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BARCHICK: THINGS TO DO THIS CHRISTMAS

18.12.14

We asked the experts at BarChick how we should be spending our days in the run up to Christmas, here are the festive activities that you should be partaking in. It’s nearly Christmas, and this is BarChick’s kind of season.  Us alcohol aficionados behind the world’s best independent bar guide love nothing more than an excuse to begin our tasting of tipples at 11am (thanks mulled wine) and hiding out, keeping warm in log cabins ‘til the early hours. Santa, we love you. With office parties, annual catch-ups and tinsel coming out in force, BarChick has rounded-up of all the seasonal frolics that simply cannot be put off until next year. For more bar and restaurant suggestions, head to Barchick.com or get the Barchick app here.

WINTERVILLE

Those looking to throw themselves head-first into Christmas cheer should head to Winterville, the new (artificial) snow soaked kid on the block. Much quieter than its equally epic competitor Winter Wonderland, the East London location means that it’s less saturated with tourists, leaving you to sample your mulled cider and nibble your Voodoo Rays pizza in (relative) peace.

Grove Road, Bow, London E3 5TB

NIGHT TALES

If a festive dance while sipping your alcohol is something that appeals, then you’d be silly to miss out on Night Tales; a festive experience where the emphasis is plonked firmly on eating, drinking and merrymaking. This two-storey, 25 metre stretch canopy is filled with wild gardens, restaurants and bars; basically it’s one hell of an urban playground.

288 Old Street, London EC1V 9DP

APRES SKI STYLE

For something a little more low-key why not head to one of the many après-ski inspired log cabins that have popped up in London this year? The Lodge in Balham promises fondue courtesy of Neal’s Yard and warm cocktails as well as Slow Down Sunday Roasts where you’re invited to tuck into a whole lamb's shoulder. Too busy to chill in December? Then learn to multi-task; the rooftop at Selfridges has been transformed too, head to The Chalet and drink the Choctail (basically a boozy hot chocolate) before cracking on with stocking fillers, you’ll be a more creative present buyer with a little rum in you anyway.

The Lodge, 9 Hildreth Street, SW12 9RQ, Balham Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London

THE ENCHANTED WOODLAND

While your sofa can seem more inviting than ever when there are icicles hanging from every surface it’s magical experiences like The Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park that make freezing your bits off more rewarding. Lit up like a acid trip it’s perfect for taking that Glastonbury romance to the next level.

The Enchanted Woodland, Syon House, Brentford

CHRISTMAS AT KEW GARDENS

Christmas at Kew Gardens is of the same ilk; a glittering night-time trail includes a garden of fire, Tunnel of Lights, sparkling giant snowflakes and of course, a grotto for good measure. We can't wait.

Kew Gadrens, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB

GET YOUR SKATES ON

Think walking’s boring? Then switch your shoes for skates, Blades of Glory style as you slip and slide in some of London’s best ice rinks. Somerset House is a beauty, but for BarChick it’s all about skating in front of one of London’s most iconic museums. The 1000 square meter ice rink at The Natural History Museum is more than picturesque, whether your skating skills are up to scratch or not.

Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

 

For more bar and restaurant suggestions as well as some cracking Christmas advent treats throughout December, head to Barchick.com or get the Barchick app here