Sliders have arrived at West London for the city's first on-real-ice social curling experience which will be sure to bowl everyone over. Sliding into Queensway, prepare to team up with friends, family and foes and compete against each other at central London’s only permanent all-year round ice rink.
At QUEENS, Sliders features 8 real ice, freshly marked curling lanes, alongside a super-cool soundtrack under a giant disco ball. Bowling's wonderfully weird winter cousin is here!
The game is simple yet addictive, relaxed yet intense, and will guarantee to have you hooked from the first throw.
Prices: From only £12.50 per person for a team of 4, or 8. Includes curling, grips, drinks service and a welcome drink to warm-up.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Raclette Bar
The festive season is drawing in, and with it comes the perfect excuse to indulge on warming comfort food. London is obsessing over cheese fondue at the minute, so it's no surprise that a bar dedicated to raclette is making its way to Clapham this week. You'll find this cheesy pop-up nestled above The Treehouse Pub, serving a scrumptious alpine menu from Le Rac Shack.
Start with alpine tapas like raclette croquettes and baked camembert, before moving onto the main event where you'll melt three varieties of raclette on your very own grill, to slide onto a selection of delicious meats and roasted vegetables. For dessert, you can look forward to an indulgent chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream and raspberries. Better yet, the three-course menu will only set you back £28.
Pergola Paddington Central is back and open for business. Fully covered and fully winter-proofed, the venue has transformed into one of London's biggest urban winter retreats. Four mouthwatering eateries have set up shop - DF/Mexico, Patty & Bun, Made of Dough and Tonkotsu - as well as two bars. The top deck of Pergola has also been covered with a clear roof, keeping diners warm as they gaze up at the night sky.
Struggling to find the motivation to go to the gym now that it's winter? We've all been there. If you're looking for a way to make working out a little more bearable, you can now do HIIT Workout Sessions at Sky Garden. Located 36 floors above London's bustling streets, get your day off to a healthy start with a high intensity workout led by two instructors in one of the most unique settings in the city.
Bask in skyline views of London's winter mornings as you break a sweat, before making your way into the venue's exotic garden to refuel with a nutritious buffet-style breakfast.
Vauxhall Winter Village is back this year, opening on Thursday 16 November and running for six weeks until Christmas. Après-ski style food, drink and entertainment are all on offer at the free-to-enter pop-up, which will be open every weekday from 11.30am to 10pm, and selected weekends until Friday 22 December. Visitors will find hot mulled beverages, roasted chestnuts, cosy blankets and heated seating booths, while retro dressing up and photobooth bombing are strongly encouraged.
FOOD AND DRINK
Ready to wave goodbye to alfresco dining? Then head to Shoreditch's latest offering, The Allegory. This fancy location is the perfect everyday escape after a long day in the office. With chic industrial interiors, a beautiful open plan bar and a delicious signature menu, Drake & Morgan's newest opening is this season's go-to destination for the finest dining and drinking. Dishes to try include; succulent tuna and green papaya salad, roasted cauliflower and pesto fettuccine or the pan-fried salmon with braised lentils. To round off, try the mixed berry crumble or crème brulee.
Covent Garden Lights Switch On
Covent Garden is the number one and ultimate Christmas destination this year. The festive celebrations start with a 'switch on' extravaganza in the Piazza on Tuesday 14 November led by the cast of acclaimed hit West End musical 42nd Street and special guest Pudsey, as Covent Garden teams up with BBC Children in Need for the first time. They will also be joined by additional special guests to switch on the lights, while the company of 42nd Street will perform some of the most iconic numbers from the show. Head there before 6pm on 14 November to see the spectacular display.