The Best Festive Things To Try In London This Winter


Tis’ the season – indulge with the best boozy hot chocolates, wintery tipples and ice cool pop-ups with The Wordrobe’s pick of the best festive things to try in London this winter


1 Snuggle up inside Aviary’s ‘Skye-line Igloos’ with Talisker Whisky


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Instagram opps await! Aviary will be re-launching their renowned rooftop igloos with an exciting development; introducing the ‘Skye-line Igloos’ with award-winning spirit Talisker Whisky from the Isle of Skye.

Talisker and Aviary invite all ‘Wild Spirits’ to disconnect from everyday life and experience the ‘Skye-line Igloos’ which are elevated 10 floors above The City on Finsbury Square.

From the moment guests step onto the terrace, they will be immersed into Talisker’s Scottish homeland, providing an inner-city escape, whilst overlooking the breath-taking views across London.

Each igloo will be adorned with natural and nautical elements, reflective of the wild, storm- lashed environment of the whisky’s homeland.

What’s more, the igloos will feature an exclusive menu of wild whisky cocktails including the spicy and citrusy ‘Scotch Mist’, the fruity and smokey ‘Northern Lights’ and the adventure inspired ‘Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate’, the perfect, warming drink to be sipped in the cosy, rustic-themed, igloos under the stars.

There will also be a specially curated food menu with a range of platters to enjoy inside the igloos throughout the season.

How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
Where: Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX


2 Discover The Lanesborough’s lavish Ralph & Russo inspired Christmas Tree installation

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The Lanesborough Hotel’s festive décor takes on a touch of couture with the unveiling of a Ralph & Russo inspired Christmas Tree installation, as imagined by creative genius, Tony Marklew.

Inspired by the heritage of the British luxury house and the intricate detailing portrayed in the brand’s most recent Autumn-Winter 2019/2020 couture collection, the artistic installation brings to life the magic of couture.

Pay a visit to admire a canopy of chandelier-like crystals and ornate leaf embellishment, adorned with silk petal flowers in bold hues of raspberry and ruby red.

Celebrating the excellence of British luxury and craftsmanship of both The Lanesborough and Ralph & Russo, both brands have united to bring the glamour and personal touch of a truly couture Christmas to every guest this festive season.

Where: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Website: For more information, visit lanesborough.com/festive


3 Discover a sky-high winter chalet at Sky Garden


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Set against the dramatic backdrop of London’s sparkling skyline, Sky Garden sitting 35 floors up in the sky makes an excellent place to party this winter.

 

Teaming up with Moët & Chandon to create an alpine extravaganza to remember and a schedule of sing-along Christmas live music nights, Sky Garden will also be bringing back all flappers and dappers for the city’s most infamous New Year’s Eve celebration.

From 19th November until 6th January 2020, pay a visit to see transformed into an alpine lodge in collaboration with Moët & Chandon.

Decorated with frosted wreath adorned archways, twinkling fairy lights, glittering bell jar lanterns, faux fur cushions and chunky cable knit blankets; it’s an ideal spot to get snuggled up in suave style.

Book in advance and rock around mini Christmas trees with a cocktail for £11 or light up your celebration and enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne paired with Moët pretzel match sticks dipped in olive cocoa butter for £16 per person.

For even more atmosphere, book your tickets to Sky Garden’s festive live music nights running throughout December, with seasonal tunes courtesy of ALR Music.

Don’t miss: Book tickets to the venues’ notorious Great Gatsby themed New Year’s Eve party to welcome 2020 in style. Get glammed up to the nines, dust off your smoking jackets, faux furs, glitter and cocktail dresses, for a night of sparkle until 2am. Two words – yes please. From £125 person.

Where: Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


4 Try your hand at The Bloomsbury’s Colourful Christmas Calligraphy classes


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For those looking to perfect their Christmas card-making skills this year, The Bloomsbury hotel is hosting a ‘Colourful Christmas Calligraphy’ class with London-based stationary brand, Papier.

Expert calligrapher, Suzie Dicker of À L’aise will lead the class in the hotel’s gorgeous Seamus Heaney Library, where guests will be welcomed with a delicious Christmas cocktail upon arrival.

Once settled in, creatives can master the technique of calligraphy, working their way through the alphabet and using coloured inks to create their own Christmas cards.

At the end of the session, guests will be able to take their calligraphy creations home with them, along with a nib, ink and personalised Papier stationary to continue their practice at home.

For those who wish to stay a little longer, The Bloomsbury offers the perfect city-centre location for festive cocktails and nibbles – as well as a picturesque bite at Dalloway Terrace.

