GO FOR DRINKS HERE: The Crown
The Crown in Chiswick has unveiled its festive winter courtyard. Featuring festive green foliage and an array of twinkling fairy lights, guests are able to enjoy a sumptuous winter cocktail while tucked up underneath a blanket and enjoying the yuletide season. Chef Henry Harris has created dishes such as guinea fowl with ceps, white beans and confit tomato; and handmade tagliolini with clams, cherry tomatoes, garlic and parsley. For those of you who are partial to a stiff drink, opt for the White Armagnac Martini or Winter Negroni. A charming local pub to enjoy a quiet weekend drink.
210 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 1PD
GET FIT HERE: Blok
Boxing is not only incredibly good for your fitness, but has also proven to be excellent for de-stressing after an intense day. The best thing about Blok’s Boxing With Craig class is you don’t need to be a pro to take part; it’s suitable for any level from beginner to advanced. The two-hour session aims to build your skill level and familiarise you with the fundamentals of what it takes to become a boxing maven. The devil is in the detail with boxing, so get practising your footwork and refining your technique. A great way to unwind and keep you super fit during mince-pie season.
38-40 Upper Clapton Road, Clapton, E5 8BQ; 14th December
ENJOY A FAMILY NIGHT-OUT HERE: Bridge Theatre
Director Sally Cookson and the London Theatre Company have opened their production of CS Lewis’s beloved The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The critically acclaimed spectacle showcases futuristic lighting, giant puppets and some modern political messages. Cookson has embraced the eccentricity of the original story, with aerial acrobatics as well as weird and wonderful costumes. Follow the four Pevensie children as they find their way through this visual wonderland and battle the White Witch.
3 Potters Fields Park, Tower Bridge, SE1 2SG; until 2nd February
GO FOR A FESTIVE STROLL HERE: Eltham Palace
Wrap up warm for a wintry stroll through the enchanting light display overtaking the grounds of Eltham Palace. Dancing fairies and talking trees greet you as you wind your way through a maze of twinkling light shows and watch magical fountains come to life. A sensory overload, this illuminated paradise is a real Christmas spectacle. A traditional fairground awaits you at the end of the trail, where you can warm yourself up with mulled wine and an array of delicious bites.
Eltham Palace, Greenwich, SE9 5QE; until 22nd December
EAT ITALIAN HERE: Bancone Golden Square
If you haven’t heard of Covent Garden-based Italian eatery Bancone, you’re missing out. Serving simple pasta dishes in a modest dining space, this restaurant has an incredibly reasonable menu of straight-up crowd-pleasers. This December, it opens its second London restaurant in Soho. Expect more exquisite pasta, including its famous ‘silk handkerchiefs’, and delectable sharing platters. Getting a table here can be tricky, so get in early.
8 Lower James Street, Soho, W1F 9EL; opens 12th December
BE A VIP HERE: Harrods
Clé de Peau Beauté is offering SheerLuxe VIPs an exclusive 60-minute makeover in Harrods using its range of award-winning products. Prepare to leave with glowing skin, courtesy of its pioneering scientific technology, which promises to give you a flawless complexion. This is a great idea if you’ve got a Christmas party coming and want to look your best, or even if you just fancy beautifying yourself. Sign up to Clé de Peau Beauté’s newsletter and you’ll also receive a luxurious sample of its famous Lipstick Cashmere.
The Beauty Halls, Ground Floor, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL; offer valid until 31st January 2020
GET CHOC-FULL HERE: The Chocolate Cocktail Club
After multiple sold-out pop-ups across town, the Chocolate Cocktail Club is coming to Farringdon. Its genius combination of chocolate and alcohol has been a massive hit, sparking its makers to organise a special festive version. Cocktails will be infused with flavours like mint, salted caramel and gingerbread. You even get a Chocolate Chocotini on arrival. If you’re planning on taking non-cocktail lovers along, chocolate beer and wine will also be available.
96 Leather Lane, Farringdon, EC1N 7TX; 12th-14th December
SEE ART HERE: Barbican Centre
From New York to Vienna, Into the Night explores the social and artistic role of famous nightclubs, cabarets and cafés. These are the spaces that housed great ideas, famous figures and artistic revolutionaries, and have played a massive part in driving social change over the years. The avant garde and provocatively experimental meet in this exhibition, showcasing collaborations between artists, designers and writers such as Josephine Baker and Josef Hoffmann. Beginning in Parisian abode Chat Noir in the 1880s and ending in Tehran’s Rasht 29 in 1966, Into the Night brings to life original performances and artwork from these influential global hotspots.
Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
WORKOUT HERE: Psycle Westbourne Grove
With studios already in Clapham and Mortimer Street near Oxford Circus, boutique fitness brand Psycle has launched its newest studio this week in Westbourne Grove. Specialising in four different categories of exercise from cycling and barre to strength and yoga classes, Psycle aims to train both mind and body so everyone can reach their full potential. Easy to get to from both Notting Hill and Bayswater tube stations, this studio marks another great addition to their fitness empire.
37-41 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W2 4UA
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