London has officially turned into a festive wonderland this December. As Christmas lights illuminate the streets, ice rinks pop up around the city and the best restaurants and bars delight with their winter warming menus, we've never been more excited to embrace the winter chill.
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There's no place like London at Christmas time, from atmospheric outdoor markets filled with alpine chalets to santas grottos and festive walks under the city's glittering lights. Our HELLO! writers have put together the ultimate guide of things to do in the city in December - so get ready to fill your social calendar.
Scroll on to discover the very best things to do in the city this December…
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Best festive things to do in London in December
Oblix festive afternoon tea at the Shard
For an exquisite festive dining experience 32 floors up, Oblix at The Shard is the perfect place to soak up the London skyline while indulging in a delicious afternoon tea. Where tempting treats meet laid-back luxury, there's no better way to spend an afternoon in the city.
Festive favourites include luxurious sandwiches such as roast turkey and wholegrain mustard, free range egg with truffle and smoked salmon and cream cheese on rye bread. Sweet treats and pastry highlights include the 'Oblix Christmas bauble', pumpkin cake with spiced buttercream and chestnut & vanilla tart alongside a tempting variety of freshly baked scones, server with jam, honeycomb and clotted cream. This unmissable London experience runs until 27 February 2022.
To make a reservation, visit www.oblixrestaurant.com
Feel the magic at Hogwarts in the Snow
Calling all Potterheads, there's no better time to see Hogwarts than when it's decked out in all its festive glory. For the first time ever, explore a brand new addition to the festive experience at the Studio Tour as the trees and woodland in the Forbidden Forest gets a wintery makeover draped in layers of filmmaking snow – as well as the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley, Hagrid’s Hut, and the Hogwarts Castle model.
The enchanting Great Hall will be dressed for the occasion with wreaths, garlands and trees topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be laden with a seasonal feast as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, complete with SFX flaming Christmas puddings and prop versions of the mouth-watering roast turkeys and hams studded with cherries.
Tickets are limited for Hogwarts in the Snow, which runs until 16 January.
To book, visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/whats-on/hogwarts-in-the-snow/
Get the festive feels at Lightopia in Crystal Palace Park
London’s historic Crystal Palace Park is hosting the Lightopia festival this December with this unique festival of light experience taking place right up until 2 January 2022. This stunning illuminated trail features, multi-sensory interactive lights and installations, creating a winter wonderland bursting with colour - a spectacular addition for all the family for this festive season. Lightopia’s enrapturing displays each tell a significant story, one of wonder and rebirth. Mixing ancient Chinese beliefs and symbols with the magic of Christmas to bring you a light show you will never forget. Kids love it - but don't be fooled, this is one for the grown ups too! A little bit of Santa's magic, here in London
To book, visit lightopiafestival.com
Get your skates on at Tobacco Dock's rooftop ice rink
Skylight is the perfect place to spend your weekend in the lead up to Christmas, with festive cocktails and warming winter meals on offer at Tobacco Dock's stunning rooftop retreat. Escape the city and cosy up in one of the venue's famous igloos looking over the stunning Canalside, before taking to the ice at Skylight's winter ice rink. If skating doesn't take your fancy, sip on mulled wine or tuck into cheesy tartiflette at Skylight's apres skate lodge, or indulge in the venue's Alpine-inspired food menu while watching people on the ice against South London's limitless skyline.
To book, visit www.skylightbars.com/tobacco-dock
See London's Christmas lights from the sky
With an offer combining incomparable views of the capital and three exquisite courses of top-quality cuisine, this sky-high experience makes for the perfect Christmas present.
Enjoy London's spectacular skyline at The View from The Shard, with three-course dining at Marco Pierre White’s London Steakhouse Co. and a cocktail each. This unforgettable experience is currently on offer for less than £100 – don't miss it!
To book, visit wowcher.co.uk
Dine in an igloo in a secret winter garden
Nothing says Christmas and the festive season like melted cheese, fur blankets, fairy lights, and igloos! The Regent pub in Balham has opened its Secret Winter Garden where you'll find fully-heated, covered igloos that you can book for an intimate dinner with loved ones. On the menu is scrumptious raclette. For £27 per person, you can feast on Alpine meats and roasted Mediterranean veggies coated in melted cheese which you cook yourself on the grill. Sides are bottomless, from seasoned potatoes to pickles and green salad, while starters include raclette croquettes, baked Camembert, and smoked sausage with Dijon mustard. You'd brie a fool to miss it!
