Category: CHRISTMAS

London Bridge Christmas MarketLondon has a bevy of Christmas Markets each year ranging from small and niche to large and this London bridge offering is somewhere in the middle. It's the ideal walk through to include in a festive day out being near to Borough Market and the river.

You'll find the market on The Queen’s Walk in Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier with over 40 independent traders in beautiful Christmas themed wooden cabins.

Offering handcrafted and bespoke gifts, ‘Christmas By The River’ will host a range of elegantly designed stalls as well as a selection of delicious festive food. ‘Christmas By The River’ is the perfect spot for winter-warming drinks with a fully stocked bar serving cocktails, mulled wine and craft beers as the centre-piece of this enchanting Christmas market.

Dressed with festive lights and Christmas trees, Christmas By The River will be the ideal place for not only gift buying, but experiencing the best of what London has to offer during the festive season with iconic views of The City, Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London.Christmas photography backdrops

London Bridge City Presents… Christmas By The River’ will launch on Thursday 30 November and will be open from MondaySunday, 11am – 7pm until Tuesday 3rd January. Nearest tube is London Bridge. The market will be at The Scoop More London, along The Queen’s Walk, through Hay’s Galleria and finishing at the London Bridge City Pier.

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London Bridge City is a bustling riverside destination incorporating More London, Hay’s Galleria, Cottons Centre and No.1 London Bridge. A changing programme of arts, entertainment and events, world class food and drink against a backdrop of great architecture.

London Bridge City presents Christmas By The River is curated by Tudor Markets.

Wether it's New Year or Christmas that you want to celebrate we're suggesting you do it at home this year. It makes the most sense and with the amazing selection of people around to help you in London you'll have the best time.

Firstly you'll need music, Sony has a great selection of speakers for the occasion to suit any size flat or house. From the small portable SRS-X11 to the MHC-V7D, there is a speaker to suit any sized party.

If you really want to go all out splash some cash or maybe group together with your housemates then you want the MHC-V7D

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The best parties need a big sound system. The MHC-V7D delivers soul-shaking bass from a vertical, space-saving box design. Throw club-style illuminations on your ceiling or wall and use fun and easy gesture control to turn up the volume, skip the next track and experiment with DJ effects. An ideal gift for the wannabee DJ in your life who loves to entertain.

-          New Sound Pressure Horn for powerful bass you can feel

-          Fun and intuitive handling with Gesture Control

-          LED light display and DJ effects creates a party atmosphere

-          Control the music and party features with the Fiestable app

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Price: £479.00

Or for mid-range volume that won't get you kicked out of your rented abode grab the SRS-X33 –

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Thanks to a portable, lightweight design, it’s simple to stream music wherever you are with the SRS-X33 wireless speaker. With 12 hours  of power you can keep the music going indoors or out, whether you’re at the park or a party.

-          DSEE upscaling restores quality of compressed files, meaning you won’t lose out when listening through streaming services

-          S-Master digital amplifier for pure sound quality

-          Great-sounding music with ClearAudio+

-          Up to 12 hours of battery life

More info 

Price: £129.00

Once that's started you'll need something to toast your visitors. Premier Estates Wine have just launched their Prosecco Mini’s, only £2.99 a bottle from local corner shops or £60 online for a case of 24 – these are very cute and can be drunk with just a straw or given out individually with glasses. They are a lovely light bubbly option to start your night.

Alternatively or additionally the Prosecco could be used to make these sparkling jelly shots! http://bit.ly/1OwOy8A.

 

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Then you'll need food - we're going to say go festive. Get a festive doughnut delivery from DumDum Doughnuts in Shoreditch . Snow man doughnuts, angry reindeer doughnuts and more! All with custard fillings or chocolately custard fillings and all delicious!

You can either be smug and pretend you made them yourself, or you could be smug that you did know baking and were clever enough to find such cool party food.

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Now we're really getting the party started it's time to bring out the Ice Luge from Ice Box.

