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London’s Culture Crush: What To See, Do And Experience In December

From Christmas carols at St Paul’s Cathedral to the Regent Street angels, and the infamous ice rink at Somerset House here’s how to stay entertained this month.

Take a stroll around central London: For those who want to take in the magic of London, take a stroll down Regents Street to see the glittering angel display, past Liberty, and down Carnaby Street to see the Carnaby Kaleidoscope, where you’ll be dazzled by a whole host of colorful lights in the form of rainbows and butterflies.

Address: Regent Street and Carnaby Street, London

Ice skate at Somerset House: Skate is back at Somerset House by popular demand, as the neoclassical courtyard has been transformed once again into a show-stopping ice rink. A must-try experience it’s a real winter highlight, and not only is there skating to be had, there’s music, curated decorations from Moët & Chandon, a 40ft Christmas tree, as well as ​range of food and drink to keep you fed and watered.

Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Take in some merriment at Searcys: Situated just above St Pancras International on the Grand Terrace, is the Searcys 1920s Art Deco-inspired restaurant and bar. And now, they’re putting on a festive spread in the form of an afternoon tea, bauble cocktails, and traditional dishes.

Expect seasonal treats from cranberry and orange eclairs, and blackberry macaroons to a festive Battenberg, served in a stylish suitcase Famous for Champagne, there’s fizz cocktails galore, including the ‘Sparkly Bauble’ that offers a mix of Bramble Bombay gin with pear purée, and vanilla, then it’s topped with Searcys Selected Cuvée Champagne and finished with a dash of edible glitter in a bauble glass, because it’s Christmas. For a quintessential lunch, there’s the Norfolk Bronze turkey with all the trimmings and a Searcys Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

Address: St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys, London N1C 4QL

Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral for a carol service: For a traditional carol service, it doesn’t get any better than the ones held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Running throughout December soak up the spirit of Christmas within this beautifully imposing and grand London landmark.

Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

Enjoy The Delaunay’s theatre package: The elegant all-day brasserie is a mere stone’s throw from theatre land, and as such it’s the perfect spot for pre or post-theatre dining. Just a two-minute walk away at the Duchess Theatre, is the Olivier Award-winning box office hit, The Play That Goes Wrong. Now in its seventh year, it’s a comical play within a play that centres on a 1920s murder mystery.

The theatre package includes a Band A ticket with a pre or post theatre dinner at The Delaunay on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances.

Address: The Delaunay, 55 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BB

Watch a classic Christmas movie: The Film Club has returned to The Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel, and Charlotte Street Hotel, and they’re showing a whole host of Christmas classics, including Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf, and Miracle on 34th Street.

Address: The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London W1D 3DH / Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth St, London, WC2H 9HB /Charlotte Street Hotel, 5-17 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RJ

See an outdoor lights exhibition: Light and colour is this year’s theme for The Winter Light exhibition on the Southbank, which has been installed across the buildings and along the riverfront. In keeping with the theme there’s a neon canopy and experimental projections, and here the artists use a range of techniques to explore ideas of nature, time, politics, society and the act of looking. Featured artists include Tim Noble and Sue Webster, David Ogle, Zarah Hussain, Oskar Fischinger, Teemu Määttänen, David Batchelor, and Lis Rhodes.

Address: Southbank, London, SE1

Take the kids to a ballerina inspired afternoon tea (complete with grotto): Throughout the month, The Biltmore, Mayfair is hosting a ballerina inspired afternoon tea, and yes, there’s an in house prima ballerina, who will be dancing a thirty-minute rendition of highlights from The Nutcracker whilst watching guests dig into the Biltmore’s festive afternoon tea. When it comes to the food menu there’s Christmas themed sweet bites, finger sandwiches,  and hot chocolate for the children, and if that wasn’t enough there’s a in house Grotto if you want to meet Santa (be sure to pre-book).

Address: The Biltmore Mayfair, 44 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HP

Watch a musical: The popular Broadway musical, Bring It On has arrived in the U.K. and will make its debut appearance at the Southbank Centre. Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On The Musical is the story of the challenges and bonds forged through the thrill of extreme competition in an energy-packed show. Creatives include Guy Unsworth (director), Tom Kitt (music), and Fabian Aloise (choreographer) to name a few.

Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall – Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XX

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