To book an igloo, visit theregentbalham.co.uk
Take a break from Christmas shopping at rooftop haven
Head upstairs in John Lewis Oxford Street and discover a hidden wintery rooftop with plenty of pizza, cocktails and mulled gin to enjoy after a long day of hitting the high street for all of your festive needs.
To find out more, visit willowsontheroof.co.uk
Skate at Somerset House
Perhaps the most famous outdoor ice rink in London, Skate at Somerset House opened its doors to visitors last month. With panoramic views of the beautiful, neoclassical courtyard and the glorious 40 ft Christmas tree, this magnificent skating experience will put you in the festive mood in no time. You can guarantee pumping tunes at every session, but for extra special music, book the Skate Lates with UNIQLO or the Disney+ sessions for kids hosted by Kiss DJs on Saturday mornings.
Those who aren't tempted by the ice can sip on champagne and cocktails at the Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon, or tuck into gourmet food at Jimmy Garcia's pop-up Alpine restaurant, Chalet Barragiste. Warm up with a hot chocolate at Hotel Chocolat's pop-up truck, browse their gifting selection in the West Wing or take part in the children and adults' chocolate workshops.
To book ice skating tickets, visit somersethouse.org.uk
Countdown the festive season at Seven Dials Market
On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th December, Londoners can shield themselves from the cold and head to a Winter Weekender at Seven Dials Market. Ending the month with a bang, cosy up for a Winter Feast in partnership with Moët Hennessy, featuring a Christmas paradise of warming specials and fun festive cocktails topped off with a DJ set from Dare Balogun playing hit Christmas tracks.
Full event details listed here, sevendialsmarket.com
Book a festive gin masterclass with Tanquery Gin
Calling all gin lovers! This festive season, Tanqueray has partnered with Gizzi Erksine, Candice Brathwaite and Pritesh Mody, the experts in all aspects of hosting to showcase tips and tricks to host the perfect festive celebration, with an exclusive experience on Thursday 9 December at The Violin Factory.
With Gizzi Erskine serving up delicious festive canapes, Candice Brathwaite offering styling tips for decorating your hosting space and Pritesh Mody shaking up unique and delicious cocktails using Tanqueray’s flavourful distilled gins - there is something for everyone to be inspired by.
Elevate your Christmas hosting and book tickets at secretldn.com/tanqueray-cocktail-party-masterclass/
Get festive at Marylebone Winter Garden
This Christmas will see Portman Square Garden transformed in to a magical Winter Garden from Wednesday 1 December until Friday 3 December, from 12pm until 8pm each day. The Winter Garden will display an enchanting array of winter dining experiences with some of Portman Marylebone’s favourite restaurants and bars hosting stalls for guests to enjoy new Christmas menus and festive favourites.
Ticketed masterclasses will be hosted throughout the day including wreath making and eco-friendly sessions including recycled paper decorations, Christmas cracker, garland and textile tree making throughout the three-day event for people to enjoy and get together with loved ones to celebrate Christmas in a creative way. All ticket costs will be donated to Marylebone Food Cycle.
To purchase a ticket, visit https://www.portmanmarylebone.com/events/
Enjoy a festive luxury afternoon tea
Luxury tea emporium Mariage Frères has opened its festive Terrasse de Noël – an afternoon tea pop-up complete with its very own al fresco winter terrace on Covent Garden’s King Street. As well as style, there’s plenty of substance with Mariage Frères’ all-new Christmas Afternoon Tea featuring a towering array of festive delights almost too pretty to eat. Ensuring you get into the Christmas spirit; the proceedings start with a warming glass of Mariage Frères’ mulled wine – infused with their signature Christmas tea blend – to be sipped on the snow-covered al fresco terrace overlooking the streets of Covent Garden.
To book, visit here
The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert
Family favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol will be screened with a live orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall this month. This show will take you on a magical journey through the classic Charles Dickens story performed by the Muppets. In this heartwarming Disney movie, Kermit the Frog plays Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge. Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Rat.
