We’re inching closer and closer to Christmas. Soak up the best of it at one of these events taking place this weekend, from wreath workshops to Christmas markets. Or, if you’re desperately trying to avoid getting into the spirit before December 1st, there’s also plenty of activities going on that don’t involve anything of the sort, including a film festival and a colourful installation. 

Intrigued? Read on to find out where you should be heading this weekend.

Lose yourself in the magic of cinema at this film festival

The ICA’s film festival, FRAMES OF REPRESENTATION, returns to London this week, bringing with it 20 UK premieres by filmmakers from 16 different countries. All relating to the theme, each film will showcase human experiences from around the world, playing with fiction and nonfiction in a fresh new way. 

Festival highlights include A Night of Knowing Nothing by Payal Kapadia, awarded for the best documentary at Cannes Film Festival 2021; The Last Shelter by Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou, exploring portraits of migrant journeys in the Saharan deserts; and The Tale of King Crab (Re Granchio) by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppia, a look at immigrants and outsiders that merge with reality and fabulation.

All Light, Everywhere
The Last Shelter by Ousmane Samassekou

When: 25th November – 4th December
WherE: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
WebsitE: www.ica.art

Get into the festive spirit with this wreath workshop

Fancy putting your creativity to the test this Christmas? Book in for one of Columbia Creative’s workshops and see yourself becoming a pro at wreathing in a matter of hours. Taking place in their Southwark Pop-Up Studio, you’ll be able to rummage through all of their mixed materials, from dried fruits and spices to metallic foliage. Light festive refreshments are also included in the classes.

Looking for more wreath workshops? Check out our guide here.

When: 27th November – 12th December
Where: COLUMBIA CREATIVE POP-UP STUDIO, ANGEL LANE, SE17 3FD
Website: www.columbiacreative.co.uk

Get Christmas shopping at this festive fair

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Wild By Tart (@wildbytart)

From live music to indulgent treats, get into the festive spirit this weekend as you wander around Wild by Tart’s Christmas Fair. Running this Saturday and Sunday, the fair will offer you the chance to browse and shop from a selection of independent brands, including Sirplus Clothing, Wilder Botanics and Molly Mahon. 

You’ll be able to delight in treats including mince pie choux buns and chocolate pecan brownies, all that can be washed down with hot chocolate and mulled wine. On Saturday, Wild by Tart and SSAW Collective will be running two wreath workshops too.

From live music to indulgent treats, get into the festive spirit this weekend as you wander around Wild by Tart’s Christmas Fair.

When: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th November
Where: Wild by Tart, 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
Website: www.wildbytart.com

Brighten your weekend by visiting this installation

Having a rough week? Need an escape from all of the festivities taking over London? A new colourful installation has landed in London and you’ll be glad to know there’s not a sprig of holly in sight… 

From 19th November until 6th March 2022, set designer, multidisciplinary artist and world-builder Lydia Chan will be transforming the curving facades of NOW Gallery into a vibrant fantasy world.

Titled Your Ship Has Landed, the installation is bursting with vivid colours, from fluorescent pinks and purples to neon greens, blues and yellows. Chan’s work has reinvented nature as a foreign planet, incorporating AR technology and alien motifs, and bridged the gap between our digital lifestyle and our renewed experience of the natural world.

Credit: Charles Emerson
Credit: Charles Emerson

When: 19TH NOVEMBER 201 TO 6TH MARCH 2022
Where: NOW GALLERY, THE GATEWAY PAVILIONS, PENINSULA SQUARE, GREENWICH PENINSULA, SE10 0SQ
Website: www.nowgallery.co.uk

Browse London’s Zero Waste Christmas Market

London’s Zero Waste Christmas Market returns this weekend. Running on Saturday and Sunday at Old Spitalfields Market, the weekend will be packed out with the best of the UK’s independent, sustainable businesses, each with their own stalls abrim with gifts and goodies.

Grab yourself a warming mulled wine as you wander around the market, perusing the likes of reusable crackers, vegan brands and stalls selling sustainable products. Perfect for searching for Christmas presents, there’ll be twenty stalls with 26 brands to shop across the weekend, plus delicious plant-based treats from The Female Glaze.

When: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th November
Where: OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET, 16 COMMERCIAL STREET, SPITALFIELDS, E1 6EW
Website: www.zerowastegoods.com

Munch through this R&B themed brunch

Keeping on the festive theme, Skylight Peckham is hosting a yuletide themed brunch – with a twist.

Taking place this Sunday 28th November and Sunday 12th December, the brunch – titled Sleigh My Name – will feature all of your brunch classics. But to give it a twist, the brunch will be soundtracked with R&B hits, from Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Aaliyah, TLC, Missy, Usher, J.T, Mary J Blige, Rihanna, Chris Brown and lots more. You can also expect a few festive hits too, including the all time favourite Mariah.

