Things to do this weekend in London: 7 to 9 December

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Who else is getting into the festive spirit? There's plenty to do in London this weekend, from checking out the newly opened Din Tai Fung dumpling restaurant, to signing up to a celebrity-studded carol concert. Read on for fun events to get involved in...

Hop aboard and join the Pirates of the Hidden Spirit


Ahoy there matey! Fancy warming your cockles aboard a real pirate ship? Head to Sir Francis Drake's The Golden Hinde, which has been transformed into an cocktail immersive experience. Guests are welcomed on board to meet Captain Jack Cassidy's crew and plunder the world's finest treasure - their delectable cocktails! Your £34.99 ticket includes three cocktails plus the chance to raid their fancy dress box, so there's no excuse not to get into the seafaring spirit. The event runs three times a day on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until March 2019.


Sample some of the world's best dumplings at Din Tai Fung


The time has finally come! No, not Christmas, we're talking about the grand opening of Din Tai Fung. Dubbed the world's best dumpling restaurant, the eatery opened earlier this week with a host of celebrities in attendance, including Stephen Fry, Charlotte Tilbury, Tamara Beckwith and Boris Johnson. Located in Covent Garden, Din Tai Fung serves its super famous Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumplings). Fried rice, noodles, steamed buns and vegetable stir-fries also make up the mouth-watering menu. See you in the queue!


Sing along with the stars at Studio 88


Any theatre-lovers out there will LOVE enjoying a bottomless brunch with the cream of the West End crop evert Sunday! This amazing immersive bottomless brunch is filled with showtunes from past and present cast members of your favourite musicals with plenty of prosecco on the side! Running every Sunday from 12pm-4pm, it is the perfect way to spend a chilly weekend day. Prices start from £35 per person and we would recommend their amazing eggs Benedict!


Sing along at the Nordoff Robbins Carol Service


What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a good festive sing-along? There are so many carol services happening around London this winter, but the one to go to is run by Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. This year, Clarke Peters, Michaela Coel and Bill Nighy will give readings while Nicholas McCarthey will perform on the piano. Nile Rodgers will also be delivering an exclusive, very exciting set. Strictly not happening this weekend, save the date for Tuesday 7pm when the service takes place at St Luke's Church in Chelsea. Tickets are available to buy online.


Cure your hangover at Lucky Voice


Cure your Christmas hangovers with Lucky Voice! The karaoke company has introduced their new Christmas Hangover Club, where groups can do, snuggle under a blanket and watch Christmas films from the comfort of their cosy rooms – just like your living room, only with people waiting on you with food and drinks at the ready!


Sample some festive cheer at Christmas by the River


Running the length of the river path between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, Christmas by the River is back this year with more festive fun than ever. With over 70 stalls and an Alpine apres ski bar you can do a spot of shopping, treat yourself to some delicious street food (the pulled pork and the falafal stalls were our favourite), and sip on some Christmas bubbles while enjoying London's iconic riverside landscape in all its festive, twinkly glory. There's a range of free workshops on offer including present wrapping masterclasses, Astrology workshops, Christmas jumper decorating and more!


For a festive dining experience head to ASK Italian


In the lead up to Christmas, ASK Italian has transformed its Spice Quay, Butler's Wharf restaurant into a magical alpine forest, bringing the wintery magic of the Alps directly to South Bank for all to enjoy. The restaurant has been decked out, complete with pine trees, fairy lighting and a snowy finish – the perfect Christmas setting to be enjoyed from now until January 2019.


Get Christmas ready at the ultimate pamper destination


Now with party season in full swing why not accompany the festivities with a brand new look? Put some time aside for a pampering session at Blush + Blow in west London. Some popular treatments include a luxury manicure and pedicure, a massage or even a fabulous cut and blow dry. This beauty bar is the perfect place where customers can chat, take friends, have coffee, relax and get a great haircut – just in time for Christmas and New Years!


Try Zizzi's Christmas menu offerings


If you're feeling festive, then make sure one thing you do is head to Zizzi to try out its fabulous Christmas menu. For 2018, it's all about the Brownettone - what they call their 'experimental festive mash up' - one half warm chocolate brownie and one half custard-soaked Italian panettone with chocolate chips and candied orange peel. Ur....yum! The rest of the festive menu promises a dish for everyone, be it meat lovers, vegans or chocoholics - as well as those who can't eat gluten, from pulled pork and truffle pizza to pumpkin mac and cheese. 


Bring the Christmas cheer to your home


Meet this new Deliveroo exclusive: The Sproutmas Burger. Available from this weekend, the burger has Cajun sprouts and bacon, chicken dusted with a secret sprout spice crust, a green cheese sauce, sweet potato and watercress. Still not satisfied? Then you can snack on their delicious mac and cheese sprout balls. 


Head to Madison for an all day brunch party 


Madison is renowned for its electric atmosphere and spectacular views, making it the perfect spot to catch up with friends. Head to the luxurious bar and restaurant this Saturday for the Madbrunch series, whilst enjoying panoramic views, mouth watering cocktails, delicious foods and entertainment from renowned DJs and musicians.


Enjoy festive performances at Quaglino's 


Get in the festive spirit at Quaglino's for an exciting performance from Rita Ora's former vocal coach Michelle John. Michelle had the pleasure of performing for Barak Obama at The White House and singing with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey and Herbie Hancock. 


Revisit this iconic pub!


The Bedford, which has played host to Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith during its extraordinary history, has just reopened with 15 individually designed bedrooms, five bars – including a cocktail bar, saloon bar and dining space and the original pub, a ballroom and even a 250-capacity live music club open into the early hours.