So what have we found for you this week?
Well, baby, its freakin’ freezing outside and though the summer was long and I think we still might all still be in November shock (which can only explain the midriff/warmth confusion that is the side-bum/ball-gown trend. We hope.) we’ve decided to put together some of the best winter-themed or just keep-us-warm-and-inside-as-cheaply-as-possible-steals. Oh, and some that are just generally awesome.Plus if you want to get into our chat room and see more you can do it here now : kiksnapme.com
Ice rinks: Grab the boys/girls (or other half) and slide your way to Christmas cheeriness. Of course there are the classics at Somerset House and The Natural History Museum, but did you know they’ve iced our very own little Manhattan down at Canary Wharf? Tickets are around a tenner (we like things around or under a tenner), plus, with the city lights and the Christmas twinklers you can go all Serendipity without actually having to go to the Big Apple… soppy Christmas rom-com steal!
Our other favourite rinks are at the Tower of London (Ice at the Tower), and the Eyeskate – both gorgeous, all around a tenner and all very festive! (Unless you hate ice-skating, at which point see below…)
Christmas Markets: because you will need grottos and sparkly things after that slightly humiliating Bambi-on-Ice moment. Also because we have loved them since we were very young and developed a penchant for those ridiculously cute notebooks and buying Christmas-at-Tiffany’s-style baubles for the future Cartier-advert-worthy Christmas parties we will be throwing (ahem…Elle).
The Southbank throws a lot of cool pop-ups and pretty sights our way, and in winter their annual Christmas market makes very pleasant festive wandering. Not to mention the Southbank is gorgeous anyway, and there’s an ice rink nearby too. Nailed it.
For the others, we’ll be heading to some truly magical mulled wine and mince pie spots like these…
The Barbican is throwing a design market from 28th November – 22nd December, all very artisan, all very festive and free.
The City Christmas Fair returns to Drapers’ Hall on December 2nd. It’s for a brilliant women’s charity (Wellbeing of Women), there’s a Champagne bar and it’s full of food and fillers of the stocking variety. It’s a fiver, so go and pick up something special and maybe also a particularly charitable city-worker Colin Firth type to go all Bridget Jones with over the festive period. Hey, you never know…
In the East End, we love the look of Dalston’s Christmas Market: Sunday 1st December, gifts are hand-picked by lovely local artsy types and it’s free from 11am – 7pm. Back on Rivington Street on Thursdays in December (5th, 12th, 19th), they’ve turned their road into a festive festival with live artists, performers, food and the shops stay open late too. Free – just pop along.
Up in Notting Hill on 15th December there’s music, food, and gifts galore at the Social Enterprise Pocket Art’s Christmas Fair. Free, starts at 1.30pm till 6.30pm.
And finally, (so many fairs!) Belgravia is getting tinsel-pimped on 1st December. Head to Elizabeth Street from 12-5pm for live and very carol-y harking and heralding type people (and, wait for it, I’ve got it on good authority that Santa is going to be there too – with his reindeer). Take friends you’ve known since birth and full-on regress. Then head to Pimlico Road (11am – 4pm) for more grown up activities (sort of) like jugglers, roasted chestnuts, toffee apples and everything else foodie that appears in Christmas songs.
In other news – and not at all festive (except the last one) – we’ll be taking ourselves to these too:
This Saturday (23rd November) The Tate Britain is having a party, and they’ve gone to the trouble of installing some very Chanel stairs for it. Okay no, the party is for the stairs, but rather the revamp they’ve had. Tonnes of live music, films, talks, new works by artists, live performances, and new exhibitions, all for free!
Richmond’s Literature Festival finishes at the end of this month – we like literature and we like festivals – well okay, they also have talks with free cocktails too, but it’s a book about cocktails. Prices hover around a tenner.
(And finally!) Because we got a bit over keen for our first post here and you probably need to go to a Christmas market and buy a calendar for everything you now have to be at – you should add to it the Queen of Hoxton. One of our favourite places for steals in general, their WigWamBam has opened for business and if you haven’t already seen it and wondered why there’s a massive tipi on a roof, basically, they’ve put up an 8 metre high tipi up there and have invited us all to come hang out in it.
Described as ‘Alaskan settlement meets Nordic tribe’ and boasting ‘The Eastern Lights’, you can toast marshmallows and drink Hot Buttered Rum and a whole host of other winter based activities. But in a tipi. On a roof. In the East End of London. Look – we’ve even offered up a strange-drinking-establishment steal!
Okay now we’ll seeya next week!
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