Just as you were getting into the week it’s only gone and become the weekend again! But we’re not complaining, not at all. Instead we’re gearing up for our favourite two days of the week. Here’s what we’re up to…
Christmas tree, schristmas tree, the real event in Trafalgar Square this season isn’t the giant Norwegian spruce, it’s the giant menorah light up ceremony. Celebrating Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, Trafalgar Square until Sunday, see the giant menorah, supported by the Mayor of London and brought to you by The Jewish Leadership Council, Chabad Lubavitch UK and the London Jewish Forum and is supported by the Mayor of London.
Until Monday 9th December
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN
Merry Pexmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Peckham! In its 7th year, the local celebration brings 140 independent local makers, foodies and traders to Warwick Gardens this Saturday and Sunday. Accompanied by festive hits (gotta love those festive hits, get them in before they start to REALLY grate), and mulled wine, it’s the place to be. If the place you are is Peckham.
Where: Lyndhurst Way, Peckham, SE15 4PT
While the museum’s shut for the season, the grounds certainly aren’t and this is great for anyone looking for some Christmas market fun. Taking over the front gardens, browse unique unique hand-made gifts from London makers, gather round the Christmas tree and enjoy live music and hot street food in this Hoxton hideaway. Entertainment includes turns by Owl Parliament (a ‘genre-fluid’ group of singers from South London pumping out anything form 50’s Doo-wop, Eastern European Folk and re-imaginings of pop epics and 16th-century English madrigals).
Where: 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E2 8EA
The Tabasco Pick-Me-Up Café, Victoria Station
Who doesn’t love Tabasco? Well I once won a Tabasco gargling contest at school, and apart from the flashbacks I’m still onboard with the whole Tabasco thing. Which is great because they’re running a Christmas Sandwich Café popup to help perk up commuters suffering the effects of their Christmas parties the morning after. The Tabasco Pick-Me-Up Café, is a one-of-a-kind sandwich van, with a giant 4ft, 3D-printed sandwich on the roof that’ll be touring the UK this December serving up Max’s Morning Reviver. The free sandwich will be in Victoria tomorrow (Friday) between 7:30am and 10:30am, so start your weekend off with a free butty on the way into work. They’ll also be serving bottomless Virgin Marys from a self-serve machine with a DIY garnish station – your boss will love you as you slur through that presentation tomorrow.
Friday 7th December
Where: Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5ND
Brick House, the award winning East Dulwich bakery specialising in slow fermentation, San Francisco-style sourdough, are doing a supper club and anyone who likes Indian food needs to get involved. The family-style Indian supper club, from founders Fergus and Sharmin Jackson and their Head Chef James Mossman will include the classic street food staple of Chaat, with spiced potatoes, coriander chutney katchumber and more, followed by Lamb shank Rogan Josh, pilau rice, tandoori broccoli, raitha, sourdough naan and finishing with Coconut Payasam and jaggery roasted pineapple. Taking place this weekend, it promises to be tasty and fun.
Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December
Where: 1 Zenoria Street, East Dulwich, SE22 8HP
Website: Get tickets here...
I’m just checking in that you’ve definitely been to Winterville, right? Because if you’ve not (or even if you have) then this is totally the place to head this weekend. The Clapham Common fair is the perfect solution for anyone looking for some Christmassy fun, without the trauma of heading to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. It’s got fairground rides, Christmas market and lots of nice foodie joints. Make sure that you’ve been there before they pack up at the end of the season.
Until Sunday 23rd December
Where: Windmill Drive, Clapham, SW4 9DE
There’s something magical happening at Eltham Palace this weekend as the gardens of this English Heritage property will be illuminated in an enchanting experience of light, colour and sound. This very child-friendly event will see guests follow a trail and discover the gardens as they marvel at lights in the sky, twinkling lilt arches, fountains and projections.
If art installations are your bag, then head straight to Intercontinental London – The O2. The hotel have commissioned artist Alexander Hall to create something to celebrate the group’s 200th hotel and he’s put together a piece including 200 champagne bottles, each individually decorated to represent a different hotel. Check out the installation at the hotel until Sunday.
Available until Sunday 9th
Where: 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich, SE10 0TW
Website: Get tickets here...