SHOP HANDMADE GIFTS:
Toast Festive Market at Coal Drops Yard
Lifestyle and fashion brand Toast has opened a festive market at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. Every Thursday to Sunday, until 17th December, shoppers will find a selection of handcrafted gifts, fragrances and Christmas decorations. Look out for jewellery and handmade leather gifts crafted by a range of independent designers. Tonight, and on Thursday 30th November at 7.30pm, there will be live choir performances from Hackney Harmony, as well as a series of craft workshops on Saturday 2nd December.
Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4LW
Fortnum & Mason Festive Workshops
Few places in the capital feel more Christmassy than Fortnum & Mason. Get in the festive spirit with a baking workshop at its new Food & Drink Studio. Taking place every Sunday in the lead up to Christmas, guests can choose from a Christmas cake baking workshop with TV presenter and author Juliet Sear, a German bake class with Great British Bake Off semi-finalist Jurgen Krauss, and a festive pie workshop with ex-exec chef of Holborn Dining Room, Calum Franklin. If you’ve got kids in tow, book the gingerbread decorating class for five to eight-year-olds. Tickets start from £35.
181 Piccadilly, St James's, W1A 1ER
FIND SECOND-HAND GEMS:
The Cirkel Shopping Event at Eve
Second-hand clothing platform The Cirkel is hosting a shopping event at Kensington restaurant and bar Eve. On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, the restaurant will be decked out with rails of clothing and accessories from brands like Ganni, Gucci, Rixo and Loewe, all at discounted prices – ideal for festive outfits and partywear. Shoppers can also enjoy complimentary Pale Fox prosecco and bloody marys by Pickle House. After you’ve nabbed a bargain, stay for lunch and tuck into a selection of Mediterranean dishes at the restaurant. Tickets are free.
202-220 Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW5 0SW; 11am-6pm
GET A CULTURE FIX:
Kimono Pop Up at Japan Centre
Japan Centre has opened a pop-up celebrating and ancient tradition of Japanese dressing with a mini exhibition on kimonos. The venue has teamed up with sustainable fashion brand Uber Dandy Kimono to showcase six types of kimonos. Learn about the ancient techniques and how brands are creating contemporary designs today, then stop for snacks, sake and Japanese dishes at the food hall.
Ichiba 0220, Relay Square, Westfield London, W12 7HB
Christmas Craft Weekend at Treehouse Hotel London
Treehouse Hotel London is hosting a Christmas craft weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November. On Saturday from 11am until 12.30pm, calligrapher and illustrator Bee Davies will lead a beginner class on modern calligraphy (£35pp) where attendees will decorate personalised ceramic baubles. On Sunday from 3pm to 6pm there’s a stitch and sip workshop (£30pp) led by textile artist Chloe Amy Avery, who will teach attendees the various techniques used in her artwork to personalise a tote bag with festive designs. You’ll learn a number of stitching techniques, including the fishbone, stem, chain and the lazy daisy. All materials will be provided, along with a complimentary glass of fizz or soft drink.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 2QS
VISIT A COOL NEW SPACE:
Old Waiting Room, Peckham
The Old Waiting Room above Peckham Rye station has opened its doors to the local community for a series of events. The converted space will host live jazz performances, Peckham-themed music hall singalongs, and yoga and sound bath classes. You can also visit the free exhibition Waiting Around, which explores the idea of waiting and why it should be perceived positively. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for various events over the festive period.
Station Way, Peckham, SE15 4RX
BROWSE CHRISTMAS PRESSIES:
Curator & Maker Pop-Up
Curator & Maker is popping up at Myriad Antiques in Holland Park for its fourth festive edition. Shoppers will find a range of thoughtfully crafted fashion, homeware, beauty, ceramics and Christmas decorations from 14 British makers, including Kate Black, Jess Wheeler and C. Atherley. Expect to find hand-blown baubles, unique candlesticks, handmade ceramic plates, jugs and bowls, and women’s clothing for autumn/winter.
Myriad Antiques, 131 Portland Road, Holland Park, W11 4LW; 11am-6pm
Southbank Centre's Winter Festival
As ever, Southbank Centre has endless activities and performances to book over the festive period. Start at its Winter Market where you’ll find alpine-style chalets serving seasonal street food. Choose from savoury dishes like truffle burgers and molten cheese toasties before moving onto sweet treats like Dutch pancakes and chocolate-covered fruit. Warm up with hot chocolate and mulled wine before visiting the craft stalls for Christmas gifts. Elsewhere you can look forward to shows like The Nutcracker and Christmas Actually, as well as free workshops and winter light art installations.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX; until 26th Dec
MEET THE GIRLS:
Stanley’s is one of our favourite spots in Chelsea, so we were pleased to hear the restaurant has opened its winter terrace, complete with a new menu. Guests will find the heated outdoor space behind a festive archway lined with olive trees. Cosy up with the girls to try new dishes like the cheese hot pot served with cured meats, new potatoes and deep-fried brioche buns; ham hock croquettes with English truffle; herb-crusted cod with puy lentils, ’nduja and mussels; and cauliflower schnitzel with black garlic mayo. Save room for a slice of burnt cheesecake with spiced pear.
151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 5UE
TRY A SPECIAL MENU:
Florence Knight x Merlin Labron-Johnson at Sessions Arts Club
On Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November, chef Florence Knight will welcome Green Michelin-starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson (Bruton’s Osip) for a takeover to celebrate the best produce of the season. Diners can enjoy four courses on the terrace – details are under wraps until tonight, but you can expect delicious plates inspired by Merlin’s farm-to-table philosophy. Tickets cost £175pp which includes an arrival cocktail and paired wines.
The Old Sessions House, 24 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, EC1R 0NA