Not feeling it yet? Just wait until this weekend over… We’ve lined up a few things going on that will have you feeling more festive than Father Christmas after a few too many glasses of brandy (and not enough mince pies to line the stomach). Bring on the celebrations.
Talk about Bad Santa. This four mile parade-cum-pub-crawl will see hundreds of red hatted revellers galavanting around the streets of London this Saturday, sharing gifts, free hugs and…stopping off for a few pints at the pub. SantaCon has been organising epic Christmas street parties for 16 years now, encouraging Londoners to don a merry little outfit and partake in this ‘non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-sensical’ celebration of the festive period. Check out their Facebook page for details of the route. And don’t forget your Santa outfit.
Saturday 12 December
2. Catch a festive flick at Backyard Cinema
Backyard Cinema have pitched up at Winterville this year, where you’ll find beanbags nestled in a cosy indoor enchanted woodland. They’ve got a great line up of all the favourite festive flicks and this weekend you can catch The Muppet Christmas Carol and Santa Clause The Movie, as well as matinee screenings of Inside Out and The Lion King (not so Christmassy, we know, but there’s only so many times you can watch It’s A Wonderful Life right)? To make the occasion feel even more festive, stop by the Bar Humbug pub afterwards for a delicious cup of something warm and alcoholic.
Until 23rd December.
3. Kew Gardens Light Trail
You’ve probably seen a few photos of this beauty cropping up recently – pretty breathtaking right? The mile-long sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous botanical gardens in what can only be described as a magical after-dark experience. Illuminated fountains, a scented garden of blazing fires and a tunnel of light are just some of the things you will stumble upon, as well warming drinks and festive treats to keep you cosy along your way. Open Wednesday 25 November – Saturday 2 January (not open 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 24 and 25 December 2015), between 5 and 10pm.
4. Spot an elf at the South Pole Saloon, Brixton
Legend has it that deep in the snow drifts of the South Pole there is a Saloon; a cosy and other worldly dive bar where the elves who have forsaken the North Pole and Father Christmas come out to play. This immersive drinking hole and theatrical pop-up is offering Brixton a very alternative place to celebrate Christmas and we can’t WAIT to go. The 500 capacity venue will be fully heated and covered, with every corner designed to cater to the whims of the most fantastical, playful and debaucherous guests. Festive cocktails, DJs, performances from the elves themselves (they have to make a living some way…) and a street food corner hosting four traders (all delicious of course), will be on offer. Entry is free before 7pm (6pm on Saturdays) and £3 after and on the 2nd and 9th of December, the Saloon will open in aid of the Love Support Unite Foundation, Brixton Soup Kitchen, MIND and Remember.
Opening Times: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 19th, 1800-2300 (except Saturdays: 1400-2300)
Valentia Place, Brixton, London, SW9
5. Try some winter warmers at Hot Booze
If you’re over sickly-sweet mulled wine and nasty Irish coffee, then East London pop-up bar, Hot Booze, might just make your Christmas. Putting a clever spin on some winter classics, they’ve created a mouthwatering list of hot drinks for adults, which they’ll be serving from a converted empty shop on Kingsland Road until 20 December. With drinks such as Peanut Butter Rum, made with a spiced peanut butter and honey mixed with dark rum and topped with biscuit sprinkles, and Hot Ginger Nuts, a blend of ginger tea and sugar syrup with bourbon and fresh orange, we’re pretty sure your inner child will be utterly delighted.
93 Kingsland Road, E2 8AG
6. Enjoy a festive afternoon tea at Ma’Plucker’s
Ma’Plucker’s are serving up a finger-lickin’ chicken Christmas Afternoon Tea menu. We know, we know, it’s not exactly the most traditional way to celebrate the birth of Christ but just LOOK at those mini burgers. From 12:00 till 18:00 on the weekends (and 15:00 till 18:00 on weekdays) you can indulge in a mini fried turkey sub with stuffing, cranberry sauce, chicken skin gravy; a mini pulled chicken burger with crispy lettuce, chipotle chilli sauce in a mini brioche bun; and a mini rotisserie chicken burger with crisp lettuce, chipotle chilli sauce in a mini brioche bun. That’s a lot of poultry right there. The full experience costs £16.50 and includes a boozy cranberry tea and a selection of mini mouth-watering desserts too. Yum.
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