When: The Colourful Chirstmas Calligraphy classes will take place on Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th November.
Wallet: Classes will cost £30 per person and will accommodate up to 15 people.
How For more information and to book please click here.


5 Sip the night away at Skylight Rooftop


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Skylight Rooftop, London’s most imaginative rooftop destination welcomes back its winter season, running until 25th January 2020.

Themed around an urban après skate bar, the three-story East London venue is playing host to Europe’s only real-ice rooftop ice rink, with seasonal cocktails, ice hockey shooting, DJs, cosy igloos and huts, and some of the best views in the city.

Skylight has become one of London’s most popular rooftops and a firm fixture on any summer and winter hotlist. Soaring above London’s most unique event venue, Tobacco Dock in Wapping, Skylight boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, lawn games, screens and an unrivalled view of London’s iconic skyline.

The popular igloos and huts on Skylight’s top level will be making an exciting return, transporting guests to a wintry wonderland perched above the city.

Throughout the winter season, Skylight has a changing programme of cutting edge DJs, events and parties including a tree decorating evening, Festive Singalong events, New Year’s Eve celebrations, Burns Night and Australia Day.

When: Until 25th January 2020
Where: Skylight Rooftop, Pennington Street Car Park Entrance, Wapping, London, E1W2SF
How: Please click here to find out more and make a booking.

6 Be inspired by aqua shard’s bow-tiful Christmas tree


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On November 14th, contemporary British restaurant aqua shard will reveal yet another spectacular partnership for its anticipated annual Christmas tree – this time masterminded by renowned Scottish fashion designer Holly Fulton.

Taking influence from the decade of 1920s glamour, as well as traditional Christmas motifs, Holly has worked with aqua shard to create DecoDance, carefully juxtaposing the designer’s whimsical designs in contrast with the modern architecture of aqua shard.

Holly Fulton is an award-winning designer from Scotland, having previously won ELLE New Designer, Scottish Young Designer two years running, ELLE Talent Launch Pad and Emerging Talent Accessories at the British Fashion Awards. 

Proudly standing 6m above ground in the restaurant’s three storey atrium, Holly’s grand yet delicate design incorporates her own designs and a traditional festive bow.

The rest of the design draws inspiration from the playful aesthetic of legendary Busby Berkeley’s musical production numbers from the Roaring Twenties.

Ideal for foodies, aqua shard has also created a bespoke cocktail and dessert. The dessert of white chocolate mousse with Veuve Clicquot Champagne jelly and spice wine sorbet, will match perfectly with ‘DecoFizz’ – a seasonal mix of sherry and Veuve Clicquot Champagne, with Advocaat reduction and a touch of pine essence. 

What’s more, from 14th November 1st January, aqua shard will add an optional £1 to every bill to go towards charity Teenage Cancer Trust, whilst and 50% of sales from the special Christmas cocktail and dessert will also be donated to the charity. 

Where: level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 


7 Peek inside a Japanese-inspired illuminated oasis at Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour and Tavern


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Mr Fogg’s Gin Parlour and Tavern is transforming into a magical illuminated oasis in celebration of the Japanese Winter Light Festival, featuring exotic House of Suntory spirited cocktails and delicious fusion dishes

They’ve partnered with House of Suntory to host a light festival experience, where the curious will be invited in to explore incredible, and highly Instagrammable, Japanese light installations and cocktails.

The collaboration, inspired by the riches of Japanese nature, will offer guests the opportunity to embark on a journey through the senses including sight, taste and sound. As guests approach the venue, they will be met by a striking red Torii framing the entrance to Mr Fogg’s Tavern, with delicate hues of pink Japanese blossom adorning the exterior.

The perfect space to soak up Japanese culture this winter, Mr Fogg’s will serve up equally dazzling Japanese-inspired cocktails, made with Roku gin, Haku vodka and Toki whisky.

The food menu will take guests on a voyage through Japan, featuring oriental bar snacks such as Edamame Beans with Chilli and Garlic Salt, Chicken Gyozas served with a Soy Sauce and Tuna Sashimi Pizza topped with Wasabi Mayo, Pickled Shallots and truffle oil, all set to illuminate guests palates and complement the creative cocktail menu.

When; Until 24th November 2019
Where: Mr Fogg’s Tavern, 58 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA
Website: Click here to find out more and make a booking.


8 Watch fabulous films with feastive food at Bluebird Chelsea

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Bluebird Chelsea and Patron have partnered to introduce the Patron Picture House, an inside cinema experience with great films, food and cocktails.

Patron Picture House will take over and transform ‘The Campbell Room’, to create a cosy winter wonderland until early December. Ideal for a night full of Christmas classics, head down to Chelsea to enjoy these on a huge screen.

