Pantomime season is upon us so we’ll be getting into the swing of things with this year’s must-see show, plus there is a sprinkling of cinematic magic and Christmas cocktails galore. Here’s what we’ll be doing this weekend in London.
Words Helen Brown
Things to do this weekend in London
DEPTFORD BITES AT CHRISTMAS
This weekend, Deptford Market Yard’s weekly market, Deptford Bites will be hosting an unmissable Christmas special. Along with a festive Maker’s Market with interactive workshops, Deptford Bites at Christmas will expand on the street food offering. From hearty Indonesian dishes from Kaki Lima and The Toasty Badger’s ultimate cheese toasties to vegan hot dogs by the Nooch and chicken and waffle cones by Matilda’s Waffle Boutique, there will be plenty to tempt all taste buds. Sweet tooth? Dig into one of Crepe Kings’ S’mores crepes with toasted marshmallows and caramel or Humble Crumble’s mulled wine crumble.
Deptford Bites at Christmas will be running from 11am – 6pm on Saturday 8 December. Tickets for workshops can be booked at deptfordmarketyard.com
CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER
London’s most picturesque Christmas market returns to the banks of the River Thames, offering not only a view of London’s most-loved landmarks but the perfect place to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a true Christmas market. Along with its frosted cabins, festive fare and artisan stalls, a series of free workshops will help spur you into the festive spirit. Fill your loved ones’ stockings with unique gifts, get stuck into some arts and crafts or simply settle in to eat, drink and be merry, Christmas by the River is the ultimate destination for festive frivolity.
Until 2 January
STREETSMART SUPPER CLUB FOR HOMELESSNESS
Masterchef’s Billy and Jack, Eyal Jagermann of The Barbary fame and chef and food writer Alexandra Dudley have joined forces to create a one-off supper club that will raise funds for homelessness charity Streetsmart. Enjoy a three-course feast, classic cocktails and some festive cheer, with all profits raised going directly to vulnerable and homeless members in the local community. The evening will see each chef take their turn to create an exclusive dish drawing on Middle Eastern influences and flavours.
Tickets available here.
CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS AT DUCK & WAFFLE
Duck & Waffle are getting the festive period off to a flying start with a brand new and innovative menu of 12 Christmas-inspired cocktails, each guaranteed to get you feeling festive. Partial to a mulled wine? Try the moreish Mulled Negroni, a twist on the original with mulled spices and rested in a red wine barrel. For the sweet tooth, try the decadent White Chocolate Milk Punch with Grey Goose L’Orange & Vanille Vodka, distilled white chocolate and split cream.
CHRISTMAS AT THE SAVOY
At this most wonderful time of year, The Savoy has gone above and beyond to turn the iconic hotel into an unmissable and hugely-Instagrammable fun fair. A team of florists, carpenters and engineers worked tirelessly (and secretly) to transform the hotel overnight with an interactive 15-foot Helter Skelter, a hand-painted skyline scene of iconic London landmarks reimagined as popular fairground attractions and a carousel. The Savoy’s renowned restaurants and bars are full of festive cheer. Guests can toast the season with cocktails in the World’s Best Bar, the American Bar, or relax in the glamorous setting of the Beaufort Bar with a cocktail from the recently launched menu, Music, Magic and Drama. festive afternoon tea takes place every day in the Thames Foyer from 1pm.
THE SNOWMAN EXPERIENCE
Through this multi-roomed, multi-sensory, cinematic adventure, Backyard Cinema are bringing Raymond Briggs’ endlessly-popular tale to life as it celebrates its 30th year. Guests will feel like they’re flying with The Snowman himself as they are fully immersed in scenes from the magical film, adventuring through real-life sets and encountering beloved characters. It’s Backyard Cinema’s biggest and most festive experience to date so you can expect very good things.
MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE
Matthew Bourne is back to give Swan Lake a fresh look for the 21st century. While sticking to the iconic elements of the original, this production is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble. Thrilling and emotive, Bourne’s powerful interpretation is a masterpiece for our times.
CHRISTMAS AT KEW
For the festive months, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a magical after-dark explosion of festive colour, as visitors embark on an illuminated trail inspired by the Gardens themselves, for the much-anticipated Christmas at Kew 2018. Now a firm favourite in the London festive calendar, this year’s trail will offer an utterly new experience of art, light and sound from a roster of incredible international artists.
Have I Got News For You stalwart and comedy star, Paul Merton is taking to the stage as Widow Twanky alongside Blue’s Lee Ryan as Aladdin and leading funny man and magician Pete Firman as his brother Wishee Washee. Featuring a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and all the festive frivolity of pantomime, Aladdin is this year’s must-see Christmas show.