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Penmayne Picks: What to Do in London this Christmas
1. Christmas Lights Bike Tour
The entire city lights up in December, and what better way to see all of the displays (and give yourself an excuse to skip the gym) than a bicycle tour? In three hours you'll see it all, from a beautifully lit Sloane Square to the street displays in the West End, past Christmas markets and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. All at a leisurely pace and with plenty of stops for pictures.
2. Christmas Feast of Seven Fishes by Chef Tom Hunt
For the fourth year running, acclaimed eco chef and food waste activist Tom Hunt will be hosting an alternative Christmas feast at the Brunel Museum. Earlybirds to the Feast of Seven Fishes will be treated to a fire and mulled wine in the museum's garden, and then on to dinner with platters of fresh fish and organic fruit and veggies that would otherwise have been wasted. It is the season of giving after all, so part of the profits will be donated to charity Action Against Hunger.
3. English National Ballet
Something about this season begs you to indulge in child-like tradition, and no Christmas is complete without a trip to see Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum. Journey through a world of frost-dusted Edwardian elegance with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live. And don't forget to pop in to one of the three bars at the London Coliseum for a pre- or post- ballet drink.
4. BUMP Roller Disco
We are suckers for a good pop-up event, and so for a twist on the classic ice rink, we absolutely love Bump Roller Disco at the Southbank Centre. With its dazzling lights, classic wooden floor and great DJs, it's family-friendly during the day and hosts special club nights at the weekends. If you, like us, love the idea but are terrible at skating (!), the Disco Ball Bar serves winter cocktails, mulled cider and other refreshments - be sure to book early as it gets very busy.
5. Billingsgate Festive Canapé Class
Warm up for the party season and let Billingsgate Seafood School teach you how to throw the perfect party with canapés guaranteed to wow your guests. On arrival to the class, you will be treated to a glass of champagne to get into the Christmas spirit before learning how to prepare mouth-watering appetizers, as well as tips and tricks on hosting, champagne pairing and last-minute party throwing. It's something a little bit different, and you get to eat all those delicious bites as you go along.
Enjoy, and let us know how you get on!