London's Top 4 Festive Treats
✨ MELANIE FULLBROOK
Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year but as the nights get longer and the weather gets colder it is always nice to have treats booked in to get you into the festive mood. With our very own festive offering this year - we are excited to share some of the other things there are to do this year in the twinkliest of Christmas cities.
We may be a little biased but... our festive offering this year, up in the 39th floor signature suite of The Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, is not to be missed. This November and December we are proud to present the world premier of a specially commissioned festive farce from celebrated theatre director turned talented playwright Oliver Rose. Four Calling Birds transports guests to the Midwinter soirée of Richard Bleak, whose festive preparations are about to take a turn for the hilarious. Inspired by the vintage farces of stage and screen’s yesteryear, Revels in Hand bring you a riotous and joyful Yuletide celebration in this brand new play. Enjoy a night of elegance, glamour and comedy in London’s highest hotel, complete with two glasses of Champagne and canapés during the intermission. Click here to Book - November 27th, 28th and December 4th, 5th, 11th (SOLD OUT) and 12th (SOLD OUT). Or if you fancy combining coming to see the show with a night staying in the hotel book here.
#2 CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS:
There is nothing quite like a proper fresh winter wreath to welcome you home at the end of a hard day's work and mark the transition into the relaxation of the evening. There are many on offer in London every year but here are a few of our favourites - Petersham Nurseries , Blossom & Threads, Fortnum & Mason and for something a little different you can make a woollen pom pom wreath at Allbirds in Covent Garden.
(And for something a little out of the city, and all year round, Lucy highly recommends Bicycle Blooms in Oxford where she made some wonderful everlasting wreathes earlier in the year.)
#3 Ice Skating Rinks
I personally am appalling at ice-skating but it doesn't stop me every year accessing my inner child and donning a pair of hired skates to slowly edge my way around the edge of a rink. There are many options in London from the stunning tradition of Somerset House or the National History Museum to the more unique and quirky rinks such as the roof top rink of Bar Ebla in Waterloo or North London's much dinkier and less intimidating rink at JW3.
#4 CHRISTMAS MARKETS:
Although London isn't considered top of its game for festive markets (and Freddie, now being in Amsterdam, could probably do an entire blog post on European markets!) there are some truly excellent ones if you know where to look. Obviously along with your usual Southbank markets and Winter Wonderland - you have the Zero Waste Christmas Market in Brick Lane home to an abundance of ethical traders, the Craft Fox market in Kings Cross and the Etsy pop-up market in Tottenham.
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