what to do in london this weekend

Are you struggling for ideas on what to do in London this weekend? Fear not, as we’ve edited out the very best events happening this weekend. From magical Christmas displays to pop-up cinemas, read on to get inspired. 

For more Christmas inspo, check out the very best festive pop-ups and things to do with the kids.

Explore London’s most magical Christmas displays

With just over two weeks to go until Christmas, we’re on the final countdown. If you’re still not in the festive spirit, we’d recommend heading over to Carnaby to soak up the best of the season. 

Bringing joy to festive shoppers through their innovative and magical installations since 1997, this West End destination has seen everything from underwater seascapes to oversized snowmen take centre stage across the streets. And this December is no different, with Carnaby celebrating those iconic moments from the past 25 years with a medley of the most coveted pieces. 

In the lead-up to Christmas, Carnaby’s retailers and restaurants will all be celebrating with everything from festive set menus perfect for parties to special discounts, offers and plenty of last-minute gifting inspo. Discover more here.

When: Over the festive season 

Where: Carnaby 

Website: www.carnaby.co.uk


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Visit Anya Hindmarch’s festive grotto

Another day, another Anya Hindmarch pop-up. This time, it’s in the form of a grotto. This Christmas, the popular fashion house is welcoming little ones to experience the magic of the season.

Anya’s Grotto, running until Christmas Eve, invites you to search through the moonlit forests and crunchy snow in their immersive setting until you find Father Christmas. This 30-minute experience will see Father Christmas read a story to the kids. Expect to make core memories here with your little ones. Booking in advance is essential.

When: Until 24.12.2022 

Where: 11 Pont Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9EH 

Website: www.anyahindmarch.com

Catch the opening weekend of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol

A Christmas musical with a soundtrack written by Dolly Parton? You can count us in. 

Inspired by the smoky Tennessee mountains, this is a new Tennessee twist on Dickens’ beloved Christmas classic. Set during the 1930s, the story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, an owner of the mining company town, where his greed blinds him to the season’s joys. 

As the Christmas Eve snowstorm approaches, he is greeted by the spirit of his business partner and three ghosts who hope to show him what this time of year is all about.

Love this? Here are London’s Christmas theatre shows this season.

When: 08.12.2022 – 08.01.2023 

Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 

Website: www.theatreticketsdirect.co.uk


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Shop Harry Styles’ beauty pop-up

As if performing at huge stadium arenas and acting in Hollywood blockbusters wasn’t enough, Harry Styles also has his own beauty brand, Pleasing. And they’ve just launched a pop-up shop in Soho.

In true Styles’ fashion, the pop-up is bold, vibrant and colourful. Running until 23rd December, the pop-up will house everything from branded jumpers and towels through to their top beauty products. 

A great spot for buying last-minute Christmas gifts or soaking up the Insta-worthy decor.

When: Until 23.12.2022 

Where: 19 Foubert’s Place, Soho, W1F 7QE 

Website: www.pleasing.com

Cosy up with a festive classic

Who doesn’t love a cinema pop-up? When it looks this good, we can’t resist cosying up and catching a Christmas classic. Kitchen at Holmes has unveiled its new rooftop and it’s packed full of festive feels, from faux fur-lined blankets to lit-up trees and even an ornamental fireplace under the big screen. 

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the lead-up to Christmas, they’ll be showing all the favourites from It’s A Wonderful Life to A Miracle on 34th Street, The Holidays to Love Actually.

They’ve even launched a special tasting menu to complement the package, featuring dishes such as fresh tahini with crushed tomatoes and fresh Jerusalem pita; squash blossom whip with ghosts cheese, pomegranate and walnuts; courgette spaghetti; lamb koftas; and plenty of popcorn to watch with the films too.

WHEN: UNTIL 16.12.2022


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Dedicate a rose in memory of a loved one

The Ever After Garden has returned to Grosvenor Square this festive season. Running until 20th December, the garden will be awash with thousands of illuminated white roses. 

Londoners are invited to head down and dedicate a rose in memory of a loved one, in support of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Donations are welcomed. 

When: Until 20.12.2022 

Where: Grosvenor Square, W1K 6LD 

Website: www.royalmarsden.org

Dive into some comforting winter dishes

Looking for somewhere serving winter comfort food? Look to Patron, the Parisian-style brasserie specialising in classic French fare. 

Having recently opened after the success of their Highbury branch, Patron Kentish Town is home to a stylish dining room with intimate bistro tables, velvet booths and leather details. The food is just as impressive, from crispy duck confit to a delicious French twist on the classic Sunday roast. This is good food done well.

Where: Kentish Town

Website: www.patronrestaurant.com


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Book in for a last-minute wreath workshop

Luxury florist Ronny Colbie will be turning their hand at wreath decorating this Christmas. As well as offering super adorable wreaths named after yuletide films to purchase, you can book one of their magical classes to learn how to create one yourself. 

Book you and your pals in for an afternoon of merriment, joy and creativity as their team of florists guide you through the process of wreath crafting from start to finish.

Looking for others? Here are London’s best wreath workshops.

When: 10.12.2022

Where: 271 Cavendish Road, SW12 0PH 

Website: www.ronnycolbie.com

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