The film also features Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit among others. The original score, composed by Miles with songs by Oscar®, Emmy® and Grammy®-winning songwriter Paul Williams will be performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra while the film is projected in high definition on the big screen.
For tickets visit royalalberthall.com
The CBeebies Christmas Show
Experience the CBeebies Christmas show on the big screen as it hits cinemas across the UK on the 4 and 5 of December. Inspired by the classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, audiences will follow the adventures of Holly and her brother Jack on Christmas Eve as they send their wishes to Father Christmas. But then they have to deal with the mischievous Wish Taker who steals those wishes, leading Holly to travel far and wide in search of them. Will she succeed and ensure Father Christmas has all the wishes in time for Christmas Day?
For more information visit www.cbeebieschristmasshow.com
Wreath Making Masterclasses at the Old Brewery
Learn the art of wreath making at the Old Brewery, with a guided masterclass hosted by local florist Betts & Twine. Taking place from 7pm-10:30pm, arrive to a glass of bubbles to get the creative juices flowing, before diving into a guided class to make your very own wreath. Priced at £50 per person, classes will take place on the 8th, and 15th December, with booking now available.
To book, visit here
London’s first ever ‘pup’ crawl
The Happenstance (St Paul's) and The Refinery Bankside (Southwark) are inviting you to don your festive jumpers, spruce up your pooch in seasonal attire and raise a glass for London's first ever Christmas 'Pup' crawl on Sunday 5th December, from 11am-2pm in partnership with Paaw House, Butternut Box and dog resuce charity, Wild at Heart Foundation. Both humans and pooches will enjoy hours of fabulous festive entertainment, prosecco and 'puppaccinos' alongside mince pies and refreshments - the perfect day out!
To find out more, head here.
Grab some Uber-glamorous last minute gifts
L'OCCITANE has teamed up with Uber Eats to launch a same-day delivery service for the first time, ideal for those looking to avoid high street crowds. Customers in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Reading can now order body, face, fragrance and home products direct to their doors in under an hour. With prices starting from just £12, the products on offer include fragrance and skincare gift sets, luxury hand creams, shaving sets and bath foams, as well as exclusive products for the festive season; the Verbena Festive Bauble, Festive Cracker Quattro and Almond Festive Baubles.
To find out more, head here
Enjoy a festive afternoon tea surrounded by Christmas decorations
Find time to treat yourself ahead of the busy holiday season by indulging in an Afternoon Tea at London's most festive hotel, The Dilly. The stylish venue has been beautifully decorated for Christmas and has its own restaurant, Terrace at The Dilly. Here, you can sit down and tuck into a Peter Rabbit-themed Afternoon Tea, ideal for children and adults alike. Offerings include sandwiches with names such as Mr McGregor's Garden, and sweet treats including a strawberry ganache filled mushroom with a crunchy meringue stem, an edible chocolate pot with chamomile mousse, blackberry, chocolate 'mud' and sponge cake, and a moist carrot cake topped with cream cheese. Scones with fresh clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam complete the menu. There is even a dedicated vegetarian menu on offer alongside the main menu, both of which are incredibly photogenic – so be sure to bring your camera.
To book, visit The Dilly's official website
Visit Santa and his elves at St. Pancras International
Iconic London destination, St. Pancras International has teamed up with family friendly entertainment company Sharky & George to bring an immersive Christmas grotto experience to the station. Children will be invited into the whimsical grotto to meet Father Christmas and his Elves, from Saturday 27 November 2021, for a festive experience like no other.
Stepping into the festive grotto, children will have the exciting opportunity to take part in seasonal fun and games with the Sharky and George Elves, before being invited to meet the big man himself in his exclusive waiting room. After reading them a story, Father Christmas will invite each guest to meet him one-on-one, while dazzling them with his Christmas knowledge. The grotto also offers exclusive sessions for under two-year-olds and pre-school sessions for 4-years and under.
While the children are entertained, parents are welcomed to explore the station’s food, drink and shopping offerings, from a cocktail at Searcys to Christmas shopping at Jo Malone. The families will then embark on an interactive treasure hunt around the station, discovering festive hidden gems around St. Pancras International.
