There is plenty of festive fun to be had for the whole family in London this holiday season, from Santa’s Grotto at Leicester Square Christmas Market to ice skating in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. However, if you have set aside an adult’s trip and don’t necessarily want to be fighting for space with kids, then head to these fantastic London festive spots and enjoy.
Santa Baby! Is a pop-up bar in Shoreditch in the arches under the railway lines by the corner of Kingsland Road and Old Street. It is perched across from Shoreditch Town Hall, where you will find yourself perched on a mismatched couch in a room modelled to look like that of a suburban living room in 1950s America. Here, you can order everything from eggnog to mulled champagne, from the city’s most dedicated team of elves.
Address: 347 Old Street, EC1V 9LP
Love Actually at Backyard Cinema
The Backyard Cinema Snow Kingdom in Wandsworth is a little piece of magic tucked behind the guise of a wardrobe door. But once you step through the wardrobe, you walk into a cinema of fairy lights, beanbags and the screening of your favourite Christmas movies. The selection of movies is pretty family-friendly for the most part, which is why those looking for adult-only events should book for a screening of Love Actually.
Address: Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain, London SW18 1ET
More info: https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/past_event/the-snow-kingdom/
For child-free adults to properly enjoy shopping at Christmas-time in London, you have to visit after the kids’ bedtimes. Luckily, London is all about the late-night shopping experience. You don’t really need to know what you are looking to buy, you just need to head to any of the following department stores and your needs will be catered to – Harrods or Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, Selfridges on Oxford Street, or Liberty London on Regent’s Street.
Alexandra Palace Ice Disco
Though Alexandra Palace is slightly further north of Hotel Marble Arch compared to Hyde Park’s ice skating, the festivities going on up there on a Saturday night are well worth the journey. The music is covered by DJ’s Club De Fromage, so the only thing you need to worry about is the yuletide-appropriate activity of ice skating and staying upright. You may be stiff after all that skating around, though, so be sure to book your spot in a luxury spa London to ease the pain away.
Address: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
More info: https://www.alexandrapalace.com/the-ice-rink/ice-disco/
Mulled wine at The Waterway
A short walk from Warwick Avenue tube station you will find The Waterway. It is a modern European bistro-come-gastropub which is serving up absolutely sensational mulled wine this Christmas. Not to mention, the ambience is perfect – crackling fire, rosying cheeks and canal-views included.
Address: 54 Formosa St, London W9 2JU
More info: http://www.thewaterway.co.uk/
Coppa Club Igloos
Nestled on the North Bank with iconic views of Tower Bridge, you will find Coppa Club, who have a series of boozy igloos available over the festive season. These come in the form of glass domes along the riverbank, packed with enough fairy lights and warm blankets to make you feel like you have been plucked out of a Christmas rom-com. There is a set Christmas menu as well as numerous yuletide cocktails that will warm you from the inside out and make you remember why you love this time of year so much.
Address: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6AH
More info: https://coppaclub.co.uk/towerbridge/
The Christmas season is often best emulated through Bavarian decor and catering – think steins of beer, grilled onions cooking for your wurst hot dogs, mulled wine, roasted nuts, alpine huts and fluffy upholstery. This is exactly what you will find at Bavarian Village in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. This German restaurant is serving up a hefty batch of Oktoberfest-style, boozy banter.
Address: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
More info: https://www.bavarian-village.com/
Christmas Cooking Course
When we start talking about festive fun for adults, our minds hop immediately to the alcohol and the parties. However, what becomes more apparent with age is that being a “real” adult involves things like needing to be able to cook a Christmas dinner. If the prospect of anyone but your mother doing this comes as terrifying news, then you probably need to head to The Avenue Cookery School for one of their outstanding Christmas cooking classes. They make it all look so easy that you won’t even work up a sweat at the prospect of roasting a turkey for the whole family. It may seem daunting at first, but once the experts at The Avenue show you a trick or two, you will find that being an adult is not nearly as scary as it seems.
Address: 3 Enterprise Way, London SW18 1FZ
Christmas Bottomless Brunch at Dirty Martini
Dirty Martini is known and loved for their bottomless brunch set-up, but over the festive season, they have thrown in a Christmas twist. Usually, their special only takes place on the weekend. However, from 18th November to 31st December, you can have bottomless brunch every day! This includes a “Santa Baby” cocktail on arrival, followed by all the favourites, including bottomless selected Beefeater G&Ts, Martinis, Prosecco and Pravha, as well as festive food like Teriyaki pigs in blankets, crispy turkey hirata buns, and cranberry and brie wontons. There are seven Dirty Martini bars around London, so pick whichever makes for the shortest walk home after you have consumed bottomless amounts of Christmas delights.
More info: https://dirtymartini.uk.com/xmasbrunch/
So, there you have it – a lengthy but actionable list of nine of the best festive activities for adults in London 2019. Whether your preference is food or play, there is a healthy dose of both across the city. From Shoreditch to Islington, there is something for every taste.
To make sure you get a chance to experience London this festive season, make sure to book your room at The Marble Arch by Montcalm soon!