HomeChristmasDiscover The Finest Festive Events Christmas is coming, and with it, so is a host of exciting and spectacular events. From glorious markets brimming with gifts and goodies to foodie festivals filled with edible indulgence, there’s a whole host of fun taking place. Whether you prefer sherry tasting sessions or outdoor ice rinks, indulge with one of the finest and most festive ways to celebrate all things Christmassy this year. 1 Try Queen of Hoxton’s Viking Themed Winter Rooftop Queen of Hoxton’s Winter Wigwam has been reincarnated into a Viking stronghold and Nordic hideaway this winter complete with long boat, feasting hall and cosy WigWam. Fire pits, driftwood sculptures and a plenty of drinking horns, it’s the perfect spot to plonk down after your Christmas shopping to recharge with hot flowing mead, foraged cocktails, mulled wine, crackling fire pits with toasted marshmallows and decadent feasting. Just don’t expect to return to your Christmas shopping after. Dates: Available Monday – Saturday Times: 4 – 10pm Bookings: To make a reservation, click here. Where: 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX 2 Dine at Lodge d’Argent Following the success of last year’s Lodge d’Argent winter pop up, City restaurant Coq d’Argent will once again be creating a magical winter wonderland on its rooftop this festive season. Running from 23rd November until the end of February, Lodge d’Argent will this year be inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood story. This year, Head Chef Damien Rigollet’s Lodge d’Argent menu will focus on well-loved, hearty French classics, including Raclette gratin with ratte potatoes and Alpine dry cured ham; Pomme frites with Chablis and black truffle mustard mayonnaise; and Leek and Comté tart with mixed leaf salad. The dessert menu will offer dishes paired with Hennessy Cognac, including Chestnut macarons and Fresh waffles with hot chocolate and chantilly cream. Where: Coq d’Argent, No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ. Bookings: To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7395 5000. Dates: 23 November until February 28. 3 Celebrate Christmas Spirit At The Savoy This Christmas, The Savoy will be transformed into a frozen fantasia featuring a magnificent 15ft Boodles-inspired Christmas tree and, for the first time in Savoy history, an indoor Ice Rink and cascading Louis Roederer Champagne bauble installation. Celebrated for its annual creative festivities, The Savoy’s Christmas celebrations will include special festive teas in the Thames Foyer, a luxury dining experience in Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill, truly traditional British dining in Simpson’s-in-the-Strand and luxury gift shopping at The Savoy Tea. A Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea will also be available, featuring Boodles inspired patisseries and Louis Roederer Vintage Rose cuvée. Where: Strand, London WC2R 0EU. Price: The Champagne Festive Afternoon Tea is priced at £82 per person. Dates: Sunday 20 November 2016 until Friday 6 January 2017. 4 Make a Christmas wreath fit for royalty! Book your place at Britannia’s exclusive Christmas wreath-making evening with florist to Her Majesty The Queen, Judy Reid of Judy Reid Flowers. As a Royal Warrant Holder, Judy Reid arranges flowers at The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Balmoral Castle and is delighted to share her passion and knowledge, whilst guiding you through 1.5 hours of Christmas wreath-making fun. Using seasonal berries, foliage and cones, your handmade Christmas wreath will then be yours to take home at the end of the evening. Champagne, canapés and a private tour of Her Majesty’s former floating palace is also included. When: 12th December Price: £65pp Bookings: To reserve your spot, click here. 5 Feast on festive menus at Muriel’s Kitchen Get into the festive spirit at Muriel’s Kitchen with decadently stacked Christmas burgers, seasonal menus and a fabulously festive twist on afternoon tea. From the Ultimate Christmas Burger, a succulent British beef patty layered with sticky cranberry jelly, gooey Brie and topped with crispy fried onions to succulent pork and turkey meatballs served with all the trimmings including roasted crispy hasselback potatoes, maple glazed Brussel sprouts, honey roasted carrots and parsnips, it’s the perfect pitstop for a festive feast. Desserts feature home-made chocolate and orange lava cake and panettone bread and butter pudding. Where: Muriel’s Kitchen Soho, Muriel’s Kitchen South Kensington and Muriel’s Kitchen Richmond. Price: Plates can be ordered from the a la carte menu or enjoy two courses for £19.95 and three for £24.95. Dates: Available from 14 November. 6 Pay a visit to The Gardening Society’s forest fantasia Following the success of its summer residencies, John Lewis will transform its Oxford Street rooftop, The Gardening Society, into a festive and immersive forest for the festive season in collaboration with Mac & Wild. Inspired by Britain’s woodlands and forests and designed by Tony Woods – previously awarded RHS National Young Garden Designer of the Year – guests will enter the rooftop into a natural fir tree glade, filled with wooden picnic tables interspersed amongst vegetable patches. Bringing highly seasonal British fare, Mac & Wild has created a menu of hearty, highland-style dishes exclusive to the rooftop, peppered with a few favourites from its permanent site on Great Titchfield Street. Dishes include a new and exclusive John Lewis Christmas burger featuring a demi brioche bun, fried confit turkey leg, venison stuffing, brie, cranberry, and truffled bread sauce. From the 1st December, customers will also be able to take some of the winter forest home with them and purchase their own Christmas tree from the rooftop tree lot. Dates: Monday 7 November until Friday 