To book a space at the Christmas grotto, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk
Best restaurants and bars to visit in London in December
Treat yourself to a really special meal at Fifty Cheyne
A night out at No. Fifty Cheyne really is an indulgent treat. Dinner in the dining room feels as if you were being invited into a swanky Chelsea home for a Christmas meal - but while intimate, elegant and superbly posh, this is also comfortable and cosy. The food is quite simply stunning - the scallop starter was the best we've had. And the grill, built into the huge fireplace in the main dining area, has something for everyone. Exec chef Ian Smith has created a menu which suits all tastes, with steaks, chicken, fish and vegan options available. And quite literally everything we tried was out of this world. The Chateaubriand to share is a luxury, the fish, lighter but equally mouth-watering. Not to mention the puddings; don't, whatever you do, miss out on the white chocolate souffle. A perfect festive treat.
Book a table at fiftycheyne.com.
Enjoy fine dining in the heart of Borough Market
There are many things that are exceptional about dining at Turnips in Borough Market. If you're not familiar with the name, they're a veteran greengrocer and wholesale retailer that also double up as a restaurant. Provenance and seasonality are key to the venue's ethos, so you can guarantee that each dish has been carefully crafted and great thought has gone into the ever-evolving menu.
When we visited for dinner, it felt like a real treat to be dining outdoors under the arches of London's iconic food market, when most of the other stalls had closed up for the day. The vibrant spirit of the market lingers at Turnips though, as chefs personally serve dishes to diners and talk through the theatricality of each beautiful plate. The occasional rumble of a train overhead only adds to the uniqueness of the setting.
The menu is the brainchild of Chef Patron Tomas Lidakevicius, formerly executive chef at Jason Atherton's City Social, so you just know it will be sublime. The tasting menu is the one to go for, comprising seven magnificent dishes, and the wine pairing is well worth it. It's hard to pick a favourite as each dish is original and unexpected, superbly presented and pure genius, but the melt-in-your-mouth wild venison, and the understated agria potatoes with black truffle, will always stick in mind. The menu may have some food you wouldn't ordinarily order, like cep and salsify, but you'll be blown away by the flavours and freshness of the market ingredients and Tomas' skill at combining them.
Turnips also has a special festive event in the calendar – a Christmas sitting on 23 December. Check it out online but if you can't make that date, find another slot in your diary because a visit to Turnips should be on every Londoner and tourist's bucket list.
To book a table visit, restaurant.turnipsboroughmarket.com
Enjoy an immersive dining experience at London's most exciting new venue
Just in time for the festive season, immersive restaurant INCA is arriving in the West End – and you won't want to miss it! The vibrant venue boasts a restaurant and a Night Lounge, where guests are transported to after their meal for a night of entertainment. Inspired by South America, the menu is incredibly moreish – think nachos with white hand-picked crab, with grated tomatoes and guacamole. Drinks include a Pina Verde with homemade avocado and pineapple puree, and the La Salida de Sol – INCA's twist on the Espresso Martini.
To book, visit www.incalondon.com
Try the best vegan burgers in London
For deceptively delicious plant-based food, head to Clean Kitchen Club in Camden for the best 'chicken' burgers you'll want to sink your teeth in the city. Founded by Made in Chelsea's Verity Bowditch and YouTube star Mikey Pearce, this planet passionate duo is on a mission to disrupt the plant-based industry as we know it, taking fully sustainable plant-based food and carbon-neutral packaging to the mainstream. Hero items include everything from its classic clean burgers, vegan bacon mac n cheese, chicken katsu bowls, no meat meatballs, salads, wraps and desserts.
To check out Clean Kitchen, visit cleankitchen.club
Eat a Christmas sandwich at Trade
Trade's group of independent coffee shops and eateries is currently serving up the Trade Xmas Sandwich filled with delicious smoked turkey, bacon, cranberry, stuffing, red cabbage, gem lettuce & pigs in blankets - yum! Trade serves up great sandwiches, home-made quality food and specialty coffee across three unique locations in the Capital.
Check out locations here.
