From Christmas cocktails to musical focused Champagne bars, Mulberry’s fashionista pop-up pub to Hello Darling’s newest speakeasy, if you hadn’t guessed already, this weekend is going to be a boozy one. Here’s 16 ways to champion the weekend…
Calling all art lovers! You’ll want to grab your tickets quick as the Art Car Boot Fair returns next Sunday 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 finishing 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
With the affects of global warming becoming ever apparent, MELTDOWN explores the catastrophic impact through a series of photographs and artworks documenting the vanishing glaciers around the world. Towards the end of the exhibition, you’ll find a carbon footprint calculator which estimates the carbon-intensity of your own lifestyle. So, how carbon neutral are you?
Running from Saturday 23rd November until Sunday 12th January
Taste of London returns this weekend bringing with it the cutest Christmassy bao selection we’ve ever laid our eyes on. BAO have rustled up their very own Christmas ‘Baobles’, bao buns stuffed full of mince pie filling and complete with festive designs. Totally adorbs.
Available Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th November
Oh Darling & Edge, how we simply adore you! Tucked inside the fabulously flamboyant Hello Darling, you’ll find Darling House and its newest arrival, The Cockatiel Club, our new favourite speakeasy. Decked in animal print upholstery and mirrored ceilings, it makes for the ultimate after work drinks spot for you and your friends. Oh, and there’s a brand new winter cocktail menu with your name on it too!
Take a walk on the wild side and into Smoky Barrels, the UK’s first dedicated virtual Shooting Lodge, for their opening weekend. Clad in your finest shooting gear, and whether you’re a famed professional shooter or beginner, you’ll be able to take your best shot in the virtual hunting ranges. Cosy up in your very own Highland-inspired winter cabin, available for private hire, and indulge in the festive favourites curated by their sister venue Mac & Wild.
Friday 22nd November – Saturday 21st December
Where: 1 Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London EC2M 4YP, UK
Nearest station: London Liverpool Street (0.2 miles)
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.
Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd November
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
It’s almost Christmas which can only mean on thing: an influx of A Christmas Carol performances! Here to guide you back in time to Victorian London is The Lost Estate and their new production The Great Christmas Feast. Tucked in a secret location close to Sloane Square, expect to uncover the chambers of Charles Dickens and his magical Christmas world as you drink, dine and have a jolly ol’ time.
Running from Friday 22nd November
Watch Baker Street Quarter come to life this weekend as its first ever Christmas light installation adorns the streets. Each of the illuminating light sequences tell a story, inspired by the infamous people and places of the Quarter. Even the lamp columns have been inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s notorious Sherlock Holmes Christmas story.
Lights come to life on Thursday 21st November
The Mulberry My Local Pub
Okay, so this isn’t quite what we were expecting to be writing about but Mulberry has launched its very own pub for the winter… Expect to shop Mulberry’s iconic bags and lifestyle accessories before pulling up a pew at the bar and enjoying a few prim bevvies.
Customers can contact the Royal Exchange team directly on email@example.com for more details or to make a booking.
Open from Monday 18th November
Where: 9 Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL
Come on, admit it. Weekends are all about indulging in a big ol’ brunch spectacular and here to help you fulfil your brunch-related dreams is The Coal Shed. Head on over to London Bridge with your rumbling tummies and dive deep into their Surf ‘n’ Turf offering. We’re talking a hefty 500g Himalayan salt aged bone in sirloin, scallop and pork belly skewers, or N’duja mussels. Eek, our mouths are watering just thinking about it…
Available every Saturday
Where: Unit 3.1, One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London, SE1 2SE
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.4 miles)
’tis the season to be jolly so, of course, it’s acceptable to be downing the drinks every day up until Christmas right? To help you find the finest, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best Christmas cocktails you’ll find in London…
Website: Festive Drinks This Way...
We ho, ho, hope you’re planning on getting into the festive spirit this weekend because The Yards in Covent Garden has a Christmassy treat for you. This Friday, Christmas will be full force with an evening of exclusive retailers discounts (20%!!) and promotions, live choir performances, wreath workshops and complimentary refreshments.
Friday 22nd November (continuing on 28th November, 5th December & 14th December)
Game season is still in full flight and Barbican-based pub and restaurant The Jugged Hare have just stepped it up a gear. Pairing some of the UK’s best game produce with one of the country’s leading whiskies, Glenfiddich. they’ve launched a menu that will have you transported to the Scottish Highlands.
Highlights included a Hare Éclair – much less sadistic than it sounds it’s rich in flavour but light as air in texture, the Venison Scotch Egg – who doesn’t love a Scotch egg? And the Black Pudding Croquettes – so good but so filling we had to take home a doggy bag. The menu is paired with expert whisky-infused cocktails and some of Glenfiddich’s finest from the single malt 15-year to the unique Fire & Cane blend.
Compliments of The House, a food distribution charity that collects fresh, surplus food and gives it out for free, are hosting a ‘Winter Warmer’ event at Pop Brixton this Sunday. Hop on over to experience a day of craft workshops, glitter bars, DJs pumping out music and discussion panels. It’s all in hope of raising awareness and funds for the local charity.
Sunday 24th November
Looking for new ways to deck out your home this Christmas? Get in the festive spirit with a little help from the Ideal Home Show Christmas. More than 600 exhibitors will be on hand, showcasing their tips, tricks and gift ideas to help make your Christmas one to remember. You might even spot a few friendly celeb faces around who’ll be sharing their best tips and advice too.
Running Wednesday 20th – Sunday 24th November
Fancy whizzing off to the moon this weekend? Well, sorry flights are already fully booked but we’ve found an afternoon tea that’ll let you live through your imagination vigorously. Coinciding with The Design Museum’s ever popular Moving to Mars exhibition, catch the last few days of The Milestone Hotel ad Residences space-themed afternoon tea this weekend and delight in finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and space-themed pastries.
Available until Sunday 24th November