Blog: Winter Guides 2018 – Where to Spend the Darker Nights and Colder Days This Festive Season


Funicular Productions: The Greatest Snowman

Immersive theatre and dining experts Funicular are inviting festive Londoners to board a luxury train carriage this Christmas for an evening of good tidings. But all is not as it seems, as mysterious forces are at play to bring non-believers back to the land of make believe. Guests will be treated along the way to a delicious four-course meal curated by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist Louisa Ellis of Cauliflower Velouté, a Three Bird Roast and more.

21st November - 23rd December 2018 Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley Street, London, E1 5BW Tickets start at £60 funicularproductions.com

Backyard Cinema's The Snowman™ Experience

London's independent themed cinema experts Backyard Cinema have partnered with Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House), to showcase The Snowman™ Experience this Christmas in London. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the classic story known and loved by all, Backyard Cinema are creating an exclusive immersive multi-roomed and multi-sensory, cinematic adventure at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

Backyard Cinema Presents The Snowman™ Experience 22nd November 2018 - 6th January 2019 Hyde Park Winter Wonderland backyardcinema.co.uk

John Lewis & Partners Skyline Skating with Sipsmith

Together John Lewis & Partners and Sipsmith will be hosting the ultimate winter hideaway experience; by pairing a festive tradition with the nation’s favourite tipple. For those looking for the perfect thing to do in London this winter, the iconic John Lewis rooftop on Oxford Street returns, inspired by the celebratory frost fairs of 17th Century London, with hot gin cocktails from Sipsmith, freshly baked pies from MYPIE and Oxford Street’s first ever rooftop skating rink.

John Lewis, 300 Oxford St, London, W1C 1DX Sunday - Wednesday 12 noon to 9:00pm (Last service 8:30pm) Thursday - Saturday 12 noon to 11:00pm (Last service 10:30pm) johnlewisandpartners.com

Peckham Levels' First Birthday Celebration

Peckham Levels celebrates turning one this December. They will host a three-day birthday party on 7, 8 and 9 December. Visitors can expect creative experiences and performances at GHOSTNOTES and Near & Far, plus workshops , a bespoke fashion market from pop up brand Wasted Chic and street food from the likes of Other Side Fried and Canard.

Peckham Levels 1st Birthday 7 - 9 December 10am - 3am Seven levels of grassroots culture Peckhamlevels.org

Peckham Town Centre Carpark 95A Rye Ln London SE15 4ST

Backyard Cinema's Christmas Labyrinth

Immersive cinema pioneers Backyard Cinema will be doing more than just playing winter favourites this yuletide season. Popping up at Winterville as part of London's alternative festive experience on Clapham Common, Backyard Cinema’s Christmas Labyrinth is their biggest production to date. Guests will take their festive fate into their own hands as they navigate an enormous magical maze before journeying through a tunnel of trees and discovering a cosy, enchanted forest cinema. As well as festive snacks, mulled drinks and cocktails available inside the screens, Backyard Cinema will also host their very own retro Christmas cabaret bar for ticket holders and non cinema goes to enjoy.

Winterville, Clapham Common 15th November 2018 - 23rd December 2019 backyardcinema.co.uk

Discover An Alpine Paradise This Festive Season With Winterland London

Fulham’s first Thameside beach has had a retro ski chalet makeover to welcome Winterland into the fold - expect piping hot, indulgent cheese fondues served with a selection of charcuterie and schnitzel enjoyed upon large feasting tables, and warm wintery cocktails from Moose, the ‘Alpine spirit’ enjoyed in heated hunting lodges. Their snow-clad Alpine playground offers neon-lit curling lanes, beer and prosecco pong and an exclusive karaoke winter lodge, sponsored by Jack Daniels.

Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY Wednesday - Friday: 6pm - 11pm Saturday: 12pm -11pm Sunday: 12pm - 8pm Entry from £5pp winterlandlondon.com

Pembury Tavern Roast

The Pembury Tavern in Hackney is the new home and taproom of The Five Points Brewing Company. As they say, 'tis the season' to indulge in winter warmers and this historic, old school boozer will be serving up mouthwateringly delicious roasts every Sunday. Roast Cod, roast Beef and a vegan option too the Pembury caters for all food enthusiasts and seekers of a decent pint. Expect 22 lines of beer including our full range on draught, and awesome beers in cask and keg from independent breweries across London and the UK, plus wines, spirits and soft drinks. As well as offering the British staple favourite there's a delicious pizza menu with plenty of tasty vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

The Pembury Tavern 90 Amhurst Road London E8 1JH Fivepointsbrewing.co.uk

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