Things to do this weekend london

From A Christmas Carol retellings to pop-up pubs, read on for the best things to do this weekend in London…

We can’t quite believe we’re saying this, but next weekend it’s Christmas! If you’re looking for last-minute plans to cram into this weekend, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the best happenings this weekend. 

Still not feeling festive? Try one of these Christmassy pop-ups or events to do with the kids. 

Head to The Berkeley’s pop-up pub

The Berkeley isn’t one to hold back when it comes to pop-ups, but this winter might just be the cosiest yet—introducing The Bishop, the prestigious hotel’s first-ever pub pop-up. 

Expect the hotel to take a more pared-back approach to their usual pristine pop-ups, but still with endless amounts of charm. The space will be divided into two: a bar complete with old-school beer taps, church pews and bar stools; and a cosy dining room. 

The menu will be bustling with public house classics, from mammoth Angus beef burgers with fried egg and fries to sumptuous pies and slow braised salt marsh lamb shank with mash.

WHEN: UNTIL THE END OF DECEMBER

WHERE: THE BERKELEY, WILTON PLACE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW1X 7RL 

WEBSITE: WWW.THE-BERKELEY.CO.UK

Book ahead for this special Christmas Carol retelling

Looking for things to do this weekend in London? Lose yourself in the magical retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol led by Gerald Dickens, the Great, Great Grandson of Charles Dickens himself. 

For two special nights only, watch as the classic festive tale unfolds around you and be transported by Gerald’s one-man performance. The evening will be paired with a decadent three-course dinner, glass of Champagne and half a bottle of sommelier-chosen wine.

When: 20.12.2022 – 21.12.2022

Where: Hotel Café Royal, 10 Air St, London W1B 4DY

Book here

Stop by London’s most festive trees

Finished all of your Christmas shopping? Reward yourself by soaking up the festive spirit by taking a tour around London’s finest Christmas trees. 

From The Ritz’ glorious red and gold twinkling tree to the Mondrian Shoreditch’s rainbow number created by east London artist Martin Richman, here’s where to get into the spirit.

Get into the holiday spirit with carols and tea

Book in for one final festive event before the big day arrives and head to 116 Pall Mall for an afternoon filled with afternoon tea and carols. 

Taking place on Saturday 17th, take a break from last-minute shopping and spoil yourself with a Confectioner’s afternoon tea, complete with Christmas-themed sweets and savouries. Hosted in the Carlton Room, your afternoon will be paired with a glass of Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne and Christmas carollers spreading some cheer.

When: 17.12.2022

Where: 116 Pall Mall, St. James’s, SW1Y 5ED

Website: www.116pallmall.com

Catch up with friends at London’s cosiest spot

If you’re in full-on festive mode and need somewhere that’s guaranteed to please everyone in your friendship group, book yourself a table at OXO Tower. Head outdoors onto their terrace for soaring views over the Thames and St Paul’s while enjoying a warming mug of mulled wine. You can even cosy up with blankets to keep warm. 

 Head inside and grab a tipple from their festive cocktail menu, including our favourite, the Ramsbury Blizzard, made of Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka, Courvoisier VSOP, Cartoon Cacao, almond milk and caramel – yum. Before tucking into one of their festive dining menus, available at both the restaurant and brasserie.

Where: OXO Tower, BARGE HOUSE STREET, SE1 9PH

Website: www.oxotowerrestaurant.com

Catch one of these West End shows before it’s too late

It’s always a sad day when a theatre production that’s been around for years draws the curtain for the final time. 2023 sees many new shows on the horizon, so it means we must wave goodbye to some West End classics, from The Woman in Black to Mary Poppins. Read on to find out which shows you need to book before they close.

Looking for other theatre shows to book before Christmas? Check out these magical theatre shows.

Sing along to your favourite carols

If there’s one way that’s guaranteed to get you into the Christmas mood, it’s singing along to all the classic carols. Book yourself in for a night to remember at the Royal Albert Hall this weekend to catch the best carol concert in London. 

A favourite every single year, this year’s concerts will be presented by Greg Beardstall. Expect music from soloist Vanessa Haynes, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Choral Society, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the British Imperial Military Band.

This is the ultimate thing to do this weekend in London…

When: 17.12.2022 – 24.12.2022 

Where: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP

Website: www.royalalberthall.com

Stop by London’s coolest alpine terrace

Stanley’s in Chelsea has been transformed into an alpine wonderland this winter, awash with Whispering Angel pink. 

Inspired by the retro ski vibes of Chamonix, Val Thorens and Courcheval, you can look forward to being transported to the French mountains in an instant. Book yourself a table and catch up cosily with friends over a glass of rosé and feast on seasonal dishes such as Scottish cod with sprouting broccoli, butter sauce and samphire; and heritage pork with pickled mustard and black truffle sauce.

Where: Stanley’s, 151 Sydney  St, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NT

Website: www.stanleyschelsea.co.uk

Cram in some last minute shopping at these pop-up shops

Still need to line your Christmas tree with presents? If you’ve left the festive shopping to the last minute, now really is the time to start getting ready for the big day. Here to help you out are Soho’s brand-new pop-ups. 

Head to Berwick Street to find a wealth of new stores to shop at, from independent fashion to lifestyle and culture pop-ups. 

Expect to find everything from Soho Space, a dedicated rotating space for start-up businesses and charities, including gifts from Museum of Soho, to unique items from independent British label A State of Nature’s three-month pop-up.

Where: Across Soho 

Website: www.thisissoho.co.uk


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