Enjoy a pub meal with a difference at The Pig's Head
The Pig's Head in Clapham Old Town, which just opened five weeks ago, is a truly quaint spot for lunch or dinner and highly recommendable. The farm-to-fork restaurant is shaking up the pub game with half of its menu boasting plant-based dishes while the other focus is on sustainable, premium meat which is butchered on site and comes from local, family-run farms.
The menu changes daily and features intriguing and innovative dishes. When HELLO! visited, we sampled the exquisite pulled ewe served with beetroot, eggs, and crispy potato skins, as well as the chicken's leg with a bacon crust. For starters, try the delicious Paddock Farm Tamworth pork Scotch egg, served alongside bacon jam and Bramley apple mustard.
It's all about the little touches, like dining against a backdrop of jars of homemade pickled food or having your condiments hand-served at your table in mini jars. Even the sides like freshly made sourdough with whipped brown butter are excellent. Make sure you leave space for dessert and share the dark chocolate hot pot, which is topped with salted caramel marshmallows that instantly melt as soon as you dig your spoon in.
The setting feels incredibly homely too, with mismatched chairs and tables that have been upcycled or reused, and dainty crockery. It's easy to while away an afternoon at this rustic pub and well worth a visit, even if you aren't in the area.
To book a table, visit thepigshead.com
Try Christmas pizza at Mamma Dough
South London's iconic pizza venue, Mamma Dough, has launched its brand new festive menu, including the Super Sprout Pizza, topped with Brussels sprouts, gorgonzola, pancetta and mozzarella. If you're already getting bored of Christmas sandwiches, why not try the same flavours on their sourdough bases? Even better - throughout December, children eat free in their Tooting branch, so grab the family for some festive food!
Info and booking: mammadough.co.uk
Enjoy a retro sweet treat in Mayfair
For sweet-toothed nostalgia lovers, Sheraton Park Lane has launched a brand new menu of delicious drinks inspired by sweets invented in the 1920s - and it's just as fun as it sounds. The hotel’s master mixologists have expertly captured the flavour and wonder of treats like the Sherbet Fountain, the Black Jack, the Fruit Salad and the Milky Way, with a list of modern alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks designed for friends and family to enjoy. This era sits at the heart of the hotel’s heritage, as Sheraton Grand London Park Lane opened in the heyday of the carefree 1920s and is one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the country. The sweet shop drinks menu is available from now until the end of February - so book now.
Go for a vegan bottomless brunch
Christmas dinners are always a winner, but sometimes the vegan option on the menu can be disappointing. So, if you're looking for plant-based perfection, British food tech company Moving Mountains have partnered with London's biggest vegan restaurant and cocktail bar Unity Diner to launch a very special plant-based menu, which includes London’s first ever No Pigs In Duvets Bottomless Brunch. Feast on their Christmas burger or Christmas Wellington alongside their No Pigs in Duvets of vegan bacon, puff pastry alongside a rosemary and cranberry sauce, washed down with plenty of prosecco. Merry Christmas!
Info and to book: unitydiner.co.uk
Try Bar + Block’s new seasonal menu
With the new season comes a new Autumn Winter menu at contemporary steakhouse, Bar + Block, with sites in Aldgate, King’s Cross, Sutton, Southwark, and Wimbledon. At the heart of it, discover Bar + Block’s signature steaks. The ever-changing selection of quality steaks, prepared for you by expert chefs on-site, are selected from British and Irish Angus breeds renowned for their taste, tenderness and the unique marbling that runs throughout each cut. Every steak is matured for at least 30 days and hand cut to size, matching your appetite. Be sure to try their cocktail of the month, a chocolate orange martini and leave enough room to taste their Apple and Blackberry Crumble - it’s a must- have!
To check out Bar + Block, visit here
Experience Winter Wonders at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel
From 1st December until 2nd January, embrace the festive spirit with the Christmas afternoon tea at the hotel’s renowned restaurant, Kona. This decadent tea features a range of delicious sweet and savoury treats including a winter warmer hot chocolate bauble alongside festive spiced cinnamon scones. Kona’s Winter Wonders afternoon tea is priced at £60 per person, and includes a glass of Prosecco. If you're already bored of turkey dinners, this is the perfect option for something a little bit special!
