From theatrical supperclubs to festive winter pop-ups, here are the capital’s best events, food feasts, theatre shows and more to fill your social calendar this month…
GO GREEN HERE: Wreath-Making Workshop At The Alfred Tennyson
Give your door stand out style for the festive season with an elegant handmade Christmas wreath. During the workshop, award-winning florists Hayford & Rhodes will teach guests the fine art of wreath making, whilst festive canapés and cocktails will be served up courtesy of The Alfred Tennyson.
10 Motcomb Street, Kensington, SW1X 8LA; 4th December; tickets from £90
GET FESTIVE HERE: Let It Snow At The Sanderson
This winter the iconic long bar at the Sanderson will be transformed into a winter alpine forest, complete with dangling birches, leaf-covered floors and falling snow, to get guests into the festive spirit.
50 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NG; from 11th – 24th December
BRUNCH HERE: Anna Barnett’s Festive Fundraiser For ShelterBox
For one weekend in December, chef and writer Anna Barnett will be working her magic in the kitchen to bring foodies a bottomless brunch with a festive twist. Guests can look forward to a three-course menu of traditional winter treats inspired by Anna’s favourite seasonal foods, together with an array of delicious Christmas-themed cocktails. Proceeds from the brunch will be donated to ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity which provides temporary shelter and life-saving supplies to displaced families.
8A Stamford Works, Gillet Street, Dalston, N16 8JH; 9th and 10th December; tickets £55
COSY UP HERE: Coppa Club
A complete sell-out last year, Coppa’s romantic riverside igloos return for another season of magical winter-themed fun. Each igloo is fully-heated with snuggly faux fur and sheepskin blankets, and tables are adorned with flowers and quaint candles to set the mood. Each dome also comes fitted with its own speaker system, so you’ll have a soundtrack as well as riverside seats.
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
WATCH THIS: The Nutcracker, London Coliseum
The whole family will enjoy this magical Christmas ballet. Prepare to be dazzled by exquisite dancing from The Royal Ballet, enchanting sets and Tchaikovsky’s fabulous score.
St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4ES; from 5th December 2017 – 6th January 2018; tickets from £7
FEAST HERE: Le Petit Chef At TT Liquor
This lavish six-course feast takes diners on a magical, immersive journey travelling from Marseille and Arabia to India, the Himalayas and China, as the world’s smallest chef brings his enchanted Dinner Time Story to life with a series of 3D animations and ingredients inspired by Marco Polo's travels along the infamous Silk Road. The food will also be accompanied by a bespoke wine and cocktail pairing by the TT Liquor bar team.
17B Kingsland Road, E2 8AA; running until end February 2018; tickets £95
PARTY HERE: Eskimo Dance At Boxpark Croydon
Get down with the Godfather of Grime this New Year’s Eve, for a party filled with food, fun and epic urban beats.
99 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1L; 31st December; tickets from £16.75
GET DOWN HERE: Studio 54 New Year's Eve Party At Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton will be throwing it back to 1970’s New York this New Year’s Eve with a night of disco, debauchery and golden glamour. Studio 54’s Nicky Siano will be hitting the decks, filling the Brixton streets with the sounds of Donna Summer and Diana Ross, and there’ll be Gospeloke – that’s karaoke with a full-backed gospel choir – and late-night beats from Pop Brixton’s Resident DJ, Russ Ryan, who will be keeping the party going until the early hours.
49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ; 31st December; FREE entry before 9pm, £5 from 9pm to 10pm and £15 after 10pm
HEAT UP HERE: Exotica, Ceviche Old St
Teaming up with set designer and immersive theatre guru Hebe George (Offset Studios, ex-Punchdrunk) throughout December, Ceviche Old St will be transformed into an exotic hub of Polynesian flowers, stone face sculptures and colourful tropical plants, to pay homage to Peru’s diverse, artistic Exotica movement of the 50s. The menu will feature a whole host of Ceviche classics including Lomo Saltado and Seabass Jalea steamed buns as well as a few new festive additions – think Espadazo, chilli cured swordfish; lamb rump with carapulcra potatoes and black quinoa sauce; the signature Don Ceviche and Christmas-themed pisco cocktails.
