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Beaufort & Blake: 5 Things To Do In London This Christmas

Silly season is about to begin and we can’t figure out whether to be excited or nervous about the festivities ahead. If you happen to have any time left in your diary this winter then we’ve pulled together our top five things to do in London.

1. CAROL SINGING

Warm up those vocal chords as its time for some carols. There’s nothing better to get in the festive spirit than reeling off one or two Christmas numbers. Whilst many would point you in the direction of the service at St Paul’s, we would instead suggest heading over to Westminster Abbey on the 18th December for what will be quite a special experience. If, however, you’re looking for something slightly more glamorous then nothing can beat the Nordoff Robbins Carol Service at St Luke’s Church. It’s all for a good cause and of course, Tom Odell will be singing and Bill Nighy will be doing a reading.

2. ICE SKATING

Winter wouldn’t be complete without a quick tour on one of London’s many ice rinks. Whilst there’s a number to choose from you simply can’t beat Skate at Somerset House, especially with the Fortnum & Mason Lodge as a post-skate retreat for one of three sloe gins. If you’re confident on the ice then why not get yourself a ticket to one of the club nights where there will be sets from some of the UK’s best DJs. Don’t, however, get ahead of yourself and book this as a romantic date if you’re not a strong skater. Bambi on ice is not a good look! 

3. LONDON’S APRÈS

If you’re struggling to contain your excitement for this year’s trip to the Alps then do not fear. It seems that après has made it to London this year with a number of winter-themed bars popping up across the capital. If you’re looking for a more refined, gentile evening then The Cresta Bar at The Goring is the one for you. Alternatively, if you want a more raucous evening then Dick’s Magic T Bar, one of Val d’Isère’s most famous après bars, has been transported to London’s Dinerama. Expect crackling fires, scenic backdrops and a few too many shots! 

4. ALL THE TRIMMINGS

If you haven’t already, it’s about time you booked your Christmas lunch with friends. For those who lack any form of cooking ability (and quite frankly hate the thought of all that washing up) then we would recommend booking The Wellington in Fulham. Former Truscott Arms chef Aidan McGee will be hosting Christmas dinners right up until the 24th December. If you’re unsure then let us remind you that before it closed, McGee’s former restaurant received the awared for best roast in the country. Yes please… 

5. THE DREADED HANGOVER 

At some point before Christmas you’re going to wake up with a pounding hangover and will instantly begin fabricating a list of reasons why you won’t make it into work that day. Once that email has been sent, don’t fritter this day away but instead carefully split it in half. Spend the morning recovering and then get out and about in London during the afternoon (a cap and scarf to mask your identity is recommended). One place you must visit in the newly reopened Design Museum on Kensington High Street – an ‘Instagramable’ architectural triumph. Just be sure to practice your reasons for being off before going in the next day.

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