Christmas in London is more than Winter Wonderland


Yes, John Lewis might’ve overdone it by putting up Christmas display on, when Londoners were still catching the last bits of Summer vibes. But, let’s agree, once the Halloween is over, it is pretty heart-warming to finally hear those jolly jingles at your local Tesco’s. With that being said, it is time to put up a list of Christmas activities in London for those, who already know that during December it is not recommended to get off in Green Park station… But still can’t resist that Christmassy London charm.

Christmas shopping in Portobello Road Market

Ditch the Oxford Street madness and join the heaven of boutiques, antiques and vintage accessories. During the festive season, the streets of Notting Hill embody this mysterious charm, almost depicting a scenery of one of the Hans Cristian Anderson tales. Quiet, yet, welcoming residential streets, one way or the other, all cross Portobello Road. The world’s largest antique market with over 1,000 dealers selling every kind of antique and collectable attracts crowds of visitors. The difference is that people here don’t push, brush or rush; they’re all here to enjoy the spirit of the market. Be sure to find the most unique Christmas gift… The magic is there. It will come to you! portobello-road

Christmas fun in Fulham’s Winterland

Since after visiting Portabello Road you’re still  West London, why not to try to have Christmas fun in a posh way! Well… If Fulham counts as one. Escape to an enchanted forest with neon-lit curling lanes, alpine mini golf, prosecco pong, heated igloos and lodges, cosy fur-lined sofas, fondue and feasting tables. The best part – bring your own booze! This new spot is open from Thursday to Sunday each week right up until Christmas.

Tickets

  • Entry: from £5 (limited tickets can be purchased on the door)
  • Curling: £40 (8 people) 30 min slot
  • Sofa hire: £85
  • Heated Winter Lodge hire: £60 per head
  • Heated Secret Dining room hire: £80 per head

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Catch Christmas Spirit in Greenwich 

Greenwich is magical in itself: beautiful river path, Greenwich Park, breathtaking scenery of Greenwich University and the vibrant market. During the festive season, it lights up with creative Christmas lights and decorations, street noises dissolve in the sound of Christmas carol singers and market stands fill with various unique crafts. This year, Greenwich will host London’s new contemporary winter festival.

Time for a Christmas movie marathon!

merry-christmas-ya-filthy-animal_grandeLet’s get something right – it’s always good to see young Macaulay Culkin’s face on TV. A cup of hot chocolate, a pair of woollen socks, snow outside and “Home Alone” is one of the traditions it’s hard to break. As the snowing part might be only a picturesque dream, avoid seeing the grey reality outside by joining one of the special Christmas movies cinema sessions. See “Home Alone”, “Elf”, “Scrooged” and the heart-warming “Love Actually” in Lost Rivers Elephant venue every Monday. Early bird price: £15; Normal ticket price: £20. Each ticket includes 1 x free mulled wine + 1 x mince pie – plus expect a VERY festively decorated venue
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Christmas carol singalong in Royal Albert Hall

Doesn’t matter if you can sing, or sound like a Christmas turkey… Royal Albert Hall is one of the most beautiful venues in London, if not in the world! All dressed up for the festive season, it creates the atmosphere that even the most resistant singers cannot stop themselves from joining the choir. Let it Snow • Sleigh Ride • Saviour’s Day • Jingle Bells • Merry Christmas Everyone • are only a few of many more carols that echoes through the festive hall.

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Grab a drink in Leadenhall Market

Harry Potter nerds know, that Leadenhall Market is the secret entrance to the famous Diagon Alley. That in itself is a fact worth attention. In the depths of the City, the centre of banks and men in suits, hides this beautiful hall, full of bars, cafes and small shops. During the holiday season, it becomes even more welcoming and attracts not only businessmen but Christmas lovers, too.

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Cozy evening at Queen of Hoxton

Ever wondered how they spend Christmas in Marocco? We neither. You can only see that in Hoxton! This winter the Queen of Hoxton invites you to a hideaway inspired by the far–flung desert realms and romantic splendour of Marrakesh. Escape the grey city pavements to Rooftop Riad high above the streets of East London, where you’ll find a bar inspired by the intoxicating colours, sights and scents of Moroccan Souqs. A treasure trove of brightly coloured Babush slippers, ceramic tiles, twinkling lanterns, cushions and drapes awaits inside the unique rooftop WigWam. Definitely something different!

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Erdinger Oktoberfest @Greenwich


Get a taste of Germany’s most famous festival in a picturesque London location. Overlooking the river and Canary Wharf, a large tent with adjacent beer garden has been set up selling authentic German beer and specialities such as sausages, sauerkraut and pretzels. The whole experience is complete with cute little souvenir shops and a funfair. The festival is on every Thursday to Sunday until 22nd October. Ticket prices start from £5 and can be bought here.

How To Visit London The Right Way (Part One)


Not trying to sound too presumptuous, only talking plainly from personal experience… Tourists, visiting parents or friends, looking to use the opportunity of a free place to crash and tick the box ‘Got smashed in London’, have their own little plan in mind.

  1. Oxford Street (mainly Primark)
  2. Piccadilly Circus (with no basic understanding why… oh, the big screen. Well, it’s off at the moment)
  3. Leicester Square (cinemas…?)
  4. Covent Garden (I read the book once, about the homeless and his cat and I think it was based here…)
  5. Big Ben (to take THE picture)
  6. London Eye (with an adorably optimistic hope to actually get on it. As it ever happens)
  7. One of the clubs that celebrities go to. (No comments)

Little do they know… Living here for four years now, let me present you the ultimate one-day London tour, improved and approved by us & ClubCat.

First stop – Greenwich.

Being a little bit more remote from the center, it is the perfect place to start your tour. Getting off at the Cutty Start and Maritime Museum station and heading down to the river-path, there is your first surprise. You will see…
Going further down, you reach the historical University of Greenwich. Breathtaking. Make sure you visit the painted hall where Jonny Depp was dancing on the table in the fourth part of Pirates of Caribbean. Also, pop into the magnificent chapel (which is a part of the actual university!)
Not to mention that there are at least a few great maritime museums around, saving the precious time of the best day of your life, not strolling down to the Greenwich Market would be a significant loss.
Pancakes, pumpkins, and lasagna; Jamaican, Vietnamese and Italian – you name it, it’s there. Old stuff – new stuff and creative stuff. Little treasure box. Don’t get too lost and spend all day there!
Pick up a calzone and some mini pancakes with Nutella and head straight to the bIMG_0384eautiful Greenwich Park. Why is it better than the famous Hyde Park?

Where do I start… Despite the breathtaking scenery, it has so much more to offer. Rose gardens, tennis courts, and even deers! The highlight is the Greenwich observatory. Testing your endurance by claiming up the hill, you can reach the famous Greenwich Meridian timeline. (Yes, you can feel the time stops there… Technically, it does.) The view that opens up is something indescribable. The panorama view stretching all the way from London Eye to the O2 Arena.
Enjoy.
Greenwich Park is the last stop before your next destination…

ClubCat Tip: Oliver’s Jazz Bar is the hidden gem you MUST visit when you in Greenwich the next time. In the evening. Trust the ClubCat. It knows best.

Stay tuned!