Info and booking: stjamescourthotel.co.uk/
Go wild for pizza at Zia Lucia
Introducing a neighbourhood pizza fave for Londoners all over - Zia Lucia is the perfect place for a festive pre-Christmas night out with friends or family. HELLO!'s Head of Digital, Sophie, visited the Wandsworth restaurant (eager South West London pizza fans will be pleased to hear there’s a Balham venue coming soon) and it really was an elevated pizza experience. There are four tempting doughs, all super light and delicious. The vegetable charcoal has to be tried, with its black colour and unusual flavouring perfect for a very Instagram-worthy meal snap! Combined with a flair for real Italian community-style, Zia Lucia is an unmissable experience for pizza lovers across the city.
To book, visit zialucia.com
Take in a dose of Sicilian Grand Café culture
Introducing Isola, the much-anticipated new arrival from the award-winning and family-run San Carlo Group. Isola brings la dolce vita to London with a heady dose of Sicilian Grand Café culture, Italian hospitality and a vibrant menu inspired by the islands of southern Italy. Complete with an expansive and verdant leafy al fresco terrace, the relaxed yet stylish all-day brasserie and bar, offers indoor and outdoor dining from noon through to dinner. Offering a modern take on the comforting classics we all know and love, guests can enjoy Arancini, Roasted Pepper marinated in olive oil and garlic, Sicilian Semolina Bread, Figliata al Tartufo and Carpaccio di Spigola. There is also Spaghetti Granseola, Tartufo e Porcini Ravioli, Signor Sassi Lobster Spaghetti and Gamberi Sicilia. And finish with the dessert on everyone's lips these days, an indulgent Tiramisu, served Classico or Limone, or Cannoli Sicliani – ricotta filled pastry with pistachio or cioccolato.
Book here, sancarlo.co.uk/restaurants/isola-london/
Enjoy live music and cocktails at Eastcheap Records
The home from home live music and cocktail venue is known for its impressive line up of events and the festive period is no different. The action-packed Christmas schedule has everything from supercharged DJ sets and live bands to solo singers an a unique Christmas Carol service by brass-band Riverside Brass for one night only on 13th December.
To book visit: eastcheaprecords.com
Taste of Napoli at Selfridges
Pizza Pilgrims has worked closely with Selfridges to create the retailer’s most sustainable restaurant fit to date. Guests can expect a brand new menu exclusive to Selfridges, newcomers will include Wild Mushrooms, Truffled Ricotta and Burrata, British Wagyu Beef with Mozzarella and Poponcini Peppers and a Smoked Salmon Everything Bagel Pizza. This will feature a Fior di Latte base and everything bagel seed crust, baked and topped with smoked salmon, mascarpone, red onion, capers, and dill. Pizza Pilgrims at Selfridges is the first restaurant to launch as part of a new dining destination on the fourth floor of the Oxford Street store
To book visit: pizzapilgrims.co.uk
Try something new at Burger & Lobster
Burger & Lobster have teamed up with TV chef Tony Singh to create the scrumptious Punjabi Spiced Lobster sharing dish, and we're obsessed. Forget about turkey and go with some lobster since Christmas instead! The delicious dish is only available until 31st December, so get booking!
And if you have one too many, fans of the restaurant can also have the restaurant come to them with their Hangover Cure Kit in collaboration with Bloody Mary legends Bloody Drinks, which includes lobster rolls along with four pre-mixed classic Bloody Mary cocktails. Perfect for the party season right?
For more info, visit burgerandlobster.com
Sip a Cuban-inspired cocktail at Bar La Rampa
Located in a convenient location off Oxford Street, have a festive tipple at this classy, Cuban-inspired established, with small plates taking influence from Central America from their prawn ceviche to the elote corned ribs and gorgeous cocktails including expertly made mojitos and daiquiris, mmm.
To book, visit barlarampa.com
Get brunching at Bishopsgate's latest bar NEST
This vibrant bar & kitchen based in the iconic Bishopsgate building, is launching a brand-new, experiential brunch offering. The new venue in the heart of London’s Liverpool Street will be bringing big energy and party vibes to the City with an impressive brunch menu and epic entertainment including DJs, fire breathers, Christmas showgirls and sax players.
