As soon as the 1st of November hit, we knew we were on the countdown to Christmas! And, it also means there’s a whole lotta Christmassy happenings in the lead up to the big day now. So here’s to a month of festive wreath making, Christmassy cocktails, sensational wine dinners and a sprinkling of pop-up Champagne bars.
Things are getting a little Christmassy over at Hotel Café Royal and we couldn’t be more for it! Working in partnership with diptyque Paris, Hotel Café Royal will be bringing a giant advent calendar and pop-up shop, a luxury afternoon tea with your very own take-home candle, and wreath making and table decoration workshops for all to enjoy.
It’s not everyday you find a giant advent calendar plopped in a hotel lobby, let alone one with a diptyque pop-up shop below! Browse the Christmassy collection – the gifts are perfect for stocking fillers. Alongside the festivities will be wreath making workshops, led by the hotel’s in-house florist, helping you make your own wreath and personalise with scented diptyque ovals adding the cutest finishing touch!
The pop-up shop opens Thursday 14th November & will be open every Friday and Sunday until 21st December. While the wreath-making workshops run 25th November & 2nd December
Bringing her lyrical expertise creativity across the pond, St. Vincent is set to be launching an all new Champagne bar with a difference. Yep, it’s a little odd but when there’s Champagne involved, you know we’ll be there. This part speakeasy, part sensory space will be embracing all of the celebratory pleasures of enjoying a simple glass of Veuve Clicquot. Collaborating with the award-winning singer-songwriter will be a set of creators, designers and mixologists, helping to bring her slightly surreal vision to life.
22nd – 23rd November
In honour of everyone’s favourite cartoon kitty, Hello Kitty, Japan Centre Ichiba will be hosting their own festivities with a dedicated pop-up for kitty’s 45th birthday. We’re talking an exclusive Hello Kitty menu, the cutest merchandise and the chance to see the birthday girl in person! Grab a selfie with Sanrio’s beloved character from 12:30pm | 1:30pm | 3:30pm
Shop the Hello Kitty merchandise range, here
Running 4th – 24th November
Light up your life at Eccleston Yards’ multi sensory light installation this Christmas. 500 individually suspended orbs, each with their own unique voice (bare with us), will light up Eccleston Yards and help visitors feel calm and balanced. Even if you don’t end up feeling calm, it makes for a super cute Insta!
28th November – 11 January 2020
Fashionistas, this one is for you!
Christian Louboutin is launching a seasonal pop-up boutique in the historic Burlington Arcade, in celebration of its 200th anniversary. From embellished kitten heels to daywear classics, the collection will feature a curated selection of Women’s and Men’s shoes and accessories, alongside an exclusive monogramming service. Happy personalised gifting!
Running until 31st December
Santa Paws is coming to town! 🐾
Wait, what? There’s a Christmas market dedicated for your furry friends rocketing into the city this month and you could say we’re a little excited… On Saturday 30th, you’ll be able to spoil your little fluff-balls rotten as over 25 dog-businesses will be selling their beloved pets exclusive Christmas gifts. Even if you don’t have a pup, it’s an excuse to spend your afternoon surrounded by a room full of woofers!
Saturday 30th November
Have yourself a holly jolly Christmas all thanks to the UK’s biggest high-end Christmas shopping event. The fair brings all of your favourite boutique brands together, under one roof, making it the optimum spot to get your Christmas shopping sorted.
Monday 4th – Sunday 10th November
Ever fancied getting your, er, cocktail leaves read? Well, The Alchemist has teamed up with professional tea-leaf reader Gail Hart for an exclusive cocktail-lead reading series. You’ll be able to have your fortunes read and find out what might be upcoming in the year following… Plus, you’ll have the chance to try their new tipple, the ‘deja brew’ served with tea leaves of course.
Every Wednesday until 4th December
While the weather outside might be a little frightful, November is bursting at the seams with Christmas light turn ons! Join in the fun and head over to Wembley Park for the launch of Winterfest, the park’s first-ever immersive light festival. Artists and curators from across the globe have come together to help transform Wembley Park into a wintry playground of sensory fun.
Opening 20th November
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Mainly because there’s a whole lotta wintery terraces popping up around the city, and there’s a new one making an extravagant entrance at Rosewood London this month. The Elyx Chalet winter terrace, in partnership with Absolute Elyx, will be laced with seasonal snowy fairy lights, bundles of blankets and throws, and snow globe-esque porthole windows, to truly replicate the Nordic climes.
Opening 7th November
If you are searching for the next best London dining experience, look no further than the Hedonist Dinner at The Gherkin, where guests will enjoy a five course menu, including octopus carpaccio, seasonal Rhug Estate venison with blackberries and confit duck, a cheese course with Truffled Baron Bigod and a show-stopping chocolate temptation for dessert. Head sommelier Jean-Baptiste Sory will treat guests to some of the finest prestige wines from Searcys’ cellar, all enjoyed with stunning views over the city of London.
Friday 8th November
Where: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), Saint Mary Axe, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0.2 miles)
Ice cream cocktails? Oh, go on then! Everyone’s favourite luxury retailer, Harvey Nichols, is launching an enchanted hideaway exclusive for the festive season. You’ll be treated to naughty but nice ice cream cocktails, Nordic nibbles, and festive fun film screenings.
Running from 8th November – 5th January 2020
Enjoy the ultimate cigar and rum pairing experience at The Leaf and Cane, a Latin American themed secret bar with subterranean terrace and cellars. It’s the perfect spot for lovers of fine cigars and rums.
Thursday 14th November 2019
Looking for a new spot to let your hair down at the weekends? We’ve found just the spot and it involves a whole lotta mezcal! Nestled on Stoke Newington High Street, you’ll find Doña, an all new pop-up mezcal bar, channeling mezcal, music and female-led cutting-edge programme of entertainment.
Open from 31st October, every Wednesday-Saturday
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… festive themed lingerie.
Looking for a little way to spice up your love life? Lovehoney’s pop-up shop might just be able to help. From the 1st until the 14th of November, Covent Garden will be transformed into the 12 days of Christmas playbox. Think massage oils, sensual lingerie and sex toys.
Running 1st – 14th November