Film buffs can relax in Bluebird’s plush private room, ‘The Campbell Room’  and kick start the Christmas season with some much-loved films, starting off with The Greatest Showman on the 5th November, followed by Bridget Jones Diary, Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, Love Actually and finishing off with the ultimate chick flick, The Holiday.

Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with a Patron Hero cocktail that balances citrus, and spice, before into the feasting menu with a choice of two dishes; Bluebird’s special hotdog; spiced pork, pickled cabbage and chilli mayo or Bluebird’s vegan burger; red quinoa, spiced vegan mayo, broccoli, garden pea, kale, avocado and vegan cheese.

Wallet: Tickets are £25 and include a welcome Patron cocktail and either Bluebird’s hot dog or vegan burger. Additional food and drinks can be purchased on the night.
When: Until early December.
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.
Where: Bluebird Chelsea, 350 King’s Rd, London SW3 5UU


9 Join Bōkan for a soirée in the sky


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Located in the heart of Canary Wharf and towering 37 storeys above the city, destination restaurant and bar Bōkan will be taking celebrations sky high this winter with festive feasting menus and the ultimate bottomless Christmas Day brunch.

Executive Chef Guillaume Gillan has created an array of seasonal menus to suit all festive occasions. Available from 25th November – 22nd December, diners can tuck into a special three-course lunch menu (£35pp) or the six-course chef’s tasting menu (£79pp) for a fine dining treat.

Dishes include stuffed suckling piglet with endive apple salad and honey dressing; poached line cod with burnt orange purée and roasted cauliflower; and pears in syrup with toasted almonds and Williams pear sorbet.

Come Christmas Day, Bōkan invites you to escape the stress and the turkey basting with a Christmas brunch featuring bottomless Prosecco. The three-course brunch is priced at £79pp, and, for guests looking to catch a glimpse of London’s Christmas night sky, a dinner sitting is also available.

Where:  37th, 38th and 39th Floors, Novotel, Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP
Website: Bokanlondon.co.uk
How: To book any of the above please email events@bokanlondon.co.uk


10 Embrace all things festive at Petersham Nurseries


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Petersham Nurseries is celebrating its second Christmas in Covent Garden with an array of festive menus and immersive events.

With a focus on gathering friends and family for a feast, at both The Petersham and La Goccia restaurants, set menus designed for groups to share will celebrate the finest produce of the season. 

Foodies can also stop by for a Festive Afternoon Tea, to be enjoyed overlooking Floral Court with everything from Christmas pudding chocolate choux bun, Italian clementine trifle, quail’s egg with white Alba truffle and Petersham mince pies arrive on a Florentine-style to try. 

In the run-up to the special day, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden’s talented team of florists and horticulturalists are also hosting a series of winter floral workshops across the festive period.

Master the art of Festive Wreath- Making or take on a Festive Table Centre workshop to learn how to create dramatic, wild and impressive arrangements – either way, there’s something for every DIY fan. 

Where: Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden Floral Court London WC2E 9FB
How: Phone 20 7305 7676 or visit www.petershamnurseries.com to find out more. 

 11 Scoff and skate the weekend away with Scoff & Banter

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Better get your skates on. Scoff & Banter are launching ‘Our Winter Afternoon Tea’, a contemporary British tea with a wintry twist in their Tea Rooms on Oxford Circus and in their Kensington location.

What’s more, Scoff & Banter Kensington will also be offering guests the chance to enjoy a unique ‘Dine & Skate’ experience in partnership with the iconic Natural History Museum Ice Rink, until 12th January 2020.

On the menu, feast your way through Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on Sour Cherry Bread, Rare Roast Beef with Horseradish Mayonnaise & Baby Watercress on Brioche, Organic Lemon-roasted, Corn-fed Chicken with Truffle Mayonnaise on Potato & Rosemary Bread and Robata-grilled Courgette with Basil Pesto on Sourdough.

Sugary sins include Lemon & White Chocolate Meringue, Raspberry & Vanilla Choux Crumble and Coconut Glazed Sponge Cake. The offering is completed with Warm Raisin & Plain Scones, served with Strawberry Preserve and Cornish Clotted Cream.

When: Available until 12th January 2020, with tickets priced from £38.50.
How: Visit scoffandbanter.com to find out more and make a booking.


12 Dine in a luxury Land Rover with Mac & Wild

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Bonkers but brilliant. Fresh from the Highlands, Scottish sensations Mac & Wild have teamed up with Highland Park Whisky to bring the wildest private dining experience to London this festive season, with the launch of their Land Rover Private Dining Gun Bus.

