Despite it being the most wonderful time of the year, the run up to Christmas can also reallllyyy take it out of you. The darker nights, the prospect of numerous family gatherings, too much mulled wine…it all adds up! Thus in order to prevent flu, tired and skint-ness sucking the sparkle out of this indeed most wonderful time of the year, here are 6 Wondrous Ways To Add A Bit Of Magic To Your London Life. So go on, give that wand of yours a wave (no, not a euphemism) and cast some Christmassy spells over yourselves and others… ??
1. Visit Kew Gardens
No doubt you will have seen a few photos of this beauty cropping up recently (we really love it over here) – but it’s 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 until Saturday 2 January (not open 14, 15, 24 and 25 December 2015), between 5 and 10pm.
2. Watch the Sprezzatura Magic Show
You’d be quite literally adding some magic into your life with this one…Sprezzatura is the name of a magic spectacular by one of London’s best sleight-of-hand experts and conjurors, Jake Banfield. He is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle and has previously toured the world, bedazzling spectators at every venue…and this time is no different. Prepare to have your senses ravished, your thoughts read, and your minds blown. Like a great mystery novel, the plot will unfold over the course of the evening to end with a final revelation so startling, it will have to be seen to be believed. Make sure to book your tickets through our friends at Fever!
3. Grab a hot chocolate from Choccywoccydoodah
Not one for holding back, the hot chocolate at this cafe-cum-palace is as extravagant as the decor. Tacky, decadent and unashamedly over-the-top (and that’s just the marshmallows), Choccywoccydoodah specialises in bespoke wedding cakes and masterful chocolate sculptures, as well as offering a delectable range of hot chocolates to drink-in. Choose from 70 per cent dark, 38 per cent milk or white chocolate made from 29 per cent cocoa butter. The latter – bizarrely named Chunky Ladies’ Secrets – comes studded with glacé cherries and walnuts. This will absolutely, undoubtedly, indisputably add some magic into your life.
30-32 Fouberts Place, W1F 7PS
4. Attend the ultimate Christmas party
If you’re a student at the University of London (which is basically a collection of all the universities in London, i.e. one MASSIVE party) then you’re in for a treat this Friday. We’ve been promised snow, mulled wine and winter cocktails for only £3. THREE POUNDS! ‘Naughty’ or ‘nice’ challenges and activities will be available for your chance to win prizes (and of course, we’ll be winning the ‘nice’ ones ?…) Drinks are from £2 all night (yep, you read that right), and happy hour 9-10pm with extra discounts, if that’s even possible. Entry is free before 9pm when the DJ set begins…so really a no brainer for when you should be getting there for!
Friday 18 December 2015, 5pm – 2am, last entry 12am, Student Central Bars, Malet St, WC1E 7HY
5. Go ice skating at Somerset House
Probably the most picturesque spot for skating in the city, the courtyard of Somerset House comes alive every winter, with a huge Christmas tree and a 900-square-metre outdoor rink. And if that’s not enough there are loads of fun extras too: the Fortnum’s Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining. There’s also a Botanical Bar and a Christmas Arcade, so if you don’t fancy your hand (or feet) at skating, pop along for a drink and a bit of posh shopping, no ticket necessary. Truly magical!
Until 10 January 2016
6. Volunteer to add magic into someone else’s life
There are so many volunteering opportunities in London, particularly around Christmas time. From making tea, to wrapping gifts, to keeping people company, there is a whole host of ways to add some magic into someone’s life…a Christmas miracle perhaps! And we know where to find them…
7. Pet a Reindeer, St Katharine Docks
This Friday, St Katharine Docks is holding a Christmas Market where between 1pm and 6pm you can snuggle up to Santa’s own reindeers (after he’s zoomed in on a speedboat, that is – not quite how we remember it). Three of them (you can decide which one’s yourselves, but we’ve got our bets on Rudolph, Dancer and Vixen) will be visiting the local Christmas market, open 11am – 7pm, where you can shop for gifts and foodie treats. If that’s not magical, we don’t know what is!
St Katharine Docks, St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA
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