Get ready to make the most of this year’s festive period with our list of Christmas events, experiences and pop-ups in London 2020.
There’s no doubt that Christmas is going to look slightly different this year, but that doesn’t mean that it’s been cancelled. There is still plenty going on in London, with immersive experiences and Christmassy cocktails galore.
From a pop-up cinema showing all the best Christmas classics to outdoor events like Winterfest’s illuminations, we’re seeing organisers work with Covid-19 restrictions, get creative and put on brilliant days and nights out that are social distance-friendly and safe to attend, while being a lot of fun, too.
So, don’t throw your Santa hat in the bin just yet, take a look at our list of Christmas-themed events, experiences and activities in London and we think you’ll be “ho, ho, ho-ing” again in no time.
Lower Stable Street Christmas market
Coal Drops Yard is hosting a creative Christmas market featuring an eclectic mix of independent brands, creatives and makers. It will be running Friday to Sunday every week until Christmas, and feature food, drink and independent makers.
Expect mince pies, hot mulled wine, street food, flowers, crafts, Christmas trees and much more.
Christmas at The Ned
The Ned is the ultimate Christmas venue. Located in Bank, this century-old building is home to a plethora of restaurants which are all united by a central stage where you’ll often find live music, especially at this time of year.
Over the Christmas period every Sunday evening, famed choirmaster Gareth Malone will be leading a Christmas carol service which guests can watch from one of the restaurants while enjoying a set festive menu, all of which is illuminated by the largest twinkling wreath in the City.
The Ned is also home to one of the most impressive Christmas trees in London; a 22-foot British-grown Premier Nordman which is dressed with 4,000 traditional fairy lights, golden leather leaf ferns and more than 1,000 gold, ivory and champagne baubles by in-house florists Grandirosa.
Book a brunch or dinner at one of the venues inside and marvel at the festive decorations. Try the festive afternoon tea, opt for a Christmas Day dinner like never before at Millie’s Lounge or Cecconi’s or indulge at the Boxing Day feast.
Eccleston Yards’ Christmas market
The Hawk's Nest
The Hawks Nest is an al fresco drinking and dining hub based in Shepard’s Bush, in a twinkling, Christmas-ready venue.
This year The Hawk’s Nest is launching its first-ever Christmas Market on Sundays (13 December and 20 December) from 12pm. There will be a whole host of vendors selling beautiful homeware accessories and interior design trinkets to buy for yourself or as Christmas presents.
There will also be a Christmas pub quiz on Monday 14 December and a Christmas carol service on Sunday 20 December.
After gaining lots of attention last year, free immersive light festival Winterfest is returning to Wembley Park on Thursday 26 November 2020.
You can take a wander down the illuminated light trail every day from 12pm to 10pm, up until Sunday 17 January 2021.
The theme for Winterfest this year is ‘United in Light’ with an aim to spread hope and joy to the Wembley Park community and its visitors this festive period.
This year, they will also unveil a brand new, specially commissioned light installation named ‘Reflections of the Future’, which will immerse guests in hope for a positive future. The mirrored audio-visual installation is described as a ‘mesmerising display of visual illusion that will create a sense of wonder and joy for visitors.’ Exciting!
Miracle at Henrietta
Miracle, the Christmas-themed pop-up bar renowned across America for its creative cocktails garnished with a side of kitsch, is launching this November in London’s Covent Garden at one very special spot.
The Henrietta Hotel is known for its millennial pink bathrooms and is part of the Experimental Group (which also owns the Hotel des Grandes Boulevard in Paris) and on 16 November it will also become home to the UK’s version of this Christamas-tastic pop-up.
Head along to see the tinsel-covered decor with a nostalgic twist, try cocktail concoctions such as the Bad Santa and SanTaRex and try all of the festive nibbles on offer.
Cinema in the Snow
Miracle at 34
Images: Miracle at Henrietta / courtesy of brands