30 December. Times: Friday: 11.30am – 1am. Saturday: 12pm – 1am. Sunday: 12pm – 4pm. Where: The Gardening Society, The Rooftop 300 Oxford Street London W1C 1DX. Bookings: To make a reservation, click here. 7 Hire York & Albany’s Gingerbread Cabin Step inside your very own fairytale for a festive treat. York & Albany has transformed its townhouse courtyard into a temporary winter wonderland – with a beautiful Gingerbread Cabin pop-up and specially created gingerbread range of menus to tuck into. The chic cabin, available for private hire for groups of up to twelve guests, has been elegantly styled with a range of luxuriously festive decor. From delicate wreaths and candles to atmospheric chrome lanterns, lavish throws and of course, cosy cushions, guests can visit the cabin for the ultimate cosy retreat this winter. Find out more here. Dates: Now until 28 February 2017 (excluding 25 December and 14 February) Bookings: Please email email@example.com or call 020 7387 5700 to make a reservation. Where: York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS. 8 Watch Once Upon a Time Hosts ‘The Little Treasured Toy Shop’ Visit Mayfair for a theatrical festive experience. Once Upon A Time presents “The Little Treasured Toyshop”, a theatrical, multi-sensory dining experience, hosted in the very heart of Mayfair. Merging a spectacular gastronomic experience with the magic of storytelling, guests will partake in three courses of exciting culinary creations in an enchanted interactive atmosphere, whilst a music box full of festive spirit and cheer await you. The evening experience features fizz on arrival, a three-course festive feasting menu and a variety of evening entertainment. Dates: Thursday 24 November – Thursday 22 December. Times: 7pm until late. Where: 40-41 Conduit Street London W1S 2YQ. Bookings: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07742353183. 9 Skate at Brighton’s Pavillion ice rink Visit the most beautiful rink in the South East, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink for a stunning and atmospheric ice skating experience. With the former Royal pleasure palace as its backdrop, rhis hidden gem of a rink is beautifully lit at night with a spectrum of pink and purple colours. Perfect for a wintery day out, visitors can also indulge with tasty food in the pop-up rinkside bar and restaurant. Dates: 5 November 2016 – 15 January 2017. Times: 10am -10.15pm Where: Brighton BN2 1RA Price: £13. Click here to book. 10 Feast at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Set within one of London’s most iconic hotels, guests can enjoy a selection of bespoke menus and wine pairings that Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester’s talented Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet and Head Sommelier Christopher Bothwell have created especially for an unforgettable celebration. Designed for family and friends to enjoy together, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester’s bespoke celebration menus will be available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Dishes include ‘Delicate Shellfish consommé caviar’ which will be served on Christmas Eve and ‘Fillet of Denbighshire Venison celeriac and black truffle’ served on New Year’s Eve. An indulgent array of desserts will be served including a traditional yule log with a twist, ‘Yule Log, our way’ on Christmas Day and ‘Chocolate Delight’ on New Year’s Eve. To find out more, click here. 11 Try a Christabel’s Christmas cocktail class Christabel’s have crafted a series of fresh and seasonal series of masterclassesses. At a ‘Festive Rocktail’ masterclass, guests are invited to rock out whilst mixing, shaking and glamming up glorious Christmassy rock-star drinks. To kick the evening’s event off, guests will be treated a glass of fizz, before being shown how to make two different cocktails – the floral, gin-based Festive Flirt and the zesty, vodka-based Zinger.The group then gets the chance to flex their creative skills by rock-jewelling the cocktails with festive props, edible sequins, jewels and glitter. Christabel’s will also be serving up some tasty bites, including Gin & Beetroot infused Smoked Salmon with Honey & Lemon on Rye, topped with Edible Violas and Glitter Salted Carmel Tarts with Metallic Raspberries. Date: 14, and 21 December Times: 6.30 – 8pm Price: £45 per person. Click here to book. 12 Entertainment at Live at Zedal Live at Zédel are hosting a number of evenings this Christmas that will be sure to get Londoners into the festive spirit… 1 Gary Williams – A Swingin’ Christmas Having performed in over 60 countries and entertained audiences from The Ritz to the West End, Gary Williams presents his critically acclaimed ‘A Swingin’ Christmas’. Celebrate the festive season in style as Gary works his way through seasonal classics including ‘Let It Snow’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and many more. When: 14 & 23 December Times: 9.30pm How much: £25 per person. Click here to book. 2 Anne Reid Following 3 sold out shows, renowned TV-veteran Anne Reid returns to Crazy Coqs for her Christmas Special of hilarious and witty anecdotes based on her life in and out of show-business. She will be accompanied by two-times Tony Award nominee Musical Director Jason Carr throughout these special shows. When: 18/19 December How much: £30 per person. Click here to book. 3 Miss Hope Springs Miss Hope Springs delivers the living embodiment of Vegas glitter and festive glamour to her ‘Now it’s Christmas Time’ one woman show. Armed with a repertoire of her original seasonal songs such as ‘Santa is a Woman’, ‘Christmas Calypso’ and ‘Paper Snow’ and a assortment of scandalous show-biz revelations, audiences can be sure of an evening full of song, laughter and hairspray. When: 22 and 24 December Times: 7pm How much: £25 per person. Click here to book.