When: Sunday 28th November & Sunday 12th December
Where: Skylight Peckham, Theatre Walk, 120 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JT
Website: www.skylightbars.com

Check out the FLOWERBX x Le Pink Figaro installation

No doubt you’ve come across the Insta famous Le Pink Figaro pop up on your social feed, but this weekend you can see the pretty little car in action at this bespoke Covent Garden installation.

FLOWERBX has teamed up with London’s favourite car, Le Pink Figaro, to create a stunning installation. Available to catch only this weekend, the car will be adorned with FLOWERBX classics and a bespoke wreath made especially for her. Experience an opportunity to shop FLOWERBX face-to-face, by paying a visit to The FLOWERBX Christmas Chalet.

If you are one of the first 100 through The FLOWERBX Christmas Chalet’s doors on Friday or Saturday, you will be at the top of our nice list and in with the chance of securing a complimentary FLOWERBX x Le Pink Figaro posy. Simply share your trip to their showroom online, by tagging then on Instagram @theflowerbx.

When: 26th – 28th November
Where: Covent Garden
Website: www.flowerbx.com

Warm up with one of London’s best hot chocolates

As soon as the cooler weather hits and you need something to keep your hands toasty as you walk around London’s streets, that’s when you know it’s hot chocolate season. The warming lava is rich, delicious and a chocolate lover’s dream. If you’re a self confessed chocoholic or you’re on the search for London’s best, we’ve undertaken the arduous task of sampling London’s hot chocolate offerings and rounded up our favourites for you. 

From Chin Chin Labs’ marshmallow loaded number to Knoops’ indulgent frothy take, here’s where to head for a chocolate induced coma.

Book a table at one of these winter rooftops

All of your favourite summer rooftops have been given a festive spin. From Aviary’s winter igloos with views over the city to Savage Garden’s Austrian inspired setting, read our guide the best winter rooftop makeovers here. 

Post your pal some pickle

Anyone who’s ever been abroad will know that you often can’t find your much loved British condiments lining the aisles of a foreign supermarket, and if you can, they are triple the standard price. Thankfully this year, there’s a Christmas pop-up that’s set to change that… 

Introducing the Pickle Post, the UK’s first international pickle postal service that’ll allow Brits to send their friends and family abroad a beloved pot of Branston Pickle for Christmas.

Perhaps the most bizarre pop-up to land in the capital, this weekend you’ll be able to post pickle packages abroad to loved ones who are celebrating overseas. Running from 25th to 28th November, the special courier service will also feature exclusive pickle stamps, Branston branded wrapping paper and ‘cheesy’ Christmas cards to pack out this immersive pickle experience.

When: 25th – 28th November
Where: Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PP
Website: www.bringoutthebranston.co.uk

Enjoy a tipple at this pop-up bar 

Head over to Chiswell Street Dining Rooms this weekend to experience Grey Goose’s brand-new Martini bar experience. 

Rina Sawayama and Luke Selby have joined forces to launch the new martini bar and at-home cocktail kit, GREY GOOSE ‘Duet’. The experience blends the French heritage of the renowned vodka brand with influences from Rina’s Japanese heritage and ingredients from Luke’s award-winning London restaurant. 

Enjoy sipping on vodka martinis and munching through a menu of Ikejime Trout, Shorthorn Jacob’s Ladder Beef, Mushroom Gyoza and Pear Almondine. 

When: 26th – 27th November & 3rd – 4th December
Where: Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, 56 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA

Purchase tickets here

One To Book: An equestrian experience at The Milestone Hotel

On Saturday 5th December, you are invited to discover the rarified worlds of polo, racing and jumping at the very highest levels, as you go behind the scenes with some of the UK’s most exclusive clubs and courses thanks to The Milestone Hotel’s equestrian experience. 

In partnership with Beyond Curated, the hotel will be putting on a visit to Epsom and Sandown where you’ll be able to enjoy rare insights, VIP privileges and insider access as you meet the players, horses and experts that bring the magic of these sports to life. 

Expect an action packed day with Q&As, VIP lunches, afternoon tea and races.

When: Saturday 4th December 

Reserve your spot here

Bid on some great items with Covent Garden (and it’s all for charity)

Unleash your inner bargain-hunter, visit London’s iconic Covent Garden AND help charity? It’s the perfect treble-whammy and it starts now and lasts until Sunday (at 9pm).

Auction lots, which amount to £15,000 across 55 lots and have been kindly donated by the shops throughout Covent Garden and include Nike Air Jordan 1’s, a Tiffany & Co cashmere blanket, a Mulberry backpack, a personal shopping appointment at Paul Smith, an armchair signed by recording artist KSI and N.Peal’s 007 ribbed sweater among others.

The charity benefitting this year is Only A Pavement Away and all funds raised will be going towards the charity’s Winter Warmth mission which collects and distributes essential warm clothing to homeless hostels and people experiencing homelessness this winter.

When: Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th November

Reserve your spot here


Want to receive more great articles like this every day: sign up here