What To Do This Weekend 30.11.23
What To Do This Weekend 30.11.23

What To Do This Weekend 30.11.23

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…
Image: THE NED



The Gingerbread City

More than 50 architects, designers and engineers have come together to create a miniature city made from gingerbread at the Museum of Architecture. Visitors can see a whole city constructed entirely from gingerbread, candy and frosting – check out the moving trains and twirling parts. Tickets cost £18.50. You can also book gingerbread decorating workshops for kids and adults.

Westfield London, W12 7GF; 2nd Dec-7th Jan

Visit TheGingerbreadCity.com


Winters Past at Museum of the Home

Hoxton’s Museum of the Home is one of our favourite hidden gems in the capital. Its ‘Rooms Through Time’ – which show how interiors and British households have changed over the centuries – have been restyled for ‘Winter Past’, an exhibition offering new sounds, sights and stories across the room sets. Each room reveals how winter has changed London homes through the last 400 years, exploring what migration has brought to the city's homes – from decor to food. Plus, don't miss your last chance to see its 1870s to 1990s rooms, which will be temporarily closing in January 2024 to make way for a new project. 

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8EA

Visit MuseumOfTheHome.org.uk


Christmas Carols with Gareth Malone at The Ned

End the weekend with a festive evening at City venue The Ned. Gareth Malone and his choir will perform on its ground-floor Nickel Stage. Expect to hear Christmas classics old and new. Millie’s Lounge and Cecconi’s seated tickets are priced at £150pp, which includes a three- course set menu. Seated tickets at The Nickel Bar require a minimum spend of £150pp. Alternatively, standing tickets cost £45pp with entry starting at 8pm. Tickets are available for Sunday 3rd, 10th and 17th December.

27 Poultry, City, EC2R 8AJ

Visit TheNed.com


Bicester Village

Just an hour from London, Bicester Village is one of our favourite shopping destinations, offering discounts of up to 50% off top luxury fashion and lifestyle brands. From Charlotte Tilbury and Isabel Marant to Mulberry and Marni, you can get all your gift shopping done in one go. There are plenty of restaurants and snack spots on offer and, to make the most of the experience, you can book in for a luxurious personal shopping service to help with your partywear outfits. From today until 25th January 2024, shoppers can take up to 60% OFF the original retail price* in select boutiques.

50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, OX26 6WD

Visit TheBicesterCollection.com



Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

Hampton Court Palace will transform its courtyards into a food lover's Christmas wonderland for this year’s Festive Fayre. Soak up the spirit of the season with delicious street food, warming festive drinks and even the odd sing-along around the bandstand. Visitors will be able to browse a selection of stalls, offering plenty of foodie Christmas treats and special presents for everyone on your list. Admission is included as part of a standard entrance ticket to Hampton Court, which costs £26.30 per adult. Historic Royal Palaces members go free.

Hampton Court Way, East Molesey, KT8 9AU; 1st-3rd & 8th-10th Dec

Visit HRP.org.uk


Jazz Night At Bardo

Bardo offers a slice of ‘la dolce vita’ and a splash of old-school glamour in St James's. Mixing traditional Italian cuisine with creative flair, it’s a chic spot with great atmosphere and plush décor. On Tuesday 5th December, the venue is hosting a jazz night with live music from Italian vocalist Francesca Confortini and jazz singer Leon Garner. Expect smooth classics and Christmas renditions while you tuck into Italian dishes.

4 Suffolk Place, St James's, SW1Y 4HX; 7pm-10pm

Visit BardoStJames.com


Festive Fun at Goodluck Hope

On Saturday 2nd December, waterfront neighbourhood Goodluck Hope will host a festive family day featuring screenings of Frozen (including a meet and greet with Queen Elsa herself), children’s gingerbread-decorating workshops with local bakery Layer’s, and an evening of carol performances from the London Docklands Singers. There will also be festive food and drink throughout the day, served by local greengrocer Taylor's of Goodluck Hope. Tickets for the film screenings and biscuit decorating workshops cost £5, with all proceeds going to local homelessness charity Your Place (Caritas Anchor House).

Goodluck Hope, Orchard Place, E14 0JZ; 2pm-8pm

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Live True London X Ful Blow Dry Masterclass

Want to learn how to achieve a salon blow dry at home? Live True London salon in Vauxhall is offering two-hour blow dry and styling masterclasses in partnership with haircare brand Ful. With tutorials and hands-on demonstrations, attendees will learn how to recreate a classic salon blow dry at home. Tickets cost £38, which includes a glass of prosecco, a goodie bag with £56 worth of hair products, and 20% off all products in the salon on the day.

Flagstaff House, Unit 8, 14 St George Wharf, Vauxhall, SW8 2LE 

Visit TheLTLShop.com


Sparkle in the Park

If you don’t make it to Kew Gardens to see its annual light display, head to Avery Hill Park in Greenwich which has been transformed into a winter wonderland with a festive light trail. The historic Winter Garden will be illuminated with large-scale light features, and on Saturday night you can visit the festive market and fun fair before watching performances from local school and community choirs. On Sunday from 4.30pm, there will be a quiet hour for children and adults with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and sensory sensitivities. Public access will resume at 5.30pm.

Bexley Road, Greenwich, SE9 2PQ

Visit RoyalGreenwich.gov.uk


Makers Market by Studio Pottery London

On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, Studio Pottery London will host its annual makers market at Eccleston Yard in Victoria. Expect to browse stalls representing over 20 makers from the studio’s collective of talent with a selection of ceramics, craft items and artwork. Once you’ve found a few gifts – think hand-painted vases, Christmas decorations and framed prints – stop for some festive food and drink at one of the stalls.

Eccleston Yard, 21 Eccleston Place, Victoria, SW1W 9NF

Visit Studio-Pottery-London.com

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