10 things to do this weekend

It’s the penultimate weekend before Christmas so if you’re not feeling festive yet you really need to ramp it up. A spot of ice skating and some Christmas market action should do the trick, and there’s all these other things to do this weekend…

Lucy Choi

1. Lucy Choi London Sample Sale

If you’re after a new pair of shoes or you need to knock a few people off your Christmas list, then you won’t wanna miss the Lucy Choi London sample sale. The brand, founded by Lucy Choi (niece of Jimmy Choo, so she knows a thing or two about footwear), is all about the three C’s of character, comfort and craftsmanship. You’ll be able to bag up to 75% OFF shoes, with prices starting at just £50, during the one day sale so RVSP to make sure you’re on the list.

Sat 15th December 2018, 10am – 6pm
18 Connaught Street, London W2 2AF

Crisis Icebreaker

2. Crisis Icebreaker

Take the plunge this December to help raise money for homeless charity Crisis. Jump in for an icy dip (or have a leisurely, if freezing, swim) at Brockwell Lido as part of the charity’s Icebreaker challenge – the registration costs £28.18 with that money contributing to the cost of reserving someone a place at a Crisis Christmas centre. It’s been another year of rising homelessness in London – the number of people sleeping rough between July and September was over 3000 – so your donations are badly needed.

Sat 15th December 2018, 12.30pm
Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA

Gingerbread city

3. See the Gingerbread City

Forget gingerbread houses, there’s an actual gingerbread city at the V&A. Created by the Museum of Architecture, this is third year of the project (the theme this time is Imagining the Future City) and it’s designed to help get the public excited about architecture. Plus a little holiday cheer never hurt anybody.

Sat 15th & Sun 16th December 2018
V&A, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

Espresso Martini

4. The Espresso Martini Society

It’s your last chance to visit the Espresso Martini Society, with its massive martini menu of 20 different espresso martinis including new festive creations. There’s the salted caramel Golden Gift, the white Russian-inspired Beast From the East and the minty After Eight. Drink up!

Sat 15th December 2018
42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL

Suits on rail

5. A Call to Garms

Menswear pop-up A Call to Garms is opening on Savile Row in aid of homelessness charity Crisis. Curated by menswear stylist and writer Tom Stubbs, the pop-up will feature pieces from over thirty brands, including Savile Row’s own Anderson & Sheppard, Henry Poole & Co, Gieves & Hawkes and Richard James as well as from Globetrotter, Grenson, Mr Porter, and Vivienne Westwood. There’ll be a host of events and appearances happening across the week, including a closing party headlined by David Gray, and all proceeds from the pop-up will go directly to Crisis.

Sat 15th December 2018
31 Savile Row London W1S 3PT

Hackney market

6. Hackney Christmas Market

The Arcane Emporium is hosting the Hackney Christmas Market on Bohemia Place this December, with over 50 independent traders and makers selling their wares, 25% of which will be locals. As well as the stalls, ABQ London, St John at Hackney Brewery and Night Tales will be providing festive food, drinks and entertainment and there’ll be local choirs providing the tunes.

Sat 15th & Sun 16th December 2018
Bohemia Place, London, E8 1DU

Janet's List

7. Janet’s List Pop-Up Shop

Janet’s List is a digital marketplace that features products and brands run by women of colour and now founder Janet Oganah is going offline with a pop-up shop in Shoreditch and just in time for Christmas too. The shop will stock 20 brands, like Flora & Curl hair care, Ange B Designs jewellery and AK Wilde textiles, and you’ll have the chance to learn more about the brands and the women behind them.

Sat 15th & Sun 16th December 2018
103 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DL

Native interior

8. Eat at Native

Formerly resident of a pretty tiny space in Neal’s Yard, Native  moved premises earlier this year and it now calls Borough home. Native 2.0 is much more spacious than the original and the interiors are stripped back too with wooden flooring and stone-topped tables, which is very much in-keeping with the natural ethos of the place. Whilst the space is new, not much has changed when it comes to the menu, in that it still celebrates the best wild food native to the UK and there’s still a big focus on sustainability and low waste.

Sat 15th December 2018
32 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

9. Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

After an award-winning initial run at the National and on the West End, and a transfer to the US, Marianne Elliot’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is back in London, this time at the Piccadilly Theatre. Based on Mark Haddon’s bestseller, the play follows Christopher John Francis Boone on his investigation of the death of his neighbour’s dog Wellington.

Sat 15th December 2018
16 Denman St, Soho, London W1D 7DY

10. Skate at the Tower of London

Not only does this rink offer you plenty of ice to show off your moves, it comes with a pretty special backdrop, which gets even better after dark as the Tower gets all lit up. You might even skate past a Beefeater. If you’re more like Bambi on ice, you can spectate (with a mulled wine in hand of course) from the rinkside bar.

Sat 15th & Sun 16th December 2018
Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB

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