TREAT YOURSELF: Häagen-Dazs Pop-Up Wafflerie
Until Sunday 5th December, Häagen-Dazs is selling a selection of sweet treats at its pop-up ‘wafflerie’ in Covent Garden. Choose from a range of bubble waffles with toppings and limited-edition boozy Häagen-Dazs ice-cream flavours, including ‘Rum Salted Caramel & Biscuit’ and ‘Irish Whisky & Chocolate Waffle’. Toppings include chocolate chips, fresh fruit and mini marshmallows, and there’s a selection of hot drinks on offer. Sit inside the ‘ice-cream snug’ or eat your sweet treats on the go while you soak up Covent Garden’s festive atmosphere.
12pm-7pm; 140 Long Acre, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AD
TUNE INTO A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Kate Spade x Sophie Ellis Bextor
After the success of Sophie Ellis Bextor’s virtual kitchen discos and her recent fundraising efforts – she raised over £1m for Children In Need via a 24-hour dance-a-thon – the singer is back with the ultimate Christmas disco. On Wednesday 8th December, she will host a 20-minute online party set exclusively for Kate Spade customers. To catch some of her biggest hits – including Murder on the Dancefloor and Take Me Home – plus a few festive favourites, sign up using the link below. Plus, you could have the chance to win Sophie’s Kate Spade party outfit (worth up to £1,000) on the night.
FIND YOUR FESTIVE LOOK: Hurr ‘One Night Only’ Pop-Up Store
Regular SL readers will know we love rental platform Hurr, so we were excited to hear it has opened a pop-up store on the King’s Road where you can rent pieces for one night only. Whether you’re still searching for the perfect Christmas party outfit, or something special for New Year’s Eve, there’s a wide selection of eveningwear to choose from, including dresses, tailored suits and sequin trousers. Expect to browse brands like Bec & Bridge, Simone Rocha x H&M, Sleeper, Queens of Archive, Sau Lee, Ronny Kobo and Jakke. Open daily until Christmas Eve, simply drop your outfit off the following day so it can be dry cleaned by Oxwash. The best part? Alteration company Sojo will be on hand to help you get the ideal fit, while Charlotte Tilbury make-up artists are available to pre-book for makeovers.
Open daily until Friday 24th December; 114 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4TX
BOOK AHEAD: Circus 1903
Tickets have just gone on sale for Circus 1903, which is back for a third Christmas season at the Southbank Centre. Opening on Thursday 16th December, the show includes a range of performers and acts, including contortionists, acrobats, musicians, and knife throwers. There aren’t any animals involved – instead, expect to see some impressive puppetry from the award-winning team behind War Horse, as they bring an array of creatures to life, including a family of elephants. A show the whole family can enjoy, tickets start from £25pp.
Belvedere Road, Southbank, SE1 8XX
WATCH A CHRISTMAS FILM: Backyard Cinema At Troxy
Backyard Cinema is taking over east London venue Troxy this month. London’s original art-deco cinema has been transformed into a winter grotto where guests can watch a Christmas classic with popcorn, mulled wine and choir performances before each film. There are three movies to choose from – Elf, Love Actually and Home Alone – with afternoon and evening showings throughout the month. Before each film, guests will also be treated to an original story narrated by George the Poet, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to buy snacks and settle in.
490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E1 0HX
GO OUT OUT: One Night Records
Ready for a fun night out with the girls? One Night Records in Southwark is the place to go for live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until the end of the year. The venue, in the arches of London Bridge’s railway tunnels, offers plenty of space for social distancing, as well as several artist spaces so you can choose whether you want rock and indie music or live jazz. Treat yourself to Caribbean dishes from Mama J’s Soul Food Shack and cocktails from the bar. Tickets start from £25pp – first timers can take 50% off with the code ELVIS50.
Wardens Grove, Southwark, SE1 0HT
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE: Key4life Emergency Appeal
More than two-thirds of UK prisoners reoffend within a year of being released, but UK charity Key4Life is working to reduce that number with its unique rehabilitation programme. Here at SheerLuxe, it’s a charity we really believe in, but one which needs continuous support through mentorships, donations, work experience or even job opportunities for the young men on its programmes. The pandemic has put it under further strain, which is why Key4Life has created an emergency appeal. To get involved, join the sponsored mile walk on Sunday 5th December at 9.30am from HMP Wormwood Scrubs to HMP Brixton, or set up your own fundraising activity. You can also make a donation via the link below.
ENJOY A FAMILY DAY OUT: Christmas At Alexandra Palace
If you’re after a festive day out the whole family can enjoy, Alexandra Palace has a roster of shows and activities to choose from. Little ones can visit Father Christmas at his grotto (Friday 3rd to Thursday 23rd December) or dance to disco music on Ally Pally’s famous ice-skating rink at the ‘Festive Club De Fromage’ sessions. From Monday 6th to Sunday 12th December, Disney’s dancers will perform The Nutcracker On Ice, while actor Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) will lead a performance of A Christmas Carol in the palace’s spooky Victorian Theatre until Sunday 9th January. Ticket prices vary.
Alexandra Palace Way, Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY
TAKE THE GIRLS: The Curling Club
The Curling Club has created two Alpine-inspired winter pop-ups at the Langham hotel and Finsbury Square, where guests can try their hand at curling on individual ice rinks. At the Langham (open until Sunday 20th February), make a beeline for the hotel courtyard where groups of up to six can take part in curling tournaments with the help of Team GB curling pro Eve Muirhead. Meanwhile, Finsbury Square (open until Sunday 19th December) has ten rinks where you can practise your skills and challenge friends to a couple of games. At both locations, DJs will set the vibe with house and dance music, and diners can choose from a range of hot cocktails and Alpine-inspired food from the bar – think baked camembert, charcuterie boards and cheese fondue.
1C Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B 1JA; Finsbury Square, Islington EC2A 1DX
GET CREATIVE: Jamii x Airbnb Pop-Up
Jamii, a platform championing Black-owned businesses and creatives, has teamed up with Airbnb for a series of festive workshops and events in Shoreditch. Taking place this week until Sunday 19th December, shoppers can browse gifts, Christmas cards, winter skincare, candles and homeware from various Black-owned brands, and attend workshops throughout the month, led by Black creatives. Highlights include a tea tasting session led by Tea & Me on Wednesday 8th December and a beginner’s workshop on how to cornrow and braid hair on Sunday 12th December, hosted by haircare brand Ivy Wild. Tickets start from £10.
188 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6HU