Nothing quite captures the spirit of London at Christmas like Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. There is only one night of winter when I put aside all my whimpering and actually embrace the cold. On this night I venture out, hot apple cider and gluhwein in hand (hey, it’s Christmas and I have two hands after all…) to wander around the park with friends. Enjoy over 100 impressive fairground rides, an adorable traditional Christmas market, the biggest outdoor ice rink in the UK, and various Bavarian-style bars and restaurants. Make sure to take-an albeit chilly- turn on the 53 metre-high Observational Wheel for the most magical, sparkling views of London. Worth the shivering.
Skate, the 900 metre-square ice rink in the eighteenth century courtyard at Somerset House, is London’s most glamorous and fashionably festive ice skating experience. Sponsored by the American luxury house Coach, I cannot wait to go and show off my counter clockwise triple axels (or wobbly glide behind a learner penguin). What could beat an evening’s skating alongside a live soundtrack spun by top DJs, whilst enjoying rink-side yuletide treats? Your evening need not end when you face plant on the ice…Make sure to catch the much hyped ‘Isabella Blow Fashion Galore!’ exhibition, and enjoy a delicious dinner at Tom’s Kitchen followed by a splurge at the luxury pop-up Christmas Market. Like an ambassador of Christmas, Somerset House, you are spoiling us!
If you were one of the disappointed thousands who didn’t manage to get tickets to the Roundhouse’s fastest selling show in history, fear not. The spectacular and mind-blowing Argentinian group Fuerzabruta return to London this month to once again provide us with a triumphant sensory overload. Director Diqui James and technical director Alejandro Garcia are masters of wonder and they certainly bring the carnival to Camden. The exciting sights of the acrobats, the sounds of the drumming, the awesomely creative stunts will welcome your new year in with a BANG.
For me, this glittering production of ‘The Nutcracker’ goes hand in hand with fairy lights and Christmas stockings. It is right up there on my Christmas ‘to do’ list every year. First performed in 1892 in St.Petersburg, this timeless ballet tells the story of young Clara’s enchanted present. It leads her on a wonderful and beautifully danced adventure to the Land of Sweets. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s irresistible score and featuring some exquisitely detailed costumes, Peter Wright’s sparkling production will have you feeling all kinds of Christmas warm and fuzzy.
literally could squeeeeeal in (afternoon) delight. Nine years later, newscaster Ron Burgundy, his polyester suit, his mighty fine ‘tache, his band of merry men and his Veronica are BACK bringing us Christmas cheer in droves! Brim-full with new quotes to keep me going for the next decade, San Diego’s top rated newsman returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. I plan to watch this in the comfort of The Electric Cinema on one of their double beds (so unbelievably Ron) the very minute it comes it out. Until then, Stay Classy London.
Gordon Ramsey’s York & Albany have created an eccentric and festive pop-up Winter Cabin nestled away in Camden. Here we can retreat during this month’s crisp winter evenings. The romantically-lit, cosy cabin has a quintessentially British country-side feel and you are spoiled with warming cocktails, stylish seasonal snacks (venison and red current sausage rolls anyone?!) and a hearty tasting menu created by head chef Kim Woodward. The perfect Christmas Party venue, the Cabin is available for exclusive hire for 4-12 guests and there is a heated outdoor terrace for you to sip rum-laced hot chocolate and toast homemade marshmallows on – too sweet indeed!