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THE EDIT

TEN THINGS TO DO THIS WINTER

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OUR EDIT OF WHERE TO DO AND WHAT TO DO THIS WINTER

 

London is a splendid city to be in during the holiday season, and the chillier months, whether you’re relaxing or revved up in Mayfair, Marylebone, Maida Vale or Notting Hill.

  

 

SKATE IN STYLE

 

You can book 45-minute skating sessions on the ice rink in Westfield until Sunday 8 January.

 

from 10am-9pm daily; Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, W12 

 

 

COUILLES DU CHIEN

 

Jerome Dodd’s curios are still on show and on sale in the Laslett – and his characterful objets make the perfect last-minute Christmas gifts. Check out his top London tips here.

  

8 Pembridge Gardens, W2

 

 

STEAM AND SOAK

 

On a Sunday afternoon, you can buy a couple’s pass (£31) to London’s oldest Victorian spa, the Porchester Baths, and deep cleanse in the historic Russian or Turkish steam rooms.

 

Queensway, Bayswater, W2

  

 

PICCADILLY POP-UP

 

Pause at Bouf in Piccadilly Circus Tube and discover great presents part of a project working with independent makers to tell London Underground’s incredible design history as part of a three-year partnership with Transport for London. #XmasStockingProject is a treasure trove of stocking fillers – running until Christmas Eve.

 

Piccadilly, W1J

 

 

STROLL PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET

 

The market is on Friday and Saturday. Support indie makers and producers and have fun browsing. Cyclists, don’t miss the Pedal Shed’s stall for these quirky seat covers.

 

Notting Hill, W10

CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR

 

Chinese New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. This year it falls on 29 January, with Soho alove with colourful festivities and a parade heralding the arrival of the Year of the Rooster. Why wait until Chinese New Year to enjoy dim sum? Royal China in Queensway is one of our favourites for dumplings.

 

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N

 

 

TEA FOR EIGHT

 

Afternoon teas for parties of eight are the cosiest way to celebrate all sorts of occasions this winter, surely? Book the Library at the Laslett for an afternoon of cakes, cuppas and conversation. 

 

8 Pembridge Gardens, W2

 

 

TRELLICK TOUR

 

Architecture enthusiasts: sign up for SideStory’s Being Brutalist experience with artist Charlie Warde in Notting Hill and learn something new in 2017.

 

Westbourne Grove, W10

 

 

ANNIE AT THE EVERYMAN

 

22 December, 2.45pm, catch the original musical classic at the Everyman Cinema, right next to Europa House. Their gift vouchers are always appreciated gifts, too.

 

Maida Vale, W9

 

 

DESIGN MUSEUM

 

Now open in Kensington, the exhibition ‘Fear and Love’ is on until April in John Pawson’s architectural reimagining of the former Commonwealth Institute.

 

Kensington, W8