What To Do This Weekend 08.12.22
WATCH A CHRISTMAS FILM:
The Luna Winter Cinema
The Luna Cinema returns to Kensington Palace on Saturday 10th December for another season of festive films. Over the next two weeks, guests can sit on chairs or beanbags in the Pavilion on the Orangery lawn to watch family favourites like Home Alone, Love Actually, Elf, The Holiday, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Treat yourself to mulled wine, mince pies and popcorn before the film starts, or tuck into homemade cakes from Figs Bakery.
Kensington Gardens, Palace Green, Kensington, W8 4PX
FIND A CHRISTMAS DAY OUTFIT:
We’re big fans of LoveShackFancy’s feminine, bohemian designs, so we were excited to find out its opened a first London store in Notting Hill. Now one of the capital’s prettiest retail destinations, the shop has pink interiors with vintage furniture and bouquets by renowned florist Moyses Stevens. Shoppers can browse maxi dresses, ruffled blouses and sequin dressed for the party season, then try them on in the three dressing rooms. Look out for the new RE23 collection and the vintage edit for something unique.
192 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Greenwich Peninsula has an exciting roster of activities this Christmas. The main square has been transformed into an enchanted forest with faux frosted trees and twinkly lights. Over the next few weeks, visitors can watch Christmas films at the pop-up cinema (from £6pp), take part in wreath-making workshops with florist Bloom East, enjoy carols and mulled wine, and enjoy DJs every week night until Christmas. Tonight, and on Friday 9th December, adults can listen to live jazz music at Bureau in the Design District, while little ones can take part in kids’ table craft sessions each weekend from 11:30am to 3:30pm at Canteen.
6 Peninsula Square, Greenwich, SE10 0AX
GO OUT OUT:
Soho Live Music Club Events
Soho Live Music Club has announced its line-up of December events. Across three Soho venues – The Boulevard, The Piano Bar and The Shed – guests can listen to live jazz from world-class musicians from just £5. Highlights include a performance by saxophonist JD Allen at The Boulevard (8th-10th December), the Soho Live All Stars Christmas Ball at The Boulevard featuring three jazz acts on each night (14th-17th December), Aydenne Simone – otherwise known as Big Mama – at Piano Bar (23rd December), and a special performance by Django Hot Club and Matt Holborn (29th December). A year’s membership costs £25 and gets you exclusive access to all three venues, as well as invitations to special events and performances.
DISCOVER NEW BEAUTY:
Our senior beauty editor Rebecca Hull loves hair and body care brand Gisou, so we were pleased to hear it’s opened a festive pop-up shop in Piccadilly, shaped like the brand’s popular hair oil. A great chance to try the honey-infused products for yourself, you can choose from oil, hair masks, lip oils and hair fragrances. There’s also a selection of Christmas gift sets and honey scented candles.
189 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1J 9ES, UK; until Sunday 18th December
PLAN A FESTIVE TABLESCAPE:
Skye McAlpine Pop-Up
Cook, author and friend of SL, Skye McAlpine has opened a Christmas pop-up in Pimlico. Today until Monday 12th December, visitors will be able to browse a selection of Skye’s Italian-inspired homeware, including dinnerware, glassware and entertaining essentials. There’s also a Christmas edit with everything you need to create a festive tablescape at home, like coloured jugs and glasses, candlestick holders, scalloped platters and homemade Christmas crackers.
44 Moreton Street, Pimlico, SW1V 2PB
After countless raves and DnB performances over the last five years, Printworks is closing its doors next year. If you want to party at the warehouse venue one last time, tickets have just gone on sale for its final season in 2023. From Saturday 4th February to Monday 1st May 2023, there are 40 shows to choose from, headlined by acts and collectives like Honey Dijon, Deadmau5, The Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, Defected and Jayda G. Highlights include nights by Glitterbox, Ants and Fabric, plus live classical shows from Aurora Orchestra, the Southbank Centre and the London Symphony Orchestra. Tickets start from £15.
Surrey Quays Road, Rotherhithe, SE16 7PJ
GET YOUR CULTURE FIX:
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye At Tate Britain
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has a new exhibition at Tate Britain. The Black British painter and writer is known for her oil paintings, inspired by an archive of found images or people who are entirely imagined. Each painting is created in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, with short brushstrokes and dark colours. This exhibition features over 70 paintings from her 20-year career, including works from her graduate exhibition and three new paintings. Look out for ‘Condor and the Mole’, a poignant painting of two young Black girls playing on the beach.
Millbank, Pimlico, SW1P 4RG
FIND A NEW PARTY BAG:
Longchamp Le Pliage Filet Lurex
Longchamp’s Le Pliage Filet is the bag that cropped up all over Instagram this summer. Now, it’s been updated for the party season, adding glitz and glam with two new colours: black and gold. Made in collaboration with FILT, the oldest manufacturer of French shopping nets, the crossbody bag can handle all your essentials. A great addition to your festive wardrobe, it’s available exclusively at the Longchamp Regent Street boutique.
229-247 Regent Street, West End, W1B 2EG
Kin. Supper Club
Chef Sophie Taverner and wine consultant Sarah Jones are the duo behind Kin., which creates fun supper clubs and dining events with music from some of the best DJs in the capital. On Thursday 15th December from 6pm to 10pm, the team is hosting a supper club at Benk&Bo in east London. Diners can listen to music from DJ Erica McKoy while tucking into a five-course meal consisting of squid ragu empanadas; milk bread with girolles and lardo; crab bisque with spelt risotto; crispy pork belly with roast apple, morcilla and tardivo; and chestnut choux au craquelin for dessert. Meanwhile, Sarah will present a selection of her favourite low-intervention wines to pair with the seasonal menu. Tickets cost £76pp.
4-6 Gravel Lane, Aldgate, E1 7AW
TREAT YOURSELF TO NEW PJS:
Desmond & Dempsey Festive Pop-Up
Pyjama brand Desmond & Dempsey has opened a festive pop-up at its Brixton studio. From today until Saturday 10th December – and Thursday 15th until Saturday 17th December – you can book an afternoon or evening slot to shop the brand’s pyjamas sets, robes, loungewear and accessories including eye masks, socks and knickers. You can even have a group portrait taken in the style of Desmond & Dempsey’s Festive campaign, so don’t forget to bring your friends – if you bring a plus one, you’ll both receive a free gift with a purchase. Book your slot at the link below.
30A Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 5SG
PLAN YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY:
If you’re planning a Christmas party, hosting festive drinks or looking forward to New Year’s Eve, Hometainment has all your at-home entertainment need sorted. Choose from private chefs and bartenders, wine tastings, masterclasses, and experiences from DJs, live singers and bands, and musicians – all of which can set up at your home or venue for a special evening. You can also book festive experiences like six-course tasting menus cooked at home and Christmas cocktail masterclasses.
FIND CHRISTMAS GIFTS:
The Table Edit Open House
The Table Edit is hosting an open house event in Peckham Rye on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December from 10am-5pm. Hosted by brand founder Anna Singleton, visitors will find a selection of homeware, fashion, jewellery and beauty products. Expect to find silk nightwear, accessories and jewellery by Coupure and Shyla London, unisex clothing by Alex Mullins and Muto Italia, vintage homeware from Mantel, and beautiful woven vases and ceramics from Mimi Kerpel and Gleb Reinhard. There will also be wine gifts, coffee table books and Christmas decorations including candles and wreaths.
91 Friern Road, Peckham, SE22 0AZ
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