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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The Lion & Lamb|Hoxton


Everyone on the East Side of London knows that the question of where to go to eat, have a beer, or go out, ends with the answer… Hoxton. Sometimes it is a lot of fun to go from one place to another, meet some friends there, and there, and some new people everywhere. That’s what Hoxton all about, isn’t it?

For some, it is. For ClubCat it is important to feel like home. In a sense that all your friends are in one place, you can all have some food, one or more drinks and then party till the dawn.

Try to search ‘The Lion & Lamb’ in Google, Facebook or anywhere on the internet. The place has a minimal publicity apart the events calendar and the location. Simply because it doesn’t need it. The word of mouth is the best promotion, and my, oh my, people talk about this place!

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Being and empty space in an awesome area, over the last few years it underwent a lot of changes and had different purposes: an art gallery, an East-end boozer, and an underground club. The Lion & Lamb now has it all.

Over a year ago, a group of London-based, experienced, modern-thinking promoters, DJ’s, producers opened up this place to hide from the commercialised Shoreditch. Its purpose is to unite the community of the artists. And… the music!

18195136_1318648288221306_3025935670600382213_nLion & Lamb is set to become a favourite destination for creative people and music lovers in the area. The plans are big. For now, let’s keep its secrecy and talk about what’s on.

Tonight: Alex Arnout and Clive Henry (DC-10)

23rd September Saturday 20/20 vision @The Lion&Lamb 

With: Ralph Lawson | Jonny Rock |Bobby Pleasure

Tickets here.

24th September Sunday | Craig Richards & Friends with One Records

Tickets.

See you there!

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Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton


It’s not a secret that Hoxton is full of hidden gems that are not so hidden anymore – they’re everywhere!

Unlike than other places that only recently started popping out like mushrooms after rain… this gem has a history.

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 13.27.43Cut long story short, a young blueblood Russian-Polish young man Zigfrid von Underbelly didn’t find interest in following his families footsteps in pharmaceutical business and moved towards the punk underground world to Berlin.

Multitalented as an artist, writer, singer and businessman, and fluent in seven languages, Zigfrid developed his skills and ideas surrounded by displaced beautiful punks and artists from all over the globe.

After the Berlin Wall fell, he migrated to New York, East Village, and then ended up in London – Hoxton. His life at the station in Berlin and the scene it created made him want to create spaces that punks, artists, musicians, IT people and all around cool heads and free thinkers could inhabit.

So, there it is. Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton.108a7473597f4df48b692adc7cffc86c

It offers a lot of different spaces, stretching through two floors. Every inch of it breathes history and originality. A soul. Honest home cooked meals and a wide selection of drinks from near and far.

What’s on

Tonight Saturday 2nd of September is the night of limited summer series W.A.S.P showcasing the talents of London’s underground heroes. Tonight’s artist is a true underground scene hero Shane Watcha.

Downstairs tonight is Hyphen EP Launch Show.

On top of that, the place has truly maintained its spirit and devotion to arts. It is also a spot for The Smallest Art Gallery, supporting young artists and their work.

Pop in tonight @Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton to check it out 😉