With Christmas fast approaching, we've put together an eclectic mix of the best things to do in London this Christmas time! As London's #1 speed dating hosts, we think you'll love the buzz of all things fun. What better way to spend the holidays than with someone special. We'd say love is definitely in the air this festive period, wouldn't you agree?
1. Christmas Bauble Blowing
If you're looking for an exciting, hands-on workshop where you make your own blown glass Christmas bauble, this is just the ticket. Why not get in the spirit of Christmas and try your hand at glass-blowing this December? Just two days later and you'll be able to collection your prized creation to treasure yourself or give as a Christmas gift. What better timing hey? Why not pop along with your new love interest and turn the heat up as you experience the ancient art of glass-blowing. Not got anyone on the scene at the moment? Panic not, instead gather a group of friends and family members for a fun-filled pre-Christmas outing at the Peter Layton Gallery in Bermondsey, London.
2. Hogwarts in the snow!
If you're crazy about all things Harry Potter, this date idea ticks all of the boxes! This December, all the way into the new year, you'll get the chance to enjoy a magical tour of Hogwarts in the Snow at Wizarding World. Soak up the festive season in all its glory and see the Harry Potter film sets adorned in all things Christmas. A must have if you, or your date has a fascination with the Harry Potter series.
3. Ice, ice baby!
Whether you can give Torvill and Dean a run for their money or you're more likely to be clinging on to the sides (or even skidding over onto your backside!), if you like the idea of ice skating in the city, London has it all. With plenty of fantastic ice rinks to take advantage of, why not give the Winter Wonderland a whirl or head on over to the Natural History Museum for guaranteed fun on the rinks! Plus, if you're lucky enough to be on a date, what's more romantic than flitting about on the ice hand in hand (just watch your balance guys and girls!)
4. Move over GBBO!
We know the Great British Bake Off is finished for another year but that doesn't mean you cannot show off your baking skills right here in London. Whether you want to try this class alone, with a gorgeous date or a group of friends, we think this is a lighthearted and fun way to spend your free time in the city of London. Simply head to Tooting where the The Big London Bake Off will be kicking off and putting your cake making skills to the test this December. From ginger bread men to festive mince pies and everything in between, this tasty baking session is Christmas all wrapped into one we'd say!
5. Winterland, Alpine Club
Head on over to Fulham for a truly Christmassy experience this month. Just don't forget to wrap up warm and snuggly as you'll be heading to Winterland for an alfresco evening of fun under the night's sky. Stare up at the beautiful stars from your private igloo, jump into a toasty hot tub and relax next to heated pergola for a fun filled festive evening you won't forget in a long while. Plus, if you get hungry, enjoy an array of gorgeous street food before strutting some shapes with some of London's top DJs. All round, a winning combination in our eyes!
6. Jimmy's Winter Lodge and Snow Globes
Thanks to pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia, cuddle up on the Southbank and enjoy Christmas the best way possible. Choose from super cute igloos or an adorable winter lodge, and soak up the festive feeling! Serving delicious dishes and to-die-for cocktails, this venue is not to be missed. Since 'popping up' in Balham in 2011, Jimmy's pop ups guarantee great food, unique locations and a friendly service, each and every time. So it's not surprising that this little venture is no different!!
7. Deck the halls!
This month, why not get your creative juices flowing and hone the art of wreath making. Whether it's for your own home or as a gift, learn how to create the perfect wreath for you. Unleash your inner creativity and let your personality shine through with a wreath making workshop, ideal for novices and seasoned pros alike. Take advantage of helpful step by step instructions and have a giggle along the way. Be sure to look out for workshops and pop-up classes across London throughout December.
8. As the temperature drop, things hot up!
Head to Harvey Nichols for a truly unique dating experience this Christmas. On the fourth floor at 111CRYO, hop into an intimate two-person chamber and see temperatures plummet to -90 degrees. But don't panic, you'll only be experiencing this super chilly temperature for a very short period of time. In fact, just enough to boost your serotonin levels to a natural all time high and have you feeling on top of the world. Not only will you feel great, your skin and muscles will also feel refreshed and better than ever before. What's more, there's an integrated stereo so you can get yourselves in the mood and make memories from here on in. Why not give it a try and enjoy the rest of your date on a high for all the right reasons!
9. Enjoy a sensational burlesque show
Yes, it maybe be chilly outside but that's no reason to get down. Pull up a seat at a fantastic burlesque show in the heart of London. If you're looking to spice up a date night or just fancy something different, this ticks all of the boxes. One thing's for sure, it'll have your heart racing and you'll get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. What better way to warm up and brush off the weather outside than with a bevvy of beautiful ladies showing you their mesmerising routines and skills. Not much we'd say!?
10. Immersive Dining Experience
If you're into your arts and culture, this is the perfect Christmas treat for you. Discover Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' retold through an array of fantastic live performances. What's more, you'll enjoy a truly immersive dining experience as you tuck into a wonderful festive feast. So whether you adore Christmas and love everything about it, or share the same qualities as Scrooge, we're certain this remarkable event will have you in full Christmas mood before the night is over. Don't believe us? Grab yourself a ticket and see for yourself...you won't be disappointed.
11. Love Espresso Martinis?
Can we get a hell yeah? We mean, come on, who DOESN'T like an espresso Martini? If you're with the majority of the population who just cannot get enough of this moreish tipple, the Espresso Martini Society has become one of London's most loved pop-ups, and it's back! Delivering a huge festive treat, head over to King's Cross and enjoy five amazing Christmas cocktails. And to top it all off, there's no end to how many you can drink within 90 minutes! The perfect date idea in the city we think!
12.Enjoy a winter's night garden!
If you're looking for a romantic cinema experience with a difference head on into the city and be blown away. Enter an enchanted woodland cinema at the 'Winter Night Garden' by Backyard Cinema and enjoy an outdoor experience like no other. Choose from a flurry of Christmas classics and all time favourites all while snuggling up together under a blanket amongst a beautiful, indoor snow sprinkled forest. You'll also get to enjoy a lovely warm glass of mulled wine to warm you through and get you into the true Christmas spirit! Definitely not to be missed this one...