The Christmas countdown has begun! How are you getting on with your festive shopping? Still in need of a dress for those impending yuletide parties? We’ve got you covered with our guide to the best things going on around London this weekend, from pop-up shops with all of your sparkly dress needs to candle making classes for the ultimate Christmas catch-up. Read on to find out more.

Get party season ready at this fashion pop-up

Wondering what to wear to all of those Christmas parties filling up your November and December diary? The UK’s leading fashion rental app, By Rotation, is here to help you out with all of your plans thanks to their holiday pop-up. 

Running from now until the end of December, The By Rotation Holiday Pop-Up will be popping up in Marylebone Village, providing you with a space to meet fellow fashion lovers and provide a fun way to wear sustainable clothes all season long. 

From specially curated rental edits from their ambassadors’ wardrobes to coveted brands including Molby The Label, Jakke & Silvia Astore. There’ll also be a second-hand garment section from Shelter, with all of the rental proceeds from this edit going towards the charity. 

When: 10th November – end of December
Where: 98 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QA
Website: www.byrotation.com

Check out this new hotel & their soft launch offering

The Gantry, a new design-led hotel in east London, will be opening up its doors for the first time this weekend. And it’ll be bringing with it an 18th floor sky bar with views across the city, a cafe on the round floor and an exciting new all-day restaurant, Union Social, that foodies need to check into. 

To celebrate its launch, the hotel is offering 30% off the final food bill at Union Social. The soft launch offer will be running for two weeks from 11th – 25th November. Expect dishes such as prawn croquettes; Bottega’s cured cuts with fresh cheese; tarragon risotto with roasted autumn vegetables; and Greek lamb meatballs with tzatziki and pickled red onion with pine nuts. 

When: Two-week soft launch offer from 11th – 25th November
Where: The Gantry, 40 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, E20 1DB
Website: www.thegantrylondon.com

Get sprinkled with snow at Covent Garden

Covent Garden’s festivities have been unveiled this weekend and they are bigger and better than ever. Alongside the 115,000 lights filling the iconic London area, there’ll be daily snow showers allowing Londoners the chance to experience a white Christmas after all. 

Taking place from 9th November, expect hourly snowfalls from midday until 7pm right in front of the giant Christmas tree.

Alongside this, this Saturday sees 10 Frozen inspired ice sculptures arriving on the North Piazza. The live carving is in partnership with The Ice Co. showcasing characters from the much loved Disney favourite.

When: From 9th November, daily snowfall showers from midday – 7pm
Where: West Piazza, Covent Garden
Website: www.coventgarden.london

Get into the winter spirit at one of these alpine bars

Don’t fancy bracing the cold and whizzing down a slope this winter? Enjoy the next best thing at one of London’s greatest snow-covered bars this weekend. 

From restaurants draped in snow all year round to festive favourites, we’ve rounded up the best 12 to venture over to the yuletide season. Bring on the mulled beverages.

Party the weekend away at this Britney party 

Following two sold out shows earlier this year, Gimme More – the back to back Britney clubnight – returns to Hoxton’s Colours this weekend for the ultimate #FREEBRITNEY party.

Taking place this Friday 12th, the same day we’re expecting Britney’s conservatorship to come to an end, the night will be celebrated in style. Expect a whole evening of Britney themed fun, from her 90s and 00s singalongs, confetti, glitter and drag acts.

When: Friday 12th November
Where: Colours Hoxton, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
Website: www.backtobackpop.com

Photo Credit: Jeff Moore

See Regent Street light up

For those looking to soak up more of the festivities, head down to Regent Street this Saturday to see the landmark street light up. 

The same theme continues on into 2021, with ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ returning to illuminate Regent Street and St James’s from this weekend. Gaze up as James Glancy Design’s 45 large scale ‘spirits’ twinkle above you. The 300,000 LED lighting scheme will operate on a timer for a more sustainably lit Christmas.

When: 13th November
Where: Regent Street
Website: www.regentstreetonline.com

Walk around an enchanted woodland

Syon Park’s mesmerising light display returns this weekend! Back for the 15th year, you’re invited to explore the winding trail that lights up the 600-year-old gardens. 

Running on various weekends between 12th until 28th November, there’s a whole array of lighting effects to explore, from lasers to candles. The enchanted woodland walk even wanders past the 16th century mansion and the Great Conservatory.

When: WEEKENDS BETWEEN 12TH AND 28TH NOVEMBER
Where: LONDON ROAD, BRENTFORD, MIDDLESEX, TW8 8JF
Website: www.enchantedwoodland.com

Give candle making a go

If cocktails and candle making doesn’t sound like a dreamy winter activity, we don’t know what does. This November and December sees Cocktails by Candlelight invite eager crafters to get their hands dirty with their candle making masterclasses. 

Running from 11th November until New Year’s Eve, the evening masterclasses will see crafters get hands-on experience in learning both the art of cocktail shaking and candle making. Guests will be greeted with a mulled Bombay Bramble cocktail, before being armed with a festive apron and given all the tools and guidance on how to produce a scented eco-friendly coconut wax candle.

Alongside this, you’ll also be learning how to craft the perfect Christmas cocktails from the Bombay Sapphire team, using the original gin and the new Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru. 

The masterclass provides the perfect activity for Christmas parties, Friendmas gatherings or just general catch-ups in the lead up to the big C day. The Seven Dials venue will also host a pop-up shop, selling Cocktail by Candlelight at-home kits – perfect for gifting this Christmas.

WHEN: 11TH NOVEMBER – 31ST DECEMBER
WHERE: 15 SHORTS GARDENS, SEVEN DIALS, WC2H 9AT
WEBSITE: WWW.COCKTAILSBYCANDLELIGHT.CO.UK

One To Book: Andaz London Liverpool Street’s Christmas unveiling…

Christmas fiends, book in for this exciting festive collaboration between Andaz London Liverpool Street and arts and crafts brand, Drink, Shop & Do. 

Next Thursday 18th November, sees Drink, Shop & Do come back to life after it had to shut down during Covid, to host a one-off Christmas event at the Liverpool Street hotel. The creative brand has created beautiful decorations that will be displayed on Andaz’s 2021 Christmas tree! 

Taking place in the hotel’s 1901 Ballroom, see the festive season come together as you create decorations for the hotel’s tree, from origami baubles to papercraft stars and raffia pom poms. You’ll receive a complimentary festive Campari cocktail and even be able to take some of your decorations home for your own tree too. 

When: Thursday 18th November, 5-8pm
Where: Andaz London Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
Book tickets here


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