I can’t think of any other year when everyone I ask say they will be more than happy to see the end of 2020. How can I help you make December provide a little bit of positivity before we say goodbye and good riddance?
Tier 2 will help, and I have compiled a Super Seven to make you smile. I have also written a post on Christmas lights in London.
Ice skating in Greenwich: Ice skating is still on the agenda, although you need to get to Greenwich in front of the Queen’s House or to Hampton Court Palace to enjoy it. Two beautiful venues. Book now to avoid disappointment.
The Royal Opera House at Christmas: Tickets go on sale 1st December for a live performance of The Nutcracker; a reworked Covid-safe version with all the much loved elements of Tchaikovsky’s score. It has to be the most festive treat of 2020.
A Christmas Carol: There are a few theatres showing this Christmas classic. The Bridge opens with A Christmas Carol starring Simon Russell Beale. The Old Vic opens with their version of A Christmas Carol starring Andrew Lincoln. Take your pick. Both will be absolutely incredible with the calibre of actors involved. Charles Dickens Museum have a virtual events with Dominic Gerrard playing Scrooge as he wanders around the museum. All the Christmas dates are here
Christmas Markets: Eccleston Yards has a Christmas Market running every weekend for small brands. Our favourite, London Block by Block, will be there on 12 December with pretty cards of London and calendars. Borough Market is open 7 days a week for all things foodie. Highly recommended. Columbia Road re-opens on the 6th if you are looking to fill your home with flowers for Christmas. Selfridges Food Market : Behind Selfridges you will find a helter-skelter, street food, and market stalls for all your Christmas shopping. It’s FUN..
Christmas Carols: Charity carol services have all had to be cancelled and go online. My shout out goes to the Macmillan’s Charity service ‘Follow The Stars’ A celebration of Christmas. Donate and watch it streaming live on 11 December, or on catch TV until 31 December. A star-studded line up includes Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Greg Wise and Jeremy Irons, to name but a few…
Royal Albert Hall : Carols at The Royal Albert Hall for Christmas. There can be no better way to start Christmas – can there?
Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour are helping you make Christmas at home a little more festive with a series of free talks. It kicks off with a Christmas carol service 1 December. Click here to register. Then click on the Twinkle of Christmas link to see what styling tips you can get. From Wreath making, floral styling, home styling.. I am definitely checking in for some ideas. Did I say TWINKLE OF CHRISTMAS is ALL free?
Foundling Museum : Covid Letters. An exhibition of letters hand drawn by children on the original letter sent by Boris Johnson to every household back in March 2020. I went to see it before it had to close.
On another note, look at my Museum list for Christmas gifts this year. Many of them have beautiful original ideas for secret Santas.
Barnes Art Fair is online for 2020. Take a look at some really talented undiscovered artists.
V&A Talks : Senior Fashion curator of the V&A Claire Wilcox is talking Patch work on 9 December.
Strawberry Hill House: Have a wreath making event on 12 December. Cost of £28 includes a kit.
Masterpieces at The Queen’s Gallery : Opens this week. Watch this space for our review.