7 festive things to do in London this weekend (13-15 December 2019)

09 Dec 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Natasha Afxentiou

Intimate cinema experiences abound this weekend in London, plus an unmissable menswear pop-up shopon Savile Row

A Call to Garms II, Savile Row Pop-up for Crisis at Christmas (all week)

The Crisis at Christmas menswear pop-up shop returns to Savile Row this week following last year’s inaugural event, which raised more than £75,000 for Crisis, the UK’s national charity for homeless. Organised by menswear stylist and writer Tom Stubbs, the boutique is expertly curated with donations from tailoring brands including Anderson & Sheppard, JW Anderson, Jimmy Choo and MR PORTER. With accessories from £10, clothing from £30, suits from £100 and new donations arriving daily, the pop-up is perfect for picking up a luxe bargain, while supporting a brilliant initiative. All of the proceeds go directly to Crisis, to help provide immediate help for those most vulnerable during the winter period. This Wednesday evening, Dermot O’Leary and Tom Stubbs are hosting a Shopping Extravaganza, with DJ Fat Tony on the decks.

Date: Monday-Saturday until 19 December 2019 Time: 11am-7pm Location: Crisis At Christmas Pop Up, 31 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PT Closest Station: Oxford Circus

Website: savilerowbespoke.com

The Curtain Hotel & Members’ Club 12 Days of Christmas, Shoreditch (Sunday)

As part of The Curtain hotel’s 12 Days of Christmas series, the exclusive rooftop bar LIDO is open for the first time to non-members. The sky-high Winter Garden is draped with seasonal foliage, feathers and fairy lights, creating a stylish and intimate setting for festive drinks. Head to the rooftop this Sunday evening for an intimate screening of Christmas classic, ELF, which will be projected against the London skyline.

Date: Sunday 15 December 2019 Time: LIDO Rooftop Opening Times: 12pm-6pm; Curtain Rooftop Cinema Screening: 7.30pm Price: Cinema tickets £20 per person Location: 45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT Closest Station: Old Street

Website: thecurtain.com

Chocolate Mint Yule Log Masterclass at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester (Saturday)

Hone your patisserie skills at an intimate masterclass at The Dorchester this weekend, hosted by executive chef Jean-Philippe Blondet and pastry chef Thibault Hauchard. Learn how to make Alain Ducasse’s signature mint yule log, which places a unique twist on the festive staple. Learn how to create creamy chocolate ganache with zesty lime peel and mint pesto, artfully presented in a sleek chocolate shell. Guests can then tuck into their creation or take it home to display as the ultimate dinner party centrepiece.

Date: Saturday 14 December 2019 Time: 9am-12pm Price: £250 per person Location: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA Closest Station: Hyde Park

Website: alainducasse-dorchester.com (For bookings email [email protected])

It’s a Wonderful Life at Kitchen at Holmes, Marylebone (Sunday)

This Sunday afternoon, enjoy a private screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at Kitchen at Holmes, the smart, stylish restaurant within Holmes hotel. Enjoy a three-course festive feast before making your way to the Everyman cinema next door to watch the black-and-white Christmas classic.

Date: Sunday 15 December 2019 Time: Film screening at 2pm at Everyman Cinema Price: Tickets from £45 Location: Kitchen at Holmes, 108 Baker Street, Marylebone, London W1U 6LJ Closest Station: Baker Street

Website: kitchenatholmes.co.uk

I.DEA PR Pop-up Shop, Mayfair (all week)

Shop an array of unique, independent designers at the I.DEA PR pop-up shop on South Molton Street. Look out for Thom Laurence, purveyor of party-starting dresses and trophy jackets with rock ‘n’ roll spirit, expertly made in Italy and hand-finished with unique embellishment.

Date: Until 31 December 2019 Time: 10am-6pm Address: I.DEA PR Pop Up at 66 South Molton Street, W1K 5SX

Website: thomlaurence.com

Festive Film and Fizz at One Aldwych, Covent Garden (Friday and Saturday)

One Aldwych reopened in June following a multi-million-pound refurbishment, which included a redesign of the bar and restaurant. The weekend welcomes the return of the five-star hotel’s Film and Fizz series. Settle in with popcorn and a glass of Lallier Champagne and watch White Christmas in the hotel’s private 30-seat cinema followed by dinner at either the gluten and dairy-free Indigo restaurant on Friday evening, or a set brunch at Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar on Saturday.

Date: Friday 13 December and Saturday 14 December 2019 Time: Friday: 6.30pm film screening followed by dinner; Saturday: brunch followed by film screening at 2pm Price: Friday: tickets from £60 per person; Saturday: tickets from £50 per person Location: One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ Closest Station: Charing Cross

Website: onealdwych.com

Lost in the Frost Children’s Storytelling Adventure at Hello Darling, Waterloo (Saturday and Sunday)

Positioned behind The Old Vic Theatre in Waterloo, Hello Darling is a lively restaurant and events space, created by immersive set design company Darling & Edge. This weekend, the space is transformed into an immersive ‘storytelling adventure’, perfect for parents and little ones. Explore interactive rooms and encounter a mischevious Jack Frost as an imaginative winter tale unfolds.

Date: Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December 2019 Time: Show times at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm Price: Adults: £12, Children: £10 Location: 131 Waterloo Road London, SE1 8UR Closest Station: Waterloo

Website: hellodarling.london