Parked up outside Mac & Wild Devonshire Square, this off-roading adventure vehicle has been transformed into a festive private dining space, with twinkling lights and dishes to delight including Santa’s Scotch Egg and Mac & Wild’s show-stopping Christmas Burger.

The converted gun bus once used for ferrying hunters and beaters around Scotland’s largest sporting estates, is a celebration of Highland adventures – making it the perfect festive feasting space, without having to step foot out of the Square Mile.

Belting up for this wild winter adventure, guests should prepare to be transported to the heather moor of Scotland as Mac & Wild cooks up a festive feast, served in the back of the Land Rover.

Decked out in festive festoon lighting, winter pines and plenty of fur blankets, guests can choose from a three-course Christmas set menu or Mac & Wild’s A la Carte menu for their Highland adventure.

With everything from a Christmas Burger with Pork Stuffing, Venison Patty, Melted Morangie Brie, Red Cabbage, Shredded Sprout Tops and Festive Fries or a full festive feast of Roast Turkey and all the trimmings on offer, there’s plenty to whet a winter appetite.

Where: 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN
When: Available for bookings Monday – Saturday
How: Click here to find out more and make a booking.

13 Laurent-Perrier Champagne Breakfasts at The Gherkin with Searcys


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For the first time since the Gherkin opened to the public, Searcys will be hosting a brand new series of festive Champagne Breakfasts in partnership with prestigious champagne house, Laurent-Perrier.

Available from Monday to Friday from November 18, classic breakfast dishes will include Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Arlington, with Smoked streaky bacon, eggs, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, tomatoes and field mushrooms on offer for those wanting the full works.

For the health fans, lighter options will feature the saintly delights of Granola, berries, yoghurt and honey, along with indulgent homemade waffles, hedgerow berry compote and sweet cream.

Executive Chef Shaun Rowlands’s Avocado on toast with poached hen eggs, sherry smoked salmon and keta caviar has been created to pair perfectly with a chilled glass of Laurent-Perrier – putting you in an excellent mood for the day ahead.

Ideal for Champagne fans, four Laurent-Perrier cuvées will be available by the glass. Choose from the iconic Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, the elegant La Cuvée and the brand new Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature.

A Laurent-Perrier tasting flight with a glass of Cuvée Rosé, La Cuvée and Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature is also available.

Where: 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP
When: Monday – Friday from 18 November to 30 December, from 7.30 – 11am
How: Bookings can be made here.

14  Make a mecca to The Montague Ski Lodge and new Lanson Winter Lodge


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One of London’s most loved winter pop-ups, discover a festive paradise at the Ski Lodge at The Montague on the Gardens.

The ultimate venue for intimate winter nights and Christmas party celebrations, the Montague Ski Lodge offers an enchanting Alpine experience in the heart of literary Bloomsbury, with pine trees, drifting snow, reindeer, fairy lights and lanterns.

Warm up with delicious festive platters, steaming hot cocktails and flavoured vodkas. New for 2019, the property is also introducing a new, elegant, all-white Lanson Winter Lodge – the perfect place for a spot of après bubbles.

When: The Montague Ski Lodge is open now, priced at £38 per personThe new Lanson Winter Lodge opens from 14th November 2019 until 5th January 2020 and costs £85 per couple.
Where: 2-3 Montagu Pl, Marylebone, London W1H 2ER
How: Find out more and make a booking here.


15 Treat your pooch and take part in tradition at Egerton House Hotel


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If tradition takes your fancy, then you’ll love this elegant offering. Knightsbridge’s Egerton House Hotel is going all out for the holiday season with a new Dickensian Christmas display, Wreath-Making Workshop and even aFestive Doggy Afternoon Tea

Transforming its elegant façade into a Dickensian Christmas display, the hotel will offer a beautiful window into Victorian times.

Take part in a Wreath-Making Workshop on December 5th for the first time under the guidance of the hotel’s resident floral expert and ‘florist to the stars’ Jane Wadham, whose client list includes Victoria Beckham and The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The hotel’s famous Doggy Afternoon Tea has also been given a festive twist.

Four-legged guests visiting the hotel in December are encouraged to dress in their best Christmas attire for the chance to win a gift voucher for Doggy Afternoon Tea.

To be in the running, guests can snap a photo of their furry friend at the hotel in a Christmas jumper, hat, bow tie or similar, and post on social media using #EgertonChristmas. The pet-friendly team will select a winner on 1st January 2020.

Where: 17-19 Egerton Terrace, Knightsbridge, London SW3 2BX
When: The wreath-making workshop will take place on December 5th 2019 and includes a Christmas Afternoon Tea.
How: Find out more and make a booking here.

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