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There are a number of designs from The Ice Box and if you send a logo or some text this can be included on the base of the luge! They start at around £140 and really bring a party together. Also, they may be called vodka luges but you can pour any chosen drink through - Bailey's works particularly well.

In a lovely festive spirited addition The Ice Box has offered WJ readers a 10% discount with the code WJVL16, it's valid until 31.03.16 so get your luge on.

Once you've had a few drinks why not get a little creative?

Sharpie and Paper Mate have a great range of colourful pens to customise your Christmas. They write on everything and anything - you can personalize your own baubles, bunting, Christmas decorations and even Wine glasses! Paper Mate now have erasable gel pens, gone are the Christmas card typo days! 

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As the trees on Sydenham Hill twinkle with fairy lights and the scent of fresh pine and roasting chestnuts fill the air, find a real selection box of festive treats at Winter Wonderland at The Wood House, Dulwich.

From Monday 16th November, the beloved southeast London pub’s outdoor space will sing with traditional Yule tidings, transformed by a festive market, Santa’s grotto, Alpine ski chalets and a stunning 12ft Christmas Tree.

The Christmas Market will offer a wide range of seasonal food and drink, from toffee apples and roasted chestnuts to homemade cookies and mulled wine and cider. Nearby, the Burger Shack will be grilling sensationally succulent burgers served with curly fries and craft beers and hot dogs straight from the barbeque.

Kids will be filled with Christmas spirit with a visit to Santa’s Grotto (£10 entry per child). They can meet the man himself ahead of his busy globe-trotting schedule to tell him how good they’ve been before taking away a very special gift. On 21st December, a real life Rudolf will be present outside the Grotto from 1-5pm ahead of the big flight.

Embrace the atmosphere in one of the heated Alpine-style ski chalets, all topped with snow, surrounded by rope lighting and complete with tartan blankets, cushions and tables topped with traditional Poinsettia – the ruby red flower synonymous with the season. Snow machines dotted around the perimeter will add to the festive feeling, encouraging diners in the glass-lined conservatory to venture outside whilst many extra activities are planned throughout the duration including Christmas fair games, storytelling, carols by candlelight, live music from The Roasted Chestnuts, and more.

Winter Wonderland at The Wood House starts on 28th November running 4-7pm every Friday, between   12 –7pm each weekend until 20 December and then as the big day approaches every day (12-7pm) between 21 and 24 December. 

Offering a unique experience in the area with lots of local transport links (bus; national rail from Sydenham Hill), walk in a Winter Wonderland at The Wood House this Christmas. 

The Wood House

39 Sydenham Hill, London SE26 6RS

www.thewoodhousedulwich.co.uk

T: 020 8693 5666

Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: TheWoodHousePub

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We Built This City returns for Christmas to Carnaby Street. The pop-up shop on a mission to revolutionise London souvenirs, returns with a unique collection of Christmas gifts created by over 300 of London’s top artists, designers and makers. The Carnaby Street store will reveal its Christmas collection on Thursday 12th November with the store’s famous Coop housing a curated collection of the city's most exciting Christmas gifts. Plus, shoppers can head to the Christmas Shop (on the 1stfloor) for festive cards, decorations and wrap all by London creatives, as well as festive workshops to get everyone in the seasonal spirit.  

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LETS MAKE CHRISTMAS JUMPERS:

In collaboration with London design duo RUDE, We Built This City launches the city’s first bespoke Christmas jumper printing service. Shoppers can spread some jumper joy by creating a bespoke festive sweater choosing from 12 unique designs including; Her Majesty’s Christmas Message, Santa’s Massive Sack or Have Yourself An Eastenders’ Christmas. In under a minute the WBTC Christmas helpers will print designs onto one of 6 brightly coloured knits (or shoppers can bring in an old jumper to pimp up). 

