In case you hadn’t heard, we like a party around here. As the days are growing shorter, our thoughts are naturally turning to festive feasts, bracing cocktails and the general silliness that the season heralds. Take a look at our picks of the best of what’s on in December in London.
New Year’s Eve Parties
Make the countdown count. We love New Year’s Eve and pride ourselves on our legendary bashes. We’ve got plenty of NYE offerings for eating, drinking and dancing til dawn.
Mondrian London: Dine by the river at Sea Containers Restaurant with a 4-course dinner including a glass of champagne or countdown to midnight in Rumpus Room at a party complete with five-piece band, DJ and a light show.
Sanderson London: Looking for a New Year’s Eve that has wit, style and whimsy? Head to Sanderson. We’ll be serving a 4 course feast in the Restaurant, dancing all night in Long Bar with a live band and DJ, and sampling edible cocktails at Smith and Sinclair Purple Bar takeover. Take your pick or do all three!
St Martins Lane: Ring in the New Year at Asia de Cuba’s Pre-Revolution Party. Enjoy live music from a six-piece Cuban band and dancers to ensure you get the party started, Havana-style. Party like it’s 1929 at Blind Spot’s Prohibition-Era party. Just open the door to our secret speakeasy to find burlesque dancers and a special guest DJ to spin you into 2017.
Coppa Club Igloos
Don’t let the December chill dampen your al fresco dining plans and take shelter in one of Coppa Club’s igloos. With dreamy views across the Thames, snuggle under sheepskin blankets and sip on festive cocktails including the Maple Old Fashioned and Spiced Berry Caipirissima. Perfect for date night or a raucous holiday celebration, we know where we’ll be heading for eskimo-style dining!
Winter Market, Southbank Centre (Until 8 Jan)
Get the “Christmas in the Alps” feeling without the expensive ski gear at Southbank Centre’s sprawling Winter Market. Wander around the wooden chalets stocked with gifts, treats and toys, then pop into the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge to reward yourself with Scandi street food and delicious drinks.
English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker, London Coliseum (14 December-7 January)
A trip to the ballet is an unforgettable Christmas treat. Telling the story of a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, watch English National Ballet’s bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing from a cast of over 100 dancers, scored to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played by a live orchestra. Click here to book tickets.
For pre or post-performance dining, look no further than Asia de Cuba’s set menu!
Hair by Sam McKnight, Somerset House (Until 12 March)
Having worked on hundreds of shoots, catwalks and with over 100 covers for British Vogue to his name, it’s fair to say that Sam McKnight has been responsible for some of fashion’s most memorable images. The major exhibition at Somerset House looks at his wider cultural significance and features images of Princess Diana, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and other icons. Don’t miss this very chic exhibition, it’s even open late on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings in partnership with The Outnet. Plan your visit here.
Rogue One, Midnight Preview at Curzon Mondrian (15 December)
Be the first to see Rogue One, the latest Star Wars story, at a special midnight preview at Curzon Mondrian London. Rogue One is the first of the stand-alone Star Wars stories and stars British actress Felicity Jones. Be sure to arrive early to order hot food, wine and other beverages to be delivered right to your seat. Book tickets here.
Gospeloke, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (21 December)
Say goodbye to awkward office socials – there’s a new kind of karaoke in town. Ever imagined taking to the stage to belt out your favourite tune with a full gospel choir to back you up? Well now you can make that dream a reality at Gospeloke. From Mary J Blige’s Shackles (Praise You) to Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, even the most tuneless of voices will sound delightful when accompanied by the soulful sounds of 15-piece London urban Choir Singology. Find out more here.
BUMP Rollerdisco, Southbank Centre (Until 22 January)
Night Fever. Boogie Nights. D-I-S-C-O. The ’70s are back at the BUMP roller disco pop-up at the Southbank Centre. Throw out your skates in a car boot sale circa 1995? That’s ok, you can rent them. Not for rent, though: co-ordination. Sorry.
Dazzle, OXO Gallery (Until 8 Jan)
The Dazzle jewellery show brings together the best emerging talent in jewellery design. This year, Dazzle has expanded to include knits, bags, textiles and utensils. So whether you’re a serious collector or just looking for a wonderfully unique present, head to the South Bank’s literal treasure trove in the Gallery @ OXO.