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The View from The Shard with Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chocolat @ The Shard / available ongoing

TIME AND PLACE:

Open: seven days a week (check website for details)

@ The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG

Package for two £109 (View from The Shard and Afternoon Tea at Hotel Chocolat)

www.buyagift.co.uk

Take a loved one to the enchanting crystalline world created by Bompas and Parr at the top of The Shard, featuring the best view of London’s unique and constantly evolving skyline. The perfect package for winter exclusively from buyagift.co.uk

You will have access to The Shard’s special sensory winter experience which provides you with theatrical ice crystals, frost and snow drifts.

The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building and home to London’s highest viewing platform. You and your guest will ascend up through the shard of glass in the building’s high speed lift and arrive onto the observational deck where you’ll be able to enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of the Capital  for up to 40 miles around.

Once you’ve taken in the fantastic sights, enjoy a short walk to the famous Borough Market next to the River Thames where you’ll enjoy a divine afternoon tea for two at Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745 serving a delectable range of treats from scones, hot chocolate, banana bread and more.  You can even enjoy your treat from the open-air roof terrace or the covered outdoor space with blankets – both overlook the wonderful Borough Market.

Package for two:

  • The View from The Shard
  • Bompas and Parr sensory winter experience
  • Afternoon tea at Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot 1745 in Borough Market
  • Complementary Prosecco with your Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea includes  cacao gin cured salmon and avocado sandwich, rare beef and white chocolate horseradish sandwich, classic chicken club with chocolate aioli, cucumber, dill, cream cheese & cocoa nib. House made banana bread, chocolate and orange scone served with chocolate spread, cocoa nib butter, strawberry jam. Caramelised white chocolate cheesecake, dark 70% chocolate mousse, brittany shortbread. A choice of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or a cocoa infusion.

Opening times for The Shard:

  • Sunday to Wednesday 10am-7pm (last entry 5.30pm)
  • Thursday to Saturday 10am -10pm
  • Closed on 25th December

Opening times for Hotel Chocolat:

  • Afternoon Tea available Fridays and Saturdays from 3pm-5pm

Eddie Peake The Forever Loop @ Barbican Centre: The Curve / until 10th January 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat–Wed 11am–8pm
Thu–Fri 11am–9pm
Closed: 24, 25, 26 Dec
Sun 27 Dec 11am–8pm
Mon 28 Dec 12noon–8pm
Thu 31 Dec 11am–6pm

@ Barbican Centre, The Curve, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry

www.barbican.org.uk

London-based artist Eddie Peake combines live performance with sculpture, video, installation and painting to create an energetic gallery experience.

Sexuality and desire are constant themes in Peake’s live performances that typically foreground the naked body.

The Forever Loop presents a choreographed, looped performance that weaves in and out of synchronisation with a video of past performances, a home movie from his childhood and a film shot at the studio of koollondon.com.

Set against a backdrop of large scale installations from maze-like, plastered wall structures that frame both the viewer and performer to a raised scaffold walkway, the performers move in and out of the spaces taking the viewer on a dramatic journey, while a sheer suited roller skater glides fluidly through the space.

The installation is populated with surreal objects Including a cast of Perspex bears, brightly coloured whale bones, a metal figure with an acrylic box head filled with autobiographical items, as well as delicate bronze pipettes nestled on shelves with plaster sculptures.

Nudity included! No photos allowed!

🎄 Christmas Past @ Geoffrey Museum / until 3rd January 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm (double check on their website for exact opening times during the festive period)

@ Geffrye Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Free entry

www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

Enrich your Christmas festivities with a visit to this well-loved exhibition which gives a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English homes through the centuries.

Authentic festive decorations transform the period rooms, bringing to life many rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards and decorating the tree.

See the gallery of photos on their website.

Art and Alcohol @ Tate Britain / until Autumn 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: daily 10.00–18.00

@ Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Free entry

www.tate.org.uk

Since William Hogarth satirised the Georgian craze for gin, artists have explored Britain’s relationship with alcohol – as social lubricant, or as factor in social or family breakdown. This fascinating display examines the role of alcohol in British art from the 19th century to modern day.

The display contrasts two works from Tate’s collection; George Cruikshank’s Worship of Bacchus, a critical panting illustrating in one huge canvas the effects of drink on society, and Gilbert & George’s Drinking Sculpture, a wall-mounted montage of photographs (progressively blurred) of drinkers in a London bar.

Cutting across time, generations, class and gender, reflecting changing tastes and attitudes, alcohol and its consequences are shown to exert a catalytic effect. Never have the nation’s drinking habits been so captivating.

Poundshop presents: The Garage Sale @ Somerset House / until Sunday 13th December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 10am-10pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

@ Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA

Entry: £3 for charity

www.thepoundshop.org
www.somersethouse.org.uk

New pop-up event where designers are selling stock from past seasons, prototypes, work in progress and samples. Prices will range from our £1 items all the way up to £100.

