Christmas means a multitude of excitements and festivities, and with that, therefore, comes a whole host of themed activities across the capital. We’ve cherry-picked a few of our fav bits and Christmas bobs going on that you’d be a fool (sorry but you would) to miss.
Christmas past at the Geffrye Museum
Quite frankly The Geffrye Museum is a magical place – depicting homes and traditions throughout the centuries fits beautifully with our philosophy of providing a homely kitchen table scenario in our bars.
The bad news: they’re shutting in January for a two-year refurbishment L The good news: they’re hosting spectacular (and free) Christmas Past exhibition, which details 400 years of Christmas traditions in the home.
We’ve loved this museum for a long time, but now that The Allegory has opened just around the corner, we feel even more attached! So head down and get some good traditional festive cheer then join us at The Allegory to reminisce about Christmases past in an equally festive present.
Canary Wharf ice rink
‘It’s official, the Canary Wharf ice rink is the best ice rink in London’
It’s back. And it’s better than ever. We can vouch for that, we have our Christmas party there every year! Open 7 days a week for 16 weeks, this is a Christmas tradition we can never forego.
Located in Canada Square Park, it’s mere seconds away from The Parlour where we have an exclusive offer especially for skaters – join us after you’ve been skating for 20% off your food bill on weekends when you book quoting ‘Ice Rink’.
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve decked ourselves out with a Veuve Clicquot après ski pop up offering complimentary charcuterie with every bottle of VC, so you can wind down and indulge in style and pretend you’ve just come off the slopes.
Traditional carols and services at St Paul’s Cathedral
In our opinion, it should be obligatory to attend at least one carol service each Christmas – not because we want to take the fun out of it, but because we truly believe that the festive spirit only really comes after singing your heart out to Christmas carols. And on the subject of carols, what better place in London could there be to sing than at St Paul’s Cathedral? Yep, that’s right, none.
Well now you’ve got your chance – Sir Christopher Wren’s church is hosting a series of events and services, from The Cathedral Choirs Messiah on Wednesday 6th December to the Breast Cancer Care concert on the 12th and celebrity readings on the 14th.
For drinks before or dinner and drinks after, The Happenstance is right next door in Paternoster Square, ready to cater to your every merry need. You might even be able to hear the carols from the bar if you find yourself too comfortable to move….
Broadgate’s Winter Forest
Moving away from what must be 50 years of ice rinks, Exchange Square is this year playing host to The Winter Forest; a mass of glittering trees, lights and snow and possibly the most instagrammable forest canopy we’ve seen, it’s a treat for the eyes. Speaking of treats for the eyes – the best bit has got to be the Tipi Cinema… Watch only the best Christmas movies whilst snuggled up on beanbags with bags of popcorn. What’s not to love?
C&B Exchange Square has joined in the foray too. We’ve got fondues and charcuterie galore alongside a serious selection of winter warmers, cocktails and, of course (dare we forget), wine. We do get super busy though so we highly recommend emailing us to book a spot.
Wintertime at the Southbank Centre
We’re all well aware of how fantastic the Southbank Centre is all year round, offering culturally unique and diverse events, and so in usual fashion, they’re nailing Christmas too with this year’s Winter Festival.
They’ve taken the uber popular Hygge concept, but it’s by no means your standard Nordic Christmas: kick back and relax in their Finnish rooftop sauna with breath-taking views of London; head to their interactive exhibitions; be stunned by Slava’s Snowshow; and last but certainly not least make sure to check out their instruments carved from ice.
The best bit? Enjoy a 15-minute stroll along the lit up Thames to The Refinery where you can snuggle up with winter warmers, Christmas cocktails and a variety of festive feasts. There’s also candlelit carols at Southwark Cathedral on 12th December for those who feel so inclined.