By now you might be dreading the C word and we’re sorry but this weekend’s guide is bursting with even more of it. Yep, Christmas is in full swing right now and as we begin to approach the final few weeks before the big day, there’s no getting away from the stuff. But, if you fancy venturing out this weekend to soak it all up, here’s 15 ways to channel it:
Calling all art lovers! Grab your tickets quick for the Art Car Boot Fair as it returns this weekend for another one-off festive flash sale. Everything you see must go in just 2.5 hours so expect to nab up beautiful artwork for bargain prices.
Prêt-À-Accrocher, the Art Car Boot Fair’s “Ready to Hang” edition, will be bringing you an afternoon of exceptional art and the perfect opportunity to snag up a few Christmas gift bargains while you’re at it. Go the extra mile and get on-the-spot personalisations and hand finishings by the artists right before your very eyes, plus special wrapping and postage services too.
Expect to find Gavin Turk personalising a specially designed series of work, while 11-year-old Camille Phoenix, the youngest artist at the Art Car Boot Fair, will be doing live drawings on the day. Plus a whole host of other exceptional talents.
Running Sunday 1st December, 2-4:30pm. Grab your tickets for next week here
We all shout yay to cabaret! Strap yourself in for a night of cabaret, sublime food and cocktails as you embark on a journey underground to the newest speakeasy in town – The Hidden. On Saturday immerse yourself in the live cabaret show while you dine and dance into the evening.
The party kicks off Saturday 20th November at 7pm
Christmas is all about watching endless hours of seasonal films so why not do it in style at The Curtain’s Rooftop Cinema, and the best part? It’s open to non-members, eek! This Christmas, The Curtain has launched the 12 Days of Christmas – a bundle of festive events on their rooftop space over the Christmas period. This Sunday snuggle up on the rooftop, enjoy a spiced tipple and watch Love Actually.
12 Days of Christmas is running on various events throughout December, visit their website for more information
Prepare to get sparkled up this weekend as you embark on a glittered-fuelled adventure at The Cause. London’s favourite club night, Magic Door, returns and it’s debuting at The Cause for the first ever time. From disco to house and techno, each room will be pumping out the tunes into the night.
Saturdy 30th November
‘Tis the season for festive pop-ups to be springing up across the city and this week, it’s in the form of Rough Trade Books. Partnering up with Jäger Soho, Jägermeister and Soho Radio’s events space, expect two weeks of live vinyl sessions, mini exhibitions, intimate events and radio shows.
Running Monday 25th November – Friday 6th December
Eek! This one’s huge! Race on over to Covent Garden this weekend and explore Huda Beauty’s first ever pop-up shop. Influenced by Huda Beauty’s new statement eyeshadow palette, Mercury Retrograde and its celestial universe, this shopping experience will definitely be one to remember. Oh and if you’re quick, you might nab up one of the free surprise goody bags being given away! You’ll be like a kid let loose in a candy shop.
Running Friday 29th November – Thursday 26th December
We’re always on the search for a new haunt to while away our evening sipping back on cocktails and luckily for us Londoners, the past month has seen seven glorious bars popping up across the city. From underground speakeasys to wildly pink wonders, here’s where to get your boogie on this weekend.
Website: Discover Them This Way...
Escape the madness of Black Friday by channeling your inner yogi with free yoga sessions this Friday. The wildly popular MoreYoga will be opening up their doors and offering free yoga sessions at five of their select studios across London. Each of these sessions will get the energy flowing and powerful meditations bursting with a background of white noise (a far cry from the hustle and bustle going on in the city!)
Friday 29th November
Still looking for somewhere spend Friendsmas? Get glammed up for a night of Mariah Carey inspired drag acts, dazzling comedy and the most Instagrammable espresso martinis you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Yep, we’re talking about the Grey Goose x Mam Sham present ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ brunch series that’s taken over Maison Bab in Covent Garden. Settle in for a three course menu inspired by the three comedy acts and a cocktail menu worth shouting about. Seriously, mince pie infused (and pastry topped!) martini cocktails. Yes please!
Saturday 30th November
By now you’ve probably already sorted your work Christmas dinner but if you’ve held off in hope of some brand spanking new restaurants filling up the city, you’d have made the right choice because November has seen a whole host of stunning restaurants opening their doors for the first time. Here’s 11 of the hottest restaurants to book right now.
Website: Where To Head This Way...
Uncover a side of Japan you’ve never seen before. WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade explores the juxtaposing worlds of Japan’s urban future and rural traditions. Take a walk on the wild side through the interactive exhibits depicting the crafts and folk art of the Japanese countryside before entering the immersive motion graphics room exploring a sleepless night in Japan’s capital.
Running until 22nd March 2020
One place that’s oozing with Christmassy vibes this weekend is Vinegar Yard thanks to its two-day Christmas market. Wander around and explore the forty gift stalls showcasing their trinkets, make your very own wreath bursting with foliage, and stuff yourselves silly with festive foods and mulled brews.
Saturday 30th November – Sunday 1st December
Christmas is well and truly in full swing in London and we couldn’t be more excited. It seems we’re not alone though as restaurants, hotels and everything in between have gone all out this year. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites that’ll ensure you leave feeling like Buddy the Elf on Christmas Eve.
Website: All Aboard The Christmas Express...
You might have heard about the slightly creepy tradition that’s started popping up in England homes over the last few years. Yup, ’tis the season and Elf on the Shelf has returned so expect to find a spooky little elf dotted around your house where you least expect it. To celebrate, life-size elves will be arriving at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this Sunday for a meet and greet and photo op. Throughout the day there’ll be two scavenger hunts too so get your thinking caps on and start looking for clues.
Sunday 1st December
If you’ve been reading The Handbook for a while now you’ll know we’re complete and utterly obsessed with baked goods and where to find them. Which is why we’re super stoked about the new opening of Bread Ahead in Wembley! Yes, it might be a little bit of a trek into the wilderness for you central folks but you can guarantee the doughnuts at the end of the tunnel will be worth the venture.