GO OUT OUT:
Horse Meat Disco at Caia
Caia is a wine bar, restaurant and music venue just off Portobello Road. Founded by locals Rishabh Vir and Tim Lang, it has a pretty sweet music set up in its basement, featuring a Kuzma R record player and Auditorium R-25 A speakers. The venue has just announced the winter line-up of acts set to take to the decks in the coming weeks. On Friday 2nd December, Horse Meat Disco’s Severino will spin tunes from 9pm until late, but if you can’t make it, there’s a special act in store next Saturday night – details are strictly under wrap but we’re excited.
46 Golborne Road, Notting Hill, W10 5PR
FIND XMAS GIFTS:
Bella Freud x The Laslett Christmas Pop-Up
The Laslett hotel in Notting Hill is hosting a Christmas pop-up with luxury brand Bella Freud on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. Visitors can shop Bella Freud classics including 1970 motif knitwear, graphic tees, and an edit of homeware such as candles, diffusers and cushions. Once you’ve decided on a few Christmas gifts – or treats for yourself – visit the hotel’s new winter terrace where you can hunker down under blankets and heaters to enjoy brunch, lunch or festive cocktails.
8 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, W2 4DU; from 11.30am-6pm
The House of Thrills Cult Beauty Festive Pop-Up
Cult Beauty is running a three-day festive pop-up in Soho from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th December. Shoppers can get into the Christmas spirit with events, talks and masterclasses presented by some of our favourite brands. Expect makeovers from Charlotte Tilbury, bouncy blow dries from DryBar, and facials by Korean brand Glow Recipe. There’s also a workshop by self-love guru Roxie Nafousi, a sexual wellbeing panel chat with Sex Talks founder Emma-Louise Boynton, and a wreath making workshop with Sage London. If that wasn’t enough, guests can stop off at the ByRotation dressing station to rent a party outfit. Entry is free and all beauty services cost £20, which will be redeemable on the Cult Beauty website.
59 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 3DZ
London Gay Men’s Chorus At Liberty
London Gay Men’s Chorus (LGMC) will return to Liberty this weekend for another special performance of Christmas carols. On Sunday 4th December at 11.30am, head to the department store’s atrium on the ground floor to watch the free performance. With over 200 members, the LGMC is the largest gay choir in Europe and regularly plays to crowds at the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall and the Roundhouse. Suitable for the whole family, the choir will sing a range of traditional and contemporary carols.
Regent Street, Carnaby, W1B 5AH
UPDATE YOUR HOME:
Sharland England Pop-Up at Edward Bulmer Natural Paint Showroom
Louise Roe’s interior brand Sharland England has opened a Christmas pop-up at the Edward Bulmer Natural Paint Showroom in Pimlico. Until Saturday 10th December, visitors can shop the brand’s rattan furniture and tabletop collection which includes vases, trays ceramics and linens. On Saturday 10th December you can also meet Louise Roe in store, alongside interior designer Edward Bulmer – plus, enjoy mulled wine and mince pies while you shop.
194 Ebury Street, Pimlico, SW1W 8UP
The Proof Dalston
East London dessert company The Proof has opened its first standalone bakery, coffee shop and dessert bar in Dalston. Headed up by baker Francesca Strange, the brand is known for its kitsch cakes and delicious profiterole towers. At the new place, diners can visit the profiterole bar to build their own dessert with a selection of fillings, sauces and toppings. You can also order cake by the slice, cupcakes and whole cakes to go, as well as pastries and hot drinks made with Flying Horse Coffee. If you’d rather stop by at lunchtime, you can take your pick from avocado on toast, sandwiches, sausage rolls, and new savoury profiterole sandwiches. If you’re not local, you can order its range of desserts, cakes and gifts for nationwide delivery.
Dalston Square, Dalston, E83BQ
FIND A CHRISTMAS PARTY OUTFIT:
Rites Pop-Up at Me London
Luxury rental and resale platform Rites is hosting a fashion pop-up at Me London hotel from today until Monday 5th December. Shoppers can browse rails of party outfits, all available for hire over the festive period. Expect to see sequined dresses, velvet jackets and glitzy accessories from brands like Aje, Ganni, Self Portrait, Prada and Balenciaga, to name a few. Ideal if you’re after an outfit for a Christmas party or need something to wear this weekend, the pop-up is open to everyone.
Strand, WC2R 1HA; open from 11am-8pm daily
BOOK A SPECIAL NIGHT OUT:
The couple behind Muriel’s Kitchen launched a restaurant in the National Gallery this summer. Ochre offers a contemporary European menu ranging from weekend brunch to dinner and afternoon tea, and now the restaurant has a new music offering on Thursday nights, which includes DJ sets, dancing, and late-night drinking and dining. Over the next few weeks, guests can hear from jazz singers, guitarists and saxophonists while enjoying wine or cocktails with the à la carte sharing menu. Current highlights include halibut ceviche with lime, avocado, orange and chilli; burrata with smoked almonds, fennel and plum; and duck breast with red cabbage, sprout tops and orange.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Social Pantry Christmas Supper Club
Social Pantry is throwing a sustainable supper club at its Lavender Hill restaurant on Wednesday 14th December to celebrate the best produce of the season. Guests can enjoy a three-course zero-waste menu consisting of whisky and soy-glazed smoked salmon or celeriac carpaccio with black truffle to start, and sharing mains of five-spice Christmas ham or onion squash with crispy seeds, served with crispy sage and confit garlic roast potatoes, sprout and hispi cabbage slaw, red cabbage with blackberries and hazelnuts, and a zero-waste stuffing. Diners can then share spiced pear pudding or Christmas cake ice-cream for dessert.
170A Lavender Hill, Clapham, SW11 5TG
SHOP NEW-SEASON PICKS:
We love Seraphina’s colourful and playful printed designs, so we were excited to hear it has launched a pop-up on the King’s Road. Until Wednesday 7th December, you’ll find its AW22 collection there, featuring plenty of investment options, from velvet dresses and corduroy pinafores to pretty ruffled blouses. Don’t forget to check out the party edit for colourful festive outfits.
340 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UR
HOP ON BOARD:
British Pullman x Luminary Bakery Festive Afternoon Tea
Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise that provides opportunities for women to build a future for themselves, through courses, work experience and paid employment at its London bakeries. On Sunday 4th December, the team is hosting a special afternoon tea experience on a British Pullman train. Guests can enjoy a round trip from Victoria Station to the Surrey Hills while sitting in an art-deco carriage. You’ll be served a bottle of Veuve Clicquot before tucking into finger sandwiches, buttery scones and a selection of festive cakes, all created by Luminary Bakery and celebrated pastry chef Claire Clark. Carol singers wandering through the carriages will help set the festive atmosphere, and each guest will receive a copy of the bakery’s cookbook, Rising Hope. Tickets start from £340.