With a menu designed by Executive Chef Max Holba, guests can tuck into an array of seasonal dishes including a buttermilk turkey burger with lemon stuffing and roast salmon fillet with braised beluga lentils, wilted spinach and chive sauce; alongside bottomless Prosecco, Espresso Martinis, Pornstar Martinis or Aperol Spritz priced at £45 per person.
To book, visit here
Get cosy at Bubba Oasis's hideaway
This cosy winter haven tucked away in the heart of Islington resembles a home from home with casual dining, live music and entertainment. This winter, the terrace is decked out with heaters, blankets, twinkling lights and Christmas trees for guests to unwind during the festive season and enjoy a warming cocktail or mulled wine from their special seasonal menu.
To book, visit here
Dine whilst enjoying views of passing boats
Coppa Club Putney, which opened its doors last month, has brought a fabulous food culture experience to Southwest London. The café, bar, restaurant, lounge, terrace and private dining space is situated on the riverfront and serves breakfast, brunch, intimate dinners, after-work drinks and daily caffeine fixes - perfect riverside retreat for locals and guests alike to enjoy from morning to night. As part of Coppa Club's home-from-home ethos, Coppa offers the very best café qualities and has partnered with Grind at Coppa Club Putney. Foodwise, they offer a modern take on British and Mediterranean classics, with favourites such as the Smoked Haddock and Salmon Fish Cake and a fresh Club Caesar Salad. The restaurant offers a great selection of fresh pasta and sourdough pizza, perfect for devouring at any time of day. Diners looking to add further flair to their meals will enjoy the bespoke cocktail menu, with inventive options from the bar including a sweet and aromatic Cookie Old Fashioned and an indulgent Tiramisu Martini.
We've tried more than a few restaurants here at HELLO!, but we mean it when we say nothing quite compares to Coppa Club Putney. From the food to the service and the location, we can't fault it. It's set at the side of the river, framed by the chain's famed igloos, while food includes everything from homemade pasta to fluffy rye pancakes. There's also an igloo-exclusive menu featuring a truffled wagyu burger (we know) and a warm chocolate fondant with caramelised white chocolate and salted caramel ice cream. You'll want to think fast whether you go for an igloo or not, as the eatery has had an epic response since opening. We're already planning our return.
To book, visit www.coppaclub.co.uk/coppa-putney/
Visit the Nordic wonderland at The View From The Shard
The View from The Shard will be transformed this winter into a Nordic wonderland inspired by The Northern Lights and snowy wilderness of Scandinavia. As the temperatures have started dropping and the nights draw in the Aurora theme has arrived and the viewing platforms at the top of The Shard have come alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of winter. Featuring lavish decorations, antler horns, fur throws, and regular snow falls the viewing platforms, each featuring Nordic themed bars, are the perfect place to enjoy the greatest views of London and relax or celebrate with a glass in hand this winter. Aurora is presented by Virgin Experience Days and will run all the way through winter to March 2022. During the month of December London’s highest Christmas tree will also be a key feature and focal point throughout the festive period.
For more information or to book tickets please visit www.theviewfromtheshard.com
Get festive at the Engine Rooms Winter Terrace
The star draw at The Engine Rooms is an incredible heated courtyard terrace, nestled in the centre of the hubbub of activity. Heaters surround the space to keep things warm and cosy for all, while an electric canopy roof which can be quickly opened or closed at the touch of a button allows for outdoor dining whether the sun shines or not. For the festive season, the terrace will be decorated with beautiful arrangements, touches of festive cheer and lights, and blankets will be available for added cosiness.
To book, visit https://theenginerooms.co.uk/
Don't hold back this winter with the perfect ice cream
This winter, the ice cream of ice creams, Häagen-Dazs, will be popping up in Covent Garden with its first ever pop-up 'wafflerie'. Bringing a splash of Razzle Däzsle to this year's festivities, the Häagen-Dazs Wafflerie is set to warm up winter with a selection of indulgent waffles, piled high with irresistibly boozy ice cream and tasty toppings. The decadent desserts will bring to life Häagen-Dazs' limited edition winter flavours: Rum Salted Caramel & Biscuit and Irish Whiskey & Chocolate Waffle. The Häagen-Dazs Pop-up Shop will be located at 140 Long Acre, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AD and will be open from 1st - 5th December, 12pm-7pm. It promises to be an extravagant experience from start to finish.
