BE TRADITIONAL HERE: A Christmas Carol
The Old Vic is now showing Matthew Warchus’s big-hearted production of Charles Dickens’s immortal classic A Christmas Carol, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, His Dark Materials). Paterson Joseph stars as Ebenezer Scrooge. He will be joined by Melissa Allan, Kwêsi Edman, Hollie Edwin, Fred Haig, Nick Hart and Andrew Langtree. The production will fill the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment as the immersive staging plunges the audience into the uplifting story. A must-see.
The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8NB; until 3rd January
GET A NEW PIERCING HERE: Lark & Berry
Following the 2018 opening of Lark & Berry’s piercing parlour, the sustainable jewellery brand has expanded piercing sessions at its Marylebone boutique from once a week to five days a week. The in-store piercing studio offers customers a 14kt gold collection set with cultured stones and ethically sourced diamonds, as well as a new range of labrets featuring multi-coloured studs with baguette cuts and trillion stones, which are only available to buy in store. Ideal for Christmas presents.
52 George Street, Marylebone, W1U 7EA
GET YOUR NAILS DONE HERE: Anya Hindmarch
To mark the launch Anya Hindmarch’s Anya Brands collection – which includes hand-stitched sequin tote bags and match-box clutches of some of the UK’s most recognisable food brands – the fashion house is offering free manicures at its Notting Hill store this weekend. The nail colours on offer match those of the designer’s latest bags: picture Walkers Prawn Cocktail Crisps pink, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk purple and Heinz Tomato Ketchup red. Perfect pops of colour for the festive season.
63 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, W11 2AD; 5th-6th December
TAKE THE KIDS HERE: Lost In The Frost
Throughout December, children aged seven to 11 and their parents can enjoy a festive escapade together at Hello Darling. Taking place across the different levels of the Waterloo bar, the collaborative storytelling experience will see children head out on an interactive journey into an ice-tipped world. The storyteller will lead them on a wild adventure through the venue’s quirky rooms, encouraging them to find clues that will form part of the narrative as the story progresses.
131 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8UR; 7th-8th December
TRY A HOT POP-UP HERE: Pacific
Headed up by award-winning Australian chef Shaun Presland, Pacific is a four-month residency serving contemporary Japanese cuisine. Based at revolving pop-up 10 Heddon Street, he’s giving Tokyo-style seafood and steak an Aussie twist: think Bondi rolls – riceless sashimi wrapped in tokyo turnip with avocado, chives and house soy – and wagyu steak grilled on a robata, served with wasabi chimichurri dipping sauce. Highlights have to include monkfish katsu sando with shredded cabbage, mustard mayo and bulldog sauce; crispy skin hiramasa kingfish with buckwheat salsa and yuzu ponzu; and the Chirashi salad of assorted sashimi slices, lettuce, soba noodles, tempura crunch and yuzu dressing. The wine list is Australian led and designed to complement the fresh Japanese plates, while the bar serves Japanese-influenced cocktails using Kozaemon sake. We’re excited about the team possibly going permanent somewhere next year.
10 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BX
GET INVENTIVE HERE: Waeska
Waeska, the cool-looking bar within The Mandrake hotel (one of our favourites to open in the last few years) has completely overhauled its drinks list. The inventive menu is founded on ethnobotany: the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of local cultures. The experienced bar team source ingredients from all around the world and deploy techniques including sous vide, extraction and infusion – some of the drinks take hours to prep. Of the lot, we recommend the trippy, mouth-tingling ‘Szechuan’ (Patron Silver tequila, Mezcal Union, yuzu agave, basil sorbet and Szechuan) and the wholly original ‘Barley’ (Chivas 18-year-old whisky, barley, apple, hazelnut butter, mint and maple). A great spot for a date.
20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1PG
GO CURLING HERE: Roof East
Roof East has announced a December programme that offers a range of festive activities, including free events, parties, themed street food and a winter drinks menu. The venue has launched two cosy, heated bars serving a warming menu of mulled wine, boozy hot chocolates, hot buttered rum and hot berry punch, as well as winter street food, including wild boar and apple hot dogs, chicken schnitzel and crispy camembert bites. Feeling competitive? Group games include Sliders Curling, VR Foosball and Birdies Crazy Golf, plus a selection of 90s arcade games – Pac-Man, Street Fighter II and Space Invaders – all run by SFG Club. Group party packages are available on request.
Great Eastern Road, Stratford, E15 1BB
GO ICE SKATING HERE: Tiffany & Co X Covent Garden
Tiffany & Co has partnered with Covent Garden to bring the festive season to life with an interactive experience celebrating the brand’s fragrances. The East Piazza has been transformed into a wintry destination inspired by NYC, which is of course home to the legendary jewellery house. Entering through a Tiffany & Co bridge based on Central Park, guests will be immersed in a world filled with oversized Tiffany blue boxes, snow and an ice rink. Eau de parfum will be diffused at key intervals each day, creating a sensorial experience for shoppers. Adjacent to the rink, visitors will be able to explore the Tiffany shop and discover its newest scents. Services include gift wrapping and complimentary laser engraving on fragrance bottles.
East Piazza, Covent Garden, WC2E 8RF
BE A VIP HERE: Gaucho Soft Launch
Officially reopening on 9th December, Gauch is inviting SheerLuxe VIPs to an exclusive soft launch on Friday 6th December. For £35pp, a set menu will include chorizo sirloin steak, chips and chimichurri sauce, plus a bottle of Argento wine between two. The redesigned space is decorated in Argentinean earth tones and includes two cocktail bars, a beef counter showcasing the theatre of the kitchen, and a wide selection of Argentinian wines on tap. Naturally, steaks take centre stage and are available in a variety of cuts and weights, with the option to be marinated and served according to classic Argentine recipes. See you there.
60 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NU; 6th December
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