19 Festive AF Things to do in London this Christmas
Santa’s on his way, and here's how to get festive before the big day...
It’s *finally* December, which means anyone throwing you shade for walking around in a reindeer jumper, juggling a Greggs festive bake and a red Starbucks cup can officially do one.
London is THE place to stock up on comfort and joy, with Christmas concerts and club nights, immersive theatre, amazing food and even jolly gym classes to sweat off all the mince pies. Here’s 19 of the best ways to get festive AF in the capital - grab your Grinchiest mates and get going!
Eat The Actual Candy Spaghetti From Elf
Had a craving for Lucky Charm spaghetti with a side of maple syrup ever since you saw Will Ferrell stuff his face with the festive recipe in 'Elf'? To celebrate a whopping 15 years since the film's release, East Village E20’s Neighbourhood restaurant is offering FREE plate of sugary goodness. Don't think this sounds tasty? You sit on a throne of lies.
Sing along at Ultimate Power: The Christmas Special
Pink wigs, inflatable instruments and a buttload of ticker tape – it can only be Ultimate Power. A sparkling sing-a-long where thousands of people pour their hearts out, this is Christmas catharsis like you’ve never experienced.
Take Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych
As well as a festive 'Film & Fizz' offering (where you rock up to see a movie in their posh private cinema, before a three-course meal on the balcony) luxury hotel One Aldwych have created an afternoon tea that'd knock Santa sideways. Think gingerbread and white chocolate cake pops, cinnamon-glazed brioche, mulled wine jelly with custard and actual golden eggs. Add a glass of Champagne, because it’s Christmas, and you’ve been very good this year.
Walk around Winterville in Clapham Common
Incredible food by Street Feast, live DJs, comedy, musical bingo, roaming magicians, Mexican wrestling and a Christmas show on a double-decker bus? Nah, there’s not much going on at Winterville. Much more exciting to stay at home in your pyjamas. Again.
Try The Muppet Christmas Carol Boozical Brunch
Get to Exhibit Balham for 1.5 hours of bottomless bubbles, brunch food and quite simply the best Christmas film of all time (don’t @ us). Spirit, tell me if Tiny Tim will live!
Make new friends at Doggy Style Christmas Market
Good boys, as far as the eye can see. Winning ALL the awards for the cutest Christmas market, Leake Street is going to be packed with pooches and their owners on Sunday 9th December. Doggy Style market welcomes all dog lovers, so pop some treats in your pocket and get petting. The perfect antidote to that mulled wine hangover.
Go to the North Pole with 'The Greatest Snowman'
Board this train carriage hurtling towards the North Pole and you’ll join Santa’s elves (and plenty of wide-eyed strangers) for a mile-a-minute, immersive four-course dinner, cooked by Masterchef BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist 2017, Louisa Ellis.
Bag the perfect Christmas tree
Desperate for your very own Christmas tree, but exhausted at the very thought of finding one and dragging it home? Creekside Christmas have literally everything covered. Simply pick the type of tree you want online, then any extras you need (lights, stands, big strong dudes to shout "PIVOT!" as they carry it up the stairs for you), pay up then wait patiently for the doorbell to ring. They'll even pick up the tree and recycle it when the fun's over in January. Christmas HEROES.
Get fit with At Your Beat's Mariah Carey Workshop
At Your Beat delivers *beyond* sassy dance routines from super talented and empowering instructors, sprinkled with tinsel, baubles and candy canes for the festive season. Arrive in your most colourful Christmas attire – for one night only, you are Mariah, and she wants something very special this year…
Conjure up afternoon tea in The Potion Room
Definitely not inspired by any other school of witchcraft and wizardry, The Potion Room by Cutter & Squidge takes you on a magical two hour journey of incredible food and drink. Led by your potions master, you’ll cast spells and concoct drinks to sip alongside pies, sandwiches and butterscotch biskies. The perfect present for that friend whose acceptance letter never quite made it down the chimney.
Relax at Rekorderlig Cider Lodge
Head to London’s Southbank to check out the awesome Christmas market, then warm those frosty fingers at Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, where you can listen to live music with a mulled bevvy (or three) before catching some comedy or a circus act at Udderbelly next door.
Try a Biscuiteers School Of Icing Workshop
The Biscuiteers School supply the biscuits, icing and expertise; you turn up, decorate, then scoff. What could be more festive than an afternoon sipping tea and making new friends somewhere warm and cosy, then sauntering home with a handmade gift to put under the tree?
Make A Wreath At London Flower School
One visit to London Flower School and you'll be hooked for life - stunning decor, *amazing* snacks throughout the day and a mind-blowing array of dried and fresh flowers to choose from. Sign up for a Christmas table styling masterclass, or make a wreath for your front door (which doubles up as a table decoration on the big day.)
Head to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Where else would you start your festive foray than Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, with an ice rink, boozy Bavarian beer village, immersive screenings of all-time classic The Snowman and even a few rollercoasters - best done *before* your second German sausage, mind.
Sip cocktails at Sanderson’s Chocolate Factory
The Long Bar in Covent Garden’s iconic Sanderson Hotel has transformed into what can only be described as Willy Wonka’s wet dream, overflowing with vintage sweets, psychedelic swirls, candy canes, golden tickets and colourful ribbons. This place was made for Instagram - don’t let your followers down.
Enjoy Bothy Nights at Dram & Smoke
Think warm tartan blankets, roaring fires, flickering lanterns and the aroma of fresh pine. This four-course feast comes with a karaoke room, cocktails and Christmas games, transporting you to the Scottish highlands for the Bothy Night of a lifetime.
Get boozy at Bounce Ping Pong
Are you ready to hear those sleigh bells pinging, ping pong tingle-ing? Party tunes are pumping throughout Bounce ping pong bars, with sharing bites, tons of booze and highly competitive themed games to keep your spirits high.
Watch Snow White at the London Palladium
They’re cheesy. They’re predictable. And they’re awesome. Pantos are a must-do for any true Christmas obsessive and this year the London Palladium’s show stars The Vicar Of Dibley herself, Dawn French.
See 'How To Catch A Krampus' Drag Show
Wigs, snatched. Drag collective Sink The Pink present a dark and terrifying twist on the traditional Christmas theatre show - if you took the Sweeney Todd cast, gave 'em a few shots of tequila then rolled them in glitter, the outcome might look something like this.