The December Diary
From Mayfair to Knightsbridge, everywhere you turn street lights are twinkling and spruce trees are adorned with baubles and stars. It can only mean one thing - London’s festive season is in full swing.
This winter, Skate returns to Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason. A stop at Fortnum’s rink-side lodge for a warming hot chocolate and mince pie is an essential part of the après-skate experience. With halls to deck and cards to write, a Christmas craft workshop at The Beau Brummell in St James’s Market could be just the ticket. Here, you can hone your calligraphy skills and design a bone china bauble to hang on the tree. Meanwhile, Claridge’s will be serving its delectable yuletide tea from now until January 1, to the heart-warming sound of Christmas carols from The Southend Children’s Choir.
Might we also suggest the following London hotspots?
Amazónico For those already acquainted with Amazónico’s Madrid-based flagship, its new Mayfair outpost will come as welcome news. Housed within the lush rainforest-themed interior, you’ll find chefs working at open kitchens, grilling rows of whole pineapples and prepping an eclectic mix of wide culinary dishes inspired by Latin American cuisine. If Peruvian sushi, sea urchin guacamole or pulled pork with plantain tickles your tastebuds then make tracks to this vibrant oasis in the heart of Berkeley Square.
Urban Retreat at The White House You could, of course, avoid the crowds and tinsel at this time of year. At the newly opened Urban Retreat at The White House in Knightsbridge, you can indulge in a Dr Deepak Chopra’s Inner Space Immersive Meditation Experience or book onto one of its new cleanse programmes launching in January. With a focus on gut health, weight loss and deep breathing respectively, what better way to reverse the effects of one too many mince pies?
Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits at The Royal Academy of Arts Considered by some to be one of the most celebrated British painters of our time, Lucian Freud’s work is instantly recognisable for its expressive figurative style and bold brush strokes. In a world first, The Royal Academy is showing more than 50 paintings, prints, and drawings depicting the late artist’s self-image over seven decades. Running from now until January 21, 2020.