If you’ve had your fix of festive crafts for one year, head East to London’s most hedonistic neighbourhood and party ’til dawn with the double denimmed, fun-loving crowd. With irony the trend du jour, what could be more fitting than spending Christmas on the neon-lit make-believe backstreets of Japan, as popular London pop-up, Night Tales, returns with its latest invention, Tokyo Nights? Settle in for the night with the Ramusake tasting menu or sip a sake, or three, as you kick back, Japanese-style, with the coolest clique in town.
There’s few places in London where you can soar to the rooftops and feel like you’re in your very own fairy tale. The Queen of Hoxton’s Once Upon a WigWam is one of them, so make it a must-see, no matter how busy your schedule. If you can find your way up through the ivy wrapped staircase, past the enchanting tree house and through the giant keyhole door, your happily ever after awaits you, in the form of their Three Little Pigs pork and crackling bun and The Big Bad Buttered Rum.
Once Upon a WigWam
See the sights from your seat with an outdoor screening of Brit flick Love Actually, as you cosy up at The Nomad Cinema for this iconic Christmas classic. Snuggle down with blankets, hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and mince pies, as the curtain goes up on London’s favourite feel-good film.
If it takes more than an egg nog latte and the switching on of the Oxford Street lights to give you that festive feeling, then get yourself down to Milroy’s of Soho, London’s oldest whisky shop, for a dram or two of Bourbon, Scotch or rye. Seek out the secret speakeasy bar (pst…look behind the library!), where their master of mixology will shake you up a storm. Or tuck into their Whisky crown jewels – at a meagre £100,000 per bottle.
Move over Monopoly, there’s a new game in town. So pack the board games back in the box and book in a round at Birdies Crazy Golf Club. Disappear deep into the depths of Waterloo’s vaults for a subterranean nine-hole surprise. But London is no ordinary city and this is no ordinary course. Instead, expect the unexpected with loops, half pipes, and a frightening 5 foot drop. If the excitement gets all a bit too much, take some time out at the Caddy Shack cocktail bar or refuel with some top notch nosh, courtesy of RockaDollar and Hix.
Birdies Crazy Golf