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With only a few days left till Christmas, celebration mode is officially on: we are embracing the festive spirit and counting down the days until holidays (only 2 sleeps left =))! Some of our team members will be spending the holidays abroad and some will ringing in the new year in our vibrant city - London. How will you be spending your Christmas and New Years? If you are yet to make definitive festive plans, don't panic, we've got you covered. From dining out to shopping, discover our list of must-see and be seen at places in London this winter!
Best Places to Eat in London?
Brunch at Bronte
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If you're looking for a place, which boasts tasty food, central location and quirky interiors, then Bronte is a restaurant that will tick all the boxes. Located opposite the majestic National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, it is an ideal place to have lunch or breakfast after enjoying a fine cultural experience at one of our favourite museums. Bronte's unique and eclectic mix of art deco interiors and 'cabinet of curiosities' style objects d'art combined with great ambience makes the visit all the more enjoyable. Their extensive menu offers plenty of choice and some deliciously unexpected elements, think tempura style fish and chips and a Crispy Duck burger.
Hot Chocolate at Dalloway Terrace
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Set at the heart of vibrant Bloomsbury - London's literary centre - the Dalloway Terrace gets transformed into an alfresco dining haven every winter. This year the restaurant and bar offer a charming atmosphere of secluded garden where you can enjoy a luxurious cup of hot chocolate and delicious cuisine.
Sweet Treats at Peggy Porschen
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All the desert lovers out there, take a note, we think this artisan bakery will make all your sweet dreams come true! As soon as you step inside this pretty pink confectionary heaven, situated in London's quintessentially chic Belgravia, feel like a child in candy store (rather literary =)). Peggy's mouthwatering range of freshly baked delights, from ready to eat cookies, to luxurious cakes remind us of one of our favourite winter fairytales - the Nutcracker - and it's dreamy Land of Sweets.
What to Do
Ice Skate at the Natural History Museum
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Don't forget to stop by the Natural History Museum, one of the most iconic ice rinks in London, and experience the thrill of winter sports in a truly breathtaking setting, think fairy lights nestled in frosted trees and majestic architecture. Whether you prefer to watch your loved ones swirl around on ice whilst drinking mulled wine or show off your own 'dancing on ice' skills, visiting the museum's ice rink this season is a must.
Shop at Liberty London
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A spot of retail therapy doesn't get any more enjoyable when shopping at Liberty's. The stunning period building captures your heart as soon as you see it peak from across the Argyll street. It's gorgeous flower store, fire places and iconic fabric patterns, which can be found all around the store, make for a whimsical experience. It is a luxurious shopping destination boasting an impressive selection of new and exciting designers, along with a vast selection of Liberty's world famous haberdashery. Truly eccentric and innovative, Liberty is not only a brilliant shopping destination, but a historical destination in its own right.
Address: Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH
Enjoy Christmas Walks through Kew Gardens
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Escape the bustling city this Christmas and take a magical journey through the enchanting woodlands of the Royal Botanical Garden. Christmas at Kew is a popular after-dark event, where you can get together with friends and family and enjoy a wintery walk and witness a beautiful display of lights. There's also plenty of delicious Christmas treats and warming drinks to be enjoyed. We truly think Kew gardens are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit!
Address: Richmond TW9 3AB
Where to Celebrate
Dance the night away at Ronnie Scott's
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If you are a jazz fan, then you need to visit Ronnie Scott's this winter. This legendary club, located at the very heart of Soho, brings an enchanting, old-school atmosphere, wonderfully dark and decadent. It is a great place to celebrate New Years, or go for cocktails and nibbles with your friends. Long-booth style seats offer a great view of an iconic stage, where Miles Davis had once performed. There really isn't anywhere like it and a visit to Ronnie's is quite rightly on a lot of people's buckets lists. Book far in advance for the cosiest of places and enjoy!
Address: 47 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4HT
Ring in the New Year at Somerset House
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There are many places to welcome in the new year in London, however, if you're looking for a truly unforgettable night, then Somerset House will make it a celebration to remember! This year Somerset House has teamed up with Fortnum and Mason to give its visitors an exclusive access to the River Terrace to take in breathtaking views of the Mayor's spectacular fireworks away from the crowds. Party the night away in the atmospheric riverside Champagne Bar and start the new year with a magical bang!
Address: Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens
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Embrace your inner 1920's flapper girl by celebrating this Christmas at the Great Gatsby's Winter Garden. Dance the night away in true decadence amongst lush outdoor gardens to live music from Bongo Ben (on percussion) and Si Sax (on the saxophone). And that's not all, some of London's finest dj's will be spinning the decks for a truly unforgettable celebration. Early bird tickets start from £10, so make sure you grab yours!If you would like to find out more about our team and how we will be celebrating our Christmas holidays, discover the article via the link below.