What To Do Over Christmas

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Wondering what to do over Christmas? SLMan has you covered. From beer subscriptions and hangover kits to the new film we’re excited about, here’s what to get stuck into…

TAKE THE KIDS

Hampton Court Palace Of Stardust

If you’re after an outdoor activity to keep the kids entertained over the holidays, Hampton Court Palace has opened a light trail around its historic grounds. The cobbled courtyards and gardens are filled with illuminations inspired by the palace’s famous astronomical clock – the ticking Tudor heart of Hampton Court installed by command of King Henry VIII. Expect illuminations, glowing lanterns and impressive projections hidden around the grounds. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £8 for kids.

Until Monday 3rd January; Hampton Court Way, East Molesey, KT8 9AU

Visit HRP.org.uk

ESCAPE TO THE CINEMA

The Matrix Ressurrections

Keanu Reeves is back on the big screen. More than 20 years after The Matrix, Neo (Reeves) is living a normal life in San Francisco under his original identity as Thomas A. Anderson. He still has strange and unnatural visions, but a therapist is taking care of that now. When Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) – or someone who looks just like her – comes onto the scene, neither recognise each other. However, when a new pill opens Neo’s mind to the world of the Matrix again, he’s tempted to join a group of rebels to fight a dangerous new state in control.  

Out on Wednesday 22nd December

Visit Picturehouses.com

FILL YOUR BOOTS

Four Corners At Rondo La Cave

Detroit-style pizzeria Four Corners has opened a pop-up at wine bar Rondo La Cave in The Hoxton, Holborn. Available until February, the deep-pan pizza menu has been created by – wait for it – ‘pizza consultant’ Anthony Falco, who knows a thing or two about the perfect slice. Menu highlights include the ‘Vodka Meatball’ featuring cheddar, mozzarella, vodka sauce and meatballs; the ‘Smoked Entrecote’ with roasted onions, paprika and pomegranate molasses; and the ‘Pistachio Pesto & Mortadella’ pizza. Add on a side of ‘Grandma’s Meatballs’ or a house salad, and wash it down with a bottle of Rondo’s low-intervention wine, or a couple of craft beers.  

199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 7BD

Visit RondoLaCave.com

SORT YOUR 2022 WARDROBE

Wax London Pop-Up Store

Wax London has opened a pop-up store on Berwick Street, Soho. Set over two floors, shoppers can browse a collection that has everything from checked shirts and corduroy trousers to jeans and luxury loungewear sets. We rate Wax’s new rugby shirts and graphic tees – ideal for casual looks and everyday essentials. When you’re done, head to the ground floor to challenge a mate to a game of ping pong.

Until February; 3 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0DR

Visit WaxLondon.com

BAG A FREE PINT

Guinness Light Up

Guinness has decorated Camden’s Lock Tavern with festive lights and a beer-themed installation. More importantly, the brand is also giving away 30,000 free pints across 22 London pubs this month to help boozers stay open over Christmas. Download the free Dusk app to find out where you can claim a free drink.

35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AJ

Visit Guinness.com

RECOVER WITH THIS

Bloody Drinks x Burger & Lobster Hangover DIY Kit

Bloody Drinks has teamed up with Burger & Lobster to create DIY hangover kits for the festive season. Designed to get you through a hefty hangover (cue New Year’s Day), the £55 SOS package feeds two and comes with instructions to make Burger & Lobster’s signature lobster rolls and Bloody Mary cocktails. It also includes sides of lobster croquettes and skinny fries. Available for nationwide delivery.

Visit BurgerAndLobster.com

STOCK UP ON THE GOOD STUFF

Lakedown Brewing Co. Subscription

East Sussex’s Lakedown Brewing Co. has created a subscription service where you’ll receive a 12 fresh bottles and cans straight to your door. Available to buy for three, six or 12 months, beers are vegan – and most are gluten-free. This month’s box includes a pilsner, an English pale ale, a 4.4% pale ale, and a rich and fruity IPA. You can also go all out and order 5l kegs for £25 each. Boxes cost £35 each for a three-month subscription.

Visit LakedownBrewing.com

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