Indulge in a meat feast at Big Easy
Carnivores will absolutely love Big Easy's meaty offerings. The restaurant chain, which has branches across London including Covent Garden and Chelsea, is renowned for its smoking hot BBQ platters and surf and turf extravaganza dishes. Those wanting to indulge in a proper feast should go for the Deluxe Bar. B. Q. Blow Out. We ordered it for two, but one between us would have been enough to share!
Served family-style, the gargantuan meal is made up of barbecue chicken, dry-rubbed pork ribs, Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, and sides including coleslaw and cornbread. You really won't have space for much more, but it's also worth warming up your appetite levels with some starters like the jumbo shrimp with blue cheese dipping sauce, and the classic fried calamari. The atmosphere is always guaranteed to be buzzing at Big Easy, so if you're looking for a lively restaurant serving calorie-filled feasts, this is where you'll find it. Because if you can't indulge at Christmas, when can you?
To book a table, visit bigeasy.co.uk
Stroll through the indoor market at Eataly
Enjoy a walk through Eataly in Liverpool Street, where you can admire some pretty festive lights and a range of Christmas hamper goodies, from wine packages at Il Vino, to Italian cured meats. Plus, with plenty of restaurants and bars situated within the Eatly complex, you can stop for a tasty bite to eat.
From the beginning of December, limited edition dishes will be available the Eataly restaurants. We're talking dishes such as Christmas Stuffing Pizza at pizza alla pala, and Polenta with Mushrooms and Robiola Cheese. Sounds delicious, right?
To book a table, visit eataly.co.uk
Best luxury things to do in London in December
Swing into action with Cirque du Soleil LUZIA
In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on a surrealistic journey through a vibrant world filled with wonders, playfulness and striking artistry. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production. Book now for an unmissable experience in January.
To book visit, cirquedusoleil.com
New LIVE TRUE Soho
LIVE TRUE recently launched their new flagship space on Wardour Street, in the heart of lively and creative Soho. Their mission? To bring their clients vision to life and enhance – creating the freshest haircuts and most vibrant colourways – all in a sophisticated urban space. Experience the latest treatments and hair trends, in the hands the expert LIVE TRUE artistic team, and be wowed by their skills and ability to transform your hair. We tried the 'Freshen Up' because sometimes you just need a refresh; a new season means new hair! So if you're looking for a pick me up, the LIVE TRUE team of experts are on hand to provide a luxurious wash, trim and blow dry experience that will instantly elevate your tresses and have you feeling ready to conquer the world!
To book, visit livetruelondon.com
Gift yourself a pre-Christmas hair treatment
HARI's has partnered with influencer Jasmine Hemsley to launch a limited edition range of hair treatments all inspired by Ayurveda rituals. Embracing natural ingredients, the menu of four different treatments caters for all hair types, and are based on Jasmine’s 10 herb, spice and fruit blend.
Perfect for a little pick-me-up before the Christmas party season, these indulgent treatments are applied using the Jasmine Hemsley signature massage, which incorporates two Ayurvedic traditions; the Indian Head Massage and Kansa Wand massage.
To book, visit harissalon.com
Treat yourself to a festive blowdry
December is the party month, and we all know a pre-festive pamper is always needed! For Christmas-ready hair, head to Duck & Dry, ASAP. There are five locations in London - Chelsea, Mayfair, Soho, Spitalfields and Islington. As well as express styling, you can even book one of the group styling areas, where you and your gang can get ready in the best way. Why not add a mani and pedi to the list, too? And the best news - all the salons have a prosecco bar. Cheers to that...
To make a salon booking, visit Duck & Dry.
Get glowing skin for Christmas
Hot beauty destination Skinwork, which is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Soho, is the place to go if you're looking for a pre-Christmas glow. With numerous facials to choose from, including the pre-party Glow Facial (a firm favourite with influencers!) and the best-selling Signature Facial, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to a pamper session.
To make a salon booking, visit Skinwork.
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