Can you believe it’s December in a few days and Christmas in less than a month?! The festive season has certainly been building in London over the last few weeks, but I always find that the first day of December arrives with a bit of a bang. There’s a sudden urgency on buying presents and the diary immediately looks chaotic. I’m left wondering when I might be able to get enough sleep between mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas parties, pre-Christmas get togethers, putting up the Christmas tree, buying and wrapping presents, and travelling home and then flying to Guernsey. Things are about to get CRAZY.
I wrote a mini guide for all of the main things to do in London in the run up to Christmas (it’s the most popular post on the blog at the moment!), so I thought I’d dedicate this post to all of the the less obvious or lesser-known festive things going on over the next couple of weeks with a little help from some of my favourite websites and great blogs.
Christmas at the Prince Charles Cinema – Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without watching a selection of my favourite festive films, given that most of them are classics I’m pretty sure that I’ve never seen them in the cinema. Prince Charles is hosting a great selection, giving us the chance to see some of our old favourites on the big screen (including a Muppet Christmas Carol sing-along!).
The Love Actually Guide to Christmas – It’s one of my must-watch festive films and the only one on my list where I can actually visit places where it was filmed. I stumbled across this guide on a google search and thought it could be a fun thing for any fellow Love Actually fans to do.
Pop up Christmas Carols St Paul’s Cathedral – The Military Wives Choir and the Honorary Artillery Company band will be singing at a free event outside St Paul’s Cathedral on 14 December and I have a feeling it could be a heart warming and spine-tingling performance.
Christmas at Cadogan Hall – From the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the Rat Pack, the Cadogan Hall has a great musical line up for December.
Must-visit winter pop ups in London – A brilliant list featuring fondue, snow-covered cinemas and warm winter cider.
Silent Disco at View from the Shard – It doesn’t mention on the site but I’m pretty sure as it’s on the last weekend before Christmas, it would be the perfect chance to sing your heart out to your favourite Christmas party songs without anyone else hearing you (asumming no one risks taking their headphones off!). Throw in one of the best views of London and I reckon you’d be ending the Christmas build-up on a high!
Christmas parties in London – If the office Christmas party doesn’t satisfy the need for a festive night out, my go-to party planners Design My Night have put together a pretty comprehensive list of events in London.
The best mince pies for Christmas – I had my first mince pie last week and it totally made me want more. This list from Olive magazine mixes supermarket specials with London alternatives. I’ve got my eye on Ottolenghi’s.
London’s best Christmas food specials for 2015 – December is the year’s main month of indulgence and whilst I’m trying not to go crazy this year, some of these Christmas specials have definitely got my mouth watering.
Timeout’s ultimate guide – If you haven’t found anything that takes your fancy from the post so far then Timeout have a pretty epic guide to all things Christmas in the capital!
So, what are you getting up to in the run up to Christmas?