Things to do in London this weekend: Dec 2-4
Best for: Winter fun in London
An early white Christmas (guaranteed)
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It’s been six years since the UK’s last white Christmas, and, with current odds of 13/2, it’s unlikely that 2016 will have one either. So the people at Merchant Square, near Paddington Station, have decided to make one happen themselves. And a few weeks early too. Snow Days will see 15 cubic metres of real snow fall in the square, and there’ll be plenty of wintery fun to be had, including a snowman building competition and targets to perfect your snowball throwing technique on. And when you need to warm up, you can pick up a tasty (and festive) treat from neighbouring canal-side restaurants KuPP, Heist and Pizza Express, or stock up on Christmas decorations and create your own wreath at Clifton Nurseries’ pop-up shop. You can also sample yuletide drinks, including red currant lemonade with fresh mint & icing sugar and hot buttered rum, from Lockhouse London, two weeks before their official opening on December 14th.
When: Friday, 2nd December to Sunday, 4th December
Opening times: 10am-6pm
Getting there: Merchant Square, Paddington, London, W2 1BQ
Nearest Tube: Edgware Road
Best for: Pop-ups in London
Dolce by Ferrero Rocher
Desserts fit for an ambassador’s reception
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Not just content with being the ambassador’s after-dinner chocolate of choice, Ferrero Rocher are opening their first dessert bar. Open for just 10 days, the pop-up will serve mini-desserts created by renowned chef Paul Hannagen. And, of course, each 45 minute tasting experience will finish off with one of the Italian chocolatier’s classic hazelnut chocolates.
When: Thursday, 1st December to Saturday, 10th December
Opening times: 1pm-11pm
Getting there: St Martin’s Courtyard, 21 Slingsby Place, London, WC2E 9AB
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Price: £10 for walk-ins, £15 for advance bookings, with a glass of prosecco (book here)
Best for: Christmas in London
Notes to the North Pole
Tell Santa what you want for Christmas (he’ll know if you’ve been naughty or nice)
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Combine a bit of Christmas shopping at this festive pop-up. This is a space for the little ones to write their (probably lengthy) letters to Father Christmas. They can also get their faces painted, do some Christmas drawing or try things on from the dressing up box. Adults should pick up a wristband as this will get you some discounts at participating stores and restaurants. It’s free to take part, but donations are very welcome as they will go to support their local charity, Cosmic.
When: Friday 2nd of December to Sunday, December 4 (also December 9th to 11th)
Opening times: Fri: 3pm to 6.30pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm to 4pm
Getting there: Connaught Village, 29 Kendal Street, W2 2YE
Nearest Tube: Marble Arch
Price: Free – donations welcome
Best for: Dining on the water in London
London Shell Co
It’s better on a barge
Need to know:
Seafood experts, London Shell Co. are “launching” their first permanent, floating restaurant on the Regent’s Canal. Docked in Paddington, you can try a new menu of seasonal-inspired dishes, wine, short-cocktails and spirits. You can either have a static lunch or go for a cruising dinner. The opening coincides with the 200th Anniversary of the Regent’s Canal this year, as well as the game season.
When: Taking bookings now
Opening times: Lunch 12pm to 2.30pm, Dinner, 7.30pm to
Getting there: The Prince Regent is moored alongside Sheldon Square, London, W2 6EP
Nearest Tube: Paddington
Price: See menu for prices
Essential weekend information
Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.
We’ve also pulled together a guide of 50 things to do in London in the Winter, if you’re in need of even more suggestions.
For all the latest news and travel information, visit the Transport for London website.
If you’re planning on spending more than a day in London, then we have plenty of London hotels.
And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.