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Lost Weekend: 23 -25 December

This weekend's best festive food, drink, shopping and culture events

Published on December 22nd 2011.

Lost Weekend: 23 -25 December

CHRISTMAS is here and that last scramble for presents is upon us. The weekend of festivities and eating far too much is just around the corner, so we at London Confidential want to help you relax and enjoy the weekend with treats and events that will get you excited and finally appreciate that festive feeling. So take a look at what we have picked as our favourite Christmas and some of the slightly alternative events. And from all of us at London Confidential, Merry Christmas.


Slava’s Snow Show
Described as being ‘revolutionary’, Slava’s Snow Show, which is part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, returns to the UK for the first time in three years, courtesy of the Russian clown Slava Polunin and friends. A truly remarkable event, first created in 1993, the amazing theatrical show includes manmade blizzards and dazzling beams. The show is aimed at over eights so why not leave the little ones at home and treat yourself to a night of oohing and ahhing. A must see spectacular.

£20-£60 (conc. Available)

Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Rd
South Bank

Times and days vary, check out website

Untill January 8 2012

Dickens A Dickensian Christmas
Take yourself back to the time of tiny Tim, and experience the real feeling of the Christmas Spirit this weekend. From Christmas Eve, the Charles Dicken’s Museum will be inviting the public to view and understand how Dickens and his family would have celebrated the holidays. The museum will show you real Victorian customs, from carols to Christmas puddings. They will also offer mulled wine, which of course will be made to the original Dickensian recipe, as well as mince pies, a gift pack and screenings of classic adaptations of A Christmas Carol. Definitely not one for the humbugs.


£15 (Adult)
£5 (Children)

Charles Dickens Museum
48 Doughty St

11am-6pm (last admission 5pm)
December 24-26

Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Royal Horseguards
What better way to relax and defrost your toes this weekend than by having holiday festive themed high tea at Guoman’s The Royal Horse Guards Hotel. The fantastic selection created by the hotel’s pastry chef Joanne Todd, includes Christmassy nibbles from around the world. So why not snuggle up by a fire and take a break from the last minute panic and enjoy German mini stolen, French gingerbread macaroons or a traditional Christmas pudding with an Eastern twist. To wash it all down indulge in a blood orange and cranberry vodka jelly, complete with a white chocolate rum snow ball – bliss. This exquisite treat will only be available until the end of December so get it before it’s gone.


£32 per person

Guoman’s The Royal Horseguards
2 Whitehall Court

Untill 31 December


Stpauls Carols at St Paul’s Cathedral
Opting for a more traditional approach to the weekend’s festivities? Take yourself down to join in with some of the most beautiful voices around, all set in the most picturesque location. St Paul’s Cathedral is inviting the public to sing seasonal carols, whilst allowing you to admire the architecture and tranquillity the Cathedral has to offer. The traditional carol service will take place on Friday, no need to book tickets but you are certainly advised to arrive early as it is set to a be very popular.



St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard


Friday 23 December

Icerink National History Ice Rink
Why not get your skates on and have a laugh with your friends at this year’s National History Museum ice rink. The 1,000 square metre rink is a festive highlight, with a wonderful view of the museum with beautiful trees and dazzling fairy lights, creating that atmosphere we all look forward to. In between bumping and skimming into others, why not sit back and enjoy the holidays with a mulled wine or hot chocolate available from the balcony café and bar overlooking the ice rink. A perfect way to start off the weekend.

£13 (Adult)
£8.50 (12 and under)
£34.50 (Family)

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd

Open until 10pm December 24

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