2 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU; running throughout December
SEE THIS: Pinocchio At The National Theatre
For the first time on stage, featuring all the classic music and songs from the original Walt Disney film, Pinocchio comes to life as never before. This spectacular new production is a collaboration between John Tiffany, the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Dennis Kelly, the writer of Matilda the Musical.
Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX, from 1st December 2017 – 7th April 2018; tickets from £15
GET YOUR CHOCOLATE FIX HERE: Ferrero Rocher 'Behind The Layers'
With powerful light projections, music, motion, chocolate tasting and deliciously creative cocktails, Ferrero Rocher: Behind the Layers will take you on a multi-sensory journey deep into the heart of their chocolatey world.
Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush, 1st – 17th December; tickets £25
WATCH THIS: Elf At Gaucho Festive Film Club
This December, Gaucho’s festive Film Club will be getting everyone into the Christmas spirit with supperclub film screenings of Elf. A menu of Buddy’s classic favourites will feature, including indulgent ‘Milk and Cookies’, a special take on ‘Christmas Dinner’ with steak and spaghetti, and a delicious dessert that might just have you shouting ‘I love syrup!’ louder than Buddy himself. Drinks including ‘Christmas Spirit’ Egg Nog and, of course, the ‘World’s Best Cup of Coffee’, will also be on hand to round-off this afternoon of festive fun.
60A Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NU; every Saturday in December; tickets £55
GET CREATIVE HERE: Grace & Thorn X Social Pantry Bauble Workshop
London florists Grace & Thorn are teaming up with supperclub gurus Social Pantry, to bring creative foodies an evening of delicious food and festive-themed fun. The evening will kick off with a Bauble Terrarium Workshop followed by a delicious three-course spread full of fresh seasonal classics. Don't forget to a grab a bottle or two (it's BYOB!).
170a Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TG; 7th December; tickets £45
LIGHT UP HERE: Christmas At Kew
This magical after-dark experience transforms the traditional gardens into a botanical wonderland boasting over a million twinkling lights, giant baubles, singing trees and a flickering Fire Garden. Follow the illuminated trail past the Sledge Tree made of 360 wooden Santa’s sledges, before ending with the spectacular light display on the Palm House.
Kew Botanical Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB; running until 1st January 2018; tickets from £10
GET CHEFFY HERE: Biscuiteers Nutcracker Icing Workshop
Add a handmade touch to you Christmas presents this year, with a biscuit icing workshop at Bisuiteers. A team of expert icers will help you create your own tin of adorable Nutcracker-themed biscuits to give out as thoughtful gifts.
13 Northcote Rd, Clapham, SW11 1NG; 10th December; tickets £78
DANCE & DINE HERE: The Winter House, Bourne & Hollingsworth
This winter, Bourne & Hollingsworth invites London-dwelling foodies to lose themselves in an enchanting world of fine food, delectable drinks, exquisite interiors and elegant festivities. Fusing together art, creative installations, light, music, food and drinks all under one roof, this decadent drinking and dining experience set in a stunning Grade II listed chapel, promises refined revelry.
The Winter House, 136 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5EZ
INDULGE HERE: Fondue Thursdays At The Cheese Bar
Nothing says Christmas like a bubbling bowl of melted cheese. So, to mark the occasion, Camden’s Cheese Bar will be launching a set fondue menu, where every Thursday cheese fiends can tuck into bowls of melted British cheese served alongside crisp, truffled roast potatoes, deep fried Brussels sprouts and pigs in blankets. The ultimate in delectable dipping.
Unit 93, 94 Camden Stables, Camden, NW1 8AP; fondue menu available every Thursday
WRAP UP WARM HERE: Winterland
Enter into an enchanted winter woodland, where you can indulge in everything from romantic igloo dining to curling, mini golf and ping pong, stopping off for a raclette burger along the way. Shroud yourselves in snuggly fur throws, devour bubbling bowls of cheesy fondue and warm up with a steaming hot toddy.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London SW6 2TY; open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday; tickets from £5