IT’S SNOW TIME
White Christmas or not – don’t be left disappointed about the weather thanks to this pop-up cinema’s atmospheric scene setting. Walk through this Notting Hill wardrobe door into a seemingly snow-filled theatre to enjoy Christmas favourites such as Elf, Home Alone, and Frozen among the classics being screened.
Until 23 December at 20TH Century Theatre, Notting Hill, W11 2QA
THE HEIGHT OF WINTER
Artists, perfumers, composers and psychologists have transformed viewing gallery at the Shard for this festive season. The View at the Shard has enlisted the culinary magic of jelly mongers and food maestros Bompass & Parr to create whimsical treats such as snow-white hot chocolate, mulled Champagne and Christmas candy floss. Taking in the best views over London has never been such an all-sensory experience.
Until 31 January; The View From The Shard at 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG
BIG BANG DATA
This fun, thought-provoking and interactive exhibition looks at the rapid increase of datafication through the work of artists, designers and innovators. Big Bang Data is the perfect digital stimulation after a whirl on the ice-skating rink at Somerset House, we think.
Until 28 February at Somerset House,
Strand, London WC2R 1LA
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Christmas without a touch of Dickens? Or tickets to the theatre for that matter? Well, that’s just not Christmas. Brought to the stage by director Phelim McDermott, who better to see in person playing Ebenezer Scrooge than Jim Broadbent? Snap up those tickets soon.
Until 30 January at the Noël Coward Theatre,
St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
WHERE’S COOKING CHRISTMAS DAY?
Don’t want the hassle of hosting? Plans changed last minute? Burnt the turkey? It’s always great to know which of London’s best restaurants have their kitchens open on 25 December. Here are five of our favourites as picked by our in-the-know guest relations and concierge heroes…
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3LF
T 020 7908 7979
69–71 Dean Street, Soho W1D 3SE
T 020 7434 1775
Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HR
T 020 7107 8888
Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA
T 020 7629 8866
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL
T 020 7235 1200
BOXING DAY SALES
Our name for 26 December comes from the long-forgotten good-will tradition of employers packing up their Christmas leftovers and unwanted to give their staff and those less fortunate a Christmas Box. These days it’s all about bagging the best bargains with your Christmas money in what is the biggest shopping event of the year. Those serious about nabbing the best deals should start early.
Various locations from 26 December.
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN THE CLOUDS
Duck & Waffle is hosting a New Year’s Party up high in its Heron Tower perch. Londoners know how to throw a NYE party, and nightlife venues across the capital can be packed to the rafters, so for something a little more civilised opt for Duck & Waffle’s 1920s speakeasy. Dressed in your Flapper Girl dress or spats, here’s where you’ll have that all-important 40th-floor view of the fireworks.
31 December, Duck & Waffle, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY
Pick up ethical and inspiring handmade gifts straight from designers and makers at this Christmas Fayre on London’s best-shown shopping strip. Find those not-from-the-high-street delights and feel-good finds 11pm and 6pm.
12 December, Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street W1
ALL ABOARD, LEGO FANS!
Mini-Engineers invites little ones aged 5–11 to make their own train carriages for the LEGO Christmas Express in St Johns Wood.
15 December, St John's Wood Church, Lord’s Roundabout, London NW8 7NE
HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW
Harry Potter films have become an essential uplifting ingredient when it comes to this time of year. For a limited time, visitors to the Warner Bros Studio Tour get the chance to explore the most iconic Hogwarts sets decorated especially for the festive season, and you and your little ones can sneak a peek behind the scenes at the magic behind these movies. Snow that never melts? Flaming Christmas puddings that never go out? All that and more if you head to Herts. 20 miles north-west of London it’s under three miles from the M1 and M25 motorways and a short shuttle ride from Watford train station.
Until 31 January at Warner Bros Studio Tour, Leavesden, Hertfordshire WD25 7LR
Image credit L-R:
Bompas & Parr, shot by Nathan Pask, Fair Christmas Fayre, Pop-up Cinema in the Snow,
Amelia Bullmore and Jim Broadbent (Scrooge) in A Christmas Carol by Johan Persson