Christmas is just around the corner which means so is New Year's Eve. If you're in London and fancy an alternative way to ring in 2016, consider skating into the New Year at the iconic Natural History Museum ice rink. Think mulled wine, canapés and unlimited skating until one in the morning.
Read on for this week's hot events and new releases...
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Sparkle and Skate
Fancy skating your way into 2016? The truly festive ice skating rink at the Natural History Museum in London is offering a brand new Sparkle and Skate package where partygoers can skate, dance and be merry until 12:30am. A special DJ will be on the decks from 9pm, and bubbly will be available to purchase in the cafe bar overlooking the rink. Ring in the New Year against the world famous backdrop of the historic museum, while also taking in the sight of the Swarovski tree that has been decorated with over 2,000 twinkling decorations. Tickets are £25 per person.
To buy tickets visit ticketmaster.co.uk/NHM-Ice-Rink.
A Christmas Carol
Jim Broadbent takes to the stage as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. The festive theatre favourite, which opened last month, has limited availability in January so it's best to get booking now. Adapted by Olivier award-winning writer Patrick Barlow, the play is based on Charles Dickens' classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption and promises to be a hit with both children and adults alike. Tickets start from £20.
To buy tickets visit achristmascaroltheplay.com.
FOOD AND DRINK
Prepare yourself for an Indian feast fit for a King, as new restaurant Darbaar opens its doors on Christmas Day. Chef Abdul has created unique and theatrical dishes inspired by the royal courts of India, with plates including baked leg of rabbit on the bone, slow roasted leg of Kentish lamb and wild Madagascar prawn. Alternatively, you can celebrate Christmas Day or New Year's Eve in the restaurant where special exquisite menus will be prepared.
To book a table visit darbaarrestaurants.com.
Free live music
In the true spirit of Christmas, St Martin's Courtyard in London is treating visitors to a series of free activities throughout December. Live music will fill the courtyard every Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon while visitors enjoy late night shopping. Sightseers can also dazzle at the Christmas lights inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas classic carol, while the decorations continue through Slingsby Place.
For the full guide to musicians playing visit stmartinscourtyard.co.uk/live-music-sessions-light-up-the-courtyard.
It seemed so unlikely – a fight on Everest. In 2013 news channels around the world focused their attention on Mount Everest when an ugly brawl broke out between European climbers and the Sherpas who were guiding them up the mountain. What had happened to the sense of co-operation and the happy, smiling Sherpas? Determined to explore what was going on, a group of filmmakers set out to make a documentary of the 2014 Everest climbing season from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy at 6:45am on 18 April, when a four million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas.
Andrea Bocelli 2016 Tour
Exciting news for Andrea Bocelli fans! The Italian tenor has confirmed his return to the UK for a nationwide tour next year. Andrea, who recently performed on Strictly Come Dancing, will showcase his latest album Cinema. Expect stunning pieces from classic cinema soundtracks along with arias and duets from the most legendary operas, and other classic pieces from the artist's repertoire. The tour kicks off in September in Sheffield and finishes in London on 1 October. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 11 December so keep the date in your diary!
To book tickets visit andreabocelli.com/tickets.
NEW YEAR'S EVE
Boogaloo Revolution at Oriole
See in the New Year with true Latino flair at the newly opened Oriole bar, buried beneath the heart of Smithfield Market. Revellers are invited to take part in the New Year's Boogaloo Revolution and start the celebrations with a glass of champagne in hand. As the evening gets underway the Cuban Son band will perform live music and bring out the spirit of Ché in merrymakers – the perfect excuse to Mambo, Guaracha, Bolero and Cha Cha Cha the last of this year away! The bar will be serving its full range of signature cocktails from the Wander In Wonder collection. Tickets are £49 per person.
To buy tickets visit oriolebar.com.