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In between running around the city doing last minute Christmas errands, make sure you take a moment to explore the best of London during the festive season. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best ten ways to really soak up the weekend in all of its seasonal glory.

Catch the Accidentally Wes Anderson exhibition at The Old Bank Vault

Wes Anderson’s filmic style is renowned for its pastel colours, tilt-shift effects, deep focus and love for symmetry. Born out of an admiration for the film director, screenwriter and producer, and his colourful, symmetrical style, Accidentally Wes Anderson, an Instagram account dedicated to capturing real life Wes Anderson-esque buildings, subjects and places, was born. Now two and a half years later, the page boasts over 1.3million followers and the curator, Wally Koval, has recently published a book documenting his style within the real world. 

In celebration of the launch, Koval has joined forces with The Old Bank Vault to create an exclusive in-store and digital pop-up. Running until 23rd December, guests can explore the AWA collections and purchase their own copies of the prints and the book.

Running until 23rd December

Where: The Old Bank Vault, 283 Hackney Road, E2 8NA
Website: www.theoldbankvault.com

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Shop ‘til you drop at our favourite shopping destination

If you’re still on the hunt for some last minute Christmas gifts, venture fifteen minutes out of Central London to one of the capital’s best shopping destinations, and our personal favourite, Icon Outlet at The O2. It’s home to over 60 popular brands, all which have up to 80% off RRP at the moment, meaning you can nab some great bargains and last minute gifts, all while saving yourself a few extra pennies. 

Icon Outlet’s brands include adidas, Lacoste, Ted Baker, GAP, Levi’s, The Cosmetics Company and many more exciting brands just waiting to be discovered. Plus, shoppers who spend £35 receive free parking for four hours, meaning you can soak up the best of the experience and the area, from Hollywood Bowl to trying out Oxygen Freejumping, the UK’s leading Trampoline Park, without having to rush back to your car.

Catch a festive classic at The Prince Charles Cinema 

You can’t make it to Christmas without watching a few festive classics along the way and where better to enjoy your favourite in one of London’s quirkiest independent cinemas? Head to The Prince Charles Cinema this weekend and catch yuletide favourites, including The Muppets Christmas Carol, Elf and It’s A Wonderful Life.

Independent cinemas need your help more than ever, so it’s the perfect weekend pastime while also supporting our local cinemas.

This Weekend’s screenings:

Friday: It’s A Wonderful Life, Die Hard, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Love Actually
Saturday: White Christmas, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf, Die Hard
Sunday: Elf, The Muppet’s Christmas Carol, Die Hard, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Night Before Christmas

Where: 7 Leicester Place, West End, WC2H 7BY
Website: www.princecharlescinema.com

MARKET DATES ON: 13TH AND 20TH DECEMBER, 12-10PM

WHERE: GOLDHAWK ROAD, SHEPHERD’S BUSH MARKET, W12 8DF
WEBSITE: WWW.THE-HAWKS-NEST.CO.UK

Venture to The Hawk’s Next Christmas Market 

If you’re missing London’s Christmas market scene, fear not because we’ve found a festive market that’s slotted right in the heart of Shepherd’s Bush. The Hawk’s Nest is playing host to its first ever Christmas market this year, bringing a host of local, independent brands together in one place. From scented candles to prints, sunglasses to jewellery, there’s something for the homeware lover in your life.

Soak up the festive spirit at one of these Christmassy venues

While Christmas may be a little different this year, there’s still a whole host of festive fun you can get involved with. Grab your housemates and head to one of London’s most festive restaurants and bars to really eek out the best of the season. 

From alpine cubbyholes to Santa’s very own Chelsea workshop, here are 20 places that’ll leave you feeling as excited as Buddy the Elf on Christmas morning.

Check out this flamboyant pop-up art installation by JOY Bomb London 

For those looking to get their art fix this December should head to Brook Street, Mayfair where the ultimate Christmas pop-up art installation will be launching. 

Running from 3rd December, JOY BOMB London is hoping to brighten up the festive season with an art installation that offers a welcomed break from reality. It’s blueberry spirit and helium-light delights will guide you away from the grey, cold streets of London and into another dimension. Fall in love with it’s bizarre silliness and neon colours.

WHERE: BROOK STREET, MAYFAIR
WEBSITE: WWW.JOYBOMBLONDON.COM

Explore the dazzling light display at Canary Wharf 

Canary Wharf’s dazzling January light display has arrived earlier than usual, meaning you can enjoy the dazzling display for longer. 

Connected by Light, a collection of inspiring light artworks, will provide the perfect backdrop for your Instagram selfie and provide your little ones with hours of fun. Over 75 pieces by 50 world-renowned artists will be situated on the Estate, free to roam and explore at your leisure.

Click here more spellbinding winter pop-ups taking over the city.

RUNNING WEDNESDAY, 2ND DECEMBER – SUNDAY, 31ST JANUARY

WHERE: CANARY WHARF
WEBSITE: WWW.CANARYWHARF.COM

Opening 11th December, soft launch offer of 50% off done in & takeaway until 17th December

Where: 356 Old York Road, Wandsworth, SW18 1SS
Website: www.zialucia.com

Book a table at Wandsworth’s newly launched independent pizzeria 

Famed for its 48-hour slow-fermented doughs, including the vegetable charcoal black base, Zia Lucia is launching a new pizzeria, landing in Wandsworth Town this Friday. 

To celebrate the launch, they’ve teamed up with Brighton brewery, Laine Brew Co. to offer a tasty range of craft beers, designed to perfectly complement each of the different pizza doughs at Zia Lucia and pasta doughs at sister resto, Berto Pasta. They’ve also got a bargain soft launch offer you’ll find us taking full advantage of. Running until 17th December, Zia Lucia is offering 50% off dine in and takeaway during its first week of opening.

Tune into reimagined Christmas classics with Google Nest

What’s your favourite Christmas song? Is it Michael Bublé’s cover of ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’, or Wham’s ‘Last Christmas!’? If you love getting the catchy refrains stuck in your head, you’ll love Google’s Nest Audio Sessions festive edition. 

Bastille, Ella Eyre, Sam Tompkins and Olivia Dean were asked to reimagine their favourite Christmas hits, bringing exclusive live ‘sets’ to your living rooms this weekend. To listen to the specially curated playlist, just say ‘Hey Google, play Nest Christmas Number 1s’ and your Google Nest smart speaker or display device will play the festive tunes. All that’s left to do is to dance to the beats and sing the refrains as loud as you can. 

Available from Friday, 11th December
Purchase here

Try London’s best bottomless pizza and bubbles brunch

Take a well deserved break from your Christmas errands and dive into Bocconcino’s fabulous new bottomless pizza and bubbles brunch. Yep, they quite literally mean all-you-can-eat pizza and free-flowing drinks while you catch up with old friends in the heart of Mayfair. Their resident DJ will be on the decks helping to soundtrack your afternoon to perfection.

Every Saturday, 12-4pm 

Where: 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED
Website: www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk


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