Head To South Bank For Plenty Of Bright Nights And Christmas Spirit

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Head To South Bank For Plenty Of Bright Nights And Christmas Spirit

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Looking for a one-stop festive destination to get you into the Christmas spirit? South Bank has got Bright Nights covered this winter, with seasonal screenings, carols and crafts. Check out the South Bank London website for a roundup of what's on at the riverside.

Start by heading to South Bank's best-kept secret — House of Vans' underground cinema — for free screenings of festive films. Seasonal favourites like Elf and Love Actually will be playing on Saturdays and Sundays at the 100-seat theatre, so you can see the best Christmas films on the big screen without paying a penny.

Most of the screenings are part of the Little Rippers film club, aimed primarily at children, but there's no age limit so why not be a big kid for the day and get into the Christmas spirit?

If you can avoid Oxford Street when doing your Christmas shopping this year, you'll no doubt be a lot less stressed. With its eclectic mix of independent shops, cafes and bars, Gabriel's Wharf is a great place to get more unique gifts in a relaxed festive setting.

The Gabriel's Wharf Magical Christmas Day on 2 December promises free treats, crafts and music. Experience carols with a difference from 1-4pm when the National Deaf Children's Society will be performing classics in sign language.

Riverside walking and Christmas shopping is tiring work. Why not stop off for a mulled wine at the London Marriott Hotel at County Hall and take in the fantastic city views in this wood-panelled, super-cosy venue.

Steakhouse restaurant and bar Gillray's has a special seasonal set menu that is truly mouth-watering. Choose from starters along the lines of duck paté, gin and currant chutney and brioche fingers. Then tuck into their famous steak for mains, and finish up with sweet-toothed delights such as lemon meringue pie to complete the 3-course-and-a-cocktail for £29 deal.

Culture vultures may like to see what the BFI IMAX, National Theatre and Southbank Centre have to offer this December. The latter's Wintertime Festival is going Nordic, with a Rekorderlig cider lodge and Finnish rooftop sauna to make you feel suitably full of Hygge.

In search of a Christmas party like no other, or a festive night out with a difference? Look no further than Shrek's Adventure! London Lates, an adults-only, alcohol fuelled trip to Far Far Away where you'll explore 10 different interactive shows. Kids can get involved too — the Shrek Christmas Grotto gives littl'uns the chance to meet Santa along with the green ogre himself.

The Imperial War Museum and Florence Nightingale Museum are sure-fire ways to keep the kids occupied over the Christmas break. Why not take them to Clapham Common's Winterville too, for ice skating, a cinema and plenty of street food.

This is one part of London that takes Christmas festivities to the max, with plenty of Bright Nights to be had. You won't be stuck for things to do, see, eat or drink if you head to the South Bank this winter — the only issue is finding the time to squeeze everything in.

Check out the South Bank London website to see what's on south of the river this Christmas.

Last Updated 20 December 2017