Looking for something to do this December? From ice skating club nights at Somerset House to outdoor movies in secluded courtyards (with heat lamps and blankets provided, of course), here’s our selection of the top 10 events happening in London this December. Tis the season to get out and explore London after all.
3rd December: After the success of two sold-out Halloween balls, The Last Tuesday Society are offering the Orphanage Winter Masked Ball, a debacherous night full of live music (swing, gypsy and jazz), cabaret, dancing, a chocolate fountain and a naked midnight feast table. The dress code is ‘divine decadence’ and masks are obligatory (those that show up without them will be fined £10). The event takes place at 9 Adam Street, a member’s club off of the Strand, and tickets range from £20-25.
9-10th December: The Chocolate Festival at the Southbank Centre Square features dozens of stalls selling everything chocolate-related, from cakes and truffles to make-your-own-chocolate kits. You can also sample the wares of some of the world’s most renowned chocolatiers like William Curley, Bill McCarrick, Damian Allsop and Paul Wayne Gregory. Entrance is free and highly recommended for those with a sweet tooth.
16- 23rd December: The following week, The Real Food Christmas Market will take over and bring seasonal offerings like freshly baked mince pies, spiced mulled wine, chutneys, wild game and much more. With over 40 producers to shop from, you’ll find gifts for all of your culinary-inclined friends, as well as everything that you may need for your Christmas dinner. The Market also boasts fairy lights and Carol singing, so you will be definitely feel the holiday cheer as you walk along the Thames. Entrance is free.
Until 17th December: Boutique hotel Hush in Mayfair is in the midst of hosting a season of film screenings in their seculded (and heated) courtyard. “Classics in the Courtyard” are screening every Saturday at 7:30 pm with movies like Love Actually (10th December) and It’s A Wonderful Life (17th December) making the cut. Tickets are free, though there is a £1.50 cover charge, and spaces are filling up quickly. To book a space, contact the reception team on 020 7659 1500 or email@example.com.
Until 18th December: If you think outdoor films should be the reserve of the summer, the folks behind the Rooftop Film Club have gone indoors for the holidays with the Underground Film Club. Five nights a week, the film club is screening wintertime classics like Home Alone (16th December), Scrooged (17th December) and It’s A Wonderful Life (18th December) at their temporary location beneath the Roundhouse in Camden. The event features a large screen, high quality wireless headphones and comfy chairs with only 80 spaces available per screening. Tickets are £9.90.
Until 21st December: Every Wednesday in December, Columbia Road in East London hosts their special Christmas Shopping Evenings. The beautiful neighbourhood street, which features a dozen or so independent businesses touting vintage fashion, quirky homewares and more, will be opened late to accommodate all of your holiday shopping needs. They will also be offering seasonal refreshments, live music and entertainment. Bonus tip: after shopping, we highly recommend stepping into The Royal Oak for a pint to reward yourself after all your hard work.
22nd December: Following up on their “irreverent, decadent, sexually ambivalent & dissolute” Halloween party, the folks behind Die Freche Muse are back with a special holiday treat, the Die Freche Muse Christmas Special at a secret, private Dalston venue. The party, which has a strictly vintage dress code, features exotic burlesque, fire performances and dancing until dawn. Did we mention it’s bring your own alcohol (corkage fee applies)? The party is limited to 150 tickets with advanced tickets available for £15 and a limited number are available at the door for £20. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
Until 22nd December: Too Much Is Never Enough is taking the ‘chore’ out of Christmas shopping. The Disappearing Dining Club has taken over three floors of 123 Bethnal Green Road and turned it into a pop-up shopping and 3-course gourmet culinary experience. Welcome cocktails and mini-winter soups are served in Menswear; mains are served in Ladieswear; desserts are in the Bunker Cafe, with drinking, DJs and late night fun until midnight. The bill for the evening comes to £50 and includes the three courses of food, four drinks and a 10% discount off anything you buy.
Until 22nd January: With dozens of skating rinks popping up around town, it’s hard to choose which one is worth spending your hard-earned money on. The decision becomes easy when your skate around the rink is accompanied by mulled wine and one of Somerset House’s Club Nights featuring live DJs from Ministry of Sound, The Loose Cannons, Snowbombing and more. We recommend checking out Tayo’s Tracksuit Party on Saturday 3rd December for classic hip hop, 80s grooves and classic house or Lovebox’s event on Thursday 8th December with Jim Stanton & Serverino of Horse Meat Disco. Tickets are £17.
Until 22nd January: Secret Cinema is back with a brand new interactive experience running throughout December and January. The movie and location, as always, remains a mystery right up until the very last minute possible, but these events always promise a completely immersive film-going experience complete with re-created sets, actors, live music, food stalls and more. Tickets range from £25 – 35.