The Garage Sale will bring these products from over 50 designers into one specially curated space designed by BAT Studio. Customers will be able to get their hands on items that are not available in any shop and is perfect for those who might have missed a particular item the first time around or design lovers on a budget, searching for unique Christmas presents.

Products include:
– Arnold Circus stools by Martino Gamper
– One-off scarves designed by Malika Favre
– Animation stills by Johnny Kelly
– Prints by HelloVon
– Illustrated cards and mugs by Lisa Jones Studio
– Sunglasses by Craig&Karl
– And loads more!

Swarovski Ice Rink @ Natural History Museum / until Sunday 3rd January 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: around 9am-10pm check the website

@ Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Tickets: from £12.65 book online

www.nhm.ac.uk

Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows in the air.

Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or your skating moves are more akin to Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.

Soak up the atmosphere from the new Café Bar and balcony. The bar has a bird’s-eye view of the rink and is open daily until the Ice Rink closes. Non-skaters are welcome.

Make it an essential stop during your visit to meet friends and warm up with tea, coffee, hot chocolate and mulled wine. Or take your pick from a range of delicious meals and a variety of wines, beers and soft drinks.

Toddla T: Winter Carnival @ KOKO / Saturday 12th December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00 – 04:00

@ KOKO, 1a Camden High Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7JE

Tickets: from £16.55 book online

www.koko.uk.com

After the standout success of the Toddla T Sound at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, Toddla will be bringing his unique take on the world famous London street party indoors with all the colour and energy of summer but in winter!

Toddla is renowned for his eclectic curation and regularly features globally renowned artists across his events and BBC Radio 1 show.

Building on the success of his incendiary Toddla T Takeover parties he will deliver all of this in a special Winter Carnival this December.

Lineup:
Toddla T & special guests
The Heatwave
Wookie
Jus Now
Cadenza
Jamz Supernova
Mad Fingers
Tone N Twerk
The Soca Police

The Tropicalista NYE party @ Rich Mix / Thursday 31st December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00-04:00

@ Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Tickets: £22, £18 adv, £15 early bird book online

www.richmix.org.uk
www.movimientos.org.uk

The Tropicalista NYE party returns to Rich Mix for the best in Latin, African and tropical vibes hosted by Movimientos and Arriba La Cumbia and it’s looking like another ram-a-jam affair.

Headlining this year is Son Pikkante whose unique blend of Cumbia, Salsa and Afro-Latin roots dance music always destroys the dancefloor.

Hosts Cal Jader and Russ Jones will be on the decks alongside guests spinning vintage to future latino & tropical beats for a jump up soundtrack. To top all of that Rich Mix will look like you have never seen it before transformed into a paradise of illumination, moving image, costume, exotic decoration, as well as the Abelha Cachaça Brazilian cocktail shack.

This event is always a sell out so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment and prepare to get truly hot and sweaty for a new year’s eve shakedown, carnivalistic fiesta celebration into 2016.

Live:
Son Pikkante + Special guests

DJs:
Russ Jones (Arriba La Cumbia)
Cal Jader (Movimientos)
+ more!

The London Illustration Fair @ Bargehouse (Oxo Tower) / until Sunday 6th December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday and Saturday, 11am-8pm
Sunday, 11am-6pm

@ Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH

Tickets: £5 book online

www.thelondonillustrationfair.co.uk
www.oxotower.co.uk

Featuring a wider range of practitioners and creative businesses than ever before, The London Illustration Fair 2015 will bring together 50 emerging illustrators, graphic designers and print makers from around the UK.

Spread across four-floors, the fair will showcase the work of 20 young talents, selected by an esteemed judging panel made up of some of the leading figures in the illustration and graphic arts.

Exhibiting alongside the artist-led stands will be a selection of the UK’s finest publishing houses, illustration collectives, creative agencies, galleries, print studios, designers and crafty businesses.

Additional festivities include immersive installations, one-off murals, artist-led talks, interactive drawing workshops, DJs and a fully stocked festive bar.

From exclusive one-off pieces, to prints and crafty must-haves, The London Illustration Fair 2015 offers something for every pocket. Whether you are an aspiring scribbler or family Christmas shopper, the fair’s relaxed and interactive ethos makes The London Illustration Fair 2015 the coolest creative hangout this winter!

New Years Eve with Bondax + Chris Lorenzo + Darius @ XOYO / Thursday 31st December 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 21:00-05:00

@ XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP

£45.60 book online

www.xoyo.co.uk

Celebrate NYE with the all-star lineup and remember the best of 2015 and look forward to the new year!

Fresh off the tails of their UK tour, the electronic music duo Bondax have come a long way since their initial appearances on BBC Radio One Introducing. Their unique blend of house, post-dubstep, R&B, and garage should provide the perfect party sound track to headline our revered NYE party.

They will be joined by recent OWSLA signee and jackin’ house spinner Chris Lorenzo who steps up for the count down – his hybrid bassline sound is sure to show in the New Year with a bang. Roche Musique man Darius will be on hand for warm up duties. Support comes from The Nest and Canal Mills resident Grainger.

Cheap tickets already sold out so don’t want any longer!

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