What To Do This Weekend 07.12.23
What To Do This Weekend 07.12.23

What To Do This Weekend 07.12.23

Looking for things to do this weekend? Look no further – from festive family activities to a blow dry masterclass, our guide has options for everyone…


Nadine Merabi Pop-Up Store

Regular SL readers will know the fashion team loves Nadine Merabi’s glitzy party pieces, so we were pleased to hear the brand is launching its first ever pop-up store in Mayfair today. Shoppers will be able to browse pieces from its new collection of partywear, including dresses, jumpsuits, two-pieces and its signature feather-trimmed PJs – think sequins, velvet and plenty of festive sparkle.

42 South Molton Street, Mayfair, W1K 5RR; until mid Jan

Visit NadineMerabi.com


Toklas Bakery x Another Pantry Christmas Market

On Sunday 9th December Toklas Bakery on the Strand will welcome pop-up Another Pantry for a one-day Christmas event. Shoppers will find a selection of unique and artisanal gifts, as well as treats to enjoy on the day, from makers, chefs and suppliers, including chocolate from Pump Street, ice-cream sandwiches by Happy Endings, handmade knives from Allday Goods, and wines from Shoreditch’s Passione Vino. Save space for festive sandwiches, mince pies and mulled wine, and take the kids to a workshop, like the gingerbread house decorating class. Later in the day, authors Tara Wigley (How To Butter Toast), Phil Khoury (A New Way to Bake) and Bre Graham (Table for Two) will be on hand to sign and sell copies of their most recent books.

9 Surrey St, Temple, WC2R 2ND; 10am to 4pm

Visit ToklasLondon.com


Everyman Screening With Director Q&A

The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, Lost In Translation – director Sofia Coppola has a series of cult classics under her belt. Her new film Priscilla is all about the turbulent relationship between Elvis Presley and his young wife. It’s not out in the UK until January, but Borough Yard’s Everyman cinema is hosting an early screening on Saturday 9th December, followed by an exclusive Q&A session with Coppola herself, led by Edith Bowman as part of the Everyman Soundtracking film club. Tickets start from £19.50.

Everyman Broadgate, 1 Finsbury Ave, EC2M 2PF

Visit EverymanCinema.com


Kingdom of Winter, ExCeL Centre

Kingdom of Winter at the ExCeL Centre opens its doors on Friday 8th December. The capital’s biggest indoor family-friendly winter experience houses a range of attractions under one roof, including an ice rink, a circus, classic fairground rides and an ‘ice expedition’. Visitors can also visit the alpine-inspired Christmas market, home to trinkets and festive gifts, before relaxing at one of the two-story chalet bars for warming drinks and winter dishes. Entry starts from £5.

Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, E16 1XL; until 7th January

Visit KingdomofWinter.com

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Mvmt at The Manor Ldn

Mvmt at The Manor Ldn is the new dance studio to have on your radar. The space – now the largest dance studio in Europe – offers fitness classes designed and led by industry experts so you can train like a pro. There are eight studio spaces spread over the 11,000 sq. ft space, offering 11 types of dance classes (including ballet, contemporary, commercial pop, hip hop, Afro dance, street jazz, stiletto heels) as well as HIIT classes, mat Pilates, yoga, breathwork, qi gong and flexibility sessions. Dance classes are taught by pros who have shared stages with the likes of Janet Jackson, Stormzy, The Pussycat Dolls, Little Mix and more. The perfect chance to feel good during party season, classes start from £20.

Unit 5, Clifton House, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP

Visit TheManorLdn.com


Tavola by Skye McAlpine Pop-Up

Skye McAlpine is hosting a Christmas pop-up in Knightsbridge where shoppers can find a selection of tableware from her brand Tavola. As well as her signature tableware, you’ll also find a curated selection of vintage pieces, personally sourced by Skye, as well as essential Christmas decorations and treats, like crackers and Italian pantone. Once you’ve chosen your favourites, enjoy one of Skye’s own baked cakes which will be available daily alongside warming hot chocolate. Over the next two weeks, the space will also host workshops like Christmas cake decorating or table decoration with Skye, gift wrapping with Alice Edwards, and how to create an alternative wreath with Milli Proust.

10 William Street, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9HL; Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm

Visit SkyeMcAlpineTavola.com


The King’s Ginger x Pophams Mince Pies

Liqueur brand The King’s Ginger has teamed up with Pophams bakeries to create delicious boozy mince pies. Available to buy from Pophams’ bakeries in London Fields, Islington, and Victoria Park (and online here), Pophams has created the rich, buttery pastries using a classic mix of currants, raisins, sultana, apple, and suet mixed with spices, candied peel and citrus, which has been steeped in The King's Ginger liqueur. The pies are also fed daily with the booze for two months, then stuffed with fresh Cornish clotted cream. The pies are £3.50 each or £20 for six.

Various sites.

Visit PophamsBakery.com


Kate Spade New York Christmas Tree

Kate Spade New York goes all out at Christmas, and this year is no exception as the brand has unveiled a 10m tree at Waterloo Station. The tree is made of branded gift-boxes and has been brought to life with a working model train set travelling across the different levels, as well as a light display that illuminates every hour. Look out for surprise performances from choirs and gifting opportunities – you could win branded prizes, from in-store discounts to handbags.

Waterloo Road, Waterloo, SE1 8SW; until 6th January

Visit KateSpade.co.uk


The BoTree, Marylebone

Whether you’re shopping for Christmas presents in the West End or enjoying your girls’ festive day out, stop for drinks or a bite at The BoTree, the slick new Marylebone hotel to have on your radar. It’s only been open for a couple of months but it’s already a buzzy spot. Stop at The BoTree Bar to order cocktails like the ‘Jasmine Cha Cha’ made with Belvedere vodka, Grand Marnier, grapes, jasmine and lime; or the ‘Bees by The BoTree’ with Seven Tails XO, pomelo, honey, saffron, lemon and champagne. Meanwhile, its signature restaurant LAVO serves elegant Italian dishes in a sophisticated but relaxed dining room – think fresh pasta, pizzas, seafood dishes and more with cocktails or fizz. The perfect spot for dinner and drinks with the girls.

30 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, W1U 2DR

Visit TheBoTree.com


Wreath Making Workshops with Nikki Tibbles

On Friday 8th December, founder of Wild at Heart Nikki Tibbles will host a wreath making workshop at Charlotte Street Hotel. Nikki will show guests how to make a bespoke wreath using seasonal foliage and materials. Festive refreshments will be served during the workshop, and guests can also choose to stay for lunch at the hotel’s restaurant Oscar. Tickets cost £200pp, which includes a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

15-17 Charlotte Street, Soho, W1T 1RJ; 10am to 12pm

Visit FirmdaleHotels.com 


Royal Lancaster Hotel

Royal Lancaster Hotel has gone all out this Christmas, decking the hotel in large-scale decorations and welcoming guests with festivities. This year, the hotel has transformed its luxury Park Suite into a winter wonderland with a twinkling Christmas tree, festive garlands – and even a huge nutcracker. With great views across the city from the tenth floor, guests can cosy up in the living area or snuggle down in the comfy bed to see London’s lights. Visit the hotel’s Thai restaurant for dinner or treat yourself to room service. There’s also a festive afternoon tea, available until 26th December.

Lancaster Terrace, Lancaster Gate, W2 2TY

Visit RoyalLancaster.com

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