It might only just be November, but in our world, that means it’s basically already Christmas.
Which means we’ll be spending the next two months gawking at twinkly Christmas lights, wolfing down bratwurst at Christmas markets and treating ourselves to cocktail-fuelled festive outings with friends.
There are plenty of festive events happening in London and the rest of the UK, including Christmas crafting (with alcohol, obvs), Carnaby Street’s Christmas Party (on tonight!) and a Manchester’s new winter festival.
Read on below to find out more about our pick of winter delights that would move even the biggest Grinch to festive cheer.
Christmas crafts at The Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross
Get crafty with a festive event at The Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross. The hotel has joined forces with nearby shopping destination Coal Drops Yard for its new Creative Christmas package, which starts at £155 for two people.
You’ll enjoy either brunch or lunch at the hotel’s Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant, plus have tickets to a craft workshop, such as how to create a terrarium or Christmas wreath, or a lesson in curling on the pop-up ice rink.
Find out more at gnhlondon.com
Festive discounts across Carnaby, Soho
Drop by London’s Carnaby area today, when the light installation of more than 600 sparkling butterflies will be switched on.
To celebrate, the area is holding the Carnaby Christmas shopping and dining party. Between 12pm and 8pm more than 100 retailers, restaurants and bars will offer a 20% discount, as well as immersive experiences, free drinks and interactive workshops.
First shop (participating brands include Sweaty Betty and Diesel), then refuel at Polpo, Pastaio, Pizza Pilgrims or Shoryu.
Download a free ticket at carnaby.co.uk/christmas
Candlelit Cocktails at Seven Dials, Camden
Create your own candle, as well as the perfect gin Christmas cocktail, at the Cocktails by Candlelight masterclass in Seven Dials.
You’ll be greeted with a Mulled Bombay Bramble before being shown how to make your own eco-friendly, coconut wax candle, which you can scent with a festive fragrance (from £50pp).
If you’d rather do it from home, order a kit. Choose from the Christingle, with mulled wine (£43.50), and The Office Party (£40), with Sloe Meltdown martinis.
Find out more at cocktailsbycandlelight.co.uk
A classy winter festival at Escape To Freight Island, Manchester
From tomorrow Manchester’s hippest urban food marketplace, Escape To Freight Island, launches Winter Island: a winter festival with a Christmas tree forest, light show, live music, DJs, karaoke, comedy and film nights.
There’ll be a bottomless champagne brunch every Saturday and Sunday throughout November and December, and a host of new festive traders and stalls, including the Great North Pie Co, a bratwurst grill, traditional hog roast and mulled wine.
Book your free spot via escapetofreightisland.com/bookings
Iconic igloos from Coppa Club, across London
Coppa Club’s signature igloos are now available to book for the winter season, in partnership with Champagne Laurent-Perrier.
Find them by the river at Sonning-on-Thames, on the rooftop in Cobham Village and in Brighton Square’s boutique location in the heart of The Lanes, as well as by Tower Bridge and in Putney.
They’ll be serving a special menu featuring dishes such as a truffled wagyu burger and warm chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream.
Book via coppaclub.co.uk
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