HANDCRAFTED GIFTS FROM LONDON MAKERS 

In addition to offering the very best souvenirs in the capital, the store’s creative Coop (on the ground floor) will house a collection of beautiful, handcrafted Christmas gifts - all made by London artists and designers in the city - including Melody RoseJimbobartDavid WeatherheadNylon SkyOne We Made EarlierSloane StationeryCharlene Mullen and UnderCover.

FESTIVE WORKSHOPS AT WE BUILT CITY

We Built This City continues to offer London’s creative community a platform to host live art and design ‘Coop Takeovers’, as well as see customers try out their own creative talents at artist-hosted festive workshops including; Make your own festive jewellery and Christmas piñata, plus the art of wrapping class

MAKE YOUR OWN XMAS JEWELLERY (£20 – 1st DEC): Be the bell of the Christmasball and make your very own pop art Christmas perspex necklace with super talented Chloe Hope King, founder of Esoteric London (workshop includes all tools and materials).

MAKE A CHRISTMAS PINATA (£20 – 8TH DEC): Join Piñata fanatic Lizzie King for this unique two-hour workshop and make your very own festive Piñata filled with sweet treats for the Christmas season (workshop includes all materials and Piñatafilling.)

THE ART OF WRAPPING (£20 - 15TH DEC): Bring up to five pre-purchased Christmas gifts into store - or buy a handful from WBTC on your way in - and join wrap expert Lizzie King’s masterclass. The workshop includes five sheets of our artist-designed wrapping paper, an array of festive sticky tape, ribbons and gift tags - plus mince pies and a glass of prosecco.

And finally, We Built This City has invited two emerging London artists Sylvia Moritz and Rowan Ottesen (aka The City Works) to use the storefront as a public canvas and share their London-inspired graphic work to the world. After a summer showcase of talented East London artist Camille Walala’s graphic and bold designs, the new storefront artwork reveals a vibrant interpretation of one of the world’s most creative cities and features major London landmarks including St Paul’s, The Shard, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and even The Carnaby Arch  - check it out for yourself!

For unique Christmas gifts created by over 250 of London’s top artists and designers and to book a space on a festive workshop head to We Built This City, 56 Carnaby Street. Follow us on Twitter @w_b_t_c

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As we creep towards December, the prospect of attending the annual Christmas party is something that will fill most people with either unbridled joy or paralysing dread. The pressure to look fashionable, demure – and most importantly, unique – can lead to plenty of sleepless nights. But rest easy: help is at hand.

For an evening event, you will of course be expected to dress more formally than you would for a lunchtime party, so go for a classic look such as a chic cocktail dress or a lace number. The office dress-code is still in effect as well, so stay clear of revealing outfits with deep cleavages, or anything that is sheer or too tight – when your boss is around, less is always more!

Conversely, it's important to avoid going too far the other way by dressing too casually, as this can also have a detrimental effect on peoples' perception of you. Are you too cool to care? Are you too insecure to feel that you can make an effort? Jeans, trainers and animal prints are all big no-nos, and it's crucial that you ensure your make-up matches your elegant look.

Of course, one place that you should definitely dress to impress would be Ladies' Days at horse racing events such as Cheltenham or the Grand National, both of which take place in the spring of next year. These are the events that allow women to really express themselves, and with no official dress code, the sky really is the limit. Emphasis is normally placed on standing out of the crowd, but with the famous Coco Chanel quote: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman” operating as a general rule, a classy look is preferred.

Away from the fashion, Aintree offers plenty of action on the track and visitors to the Grand National 2016 will be spoilt for choice over the course of the weekend – and even if you don't feel that you have a suitable dress for the occasion, you can still check all the runners and riders as well as making sure that you get the best odds available via the Bookies.com app on your iPhone or iPad.

Ladies Day is on the Friday, immediately preceded by the Grand Opening Day on the Thursday and followed by the Grand National Day itself on the Saturday, and with a number of horses already pencilled-in to race, it's not too early to cast an eye over the early favourites. So whether it's the fashion or the racing that captures your imagination, it's not too early to start picking out your wardrobe – and your winners.