Winter wonderlands, whiskey walk-ins and an après-ski pop up; here’s what to do this weekend in the capital
Words Helen Brown
Ideal Home Show
The Ideal Home Show is back and bigger than ever for its annual Christmas bonanza. Learn about the latest interior trends, pick up unique products to add a special touch to your festive menu and try out this year’s must-have gadgets; perfect for presents. Have a pamper, shop for the perfect party piece or take a masterclass from the likes of Gino D’Acampo, Katie Piper, Olly Smith or Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Here lies everything you need to make you and your home sparkle this Christmas.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Rd, W14
The Little Match Girl
On an icy cold Christmas Eve The Little Match Girl paces the streets with nothing but just one final match flame to keep her warm. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live on stage at Sadler’s Wells.
Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R
Greenwich-based craft brewer, the Meantime Brewing Company, is expanding its “Brewery Fresh” offering with the introduction of Brewery Fresh Pale Ale at three of their its key venues across London. Head over to The Bull in Streatham, The Beer Box next to the o2 and The Tasting Rooms in the Meantime brewery itself to sample this latest offering. Its unique brewing process means that a pint of Meantime Brewery Fresh is like drinking a beer direct from the brewery itself, as fresh as the day it was made.
Lawrence Trading Estate, SE10
Girls! Girls! Girls! Vol 3
This is the third instalment of a photographic series that unashamedly celebrates the sensual beauty of the female body. In this racy, dazzling collection, world-famous fashion photographers, Bob Figgis and Bob Carlos Clarke, shoot modelling royalty such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer.
13a Park Walk, SW10
Christmas at Kew Gardens
It’s fair to say London has no shortage of winter wonderlands and Christmas grottos but there’s none more magical than the festive fairyland that appears at Kew Gardens. Follow the sparkling path that winds its way through one mile of these world famous botanic gardens, frolic amongst fairy-tale avenues of flora and take a spin on a vintage carousel. Don’t forget to pick up a gourmet marshmallow or six from ‘The Marshmallowists,’ before heading over to meet the man of the moment himself in Kew’s North Pole village.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9
Get Piste at Archer Street
Strap on your skis and get ready to hit the slopes. Back by popular demand, London’s original après-ski bar, Piste at Archer Street will be returning to Soho. Tucked away beneath the street, Piste is a warm and snug space inspired by traditional Scandi cabins and Swiss chalets. This pop-up bar has a chic ski inspired décor complete with reindeer fur, vintage skis and toasty fireplace, where guests can sit back, relax and enjoy breath-taking panoramic views of the Alps.
3-4 Archer Street, W1D
Masters of Pisco
To celebrate the contemporary food and drink scene and a new wave in Latin mixology, Barsol and Pachamama Group are hosting a series of monthly moonlighting mixology by some of the best bartenders from Peru and South America. Each bartender will create a range of new cocktails that use their beloved national spirit, Pisco, in innovative ways. This weekend sees world renowned cocktail craftsman, Roderigo Soto Delgado step into the spotlight.
Pachamama, 18 Thayer Street, W1U; pachamamalondon.com
Chicama, 383 Kings Road, SW10; chicamalondon.com
Mac & Wild’s Winter Pop Up & Whiskey Bar
Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool street and just in time for Christmas, Mac & Wild City has popped up on Devonshire Square. Set to be one of this winter’s destination hotspots, the pop-up features a large heated winter terrace, 110 cover restaurant and Mac & Wild’s late night whisky bar which features an innovative range of Scottish cocktails inspired by the country’s wild but beautiful landscape.
Mac & Wild City, 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M