything from a very moreish mac’n’cheese toastie courtesy of Mac To The Future to the Christingle seasonal cocktail served up at the saloon bar. There is also a slew of performances, including live DJ sets and an immersive theatre experience to keep you enthralled. If you’re looking for that festive Instagram shot, the cabins littering the back space are ideal – there’s one especially set up with Jack Daniel’s rocking chairs and lighting to help you capture that perfect picture. Oh, and stuck for New Year’s plans? South Pole Saloon has that sorted too with a blow-out closing party featuring special guests to ring in 2018 in roaring spirits.

South Pole Saloon, Pope's End, Brixton, London SW9 8JH.

THE FAMILY DAY OUT Motown The Musical

What’s December without a trip to the theatre? If your answer is something along the lines of ‘unfulfilled’ then now’s the time to book those tickets. For a feel-good show like no other, we recommend Motown the musical; the story behind the eponymous record label presented in the easily digestible way that’s aligned with this particular genre of theatre. Expect a soundtrack featuring hits by The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye that will get you singing along in your seat. Make it your most looked-forward to festive date night or book an entire row and take the family – it’s the kind of show that will appeal to all and set the mood for a fun night to follow.

Shaftsbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8DP

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