To Do List: HELLO!'s pick of events and new releases

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It's all about planning ahead this season and while we haven't even had Christmas yet, there are a couple of events that are worth booking now in advance. Families will love The Nutcracker on Ice – an adventurous take on the traditional ballet.

Ice skating sensations The Imperial Ice Stars are returning to the Royal Albert Hall for six days only to give the most magical performance of the season.

If you're already planning New Year's, a Bond-inspired night at Maggies in west London may be just the ticket.

Read on for this week's event and new releases...

FOOD AND DRINK

Kurobuta

Fans of Japanese food, listen up! Ex-Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth has brought his critically-acclaimed Kurobuta restaurant to Harvey Nichols. Taking inspiration from the Izakayas of Japan where tapas-style plates are served up, the all-day menu offers Japanese classics with a Western twist. Scott's signature dish of BBQ pork belly in steamed buns is a must, while tea-smoked lamb and soft shell crab tempura maki with kimchee mayo are also top of the order.

For more information visit kurobuta-london.com.

THEATRE

The Nutcracker on Ice

For 12 performances only The Nutcracker on Ice will be showcased at the Royal Albert Hall in London by international ice dance sensation The Imperial Ice Stars. The award-winning troupe has thrilled audiences with their magical performances and this winter promises to be no different. As midnight strikes on a magical Christmas Eve, a toy Nutcracker comes to life, sweeping young Marie to a world of enchantment where she meets the Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince and, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. A festive treat for all ages, performances run from Monday 28 December to Saturday 2 January.

To book tickets visit royalalberthall.com.

EVENT

Caro Emerald on tour

With the look of a Hollywood icon and a voice that oozes warmth and personality, Caro Emerald knows how to dazzle on stage. The Dutch pop and jazz singer has kicked off her UK nationwide tour and dates are selling fast. Tickets still remain for her performances in Nottingham, Manchester, London and Bournemouth, so hurry and grab them online! Since the release of her 2010 multi-platinum debut album Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor, Caro has gone on to perform at the likes of Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. Her third album is due for release next year.

To book tickets visit caroemerald.com/tour.

FESTIVE POP-UP

The Tree House

A mystical enchanted woodland has popped up in London where rum cocktails and champagne flow freely – it's called The Tree House. Located at the top of the DoubleTree Hilton at Tower Hill in the hotel's stylish rooftop bar The Double Tree at Tower of London, this winter bar is the perfect excuse to escape from the rush of the City. Guests can huddle over hot apple cider, hot toddies, a plum and rum Old Fashioned or a Tree House punch among other tipples. Accompanying the drinks is a warming winter food menu with highlights including truffle mac and cheese and treetop burger squares. The Tree House is open until February 2016.

For more information visit doubletree3.hilton.com.

FILM

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

It's the film that movie buffs have been waiting all year for! Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens will be on screens on Thursday 17 December. Real die-hard fans will have already booked their tickets, but if you need a gentle reminder, this is how the plot goes. Set 30 years after defeating the Galactic Empire, fans will see the return of Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford again, alongside co-pilot Chewbacca. Han and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and his army of Stormtroopers.

Nationwide from 17 December.

EVENT

New Year's at Maggies

It's not even Christmas yet but plans are already being made for New Year's Eve. 1980s-inspired club Maggies is hosting a 007 style party on Thursday 31 December from 9:30pm. Ring in the New Year and party into the wee hours of the morning at this West London club, where the design is a nod to Maggie Thatcher. Club-goers can hear her famous speeches playing in the loos while Thatcher memorabilia vies for space on the walls. Expect a Moët et Chandon champagne reception, bottomless Belvedere Vodka Martinis throughout the evening, 2am bacon butties, and prizes for the most stealthily dressed Bond. Early bird tickets cost £30 and £40 on the door.

To book tickets visit maggies-club.com/new-years-eve.

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