6 Perfect Picks for London Winter Evenings
✨ MELANIE FULLBROOK
As we head into the icy winter months and the days are at their shortest, here are some suggestions of amazing places to spend an evening: whether catching up with friends or doing something special with a loved one, these picks are perfect for pre-festive seasonal fun.
Based in Richmond - this cafe with a selection of over 550 board games - is a real treat for the serious gamers among you, and a brilliant way to pass a few hours for those who just like to dip their hand in. The vibe is incredibly casual and the owners are very helpful and friendly. They offer a selection of booze and Chinese flowering teas that blossom in your glass, as well as an eclectic menu of affordable food. The games are organised by genre with every type of game you could possibly imagine. Be sure to book as evenings tend to get busy!
The newest most exciting way to play mini golf can be found in Westfield, Shepherd's Bush. Each course is designed with unique technology so that your ball is tracked electronically around the course. The scoring works with points gained and lost according to numbers of shots and there are lots of fun surprises along the way, including a wheel of fortune where you can win free drinks / second games by hitting different targets. Executive Chef Richard Edney offers a refined menu designed for sharing, with plenty of indulgent American diner style dishes alongside a well-stocked bar. Prices range from £12.50 for peak times and £7.50 for off peak games. A really unique way to enjoy an evening with a group of friends.
Open from November 15th to December 23rd only, Backyard Cinema’s Christmas Labyrinth is well worth a visit. A huge magical maze with surprises around every corner leads into an enchanted forest featuring two cinema screens, a bar with live entertainment and much more. Their programme includes all the favourite festive flicks including Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually and The Holiday, as well as singalong blockbusters such as The Greatest Showman, Beauty and the Beast and Moulin Rouge. If you don’t have a cinema ticket you can still explore the Christmas Labyrinth and enjoy the bar drinks, food and entertainment for £2 entry on most days (free on Tuesdays and £5 on weekend evenings).
This winter, Holborn Dining Room is collaborating with the Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky The Glenlivet, to transform the iconic Rosewood Terrace into a magical woodland glade. Tucked away from the Christmas crowds, discover The Glenlivet Glade, an immersive winter terrace, where you are invited to settle in for the evening and enjoy a selection of The Glenlivet cocktails and comforting dishes, all while sitting under a spectacular starry ‘night sky’. The hotel also houses many other wonderful wintery treats like The Pie Room open until 4pm.
Igloos have now become a popular craze over the winter months and there are several places you can go to cozy up under sheepskin blankets. The Coppa Club in Tower Bridge offers cocktails and dining options inside winter igloos looking out over the river; Skylight at the Tobacco Dock are offering mulled wine, raclette, ice-skating and roasted chestnuts all surrounded by your choice of mountain huts and igloos; The Aviary on top of Montcalm Royal London Hotel in Finsbury Square offer dining packages starting at £200 for igloos hosting ten people (the views from the 9th floor bar make it a memorable place to spend the evening); and lastly chef Jimmy Garcia is returning to the Southbank with his pop up restaurant Jimmy's lodge - prices aren't cheap for this one, at £600 minimum spend, but with views along the river and indulgent winter menus the experience looks like one that won't be forgotten easily.
Located in the heart of Fulham this crafts studio offers workshops all in the region of £20-40 for anything from natural lipsticks, soaps and candles to beaded jewellery, clay pots and leather wallets. A fantastic gift idea for arts and crafts enthusiasts as well as a unique way to spend an evening and learn something new. And in line with this idea, keep your eyes peeled too for Christmas Wreath making workshops. They're offered all over the city and often book up fast, but are a delightful way to get your hands a bit dirty and make something beautiful and characterful that you'll definitely use. Your front door will be the envy of all your neighbours.
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