ATTEND A VIRTUAL BEER FEST: Beer52 Christmas Party & Beer Tasting
This Saturday and Sunday, the UK’s biggest craft beer club will host two festive evenings of high-octane online entertainment. Beer52 is laying on music, comedy, short films and a couple of celebrity cameos – and ticket holders will also receive a box of 12 craft beers from brewers such as Pomona Island, New Bristol Brewery and Two Tribes. Tickets are £34.99 a night, or £64.99 for a weekend pass.
GET A TRIM: Adam Grooming Atelier At Harrods
Harrods gained a barbershop this week. Head to the second-floor Adam Grooming Atelier for a luxury haircut or treatment in traditional Turkish-inspired surrounds. Covering hot-towel wet shaves to beard reshaping, Adam’s menu is wide ranging and includes some treatments that are exclusive to Harrods. Play safe with a traditional haircut or settle in for a facial or manicure while relaxing with a Turkish coffee, cocktail or glass of whisky. Services start from £40.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
TRY UNIQUE FUSION CUISINE: Manteca x Supa Ya Dinner Club
This Sunday, Chris Leach of Soho restaurant Manteca will welcome Luke Findlay of underground cult supper club ‘Supa Ya Ramen’ into his kitchen for a one-off ticketed event. The pair will serve Italian-Asian fusion dishes, including crispy fried shiitake with kimchi sausage and spicy pig tail buns; hot noodles with pork and parmesan; and tomato broth with sesame miso and pickled chilli. Alongside, diners can choose from dirty martinis, sake white negronis or kimchi bloody marys, and there’s a selection of natural wines. Tickets cost £35, with some proceeds going to the Magic Breakfast charity.
58-59 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JY
ENJOY A LIVE SHOW: Clapham Grand
To celebrate its 120th birthday, the Clapham Grand is hosting socially distanced Christmas shows throughout December. This Saturday, there’s a morning screening of Love Actually with a boozy brunch, before a drag queen bottomless brunch on Sunday. Bookmark 17th December when the venue welcomes British pop-rock band The Hoosiers.
21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, SW11 1TT
SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE: Brixton Village Donation Drive
If you’re in south London, head down to the Cardboard Unit in Brixton Village to support a drive-by fundraiser for the community. Until Friday 18th December, you can drop off long-life food and drink items – and shoes – or make a contactless cash donation via the tap-to-donate card reader. All proceeds will go to Brixton food bank Compliments of the House and Re:Sole, which gives shoes to the homeless.
Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8PS
SHOP CULT NEW THREADS: Wavey Garms XXXmas Pop Up
Cult vintage streetwear seller Wavey Garms opened its Christmas pop-up in Soho’s Walker's Court this week. Until Christmas Eve, it’s taken over two retail units to host over 20 vintage sports and streetwear sellers including Sports Banger. Shoppers can browse art exhibitions and vinyl collections, while listening to DJs from nightclubs Fabric and Fold. Live music streams throughout the event will raise money for homeless charity Centrepoint.
Walker’s Court, Soho, W1F 0ED
FOR FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVE FUN: A ChristMESS CAROL at Open Bar Theatre
On Friday there’s a live-streamed performance of A ChristMess Carol by the Open Bar Theatre. Its first digital production is a spin on the traditional Dickens story that the whole family will enjoy. The plot is strictly under wraps, but expect laughs and drama throughout. Tickets start from £10.
EAT ITALIAN AT HOME: Mortimer House Kitchen DIY Delivery Kits
As well as opening an outdoor terrace space, Fitzrovia’s Mortimer House Kitchen in Fitzrovia has released a DIY meal kit so you can enjoy its signature Italian dishes at home. Created by head chef Antonio Favuzzi, each box features a restaurant favourite such as wild boar mafalde; beetroot tortelli with smoked burrata; lasagna; or roast porchetta. Kits start from £23 for two people and are available for delivery in selected London postcodes.
GET IN THE ZONE AT HOME: LIVENow Fitness Classes
Take your fitness up a notch with LIVENow’s online classes. With over 60 live-streamed classes available each week, it’s offering something for everyone – from Pilates and yoga to Muay Thai boxing and HIIT workouts. Train with your mates in a virtual studio, or work out solo at home, with the help of world-class personal trainers. All classes are free until 31st January 2021.
RELIVE AN ICONIC GIG: Bombay Bicycle Club
On Friday, Bombay Bicycle Club release a recording of their sold-out 2019 show at Brixton Academy. Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of their debut album, the gig features some of the band’s most loved tracks, including Always Like This, Evening/Morning and Magnet. Turn up track five for some feel-good vibes this weekend.
TREAT YOURSELF: Hacha’s Festive Mirror Margaritas
Dalston bar Hacha has partnered with premium mixers brand Two Keys to create a Christmas twist on its award-winning Mirror Margarita. In two limited-edition flavours – clementine and cinnamon or mulled pink grapefruit – the festive drinks are a crowd-pleasing addition to any home bar. Profits go to Equal Measures, a charity that raises awareness around diversity and inclusion within the hospitality industry. Each set of two cocktails costs £14.95 and is available for delivery nationwide.
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