Let the silly season commence….. The skies are sparkling with Christmas lights, ears are ringing with sleigh bells jinglin’ and best of all it’s time for Christmas parties and overindulging. And with the final countdown of 2018, here is our round up of what to squeeze in to the rest of the year before we ring in the New Year.
Cosy up in an igloo on the South Bank
Jimmy’s Lodge is Back! This time with a bigger, sleeker and chicer upstairs covered dining room, the cosiest winter warmer bar on the river and the return of newly customised private dining glass igloos! Situated on the river along the Queen’s Walk, Jimmy’s Lodge offers the perfect place to soak up the festive atmosphere!
Watch a Christmas Classic.
The UK's #1 Open Air Cinema. Luna Winter heads inside for a festive season in London and Liverpool this December. The ultimate festive cinema experience, bringing Christmas classics to the big screen in some stunning indoor (heated!) spaces. From Elf, Love Actually (which turns 15 this year) to classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th street there is something for everyone.
Winter rooftop fun
Back for good with a brand new high up in the sky Pergola rooftop location, in an incredible new venue! Never before has the historic Olympia London had a venue built on its roof, until NOW.... Explore their new botanical bolthole located on the top of Olympia London. Drink, dine and escape the city with us amidst the lush vegetation of their new home! And don’t worry it’ll be heated and fully enclosed for the winter months, with a clear roof so you can see the sky without the plummeting temperatures.
Dance the night away on a Christmas rooftop.
Come party the night away under the heated covered terrace (so no chance of freezing). On the 15th December Byday Bynight reach their final show in Brixton this year and welcome back their friend Maxxi Soundsystem to headline the main room and sprinkle festive cheer and Deep House goodness on a busy main room. With a plethora of huge releases under his belt over the past decade, Maxxi has developed a solid reputation of ensuring dance floors stay filled with deep grooves and pumping disco.
Explore the Christmas lights at Kew
As twilight falls, the magic begins. Now in its sixth year, Kew’s 2018 winter trail will be bigger than ever before, with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams. Walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour.
Winterville - London’s Alternative festive experience
A completely different festive experience! Expect live DJs, comedy, musical bingo, roaming magicians, kid’s raves, Mexican wrestling and a family Christmas show on a double decker bus.
Elsewhere in our pop-up town you can skate on our outdoor Ice Rink, enjoy sensational food from Street Feast, lose yourself in Backyard Cinema’s Christmas maze, catch club nights in the Roller Disco, play crazy golf on a UV-powered course, ride the Big Wheel, enjoy cocktails and craft beer in themed bars and find unique gifts in Solo Craft Fair.
Looking for something a bit different to do this New Years Eve ?
Channel your inner-party animal and send off 2018 by dancing beneath the largest creature ever to have lived, at the Natural History Museum. Hosted in collaboration with experiential events company It's Unknown. We're not lying when we say this will be an unforgettable night, packed with animal-themed activities. Pick up your complimentary drink before trying your luck at Musical Bingo, sampling edible insects, or having a hoot in the silent disco. There will be the opportunity to make animal masks, roam free in the galleries, submit a song request to the Love Cats, or simply dance the night away with the Massaoke band and DJs.
We hope these give you some fun ideas to round off 2018.
Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year