Get the midas touch here: St Martins Lane Hotel
In partnership with Veuve Cliquot, St Martins Lane Hotel has a new look for Christmas. The entire hotel has been transformed into a fully fledged golden wonderland. The resplendent decoration extends to the Blind Spot, its renowned speakeasy bar, where you can order yourself a bourbon and champagne-based ‘Gold Rings’ cocktail.
45 St Martin’s Lane, West End, WC2N 4HX
Eat mexican here: Treehouse London
Crispy tostadas, ceviche and fish cooked on a hot lava stone should get your tastebuds sizzling. Madera, sister restaurant to famous LA eatery Toca Madera, has opened at the new Treehouse London Hotel. Its eclectic space, designed from natural materials and featuring an array of green foliage, offers diners a sophisticated yet authentic Mexican experience. Using only organic farm-sourced produce, this is a culinary experience not to be missed – just leave time to explore the tequila collection properly.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone, W1B 2QS
REFRESH YOUR WARDROBE HERE: The O2
The O2 might not be your usual shopping destination, but that’s where Hackett is having a sample sale this weekend, with up to 80% off its luxury menswear and accessories. Buy a ticket in advance, then bag yourself some bargains or tick off some Christmas shopping. With it being The O2, you can expect to avoid the cramped madness of a typical sample sale.
Showcase, ICON Outlet, The O2, Greenwich, SE10 0DX
ADMIRE ART & ARCHITECTURE HERE: Barbican
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city this weekend and walk amongst the impressive architectural surroundings of the Barbican centre and its Brutalist estate. Along with the familiar residential towers, you can witness the serenity of the lakeside terrace and walk alongside the original London Wall. Described as providing visitors with a ‘new perspective’, this tour gives an insight into the design of the estate that weaves through the expansive grounds like a concrete jungle. This is most definitely an atypical yet remarkable location for a Sunday stroll.
Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DS
Do your worst here: the wolf of wall street
From the creators of London show The Great Gatsby comes this immersive adaptation of Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. At a conspicuous location in the City, director Alexander Wright has created an interactive experience spread across four floors that span the frenzied story of Jordan Belfort. Join the ranks of unscrupulous Wall Street brokers or lead an FBI criminal investigation against the main perpetrator himself – you choose.
5-15 Sun Street, Moorgate, EC2M 2PT
ENJOY FINE DINING HERE: SW7
Madrid chef Javier Rodrigo Alviz opens SW7 within Hotel London Kensington on Saturday. In V&A-inspired surrounds, he’s serving a British and Mediterranean menu featuring dishes such as grilled chicken paillard with aged parmesan, truffles and shiitake mushrooms; and herb and pine-crusted lamb rack with dauphinoise potatoes. Hang around after dinner for a heady William Morris-inspired cocktail.
61 Gloucester Road, South Kensington, SW7 4PE
GET A FREE TRIM HERE: Hawkins & Brimble
As a thank you to its customers, award-winning men’s grooming brand Hawkins & Brimble is hitting the road in a mobile barber lounge. All over London, this service will provide customers with a menu of free treatments including wet shaves and beard trims from now until 15th December. Catch up with them for a pre-Christmas spruce-up on the house.
TASTE CRAFT SPIRITS HERE: The Gin To My Tonic
Who wouldn’t want to spend their day tasting gin? The annual drinks festival takes place in St Mary’s Church (just north of Oxford Street) and celebrates the multitude of craft and specialist gins now available in the UK. Tickets cost £15 and entry lasts four hours, giving you ample time to make the most of the gins on offer.
Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1PQ
HAVE A DRAM HERE: Selfridges Rooftop
Toast a successful day’s Christmas shopping with a dram of artisanal whisky on the rooftop of Selfridges. The department store has a new whisky bar in celebration of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Rare Side of Scotland – A Limited Edition Design by the Timorous Beasties Studio.
400 Oxford Street, West End, W1A 1AB
RUN FOR CHARITY HERE: Greenwich Park
On Saturday, Greenwich Park will host a 5k and 10k run to raise awareness for men’s mental health and testicular cancer. Online registrations have already closed but there are on-the-day registrations still available. Places will be given away on a first-come-first-served basis, so arrive an hour before the start of the event to beat the queue and ensure a race entry. Payment is in cash and costs £25 for both the 5k and 10k options. Fancy dress is encouraged and little ones are welcome to run for a reduced cost of £10. All proceeds go to the Movember charity.
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich, SE10 8QY
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