The Christmas display on Regent Street has done a wonderful job putting a glorious twinkle into our London lives, however, it can’t do all of the heavy work on its own. Whether you’re thirsty for some fizz or need to get your festive film fix, London will certainly give you a dose of sparkle this winter.
1. Get bubbly at Trufflesecco
If you’ve walked near Mornington Crescent station in the past few months, you may have caught the deliciously rich smell wafting along Camden High Street. It would have almost certainly come through the doors of Trufflesecco. This wine bar specialises, quite obviously, in Prosecco and truffles. The menu, which is perfect for nibbling and sharing with friends, is full of truffle-infused goods, including cheese and meat boards, truffle oil and bread for dipping, gnocchi and pasta dishes, as well as home-popped truffle flavoured popcorn. There’s also a selection of truffle-icious desserts. If you’re a fan of the fungus (which is always quite the unfitting word for something so damn tasty), you simply must visit the North London gem. Wash it all down with a bottle of fizz and you’ll be feeling warm and fuzzy in no time.
11 Camden High St, Kings Cross, London NW1 7JE
2. See the Churchill Arms light up for Christmas
This Kensington pub sure knows a thing or two about wowing London’s Christmas lovers. The Churchill Arms plans to stun us with yet another overwhelming festive display. This year involves a whopping 80 Christmas trees and 18,000 fairy lights (a personal best for the boozer). We pity the person who has to deal with that electricity bill… and the team of people who impressively managed to get the trees on the outer walls of the pub. There will be a big switch-on taking place on 6th December from 6pm, which will include mulled wine and other festivities.
119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN
3. London Bridge presents Christmas by the River
The Christmas Market by London Bridge is not your average Christmas market. Oh yes, there will be mulled wine and cheese tasters and lovely fairy lit stalls, but there will also be some wonderful, unique surprises. Not only is its location absolutely ideal for getting your fix of London’s twinkly skyline as it glistens over the Thames, but it this market has possibly the most diverse and wonderful set of stalls you’ll stumble upon this winter. Amongst over 100 independent traders, you’ll find Beanbag Coffee, who use a unique Thai drip method and muslin filter to create their innovative coffee infusions. We’re talking avocado, coconut and peanut butter flavours, which we are extremely intrigued to try. If you’re after gift ideas, then head to the House of Howsen – a bold, bright and fresh jewellery range set up by a Central Saint Martins student Sarah Howsen. The whacky and wonderful Bubblegum Balloons will also be there; famed for their ridiculously fabulous balloons (they’ve even featured in Victoria Secret runway shows, ya know) – it’s certainly a stall worth popping by. (But no popping of the balloons, please).
30th November 2016 – 3rd January 2017
4. Winter Film Club in Peckham
The weather may not be suitable for open air cinemas but that doesn’t stop the Rooftop Film Club. This winter, they are taking over the Bussey building in Peckham to bring us a line up of wintry flicks throughout December. Kicking off on the 1st, they’ll be screening some festive greats such as Love Actually (don’t pretend you still don’t chuckle as soon as Hugh Grant’s starts grinding those hips), Elf and The Holiday, as well as some classics too, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Dirty Dancing. Check out the full listing and book tickets here.
133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST
5. Tower of London Ice Rink
Now the Tower of London ice rink is back open for winter, you can skate against one of the most iconic backdrops the city has to offer. Or, if you’re less Torvill and Dean and more tipsy Bambi, there are other ways you can get close to the ice without getting on it. The on-site Eis Haus pop up offers a different kind of experience – one that involves drinking. There you can enjoy Vodka in a glass made from ice, within a beautifully crafted frozen bar and lounge, all completely slip and injury free (because you’re not allowed to stay in the bar long enough to get that boozed).
Ice Skating: Single sessions last for 45 minutes and the ticket price includes skate hire. Tickets are £10.50 on Fever.
St Katharine’s & Wapping, EC3N 4AB
6. Dinner and wine for 2 on the Canal
If you’re after something a little more tranquil, head to Number 90, a stunning canal-side bar and restaurant located in Hackney Wick. The views overlooking the waterway, the charming hand-crafted wooden interiors and their famous giant disco ball are certain to add a bit of sparkle – albeit a relaxing one – to your life. And for £40, you and a friend (a lover, your mum, your dog or you on a particularly hungry day) can get 2 mains, 2 sides and a bottle of wine alongside a dazzling view for a very reasonable £40 on Fever.
90 Wallis Rd, E9 5LN
Feature image credit: The Churchill Arms